The Star Tribune published an article about the Gopher men's hockey team getting a number one seed in the NCAA regional playoffs. They will play Air Force in Denver on Friday night. Coach Don Lucia is friends with Air Force coach Fank Serratore, who has teased Lucia about messing with Atlantic hockey because of the Gophers loss to Holy Cross last year. Air Force in the number four seed and will be using Holy Cross as a motivational tool, but so will the Gophers to remind themselves that they can have it all taken away if they don't work hard. Also in the bracket are Michigan and North Dakota. Since the Gophers are the number one ranked seed, they should have played the No. 16 seed but since neither Denver nor Colorado College made the field, the selection committee thought it was best to put Air Force in Denver.
The reporter starts the story with a small story displaying the friendship of the two coaches and wraps up the story with more commentary about the friendship. "Considering they are best friends, Carol Serratore, a St. Paul native, and Joyce Lucia likely will sit together in the stands when their husband's teams face off Saturday. Likewise, the coaches will have their time together when the work is done." This brings the story full circle and gives it a lighter touch. The reporter doesn't show any bias as to what team will win, even though the reporter is writing for an audience consisiting of mostly Minnesota residents.
The Pinoeer Press also reported on this. The reporter took a different approach, which was that the Gophers won't have an easy path to the Frozen Four. The reporter outlines how the Gophers got to the point they are in and he uses a nut graph to tell when the Frozen Four is. "The winners will collide at 5 p.m. Sunday for the right to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four on April 5 and 7 in St. Louis." The reporter gets alot of quotes from Lucia and some of the players. The awards the team has won so far are also added to this article.
I liked the Star Tribune article better because it had a lighter feel during a very intense situation. Although it lacked many quotes, it still gave the important information and let the reader know what was going on. Since I follow Gopher hockey, I know about the awards they have won and what they could accomplish the rest of hte season, so it was nice to see a different side of the upcoming game. The Pioneer Press article was very straight forward and gavea lot of facts. It wasn't very interesting to me, since I already knew them.