It’s been a good year for college ice hockey in the Keystone State. Penn State kicked off its second NCAA season with a bang by introducing some impressive new facilities, and while the school’s first go-round in the Big Ten was a little rough, the Nittany Lions ended the campaign with wins over Ohio State and Michigan before succumbing to Wisconsin.
Now to put an exclamation point on the year in college ice hockey in PA comes the NCAA’s marquee event, the Frozen Four, which is going down right here in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The final leg of the tournament kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, with a National Champion to be crowned in a game this Saturday.
We here at The700Level will be pulling for Boston College of course, mainly because we value our jobs and don’t want BC alum and Supreme Overlord Enrico sending out whiny mass emails the next two weeks because he’s in "a mood."
Tim Riday for CSNPhilly.com gives the rest of you a legitimate reason to root for Union College, where 2012 Philadelphia Flyers third-round draft pick Shayne Gostisbehere is trying to help his club earn the title.
Of course, if you’re looking for a local angle, Boston College has one of its own. Riday also mentions Johnny Gaudreau, who hails from Carneys Point in South Jersey and is widely regarded as college hockey’s best player.
Minnesota and North Dakota are in this thing as well, which is no surprise given there is little else to do during their winters.
Obviously, college hockey isn’t really a big deal around these parts, at least not yet—Penn State is hoping to change that. It’s still pretty cool when Philly hosts unique events like the Frozen Four though, and frankly I hope there’s a strong showing at the arena so the city can hold it again in the future. Plus, be sure to keep an eye out for sad Enrico on your television this evening if the Eagles get upset.