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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 14 — Random thoughts

By Ken Schott
Monday, January 21, 2013

With it being a holiday today and my son home from school, I’m going to keep today’s College Hockey Slap Schotts blog short and sweet with some quick thoughts and observations.

— I, along with the rest of the college hockey community, couldn’t be any happier for the Alabama-Huntsville program after it was announced late last week that it will join the new WCHA as early as next season.

UAH has been an independent program since the demise of College Hockey America in 2010. The program applied to the CCHA, but was denied. UAH was close to dropped the program at the end of the 2011-12 season, but was saved.

Getting into the WCHA will revitalize UAH. It is the only NCAA hockey team in the south, and it would be nice to see more southern universities add the sport. And this will mean that when the 2013-14 season commences in October, there won’t be any more independent teams, and no threats of programs being dropped.

— It was a nice weekend for RPI with wins over Colgate and Cornell.

The Engineers have been playing some good hockey, but they weren’t getting the victories. They made sure Quinnipiac wouldn’t go 22-0 in the league when they played to a 1-1 tie last Friday. The 4-1 loss at Princeton the next day wasn’t as bad the score indicates. RPI held Princeton to four shots on goal over the final 40 minutes. In reality, only two shots were with goalie Bryce Merriam in net.

Freshman goalie Jason Kasdorf returned to action after missing the previous six games with a shoulder injury. Kasdorf made 66 saves in the wins. It was the Engineers’ first home sweep of the Central New York teams since Feb. 26-27, 1999.

Kasdorf has played in nine games, and has a 4-1-2 record with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. It might be time to say he is RPI’s No. 1 goalie.

— The NCAA convention just concluded, and its board of directors made some changes that will affect college hockey in regards to recruiting.

The board voted to end its restrictions on ways coaches can communicate with potential players during the recruiting process. The rule that limited college hockey teams schools to two coaches recruiting off campus at a time was also eliminated.

The elimination of those rules has several meanings. Men’s college hockey coaches can make unlimited contact starting Aug. 1 after the player’s junior year in high school. Between June 15 after the player’s sophomore year and July 31 after the junior year, one phone call per month is allowed.

With the end of the rule limiting the number of coaches who could be out recruiting, it means that all members of the coaching staff can be out recruiting at the same time.

My thought on this is that the NCAA is trying to help the coaches in the battle with the major junior leagues in Canada. The Canadian Hockey League teams aren’t shy about stealing NCAA recruits from NCAA teams. The new rule could help combat that.

One other new rule is that coaches won’t be allowed to go and scout games, unless it’s part of a double-header in the same venue. Previously, coaches were allowed to scout games, just as long as they paid there way and weren’t reimbursed by their school.

— Finally, congratulations to longtime Boston Herald college hockey writer John “Jocko” Connolly on winning the American Hockey Coaches Association’s Jim Fullerton Award.

The award recognizes an individual who loves the purity of our sport, and Connolly fits that description. He’s been with the Herald for 39 years, and has spent the 31 years covering college sports. Whenever I see him, he is always smiling and full of life. “Jocko” is a wonderful human being, and he deserves this award very much.

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

Pairwise Rankings

Three ECACH teams are in the top 10 of the USCHO.com Pairwise Rankings. Quinnipiac is No. 1, Yale is fifth and Dartmouth is tied for ninth.

Union dropped from 23rd to a tie for 24th.

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 28 17-3-3 .8043 1 .5874 1 9-2-1 .7917
2 Minnesota 27 17-3-4 .7917 2 .5801 2 6-2-2 .7000
3 Boston College 26 14-5-2 .7143 4t .5758* 4 9-4-2 .6667
4 New Hampshire 25 14-5-2 .7143 4t .5794 3 9-5-0 .6429
5 Yale 24 11-4-3 .6944 6 .5652 5 3-2-3 .5625
6t North Dakota 22 13-7-4 .6250 11t .5510 6 6-5-2 .5385
6t Massachusetts-Lowell 22 13-7-1 .6429 9 .5499 7 3-6-0 .3333
8 Miami 21 13-6-5 .6458 8 .5468 9 9-5-3 .6176
9t Dartmouth 19 10-6-2 .6111 14 .5470 8 3-5-2 .4000
9t Notre Dame 19 15-9-0 .6250 11t .5425 10 7-6-0 .5385
11 Denver 18 13-8-4 .6000 15 .5406 12 8-7-3 .5278
12 Western Michigan 17 14-6-4 .6667 7 .5389 14 7-2-1 .7500
13 Boston University 16 12-9-0 .5714 19 .5422 11 6-7-0 .4615
14 St. Cloud State 14 14-10-0 .5833 17t .5396* 13 7-7-0 .5000
15t Minnesota State 13 15-8-3 .6346 10 .5354* 15 6-8-0 .4286
15t Northern Michigan 13 11-10-4 .5200 28 .5212 18 7-8-3 .4722
17t Niagara 12 14-4-4 .7273 3 .5341* 16 2-2-0 .5000
17t Alaska 12 10-8-4 .5455 23t .5191 19 6-6-1 .5000
19t Nebraska-Omaha 9 13-9-2 .5833 17t .5278 17 4-8-1 .3462
19t Cornell 9 8-7-2 .5294 25 .5184 20 3-3-2 .5000
21 Ferris State 8 12-9-3 .5625 21 .5184 21 3-6-0 .3333
22t Robert Morris 7 12-7-2 .6190 13 .5180 22 3-2-1 .5833
22t Lake Superior 7 13-12-1 .5192 29 .5040 27 7-6-1 .5357
24t Union 5 11-8-4 .5652 20 .5176 23 1-6-1 .1875
24t Colgate 5 11-9-2 .5455 23t .5108* 25 5-5-1 .5000
26 Wisconsin 4 9-8-5 .5227 26t .5120 24 4-6-2 .4167
27 Providence 2 10-9-3 .5227 26t .5090* 26 3-7-2 .3333
28t Holy Cross 1 12-8-2 .5909 16 .5037* 28 2-4-1 .3571
28t Massachusetts 1 8-11-2 .4286 43 .5014 29 4-10-1 .3000

Union fall in USCHO poll continues

Union is close to sliding out of the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday.

The Dutchmen went from 17th to 19th in the latest poll released Monday. It’s the third straight week they have gone down.

Quinnipiac is the top-rated ECAC Hockey team in the poll at No. 2. Other ECACH teams in the poll are Yale (8th), Dartmouth (12th) and Cornell (18th).

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (48) 17- 3-4 998 1
2 Quinnipiac (2) 17- 3-3 920 4
3 Boston College 14- 5-2 913 2
4 New Hampshire 14- 5-2 857 3
5 North Dakota 13- 7-4 746 6
6 Miami 13- 6-5 700 8
7 Notre Dame 15- 9-0 640 5
8 Yale 11- 4-3 619 12
9 Western Michigan 14- 6-4 577 10
10 Denver 13- 8-4 545 7
11 Boston University 12- 9-0 479 9
12 Dartmouth 10- 6-2 456 11
13 Nebraska-Omaha 13- 9-2 358 13
14 Minnesota State 15- 8-3 356 14
15 Massachusetts-Lowell 13- 7-1 346 18
16 St. Cloud State 14-10-0 336 19
17 Niagara 14- 4-4 183 15
18 Cornell 8- 7-2 154 16
19 Union 11- 8-4 120 17
20 Wisconsin 9- 8-5 66 NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 39, Alaska 27, Providence 24, Northern Michigan 22, Holy Cross 10, Colgate 6, Robert Morris 3.

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, 507 (31) 1 17-3-4 16
2 Quinnipiac, 457 (3) 5 17-3-3 7
3 Boston College, 453 2 14-5-2 16
4 New Hampshire, 403 3 14-5-2 13
5 North Dakota, 329 6 13-7-4 16
6 Miami (Ohio), 326 8 13-6-5 16
7 Yale, 293 12 11-4-3 7
8 Notre Dame, 242 4 15-9-0 16
9 Western Michigan, 232 10 14-6-4 16
10 Boston University, 160 9 12-9-0 16
11 Denver, 157 7 13-8-4 16
12 UMass-Lowell, 151 15 13-7-1 8
13 Dartmouth, 138 11 10-6-2 10
14 Nebraska-Omaha, 68 13 13-9-2 9
15 St. Cloud State, 64 NR 14-10-0 4
Others receiving votes: Minnesota State, 57; Niagara, 17; Cornell, 14; Union, 7; Ferris State, 3; Alaska, 1; Northern Michigan, 1.

My vote

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

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — Antoine Laganiere, Yale

The junior forward had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over Harvard on Friday. Laganiere had a goal and assist to help the Bulldogs beat Dartmouth, 4-2, Saturday.

Goalie/Rookie of the Week — Jason Kasdorf, RPI

The freshman helped the Engineers earn their first home sweep of Colgate and Cornell in 14 years. Kasdorf made 32 saves in Friday’s 2-1 win over Colgate, and stopped 34 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over Cornell.

Team of the Week — RPI


The first home sweep of Colgate and Cornell since 1999 helps the Engineers win this 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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