This past weekend marked one of the biggest weekends in recent Division III women’s hockey with the top two teams battling it out in four of the five conferences. So what did we learn?

For starters, Plattsburgh and Gustavus Adolphus continue to cement themselves as the cream of the crop currently. Plattsburgh swept Elmira 4-1 and 5-4 at home to hand the Soaring Eagles back-to-back losses after they hadn’t lose since Nov. 24 in a 4-3 OT loss to Middlebury. Gustavus Adolphus also swept St. Catherine in a battle of the top two Minnesota schools.

Plattsburgh now can legitimately start to set its sights on an unbeaten regular season after this weekend. The Cardinals lone stiff test remaining lies with a home game against Middlebury on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Gustavus is in a similiar boat, but they have a pesky home series to get through this weekend against Concordia-Moorhead, who made the NCAA Tournament last year, as well as an away game at UW-Superior on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Not only did Gustavus pick up a huge weekend sweep to once again cement its stranglehold on the top of the MIAC, the Golden Gusties also picked up head coach Mike Carroll’s 300th career victory with the first win on Friday night. Carroll is just the second Division III coach to win 300 games, with Middlebury’s Bill Mandigo holding the all-time women’s coaching wins record at any level with 461 victories. Carroll’s 301 victories rank eighth overall and sixth among active coaches at any level.

In other action, Bowdoin put themselves in great position to take the NESCAC regular season title by splitting a series with Middlebury. The Panthers still lead the standings by two points, but Bowdoin has two games in hand. Bowdoin still has some challenges left, including back-to-back road series at Williams and Trinity. Bowdoin then hosts Hamilton for two games before finishing up at Amherst. Certainly not the easiest road, but the Polar Bears atleast hold destiny in their own hands while Middlebury is forced to pray and hope for a slip up.

In the ECAC East, Norwich rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to come back and beat Manhattanville 4-3 to hand the Valiants their first ECAC East league loss of the season. The Cadets are now comfortably out front as they chase their third straight league regular season title.

In less than two weeks on Saturday, Feb. 2, Norwich will be hosting its inaugural Military Appreciation Night at Kreitzberg Arena in conjunction with the Vermont National Guard. The Cadets will be wearing special-edition camaflauge jerseys that are available through an auction right now at



  • lakeshoe

    The rodents are probably hosting as I don’t see st. cloud sweeping DU. I wouldn’t want to play st. cloud in the opening series either. MN needs to play WI to make it in the Final 5 playoffs.

    • collegehockeyfan

      sad but true. I would think its the end of the line for the badgers, they haven’t shown they can play on the road at all.

      • lakeshoe

        I see a CC sweep over WI this weekend. The badgers are completely out of sync and have faded from contention.

  • jackson

    So why doesn’t UND get the MacNaughton Cup to themseves? the artilcle did say they hold all tiebreakers with everyone? But anyway good job UND. And if there is a BigTen league, and Minn, and Wisc leave, where will the Final 5 be played? I think they should rotate between UND, and Denver, since no other teams r as good as they are. And to all those UNO fans… I hope u play thew goghers again… bet u will think its a totaly diff team.. there playing good hockey right now.. Don’t think UNO’s yough players can handle the pressure at the end of the season… Looking for them to get swept first

    • Bill

      The cup is for the leagues winner by points, Denver can technically tie in points and share the cup. North Dakota has tiebreakers when it comes to seeds for the Final Five.

      • collegehockeyfan

        Everyone wants to say the McNaughton is ND’s because quite frankly, Tech has swept nobody, that would have to happen plus DU has to sweep SCSU. So the odds are in the favor of the McNaughton being won already. And to touch on Jackson’s question about the Big Ten Conference if it forms…. No one knows, if that happens there could be potential conference tectonics, meaning I think half of the country will reallign conferences.

        On a personal level, I don’t want to see the Big Ten hockey conference… would create a lot of problems for some teams namely teams in the CCHA, as they will lose a good portion of their core teams that make the conference, namely Michigan and Michigan State. Although I would not mind seeing Notre Dame and Miami in the WCHA :)

      • hockey

        Worst UND can do is co-champions of the WCHA, why weren’t they presented the cup after the Bemdji game?

    • Afey311

      UNO just split with DU…with one weekend to go…we’re at the end of the season…I’d say they’ve handled the pressure they’ve had and can play with anybody.

      • Jason

        I agree with you Afey. UNO has little to nothing left to prove. They are a cinch to make the NCAA and have been able to beat all of the top teams in the conference…Not to mention sweeping the goofs, in minny, back in october. Definetly a team to be affraid of down the stretch.

  • Jason

    11 of the 12 WCHA teams represented in the pairwise…a testiment to the quality of the teams from top to bottom in the conference. Hopefully a couple of the teams on the bubble for the NCAA can put together a strong finish and make the tourney.

  • Jimjamesak

    Plenty of errors. First of all, Alaska Fairbanks. There’s two Alaska’s, please recognize as such.

    (You are the WCHA writer, where do your loyalties lie?)

    Plus UAF won a shootout to win the Governor’s Cup NOT because they won it previously. Way to pay attention to even a thread on the board…

    • UAF goes by Alaska and not Alaska Fairbanks and has for five seasons. Theresa is following the university’s preference and USCHO’s stylebook for that school.

      We’ll leave it to her to decide whether the Fan Forum should be considered a reliable source.

      • Jimjamesak

        Ok, how about the Anchorage Daily News? The Fairbanks News Miner? Both had reports about the shootout. A little research would be good.

  • Klendog

    I see that someone forgot to put MTU in the pairwise rankings as well…I’m actually a UND, MTU fan

  • Gregg M.

    How is it the # 1 Pairwise team in the nation cannot even win it’s own conference? How weak is that?

  • Phoenixfyre1313

    it would be nice if Theresa could get it right for a change Nick Bjugstad scored two SHORTHANDED goals, not two powerplay goals…..Get with the program. Shotty journalism strikes again!

  • Goaltendah30

    Air Force ranked over RIT? come on