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College Hockey:
A Week of Random Thoughts

Call it winter doldrums, but this writers mind is struggling to find great topics about which to blog this week. So instead, I’ll pass along some random musings…

- I wonder if I’m the only person whose jaw dropped when someone told me that Air Force is currently in second place in Atlantic Hockey. I’ll admit that after their wininng streak came to an end I haven’t followed the team as closely. But at that same time I also remember saying to myself that there’s no way anyone will catch the Falcons in the regular season. Yes, as usual, I was wrong.

- Cornell is the only team in the country with only a single loss. At this point the Big Red also have an impressive 10-game unbeaten streak. Impressive, I guess, until I look at Notre Dame which hasn’t lost in 20 games.

- Games in hand not withstanding, I can’t remember the last time Michigan occupied sixth place in the CCHA this late in the season.

- When I saw Colgate play this December in the Florida College Classic, I really was impressed with the club. But now, looking at the team’s 1-6-3 record in league play, I’m shaking my head.

- Last Saturday evening’s Northeastern-Vermont game might have been the most entertaining game I’ve seen all season. The weird thing was how the pucks ended up in the back of the net. Knucklepucks, pinball like bounces, strange rebounds. It’s almost like the entire game was possessed.

- I’m a firm believer that Hockey East is the best league, top-to-bottom, this season. But the WCHA has to lead the way in terms of parity, at least near the top of the league. A single weekend series (aka four points or less) separate the top five schools.

- I have to wonder if Boston College is setting everyone up for another “Ha Ha, you didn’t think we’re any good but we’re going to win the national championship” runs. Last year, it took until the final night of the regular season for BC to make a statement, barely earning home ice with a road win at Northeastern. The Eagles, as you may recall, never lost another game. This season, BC is 5-7-3 in league play, sitting in fifth place, a full ten points behind league-leading NU.

- A two-game series between Boston University and New Hampshire this weekend could be the Terriers chance to define themselves as the best team in the nation. For those in New England, NESN will be showing BOTH games of the series, a nice move by the league’s official network.

Okay, that’s it for now. If anyone has a topic they’d like me to discuss, feel free to leave a comment. If it warrants, I’ll write another blog post this week!

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