Alas, it wasn't to be.

Monday's Upload listed all of the not-quite-Prime Time titles collected by Minnesota teams this year, noting that our Rochester Ice Hawks were two games away from the U.S. Tier III junior hockey title. Tier III is where players who are 16 to 20 years old pay to play junior hockey with the hope of catching on at a small school or a higher level of juniors.

Well, our Ice Hawks went all Twins-against-the-Yankees on us in the third period Monday night, turning a 4-2 lead into a 6-4 loss to Long Island by giving up four goals in the final 9 minutes, 58 seconds.

As Ben Pherson of the Rochester Post-Bulletin told us: "The Rochester Ice Hawks were so close to the national championship game they could almost taste it."

Or, as Tyler Beasley told Pherson, "Maybe they wanted it more than we did, I don't know."

Whatever, Upload was hoping for another title to put on the low shelf of our title bookcase.

You can read the complete report out of Rochester here and here.

(Above photo from the Ice Hawks web site.)




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