Since I was working in Michigan this week and it was a relatively short drive down to Cincinnati, I decided to attend the regional tournament that UND was assigned to last week. I drove down on Friday afternoon after wrapping up work. I missed the Ferris State-Colgate game but arrived about 45 minutes before the UND-Wisconsin game. Perfect!
UND never trailed Friday night but it was a nail-biter down to the end. UND took the lead 3-2 with 1:44 left to play and managed to put in 2 empty-netters to make the final score look more lop-sided than the game really was. That’s the thanks Wisconsin gets for winning last week, ensuring UND’s spot in the tourney;-)
That victory certainly made the trip worthwhile since I would not have to endure a game I had no interest in. Saturday night’s championship game against Ferris State is sure to be an instant classic. They traded goals in the 2nd period and wrapped up regulation tied 1-1. Overtime proceeded with no scoring but finally 1:28 into the second OT, UND put in the game-winner. It was finally one of those somewhat lop-sided games that went UND’s way as our goaltender was the one with the ridiculous number of saves – 44 I think was the final tally.
All in all a great weekend in Cincinnati. Tomorrow I’ll head back up to MI and catch my flight home!