The first game of the Frozen Four was never close, as Wisconsin scored within the first minute of the game. The highly-seeded Badgers added five more goals before a Tyler Brenner goal finally got Rochester Institute of Technology on the board.
A large section of the stands at the cavernous Ford Field was orange, as thousands of fans of the upstart RIT program made the 5 1/2 hour trip to Detroit.
Though few of the fans thought a run at an NCAA championship was possible before the year started, the 5-year-old program has made incredible strides. RIT has earned the respect of the hockey world and made a lot of new fans in Rochester. The hope is that this incredible and unexpected season will be a springboard for future success.