Dennis Janson: US World Cup tie with Portugal recalls a 2009 devastating loss —closer to home

It was like a follow-up punch in the gut.

Watching team USA let a World Cup soccer win slip from its grasp in the dying seconds against Portugal was painfully reminiscent of a moment much closer to home that unfolded in 2009 — in a different sport and a completely different venue. But the pain was all too similar.
     
     Miami University’s men’s ice hockey team waded its way through the thicket of traditional college powers to make the Frozen Four, the semi-finals of the NCAA Championship, ultimately advancing to the title game against Boston University. The Boston Terriers had four championships to their credit, the upstart Red Hawks meanwhile represented a school that had never won an NCAA team title of any stripe. In fact, MU had never played beyond the round of eight in the tournament while BU was playing in its 10th NCAA final.
     
     Cue the rout music, right? Not so fast.

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