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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 22 — The Daily Gazette ECACH Awards

By Ken Schott
Monday, March 18, 2013

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to put on my tuxedo and host the annual Daily Gazette ECAC Hockey Awards Show.

Unlike most award shows, I won’t have the fashion police criticizing what everyone wears as they walk the red carpet.

For the most part, picking the winners was pretty simple. There may be a controversial pick here and there, but I think it’s a lock as to who will win my awards. And remember, the awards are based on league play.

As for the real ECACH awards, they will be handed out Thursday in Atlantic City, N.J.

And now, let the show begin!

Tim Taylor Award (Coach of the Year) — Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac

In any other year, RPI coach Seth Appert would have won this award hands down. After the Engineers started 1-5-2 in ECACH play, they went 11-2-1 and finished second, the team’s highest finish under Appert since he became coach in 2006.

But this wasn’t like any other year. Pecknold is the easy choice for the award. The Bobcats opened ECACH play winning their first 10 games. They were unbeaten in their first 16 league games and finished 17-2-3. The Bobcats became the first team to win the league title by 10 or more points since the conference went to 12 teams in the 1984-85 season.

Rookie of the Year — Jason Kasdorf, RPI goalie

Kasdorf started the year as the Engineers’ third-string goalie. By the end of it, he has given RPI and its fans excitement about the team’s future.

Kasdorf finished with the best goals-against average in the league at 1.39, and was second in save percentage at .945. He was a big reason why RPI turned its season around in the second half of the year.

Best Defensive Forward — Greg Miller, Cornell

The senior forward was the Big Red’s top scorer, and he was also a plus-11. Over the Big Red’s final six games, Miller was a plus-10.

Best Defensive Defenseman — Zach Davies, Quinnipiac

One of four seniors on the Bobcats’ blue line, Davies has been a model of consistency for the Cleary Cup champs. He had a plus-9 rating.

Player of the Year and Ken Dryden Award (Goalie of the Year) — Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac

This honor will generate the most talk. St. Lawrence junior forward Greg Carey had an outstanding year, leading the league ins coring with 18 goals and 12 assists. But he didn’t lead his team to a first-place finish.

Hartzell, a senior, was the backbone of the Bobcats this season. He was 17-2-3 with a 1.43 GAA, which was second behind Kasdorf, and had a .935 save percentage, third best in the conference.

For a Quinnipiac team that has the reputation of being an offensive team, Hartzell did a lot to snap that, and he was the reason the Bobcats won their first ECACH regular-season title.

All-ECACH Teams

First team — Goalie: Hartzell. Defensemen: Nick Bailen (RPI) and George Hughes (St. Lawrence). Forwards: Carey, Andrew Calof (Princeton) and Andrew Miller (Yale).

Second team — Goalie: Kasdorf. Defensemen: Davies and Shayne Gostisbehere (Union). Forwards: Kyle Flanagan (St. Lawrence), Kenny Agostino (Yale) and Jeremy Wick (St. Lawrence).

Third team — Goalie: Anthony Borelli (Brown). Defensemen: Mat Bodie (Union) and Mike Dalhuisen (Quinnipiac). Forwards: Daniel Carr (Union), Greg Miller (Cornell) and Jeremy Langlois (Quinnipiac).

ECACH All-Rookie Team

Goalie: Kasdorf. Defensemen: Paul Geiger (Clarkson) and Ryan Obuchowski (Yale). Forwards: Jimmy Vesey (Harvard), Tylor Spink (Colgate) and Milos Bubela (RPI).

Colacino works first NCAA tourney game

Congratulations to ECAC Hockey women’s linesmen and Schenectady’s Jamie Colacino, who worked his first NCAA hockey tournament game over the weekend.

Colacino was one of the linesmen for Saturday’s quarterfinal game between Harvard and Boston College. The 21-year-old Colacino is in his third year as an ECACH linesmen.

PairWise Rankings

Union is 15th in the PairWise. The Dutchmen will need to win at least one game in the ECACH championship round to get an NCAA tournament at-large bid. Naturally, if the Dutchmen win their second straight ECACH tournament title, then they get the automatic bid.

Meanwhile, RPI is tied for 16th. There is some hope, but the Engineers definitely need help if they want to get back to the NCAAs.

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 31 26-6-5 .7703 1 .5747 1 18-3-4 .8000
2 Minnesota 30 26-7-5 .7500 2 .5670 2 11-6-3 .6250
3 Miami 29 24-10-5 .6795 5 .5517 3 13-7-2 .6364
4 Boston College 27 22-10-4 .6667 6 .5454* 5 8-5-3 .5938
5 Yale 26 18-10-3 .6290 9 .5399 9 10-8-3 .5476
6t Massachusetts-Lowell 25 24-10-2 .6944 4 .5504 4 7-7-0 .5000
6t North Dakota 25 21-11-7 .6282 10 .5404 8 13-10-4 .5556
8 New Hampshire 23 19-11-7 .6081 12 .5347 13 11-7-3 .5952
9t Notre Dame 22 23-12-3 .6447 8 .5448 6 9-9-3 .5000
9t Minnesota State 22 24-12-3 .6538 7 .5432* 7 14-12-1 .5370
9t Niagara 22 23-8-5 .7083 3 .5387* 10 5-2-0 .7143
12 St. Cloud State 21 23-14-1 .6184 11 .5358* 11 14-9-1 .6042
13 Denver 19 20-13-5 .5921 15t .5351 12 13-12-4 .5172
14 Western Michigan 18 19-11-8 .6053 13 .5295 14 10-8-4 .5455
15 Union 17 19-12-5 .5972 14 .5264 15 8-6-4 .5556
16t Wisconsin 13 19-12-7 .5921 15t .5244 16 8-9-3 .4750
16t Providence 13 17-13-7 .5541 21t .5234 17 7-10-4 .4286
16t Boston University 13 20-15-2 .5676 20 .5220 18 7-9-1 .4412
16t RPI 13 18-14-5 .5541 21t .5207 19 10-12-4 .4615
16t Alaska 13 17-16-4 .5135 28 .5065 27 9-7-1 .5588
21 Cornell 12 15-16-3 .4853 34 .5079 22 11-11-1 .5000
22t Brown 11 15-13-6 .5294 24 .5131 20 5-11-5 .3571
22t Dartmouth 11 15-14-5 .5147 27 .5100 21 8-9-3 .4750
24 Robert Morris 9 20-14-4 .5789 19 .5059 28 6-6-2 .5000
25 Colorado College 8 16-18-5 .4744 36 .5075 23 9-16-3 .3750
26 Ohio State 7 16-16-7 .5000 30t .5067 25 7-11-6 .4167
27 Ferris State 5 16-16-5 .5000 30t .5067 24 6-12-4 .3636
28 St. Lawrence 4 18-16-4 .5263 25 .5066 26 6-12-1 .3421
29 Nebraska-Omaha 3 19-18-2 .5128 29 .5031 29 6-13-1 .3250
30 Michigan 2 17-18-3 .4868 33 .5027 31 7-12-2 .3810
31t Connecticut 1 19-13-4 .5833 17 .5031 30 4-7-1 .3750
31t Holy Cross 1 20-14-3 .5811 18 .5021 32 4-6-1 .4091

*-Team’s RPI has been adjusted to remove negative effect from defeating weak opponent.

Union up, RPI down

Union’s sweep of Dartmouth in the ECACH tournament quarterfinals moved the Dutchmen up from 19th to 18th in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday.

Meanwhile, RPI fell from 16th to 19th after it was eliminated by Brown in three games.

Minnesota reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the poll. Even though previous No. 1 Quinnipiac had more first-place votes (27) than Minnesota (22), the Gophers finished with nine more points.

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (22) 26- 7-5 967 2
2 Quinnipiac (27) 26- 6-5 958 1
3 Miami 24-10-5 893 3
4 Boston College 22-10-4 820 5
5 Massachusetts-Lowell ( 1) 24-10-2 785 6
6 North Dakota 21-11-7 751 4
7 St. Cloud State 23-14-1 670 8
8 Minnesota State 24-12-3 626 10
9 Notre Dame 23-12-3 578 12
10 New Hampshire 19-11-7 519 7
11 Yale 18-10-3 515 13
12 Western Michigan 19-11-8 408 9
13 Denver 20-13-5 382 11
14 Wisconsin 19-12-7 375 14
15 Niagara 23- 8-5 339 15
16 Providence 17-13-7 269 17
17 Boston University 20-15-2 212 18
18 Union 19-12-5 192 19
19 RPI 18-14-5 91 16
20 Michigan 17-18-3 52 NR
Others receiving votes: Nebraska-Omaha 37, Colorado College 18, Brown 11, Merrimack 10, Alaska 9, Ohio State 9, Robert Morris 2, Connecticut 1, St. Lawrence 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 Quinnipiac, 494 (23) 1 26-6-5 15
2 Minnesota, 486 (11) 2 26-7-5 24
3 Miami (Ohio), 439 3 24-10-5 24
4 Boston College, 389 5 22-10-4 24
5 UMass-Lowell, 371 6 24-10-2 15
6 North Dakota, 350 4 21-11-7 24
7 St. Cloud State, 273 8 23-14-1 12
8 Minnesota State, 241 11 24-12-3 11
9 Notre Dame, 229 12 23-12-3 24
10 Yale, 205 13 18-10-3 15
11 New Hampshire, 170 7 19-11-7 21
12 Denver, 96 10 20-13-5 24
13 Western Michigan, 91 9 19-11-8 24
14 Niagara, 78 14 23-8-5 6
15 Wisconsin, 73 15 19-12-7 5
Others receiving votes: Providence, 54; Union, 26; Boston University, 11; Nebraska-Omaha, 2; Brown, 1; Michigan, 1.

My vote

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

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — Andrew Miller, Yale

The senior forward had five points in the Bulldogs’ sweep of St. Lawrence. He had two goals and two assists in Friday’s 6-1 win. Miller had an assist in Saturday’s 3-0 win.

Goalie of the Week — Jeff Malcolm, Yale

The senior netminder made 29 saves in the Bulldogs’ sweep of St. Lawrence. He had 17 saves in Saturday’s triumph.

Rookie of the Week — Nick Lappin, Brown

The freshman forward had three points to help the Bears oust RPI. He scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Sunday’s 3-2 Game 3 win. He had an assist in Saturday’s 6-2 loss.

Teams of the Week — Union, Yale

Both teams swept their series to advance to the semifinals.

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Good Monday! Good Hockey!

 

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