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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 15 — Mayor's Cup reflections

By Ken Schott
Monday, January 28, 2013

Well, the first Mayor’s Cup game between RPI and Union is in the books. And here are some of my thoughts on it.

— The atmosphere was very good. At first, I was concerned. It appeared that there weren’t many fans watching the pregame warmup. That got me thinking that Times Union Center general manager Bob Belber stating that 6,500 tickets were sold for the game was just hype. But the lower bowl filled in nicely, and it looked packed.

— As far as the attendance, it fell short of Belber’s prediction, but not by much. There were 5,959 fans there. That is the best-attended game between the two teams at the downtown Albany arena since 1996, when 5,660 fans showed up for the first Capital Skates Classic and the facility was known as Knickerbocker Arena. Still, it was a good crowd.

And, when you consider that over 10,000 fans were at the TU Center for the Albany Devils-Adirondack Phantoms game earlier in the day, that was over 16,000 fans came to watch hockey on a frigid Saturday.

— Putting this game at the end of January should be made permanent. It’s the best time for it. It’s a great way to head into the final month of ECAC Hockey play.

— Many may not agree with this, but I think the RPI and Union women’s teams should be included in the Mayor’s Cup. Make it a double-header. Yes, I know women’s game wouldn’t draw many fans, but they deserve a chance to play at the TU Center.

— Finally, I am putting on my Grammar Police hat. The use of Mayor’s in Mayor’s Cup is grammatically wrong. The apostrophe should be after the ‘S’ and not before. There are two mayors involved, not one.

National TV Friday

Just a reminder that Friday’s Dartmouth-Union game at Messa Rink will be on NBC Sports Network. Air time is 7:30 p.m., and the opening faceoff will be approximately five-to-seven minutes later.

Dan Parkhurst and Ken Hodge will call the action.

NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood will be the guest on my “Slap Schotts” college hockey segment on Rodger Wyland’s “Big Board Sportstalk” at 11:05 a.m. Thursday on FOX Sports 980 (WOFX).

There are several other games on this weekend.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will have three games. The highlight is RPI’s Big Red Freakout game against Dartmouth at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be produced by RPI TV and be on TWCS-1. Perry Laskaris and Kevin Broad will call the action.

There will be two games on Friday. TWCS-3 has the RPI-Colgate ECACH women’s contest at 7 p.m. TWCS-1 will have the men’s matchup between UConn and RIT at 7 p.m.

FOX College Sports Atlantic will have two games. At 7 p.m. Friday, it will have the Dartmouth-Harvard ECACH women’s game. On Saturday at 7 p.m., it’s a Hockey East men’s matchup between Merrimack and New Hampshire.

FCS Central has a double-header Saturday. At 4 p.m. Michigan takes on Michigan State in a CCHA battle. At 8 p.m., it’s Wisconsin against North Dakota in the WCHA.

Tough loss

Earlier this month, Cornell forward Cole Bardreau helped Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships. On Jan.18 at Messa Rink, his early third-period goal ignited a two-goal comeback that helped the Big Red beat Union, 3-2.

Last Tuesday, Bardreau found out his season was over.

Bardreau was diagnosed with a fractured neck. He suffered the injury in the first period of last Saturday’s 3-2 loss to RPI. Bardreau was hit into the boards from behind by the Engineers’ Greg Burgdoerfer.

Amazingly, Bardreau missed just one shift.

“He’s a very lucky human being,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer told the Ithaca Journal at his weekly Tuesday press conference. “He had no pain during the course of the game, no indication that had happened. He’s a lucky kid.”

Linemate John McCarron told the Ithaca Journal that Bardreau’s injury is a huge blow to the Big Red.

“After getting the gold medal at the World Juniors, I can’t even imagine how high his emotions were, and now to get this, probably an all-time low in his life, it’s hard to deal with,” McCarron said. “He’s going to support our team and be with us the rest of the way, and [we] all hope for the best for him and we’re going to look out for him.”

Cornell could have used Bardreau over the weekend. The Big Red were beaten by Yale, 3-2, in overtime Friday, and lost to Brown, 3-0, Saturday. That dropped the Big Red’s overall record to 8-9-2. It was their third straight loss.

And Cornell can forget about winning the Ivy League crown. It’s 0-4-1 against its Ivy rivals.

York returns; BC swept

Boston College coach Jerry York returned to the bench over the weekend after missing four games because of a detached retina. And with his Hockey East-leading Eagles hosting last-place Maine for two games, it looked like it would be a triumphant return for York.

Instead, the Black Bears stunned the Eagles. Twice.

Goalie Martin Ouellette stopped 34 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win. He then made 24 saves in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.

“They competed very hard,” York told USCHO.com after Friday’s game. “Ouellette played strong in goal. They were a difficult team for us to play tonight. They defended really well, on the PK especially. They deserved to win tonight.

Maine came into the weekend having not scored more than two goals in a game in 20 of 23 games.

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

Pairwise Rankings

Union is back on the bubble.

The Dutchmen moved up from a tie for 24th to a tie for 18th, with fellow ECAC Hockey team Colgate, in the USCHO.com Pairwise Rankings. Union can enhance its chances in moving into the top 16 if it beats Dartmouth on Friday at Messa Rink. The Big Green is tied for 14th.

Two other ECACH teams are in the top 16. Quinnipiac is No. 1, and Yale is tied for fifth.

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 18-3-3 .8125 1 .5870 1 10-2-1 .8077
2 Minnesota 27 18-4-4 .7692 2 .5724 2 7-3-2 .6667
3t New Hampshire 25 15-6-2 .6957 4 .5672 3 10-5-0 .6667
3t Miami 25 15-6-5 .6731 7 .5546 4 10-4-4 .6667
5t Yale 24 12-5-3 .6750 6 .5538 5 3-3-3 .5000
5t Boston College 24 14-7-2 .6522 8t .5521* 6 8-3-2 .6923
7 Western Michigan 22 16-6-4 .6923 5 .5457 7 6-2-0 .7500
8 Massachusetts-Lowell 21 14-7-2 .6522 8t .5456 8 2-6-0 .2500
9 St. Cloud State 19 15-10-1 .5962 16t .5433* 9 8-7-1 .5312
10 North Dakota 18 13-8-5 .5962 16t .5415 10 6-6-3 .5000
11t Boston University 17 13-9-1 .5870 18 .5404 11 7-7-1 .5000
11t Alaska 17 12-8-4 .5833 19t .5331 18 9-5-2 .6250
13 Denver 16 13-8-4 .6000 13t .5396 12 8-7-3 .5278
14t Notre Dame 15 16-10-0 .6154 11t .5384 13 6-7-0 .4615
14t Dartmouth 15 11-7-2 .6000 13t .5365 14 3-4-2 .4444
16 Minnesota State 13 16-9-3 .6250 10 .5350* 15 7-9-0 .4375
17 Niagara 12 15-4-5 .7292 3 .5346* 16 2-2-0 .5000
18t Union 10 13-8-4 .6000 13t .5259 19 2-5-1 .3125
18t Colgate 10 13-9-2 .5833 19t .5221* 20 4-5-2 .4545
18t Northern Michigan 10 11-12-4 .4815 32 .5123 23 9-10-3 .4773
21t Nebraska-Omaha 8 15-9-2 .6154 11t .5334 17 4-8-1 .3462
21t Ferris State 8 13-10-3 .5577 24 .5183 22 4-7-0 .3636
23 Wisconsin 7 11-8-5 .5625 23 .5210 21 4-6-2 .4167
24t Ohio State 4 10-11-5 .4808 33 .5087 24 3-8-4 .3333
24t Providence 4 10-10-4 .5000 28t .5072* 25 2-8-3 .2692
24t Robert Morris 4 12-9-2 .5652 22 .5046 26 4-2-2 .6250
27 Cornell 2 8-9-2 .4737 36t .5044 27 3-4-2 .4444
28 Merrimack 1 10-10-5 .5000 28t .5022 28 3-7-1 .3182
29 Holy Cross 0 13-9-2 .5833 19t .5021 29 2-4-1 .3571

Union moves up

After winning two games last week, Union moved up in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday.

The Dutchmen went from 19th to 18th in the latest poll released Monday. They beat Harvard, 4-1, last Tuesday, and downed RPI, 3-2, Saturday. The Dutchmen stopped a three-week slide in the poll.

Quinnipiac is the top-rated ECAC Hockey team in the poll at No. 2. The Bobcats just missed on the top-ranking in the poll by eight points. Minnesota held on to the top spot.

Other ECACH teams in the poll are Yale (8th) and Dartmouth (16th).

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (28) 18- 4-4 975 1
2 Quinnipiac (22) 18- 3-3 967 2
3 New Hampshire 15- 6-2 871 4
4 Miami 15- 6-5 835 6
5 Boston College 14- 7-2 771 3
6 Western Michigan 16- 6-4 723 9
7 North Dakota 13- 8-5 633 5
8 Yale 12- 5-3 605 8
9 Notre Dame 16-10-0 564 7
10 Denver 13- 8-4 506 10
11 Boston University 13- 9-1 479 11
12 St. Cloud State 15-10-1 446 16
13 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 7-2 416 15
14 Nebraska-Omaha 15- 9-2 406 13
15 Minnesota State 16- 9-3 393 14
16 Dartmouth 11- 7-2 302 12
17 Niagara 15- 4-5 180 17
18 Union 13- 8-4 151 19
19 Wisconsin 11- 8-5 127 20
20 Alaska 12- 8-4 69 NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 42, Colgate 19, Providence 11, Cornell 5, Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 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, 497 (23) 1 18-4-4 17
2 Quinnipiac, 485 (11) 2 18-3-3 8
3 Miami (Ohio), 420 6 15-6-5 17
4 New Hampshire, 417 4 15-6-2 14
5 Boston College, 369 3 14-7-2 17
6 Western Michigan, 330 9 16-6-4 17
7 Yale, 290 7 12-5-3 8
8 North Dakota, 239 5 13-8-5 17
9 Boston University, 182 10 13-9-1 17
10 Denver, 174 11 13-8-4 17
11 Notre Dame, 169 8 16-10-0 17
12 UMass-Lowell, 145 12 14-7-2 9
13 St. Cloud State, 141 15 15-10-1 5
14 Nebraska-Omaha, 77 14 15-9-2 10
15 Minnesota State, 65 NR 16-9-3 4
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth, 43; Niagara, 17; Alaska, 10; Union, 6; Wisconsin, 3; Ferris State, 1.

My vote

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

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — Joe Zarbo, Clarkson

The sophomore forward had a hat trick and an assist in the Golden Knights’ 5-1 win at Harvard on Friday. Zarbo scored in Clarkson’s 5-1 loss at Dartmouth on Saturday.

Goalie/Rookie of the Week — Spencer Finney, Colgate

The freshman helped the Raiders sweep Brown and Yale. Finney stopped 32 shots in Friday’s 2-1 win over Brown. He followed that up with a 35-save effort in a 4-1 upset of No. 8 Yale.

Team of the Week — Colgate


After getting swept by RPI and Union the previous weekend, the Raiders bounce back with their sweep of Brown and Yale.

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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