Well folks, after a long layoff due to a hectic schedule away from the blog I am finally back. To those loyal readers (or reader? Not going to get ahead of myself assuming there is a large following) I am back to talk about college hockey again. I apologize that we got stuck during the season previews and there have been a ton of commitments lost in the last month. I will strive to find more times to write and deliver another chance to find the niche subject of amateur hockey so thank you for sticking with me. Now hit the jump to get a jack packed post looking back at the 2nd week of college hockey and a look ahead to this weekend’s games.
Each Wednesday we look to highlight commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since August 23.
This week saw the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha secure two commitments, including a commitment from one of the last four NTDP U17 players that were uncommitted. Minnesota continued to build their class of 2020-21 and a new coach at Michigan Tech reached into Minnesota for a new commitment as well. Find out more after the jump in this round of the Wednesday Commit Roundup.
Each Wednesday we look to highlight commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since August 16.
With classes starting at many schools across the country it didn’t stop one program from obtaining a late prospect for next season. Mel Pearson continued his summer of recruiting victories, the South Kent School placed another future prospect and the WCHA saw some talented players pledge to member programs. Follow the jump for the players who committed this week.
While we have been working our way through the previews of Atlantic Hockey and the WCHA there has been some recent news that will have an impact on the upcoming college hockey season. From retirements, coaching extensions and roster shake-ups we wanted to take this time to mention some news that has come up over the last few weeks.
2017-18 saw Alabama Huntsville complete their best season since joining the WCHA in 2013-14, which also was the first season for head coach Mike Corbett. The Chargers still only went 9-22-3 last season but did sweep three league series and found a way to go 3-1 against Ferris State who finished last season 5th in the conference and started the season ranked in the top 20. Point being while the win total is still below where Chargers fans want it to be there was progress shown as some stability may be working into the program that has found some semblance of security after being close to eliminated after a few seasons as an independent.
The Chargers missed the league playoffs by just four points last season, and the goal for this year should be to find a way into the league tournament. The Chargers return almost all of their scoring from a season ago and their top goaltender also. With wins over Bemidji State and Ferris State last season the chargers showed they can play with the most consistent programs in the league, now they must find consistency to continue to develop as a program.
After a long delay due to real life getting in the way, we get back to the team previews by diving into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this week. There will be some double days to help us catch up to still try and preview each team individually by the time October rolls around. Catch up on both Atlantic Hockey and independent Arizona State also before we preview the ten team WCHA.
The Seawolves of Alaska-Anchorage had a trying season in 2016-17, finishing with a record of 7-21-6, and a dead last finish in the WCHA. It was a step back for coach Matt Thomas who in his 4th year behind the bench saw the Seawolves slip from eleven wins down to seven. As referenced this summer at ELC when Alaska-Fairbanks lost their head coach to the WHL, it is a tough time to lead a university in Alaska. Budget cuts, program future uncertainty, rigorous travel, and declining money make it tough to attract players north to Alaska. Thomas will enter his fifth season likely safe, seeing as a coaching search is also hard in these times, but the seat could get warm if the Seawolves finish at the bottom of the league once again.
Each Wednesday we look to highlight commitments made across college hockey. I will try to predict when a player will arrive on campus but as we all know that can be flexible in NCAA Hockey. Check below to review the commitments made since August 9.
This week saw a late commitment for Quinnipiac to come on campus for the fall, Ohio State continue to pick up strong players after land Arlo Merritt last week and Miami picked up the younger sibling of a current commit also. Hit the jump to find out more about the six players who committed this week.