Saturday, March 28, 2009

Big Red Upset - #2 Seeds Beaten

Day 2 of the NCAA tournament started much like Day 1 with the upsets continuing, this time ending the year for #2 seeds North Dakota and Northeastern.

Cornell's last minute goal with 17 seconds remaining gave them the 3-2 win over the Northeastern Huskies, a team that has been ranked in the top 5 pretty much all season long. The Big Red trailed 2-0 at one point in the game but scored three unanswered goals to advance to tomorrow's Midwest Regional against the winner of tonight's game between #1 Notre Dame and #4 Bemidji State.

In the early game the North Dakota Fighting Sioux blew a mid third period 5-3 lead to drop a 6-5 overtime loss to New Hampshire. Chris Vande Velde (EDM) scored at the 9:08 mark of the final frame putting UND up by a commanding 5-3 margin but UNH got within one just two minutes later. Then with just one tick left on the clock, the Wildcats equalled the score and sent it in to extra time.

O.T. only last 45 seconds before Peter LeBlanc beat Brad Eidsness for the game winner.

New Hampshire now watches tonight's game between #1 seeded Boston Univeristy and #4 Ohio State with great interest. They will play the winner of that game tomorrow for a chance to go to the Frozen Four in Washington D.C.

There are two first round games left to play and you know the underdog Beavers and Buckeyes are hoping the trend of stunning upsets continues. Two #1 seeds (Michigan and Denver) are already toast while only a single #2 seed (Minn.-Duluth) remains alive.

Also on tap tonight are the games between #4 Air Force and #3 Vermont as well as #4 Miami and #2 Duluth. The winners of those two games will advance to the Frozen Four... it is at the very least, conceivable that a pair of #4 seeds could be amongst the last four clubs vying for the National title.

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