It was the wildest and one of the best NCAA tournament weekends in recent memory that featured some fantastic finishes and stunning upsets.
And now it’s down to the final four teams: the University of Vermont, Miami University, Boston University and Bemidji State University. With the exception of top overall seeded Boston University, many thought that these teams would see an early exit from the tournament. Boston University is also the lone higher seeded team to survive this far as well.
Atlantic Hockey champions Air Force and CHA champions Bemidji State pulled off the biggest upsets of the tournament, sending home last year’s Frozen Four participants Michigan and Notre Dame respectively. But it would be the Beavers from Bemidji State that would make for the best feel good story of this year’s tournament.
Air Force defeated Michigan 2-0 on Friday in the East Regional semi-finals behind a brilliant 43-save shutout by junior netminder Andrew Volkening. Sophomore Derrick Burnett and top ten Hobey Baker finalist Jacques Lamoureux each posted a goal in the Falcons win. What was perhaps even more remarkable was that Air Force fired only 13 shots at Michigan sophomore netminder Bryan Hogan in the victory.