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Tonight was senior night for Boston College and once again it was a small class. Small but big. All major performers: goaltender John Muse and forwards Brian Gibbons and Joe Whitney.

Two national championships, two Hockey East titles, and three Beanpots for that class. And counting.

Those will be three huge holes to fill, but if everyone else comes back next year the Eagles could be a preseason number one again. Of course, that’s a big if.

Let’s stick with this year for now.

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New Hampshire coach Dick Umile broke up his big line after last Friday’s 2-2 tie with Northeastern. Phil DeSimone and Mike Sislo remained together but were paired with sophomore Dalton Speelman on left wing. Hobey Baker Award candidate Paul Thompson moved to a line with Austin Block and John Henrion.

The result worked well for one game, a 6-3 win in the rematch with the Huskies, but not so much in tonight’s game, prompting Umile to reunite his dynamic seniors on the top line and his sophomores on the other.

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In action around the league, Vermont’s tie with Massachusetts-Lowell guarantees the Catamounts a playoff berth. The wins by Maine and Merrimack lock the Black Bears into the number five seed. Northeastern was guaranteed to be the sixth seed even before this weekend.

All other positions are up for grabs.

  • Blueliner

    Coach Umile, don’t panic. You have one of the top 1st lines in all of hockey. Don’t mess with it.

    • Anonymous

      It’s just about playoff time, so it’s time for the university of no hardware and Umile to screw up!

  • Tom Anderson

    Congrats from a fighting sioux forever fan to the bulldogs of Duluth!! Great job

    • Scott Fitzgerald

      jack C sumed it up>>> they deiivered UMD earned it big time it was not easy>to get by union ..yale..etc..in OT and then deliver in the final< UMD earned it

    • Suture1

      I say congrats to the Bulldogs as well. Honestly, I didn’t think they would do it. I really think the UND game took a chunk out of the Michigan legs and this seemed obvious in the 3rd period and OT.

      OK, I am sitting here a week after the FF and I am still sick to my stomach about the Sioux losing to Michigan. Does anyone else (Sioux fans of course) still feel the hurt and anguish from this loss? If anyone knows how I can get over this I would love to know. And, yes, I do have a life….I am very engaged in my own business and have a great girlfriend…lol….doesn’t that mean I have a life? I love Sioux hockey and I am not willing to accept that this team was not the best team in the country. I still cannot believe they could not get that damn puck in the net…how many opportunities did they have? Anyway, I am not a sore loser, I accept what happened from a sportsmanship standpoint. I am just having a very hard time accepting this loss in my heart. Please, anyone, help….:)

      • WoogLips4Ever

        I feel your pain Suture1. I was in grade school when the dogs should have bulldozed through the final 4 but unexpectedly lost in the greatest college hockey game ever played. The next year, we should have won again but lost to RPI in another great game (only 3 OT this time) and finished 3rd. Those 2 years, I believe 100% that the dogs were the best team in the country. This year, I still believe that ND was the best team in the country. It is not uncommon for this to happen, but I can assure you Suture1 that your broken heart will heal sooner than it did for us. It won’t be 27 years before you have another national championship so hold your heads high and be proud of all your team accomplished. I think they should bring the 3rd place game back btw, because it allows some consolation and traditionaly very entertaining. Thanks to all the ND fans who supported the WCHA in the finals, it was great to be with you and it is only appropriate under the circumstance for our team to get revenge on Michigan on your behalf.

        Yours in gopher hatred,
        A (finally) satisfied Bulldog fan

  • umichfan

    We all know who won this game and it was won in regulation 3-2 by Michigan!!!

    • Maroon Loon 10

      That excuse would look good on a t-shirt… maybe you could sell those to pay for your long ride back to Michigan… NCAA CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!! GO DOGS!…..

      maroon loon #10

      • Guest

        Michigan got a free goal in the regionals, they didn’t deserve two.

        • Guest

          sorry meant to be @umichfan

        • collegehockeyfan

          I absolutely love this!

    • skeptic

      REd and his team nearly ran the gauntlet of the top four WCHA teams, however, I didn’t see them beating two superior teams back to back. Face it guy, Michigan had a great season, but the better team won.

    • mnhcky911

      How do you figure??

      • Bradbsstt

        Because 3 is more than 2, stupid!

        • Kbomb2u

          LOL Good One Bradbsst, As a diehard Sioux fan Congrants to the UMD Bulldogs and there 1st Champingship, Bring it home bace to WCHA Land…..

          • mnhcky911

            yeah it was stupid, posted it under the wrong spot…was meant as a reply to “umichfan”

    • Hockey fan

      Love the sport not the team. Mich has a great tradition and played an almost perfect game. They were the only team to stop duluth’s PP. Hunwick played out of his mind. Don’t take away from a great game played by crying.

    • Dude

      Typical MI fan crying

    • johnnyrockstar

      Seriously? After that brutal call that you guys got against UNO, you’re going to whine. Go back to Ann Arbor.

    • Srhineberger

      sour grapes. get over it. UMD was the better team on this night

    • Irish 101

      The better team won tonight, not just the team with a hot goalie or hot special teams unlike on Thursday

    • How Bout Them Dogs

      “We all know who won this game and it was won in regulation 3-2 by Michigan!!!”

      I think you’re in the minority here pal…or just crying in your beer.
      …they blew the whistle too fast
      …they called too many penalties against us

      You were on the positive side of a RIDICULOUS call against UNO and now you come at us with THAT nonsense??? LOL

      Those were legitimate calls and IMO there were several others that could have gone against the Wolverines. Coach Berenson is the epitome of college hockey…he has run a great program there for decades and brought a HELL of a team into this game. They play a great defensive brand of hockey and almost swept thru the best the WCHA had to offer, round after round.

      Show some class and give the Dogs there due…they outworked your guys most of the game which led to a lot of those frustration penalties.

      I’m THRILLED our boys FINALLY brought one home!! Congrats to Coach Sandelin and our hometown heros!

      • Bringing home # 8

        And a Fighting Sioux too!

        Just preppin for next year.

        Congrats Bulldogs!

    • Sheps20

      And Michigan really beat Omaha Nebraska–lol

    • Bricksx4

      Michigan is a fine team. Last night it just came down to the Bulldogs being better on the ice this time around. A classic matchup, and rightful champion. Getting that first one, priceless!

    • Bringing home # 8

      So one of those 40 shots from UND counted after all. Thanks Blue whino!

    • model94

      I grew up in Detroit and was a U M fan my entire youth. What soured that ? Living in Indiana now and attending Purdue football games. Michigan fans are without exception the most snotty and arrogant. I root against them now.

  • Wicked old school

    Likewise from a 41 year UNH season ticket holder. GREAT effort!

  • Gbeck

    Great game by two great teams. Go DOGS

    • Wildcatalum

      And from another UNH fan: great game and congrats UMD…

  • Media Biast

    I so sick of the east coast media, ya, their not biast……..

    • WildShawn

      you do english good

    • Scott Fitzgerald

      did you you mean bias?

    • Scott Fitzgerald

      grow up

  • mnhcky911

    Most EPIC game and win.

  • redskin75

    Great to see UMD won. Dish sucks!! Had the game recording, but only recorded regulation.

    • Msullivan

      User error.

      You need to record half or full hour beyond in any game you care about and it may go into OT or extra innings.

      Learned this painfully a few years ago.

      High-quality cable packages are now prompting you to record extra time, giving you time options.

      Congratulations WMD Bulldogs. Great effort all the way

      Yale Fan

  • Where Eagles Dare

    show some class Wolverines (if possible…even UND showed some class Friday night, which shocked a lot of us)…Congrats UMD!!! Now, UNH is about the only “top” team yet to win won. They’re the Lee Westwood of hockey…

  • Fred

    Congrats Bulldogs! You were definitely the best team!

  • Anonymous

    UNO fan says many thanks for vanquishing the weasels.

  • stickontheice

    Way to go Dogs!!! I hope this is the first of many for a great program and coaching staff.

  • Step3-jp

    This SCSU Husky Fan is thrilled for the UMD victory! Way to go Bulldogs.

  • Marauder

    7 > 1

    • Duluth06ChE

      Let’s tally up the last 10 years….

      1 > 0

    • UND choked

      Another classy North Dakota fan.

  • Marilyn

    Congratulations, Minnesota Duluth! I’m happy for you/a Seawolf Fan in Alaska.

    -Marilyn

  • Sportsheros90

    St Cloud St fan from the Twin Cities say Congrats Duluth!!! Screw the big 10! Go WCHA!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    CONGRATULATIONS Bulldogs! Mitakuye! Oyasin!

  • Mfurta15

    Great game … the only thing missing is if ESPN could get announcers who actually know the sport. Thorn amd Melrose are a JOKE and a DISGRACE……. What team is MIke Brown???? Clendending took alot of shots on hs own net,, the problem was that it was JT Brown , they have the same number… Those 2 fools ruined the game

    • Sheps20

      I agree–Melrose knows hockey, but didn’t have a clue about college hockey or their players–better off having college announcers call the game!

      • Gogofs

        He sounds drunk. Especially Thursday…

      • Bringing home # 8

        Melrose has openly stated his disdain for American college hockey since he began covering it after he was fired years ago. Join the Sioux in hating the NCAA and ESPN for the absolute lack of underestimating of college hockey, bcs sucks lets have a 3 game playoff for hockey. Make it real. BC and Minnesota are the only number one teams in a decade to achieve a national championship.It is tradion in college for a team to make a run for the title. UND 97, Denver 04, Boston 09, etc. It is hard in a one game series for the best teams to meet in the frozen four.

  • Brenen Helgesen

    Umichfan is bigger loser than Barry Melrose…

    Just one question, did the puck cross the line before or AFTER the whistle blew? I guess it wasn’t a goal then.

    Get over it, you are taking away everything your team accomplished this year with this whine of yours. Michigan had an amazing team and a great run to the championship game, but they LOST. It doesn’t take away from what they accomplished this year, but your BS does. Way to ruin a good thing for Michigan.

    • UM1975

      Actually, if you watched the replays and listened the puck crossed BEFORE the whistle – not sure if that was just an artifact of the slow-motion replay or not. It was stated that the whistle is not the thing that ends the play, rather it is the referee’s decision that the play had ended when he could no longer see the puck. That is, the play ends when the ref deems it should end, not when the whistle blows.

      • Steve

        I don’t know about that, but the Michigan player said he heard the whistle just as he was striking the puck…

  • collegehockeyfan

    Congrats to the Bulldogs! They decided to play their best hockey at the perfect time of the year. Great to see Michigan not catch the breaks they did against UND and UNO, Hunwick still played a lights out game, congrats on Michigan’s run, all coming from a Sioux fan!

  • Dwvandy

    Here is a great article that sums up what this victory means to many long time UMD Bulldog fans. It is from the perspective of Bulldog assistant coach, and former Hobey Baker award winner Bill Watson… Whew!: http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/119549949.html

  • WOOF WOOF

    Props to Michigan for shutting down the top scoring line in the nation, but it just wasn’t enough! Kenny Reiter chose the right time of the year to step up his game, and Tardy chose the right game to score his first college goal.

    • Bringing home # 8

      Better late than never! Hahaha Tardy get it! One to remember that’s for sure. Congrats Bulldogs! And go Sioux!

  • Candmb2

    I had no sound in the bar so I did not find out what was up with the UMD fans with wigs on. Anything to this?

    • bdk

      It was the family of #5 Trent Palm.

    • Bringing home # 8

      Looking for blond locks without making a real commitment!

  • MD17

    And cue the talk about how the WCHA is the best league in college hockey.

    • Suture1

      Well, the WCHA is the best league. Are you telling me they are not? Come on, honestly, do you think the WCHA is not the best conference? I think this is a very difficult argument to make there tiger….:)

  • Uffda93

    As a Minnesota Hockey fan living in Connecticut, it was a dream come true that they landed in the eastern regionals, and I got to see them beat Yale. I am torn between the Gophers and the Bulldogs because I can get the Gophers on TV here and follow them, but I’m from Duluth and visit the North Shore every Summer. What a week. UCONN wins in round ball, and then Duluth wins a championship.

  • Interesting matchup for RIT… I also see them pulling out a close one.