My college-aged daughter and I are heading on a road trip. Yes, the trip is set to satisfy both of our college hockey fanaticism. We may even get some shopping in on Saturday.
Tomorrow morning, in what is suppose to be snow so very appropriate for hockey weather, my daughter and I will head to Albany for round one of the NCAA Hockey Tournament. We are heading to the Times-Union Center in Albany for two games on Friday – #2 St Cloud State vs. #3 Clarkson and then, the reason for the trip, #4 Niagara vs. #1 Michigan. The games are suppose to be broadcast on ESPNU so look for me if you get this channel.
I have many reasons to cheer on Niagara. That is where my daughter attends college. That is the team I am going to call “my” team this tournament. But more importantly, I am always, first and foremost, a WVU Mountaineer and at this moment in time, we all still hate the University of Michigan. We hate that their basketball coach is John Beilein, straight from the Mountainners. We hate even more that their new football coach is none other than Rich Rodriguez. Some things are not easily forgiven.
Elise attends Niagara University. When she left for college three and a half years ago, she was not a big hockey fan. She has become a huge hockey fan since living in the Greater Niagara Frontier. We have seen two Niagara vs. Cornell games this year that were at Cornell during her between semester break. At that time, I also went to one game in Niagara.
Two weeks ago, at the beginning of her spring break, I went to Niagara for the College Hockey American Tournament. Niagara hosted this in “fan friendly” Dwyer Arena. They also won the tournament, earning themselves an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA Hockey Tournament, unlike March Madness where 65 teams start, starts with sixteen teams. There are four regional locations – Albany, NY; Worcester, Massachusetts; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Madison, Wisconsin. We were going together if Niagara played in Albany or Worcester. Elise was probably going if the team played in Madison.
Look for more details on the road tomorrow.