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03-14-2010, 12:52 AM
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Alabama-Huntsville Wins Final CHA Championship

Junior goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 43 shots, and local product Keenan Desmet scored the game-winner 94 seconds into overtime to give the Chargers a 3-2 win.

This is UAH's second tournament appearance all-time, the first coming in 2007 when they gave Notre Dame a real run for their money (Ryan Thang scored in double-overtime to give the Irish the win). This is also their first tournament appearance under third-year coach Danton Cole (Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning). The team posted just ten regular season wins (10-17-3 overall), but beat host Niagara in the championship game after the Purple Eagles upset heavy favorite Bemidji State.

This is the final season for College Hockey America: the conference will disband after this season. Bemidji State will join the WCHA, and Robert Morris and Niagara will join Atlantic Hockey, but the Chargers will be the only independent in D-I hockey and may not have a legitimate chance at another NCAA bid for some time as a result.

Best of luck to the Chargers as they head out onto the dance floor!

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Big congrats to the Chargers indeed!!!

A great accomplishment to earn their second NCAA tourney appearance in the final season of the CHA. I really hope they take an "Us vs. The World" attitude into the tournament and knock off an opponent from the CCHA just to stick it to them for not accepting the Chargers into the fold next year...they've already done it a couple times this season, so you never know...

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Is the NCAA hockey tourney a 16 team field? If so when are the brackets announced?

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Is the NCAA hockey tourney a 16 team field? If so when are the brackets announced?
Yes, it is a 16 team field. I don't know the exact date, but I believe the seeding isn't announced till next weekend after all the conferences have completed their tournaments...

Tournament starts on March 26th...

Check out USCHO.com for all the info on the NCAA tourney bracket...

http://www.uscho.com/ncaad1/

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Big congrats to the Chargers indeed!!!

A great accomplishment to earn their second NCAA tourney appearance in the final season of the CHA. I really hope they take an "Us vs. The World" attitude into the tournament and knock off an opponent from the CCHA just to stick it to them for not accepting the Chargers into the fold next year...they've already done it a couple times this season, so you never know...
Don't blame the CCHA for A-H's situation. Please do a little research before posting incorrect inferences about conference affiliation for next year and beyond.

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Don't blame the CCHA for A-H's situation. Please do a little research before posting incorrect inferences about conference affiliation for next year and beyond.
1) UAH applied to the CCHA for admission into the conference - http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog....pplies-to-ccha

2) UNO left the CCHA for the WCHA starting in '10-'11, leaving the CCHA with an opening - http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/...bemidji-state/

3) The trips from some of the schools in the CCHA to Omaha, NE when compared to the distances to Huntsville, AL are equal or shorter...

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East Lansing to Huntsville 672 miles
East Lansing to Omaha 672 miles

Ann Arbor to Huntsville 651 miles
Ann Arbor to Omaha 692 miles

Columbus to Huntsville 510 miles
Columbus to Omaha 781 miles
4) The administrators of the CCHA schools voted to deny UAH membership effectively putting UAH on the death watch - http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/...ha-denies-uah/

5) Multiple bloggers following NCAA and CCHA hockey think the decision is a very poor one...

http://grossmisconducthockey.com/200...ma-huntsville/

http://www.yostbuilt.com/2009/08/cch...untsville.html

Explain what other research I need to do to conclude that the CCHA made a bad choice and effectively weakened D-I NCAA hockey???

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Explain what other research I need to do to conclude that the CCHA made a bad choice and effectively weakened D-I NCAA hockey???

- List the conferences that even considered A-H for admission (Hint: the list consists of one conference previously mentioned). The single conference that accepted A-H's application gets blame for denial of admittance, but no credit for even considering the program.

- The CCHA is widely recognized in college hockey as having done more publicly and privately to maintain the competitive nature of multiple conferences and the balance between small and large hockey programs for a number of years than any other conference.

- If you think the CCHA has not tried to protect the fragile balance of the haves and have nots of college hockey, research the way that other conferences and larger individual programs have historically tried to manipulate everything from competitive balance to the NCAA selection process (a process so bad that they now use the current PairWise Rankings to eliminate subjectivity and influence).

- As far as weakening D-1 hockey, where are all of the other conferences in saving A-H? Why was it O.K. for the WCHA to poach UNO from the CCHA to form a bigger conference at the expense of another conference?

Blame can go around to a hundred different points, but the CCHA is far, far from the villain in this story.

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Blame can go around to a hundred different points, but the CCHA is far, far from the villain in this story.
I'll agree with you that there is a lot of blame to go around, but no other conference considered their application due to the fact that UAH only applied to the CCHA. They filed a letter of intent with the WCHA, but didn't pursue it when it was announced that UNO was joining the league along with Bemdji State.

It's far from an ideal situation, but the CCHA made the most sense geographically and schedule wise. There was no reason given for denial and while they were well within their right to decline the application, it just didn't make sense except for schools not wanting to travel to Huntsville.

You can say the CCHA has done a lot for NCAA hockey over the years, but they clearly didn't help in this case...

And what's the problem with me rooting for them to knock off a CCHA team if they get the opportunity? They took Notre Dame to OT in 2007 and beat them up in South Bend this season...it's not like they couldn't do it again...

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