I never really followed College Hockey but as a result of the excitement that has been building throughout this year’s tournament I decided to take a more in-depth interest. Good thing for me that I did because from start to finish this has been some of the most exciting hockey I have ever seen. These kids play with tremendous heart.
I have a somewhat jaded outlook in that whenever I’m watching NHL hockey and a team is down by more than a couple of goals with a minute or so remaining, my expectation is that the game is over. Well I’ve learnt in College Hockey that this does not apply. During this tourney we’ve seen teams come back from 2 goal deficits with under a minute remaining in the 3rd period to tie the game, force OT and then win the game in extra time. (ironically while this did happen tonight I could be referencing a number of games that took place throughout the tournament).
I was at the gym watching the game and Miami (Ohio) was up 3-1 with a minute to go. As I stood chatting with a few others watching the final minute one guy mentioned how nice it was that a team like Miami (Ohio), a team who in the history of the school had never made it to any final in any sport, let alone win one, would take home the NCAA title. And all they had to do was kill the final minute of the 3rd period and they would be champs.