This is for the better. The bulls-eye on the back of a #2 and a #1 are similar but the ego that accompanies a #1 far outweighs the chance of a team landing one dead center. I have little doubt that a #1 ranking would cause complacency, lack of drive and a hunger to win. Rand, Reid, Billy and the whole crew have a better track record than to think that, but a #2 guarantees that a thirst for the pinnacle of college hockey recognition is still there. With that, respect, recognition and acknowledgment is all that a #1 ranking would give these boys and I can guarantee that every member of that locker room would trade a shot at a national title for a meaningless ranking mid-season. Enjoy your #1 Minnesota, the Bobcats and our humble, steadily growing faithful will worry about you at another time. For now, it's Brown and Yale. Quinnipiac faces a Brown squad Friday that knows they aren't the team circled on many QU fan's calendars this weekend (Know, they are certainly circled on Rand's). The Bears come in erratic, currently tied for the 8th spot in the league and are winning and then losing just about every other tilt. The Bears' senior class has seen the growth of the Bobcats' program first hand, have suffered many losses over their four years, a stretch where the Bobcats are (7-2-3) against Bruno, and will be eager to have a chance to deny the Bobcats a special opportunity at Ingalls the following night. This game can not be overlooked and it goes without saying that I don't think this will be a problem in this year's dressing room.
This year's group is a collective. If at the beginning of the season Bobcat fans were told that senior Clay Harvey would be second on the team in points, only one Bobcat would be at a point a game (Jeremy Langlois 23 pts. in 23), the Joneses would've combined for 20 points in 24 games, and senior goalie Eric Hartzell would have a realistic shot at the Hobey Baker Award no one would have listened and more likely would've laughed off those ideas. But this team has shocked many and done so in a very unorthodox way. A fine example, take this into account... senior Russell Goodman has four game winning goals and leads the team in that statistical category. They are all contributing and you'd be hard pressed to find a weak link on this squad. The list of unheralded players encapsulates them all but I'd be remiss to not mention sophomores Bryce Van Brabant and Danny Federico, as well as our talented senior class and the steady contributions on special teams by the Joneses and sophomore Matthew Peca, players who've shown how versatile they can be.
I digress, Minnesota, enjoy your #1 ranking, the writers sure do love you. Bobcats, go feast on some Bear and Bulldog... your fans are through the roof and quite thankful of the year you've given them so far. They've got a long way to go, but the ride has been excellent so far.