Colorado College powered to one of the best regular seasons in its hockey history.
Colorado College then wilted, stumbling to one of the most disappointing playoff performances.
Last week, coach Scott Owens referred to the NCAA Tournament as a “bonus.”
The NCAA Tournament isn’t a bonus. It’s the point of the entire season. It is – or at least should be – the focus of everything about a college hockey team.
Winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association title is grueling task, and the Tigers should be proud of the feat. It’s a long, long ride.
But a journey to the Frozen Four has more weight, much more weight.