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What else are we going to do today? It’s not like it’s nice outside.
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Maybe NCAA needs to video review contact to head calls. #UnionHockey 1, #QUHockey 5. #ECACHockey #NCAAHockey
— Ken Schott (@slapschotts) April 1, 2013
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|Thu.||Mar. 21||WCHA Quarterfinal||FS North||2:00 p.m.||668/ 436|
|Thu.||Mar. 21||WCHA Quarterfinal||FS North||7:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||WCHA Semifinal||FS North||2:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||ECAC Hockey Semifinal||FOX College||3:00 p.m.||TBD|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||Hockey East Semifinal||NBC Sports Net.||3:00 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||Hockey East Semifinal||NBC Sports Net.||6:00 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||ECAC Hockey Semifinal||FOX College||6:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Fri.||Mar. 22||WCHA Semifinal||FS North||7:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sat.||Mar. 23||CCHA Semifinal||FS Detroit||12:00 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sat.||Mar. 23||CCHA Semifinal||FS Detroit||3:30 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sat.||Mar. 23||ECAC Hockey Champ.||FOX College||6:00 p.m.||TBD|
|Sat.||Mar. 23||Hockey East Championship||NBC Sports Net.||6:00 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Sat.||Mar. 23||WCHA Championship||FS North||7:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sun.||Mar. 24||CCHA Championship||FS Detroit||12:00 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sun.||Mar. 24||NCAA Selection Show (C)||ESPNU||8:00 p.m.||208 / 141|
“I’m looking at the sheet now, and we’re the ones that were assessed all the penalties,” said Schafer. “You’re supposed to hold your guys at the end of the game. That obviously didn’t happen. It’s just really disappointing on the calls. … It’s disgusting. That’s all you can say. I won’t come back to the WCHA.”
Mike Snee, a veteran amateur hockey and NHL executive, has been named the Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., the organization’s Board of Directors announced today. Snee spent the past four years as the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey and will begin his new duties on Sept. 17.
“Mike is a very talented professional with a great passion and love for college hockey,” said Steve Hagwell, Commissioner of ECAC Hockey and Chair of the 10-member Board of Directors of College Hockey, Inc. “He has enjoyed a great amount of success professionally. We look forward to a bright future for College Hockey, Inc. under Mike's leadership.”
Snee becomes the second executive director in College Hockey, Inc.’s history. The organization was formed in 2009 to promote Division I men’s college hockey to prospective student-athletes and fans. [read the rest of the story]
But wait, there's more
The facts are also that it is surprisingly, even incredibly difficult to fill a 12-game non-conference schedule. AHA and Hockey East teams only have seven non-league slots each year. The WCHA and CCHA, six. While this may seem like a great opportunity to get nationwide exposure with games against far-flung foes, or to boost the ol' RPI in anticipation of the PairWise rankings, it's nowhere near that easy. For starters, the 14-point bucks - the real big game of the college hockey landscape - are limited in number: Boston College, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Boston University, Maine, Notre Dame and New Hampshire draw very well and make regular appearances in the NCAA tournament. (Denver, Colorado College, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, Ferris State, and Western Michigan are on that cusp, but don't yet have the long-term cachet.) Everybody wants them on their schedule.
But who do they want to play? Each other, of course. North Dakota has undeniably little incentive to play Colgate, Brown, or St. Lawrence, home or away... at least until the Raiders, Bears or Saints start becoming regular fixtures in the Sweet 16. Even the powerhouses of neighboring Hockey East frequently feel that they are better served by making Western road trips than by visiting or hosting local ECAC squads.
@SullivanHockey it's tough to credit a team that's played 3/4 the schedule of UNH/BC and almost half as many games as NoDak, Minny, etc.First off, I am glad that someone else is saying these things. This is also one of the reason I am so glad that there isn't a BCS of college hockey, this is not a beauty contest folks where your team loads up on cupcakes and over inflate their stats racking up wins against unimpressive opponents. I am not personally impressed if your team schedules a Sacred Heart and then beats them 8-1. I am more impressed with a game between two teams that play in a tough contested match with the outcome is in doubt till the end of the game.
@SullivanHockey I'd love to, honest. Sadly, they don't dance with Hockey East too much and it's tough to get that far away to see them
@SullivanHockey i'm not an ECAC hater nor a HE homer, lol. Just find it tough to compare the schedules.
@Ryan_Durling And RPI is probably the LEAST impressive of that bunch right now. Really... Yale. Check 'em out, they're crazy fun to watch.
@Ryan_Durling Seriously though, you really ought to watch Yale, Union, Dartmouth & RPI before passing stereotypical judgment on #ECACHockey.
@SullivanHockey I don't deny that they're good teams. RPI looked solid earlier this year and I'm sure they've improved, BUT...
@Ryan_Durling The poll isn't necessarily about who'd beat whom, but who is doing the best they can...which Yale certainly is.
@Ryan_Durling Everyone has his own ballot philosophy, but there's no doubt that Yale's season is the most successful in D-I to date.
Parting Shotts ---- The Engineers had a potential tying goal waved off with 7.6 seconds left in the game. Mike Bergin had tipped a Chase Polacek (that is what we were told, although it looks like Nick Bailen did take the shot) past goalie Keith Kinkaid, tying the score at 2-2.Here is the link to the act that got the head coach suspended for this weekend's first game. [click to view the video]
Or so everyone thought. Referee Bryan Hicks immediately waved off he goal and said CJ Lee made contact with Kinkaid.
As we started to question Bailen about the play, Appert, who was off to the side in the media room, interrupted. He brought his laptop to the table, and showed everyone the video.
It was tough to tell, but it didn't appear to be significant contact to warrant the goal being taken away. But give Hicks credit for immediately waving it off.
After Bailen and teammate John Kennedy left the room, it was Appert's turn to talk. The first question I asked was if he is worried about possibly getting fined by ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell for showing the video to the media.
Appert was defiant with his response.
"Why? Is there a policy that you can't show video? I think the ref should be concerned about it," Appert said.
Well, it is showing up the officiating.