Here We Go Again

We’re underway with the 2009-2010 season (at least most of the teams are by now). It’s going to be tough to top last season. Neumann College, the last team into the NCAA tournament, a team that finished fourth in the ECAC West and had to play a play-in game to get into its conference playoffs, stunned the Division III world by defeating Gustavus Adolphus, another Cinderella team, to win the national title. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that I was in the press box at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, covering the Atlantic Hockey championships but watching in amazement the Division III games from Lake Placid over the internet.

This season looks to keep the craziness going. From Bishops in net to the USCHO.com Division III men’s poll, wackiness is in the air.

Preseason polls tend to be unsettled. Teams that finish at or near the top last season are shown respect irregardless of what their teams may look like this season. Up and coming teams get their due, and then you have the perinnial powers who tend to reload and not rebuild.

This year’s first poll is exceptionally diverse with eight teams getting at least one first place vote and a total of 27 squads getting a mention.

Stay tuned for regular weekly polls beginning November 9.

60 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully Iles and the defense can step it up before the games that really matter. One bad loss won’t hurt that much if the Red live up to their potential. LET’S GO RED!

  2. Hopefully Iles and the defense can step it up before the games that really matter. One bad loss won’t hurt that much if the Red live up to their potential. LET’S GO RED!

      • I’ve watched every Yale-Cornell game in the last 2 to 3 years and none of them were pretty. Guess who has the worst save percentages and tied for the most goals allowed in a single game against Yale among Cornell goalies during that time span?

        • I’m not going to base my entire impression of a player on a single game or even 2 games. It would be just as wrong to evaluate Iles on his incredible at Harvard, at Dartmouth weekend last year. He’s got talent, but maybe not the size. Let’s not rush to judgement when this weekends game were partially the fault of the defense.

  3. Brian, big Yale fan here, but I find your take on Yale really curious.  Yale got something to think about?  Even the most intense Yale fan is looking at this team being a shadow of last year’s squad.  How do you lose so many important seniors and go into a season with an unproven goaltending tandem and not go into this year expecting to be no better than fourth?  Yes, O’Neill, Agostino and Miller are excellent, but last year they had all of them and Little, Kearney, etc.  Shouldn’t you adjust your expectations?

  4. Brian, big Yale fan here, but I find your take on Yale really curious.  Yale got something to think about?  Even the most intense Yale fan is looking at this team being a shadow of last year’s squad.  How do you lose so many important seniors and go into a season with an unproven goaltending tandem and not go into this year expecting to be no better than fourth?  Yes, O’Neill, Agostino and Miller are excellent, but last year they had all of them and Little, Kearney, etc.  Shouldn’t you adjust your expectations?

  5. “I don’t know why, but Minnesota doesn’t feel like a team that has won eight of its past 12 games.”
    Well, let’s see here. 6 of those 8 wins were vs Ohio State, Sparty, and…wait for it…Wisconsin.

  6. “I don’t know why, but Minnesota doesn’t feel like a team that has won eight of its past 12 games.”
    Well, let’s see here. 6 of those 8 wins were vs Ohio State, Sparty, and…wait for it…Wisconsin.

  7. Love it….weekly updates says “rodents digging in to preserve lead.”
    Or attempting to not miss the natl tourney….ha ha ha. What a crap conference.

  8. Love it….weekly updates says “rodents digging in to preserve lead.”
    Or attempting to not miss the natl tourney….ha ha ha. What a crap conference.

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  10. I posted this in another thread, but I see his handywork his as well.

    At some point this is just juvenile — if UofMGoldenChokers can’t follow the rules and simply acts as a troll, he shouldn’t be allowed post. Therefore, I plan on flagging all of his comments as offensive and would encourage everyone else to do the same.

    The moderator may or may not take action, but ultimately, he’s the one
    can revoke his account because he’s violated the terms of service.

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