First NCAA Rankings Are Out

And here they are.

Check back for the latest Bracketology tomorrow. In the meantime, an observation:

We know that the NCAA does not apply the selection/ranking criteria equally. You can see this by comparing USCHO’s PWR with the rankings. I’m having a hard time figuring this out. Looking at Mass-Dartmouth, you’d think that the NCAA is weighing Quality Wins more heavily, since the Corsairs are fifth in the NCAA rankings but second in the USCHO PWR. But then look at Norwich, which is even lower than Mass-Dartmouth in Quality Wins and yet is ranked ahead of he Corsairs in the NCAA rankings. And it can’t be that record against ranked teams is given more weight, because that favors UMD as well.

Instead, you appear to have a lot of subjectivity, as we saw last season. I’ll be using the NCAA ranking for bracketology, since it looks like there’s no way the PWR can predict what the committee will be doing.

And it’s worth noting that the NCAA Division I committee applies their criteria strictly by the book. One wonders why the D-III committee does not.

51 COMMENTS

  1. Who were the clowns in stripes and where did they come from? At least they were consistent, but very little flow to the game and I don’t think either team’s 4th line ever saw the ice!

  2. Who were the clowns in stripes and where did they come from? At least they were consistent, but very little flow to the game and I don’t think either team’s 4th line ever saw the ice!

  3. I’m thinking the Michigan goal was a bad call. The puck could have been in but with an original no goal call. The puck has to be 100% over the line with evidence. Does it not?

    • Definitely agree, it was called no goal on the ice and there is no angle that shows that puck crossing the goal line… bad call.

  4. I’m thinking the Michigan goal was a bad call. The puck could have been in but with an original no goal call. The puck has to be 100% over the line with evidence. Does it not?

    • Definitely agree, it was called no goal on the ice and there is no angle that shows that puck crossing the goal line… bad call.

  5. An impressive performance by Air Force which shows that physical stamina and puck discipline can keep any game close. There is a very thin margin between the #1 and #16 seed in the tournament as Minnesota recalls from their loss to Holy Cross a few years back.

    • I had a “crucify the gophers” sign taken away from me at said UM-HC game. I guarantee that was the first and last time the crusaders ever have 11000 people cheering like madmen for them

  6. An impressive performance by Air Force which shows that physical stamina and puck discipline can keep any game close. There is a very thin margin between the #1 and #16 seed in the tournament as Minnesota recalls from their loss to Holy Cross a few years back.

    • I had a “crucify the gophers” sign taken away from me at said UM-HC game. I guarantee that was the first and last time the crusaders ever have 11000 people cheering like madmen for them

  7. the NCAA ought to be ashamed of the rink an
    d ice conditions in Bridgeport. The arena was about 70 degrees (it was 40 degrees outside, so no external excuse), the ice was terrible, with the puck sticking and bouncing all night. The end boards and glass – particularly at the end where the game winner was scored – were uneven, leading to consistently unpredictable bounces. The glass needed resetting at least three times during the game.

    The NCAA seems preoccupied with making sure that arenas are “NCAA Ready” – no outside advertising, all-NCAA all the time, when they should be spending the bulk of their time ensuring that playing conditions are optimal. If they were as good as they could have been last night, then the tournament shouldn’t be held in Bridgeport in the future. It is a shame for the teams to get to this level of the season and play under conditions that did not allow them to play the game at the level that they are capable of playing.

    • Agree. There were also some crazy bounces off the boards in Manchester. The puck traveling around the boards jumped out in front of the goalie for a close scoring chance. And their camera-man was terrible. Not that it was entirely his fault… the camera was way too far from the ice and far too low. Anytime the play came to the near side, he lost sight of the puck and was zooming the camera around for the next 30 seconds, trying to catch up to the puck.

  8. the NCAA ought to be ashamed of the rink an
    d ice conditions in Bridgeport. The arena was about 70 degrees (it was 40 degrees outside, so no external excuse), the ice was terrible, with the puck sticking and bouncing all night. The end boards and glass – particularly at the end where the game winner was scored – were uneven, leading to consistently unpredictable bounces. The glass needed resetting at least three times during the game.

    The NCAA seems preoccupied with making sure that arenas are “NCAA Ready” – no outside advertising, all-NCAA all the time, when they should be spending the bulk of their time ensuring that playing conditions are optimal. If they were as good as they could have been last night, then the tournament shouldn’t be held in Bridgeport in the future. It is a shame for the teams to get to this level of the season and play under conditions that did not allow them to play the game at the level that they are capable of playing.

    • Agree. There were also some crazy bounces off the boards in Manchester. The puck traveling around the boards jumped out in front of the goalie for a close scoring chance. And their camera-man was terrible. Not that it was entirely his fault… the camera was way too far from the ice and far too low. Anytime the play came to the near side, he lost sight of the puck and was zooming the camera around for the next 30 seconds, trying to catch up to the puck.

  9. Bridgeport venue was horrendous. I’ve been going to regionals since 1992 and yesterday was pitiful. The ice surface was so soft players routinely over skated the puck. To think you play all year for the chance to get to the Frozen Four and after making a brilliant deke to squeeze between 2 defenseman (Lamarouex of AF), you fan on your shot. Plays like that happened all game for all 4 teams. Next there was the problem with the boards/glass. Same issue arose 2 years ago in Bridgeport – nice to see they fixed it (not!). Concessions were pitiful. There were lines 100 deep between periods with a limited staff working. Obviously didn’t plan on having people attend. Finally, there was the PA announcer/disc jockey. The PA was so loud I found myself physically ill after 6 hours of sonic boom announcements. Yale brought their pep band with them to the game. I know because I saw them. I never heard them because of the obnoxious DJ, but I did see them sitting up under the eaves in the corner….nice kids. Seriously, what a joke. I’d hesitate to go back.

    • I wasn’t there, but as a hockey fan trying to watch on television, I agree. The constant interruptions to fix the glass were dreadful. And they did have to stop play to repair the ice after what felt like 30 seconds of play.

  10. Bridgeport venue was horrendous. I’ve been going to regionals since 1992 and yesterday was pitiful. The ice surface was so soft players routinely over skated the puck. To think you play all year for the chance to get to the Frozen Four and after making a brilliant deke to squeeze between 2 defenseman (Lamarouex of AF), you fan on your shot. Plays like that happened all game for all 4 teams. Next there was the problem with the boards/glass. Same issue arose 2 years ago in Bridgeport – nice to see they fixed it (not!). Concessions were pitiful. There were lines 100 deep between periods with a limited staff working. Obviously didn’t plan on having people attend. Finally, there was the PA announcer/disc jockey. The PA was so loud I found myself physically ill after 6 hours of sonic boom announcements. Yale brought their pep band with them to the game. I know because I saw them. I never heard them because of the obnoxious DJ, but I did see them sitting up under the eaves in the corner….nice kids. Seriously, what a joke. I’d hesitate to go back.

    • I wasn’t there, but as a hockey fan trying to watch on television, I agree. The constant interruptions to fix the glass were dreadful. And they did have to stop play to repair the ice after what felt like 30 seconds of play.

  11. Congrats Minnesota-Duluth! Valient effort from Yale who played very well in the conference finals and against Air Force. Well done Air Force for giving Yale just about all they could handle! Good luck in the future!

  12. Congrats Minnesota-Duluth! Valient effort from Yale who played very well in the conference finals and against Air Force. Well done Air Force for giving Yale just about all they could handle! Good luck in the future!

  13. Union:  lock it up.. no, you lock it up.. lock it up…  RPI is a stage five clinger.. time to lock it up… Union has owned them all year…

  14. I think most Union fans will agree that other than Cornell, I don’t see any of the remaining teams giving Union any trouble.  Sure, Union could drop a game here or there to any of these teams, but for the most part Cornell seems to be the only team that can go toe to toe. 

    As for this series, RPI has been hot lately but as Leggs2 stated.. Union has gone  5-1, 5-2 and 5-1 vs. RPI.. this year – that’s pretty much domination.  The two weeks off has to be helpful to Grosenick’s ailing ankle, which no one seems to be talking about…

    The last game with Cornell was a battle.  As a Union fan, I’d like to see a Cornell vs. Union final.. It would be a great game and a true test for two the best.  I’d guess we’d see both teams getting in NCAAs if Cornell wins.

    • Dear Union Fans:
      I hope the team is as overconfident as you. That served you well against #12 Colgate last year.

      Respectfully,
      The Underdogs

      • Maybe it’s too early, but should I get the First Class flight to Tampa, or settle for peanuts and soft drinks in Coach?  Those seats behind the curtain are just so cramped…

        Union Tampa (Student during the dark, lean years of D-I Union Hockey)

        • Well, you’re right about one thing: the “Maybe it’s too early” part.

          Ever heard the phrase “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? If the actual Union team and coach are taking their competition seriously, maybe the fans should, too. There are still anywhere from 6 to some teens-number of games before you should bother fueling the plane, or whatever other jump-the-gun jargon you’ve come up with.

          Respectfully,
          The college hockey fans who realize that the ECAC is full of parity and that Union was well-rested last year before they took on #12 Colgate, too

          • In all seriousness, I wonder what impact final exams have on the Union team for the annual ECAC tourney.  Union finals are next week; they still have a trimester-based system (one of the few in the world).  Finals occur every year in the middle or end of the ECAC tourney (good planning).  I remember being hunkered down in the library for a week, with my team practices minimized or cut out completely in the 90’s.

            Last year v. Colgate was the same deal.  I remember coach Leaman saying in an interview that 2011 practices were off or minimized until exams were over.  Then the Colgate “miracle on ice” occurred … coincidence? 

            Could be a rust issue getting back on the ice – academics are still front burner at Union.  Priorities are in the right place, but it’s bad timing or planning, perhaps.

          •  And RPI is having midterms now, boo hoo. I still had practices and meets during finals. I think either States or ECACs made me have to take a final in the hotel one year because it was a 3 day meet. If I survived playing 2 sports as an electrical engineering major with 2 minors, I think the Union players can manage their studies as english majors…

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