Post #76 – 8/30/22 – Do The Math Part-2, Media Help, IIHF Worlds, Sifters, In Case You Missed It


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Do The Math – Part 2

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IIHF Worlds

Sifters

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Do The Math – Part 2

In our last post we talked about families being able to hep themselves by doing a bit of work on the financial end of things as their daughters’ college/recruiting process begins. That help is in the form of doing self guided family financial evaluation. Doing so will allow families to come up with estimated college expenses and… THE ALL IMPORTANT ‘out-of-pocket dollar amount’ that can be used to pay for these various college and hockey related expenses.

In today’s post, we give families an explanation of how to evaluate this process and the tools – a Google Doc set of financial worksheets to do the math, estimate what expenses they need to account for to come up with that out-of-pocket dollar amount so you can evaluate every opportunity that comes along know what your financial situation is.

You won’t get exact amounts of each expense or amounts related to institutional financial aid. These will be different for everybody based on your own financial situation and the schools / hockey programs you deal with.

So click HERE and we’ll take you to our ‘Paying For College’ portion of our website. You can also find out Family Financial Aid Worksheets HERE to download and work through yourself.

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Media Help On The Way

For a lot of reasons, D3 women’s college hockey (heck, women’s hockey in general) doesn’t get much national media attention. Middlebury’s perfect season last year not withstanding, there just aren’t a lot of journalists or members of the media who cover the sport. But, times are changing. And it’s about time.

Last month it was announced that Chris Sugar, the senior MBA and Political Science major at Oswego State University who is the owner/editor and the man behind D3 Hockey News, will be THE ONLY contributing writer for USCHO.com exclusively covering D3 women’s hockey beginning this season.

Chris certainly has a passion for covering D3 hockey. His twitter account @D3HockeyNews has over 6,100 followers and in March of 2022, he started a podcast where he interviews players and coaches and members of the media.

I recently spoke to Chris about his new gig with USCHO.com and he is excited to get to work. Congrats Chris. We look forward to seeing your work!

In addition to Chris’ post with USCHO, another media announcement in the world of women’s hockey caught our eye last week. Stephanie Wood will become the new voice of the New England Hockey Journal’s ‘RinkWise’ Podcast. Stephanie is currently the Head Girls Coach at Austin Prep and Women’s Director at the Islanders Hockey Club in Massachusetts. Her first episode is now live and you can read more about her podcast appointment HERE.

Congrats Stephanie… would love to have you on The Women’s College Hockey Podcast sometime soon!

In media, it’s about eyeballs. How many views, how many followers, how many paid subscriptions? How many people are consuming a particular type of content. The more people consume, the more media coverage there will be… because there will be the dollars coming in to pay people to do the media work that is SO needed in our sport. In this sense, it’s not such a bad idea to be a follower!

We hope to announce more girls/women’s college hockey media coverage in the future.

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IIHF Worlds Is Underway

The 2022 IIHF World Championships began last week. This marks the first time a World Championship was held in the same year after the Olympics. They are being held in Denmark. The Gold Medal game is scheduled for this Sunday Sept. 4 at 1:30 EST.

Lots of connections to NCAA college programs in this event and not just for Team USA or Canada either. Current rostered NCAA players include Sweden with 7, Swiss with 5 players, as well as 1 Canadian uSport player. Czechia with 5, Germany with 5, Finland with 4, Hungary 2, Denmark 2. The US with 9 and Canada has 3.

You can catch up on all the action with the IIHF Video Hub for recaps of each game. Hats off to what I am pretty sure is a Canadian broadcast crew in Denmark providing the production quality.

And speaking of media coverage… thanks to the NHL Network and TSN in Canada for broadcasting all of the US and Canada’s games. You get get a the full tournament schedule HERE.

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Sifters

D1 Season about to begin… We are literally days away from some programs hitting the ice for the first time in 2022-2023. NCAA D-1 rules allow coaches on the ice to practice with their teams a certain number of hours per week prior to the D1 official start date. I know, sounds odd right… allowed to practice before your official start date? It’s true. This years’ official start date for all programs outside of the Ivy League will be September 17. This is when programs can use their ‘regular season’ allotted weekly time limit of athletic activity – 20-hours per week. The first official practice date for Ivy league institutions will be Sept. 23, a full week earlier than normal. NCAA games will begin on Sept. 17 with several exhibition games and the following weekend Sept. 23-24-25, game count for real.

Busy Recruiting Month Ahead… The Dawg Daze Of Summer Showcase hosted by the National Girls Hockey League and the 2023 CPC National Preview Showcase hosted by the Collegiate Prospect Combine got underway last weekend kicking off a busy stretch of recruiting for college coaches. In addition, Manitoba hosted its top 40 U16 & U18 summer development camps in Winnipeg. September alone has something going on pretty much every single weekend. To see where college coaches may be recruiting, click HERE for our 2022-2023 Recruiting Event Calendar. We’ll be provide events for October soon. If you don’t see an event not listed, please send us an email to add it.

New Coaching Hires… It has been the busiest off-season in terms of coaching hires & departures across D-1 and D-3 ever. Here’s a list of new Head Coaches behind the bench at D1 and D3 this year. We’ll preview new assistant coach hires in our next post. The Head Coach turnover rate for D1 coaches was 14.6 %. For D3 it was 15.5%. I’m not sure why I started doing this, but ever since I became a college coach in 2001-2002, I have tracked D1 head coaching changes and there has never been fewer than 3 head coaching changes ever season since ’01-’02.

D-I Head Coaches

  • Kelly Nash, Long Island University, NEWHA
  • Gretchen Silverman, Post University, NEWHA
  • Tara Watchorn, Stonehill College, NEWHA–New Program 22-23
  • Molly Engstrom, University of Maine, Hockey East
  • Britni Smith, Syracuse University, College Hockey America
  • Brian Idalski, St. Cloud State Univ, WCHA

New D-I Head Coach hires who will compete in the 23-24 season

  • Jack Sweeney, Assumption College, NEWHA
  • Logan Bittle, Robert Morris University, College Hockey America

D-III Head Coaches

  • Maddy Santore, Johnson & Wales, NEHC
  • Zach Perkins, Anna Maria College, Independent
  • Mollie Fitzpatrick, Plymouth State University, NEHC
  • Dave LaBaff, Wilkes University, MAC
  • Kalie Grant, SUNY-Canton, NEWHL
  • Kevin Dessart, Lawrence University, WIAC
  • Rachel Grampp, Buffalo State Univ., NEWHL
  • Finlandia University, Mike Kurug, NCHA
  • Elmira College, UCHC
  • Lindsay Macy, St. Benedict College, MIAC
  • Cole Klubek, Hilbert College, TBD

New D-III Head Coaches who were hired to start new programs (or new teams starting up)

  • Heath Issacson, Mass College of Liberal Arts, 23-24
  • TBD, Albertus Magnus College, 23-24
  • TBD, Hood College, 23-24

Transformation Committee To Meet… Tomorrow August 31 the NCAA Transformation Committee will meet to discuss adoption of a revised package of transfer rules and changes to the ‘Infractions’ process. In an announcement made August 17, there were some concerns over purposed changes. You can read more on the proposed changes HERE.

Canada Stays With Ryan… Hockey Canada announced this week that it has signed Troy Ryan to continue as its Women’s National Team Head Coach over the next 4-year Olympic cycle. Canada will try to win its 6th Olympic gold medal in 2026 with the winter games being help in Italy. You can read more about Ryan’s announcement HERE.

Be sure to scroll down after the Ryan article as there is an interesting story about the Living Sisu Hockey League out of Montreal.

SAT & ACT National Test Dates, Etc… As the amateur hockey season across the globe begins, so too does ‘ACT and SAT Test Taking Season’. Invariably, these tests are mostly offered on Saturdays. And when does everyone play hockey – on the weekends, so conflicts can arise. But they don’t have too. Some coaches over the years have had issues with their players missing a game/practice to take a test.

Coaches… do the right thing and let your players take a test – when the player wants to.

And we would also suggest if you have not registered for a specific test yet – do it now! Here are links to the National Testing Dates in the USA for the SAT and ACT exams — SAT HERE and ACT HERE (scroll toward the bottom of the page). For international students – click the link for the test you want info on: SAT – Int’lACT – Int’l (left side of page).

It looks like there is a digital version of the SAT being offered for International students in 2023.

Find Your ‘Why’… Although this twitter thread is about a men’s hockey player who made it to the NHL, a lot of what he preaches is true for any player wanting to play at the most competitive level. Some GREAT stuff, just click HERE.

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In Case You Missed It… Post #75

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In Case You Missed It… Post #75

NCAA Update

U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Do The Math

Sifters


NCAA Update

On August 3rd the NCAA Division I Board of Directors acted on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Some items made it through are were put into action immediately, like more benefits to support athletes. One item did not. The package of recommendations on Transfers was sent back and not voted on.

The NCAA’s D-I Board of Directors took action earlier last week on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Schools are now be allowed – immediately – to offer enhanced benefits for student-athletes. The D-I Board of Directors took no action on the TC’s proposed new set of transfer rules.

Institutions are now able to provide enhanced benefits to better their support athletes in a variety of areas such as personal well being & safety, insurance products for major injury and loss of value, and funding participation in elite-level training, tryouts, and competition. It used to be schools were very limited in what they spend $ on to support their athletes in these areas. Starting August 3, schools will no longer need to submit waivers to get approval to pay for these types of benefits.

Let’s say you are a part of your country’s national team program and they want you to participate in a team camp or tournament event. It appears schools will now be able – if they are willing – to pay for their athletes to attend. Or if you’re a potential high draft-pick in your sport and had the potential to get lucrative playing and endorsement contracts, an insurance policy could be purchased by your school to protect against a catastrophic injury and loss of value in your potential earnings.

The D-I Board agreed to not act on the transfer rules package recommended at this time. It seems there was a bit of pushback from the D-I membership as well as SAAC – The Student Athlete Advisory Committee in that some of the transfer rules seemed too restrictive. The original recommendations by the NCAA TC would have allowed for an academic eligibility exception where students would not only be academically eligible from the school they were transferring from, but also have enough credits to be eligible at the school they were transferring to. Additionally, several ‘transfer windows’ would be available where athletes would have a certain amount of time to give written notice to their school with intentions to transfer. However those windows would close after a certain number of days. The SAAC Committee commented that the overall transfer package was deemed too restricting and limited a players’ freedom of movement.

The NCAA’s D-I Board will next meet and vote on additional recommendations from the Transformation Committee on August 31. You can read the full NCAA announcement on its approval of enhanced student-athlete benefits HERE.

U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Hockey Canada’s U18 selection Camp… is already underway in Calgary Alberta. Goaltenders had the first few days of camp Aug. 2nd & 3rd. Forwards and defenders had a series of position specific practices Aug. 4th and 5th prior to the 45-player group is split into 2 teams, Red & White, where team practices will commenced on Aug. 6th. Interestingly, Finland has brought it’s U-18 team over to participate along with Canada. Finland’s participation began with its own team practices Aug. 5 and begin play vs. Team Red Aug. 10.

Speaking of games, it looks like Hockey Canada will be streaming quite a bit of hockey over the next little while.

Canada U-18 Selection Camp Game Streams can be found HERE and then by clicking on the ‘Watch’ link in the right-hand side of the page, see example below.

USA Hockey’s U18 and O18 selection Camp… get’s underway today with games beginning today at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, NY. Players are split into 2 age groups, Under-18 and Over-18. The U18 group will practice and scrimmage together with 4 total games vs. one another. The Over-18 group will be split into 4 teams for practices and games with each team playing 3 games.

You can find the U18 and O18 team rosters HERE. We haven’t been able to find any info on links to watch live streams. We will keep you posted if we do find some.

Do The Math

Wondering how much you’ll have to pay for college? Best to ‘Do The Math’ now, so you know how much you have to work with down the road – when you’ll need to know…

Unless you plan on your daughter getting a full scholarship, (there aren’t many of that get offered), families are going to wind up paying some amount of money out-of-pocket to put your daughter through college. How much exactly, that’s a lot harder to determine when the college hockey recruiting process is involved.

But even if a final dollar amount is unattainable right now and college could be years away, families SHOULD do something in the meantime to help make things a lot easier in the future.

What families should be doing is a ‘Family Financial Evaluation’.

Simply stated, this is a process where families crunch the numbers and find out a worst-case / this-is-what-we-can-afford at the top end of our budget amount – in order to make paying for college, work. Consider it like an internal family audit and a way of determining what your family finances will be over the next 6 to 7 years. And that’s how many years ahead families should be evaluating their finances for.

Why 6-7 years?

For those players who are heading into grade 11 this coming Fall, you are either in the midst of the recruiting process already or it’s going to probably happen before the grade 11 year is over and that’s the time frame you’ll need to evaluate. 2 more years of high school + 4 years of college. Add in a post-grad year perhaps, and that is how you get to 7.

So why is it important to do this now if we’re talking about something that may not happen for another 7 years!!??

3 reasons. 1) As they say, knowledge is power. The more you know how much you can afford, the better off you will be when it comes time to evaluate college costs. You can focus your time and efforts where legit opportunities are. 2) For someone who is going through the recruiting process right now or soon will, you could be faced with having to make some decisions – and soon. In order to do so, those opportunities have to be affordable in order to work out. 3) Some schools may be real aggressive with making offers, and it’s not just on the D-I side any longer,. Plenty of offers come in the grade 11 year for players at the D-3 level. And at D-I – it’s all about financial aid and knowing costs as there are no athletic scholarships.

In next week’s post, we’ll breakdown what to evaluate when looking at your finances.

Sifters

As David Bowie sang, Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes… The coaching changes keep coming. This time if year is somewhat late for departures, especially of head coaches – but that’s exactly what has happened. Tim Crowley, head coach at Elmira College, has stepped down. We have a suspicion it’s for another coaching position, but that hasn’t been made public yet, and don’t want to speculate. Elmira’s assistant coach, Mandy Montgomery stepped down earlier this summer and that leaved Elmira with two very important positions to fill.

The more unexpected departure came when it was reported last week University of Maine’s Head and Assistant Coach, who are husband and wife, Richard Reichenbach and his wife Sara, resigned for undisclosed reasons. In an article posted by a local TV station WGME, it appears the school has commenced its search process already. You can read that story HERE and see our updated 2022-2023 Coaching Changes Tracker HERE.

Season Almost Here… You know the season is getting closer when conferences start to announce their schedules. The CHA 22-23 schedule can be found HERE. The WCHA conference schedule can be found HERE.

Regional Representation… Ontario and Minnesota Lead The Way… Canada’s U18 Selection camp has players from 7 different provinces, here is a breakdown:

Province# of Players
British Columbia6
Alberta4
Saskatchewan2
Manitoba3
Ontario21
Quebec5
Nova Scotia3

Team USA’s U18 National Festival Camp Roster has players from 13 different states, here is a breakdown:

State# of Players
California2
Montana1
Missouri1
Minnesota13
Illinois1
Michigan2
Pennsylvania2
Florida1
New York1
Vermont1
Connecticut1
Massachusetts4
Wisconsin1

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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #75 – 8/10/22 – NCAA Update, U-18 Selection Camps, Do The Math,


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3B…

  • Episode #3A Part I – Is Now LIVE|The Recap

Click any of the links below to jump to that section. Click the ‘ (Top of Post) ‘ link at the bottom of each section to return to the top of the post.


NCAA Update

U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Do The Math

Sifters


NCAA Update

On August 3rd the NCAA Division I Board of Directors acted on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Some items made it through are were put into action immediately, like more benefits to support athletes. One item did not. The package of recommendations on Transfers was sent back and not voted on.

The NCAA’s D-I Board of Directors took action earlier last week on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Schools are now be allowed – immediately – to offer enhanced benefits for student-athletes. The D-I Board of Directors took no action on the TC’s proposed new set of transfer rules.

Institutions are now able to provide enhanced benefits to better their support athletes in a variety of areas such as personal well being & safety, insurance products for major injury and loss of value, and funding participation in elite-level training, tryouts, and competition. It used to be schools were very limited in what they spend $ on to support their athletes in these areas. Starting August 3, schools will no longer need to submit waivers to get approval to pay for these types of benefits.

Let’s say you are a part of your country’s national team program and they want you to participate in a team camp or tournament event. It appears schools will now be able – if they are willing – to pay for their athletes to attend. Or if you’re a potential high draft-pick in your sport and had the potential to get lucrative playing and endorsement contracts, an insurance policy could be purchased by your school to protect against a catastrophic injury and loss of value in your potential earnings.

The D-I Board agreed to not act on the transfer rules package recommended at this time. It seems there was a bit of pushback from the D-I membership as well as SAAC – The Student Athlete Advisory Committee in that some of the transfer rules seemed too restrictive. The original recommendations by the NCAA TC would have allowed for an academic eligibility exception where students would not only be academically eligible from the school they were transferring from, but also have enough credits to be eligible at the school they were transferring to. Additionally, several ‘transfer windows’ would be available where athletes would have a certain amount of time to give written notice to their school with intentions to transfer. However those windows would close after a certain number of days. The SAAC Committee commented that the overall transfer package was deemed too restricting and limited a players’ freedom of movement.

The NCAA’s D-I Board will next meet and vote on additional recommendations from the Transformation Committee on August 31. You can read the full NCAA announcement on its approval of enhanced student-athlete benefits HERE.

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U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Hockey Canada’s U18 selection Camp… is already underway in Calgary Alberta. Goaltenders had the first few days of camp Aug. 2nd & 3rd. Forwards and defenders had a series of position specific practices Aug. 4th and 5th prior to the 45-player group is split into 2 teams, Red & White, where team practices will commenced on Aug. 6th. Interestingly, Finland has brought it’s U-18 team over to participate along with Canada. Finland’s participation began with its own team practices Aug. 5 and begin play vs. Team Red Aug. 10.

Speaking of games, it looks like Hockey Canada will be streaming quite a bit of hockey over the next little while.

Canada U-18 Selection Camp Game Streams can be found HERE and then by clicking on the ‘Watch’ link in the right-hand side of the page, see example below.

USA Hockey’s U18 and O18 selection Camp… get’s underway today with games beginning today at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, NY. Players are split into 2 age groups, Under-18 and Over-18. The U18 group will practice and scrimmage together with 4 total games vs. one another. The Over-18 group will be split into 4 teams for practices and games with each team playing 3 games.

You can find the U18 and O18 team rosters HERE. We haven’t been able to find any info on links to watch live streams. We will keep you posted if we do find some.

(Back To Top)

Do The Math

Wondering how much you’ll have to pay for college? Best to ‘Do The Math’ now, so you know how much you have to work with down the road – when you’ll need to know…

Unless you plan on your daughter getting a full scholarship, (there aren’t many of that get offered), families are going to wind up paying some amount of money out-of-pocket to put your daughter through college. How much exactly, that’s a lot harder to determine when the college hockey recruiting process is involved.

But even if a final dollar amount is unattainable right now and college could be years away, families SHOULD do something in the meantime to help make things a lot easier in the future.

What families should be doing is a ‘Family Financial Evaluation’.

Simply stated, this is a process where families crunch the numbers and find out a worst-case / this-is-what-we-can-afford at the top end of our budget amount – in order to make paying for college, work. Consider it like an internal family audit and a way of determining what your family finances will be over the next 6 to 7 years. And that’s how many years ahead families should be evaluating their finances for.

Why 6-7 years?

For those players who are heading into grade 11 this coming Fall, you are either in the midst of the recruiting process already or it’s going to probably happen before the grade 11 year is over and that’s the time frame you’ll need to evaluate. 2 more years of high school + 4 years of college. Add in a post-grad year perhaps, and that is how you get to 7.

So why is it important to do this now if we’re talking about something that may not happen for another 7 years!!??

3 reasons. 1) As they say, knowledge is power. The more you know how much you can afford, the better off you will be when it comes time to evaluate college costs. You can focus your time and efforts where legit opportunities are. 2) For someone who is going through the recruiting process right now or soon will, you could be faced with having to make some decisions – and soon. In order to do so, those opportunities have to be affordable in order to work out. 3) Some schools may be real aggressive with making offers, and it’s not just on the D-I side any longer,. Plenty of offers come in the grade 11 year for players at the D-3 level. And at D-I – it’s all about financial aid and knowing costs as there are no athletic scholarships.

In next week’s post, we’ll breakdown what to evaluate when looking at your finances.

(Back To Top)

Sifters

As David Bowie sang, Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes… The coaching changes keep coming. This time if year is somewhat late for departures, especially of head coaches – but that’s exactly what has happened. Tim Crowley, head coach at Elmira College, has stepped down. We have a suspicion it’s for another coaching position, but that hasn’t been made public yet, and don’t want to speculate. Elmira’s assistant coach, Mandy Montgomery stepped down earlier this summer and that leaved Elmira with two very important positions to fill.

The more unexpected departure came when it was reported last week University of Maine’s Head and Assistant Coach, who are husband and wife, Richard Reichenbach and his wife Sara, resigned for undisclosed reasons. In an article posted by a local TV station WGME, it appears the school has commenced its search process already. You can read that story HERE and see our updated 2022-2023 Coaching Changes Tracker HERE.

Season Almost Here… You know the season is getting closer when conferences start to announce their schedules. The CHA 22-23 schedule can be found HERE. The WCHA conference schedule can be found HERE.

Regional Representation… Ontario and Minnesota Lead The Way… Canada’s U18 Selection camp has players from 7 different provinces, here is a breakdown:

Province# of Players
British Columbia6
Alberta4
Saskatchewan2
Manitoba3
Ontario21
Quebec5
Nova Scotia3

Team USA’s U18 National Festival Camp Roster has players from 13 different states, here is a breakdown:

State# of Players
California2
Montana1
Missouri1
Minnesota13
Illinois1
Michigan2
Pennsylvania2
Florida1
New York1
Vermont1
Connecticut1
Massachusetts4
Wisconsin1

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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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #73 – 7/21/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing – Part II, USA Hockey Nat’l Dev. Camp Review, Grad Transfer Stats, Sifters


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3A…

  • Episode #3A Part I – Is Now LIVE|The Recap

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Recruiting In Full Swing Part – II

Today we analyze what appears to be a changing landscape around college recruiting and the showcase/tournament style events coaches attend. Showcase, tournament, and camp/clinic event owner / operators could be facing big hurdles in the future as conditions within D-I recruiting, travel, and the NCAA – change.

Recruiting Event Landscape Changing

There has been quite a bit of talk this summer amongst D-I coaches regarding the lack of real high-end talent and just even a good concentration of talent at events compared to prior years. One reason, there are more showcases, tournaments, and camps than ever. There are way more event operators in the showcase/tournament/camp/clinic space than ever before. Second, beyond what USA Hockey and Hockey Canada offer as part of their Nat’l Dev. Camps or High Performance initiatives, there is only so much talent to go around and only so many weeks to schedule events. We can think of weekend in June but prior to the June 15th call date where there were 4 and 5 major events goin on in the same weekend. Only a few showcase event operators continually attract potential D-I quality talent. We don’t track event rosters and where those participants end up playing college hockey D-I or D-III, but it sure would be interesting to see. For D-III coaches, its a much different story. The environment is great for D-III programs from a talent prospective. D-III staffs do have the same problem D-I coaches have – not enough staff and or $ in the recruiting budget to get to everything they’d like to. The number of players within the competitive player pool, as we call it, has increased. Travel costs have also increased significantly.

We’re probably seeing the D-I recruiting summer landscape change right before our eyes. Coaches want to go where the talent is, especially in the summer months as recruiting is far more targeted now than it used to be. Rosters for showcase/camp style events are extremely hard to come by. Tournaments, not so much. And yes, we know it’s a chicken and egg type of situation. Event/showcase operators need to promote coaches in their marketing materials so players will sign up. But, recruiting dollars aren’t unlimited. With as expensive as travel has become, programs will probably be very careful where they put their dollars to work. Coaches usually go to events for two reason either A) Identify new prospects or B) Evaluate prospects on their recruiting list–hopefully vs. excellent talent.

The takeaway is this, with an overall talent pool spread thin having to choose between multiple events, travels costs not expected to go down anytime soon, and a lot of events scheduled on the same week/weekends, D-I coaches are probably going to get more choosey with where they go in the future, especially in the summer months. And what could make matters worse, are potential looming changes to the women’s ice hockey recruiting calendar from the NCAA Transformation Committee which could drastically cut down the number of days coaches can be off campus to evaluate players.

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NCAA Transformation Coming

Recruiting as we know it, is going to look and feel drastically different sooner than later due to upcoming changes from the NCAA Transformation Committee. How soon no one really knows. But why… is bigger more complicated question.

If you follow news about the NCAA then the NCAA Transformation Committee (‘NCAA TC’ for short) should be a group you are aware of. If you don’t, you need to, because college athletics is about to get real interesting. Unlimited scholarships for teams, players getting paid, flexible transfer rules, squad size limits, are all a very real possibility.

So who and what is this NCAA Transformation Committee and why does it exist?

The NCAA hasn’t had a real good track record with its own athletes or in the court system, or with public opinion. It has an image problem. NCAA athletes largely have been uncompensated employees while the NCAA, athletic departments, and high profile sport coaches have reaped billions, all on the backs of their own athletes’ efforts. The dollar amounts are staggering. Lawyers and the athletes realized they were being taken advantage of. Lawsuits followed, as did congressional hearings in Washington. And after a few social media posts from the 2020 NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the disparity in financial support the NCAA doesn’t give to it’s female sport counterparts became a tipping point. A third-party gender equity law-firm review was conducted and voila – you have an organization in real trouble with egg on its face and unless something drastic gets done, the lawsuits keep coming.

To right-the-ship, the NCAA put together a group of 21 people charged with changing how the NCAA operates, what it oversees, and what decisions it gets to make, and thus – the NCAA TC was born. The real plan for the NCAA seems to be figuring out how to transfer power, not get sued, and limit risk while improving its public image.

The NCAA TC is slowly tipping its hand at what will change and how things will be different. The full extent is not known quite yet, but here are some examples of what this group has already committed to changing.

  • Set membership standards for each Division — I, II, and III. You want to compete at the D-I level, then your athletic department will have to abide by having a certain level of services and resources. What those are exactly isn’t known. Perhaps its in the area of providing adequate mental health professionals, diet/nutrition specialists, academic support services and the like. What the NCAA won’t decide, is how much money schools or sport programs have to spend in certain areas… like scholarships, etc.
  • Do away with scholarship limits. Example… hockey has a limit of 18 full scholarships. The NCAA wants to do away with those limits and open it up to allow schools the freedom to spend as they wish.
  • Squad Size Limits… the NCAA would dictate how large rosters could be. As an example, D-I hockey teams may be limited to having no more than a certain number of players on a roster.
  • Do away with coaching staff limitations… The NCA would not mandate how many or how few coaches could be employed full-time to work with a team. Now, D-I Hockey has a limit of 3 full-time coaches + 1 volunteer… that could go away and you could have any number of coaches on staff. The number of coaches who could be in a recruiting capacity would be very similar to what staffs have now however. In hockey, this amounts to programs adding compensated skills or power skating/goalie coaches. Whereas before, program could have only volunteer, the prospect of hockey programs having many coaches is real.
  • Recruiting calendars… This is the big one. Sports would have their own recruiting calendars with a pre-determined amount of weeks where no recruiting activities could take place. As an example, women’s hockey could have a period of up to 10 weeks per calendar year where no recruiting activities can take place… no player evaluations, no communication allowed with recruits, families, youth hockey/high school/club coaches… this is a complete evaluation and communication SHUTDOWN. D-I women’s hockey already has about 6 weeks where we can’t evaluate from the end of April (usually) until June 1. However, coaches can still communicate. Programs would have a certain number of ‘recruiting days’ to utilize per year to evaluate and potentially have NO limits on the number of evaluations or how often communication could take place. As an example, a D-I program may have 200 recruiting days to use as a staff combined between all coaches (not 200 per coach), and recruiting shut-downs would occur from say, around mid-April to mid-June (8 weeks), plus a week around the US July 4 holiday week and the week prior to Dec. 25… again – these dates are only used as examples for now.
  • Enforcement of rules and who handles that aspect of regulation will change too. It could be the conferences themselves more involved? Perhaps a 3rd party entity will be created? Much is not known on who will control enforcing the rules. But one thing we can infer is, you can’t make major rule/policy changes to say – recruiting – without sorting out how enforcement will work. So until that happens, don’t expect recruiting or scholarship rules to change yet.

The above list is just a smattering of what will actually may change and unfortunately, no one knows exactly when all these will occur. Who will be in charge of managing scholarships, financial aid, and who can spend what? It will be largely up to the conferences or at least we thing that is the direction the NCAA TC could go. May be certain institutions? What is going on is a complete shift in who has power. In college athletics, power is who controls money and people (athletes/coaches in this case) and the NCAA wants out of that business. They’d much rather transfer their risk to others willing to take it on. Conferences have too much $ on the line with TV contracts, apparel deals, etc. to not be the ones to take over for the NCAA in regulating the day-to-day of how college athletics operates.

As things become known, we’ll keep you as up to date as we can. For clear-cut definition and roster of who sits in The NCAA TC, click HERE.

Update as of 9pm EST July 20, 2022… The NCAA’s D-I Council announced its endorsement of several recommendations from the Transformation Committee, “… to better support student-athletes, improve efficiency and timeliness in the infractions process, and improve clarity in the transfer environment.”

The big takeaway from tonight’s announcement has to do with clarity in the Transfer Process... Specifically 1) The transfer window will be open for athletes to transfer more than once. Previously it was one-time. 2) Beginning the day after the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament field is announced (and for all other winter-sports), athletes have a 60-day window to notify their current institution in writing their wish to enter the transfer portal. Using this year as an example, the 60-day window would have began Monday March 7, 2022 and ended Thursday May 5th. 3) Schools accepting transfers will be REQUIRED to provide financial aid (athletic scholarships) through the completion of the athlete’s 5th year of eligibility or when their degree is granted – whichever comes first.

The D-I Council’s recommendations must be approved by the D-I Board of Governors next month to be adopted. You may read the NCAA’s official announcement from tonight HERE.

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USA Hockey Nat’l Dev Camp Observations

USA Hockey ends the busiest portion of its summer with the U18 Select Camp finishing up today. Yours truly attended the 15 Camp as well as the past 3 days of the U18 Select Camp. The only camp left to be held is the U18 final camp or 30 or so players usually, in early August to select the initial U18 World Championship roster. That team will then head to Calgary, Alberta for a 3-game series vs. Team Canada. Here are some observations…

  • Lots of D-I coaches on hand for the 15 Camp (’07/’08 birth yrs)… not as many for the U18 Select Camp. And certainly plenty on hand at the 16/17 camp (’06/’05 birth yrs).
  • USA Hockey made a change this year regarding 15 Camp attendees in that, no 15 Camp attendee would get selected for the the U18 Camp. Parents were not happy. The only way ’07’s were allowed to attend the U18 Camp was if they were selected to it in the first place. Where as 13 players from the 16/17 camp were selected to attend the U18 camp.
  • 15 Camp is probably too long, especially for goalies. Goalies attended a USA Hockey goalie camp before the main camp. 4-5 days total would be plenty. 6 nights and 7 days for players or 10 & 9 for goalies (8 and 7 for staff), is way too much. Less is more. Especially if no one from camp is going to be moving on to the Select 18’s.
  • Interesting numbers on penalties called at the U18 Select Camp. Too many?
Game ## of PenaltiesTotal # of Mins in GM% of GM on Special Teams
Game 14610.7%
Game 2121832.1%
Game 3121832.1%
Game 4142137.5%
Game 51116.529.4%
Game 6121832.1%
Game 7710.518%
Game 8913.524.1%

*Warning, personal opinion based rant… One final thought from an NCAA coaches perspective…

Everything that goes on at these types of camps matters. You can add in all the Canadian provincial and Hockey Canada camps as well. These camps become extremely important to NCAA D-I coaches. And what better eval do you want as a coach then to watch players in a best-on-best format? It’s great hockey to watch and we as coaches are thankful USA Hockey / Hockey Canada and the Canadian provinces put these events on. However…

Sometimes it appears the ‘importance’ of these event for college coaches gets lost in the mix. Let’s face it, NCAA coaches come to these events and leave making six-figure type decisions that will impact lives and livelihoods based on what they saw at these events. For decades now, NCAA programs have helped produce Team USA and Hockey Canada’s olympic and World Championship rosters. There is a lot at stake. The money alone that gets decided on out of these events is a lot. I’d be willing to bet in the U18 select camp alone, when all the college commitments and scholarship/financial aid offers get made, there was close to $12 million dollars on the ice this week. Not to mention what the 16/17 camp was worth. Heck, if every D-I scholarship or financial aid offer was an average of $40K per year, D-I alone commands about $40 million a year with 42 teams.

Camps are a ton of work, and you can’t make everyone happy. But when 5 on 5 play is only close to 70% or less of game play or a goalie session gets cancelled on the last day of camp and no one outside of USA Hockey knows about it, or roster info doesn’t get distributed until a certain point in an event… lack of those things matters. If the NCAA ever deregulates camps/clinics rules to allow coaches to hold invite only events, perhaps NCAA coaches will band together and organize their own best-on-best events themselves. But until then, with all that money & opportunity on the line, it would be nice to see a different thought process where everything matters.

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21-22 Graduate Transfer Data

Last December, our Pipeline Blog Post had grad transfer data… rosters by team of graduate transfer players and statistics through the end of November. You can check it out here. Now that the season has ended, here is the the data for the 21-22 season which you can find HERE.

In all, 80 grad transfer players found their way on to D-I rosters this year. In a typical year, that’s about 1/3 of a incoming recruiting class across D-I. That means, 80 incoming freshman may not have had a spot. In addition to the 80 – 5th year grad transfers, who have now exhausted their NCAA eligibility, there are 200 or so Seniors graduating. That means the pool of next year 5th year grad transfers will come from this pool… but it won’t be all 200. 1) Seniors from Post, St. Mike’s, St. Anselms, RPI, Union, and all 6 Ivy League schools were not eligible for a 5th year. Players needed to be on a college hockey roster in 20-21 in order to get a ‘COVID 5th year’ from the NCAA.

In all, it looks like the grad transfer players were pretty productive with 18.5 points per player. 7.13 goals and 11.36 assists per player. Goalies averaged a save % of .926, GAA of 2.10, and 11.1 wins.

Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • USA Hockey Moving On??? With the end of USA Hockey’s Nat’l Dev. Summer Camps in St. Cloud… we’re hearing rumblings it may indeed be the actual end of camps for USA Hockey in St. Cloud. Rumor is bids are being taken or will be, to host future camps. St. Cloud offered a nice combo of 2 sheets of ice, dorms, dining halls, and all the other services USA Hockey likes/needed to run its operation. No word on possible locations. That said, Lake Placid please???
  • Best-of-Three In CHA… College Hockey America is changing its post-season playoff format to include the top four team in a 1v4 and 2v3 – best two-out-of-three format hosted by the high seed. Semi-final winners will move on to play a 1-game CHA Championship Game hosted by the highest remaining seed.
  • ECAC Hires New Associate Commissioner… Nick Sczerbinski has been named new ECAC Associate Commissioner announced by the league office. Sczerbinski is no stranger to the ECAC having graduated from and worked in the athletic department at Quinnipiac University where he was associate athletic director for athletic communications. You can read more on his hiring HERE.
  • WCHA Hires Interim Commissioner… With Jennifer Flowers departing the WCHA to take an Athletic Director position at Southwest Minnesota State University, the WCHA announced on July 5th former Bemidji State Athletic Director Tracy Dill, has been hired by the league on an interim basis and will begin his duties August 1. In its press release, the WCHA sighted the NCAA’s uncertainty with de-regulation and what the role of a commissioner or conference may be in the near future. You can read more on his hiring HERE. Rob DeGregorio, commissioner of the CHA and NEWHA will also step down as of the end of this coming season. The D-I landscape of commissioners will look very different at the end of next season.
  • NCAA D-III Passes Legislation… Recently passed legislation at D-III will impact women’s ice hockey for the coming season. The biggest of which is the D-III National Championship Tournament will now be at 11 teams, up 1, from 10. You can read the NCAA’s official announcement HERE. Now the D-I and D-III national championships will have the same amount of teams – 11.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #72 – 7/19/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing, Coaching Changes, Sifters


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3A…

  • Episode #3A Part I – Is Now LIVE|The Recap

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Recruiting In Full Swing

We are exactly 1-month into D-I coaches being allowed to initiate direct contact with recruits and family members (phone/email/text/social media), who are entering grade 11 next Fall. D-I coaches are also back on the recruiting trail as of June 1. The ‘Recruiting Ramp-Up’ bas we call it brings a lot of intrigue, excitement, as well as some heartache too. Over the next few days we’ll dive-in and give you a run-down of what we are hearing from D-I coaches about their first contacts with recruits, the changing landscape of recruiting events this summer, and an introduction to the NCAA Transformation Committee: What is it, why it was created, what they have been charge to do, and how college athletics… namely women’s college hockey… will be impacted.

On The Phones, 1st Contacts, and Information Overload… It seems not as many verbal commitments are happening out of the gate as perhaps in years passed. Word from a lot of NCAA coaches we’ve talked to is players are interested in taking their time before pulling the trigger on a verbal commitment. Why? They want to visit campus as a part of their decision making process. We say hallelujah to that. Perhaps the pandemic had something to do with the delay in commitments? Not many families were able or flat-out decided – not to travel and visit campuses. It’s nice to actually hear a majority of players want to do their homework. Not all have though. There have been some early commitments, but far less that usual.

In our conversations w/ Club & high school coaches, they are indicating many parents/players are finding themselves under-prepared for the volume of calls, types of conversations players and parents are having, and are a bit overwhelmed. This is very typical to be honest. There is SO much info to wrap ones head around on these types of calls. If you’re a really good player, just imagine fielding 10, 20, 30, 35+ calls, emails, texts on June 15th. That’s a lot of time on the phone and a lot of info to keep track of. There are sales professional who don’t experience that kind of workload.

Unless recruits & their parents have had someone else in the family or a best friend go through the process, you would have no idea what was about to come your way June 15. There are some club/high school coaches who help their players with what to expect in terms of the types of questions they could get and what to be prepared for – but it’s rare to find this. Most recruits & families have no idea how many programs are going to try and get in touch with them. But when schools do, you need to be prepared. There are some best practices we recommend – outlined below… whether it’s a D-I or D-III program reaching out – makes absolutely no difference.

Recruiting Calls – Best Practices

  • Create a plan to organize call info… use a notebook, laptop/computer, phone – however best works for you, but find way to keep track what you talk about w/ each school and coach. After the call is over, write down your initial thoughts, good or bad and any next steps discussed.
  • Know what comes next with that school now that you’ve had that initial phone call by asking, ‘Ah, Coach, what happens next in your process, how do we move forward from here?’ That is assuming you have interest in that school. Knowing what you want to happen next also helps b/c a coach might just turn the question back at you for direction.
  • Do your research… look online at each school/hockey program after your call. May be you go visit campus on your own without the coaching staff. If you’re really interested in the school, reach out to an alum parent/player to ask questions and get a first-hand account of someones experience (social media is great for getting in touch w/ former players/parents!), Check-out the roster and gauge avail spots that may open up due to graduation. 
  • Have a list of questions ready to ask… how many players at my position are you recruiting for? Have you made any offers yet? Have any commitments? When do you typically make offers? What kind of grades do I need to get in, etc. Having a list of questions ready to go makes you seem interested and prepared – and coaches love players who give some thought to the school/hockey program they’re engaging with.
  • Think about answers to questions you could get asked so you know how to respond… “Well Susie, we’re all for full this year, but we’d love to take you in our class of ’25, how would you feel about taking a gap year??—is a very real question you could get. I know you played Center last year, what about a year or two on D for us? How would you feel if you didn’t play much and had to wait a bit for regular playing time? Would you commit right now on the phone to us? What major are you looking for? What other schools are on your list? All of these could potentially get asked. Again, doing your homework and having answers tells coaches you’ve actually thought about these scenarios and are prepared.

Bottom line, be organized and prepare for what could happen. This type of prep. work will show well to any coach!

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Plenty of Coaching Changes

Last year we saw upwards of over 50 coaching changes across D-I/D-III, which we kept track of and can be found HERE. We’re doing the same this summer as well and we’re already at 61 & counting. You can find our ’22-’23 Coaching Changes Tracker Document of to date – HERE.

Here are a few takeaways…

  • Leaving the NCAA Coaching Profession to Play Pro… Thus far, 3 D-I assistants have left the coaching profession to sign pro deals in the PHF. Former Assistant coaches Breanne Wilson-Bennet of Union College, Melissa Samoskevich of Penn State, and Claudia Kepler of Syracuse have all moved on from coaching to play in the PHF. With the Premier Hockey Federation’s salary cap jumping to $750,000 this season and teams having to spend at least 75% of their cap, players are now positioned to make more than ever before. We thought this might be something that would occur if/when salaries and the $ became enticing enough for female Coaches who weren’t finished with their playing days. The ability to play has a shelf-life, obviously. It will be interesting to see if more NCAA teams will lose staff to not only play professionally, but perhaps to other coaching opportunities on the men’s pro-side as well.
  • It has been a very active season for coaching and professional staff changes. There have been 6 D-I head coaching hires which was 1 more than last year. Two of which are newer programs basically starting from the ground up in Robert Morris University and Assumption College. I say basically ‘starting up’ because both Assumption and Robert Morris do have some kind of history as they aren’t totally brand new programs.
  • As always, there are a few dominos that fall which create additional positions that need to be filled when current open positions get filled by coaches already coaching at a different school. When this happens, it tells us coaches are getting ‘recycled’, a common trend you see in the NHL and at all levels of hockey really. It also means very few ‘newbies’ are getting their chance to get into the game. Tough to tell what the applicant pools were for each position.

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Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • New Programs Set to Grow The Game… As documented in our 22-23 Coaching Changes Tracker, there are some new programs at D-I and D-III slated to come on board as soon as this season. Robert Morris University is in the midst of their reboot and will enter the CHA, its previous conference home, for the ’23-’24 season. Assumption University will elevate it’s ACHA club program to full NCAA D-II/D-I varsity status for ’23-’24 and have already inked a conference – The NEWHA and will be it’s 8th member. Stonehill College is a new program and will begin play this coming Fall in the NEWHA as its 7th member. Hilbert College, near Buffalo, NY will begin play this coming fall as a D-III program.
  • Women’s Hockey Makes Maccabiah Games Debut… Women’s Ice Hockey will make its inaugural appearance at this years games, thanks in large part to former Northeastern Grad Chelsea Goldberg. You can read the full story HERE in the Hockey News of how the event came to be.
  • New NCAA Rule Changes… Every two years the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee puts forth recommendations for new rules to take effect. the 22-23 season is such a year and there are a few new rules that if voted on (which should be known soon), will go into effect for the coming season. You can read what those new purposed rules are HERE
  • More Women Hired In Professional Men’s Hockey… Some very high profile female hires were made recently from the AHL to the NHL. This article is fantastic and documents how these opportunities are happening. It’s not by mistake thanks to the NHLCA. Read HERE.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & 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 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.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #71 – 6/21/22 Episode#2 of TWCHP is NOW LIVE!

In This Post…

  • Episode #2 Now LIVE|Interview w/ Logan Bittle, Head Coach at Robert Morris University

Grant sits down with Logan Bittle, newly named head coach of Robert Morris University on of Feb. 3, 2022. Grant and Logan reflect on how Logan got into coaching, the tragic announcement of both the women’s & men’s ice hockey programs being cut, and the programs’ subsequent resurrection. Enjoy!


The Women’s College Hockey Podcast… our goal is three-fold. 1) Inform 2) Educate and 3) Promote NCAA D-I and D-III College Hockey. It’s that simple. We’ll recap all the major headlines as we analyze trending topics and storylines impacting the game today. You’ll hear everything from how NCAA coaches are trying to improve the path for youth hockey players to play NCAA college hockey, advice on navigating the recruiting process, to interviews with the sports most impactful influencers, as well as colorful banter on anything that insects with women’s college hockey.

thewomenscollegehockeypodcast@gmail.com

Stay tuned. Episodes will be dropping soon and available on all the major podcast platforms.

Until Next Time… Enjoy and Happy Listening!


-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #70 – 5/12/22 Major Podcast Announcement!

In This Post…

  • WCH.org to Produce It’s Very Own Podcast |

Women’s College Hockey.org to Produce Podcast. Coming Spring of ’22

Filling A Void

As many of you may know from our social media posts, we have announced plans to produce our very own podcast!

We didn’t want to leave any doubt as to the nature of what our Pod would be about – so it’s all in the name.

The Women’s College Hockey Podcast… our goal is three-fold. 1) Inform 2) Educate and 3) Provide you – the listener – with access to some of the sports biggest personalities. We’ll recap all the major headlines as we analyze trending topics and storylines impacting the game today. You’ll hear everything from how NCAA coaches are trying to improve amateur & college hockey, advice for parents and players navigating the recruiting process, to interviews with the sports most impactful influencers, as well as colorful banter on anything that insects with women’s college hockey.

Why a podcast? It seems like the next logical step in helping promote the sport from the WCH.org vantage point. We have our Pipeline Blog (which isn’t going away… may be a ‘Blog-Cast’ instead???), we have our website, and – to our surprise – there is isn’t a podcast dedicated to covering women’s college hockey!!!!  So, we thought, okay… time to step up. Women’s college hockey needs all the promotion it can get. Plus, what else would you want to listen to with all that time spent in the car on the way to practice and games, right? Ha.

Be sure to click the link above or below which takes you to our Podcast website page and subscribe! Why? You’ll receive episodes before the general public does, that’s why. It’s always better to be first!

The Women’s College Hockey Podcast Subscription Link (scroll to bottom of page)

Have an idea for an episode or a comment to share? Email our podcast team directly at: thewomenscollegehockeypodcast@gmail.com

Stay tuned. Episodes will be dropping soon and available on all the major podcast platforms.

Happy listening!

Until Next Time…


-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #69 – 3/12/22 – NCAA Tourney Update – Quinnipiac, MN-Duluth, Wisconsin Advance, D-III Tourney Underway

In This Post…

  • D-I NCAA Tournament Update |
  • D-III NCAA Tourney Underway |
  • D-I and D-III Viewing Links |

D-I 2022 NCAA Tourney Update

The Bracket

Quinnipiac, MN-Duluth, and Wisconsin Advance

Quinnipiac scored 2 goals in the 2nd period and 2 in the 3rd, including an empty-netter for a 4-0 victory vs. Syracuse. The bobcats will now face #1 tournament seed Ohio State Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four. Corrine Schroeder got the shutout and made 16 stops. Adzija, Mobley, and Boyd each had 2 points a piece to pace the Bobcats.

MN-Duluth forward Gabbie Hughes needed just 39 seconds to put Duluth up 1-0 on the Crimson and they never looked back en route to a 4-0 win over Harvard in Minneapolis last night. Hughes would go on to score two more goals to complete the hat-trick while 5th yer senior and Top 10 Patty Kaz finalist Elizabeth Giguere chipped in with 3 assists of her own. Anna Klein would 2 assists as well. Duluth’s Soderberg picked up the shutout making 27 saves.

Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period and scored an empty net goal to secure a 3-1 win for the Badgers. Clarkson cut the lead to 1 on an extra-attacker goal with 2:01 remaining Almost half the game was played on special teams as a total of 26 minutes in penalties were called. Clarkson outshot Wisconsin 31-25. Wisconsin moves on to play the #3 overall seed Northeastern in a rematch of last years national championship game.

D-III NCAA Tourney Underway

The Division III NCAA National Championships got underway as well this week. Here’s everything you need to know.

You can watch the selection show HERE.

7 conferences give ‘Auto Bids’ to their post-season playoff champions. Those are below. 3 additional schools receive bids based on their season record and body of work. Those schools receive an ‘At-Large’ invitation to the tournament.

CONFERENCESCHOOL
Commonwealth Coast ConferenceEndicott
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceGustavus Adolphus
New England Hockey ConferenceElmira
New England Small College Athletic ConferenceMiddlebury
Northeast Women’s Hockey LeaguePlattsburgh State
United Collegiate Hockey ConferenceNazareth
Women’s Northern Collegiate Hockey AssociationAurora

The three institutions selected from Pool C were ColbyUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Bracket

Schedule

March 9 – First Round

Aurora University 0 @ UW-River Falls 7

UW-Eau Claire 0 @ Gust-Adolphus 3

March 12 – Quarterfinals

#8 Endicott @ #1 Middlebury, 3PM EST

#9 Colby @ #2 Plattsburgh, 3PM EST

#3 Elmira @ #6 Nazareth, 3Pm EST

#5 Gustavus @ #4 UW-River Falls, 3:05PM CST

Sifters

2 Minutes For Delay of Game… The women’s hockey spotlight is now firmly on the NCAA D-I tournament with its expanded 11-team field. Not only are three more teams added, but the tournament selection show was aired for the first time ever on national television via ESPN News last Sunday. The D-I game is evolving. Coverage of women’s NCAA hockey, D-I or D-III, has been hard to come by consistently in one spot. One hockey media outlet, USCHO.com, which stands for US College Hockey Online, does its best to cover both NCAA divisions. But even their women’s hockey coverage is sporadic.

With three NCAA tournament games played last night, over 50% of the field, one might expect a bit of coverage from the likes of a USCHO. Yet when you go to the USCHO.com homepage, there’s nothing about any of the three games. Heck, there isn’t anything on the women’s D-I homepage either. Seems like it should be US Men’s College Hockey Online, right? The only place I can find coverage or recaps from a national type media entity is from The Ice Garden, which is a blog that covers not only NCAA D-I hockey but professional leagues like the PHF.

The need for national coverage of Women’s D-I and D-III hockey only helps the sport top to bottom. There are so many great college players, coaches, rivalries, human interest stories, etc. NCAA Women’s Hockey deserves timely, quality, and consistent coverage.

Stream/Viewing Info for D-I & D-III Games today

Wisconsin vs. #3 Northeastern, 1pm EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

#5 Yale vs. #4 Colgate, 3pm EST. It’s been hard to find viewing info, until now. ESPN+ will carry the game according to its website. You can click HERE to subscribe.

MN-Duluth vs. #2 Minnesota – 2pm CST/3PM EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

Quinnipiac vs. #1 Ohio State, 5pm EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

D-III NCAA Tournament Game Viewing Options…

Endicott vs Middlebury, 3pm EST – Watch Here.

Elmira vs. Nazareth, 3pm – Watch HERE.

Colby vs. Plattsburgh, 2:45pm EST – Watch HERE.

Gustavus vs. UW-River Falls, 3PM EST / 2pm CST – Watch Here.

Enjoy the viewing!

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #68 – 3/10/22 – Weekly Schedule, Polls, NCAA Tourney Preview, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the ‘Power 10’ national polls|
  • NCAA Tourney Preview|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s college hockey|

D-I Weekly Schedule

Thursday March 10th, 2022

Minneapolis Regional – Harvard vs. Minnesota-Duluth 7pm EST. WATCH B1G+ (FREE)

Columbus Regional – Syracuse vs. Quinnipiac 6pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Boston Regional – Clarkson vs. Wisconsin 7pm EST. Watch – SportsLive (FREE)

Friday March 11, 2022 – DAY OFF

Saturday March 12, 2022

Boston Regional Final – Clarkson/Wisco winner vs. #3 Northeastern 1pm EST. Watch – SportsLive (FREE)

Hamilton Regional Final – #5Yale vs. #4 Colgate 3pm EST. Watch – NCAA.com

Minneapolis Regional Final – Harvard/MN-Duluth winner vs #2 Minnesota 3pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Columbus Regional Final – Syracuse/Quinnipiac winner vs. #1 Ohio State 5pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

Evan’s last look at his Top 10 in D-I women’s college hockey came in Pipeline Post #65. You can find it HERE.

2022 NCAA Tourney Preview

The Bracket

Seedings

-5 teams are seeded, #1 Ohio State, #2 Minnesota, #3 Northeastern, #4 Colgate, and #5 Yale

-Seeds 1-5 get an automatic bye into the regional final. There are 4 regions: Columbus – Ohio State as the host, Minneapolis – Minnesota as the host, Boston – Northeastern as the host, and Hamilton, NY – Colgate as the hosts. Seeds 6-11 play a 1st round game with the winner moving on to the regional final.

-The top 5 teams, by virtue of their pairwise rankings after all post-season playoff championships were completed, received seeds 1-5. Using the pairwise rankings as the seeding method was determined by the 2022 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament Committee.

How They Got There

There are 4 automatic qualifiers for the 4 D-I conference playoff champions that award ‘Auto-bids’ and 7 ‘At-Large’ bids awarded that make up the 11-team NCAA Tournament field.

-#1 Ohio State, received the WCHA automatic qualifier by winning the WCHA playoff championship 3-2 in OT vs. Minnesota and ranked #1 in the pairwise.

-#2 Minnesota received an At-Large bid and ranked 2nd in the pairwise rankings.

-#3 Northeastern University, received the Hockey East automatic qualifier by winning the Hockey East Playoff championship vs. UCONN 3-1 and ranked #3 in the pairwise.

-#4 Colgate University, received the ECAC Automatic qualifier by winning the ECAC playoff championship over Yale 2-1 in overtime and ranked #4 in the pairwise.

-#5 Yale University, received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 5th in the pairwise rankings. Yale lost to Colgate in the ECAC Championship game 2-1 in OT.

Syracuse University, received the College Hockey America Automatic qualifier by defeating Mercyhurst University in the CHA Championship 3-2 in overtime.

Quinnipiac University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 7th in the pairwise rankings. The Bobcats lost to Colgate 3-2 in the semifinals of the ECAC post-season tournament.

Wisconsin received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 6th in the pairwise rankings. The Badgers lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the WCHA post-season tournament.

Clarkson University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 10th in the pairwise rankings. The Green Knights lost to Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC post-season tournament.

Minnesota-Duluth received an ‘At-Large’ bid and is ranked 8th in the pairwise. The Bulldogs lost to Minnesota 5-1 in the WCHA post season tournament semifinals.

Harvard University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and is ranked 9th in the pairwise. The Crimson lost its first-round ECAC quarterfinal series to Princeton.

Sifters

Free Viewing… Nice to see first round NCAA games free to watch. Click the links above for info.

National Awards Season… This is the time of year when national players’ of the year, coach of the year, goaltender of the year, etc. get named. The 3 finalists for Goaltender of the Year in D-I have been announced–2 from the ECAC, St. Lawrence’s Lucy Morgan and Quinnipiac’s Corinne Schroeder. And from Hockey East, it was Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel. The winner will be announced March 17th.

USA Hockey Nationals Update… One of the last events for D-I college coaches to get some in-person evals in before the April-May quiet period takes place will be in Pittsburgh, PA as USA Hockey hosts its girls tier I national championships.

Tier I Schedule and Info can be found HERE. Tier II Schedule and Info can be found HERE. All games will be streamed live on HockeyTV.

Here is who we know to have made the field as of now… with still a few spots to doll out the next few weeks.

U14s – Qualified

Amherst Lady Knights

Cleveland Lady Barons

Detroit Little Caesars

FL Alliance

LA Lions

MN Green Giants

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Team North Dakota

4 more teams to qualify + 3 At Large Bids

Central District

Mass District

New England District

Rocky Mtn District

U16s – Qualified

Anaheim Lady Ducks

BK Selects Academy (Rochester Youth Hockey)

Detroit Belle Tire

East Coast Wizards

Gilmour Lancers

FL Alliance

MN Grey Sharks

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Team Colorado

Team North Dakota

2 more teams to qualify + 3 At Large Bids

Central District

New England District

U19’s – Qualified

Alaska All-stars

BK Selects Academy (Rochester Youth Hockey)

NAHA White – North American Hockey Academy

Detroit Little Caesars

Gilmour Lancers

FL Alliance

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Shattuck St. Mary’s (Prep)

3 more teams to qualify + 4 At Large Bids

Central District

New England District

Rocky Mtn District

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #67 – 3/6/22 – Pairwise & NCAA Tourney Selection Show Info

In This Post…

  • NCAA Pairwise Update as of Saturday March 5th
  • NCAA Championship Tournament Selection Show Details

Pairwise Update

Here is the latest Pairwise rankings as detailed by USCHO. Rankings are updated as of Sunday March 6th at just after 3am this morning.

There was one more game to be played this afternoon in the WCHA Final-Faceoff as Ohio State beat Minnesota in a #2 vs. #1 match-up. Ohio State erased a 2-goal deficit in the 3rd period to force overtime. It only took OSU 23 seconds into OT while on a PP to end it and win the WCHA Championship and the WCHA’s auto-bid to the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State and Minnesota are #1 and #2 respectively in the Pairwise, so not much movement should happen below them. It’s now up to the NCAA D-I tournament committee to work on sorting out the bracket & regional site team placements.

How To Watch Selection Show

The NCAA D-I National Collegiate Tournament Selection Show will air tonight, Sunday March 6, at 9pm EST. For the first time ever, it will be broadcast on television live via the ESPN News channel. Check local cable listings for where you can find ESPN News.

If you have access to the ESPN App, you can subscribe to ESPN+ and watch the selection show from there.

More on how to watch the selection show can be found HERE.

Be sure to tune in!

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #66 – 3/3/22 – Weekly Schedule, Polls, The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney, Conference Tourney Recap, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the ‘Power 10’ national polls|
  • The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s hockey|

D-I Weekly Schedule

We are going to try a new format for displaying the weekly schedule as well as games played with links to box scores. Formatting from USCHO.com is not kind to mobile users. So to help, we will be using the links CHN – College Hockey News.


It’s ‘Final-Four’ Weekend for NEWHA, ECAC, Hockey East, and WCHA… The CHA completed its post-season playoff championship last weekend with Syracuse beating Mercyhurst in the final 3-2 in OT. The NEWHA, ECAC, Hockey East, and WCHA are all down to its ‘Final-Four’ championship weekend. The NEWHA held quarterfinal games Tuesday. Hockey East played its Semifinal games last night. The NEWHA and ECAC championship weekends have semifinals Friday and championships Saturday. The WCHA final-four championship weekend is Saturday/Sunday. All schedules are below:

Make sure to scroll down

Tuesday, March 1

NEWHA Quarterfinals #6 St. Michael’s 1 @ #3 St. Anselm 2

NEWHA Quarterfinals #5 Post 2 @ #4 Sacred Heart 5

Wednesday, March 2

Hockey East Semifinal #3 UCONN 3 @ #2 Vermont 1, HIGHLIGHTS

Hockey East Semifinal #5 Maine 1 @ #1 Northeastern 3, HIGHLIGHTS are ⬇️

Friday, March 4

NEWHA Semifinal #4 Sacred Heart vs. #1 Franklin Pierce 3PM Hosted By Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

NEWHA Semifinal #3 St. Anselm vs. #2 Long Island Univ. 7PM Hosted by Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

ECAC Semifinal #8 Princeton vs. # 2 Yale 3PM, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream

ECAC Semifinal #4 Quinnipiac vs. #3 Colgate, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream

Saturday, March 5

NEWHA Championship TBD, 7PM Hosted By Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

ECAC Championship TBD, 3PM EST, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream in USA, Outside USA

Hockey East Championship TBD, 7PM, @ TBD Campus site of highest remaining seed, TV-NESN+

WCHA Semifinal #4 MN-Duluth vs. #1 Minnesota, 1:07PM CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

WCHA Semifinal #3 Wisconsin vs. #2 Ohio State, 4:07PM CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

Sunday, March 6

WCHA Championship TBD, 1Pm CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 9PM EST, TV-ESPN NEWS Channel, Stream Info Coming Soon


Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

Evan’s last look at his Top 10 in D-I women’s college hockey came in last week’s Pipeline Post #65. You can find it HERE.

The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney

The Pairwise

In a Jan. 8th post of the Pipeline we introduced what is known as the Pairwise rankings. ‘The PWR’ or ‘The Pairwise’ as it’s known in NCAA hockey circles, is a way to rank teams that play an unbalanced schedule based on a specific mathematical formula. We use the USCHO.com iteration of the Pairwise rankings which can be found online HERE.

Why are the Pairwise Rankings important? It is what the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee will use will determine the 11-team field for the NCAA Tournament. And this year, the committee is strictly going by the math and not subjectivity. The Committee will conviene Sunday March 6th and crunch the numbers to announce the 11-teams going to the NCAA Tournament.

Contrary to what many may think, the USCHO.com top 10 poll that comes out each week or any other media poll that exists, has no bearing on who makes the NCAA tournament. Those polls are for media purposes only and not used by the D-I NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Committee.

Making The NCAA Tournament, Auto & At-Large Bids

There are two ways to make the NCAA Tournament’s 11-team field. Receive your conference’s automatic bid by winning the conference post-season playoff championship – or – have a high enough Pairwise Ranking to fall within the top 11 teams and receive an ‘At-Large’ bid.

There are 5 D-I conferences. 4 of the 11 bids come from conference post season playoff tournament championship Auto Bids. The other 7 are ‘At-Large Bids. The NEWHA does not have an automatic bid until the 22-23 season by virtue of an NCAA rule which stipulates conferences must compete with 6 teams for two full seasons before getting an automatic bid. The NCAA determined the 20-21 COVID season did not count as a full season for the NEWHA while only 2 NEWHA teams played games.

The CHA, which was a 6 team conference until it lost member Robert Morris University when the school shut-down the program in May of 2021, is allowed to retain its auto bid for a period of two years. The CHA would lose its auto bid if it were unable to get a 6th team beginning with the 23-24 season.

After the 11-team tournament field has been selected, then the fun begins in putting together 4 regional sites. To learn more about how the selection process works and how regional sites will be determined – click here for the 2022 NCAA Pre-Championship Manual.

Below is the USCHO.com Pairwise rankings as of Wednesday March 2, 2022.

Sifters…

#8 Outlasts #1 In ECAC… For the first time in the 20-year history of the ECAC Playoff Championship Tournament, the #8 seed Princeton Tigers knocked off the #1 seed Harvard Crimson. The Tigers won game one 3-2, lost game two 2-1 in overtime, but won the third and deciding game, 3-2. #8 Princeton will play #2 Yale in the first ECAC Semifinal set for 3Pm Friday. #2 seed Yale also went the distance in its first-round quarterfinal series with #7 seed St. Lawrence.

Top 10 Patty Kaz Announced… The 10 Patty Kaz finalists were announced today by USA Hockey.

The WCHA leads the way with 6 finalists while Hockey East landed 4. No one from the ECAC, CHA, or NEWHA made the cut. Northeastern leads the way with 3 players themselves,Minnesota and Wisconsin with 2 each. Ohio St., MN-Duluth, and Vermont each have 1. Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel, last year’s Patty Kaz winner, is a finalist this year.

The Patty will be awarded on the NHL Network March 27 in a special on-air television presentation. The top-3 finalists will be announced March 17th during the Women’s Frozen Four National Championship.

Possible NCAA Recruiting Rule Changes… As the NCAA often does each year, proposals for various rule changes in a variety of areas like recruiting, financial aid, eligibility etc., are announced and then voted on in April to become legislated. The following rule proposals were just announced and will be voted on in April.

  • Amend the trigger for student-athlete status to align with the approach authorized by waivers the past two academic years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • An individual would remain a prospective student-athlete until the individual signs a National Letter of Intent or the school’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the school receives the individual’s financial deposit in response to its offer of admission and completes all high school graduation requirements or all transfer academic eligibility requirements.
  • An individual would revert to prospective student-athlete status if the individual does not attend classes at the beginning of the first full-time regular academic term after the individual completes all high school graduation requirements or all transfer academic eligibility requirements.
  • Specify a school shall not provide more than two consecutive nights of lodging to a prospective student-athlete in conjunction with an official visit.
  • Eliminate the limitation on the number of official visits a prospective student-athlete may take.
  • Specify that in sports other than basketball, contact may not be made with a prospective student-athlete during the time of day when classes are in session at their school.

WCH Spring Recruiting Event List… Coming shortly will be our WCH Spring/Summer Recruiting Event List. We’ll keep track of all showcases, camps/clinics, and recruiting events from March until the end of August across North America & beyond we’re aware of. We’ll post a link with event names, dates, and locations along with links to info if provided. For any coaches who want their event listed, please fill out our online form and we’ll be sure to list it. You can find it HERE.

Changes to Camps & Clinics for D-I Schools… In an effort to curb early recruiting tactics by college coaches in sports other than women’s basketball, the NCAA has legislated new ‘Institutional’ camp/clinic rules which took effect in January of 2022. ‘Institutional Camps/Clinics’ are now only allowed to be conducted during the months of June, July, August and December to Feb. 1. Institutional camps/clinics are not allowed outside of that time period.

Institutional camps and clinics are defined as those 1) owned/operated by a D-I coach or the institution institution itself and 2) where participants are classified as prospective student-athletes and have entered grade 9.

This new legislation does not impact Institutional Camps/Clinics where the participants are in grade 8 & below or the ability of college coaches to work for privately owned camps/clinics.

What’s Next For Women’s Hockey… It seems like the sport has this conversation after every Olympics. One would think with over 6 million viewers world-wide for the Gold Medal game, there is a way to harness a sustainable viewing audience for our sports best during the regular hockey season. Word came this week of something in the works. Yahoo Sports’ Justin Cuthbert & Co. bat around whats needed for a viable pro league:

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #65 – 2/24/22 – Weekly Schedule, Top 10 Polls, The Pairwise, Conference Playoffs, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We take a look at the D-I schedule|
  • Weekly Top 10 National Polls – USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the NCAA’s ‘Power 10’|
  • Pairwise Rankings |
  • D-I Conference Playoffs|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s college hockey & beyond|

D-I Weekly Schedule

We are going to try a new format for displaying the weekly schedule as well as games played with links to box scores. Formatting from USCHO.com is not kind to mobile users. So to help, we will be using the links CHN – College Hockey News.


The regular season has ended for 4 out of the 5 D-I conferences. The NEWHA still has one more regular season weekend to complete. Hockey East kicked off the Conference Tournament season Wednesday with two games. Here’s the weekly schedule.

Make sure to scroll down

Monday Feb. 21, 2022

NEWHA, LIU 6 @ St. Michael’s 0

Tuesday Feb. 22, 2022

NEWHA, LIU 5 @ St. Michael’s 1

Wednesday Feb. 23, 2022

Hockey East, #9 Merrimack @ #8 UNH 7pm, Opening Round – Merrimack wins 4-1

Hockey East, #10 Holy Cross @ #7 Providence 7pm, Opening Round, Providence wins 3-1

Thursday Feb. 24, 2022

CHA Quarterfinal, #5 RIT vs. #4 Lindenwood 4pm, Hosted @ Syracuse

Friday Feb 25, 2022

NEWHA, Post @ LIU 3pm

NEWHA, Franklin Pierce @ Sacred Heart 4pm

NEWHA, Saint Michael’s @ St. Anselm, 7pm

Hockey East Quarterfinal, #5 Maine @ #4 Boston College, 1pm (NESN)

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 1, #5 Clarkson @ #4 Quinnipiac, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 1, #8 Princeton @ #1 Harvard, 6pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 1, #7 St.Lawrence @ #2 Yale, 6pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 1, #6 Cornell @ #3 Colgate, 6pm

CHA Semi-Final, RIT/Lindenwood vs. Syracuse, 12pm, Hosted @ Syracuse

CHA Semi-Final, #3 Mercyhurst vs. #2 Penn State, 4pm, Hosted @ Syracuse

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 1, #5 Minnesota State @ #4 MN-Duluth, 2pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 1, #7 St. Cloud @ #2 Ohio St., 6pm EST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 1, #8 St. Thomas @ #1 Minnesota, 6pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 1, #6 Bemidji St. @ #3 Wisconsin, 7pm CST

Saturday Feb. 26, 2022

NEWHA, Franklin Pierce @ Sacred Heart, 2:30pm

NEWHA, Saint Michael’s @ St. Anselm, 3pm

NEWHA, LIU @ Post, 7:45pm

Hockey East Quarterfinal, TBD vs #2 Vermont, 12pm

Hockey East Quarterfinal, #6 Boston Univ. @ #3 UCONN, 3pm

Hockey East Quarterfinal, #TBD @ #1 Northeastern, 7:30pm (NESN+)

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 2, #5 Clarkson @ #4 Quinnipiac, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 2, #8 Princeton @ #1 Harvard, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 2, #7 St.Lawrence @ #2 Yale, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 2, #6 Cornell @ #3 Colgate, 3pm

CHA Championship, TBD vs. TBD, 2pm, Hosted @ Syracuse

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 2, #5 Minnesota State @ #4 MN-Duluth, 2pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 2, #7 St. Cloud @ #2 Ohio St., 3pm EST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 2, #8 St. Thomas @ #1 Minnesota, 3pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 2, #6 Bemidji St. @ #3 Wisconsin, 4pm CST

Sunday Feb 27, 2022

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #5 Clarkson @ #4 Quinnipiac, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #8 Princeton @ #1 Harvard, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #7 St.Lawrence @ #2 Yale, 3pm

ECAC Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #6 Cornell @ #3 Colgate, 3pm

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #5 Minnesota State @ #4 MN-Duluth, 2pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 2, #7 St. Cloud @ #2 Ohio St., 3pm EST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #8 St. Thomas @ #1 Minnesota, 2pm CST

WCHA Quarterfinal Game 3 (If Necessary), #6 Bemidji St. @ #3 Wisconsin, 2pm CST

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

What a regular season. 

The women’s college hockey regular season did not disappoint. Weekend after weekend, college hockey fans were treated to great individual and team performances. The best part was the ever-changing rankings every week due to the amount of parity inside the top 10. 

Let’s dive into the final Power 10 of the regular season. 

1. Minnesota (26-7-1) | Prev: 1 

The Golden Gophers finished the regular season with a sweep of St. Thomas, earning a pair of 7-1 wins. Minnesota was scorching hot in their final 15 games, going 13-2-0 with big wins over then-No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, then-No. 2 Ohio State and a sweep of then-No. 1 Wisconsin. Senior Taylor Heise posted five points on the weekend, bringing her season-total to 60 — good for first in the nation. 

2. Ohio State (25-6-0) | Prev: 3 

In the biggest series of the final weekend, Ohio State swept Wisconsin by scores of 5-1 and 2-1. Despite the close score in Game 2, Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 45-23. Junior forward Kenzie Hauswirth entered the weekend with only one goal on the season. She potted three on the weekend, including the game-winner on Saturday. With the sweep, the Buckeyes proved they’re the second-best team in the nation heading into the WCHA postseason and the national tournament. 

3. Northeastern (27-4-2) | Prev: 5

The Huskies move up a bit in the final rankings of the regular season after earning a 2-1 win over UNH and then going 1-0-1 against UConn this past weekend. It’s fitting that graduate student goalie Aerin Frankel ended the season with a 32-save shutout in the 5-0 win. Frankel finishes the regular season with the best goals against average (1.07) and save percentage (.956) in the country. She’ll be must-watch in the national tournament. 

4. Wisconsin (23-6-4) | Prev: 2 

The Badgers had a tough weekend at Ohio State, dropping both games and getting outplayed. In Wisconsin’s defense, they were only able to skate three forward lines. The star of the weekend for Wisconsin was backup goalie Cami Kronish. On Saturday, in just her third start of the season, she stopped 43 of 45 Ohio State shots in the 2-1 loss. Starter Kennedy Blair missed the game with an upper-body injury. 

5. Minnesota Duluth (22-9-1) | Prev: 4

The Bulldogs only move down a spot because I think the top four teams in college hockey are the four listed above. They faced St. Cloud State over the last week, going 2-0-1 against the Huskies. In the two wins, fifth-year Elizabeth Giguere and redshirt senior Naomi Rogge posted big weekends. Giguere had four assists, while Rogge registered two goals and a helper. 

Also, how about senior McKenzie Hewett winning the game with nine seconds to play on Senior Day?

6. Colgate (26-7-1) | Prev: 7 

Colgate moves up a spot after three big wins last week. The first was a 3-2 victory over Cornell, then a 2-1 win over then-No. 10 Clarkson. The Raiders finished off the weekend by beating St. Lawrence, 9-1. In the win over ranked Clarkson, Colgate got goals from senior Rosy Demers and sophomore Kalty Kaltounkova. Freshman goalie Hannah Murphy turned aside 39 of the 40 shots she faced. 

7. Harvard (21-7-1) | Prev: 8 

The Crimson ended their regular season with a 4-1 win over RPI and a 3-0 victory over Union. They got goals from sophomores Shannon Hollands and Courtney Hyland, senior Becca Gilmore, and first-year Taze Thompson in Game 1 and junior Kristin Della Rovere, senior Emma Buckles and senior Dominique Petrie in Game 2. Gilmore has put on an especially great season, potting 43 points in 29 games, which is good for first on her team and tied for 14th in the nation. 

8. Yale (22-6-1) | Prev: 6 

The Bulldogs fell to Quinnipiac, 4-1, on Friday, but finished strong with a 3-0 win at Princeton on Saturday. Sophomore Elle Hartje finished off a strong second season, posting a goal and an assist over the two games. She’s been dynamite this year, leading her team in points with 44. That number ranks 13th in the nation. Her two-way skills, matched with her production, project her to be an even greater force in the coming years. 

9. Quinnipiac (23-8-3) | Prev: 9 

The Bobcats earned a 4-0 win over RPI last Tuesday and then a strong 4-1 victory over then-No. 6 Yale. They finished off this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Brown on Saturday. In the win over the Bulldogs, Quinnipiac got goals from Renee Saltness, Kendall Cooper, Jess Schryver and Olivia Mobley. They also got a great game out of goalie Corinne Schroeder, who stopped 38 of 39 shots en route to the win. Schroeder’s save percentage of .946 is good for third in the nation, while her 1.43 GAA ranks sixth. 

10. Clarkson (22-9-3) | Prev: 10 

Clarkson ended its season with a 2-1 loss to Colgate and a 3-1 loss to Cornell. Despite ending on two-straight losses, Clarkson is the No. 10 team in the nation. The Golden Knights rank ninth in the country in both goals for (104) and goals against (59). They’ll face Quinnipiac in the ECAC quarterfinals this weekend. 

Pairwise Rankings & NCAA Tourney

The Pairwise

In a Jan. 8th post of the Pipeline we introduced what is known as the Pairwise rankings. ‘The PWR’ or ‘The Pairwise’ as it’s known in NCAA hockey circles, is a way to rank teams that play an unbalanced schedule based on a specific mathematical formula. We use the USCHO.com iteration of the Pairwise rankings which can be found online HERE.

Why are the Pairwise Rankings important? It is what the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee will use will determine the 11-team field for the NCAA Tournament. And this year, the committee is strictly going by the math and not subjectivity. The Committee will conviene Sunday March 6th and crunch the numbers to announce the 11-teams going to the NCAA Tournament.

Contrary to what many may think, the USCHO.com top 10 poll that comes out each week or any other media poll that exists, has no bearing on who makes the NCAA tournament. Those polls are for media purposes only and not used by the D-I NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Committee.

Making The NCAA Tournament, Auto & At-Large Bids

There are two ways to make the NCAA Tournament’s 11-team field. Receive your conference’s automatic bid by winning the conference post-season playoff championship – or – have a high enough Pairwise Ranking to fall within the top 11 teams and receive an ‘At-Large’ bid.

There are 5 D-I conferences and 11 teams that make the tournament. 4 of those bids come from conference Auto Bids. The other 7 are ‘At-Large Bids. Winners of the Hockey East, ECAC, College Hockey America, and WCHA post-season playoff championship receive the auto bids. You win, and you’re in. The NEWHA does not have an automatic bid until the 22-23 season by virtue of an NCAA rule which stipulates conferences must compete with 6 teams for two full seasons before getting an automatic bid. The NCAA determined the 20-21 COVID season did not count as a full season for the NEWHA while only 2 NEWHA teams played games.

The CHA, which was a 6 team conference until it lost member Robert Morris University when the school shut-down the program in May of 2021, is allowed to retain its auto bid for a period of two years. The CHA would lose its auto bid if it were unable to get a 6th team beginning with the 23-24 season.

Below is the USCHO.com Pairwise rankings as of Tuesday, Feb. 22 just past 8pm.

Conference Standings & Post-Season Structure

Below are the final regular season standings for each conference minus the NEWHA which has one more regular weekend of play this Friday and Saturday. Each conference’s post-season playoffs structure is described as well.

Hockey East Post-Season Playoff Format

For the first time ever, the Hockey East Women’s Tournament will feature all 10 member programs in a single-elimination postseason tournament for the Bertagna trophy. Seeds seven and eight will host seeds 10 and nine, respectively, in the Opening Round on Wednesday, February 23 while the top six seeds receive a bye into the Quarterfinals. After a reseeding, the top two seeds will host the winners of the Opening Round while the three seed will host the six seed and the four seed will host the five seed. Semifinals will take place on Wednesday, March 2 and the Championship is set for Saturday, March 5 in prime time for just the second time ever.

QUARTERFINALS, Best 2 Out of 3 Series – Feb. 25, 26 and 27 if necessary

No. 8 Princeton at No. 1 Harvard

Friday: 6 p.m., Saturday: 3 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

No. 7 St. Lawrence at No. 2 Yale

Friday: 6 p.m., Saturday: 3 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

No. 6 Cornell at No. 3 Colgate

Friday: 6 p.m., Saturday: 3 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

No. 5 Clarkson at No. 4 Quinnipiac

Friday: 3 p.m., Saturday: 3 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

SEMIFINALS & Championship – March 4 & 5

Teams TBD, Highest remaining seed to host, single elimination

The Championship will open on Feb. 24 with a quarterfinal match-up between No. 4 seed Lindenwood and No. 5 seed RIT. Thursday’s winner will advance to meet No. 1 seed Syracuse in the first semifinal on Feb. 25. No. 2 Penn State will then face. No. 3 Mercyhurst in Friday’s second semifinal with Friday’s winners advancing to Saturday’s final at 2 p.m. ET.

The winner of the 2022 CHA Championship will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.

As the 2021-22 WCHA regular season champion and Julianne Bye Cup winner, MInnesota is the tournament’s top seed and is set to host No. 8 St. Thomas. No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 7 St. Cloud State, No. 3 Wisconsin hosts No. 6 BEmidji State, while No. 4 MInnesota Duluth earned the final home ice advantage to host No. 5 MInnesota State.

The four winners of the best-of-three quarterfinals advances to the 2022 Final Faceoff, held March 5-6 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The winner of the 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff receives the League’s automatic bid into the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.

Pairings, locations, and start times for the Friday-Sunday, Feb. 25-27 best-of-three WCHA Quarterfinals:

No. 8 St. Thomas at No. 1 Minnesota (Ridder Arena – Minneapolis, Minn.)
Game 1 – Friday, Feb. 25: 6 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, Feb. 26: 4 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, Feb. 27: 2 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 7 St. Cloud State at No. 2 Ohio State (OSU Ice Rink – Columbus, Ohio)
Game 1 – Friday, Feb. 25: 5 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. ET
Game 2 – Saturday, Feb. 26: 2 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. ET
Game 3 – Sunday, Feb. 27: 2 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. ET (if necessary)

No. 6 Bemidji State at No. 3 Wisconsin (LaBahn Arena – Madison, Wis.)
Game 1 – Friday, Feb. 25: 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, Feb. 26: 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, Feb. 27: 2 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 5 Minnesota State at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (AMSOIL Arena – Duluth, Minn.)
Game 1 – Friday, Feb. 25: 2 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, Feb. 26: 2 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, Feb. 27: 2 p.m. (if necessary)

2022 WCHA FINAL FACEOFF

The premier conference tournament in women’s college hockey, the 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff will be held March 5-6, 2022 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Annually featuring a collection of the nation’s highest-ranked programs and best players, the WCHA’s four remaining teams will compete for the league’s playoff championship and automatic berth to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

The league’s top event and best weekend of the year for college hockey fans, the two-day 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff weekend is a celebration of the sport’s past, present, and future.

Saturday, March 5, 2022
Semifinal Game 1 – No. 1 remaining seed vs. No. 4 remaining seed: 1 p.m. CT
Semifinal Game 2 – No. 2 remaining seed vs. No. 3 remaining seed: 4 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 6, 2022
WCHA Championship – 1 p.m. CT

Sifters…

Robert Morris Names Head Coach… Former Robert Morris University Women’s Hockey Associate Head Coach Logan Bittle has been hired to re-boot the RMU program as its new Head Coach. Bittle’s announcement came Feb. 4th. You can read more about RMU’s new bench boss here ——-> USCHO.com Story, RMU Women’s Hockey Homepage Story

U18 Worlds Back On… News of the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship broke at the Olympics last week in a tweet by the IIHF.

You can read more in the IIHF announcement HERE.

6+ Million Watched… Over 3.54 million viewers in the US and 2.7 million in Canada tuned in to watch the Women’s Olympic Gold Medal game between the US and Canada. It was the most watched hockey game, at any level, in the US since 2019. Given the game was aired live at 11:10pm EST, you can bet those numbers would be bigger had the game been played at an earlier hour. Beijing is 13-hours ahead of EST. Lots of tired eyes the next day, mine included.

Topic for another post… So, there is a market. A large one. How does the sport tap into a meaningful % of those 6 million who watched on a regular basis… and not just once every 4 years.

Busy Spring for Recruiting… D-I college coaches will have a packed Spring in terms of recruiting events to get to before the NCAA Women’s Hockey ‘Quiet Period’ begins on April 18. USA Hockey National Development Camp tryouts, U.S. District Play-Downs, U.S. National Championships, as well as various US and Canadian Academy ID camps, Canadian league and Provincial Championships are just a few of the events on the calendar college coaches will get to. Coaches have approximately 9 weeks left for off-campus evaluations of recruits in grade 10 before the June 15 call date commences.

A NCAA ‘Quiet Period’ is defined as where NCAA coaches may not conduct any in-person, off-campus evaluations or conduct off-campus face-to-face contact with recruits or their family members from April 18 until June 1. Recruits who are in grade 11 & above may take unofficial visits and have face-to-face contact with coaches as long as it takes place on their campus. There is also a NCAA ‘Dead Period from noon March 17 to noon the 21st., which is defined as a period of time when no on or off-campus evaluations or face-to-face contact may be had. In addition, no unofficial or official visits may take place.

Buckle Up!

Help Women’s College Hockey, Go Attend A Game… For years the National Championship tournament has not had what coaches would call ‘True Bracket Integrity… meaning #1 plays #8, #2 plays #7 and so on. College coaches want that. The NCAA was more concerned with saving money, not flying teams to certain sites, then organizing a proper championship experience for teams. That mindset is somewhat gone in 2022 with an expanded field to 11 teams. However, part of the criteria the NCAA uses to determine who plays at each regional site, is based on the potential for a playoff atmosphere. A playoff atmosphere to the NCAA means fans in the stands and to get butts in the seats, means there has to be a local interest in the teams competing… to the NCAA anyway.

Potentially you could have at least two of three teams at a regional site who are geographical close in proximity to one another, without bracket integrity intact. May be you have the #1, #4, and #5 teams, rather than a schedule that protects the top seed.

So here is how you can help… Go attend NCAA regional tournament games no matter your affiliation with teams there. If you’re a fan of women’s college hockey – pack the stands and sell venues out. Make it so the attendance issue isn’t one the NCAA can hang its hat on to create a schedule where they can save money.

Better attendance helps ensure future NCAA tournaments have true bracket integrity and a better national championship experience for our student-athletes–which should be what matters most.

MN State HS Tourney Underway… There aren’t a lot of states who do a better job of putting on a state tournament than Minnesota. Class ‘A’ got underway yesterday and Class ‘AA’ gets underway today. All games are played at the Excel Energy Center, home to the MN Wild. You can watch all games HERE for FREE.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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 games 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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #64 – 1/8/22 – Weekly Schedule, Polls, The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO .com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, & the NCAA ‘Power 10’|
  • The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney|
  • COVID Thoughts |
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s college hockey|

D-I Weekly Schedule

We are going to try a new format for displaying the weekly schedule as well as games played with links to box scores. Formatting from USCHO.com is not kind to mobile users. So to help, we will be using the links CHN – College Hockey News.

As D-I teams are back from the holiday break, most anyway, so too are COVID related scheduling postponements and adjustments as COVID cases pile up within programs. Game status’ seem to change by the hour. It’s reminiscent of what happened last year around this same time. We’ll try to keep you updated on which games are impacted as much as we are able.

The composite schedules of each respective conference will probably have the most up to date scheduling change info – so just click the link for any conference’s composite schedule.

Conference Schedules
Hockey East
ECAC
NEWHA
CHA
WCHA
Make sure to scroll down

PPD = Postponed, CNCLD = Cancelled, TBD = To Be Determined

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

RIT vs. Sacred Heart, TBD

Merrimack vs. Northeastern

Holy Cross vs Maine, Saturday, PPD until Sunday Jan. 9th

Providence vs. New Hampshire

Clarkson vs. Princeton

Minnesota-Duluth vs. St. Cloud State, CNCLD

St. Lawrence vs. Quinnipiac, PPD, Make-up date TBD

Syracuse vs. Minnesota State, CNCLD

Connecticut vs. Vermont

Harvard vs. Colgate PPD to Saturday 1/8

Lindenwood vs. Ohio State

Rensselaer vs. Brown

Union vs. Yale PPD, PPD, Make-up date TBD

Long Island vs. Mercyhurst, TBD

Boston University vs. Boston College, PPD

Dartmouth vs. Cornell PPD to Saturday 1/8

Sacred Heart vs RIT, CNCLD

Saint Michael’s vs. Franklin Pierce, CNCLD

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022

Holy Cross vs Maine, PPD until Monday Jan. 10

UNION vs. Brown, PPD, Make-up date TBD

Brown vs. RPI (at Brown, RPI designated Home team)

Dartmouth vs Cornell

St. Lawrence vs. Princeton, PPD, Make-up date TBD

Clarkson vs. Quinnipiac

RPI vs. Yale, PPD, Make-up date TBD

Sacred Heart vs RIT, CNCLD

Long Island vs. Mercyhurst, TBD

Saint Michael’s vs. Franklin Pierce, CNCLD

Syracuse vs. Minnesota State, CNCLD

Minnesota-Duluth vs. St. Cloud State, CNCLD

St. Thomas vs. Minnesota

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022

Dartmouth vs. Colgate

Harvard vs, Cornell

St. Thomas vs. Minnesota

Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Harvard vs. Colgate

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

Also receiving votes: Harvard 8, Providence 1

January 3, 2022

The second half of the women’s college hockey season is underway, which means it’s time to get right back to the Power 10 rankings. 

Not every team was in action this past weekend, but the matchups of Wisconsin-Quinnipiac and Harvard-Minnesota Duluth were enough to release a fresh batch of rankings. 

One thing to note before we get started is that the “previous” on each section is from the final rankings of the first half and not the rankings of the first half as a whole

Let’s get started. 

1. Wisconsin (18-1-2) | Prev: 2 

Wisconsin is back in the saddle as the No. 1 team in the nation, and rightfully so. They took Quinnipiac down, 5-2, in Game 1 on Saturday and then skated to a 1-1 tie with the Bobcats Sunday. 

Sophomore forward Casey O’Brien potted a goal this past weekend, extending league-leading goal total to 21. She also added an assist, which brings her league-leading point total to 38. The sophomore was one of college hockey’s biggest offensive threats through the first half. It doesn’t look like anything’s changed in half No. 2. 

The Badgers are off this upcoming weekend, but will pick play up against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Jan. 10. 

2. Northeastern (16-2-1) | Prev: 1 

The Huskies didn’t play this past weekend and haven’t since Dec. 5. 

They’ll begin their second half this Friday against Merrimack. 

3. Ohio State (15-3-0) | Prev: 3 

Ohio State also didn’t play this past weekend. It will begin the second half this Friday against Lindenwood. 

4. Quinnipiac (15-2-3) | Prev: 6 

The Bobcats move up two spots in this Power 10 due to their 1-1 tie of Wisconsin in the second game. 

Goalie Corinne Schroeder was the biggest reason why Quinnipiac escaped with a tie. The graduate student turned aside 41 of Wisconsin’s 42 shots. Because of her performance, she won ECAC goalie of the week. Schroeder also owns the country’s second best save percentage (.959) and third-best goals against average (1.07). 

The Bobcats get right back at it this Friday against St. Lawrence. 

5. Minnesota (14-5-1) | Prev: 4 

The Golden Gophers didn’t play this past weekend. They open the second half this Saturday against St. Thomas. 

6. Minnesota Duluth (11-7-0) | Prev: 7 

The Bulldogs opened their second half with two solid wins over Harvard, taking down the Crimson, 5-2, in Game 1 and then, 4-3, in Game 2. 

Senior forward Gabbie Hughes potted four goals on the weekend, bringing her season-tally to 14, which is tied for fourth in the nation. Fifth-year Anna Klein chipped in with a two-goal weekend. 

Next up is a road series with St. Cloud State. 

7. Colgate (15-4-1) | Prev: 5 

Colgate didn’t play this past weekend. It opens the second half this Friday against Harvard. 

8. Yale (10-3-1) | Prev: 8 

Yale also didn’t play this past weekend. It opens the second half on Tuesday against Sacred Heart. 

9. Clarkson (15-2-3) | Prev: 10 

The Golden Knights didn’t play this past weekend. They open the second half this Friday against Princeton. 

10. Harvard (9-5-0) | Prev: 9 

Harvard opened its second half with two disappointing losses to Minnesota Duluth by scores of 5-2 and 4-3. Despite the two losses, Harvard stays ranked this week because the Bulldogs were the team that had the higher rank in their matchup. 

The Crimson get a chance to right the ship on Friday at Colgate. 

USCHO Division I PairWise Rankings

What is the PairWise and why are we including it?

The USCHO.com PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

For each comparison won, a team receives one point. The final PWR ranking is based on the number of points (comparisons) won against teams under consideration. Ties are settled by the RPI.

The PWR can be reformatted and redistributed by any media outlet or person, provided USCHO’s URL (https://www.uscho.com/) accompanies the results.

COVID Thoughts…

We Need to Figure This Out… Recent numbers of positive cases within college hockey programs have fueled game postponements and cancelations. A lot of people, and rightly so, are on edge. Coaches, players, conference commissioners, and school athletic and health administrators to name just a few. The CDC and now the NCAA have provided new guidance how how to manage life with COVID. The NCAA came out with a statement for winter sports Jan. 6, you can read it HERE.

From a scheduling standpoint, it seems like NCAA hockey is back to where it was last year around this time. No one will know if they are going to play until almost the very last minute. It seems like conference schedules are changing by the hour. But this time around, things are different.

For starters, most within a college hockey program has been vaccinated and or boosted. That was not the case last year. The CDC recently cut its quarantine time in half to 5 days for those who test positive. The new NCAA guidance follows that recommendation. Part of the problem with recommendations – they are just that – recommendations. There is no national NCAA COVID protocol standards forced upon schools. Each school can make up their own protocol how to decide who plays/coaches etc. Last season, if you tested positive, players/coaches/staff were out at minimum 10 days. And until a few days ago, the college hockey season had gone on with every program back playing a normal schedule. Not that there wasn’t the odd game postponement or player out due to COVID protocol. But the year was as normal as any could be with the pandemic still raging on.

Some schools/programs aren’t testing much at all – perhaps only if someone has symptoms. Others are testing all players & staff 2 or 3 times weekly. Different protocols are in place for different schools. At this very moment we’ve heard athletes who test positive at one school are out a min. 16 days while at other institutions it’s only 7 or the NCAA recommended 5 days. As of Friday Jan 7, there were 19 D-I Women’s games alone canceled or postponed, which tells me teams and conferences are getting more cases than their athletic/medical departments feel comfortable with. If D-I women’s and men’s basketball is any indication of how things are going to go for hockey. Most campuses don’t have all of their students back yet. Hockey could be a mess for the next 4-6 weeks before things can get back to normal.

Ultimately, I don’t feel we’ll go a place where the season gets cut short like the Spring of 2020. As with most things in life when there is a great unknown, caution reigns supreme. Science knows little about Omicron. And that means most school administrators/decision makers know just as little.

Sifters…

NCAA COVID Eligibility Update… The NCAA just updated its ‘Eligibility Center FAQ’ for D-I & D-II athletes entering college for next fall. With Schools such as Harvard responding to the pandemic by going ‘Test Optional’ in the admissions process over the next several years, perhaps the NCAA Eligibility Center will take a similar approach or evaluate its criteria on a year-by-year basis? I can’t imagine the NCAA requiring SAT/ACT scores in the future and Harvard and others do not.

You can read the NCAA’s Updated PDF below

Conference POW’s… Usually when you see the ‘POW’ one might think a list of each conferences ‘players’ of the week… not so in this case. Think of this segment as more of a VPOW – or Video Plays Of the Week.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #63 – 1/2/22 – Happy New Year, Weekly Schedule, Polls, Conf. Standings, Lots of Sifters

In This Post…

  • Happy New Year! |
  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the ‘Power 10’ national polls|
  • Conference Standings after the first half|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s college hockey|

Happy New Year!

2021 was an exciting and fun year at Women’s College Hockey.org. Just as the stock market ended the year in the positive, the readership of ‘The Pipeline’ Blog grew quite a bit as well. We ended the year with close to 20,000 unique individual visitors from 54 countries! Yes, I too was shocked to learn that. I had no idea we had that kind of reach. Now in fairness, 90-something % of our visitors are from the US and Canada. But still – people in 52 other countries are paying attention, which is awesome to see.

Several of you have taken the time to stop me in a rink recently to say a quick ‘thanks-for-doing-what-you’re-doing’… It’s extremely gratifying for me when that happens. So, to the nearly 20,000 of you who took the time to read a Pipeline post or watch a video – THANK YOU – it is truly appreciated. Keep the positivity coming. Here’s is to a great 2022!

D-I Weekly Schedule

We are going to try a new format for displaying the weekly schedule as well as games played with links to box scores. Formatting from USCHO.com is not kind to mobile users. So to help, we will be using the links CHN – College Hockey News.

D-I Upcoming Games

January 1, 2022

Minnesota-Duluth vs. Harvard

Quinnipiac vs. Wisconsin

RIT vs. Long Island

Syracuse vs. Boston University

Penn State vs. St. Cloud State

January 2, 2022

BU/Syra. vs. St. Cloud State

PSU/St. Cloud vs. Boston University

PSU/St. Cloud vs. Syracuse

Maine vs. Vermont

New Hampshire vs. Dartmouth

Quinnipiac vs. Wisconsin

Providence vs. Holy Cross

January 3, 2022

Long Island vs. Princeton

Providence vs. Boston College

January 4, 2022

Sacred Heart vs. Yale

Castleton vs. Saint Michael’s

January 7, 2022

RIT vs. Sacred Heart

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

DCU/USCHO Division I Women’s Poll – December 13, 2021

RnkTeamRecordPointsLast Poll
1Wisconsin (14)17-1-21491
2Ohio State15-3-01302
3Northeastern16-2-11163
4Quinnipiac (1)15-1-21085
5Minnesota14-5-1964
6Colgate15-4-1656
7Yale10-3-1597
8Minnesota Duluth9-7-0459
9Clarkson15-2-3348
10Harvard9-3-01910

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 3, Penn State 1

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

December 14, 2021

RANKTeamPointsLast PollRecordWeeks in Poll
1University of Wisconsin (19)190117-1-214
2Ohio State University163215-3-014
3Northeastern University143416-2-114
4Quinnipiac University133515-1-211
5University of Minnesota125314-5-114
6Colgate University80615-4-114
7University of Minnesota Duluth7179-7-014
8Yale University67810-3-14
9Clarkson University45915-2-37
10Harvard University21109-3-06

Others receiving votes: UConn 4, Providence 2, Penn State 1.

We’ve made it to the holiday break in women’s DI college hockey, which allows us a great chance to look back at the first half. 

This week’s Power 10 won’t just be focused on last weekend. Instead, I’m going to rank the best 10 teams from the first few months. 

Was it easy? Not really. This fall had some amazing games and upsets, making the job of putting together a top 10 a tough one. 

Nevertheless, let’s dive in. 

1. Wisconsin (17-1-2)

Admittedly, this wasn’t a hard decision. The Badgers were the best team in the first half and it’s not really close. 

For starters, they have the best offense in the country with 94 total goals. Even more impressive is that the top three point-getters in the country are all from Wisconsin — sophomore forwards Casey O’Brien (36) and Makenna Webster (35), as well as fifth-year forward Daryl Watts (34). This team just can’t stop scoring. 

The Badgers are also great defensively. They’re tied for third in the nation in goals against, having only allowed 22. Senior goalie Kennedy Blair has been outstanding in net, sporting the fourth-best goals-against average in the country (1.17). 

The quality wins so far for Wisconsin have come against Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State but really, Wisconsin is the team to beat in college hockey right now.  

2. Northeastern (16-2-1) 

The choice to put Northeastern over Ohio State was a tough one, but I went with the better defensive team at No. 2. 

The Huskies are the best defensive team in the nation. They’ve given up the least amount of goals against (18) and here’s a whopper — they’ve done it in just 19 games. That’s less than a goal against per game. A lot of that success has come from senior goalie Aerin Frankel, who ranks second in the nation in both save percentage (.962) and GAA (0.94). 

Offensively, senior forward Maureen Murphy leads the way with 24 points and senior defenseman Skylar Fontaine, one of the best defenders in college hockey, comes in with 22. Both have a large role on the nation’s fourth-best power play, which sits at a solid 28.5 percent. 

The quality wins so far have come against Boston College and Princeton. Much of the rest of their schedule comes against Hockey East opponents. 

3. Ohio State (15-3-0)

The Buckeyes are great at overpowering teams offensively, as is evident in their 91 total goals, which is good for second in the nation. It makes sense then that their power play is also second, coming in at 35.2 percent. 

A lot of that offense comes from junior forward Jennifer Gardiner and senior defenseman Sophie Jaques who both lead the team in points with 30 each. They’re also both tied for sixth in the nation in that category. Sophomore forward Jenna Buglioni and senior forward Clair DeGeorge come in right behind them at 28 points each. 

Ohio State ranks No. 3 at the end of the first half.

Another sign that Ohio State is going on all cylinders offensively is its league-best 66.6 percent Corsi For percentage. 

The most notable wins for Ohio State came against Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth in the first half. Even though the Buckeyes were swept by the Badgers on Oct. 23 and 24, they’ll get a chance at revenge Feb. 18 and 19. 

4. Quinnipiac (15-1-2) 

The Bobcats are a very strong No. 4 right now. It’s no surprise they garnered a first-place vote in the Dec. 13 USCHO poll

Why? Because Quinnipiac is actually the No. 1 team in women’s college hockey, according to USCHO’s PairWise rankings. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The Bobcats are well-rounded, sporting the second-fewest goals against (21) and the sixth-most goals for (61). Senior goalie Corinne Schroeder ranks first in both save percentage (.966) and GAA (0.80). 

The Bobcats play in the tough ECAC, so quality wins came against Colgate, Princeton and Yale. If the Bobcats can keep winning with an ECAC-heavy schedule in the second half, their case for No. 1 in PairWise will be strengthened.

5. Minnesota (14-5-1) 

The Golden Gophers ended their first half with some big wins over No. 1 Wisconsin and then-No. 9 Minnesota Duluth. Along with a sweep over Colgate on Oct. 22 and 23, those were Minnesota’s biggest wins of the first half.

The stats show Minnesota is a perfect No. 5. They’re No. 5 in PairWise, No. 4 in goals for (77) and they own the fifth-highest even-strength Corsi For percentage at 61.8 percent. This team has no issue putting shots on net either, ranking second with 773. Offensively, this is a very good team. 

At the heart of that offensive attack is senior forward Taylor Heise who ranks fifth in the country in points with 31. Senior forward Abigail Boreen ranks second on the team with 23 and freshman forward Peyton Hemp comes in third with 21. 

Minnesota will have its toughest stretch of the season in the second half when it takes on Wisconsin one weekend and then Ohio State the next. 

6. Colgate (15-4-1) 

Out of all the teams on this list, the Raiders did the coolest thing in the first half: They won a guitar. 

Yes, back on Nov. 27 when they beat then-No. 3 Minnesota to win the Smashville Showcase, the trophy was a guitar. It was epic. 

Colgate won a guitar at the Smashville Showcase.

Aside from the guitar, Colgate is another team with a high-powered offense. The Raiders carry the third-most goals in the country (86) and rank third in even-strength Corsi For at 64.4 percent. Junior forward Danielle Serdachny leads the offense with 30 points, which ranks sixth in college hockey. Junior forward Dara Greig comes in second with 25. 

The quality wins for Colgate in the first half came against Minnesota and Harvard. Like I mentioned with Quinnipiac earlier, things won’t be easy for the Raiders in the second half due to all those ECAC games. 

7. Yale (10-3-1) 

It feels like we’re just going back and forth between really strong offensive teams and really good defensive teams. Here’s a great defensive team for you. 

The Bulldogs rank third in goals against with only 22 given up in the first half. Senior goalie Gianna Meloni has gotten the majority of the reps in net, posting an impressive 1.43 GAA and .942 save percentage. 

Still, Yale has an impressive offense upfront. Sophomore forward Elle Hartje leads the team with 24 points, while junior forward Claire Dalton ranks second with 22. Yale also has one of the best defenders in college hockey in junior Emma Seitz. She has 17 points on the season. 

The quality wins have come against Colgate and Harvard. With an ECAC-packed schedule in the second half, there will be many more quality wins for this group. 

8. Clarkson (15-2-3) 

The Golden Knights are a solid team overall. They rank fifth in the country for goals for (65) and eighth in goals against (29). 

Lots of the offense comes from one of the best forwards in college hockey — senior Caitrin Lonergan. Lonergan ranks fourth in the country in points with 32. Junior forward Gabrielle David slots in right behind her with 25. 

One encouraging sign for Clarkson in the second half is that they went 6-1-1 in conference play in the first half. If that trend continues, the Golden Knights will be moving up this list.  

9. Minnesota Duluth (9-7-0) 

The Bulldogs had a lot of time off, as they didn’t play any games between Oct. 24 and Nov. 19. Still, they put together a solid first half. 

They have 59 goals in 16 games, which, if you do the math, comes out to be roughly 74 goals over 20 games. That would have them fifth in the nation for lamplighters. Senior forward Gabbie Hughes has the highest points per game in the nation at 1.81 with 29 points in 16 games. Senior forward Elizabeth Giguere ranks sixth in points per game at 1.68 with 27 in 16. 

Despite a tough first half schedule, the Bulldogs earned two big wins over Minnesota and one over Ohio State. 

10. Harvard (9-3-0) 

The Crimson only have 12 games under their belt through the first half, but that’s still enough to place them inside the top 10. 

They’ve already scored quality wins over Cornell and Boston College. Senior forward Becca Gilmore has been a strong line-driver, leading Harvard in points with 15. Senior forward Dominique Petrie ranks second with 14 points and junior forward Anne Bloomer third with 12. 

We’ll get a great look at Harvard when it takes on Minnesota Duluth to begin play in the second half of the season.

Division I Conference Standings: As of 12/31/21

Teams are listed top to bottom in order of points accumulated in conference play only. There is no national point system. The first W-L-T column is a teams’ conference record, 2nd W-L-T column is the overall record, and the 3rd and 4th W-L-T columns is the record at home and on the road for all games.

In our next post, we’ll display each conference’s post-season playoff structure.

CHA

Team Conf – W-L-TPctPtsGF/GA Overall W-L-TPctGF-GA Home W-L-T Away W-L-T
Syracuse5-3-00.6251025/166-9-40.42146/504-5-12-4-3
Penn State4-2-00.667819/1410-6-20.61152/345-3-15-3-1
Mercyhurst4-2-00.667817/1113-6-20.66759-/28-1-15-5-1
Lindenwood3-3-00.500617/175-13-00.27848/785-7-00-6-0
RIT0-6-00.00006/260-19-00.00024/1030-11-00-8-0

ECAC

TeamW-L-T-OW-OLPctPtsGF-GAW-L-TPctGF-GAW-L-TW-L-T
Quinnipiac7-1-0-0-00.8752122-715-1-20.88961-219-1-16-0-1
Harvard6-3-0-1-20.7041932-199-4-00.69248-305-2-04-2-0
Clarkson6-1-1-1-00.77118.523-1015-2-30.82565-296-1-29-1-1
Princeton5-2-1-0-00.68816.516-116-5-30.53624-232-3-04-2-3
Yale5-2-1-0-00.68816.531-1510-3-10.75057-224-2-06-1-1
Colgate5-2-1-2-00.60414.528-2015-4-10.77586-396-4-19-0-0
St. Lawrence3-3-2-0-00.5001216-157-8-50.47543-403-4-24-4-3
Rensselaer3-7-0-0-20.3671125-236-13-00.31642-454-6-02-7-0
Cornell3-4-1-0-00.43810.515-244-7-10.37524-342-3-12-4-0
Dartmouth2-7-0-0-00.222618-327-8-00.46742-395-4-02-4-0
Brown1-6-1-0-00.1884.514-301-12-20.13325-531-6-10-6-1
Union1-9-0-0-00.10039-434-16-10.21431-811-11-13-5-0

Hockey East

TeamW-L-T-SO-OW-OLPctPtsGF-GAW-L-TPctGF-GAW-L-TW-L-T
Northeastern11-2-1-1-0-00.8333544-1416-2-10.86861-187-0-19-2-0
Boston University8-4-3-0-1-00.5782637-299-6-30.58345-375-1-24-5-1
Connecticut8-3-2-0-1-00.6412531-2214-4-20.75057-328-3-26-1-0
Boston College8-5-0-0-3-00.5382132-3010-8-00.55641-434-1-06-7-0
Providence5-4-2-1-0-10.5761923-198-5-50.58334-286-2-22-3-3
Vermont6-5-1-0-1-10.5281931-309-8-20.52647-466-4-13-4-1
Maine4-7-1-1-0-20.4441624-307-12-10.37543-553-7-04-5-1
New Hampshire4-8-1-1-0-10.3851530-396-11-20.36846-524-6-12-5-1
Merrimack4-10-1-1-1-20.3331533-425-14-10.27537-633-9-02-5-1
Holy Cross1-11-0-0-0-00.083316-463-14-00.17625-633-3-00-11-0

NEWHA

TeamW-L-TPctPtsGF-GAW-L-TPctGF-GAW-L-TW-L-T
LIU10-0-01.0002047-1311-7-00.61158-439-3-02-4-0
Sacred Heart5-2-10.6881131-109-7-10.55957-395-3-14-4-0
Franklin Pierce5-3-00.6251025-119-8-10.52849-395-1-14-7-0
St. Anselm3-4-10.438715-166-10-10.38229-515-1-01-9-1
Post2-8-00.20047-403-15-00.16716-752-6-01-9-0
St. Michael’s0-8-00.00007-422-10-00.16716-552-3-00-7-0

WCHA

TeamW-L-T-SO-OW-OLPctPtsGF-GAW-L-TPctGF-GAW-L-TW-L-T
Wisconsin13-1-2-1-2-00.8334067-2117-1-20.90094-225-1-212-0-0
Ohio State13-3-0-0-0-10.8334082-2615-3-00.83391-3010-0-05-3-0
Minnesota9-4-1-1-0-10.7143047-3114-5-10.72577-396-4-08-1-1
Minnesota Duluth8-6-0-0-1-10.5712453-329-7-00.56259-383-4-06-3-0
Minnesota State5-10-1-1-0-10.3751830-549-10-10.47555-656-4-03-6-1
Bemidji State4-10-2-0-1-00.2711324-587-10-30.42535-642-6-25-4-1
St. Cloud State2-11-1-1-1-10.190823-586-11-10.36139-654-3-12-8-0
St. Thomas2-11-1-0-0-00.167714-604-13-10.25023-702-8-02-5-1

Sifters… Lots of’em

NCAA Approves 11-Team National Tournament Field for 2022… In the NCAA’s final step on Dec. 15th the D-I Council voted to approve an 11-team field (up from 8) for the 2022 Women’s National Collegiate Championship. 11 teams represents exactly 26.8% of D-I schools that sponsor the sport, which is the same ratio used by the D-I men’s NCAA tournament. You can read the official announcement from the NCAA HERE.

The Takeaway… More teams participating improves the sport because more players gain that do-or-die national Tournament game experience. Returning players the following year can then use their NCAA experience to their teams’ benefit. This development will push the overall level of D-I play forward every year.

The tournament committee will go ‘by the numbers’ this year in selecting the 11 team field. So in theory, teams ranked 1 to 11 in the Pairwise rankings will get a bid to the tourney. Subjectivity has been taken out. Language has also been removed from the pre-championship manual which now brings in line the same priorities used in pairing the men’s tournament brackets. In plain English, pairings will be based on, “competitive equity, financial success and the likelihood of a playoff-type atmosphere at each first/second round site.” Every effort will be made to avoid inter-conference match-ups unless 4 or more teams from the same conference make the tournament.

Because of the parity that exists across D-I and with 6 At-Large berths coming in the 2022-2023 season, we’ll probably not see the same 11 teams year after year. We’ll see much more turnover of teams getting At-Large berths in years to come. There are plenty of teams outside the top 11 that could challenge for a NCAA berth.

Robert Morris Is Back… RMU President Chris Howard announced Friday December 17th the reinstatement of both the RMU Women’s and Men’s hockey programs effective for the 2023-2024 season. Both programs were shutdown in an abrupt cost-cutting move by the RMU administration back in May of 2021. A major groundswell of support both locally in the Pittsburgh area as well as nationally among the hockey circles to get the program back online ensued. Men’s Head Coach Derek Schooley added fundraising campaign manager to his job description and accumulated enough cash in hand and donation pledges to impress the RMU brass to bring the programs back to life.

The Takeaway… This is great and exciting news for all of college hockey. Now the hard part begins. RMU will need to hire a women’s head coach and staff of assistants while recruiting an entire team of players as well as building out a competitive schedule. Both RMU teams are without a conference. The women’s were part of the CHA and the men part of Atlantic Hockey. CHA conference officials have publicly stated they need to find a 6th team for the CHA regardless of RMU came back or not as they would be in jeopardy of losing their NCAA tourney auto-bid without a 6th team after the 2022-2023 season.

With a RMU coming back, this opens the door for a full roster of players to either continue their playing careers as a transfer, a 5th year grad school player, or begin their D-I college hockey career as a freshman recruited player. All told, more spots become available at the D-I level (Stonehill College will also begin play in 2022-2023 as well).

U18 Worlds Cancelled… The IIHF announced on December 24th all January IIHF events would be cancelled due to COVID. This marks the second time in as many years the U-18 World Championships would be cancelled. The announcement was made just as the Men’s World Junior Championships in Alberta, Canada were taking place in arenas with fans. Not only was the timing of the announcement poor with the Men’s WJC was about to get in full swing, but the fact there was no mention or intention of a possible postponement of the event. Voices from current and former Olympians, around the NCAA, NHLers, hockey media personalities, and right down to the U-18 players themselves – took to social media with their rightful frustration. IIHF president Luc Tardiff is taking major heat for how he’s managed the announcement.

To add insult to injury, just days later the IIHF cancelled the WJC’s because a number of teams had positive COVID cases and a number of forfeits occurred.

The Takeaway… The IIHF is in a bit of a pickle. The Men’s WJC’s and the Men’s World Championships held in May are the two big money makers for the IIHF. One has to think a future date for the Women’s U-18 Worlds would have to be on the table if a future date for the Men’s WJC. The optics without that consideration for the women would be, um… detrimental? However, nothing definitive from the IIHF has been announced or considered. USA Hockey reached out to the IIHF and asked if a later date for the women’s U18’s could be discussed. Even private groups in the US offered to host the event while paying for the ice.

Perhaps a gender equity review of the IIHF is due, just like the NCAA recently had?

NCAA COVID Update… The second-half NCAA schedule is underway and we’ve already seen one series cancelled between Merrimack and RPI for Jan 1 and 2. No official reason was given as to why. Could we assume COVID? Perhaps. Some schools have adjusted their academic calendars and delayed the the return of students to campus, while deciding to begin classes remotely, before allowing in-person classes to begin several weeks later. We are unaware of any hockey program that are on a ‘pause’ or has decided not to play games until COVID improves. That said, if Men’s hockey and D-I women’s and men’s basketball is any indication, women’s hockey is in for it’s fair share of postponements and game cancellations. If think it’s a question of how, not if, the remainder of the season will be impacted.

SAT/ACT Testing Update… Harvard recently announced on Dec 17th it is going test optional for the next 4 years. That means no SAT or ACT test scores will be required for admission. More schools will probably do the same but no official announcements have been made yet. It will be interesting what the NCAA does with the Eligibility Center’s academic requirements moving forward as well.

D-III Gets New Program… The Milwaukee School of Engineering recently announced it’s starting a D-III NCAA program. Former RIT and Adrian Head Coach Chad Davis has been named head coach. No word yet on when the program will begin or what conference it will affiliate with.

2022 Women’s World Championship Host Selected… The IIHF announced in early December that Denmark will host the 2022 Women’s Senior World Championships August 26th to September 4th. This marks the first time Worlds will be held after an Olympic Games in the same year. Denmark is a first-time Women’s Olympic hockey participant in the 2022 games set to begin in about 1 month from now.

WCHA Extends Commissioner Flowers… WCHA Women’s Commissioner Jen Flowers received a three-year contract extension through the 2024-2025 season. Flowers has been instrumental in transitioning the WCHA to a Women’s only conference while navigating COVID-19 for the 8-team conference. Flowers also added a first-of-its-kind streaming partnership with the Big Ten Network and Big Ten+ as the official streaming partner of the WCHA.

UND Case Dismissed For Now… Lawyers representing players for the now defunct University of North Dakota Women’s Hockey Team, have voluntarily dismissed their case last month, for now anyway. The ND Attorney General’s office moved to dismiss the case because none of the players have NCAA eligibility left – leaving their claims moot – and not able to receive any relief. The door is open for future litigation however.

MN Trucker Helps UVM Player Home… This is one of those stories that is classified as ‘only happens in Minnesota’. UVM Women’s Hockey player Ellice Murphy needed a bit of help getting home for the holidays after her flight got cancelled from Minneapolis to Thief-River Falls. Ellice’s quick thinking mom called her friend at Byfuglien Trucking to see if any driver’s were in the Minneapolis area and heading north, who was willing to let Ellice tag along. Sure enough there was. You can read the full story HERE. You have to love small towns!

USA Hockey Announces Olympic Roster… Between the 2nd and 3rd period intermission of last night’s Winter Classic, USA Hockey unveiled its 23-Player final Olympic Roster. 8 newcomers will combine with 15 returning players with previous Olympic experience as Team USA defends it’s Gold Medal from 2018. You can find the roster HERE. 5 players still have NCAA eligibility and 1st time Olympian Caroline Harvey, has yet to step foot on a college campus yet. Minnesota leads the way with 8 players connected to the Gophers program, Wisconsin has 5, BC 3, Northeastern 2, BU, Clarkson, Lindenwood, UMD, and Ohio State each with 1.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #62 – 12/1/21 – Weekend Recap, Holiday Tourney Rewind, 5th Years, Polls, and Sifters

In This Post…

  • D-I Weekend Recap, Quick Observations |
  • Holiday Tourney Rewind |
  • 5th Year Players – Worth It? |
  • Top 12 instead of Top 10, It’s Time |
  • Polls |
  • Sifters |

D-I Weekend Recap

Quick Observations

  • Every D-I game was non-conference this weekend, not one conference game was played. However, there was one game which saw two conference opponents go at it from the ECAC as #6 Yale and #5 Quinnipiac played in the 1st round of the Nutmeg Classic Friday night. Quinnipiac won in a thriller 3-2 in OT.
  • 5 games went to overtime out of 30 played.
  • 5 teams got shutouts in total as of Sunday.
  • There 11 – one-goal games.
  • The D1 in DC event took home top spot in terms of attendance for all 4 of its games this weekend. 1,052 spectators watched each game Saturday and 1046 watched each game on Friday for a total of 4,196 on the weekend. Tournament event attendance numbers are below.

D-I Scores

Friday, November 26, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score @HomeScore NotesSummaryLocation
7:10 CT Bemidji State 4@Lindenwood 1Box Score Centene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
2:00 ET(9) Clarkson4@Maine1Box ScoreAlfond Arena, Orono, Maine
5:00 ETSt. Michael’s2@Potsdam3 – OT Box ScoreMaxcy Hall, Potsdam, N.Y.
3:00 ET(4) Northeastern 2@(10) Princeton 0Box ScoreHobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
3:00 ETSt. Cloud State4@Rensselaer1Box ScoreHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
6:00 ETNew Hampshire7@Union0Box ScoreAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
7:00 ETSyracuse1@Vermont1 – OT Box ScoreGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
6:15 ET(6) Yale2vs (5) Quinnipiac 3 – OTNutmeg ClassicBox ScoreFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
3:00 ETSacred Heart1@Connecticut6Nutmeg ClassicBox ScoreFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
1:00 ETSt. Lawrence2vs(2) Ohio State5D1 in DCBox ScoreCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
4:00 ET(7) Minnesota Duluth2vsPenn State3D1 in DCBox ScoreCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:00 CTBoston College1vs(8) Colgate2Smashville ShowcaseBox ScoreFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
4:30 CTMercyhurst0vs(3) Minnesota4Smashville ShowcaseBox ScoreFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreNotesSummaryLocation
3:00 ET St. Anselm1@Dartmouth2Box ScoreThompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.
2:10 CT Bemidji State4@Lindenwood3 – OT Box ScoreCentene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
2:00 ET(9) Clarkson5@Maine2Box ScoreAlfond Arena, Orono, Maine
3:00 ET(4) Northeastern 3@(10) Princeton 1Box ScoreHobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
3:00 ETSt. Cloud State4@Rensselaer2Box ScoreHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
5:00 ETPotsdam2@St. Michael’s6Box ScoreC. Douglas Cairns Arena, South Burlington, Vt.
3:00 ETNew Hampshire4@Union1Box ScoreAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
7:00 ETSyracuse1@Vermont5Box ScoreGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
7:00 ETPost0@Wesleyan4Box ScoreSpurrier-Snyder Arena, Middletown, Conn.
2:00 ETProvidence4@Brown2Mayor’s CupBox ScoreMeehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.
3:00(6) Yale4vs.Sacred Heart1Nutmeg ClassicBox ScoreFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
6:15(5) Quinnipiac3@Connecticut2Nutmeg ClassicBox ScoreFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
5:30 ETPenn State2vs.(2) Ohio State4D1 in DCBox ScoreCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:00 ETSt. Lawrence3vs.(7) Minnesota Duluth4 – OTD1 in DCBox ScoreCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:30 CTBoston College2vs.Mercyhurst4Smashville ShowcaseBox ScoreFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
4:30 CT(8) Colgate2vs.(3) Minnesota1Smashville ShowcaseBox ScoreFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummaryLocation
4:00 ET Dartmouth0@St. Anselm 1Box Score Thomas F. Sullivan Arena, Manchester, N.H.

D-III Scores

Friday, November 26, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
7:00 ETConcordia (Wis.)6@Buffalo State1Box Score
7:00 CT(3) UW-Eau Claire1@Lake Forest0Box Score
5:00 ETSt. Michael’s2@Potsdam3 – OTBox Score

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreNotesSummary
3:00 ETManhattanville3@Amherst7Box Score
3:00 ETConcordia (Wis.)7@Buffalo State1Box Score
3:00 ETJohnson & Wales4@Conn. College3 – OTBox Score
4:00 CT(3) UW-Eau Claire 2@Lake Forest1 – OTBox Score
7:00 CTFinlandia1@Northland2Box Score
7:00 ETWorcester State7@Rivier0Box Score
3:00 CTMarian1@St. Catherine0Box Score
5:00 ETPotsdam2@St. Michael’s6Box Score
3:00 ETTrinity3@Univ of New England 0Box Score
7:00 ETPost0@Wesleyan4Box Score
3:00 ETBowdoin8vs.Stevenson1Codfish BowlBox Score
12:00 ETTrine0@UMass Boston3Codfish BowlBox Score
3:00 ET(5) Elmira1vs.(2) Middlebury2Cardinal/Panther ClassicBox Score
6:00 ET(9) Endicott4@(1) Plattsburgh3 – OT Cardinal/Panther ClassicBox Score
Exhibition
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
7:30 ETAssumption1@Anna Maria3Box Score

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreNotesTypeSummary
5:00 ETWorcester State4@Anna Maria1Box Score
3:00 ETJohnson & Wales 1@Amherst4Box Score
3:00 ETManhattanville1@Conn. College3Box Score
3:00 ETNorthland1@Finlandia1 – OT Box Score
3:00 ETUtica2@Hamilton3Box Score
3:00 ETSalem State0@Trinity4Box Score
6:00 ETSalve Regina0@Wesleyan2Box Score
1:00 ETTrine2vs.Stevenson3Codfish BowlBox Score
4:00 ETBowdoin4@UMass Boston2Codfish BowlBox Score
5:00 ET(2) Middlebury2vs.(9) Endicott1Cardinal/Panther ClassicBox Score
2:00 ET (5) Elmira4@(1) Plattsburgh 3 – OTCardinal/Panther ClassicBox Score

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

Holiday Tournament Rewind

D-I

  • Smashville Women’s Collegiate Showcase — Nov. 26-27 — Boston College, Colgate, Mercyhurst, Minnesota
    • Colgate wins the title beating Boston College and Minnesota in the Championship by identical scores of 2-1.
  • Nutmeg Classic — Nov. 26-27 — Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UCONN, Yale (Hosted by UCONN, @ UCONN)
    • Quinnipiac won it’s 2nd Nutmeg Classic in a row with a 3-2 victory over UCONN in the Championship game Saturday. In game one, Quinnipiac had to come from behind after trailing 2-0 to 6th ranked Yale to reacch the finals with a thrilling OT 3-2 winner Friday.
  • DI in DC — Nov. 26-27 — Ohio St., Penn St., Univ. MN-Duluth, St. Lawrence University
    • Ohio St. captured the D1 in DC Championship doubling up Penn State 4-2.
  • Mayors Cup — Nov. 27 — Providence @ Brown
    • The pride of Providence, RI was on the line in the annual Mayor’s Cup game between Providence College and Brown University. The Friars took this one 4-2.

D-III

  • Cardinal/Panther Classic–Endicott, Plattsburgh, Elmira, and Middlebury (Nov. 27 & 28)
    • Middlebury wins the title beating Elmira and Endicott in the Championship with a pair of 2-1 victories
  • Codfish Bowl–UMASS-Boston, Bowdoin, Trine, and Stevenson (Nov. 27 & 28)
    • Bowdoin wins the Codfish Bowl beating host UMASS-Boston 4-2 in the Championship game

5th Year Players – Worth It?

Due to COVID, the NCAA provided an opportunity for anyone on a college hockey roster last year to utilize a 5th year of athletic eligibility beginning with the 2021-2022 season. A lot has been said about how the 5th year rule has impacted the recruiting landscape. Some incoming freshmen were asked to take a PG year, some contemplated a new school that was willing to take them this fall, and countless others will be impacted over the next 4 years in various ways.

So, the million dollar question: How have 5th year players impacted NCAA rosters? Are they lighting it up or has the incoming group of freshman and returners passed them by? Is the 5th year worth it for coaches and players? Tough to answer with a little more than one-third to half of the season gone by for most teams, but we can learn a little as we dive into the stats thus far. We looked at each D-I roster and parsed out the 5th years by position as of games ending on Nov. 28th and here is what we found.

  • There are a total of 80 Graduate 5th year players on D-I rosters this season. 10 Goalies, 24 Defenders, and 46 Forwards.

Here is a rundown on which conferences have 5th years and at each position:

Hockey EastECACNEWHACHAWCHA
Goalies42004
Defenders1012110
Forwards1771516
Totals31103630

A look at the stats tell us:

Goalies

  • Of the 8 fifth Yr. goalies who have played in at least 6 games, 5 have a winning % over .500.
  • The lowest save % is .919… highest is .966, shared by two goalies who have played 14 and 10 games respectively.
  • 3 goalies have gaa’s under 1.00… .7958, .8614, and .9161, with 14, 10, and 14 games played.
  • The least number of games played is 1, 3, and 6. Everyone else is at 7+ with the most being 14.
  • Only 2 goalies have double digit wins, 12 and 13. Next is 8, 5 and two have won 4.

Defenders

  • Of the 24 Defenders, only one has not registered a point.
  • The ave. number of games played is 13.83. Most games played is 18, least amount played is 1, and all Defenders but 1 have played in a double-digit amount of games.
  • No Defender has more than 4 goals (only 2 do), 9 have not scored a goal.
  • 3 Defenders have double digit assists – 16, 13, and 12 as well as double digits in points–19, 14, and 13.
  • Only 5 Defenders are a .50 pts/game or better. Tops is 1.12 pts./gm with 17 games played.

Forwards

  • 27 of 46 Forwards are scoring at a .50 pts/gm pace or better and of those 27, 8 are 1.25 or higher. Tops is producing at a 1.9167 pts./gm clip right now.
  • Only 3 Forwards have scored in double digits, 12, 11, and 11 goals respectively. 32 Forwards have scored just 5 goals or less.
  • 20 Forwards have scored 10 pts. or more with 6 scoring 20 or more.
  • The ave. number of games played is 14.8. The lowest number of games played has been 8 – by 3 players. 43 have dressed for 10 or more.

Below is a link to our master 5th year stat file in an excel format taken directly from USCHO.com. Notice the tabs at the bottom for each position. **Stat note… all stats are taken from USCHO.com D-I women’s team stat pages. We realize some info may be incorrect, whether it be the graduating year or the actual statistical category number being incorrect. However, it is the most comprehensive stat database in a format that was easily transferable to excel at this time.

Enjoy…

Top 12 instead of Top 10, It’s Time

*caution, personal opinion based topic* I think it’s time for the national weekly polls in D-I Women’s Hockey to be a Top 12, instead of a Top 10. Why? 2 reasons. First, the D-I NCAA tournament is moving to 11 teams from 8, and if you’re upping the # of teams, I have to imagine those that follow our sport would like to know who’s potentially on the cusp of a tourney berth. Important to keep in mind these polls do NOT determine who makes the NCAA tourney, but they do tell you which teams are in the conversation to be there. Second, media partners along with the D-I coaches’ blessing, should be doing everything they can to promote more teams on as wide a scale as possible. I don’t know the number of eyeballs that each poll receives each week, but logic says if you increase the number of teams, you’ll get more eyeballs paying attention. As a sport, we want all the positive attention we can grab. And i’ll throw in a third reason for good measure… it matters in recruiting. You get ranked in a poll and that shows well on your program which translates into increased interest from recruits. College coaches constantly hear from club and high school coaches about Susie Smith who wants to play for a top 10 program. Well, now that can change to be a top 12. With the NCAA’s final decision tournament expansion to 11 (which is widely expected to pass… why not 12 teams is a story for another day) being voted on Dec. 15, perhaps the D-I coaching body may find value in the suggestion and we can change our future polls? We shall see…

Top 10 Polls

USCHO Division I Women’s Poll – November 29, 2021

RnkTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Wisconsin(15)15-0-11501
2Ohio State14-2-01352
3Northeastern14-2-11174
4Quinnipiac15-1-21005
5Minnesota12-4-0933
6Colgate15-4-1768
7Yale9-3-1576
8Clarkson14-2-2429
9Harvard7-3-02110
9Minnesota Duluth7-5-0217

Others receiving votes: Princeton 6, Penn State 4, Mercyhurst 2, Connecticut 1

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

November 30, 2021

TeamPoints(First Place Votes)Last PollRecordWeeks in Poll
1University of Wisconsin190(19)115-0-112
2Ohio State University171214-2-012
3Northeastern University142414-2-112
4Quinnipiac University126515-1-29
5University of Minnesota119312-4-012
6Colgate University95815-4-112
7Yale University6279-3-12
8Clarkson University58914-2-25
9University of Minnesota Duluth4267-5-012
10Harvard University18NR7-3-04

Others receiving votes: Princeton 10, Penn State 4, Boston College 4, Mercyhurst 2, UConn 1, Cornell 1.

D-I Power 10

This past weekend featured two exciting and important tournaments in the women’s college hockey world: the D1 in DC tournament and the Smashville Showcase. Both are large reasons as to why there’s quite a bit of movement within this week’s Power 10. 

Let’s dive into one of the most interesting rankings of the season so far. 

1. Wisconsin (15-0-1) | Prev: 1

The Badgers didn’t play this past weekend. There’s no doubt about it — they’re currently the best team in the nation. 

Up next is a big weekend set with Minnesota. 

2. Ohio State (14-2) | Prev: 2

Ohio State posted a huge weekend in the D1 in DC Tournament, first taking down St. Lawrence, 5-2, and then beating Penn State, 4-2. 

Junior forward Jennifer Gardner and senior defenseman Sophia Jacques traded roles in both games. Gardner tallied two goals against St. Lawrence, while Jacques posted a goal. In the win over Penn State, Jacques registered two lamplighters, while Gardner scored one. Hard to complain with that kind of production. 

Next on the schedule is a series with Minnesota Duluth this weekend. 

3. Northeastern (14-2-1) | Prev: 4 

While the Huskies didn’t participate in a cool-named tournament, they did go on the road to Princeton to take on the Tigers. They swept them, winning, 2-0, on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. 

In the 2-0 win Friday, Northeastern goalie Aerin Frankel posted a 22-save shutout. Princeton responded Saturday by peppering the graduate student goalie with 42 shots, but only mustering one goal. Frankel’s goals against average is tied for second in the nation at 0.86. Her save percentage of .966 is third. 

The Huskies will look to maintain their spot in these rankings next weekend when they face Cornell. 

4. Colgate (15-4-1) | Prev: 7 

After a brief time in the second half of this Power 10, the Raiders move back into the top 5 after a terrific showing at the Smashville Showcase. 

Colgate edged out Boston College Friday, 2-1, and then-No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday, 2-1. Despite being one of the nation’s top offenses, Colgate could only muster four goals over the two games. Instead, it was its defense and goaltending that saved the day. Freshman goalie Hannah Murphy made 50 stops on 51 shots over the two days. 

Here’s a wild stat from the weekend: the Raiders tallied 57 shots on BC goalie Abigail Levy Friday. Props to her for stopping 55 of them. 

When it came to the Smashville Showcase, the only thing better for Colgate than earning this high of a spot on this list was winning a guitar for a trophy. That’s pretty cool.

Colgate can now enjoy a long break, as it doesn’t play another game until Jan. 1 when it takes on Sacred Heart in an exhibition game.

5. Minnesota (12-4) | Prev: 3 

After having swept Colgate earlier this season, the Golden Gophers lost in the Smashville Showcase final to the Raiders, 2-1. They beat Mercyhurst, 4-0, the day before. 

The big reason for Minnesota falling a whole two spots is a combination of two things: losing to Colgate and Northeastern having a big weekend. Nothing to panic over, Minnesota fans. 

Things won’t get any easier for Minnesota, as it faces No. 1 Wisconsin this upcoming weekend. 

6. Quinnipiac (15-1-2) | Prev: 5 

The Bobcats won the Nutmeg Classic this past weekend, beating then-No. 6 Yale, 3-2, in OT and then UConn by the same score in the championship. 

Quinnipiac’s win over Yale was especially impressive, considering it was down 2-0 after one period and spent most of the game down 2-1. It wasn’t until sophomore forward Olivia Mobley scored, forcing OT with 45 seconds left in the game. Graduate student forward Taylor House won the game in overtime. 

The Bobcats begin a long break, as they don’t play until Jan. 1, 2022. That matchup comes against Wisconsin. 

7. Yale (9-3-1) | Prev: 6 

The Bulldogs fell to Quinnipiac in the Nutmeg Classic, 3-2, but then beat Sacred Heart, 4-1, the next day. The matchup with Quinnipiac was as close as it gets, but that’s now two losses to the Bobcats this season. 

Like with Minnesota, there’s nothing to panic over for Yale. The only issue for the Bulldogs is having to watch the Bobcats “run” Connecticut. 

8. Clarkson (14-2-2) | Prev: 9 

The Golden Knights posted a great weekend, sweeping Maine on the road. Friday afternoon saw Clarkson earn a 4-1 win, while Saturday brought a 5-2 win. 

Junior forward Gabrielle David was the star of the weekend for Clarkson, putting up a hat trick in Game 1 and posting two more in Game 2. She leads her team in goals with 13. 

Up next is a home-and-home series with St. Lawrence. 

9. Minnesota Duluth (7-5) | Prev: 8 

Like many teams in this Power 10, the Bulldogs were apart of a tournament this past weekend. They were down in Washington D.C. for the D1 in DC Tournament. They lost, 3-2, to Penn State on Friday but put together a nice performance Saturday, beating St. Lawrence, 4-3. 

Fifth year forward Anna Klein posted three goals over the two games. 

Up next is a tough weekend series at home against Ohio State. 

10. Harvard (7-3) | Prev: 10 

The Crimson didn’t play this past weekend, however they earned a 3-2 win over New Hampshire last Tuesday. 

This weekend brings dates with Union and a sneaky good RPI team. The Engineers have a win over a ranked opponent this year (then-No. 9 Providence) and took Colgate to OT on Nov. 12. 

Evan Marinofsky has covered the Boston Bruins for CLNS Media and WEEI, covering three postseasons and the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. He covered the UMass hockey team for two seasons for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, including its national championship run in 2021. He also covered the Cape Cod Baseball League for a summer in 2019. You can follow him on Twitter @EvanMarinofsky.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

Sifters

Recruiting Schedule Gets BUSY… NCAA programs are winding down over the next few weeks with the Fall semester coming to a close. Coaches will be logging some major miles on the road and in the air as recruiting really begins to pick up in December. The madness kicks off this weekend with events in Chicago and Kitchener/Waterloo in Ontario and continues all across the US and Canada until early January. Things begin to slow down after the IIHF U18 World Championships Jan. 8-16 in Sweden… we hope anyway. This new COVID variant has already cancelled one European event and we hope there is not another.

As promised in our last post, here is a list of the more well-known recruiting events–showcases & holiday tournaments you will see NCAA coaches attending. Just click HERE. We know this is not a complete list–we did not include any prep or high school league games from anywhere that coaches will also make an attempt to get to. So, if there is an event you would like posted on this list, please send us an email to womenscollegehockey@gamil.com with your event details or fill out our online recruiting event form HERE. College coaches will thank you!

FISU Event Postponed… Speaking of COVID concerns, the 2021 Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire has been postponed. The FISU is an international sports event management organization providing University students around the world the chance to compete on a global stage in various sports. This years event was supposed to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland. Northeastern’s women’s and men’s hockey teams were set to compete and represent the United States. See NU’s announcement Tweet below:

Streaming Issues?… We heard through the grapevine there were streaming issues with all 3 D-I holiday tournament events ranging from no announcers for some games at the Nutmeg Classic to people paying to watch games that could not be watched, to just poor quality of the stream itself. Again, we have not verified what has been said to have taken place. But if it did, it looks really poor on our sport. In fairness, these events are hard to put on when they are not hosted by an NCAA school with the man-power and resources to produce such an event. That said, if these events are worth putting on, provide a level of service that is the same for all teams participating and make sure the streaming capabilities are functional.

Get Your Tickets… The NCAA released ticket information for the 2022 Women’s Frozen Four earlier this week. Tickets are available for purchase as we speak. See tweet below. The 2022 event will take place on the campus of Penn State University at Pegula Ice Arena in State College, PA.

Get To Know Renault… Nice piece by Providence on new asst. coach Nicole Renault can found below.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #61 – 11/26/21 – WKND Schedule + Scholarships @ Union & RIT

In This Post…

  • D-I & D-III Weekend Schedules |
  • Top 10 Match-Ups |
  • Union + RIT Scholarship Follow Up |

D-I + D-III Weekend Schedules

D-I Weekly Schedule

Top 10 Match-Ups Highlight Holiday WKND Schedule

  • #2 OSU vs. St. Lawrence – D1 in DC
  • #3 Minnesota vs. Mercyhurst – Smashville Showcase Game 1
  • #4 Northeastern @ #10 Princeton — Fri/Sat two gm series
  • #5 Qpac vs. #6 Yale – 1st round of Nutmeg Classic
  • #7 MN-Duluth vs. Penn State – D1 in DC
  • #8 Colgate vs. Boston College – Smashville Showcase Game 2

Friday, November 26, 2021

Non-Conference
Add Nutmeg Classic Games Fri… Sacred Heart vs UCONN 3:00PM & #6Yale vs. #5 Qpac 6:15pm
TimeOpponent@HomeNotesLocation
7:00 ET St. Anselm@DartmouthThompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.
7:10 CTBemidji State@Lindenwood Centene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
2:00 ET(9) Clarkson@MaineAlfond Arena, Orono, Maine
5:00 ETSt. Michael’s@PotsdamMaxcy Hall, Potsdam, N.Y.
3:00 ET(4) Northeastern @(10) Princeton Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
3:00 ETSt. Cloud State@RensselaerHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
6:00 ETNew Hampshire@UnionAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
7:00 ETSyracuse@VermontGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
4:00 ET(7) Minnesota Duluthvs Penn StateD1 in DCCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:00 ET(2) Ohio StatevsSt. LawrenceD1 in DCCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:00 CTBoston Collegevs(8) ColgateSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
4:30 CTMercyhurstvs(3) MinnesotaSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN

Add Nutmeg Classic Games for Saturday… Fri Losers play at 3:00PM & Fri winner play @ 6:15PM

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentHomeNotesLocation
4:00 ETSt. Anselm@DartmouthThomas F. Sullivan Arena, Manchester, N.H.
2:10 CTBemidji State@LindenwoodCentene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
2:00 ET(9) Clarkson@MaineAlfond Arena, Orono, Maine
3:00 ET(4) Northeastern@(10) Princeton Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
3:00 ETSt. Cloud State@RensselaerHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
5:00 ETPotsdam (D-III)@St. Michael’sC. Douglas Cairns Arena, South Burlington, Vt.
3:00 ETNew Hampshire@UnionAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
7:00 ETSyracuse@VermontGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
7:00 ETPost@WesleyanSpurrier-Snyder Arena, Middletown, Conn.
2:00 ETProvidence@BrownMayor’s CupMeehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.
6:15 ET(6) Yalevs.(5) QuinnipiacNutmeg ClassicFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
3:00 ETSacred Heart@ConnecticutNutmeg ClassicFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
5:30 ETPenn Statevs.(2) Ohio StateD1 in DCCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:00 ET(7) Minnesota Duluth vs.St. LawrenceD1 in DCCapitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.
1:30/4:30 CT Mercyhurst/Minnvs.Boston CollegeSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
1:30/4:30 CTMercyhurst/Minnvs.(8) ColgateSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
1:30/4:30 CTBC/Colgatevs.MercyhurstSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN
1:30/4:30 CTBC/Colgatevs.(3) MinnesotaSmashville ShowcaseFord Ice Center, Nashville, TN

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hockey East
TimeOpponent@HomeLocation
6:00 ETMerrimack@ProvidenceSchneider Arena, Providence, R.I.

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-III Weekly Schedule

Friday, November 26, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponent@HomeLocation
7:00 ETConcordia (Wis.)@Buffalo StateBuffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
7:00 CT(3) UW-Eau Claire@Lake ForestAlumni Memorial Fieldhouse, Lake Forest, Ill.
5:00 ETSt. Michael’s@PotsdamMaxcy Hall, Potsdam, N.Y.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponent@HomeNotesLocation
3:00 ETManhattanville@AmherstPlayland Ice Casino, New Rochelle, N.Y.
3:00 ETConcordia (Wis.)@Buffalo StateBuffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
3:00 ETJohnson & Wales@Conn. CollegeDayton Arena (New London), New London, Conn.
4:00 CT (3) UW-Eau Claire @Lake ForestAlumni Memorial Fieldhouse, Lake Forest, Ill.
7:00 CTFinlandia@NorthlandBay Area Civic Center, Ashland, Wis.
7:00 ETWorcester State@RivierConway Arena, Nashua, N.H.
3:00 CTMarian@St. CatherineDrake Arena, St. Paul, Minn.
5:00 ETPotsdam@St. Michael’sC. Douglas Cairns Arena, South Burlington, Vt.
3:00 ETTrinity@Univ of New EnglandAlfond Forum, Biddeford, Me.
7:00 ETPost@WesleyanSpurrier-Snyder Arena, Middletown, Conn.
3:00 ETBowdoinvs.StevensonCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
12:00 ET Trine@UMass BostonCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
3:00 ET(5) Elmiravs.(2) MiddleburyCardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
6:00 ET(9) Endicott@(1) PlattsburghCardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Exhibition
TimeOpponent@HomeLocation
7:30 ETAssumption@Anna MariaNew England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponent@HomeNotesLocation
5:00 ETWorcester State@Anna MariaNew England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass.
3:00 ETJohnson & Wales@AmherstOrr Rink, Amherst, Mass.
3:00 ETManhattanville@Conn. CollegeDayton Arena (New London), New London, Conn.
3:00 ETNorthland@FinlandiaHoughton County Arena, Hancock, Mich.
3:00 ETUtica@HamiltonRussell Sage Rink, Clinton, N.Y.
3:00 ETSalem State@TrinityKoeppel Community Sports Center, Hartford, Conn.
6:00 ETSalve Regina@WesleyanSpurrier-Snyder Arena, Middletown, Conn.
1:00/4:00 ET Trine/UMBvs.BowdoinCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
1:00/4:00 ETTrine/UMBvs.StevensonCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
1:00/4:00 ETBowdoin/Stevensonvs.TrineCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
1:00/4:00 ETBowdoin/Stevenson@UMass BostonCodfish BowlEdward T. Barry Rink, Boston
2:00/5:00 ETEndicott/Plattsvs.(5) ElmiraCardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
2:00/5:00 ETElmira/Middleburyvs.(9) EndicottCardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
2:00/5:00 ETEndicott/Plattsvs.(2) Middlebury Cardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
2:00/5:00 ETElmira/Middlebury@(1) PlattsburghCardinal/Panther ClassicRonald B. Stafford Ice Arena, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Exhibition
TimeOpponent@HomeLocation
6:00 ETRivier@AssumptionBuffone Rink, Worcester, Mass.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponent@HomeLocation
7:00 ETWilliam Smith@MorrisvilleMorrisville State IcePlex, Morrisville, N.Y.

Athletic Scholarships: RIT + Union?

In yesterday’s Sifters section we reported about the possibility of Union and RIT being able to offer athletic scholarships pending a NCAA D-III vote. We now know when that vote is coming and a little more about the driving forces behind the move. Indianapolis, IN will be the site for the NCAA Convention held January 19-22. The final vote on this measure will come on the convention’s last day. The Daily Gazette, quotes Union Athletic Director Jim Mclaughlin,

“We’ve been looking at this for more than a year,”. “Seeing the real possibility of significant changes on the horizon on the NCAA landscape, we felt we had to come together to put some things in place in order to sustain competitiveness for our programs.”

You can read to entire article HERE.

These types of decisions aren’t made on a whim and can take years plus a lot of lobbying to gain traction. All eyes are now on Jan. 22.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #60 – 11/24/21 – Weekly Recap, Weekly Polls, D-I Tournament Events, Sifters

In This Post…

  • D-I Weekly Recap |
  • D-I Weekly Polls |
  • D-I Tournament Events |
  • Sifters |

D-I Weekly Recap

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

Quick Observations

  • There were 12 shutouts in games this past weekend through tonight — Wednesday — out of 41 games played, just shy of 1/3 of all games where a team didn’t score a goal.
  • 7 games needed overtime, 4 teams won in OT while 3 remained tied after OT. One game, in Hockey East ended in a shootout win for Providence.
  • MN-Duluth hadn’t played a game in three-and-a-half weeks dating back to Oct. 23/24.
  • Speaking of Duluth… congrats to grad transfer forward Elizabeth Giguere who notched her NCAA career 250th point in a 5 assist effort vs Bemidji on Nov. 19.

Game Schedule, Results & Box Scores

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
6:00 ETPost1@Rensselaer4Box Score

Friday, November 19, 2021

CHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
2:00 ETMercyhurst3@RIT1Box Score
7:00 ETPenn State1@Syracuse 0 OTBox Score
ECAC
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
6:00 ETBrown1@(7) Clarkson5Box Score
3:00 ET(10) Princeton1@(5) Colgate1 OTBox Score
3:00 ET(6) Quinnipiac4@Cornell0Box Score
6:00 ET(9) Yale4@St. Lawrence4 OTBox Score
Hockey East
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
2:00 ETHoly Cross2@Boston College4Box Score
6:00 ETBoston University1@Maine5Box Score
6:00 ETNew Hampshire1@(4) Northeastern4Box Score
6:00 ETProvidence3@Connecticut3 OT – PC wins SO, 1-0Box Score
NEWHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ETSt. Anselm1@LIU5Box Score
4:00 ETFranklin Pierce9@Post0Box Score
7:00 ETSacred Heart10@St. Michael’s0Box Score
WCHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:07 CT(7) Minnesota Duluth9@Bemidji State0Box Score
6:07 ETMinnesota State3@(2) Ohio State6Box Score
6:07 CT(3) Minnesota6@St. Cloud State2Box Score

Saturday, November 20, 2021

CHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
1:00 ETMercyhurst6@RIT1Box Score
3:00 ETPenn State3@Syracuse6Box Score
ECAC
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ET(9) Yale4@(7) Clarkson2Box Score
3:00 ET(6) Quinnipiac4@(5) Colgate0Box Score
3:00 ET(10) Princeton0@Cornell2Box Score
3:00 ETBrown1@St. Lawrence2Box Score
Hockey East
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ETVermont5@Merrimack4 OTBox Score
2:00 ETConnecticut2@(4) Northeastern3Box Score
NEWHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
2:00 ETSt. Anselm2@LIU3 OTBox Score
3:30 ETFranklin Pierce3@Post0Box Score
4:00 ETSacred Heart6@St. Michael’s3Box Score
WCHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
2:07 CT(7) Minnesota Duluth4@Bemidji State1Box Score
1:07 ETMinnesota State0@(2) Ohio State9Box Score
2:00 CT(1) Wisconsin7@St. Thomas1Box Score
3:07 CTSt. Cloud State1@(3) Minnesota5Box Score

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Hockey East
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ETBoston College4@Boston University5Box Score
3:00 ETVermont5@Merrimack2Box Score
2:00 ETProvidence2@Maine3Box Score
WCHA
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
2:00 CT(1) Wisconsin5@St. Thomas1Box Score

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ET(6) Yale2@LIU1 OTBox Score
6:00 ETSt. Lawrence5@RIT1Box Score
1:30 ETPost0@Sacred Heart4Box Score
7:00 ET(10) Harvard3@New Hampshire2Box Score

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Non-Conference
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummary
3:00 ETMerrimack1@Brown0Box Score

D-I Weekly Polls

Beginning this week, we’ll publish three nationally recognized ‘Top 10’ polls – 1) USCHO.com Women’s Top 10 Poll and 2) USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 Women’s Poll, and the NCAA Power 10 Rankings compiled by Evan Marinofsky as seen on NCAA.com.

The USCHO.com ranking will be listed first and the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine ranking listed second when identifying rankings for teams. Example, ‘#4/5’

USCHO Division I Women’s Poll – November 22, 2021

RnkTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Wisconsin(15)15-0-11501
2Ohio State12-2-01352
3Minnesota11-3-01153
4Northeastern12-2-11024
5Quinnipiac13-1-2936
6Yale7-2-1639
7Minnesota Duluth6-4-0607
8Colgate13-4-1495
9Clarkson12-2-2337
10Harvard6-3-012NR
10Princeton5-2-11210

Others receiving votes: Boston College 1

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s Poll

(2021-22 Season, Week 11 Poll)

First-place votes in parentheses

RANKSCHOOLLAST WEEK’S RANKING2021-22 RECORDWEEKS IN TOP 10
1.University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)115-0-111
2.Ohio State University, 171212-2-011
3.University of Minnesota, 150311-3-011
4.Northeastern University, 121412-2-111
5.Quinnipiac University, 113713-1-28
6.University of Minnesota Duluth, 9066-4-011
7.Yale University, 66NR7-2-11
8.Colgate University, 61513-4-111
9.Clarkson University, 43812-2-24
10.Princeton University, 2495-2-17

Others Receiving Votes: Harvard, 10; Boston College, 4; UConn, 1; Cornell, 1.

Notes: University of Wisconsin remains in the top spot of the rankings with 190 points and 19 first-place votes… The ECAC leads with five teams in the ranking, while the WCHA has four and the HEA has one… Team records are listed as W-L-T… For past poll results, click here.

About the Poll: The 25th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA women’s hockey conferences who are eligible for the NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Ice Hockey Championships, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

NEW – NCAA Power 10 Rankings… by Evan Marinofsky

WCH will begin to post a new Rankings list and commentary published on the National Collegiate Women’s site on NCAA.com which can be found HERE. It’s put out by Evan Marinofsky who covers NCAA Ice Hockey for the NCAA. Evan is a media professional who covers the Bruins for WEEI and has an extensive college hockey media background. Long story short, he’s credible.

Another great weekend of women’s college hockey has us back for another Power 10 rankings. 

This week doesn’t see much movement in the top four, however, there is some serious movement in the middle of my top 10. Yes, I’m looking right at you, Quinnipiac, Yale and Minnesota Duluth. 

Let’s dive in. 

1. Wisconsin (15-0-1) | Prev: 1 

The Badgers are still ridiculously good. They steamrolled St. Thomas this past weekend, winning 7-1 on Saturday and 5-1 Sunday. 

Sophomore forward Maddi Wheeler had quite the weekend, potting two goals and two assists in the first game and then adding two more assists in the second. That brings her point total to 18, which is good for fifth on the team. After this weekend, forwards Casey O’Brien (16) and Makenna Webster (14) rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation for goals. Not bad. 

After getting this upcoming weekend off, the Badgers will have a big test against Minnesota on December 3 and 4. 

2. Ohio State (12-2) | Prev: 2 

The Buckeyes had no issues with Minnesota State this weekend, taking the Mavericks down by scores of 6-3 and 9-0. 

In the 6-3 win, graduate student forward Clair DeGeorge and senior forward Paetyn Lewis both posted four-point nights. In the nine-goal rout, 12 Buckeyes posted at least one point. Most notably, sophomore Jenna Buglioni registered four.

Next up is the D1 in DC Tournament. Ohio State will play St. Lawrence first and then Penn State. 

3. Minnesota (11-3) | Prev: 3

Minnesota had another great weekend, sweeping St. Cloud State with scores of 6-2 and 5-1. Senior forwards Abigail Boreen and Taylor Heise and senior d-man Gracie Ostertag all registered two goals apiece on the weekend. 

Here’s a fun stat: In its last four games, Minnesota is outscoring the opposition 28-4. That’s quite the goal differential. 

The Gophers will look to continue dominating this weekend at the Smashville Showcase. First up is Mercyhurst, a team very close to earning a spot in these rankings, on Friday. 

4. Northeastern (12-2-1) | Prev: 4 

The Huskies continued strong play with two victories over good Hockey East opponents this past weekend. First up was New Hampshire, who Northeastern beat, 4-1. The following day was a 3-2 win over UConn. 

WOAH: Here are 6 crazy stats from this women’s ice hockey season so far 

Even though Friday’s win was only by three goals, the Huskies dominated, outshooting UNH, 46-13. In Saturday’s game against UConn, Northeastern was down 2-0 but rattled off three-straight lamplighters over the final two periods to win the game. 

Next up is a big weekend series at Princeton. 

5. Quinnipiac (13-1-2) | Prev: 6 

The Bobcats move up a spot on my Power 10 for two main reasons. One is they took care of business against Cornell, winning by a final of 4-0. The second, and this one is bigger, is that they took down the team that previously held this No. 5 spot. 

That’s right: Colgate had this spot last week, and Quinnipiac beat it, 4-0. 

In its biggest win so far this season, the Bobcats got goals from sophomore forwards Sophie Urban and Nina Steigauf, junior forward Jess Schryver and first-year forward Maya Labad. 

Quinnipiac moves up in the latest Power 10 rankings.

But the story of the game was graduate student goalie Corinne Schroeder. She stopped all 38 shots she faced from Colgate’s relentless offensive attack, as the Bobcats were outshot, 38-13. After this weekend, Schroeder leads the nation in goals-against average with an incredible .663. She has yet to allow more than a single goal in nine games. 

Next up is the Nutmeg Classic. The first game will be against Yale this Friday. 

6. Yale (7-2-1) | Prev: 7 

Speaking of Yale, the Bulldogs come in this week at No. 6. 

They tied St. Lawrence, 4-4, Friday night and beat Clarkson, 4-2, the following day. First-year forward Anna Bargman, junior forward Claire Dalton and junior defenseman Emma Seitz all registered a goal in each game. 

This one from Seitz was particularly spectacular. 

Up next for Yale is a game against LIU Tuesday night. Then comes its biggest test of the season so far against Quinnipiac in the Nutmeg Classic. That will have massive implications on these rankings. 

7. Colgate (13-4-1) | Prev: 5 

It was a tough weekend for Colgate. The Raiders tied Princeton, 1-1, and then lost to Quinnipiac, 4-0. 

Last week, I said both games would be huge tests for Colgate because each opponent was ranked. In the tie against Princeton, the offense peppered Tigers goalie Rachel McQuigge with 48 shots. She stopped 47 of them. The next day it was more of the same. Once again, Colgate put up a ton of shots (38) and once again, it ran into a hot goalie in Quinnipiac’s Schroeder. 

Next up is the Smashville Showcase. Colgate gets Boston College first on Friday. Saturday will bring either Minnesota or Mercyhurst — both very good opponents. 

8. Minnesota Duluth (6-4) | Prev: NR 

After almost a full month away from competition, the Bulldogs were back playing games. They traveled to Bemidji State this past weekend for a series with the Beavers. Friday’s game was a 9-0 win, while Saturday brought a 4-1 victory. In the nine-goal win, fifth-year forward Elizabeth Giguere posted a team-high five assists.

Minnesota Duluth’s next game is this weekend in the D1 in DC tournament. Its first matchup is against Penn State on Friday. 

9. Clarkson (12-2-2) | Prev: 9 

The Golden Knights stay put at No. 9 in these rankings after splitting this past weekend. Friday saw Clarkson take down Brown, 5-1. But the following night, Clarkson was bested by Yale, 4-2. 

Clarkson took down Brown, 5-1, this past weekend.

There were lots of signs of encouragement in the 5-1 win. The Golden Knights enjoyed scoring from all over the lineup and outshot Brown, 44-23. 

Next up is a weekend set against Maine. 

10. Harvard (6-3) | Prev: 10 

The Crimson didn’t play this past weekend, so no reason to move them out of the No. 10 spot. 

Next up is a date with New Hampshire Tuesday night, another weekend off and then Union on Dec. 3. 


Evan Marinofsky has covered the Boston Bruins for CLNS Media and WEEI, covering three postseasons and the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. He covered the UMass hockey team for two seasons for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, including its national championship run in 2021. He also covered the Cape Cod Baseball League for a summer in 2019. You can follow him on Twitter @EvanMarinofsky.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.


Holiday Tournament Time

It’s that time of year. Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is here Thursday and with it, comes a slew of tournament events. Here is a rundown of what’s happening this weekend.

  • Smashville Women’s Collegiate Showcase — Nov. 26-27 — Boston College, Colgate, Mercyhurst, Minnesota
  • Nutmeg Classic — Nov. 26-27 — Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UCONN, Yale (Hosted by UCONN, @ UCONN)
  • DI in DC — Nov. 26-27 — Ohio St., Penn St., Univ. MN-Duluth, St. Lawrence University
  • Mayors Cup — Nov. 27 — Providence @ Brown
  • World University Games — Dec. 10-17 — Northeastern University, Team Switzerland, Team China, Team Canada, Team Russia, Team Japan. You can find out more on this event HERE.

The D-III season is now under way and there are some holiday tournament events being played as well:

  • Cardinal/Panther Classic–Endicott, Plattsburgh, Elmira, and Middlebury (Nov. 27 & 28)
  • Codfish Bowl–UMASS-Boston, Bowdoin, Trine, and Stevenson (Nov. 27 & 28)
  • Castleton Invitational–Conn. College, Castleton, Potsdam, and Colby (Dec 10 & 11)
  • East/West Showcase–Adrian, Norwich, Elmira, Plattsburgh (Dec. 11 & 12)

Sifters

Katey Stone Wins #500… A 5-2 win vs. Brown on the road Nov. 13th gave Harvard Head Coach Katey Stone her 500th career NCAA win. She now becomes the first female head coach to reach the 500 win plateau. You can read more on Coach Stone’s 500th win HERE. You can find a list of the top 100 coaches in NCAA women’s hockey HERE as well.

NCAA D-I Tourney Expansion Update… Big news came out Tuesday as the Division I Competition Oversight Committee supported the recommendation for expansion of the women’s D-I NCAA National Collegiate Championship tournament to 11 teams in 2022. The NCAA D-I Council still needs to give final approval and will meet Dec. 15th to decide. You can read the official announcement from NCAA.com HERE. The cliff notes version is this:

  • 11 teams make the tournament.
  • The top five seeds in the tournament would receive first-round byes. The fifth-seeded team would play at the campus site of one of the top four seeds.
  • Three first-round games would be played at the campus sites of three of the top four seeds in the tournament. The winners of first-round game would receive a day off before playing in the quarterfinals of the tournament. 
  • The four second-round winners would advance to the Women’s Frozen Four March 18-20 in Park, Pennsylvania. 

Holiday Recruiting Events Dot the Schedule Into December… It’s that time of year. College’s are winding down the first half of their respective seasons over the next few weekends (can you believe it!… seems like the season just started.) and that means one thing: Time to hit the recruiting trail. Several events are taking place around North America beginning this weekend and continuing late into December. Look for our complete list of marquee recruiting events next week. Things kick off this weekend with showcase events in Nashville to coincide with the ‘Smashville’ D-I Thanksgiving tournament as well as the Massachusetts State Championship tournament that gets underway Friday.

21-22 NCAA S-A Guide… Speaking of recruiting, the NCAA came out with its annual Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. You can download it HERE for free. This is the perfect document for anyone wondering about NCAA eligibility in the post-COVID era. It’s a must read!

Athletic Scholarships for RIT ad Union?… Yes, you read that correctly. Athletic scholarships could be on the way for these two long-time D-III schools with Division I Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey programs. Final approval of the measure could come at the 2022 NCAA Convention. In late October, the D-III NCAA President’s Council supported a change to legislation concerning Bylaw 15 of the NCAA Manual–Financial Aid. Which would allow a small number of institutions who sponsor a D-III athletic department with a D-I team to give athletic scholarships. Allowing it at the NCAA level is one thing, having each school come up with the $ to fund athletic scholarships is another. A NCAA waiver in 2004 allowed current D-I hockey programs like Clarkson and St. Lawrence to give athletic scholarships. A move to allow D-III schools to fund it’s D-I teams with scholarships could have far reaching impacts for a sport like hockey. I don’t know all the inns and outs of what schools would have to do to elevate their hockey teams to D-I status, but imagine of Adrian, Plattsburgh, or Elmira, wanted to jump up to D-I? Hmmm… Interesting.

Kaplan, Hecker & Fink NCAA Gender Equity Review… If you have not so done yet, give this document a read, you can find it below. It’s absolutely stunning what the findings bring to light about how the NCAA operates, what it holds true to prioritize, and the disparities that exist in certain sports. It’s hard to put into words how bad it is. Ice Hockey as a sport is highlighted as one of the worst culprits in terms of disparities between the student-athlete experience for it’s women’s and men’s programs as well as the NCAA National Championship S-A experience. This document has much to do with the D-I tournament being expanded.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Mailbag Monday – #8 – Nov. 15th

In This Post…

  • Mailbag Monday #8 |

Mailbag Monday #8

Click on the link below to watch this week’s video version of Mailbag Monday. Mike from Minnesota asks: Do college coaches/recruits only tend to look in affluent areas/cities when looking for players to fill a partial scholarship situations? Lengthy video caution… lots to unpack here!

It’s a good question Mike. We have not touched on the scholarship topic much to date yet. We discuss how each program is different in how they manage scholarship and it’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. We talk about what the scholarship environment is like now compared with just a few years ago and how COVID and transfers have changed things. We also talk about the mindset parents and players should have when thinking about scholarships.

We hope this video helps!

Be sure to tune in next Monday for another addition of Mailbag Monday. Remember you can submit your questions HERE, email them to us at womenscollegehockey@gmail.com, or send us a Tweet to @WMNSCollHockey and use the hashtag #MailbagMonday.



Odds & Ends + Streaming Info

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

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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

Streaming Info

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

-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. Subscriptions are not needed to watch games this season.

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

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #59 – 11/12/21- Back At It, Weekend Game Schedule, NCAA Expands D-I Tournament, Sifters

In This Post…

  • Back At It |
  • NCAA Expands D-I National Tourney
  • Weekend NCAA Schedule |
  • Sifters |

Back At It!

A quick apology for the lapse in recent coverage everyone. Rest assured, The Women’s College Hockey Pipeline is back! In September we did a post about coaching changes that occur late into the summer or early Fall and how it affects programs and coaches. Well, this exact situation happened to yours truly a few weeks ago.

My fellow and now former assistant coaching partner at Yale, Danielle Blanchard, has left to take over the UMASS-Boston D-III program as its new Head Coach as of October 18th. As the lone Assistant Coach with our program now, I had to re-focus my priorities and something had to give–the Pipeline was it.

With that said, I want to extend my congratulations to Danielle on getting her first NCAA Head Coaching opportunity. And now, with things firmly under control, it’s back to the Women’s College Hockey Pipeline!

NCAA Expands D-I National Tourney

Big news yesterday from the NCAA Championships Oversight Committee (COC) when they announced approval of expanding the D-I National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championships from 8 to 11 teams as soon as this season 2022 or in 2023. You can read the official announcement HERE. Here’s the back story and timeline.

  • The NCAA National Championship Tournament has had a field of 8 teams. Beginning with the 2022-2023 season, the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) will become eligible to receive an automatic bid to the Tournament under NCAA rules. Also under NCAA rules, 50% of the tournament field must come from conferences that are auto-bid eligible. The NEWHA would be the 5th auto-bid eligible conference in D-I women’s Ice Hockey. The D-I tourney would thus become out of balance with it’s current 8 team field format.
  • This issue didn’t come out of the blue for the D-I coaching body or the tournament committee. Work was being done as early as the 2018-2019 season in anticipation of the NEWHA beginning play in 19-20 with 6 teams – the min. needed to attain an auto-bid to the NCAA tourney after 2 consecutive seasons of play. Year 1 for the NEWHA was 19-20, then COVID hit and the league did not have a traditional season. Year 2 for the NEWHA is this season, 21-22.
  • In the Spring of 2021, the D-I women’s coaching body creates a tournament expansion committee to explore a viable proposal for consideration by the COC. After much discussion, deliberation, and consultation with D-I women’s hockey stakeholders, an official proposal is made to the NCAA COC.
  • September 10, 2021, the NCAA COC tables a proposal put forth by the D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee for an expanded tournament of 10 teams. Sighting lack of funds, the NCAA agreed on the merit of the proposal but did not vote one way or the other.
  • In it’s guidance back to D-I coaching body, a member of the COC asked if the coaching body considered more teams, like 12 instead of 10. Also on September 10th, the NCAA granted Men’s Hockey an extra day in between it’s NCAA Tournament regional semi-final and final round days.
  • On October 26, 2021 Phase II of the NCAA requested independent gender equity review conducted by the law firm of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is made public. (do yourself a favor and read it–it will make you cringe). The disparity between monetary resources and percentage of student-athlete participation allowed between Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey is highlighted in the review as having the greatest variance of any NCAA sport where women and men compete in the same sport. A fire-storm of negative publicity as a result of the review on social media ensues.
  • On November 2nd, Women’s Hockey D-I coaches hold emergency zoom meeting to discuss options of tournament expansion now that Phase II of the NCAA gender equity review is public. It comes to light, the COC will meet on Nov. 10 to discuss the possibility of Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament expansion. A social media campaign is unveiled to educate people about the disparities in women’s D-I ice hockey using the hashtag #CloseTheGapNCAA and #TimeFor12Teams2022.
  • Nov. 10th, the NCAA COC acts and approves expanding the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament to 11 teams for 2022 or 2023. 11 teams is 27% of the eligible teams in D-I women’s ice hockey. It’s also the exact % of teams the D-I men’s tournament has.

This is an ongoing story with many intricacies. We will keep you updated and informed as details develop.

Weekend NCAA Schedule

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Hockey East
TimeOpponentOpp Score@HomeScoreSummaryLocation
6:00 ETBoston University0@Holy Cross2Box ScoreDCU Center, Worcester

Friday, November 12, 2021

ECAC
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
6:00 ETDartmouthAtBrownMeehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.
6:00 ET(8) QuinnipiacAtPrincetonHobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
6:00 ET(5) ColgateAtRensselaerHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
6:00 ETCornellAtUnionAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
6:00 ET(10) HarvardAtYaleIngalls Rink, New Haven, Conn.
Hockey East
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
2:00 ETProvidenceAt(7) Boston CollegeSchneider Arena, Providence, R.I.
7:00 ETHoly CrossAtBoston UniversityWalter Brown Arena, Boston
6:00 ETNew HampshireAtMerrimackJ. Thom Lawler Arena, North Andover, Mass.
6:00 ETMaineAtConnecticutFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
6:00 ET(4) NortheasternAtVermontGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
At
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
7:30 ETSt. Michael’sAtFranklin PierceJason Ritchie Ice Arena, Winchendon, MA
4:00 ETPostAtSt. AnselmThomas F. Sullivan Arena, Manchester, N.H.
Non-Conference
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
7:10 CT(9) ClarksonAtLindenwoodCentene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
6:05 ETSt. LawrenceAtMercyhurstMercyhurst Ice Center, Erie, Pa.
6:07 CTRITAt(3) MinnesotaRidder Arena, Minneapolis

Saturday, November 13, 2021

ECAC
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
3:00 ET(10) HarvardAtBrownMeehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.
3:00 ETPrincetonAt(8) QuinnipiacFrank Perrotti, Jr. Arena, Hamden, Conn.
3:00 ETCornellAtRensselaerHouston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.
3:00 ET(5) ColgateAtUnionAchilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.
3:00 ETDartmouthAtYaleIngalls Rink, New Haven, Conn.
Hockey East
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
8:00 ETProvidenceAt(7) Boston CollegeSilvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
3:00 ETMaineAtConnecticutFreitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.
2:00 ETMerrimackAtNew HampshireWhittemore Center, Durham, N.H.
3:00 ET(4) NortheasternAtVermontGutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
NEWHA
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
7:00 ETSt. Michael’sAtFranklin PierceJason Ritchie Ice Arena, Winchendon, MA
1:00 ETPostAtSt. AnselmThomas F. Sullivan Arena, Manchester, N.H.
Non-Conference
TimeOpponentAtHomeLocation
2:10 CT(9) ClarksonAtLindenwoodCentene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO
2:05 ETSt. LawrenceAtMercyhurstMercyhurst Ice Center, Erie, Pa.
4:07 CTRITAt(3) MinnesotaRidder Arena, Minneapolis

Sifters

Olympic Qualification Tournaments… The IIHF is hosting the last of 3 Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic qualification tournaments to determine the last 3 teams to go to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Some NCAA rosters are heavily impacted. All games are streamed live – you can find the game schedule and streaming links below. There are 26 NCAA players on team rosters. Several of which some from NCAA D-III and Canadian U-Sport programs. We’ll have a full report and breakdown next week.

MN High School Hockey Underway… The 2021-2022 MN High School Girls Hockey Season is just getting started with most teams playing their first games over the next week. Your best source to keep up to date with news, scores, standings, and of course – the MN State Tournament – can be found right HERE at The MN Girls Hockey Hub.

New England Prep School Hockey… The NE Prep. season is right around the corner from starting up in another week or two. Traditionally, prep players will play a fall sport or activity commitment which causes the perceived ‘late start’ by most NE prep teams. To keep up with schedules, scores, and standings etc, you can find it all right HERE.

NCAA Dead Period Ends Friday at Midnight… For D-I schools that subscribe to and offer National Letter of Intent, i.e. Athletic Scholarships, the NCAA Dead Period ends tonight at Midnight. Beginning Monday of this week, recruits who are in grade 12 and were offered a NLI to sign, had the ability to do so with the school of their choice. The Dead Period does not allow for any off-campus contact between D-I college coaches and recruits or their families on or off of its campus. The dead period rule was put into effect to help recruits make their college decision w/ out pressure from coaches during this week.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

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

-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. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

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

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Mailbag Monday – #7 – Oct. 11th

In This Post…

  • Mailbag Monday #7 |

Mailbag Monday #7

Click on the link below to watch this week’s video version of Mailbag Monday. A frustrated parent, ‘Jason’ from the Mid-West’ who’s daughter is currently in grade 11 this academic year, wants to know why the class of 2023 is perhaps being overlooked in the recruiting process. Lengthy video caution… lots to unpack here!

It’s a good question ‘Jason’. We do a deep dive on some factors that recruits in the 2023 class will want to keep in mind as they go through the process. We hope this video helps!

Be sure to tune in next Monday for another addition of Mailbag Monday. Remember you can submit your questions HERE, email them to us at womenscollegehockey@gmail.com, or send us a Tweet to @WMNSCollHockey and use the hashtag #MailbagMonday.



Odds & Ends + Streaming Info

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

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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

Streaming Info

  • Streams in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.
  • Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in Hockey East can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Paid subscriptions will be necessary. Penn State streams can be found HERE.
  • Streams in NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Paid subscriptions will be necessary.

Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Mailbag Monday – #6 – Oct. 4th & Last Week’s Pipeline Post #58

In This Post…

  • Mailbag Monday #6|
  • Pipeline Post #57|

Mailbag Monday #6

Click on the link below to watch this week’s version of Monday Mailbag! Jeff from Wisconsin wants to know when new coaches take over a program, do they have to honor commitments from the previous staff? Also, is it appropriate to ask coaches during the recruiting process how long they foresee themselves at the school?

Great question Jeff. We hope this helps!

Be sure to tune in next Monday for another addition of Mailbag Monday. Remember you can submit your questions HERE, email them to us at womenscollegehockey@gmail.com, or send us a Tweet to @WMNSCollHockey and use the hashtag #MailbagMonday.



In This Post…

  • Weekend Preview & Schedule |
  • Sifters |

Weekend Preview & Schedule

Preview

  • #7/8 Boston College and Penn State kicked off the weekend Thursday in Happy Valley. BC takes game one 2-1
  • 15 teams will play their first games of the year this weekend
  • #1 Wisconsin travel east to take on Merrimack in North Andover, MA
  • #2 Northeastern
  • #3/3 Ohio State travels to #4t/4 Minnesota in a early WCHA match-up
  • #4/6 Colgate clashes with a 3-0-0 Mercyhurst team at home for a pair Friday & Saturday
  • #6 MN-Duluth travels to Mankato
  • #8/7 Cornell and #9/9 Princeton are idle. Ivy League schools don’t start playing games for a few weeks

Thursday Sept. 30th

#7/8 Boston College @ Penn State – 7PM

Friday October 1st

#1/1 Wisconsin @ Merrimack 2PM

Union @ RIT 6PM

BU @ UNH 6PM

Boston Pride @ Providence 6PM (Exhibition)

RPI @ Vermont 6PM

Syracuse @ St. Lawrence 6PM

LIU @ #10/NR Quinnipiac 6PM

#2 Northeastern @ Holy Cross 6PM

Mercyhurst @ #4t/4 Colgate 6PM

#7/8 BC @ Penn State 7PM

Bemidji @ St. Thomas 7PM

#6/5 MN-Duluth @ Mankato 8:07PM

Lindenwood @ St. Cloud 7:07PM

#3/3 Ohio State @ #4/4 Minnesota 8:07PM

Saturday October 2nd

#2 Holy Cross @ Northeastern 2PM

#1/1 Wisconsin @ Merrimack 2PM

Union @ RIT 2PM

BU @ UNH 2PM

St. Anselm @ Maine 3PM

Mercyhurst @ #4t/4 Colgate 3PM

Syracuse @ St. Lawrence 3PM

RPI @ Vermont 3PM

LIU @ #10/NR Quinnipiac 3PM

Lindenwood @ St. Cloud 4:07PM

#6/5 MN-Duluth @ Mankato 4:07PM

Bemidji @ St. Thomas 4PM

#3/3 Ohio State @ #4/4 Minnesota 5:07PM

St. Michael’s @ Sacred Heart 5:30PM

Sifters

Ivy Official Start Date… Today is the first official practice date for Ivy League teams. Programs can now practice more than the 4 hrs. per week previously allowed.

More Coaching Changes… As has been the case each year, there always seems to be a late head coaching change that opens up a position late. This year, for now, that is UMASS-Boston. UMB opened its search on Sept. 10 and the position was posted on the American Hockey Coaches Website on Sept. 21. You can view the posting HERE.

SUNY-Cortland is looking for an Assistant Coach as is Plymouth State Univ. You can find more info about each position on the AHCA website HERE. Be sure to scroll down the page to find each listing.

New U.S. National Team Addition… Anna Wilgren, Senior Defenseman at Minnesota State Mankato has been added to the U.S. residency roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. USA Hockey made the announcement yesterday morning. You can read more HERE.


Odds & Ends + Streaming Info

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

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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

Streaming Info

  • Streams in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.
  • Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in Hockey East can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Paid subscriptions will be necessary. Penn State streams can be found HERE.
  • Streams in NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Paid subscriptions will be necessary.

Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #58 – 10/1/21 – Weekend Preview & Schedule, Sifters

In This Post…

  • Weekend Preview & Schedule |
  • Sifters |

Weekend Preview & Schedule

Preview

  • #7/8 Boston College and Penn State kicked off the weekend Thursday in Happy Valley. BC takes game one 2-1
  • 15 teams will play their first games of the year this weekend
  • #1 Wisconsin travel east to take on Merrimack in North Andover, MA
  • #2 Northeastern
  • #3/3 Ohio State travels to #4t/4 Minnesota in a early WCHA match-up
  • #4/6 Colgate clashes with a 3-0-0 Mercyhurst team at home for a pair Friday & Saturday
  • #6 MN-Duluth travels to Mankato
  • #8/7 Cornell and #9/9 Princeton are idle. Ivy League schools don’t start playing games for a few weeks

Thursday Sept. 30th

#7/8 Boston College @ Penn State – 7PM

Friday October 1st

#1/1 Wisconsin @ Merrimack 2PM

Union @ RIT 6PM

BU @ UNH 6PM

Boston Pride @ Providence 6PM (Exhibition)

RPI @ Vermont 6PM

Syracuse @ St. Lawrence 6PM

LIU @ #10/NR Quinnipiac 6PM

#2 Northeastern @ Holy Cross 6PM

Mercyhurst @ #4t/4 Colgate 6PM

#7/8 BC @ Penn State 7PM

Bemidji @ St. Thomas 7PM

#6/5 MN-Duluth @ Mankato 8:07PM

Lindenwood @ St. Cloud 7:07PM

#3/3 Ohio State @ #4/4 Minnesota 8:07PM

Saturday October 2nd

#2 Holy Cross @ Northeastern 2PM

#1/1 Wisconsin @ Merrimack 2PM

Union @ RIT 2PM

BU @ UNH 2PM

St. Anselm @ Maine 3PM

Mercyhurst @ #4t/4 Colgate 3PM

Syracuse @ St. Lawrence 3PM

RPI @ Vermont 3PM

LIU @ #10/NR Quinnipiac 3PM

Lindenwood @ St. Cloud 4:07PM

#6/5 MN-Duluth @ Mankato 4:07PM

Bemidji @ St. Thomas 4PM

#3/3 Ohio State @ #4/4 Minnesota 5:07PM

St. Michael’s @ Sacred Heart 5:30PM

Sifters

Ivy Official Start Date… Today is the first official practice date for Ivy League teams. Programs can now practice more than the 4 hrs. per week previously allowed.

More Coaching Changes… As has been the case each year, there always seems to be a late head coaching change that opens up a position late. This year, for now, that is UMASS-Boston. UMB opened its search on Sept. 10 and the position was posted on the American Hockey Coaches Website on Sept. 21. You can view the posting HERE.

SUNY-Cortland is looking for an Assistant Coach as is Plymouth State Univ. You can find more info about each position on the AHCA website HERE. Be sure to scroll down the page to find each listing.

New U.S. National Team Addition… Anna Wilgren, Senior Defenseman at Minnesota State Mankato has been added to the U.S. residency roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. USA Hockey made the announcement yesterday morning. You can read more HERE.


Odds & Ends + Streaming Info

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

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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

  • Streams in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.
  • Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in Hockey East can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.
  • Streams in CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Paid subscriptions will be necessary. Penn State streams can be found HERE.
  • Streams in NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Paid subscriptions will be necessary.

Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.

Post #57 – 9/30/21 – Weekend Recap, More Coaches Polls, CAN U18’s Cancelled, Sifters

In This Post…

  • D-I Weekend Recap |
  • More Coaches Polls |
  • Hockey Canada Cancels U18’s – Again |
  • Sifters |

D-I Weekend Recap

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from the NCAA Stats Site (found here).

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

No link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

Game Results, Box Scores, Video Highlights, Postgame

Thursday, Sept 23rd

St. Lawrence 1
@ #9/10 Penn State 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame

Friday, Sept 24th

RIT 1
@ #4/6 Colgate 8
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Maine 2
@ #10/NR Quinnipiac 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Sacred Heart 1
@ #NR/10 Clarkson 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Minnesota State 3
@ Merrimack 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
St. Thomas 0
@ #3/3 Ohio State 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Long Island Univ. 1
@ UCONN 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
RPI 1
@ Mercyhurst 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
St. Lawrence 2
@ Penn State 2 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
#1/1 Wisconsin 8
@ Lindenwood 1
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame

Saturday, Sept 25th

St. Michael’s College 1
@ Vermont 12 (exhibition)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Franklin Pierce 2
@ #2/2 Northeastern 4 (Exhibition)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Sacred Heart 1
@ #NR/10 Clarkson 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
St. Thomas 1
@ #3/3 Ohio State 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Maine 1
@ #10/NR Quinnipiac 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
Long Island Univ. 0
@ UCONN 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame
RPI 0
@ Mercyhurst 2
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Minnesota State 9
@ Merrimack 3
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#1/1 Wisconsin 10
@ Lindenwood 0
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#4/6 Colgate 13
@ RIT 0
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Observations

  • 20 games played, 1 Thursday, 9 Friday, and 10 on Saturday.
  • The home team went 13-6-1 last weekend.
  • Colgate @ RIT Saturday drew 1350 in attendance, the largest crowd of the weekend. RPI/M’Hurst came in 2nd with 726 on Saturday. According to the NCAA Stats Site, 8,140 spectators attended the 20 games scheduled, an ave. of 407/game.
  • The average margin of victory per win this weekend was 4.65 goals. Exactly half of the games this weekend saw 5 goals or more scored by the winning team.
  • SLU/Penn State played the first overtime 3 on 3 game this year… with no winner.
  • St. Thomas played its first ever games as a member of Division I and the WCHA.
  • There we 7 shutouts.
  • Minnesota-State Mankato had the furthest road trip of any program this weekend… according to Apple Maps, it’s 1425 miles from Mankato, MN to North Andover, MA where Merrimack College is located.

Weekly Top 10 Rankings

We publish two nationally recognized ‘Top 10’ polls – 1) USCHO.com Women’s Top 10 Poll and 2) USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 Women’s Poll.

The USCHO.com ranking will be listed first and the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine ranking listed second when identifying rankings for teams. Example, ‘#4/5’

USCHO Division I Women’s Poll – September 27, 2021

RnkTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Wisconsin(14)2-0-01491
2Northeastern(1)0-0-01352
3Ohio State2-0-01113
4Colgate2-0-0936
4Minnesota0-0-0934
6Minnesota Duluth0-0-0855
7Boston College0-0-0487
8Cornell0-0-0418
9Princeton0-0-02010
10Quinnipiac2-0-019NR

Others receiving votes: Clarkson 17, Harvard 9, Providence 3, Penn State 2

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

September 28, 2021

# RKTeamPoints(First Place Votes)Last PollRecordWeeks in Poll
1University of Wisconsin190(19)12-0-03
2Northeastern University16320-0-03
3Ohio State University14332-0-03
4University of Minnesota12050-0-03
5University of Minnesota Duluth10740-0-03
6Colgate University10662-0-03
7Cornell University6570-0-03
8Boston College5980-0-03
9Princeton University4090-0-03
10Clarkson University22NR2-0-01

Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 12, Providence 10, Harvard 6, Penn State 2.

More Coaches Polls

The NEWHA and Hockey East have released their 21-22 Preseason Coaches Polls. In just its third year, Long Island University claims the NEWHA’s top spot while in Hockey East, Northeastern was picked to finish first by league coaches. You can see both polls below.

2021-2022 New England Women’s Hockey Alliance Preseason Coaches Poll

RANKTEAMPOINTS (FIRST PLACE VOTES)
1.LIU25 pts. (5)
2.Sacred Heart19 pts. (1)
3.Franklin Pierce18 pts.
4.Saint Anselm14 pts.
5.Saint Michael’s9 pts.
6.Post5 pts.
2021-22 NEWHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll Announced

2021-2022 Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll

RankTeam (1st Place Votes)Pts.
1.Northeastern (9)90
2.Providence (1)75
3.Boston College70
4.UConn67
5.Boston University59
6.Vermont52
7.Maine43
8.New Hampshire40
9.Holy Cross25
10.Merrimack19

Hockey Canada Cancels Under-18’s

Originally this was going to be a little boo-hoo blurb in our Sifters section, but as I got going on it, it became what it is below.

Monday evening, Hockey Canada announced the cancellation of three events slated to take place this fall due to ongoing COVID concerns. The 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championships was one of them, an event cancelled last Fall and one many NCAA schools were looking forward to getting to. So our questions is this: Was there back-up plan?

Here is part of Hockey Canada’s official statement, “Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to the vaccination status of some international teams, has left us with no other option. We believe the decision to cancel these fall events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around countries and regions being able to safely compete...”

The Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and 2021 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge were the two other events cancelled. Other countries were set to compete at these two events. Looking at the above statement, we can buy the rationale for cancelling based on Canada requiring certain types of vaccines for entry. If teams can’t meet the requirement, than you have no choice but to cancel the event. But the Women’s U-18 don’t involve outside countries – just provincial U-18 teams. If conditions are such, that the intended locale doesn’t meet Hockey Canada standards, move to plan B. Why not announce a postponement with a clear plan to either move to a plan B – which would have already been figured out in advance – or a path investigate alternative locations or dates? Didn’t Hockey Canada just go through this a few months back with the Women’s Worlds being canceled? Didn’t Hockey Canada already have a front row seat for this?

A quick glance of Canadian Major Junior or Tier II Jr. A league schedules tells us games are being played across provincial lines, even US based teams are crossing into Canada. So what got missed? The development of a ‘what if’ plan to hold the event elsewhere if conditions warranted, that’s what. Organizations have had to learn to adapt in our new COVID world–event organizers need back-up plans! NCAA – you are on the clock too, should COVID concerns derail any championships in its intended locale, have a plan B. Insert hand slapping face emoji here. What’s the saying, history is doomed to repeat itself? Until it doesn’t.

Like most things in life you either want to do something and can. You want to do something but can’t, because of some limitation preventing you. Or – you just don’t want to do it. Curious to know where this situation falls. Health and safety should never be compromised – no question. The lack of explanation about possible alternatives leaves a lot to be answered. Where on the priority list does the Women’s Under-18 Championships fall?

Kudos to Manitoba Hockey for their statement HERE about putting in the work to find an alternative. Leadership comes in all forms, but sometimes, all it takes is effort.

Sifters

ECAC YouTube Page… The ECAC has its own YouTube page found HERE. Viewers can watch game highlights of ECAC teams. We hope to see more highlights this season.

CHA Celebrates 20 Years… College Hockey America is celebrating its 20th season as a D-I conference with five insitutitions–Lindenwood, Mercyhurst, Penn State, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse. The league was founded back in 2002-2003 as a four-team conference with Findlay University, Mercyhurst University, Niagara University, and Wayne State University. Sadly, only one program still remains active – Mercyhurst. Quinnipiac came into the CHA for the 2004-2005 after being an independent after Findlay dropped its program. Even Ohio State was a conference member of the CHA for a brief time prior to the 04-05 season before becoming a member of the WCHA (again). Mercyhurst has been to the NCAA tournament 17 times, Robert Morris twice, RIT and Syracuse once each.

CHA NCAA Auto-bid Situation… D-I NCAA conferences in women’s ice hockey must have 6 active members to be eligible for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With Robert Morris’ program still in doubt of starting back up, the CHA would need to find a 6th team by the ’23-’24 season or be in jeopardy of losing its auto bid. Conferences have a two-year grace period to find a 6th team under NCAA rules.

Hockey East Continues Free Streams… Hockey East will once again stream all of its conference games online, live, and for free. You can read the official announcement from Hockey East HERE. Hockey East provided free streams of its women’s and men’s game last season. Also in the coming days will be an announcement about the 21-22 TV schedule of Hockey East women’s and men’s games on NESN and NESN+.

2022 Olympic Schedule Released, Qualifying Tournaments Up Next… The IIHF announced the women’s hockey 2022 Olympic schedule last week. You can find it HERE. Games are set to begin Feb. 3, 2022 and the Gold Medal Game will be Thursday Feb. 17, 2022. Seven nations have already qualified, Canada, China (host–automatic qualification granted) Finland, Japan, Russian Olympic Committee, Switzerland, and The United States. 3 spots are still up for grabs. These will be determined by 2 qualifying tournaments held below:

Olympic Pre-Qualification Round 2 (7-10 October 2021)

Group FGroup GGroup H
(in Nottingham/GBR)(in Torre Pellice/ITA)(in Bytom/POL)
KoreaItalyNetherlands
Great BritainKazakhstanPoland
SloveniaSpainMexico
IcelandChinese TaipeiTurkey

Final Olympic Qualification (11-14 November 2021)

Group CGroup DGroup E
(in Chomutov/CZE)(in Fussen/GER)(in Lulea/SWE)
Czech RepublicGermanySweden
HungaryDenmarkFrance
NorwayAustriaSlovakia
Q6Q5Q4

OWHA Mandates Vaccines… The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, in consultation with Ontario health officials, is mandating as a condition of eligibility, all players born 2009 or earlier to be fully vaccinated (2 shots + 14 days after 2nd shot) no later than Nov. 1. You can read there official statement HERE.

Stop & Go Offsides… We mentioned our displeasure about the new USA Hockey offsides rule. Looks like former Pittsburgh Penguin Ian Moran feels similarly – see his tweet below.

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

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

-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. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

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

-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.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

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


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd 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 amatuer 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.