WCHA loses 3 of 4 games in NCAAs

Doyle Woody,Dwoody@adn.com

The final verdict is in from the first day of the NCAA tournament and it didn't reflect well on the WCHA, which sent six teams to the 16-team tournament, most of any league.

Three of the four WCHA teams that opened the tournament Friday lost. Minnesota fell 3-2 to Yale in OT (all nine seconds of it); Denver fell to New Hampshire 5-2; and Wisconsin was whacked 6-1 by UMass-Lowell. So, safe to say the East lorded it over the West.

The only win for the WCHA was North Dakota's 2-1 win over Niagara.

Doyle Woody, dwoody@adn.com