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Men's hockey / Re: 2015-16 Discussion
« on: November 24, 2015, 10:40:33 am »
This week's poll is interesting... #3 Babson and #9 Mass-Boston are both unbeaten and have played exactly the same schedule, save one game - Babson beat Hobart while Mass-Boston's win was against Mass-Dartmouth.  Hardly seems like 6 places should separate them at this point.  The other notable item is that #13 Oswego, at 3-3-1, has passed 6-1 #14 Potsdam despite the Bears' head-to-head win at Oswego.  Interesting items for discussion....

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015-16 Discussion
« on: November 08, 2015, 09:27:37 am »
I know hockey is a "less popular sport" but not necessarily in the geography that D3 in other sports dominate. I wonder what one could do to get more traffic to this board. I am so far removed that I'm unsure. I like the format of the boards here, but if there's no one around what can we do?

Yeah, there are other boards that have been around longer but tend to be the same six people talking in every discussion whether they know anything about it or not. Traffic is down on message boards, period. I think a lot of people have migrated to twitter and such these days -- especially for something as niche as hockey which doesn't have the heft of hoops or football.

As someone that posts to this and the "other forum", I hope I'm not one of the six you are talking about....

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Women's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 16, 2015, 09:04:36 am »
By picking the 3:30 game, I'm guessing Coach Houle doesn't put much faith in the home crowd.  It can't be that big a deal to play 7:00 pm two nights in a row, can it?

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Women's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:44:32 pm »
The bracket is set up completely ahead of time.  Plattsburgh wasalwaysplaying the Middlebury/Nowich winner.  Plattsburgh plays Norwich at 3:30, while Elmira will met UWRF at 7...

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Men's hockey / Re: Daniel Webster
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:02:33 pm »
The seven teams in the CCC are worth keeping an eye on, too...

What is the CCC?

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Women's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:43:53 am »
Since it appears Plattsburgh was given a choice of one team can host, they made the right choice.  The chance to hold the women's Final Four trumps the men's chance to host a QF game.  Sucks that they were forced to make a choice, though.

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:42:39 am »
Not happy with the NCAA.  Plattsburgh has had no problems in year's past hosting multiple events at the same time in that building.  They definitely have the locker room space.  My guess is that the NCAA was unwilling to move the men's game to Sunday.  Nothing else really makes sense.  Given that the next game wasn't until Friday, moving the game to Sunday shouldn't have been an issue either.  Guess it's another chance for the bloated, egotistical NCAA to puff out its chest and show everyone who's boss.

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Women's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:40:02 pm »
So looking ahead, does the ECAC Atlantic start up next year or 2016-2017?  Are we losing a Pool C bid or do we get to add one team so it's a wash?

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Men's hockey / Re: Daniel Webster
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:32:30 am »
They petitioned the ECAC Northeast the same time as Endicott. Endicott was accepted for the 15-16 season, DWC was not.  Heard rumors that there may be some shake ups in the ECAC.

It wouldn't stun me.  The leagues are becoming big, except for the ECAC West, which continues to not have enough membership for an automatic bid.  Don't be shocked if the restructuring gets the West the last team it needs for the auto bid.  As for Daniel Webster, the ECAC has always struck me as inclusive, so I'd be curious why they are denying DWC membership.

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:30:39 am »
Always the most comprehensive insight to the process. Thanks.

Posted. As usual no one will listen and it'll be the same crap next year. This is evidenced by the utterly depressing discussions going on elsewhere.  I can handle people who don't understand things for any one of a variety of reasons. I can't handle those who don't care to learn. It's crushing.

I need to stop bothering with this altogether. No progress ever gets made.

Hope you're doing well. All the best to the peaceful and cordial residents of Sarnia :)

There are always newbies who are so blinded by loyalty to their teams that they can't/won't understand the process if it doesn't favor their point of view.  I look forward to your analysis because while I think I understand it, you can get into the numbers much better than I can.  Even if you discontinue the column on the website, never stop coming in here to chat with us diehards!

Now for Plattsburgh vs. Trinity.  I was looking at the numbers and by my raw calculation, WIN clearly goes to Trinity as does COP (5-1-0 vs. 1-2-1 from my quick look).  Plattsburgh was ahead in SOS (which would only have gotten a little better with Plattsburgh beating Oswego that last game) and L25 (6-0-1 vs. 5-1-0).  Plattsburgh seems to have won the Committee's two darlings (barely) while Trinity won the other two criteria handily.  If I read that right and the comparison was 2-2, then the Committee favored SOS and/or L25.

I even think the Norwich/Trinity comparison was pretty close:  WIN and L25 were probably a wash, Norwich won RNK, while Trinity won SOS.  I didn't look at COP, but this comparison seems like it was closer than it was last week too.

I would think it's clear to the Bantams now that in the future, they'd better try winning a playoff game because even while their resume doesn't get any worse, sitting home is allowing other teams to better theirs.

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Men's hockey / Re: Daniel Webster
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:52:31 pm »
Location shouldn't be a problem.  The only thing I can think is numbers.  Either conferences feel like they are full, or don't want to have an odd number of members?  This is the first I've heard they are having any issues.

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:12:30 am »
Nice tease...I look forward to it!

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 09, 2015, 10:19:24 pm »

Will be out later tonight. Talking with Lacour this morning,  the only way we figured the East portions of the bracket made sense is if East rankings are 1. AMH, 2. HOB, 3. PLA, 4. TRIN, 5. NU, 6. OSW, 7. PLY, 8. NIC

Technically it doesn't matter where Hobart and Oswego fall in there but those are probably safe bets. The order of the other six is what speaks to your point, though. Has to be that way to get Plymouth going to Norwich, Norwich aligned with Amherst, and Platty hosting a QF.

But I'll deal more with this later. I don't like it.

Can't wait up any longer... it's past my bedtime and tax season!  Obviously they didn't take your advice about Eau Claire.  I hope you touch on why you think they wouldn't move Eau Claire past St. Norbert.  You were pretty adamant about that one...

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Women's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 09, 2015, 10:08:43 pm »
As for UST/LFC, Lake Forest appeared in the first two sets of regional rankings while St. Thomas appeared in none. Based on that we assumed LFC was ahead of UST the whole time which is why we sent UST, as bottom seed, to Platty. Seems to be what the committee did as well.

It appears I was mixing up the men's and women's rankings.  For the men's ranking, St. Thomas was the last ranked western team.  I've done a lot of flipping back and forth between the two since Sunday afternoon!

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Men's hockey / Re: 2015 Bracketology
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:10:28 pm »
Nice to see HOB get in after getting passed up in 2014.

Last time they faced off vs. Oswego (at their place) was a pretty good game:

http://hwsathletics.com/news/2015/1/9/HIH_0109153745.aspx?path=mhockey

Should help the Statesmen have the home ice and crowd. They were pretty loud in the ECACW final last Saturday night.

Beware the traveling Lakers.  They are a lot closer to Hobart than they are to Plattsburgh and they traveled extremely well here Saturday night.  In a game that close to home, the Statesmen fans better protect their home ice advantage...

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