College Hockey:
Ivies aweigh, Knight fright, Raiders righted

Final six are underway

Harvard may be the last remaining Division I team to allow a goal (5-0 victors over Bentley on Saturday), but Cornell made the biggest statement this weekend with a twin-killing of Colorado College in Ithaca.

The Big Red held the Tigers to two goals on 42 shots in 2-0 and 3-2 victories. CC couldn’t break the hosts’ penalty kill in eight chances, and were held well below their (admittedly early-) season average of more than four goals per game.

Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale also escaped the weekend unscathed: the Big Green tied Yale and blanked Brown at the Ivy Shootout in Providence; Yale also edged Princeton; while Harvard – as aforementioned – took out the Bentley Falcons at the Bright Hockey Center to open an ambitious campaign.

Golden Knights fail to shine

Despite a promising start in the Rockies – dropping a pair of tight games to Colorado College – Clarkson has been unable to build momentum at home. ‘Tech has surrendered almost four goals a game (3.80) while scoring only two and a half (2.60). The Knights are earning more power plays than their opposition, but are only converting on 16 percent of their advantages… foes are scoring on a full quarter of their PP opportunities.

Last weekend saw CCT fall and draw against Niagara at Cheel. The Golden Knights are putting themselves in position to win games – they are out-shooting opponents as well as taking fewer trips to the box – but finishing has been an early thorn in Clarkson’s side.

Colgate back on track

Back on the morning of October 20, prior to a Saturday home game against Bowling Green, the Raiders appeared to be floundering in rising water. The team had lost three straight following an opening-night romp over Niagara, and were sitting at 1-3-0 with no gimmes in sight. The squad that had lit up the Purple Eagles for 10 goals on October 9 had only mustered two more tallies (while surrendering 11) in the three games since.

Enter the Spink twins.

Tyson and Tylor Spink – the rookie twins out of Williamstown, Ontario – each lit the lamp in the first period to pace Colgate to a rejuvenating 4-2 win. Since then, the Raiders have looked a lot more aggressive, scoring a combined 11 goals in last weekend’s wins over RIT (6-3) and Quinnipiac (5-1). The ‘Gate has allowed six goals in its last three outings, scoring three power-play goals and shutting foes down on nine of 10 shorthanded situations. Junior goalie Eric Mihalik is bringing his numbers back in to focus, stopping 78 of 84 shots during the win streak.

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  • Patrick Oneill

    What are the chances ND will come east to Brudgeport?

    • RPIfan4life

      Not likely. Yale is the host team.

      • RPIfan4life

        Unless you mean Notre Dame instead of North Dakota.
        Jist estatic that Rensselaer (aka RPI) is in!!!

        • My prediction for the #1 seeds: Yale is going to Bridgeport, BC to Manchester, North Dakota to St Paul, Michigan to Green Bay.

          I live in NH and I have tickets, so I will only hazard a guess for that one regional: #1 BC vs. #4 Notre Dame; #2 Miami vs. #3 UNH

  • Khryx

    I think either ND going to Bridgeport is low with North Dakota being nil as RPIfan4life mentioned.

  • Und184

    Notre Dame is predicted to either play Union in CT or Merrimack in St. Louis.

  • Falcons Soar

    Where is the big RIT fan who was loving life as a 4 seed playing Yale. Before you get excited you might want to make the tournament. Oh well, congrats to the Air Force Academy…..

  • SpartyOn

    Bridgeport, CT Regional
    1-Yale vs. 16-Air Force
    8-Union vs. 9-Minnesota-Duluth

    Green Bay Regional
    2-North Dakota vs. 15-RPI
    7-Denver vs. 10-Western Michigan

    Manchester, NH Regional
    4-Miami vs. 13-New Hampshire
    6-Merrimack vs. 11-Notre Dame

    St. Louis Regional
    3-Boston College vs. 14-Colorado College
    5-Michigan vs. 12-Nebraska-Omaha

    • Khryx

      Sparty, this assumes that UND wins. The picture is a bit different if Denver pulls out the OT win. Assuming UND wins, I agree except that I wonder if they would swap AF and RPI for attendance/travel reasons.

      • LGR03

        Can’t swap RPI and AFA. You’d have ECAC v. ECAC in Yale v. RPI. You’d also have all three ECAC teams in one regional.

        • Khryx

          Good point, I don’t know what I was thinking…

      • Air Force would probably be a better school to move around for the simple reason that its alumni are everywhere. (Ditto for Notre Dame.)

    • Colgate fan

      If it’s like this, my Frozen Four is: Duluth, North Dakota, Miami and BC.

      • guest

        unh will kill miami take a seat

    • Benty1

      where do you come up with this? is it just a prediction?

    • Jim in Omaha

      I prefer UNO to Green Bay, since I have already rearranged my travel schedule to be in Chicago that weekend en route to Atlanta on Monday. But, I have family in Chicago as well, so the trip won’t be a loss.

      We’ll know tomorrow.

      • Khryx

        No matter who wins UD or UND, I have UNO in St. Louis against UM.

    • DU Fan

      there ain’t no way North Dakota and DU are in the same regional…

      • Timk

        UND fan here…Unbelievable after that game they punish us both…

  • Rensselaer-is-in

    Any chance RPI plays in NH or CT?

    • Khryx

      I think there is a chance if the committee doesn’t protect integrity and places RPI against Yale in Bridgeport (i.e. 1 vs 15). I don’t see RPI going to Manchester…

      • mdumont

        RPI and Yale are both ECAC teams and they will not put two teams from the same conference facing each other in the first round.

    • RPIfan4life

      Probably not. Yale is the host school (and can’t play RPI since the NCAA does not allow league opponents to match up in the first round and UNH will probably be the 4 seed in Manchester. Just one question: If they play in GB like SpartyOn says, what day are those games?

      • Khryx

        Northeast Regional: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H., March 26–27
        East Regional: Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn., March 25–26
        West Regional: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, March 25–26
        Midwest Regional: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis., March 26–27
        Frozen Four: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn., April 7 and 9

        Read more: http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament

      • Khryx

        Green Bay is March 26-27

  • OTF

    Bridgeport – Yale vs Air Force, Denver vs W. Michigan
    Green Bay – North Dakota vs RPI, Union vs UMD
    Manchester – BC vs Colorado College, Michigan vs UNH
    St. Louis – Miami vs UNO, Merrimack vs Notre Dame

    I agree they don’t put Denver with North Dakota and with one swap they move Union away from Yale and Denver away from ND. UNH shouldn’t be a 3 seed, but if they want to keep BC close to home then UNH becomes the 3 seed and UNO drops from the 12 to 13 overall as the 4th seed in St. Louis. This configuration leaves 3 regions with a 1 and 3 seed from the same league. The only way to avoid that would be to move BC to St. Louis and reseed the teams like this:

    Bridgeport – Yale vs Air Force, Denver vs W. Michigan
    Green Bay – North Dakota vs RIP, Union vs NotreDame
    Manchester – Miami vs UNH, Merrimack vs UMD
    St. Louis – BC vs Colorado College, Michigan vs UNO

  • Timk

    Why would the powers that be punish UND and Denver by puting in same bracket and leave one regional devoid of WCHA teams? Are they afraid of an all WCHA Frozen Four? Which would sell out the X

  • Curious

    You say “bracket predictions to come.” Any idea on when?

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