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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 16 — Quinnipiac should be No. 1 in poll

By Ken Schott
Monday, February 4, 2013

I know that, in the grand scheme of things, the USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 hockey poll means absolutely nothing. It’s fun to debate what teams should be ranked, and what teams don’t deserve to be there.

Then there is the debate on who is truly the No. 1-ranked team in the country. And this is where I get angry.

Quinnipiac is on a 19-game unbeaten streak (16-0-3). The Bobcats have steadily climbed the polls, are skating away from the rest of ECAC Hockey and can become the first team not to lose a league game since Cornell in 1969-70. They have done everything they needed to do to earn the No. 1 ranking in the polls. For the last two weeks, I have put them No. 1 on my ballot.

And yet, they can’t top Minnesota.

Last week, the Gophers held on to the top spot by eight points over the Bobcats. On Monday, the Gophers’ margin increased to 11 points because they got two more first-place votes than last week.

Here’s the funny thing — THE GOPHERS WERE IDLE OVER THE WEEKEND!

How in the hell do you get two more first-place votes while you have off, and the No. 2 team country is playing? All Quinnipiac did was earn three points — on the road, mind you — and put a stranglehold on first place in the ECACH.

I believe the reason Quinnipiac lost first-place votes is because two voters weren’t impressed that Quinnipiac played to a 1-1 tie at Brown on Friday. But Brown isn’t a pushover these days, folks. The Bears are getting great goaltending from Anthony Borelli. He stopped 38 shots in the game.

On Saturday, Quinnipiac faced New Haven-area rival and eighth-ranked Yale at Ingalls Rink. Not much of a road trip, I know, but it’s still an away game for the Bobcats. And after spotting Yale a 2-0 lead, Quinnipiac roared back with six unanswered goals to win, 6-2. That gave the Bobcats a seven-point lead over the second-place Bulldogs. Quinnipiac has a game in hand on Yale. I am declaring the race over.

Also, beating a top-10 team on the road should be worth more first-place votes. What I didn’t understand in last week’s poll is that Minnesota suffered a home-ice loss to 14th-ranked Minnesota State in the first of a home-and-home series. The Gophers won on the road the next night, but weren’t penalized for it. On the other hand, Minnesota State dropped to 15th.

Last week, I don’t think voters were too impressed with Quinnipiac’s 2-1 win home-ice win over UConn on Jan. 22. But examining the game, the Bobcats ran into another hot goalie in the Huskies’ Matt Grogan, who made 48 saves. The Bobcats found a way to win on Connor Jones’ late third-period power-play goal.

Here’s another fact that voters should consider. While the Bobcats are the best team in the ECACH, the Gophers aren’t even the best team in their league! Minnesota is in a three-way tie for third place with Denver and North Dakota. St. Cloud State is in first place, and Nebraska-Omaha is second.

Quinnipiac is the best team in the country. I know this will upset some of my Minnesota friends, but it’s my job to stir up debate.

It’s too bad the USCHO poll doesn’t reflect that Quinnipiac is No. 1.

Too many Tweets

I found out something late in the third period of Friday’s Dartmouth-Union game — you can Tweet too much.

Somehow, Twitter briefly cut me off from posting Tweets on the game. I reached the 250-Tweet limit. I never knew there was such a thing. I was told to try back in several hours. Of course, the game was nearing its conclusion, and I didn’t have several hours.

Fortunately, I was able to reconnect before the game ended. But I missed the crucial part when Dartmouth scored on the late power play.

While we’re at it, how about we start a campaign to increase the number of characters you can type in from 140 to, say, 200. Is that asking too much, Twitter?

ECACH Power Rankings

My weekly ECACH Power Rankings each week. WARNING: You may agree, or disagree, with my picks.

Team Last week’s ranking


1) Quinnipiac 1
2) Yale 2
3) Union 4
4) Dartmouth 3
5) RPI 7
6) Brown 8
7) St. Lawrence 9
8) Colgate 5
9) Clarkson 11
10) Princeton 6
11) Cornell 10
12) Harvard 12

PairWise Rankings

Union is still on the NCAA tournament bubble.

After falling from a tie for 18th to 21st after Friday’s 2-2 tie against Dartmouth, the Dutchmen moved back up to a tie for 18th in the USCHO.com PairWise Rankings following Saturday’s games. RPI entrance into the PairWise (at No. 29) helped. The Dutchmen now have a 5-4-2 record against teams under consideration. It was 2-4-2 after Friday.

Three other ECACH teams are in the top 16. Quinnipiac is No. 1, Yale is seventh and Dartmouth is tied for 15th.

The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament.

Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank vs. TUC TUC %

1 Quinnipiac 30 19-3-4 .8077 1 .5847 1 12-2-3 .7941
2 Minnesota 29 18-4-4 .7692 2 .5694 2 7-3-2 .6667
3t Miami 27 17-6-5 .6964 4t .5623 3 12-4-4 .7000
3t Boston College 27 15-7-2 .6667 7 .5526* 5 10-4-2 .6875
5 New Hampshire 26 16-7-2 .6800 6 .5581 4 11-7-0 .6111
6 Western Michigan 25 17-6-5 .6964 4t .5491 7 8-3-1 .7083
7 Yale 23 13-6-3 .6591 8 .5497 6 5-5-3 .5000
8 St. Cloud State 22 17-10-1 .6250 10t .5446* 8 9-8-1 .5278
9t Niagara 21 17-4-5 .7500 3 .5427* 9 2-2-0 .5000
9t North Dakota 21 14-8-6 .6071 12t .5400 11 7-6-4 .5294
11 Boston University 19 13-10-1 .5625 21 .5328 13 11-8-1 .5750
12 Denver 18 15-8-4 .6296 9 .5424 10 6-7-3 .4688
13t Minnesota State 17 16-9-3 .6250 10t .5349* 12 8-9-1 .4722
13t Alaska 17 12-10-4 .5385 23t .5247 19 9-7-2 .5556
15t Dartmouth 16 11-8-3 .5682 20 .5302 14 4-7-2 .3846
15t Notre Dame 16 16-11-1 .5893 17 .5299 15 6-8-1 .4333
17 Colgate 15 13-9-4 .5769 18t .5215* 20 6-6-2 .5000
18t Massachusetts-Lowell 13 14-9-2 .6000 14t .5288 17 3-7-0 .3000
18t Union 13 13-8-5 .5962 16 .5265 18 5-4-2 .5455
18t Northern Michigan 13 11-12-4 .4815 31 .5128 23 9-10-3 .4773
21 Nebraska-Omaha 10 16-10-2 .6071 12t .5288 16 4-8-1 .3462
22 Wisconsin 9 11-9-6 .5385 23t .5167 21 4-7-3 .3929
23t Merrimack 8 12-10-5 .5370 26 .5136 22 5-7-1 .4231
23t Ferris State 8 13-11-4 .5357 27 .5127 24 4-8-2 .3571
25 Ohio State 6 11-11-6 .5000 29t .5122 25 4-8-5 .3824
26t Providence 5 10-10-5 .5000 29t .5088 26 4-9-3 .3438
26t Robert Morris 5 14-9-2 .6000 14t .5080 27 4-2-2 .6250
28 St. Lawrence 3 12-10-4 .5385 23t .5051 28 3-5-1 .3889
29 RPI 2 10-11-5 .4808 32t .5048 29 5-9-3 .3824
30 Holy Cross 1 14-10-2 .5769 18t .5024 30 2-4-1 .3571
31 Massachusetts 0 10-12-2 .4583 36 .5020 31 5-10-1 .3438

Union remains 18th

Union remains 18th in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll on Monday.

The Dutchmen got 168 points. They finished 22 points behind No. 17 Dartmouth.

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (30) 18- 4-4 978 1
2 Quinnipiac (20) 19- 3-4 967 2
3 Miami 17- 6-5 876 4
4 New Hampshire 16- 7-2 804 3
5 Boston College 15- 7-2 798 5
6 Western Michigan 17- 6-5 770 6
7 North Dakota 14- 8-6 659 7
8 St. Cloud State 17-10-1 603 12
9 Denver 15- 8-4 596 10
10 Yale 13- 6-3 587 8
11 Minnesota State 16- 9-3 421 15
11 Notre Dame 16-11-1 421 9
13 Boston University 13-10-1 412 11
14 Nebraska-Omaha 16-10-2 352 14
15 Niagara 17- 4-5 328 17
16 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 9-2 280 13
17 Dartmouth 11- 8-3 190 16
18 Union 13- 8-5 168 18
19 Wisconsin 11- 9-6 97 19
20 Merrimack 12-10-5 61 NR
Others receiving votes: Alaska 46, Colgate 46, Ferris State 17, Providence 13, Ohio State 4, St. Lawrence 2, Bowling Green 1, Holy Cross 1, Northern Michigan 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2012-13 Men’s College Hockey Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking 2012-13 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 Minnesota, 494 (21) 1 18-4-4 18
2 Quinnipiac, 488 (13) 2 19-3-4 9
3 Miami (Ohio), 427 3 17-6-5 18
4 Boston College, 400 5 15-7-2 18
5 New Hampshire, 375 4 16-7-2 15
6 Western Michigan, 337 6 17-6-5 18
7 North Dakota, 274 8 14-8-6 18
8 Denver, 240 10 15-8-4 18
9 Yale, 238 7 13-6-3 9
10 St. Cloud State, 233 13 17-10-1 6
11 Boston University, 149 9 13-10-1 18
12 Notre Dame, 104 11 16-11-1 18
13 Minnesota State, 98 15 16-9-3 5
14 Niagara, 85 NR 17-4-5 1
15 Nebraska-Omaha, 63 14 16-10-2 11
Others receiving votes: UMass-Lowell, 39; Union, 12; Alaska, 7; Dartmouth, 7; Ferris State, 6; Merrimack, 3; Ohio State, 1.

My vote

I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted:
1) Quinnipiac
2) Minnesota
3) Miami
4) New Hampshire
5) Boston College
6) Western Michigan
7) North Dakota
8) Denver
9) Yale
10) St. Cloud State
11) Notre Dame
12) Boston U.
13) Minn. State
14) Neb.-Omaha
15) Niagara
16) Union
17) UMass-Lowell
18) Dartmouth
19) Merrimack
20) Wisconsin

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — T.J. Moor, Clarkson

The freshman forward had a goal in Friday’s 3-3 tie against Colgate, then collected two power-play goals and an assist to spark the Golden Knights’ 6-3 victory over Cornell.

Goalie of the Week — Jason Kasdorf, RPI

The freshman netminder became the first RPI goalie since the late Nathan Marsters to post back-to-back shutouts. Kasdorf made 11 saves in Friday’s 3-0 win over Harvard, and stopped 28 shots in Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Dartmouth.

Rookie of the Week — Mark Miller, RPI

The freshman forward had three goals over the weekend. He scored twice, including the game-winner, against Harvard, and then had a tally against Dartmouth.

Team of the Week — RPI


Two wins, both by shutouts, earns the Engineers the honor.

If you have any comments, post them below, or e-mail them to me at schott@dailygazette.com. You can follow me on Twitter (@slapschotts) Also, please become a fan of two Facebook pages — The Daily Gazette On Ice, and my "Slap Schotts" college hockey segment page.

Good Monday! Good Hockey!

 
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