So after the North Dakota victory over Minn.-Duluth, I can not seem to find a way to get Yale out of the tournament.

I can get Yale as low as the 12 seed (tied for 11th with Cornell and UNH, but finishing ahead of UNH based on RPI) with four autobids below it in the PWR, but no lower than that.

Yale currently sits in the number 10 position, and it looks like only two teams are able to pass it in the PWR, Vermont and Northern Michigan. Northern Michigan can pass Yale with a 1-1 record, but the only way Vermont can pass Yale is with a 2-0 record this weekend.

Thus Yale can not fall further than 12th. And through all the permutations, if Yale is 12th, then there can only be four autobids below it, since Vermont would have passed Yale.

Yale can finish 11th and have five autobids behind it as well.


I Believe That Yale has locked up an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

That makes it a total of 11 teams now.

Denver, Miami, Wisconsin, Boston College, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State, Yale, Alabama-Huntsville, the ECAC Champion and the Atlantic Hockey Champion.

Five spots left to be taken now from Ferris State, Northern Michigan, Michigan, Alaska, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth, and possibly Cornell (who can fall into category one with the ECAC Championship).

  • JJfP

    Actually, LSSU had it in New York.  A look at their lines will show how badly they had it.  They were recovering when ND went to the Soo, but likely still passed some germs on.  

    • Paula Weston

      I had heard that they picked it up in NY and brought it back with them.  Nobody from FSU said anything to me about it — FSU was the Lakers’ opponent before Canisius — and I had heard that there was illness that ND weekend. Just passing along what I’d heard.  It certainly could have originated in the U.P.  Influenza hit Michigan in Traverse City first this year in September according to news reports, then worked its way down (and pretty quickly, I might add).  Maybe it worked its way up, too.  

  • CS

    Someone voted Notre Dame #1 in this week’s poll.  That’s just embarrassing after they were swept at home including a 9-2 loss.  I know the polls don’t mean anything right  now but they lose any credibility with homer votes like that.

    • Paula Weston

      Wasn’t me.

  • Alex

    So that’s why Notre Dame lost? Because they were sick? Riiight. Whatever you say Paula.

    Looked to me like their biggest weakness was exposed… and that is those two mediocre goalies they have. Same with Miami. If you can get to them… they aren’t very good.

    • Paula Weston

      I’m not saying they wouldn’t have lost anyway.  I’m just saying that there was something going around.  We’ve seen this increasingly in recent years, where a virus just runs through a team one week, then the team that team plays the next.  Not saying that LSSU wouldn’t have lost to ND the week before; I’m not saying that ND wouldn’t have been swept by Northeastern.  I’m just suggesting that it may have been a contributing factor.

  • Working in a rink I know how this is. Some kid gets sick and those germ stick around..eventually every player on that team, asst coach, coach, parents and rink staff all get it. I hope this year won’t be too bad..

  • Richard

    Lets see. Miami lost twice to NMU this past weekend, but USCHO moves Miami up in their latest poll. Any bias there, USCHO?

    • DU Fan

      Miami went from ranked (18) to others receiving votes … not sure how you see that as moving up.

    • Paula Weston

      Richard, do you have an old poll bookmarked?  As DU fan pointed out, Miami is no longer ranked this week.  

      Additionally, your comment leads me to believe that maybe you don’t know the process of the USCHO poll.  It’s a ballot process with 50 voters counted weekly.  These voters aren’t simply USCHO staff; voters are seasoned writers from around the country as well as head coaches.  USCHO itself doesn’t pick who lands where in any week’s poll. 

  • Richard

    To Paula & DU Fan
     When I checked their latest poll (Dec. 5th) yesterday afternoon (around 5 pm central time), they had Miami ranked 18 after being unranked the week before. That had me scratching my head because NMU had just beaten them twice. Now USCHO shows Miami unranked again. They caught their mistake. Either that or I was seeing things yesterday. lol 

  • K

    During the course of ECAC hockey and a few games outside of that division, I’ve seen [tv, person] and heard of egregious conduct involving continually bad officiating throughout games.  Not necessary a missed call, but blatant disregard to fair play throughout the whole game.  Case in point Union v Colgate: net came off moorings and no whistle. player deliberately ran into net, no delay of game, 2x Union shot over glass in defensive zone and no delay of game, ‘gate player charged while trying to score when union holding and pushing into net and knocking own goalie down, gate player tackled – yes tackled and no call.  It looked as though officials did everything for a Union win except grab the puck, toss into net and call it a goal.  These officials are well paid for their services, and like any other ‘business’, if misconduct occurs… reprimand or termination is in order.
    I am not a die-hard team fan… but when officials are dictating a game, its time to suspend or in these two officials, terminate employment.
    Yes, there is video of game – contact Colgate Athletic department

    • Ajfallis

      sounds like a cranky colgate fan

  • css228

    I think your opinion of ECAC officials is mired in delusions of competence