College Hockey Slap Schotts 2010-11: Week 7
I wasn't sure what issue I was going to discuss in today's "College Hockey Slap Schotts" blog. I had a fee ideas floating in my brain.
But then I received an e-mail from Still Crazy In Section 17, who participates in my ECAC Hockey Pick 'Em Derby. In addition to sending me his picks, he wrote something that startled me.
He wrote that several RPI fans were blaming me for getting Engineers coach Seth Appert suspended for his postgame actions from the Nov. 12 game against Union. By now, you know that Appert showed the media video of his team's potential game-tying goal that was waved off with 7.6 seconds left in the game when referee Bryan Hicks ruled that RPI forward CJ Lee made contact with Union goalie Keith Kinkaid, preventing him from trying to make the save. Appert's comment that the ref should be worried, after I asked if he was concerned that the league wouldn't be happy with him showing the video, probably didn't help, either.
So, I decided to check out the USCHO.com message board to see what people were saying about me. I needed a good laugh, and I got one.
One poster, in particular, isn't very happy with me. Under the name AspyDad, he wrote this on the message board after the league announced Appert's one-game suspension: "Hope Ken 'The Snitch' Schott is happy. I don't want to see if the play was called wrong, I want to know if you are breaking league policy. Hope you're happy Kenny. Nate is proud of you. Will see you in AC."
First of all, if I am a snitch, then I have accomplices. Joining me snitching on Appert were the Times Union's Sean Martin, The Record's Ed Weaver, USCHO.com's Dan Greene, College Hockey News' Jason Klump and a videographer from NewsChannel 13. So, I guess we are all guilty of doing our job, which was focusing on what became a bizarre press conference.
Secondly, I highly doubt Union coach Nate Leaman is proud of me. Why would he be? He wasn't happy with the media's coverage of the what transpired that night. He thought the media had taken Union to the woodshed, which I still don't understand.
Later on the board, AspyDad referred to a post he made that I police ECACH coaches. Wow! Thank you for making sound more powerful than ECACH commissioner Steve Hagwell!
I hate to shatter your delusional fantasy, but I have no influence whatsoever with the coaches, or on league matters, for that matter. If I was an influential voice in the league, I would have made sure the ECACH tournament stayed in Albany, that RPI and Union were guaranteed spots in the league's final four every year, that meals were provided for the media at all games, that all press boxes were on the side and not in an end zone and that heat can't be turned off in the rinks. But it's nice you think so highly of me.
I did have some people defend me, and I thank them for that. But to think I slanted my story as anti-RPI and pro-Union couldn't be further from the truth. My game stories provide what happened and the reaction of the parties involved. I don't provide opinion in it. I save it for my blogs. And, apparently, I struck a nerve with some RPI fans.
I don't apologize for doing my job. It any coach would have done that, I would ask the same question of any coach who would have done that.
I appreciate the passion the fans have for their teams. Sometimes, however, they think with their heart and not their head.
Another controversial play
Hicks was involved in another controversial play between Union and RPI.
On Feb. 7, 2009, Kelly Zajac scored a game-winning overtime goal for the Dutchmen at Messa Rink. Appert believed there was goalie interference on the play, as it appeared Union forward Matt Cook ran into RPI goalie Allen York.
Appert was upset at that, as well as two goalie interference calls against his team.
“It’s terrible,” Appert said. “We’re waiting for a power play. Our guys, I think, are still in their gear, waiting for the 1:41 man advantage for goalie interference on the winning goal. They called that two times on plays that didn’t matter in the third period in a game that was an absolute war.”
York disagreed with his coach.
“It was our player that hit me first,” York said.
A video of that proves York correct. To view it, click here.
Union, RPI move up
Despite having the weekend off, Union and RPI moved up in the latest USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 hockey poll.
The Dutchmen (7-2-3) went from 14th to 13th, earning 421 points. The Engineers (5-3-3) moved from 18th to 17th, getting 191 points.
RPI returns to action this weekend in the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament. Union is off again this weekend. The Dutchmen will be at Brown Dec. 3.
Union remained 12th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with 133 points. RPI had 19 points, and led teams in the others receiving votes category.
USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll
Team (First Place) Record Pts Last Week
1 Minnesota-Duluth (49) 11-1-2 999 1
2 Boston University (1) 7-1-4 893 2
3 Yale 7-1-0 856 5
4 Nebraska-Omaha 9-2-1 824 4
5 Miami 8-3-3 808 6
6 New Hampshire 6-2-3 724 7
7 Boston College 8-4-0 648 10
8 Michigan 8-3-3 635 9
9 North Dakota 8-5-1 631 8
10 Maine 6-3-3 612 3
11 Notre Dame 9-3-1 568 11
12 Denver 8-4-2 442 13
13 Union 7-2-3 421 14
14 Alaska 7-5-2 312 12
15 Minnesota 7-4-1 259 19
16 Wisconsin 6-6-2 199 15
17 RPI 5-3-3 191 18
18 Merrimack 4-2-4 154 NR
19 Western Michigan 6-3-3 147 16
20 Ferris State 6-5-3 48 NR
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 42, Michigan State 39, Robert Morris 12, Dartmouth 9, Colorado College 5, Princeton 5, St. Cloud State 5, Niagara 4, Clarkson 3, Northern Michigan 2, Providence 2, Brown 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 Minnesota Duluth, 509 (34) 1 11-1-2 8
2 Boston University, 438 2 7-1-4 8
3 Yale, 421 5 7-1-0 8
4 Nebraska-Omaha, 389 4 9-2-1 6
5 Miami (Ohio), 373 6 8-3-3 8
6 New Hampshire, 299 8 6-2-3 8
7 Boston College, 272 9 8-4-0 8
8 Michigan, 265 10 8-3-3 8
9 Maine, 263 3 6-3-3 8
10 North Dakota, 252 7 8-5-1 8
11 Notre Dame, 201 11 9-3-1 5
12 Union, 133 12 7-2-3 5
13 Denver, 130 14 8-4-2 8
14 Alaska, 55 13 7-5-2 7
15 Minnesota, 37 NR 7-4-1 3
Others receiving votes: RPI, 19; Wisconsin, 15; Merrimack, 8; Quinnipiac, 1.
Union stayed steady, and RPI moved up a spot in the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings.
The Dutchmen remained at No. 10. The Engineers went from 17th to 16th.
To view INCH's Power Rankings, click here.
Daily Gazette ECACH Awards
Time for my weekly awards.
Player of the Week — Jack Maclellan, Brown
The junior forward had a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-2 win at Colgate. One of Maclellan's assist came on Bobby Farnham's short-handed goal midway through the third period. That proved to be the game-winner.
Rookie of the Week — Matt Zarbo, Clarkson
The freshman forward scored twice to help the Golden Knights beat North County-rival St. Lawrence, 3-1, Saturday.
Goalie of the Week — Mike Condon, Princeton
The sophomore made 36 saves to lead the Tigers past Harvard, 1-0, on Friday.
Team of the Week — Brown
Brown swept the Colgate-Cornell trip for the first time since the 1992-93 season. In addition to winning at Colgate, the Bears edged Cornell, 3-2, Saturday at Lynah Rink.
There are two games on TV tomorrow involving ECACH teams.
MSG Plus has the Princeton-Quinnipiac matchup, while Time Warner Cable Sports channel 1 carries the Colgate-Niagara non-league game. Both contests start at 7 p.m.
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Good Monday! Good Hockey!