Capitals rookie defenseman Patrick Wey had a rough night Sunday, leaving the game because of an apparent head injury after a mismatch of a fight against Nashville’s Rich Clune in a 4-3 shootout loss. It’s not much consolation right now, but Wey’s NCAA hockey tournament bracket is looking great.
The Caps asked the five players on their roster who played college hockey (plus American Connor Carrick) to fill out brackets in advance of the tournament. At the same time that Clune was pummeling Wey, Minnesota was claiming the final spot in the Frozen Four with a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State.
Wey, who starred at Boston College, and Jay Beagle, who played at Alaska-Anchorage, both correctly picked the Golden Gophers in the Frozen Four along with Union, North Dakota and BC. Both players have BC and Minnesota advancing to the April 12 final, with the Eagles winning it all.
Sure, it’s a lot easier to pick a final four when the tournament starts with 16 teams, but considering I went 4-8 picking the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games, I’m impressed. The only pick Wey missed in 12 games was St. Cloud State’s first-round win over Notre Dame. Former Michigan star Chris Brown’s bracket is the worst of the bunch; three of his final four teams lost in the first round, including his champion, Wisconsin. I doubt Brown had the Badgers in his NCAA hoops pool, too.
Thanks to reader Lars for the tip.