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
- 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.
Friday, November 26, 2021
|7:10 CT||Bemidji State||4||@||Lindenwood||1||Box Score||Centene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO|
|2:00 ET||(9) Clarkson||4||@||Maine||1||Box Score||Alfond Arena, Orono, Maine|
|5:00 ET||St. Michael’s||2||@||Potsdam||3 – OT||Box Score||Maxcy Hall, Potsdam, N.Y.|
|3:00 ET||(4) Northeastern||2||@||(10) Princeton||0||Box Score||Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.|
|3:00 ET||St. Cloud State||4||@||Rensselaer||1||Box Score||Houston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.|
|6:00 ET||New Hampshire||7||@||Union||0||Box Score||Achilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.|
|7:00 ET||Syracuse||1||@||Vermont||1 – OT||Box Score||Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.|
|6:15 ET||(6) Yale||2||vs||(5) Quinnipiac||3 – OT||Nutmeg Classic||Box Score||Freitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.|
|3:00 ET||Sacred Heart||1||@||Connecticut||6||Nutmeg Classic||Box Score||Freitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.|
|1:00 ET||St. Lawrence||2||vs||(2) Ohio State||5||D1 in DC||Box Score||Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.|
|4:00 ET||(7) Minnesota Duluth||2||vs||Penn State||3||D1 in DC||Box Score||Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.|
|1:00 CT||Boston College||1||vs||(8) Colgate||2||Smashville Showcase||Box Score||Ford Ice Center, Nashville, TN|
|4:30 CT||Mercyhurst||0||vs||(3) Minnesota||4||Smashville Showcase||Box Score||Ford Ice Center, Nashville, TN|
Saturday, November 27, 2021
|3:00 ET||St. Anselm||1||@||Dartmouth||2||Box Score||Thompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.|
|2:10 CT||Bemidji State||4||@||Lindenwood||3 – OT||Box Score||Centene Community Ice Center, Maryland Heights, MO|
|2:00 ET||(9) Clarkson||5||@||Maine||2||Box Score||Alfond Arena, Orono, Maine|
|3:00 ET||(4) Northeastern||3||@||(10) Princeton||1||Box Score||Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.|
|3:00 ET||St. Cloud State||4||@||Rensselaer||2||Box Score||Houston Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y.|
|5:00 ET||Potsdam||2||@||St. Michael’s||6||Box Score||C. Douglas Cairns Arena, South Burlington, Vt.|
|3:00 ET||New Hampshire||4||@||Union||1||Box Score||Achilles Center, Schenectady, N.Y.|
|7:00 ET||Syracuse||1||@||Vermont||5||Box Score||Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.|
|7:00 ET||Post||0||@||Wesleyan||4||Box Score||Spurrier-Snyder Arena, Middletown, Conn.|
|2:00 ET||Providence||4||@||Brown||2||Mayor’s Cup||Box Score||Meehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.|
|3:00||(6) Yale||4||vs.||Sacred Heart||1||Nutmeg Classic||Box Score||Freitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.|
|6:15||(5) Quinnipiac||3||@||Connecticut||2||Nutmeg Classic||Box Score||Freitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.|
|5:30 ET||Penn State||2||vs.||(2) Ohio State||4||D1 in DC||Box Score||Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.|
|1:00 ET||St. Lawrence||3||vs.||(7) Minnesota Duluth||4 – OT||D1 in DC||Box Score||Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va.|
|1:30 CT||Boston College||2||vs.||Mercyhurst||4||Smashville Showcase||Box Score||Ford Ice Center, Nashville, TN|
|4:30 CT||(8) Colgate||2||vs.||(3) Minnesota||1||Smashville Showcase||Box Score||Ford Ice Center, Nashville, TN|
Sunday, November 28, 2021
|4:00 ET||Dartmouth||0||@||St. Anselm||1||Box Score||Thomas F. Sullivan Arena, Manchester, N.H.|
Friday, November 26, 2021
|7:00 ET||Concordia (Wis.)||6||@||Buffalo State||1||Box Score|
|7:00 CT||(3) UW-Eau Claire||1||@||Lake Forest||0||Box Score|
|5:00 ET||St. Michael’s||2||@||Potsdam||3 – OT||Box Score|
Saturday, November 27, 2021
|3:00 ET||Manhattanville||3||@||Amherst||7||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Concordia (Wis.)||7||@||Buffalo State||1||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Johnson & Wales||4||@||Conn. College||3 – OT||Box Score|
|4:00 CT||(3) UW-Eau Claire||2||@||Lake Forest||1 – OT||Box Score|
|7:00 CT||Finlandia||1||@||Northland||2||Box Score|
|7:00 ET||Worcester State||7||@||Rivier||0||Box Score|
|3:00 CT||Marian||1||@||St. Catherine||0||Box Score|
|5:00 ET||Potsdam||2||@||St. Michael’s||6||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Trinity||3||@||Univ of New England||0||Box Score|
|7:00 ET||Post||0||@||Wesleyan||4||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Bowdoin||8||vs.||Stevenson||1||Codfish Bowl||Box Score|
|12:00 ET||Trine||0||@||UMass Boston||3||Codfish Bowl||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||(5) Elmira||1||vs.||(2) Middlebury||2||Cardinal/Panther Classic||Box Score|
|6:00 ET||(9) Endicott||4||@||(1) Plattsburgh||3 – OT||Cardinal/Panther Classic||Box Score|
Sunday, November 28, 2021
|5:00 ET||Worcester State||4||@||Anna Maria||1||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Johnson & Wales||1||@||Amherst||4||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Manhattanville||1||@||Conn. College||3||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Northland||1||@||Finlandia||1 – OT||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Utica||2||@||Hamilton||3||Box Score|
|3:00 ET||Salem State||0||@||Trinity||4||Box Score|
|6:00 ET||Salve Regina||0||@||Wesleyan||2||Box Score|
|1:00 ET||Trine||2||vs.||Stevenson||3||Codfish Bowl||Box Score|
|4:00 ET||Bowdoin||4||@||UMass Boston||2||Codfish Bowl||Box Score|
|5:00 ET||(2) Middlebury||2||vs.||(9) Endicott||1||Cardinal/Panther Classic||Box Score|
|2:00 ET||(5) Elmira||4||@||(1) Plattsburgh||3 – OT||Cardinal/Panther Classic||Box Score|
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
- 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.
- 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:
A look at the stats tell us:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
|Rnk||Team||(First Place Votes)||Record||Points||Last Poll|
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
|Team||Points||(First Place Votes)||Last Poll||Record||Weeks in Poll|
|1||University of Wisconsin||190||(19)||1||15-0-1||12|
|2||Ohio State University||171||2||14-2-0||12|
|5||University of Minnesota||119||3||12-4-0||12|
|9||University of Minnesota Duluth||42||6||7-5-0||12|
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.
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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 email@example.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.
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.