Editor’s Note: This post originally got published with a working headline when Vermont was ahead. This proves we are indeed human at Rumors and Rants. It’s since been changed. Our sincerest apologies for the screw up.
Didn’t get a chance to watch the NCAA hockey tournament semifinals last night? Didn’t want to? Well, that’s what we’re here for. Rumors and Rants is nothing if not one-stop shopping for Frozen Four blogging.
Here’s the basics: Two No. 4-seeds, Miami (Ohio) and none other than the Bemidji State Beavers played in the first semifinal. Miami handled Bemidji’s speed much better than Notre Dame and Cornell in the Midwest Regoinal and put them away by a 4-1 score. In the second semifinal top-ranked Boston University and Vermont played the definition of a back-and-forth game, but BU eventually won, 5-4, to set up Saturday’s national championship game.
And, by the way, both teams made at least one guy that pretends to know something about hockey look very good with his pre-Frozen Four predictions. Saweet.
If you’d like to know more about the games, please read on. If not, we understand. But you’re missing out on another prediction.
Boston University 5, Vermont 4: If you had to pick one game to watch late last night, this had to be it. BU forward Colin Wilson, who we told in in our preview is a stud, was, in the words of Barry Melrose “a man amongst boys.”
Wilson scored two goals, had one assist and scored the game winner into a wide open net off a face off late in the third period. He was, in short, the man.
BU was up 2-0 after one period before Vermont charged back to square the game at two goals apiece. The game was tied again at 3-3 and 4-4 before Wilson’s game-winner.
Miami (Ohio) 4, Bemidji State 1: Bemidji was the ultimate Cinderalla, but all that glass slipper crap finally ran out against Miami. Now all they have is a trip back to beautiful Bemidji, Minn., which wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t damn near Canada.
Miami took a 2-0 lead in the second period before Bemidji made it 2-1, but another RedHawk goal, this one with just over half way through the period, made it 3-1 and killed whatever momentum Bemidji had. Not even the borrowed band could help them.
Miami added another goal and ended Bemidji’s dream run. Oh, for shame.
Prediction: Well, it’s not going to change now. We picked BU to roll through this and win another national championship for Jack Parker, and there’s no reason to think it won’t do just that.
Except there is. Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan at times looked shaky against Vermont and definitely got rattled in the second period.
But seriously, who are we kidding? BU takes down the title Saturday.