While the Hoosiers still have some work to do to keep that No. 1 ranking deep into the season, it is definitely not out of reach. If there is one thing that the Legends Classic Tournament in Brooklyn taught us this week it is that Hoosiers have fight in them. As an IU fan I’ll be the first to admit that these games were way too close for comfort. However, in both games they managed to pull away in the end and take home the tournament hardware. After the fact, I will say that I’m kind of glad that Zeller didn’t hit the game winner because it gave them a chance to prove themselves in OT. Only time will tell how good we can be, especially against tough opponents on the road in hostile environments during Big Ten play. They also can’t overlook the matchup against North Carolina in this year’s Big Ten-ACC challenge. All in all I’m very excited about this year’s season. Let’s see if we can hang a sixth banner!
My final topic is DU hockey. After losing several of their top goal scorers to the NHL it was predicted that the Pioneers would have a rebuilding season. However, 10 games into the season the Pios are 9-1 (7-1, WCHA) including a sweep last weekend of arch rival Colorado College 6-5, 6-2. Not to mention, they are ranked 2nd in the country. With the exception of the one loss, the Pioneers have found the back of the net time and time again from multiple different players. Two players have already recorded hat tricks (3 goals in one game). I can’t recall a hat trick in the past two years. The Pios face tough tests ahead starting with No. 3 New Hampshire this Saturday and 3 straight weeks on the road including one series at North Dakota. The key will be to stick with their game and not to come at flat and soft. If they do this, there will be a lot more ticks in the W column.