I would say that as much as the inability for Thompson to get a pass for what would turn into a gimme one timer. Even Buccigross and Melrose pointed it out after the save. This was a really good game until Leaman pulled the goalie to make some things happen and MD blew it open. I will say this...it was nice to be able to turn a really good hockey game on at 5 pm on a weekday that wasn't a replay of last night's NHL game. PC shouldn't hang their heads...they played well and had a good run in the post season...actually from December on.
They hit the jackpot with getting Makar to come to UMass - ironically, recruited by the since-fired (and horrible) prior head coach. Then they hit the jackpot again with getting Makar to come back for his sophomore year.
Carvel is also a legitimately good coach who filled the space around Makar with some very solid recruits and has developed them well. Without Makar they certainly would be nowhere near where they are now, but would definitely be a contender to make the NCAA Tournament.
Duluth is unsurprisingly favored due to a super stingy defense. Kind of ironic when the opposing team just had a defenseman awarded the Hobey Baker. Great storyline. Makar might need his best collegiate game to win this one. I'm cheering for UMass. Let them win a freaking championship in something.