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Post #29 — 2/9/21 — Welcome to women’s college hockey.org

In This Post…

  • Welcome to Women’s College Hockey.org
  • NCAA Weekly Polls
  • Sifters — lots of them

Welcome to Women’s College Hockey.org

Hello everyone, Grant Kimball here, assistant women’s hockey coach at Yale University and welcome to Women’s College Hockey.org! Many of you started following my Bulldog Pipeline blog back in early October where we kept you updated with news, notes, and insight about our program at Yale as well as across the world of NCAA women’s college hockey. Since then, we’ve heard from many of you saying how much you enjoy our content, especially on the recruiting side with all the changes happening in the NCAA due to COVID.

So, in an effort to better serve and educate prospective players, coaches and fans about NCAA women’s college hockey welcome to your new home – Women’s College Hockey.org. Our new site is more robust which allows for additional content and special features like dedicated pages for advice to help you understand the recruiting process, view video clips of game highlights and coaches post-game reaction, league standings, and so much more. There may even be a podcast in our future!

The Bulldog Pipeline IS NOT GOING AWAY but it will get a new home as well on the official Yale Athletics Women’s Hockey website which can be found HERE–be sure to bookmark it! All previous content specific to our program from bulldogpipeline.com will migrate over.

Now you have two great online sources to keep you up to date with what’s going on in NCAA women’s college hockey AND with your Yale Bulldogs. We’ll continue to send emails of new posts once they go live. If you already signed up to follow the Bulldog Pipeline there is no need to do so again. And if you want to keep up to date with all that is going on in the world of Women’s College Hockey – sign up now and give us a follow so you never miss a post! Just go to the Home Page and enter your email address in the ‘Follow Us‘ box located in the right-hand margin of the page.

Okay… on to some women’s college hockey news! Happy reading everyone!

NCAA Weekly Polls…

Weekly polls are out as of Feb. 8 with no change at all between them except for the #8 and #9 spots.

RANKTEAM
1Wisconsin
2Minnesota
3Northeastern
4Ohio State
5Colgate
6-TMinnesota-Duluth
6-TBoston College
8Penn State
9Clarkson
10Providence
USCHO.com Poll
RANKTEAM
1Wisconsin
2Minnesota
3Northeastern
4Ohio State
5Colgate
6Minnesota-Duluth
7Boston College
8Clarkson
9Penn State
10Providence
USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today Poll

Sifters…

New National Goaltending Award Announced… The Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association announced a new D-I women’s national goaltender of the year award given annually to the top female goaltender. The winner will be announced at this years Frozen Four in March held in Erie, PA. On the men’s side they’ve had the exact same award named after former Wisconsin goalie Mike Richter since the 2013-2014 season. The Hockey Commissioners Association assumed the responsibility for the Richter Award this Fall and felt a women’s equivalent was long overdue. A ‘watch list’ of 21 names was announced last week. You can see who’d on that list HERE.

The Hockey Commissioners Association is made up of the commissioners of each women’s and men’s D-I conferences. They are heavily involved in the administration of NCAA D-I women’s and men’s college hockey as well as serving as a partner with the NCAA and the institutions their conferences represent.

D-III Winter National Championships Cancelled… All NCAA Division-III 2020-2021 Winter National Championships have been cancelled as per the NCAA last week. You can read the official story HERE. The NCAA said the reason for the cancellations were due to low sport participation, meaning there weren’t enough teams in their respective sports to have a bona-fide true National Championship. The NCAA set strict limits on how many teams in each sport must play this season in order to play and national tournament. No word yet on what will happen with Spring championships yet.

NCAA Contingencies for Winter Sports Announced… With the NCAA cancelling D-III Winter championships last week, they came out with a statement on contingencies for D-I Winter and Spring sport national championships. You can read the announcement HERE. Based on the number of teams competing in D-I hockey, a full 8-team field is expected to be selected.

One Site Location for Women’s D-I Championship… The NCAA announced it will hold the entire NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Championship at its Frozen Four site in Erie, PA March 15-21. All 7 games of the tournament, 4 qtr. final, 2 semi-final, and 1 championship game will be played at one site. Normally the 4 highest seeds would host a quarter-final game with the winners moving on to a single-site for the Frozen Four. Of course, this is all done to protect the health and safety of all participants in an environment where the NCAA can control what it wants – namely COVID testing. You can read the official statement HERE.

SAT Testing News… A big change from from The College Board, the company that administers the SAT Test… SAT Subject tests will no longer be offered and the optional Essay on the SAT will no longer be offered after the June SAT dates. You can read the official announcement HERE. Some additional SAT test dates were announced as well.

SAT/ACT Test Optional to Continue? A number of high profile institutions, Cornell and Harvard to name a few, have recently announced its extending test-optional policies beyond the ’20-’21 admissions cycle and into ’21-’22. No word if other institutions will follow suit, but you have to think with all the trouble students across the US and Canada have had to even register for a test date, more schools will go test optional.

Dartmouth and Brown announce Athletic Director changes… The Ivy League athletic director landscape has been upended with the announcements of Brown University Athletic Director Jack Hayes and Dartmouth AD Harry Sheehy will step down from their respective posts. Hayes has been at the Brown helm since 2012 and will move on to explore other opportunities, one of which starts March 1 in a new role with Bruin Sports Capital a private sports, entertainment and media company. Sheehy will depart Dartmouth after 45 years in competitive athletics, the last ten of which he spent with the Big Green. The news comes on the heels of both departments deciding to ‘restructure’ and cut various sport programs last Spring and Summer as the COVID-19 pandemic put a choke hold on college athletics. There has been an alumni groundswell of support as well as lawsuits to bring some of those sports back and some with success.

Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

Post #28 — 1/19/21 — Weekend Update, Scores and Highlights, COVID Recruiting, Sifters

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap
  • Scores & Highlights
  • COVID Recruiting Update
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap…

To clarify, the first ranking number you see will always be the USCHO.com poll and the second will be from the USA Toda/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

How The Top 10 fared… Top 10 teams through Sunday’s games went 11-6-1-1-1 (W-L-T-OTW-OTL). #2 Wisconsin swept #1 Minnesota at home in Madison.

#3/4 Northeastern needed OT to beat Maine

#4/3 Ohio State split with #6 Duluth.

#5 Colgate beat #9 Clarkson at home in game one of that series.

#7 Providence swept its weekend series with Merrimack.

#8 Boston College swept its series with Holy Cross.

#10/NR Mercyhurst tied and lost to Robert Morris in OT

#NR/10 Quinnipiac swept its series with LIU.

All scores, game highlights, and postgame reaction can be found below.

COVID Postponements… Due to COVID protocols the Penn State @ RIT and Lindenwood at Syracuse series were postponed.

Conference Standings as of 1/18/21…

Friday Scores & Highlights – 1/15

Holy Cross 2
#8 Boston College 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#1 Minnesota 0
#2 Wisconsin 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video (MN)
#7 Providence 3
Merrimack 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Concordia-Wisconsin 1
Adrian College 9
Box / NO Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Robert Morris 2
#10/NR Mercyhurst 2
Box / Video Highlights & Postgame Reaction
UCONN 1
New Hampshire 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Bemidji State 1
St. Cloud 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Ohio State 0
MN-Duluth 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Penn State @ RIT – PPD
Lindenwood @ Syracuse – PPD

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 1/16

#10/NR Mercyhurst 2
Robert Morris 3 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Long Island Univ. 0
#NR/10 Quinnipiac 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Minnesota 3
Wisconsin 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video (MN)
#9 Clarkson 1
#5 Colgate 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Bemidji 2
St. Cloud 2 (OT) BEMIDJI Wins Shootout 1-0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#4/3 Ohio State 1
#6 MN-Duluth 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video UMD
Adrian College 4
Concordia-Wisconsin 1
Box / No Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
UCONN 4
New Hampshire 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Penn State @ RIT – PPD
Lindenwood @ Syracuse – PPD

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 1/17

Merrimack 2
#7 Providence 4
Box / Video Highlights & Postgame Video
Maine 2
Northeastern 3 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#NR/10 Quinnipiac 11
Long Island Univ. 0
Box / No Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

COVID Recruiting Update… Players & Parents Hang In There!

Recruiting in women’s hockey has been turned on its head and in many respects has come to a standstill for certain age groups. Needless to say, it’s been a bit messy. On March 12th, 2020 the NCAA announced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Women’s Hockey National Championship due to concerns over COVID. Shortly after that announcement the NCAA announced a temporary ‘COVID’ recruiting dead period which basically meant no off-campus recruiting for D-I coaches nor could recruits and or their families make trips to visit campuses in an official or unofficial capacity. Since then, the COVID recruiting dead period has been extended several times and is currently in effect until April 15, 2021.

As coaches we often tell our players to be patient… things will work themselves out in time. Well… whether you’re a player, a parent, or minor/youth coach reading this, I’d like to offer the same bit of advice – be patient with the recruiting process during COVID.

I’ve spoken to several club and high school coaches since the holidays on how the pandemic is impacting their players. Almost across the board, coaches have intimated their players and parents are on full out freak-out mode relative to their D-I recruiting situations and perceived loss of opportunity–mostly for those who are in grade 11. And the biggest complaint I heard is the lack of information coming from college coaches back to these players and parents. And there is good reason why college programs aren’t providing that info — because they don’t have it themselves, yet.

Part of this angst stems from a recruiting environment we were all used to prior to the pandemic where early commitments and back-and-forth communication was the norm. Players could call coaches on their own and get the info they wanted/needed to make decisions or just to know who had interest in them was nice to know because it meant you might have some options. Since June for those in grades 9 and 10, most of that has been taken away due to NCAA rules. Players in grades 11 and 12 have been subject to a whole new world of college recruiting in the COVID era where coaches won’t know how many spots they’ll need or what there roster could look like in a lot of cases until May or June this Spring. I’ve talked with plenty of college coaches of late, and the sense I get is they want to be patient. Not being able to see players play live doesn’t make for great recruiting decisions. And let’s face it – players haven’t really been able to play. Some yes, but this hasn’t been a normal hockey season of development. Add in a whole class of NCAA players who can come back and play next year and you have a new transfer market college coaches are now taking into account. Trouble is, college coaches won’t know who’s going to transfer in a lot of cases until this Spring.

When I first started coaching in the early 2000’s, coaches wouldn’t even call players for the first time until the summer between a players’ junior and senior year when the rules said we could. Official visits were a real and a vital aspect of the recruiting process which absolutely helped determine who we made official offers to… after the player came to campus. Players would actually take multiple visits to schools before making a decision and for the most part were patient with the process.

Then, all of a sudden the process changed and early recruiting/commitments became the norm. So too did the expectations of players, parents, and their club or high school coaches. Patients in the process went out the window. Enter the pandemic, a NCAA dead period that will last at least 13 months, and NCAA rules allowing current college players an extra year of eligibility… Welcome back to the early 2000’s and programs taking their time to make recruiting decisions.

Here is the reality for a lot of college programs–they don’t even have all of the info they want and need to make recruiting decisions. In part because watching live games of club and high school hockey has been off-limits due to the dead period. And also because the NCAA threw a nice wrench into the mix granting all players on a roster this year an extra year of eligibility. A lot of programs are still trying to hash-out what seniors may come back or transfer elsewhere. Chances are that won’t be known until sometime this Spring after the season is over.

The old saying ‘control what you can control’, really applies here – otherwise you are going to drive yourself nuts over-thinking all of this. You can’t control what the NCAA does nor a college program.

So if you want to be smart, use this time to your advantage and take control of your development. Do what you can to make yourself a better player so when the time comes for coaches to get back out on the road and watch games live, you’re ready and can show them how much you’ve improved. You might have to re-think your approach to your process like taking a gap year somewhere or you might have to consider other schools where you know there is an opportunity for you. Because there are still spots available out there – but you have to be good enough to get one. Case in point… when the Univ. of North Dakota dropped their program in March of 2017, all but a player or two found a home. That meant there had to be space on rosters and scholarship money available to give out – and there was. So, if you’re one of those players who’s in a holding pattern and haven’t heard much from the coaches you were chatting it up with this summer or early fall, take a deep breath, hang in there and be patient as you let this crazy process play itself out. Things will get better but it will take some time.

Sifters…

Transfers Make Debuts… A couple of recent transfers have made debuts with their new teams. Freshman forward Lacey Eden was supposed to suit up for Princeton this year but has found her way to Madison, Wisconsin and is now a Badger. She skated in her first game this past weekend in UW’s sweep in #1 ranked Minnesota. You can read her story HERE. Maureen Murphy suited up for Northeastern this past weekend after spending 2+ years at Providence College. The Hockey East executive committee granted her immediate eligibility beginning this Spring semester. You can read her story HERE.

A Change for the May Quiet Period… There has been talk D-I Coaches will try and request the NCAA to suspend its self-imposed May quiet period this Spring. D-I coaches in women’s hockey have long had what is called the May Quiet Period where from the Monday prior to the American Hockey Coaches Association convention (usually late April) and ending 12:01am June 1, coaches were not allowed to go off-campus to recruit and evaluate or meet face-to-face with perspective players and their families. So, with the NCAA COVID temporary dead period slated to end on April 15, that would give D-I coaches a 10 day stretch to get out and watch players play. Not exactly an ideal amount of time to make recruiting decisions. By April 15, D-I coaches will have gone a year + without being able to watch players live. We’ll keep you posted on future developments.

Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

Post #16 — 12/13/20 — Wknd recap, scores and highlights, milestones, understanding the process – part iv

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap, Scores, and Highlights
  • Milestones
  • Understanding The Process – Part IV…

Weekend Recap…

How The Top 10 fared… Teams in the top 10 went 4-3-0 this weekend. #9 Boston Univ. dropped its lone game of the weekend to UCONN while #2 Northeastern and #9 Boston College split their home-and-home series, Northeastern winning game one and BC winning game two. #3 Minnesota swept MSU-Mankato, #1 Wisconsin, #4 Ohio St., #5 Colgate, #6 MN-Duluth, #7 Clarkson and #8 Providence were all idle.

COVID Postponements… COVID protocol caused the postponements of just two series, Minnesota/Ohio State and MN-Duluth/Wisconsin

Firsts… Mercyhurst, Merrimack, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart all saw their first game-action of the 20-21 season.

Thursday Scores & Highlights – 12/10

Mercyhurst 2
RIT 1
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
St. Cloud State 3
Bemidji 2 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
Minnesota 5
MSU-Mankato 1
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
Robert Morris 4
Lindenwood 0
Box / NO-Video / Postgame

Friday Scores & Highlights – 12/11

Maine 2
New Hampshire 1
Box / Video / Postgame
Northeastern 4
Boston College 1
Box / Video-BC / Postgame-BC
Video-NU — Postgame-NU
Robert Morris 2
Lindenwood 1 (OT)
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
RIT 1
Mercyhurst 5
Box / Video / Postgame
Holy Cross 4
Merrimack 2
Box / Video / Postgame
St. Cloud State 2
Bemidji 3 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
Boston Univ. 1
UCONN 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Penn State 4
Syracuse 3 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
MSU-Mankato 1
Minnesota 2
Box / NO-Video / Postgame

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 12/12

Maine 2
New Hampshire 1
Box / Video / Postgame
Penn State 2
Syracuse 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Merrimack 3
Holy Cross 2
Box / Video / Postgame

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 12/13

Sacred Heart 1
Quinnipiac 6
Box / Video / Postgame
Boston College 2
Northeastern 1
Box / Video / Postgame

Monday Scores & Highlights – 12/14

Sacred Heart 1
Quinnipiac 9
Box / Video / Postgame

Milestones…

Two coaching milestones were reached this past weekend. Mercyhurst head coach Mike Sisti notched career victories # 499 & 500 in a sweep of RIT. He is only the 2nd DI coach in NCAA women’s hockey history to amass 500 wins. Mark Johnson in #1 in D-I.

Cassie Turner, Head Coach of Quinnipiac University got her 100th victory in a sweep of Sacred Heart.

Understanding The Process-Coaches Want You, To Want Them!

In our fourth and final segment of ‘Understanding The Process’ we want to explain why it’s so important for coaches to select student-athletes who REALLY want to be a part of their school and hockey program.

When you consider all that a student-athletes goes through… a rigorous class day, a demanding hockey schedule with practices, video, travel/road trips, off-ice workouts, extra-curricular activities, time with friends etc., it takes a motivated individual to do it all at a high level and ENJOY what they do day-in-and-day-out. Because let’s be honest, if something isn’t enjoyable or you’re wishing you’d be elsewhere, there’s a little something that gets missed from the experience. Enjoyment should be a part of your college experience. That is why coaching staffs really like it recruits (who they are serious about) aren’t afraid to tell them their school is #1 on their list and they want to be there!

Players who attack life and the challenges they face head-on with enthusiasm, energy and a passion for the pursuit of excellence are the type of people coaches seek to be a part of their program. Often times in the recruiting process coaches get a player where they can just tell the player doesn’t seem to have that excitement for your school or your program, but wind up committing and coming anyway. These are the types of players where it’s like pulling teeth to get them to do anything and when they do what’s asked, it’s a half-assed effort. It’s a whole lot easier to ‘do what is being asked’ when you want to be there in the first place. We have news for you, every program in the country can be a tough place for someone who isn’t motivated to be there.

So, for you coaches who are advising your players, give them some help when it comes to communicating with a particular coaching staff… if they really like a school and feel it would be a tremendous experience on and off the ice, like it’s just the right fit all the way around… tell them TO TELL THE COACHING STAFF! Coaches love to hear when a player really wants to be at their school. If a coach has two equal players in terms of hockey ability but one is absolutely adamant about wanting to be at your school, who do you think the coach is going to want to take?

By having players who want to be at their school and a part of their program, coaches get to bypass the ‘pulling teeth process’ and have players who are motivated to immerse themselves in their program and have a truly enjoyable experience because the player wants to be there in the first place.

Until Next Time…

Post #13 — 11/30/20

IN THIS POST…

  • Holiday Movie Time
  • Weekend Scores
  • Quick Hitters

Holiday Movie Time

America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman – Dell Griffith

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and all things late 1980’s, we present one of the holiday movie classics and characters from the hilarious hit Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. In this Thanksgiving travel mishap adventure, (which every hockey parent/player/coach has experienced) America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman Dell Griffith, played by the late Canadian hockey-loving actor John Candy, teams up with Neal Page, played by Steve Martin, as they try to make their way back home for Thanksgiving. You’ll just have to click the picture above to watch the scene. Knowing the stench hockey equipment makes, you will all relate!

Weekend Scores

In last Monday’s post we included video highlights from each series as much as we could find. Those will now come as part of Wednesday’s posts. Scores from the weekend are below, box scores included.

SCORES – FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

PROVIDENCE3ATBOSTON COLLEGE2BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN2ATOHIO STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT1ATSYRACUSE7BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA4ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH2BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE0ATST. CLOUD1BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1)ATHOLY CROSSPPD

(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

BOSTON COLLEGE2ATPROVIDENCE3BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN5ATOHIO STATE0BOX SCORE
COLGATE3ATCLARKSON1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA2ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE4ATST. CLOUD STATE2BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
HOLY CROSS (1)ATNEW HAMPSHIREPPD

(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

LINDENWOOD0ATPENN STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT (1)ATSYRACUSEPPD

(1) POSTPONED

GAME SCHEDULE – MONDAY NOV. 30, 2020

LINDENWOODATPENN STATE2PM
CLARKSONATCOLGATE5PM

Observations…

  • 2 Monday games on the schedule for today, which are rare in college hockey. Lindenwood is at Penn State at 2:00pm and Clarkson is at Colgate at 5pm.
  • Providence sweeps BC behind a 70 save 2-game performance from JR goaltender Sandra Abstreiter.
  • Wisconsin splits with Ohio State winning the backend of their 2-game set 5-0 with 2-goals from Freshmen Sophie Shirley. Wisconsin’s graduate transfer goalie Kennedy Blair stopped 26 of 28 in game 2.
  • Minnesota swept Minnesota-Duluth while on the road. Gopher goalie Lauren Bench finished the weekend turning away 57 of 60 shots good for a .950% save percentage.
  • St. Cloud beat MSU-Mankato in its first game of the year 1-0 despite being outshot 37-12. Mankato turned the tables in game 2 for the weekend split earning its first win of the year 4-2 and outshooting St. Cloud 42-23.
  • Colgate, behind a 2-goal effort from forward Kristyna Kaltounkova, downed 5th ranked Clarkson 3-1 in game 1 of their series at Clarkson. Game 2 moves to Colgate Monday night at 5pm.
  • Due to COVID protocol, the RIT/Syracuse game on Sunday was postponed.

Sifters…

-Providence’s Freshman D Claire Tyo’s goal on Friday night made ESPN’s Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays. You can watch it below.https://video.wordpress.com/embed/pylfRH3Q?preloadContent=metadata&hd=1

-The Winter Olympics in Beijing are quickly creeping upon us. The New York Times did a recent story on how the Chinese hockey federation is preparing their women’s program for 2022 and the impact COVID-19 is having . You can read it HERE.

-What a weekend for Sarah Fuller, soccer player turned kicker for the Vandy football team and the first female to ever play in a NCAA Power 5 football game. ESPN did a nice follow up story yesterday. You can watch it HERE.

Lastly, the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team paid tribute to the passing of soccer star Diego Maradona last week. If you know Rugby, a team performs a ‘Haka’ before each match. A Haka is usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. You have to see how they respected their Argentinien match opponent in a classy move paying tribute to Argentina’s most beloved athlete. This was a match played just this past week. Notice it’s in a huge stadium and it’s pretty packed with fans. Stick taps to New Zealand and the All Blacks.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #12 — 11/27/20

IN THIS POST… Game Day Reading

  • Weekend NCAA Schedule
  • Quick Hitters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 14 games on it between today and Monday. The CHA and ECAC get underway with its first league games of the year. There a number of games already cancelled due to COVID (4) as of now. Here is the schedule as it stands:

Series Previews: Video and series write-ups are below:

Providence / Boston College – (No video) | BC Preview | Providence Preview |

Wisconsin / Ohio State – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | UW Preview | Ohio St. Preview |

RIT / Syracuse – (No video) | RIT Preview |

Minnesota / UMN-Duluth – (No video) | Minnesota Preview | UMD Preview |

Mankato / St. Cloud – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | Mankato Preview | St. Cloud Preview |

Lindenwood / Penn St. – (No video) (No team previews)

Clarkson / Colgate – (No video) | Colgate Preview |

It’s early in the season, and with the way COVID is having an impact on games being cancelled or postponed, the more conference points a team can earn now, the better.

Quick Hitters…

-10 games played this year is all it will take to be in consideration for the NCAA tournament. 20 games is usually the norm.

-There are two media outlets that publish a ‘Top 10’ weekly poll after each week of play, USCHO.com and USA Hockey/USA Today. Needless to say, this year will be interesting to see how the votes come in given the trouble with games being played. The first USCHO.com weekly Top-10 poll was released after last weekend. You can find it HERE and USA Hockey / USA Today HERE.

-St. Cloud, which had games postponed due to COVID last weekend, is scheduled to see its first action of the season in a two-game series vs. MSU-Mankato. Wisconsin, RIT, Penn State, Lindenwood, and Clarkson are all scheduled to play their first games of the year.

-Wisconsin will travel to play Ohio St. for a two-game set in a rematch of last years WCHA playoff championship game, Ohio St. beat the badgers in OT 1-0. Wisconsin will be playing game 1 of its season while OSU split with Minnesota last weekend.

-Friday’s Providence @ Boston College game will be televised on NESN. Game time is 2pm. Saturday’s game at Providence will be streamed for free HERE. Game time is again 3pm.

-Streams for games in the WCHA this weekend can be found HERE. We believe subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

-Streams for ECAC games between Clarkson and Colgate can be found HERE.

-Streams for CHA games between Lindenwood @ Penn State can be found HERE and RIT @ Syracuse HERE .

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #10 — 11/23/20

IN THIS POST…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Weekend NCAA Recap, Video Highlights & Observations
  • ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

The Week Ahead…

NCAA HOCKEY is back! 19 games were scheduled this weekend and 13 played. Scores, box-scores and video highlights where available are below. It will be a slow week with Thanksgiving Thursday and no games on the NCAA scheduled until Friday. Yale University is off for the rest of the semester with students, faculty, and staff now home.

The Nutmeg Classic tournament held the weekend of Thanksgiving annually between UCONN, Quinnipiac, Yale and one other school from another conference would have been played this weekend. UCONN was set to host this year but the event was cancelled. The Nutmeg moves to Ingalls Rink at Yale next year in 2021. Why the name ‘Nutmeg’ you ask? The state of Connecticut is known as the Nutmeg state. You can find out how CT got its ‘Nutmeg’ nickname HERE.

Weekend NCAA Recaps & Observations…

Recaps:

Game 1 — Boston College 6 at UNH 2 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from BC’s 6-2 victory vs. UNH in game 1

Game 2 — UNH 1 @ Boston College 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from BC’s 4-1 victory vs. UNH in game 2

Game 1 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 1 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Maine’s 2-1 victory vs. Holy Cross in game 1

Game 2 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Maine’s 3-2 Loss vs. Holy Cross in game 2

Game 1 — Colgate 3 @ Syracuse 2 OT | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-2 OT victory vs. Syracuse in game 1

Game 2 — Syracuse 1 @ Colgate 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-1 victory vs. Syracuse in game 2

Game 1 — MN-Duluth @ MSU-Mankato | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from UMD’s 5-0 victory vs. Mankato in game 1

Game 2 — MN-Duluth 7 @ MSU-Mankato 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from UMD’s 7-3 victory vs. Mankato in game 2

Game 1 — UCONN 2 at Providence 6 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Providence’s 6-2 victory vs. UCONN in game 1

Game 2 — Providence 1 @ UCONN 1 – OT, UCONN wins shootout 2-0 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Sunday’s highlights from UCONN’s 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Providence in game 2

Game 1 — Ohio St. 0 @ Minnesota 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Ohio State’s 4-0 Loss to Minnesota in game 1

Game 2 — Ohio St. 2 @ Minnesota 1 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Ohio State’s 2-1 Victory vs. Minnesota in game 2

Observations:

  • BC freshman Gaby Roy had 4 goals Friday and an assist Saturday in her first collegiate weekend.
  • Overheard on NESN’s broadcast Saturday between BC and UNH as to why BC didn’t wear health-protective COVID masks… if players wear a bubble, you don’t have to wear them. We’ll try to find out if there’s a mandate from NCAA or conferences.
  • The new NCAA 3v3 overtime protocol made its debut in 3 games. Colgate and Syracuse started OT with Colgate on a 4v3 PP and that’s where it ended as Colgate scored. Trine University and Concordia-WI had the first legit 3v3 action with Trine winning 2-1. Providence and UCONN played the full 5-minutes of 3v3 OT in game two if its series Saturday. UCONN won the shootout 2-0.
  • With 6 games being postponed due to COVID, we can bet the season schedule will be a wait-and-see kind of thing each weekend.

ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell announced the 20-21 women’s ECAC conference will have four members–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence. They are set to engage in ECAC league contests beginning sometime in January per an ECAC Hockey release which you can read HERE.

As of Monday the 23rd, we have learned that the Quinnipiac men’s program has paused all hockey activity due to two players testing positive. It is unclear if the women’s program has been effected.

Until next time… stay safe everyone.

Post #9 — 11/20/20 — Fall semester, ivy academic / admissions – understanding the process part-II, ncaa wknd schedule

IN THIS POST…

  • Fall Semester Winds Down
  • Academics – Understanding The Ivy Recruiting Process
  • NCAA Weekend Slate of Games

Fall Semesters Winding Down…

As bleak as things seem, there does appear to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Recently announced is hope for two highly effective vaccines. Experts say ‘the average’ citizen could possibly get vaccinated by April. Should that be the case, life and college athletics we assume could get back to a more normal course of activity by next fall. But there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. In the short-term, we’ll work on keeping all of you connected with news and insight about the college hockey season.

Academics — Understanding The Ivy Recruiting Process

We announced a 4-part series called ‘Understanding The Process’ to aid coaches and parents with an understanding in certain areas of how the recruiting process works. Our first installment was how coaches go about player identification and evaluation. You can find that in Post #2. In our second installment below, we discuss how the academic and admissions process works for a very specific group of schools, ‘The Ivies’ – Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

To be blunt, very few athletes would be admitted to an Ivy League school on their own without the ‘support’ of their head coaches in the admissions process. We’ll talk about the term ‘support’ later as it’s important to know. No knock against these athletes and their academic aptitude but getting into to one of these institutions is truly an accomplishment. Heck, there are students with 4.0 GPA’s and perfect test scores who still don’t get accepted! In the admissions process, athletes who want to apply to an Ivy will have different timelines and evaluation opportunities than normal students would. A word of caution… all information below is ‘general in nature’. We cannot speak to how recruitment, academics and the admissions process may work at a specific Ivy institutions.

The Academic Process

The academic process for Ivy recruits has a few steps to it.

Step 1, Coaching Staff Academic Evaluation… for any player coaches have a real interest in, they’ll usually ask for transcripts and test scores as early as possible. It doesn’t matter how good of a hockey player a recruit is, if they aren’t close to having the grades and test scores a coach needs, most coaches won’t move ahead in the recruiting process. Does that mean someone after completing grade 9 with a decent but not great transcript and no SAT/ACT test get’s pushed aside? No, not at all. There is just only so much a coach can do with a recruit who is only in grade 9 or 10. But knowing where a student is trending academically can be reassuring for the coach. Coaches know what academic standards their admissions departments are looking for and know the ranges they can work with, most of the time. Some Ivy coaches get a little more leeway than others when it comes to academic standards. So what may work at one school, may not at another. Coaches are generally very careful about positioning whether or not someone is a good candidate for admission.

Step 2, Athletic Admissions Pre-Read… Under Ivy League admissions rules and beginning July 1 after the students grade 11 year, coaches can submit a player’s academic file to be evaluated by their admissions department for feedback to determine the likelihood of admissibility. Keep in mind this two weeks after June 15 with is the date coaches are allowed to communicate by phone/email/text with recruits. Important to note, this is not the official admissions decision, just a first-glance from admissions at the transcript, ACT/SAT scores, grades, and future class schedule. Turnaround time varies but generally it’s a quick process. There are usually three type of responses coaches get: 1) Continue to recruit 2) Recruit with some caution and 3) Don’t continue to recruit. Coaches may then communicate with their recruit to explain what admissions may be thinking and any next steps to take. These pre-reads are usually not for everyone though. Most coaches use them for players they are seriously considering making offers to or in many cases for players who have already committed to the program.

Step 3, Official Admissions Application Process & Head Coach ‘Support’… After a player has verbally accepted and committed back to the program, going through the official application process comes next. Most schools have a few different pieces to this process. The official application, teacher recommendation letters, student essay, and perhaps a personal interview all part of the official process. Some schools have different application options for students to apply to, different cycles like ‘single choice early-action’, ‘early decision’, are just a few. Coaches will direct players how to fill out the application and which cycle to apply for. As stated in Ivy League rules, all applications for regular decision must be submitted by January 1 – no later.

Head Coach ‘support’ as its called, is vitally important to a player winding up at an Ivy League school. Without it, it’s unlikely the athlete would get in on their own. And that’s because athletes are held to a different academic standard then traditional non-athlete applicants. Support of the head coach is ‘vouching’ for a specific player he or she would like as a part of their program and letting the admissions department know that. Coaches put their reputations with admissions and the school on the line when they support a player. Each admissions department has its own process of how they want their head coaches to let them know who they are supporting. Some coaches have to write letters, some may have a sit down chat with admissions, etc. Coaches can’t give their ‘support’ to just any player – only to players they feel have an excellent chance of getting in and they want in their program. Ivy coaches can only recruit so many recruits per year, they can’t take an unlimited amount.

A few things to keep in mind… Grades, Test Scores, Teacher Recommendations, and The Essay.

Players and parents often ask, what kind of grades and test scores does my daughter need for an Ivy? Our answer… too tough to say because each school has a different set of academic standards. Needless to say excellent grades in a challenging course load with honors and AP classes will go a long way. Coupled with high SAT/ACT scores (think high twenties and well above a 1200 on the SAT is also a good place to begin. Players should shoot for high GPA’s, north of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or high 80’s and above for those on a % scale. If you have one or two C’s early in grade 9 or 10, you could still be okay. D’s and F’s are almost always tough to get by admissions unless there is a compelling reason behind it.

One of the most important parts of the application process has to do with evaluating the transcript and determining the academic ‘rigor’ of the students course load… meaning did the student challenge herself or take easy classes? a 3.9/4.0 in cake-walk classes won’t hold as much weight as a 3.7/3.8 in honors and/or AP classes. You want to take the most challenging classes and achieve the kind of GPA’s mentioned above.

Equally as important are the several application short answer questions and the longer essay. Also heavily valued are the teacher and counselor recommendations. Have great grades and test scores, but wrote a poor essay? Or have a teacher recommendation that says you are a smart kid but don’t apply yourself? That is exactly the kind of combination that will get you denied. Write a coherent (and grammatically correct) essay that answers the question asked Also, really think about who you want to write your recommendation letters. Best to get one from a teacher where you did really well in their class and you know the teacher LOVES you and won’t sell you out. And…

NEVER WRITE YOUR ESSAY ABOUT HOCKEY!!!! EVER!!!!!. The school you apply to already knows you play hockey and are pretty good at it–that’s why you are applying. Write about why the school should be lucky to have you or an experience outside of hockey/sports that really articulates who you are and the type of person the school is getting. Match your personal values, dreams, aspirations with that schools resources and explain why the school is such a good match.

NCAA Weekend Slate of Games…

In the absence of what would normally be a preview of our games for the coming weekend, we are going to give you this weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey schedule of games. Full recaps to follow next week.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

Post #8 — 11/18/20 — ncaa covid update

***Breaking NCAA News: Recruiting Dead Period Extended Until April 15, 2021***

DI and DIII Women’s Coaches Have Monthly Zoom w/ NCAA and Conference Commissioners, No New Women’s Cancellations or Postponements

At 6:20pm tonight the NCAA’s DI Council announced it is extending the recruiting dead period until April 15, 2021. It was set to expire January 1. You can read the NCAA’s announcement HERE. Interestingly the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director, M. Grace Calhoun, is the NCAA DI Council chair. The dead period means no off-campus evaluation or face-to-face contacts for DI coaches and no official or unofficial visits to campus for recruits and their families. DI coaches were hoping for a April 1 or earlier date leaving all of April when many high-level events take place.

We are coming up on more than 24-hours without a NCAA DI women’s hockey related COVID postponement or season cancellation. Needless to say it’s been a tough week for positive news. Women’s coaches across DIII and DI, the five D-I conference commissioners, along with members of the NCAA all met today for their monthly Zoom to discuss national tournament and recruiting issues. 10 games is the minimum needed to be played to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Conferences that start the year with at least 4 teams will retain its automatic bid. The ECAC stands at four, Hockey East at ten, WCHA at seven, CHA at five, and NEWHA at five as well. One piece of good news did come out as Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf announced all Hockey East women’s games would be streamed live FOR FREE this season. We’ll get the details and pass them along.

Men’s DI hockey took a bit of a COVID hit in the last 24-hours. Colorado College is pausing all hockey activity after a player tested positive. CC is scheduled to be a part of the NCHC bubble Dec. 1 in Omaha. Sacred Heart has postponed its games with AIC and Quinnipiac this weekend as well as games with Army slated for Nov. 27-28, after a few a small number of cases and contact tracing came back on the team.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program as we wind down the Fall semester and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.