Showing posts with label ECAC Hockey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ECAC Hockey. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

College Hockey’s Influence on Team USA World Championship

LORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the first 15 players of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. The initial group of players includes one goaltender, six defensemen and eight forwards.

Marc Arcobello, F, Arizona Coyotes (NHL) – Yale University
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) – Minnesota-Duluth
Jake Gardiner, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) – Wisconsin
Matt Hendricks, F, Edmonton Oilers (NHL) – St. Cloud State
Torey Krug, D, Boston Bruins (NHL) – Michigan State
Dylan Larkin, F, University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Trevor Lewis, F, Los Angeles Kings (NHL) – OHL
Alex Lyon, G, Yale University (ECAC Hockey)
John Moore, D, Arizona Coyotes (NHL) – OHL
Jeremy Morin, F, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) – OHL
Steve Moses, F, Jokerit (KHL) – New Hampshire
Connor Murphy, D, Arizona Coyotes (NHL) – OHL
Mike Reilly, D, University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Dan Sexton, F, Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (KHL) – Bowling Green State
Ben Smith, F, San Jose Sharks (NHL) – Boston College

Jimmy Vesey, F, Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)

Checking the roster, 12-of-16 players had NCAA experience. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

QU vs. UND, Lines

As you can see, Quinnipiac Bobcats forward Sam Anas is playing. I would imagine that the UND players will hit him any chance they get. Just like last Saturday, Wade Murphy is back in. Last weekend, I thought he played pretty good. Only problem he hasn't scored a goal in two seasons of hockey.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Haven Register: ‘EZ-AC’ Hockey a thing of the past

Here's a good article about ECAC Hockey and how they have gone from being a league that many college hockey fans scoffed at, to a league that's now looked at as being "the" power conference in college hockey. The ECAC has won the last two Frozen Four and that's an accomplishment that nothing to sneeze at. Seriously. Especially, with the academic standards that they must uphold.
Chip Malafronte, New Haven Register “I think our league is as good as any, if not the best,” said Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold, whose team finished as national runner-up to Yale in 2013. “We’re showing that we’ve got the high-end teams that can win national championships. Even more than that, the depth of our league; our bottom teams are always really good and you see every year our 11th- or 12th-place teams beating the No. 1 team in the nation. It’s a deep league and that’s a credit to our coaches and our universities and the commitment we have to our programs.”

Indeed, these are exciting times for the ECAC, once so callously referred to as the “EZ-AC” by fans of more prosperous conferences from Maine to Alaska. Yale’s title in 2013 snapped a 23-year championship drought dating back to Harvard’s run in 1989. When Union won it all in April, it marked the first time the league took consecutive crowns since Boston University went back-to-back in 1971 and 1972.

It’s clear the ECAC hasn’t been this strong since a chunk of members split off in 1984 to form Hockey East. Given the restructuring of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and demise of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last year, the league is as competitive as ever against the rest of the nation.

“Real strong,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “You’re talking about the last two years because the league won national championships. But four years ago we had a team that could have won, but lost to Minnesota-Duluth, who did win the national championship that year. The league has gotten stronger; the programs within the league are stronger in terms of feeding off each other. A rising tide lifts the other ships.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ECAC Hockey Coaches Poll

1) Colgate
2) Union
3) Cornell
4) Yale
5) Quinnipiac
6) Dartmouth
7) Brown
8) Clarkson
9) RPI
10) Harvard
11) SLU
12) Princeton

Here's the ECAC preseason coaches poll. I am surprised that Union isn't number one.

Monday, August 25, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Six Part Must-See Non-Conference Series

I just finished up six blog posts: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series. I am in the process of writing a 10 Must-See NCAA Hockey Series. It should come out this week. As we move towards the 2014-15 college hockey season, this has been the most uneventful off-season that I can remember. For those that are wondering, the NCHC CBSSN television schedule is going to come out sometime in the next six weeks.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WCHA, Must-See Non-Conference Series

Part four of a six part series that were originally posted at the Hockey Writers.

Series one: North Dakota vs. Bemidji State University Date: October 10-11, 2014.
 Game one location: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Game two location: Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minnesota.

The Highway Two series, both teams are a short 2-hour bus trip away. Former WCHA foes BSU and UND will square off in a two-game home-and-home non-conference series. Last season, BSU lost and tied to UND (2-4 L, 1-1 T). One should expect a lot of UND fans to make the trip to the Sanford Center on Saturday night, due to the proximity of the schools.

All-time, Bemidji State is (2-26-2 .116) against North Dakota.

You can see all of the three by clicking on the links.

Big Ten Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series.

ECAC Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series.

NCHC Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series.

UND Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Must-See games

ECAC Hockey

This summer,  I have been working on a series of must-see games. So far, I have the NCHC, UND and the ECAC done. As the different schedules come out, I will post some more of these.

Looking at the East Coast Athletic Conference schedule, I previewed five must-see non-conference games. In my opinion, these are some of the more “attractive” non-conference series on the ECAC schedule. Feel free to chime in with your favorite must-see ECAC non-conference series.

The ECAC once regarded as the EZAC by other conference fans, is now the home to the last two NCAA Champions. The ECAC is quickly becoming the country’s power conference for division I college hockey. (ECAC Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series).

UND Hockey

As we make our way through a very slow off-season, you can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The college hockey season is just around the corner. There’s roughly 60 days until North Dakota kicks off the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Manitoba Bison.

Looking at the University of North Dakota’s 2014-15 schedule, here’s my five must-see hockey series. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts. (UND Hockey: Five Must-See Games).

NCHC Hockey

In my humble opinion, there are five must-see non-conference series on the NCHC composite schedule. Last season, the NCHC had a mediocre non-conference record. Moving forward, these non-conference games will be very important to the final Pairwise Rankings. Having a strong non-conference record means the NCHC will get more teams in the NCAA tourney. (NCHC Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Series)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Union and RPI Line Brawl

Union has given their head coach Rick Bennet a two-game suspension and I wouldn't be surprised if it's longer after this is all sorted out. Old time hockey at the Mayor's Cup Game. Here's what I want to know, why are the players from RPI coming off of the bench while there's a melee going on?
USCHO.COM --- ECAC Hockey officials are looking into the series of on-ice incidents at the end of Saturday’s Rensselaer-Union game in Albany, N.Y., one of which involved the head coaches getting in a heated dispute.

Videos showed that shoving started as soon as the Engineers won a last-second faceoff in its zone to seal a 2-1 victory over the third-ranked Dutchmen and escalated as Rensselaer players came off their bench to celebrate.

Union captain Mat Bodie is seen delivering a high cross-check to Rensselaer’s Brock Higgs after the faceoff, and other players assemble to create a mass of bodies.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NCHC Hockey: Non-Conference Record Should Cause Some Concern for the NCHC.

The NCHC's non-conference record against the Hockey East 5-9-4 and the ECAC 4-7-3 is not very good. This means that the NCHC isn't going to get many teams in the NCAA tourney. UND has a 4-2-2 non-conference record and has two more non-conference games against BSU to improve that non-conference record. 
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013-14 ECAC Pre-Season Coaches and Media Polls

2013-14 Pre-Season ECAC coaches Poll
1. Yale (4) – 103
2. Rensselaer (2) – 102
3. Quinnipiac (2) – 93
    Union (2) – 93
5. Cornell (1) – 89
6. Harvard – 67
7. Dartmouth (1) – 64
8. Brown – 46
9. Colgate – 44
10. St. Lawrence – 43
11. Princeton – 26
12. Clarkson – 22
2013-14 ECAC Pre-Season Media Poll
1. Rensselaer (18) – 367
2. Yale (5) – 224
3. Quinnipiac (6) – 292
4. Union (3) – 287
5. Cornell (1) – 238
    Dartmouth – 238
7. St. Lawrence – 212
8. Brown – 188
9. Colgate – 125
10. Harvard – 108
11. Princeton – 102
12. Clarkson – 83

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

After further review: The ECAC doesn't really equate to the EZAC after at all

ECAC Hockey logo
ECAC Hockey logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So as we sit here on Saturday, waiting for the championship game of the Frozen Four, and I have to admit that there are no “sexy” traditional match-ups, in the 2013 Frozen Four.

So what?

What else are we going to do today? It’s not like it’s nice outside.

That’s not saying that the hockey hasn’t been good this year, because it has. There are just no traditional matchups between historical powers like Michigan vs. Minnesota or North Dakota versus Boston College.  

Does it really matter? Nope!

Tonight, a couple of brainiac schools from Connecticut, that are about 8 miles apart, according to USCHO’s Brian Sullivan, are going to show case their conferences skills, in "pinnacle" of college hockey’s season. 

For the First time in 23 years, a school from the ECAC is going to win the national championship in division I college hockey.

Wait, what?

So in case you’re confused, two teams from the ECAC will take center stage tonight, one of them are going to be National Champions.

In the final game of the 2012-13 NCAA Division I College Hockey season, Yale takes on Quinnipiac University to determine who the best team is for the 2012-13 season. They've earned, and I must offer my congratulations.

While their playing hockey the naysayers will be eating some crow. I will take Caribbean Jerk on my crow.

The Weather map for North Dakota... 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

NCAA FROZEN FOUR: Championship game (Saturday 4/13)

Yale 21-12-3 ECAC vs. Quinnipiac 30-7-5 ECAC Final 6:00 p.m. (CT) ESPN (206 DirecTV / Dish 140)
Yale’s offense is ranked #26 nationally and #26 defense.
Quinnipiac’s offense ranked #15 nationally and #1 defense

For the first time in 24 years, the NCAA Champion will hail from the ECAC of Division I hockey.

The last team from the ECAC to win the NCAA title was Harvard in 1989, when they beat the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-3 in overtime.

Yeah, that’s not a misprint; the NCAA Champion for the 2012-13 season will hail from the ECAC.

Bobcats snarl

All season long, the Quinnipiac Bulldogs have had to listen to naysayers talk about their number one rankings and their strength of schedule. Last night, the Bobcats did their talking on the ice.

All of those doubts were removed, as the Bobcats enjoyed a three-goal first period against the high flying Saint Cloud State Huskies and skated to a 4-1 win against the Saint Cloud State Huskies.

Saint Cloud State got behind the eight ball quickly, when the Bobcats scored three-goals in less than 15 minutes. Scoring for the Bobcats; were forwards, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Ben Arnt and Jeremy Langlois. Incidentally, that was all of the offense the Bobcats would need.  

Saint Cloud would finally get on the board, at the 06:25 mark of the second period; with a nifty goal from freshman forward Joey Benik. Unfortunately, that was all the closer that the Huskies would get, as Kellen Jones would score the Bobcats fourth-goal at the 14:31 mark of the second period.

The Huskies would make a surge in every period, but the Bobcats got strong goaltending from their Hobey Baker Finalist goaltender Eric Hartzell who stopped 33 of 34 shots to preserve the win.  When the Huskies were able to get through the Bobcats stifling defense, Hartzell was there to take away the Huskies grade “A” scoring chances.

While the Huskies outshot the Bobcats 34-28, the only statistic that mattered was the final score 4-1, in favor of the Bobcats.

With the win, the Bobcats advance to the title game of the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game on Saturday April 13, 2012, at 6:00pm (CT) on ESPN.

Bulldog bite

Dominating, physical and relentless, is how I would describe the Yale Bulldogs. Also, did I mention that the Bulldogs are a miserable team to play against?

Last night, the Bulldogs frustrated the UMass Lowell River Hawks, getting in the shooting lanes and taking away the River Hawks little time and space.  

During the first period, the Bulldogs’ pressure kept the River Hawks hemmed up in their own end, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Every time the River Hawks tried the move the puck, there was a Bulldog forward on them.

Yale took a two-goal lead with goals from Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere. Yale definitely had the momentum in the first period and would outshoot UMass Lowell 11-5.

UMass Lowell would tie the game in the second period, scoring two-goals, 14 seconds apart, from Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza, but that was all the closer the River Hawks would get. Yale would regain the momentum in the third period, outshooting the River Hawks 16-3.  

Yale once again, needed an extra frame to beat the UMass Lowell River Hawks 3-2. Senior forward Andrew Miller scored at the 06:59 mark of the first overtime to send the
With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the title game of the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game on Saturday April 13, 2012, at 6:00pm (CT) on ESPN.

How they got here

Yale beat Minnesota (3-2, O.T.), North Dakota (4-1) and UMass Lowell (3-2, O.T.), to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game.

Quinnipiac beat Canisius (4-3), Union (5-1) and Saint Cloud State (4-1), to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game.

Players to watch

Quinnipiac Bobcats forwards:  Jeremy Langlois (13g-18a—31pts), Mathew Peca (15g-15a—30), , Jordan Samuels-Thomas (17g-12a—29pts), Kellen Jones (13g-14a—27pts), Connor Jones (12g-14a—26pts). Defense: Mike Dalhuisen (8g-8a—16pts), Loren Barron (3g-13a—16pts), Zach Davies (2g-15a—17pts). Goaltender: Eric Hartzell 30-6-5, 1.53 GAA, .934 save percentage.

Bulldogs Forwards: Kenny Agostino (17g-23a—40pts), Andrew Miller (17g-22a—39pts), Antoine Laganiere (15g-13a—28pts). Defense: Tommy Fallen (7g-16a—23pts), Ryan Obuchowski (3g-9a-12pts), Gus Young (2g-6a—8pts). Goalies Jeff Malcolm 19-6-2, 2.33 GAA, .915 save percentage.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Union's Shayne Gostisbehere gets a five minute major for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit

First off, the hit was a little late as the ref was blowing the whistle, however, this doesn't appear to be a hit to the head. Barry Melrose opens his mouth and proves he knows little about hockey. The puck is at the forwards feet.

To me it looks like Union's Shayne Gostisbehere got a five minute major for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Guess who, WCHA on-ice officials Marco Hunt and Derek Shepherd officiating again. This officaiting crew is absolutely brutal, these two guys get the calls wrong, more times than they get it right, if I had to bet, it was Marco Hunt that made the call on this play as well, notice Derek Shepherd has already made the call on the Quinnipiac's Connor Jones, who was called for tripping.

I do agree, maybe it's time for the NCAA to review contact to the head calls. Seems like some of the officials are having one heck of a time getting the call right.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

College Hockey’s March Madness: This weekend’s NCAA Division one television schedule (3/21 – 3/24)

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo
Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is this weekend’s National College Hockey television schedule. There is a full slate of college hockey on television again this weekend. It’s conference tournament time, college hockey’s version of March Madness.
In my opinion, this is most wonderful time of the year.
Check your television guide for times in your local area. As with any schedule, channels will change and have in the past. There may also be games on in your local area that may not be on nationally.
Even with the NHL ending it’s lockout and making it back to our television dials, there has is still been a lot of watchable college hockey on television. Some fans actually prefer College hockey to the NHL.
This weekend, the CCHA Championship game will be on television in Canada, and that game will be on The Score.
Day GameChannelTimeDTV/DISH
Thu.Mar. 21WCHA QuarterfinalFS North2:00 p.m.668/ 436
Thu.Mar. 21WCHA QuarterfinalFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Fri.Mar. 22WCHA SemifinalFS North2:00 p.m.668 / 436
Fri.Mar. 22ECAC Hockey SemifinalFOX College3:00 p.m.TBD
Fri.Mar. 22Hockey East SemifinalNBC Sports Net.3:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Mar. 22Hockey East SemifinalNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Mar. 22ECAC Hockey SemifinalFOX College6:30 p.m.TBD
Fri.Mar. 22WCHA SemifinalFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sat.Mar. 23CCHA SemifinalFS Detroit12:00 p.m.663 / 430
Sat.Mar. 23CCHA SemifinalFS Detroit3:30 p.m.663 / 430
Sat.Mar. 23ECAC Hockey Champ.FOX College6:00 p.m.TBD
Sat.Mar. 23Hockey East ChampionshipNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Sat.Mar. 23WCHA ChampionshipFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sun.Mar. 24CCHA ChampionshipFS Detroit12:00 p.m.663 / 430
Sun.Mar. 24NCAA Selection Show (C)ESPNU8:00 p.m.208 / 141

*NESN = New England Sports Network, FCS = Fox College Sports, FSN+ = Fox Sports North-Plus, NBCSN = NBC Sports Network, DirecTV requires the “Sports Pack” to view the Regional sports Networks. All times are Central Standard Time.

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Cornell's Mike Schafer sounds off on WCHA officials

You have to wonder what kind of a fine that Cornell head coach Mike Schafer will garner after his postgame comments on the WCHA Officials. I think the WCHA would be well served to move on.
“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.”

Here is the link to the video of the postgame comments by coach Schafer.
I wonder if Cornell will play against the NCHC teams in their home buildings? I hope they do, they’re a great college hockey program with a great hockey history and they have a fired up fan base as well.
You know Mike, I have to agree that there is some horrible officiating in the WCHA over the last 3-5, in my opinion I have seen examples of absolutely brutal officiating. Being armed with a new DVR+ recorder, I am going to give examples that I see along the way as well. The quality of officiating has to be addressed in college hockey.
The fans and the players deserved better. In looking at the box score from the game I have never heard of these two guys, Chris Perrault, Johnathan Morrison.   
So what do you think of Schafer's comments? Do  you think he is out of line?

Monday, December 24, 2012

TOP 20 Scorers in NCAA Division I Hockey

Here are the top 20 Scorers in NCAA Division I Hockey based on points not not points per game.
1. Brett Gensler Bentley JR F 15 10-16-26 PPG 1.73
1.  Ryan Walters Nebraska Omaha JR F 18 10-16-26 PPG 1.44
3.  Kyle Flanagan St. Lawrence SR F 16 9-16-25 PPG 1.56
4. Kevin Goumas New Hampshire JR F 15 8-16-24 PPG 1.60
4. Rylan Schwartz Colorado College SR F 19 10-14-24 1.26
4. Drew LeBlanc St. Cloud State SR F 18 5-19-24 PPG 1.33
7. Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) Boston College SO F 14 11-12-23 PPG 1.64
7. Corban Knight (FLA) North Dakota SR F 17 8-15-23 PPG 1.35
7. Greg Carey St. Lawrence JR F 17 12-11-23 PPG 1.35
7. Nic Dowd (LOS) St. Cloud State JR F 18 9-14-23 PPG 1.28
7. William Rapuzzi Colorado College SR F 20 10-13-23 PPG 1.15
12. Erik Haula (MIN) Minnesota JR F 17 8-14-22 PPG 1.29
12. Riley Barber (WSH) Miami FR F 18 8-14-22 PPG 1.22
14. Danny Kristo (MTL) North Dakota SR F 16 8-13-21 PPG 1.31
14. Austin Czarnik Miami SO F 18 7-14-21 PPG 1.17
14. Matt Leitner Minnesota State SO F 18 5-16-21 PPG 1.17
17. Alexander Krushelnyski Colorado College JR F 20 8-13-21 1.05
18. Giancarlo Iuorio Niagara SR F 16 12- 8-20 PPG 1.25
18. Scott Winkler (DAL) Colorado College SR F 20 10-10-20 PPG 1.00
18. Nick Shore (LOS) Denver Jr F 18 7-13-20 PPG 1.11

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

College Hockey Inc. has a new leader

College Hockey Inc has named Mike the Executive Director. Snee has been the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey; Snee’s first day of work will be on September 17, 2012. Snee replaces former executive director Paul Kelly who resigned last February, 2012 after spending 28 months in the position.
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]
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

UND 5th in final INCH Power Rankings

1. Boston College 33-10-1 (19-7-1 Hockey East, 1st)
2. Ferris State 26-12-5 (16-7-5 CCHA, 1st)
3. Minnesota 28-14-1 (20-8-0 WCHA, 1st)
4. Union 26-8-7 (14-4-4 ECAC Hockey, 1st)
5. North Dakota 26-13-3 (16-11-1 WCHA, 4th)
6. Minnesota Duluth 25-10-6 (16-7-5 WCHA, 2nd)
7. Michigan 24-13-4 (15-9-4 CCHA, 2nd)
8. Denver 24-15-2 (15-11-2 WCHA, 4th)
9. Miami 24-15-2 (15-11-2 CCHA, 4th)
10. Western Michigan 21-14-6 (14-10-4 CCHA, 3rd)
11. Cornell 19-9-7 (12-4-6 ECAC Hockey, 2nd)
12. UMass Lowell 24-13-1 (17-9-1 Hockey East, t-2nd)
13. Air Force 21-11-7 (15-6-6 Atlantic Hockey, 1st)
14. Boston University 23-15-1 (17-9-1 Hockey East, t-2nd)
15. Maine 23-14-3 (15-10-2 Hockey East, 4th)
16. Harvard 13-10-11 (8-5-9 ECAC Hockey, 3rd)
17. Michigan State 19-16-4 (14-11-3 CCHA, 5th)
18. Colgate 19-17-3 (11-10-1 ECAC Hockey, 4th)
19. Merrimack 18-12-7 (13-9-5 Hockey East, 5th)
20. RIT 20-13-6 (14-7-6 Atlantic Hockey, t-3rd)

One more final time this season; as always I include the INCH Power Rankings, because I find them amusing.  In the final INCH Power Rankings, nothing really jumps out here as being really controversial.
On a side note, some fans like to bag on the guys from INCH and personally, I think INCH does a good job covering college hockey. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jess Myers the last couple of years at the Final Five and Jess is one of the funniest and also one of the nicest guys that I have ever met, he is a class act as well.

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