"You create an unfavorable situation for yourself when you’re counting on results that you play no part in, so that’s my feelings," -- University of Western Michigan Head Coach Andy Murray reflecting on the position his Broncos found themselves in over the weekend.
Despite an impressive regular season in the CCHA Conference of the NCAA, Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski and his University of Western Michigan Broncos have no more hockey to play this year.
The Bronco's who lost their conference semi final to rival Michigan a week ago, had one last faint hope for further NCAA hockey this year, but, as events played out at the conference finals over the weekend, the Bronco's in the end were left on the outside of the road to the Frozen Four.
The Broncos who finished the season with a 19-11-8 record, were swept out of the semi finals to Michigan and had no choice but to spend the weekend past scoreboard watching.
However, as events played out in Detroit, they didn't have long to watch before they learned their fate.
With Notre Dame defeating Ohio State over the weekend, the Broncos fate was sealed and their season came to an end at the tournament office, as opposed to on the ice.
Next year the Broncos move to a new Conference in US College hockey, joining the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, playing against such teams as Colorado College, North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, Miami, Nebraska-Omaha and St. Cloud State.
It was a pretty good run for the Prince Rupert goaltender, in addition to the on ice success of the Broncos (semi final notwithstanding) Slubowski made it out of the first round of on line voting for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award.
However, when all the on line votes were weighed against those ballots from all US College head coaches, Slubowski came up short for the list of the final Top Ten Finalists and won't be moving on to phase two of the balloting..
Voting for the Top Ten begins now and the announcement of the top player in US College hockey will take place on April 12th at the Frozen Four tournament
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