Decision a Boon to Local Airlines
Two NCHC teams were awarded NCAA host schools for the 2017 NCAA regional playoffs - Miami & North Dakota. While this is better than flying across multiple time zones to the northeast, there is no place like home. Too bad that the Springs or Denver did not bid and/or were not awarded a host role in 2017.
Two changes need to be made in the current playoff system. A lower seeded host should never play a higher seeded opponent (can you say Providence vs. DU?). It is about the $$$ but the 'neutral' regional venues are usually half empty anyway. If you are not going to offer truly neutral ice, reward the top four seeds as hosts. If their rinks are scheduled during that period, drop down to the two-seed, etc...
Miami from the NCHC is one of the Regional hosts this season.