Counting Down Part II

As of Tuesday night (prior to the MIAC play-in game), we’re down to just 27 D-III teams and 4 D-II squads. Hats off to the seniors from the following teams, who finished out their colllege careers last week:

  • Southern Maine
  • Salem State
  • UMass-Boston
  • Skidmore
  • Elmira
  • Utica
  • Plymouth State
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Nichols
  • Salve Regina
  • St. John’s
  • St. Mary’s
  • Concordia
  • Hamline
  • Minn-Crookston
  • Northland
  • Wesleyan
  • Conn College
  • Williams
  • Trinity
  • Geneseo
  • Franklin Pierce
  • St. Michael’s

UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and Oswego join UW-Superior on the bench, looking for an at-large bid. More on them later this week in the next issue of D-III Bracketology.


  1. – Bemidji seems to be struggling a bitto assert itself in the WCHA.

    I don’t know why I read USCHO anymore… How many BSU games have you actually watched? Or are you just reading box scores and scanning stories for interesting quotes? I have seen every Beaver game this season, and they certainly struggled in the opener vs. NoDak, but controlled the second game (leading 2-1 until back-to-back bad shifts lead to a 3-2 UND lead) for long periods of time. BSU was pressing, gave up a breakaway (as will happen) and then a ENG. Suddenly, a 3-2 game is 5-2.

    UMD? The first 10 minutes on Friday – all Bulldogs. Then, BSU again took over. I happened to sit next to WCHA Director of Officials Greg Sheppard and Doug Johnson of Let’s Play Hockey and they both couldn’t get over how BSU’s speed was controlling the game. Saturday was more pedestrian, with few scoring chances, but very evenly played.

    I don’t suppose you read the Bemidji Pioneer recap of the weekend, huh:

    Maybe this quote is worth a mention:

    “Overall I thought we played pretty solid back-to-back games against one of the best teams in the country who has the best offense in the country and has the best line in the country,” Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said. “So when you factor all of those things in, I think you have to be pretty happy. When you look at it, we were seven seconds from a split.”

    But, you’re probibly right – they’re “struggling to assert itself” right now…

  2. Minnesota’s freshmen are certainly electric. Grant Besse is off to an great start for Wisconsin. Can’t wait to see Michigan’s young guns in action. Future is certainly bright for Big Ten Hockey!

        • Do you have inside (or otherwise reliable) information on this?
          Because I am actually curious why he didn’t go to MN.
          Considering he’s a Twin Cities boy who had a very high profile after his junior season, it seems natural MN would have gone after him pretty hard. In fact, he reminds me a lot of Kyle Rau, only better and with more leadership skills.
          So if the Gophs didn’t pursue him at all, I find that interesting.

          • I do have a very good source. Also if you look at Minnesota’s freshmen class you will see why they didn’t offer. I think if they had known Lou Nanne was going to back out of his commitment they may have offered, but he would have had to play a yr of juniors.

  3. quote from above “and with the score tied late in the third of the 2-1 Saturday game” so was it tied, or was it 2-1? It cannot be both.

  4. No one will beat Minnesota. Gophers will win Big 10 and reach national semis. I just want no part of Minn-Duluth. That is only team that can defeat the Gophers.


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