Post #80 – 12/16/22 – Polls & Scheds, Conf. Standings, Nat’l Stats, Sifters, ICYMI

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Polls & Scheds

DCU/USCHO Division I Poll – December 12, 2022

(Link to Poll)

  1. Ohio State (13)
  2. Wisconsin (6)
  3. Yale (1)
  4. Quinnipiac
  5. Minnesota
  6. Colgate
  7. Northeastern
  8. Minnesota-Duluth
  9. Providence
  10. Cornell
  11. Clarkson
  12. Penn State
  13. Vermont
  14. Connecticut
  15. St. Cloud State

Others receiving votes: Princeton 16, Boston College 7, Maine 4

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll

(Link to USA/Today Poll)

December 13, 2022

  1. Ohio State University (9)
  2. University of Wisconsin (8)
  3. Quinnipiac University
  4. Yale University (1)
  5. University of Minnesota
  6. Colgate University
  7. Northeastern University
  8. Univ. of MN-Duluth
  9. Providence College
  10. Cornell University
  11. Clarkson University
  12. Penn State University
  13. University of Vermont
  14. University of Connecticut
  15. St. Cloud State University

Others receiving votes: Princeton University 12, Boston College 9, University of Maine 6, Long Island University 2, Minnesota State University 1.

DCU/USCHO Division III Women’s Poll – December 12, 2022

(Link to D-III Poll)

  1. Gustavus (13)
  2. UW-River Falls (7)
  3. Plattsburgh
  4. Adrian
  5. Amherst
  6. Colby
  7. Norwich
  8. Middlebury
  9. UW-Eau Claire
  10. Elmira
  11. Aurora
  12. Nazareth
  13. Hamilton
  14. Utica
  15. Oswego

Others receiving votes: Connecticut College 11, Augsburg 8, Williams 8, Cortland 7, Wesleyan 7, St. Norbert 6, Endicott 4, Bowdoin 2, Suffolk 2

D-I & D-III Weekly Schedules

As you will see, it’s an extremely light week of games. Most programs are done for the semester as exams are now the priority for players. There is one Top-15 match-up as #1 Ohio State travels to take on #10 Cornell in Ithaca, NY Saturday and Sunday.


Friday – 12/16

Saturday – 12/17

Sunday – 12/18


Wednesday – 12/13

Friday – 12/16

Saturday – 12/17

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D-I Conference Standings

D-I teams are more or less at the mid-way point of the year in terms of # of conference games played. Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Long Island Univ., Penn State, and Minnesota are atop their respective conferences as we head into the holiday break.

The 2nd half of the year is more of a full on sprint as teams jockey for playoff positioning. Rarely if ever does a team have a weekend off and just about every game in a conference game with plenty of meaning. It can be a grind, but it truly is the best part of the season.

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NCAA D-I National Stats

*From the Official NCAA Stats site as of 12-15-22. Top 54 players appear w/ ave of 1.00 pts per game.

In our last post, we had a section on Freshman production, and how hard it is to produce points on a consistent basis. This year seems to be proving no different. There are a total of just 6 Freshman in the top 54 of point producers thus far and only 1 in the top 25. See the full list of point producers this year with a minimum average of 1.00 points per game.

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New NCAA Leadership… The NCAA has its new leader. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will take over as President of the NCAA in March of 2023. A former college basketball player at Harvard himself, Governor Baker has both public and private sector leadership experience. He comes in a time where the NCAA needs a rudder more than ever to help navigate through unchartered waters. You can read the full story HERE.

Worlds Coming Back to North America… The IIHF announced yesterday that the World Championships are headed to Brampton, Ontario Canada April 5-16, 2023. It’s the first time the Greater Toronto area has had the games since 2000.

World University Schedule & Roster Set… The World University Games schedule and roster is set. Team USA, lead by Brendon Knight will take on Japan Thursday Jan. 12 at 1pm. You can get the full Team USA roster and schedule HERE. Knight’s team will be comprised of NCAA D-I and D-III players who are currently playing college hockey this season and who have their undergrad degree and are enrolled in grad school.

Patty Kaz Watch… came out with their Patty Kaz Watch List of players to keep eyes on. Of the top 10, 5 comes from the WCHA, 3 from Hockey East, and 2 from the ECAC.

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ICYMI… Post #79

We’re starting a new section to our blog called… In Case You Missed It or ICYMI. If you didn’t get the chance to read out last post, now you can. Will will begin putting out previous Pipeline posts at the bottom of our current one. Check it out below.

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Polls & Scheds

DCU/USCHO Division I Poll December 5, 2022

RankTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Ohio State(9)14-2-22861
7Minnesota Duluth12-6-01828
12Penn State13-8-18112
14St. Cloud State11-8-035NR

Others receiving votes: Boston College 11, Princeton 10, Maine 6, Mercyhurst 5

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll

December 6, 2022

RankTeamPoints(First Place Votes)Last PollRecordWeeks in Poll
1Ohio State University265(5)114-2-213
2University of Wisconsin264(10)213-2-113
3Quinnipiac University251416-1-013
4University of Minnesota213512-3-113
5Yale University20738-1-113
6Colgate University203615-2-113
7Northeastern University174(1)718-2-113
8University of Minnesota Duluth169812-6-013
9Providence College116915-4-18
10Cornell University110107-3-213
11Clarkson University991116-5-113
12Penn State University821213-8-112
13University of Vermont481311-7-113
14St. Cloud State University29NR11-8-01
15University of Connecticut201412-8-28

Others receiving votes: Boston College 10, University of Maine 7, Mercyhurst University 4, Princeton University 3, Minnesota State University 2, St. Lawrence University 2, Long Island University 1, Union College 1.

DCU/USCHO Division III Women’s Poll – December 5, 2022

RankTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
2UW-River Falls(4)8-1-02802
10UW-Eau Claire7-2-01259
15St. Norbert9-1-221NR

Others receiving votes: Hamilton 17, Connecticut College 13, Wesleyan 13, Cortland 11, Augsburg 2, Bowdoin 1, Hamline 1, Suffolk 1

Weekly D-I Schedule

Tuesday – 12/6

Wednesday – 12/7

Friday – 12/9

Saturday – 12/10

* No Games Sunday 12/11

Weekly D-III Schedule

Tuesday – 12/6

Wednesday – 12/7

Friday – 12/9

Saturday – 12/10

Sunday – 12/11

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NCAA Freshman Production

Being a point producer at the NCAA level is not easy. D-I or D-III, the level doesn’t matter. Scoring goals is even harder and getting points is more difficult than players usually think. How much production a freshman may produce is a common question many NCAA coaches ask their freshman before their first year begins.

Hey Sally, question for you… So, how many points do you think you’ll have this season?

Usually asked to spark some thinking about realistic expectations or goal setting, its always interesting to hear where a player sees themselves and what level of point production they may think they can achieve.

This is a topic I have always been curious about. So, I dove into the numbers. Special thanks to

To illustrate how difficult point production is, here is an example from the ’19-’20 season in D-I and D-III.

At D-I

During the 2019-202 season there were a total of 282 freshman on NCAA D-I rosters. Of those, there were 163 forwards, 86 defenders, and 33 goalies. Of the Forwards and Defenders, only 88 had 10 or more points the entire season. Said another way, 164 players or 65.8 % of the entire freshman class scored less than 10 points for the year. The highest point total by a freshman was 39. The highest number of goals scored was 19 and highest number of assists was 24.

Of 88 D-I Freshman with 10 points or more, the average number of goals scored was 7.2 — 65 players had 5 goals or more but only 24 players had 10 goals or more.

Of that group of 88, the average number of assists was 10.6 — 81 had 5 assists or more with 46 having 10 or more.

Of those 88, the average number of total points was 17.8

The ave. number of games played was 33.5.

To put further into context, we looked at the Freshman year production of Forwards and Defenders who were on the 2022 US & Canadian Olympic teams. You can see their numbers below. Granted we’re talking about Olympians, but from a pure point production standpoint, there were only 5 players – ON EACH TEAM – who had 40 or more points as freshman. And the distribution of point totals from each team are very similar.




Of the top 53 D-III Freshman point producers, the average number of goals scored was 8.8.

Of the same top 53 Freshman point producers, the average number of assists was 10.9.

Of the same top 53 Freshman point producers, the average number of total points was 19.75.

The ave. number of games played was 25.3

In the future, we’ll do a deeper dive into the numbers and come up with breakdowns by league, division, and ultimately where freshman point producers are coming from prior to entering the NCAA.

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NCAA Update

It would appear the NCAA transformation committee is in a holding pattern relative to making any additional changes to recruiting rules within women’s ice hockey. The feedback has been that the NCAA needs to figure out what it wants for a governance and infractions structure first, before deciding on new recruiting rules – which does make sense.

So for now anyway, as D-I women’s hockey moves into the Spring/Summer months, we should expect the same rules to be in place for coaches and prospects as we have had previously.

  • D-I coaches can begin regular communication with recruits starting June 15 after the prospects grade 10 year
  • Verbal offers may be made by coaches to prospects beginning June 15 after a prospects grade 10 year
  • On or off campus in-person face-to-face contacts may not begin until August 1 after the prospects grade 10 year
  • Unofficial and Official visits may happen at any time beginning August 1st for prospects after their grade 10 year
  • D-I coaches are not allowed to evaluate prospects in-person off of their campus from the Monday prior to the American Hockey Coaches Association convention (April 24, 2023) until June 1
  • D-I coaches will have an unlimited number of prospect evaluations from June 1 until September 1, 2023. After September 1, D-I coaches are limited to 7 total recruiting opportunities (evaluations or face-to-face contacts with prospects), of which there may be no more than 3 face-to-face off-campus contacts.

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The Hall Calls… One of the greatest female players to ever play, Finnish Forward Riikka Sallinen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last month. Sallinen played in over 1550 games scoring over 600 goals and amassing 1300 points. She retired from the game at the end of the 2018-2019 season after a career that started back during the ’88-’89. She played in 4 Olympic games and 8 IIHF World Championships. You can read more on her amazing career HERE.

US Names U18 Worlds Roster… USA Hockey announced its U18 roster that will compete in the IIHF U18 World Championships In Sweden January 8-15 in Östersund, Sweden. You can see Team USA’s Roster HERE and its schedule HERE. Minnesota leads the way in having 9 players named to the roster. Canada has not named its roster yet.

New Program Hood College Coaching Position… New NCAA Division III program at Hood College has officially posted its head coaching position, You can find it HERE.

Getting Serious… The International University Sports Federation (FISU) Games is coming to Lake Placid in January – and women’s hockey plans on being a big part. As the 2nd largest multi-sportitng event in the world, the U.S. Women’s hockey entry will be comprised of players who are college/university students at the NCAA D-III and D-I levels. Although the event falls during the NCAA hockey season, former Syracuse Associate Head Women’s Coach Brendon Knight, has been charged with putting together the strongest roster he can. You can learn more about the event HERE.

Until Next Time… Enjoy and Happy Reading!

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.

NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our event form.

Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College and beginning his 4th season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amateur and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

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