What a sublime moment for Colorado's two dominant college hockey teams to rise to the top of the national standings. While the National Hockey League cools its skates off the ice, last season's surprising NCAA champions, the Denver Pioneers, are seeded second in the sixteen-team NCAA tournament field; their hated rivals from Colorado College are -- wouldn't you know it? -- number three. The Pis (28-9-2)
and the Tigers (29-8-3) split the four games they played this season, and DU beat CC 1-0 to win the Western Collegiate Hockey Association title. Next, it's on to the NCAAs and the renewal of a bitter rivalry that dates back to 1949 and encompasses 254 match-ups.