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Looking forward to your synopsis of the game Dan. Hate being in the dark on these games.
Come on NDNJ96, I know you have to be much wiser than that.
Do you have idea what a wasteland the hockey program was before Jeff Jackson came aboard? Since becoming a club sport after the 1980 season, it had never won an NCAA Tournament game. The year before he arrived, the 5-27-6 record was the worst among the 59 teams in the NCAA. Two years later he took them to a No. 1 ranking in the regular season and the best record in the NCAA.
Notre Dame not only has three conference banners (CCHA) hanging from the rafters, including this year, in Jackson's eight seasons (zero prior to then) but also two Frozen Four banners (when the program had not even won an NCAA Tournament game). His work has helped build the Compton Center the way Rockne's impact helped build Notre Dame Stadium.
Coach K is a great coach, wouldn't you agree? Yet his 2-seed lost to 15-seed Lehigh last year. Should that have meant ramifications? Sure, you assess what went wrong, but what would athletics be without upsets?
To second what Lou said:
Notre Dame had made one NCAA tournament before Jackson arrived eight years ago. They've made five since. They were in the Frozen Four last year. Don't forget the opening round of the NCAA hockey tournament is the equivalent to the Sweet 16. St. Cloud State won the regular season title in the WCHA, which is routinely one of the best conferences in the country. Had they not lost in the semifinals of their conference tournament, they very well could have been a No. 1 seed in the tournament. There's a lot of parity in hockey, so an upset is not that strange. Minnesota, another No. 1 seed, also lost last night. So all that being said, five trips to the Sweet 16 in eight years is pretty consistent success.
Saturday's loss was a bad beat, but those happen in hockey more often than basketball and football. That's the nature of the game. The best teams in the country generally lose about 10 of their 40 games every season. In a sport usually decided a goal or two, one bounce can end a team's season. It's a bit different than losing regularly in the NCAA basketball tournament. The one-and-done nature is not a great fit for hockey, but the NCAA doesn't want to drag its postseason out a couple extra months by playing three-game series instead.
I am sure the hockey coach wanted to win this game please give me a break.
It's certainly a disappointing loss, especially the way they were playing the past few weeks but you certainly can't say enough good things about the job that Jeff Jackson has done with this program.
I am looking forward to the Hockey East era so I can see them in person more often!
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