USCHO.com Hobey Watch 2011 Podcast, Episode 7: Dave Starman, Part 2

Hobey WatchUSCHO.com’s Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger are joined by CBS College Sports hockey analyst and USCHO.com national columnist Dave Starman. In part 2 of a two-part podcast, they look at top prospects for the Hobey Baker award among goalies and defensemen, and Dave’s dark-horse picks.

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  1. As a UNION Alum who was at the sold-out game, it was clear that the Cornell team has a wealth of youth, talent and speed and size. They have a great home field arena. The game had to be emotionally draining for both teams. Cornell is not easy to beat in Ithaca and Colgate is not easy to beat in Hamilton. An impressive road trip for RPI against all odds. 

  2. RPI had a really great weekend, their goalie allowed only 3 goals on 70+ shots.  Also, they put up around a quarter of their total league points this past weekend (from 13 to 17 points).

    I wouldn’t say that Cornell choked, RPI is just getting started.

  3. Here is hoping that both Cornell and Union make it into the NCAA Tournament and a
    NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Bracket. Last year the ECAC did not fare well. Yale, Union and RPI had a combined 1-3 (Same as Hockey East, BC, Merrimack and New Hampshire). Yale and Union unfortunately ran into Minnesota-Duluth, the eventual winner. Union held Minnesota-Duluth to only 2 points, the lowest in the Tournament, but could not muster any offense. This year I would think that Cornell and Union would do better. ECAC teams have beat some the best. Union beat Michigan and Merrimack for example. Is the ECAC overrated? Is it underrated? 

  4. Would love to see both of you be right about Lowell winning their first title. Would be an amazing feat for this program.

    • Us Lowell fans have been close 2 times in the past as BU spoiled both ( 1994 & 2009 ) of those campaigns. Go Chiefs!!!

      • ’09 was a great year for Lowell, they should have made the NCAA. I rewatched that goal vs BU that got taken off. I remembered it being a much closer call, but it was a good call. It’s great to see the Tsongas packed every game. It’s been standing room only (a ton of people standing each game) since that OT thriller vs NEU (slight digression: I don’t know why everyone in Hockey refers to Northeastern as NU, their website is NEU and when I worked there everyone referred to the school as NEU, if someone could let me in on that one I’d appreciate it).

  5. Would love to see both of you be right about Lowell winning their first title. Would be an amazing feat for this program.

    • Us Lowell fans have been close 2 times in the past as BU spoiled both ( 1994 & 2009 ) of those campaigns. Go Chiefs!!!

      • ’09 was a great year for Lowell, they should have made the NCAA. I rewatched that goal vs BU that got taken off. I remembered it being a much closer call, but it was a good call. It’s great to see the Tsongas packed every game. It’s been standing room only (a ton of people standing each game) since that OT thriller vs NEU (slight digression: I don’t know why everyone in Hockey refers to Northeastern as NU, their website is NEU and when I worked there everyone referred to the school as NEU, if someone could let me in on that one I’d appreciate it).

  6. I would just like to see UNH come out of this weekend with a somewhat favorable first round match up in the conference playoffs. Rather see them play Maine or UMass at home than any of those teams shaking out for the 1-5 or 6 spot.

    • I think the 1-6 seeds are tough, but I would not discount any Hockey East team that makes the tournament, given how close things have been.

      One hot goaltender and a couple of shaky calls from one referee can bounce any team in a three-game series.

      • Very True. UNH has lost a few opening rounds at home against 6,7,8 seeds before (most recently to BC and Vermont). I would have felt better if they hadn’t just managed Ties against UMass and UVM recently, those teams can play them tough. And how they play against Maine this weekend remains to be seen. it will be interesting to see how this weekend shakes out. Almost anything can happen, except for a Northeastern win.

        • I remember a very weak Merrimack team coming into Walter Brown and upsetting the Terriers way back in the day. Until you move on, one never knows.

      • I don’t want to see UNH play at all after this weekend. It was pathetic. Props to Maine for the awesome display of sportsmanship though. Didn’t even shake hands after Friday’s game.

  7. I would just like to see UNH come out of this weekend with a somewhat favorable first round match up in the conference playoffs. Rather see them play Maine or UMass at home than any of those teams shaking out for the 1-5 or 6 spot.

    • I think the 1-6 seeds are tough, but I would not discount any Hockey East team that makes the tournament, given how close things have been.

      One hot goaltender and a couple of shaky calls from one referee can bounce any team in a three-game series.

      • Very True. UNH has lost a few opening rounds at home against 6,7,8 seeds before (most recently to BC and Vermont). I would have felt better if they hadn’t just managed Ties against UMass and UVM recently, those teams can play them tough. And how they play against Maine this weekend remains to be seen. it will be interesting to see how this weekend shakes out. Almost anything can happen, except for a Northeastern win.

        • I remember a very weak Merrimack team coming into Walter Brown and upsetting the Terriers way back in the day. Until you move on, one never knows.

      • I don’t want to see UNH play at all after this weekend. It was pathetic. Props to Maine for the awesome display of sportsmanship though. Didn’t even shake hands after Friday’s game.

  8. So, here would be irony. BU wins handily in both games. They move to third in Hockey East. They host Merrimack, who after this weekend is no longer a TUC. BU defeats Merrimack 2 games to 1, but because Northeastern and Merrimack are not Teams Under Consideration, they have to win their semifinal game just to get into the tournament. They lose that game and are 16th in the Pairwise, but an autobid for a non-TUC team forces them out.

    • Looks like BU, PC and Merrimack might have to run the table or win all their games until the HE Championship game. Too bad as it would have been nice to see 4 or 5 HE teams in the NCAA tournament. Strong league this year that won’t have as many teams as ….. the ECAC??? Just not right!

      • BU can get in by winning its next four games, two against Northeastern and whoever it plays in the quarterfinals. Winning the quarterfinals against a TUC would be enough to endure a lost to a TUC in the semifinals.

        If BU plays Merrimack in the quarterfinals, then they probably need to win the semifinal game to move up to 14th in the Pairwise and probably make the tournament.

        Providence can get in also by winning its next five games, since Lowell is a TUC. However, by doing so, Providence will end with 34 points and will likely face a non-TUC in the quarterfinals. This means they probably need to make the Hockey East final game.

        Merrimack, which is barely hanging on as a TUC, can only make it by winning the autobid.

        I am not sure that BU can win its next four games without a hiccup. I am not sure Providence can get enough pucks past Lowell’s goaltender.

        As for the ECAC, their middle of the pack teams are better record-wise in the Pairwise than Hockey East. This is how it worked out this year. You can thank BU for some of that.

  9. So, here would be irony. BU wins handily in both games. They move to third in Hockey East. They host Merrimack, who after this weekend is no longer a TUC. BU defeats Merrimack 2 games to 1, but because Northeastern and Merrimack are not Teams Under Consideration, they have to win their semifinal game just to get into the tournament. They lose that game and are 16th in the Pairwise, but an autobid for a non-TUC team forces them out.

    • Looks like BU, PC and Merrimack might have to run the table or win all their games until the HE Championship game. Too bad as it would have been nice to see 4 or 5 HE teams in the NCAA tournament. Strong league this year that won’t have as many teams as ….. the ECAC??? Just not right!

      • BU can get in by winning its next four games, two against Northeastern and whoever it plays in the quarterfinals. Winning the quarterfinals against a TUC would be enough to endure a lost to a TUC in the semifinals.

        If BU plays Merrimack in the quarterfinals, then they probably need to win the semifinal game to move up to 14th in the Pairwise and probably make the tournament.

        Providence can get in also by winning its next five games, since Lowell is a TUC. However, by doing so, Providence will end with 34 points and will likely face a non-TUC in the quarterfinals. This means they probably need to make the Hockey East final game.

        Merrimack, which is barely hanging on as a TUC, can only make it by winning the autobid.

        I am not sure that BU can win its next four games without a hiccup. I am not sure Providence can get enough pucks past Lowell’s goaltender.

        As for the ECAC, their middle of the pack teams are better record-wise in the Pairwise than Hockey East. This is how it worked out this year. You can thank BU for some of that.

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