Tournament Outlook

It’s tournament time. Here’s an outlook on this week’s action. In many cases, one of the semifinals features the two best teams in the tournament, IMHO.

Augsburg Tournament

When: November 22 & 23

Who: Augsburg (host), UW-Superior, Finlandia, Bethel

Outlook: It’s rare that a Thanksgiving Tournament is actually played on Thanksgiving. The winner of the Superior-Bethel semifinal should go on to take the title.

Primelink Great Northern Shootout

When: November 24 & 25

Who: Norwich (host), Middlebury, Plattsburgh, Potsdam

Outlook: This is the last year for Potsdam in what has become to premier in-season tournament in Division III. Middlebury and Norwich are favored to meet in the finals.

Babson Tournament

When: November 25 & 26

Who: Babson (host), Mass-Dartmouth, Geneseo, S. Maine

Outlook: There’s the possibility of a rematch between Geneseo and UMass-Dartmouth, which met in the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.

Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff Classic

When: November 25 & 26

Who: Bowdoin (host), Colby (host), Assumption, US Under 18 Team

Outlook: This isn’t a “tournament” since the matchups are predetermined (Bowdoin and Colby do not meet). Assumption will be the underdog with the other three squads having an equal shot of coming out on top.

PAL Stovepipe Tournament

When: November 25 & 26

Who: S. New Hampshire (host), Suffolk, Brockport, Plymouth State.

Outlook: All but Suffolk were in this tourney last year, with Plymouth State coming out on top via a shootout over Brockport. I like Brockport and S. New Hampshire to meet in the finals this season.

MSOE Tournament

When: November 25 & 26

Who: MSOE (host), UW-Stout, Neumann, Gustavus Adolphus

Outlook: Three of the four teams got votes in this week’s poll. I expect the winner of the Neumann-Stout semifinal to take the title.

Ben McCabe Tournament

When: November 25 & 26

Who: Amherst (host), Conn College, Trinity, Wesleyan

Outlook: Four NESCAC teams come together. I’m going with the winner of the Trinity-Wesleyan semi to win the tournament.

Skidmore Invitational

When: November 25

Who: Skidmore (host), Nichols, Cortland, Salve Regina

Outlook: I think the champ will come out of the Nichols-Cortland semifinal.

Check out the action if you can, and have a great holiday!

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      • It’s always my favorite when people talk about how much better a coach Lucia is. How many years behind the bench did it take for him to win a title? 15 years. Hak is at 10 years. But I’m glad you know the future and can tell us everything that will happen.

      • It’s always my favorite when people talk about how much better a coach Lucia is. How many years behind the bench did it take for him to win a title? 15 years. Hak is at 10 years. But I’m glad you know the future and can tell us everything that will happen.

        • Did I mention Lucia in my comment? No. Why would you bring that up, wise one? Are you assuming I think that? I don’t, so add something that is relevant to my comment.

          • We all know what you are getting at. You dont have to use his name specifically. But I love how you say ND will never win one with Hak and back it up with zero facts.

          • No you don’t know what I’m getting at. I’m just giving you my opinion about Hakstol, nothing else. No comparisons to any other coach were insinuated, so again you are making an assumption. You can disagree with my opinion, that’s fine and I respect that.

          • With all the talent he has had over the years, it makes one wonder why no titles have been won. Maybe NoDak has the same problem as MN with the early departures that disrupt the building up of the program to win it all. BC seems to have no problem keeping players around for 3-4 years and look how often they win the title. IMO, NoDak would be better off if Dean Blais was back as coach. Your thoughts on that?

          • Had your heart RIPPED OUT with .6 left in regulation and still talkin’ s***. Tool. You got nothin’, you never had anything, junior. Now go back and lay down next to your polluted water dish.

          • So you beat a team with .6 seconds left and you are the greatest team ever? Give me a break. Must be so hard for you to live knowing you still have less titles. How was that three year span of not making the tournament? How long did you cry after getting swept at home by Alaska?

          • Good thing North Dakota is not a member of the B1G. They have a losing record against Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Go look it up.

          • Was in the same conference as mn and Wisco for how many years and still won more conference titles and national titles……

          • You must be bored…..still going on this huh? and who cares head to head. all about titles, which obviously Mich has more, but when 7 of those 9 was prior to 1958………not turning too many heads now are we?

          • I know they probably don’t teach math up at BHCC, but isn’t 9 still greater than 7? Also…..what IS your mascot again? Thought so…..punk

          • Really, back to the mascot thing again. So having no mascot must coincide with playing well. You forgot to let everyone know how last weekend was. Keep up that good play…..

          • Actually, no. Just saying. Took Lucia 15 years to win. We all know Hak is good. Averaging 26+ wins a year. He’ll win one at some point.

          • Hakstol is a GREAT coach…let’s not beat around the bush. However we in gopher nation new that about Woog too, he really was a great coach…however he never won the big one. And he averaged 30 wins a year for 14 years, set all kinds of records, and so forth an so forth. I don’t care about your hatred for Gopher hockey, that’s your deal, but right now Hakstol needs to win soon or he will be remembered in the same light as Woog. We said for years the same thing you said…”He’ll win one at some point”…but he never did. I’m not saying he won’t, I think he just might, but his current record and results are kind of trending…perhaps it will change, perhaps it wont…time will tell.

  1. “One-and-dones” do very little for a program. As a Gopher fan,the temporary flush of landing a “name” is soon tempered by the realization that their short-term stay serves as more of a disruption to building a team that is competitive for a national championship on an annual basis.

    • I totally agree with you. Seeing Phil Kessel and Erik Johnson play for a year and leave, I’m glad the Gophers are not one of the five colleges he has narrowed it down to. Having seen so many early departures from his program, I think ‘the Don’ has realized he needs to recruit kids that will be there for at least 2-3 years.

      • I would take a year or 2 from an elite player. Honestly hoping he chooses any college for 2 years. Any highly skilled player helps a program for any length imo.

    • Yes it does suck when kids do leave after a year but I’m willing to take a chance that he would play at least 2 like Toews and Parise did. I’m sure any program is well aware he could be a one and done and they would recruit accordingly.

    • As a die hard Gopher fan I understand where you’re coming from. There was a huge stretch where we saw so many “one and dones” come into our program. And our program struggled because of it. It’s hard to pass up on those blue chippers….it really is. But you’re right, they are players you can’t build a program on. They’re already thinking about the next step rather than thinking about their time at the U. Most recently was The Beast…who really didn’t apply himself his last year as a Gopher. The Don eventually realized this mistake, and that’s why his recruiting has changed, and as a result we’re fielding a team that could be magical. However I’m absolutely not opposed to landing those “one and done” caliber players occasionally, as long as there is already a core of committed 3-4 year players already in place. Thomas Vanek was a perfect example (I was actually surprised he stayed a second year, he simply dominated college hockey). If Matthews chooses a college with a great core in place watch out. If he chooses a program that’s going to lose a bunch of players to early exits…could be bad. Just my two cents.

    • Too many one and dones have one foot out the door the day they show up on campus.
      More than one of those guys have heard from their “advisor” about how the college program is inhibiting their future prospects and the coach is more interested in his program than developing them for the NHL. Mention Garth Snow to Lucia and watch his head explode.

  2. “One-and-dones” do very little for a program. As a Gopher fan who has seen many “names” come through Mariucci for a single season visit,the temporary flush of landing that kind of player is soon tempered by the realization that their short-term stay serves as mostly a disruption to building a team that is competitive for a national championship on an annual basis.

    • I totally agree with you. Seeing Phil Kessel and Erik Johnson play for a year and leave, I’m glad the Gophers are not one of the five colleges he has narrowed it down to. Having seen so many early departures from his program, I think ‘the Don’ has realized he needs to recruit kids that he can count on to be there for at least 2-3 years. If that means passing on the super elite kids, so be it.

      • I would take a year or 2 from an elite player. Honestly hoping he chooses any college for 2 years. Any highly skilled player helps a program for any length imo.

    • Yes it does suck when kids do leave after a year but I’m willing to take a chance that he would play at least 2 like Toews and Parise did. I’m sure any program is well aware he could be a one and done and they would recruit accordingly.

    • As a die hard Gopher fan I understand where you’re coming from. There was a huge stretch where we saw so many “one and dones” come into our program. And our program struggled because of it. It’s hard to pass up on those blue chippers….it really is. But you’re right, they are players you can’t build a program on. They’re already thinking about the next step rather than thinking about their time at the U. Most recently was The Beast…who really didn’t apply himself his last year as a Gopher. The Don eventually realized this mistake, and that’s why his recruiting has changed, and as a result we’re fielding a team that could be magical. However I’m absolutely not opposed to landing those “one and done” caliber players occasionally, as long as there is already a core of committed 3-4 year players already in place. Thomas Vanek was a perfect example (I was actually surprised he stayed a second year, he simply dominated college hockey). If Matthews chooses a college with a great core in place watch out. If he chooses a program that’s going to lose a bunch of players to early exits…could be bad. Just my two cents.

    • The Don has often said he doesn’t want one and dones any more. Too many have one foot out the door the day they they arrive on campus. They have an “advisor” or pro scout second guessing the collge coach or how the system is inhibiting their future prospects.
      Mention Garth Snow to Lucia and watch his head explode.

  3. Kids like Auston Matthews should listen to Red Berenson and maybe he will: “There is life after professional hockey” . That is why a college degree comes in very handy not only for professional opportunities but for personal development. The days of the toothless farm boys from Manitoba and Ontario are rapidly coming to a close in the NHL. Thirty pct of the NHL now comes through the NCAA ranks and it is growing both on the ice and in the front office.You have to go on TV and maybe even go before Congress or Parliament – you have to be able to present yourself and college does that. Right now NCAA hockey has a 92% graduation rate beating every other sport. That assures a better chance for success for these kids not just in hockey but in life. As Jack Parker used to say, it makes no sense to leave college to sign a contract and play in the AHL.

  4. Kids like Auston Matthews should listen to Red Berenson and maybe he will: “There is life after professional hockey” . That is why a college degree comes in very handy not only for professional opportunities but for personal development. The days of the toothless farm boys from Manitoba and Ontario are rapidly coming to a close in the NHL. Thirty pct of the NHL now comes through the NCAA ranks and it is growing both on the ice and in the front office.You have to go on TV and maybe even go before Congress or Parliament – you have to be able to present yourself and college does that. Right now NCAA hockey has a 92% graduation rate beating every other sport. That assures a better chance for success for these kids not just in hockey but in life. As Jack Parker used to say, it makes no sense to leave college early to sign a contract and play in the AHL. All kinds of kids get drafted but the kid who can leave college and play in the NHL right away is very rare. They would be better off graduating and looking at their options – sign NHL, sign in Europe, sign KHL, coaching or whatever.

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