Last Sunday was the more well-known ‘Selection Sudnay’ as the field for the NCAA Basketball tournament was released. With the tournament all the way down to the sweet-16, another ‘Selection Sunday’ took place yesterday.
The 16-team field for the College Hockey championship was released today, and the Florida Panthers were well represented. Eight prospects playing in the college ranks will be playing in the tournament, highlighted by Roco Grimaldi, Mike Matheson and Kyle Rau.
West Regional – Kyle Rau
The junior from Eden Prairie, Minnesota was the team’s third round pick in 2011 NHL draft and in 37-games this season has scored 34-points (12 G, 22 A). His Minnesota Golden Gopher team has the number-one seed in the West Regional and will take on Robert Morris in the opening round. Should they get by the first round they would get the winner of the Notre Dame/St. Could game.
The Midwest region will feature one of two head-to-heads between Panthers’ prospects. Roco Grimaldi has been one of the best college players the last two seasons, and has scored 36-points in 39-points. His North Dakota team is the fourth seed and will take on Wittchow’s Wisconsin Badgers’ team.
In his second year with the team, the 6’4 defenseman has registered seven points and has ten career points. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Ferris State/Colgate game.
The most represented region in the tournament, two of the Panthers’ best college prospects will be featured.
Matheson and McCoshen have combined for 29-points this season for the Boston College Eagles, who will be one of the favorites to win the tournament.
Facing McCoshen and Matheson in net for Denver will be Sam Brittan, The 2010 fourth round pick has been great for the Pioneers this season, posting five shutouts to go along with a 2.11 GAA and a .932 SP.
Cowley has only played in four games this season, serving as the backup to Brittan but has looked great in his few appearances. The team’s fourth round pick in the most recent draft has posted a 1.95 GAA and a .945 SP in his brief appearances.
East Regional – Connor Brickley
The lone representative in the East Region, Brickley and his Vermont team will take on Union in the first round. Brickley has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) on the season.
The NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament will begin March 28, with the National Championship taking place April 12.