Fit To Be Tied (or split)

It’s amazing to me how many of the top teams tied actual games over the past weekend or tied a season series.

Norwich ended up garnering a season series split with Plattsburgh with a 3-1 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. The Cadets then ended up tying Salve Regina 1-1 on Saturday, despite outshooting the Seahawks 42-11.

In a rare East/West crossover game, Gustavus Adolphus and Trinity tied 0-0 and then the Bantams beat St. Thomas 4-2 the next night. Trinity fared much better on its Minnesota trip than fellow NESCAC foe Amherst did two seasons ago when the Lord Jeffs lost both matchups.

Lake Forest and Wis. Superior tied, as well as Adrian and Wis. Stevens Point. But, the biggest tie out in the West came Saturday when St. Norbert put the first chink in Wis. River Falls’ armor by tying the Falcons 1-1 and putting the first blemish on their record.

In the NESCAC, conference heavyweights and archrivals Amherst and Middlebury split their pair of games. Middlebury blanked Amherst 3-0 on Friday night before the Lord Jeffs returned the favor with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Oswego and Neumann split their season series as the Lakers continue to make strides towards a breakout season. Saturday’s win at Neumann was the Lakers first win ever against the Ice Knights after dropping the previous nine meetings.

My point in all of this is that once again we have even more proof of how much the Division III women’s game is growing. Five years ago, you didn’t have this many teams that could beat or tie each other on any given night.

Outside of RIT, who has shown absolutely no let up so far, there is parity across the country in every league. The Tigers will get a stern test this weekend though when they host No. 4 Plattsburgh for a pair of ECAC West games that could for all intent and purposes lock up ECAC West hosting rights for RIT.

If RIT gets through this weekend unscathed, they’ll hold a stranglehold on the ECAC West top spot and all roads will run through the Frank Ritter Memorial Arena for not only the conference championship, but probably the Frozen Four as well.

Player of the Week – Steph Moon, Plattsburgh

Steph, a senior forward from Pittsburgh, Pa. was a part of five of the six goals that the Cardinals scored against Buffalo State this past weekend. Moon recorded five assists and is tied for the national lead with 20 assists.

Rookie of the Week – Allie Tanzer, Wis. Stevens Point

Allie, a freshman forward from Chippewa Falls, Wis. tallied her first career hat trick to lead Wis. Stevens Point to a 4-1 win over Adrian on Sunday after the two teams tied 1-1 on Saturday. Tanzer has 13 goals and seven assists on the season for 20 points.

Goalie of the Week – Kaley Gibson, St. Norbert

Kaley, a freshman from Glendale, Ariz. Stopped 44 shots to backstop SNC to a 1-1 tie against Wis. River Falls and put the first blemish in the Falcons’ record in 14 games. Gibson made 39 saves in Friday’s 3-1 loss to River Falls. She is 4-4-1 on the season with a 1.79 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.

  • Hog Pilot

    Teresa and Tyler: I am a hugh SCSU fan now living in Oregon. I think in calling for a split with UNO you are giving the Huskies too much credit. I am not sure if SCSU is reverting to a pattern they have had in the past of: Friday night wins and Saturday nite meltdowns or if was suggested in a previous column that maybe the Huskies were overrated.

    • Skeeterman

      Huskies must be overrated. No consistency yet. When they play like they can, they can beat anyone. So far, goaltending has been suspect, offense lacking, defensive breakdowns, very weak power play-they like to play passing games instead of shooting. They need to sweep to prove they are a top WCHA team.

      • unomavfan

        I saw SCSU play at the Maverick Stampede in Omaha and they looked horrible losing to Clarkson 6-2 a team UNO beat 8-0 the night before. UNO gets the sweep setting up for an epic matchup in Omaha.

    • Tattoo13

      I agree man, I live in Seattle and watch SCSU online as much as I can but they just have not yet shown the chemistry needed to be a contender. I traveled back last week to watch SCSU take on BSU on Saturday night. So many missed opportunities, they could have easily won that game 5-2 but lost 3-2 in OT. Big changes are needed to right the ship.

  • Guest

    With the way the Huskies have melted down at times this season and the way the Mavs have performed, how could anyone not pick UNO to sweep this weekend? UNO goes to 6-0 in league play setting up a potentially epic showdown with UND next week at the Qwest.

  • Ryan

    And MAN I can’t wait for that epic showdown!

  • J

    you two are probably the worst at calling games OMG this gets worse every year…….i like how you pick favorites only because of records and hype. how about actually giving us reasons??? why this team will win or why they have the upper hand. best league with the worst columnists, and its quite embarrasing to say the least. of course some ppl will disagree with me but i could care less. oh and how about them sweeps? yeah not happening again this week

    • Ryan

      I won’t disagree.

  • Toxlong81

    Looks like you ‘win’ this week, Buckentine. Nevermind that the Huskies played the #2 team in the country to within two goals in both games. Will Tech be “in a tailspin” next week? Will the Almighty Gophers hang a dozen on us in our own barn? Will your predictions and analysis be longer than a glance at each team’s overall record and one or two terse sentences (doubtful)?

  • Jn

    Tyler good pick, the Sioux to get swept. They always play well in the land of cheese.

  • Tyler please pick the Sioux to be swept again next weekend.

  • dogsfan

    UMD did sweep and they did score exactly nine goals this weekend….
    Not a bad prediction.

  • Fiatch

    Who are the refs from. LOok like something from the east east coast.

  • a frustrated Michigan fan

    Could the announcers on ESPN2 be more biased for North Dakota?? Perhaps they work for NDBC? Michigan has a great team and has had a great season against tough teams, a little credit? Maybe the result will be their credit?

  • Be50ar

    Michigan always has good teams