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Post #23 — 1/1/21 — HAPPY NEW YEAR! UNH / HOLY CROSS RECAP, POLLS AND WKND SCHEDULE, SERIES PREVIEWS, SIFTERS

IN THIS POST…

  • Happy New Year!..
  • New Hampshire/Holy Cross Recap
  • Weekend Schedule/Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2021… and good riddance to 2020. Wow – what a year it has been. No need to go into details, you know them all too well. But as a new year begins, we at the Bulldog Pipeline would like to wish everyone a healthy and safe start to a prosperous and joyful year ahead.

Great things are happening at Yale with our program and we can wait to get back to a more normal way of life and college hockey season. Happy New Year!

New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Recap…

New Hampshire 2
Holy Cross 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame

In almost a complete reversal from a week earlier, Holy Cross up-ended New Hampshire 5-2 for its third victory of the year. Holy Cross netminder Jada Brenon turned aside 49 of 51 UNH shots for the win and good for a .960 save %. It was just a week earlier on Dec. 23rd where Holy Cross found itself on the wrong side of a 6-2 loss against UNH. Holy Cross was a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill while UNH only went 1-for-7 on the PP. These two teams will meet again in a home-and-home series in late February.

Weekend NCAA Schedule/Polls…

All Times are Eastern Standard Time, EST.

Observations…

D-III vs. D-I… NCAA Division III Adrian College is continuing their season against two D-I teams this weekend. Tonight, it’s facing nationally ranked (USCHO.com poll) Mercyhurst University and Monday will take on vs. Robert Morris University, another strong CHA opponent. RMU is a program that has been to the NCAA tournament and nationally ranked before. So you have one of the best programs in D-III going against some of the best in Division I. Should be an interesting match-up. For those who don’t know or follow D-III hockey all that much, you should. After many years as a D-I asst. coach, I got the opportunity to start a D-III program from scratch as the head coach at Aurora University and play in the same conference as Adrian. We took a beating, granted we were a brand new team, but they were tough, skilled, and well coached. I can tell you there is some excellent hockey being played at that level. Adrian College is just one of many D-III teams that have a long tradition of success with a quite a few D-III alumni playing on NWHL rosters.

The University of Wisconsin… The Badgers will finally get to play its 3rd & 4th games of the year this weekend vs. Minnesota State University-Mankato. After only playing its first series of the year back in late November, UW is still currently ranked #1 in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today Top 10 polls.

Long Island University… Head Coach Rob Morgan and the Sharks get their first game action of the year as they take on Quinnipiac Sunday. The Sharks are coming off the programs’ inaugural season in 2019-2020 as a D-I program where they won the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance playoff championship. LIU and Sacred Heart are the only NEWHA teams to play this season.

National Polls – Week of Dec 28…

Weekly Polls… With no games last week, there are no updated weekly polls.

What the Top 10 are up to…

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… As we mentioned above, #1 Wisconsin is back at it this weekend vs. MSU-Mankato for 2 games. #3 Northeastern and #4 Ohio State are back in action since before the holiday break. Northeastern hosts Maine while Bemidji travels to Columbus to face the Buckeyes. #10 Quinnipiac hosts D-III power Adrian College for one-game Friday.

#2 Minnesota, #5 Colgate, #6 MN-Duluth, #7 Clarkson, #8 Boston College, and #9 Providence are all idle this weekend.

Series Previews…

Holy Cross @ VermontVideo Preview
Bemidji @ Ohio StateVideo Preview
Adrian @ MercyhurstVideo Preview
Wisconsin @ MSU-MankatoVideo Preview
Maine @ NortheasternTBA
Long Island Univ. @ QuinnipiacTBA

Streaming info is below. TBA series previews will be updated as they become available.

Sifters…

Women’s Hockey On TV… The New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise each game of the Maine/Northeastern series this Saturday and Sunday. Games time are set for 4:30PM & 4PM. I will say NESN has done a great job of broadcasting women’s hockey games this season. Curious to know if the uptick in the amount of televised women’s games was a contractual obligation with Hockey East and would have happened anyway w/ out COVID? Anyway, it’s nice to see a major sports network broadcasting games.

Men’s World Junior Tourney… The IIHF Men’s U20 World Junior Championships are entering its playoff phase in Edmonton, Alberta. They are using a very similar bubble approach to hosting the event as did the NHL. Team Canada and Team USA came in first-place of their respective groups.

Sweden… Tre Kronor, who had won 54 strait preliminary round games dating back to 2006, has now lost two games in a row. They lost 4-3 in OT to Russia Dec. 30 and 4-0 last night to Team USA. That is quite a streak! Interestingly, Team Sweden’s loss in 2006 cam when the tournament was held in Sweden to Team USA in OT. Jack Johnson scored the winner.

Germany Moves to Quarter Finals… Team Germany is moving on the to Quarter Finals for the first time… ever with a thrilling 4-3 win over Switzerland. And they’ve done so with a shorthanded group too. Several players tested positive before the tournament began which gave Germany just 14 skaters through the first few games of the tournament. Credit Germany’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL draft Tim Stutzle – this kid is fun to watch.


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 for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

Post #22 — 12/30/20 — NCAA MID-WEEK SCHEDULE, UNH VS. HOLY CROSS PREVIEW, SIFTERS

IN THIS POST…

  • Light Mid-Week NCAA Schedule
  • New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview
  • Sifters

Mid-Week NCAA Schedule…

In an earlier post we reported women’s hockey will be back playing games Jan. 1. That has now changed and New Hampshire will travel to Worcester to take on Holy Cross at the Hart Center Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 5pm. The game will be streamed live and can be viewed for FREE. All NCAA conference streaming information can be found below at the bottom of the post.

New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview…

These two teams met just before Christmas on December 23rd with New Hampshire exploding for a four-goal second period enroute to a 6-2 victory. It’s been a short break for both squads as they were last two NCAA teams to play before the holiday break. Looking ahead, Holy Cross has a quick turnaround as they head up to Burlington, VT for a New Year’s series with Vermont Jan. 1 & 2. New Hampshire has the weekend off and return to action Jan. 8-9 vs. Northeastern in Boston.

You can read previews for New Hampshire HERE and Holy Cross HERE.

Sifters…

Hockey East Cancels Games… Due to COVID testing date conflicts with the Boston University Women’s and Men’s teams returning to campus from the holiday break, each of their respective home-and-home series for this coming weekend have been cancelled. The women were set play New Hampshire and the Men vs. Northeastern.

Games Played Thus Far… In a quick scan of how the conference standings were matching up I began to notice how few games some teams have played. Of note, Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Vermont, and Northeastern have only played 2 games thus far. In contrast, New Hampshire has played the most with 9 followed by Providence, Boston College, and MSU-Mankato with 8 and Holy Cross & UCONN with 7. If memory serves, 10 games played will be the magic number for NCAA tournament consideration this year. Normally, that number of games is 20.


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 for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

Post #17 — 12/18/20

IN THIS POST…

  • Weekend Schedule/Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

It’s a light schedule of games until Dec. 23rd, just 10 games. There is 1 weekend series postponed due to COVID: Ohio State @ Wisconsin. Here is the schedule as of 12/18/20 at 6:45am. Thursday had one contest–Bemidji and MSU-Mankato. The complete slate of games is below.

National Polls for the week of Dec 14…

What the Top 10 are up to…

The Polls… The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls came out Monday. Both polls have some flip-flopping with Northeastern dropping a spot to #3 in the USCHO poll and #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Providence moves up to #7 and Clarkson drops a spot to #8. Boston University has dropped out of both polls. Mercyhurst debuts in at #10 in the USCHO poll while Quinnipiac claims #10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Colgate, MN-Duluth, Clarkson, Boston College, as well as Mercyhurst/Quinnipiac are all idle until play picks up after Christmas. The only two Top 10 teams to skate before the holiday break are Northeastern who takes on Holy Cross and Providence will host Maine. Ohio St. and consensus #1 Wisconsin were supposed to play in Madison, both games are postponed due to COVID.

Series Previews…

Bemidji & MSU-MankatoPreview
Merrimack & UCONNPreview
Maine & ProvidencePreview
Northeastern & Holy CrossPreview
New Hampshire & VermontVideo
Holy Cross & New HampshireComing

Sifters…

This time of year is always interesting to play games. Mid-December usually means exam time and this year shouldn’t be much different. While COVID has presented challenges with online classes, students are still facing end-of-semester work loads. Players’ attention is more divided than ever with so much going on. The challenge of staying focussed as a player becomes that much harder. End of semester fatigue is real and so is the stress that comes with it. These players will be ready for a much deserved break when games are done and they can go home.

Vermont is set to play its first games of the year vs. New Hampshire at home. Vermont was set to start earlier in November but its athletic administration decided to postpone things until now. With the exception of Sacred Heart, the five remaining teams in the NEWHA are still waiting to commence play which will take place after the holidays.

New Hampshire will host Holy Cross for one game on December 23rd. This usually is not the norm to play this late into December. Most teams finish up early after the first weekend or around mid-month due to exams or institutional rules. Never have we seen a game played so late in the month. Of course, this hasn’t been your normal year.

Streaming for each conference is listed below at the bottom of the page. All Hockey East games are streamed for FREE. ECAC, CHA, and WCHA are all paid subscription based services that require a fee to watch. We haven’t found a NEWHA streaming service for the conference yet. Please refer to each teams website for stream details.

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 for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

Post #15 — 12/11/20

IN THIS POST…

  • Weekend NCAA Schedules
  • National Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 19 games between Thursday and Monday. There are 2 weekend series postponed due to COVID: Minnesota@OSU & Duluth@Wisconsin. Here is the schedule as of 12/10/20 at 10:20pm. Thursday’s slate of games are complete as you can see below. Video highlights, postgame reaction, and box scores from the weekend will be posted Tuesday next week.

National Polls for the week of Dec 7…

What the Top 10 are up to…

The Polls… The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls are identical after last week’s games.

Minimal Movement… Providence moves up a spot to #8, BU loses 2 spots and is now at #10, and Boston College moves up one spot to #9. Your top 4 teams did not play–Wisconsin, Northeastern, Minnesota, and Ohio State. OSU had the week off while UW, MN, and NU had COVID postponements.

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… #1 Wisconsin and #6 MN-Duluth were to play in Madison–that has been postponed due to COVID. #2 Northeastern gets its first game action of the year in a home-and-home with #9 Boston College while #3 Minnesota’s series with #4 Ohio State is also postponed due to COVID. Minne was able to schedule a series with MSU-Mankato instead. #5 Colgate and #7 Clarkson and #8 Providence are all off this weekend. #10Boston University plays a single game at UCONN on Friday.

Series Previews & Streaming Info

Streaming for each conference is listed below. All Hockey East games are streamed for FREE. ECAC, CHA, and WCHA are all paid subscription based services that require a fee to watch. We haven’t found a NEWHA streaming service for the conference yet. Please refer to each teams website for stream details.

MaineAtNew HampshirePreview
NortheasternAtBoston CollegePreview
Robert MorrisAtLindenwoodPreview
RITAtMercyhurstPreview
Holy CrossAtMerrimackPreview
St. Cloud StateAtBemidjiVideo
Boston UniversityAtUCONNVideo
Penn StateAtSyracusePreview
MSU-MankatoAtMinnesotaPreview
Sacred HeartAtQuinnipiacN/A

Sifters…

-International Games… Last week we mentioned the Swiss and German women’s national teams will meet for 3-games December 15-19 in Fussen, Germany pitting Yale alum and 2014 Swiss Olympian Phoebe Staenz against current Yale defensemen Tabea Botthof of Germany. Additionally we have learned Yale Sophomore Elle Hartje will play for the Slovak National Team in an event with Austria. We’re waiting to confirm the Austrian roster as Yale incoming Freshman ’20 Anja Trummer and Defensemen MeiLan Haberl have both played for the Austrian National Team.


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 for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!