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After giving the other 29 teams a head start, the six Ivy League squads are now set to join the competition.

Voters in the D-I Women’s USCHO.com Poll, who have been taking their best guesses as to where teams like No. 5 Harvard and No. 9 Cornell might belong after graduating impactful senior classes, will at last have some actual data points to analyze. Brown has a new head coach as it looks to improve on its last place finish. Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth attempt to move up the standings and host an ECAC quarterfinal series, but a surge by a team that finished in the bottom third could potentially knock any of them out of the postseason altogether.

Princeton at Mercyhurst, Friday, 3 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
Mercyhurst kicked off its season three weeks earlier, but the Lakers and Tigers have the same number of wins entering the weekend. These may not be must-win games for the hosts’ NCAA at-large bid hopes, but they’re at least really-should-win games. The two programs last met in November of 2007, with the Lakers sweeping two games in Hobey Baker Rink.

Harvard at Dartmouth, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
Perhaps the fairest way for the Ivy League teams to compensate for their later start is to have them debut against each other, but this is the only all-Ivy matchup. The Crimson and the Big Green have the advantage of having a travel partner in the same situation, affording a better opportunity to schedule such an opening game. One of Harvard’s four conference losses last year came on its trip to Hanover.

No. 2 Boston College at Cornell, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
The Eagles caught Cornell coming out of the gate last year and thumped the Big Red twice by identical 6-2 scores. Cornell was unable to get its season turned around in time and saw its string of five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances end. BC’s Alex Carpenter, who scored in both games last year, needs one more goal to reach 100 for her career.

Brown at Maine, Friday, 7 p.m. EDT and Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
The series opens in Auburn, Maine, at Norway Savings Bank Arena before concluding at the Black Bears’ usual home of Alfond Arena in Orono. The Robert Kenneally era begins at Brown. These two programs met in each of the previous four seasons, with Brown holding a 3-2-3 edge in those series.

Yale at No. 8 Quinnipiac, Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
These in-state rivals meet in a nonconference series. The Bobcats have played four times, but they are coming off a bye week with only an exhibition. Yale looks for a replacement for goalie Jaimie Leonoff from senior Rachelle Graham, junior Hanna Mandl, and freshman Kyra O’Brien. Mandl has the experience edge, having appeared in 10 games with five starts in her career.

Ivy-free options

Minnesota-Duluth at No. 1 Minnesota, Friday, 6:07 p.m. CDT and Saturday, 4:07 p.m. CDT
Maura Crowell attempts to lead a Minnesota-Duluth rally in what once was one of the best rivalries in the sport. The Gophers’ Hannah Brandt, who tallied five times last year against the Bulldogs, also sits at 99 career goals.

No. 6 Bemidji State at No. 3 Wisconsin, Friday, 7:07 p.m. CDT and Saturday, 3:07 p.m. CDT
The only matchup besides BC and Cornell to feature two ranked teams also pairs two of the top three in the WCHA standings. Wisconsin boasts the country’s top scoring defense, while the Beavers are fourth in that category.

  • Maine gets in

    Your Picks
    Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Air Force
    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Michigan defeats Western Michigan
    Championship game: Michigan defeats Miami
    Consolation game: Notre Dame defeats Western Michigan
    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats Dartmouth
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Yale defeats Cornell
    Consolation game: Colgate defeats Dartmouth
    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: Merrimack defeats Northeastern
    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Bemidji State defeats Minnesota-Duluth
    Play-in #1: Alaska-Anchorage defeats Colorado College
    Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Bemidji State
    Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Alaska-Anchorage
    Championship game: North Dakota defeats Denver

    • Guest

      What would it take for RPI not to get in? So I know who I am cheering for so they do get in.

  • lugnut92

    No upsets gets RPI in!

    • RPI can still be a #3 seed.

    • Css228

      Too bad Cornell is hoping to ruin your season (again)

  • buster

    WMU will beat Michigan – book it.

    • That’s a bold statement. Yes its a new Bronco team with a ton of confidence with a great coach, but you can’t help but see they’re 1-9-0 record against Michigan in their last ten games. However I could see them pull it if they play well.

      • Cis

        Previous year stats mean nothing. Jim Culhane was a terrible coach. Blashill has this team playing at 100%, and he has some standout underclassmen.

        Western basically gave UM the last game at Yost. They are a young team learning to close games out. They learned from that (and want revenge). They also closed the regular season against Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame; that is some huge experience. Michigan had better be ready.

  • UNO and Notre Dame out, RPI a #3 seed

    Your Picks
    Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Air Force
    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Western Michigan defeats Michigan
    Championship game: Western Michigan defeats Miami
    Consolation game: Michigan defeats Notre Dame
    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats Dartmouth
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Cornell defeats Yale
    Consolation game: Dartmouth defeats Colgate
    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: Northeastern defeats Merrimack
    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Bemidji State defeats Minnesota-Duluth
    Play-in #1: Alaska-Anchorage defeats Colorado College
    Semifinal #2: Bemidji State defeats Denver
    Semifinal #1: Alaska-Anchorage defeats North Dakota
    Championship game: Bemidji State defeats Alaska-Anchorage

    Check out the PWR thread in the Fan Forum. Lots of people are posting crazy scenarios there. Burgie12 got UNH out…

  • Bulldog07

    I might be wrong, but I don’t think I am. The #1 overall seed is Yale’s so long as they beat Colgate. But if they lose to ‘Gate, then they will not be #1 and could drop as low as #3. Yale, BC, and NoDak are all still in contention; Yale has a slightly lower RPI than both other schools, but has 2-1 leads in the PWC because they win both Common Opponents and TUC Records.

    Yale is only going to play one TUC next weekend, and so cannot drop that category to either NoDak or BC (even if BC were to punt against Northeastern, getting it on the right side of the TUC cliff). But since Colgate played both Yale and BC, and their common opponent records are 3-0-1 and 3-1-0, respectively, if Yale loses to ‘Gate then BC wins Common Opponents, flipping the comparison and tying BC and Yale. I ran at least one simulation with this put in and under that simulation NoDak also tied Yale and BC, with NoDak getting #1 overall by virtue of RPI.

    Long story short, all three teams are alive to get the #1 overall, and both NoDak and BC fans should be rooting hard for Colgate to continue the cinderalla story.

  • Sheps20

    Scary team is Colorado College–they struggled a bit, got the youngest team in the nation, and the best freshmen player in the country Jaden Shwartz–he was out for 6 weeks and back now–watch out for the young guns from Colorado Springs

  • lgr03

    Five ECAC teams: Yale, RPI, Dartmouth, Union, Cornell:

    # WCHA Play-in #2: Minnesota-Duluth defeats Bemidji State.
    # WCHA Play-in #1: Alaska-Anchorage defeats Colorado College.
    # WCHA Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Minnesota-Duluth.
    # WCHA Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Alaska-Anchorage.
    # WCHA Championship game: North Dakota defeats Denver.
    # Hockey East Semifinal #2: New Hampshire defeats Merrimack.
    # Hockey East Semifinal #1: Boston College defeats Northeastern.
    # Hockey East Championship game: Boston College defeats New Hampshire.
    # ECAC Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats Dartmouth.
    # ECAC Semifinal #1: Colgate defeats Yale.
    # ECAC Championship game: Cornell defeats Colgate.
    # ECAC Consolation game: Dartmouth defeats Yale.
    # CCHA Semifinal #2: Notre Dame defeats Miami.
    # CCHA Semifinal #1: Western Michigan defeats Michigan.
    # CCHA Championship game: Western Michigan defeats Notre Dame.
    # CCHA Consolation game: Michigan defeats Miami.
    # Atlantic Hockey Semifinal #2: Holy Cross defeats Air Force.
    # Atlantic Hockey Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut.
    # Atlantic Hockey Championship game: Holy Cross defeats RIT.

    • JC

      I was just going to post the same thing! Alternatively, Colgate could beat Cornell and get in as the 5th ECAC team as well. But nobody cares about them! LETS GO RED!

  • Should be interesting!! I picked these as my actual picks…Some of you are stretching hard to get your teams in, but I suppose that’s what the fun is all about! Good luck to all this weekend. My heart belongs to UMD and WMU, but wouldn’t mind seeing Northeastern beat BC again!

    Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Holy Cross defeats Air Force
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Holy Cross

    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Michigan defeats Western Michigan
    Championship game: Miami defeats Michigan
    Consolation game: Western Michigan defeats Notre Dame

    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Dartmouth defeats Cornell
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Yale defeats Dartmouth
    Consolation game: Colgate defeats Cornell

    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: Merrimack defeats Northeastern

    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Minnesota-Duluth defeats Bemidji State
    Play-in #1: Alaska-Anchorage defeats Colorado College
    Semifinal #2: Minnesota-Duluth defeats Denver
    Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Alaska-Anchorage
    Championship game: North Dakota defeats Minnesota-Duluth

    Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/#ixzz1GbsZSJKX

  • Justin

    6 WCHA teams in:

    Atlantic Hockey
    Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
    Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
    Championship game: RIT defeats Air Force
    CCHA
    Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
    Semifinal #1: Michigan defeats Western Michigan
    Championship game: Miami defeats Michigan
    Consolation game: Notre Dame defeats Western Michigan
    ECAC
    Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats Dartmouth
    Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
    Championship game: Yale defeats Cornell
    Consolation game: Dartmouth defeats Colgate
    Hockey East
    Semifinal #2: New Hampshire defeats Merrimack
    Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
    Championship game: New Hampshire defeats Northeastern
    WCHA
    Play-in #2: Bemidji State defeats Minnesota-Duluth
    Play-in #1: Colorado College defeats Alaska-Anchorage
    Semifinal #2: Bemidji State defeats Denver
    Semifinal #1: Colorado College defeats North Dakota
    Championship game: Bemidji State defeats Colorado College

  • AIR FORCE WILL BEAT RIT!!!