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North Dakota new No. 1 in men’s poll

North Dakota is the new No. 1-ranked team in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll.

The Sioux were second last week, but made the jump to No. 1 this week with 21 first-place votes.

Boston College tumbles from the top spot to No. 2, while Yale remains No. 3, Merrimack jumps two spots to No. 4 and Union is up a pair to No. 5.

Denver falls to No. 6 from No. 4, Minnesota-Duluth also dropped two ranks to No. 7, Notre Dame rises one to No. 8, trading places with New Hampshire, and Michigan is back in the top 10, climbing one notch from their No. 11 ranking last week.

Miami is now No. 11, falling out of the top 10, Nebraska-Omaha is at 12, switching with Wisconsin, Rensselaer stays at No. 14 and Boston University does the same at No. 15.

Maine rises three spots to No. 16, Western Michigan holds steady at No. 17, Dartmouth falls two places to No. 18, Colorado College is up one to No. 19 and Minnesota enters the rankings this week at No. 20.


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  • SiouxKC

    Yeah, Sioux Sioux!

  • nyqi

    Don’t really care that they are #1 right now. Need them to be #1 in April at the end of the national tourney. But I am sure there will be a lot of opinions on why they shouldn’t be #1.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I rather see them number 3 or 2 then number 1. As long as they’re in the top 4 in the PWR I don’t care where they’re at in this pole.

  • SiouxAlumDenver

    Yale, Merrimack, and Union in the top 5. Who saw that coming in the beginning of the year? I think this is going to be a great NCAA tournament with all the new faces.

    • nyqi

      There are going to be a lot of upsets as no one team has really stepped up as a premier team. There are a bunch of “good” teams but none that are “great” at this point. Could be the year we see a really low seed make a run and win it all. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Lake Superior State or Harvard type of team win it. Seems it has pretty much been the more high profile programs the last 15+years. Should be interesting.

    • UMassfan

      I saw Merrimack play last Friday and was not impressed. They have size and are physical, but not a lot of speed or depth. I think UNH and Maine are better teams even than BC, when they are on. I hope they make the tournament.

  • Jdorf40

    I think that North Dakota and Boston College are the two best teams in the country overall. Pretty much any team can beat another on any given night, but when you look at the talent from top to bottom, and who plays the best hockey overall, they appear to me as the front runners. I am a Sioux fan, but until somebody dethrones Boston College in the tourney, in my eyes they’re really the team to beat. The Sioux have the most firepower to do it, but like a few other people have mentioned including myself. It’s really anyones game. It should be a phenomenal tournament.

    • nyqi

      I’d like to think that is true but the team that scares me to death is UMD. That top line when they are on is so good. I know we can beat them but in a one and done type of scenario they are just hard to handle. Oh well only a few more weeks and the tourney will be set. I pray they are not in the UND bracket and have to go through some tough teams to get to the Frozen Four.

      • FightingSioux4ever

        UMD is good, but don’t forget about Denver last year. They were a one trick pony and were bounced in the first round by an inferior opponent in RIT. They had a great goalie, but there top line was shut down. It takes depth to go all the way.

      • Jdorf40

        UMD is super tough when you look at their first line, but one line won’t get it done in the tourney. The competition is too good for that. The other team that I would fear out of the WCHA is UNO. They’re biggest downfall is their youth. However, they play solid hockey at both ends of the ice, have superior coaching and most of all, they’re hungry. That’s a recipe for disaster to whoever draws them. Their seeding could make all the difference in the world so it’s going to depend on how they do in the WCHA Final 6. I think they’re definitely a team to watch out for.

        • nyqi

          See the problem with the tournament is one line is sometime enough in my opinion. There are so many TV timeouts that you don’t have to run your 4th lines at all and you can get the opportunity to double up your top two lines, so I kinda disagree. I think that’s why as a Sioux fan it is hard for them to win the national title. They are built around depth and that just isn’t always needed late in the year in my opinion. And you are right about UNO they will be a tough out.

  • GeauxSioux

    This made my Tuesday morning!

  • Cameron Fitzgerald

    Let’s face it Union is the best team in the nation right now. Disciplined , classy, professional and getting the job done. Maybe one of the best goalies to go along with a top to bottom talented team. Will be in the frozen four. Bet on it…….

    • Righty

      And like Yale they have one of the nations easiest schedule. Let the world know when your conference schedule some real games.

      • Leftyisgod

        sounds like Righty has a major issue against Yale. moreso than being a cornholer for his Siouxee team. Hey you guys having Hitler on ice up there at the Ralph this year? His widow inviting Mubarak to come live there?

        • DOH-K

          As a UND student, I am wondering something. To all of the non-UND fans who love to use the Hitler, racist, etc jokes… doesn’t regurgitating the same jokes over and over ever get old? Clearly all UND fans worship Hitler and are extremely racist. We are all uneducated rednecks who have 4 teeth. We also happened to – either by coincidence or choice – marry our 1st/2nd cousins. Thank you for continuing to spread the real story of UND fans.

          • B.D.

            I agree, I posted similarly last week. For some reason no matter what a North Dakotan does he will gain no respect from those who simply consider him an occupant of flyover country.
            And success on ice is particularly galling to them.

          • Pat

            Im a BC student and I respect the immense passion that all the UND fans have for their team. It seems to be unrivaled. Hopefully BC and UND will meet up in the tournament

          • Nyqi

            As a UND fan, I don’t want to see BC. For whatever reason they just seem to have our number and we don’t match up well with that team. Best of luck to BC and yes you are right the fans of UND are very passionate for the team and the school.

          • collegehockeyfan

            I’m gonna have to agree, as history tells us, the last team we want to see is BC, UMD seems to have been burned out, and will be lucky if they win a game or two the rest of the season.

          • FightingSioux4ever

            I agree, just on the other side of the rink. I think a BC/UND semi-final or final would be a real treat. The only team I wouldn’t want to see is UMD. Not because of any WCHA bias or anything like that, I just think that’s a team that knows exactly what takes to beat the Sioux. Sandlin s a great coach and his team will be motivated to play their best hockey come tourney time. The whole picture will be much more crystal after the league’s respective playoffs are done. There could be some crazy action there.

          • B.D.

            It would be a good game to watch.

        • GeauxSioux

          So I did some thorough research on this Engelstad/Hitler issue and it appears whoever made the original comment did some spinning on the facts. Those that have reiterated and regurgitated this blasphemy should certainly take a look at Yale’s ties to Nazism (ex-Nazi lecturers, the Prescott Bush and Union Banking Corporation/Nazi industrialism, etc). Other schools have openly and publicly accepted Nazi foreign exchange students, many of them being Ivy. Look up the author Stephen H. Norwood.

          IMO, comments such as these have so little to do with HOCKEY, they should be flagged and removed from this HOCKEY site. Can we stick to arguing about HOCKEY now? No offense meant to anyone whatsoever.

    • nyqi

      They might be, I haven’t seen them play yet this year. I don’t think that anyone is a sure bet to make the Frozen Four this year. It will be interesting to see how teams that maybe didn’t play the toughest of schedules (Unions has the 36th SOS right now) play against some of the teams that might be more battle tested and maybe a bit more worn out than some of those teams.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      lol far from it

    • Red Pepper

      Union is 1-3 vs. top 16 teams. Best?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

    about time north dakota gets the respect thats not only deserving but actually acurrate. wcha is college hockey

    • Nobody likes you

      Yawn. UND was so disrespected when they were ranked 2 and 3. And there is no rule that the number one ranked team has to come from the best conference.

      • collegehockeyfan

        true, but most Sioux fans(at least the ones who follow college hockey) know the number one ranking doesn’t mean a whole lot, so I apologize on behalf of the ignorant Sioux fans, but there are Sioux fans with Logic.

        • B.D.

          THe logic is that good teams competing against each other “Sharpens” the best.

          “He is best who is trained in the severest school.” -Thucydides, “History of the Peloponnesian War” (431-404 B.C.)

          • collegehockeyfan

            this is true, and the number one ranking shows that, but it doesn’t mean any given team is ‘the best’. All I know is I’m glad UND is in the top 4 in the PWR and after that I could care less which spot they take, because in order to be the best, you have to beat the best at the national tourney.

  • collegehockeyfan

    I think I’m going to have to agree with a good portion of people here, #1 right now doesn’t matter, I think teams are just shooting for top 4 in the PWR, because quite frankly, no team has the right to be #1 now. the top few teams could all be considered the top team. This is definitely going to be a fun tournament to watch!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you 100% and I’m a UND fan.

    • nyqi

      The only reason that I even care that UND is ranked higher in the PWR is that I assume (and I don’t know this for sure) that the higher ranked team in the national tournament is considered the home team and it might give them an edge to match lines if they want to against the likes of BC, UMD, Yale, etc if we get to that point. All of this is just for show until we get the final bracketology from the NCAA.

  • WMUBRONCS

    Let’s not forget Union was SWEPT by Western Michigan earlier this year, and WMU is on the outside looking in. I might be a bit bias but I think Union is waaaay over-rated

    • Anonymous

      Western Michigan has just about the same number of wins as ties (15-9-10). The ties are keeping Western Michigan on the outside looking in.

    • Snoozefest

      Nobody forgets it because you keep harping on week after week. Have your team win a few more games and pass the teams above you in the Pairwise. Whining about Union isn’t getting you anywhere.

  • YouSee

    As a Union fan I’m just happy they are in the discussion and in the hunt.

    • collegehockeyfan

      finally glad to see the happier side of this forum! Thanks YouSee and congrats on the ECAC regular season Title!

  • Anonymous

    All I know is this…if Merrimack had 7 or 8 losses, they would be lucky to be ranked in the top 10. But no, BC and North Dakota get atleast three free pass losses a year because their name is BC and North Dakota.

    Atleast one voter decided to not give a crap about “prestige” and just vote according to the numbers.

    • Norman1

      Are you saying Merrimack should be in the top 3 because they have 5 losses? I find that argument very hard to believe when Merrimack’s Strength of Schedule is 45th, as compared to 1st for UND and 25th for BC. “Prestige” has very little impact, it’s the quality of the opponents and the results. That one voter who voted according to the numbers needs to learn what the numbers mean.

      • B.D.

        Norman1:
        You are correct, like the crow indians from “Jeremiah Johnson” we are judged by the strength and fierceness of our enemies.

    • Righty

      3 of merrimacks 5 losses are to teams with losing records. 2 of them have less than 7 wins for the year. Your arguement makes about as much sense as Yale being in the top 5. During this impressive win streak they have been on they have played one team in the top 10. SOS 42

    • Anonymous

      Consistently play and keep up with the best in the country and you will become the best in the country…. both BC and UND accomplish this year after year thats why they are the “prestige” teams.

      • logic rules

        I thought the poll was about teams playing right now. You seem to think it’s a beauty contest of teams history over the last few decades.

        • GeauxSioux

          I believe UNDNorthStars was referring to the fact that playing well year-round will keep you lingering near the top, meaning top teams rotate through the top spot based on the preceding weeks results.

      • Anonymous

        Merrimack has won season series against BC, UNH, BU, Northeastern, has beaten Maine the one time they played them, so its amusing when people bring up their fluke losses to Providence and Umass Lowell as some kind of evidence of them being overrated in some way. Every team is going to lose a bad game to a in conference rival they should have beaten. BC did lose to Vermont this year, correct?

        The ONLY argument to having BC above Merrimack at this point, is their non-conference schedule. But in that argument you are blaming Merrimack for games that never took place, and ignoring head to head matchups between them and BC, as well as a stronger conference resume thus far. BC’s only non-conference games worth mentioning is two wins against Denver, and a loss to Notre Dame. Its not like they have dominated outside of Hockey East.

        • Righty

          fluke or not they still count the same way. It doesn’t help your argument defending teams with losing records.

          • Anonymous

            So basically, when comparing Merrimack to BC….

            You believe the fact that 3 out of Merrimack’s 5 losses were to teams with losing records is more important than the fact that 2 of BC’s 7 loses have been to Merrimack?

            Yea, thats logical.

          • Brett

            It turns out some teams just have another team’s number, due to style of play or whatever. BC could lose every game they play to Harvard and dominate against the rest of the country…does that make Harvard better than BC? Hardly. Unless Merrimack is planning on playing BC every round of the tournament, you might want to rethink your logic.

          • Anonymous

            I think that analogy is fraudulent. Obviously if Merrimack was say 8-20 right now and two of their wins had come against BC, I wouldn’t be arguing that Merrimack was better than BC. But every other statistic you look at in compared in to BC matches up with them as well. Righty keeps bring up SOS, which is legitimate, but the SOS can be weighted down by one or two games. I’m sure if Merrimack decided not to play Alabama Huntsville twice, their SOS would be up in BC’s territory as well. Should they really be punished because of two games with an independent team? Head to Head counts more than anything when comparing two teams, everyone knows this. All other comparisons are just secondary and can be spun in 100 different ways.

          • Righty

            Im pretty sure that BC losing to a team with a winning record hurts less than losing to 3 teams with losing records and getting shutout by a team with 7 wins. Plus having the 42nd Schedule strength doesn’t help your case.

            BC has a sweep of a top 5 team on there record, Merrimack doesn’t,

          • GeauxSioux

            This was my point exactly. Thanks Righty!

          • Jason

            I gotta side with Mack on this one. You beat a team two out of three, have the same point total in the conference, and play similar schedules…H2H has gottta count for something

        • Anonymous

          If you look at the overall records of the 10 teams in Hockey East. Five teams are above .500 and five teams below .500. So Merrimack plays only 4 teams above .500 and 5 below .500 in the conference. I think Hockey East should start playing everyone in the conference 4 times instead of 3 times during the regular season.

          • its all math

            Then they wouldn’t be able to schedule non-conference games.

            It’s funny how the bottom five in Hockey East are dragging down the strength of schedule of the entire league. Meanwhile the bottom teams in the WCHA won their non-conference games against lousy competition thus giving the league a boost.

          • Anonymous

            Out of 12 teams in the WCHA 8 of them have a overall record above .500. The ECAC has 7 teams above .500 and the CCHA has 6 teams above .500. I looked at Maine’s and UND’s schedule. Maine plays 34 games and UND plays 37 games. Hockey East could do a schedule like the CCHA and WCHA and play 2 games every weekend. Then have the Boston area teams play during the week (when they play each other). And try to get as many teams to play each other 4 times as possable.

          • its all math

            WCHA plays an unbalanced schedule, right? If the 10 teams in Hockey East played each other 4 times that would be 36 games. The only way to have games available for non-conference is to play an unbalanced schedule.

          • Anonymous

            Now they do, but at one in the early 90′s everyone in the WCHA played each other 4 times a year.

          • its all math

            Back in the late 80s and early 90s the WCHA varied in the number of teams it had. At one point it was as low as 9 which means 32 league games and only about 4 non-conference games. I don’t have a problem with that per se but since the current rant du jour is about Pairwise and Strength of Schedule comparisons I would say you need more non-conference games for the rankings to have any true meaning.

          • Anonymous

            The difference between Maine and UND in non-conference games is 2. Maine plays 7 non-conference games. UND plays 9 non-conference games.

        • Aszimmer1

          Those were two very convincing wins at Denver who has hovered around the top 5 for the better part of the season. Not trying to take anything away from Merrimack, they do have some impressive conference wins, but I don’t think there overall body of work matches BC or UND. Check out the individual PWR comparison between UND and Merrimack and pay special attention to TUC. UND’s TUC record is their overall record.

    • GeauxSioux

      IMHO, i believe it’d be because BC and UND play significantly tougher schedules so losses to other ranked teams carry less weight as, say, Merrimack (SOS of 43 out of 58) losing to Providence or Mass-Lowell. That being said, I love that Merrimack and Union are having great seasons.

      • Did you check

        BC and UND play significantly tougher schedules

        BC SOS is 26th right now according to the USCHO KRACH page. Hilariously, this is about where Yale’s was a few weeks ago (they have since slid to 33). Nobody has the balls to attack BC’s SOS.

        • GeauxSioux

          No I did check but just figured 26th was higher than 43. Maybe not significantly, you’re right, but BC has won some games against upper-echelon teams. They seem to be having trouble with lower ranked teams, however.

        • dying to find out

          Interesting how the Sioux fans won’t touch this fact. Are they afraid to diss BC or are they afraid to acknowledge the poor logic the employed in attacking Yale?

          • B.D.

            BC is a decent team playing largely inferior opposition, what is your point?

          • Mike

            BC is only decent..?

          • B.D.

            Yup, pretty decent.

    • nyqi

      Sorry Mack, but I have to agree with those that are posting back at you. You may be right and they get the benefit of the doubt from the voters in some cases because of the name but you have to look at who the teams have lost against and the losses that Merrimack has are not great. I don’t see any “bad” losses for UND. We lost to Maine, Denver, UNO, UMD, Minnesota and CC, all are currently ranked in the top 20. So the MN and CC games are not great but MN is our rival game and those are always tough and CC is a tough place to play with the larger ice sheet. So did they get a break from the voters, maybe but again none of this matters as long as you are in the top 4 of the PWR and you get a decent shot at the Frozen Four. This will all be decided in the national tourney.

    • Hockey

      Look at Strength of Schedule, UND is 2, and Merrimack is 42, out of 58 teams. Enough said.

    • JakeLeven

      And if Merrimack played more than 10 TUC in a season they would have 7 or 8 losses.

    • collegehockeyfan

      Point being Merrimack will be in the tournament, prove to us that they are who you say they are. If they lose in the first round, it doesn’t matter what position they are in. Make sure they can back you up before you say they are the best. period.

  • http://twitter.com/crb1 crb1

    Go Sioux.

  • Roben

    polls don’t matter, only PWR. It gives fans something good (or bad) to talk about during the week. top seed in a regional is what the teams are looking for.

    Go Sioux!

  • Kristobal

    “I’ll drink to that! where are my feeeeeeeet?????”

  • LincolnJim

    I’m sure up in heaven Ralphie is making his casino staff work unpaid overtime at a party where he’s throwing down with Hitler!

    • Siouxbetcha

      Aw. Yes. LincolnJim is back sharing his vast knowlege of the game of hockey. Why so late Jim? Happy hour run a little longer tonight.

    • FightingSioux4ever

      Still hangn on to that post from last week, huh? Do you even follow college hockey, or do you just like to take shots at the Sioux?

      • worlds smallest violin

        Waaaaah! Looks like UND fans can dish out crap all year but can’t take it when someone takes a shot at you. Typical.

        • GeauxSioux

          At least we keep it hockey related!

          • worlds smallest violin

            Had to laugh at that one. If by hockey related you mean screaming for three months about “Who Have The Played?!?!?!” and “EZAC!!!!” and “They lost to (insert sub .500 team name here)” then I guess you have a point. For me personally, I like to read actual analysis of the teams and players, their relative strengths and weaknesses, how they might match up, etc. But everyone’s different.

          • GeauxSioux

            I don’t remember screaming but I could be wrong. Who a team plays, the conference they’re in and who they lose to have a WHOLE lot more to do with HOCKEY than some of the comments which have since been removed. I’d love to hear your opinion on why you think UND shouldn’t be rated #1, because I don’t necessarily believe they deserve the 1 spot.

        • FightingSioux4ever

          You ever read that guy’s posts? Nothing pertaining to hockey at all. And yes, when someone makes a claim that Ralph Engelstad was a Nazi sympathizer, I take offense to that. This is a college hockey forum, not a blog for some guy that gets a kick out of making derogatory remarks any chance he gets. So if you have a valid point, make it. Other than that, GO SIOUX!

  • MuseRules

    Good luck going far with Dell. He is tied for 20th in save percentage.

    • Aszimmer1

      Dell’s save % is better than Muse’s from last year. Oh yeah, who won the NC last year? Another valid piont from a well educated fan.

    • Nyqi

      He’s ranked 5th overall in goals against and is a serious contender for the WCHA player of the year as he came out of no where this season. If UND doesn’t make it very far it won’t be because of Aaron Dell.

  • EagleEye

    Go figure. we win the Beanpot and drop one after UND gets three points against a .500 team? western bias in the rankings

    • aMUSEing

      Yeah, but we didn’t lose to a sub .500 team. The Beanpot? Two teams with RPI rankings of 38 and 51. And then the other team with the winning record loses to the 51 ranked team. There’s a feather in your cap.

  • Bud Keohan

    I’m glad the blog are back on just hockey. So you will understand where I’m coming from I went to Merrimack College as a freshman in 1949 when there was no senior class, the school having been founded in 1947 by the Augustinians, whose other school is Villanova University. An attempt was made to have an independent team in the early 1950s but a serious injury to a player caused the administration to order that team to stop using the name Merrimack because there was no insurance coverage. By the mid 1950s Fr. Thabault, who had been a wing for St. Michael’s (VT) when a student there decided to get hockey into the athletics program, which then had only basketball, tennis (on rented courts) and sailing. An outdoor rink was built for the late Winter and Spring of 1955 but due to the weather only one game was played against Babson. Several games were played in indoor rinks in 1955-56 and the team clearly was considered varsity by the Fall of 1956. Jim Reynolds, who had been a key figure in the earlier independent team and now was a lawyer, came back to coach for several years and he and Fr. Thabault gradually built a schedule that relied on facing good opposition more than the number of games played. If you want to see how that was accomplished see the complete results from 1956-57 on the Merrimack hockey website. I handled the Sports PR as a student junior and senior year and thus added hockey when I returned to join the faculty at age 23 in the Fall of 1955. About 12 of the 16 years from 1951-67 I served as Sports Information Director, but by age 35 had to stop because we added more sports and it was too much to do while teaching full time. By the late 1980s Hockey East had added Lowell as a seventh team and invited Merrimack to be the eighth. I preferred the ECAC as I felt we could compete better against the Ivys and schools such as Union and RPI which we sometimes played. At my request the committee asked ECAC, which had 12 teams then, what were our chances. ECAC not only indicated that 12 teams were the maximum they wanted but also told us that, if anyone dropped out, the slot was promised to Union. Union replaced Army when it left the ECAC. The only other change was when Vermont left the ECAC to be Hockey East’s tenth team with Quinnipiac moving to the ECAC (the ninth HEA team was UMass-Amherst). At that time Merrimack went 25-0 in ECAC East, the combination of Division 2 and 3 teams, and was selected as the Division I Independent because we had indicated we wanted to move up (in two game total goal matchups we trailed Northeastern 8-3 about midway in the second period of the second game but scored seven straight goals to advance to the quarterfinals at Lake Superior State, which won the national title that year; we won the first game, LSSU’s only home loss since very early in the season, but were blanked in the second game. So Merrimack moved to the HEA with high hopes since we already played some of its members, but it is only now in 2011 when we are headed back to the NCAAs since Coach Dennehy, now in his sixth year here, has a team he selected based on known ability to win in junior hockey or in the case of a few others prep or US Development Team experience, the latter being the way goalie Joe Cannata readied himself.
    That is a long preamble but reading the posts tonight I felt I should comment since at age 79 I am still teaching (I missed 2007-08 to get both knees replaced).
    I never advanced as a child from double runners to skates and had trouble with a two foot decline in the backyard when I tried skis.
    It is wonderful that so many of you truly love your alma maters and their athletic programs but the most important thing going on is the education of these young people who have received scholarship aid to attend our colleges and universities. I have been blessed with teaching many college athletes over the years, some of whom are among the top one percent of the thousands I’ve taught. Time management is the key to their success. Please remember that their education and future life as citizens of a troubled world when you are posting. On a different website the UMass goalie, who was pulled in our 11-2 win in January, was blasted, apparently at age 25 for behind over the hill, but played magnificently in defeat this past weekend in both games.
    The second item is the debate on Strength of Schedule. Last year we opened with two games at North Dakota, but were on the attack at the end in a 3-2 loss at what I now know Fighting Sioux fans refer to as the Ralph. For this year Coach Dennehy wanted to take us further West to Denver and Colorado College, but the dates could not be worked out, but I have high hopes Merrimack will open in WCHA territory in 2011 as we did in 2009. Hopefully some WCHA team will visit us, even if one game along with BC, BU, Northeastern or Harvard (we won head to head this year against all four Beanpot teams). The SOS for all HEA TUCs was hurt last Fall when HEA teams did not do well as a group against other conferences, a rarity, except for Merrimack (6-0-1, the tie the opener at Niagara) and BC (4-1-0). I hope no one minds that both Merrimack and Providence went South to play UAH (our games with UAH were at Nashville to introduce college hockey to the state of Tennessee) to help fill their schedule. When you book a non-conference schedule I don’t think anyone is deliberately trying to find soft touches. For short periods we have had home and home weekends over two seasons with some CCHA teams, one being Ohio State, which ended up each year in a split. Over the years we have played all the Ivys but not often, including Pennsylvania when it had a varsity team; Dartmouth has invited us more than once to their invitational and one calendar year (two seasons) we traded weekends with Princeton.
    I think SOS is an important item to look at in picking the 16 teams. Merrimack is 7 of 7 against HEA teams so far but I can’t guarantee we can win twice at Orono this weekend since we’ve never done it before. Neither can I guarantee sweeping Providence on the last weekend of the regular season since Beaudry blanked us 2-0 there in November. Someone pointed to our losses 6-4 to Lowell, our nearby rival, and the shutout at PC. Both, along with the other three losses to BC, Northeastern and UNH, were fought to the last minute, all being one goal losses in a way since PC and Lowell scored empty netters at the end.
    My best wishes to all of you. I’m quite new to blogging but have a lot of journalism papers to do for my students, who include Cannata and Jesse Todd this semester in Feature Writing, after Ryan Flanigan, Carter Madsen and Karl Stollery in the Fall, all quality students.

    • Righty

      wow you really like the sound of your own voice

      • Nyqi

        Be respectful. Did you even read his post? He has as much right to post here as you do. You don’t like, don’t read it.

      • Anonymous

        I had Bud as a Professor while I was at Merrimack…he knows what hes talking about.

    • swanny14

      Especially love the history and the knowledge – keep it coming!!

  • Bud Keohan

    I apologize for not proofreading. The first sentence contains an agreement error. Sorry.