Frozen Four roster: No. 1 Boston University, No. 3 Vermont, No. 4 Miami of Ohio and No. 4 Bemidji State. Nobody had those four in an office pool. The weekend started and finished with upsets. No. 4 Air Force knocked off No. 1 Michigan, 2-0, on Friday afternoon. It was a big step for a Falcons team that had come so close to pulling off upsets the last two years.
Air Force met Vermont, another underdog victor in the first round, in the East Regional Final. The teams went into a second overtime before the Catamounts punched a ticket to Washington. Even the game-winner came with added excitement. Dan Lawson’s point shot initially appeared to fly over the net, but video replay confirmed it went under the crossbar and through the top of the net for a goal.
Probably the biggest upsets of the weekend came in the Midwest Regional, where little Bemidji State, which earned an automatic tournament berth by winning the soon-to-be-defunct College Hockey America, knocked off No. 1 Notre Dame, 5-1. In just another quirky storyline from the weekend, Bemidji State Coach Tom Serratore is the brother of Air Force Coach Frank Serratore. Needless to say it was a good first round for the Serratore family.