To no one’s surprise, Boston College nabbed the top seed heading into the NCAA tournament. The Eagles went 38-0-0 and blew through pretty much everyone in their way en route to Beanpot and Hockey East Championships.
Their reward for such a stellar season is to play, not the #7 team in the PairWise Ranking (Princeton), not the #12 team in the Pairwise (Mercyhurst), but the #6 team in Northeastern. BC Interruption revealed that the selection committee’s basis was that they judged Princeton to be a stronger team despite little evidence to support that assertion.
The easy solution would be to have Princeton and Northeastern switch spots. It produces slightly more driving (Princeton to Boston is 4.5-5 hours), but maintains the same number of flights (to Wisconsin, Minnesota) and avoids an extra intraconference matchup.
The Selection Committee’s choice also deprives fans of an entertaining matchup in Minnesota and Northeastern, two offensive powerhouses. The Gophers and Huskies ranked second and fourth in goals per game respectively, and first and sixth in power play. Their defenses and goaltenders were nothing to sneer at, but these are two teams that clearly made their success on the offensive side of the puck.
There was some good news out of the Princeton team account earlier today:
Star defender Kelsey Koelzer, who suffered an injury in Princeton’s quarterfinals series versus St. Lawrence, will be in the lineup for the NCAA tournament. It would have been a tremendous disappointment to see such a talented player sidelined for the NCAA tournament.