"To many, this was a referendum on junior hockey. A Canadian major junior team and an NCAA team will likely never meet in any kind of meaningful context, but this was just about the next best thing, with college hockey's biggest feeder league, the only Tier I league in the United States, standing in."
The Black Hawks lost ultimately 2-0 to their OHL opponent. Nonetheless, the closeness of the game indicates how the USHL has come of age and can compete with what has been regarded as an athletically superior league of hockey players in the past. This clash was of importance to Cornell as well as Cornell's 2012-13 roster includes seven players who gained experience in the USHL. Among those seven players is sophomore Brian Ferlin who even injured for a significant portion of the season amassed the third-highest total of points for the team behind only senior Sean Collins and junior Greg Miller last season.