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Alabama-Huntsville is the first team to qualify for this year's NCAA tournament. The Chargers were only 10-19-3 during the regular season, but played well and caught some breaks in the CHA tournament to qualify for the tournament. They came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Wayne State in the first round of the tournament. Then they were able to upset conference champion Niagara 5-3 in the semifinal.

In the final, they drew Robert Morris, who upset second place Bemidji, and the Chargers were able to squeak out a 5-4 overtime victory.

UAH's record this year isn't pretty, and their results against quality competition is even uglier. Their only games against teams with a shot at making the tournament are an 8-1 loss to Colorado College, an 8-1 loss to Michigan, and a 3-1 loss to Minnesota at Minnesota's holiday tournament, which is probably best remembered as Tyler Hirsch's swan song with the Gophers.

Needless to say, I think the chances of an upset here are pretty slim. It's nice to see the kids down in Alabama get a chance at the Big Show though, especially since their future looks to be up in the air with the CHA slowly dying.