Pointers receive NCAA Hockey bye, host rival Adrian in quarters
It was almost a no-brainer Pointer hockey would once again make the NCAA tournament.
WIAC regular season and tournament champs, top-3 ranking, defending national champs.
But the WIAC doesn't have an automatic bid, so they still had to wait for an official at-large invite. They got that on Monday morning.
"We were pretty happy we got a bye into the quarterfinals," senior Kyle Sharkey said. "Guys were pretty happy to see that one pop up as opposd to seeing a first-round play-in game pop up. Guys were pretty happy."
So the Pointers get a first round bye, meaning they need just one win, next Saturday, to get to the Frozen Four for a 4th straight year.
But that game is against 6th ranked Adrian, who they were 1-1-1 against this season.
"Each time we play them its significant to our season," senior Lawrence Cornellier said. "Now, here in the playoffs its one and done. You have to throw everything aside and you know that you've got to do everything you can to win a game this time. It doesn't matter who it is, Adrian...anyone."
"People talk about the past and our past championships," coach Chris Brooks said. "Our past championships mean nothing right now. The NCAA Tournament, national championship game in two weeks means nothing if you don't take care of next Saturday's game against Adrian."