First of all: Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin Badgers for winning their 6th NCAA National Championship.
Second of all: Congratulations to a Boston College team that played a great game, and more importantly to Cory Schneider for standing on his head trying to keep the Eagles in it.
That game was just about all you could ask for from a national championship game. Now, for some thoughts on the games...
--Elliot (G - Wisconsin) is going to be amazing professional goalie. In fact, many of these players are going to make great professionals.
--The officiating througout all the games was very, very good. Nobody was perfect, and some calls were questionable, but in the end the officiating kept the games clean without deciding the games.
--Props to Jerry York. Knock him all you want for other things that have happened in his program, but after watching Wisconsin start celebrating on the ice, he pulled his players back onto the ice to make sure they saluted their fans (a tradition after ALL BC games, regardless of where they are played).
--Barry Melrose is a hack. Apparently he forgot anything he's ever known about hockey since the NHL moved away from ESPN. Let's recap some of the things he's said: "Is that Blacky the Black Bear?" "The pain of losing is more memorable than the joy of winning." "Nobody has a right to be in the frozen four." Apparently he's been using too much grease in his hair these days.
--On the other hand, Melrose and Thorne are right about BC - they are very young and probably will be back. Just like any team, they're going to lose some seniors, but this team rebounded from a horrible second half (lost the Beanpot to BU, swept by Maine @ the Alfond, dropped from 1st to 3rd in the Hockey East Standings, lost a heartbreaker to BU in the Hockey East Championship) to come back and make the NCAA Championship game.
--On a more personal note: I think Maine will surprise people next year. They are going to lose some important seniors, but some of the young players, most importantly Ben Bishop, got the opportunity to get some experience and grow this season. I would not be surprised to see them play really well next year. (Note to Coach Whitehead - Move Brett Tyler to a wing. He loves to jump into the offense, and he can be effective, but he's too weak defensively)
That being said, the 2005-2006 season is in the books. Is it October yet?
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