College Hockey Slap Schotts: Your chance to make coverage suggestions
I have enjoyed covering college hockey for The Daily Gazette since 1991.
The way I have covered the sport has changed. No longer is it just showing up to cover the game, write a story and go home. Now, it’s writing a pregame blog, Tweeting play-by-play, writing the game story for the print edition, then writing a postgame blog and editing video from the postgame press conferences.
Am I complaining? Heck, no. I love every minute of it.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I meant to write about this earlier. I want to ask what you would like to see as part of my coverage? Do you want more video reports? More blogs?
One change of my pre and postgame blogs is I’ve given it a cleaner look. I like to know what you think of it.
One thing I would like to do is get a reader a chance to ask a question of a Union or RPI player or coach. I would post that video.
I want to hear from you. Reach me by email email@example.com, or Twitter @slapschotts. There also three Facebook pages where you can reach me, my personal page, and two fan pages — The Daily Gazette On Ice, and my "Slap Schotts" college hockey segment page.
Quinnipiac sweeps UMass-Lowell
Quinnipiac and UMass-Lowell were expected to meet in last April’s NCAA tournament Frozen Four championship game. The Bobcats got there be beating St. Cloud State in their semifinal game, but the River Hawks were upset by Yale in their contest.
The Bobcats and River Hawks met over the weekend in a home-and-home series, and Quinnipiac came on top in both games by identical 3-1 scores.
In Friday’s game in Lowell, Mass., Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a goal and two assists in the second period to lift the Bobcats to the victory. In Saturday’s rematch, which featured the raising of the ECAC Hockey regular-season title, NCAA Hockey tournament East Regional championship and Frozen Four banners, the Bobcats overcame a 1-0 deficit to sweep the series. Connor Jones tied it less than two minutes after UML’s Ryan McGrath scored.
Kellen Jones notch a short-handed goal with 8:23 left in the second period to snap the tie. Samuels-Thomas added a goal later in the second.
It capped a great weekend not only for Quinnipiac, but its head coach Rand Pecknold. He signed a contract extension Thursday that will run through the 2017-18.
Hockey East > Big Ten
The inaugural six-game Hockey East-Big Ten Challenge went to Hockey East with a 4-1-1 record.
Wisconsin, which came into the weekend as the nation’s No. 2 team, was soundly beaten by Boston College and Boston University. BC pummeled the Badgers, 9-2, on Friday, and BU took care of things Saturday, 7-3.
Massachusetts swept Michigan State. Michigan was the only Big Ten team to not lose. The Wolverines tied New Hampshire, 1-1, Friday, and earned a 3-2 overtime win against the Wildcats on Saturday.
RPI up in polls, Union out
RPI moved up five spots in the USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday, and also earned a spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll.
Coming off wins over Boston University and Sacred Heart over the weekend, the Engineers (3-1) are 12th in both polls. They moved up five spots in the USCHO poll, and entered the USA Today poll for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, Union dropped out of both polls after getting swept at home by Lake Superior State. The Dutchmen (1-2-1) were No. 15 in the USA Today poll, and 16th in the USCHO poll. They got 27 points in the USCHO poll, and none in the USA Today poll.
Minnesota is the new No. 1 team in both polls.
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (31) 4- 0-0 972 3
2 Notre Dame (11) 4- 0-0 928 4
3 Miami ( 5) 3- 1-0 874 1
4 Michigan 3- 0-1 844 5
5 Boston College 2- 1-0 769 7
6 North Dakota 2- 1-1 720 6
7 Yale ( 3) 0- 0-0 676 7
8 Providence 3- 0-0 668 10
9 Quinnipiac 3- 1-0 536 14
10 St. Cloud State 1- 0-1 516 11
11 Wisconsin 2- 2-0 509 2
12 RPI 3- 1-0 412 17
13 Boston University 3- 1-0 346 15
14 New Hampshire 1- 2-1 338 13
15 Lake Superior 4- 0-0 237 NR
16 Minnesota State 2- 2-0 212 18
17 Denver 2- 2-0 187 12
18 Massachusetts-Lowell 1- 3-0 186 9
19 Cornell 0- 0-0 113 19
20 Northeastern 4- 0-0 99 NR
Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 79, St. Lawrence 61, Alaska-Anchorage 50, Clarkson 50, Union 27, Colorado College 16, Ferris State 16, Harvard 11, Air Force 10, Alaska 10, Bowling Green 10, Western Michigan 8, Ohio State 5, Niagara 3, Canisius 1, Dartmouth 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking
1. Minnesota, 495 (25) 3
2. Notre Dame, 439 (5) 4
3. Miami, 421 (1) 1
4. Michigan, 402 5
5. Boston College, 370 T-6
6. Yale, 311 (3) T-6
7. North Dakota, 302 8
8. Providence, 280 10
9. Quinnipiac, 231 14
10. St. Cloud State, 171 11
11. Wisconsin, 166 2
12. RPI, 128 RV
13. New Hampshire, 99 13
14. Boston University, 85 RV
15. Lake Superior State, 65 NR
Others receiving votes: Denver, 27; UMass-Lowell, 26; Minnesota State, 15; Northeastern, 14; Cornell, 10; Minnesota Duluth, 6; Brown, 4; Colorado College, 4; Air Force, 3; Clarkson, 3; Alaska, 2; Ferris State, 1.
I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted:
3) Notre Dame
5) North Dakota
6) Boston College
10) St. Cloud State
13) Boston U.
15) Minn. State
17) Lake Superior State
18) Minn. Duluth
Daily Gazette/ECACH Four Stars
Time for my four stars of the week.
Player of the Week — Ryan Haggerty, RPI
The junior forward led scored five goals to lead the Engineers to two wins. He had two goals, including the game-winner, in Friday’s 3-1 victory at No. 15 Boston U. Haggerty then collected a hat trick in Saturday’s 7-1 triumph over Sacred Heart. Haggerty has seven goals on the season. He had 12 last season.
Goalie of the Week — Scott Diebold, RPI
The junior netminder, playing in place of the injured Jason Kasdorf, stopped 31 shots in the game at BU, and made 17 saves against Sacred Heart.
Rookie of the Week — Michael Pontarelli, Union
The freshman forward wins this award for the second straight week. He had a power-play goal and an assist in Union’s 6-5 loss to Lake Superior State, and scored on the power play in the 3-2 setback to the Lakers on Saturday.
Co-teams of the Week — RPI and Quinnipiac
RPI earns it for the two wins, including the impressive outing at BU. Quinnipiac earns it for the sweep of UML.
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