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History made in Hockey East
Milestones were reached throughout the week in Hockey East.

Merrimack posts program’s first win
After going winless in two nonconference series, Merrimack broke through with its first victory in its debut in league action.

“It’s a pretty sweet victory,” coach Erin Hamlen said.

Backed by 34 saves from Samantha Ridgewell, the Warriors triumphed over New Hampshire, 2-1. Ridgewell was able to hold off the Wildcats while they outshot Merrimack, 15-3, over the opening 20 minutes, allowing her team to seize a lead on Paige Voight’s goal late in the frame. Voight collected a pass from defenseman Meghan Martin, split the defense, and snapped in a short-range wrist shot for the Warriors’ first HEA goal. Martin added another assist early in the final period, clearing a puck away from the slot while on a penalty kill; Jackie Pieper picked it up along the side boards, carried the length of the ice, and backhanded in the program’s first short-handed goal. UNH drew within one on a Jonna Curtis goal, but Ridgewell and the Warriors prevented an equalizer.

“She’s one of the calmest goalies that I’ve ever encountered,” Hamlen said. “The nice thing about that is she settles the team.”

Merrimack was on the other end of a 2-1 score on Sunday versus Maine. Emily Volpe gave the Warriors an early lead, but the Black Bears rallied on the strength of second-period goals from Catherine Tufts and Abbey Cook. Meghann Treacy made 32 saves and Maine’s penalty kill did the job all five times.

Coyne nets 100th goal
A series hosting Mercyhurst that got off to a disastrous start for Northeastern ended with a sweep for the Huskies by scores of 5-4 and 7-3.

The first of two goals for Kendall Coyne on Saturday was the 100th in her Northeastern career. Coyne totaled three goals and seven points on the weekend.

The Lakers got off to a dream start on Friday. Sarah Robello’s second goal of the day put them up 4-0 just over 12 minutes into the contest. A five-on-three power-play goal from Jordan Krause provided a breath of life to the Huskies by the intermission. Coyne scored a highlight-reel, short-handed goal and McKenna Brand took advantage of another power play to close the score to 4-3. Hayley Scamurra struck with a minute to go in the second period to tie it up, and then she won it midway through the final frame.

Mercyhurst got the early jump again on Saturday, taking a first-intermission lead on goals from Emily Janiga and Taylor Accursi. Early in the second period, a Lakers penalty killer provided a prime example of why you can’t skate to the bench for a new stick while the puck is in your zone. By the time she returned, Coyne had capitalized on the two-skater advantage to bury a shot. Paige Savage tied the game four minutes later. J’nai Mahadeo gave Mercyhurst one final lead, but it was obliterated by a five-goal third period for Northeastern, including a Denisa Krížová hat trick.

Both teams entered the weekend searching for a starting goaltender, and the Lakers are still looking. For the Huskies, despite muffing the first shot she faced after coming on in relief on Friday, Brittany Bugalski stopped the next 28 shots to earn that win and backed it up with another on Saturday.

Carpenter blazes beyond 200-point plateau
Senior Alex Carpenter of No. 2 Boston College hit 200 career points on Monday while notching a hat trick in a 7-3 defeat of St. Lawrence. The Eagles also cruised over Maine, 4-0, and New Hampshire, 6-0. Carpenter wound up with four goals and four assists for the week, sits at 207 points at BC, and is tied for the national lead with 17 points. Haley Skarupa, Kristyn Capizzano, and Kenzie Kent all had two-goal games during the week. Katie Burt made 43 saves to earn both shutouts.

Defensive tilts
Offense was in much shorter supply as No. 6 North Dakota and No. 8 Bemidji State played a series on both sides of the Red River. On Friday in Bemidji, it took a shootout goal by UND’s Becca Kohler to prove it really was possible to put a puck in the net and give her team a second WCHA point after the teams played to a 0-0 overtime tie. Shelby Amsley-Benzie needed 23 saves to earn her shutout; Brittni Mowat stopped all 32 official shots for the Beavers.

Moving to Grand Forks on Saturday, Lexie Shaw got the call in net for the hosts. Amy Menke buried a power-play rebound midway through the second stanza to give UND the first lead of the weekend. With under two minutes left in regulation and Mowat off for an extra attacker, Lauren Miller fired a shot through a screen to tie the game, the Beavers’ first goal of the weekend after 123 minutes of offensive futility. With only eight seconds remaining until another shootout, BSU’s Alexis Joyce threw a shot toward the goal that hit a skate and deflected past Shaw for a 2-1 OT win for the Beavers. Kaitlyn Tougas assisted on both goals, and Mowat made 24 saves for the win.

Clarkson stays perfect
No. 4 Clarkson continued its perfect start at No. 9 Boston University’s expense. The Golden Knights traveled to Boston and swept by scores of 4-2 and 4-1. Sarah Lefort set up goals by Kayla Tutino and Maddie Elia to give the Terriers the early advantage. Emma Keenan answered with her first collegiate goal less than two minutes later, and Loren Gabel tied the score eight seconds before the second intermission. Kelly Mariani needed just 88 seconds out of the break to give Clarkson its first lead of the day, and Cayley Mercer put the game away with the Knights’ fourth straight goal. Shea Tiley made 34 saves to win the opener.

On Saturday, Olivia Howe connected twice to give Clarkson a 2-0 lead. Sammy Davis pulled BU to within one by the end of the middle period, but Geneviève Bannon thwarted a further rally with a pair of goals, the second into an empty net. Tiley saved 22 more shots.

How the rest of the top 10 fared
No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin traded opponents from the previous weekend, and neither ran into much difficulty.

The Badgers earned a road sweep over St. Cloud State, 5-0 and 2-0. Ann-Renée Desbiens needed only 10 saves to claim a shutout on Friday. Megan Miller was only slightly busier as she turned away 14 shots Saturday, as the Huskies failed to generate any offense for a second straight week. Katie Fitzgerald did her best to provide a better outcome for her team’s home opener, stopping 40 shots the first day and 32 of the 33 she faced on Saturday. Two short-handed goals for Sarah Nurse 21 seconds apart highlighted Friday’s game; only Erika Sowchuck put a puck by Fitzgerald in the second game.

Three times host Ohio State scored in the closing seconds of a period, but outside of that, it was all Minnesota in its 7-2 and 11-2 wins. Sarah Potomak, Dani Cameranesi, and Hannah Brandt all had eight-point weekends, with Brandt netting a hat trick on Saturday and Cameranesi hitting the net twice each day. Caitlin Reilly scored her first two goals as a Gopher, and Claudia Kepler had a goal in each game for the Buckeyes.

Other action
St. Lawrence swept a home-and-home series from Vermont, 4-0 and 3-2. Hannah Miller scored the first and final goals on Thursday in support of Brooke Wolejko’s 17-save shutout. The Catamounts scored first and last on Friday, but the Saints’ three second-period goals proved decisive.

Robert Morris won twice at Rensselaer, 2-0 and 3-1. Jessica Dodds handled all 39 shots to get a shutout in the opener, with Mackenzie Johnston and Ashley Vesci providing tallies. Taylor Schwalbe finally lit the lamp for the Engineers 35 seconds into game two, but Dodds gobbled up the other 34 RPI attempts. Johnston tied the game within a minute, and Amber Rennie and Kirsten Welsh added power-play goals 10 minutes later.

Minnesota-Duluth evened both its WCHA and overall records with a 4-2 and 4-0 sweep of Minnesota State. Katherine McGovern opened the scoring 4:47 into Friday’s action and the Bulldogs led the rest of the way. Lara Stalder, Morgan Morse, and Catherine Daoust hit the net for UMD, as did Amanda Conway and Emily Antony for the Mavericks. Maddie Rooney made 14 saves to get her first shutout, with Maria Lindh and Michela Cava potting a pair apiece.

Penn State swept Union by identical 3-0 scores, with Celine Whitlinger and Hannah Ehresmann each picking up a shutout. Laura Bowman scored in each game, and Victoria Samuelsson and Amy Peterson had three assists in the series.

Colgate defeated Providence, 6-2. Megan Sullivan and Jessie Eldridge had two-goal games for the Raiders.

Connecticut came from behind twice to topple Syracuse, 4-3. Nicole Ferrara and Nicole Renault put the Orange up by two, but Justine Fredette and Madison Badeau tied the game with goals 16 seconds apart. Melissa Piacentini gave Syracuse another lead, but freshman Jordy Zacharias knotted the game at three after 49 seconds. Theresa Knutson scored the game-winner with under three minutes left in regulation. All of the Connecticut goals were the players’ first of the season.

Connecticut came from behind a couple more times to salvage a 3-3 tie with visiting Colgate. Leah Buress and Brittany Berisoff scored in the final 10 minutes for the Huskies, after the Raiders had built a 3-1 lead on power-play goals by Megan Sullivan, Bailey Larson, and Annika Zalewski. Elaine Chuli made 40 saves for the Huskies, who also got a goal from Margaret Zimmer. Shelby Perry had three helpers for Colgate.

Syracuse rebounded with a 4-0 shutout of Providence. Jenn Gilligan needed only 10 saves for the shutout. Jessica Sibley, Morgan Blank, Nicole Ferrara, and Emily Costales netted the goals.

  • Mr.(Always)Right

    Nix to the Duluth / Notre Dame swap. Moy focuses way too much on attendance over bracket integrity.

    • Andylen

      I agree 100%. If the rankings matter, then use them. Moving teams for attendance purposes means maybe an extra 500’people. Keep things alone and let the fans see different teams across the country.

    • Stal102

      The USCHO prediction has never been 100% correct in the last 10 years of them doing this – there is always a difference of some sort

  • Guest

    The committee definitely places too much importance on attendance, as evidenced by the placement of U Michigan in the Fort Wayne regional last year, basically taking away Miami’s home ice advantage, even though they were the #1 overall seed. Don’t expect anything less this year. The NCAA is all about the $$$$$.

    • streaker

      I don’t see how Michigan gained took away an advantage by being placed in the the same regional as overall #1 Miami- both teams were equal distance to their fan base and still hardly anyone showed up due to the NCAA’s idiotic overpricing and poor time schedule. Not only that, Miami LOST in the conference semi’s and Michigan won it so it only made sense to put them in the midwest. Nice screw job in double OT, BTW, got Miami to the FF.

    • Hockey nut

      And the attendance was embarrassingly low anyway. So adding Michigan did nothing to help. Screw attendance and get the match ups set up.

  • BUsucks

    Northeast Regional would have great attendance, 2 teams from NH and one from Boston.

  • Nm156dsf

    See – it is a stupid system. Denver gets penalized for beating a team 5 times, because that fact knocks that team out of TUC. It’s the same for any conference – you play a team 4 times and then 2 more in the postseason. That can rack up 6 losses, knock your opponent out of TUC, and voila your 6 wins are meaningless!

    • Jason

      nature of the beast

    • ideas for today

      Play a more balanced conference schedule and more non-conference games. Hopefully we would end up with more games in the “Common Opponents” category of Pairwise so comparison wouldn’t hinge on a few games.

      • Jdorf40

        Play a more balanced schedule? The teams in the WCHA (according to the polls) play the thoughest schedule in the nation because of the depth of the league. Your argument is meaningless and makes no sense at all. Just like the PairWise. I can’t think of a system that’s more ridiculous. Even the BCS seems to be more accurate than this thing. What’s the point of even having the other polls?

        • try to keep up

          My argument makes perfect sense. You just failed to understand it. If you play games out of the conference you should have more common opponents. Right now North Dakota has one common opponent with Yale – Colorado college. Correct me if I’m wrong but Yale went 1-0 against them and UND went 1-1. Thus ND loses the comparison? Unfair? OK. Then play more non-conference games. If UND played one more ECAC team and if Yale played one more WCHA team then they would have three common opponents. If they each played the same CCHA or HE opponent it would be even more. Not surprisingly, as a WCHA fan all you can blather on about is you conference schedule. Do you understand that your high SOS comes from winning, wait for it, non-conference games. If you only played league games the collective winning percentage of your conference would be .500. Following yet?

          • Plastikjeebus

            Why should a better league be penalized for being good? It seems to me everything has gone haywire in bracketology since the WCHA sent all 4 participants to the Frozen Four!!!!!!!!!!

          • try to keep up

            If every conference played zero non-conference games how would we know which league was strongest? You would have to go by polls. If that’s the world you want than say so explicitly. FYI, the entire WCHA argument that they’re the best league relies on Strength of Schedule calculations. That relies entirely on playing non-league games.

          • Plastikjeebus

            But no comparison matters when teams are judged in the post season based upon attendance. And if a team were to run the table in Hockey East conference play but was ranked lower than a WCHA team in the pairmise everyone would be up in arms!!!!

          • try to keep up

            I’m not commenting on shifting teams between regionals for attendance reasons. You can’t predict the committee and every year someone feels they got screwed. And I don’t think it would be mathematically possible for a team to run the table in Hockey East 27-0-0 and be anything other than the top seed unless they lost all of their non-conference games. 0-7-0. You wouldn’t hear an argument from me if a WCHA team with an record close to 27-7-0 was ahead of the Hockey East team, assuming the numbers backed it up e.g. Strength of Schedule.

          • Plastikjeebus

            But does the conference strength come in to play? I think so… ND should be ahead of Yale for WINNING the WCHA. Yale placed 2nd, albeit by one point, but none the less 2nd place… If it were BC instead of ND I dont think there would even be a discussion on the matter.

          • try to keep up

            This is the like the 10th time I have explained it so please try to follow. Yale had a better overall record than Union. Finishing second is irrelevant. And winning the WCHA is irrelevant. What’s relevant to North Dakota is their overall record. Pairwise looks at RPI, Common Opponents, Head to Head Record and Record against Teams Under Consideration (TUC). North Dakota gets no advantage for winning the WCHA regular season beyond the record they compiled in achieving it.

            There is no official measurement I know of for “Conference Strength”. There is Strength of Schedule for individual teams. Pairwise tries to look at Strength of Schedule through RPI. RPI is made up of .25 times your own winning percentage plus .21 times your opponents winning percentage plus .54 times your opponent’s opponent’s winning percentage. You can think if the latter two criteria as representing strength of schedule. (Side note: KRACH calculates strength of schedule differently and I couldn’t begin to explain it here). Most people will acknowledge that the WCHA teams have higher strength of schedules mainly because their teams win more of their non-conference games than the other leagues. Right now the WCHA has a winning record in non-conference games. If they didn’t play non-conference games the overall record of the league would be .500 (every game has a winner and loser or ends in a tie). If Hockey East played no out of conference games, the league would have composite record of .500. How would you tell the two apart? You couldn’t do it with math. You would have to rely on polls. You could try to tell me the WCHA was better but you wouldn’t be able to point to an Strength of Schedule numbers.

          • Plastikjeebus

            But TUC is the perpetual circle that causes all of the confusion because any team can win the conference tourney. What if all bottom seeds won their conference tourney and the 10 -16 teams get bumped and a #3 team that beat the # 10 team gets penalized cuz that #10 team is no longer a TUC? The ‘Under Consideration’ is the problem I have.

          • try to keep up

            It’s a valid concern. I don’t know how often it has really affected the selection of seeding. Only solution is to scrap the Pairwise entirely. Or just the TUC category. OR teams should not schedule so many games against one opponent that losing them as a TUC is catastrophic. If leagues insist on four regular season games against certain opponents with the possibly of 2 or 3 more in the playoffs then they must be prepared to pay the price. Someone earlier told me to go f myself for suggesting the WCHA cut down on the league games. We could go with KRACH. But right now KRACH had Minnesota as #15. Really? Do they deserve to go to the tournament?

          • Guest

            The TUC useless variable, who “determines” and why a team is a TUC ? how can so many T U C ‘s with 1 or 2 weeks remaining in the season be under .500 ?
            Why isn’t N’EASTERN a T U C?
            Another useless variable, “your opponents’ record ” vs all other teams. Whoa, what a misleading waste. The morons who put this system together chose the path of least work. They took a non-thinking system from at least one other sport, maybe more than one, poured it into a non-thinking, strictly “calculating computer”, and said-morons, “left the building”, they are not asleep at the wheel, they left the wheel unattended by any common sense and brain power, allowing their moronic system to run itself.
            Bottom line foolishness: in the past 18 yrs , ZERO teams from the ECAC have made the final game, and only 4, count ’em, F O U R teams from the ECAC have made the FROZEN FOUR, 4 teams out of 72 total spots. And YALE gets handed the # 1 spot in the country early, later the PWR # 1.
            J O K E, does not describe this mess. It hurts the credibility of tyhe sport.

          • Bulldog

            Bottom line foolishness: Yale was not handed the PWR ranking. They earned it. There is no voting in PWR, so no one can hand it to you.

        • ideas for today

          Also, by “balanced” I mean play each league opponent the same number of times.

      • Nm156dsf

        I see your point and see some merit in what you say. Knock it down to 24 conference games from the current 28. Two games against each of 10 teams, and 4 against your rival (e.g., DU v CC). That would mean 4 more nonconference games. Might help. But Denver might have been better served by losing once this weekend.

    • Bruins265nhl

      if dartmouth and rpi end tied rpi should get nod head to head 2-0

  • collegehockeyfan

    wow, putting 2 ECAC teams and an AH team in the same regional, someone really wants the ECAC to represent at the frozen four….

    • Siouxbetcha

      With the current rankings, that’s how if pans out without messing up the bracket integrity (1 vs 8). MD should be in there instead of Notre Dame for perfect bracket integrity.

      • B.d.

        Yeah, but I would really like a WCHA team in that eastern bracket. Just cuz

        • gosu

          But it will never happen since the all WCHA frozen four a couple years ago there has always been (and will be in the future) a bracket devoid of any WCHA teams to ensure there is not another all WCHA frozen four!!!

          • B.D.

            Harsh bummer.

  • dguest

    why not just worry about avoiding playing conference opponents and less about attendance? The bigger picture is the Frozen Four. The regional games will never get that great of attendance unless you have them at the #1 seeds home rinks.

  • Siouxbetcha

    I think the Midwest bracket is really breaching bracket integrity. The UMD/Notre Dame switch has little added benefit. Dartmouth should be in the Midwest. Attendance in the NE will be good with NH and BC. Dartmouth doesn’t carry a big enough fanbase nor do they deserve the benefits (as a 4 seed) resulting from this bold switch.

    • EagerEagle91

      Dartmouth will draw people down I-89 into Manchester. College hockey is HUGE in New England. If the Gods that be rate Merrimack a six-seed, then, the V is a two-day sellout. You don’t think a BC-UNH quarterfinal match won’t be rocking? Please….

  • YouSee

    Certainly somewhat interesting, but really meaningless discussion here until all the games are done. The top of the list is just too volatile at this stage. Signifcant changes will take place. The only thing that matters is next Sunday morning when the spots are finalized.

  • WFTiger19

    Jayson, can you please tell me which teams are absolute locks for the tournament (meaning that nothing at all could stop them from making it)? Thanks!

  • Silkrower

    You all are nuts…i don’t know about you, but personally, I’d like to go watch my team at the closest regional site possible. If they aren’t there (that being UMD playing in GB), I will not be there, period. The NCAA knows this and places a premium on location, for attendance purposes. That being said, I dont care who they draw, because to be the national champion, you should be able to beat any team in your way.

    • Hockey God

      Being able to beat any team and actually beating any team isn’t the same thing. Many times when two teams play either could win, but they both won’t.

  • Jdorf40

    I’m the biggest St. Lawrence fan on the planet today. I want Yale to lose so bad it’s not even funny. I really want to see the selection committee make them the #1 overall seed in the country after getting bounced at home in their own conference tourney. Since November 1st, BC is 24-6-1. North Dakota is 25-5-2. Yale is 23-6-1. Yale played 2 games the last weekend of October. Maybe BC and UND should eliminate the month of October from here on out. It obviously has no benefit and can actually hurt you to step on the ice and play hockey. What a joke.

    • make up more excuses

      UND took an entire weekend off last month. Tell me that isn’t so they can get healthy for the post season.

  • Du_Fan

    PWR is a crock, KRACH is much better. Look at all the WCHA teams that play the most TUC and it means nothing. Yale loses games and stays #1 in PWR, simply nonsense. DU and ND sweep games this weekend, ND stays #2 and DU drops from T4 to T6. KRACH takes the “human element” out of the formula, no polls enter into KRACH ratings.

    • There’s no polls factored into the PairWise formula, either.

      • DU_Fan

        My mistake. You are correct, they no longer use them, PWR replaced the human polls with the TUC records. They now use “percentage of wins against TUC’s over 10 games”. If a team plays 10 games against TUC’s and wins 7, they gain a huge benefit over a team that plays 30 games against TUC’s and wins 17 or 18. There is absolutely no way to explain how Yale continues to stay #1 after losing games. Especially losing to a team with a 13-20 record Friday night.

        • crybabies

          It’s complete BS that so many WCHA teams are a TUC. Wisconsin has a high strength of schedule for showing up and getting their asses kicked by North Dakota, Denver, NO, and Duluth. Their winning record is based entirely on playing a totally weak non-conference schedule. You want it both ways.

          • Du_Fan

            Are you afraid to state what team you back? Nice to hide behind anonymity? Whatever team you are scared to man (or woman) up to, I would like to see them start the season playing their first ten games against TUC teams. See Denver’s schedule before you complain. By the way, you should also look at the non-conference schedule of the WCHA teams and the results. It is truly amazing what facts bear out.

          • crybabies

            By the way, you should also look at the non-conference schedule of the WCHA teams and the results.

            Wisconsin: BU, Holy Cross, Alabama-Hunstville x 2, Michigan, Michigan State, UMass x 2, Canisius x 2.

            Bemidji: Northern Michigan x 2, Ferris State, Union, Alabama-Huntsville x 2

            Good records against mediocre competition. Neither deserves to be a TUC. Bemidji wouldn’t be under the old system.

            What team I root for has zero bearing on the topic at hand. If you actually believe it does than you’re even dumber than I thought. But here’s a hint. It’s not Yale or BC.

          • Plastikjeebus

            Union won the ECAC over Yale so is the entire ECAC mediocre?

          • DU-Fan

            Wow, you managed to pick out 2 of the 12 WCHA teams with less than stellar competition. You really are a brain surgeon. You moron….

          • crybabies

            Name calling doesn’t bolster whatever argument you were trying to make. Do you actually have a point? Do you actually believe these teams are so great that they should be a TUC?

            I chose two WCHA teams that are currently TUCs but shouldn’t be. Want more? How about Minnesota’s awesome competition in UMass x 2, Michigan State, Michigan, Ferris and Union. Michigan has a good record and Ferris is just over .500. Union has the a decent record but you WCHA guys don’t acknowledge the ECAC so I guess that doesn’t count, right? Wait. Minnesota only played six non-conference? Lazy!

          • Du_Fan

            EVERY conference has strong and weak teams. Point being, when schedules come out there is no way to tell how strong your non-conference opponent will be. I know that Denver tries to schedule either Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire and BC or BU for home and home every other year. Singling out one or two teams for quality opposition if pretty useless in the long run.

          • crybabies

            My point was only to counter what appeared to be a chief complaint of yours: that North Dakota played more TUC games. As I explained, I don’t think some are deserving. Or maybe I just hate that half of the teams in D1 are now TUC. Not that the old way was much better.

  • fcc56

    Assuming for a moment that this is the final bracket, if I am Notre Dame or North Dakota, I’m lovin’ life. If I’m BC or Michigan, not so much. The regions as assigned here seem really unbalanced to me—but then, the bogus #1 for Yale is inherently unbalancing. If Yale were a more honest six or seven (you don’t think Merrimack can take Yale??), the regionals would almost certainly be better balanced than this.

    Right now, the thing that is keeping Yale at #1 is its 12-3 vs. TUC. Even if Yale loses to St. Lawrence today, it will still probably be #1 because St. Lawrence in not a TUC. Indeed, even if Quinnipiac beats Cornell today, and knocked Cornell out of being a TUC, costing Yale two TUC wins, Yale would till have the best win % vs TUCs in the PWR: .7692 compared to .6935 for UND and .6875 for BC.

    Both UND and BC can improve their win % vs. TUC by winning their tournaments (although if BC gets Northeastern in the semis, it will need to win that and the final to get another TUC win). In some ways, it would be better if Yale were win today and then lose to a TUC in the next round. :)

    Not bashing Yale per se, but the undeserved #1 in the PWR damages the balance of the NCAA tournament.

  • Stack

    From these brackets swap Union and Duluth and we have a real tourney.

  • Plastikjeebus

    How is yale a #1 seed overall when they didnt even win their conference????????

    • simple math

      Are you ignorant of how the Pairwise works or are you just trolling?

      • Plastikjeebus

        So you dont think a strength of Schedule matters? How is Union ahead of Yale in the standings but not in the Pairwise when they play 85% of the same teams and yet Union is 8th?

        • simple math

          Yale finished second by ONE POINT. Their ECAC records were similar: 17-3-2 (36 points) for Union, 17-4-1 (35 points) for Yale. But Pairwise looks at OVERALL RECORD. Union is currently 26-8-4 (.737 winning percentage). 25-6-1 (.797). They split head to head games. Yale has a higher RPI. Do you get it yet?

          • Plastikjeebus

            So why do we judge how strong a schedule is if we only look at 1 team when Yale and ND are concerned (CC) with comparisons? Why do teams go down in the pairwise if they sweep (see Denver)? Because then your precious winning pct. has no merit in your argument…

          • simple math

            RPI is made up of .25 times your own winning percentage plus .21 times your opponents winning percentage plus .54 times your opponent’s opponent’s winning percentage. So winning percentage is in fact an important factor.

            The Denver issue is completely different from the Union/Yale issue.

  • Bulldog

    Why does everyone hate Yale so much? They could win the ECAC Tourney and win the National Championship and some people on this board would STILL bash them and call it a fluke. It’s almost as if people are blaming them for being #1 in the Pairwise Ranking. If you think they have a soft schedule, fine. But they can’t change their conference.

    And for all the people who think they know so much about hockey, I am sure that the 50 people voting in the USCHO Poll know more than you. (I’m very sure of that, in fact.) And those 50 people had Yale #1 for about 9 weeks this season and in the top 3 for most of the year.

    And by the way, if they win tonight it won’t prove me right, and if they lose tonight it won’t prove me wrong. They’re getting in the NCAA tourney no matter what, so we’ll see how they do when that happens…

    • Hockey God

      Number 1 or number 16, it won’t matter, Yale will not win the National Championship.

      • Bulldog

        I could say that about any team.

        So whatever team you root for won’t win. I have a 15 out of 16 chance of being right…

        • Hockey God

          “So whatever team you root for won’t win. I have a 15 out of 16 chance of being right… ”

          Not really, you know nothing about odds.

      • Plastikjeebus

        but it is what have you done for me lately! Yale loses to Northeastern a team with a 13-21 record and dont move. Denver sweeps and drops 2 spots!?! Where is the logic?

        • Bulldog

          The rankings come out every Monday. This weekend’s games haven’t factored into the rankings yet.

          If you’re talking about Pairwise, well, it’s a formula and there isn’t a human element, so you might not like the formula but no one’s opinion is a factor.

          • Plastikjeebus

            OK. But why does a school who dont win their conference be #1 last week? Why even have conferences at all? Just play a bunch of random games and then an end of the year tournament?

          • Bulldog

            What are you talking about? Yale wasn’t #1 last week. They’ve been #3 in the USCHO Poll for a while now.

          • Plastikjeebus

            I am in reference to the pairwise that ‘mimics’ the selection process.

          • Bulldog

            Again, it’s a formula that determines Pairwise. It’s fine if you have a problem with it. But it’s not Yale’s “fault” that they’re number 1. If you think they shouldn’t be, then attack the formula that determines the rankings. But don’t attack Yale.

          • Plastikjeebus

            I havent said anything bad about Yale I just think the system was ‘tweaked’ after their was 4 WCHA teams in the Frozen Four and the committee is hell bent on not having that happen again.

          • Bulldog

            I don’t think the committee cares as much as everyone thinks.

          • Plastikjeebus

            They need to read our dialogue!! Good info from REAL college hockey fans!

        • try to keep up

          Yale did not play Northeastern this year. Perhaps you meant St. Lawrence. They didn’t move in the Pairwise because it didn’t drop their RPI enough to matter and St. Lawrence is not a TUC. Same thing would have happened if North Dakota had dropped a game this weekend. In other words, they wouldn’t have moved much if at all.

  • guest

    Yale made it to the regional final last year and lost 9-7 to B.C the national champs that year if it wasnt for goltending yale would have beat them now they have a sold tender there going to make a run this year even thought they have been a little sloppy against St. Lwerence they have what it takes to go all the way.