Field of 16 Set

The field of 16 is set:

Atlantic Hockey – Air Force

Big Ten – Minnesota, Penn State, Ohio State

ECAC Hockey – Harvard, Union, Cornell

Hockey East – Massachusetts-Lowell, Boston University, Notre Dame, Providence

NCHC – Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Western Michigan, North Dakota

WCHA – Michigan Tech

How will the brackets fall out?

I’ll have a prediction real soon!

 

94 COMMENTS

  1. That’s because the best teams are in the east.
    That’s what this country needs, more looking to the “right” and less to the “left”.
    ;-)

  2. That’s because the best teams are in the east.
    That’s what this country needs, more looking to the “right” and less to the “left”.
    ;-)

  3. An article about goaltenders and no mention of Niagara’s Chris Noonan who is 2nd in the nation in gaa (1.71) and tied for 1st in the nation in save percentage (.940). If there is to be 4 goalies in the Hobey conversation then he is certainly one of them.

  4. An article about goaltenders and no mention of Niagara’s Chris Noonan who is 2nd in the nation in gaa (1.71) and tied for 1st in the nation in save percentage (.940). If there is to be 4 goalies in the Hobey conversation then he is certainly one of them.

  5. There needs to be a Vezina like award given to NCAA D1 goalies….they always get overlooked when their position is clearly the most difficult on the ice

  6. There needs to be a Vezina like award given to NCAA D1 goalies….they always get overlooked when their position is clearly the most difficult on the ice

  7. What about Kent Patterson of UMN? He has 7 shutouts and 21 wins this year.  The team also appears to live and die by him, based on the swing from last week in Denver and this weekend against Bemidji State.

  8. What about Kent Patterson of UMN? He has 7 shutouts and 21 wins this year.  The team also appears to live and die by him, based on the swing from last week in Denver and this weekend against Bemidji State.

  9. No mention of Patterson? Are we being serious right now? He has 7 shutouts, 2.09 GAA, 21 wins, and plays in the best league in the country. You have got to be kidding me USCHO, this is a load of sh*t.

  10. No mention of Patterson? Are we being serious right now? He has 7 shutouts, 2.09 GAA, 21 wins, and plays in the best league in the country. You have got to be kidding me USCHO, this is a load of sh*t.

  11. After reading a few of these Hobey Watch columns, I have to say that they show a large amount of East bias. I’ll be upfront, I’m a Golden Gopher, so of course I want to hear you mention Patterson in this article.  However, I’d say he deserves to be in this article as well. 

    7 shutouts? 21 wins? A team that like averman said often lives and dies by patterson’s momentum?   sure, he has a great scoring line in front of him, but he counters that argument with 7 shutouts. Not to mention you’re looking at a defensive corps that doesn’t have very many vets.

    I admit I’m biased. as a column writer could you at least make your bias a bit less obvious?

  12. After reading a few of these Hobey Watch columns, I have to say that they show a large amount of East bias. I’ll be upfront, I’m a Golden Gopher, so of course I want to hear you mention Patterson in this article.  However, I’d say he deserves to be in this article as well. 

    7 shutouts? 21 wins? A team that like averman said often lives and dies by patterson’s momentum?   sure, he has a great scoring line in front of him, but he counters that argument with 7 shutouts. Not to mention you’re looking at a defensive corps that doesn’t have very many vets.

    I admit I’m biased. as a column writer could you at least make your bias a bit less obvious?

  13. Patterson does need recognition, but how many goalies have won the Hobey. So few that for any ‘Tender to get mentioned means they are doing something well. The WCHA has more than one goalie that should get mentioned. Worst part is 60% of the voters are East coast. I grew up as a huge fan of Robb Stauber, he never won a National Championship, but he was consistent. I really believe they need to recognize goalies on their own, and if they are worthy The Hobey Baker as well.

  14. Patterson does need recognition, but how many goalies have won the Hobey. So few that for any ‘Tender to get mentioned means they are doing something well. The WCHA has more than one goalie that should get mentioned. Worst part is 60% of the voters are East coast. I grew up as a huge fan of Robb Stauber, he never won a National Championship, but he was consistent. I really believe they need to recognize goalies on their own, and if they are worthy The Hobey Baker as well.

  15. I do not know why you deleted my comment from early Friday, but UVM showed great resolve tonight by beating BU on the road. Now if NU can at least take two points vs. BC this weekend, that would make things interesting….

  16. I do not know why you deleted my comment from early Friday, but UVM showed great resolve tonight by beating BU on the road. Now if NU can at least take two points vs. BC this weekend, that would make things interesting….

  17. This is about as straightforward and Simple as the Committee could hope for:

    1 Denver @ Fargo
    16 Mich Tech
    8 Union
    10 NoDak

    2 UMD @ Cinci
    15 Ohio St.
    6 Western Michigan
    9 Penn St

    3 Harvard @ Providence
    14 Providence
    7 BU
    11 Cornell

    4 MN @ Manchester
    13 Notre Dame
    5 Mass Lowell
    12 Air Force

    • I am hoping the committee has more respect to protect the top seed than to send them to Fargo, where no team is going to beat North Dakota what is essentially their home game.

          • Thought he was but he changed his mind. If you are Denver, do you prefer playing OSU in Cincy, or NoDak in Fargo?

          • UND and DU would both have to win to meet…..both could lose and it doesnt matter anyway.

      • If you send Denver to Cinci then Michigan Tech has to go with them, sending Ohio State to Fargo or out east. I’d bet the committee would rather keep OSU in Cinci than be worried about Denver possibly facing NoDak in the 2nd round.

      • Usually the #1 team gets to stay close to home. The #4 #1 travels the farthest. I’m guessing Denver, Union, UND and Mich Tech in Fargo.

        • There is no ‘close to home’ for Denver. It’s too far for any Denver fans to drive to any of the regional sites. They have to fly anyway. The committee should reward the top seed with the best seeding path, and that is not Fargo this year.

    • Just tried this on paper before I read your post and found the first, third and fourth band slot in nicely. A little juggling on the second band to keep BU in the east and WMU in the midwest and it looks good with very little manipulation.

  18. This is about as straightforward and Simple as the Committee could hope for:

    1 Denver @ Fargo
    16 Mich Tech
    8 Union
    10 NoDak

    2 UMD @ Cinci
    15 Ohio St.
    6 Western Michigan
    9 Penn St

    3 Harvard @ Providence
    14 Providence
    7 BU
    11 Cornell

    4 MN @ Manchester
    13 Notre Dame
    5 Mass Lowell
    12 Air Force

    • I am hoping the committee has more respect to protect the top seed than to send them to Fargo, where no team is going to beat North Dakota what is essentially their home game.

          • Thought he was but he changed his mind. If you are Denver, do you prefer playing OSU in Cincy, or NoDak in Fargo?

          • UND and DU would both have to win to meet…..both could lose and it doesnt matter anyway.

      • If you send Denver to Cinci then Michigan Tech has to go with them, sending Ohio State to Fargo or out east. I’d bet the committee would rather keep OSU in Cinci than be worried about Denver possibly facing NoDak in the 2nd round.

      • Usually the #1 team gets to stay close to home. The #4 #1 travels the farthest. I’m guessing Denver, Union, UND and Mich Tech in Fargo.

        • There is no ‘close to home’ for Denver. It’s too far for any Denver fans to drive to any of the regional sites. They have to fly anyway. The committee should reward the top seed with the best seeding path, and that is not Fargo this year.

    • Just tried this on paper before I read your post and found the first, third and fourth band slot in nicely. A little juggling on the second band to keep BU in the east and WMU in the midwest and it looks good with very little manipulation.

  19. looks like it will be Duluth, Western Mich, Penn St, and Ohio St. in Cinci for the regional. Just guessing on the way the NCAA places for attendance.

  20. looks like it will be Duluth, Western Mich, Penn St, and Ohio St. in Cinci for the regional. Just guessing on the way the NCAA places for attendance.

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