Last night’s Frozen Four Match-up between the Boston University Terriers and my school, The University of Vermont, was an absolute thriller. An EPIC game. The Hockey East Rivals met for the 4th time this season, and produced a wild 5-4 game in which we witnessed 4 lead changes, 2 late BU goals for the victory, and an absolute inspired effort by Vermont.
I was so excited to watch the Catamounts on the big stage. Vermont Hockey is the state’s team. Without a professional team, or a dominant College Basketball Team, Vermont Hockey represents us on the National scene. And what a year it was in 2008 – 2009. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 all year, Vermont beat a solid Yale team and then outlasted Air Force to arrive at its’ 1st Frozen Four since the St. Louis/Perrin/Thomas era of ’96.
By all means, Boston University was the better team, but in a 1-game playoff anything can happen. I was expecting a low-scoring, neutral zone war by Vermont that would try to keep BU’s high scoring offense in check. But I was dead wrong, in signs showing us that Vermont is becoming an elite power, they went toe-to-toe with the Terriers for the entire game. And could of easily moved on to Saturday’s National Championship Game.
In the end, the Terriers powered past Vermont with a couple late goals, the winning goal by Colin Wilson who NHL scouts are drooling over. Both teams left everything on the ice, made their coaches, fans, and alumni proud across the country, and left me wishing for another match-up.
Vermont is a step away, but being in the bright lights will only help Vermont attain that next step. Looking forward to 2009-2010!