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Success on the ice can beget buzz in the rink. So it is in Ithaca, where the No. 1 Big Red drew a record crowd (2,326) to Cornell’s Lynah Rink. The throng was rewarded, too, with a 3-0 blanking of Clarkson. Brandton Thomas of the Ithaca Journal was there to see it all.

Time was when a clash between Minnesota and Harvard would have locked in the women’s hockey spotlight. Both teams are having sub-standard (for them) seasons, but that just makes it all the more interesting when they do get together. The bragging rights stay in the West, as the Gophers swept both ends of the weekend double dip. John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press gives his brief take.

Hockey head hits have come under great scrutiny of late, as well they should. We came across a blog by strength and conditioning coach Kevin Neeld, which touches on the issue as it relates to both male and female players.

Times have been tough at Princeton, where the Tigers suffered through a six-game winless streak. That came to an end on Saturday with a 4-0 blanking of fellow Ancient Eight (or Six in hockey) Brown, as Aneesh Sahni relates in the Daily Princetonian.

Bob Deraney, the irrepressible bench boss at Providence College has his Friars in fine fettle. Al Daniel of the Friartown Free Press tells you why.

  • Time to see if the Broncos can make it through the stretch and continue to be undefeated. Saturday is how they should have won on Friday, little concern, but Bowling Green had nothing lose… I love this time of the season….

  • redcloud

    Seriously…for someone who has been so called “reporting” for years…how do you mess up the easiest things week in and week out. A simple thing as getting the score right, Miami 3 Michigan 0, isn’t hard to verify. Also if the “season ended today”, which is the dumbest cliche in sports, Miami would get into the tournament as well because they are leading the conference. After all that is how that whole scenerio works isn’t it….who am I kidding asking you to verify something….

  • Bharvey13

    as a part of the UNH Faithful i have close to zero faith in UNH. But we can hope right?

    • Irish Spectre

      As a BC fan, of the three other opponents left standing, UNH is the one that I feel the least uncomfortable about, which is to say that I’m with you!!

      • Jim Reynolds

        I would be more concerned about NU at 5pm and can they withstand NU’s last ditch effort. If NU stays out of the box and Rawlings plays well – NU will play saturday.

  • Floresoscar78

    NU will Play Saturday night! Their senior class is poised and looking for a well deserve revenge against an over-rated BC team. NU is playing as good if not better than any other top ranked school and they are tired of getting pushed down and have nothing to show for. I would be more concerned about UNH.

    • Irish Spectre

      NU has been playing outstandingly well, and with great, deserved confidence, but calling BC “over-rated” is pretty imaginative; it certainly isn’t borne out by any statistic, whatsoever.

      • Floresoscar78

        Your absolutely right Irish Spectre. I got a little carried away by calling BC “over-rated” what i meant is that they are over confident and with good reason. I feel that whichever team comes out of the locker room with the highest level of intensity will win. NU has proven that. BC plays to defend their championship not to win another one.

    • Mrs. York

      how’d that work out for ya

  • merrimack gets an early lead and watch out their wide open style will make them tough to come back on
    GO EAGLES

  • Lefty

    righty, WCHA teams have won it 6 of 10 in the last 10 years……Not a good comment!

    • Duane Glass

      Ya got a math error there, Lefty. It’s 6 in 11, not 10.

      The WCHA had a great five-year run from 2002-2006. Five for five. BUT, since then your league has gone zip for four and only gotten a team into the championship game once — last year.

      Before the great five-year run, there wasn’t any dominance. The nineties were almost all Hockey East and the CCHA. The WCHA won in 1997 and 1990 and other than the vacated runner up in 1992 only got to the championship game in 1996.

      So we’ll give the WCHA a great five-year run. But not so much before and certainly not since.

      Compare that to Hockey East getting a team to the championship game all but once in the last 14 years and all but twice in the last 18. Now that’s sustained excellence.

      • whocares

        UND also won the title in 2000 in addition to the 1997 title you mentioned

      • guest

        HAHA, and boom goes the dynamite…well played sir, well played

      • guest

        No collegiate conference – in any sport – can top the impressive list of national scale accomplishments of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and its member teams. Since 1951, teams representing the men’s WCHA have earned a record 36 NCAA Frozen Four (national) championships, finished as the runner-up another 27 times, and qualified for at least one berth in the Men’s Frozen Four in 54 of 58 seasons overall. NOW THAT IS SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE

        • BobW

          WCHA dominance is in the past. Not only has Hockey East won the last three championships, but BC has clearly dominated the hockey scene for the last 10 years with 3 national championships, having played in the championship game 4 out of the last 5 years.

          • nutmeg

            3 titles in 10 years?? I think to need to research that a little. Did you take math at one of those fine Boston schools? Still no dog in this fight.

          • James

            2001, 2008, 2010. That equals 3 titles. 2001 to 2011 equals 10 years. I am not too sure what you are questioning here. Also, I am not sure who would argue that Boston schools aren’t among the best in the country. Although BC isn’t necessarily known for math, I find no flaws here. If you are saying that 3 titles in 10 years isn’t impressive, I would say you are wrong. Although a number of teams have done it before, each team that has done it has been dominant in that time.

          • Where Eagles Dare

            what’s more impressive is that BC has been in 9 out of the last 13 Frozen Fours, with 7 appearances in the Finals. DOMINANCE!

            quite simply, York knows how to get the most out of the talent, unlike UNH, etc.

          • Charles

            What’s really amazing is that they’ve managed to do it without cheating (probably). I’m talking to you Maine and Northeastern. In the past 20 years, either BU or BC has been the national champion or runner up 12 times. BU hadthe 90’s (6 frozen four appearances although they only had 1 championship to show for it and 3 time runners up) and BC dominated 2000-2010 (7 frozen four appearances with 3 titles and 3 time runners up).

        • Rl0529

          hmmm, yes. with their abundance of 24 yr old freshman every year

      • DUed

        Actually, Duane, you are kinda sorta right about the 90’s but entirely off base with the “not so much before or since” comment. If we look at each decade starting in 1950 (50-59,60-69,etc), WCHA teams have never won fewer than 5 of the 10 nat. titles (except the 90s when WCHA teams only took 3).

        In the 50s and 60s, WCHA teams took 17 of the 20 titles, in the 70s they took 6 of the 10. Obviously, it was a different hockey world then, yet from 1980-2009 the WCHA has taken almost half of the titles – 14. In the most recent decade (00-09), WCHA has 6 of the 10. And as for the 90s, CCHA took 4, HE and WCHA took 3 each (N Mich was WCHA at the time) so pretty even between the three conferences and not really accurate to say the 90s “were almost all HE and the CCHA”.

        While I don’t like some of the comments made by a few of the WCHA fans here, it isn’t for nothing that they have some tude. It also isn’t for nothing that HE fans have some attitude. HE teams have done phenomenally well since the mid 90s, and in the 14 year period you mentioned they have won the big game 5 times…ahem, while the WCHA has won it 7 times :) (To be fair, in your 18 year period HE has as many wins as WCHA.)

        As for me, I’m a Denver fan and I don’t care one little bit that they ended up in NoDak’s region. If DU is going to win it all they are going to have to play four tough games; might as well start with WMU and ND. I also feel the same about BC’s and Miami’s placement; it doesn’t matter at all that they got sent the “wrong” direction, that is just the luck of the draw and if it makes it “harder” on them then they will just have to step it up or go home. The brackets this year are pretty compelling and, for sure, there aren’t going to be any “easy” paths to the title. Should be a great tourney!

  • Lefty

    Your right, 11 years….8 times WCHA was in Championship game. Just a response to righty about H.E. winning every year.

  • Frattin

    Just curious how Yale got the number one overall seed when they didn’t even win there conference.

    • Duh!

      Conference records are not what is looked at. Overall record is what’s important. Yale had a better overall record than Union.

  • VermontfaninNY

    Keep in mind this year the ECAC tied Hockey East in head to head and had a better record against the Western Conferences. To me that means they were the better conference this year, although this is the exception not the rule.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    I know, let’s let Yale host in Bridgeport the next 10 years, and of course, UNH will host in Manchester every other year. I mean, it’s the only fair thing to do….

    • After Further Review

      How about BC putting in a bid to host? The NCAA gives everybody that option. How come you didn’t complain that BU hosted in Worcester throughout the entire 90’s?
      I am a UNH fan and a Hockey East fan, been at all of their Frozen Fours and cheered for them to win and am assuming I will be doing that again this year. It just seems like the more you win, the more you whine, you’re acting like (most, not all) UND/WCHA fans now. I guess you can never be happy… you are winning, the rest really doesn’t matter, but you need something to bitch about, I guess. Relax and enjoy your championships!

  • Guest

    My problem is with the crappy PWR methodology. If you take KRACH, which I find much more realistic of the actually strength of teams, here are the top 4 teams (which also corresponds more closely with the national polls as well).

    1) UND
    2) BC
    3) Yale
    4) Denver

    So despite being the #1 team in KRACH, and the #1 team in the national polls for several weeks; barring any upsets, UND will likely have to beat in order:

    Rensselaer
    #4 Denver
    #2 BC
    #3 Yale

    That’s pretty crazy.

    • Where Eagles Dare

      and BC would have to beat CC, #5 Michigan, #1 UND, and #3 Yale.

      Yale gets the cakewalk this year, and Miami lucks out, except for having to play in UNH’s backyard….however, UNH is beatable this time of year, as usual

      • #1siouxfan

        i agree with you about yale completely they are definitely in the easiest regional and they will probably still lose in it haha

  • AHA fan

    Ease up on atlantic hockey, lets recap…
    06 – Holy Cross over Minnesota
    07 – a late comeback (3 third period goals) lifted Minnesota to a one-goal win over Air Force
    08 – it took Miami overtime to beat Air Force
    09 – Air Force finally broke through with a win against Michigan and was an OT goal away from the Frozen Four, losing to Vermont.
    10 – though I despise RIT, I do like their body of work, and don’t try to point to the shelling they took from Wisco in the frozen four – Miami lost by the same margin to BC in the second semi-final, and then BC went on to skunt Wisco for the title. will anyone argue that Miami didn’t belong, or Wisco?

    Compare Atlantic Hockey’s number of tourney wins in the last 5 years with those of ECAC. Getting one team in, AH has won 4 tourney games in the past 5 years and made a trip to the frozen four. ECAC has won 4 tourney games in the past 5 years – having had 11 teams in the tourney – with no frozen four appearances. Over twice as many teams in the tourney and the same number of wins. All I ask is come tourney time, give a little credit to the team good enough to win Atlantic Hockey. They are an unfamiliar beast to many tournament teams. All of that being said, what Yale does have going for it is that the Elis have played the Falcons already and lost. Yale is too good to lose to the same team twice – in fact that have not done that all season (they learn from their mistakes – must be pretty smart kids). Though I believe Yale will win this game, I won’t be surprised if they don’t… and the winner will add one to their league’s tournament wins column.

  • Putzigle

    East Regional will stink – top to bottom. Selection committee put a garbage bracket in Bridgeport for the second straight time. One Atlantic and two from ECAC.
    C’mon, give me a break and put REAL quality teams in here. Staying awake for this bracket will be a challenge!

  • Where Eagles Dare
  • Where Eagles Dare

    Tell me if I’m wrong…Since Jerry York got BC back to prominence in the late 90’s, Hockey East has also flourished. In the 13 Frozen Fours since 1998 (that would be a possibility of 52 teams total in those FF’s), HE has sent 21 teams, WCHA 16, CCHA 12, ECAC 2, and Atlantic 1.

    na, na, na, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnuff said !!!

  • Where Eagles Dare

    wait a minute…a HE team has been in the Final 13 out of the past 14 years…the only big down year was 2005, when no HE team made the Frozen Four. Otherwise, it’s a great streak !!!