Holiday Tourney Time

The end of the year and the beginning of the next means another round of Division III holiday tournaments. All the action takes place in the East, with MSOE and St. Mary’s making the trip for a couple of out-of-region games.

Here’s a look at the various tournaments, including a rating of the strength of the field, based on winning percentage:

Assumption Holiday Tournament

When: December 28 & 29

Who: Assumption (host), Manhattanville, Becker, SUNY Canton

Strength of Field: .544

Outlook: Canton adds a twist to this tournament, which has a pre-established schedule. The host Greyhounds and Becker will play Canton and Manhattanville, SUNY Canton was a junior college powerhouse, but is now a club program after the school became four-year college. Assumption beat Canton 3-2 earlier this season. I think Manhattanville will be the only team to come out with a pair of wins this weekend.

Codfish Bowl

When: December 28 & 29

Who: Mass-Boston (host), Johnson & Wales, S. New Hampshire, Suffolk

Strength of Field: .369

Outlook: The oldest Division III tournament (45 years and counting) should go to the host Beacons, which I’m picking to beat Suffolk in the finals.

Cardinal Classic

When January 1 & 2

Who: Plattsburgh (host), Castleton, Trinity, Skidmore

Strength of Field: .603

Outlook: The Cardinals should take this one, although I think Trinity will give them a game in the finals.

Times-Argus Invitational

When: January 1 & 2

Who: Norwich (host), Curry, New England, Potsdam

Strength of Field: .706

Outlook: The Norwichh-Curry game should be a dandy, with the two teams coming in undefeated with identical 7-0-1 records. I like the winner to beat Potsdam in the finals.

Middlebury Holiday Classic

When: January 2 & 3

Who: Middlebury (host), Babson, Salve Regina, S. Maine

Strength of Field: .406

Outlook: I think it will be the battle of the Beaney brothers in the finals with the host Panthers coming out on top.

St. Michael’s Holiday Tournament

When: January 2 & 3

Who: St. Michael’s (host), Morrisville, Wentworth, Hamilton

Strength of Field: .485

Outlook: This is another pre-determined field, with St. Mike’s and Hamilton playing Wentworth and Morrisville, I think Wentworth will win both its games.

Oswego Pathfinder Classic

When: January 2 @ 3

Who: Oswego (host), Conn College, Elmira, MSOE

Strength of Field: .663

Outlook: Baring an upset, this is going to feature an Elmira-Oswego final, and these two teams always play an entertaining game.

Nichols New Year’s Tournament

When: January 2 & 3

Who: Nichols (host), St. Mary’s, Lebanon Valley, Wesleyan

Strength of Field: .235

Outlook: Four struggling teams are involved. I’m picking the host Bison, the only team over .500, over Wesleyan in the finals.

116 COMMENTS

  1. Colgate and Vermont faced each other at the Ice Breaker in 2006-2007 and the Catamount Cup in 2008-2009. Both were won by Vermont. 6-0 the first and 6-4 the second.

  2. Colgate and Vermont faced each other at the Ice Breaker in 2006-2007 and the Catamount Cup in 2008-2009. Both were won by Vermont. 6-0 the first and 6-4 the second.

  3. Let’s not forget that the Cornell offense is 6th in the country too, so we should see some fireworks on the offensive end. Of course Andy might have something to say about BU’s contributions to the final score. Here’s hoping that Andy comes back to Lynah next weekend challenging Scrivens’ Cornell record for consecutive minutes of scoreless hockey.

  4. “The Bulldogs feature one of the country’s hottest goalies in Jeff
    Malcolm, who has three shutouts and a .932 save percentage thus far.” – really? Are we just ignoring the 5 goals on 15 shots against Sacred Heart he posted in his last game?

  5. “The Bulldogs feature one of the country’s hottest goalies in Jeff
    Malcolm, who has three shutouts and a .932 save percentage thus far.” – really? Are we just ignoring the 5 goals on 15 shots against Sacred Heart he posted in his last game?

  6. The Brown Yale game is huge for both teams, so I’m surprised not more was said about the matchup. The Elis seem to be weaker than past seasons and Brown has shown its ability to beat Yale in the past. This year should be even more interesting, considering the Bears have shown some promise early on by beating Union and Cornell. If anything, I think the score would be more like 4-3 or 4-2 going either way. 

  7. The Brown Yale game is huge for both teams, so I’m surprised not more was said about the matchup. The Elis seem to be weaker than past seasons and Brown has shown its ability to beat Yale in the past. This year should be even more interesting, considering the Bears have shown some promise early on by beating Union and Cornell. If anything, I think the score would be more like 4-3 or 4-2 going either way. 

  8. I had a chance to bring my two sons and participate last year. It is a great event, wonderful venue, and a special cause. Hockey fans with a free weekend ought to consider a trip to this farm in Vermont to take in the action at Little Fenway or Little Wrigley. Maybe Bill Lee will be there, throwing that eephus-type pitch of his again, like last year.

  9. I had a chance to bring my two sons and participate last year. It is a great event, wonderful venue, and a special cause. Hockey fans with a free weekend ought to consider a trip to this farm in Vermont to take in the action at Little Fenway or Little Wrigley. Maybe Bill Lee will be there, throwing that eephus-type pitch of his again, like last year.

    • The better each NCHC team does is good for our entire league. I always root for the NCHC teams in the Regionals and Frozen Four. Having the National Champion from our leagues sets the entire league up for the start of the rankings at the beginning of nest year. Too many NCHC fans are too shortsighted to realize that.

    • The better each NCHC team does is good for our entire league. I always root for the NCHC teams in the Regionals and Frozen Four. Having the National Champion from our leagues sets the entire league up for the start of the rankings at the beginning of next year. Too many NCHC fans are too shortsighted to realize that.

  10. While the power play seems to have slowed a bit the Huskies performance on the penalty kill against Omaha was very impressive. Also the play of Jeff Smith and David Hrenak has been stellar. It seems like the Huskies always seem to find and/or develop outstanding goalies.

    • Yes, I absolutely agree. David Pope, the NCAA leader in power play goals, only got 2 of them for Omaha against the Huskies and Hrenak managed to only give up a single hat trick on the weekend, too. Oh, wait, my bad, I forgot he only played in one of those two games.

  11. While the power play seems to have slowed a bit the Huskies performance on the penalty kill against Omaha was very impressive. Also the play of Jeff Smith and David Hrenak has been stellar. It seems like the Huskies always seem to find and/or develop outstanding goalies.

    • Yes, I absolutely agree. David Pope, the NCAA leader in power play goals, only got 2 of them for Omaha against the Huskies and Hrenak managed to only give up a single hat trick on the weekend, too. Oh, wait, my bad, I forgot he only played in one of those two games.

  12. Looks like it is setting up to be a showdown for the Penrose Cup when the Pios come to the HOUSE OF PAIN on Feb. 23rd. Can’t wait.

  13. Looks like it is setting up to be a showdown for the Penrose Cup when the Pios come to the HOUSE OF PAIN on Feb. 23rd. Can’t wait.

  14. No I don’t think DU will sweep. It will more than likely be a split. Which would give DU 3 out 4 for the season and the tie breaker should the pups stumble. However both teams will have their hands full with their respective opponents (CC & WMU) this weekend and will be lucky to come out unscathed or else damn good if they do. We’ll see how DU does without Terry.

    • I think you misunderstood what I posted. Tipsy posted, “Denver will not sweep” on the NCHC picks before the DU-UMD series. He replied to Matthew and Candace’s predictions that DU would win both nights. It is not my quote at all.

  15. No I don’t think DU will sweep. It will more than likely be a split. Which would give DU 3 out 4 for the season and the tie breaker should the pups stumble. However both teams will have their hands full with their respective opponents (CC & WMU) this weekend and will be lucky to come out unscathed or else damn good if they do. We’ll see how DU does without Terry.

    • I think you misunderstood what I posted. Tipsy posted, “Denver will not sweep” on the NCHC picks before the DU-UMD series. He replied to Matthew and Candace’s predictions that DU would win both nights. It is not my quote at all.

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