Colorado College didn’t mind making the NCAA Hockey Tournament as an at-large entry, just as long as the Tigers were included.
Not so for Denver, which sees its two-year reign as NCAA champion end. The Pioneers failed to make the regular-season ending WCHA Final Five following a 5-2 loss last week to Minnesota-Duluth in the deciding third game in the best of three series. That loss meant no NCAA bid and the end of All-American Matt Carle’s career at Denver.
Carle will forego his senior year of eligibility after signing with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. He was scheduled to join the team in St. Louis and start this Tuesday night against the Blues.
Colorado College, despite a 3-1 loss in Game 3 to St. Cloud State in the third and final contest of the WCHA first round playoff series, earned a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. The Tigers (24-15-2) will oppose No. 2 seed Cornell (20-8-4) this Saturday in Green Bay, Wis.
Air Force won’t be in line for an at large bid for the NCAAs after losing to 4-3 to Robert Morris in the CHA quarterfinals on March 10 to complete an 11-20-1 record.
Colorado College, which opened at 5-1 odds at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas back in October, is currently third at 4-1 behind Minnesota (7-2) and NCAA Finals favorite Wisconsin (2-1).
The Frozen Four, equivalent to the Final Four in basketball, is set for the Bradley Center in Milwaukee from April 6-8.
Denver has won the national championhip in hockey five times, including the past two seasons. The other titles came in 1958, 1960 and 1961.
Colorado College has not won a national title since 1957. The Tigers only other NCAA hockey crown came in 1950.
Michigan won the inaugural Division I hockey title in 1949, followed the next year by Boston College. Here is a breakdown of the NCAA hockey title odds, courtesy of Caesars Palace. The most recent odds were out prior to Sunday’s NCAA pairings.
NCAA HOCKEY ODDS C/0 CAESARS PALACE
Wisconsin 2-1, Minnesota 7-2, Colorado College 4-1, Boston College 9-2, Cornell 5-1, Boston U 6-1, Michigan 6-1, Denver 9-1, Vermont 12-1, North Dakota 15-1, Maine 18-1, New Hampshire 18-1, Colgate 18-1, Ohio St 20-1, Harvard 25-1,
St. Lawrence 30-1, Providence 30-1, Michigan St 35-1, Bemidji St 40-1, St. Cloud St 50-1, Clarkson, 50-1, Mercyhurst 60-1, Lake Superior St 60-1, N. Michigan 75-1, Niagara 75-1, Minnesota-Duluth 100-1, Alaska-Fairbanks 100-1, Nebraska-Omaha 100-1
Holy Cross 100-1, Rensselaer 150-1, Dartmouth 200-1, Quinnipiac 250-1, Ferris St 250-1, Union 250-1, Bowling Green 300-1, Alabama-Huntsville 300-1, Mass-Lowell 300-1, Wayne St 300-1, Minnesota 300-1, Canisius 300-1, UMass 300-1, Brown 300-1,
Sacred Heart 300-1, UConn 300-1, Michigan Tech 300-1, Princeton 300-1, Air Force 300-1, Notre Dame 300-1, Notre Dame 300-1, Robert Morris 300-1. Field (all others) 8-1.