Committe made hardly any swaps
by wearendhockey (2017-03-19 13:20:21)
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  In reply to: They might want to start giving away seats in Cincy *  posted by BIGSKYND

and the one they did make, Cornell for Air Force, is a bit odd. I would have thought they would put OSU into Cincinnati even if it meant moving the UMD regional there. They claim to seed the field assuming the higher seed wins, so the thinking is they don't "expect" North Dakota to win, so the overall #1 seed Denver would not have to face a "home" team to win a second round game. You could have easily figured out a way to have both WMU and OSU in Ohio. WMU fans have shown a willingness to travel. They had great crowds at the Joe in Detroit for some CCHA tourneys or Great Lakes games. While that is half the trip Cincinnati is, it might have been worth it to flip a few teams around.

Michigan Tech fans at least did not have to spend a lot watching their team in the conference tourney since the WCHA moved everything to campus sites, so perhaps they'll spend some cash to get to Ohio. DU fans do not travel well at all. I don't know about Union fans, but its a small school without a ton of alums and only recently became a factor in NCAA hockey.

UMass Lowell might be the only team to bring a lot of fans to Manchester. Ithaca is 350 miles away and Notre Dame will have their typical east coast contingent, and Minn has fans, but do they travel all the way to New Hampshire? Having PC and Harvard in Providence will assure a good crowd Friday, but half of them will be gone for Saturday, and WMU and Air Force are not going to have a ton of fans there. It looks like Fargo will be packed Friday but if BU wins Friday they better hope the Duluth wins and their fans buy tickets from Sioux fans. A BU OSU final will be lucky to draw flies.


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