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College Hockey:
Weekend Rewind Jan. 30

Another week down, and based on the results, the point continues to be hammered down that the difference between the top eight or nine teams this year in D-III women’s hockey is only the slimmest of margins.

On Tuesday, No. 7 Amherst handed top-ranked Norwich its first loss since Oct. 29 with a 2-0 shutout over the defending national champions. The Lord Jeffs have played more ranked teams than anybody else in Division III this season, and their only three losses have come to Elmira, Middlebury and RIT. They also own wins over Norwich, Wisconsin-River Falls, Middlebury and Plattsburgh.

No one else at this point can claim a tougher schedule than Amherst, and with their recent results I expect them to shoot up the USCHO.com poll today. Personally, I voted them second behind RIT.

The other two matchups of national interest this weekend provided more results to prove the parity that is running rampant amongst the fraternal order of D-III women’s hockey.

Elmira and Plattsburgh split their series over the weekend. Plattsburgh scored a 4-1 win with an empty-netter on Saturday afternoon, but Elmira rallied to down the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday behind two goals from freshman Ashley Ryan and kept their chances alive for the ECAC West regular season title.

If RIT, Plattsburgh and Elmira all hold serve and win every game against teams outside of the powerhouse trio, the ECAC West regular season title will come down to the big RIT/Elmira home-and-home series in two weeks.

If Elmira takes three or more points from RIT and wins its remaining games, it’ll win the regular season.  A split between the two will hand the title to Plattsburgh, and an RIT sweep will clinch the Tigers the regular season crown for the second straight season.

Out West, Gustavus Adolphus emerged triumphant from its showdown with Concordia (Minn.) The Gusties won 4-1 on Friday and then skated to a 3-3 tie on Saturday to put a virtual death grip on another MIAC regular season title.

Gustavus Adolphus is the lone Division III team without a loss this season, and the Gusties have their toughest remaining hurdle tomorrow night that stands in their way of an unbeaten regular season. Gustavus travels to No. 10 Wisconsin-Superior for their final nonconference tilt. Face off is set for 7 p.m. at Superior’s Wessman Arena.

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  • Kjcoon_ak

    “Nanook fans, take heart: I’m often wrong.”

    Don’t worry, we often overlook much of what you write. :)

  • bjw

    Watch for UAF defense to come out early and control the pace with hard nosed D. If Miami scores early on and goes up by 1 or 2 goals- UAF loses. If UAF can get the 1st goal and play pesky D like last Fri PM- we win. Bottom line, if we play like we did last Fri- we win. If we play like we did Sat against MI- we lose big.

  • Rrhoades1

    Wildcats look terrible Friday against BG! However, give credit to BG for moving the puck and out working the Cats all night.

  • rattymcrat99

    i am really disappointed in Northeastern this year. The one game I’ve been able to make it too, 5-0 win hosting providence, was a great game and made me wonder what was going on in all the other games, especially against Atlantic Hockey.

    I figure it must be injuries again, from what I understand there are already a few players who will miss the rest of the season, and how heavily we are having to rely on freshman due to injuries and early departures.

  • Kdryden27

    Two 5-0 blowouts and a 3rd period collapse against Brown means no goaltending and no playoffs for Providence, again.

  • anonymous

    Who is Todd Barton? I think you combined Jesse Todd and Chris Barton.

  • Salvuccim

    lol the errors here are quite simply inexcusable for an organization on the forefront of delivering college hockey news.

    Da Costa leads the warriors in scoring with 7 goals and 9 assists in 15 games totaling 16 points.

    That Todd Barton on the other hand…he’s been doing great!!!

    The funny part is that it wasn’t just a statement made in passing but it was the basis for your entire point.

  • Lameo

    Nice job Dave…glad to see you deleted all your mistakes to make yourself look better. Aweful article….especially with the screw ups of “Todd Barton” and DaCosta being 5th on Merrimack in scoring….sounds like you have no idea what you’re talking about and you cover HE…..maybe it’s time to move on?

  • Salvuccim

    lol, and now there’s not even mention of Merrimack…is winning the season series against Boston College and having only 1 loss amongst 3 games against BC and 2 games against BU not surprising?

    I mean I suppose Merrimack fans should be taking that as a complement….Awful article for a news outlet that I see as going downhill while Collegehockeynews is going up up up.

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