There are upsets galore across the board in college hockey’s postseason tournaments.
And maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
Has there really been a dominant team or a dominant group of teams this year? I don’t think so. I don’t think any national champion — unless it is from Atlantic Hockey — will surprise me.
It’s wide open, and that is very evident in watching the conference tournaments play out right now.
This is not a good scenario for teams on the bubble.
UND fans can breathe easy — the team is in the tournament. Other locks are Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Miami, Boston College, Denver, New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell. Six others have a shot at an at-large bid, but their dreams could be ruined if there are more upset winners.
The WCHA tournament champion will be a team that cannot get an at-large bid. Either Colorado College or Wisconsin will sneak into the tournament via an outstanding playoff run.
The ECAC and Atlantic Hockey also are guaranteed to have winners who cannot get at-large bids: either Brown or Union in the ECAC and either Mercyhurst or Canisius in Atlantic Hockey.
Upset winners are possible in the other two leagues, too: Boston University in Hockey East and either Ohio State or Michigan in the CCHA.