It's great hockey out here... it's the national format that sucks.
It's not that the hockey is bad out here (The Bears did beat every Eastern opponent they played this year until Saturday) but the format simply sucks. Look at the success of the Number ONE ranked teams at this event over the past 5-7 years? Brutal. The team with the bullseye would probably easily win in a best of three... but to have a format like that is totally laughable. Host teams should also be eliminated... I don't care if that's the only way they can sell tickets. It's just not fair to the other teams that had to work their bags off to get there in a legitimate fashion.
I actually don't have a problem with the current format. People need to remember that these are university athletes, and that it isn't feasible, in terms of time, to play a best of three series or whatever other combination we could think up (Memorial Cup style format probably wouldnt work either, considering the time of the year, and the kind of pressures students are facing). This is the reality of all university sports, and the players are well aware of this going in.
I am disappointed like everyone else, but I don't think it's fair to call it laughable. That's why the NCAA tournaments are so appealing, one game elimination, you need to bring your best.