2008 Turkey Tourneys

One of the many cool things about D-III hockey is the large number of holiday tournaments taking place (Division I has just two measly tourneys this weekend). Here’s a rundown of the action. Pack the Turkey sandwiches and catch some if you can:

Primelink Great Northern Shootout

When: November 28 & 29

Who: Middlebury (host), Norwich, Plattsburgh, St. Thomas

Outlook: The Tommies are the guest team this season and face the host Panthers in the first round in a rematch of the 2005 national championship game. I like top-ranked Plattsburgh to defeat Norwich and then the host Panthers for the title.

St. Norbert Thanksgiving Tournament

When November 28 & 29

Who: St. Norbert (host), Oswego, Lawrence, St. Scholastica.

Outlook: It’s nice to have a Western tournament again. Arguably the top two teams face off in the second semifinal when St. Norbert hosts Oswego in a battle of 2008 and 2007 national champions. I think the winner will defeat St. Scholastica in the title game.

Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff Classic

When: November 28 & 29

Who: Bowdoin (host), Colby (host), Mass-Dartmouth, Salve Regina.

Outlook: This isn’t a “tournament” since the matchups are predetermined (Bowdoin and Colby do not meet). The opening games are helld at Colby before the action switches to Bowdoin for the second round. I think Bowdoin and Colby win both of their games.

Babson Invitational

When: November 29 & 30

Who: Babson (host), US Under 18 Team, Manhattanville, S. Maine

Outlook: The Under 18 Team has been in the Bowdoin/Colby tourney the last two years, but switches to Babson this time. I like them to defeat the ost Beavers in the first round and then Manhattanville in the championship.

PAL Stovepipe Tournament

When: November 29 & 30

Who: S. New Hampshire (host), Tufts, UMass-Boston, Plymouth State.

Outlook: Three of the four teams are back from last season with Tufts the new entry. I’m thinking Mass-Boston beats the hosts in the first round and then takes Plymouth State in the title game.

Douglas W. Roberts Tournament

When: November 29 & 30

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

Outlook: This is the third season in a row these four teams have all played in a rotating tournament with Conn College hosting this time and naming the games after their long time coach who retired in 2003. I like Trinity to defeat Amherst in the title game.

Skidmore Invitational

When: November 29 & 30

Who: Skidmore (host), Potsdam, Williams, Suffolk.

Outlook: I think the winner of the Potsdam-Williams semifinal will defeat the hosts in the championship. I’m going with Potsdam.

Rutland/Herald Invitational

When: November 29 & 30

Who: Castleton (host), Brockport, Becker, Neumann

Outlook: It’s good to see this tourney back for a second season. And like last year, I expect Neumann to go home with the trophy.

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