College football has rivalry week at the end of the season, college basketball has bracket buster weekends. College hockey, with multiple matchups per season, does not have a similar event, but if they did the past two weekends would qualify as Rivalry 8 Days. A week after Minnesota-Wisconsin renewed the border battle while Boston College-Boston University squared off, this weekend sees 5 rivalry series across 5 conferences. Hit the jump to take a look at the storylines heading into this weekend’s slate of games in NCAA hockey.
November was an interesting month to NCAA hockey and this season is starting to round into form. We had a recruiting battle lead to coaches yelling at each other post game. We had a leader emerge as the definite team to beat in the B1G. Atlantic Hockey has a program in their first season under a new coach in first place, a year after finishing in the league basement. The ECAC favorite is scuffling and could lose a top player to the Olympics, and picking a leader in Hockey East is murky as can be. Let’s take a look at what happened in NCAA hockey in November and look ahead to some December storylines.
This weekend as the calendar turns to November sees four matchups of top 20 opponents as the season pick up and continues to try and show some clarity in the national landscape. While there may be a clear #1 team (Denver garnered 42 of 50 1st place votes after a successful trip to Boston) the rest of the hierarchy can be classified as murky. Seven of the top ten teams in the country have at least two losses at this point and the ECAC is just starting their season for many teams. Follow us through the jump to look ahead to some storylines of this weekend.
The Michigan State Spartans stand at 4-2 early in the 2017-18 season, including an impressive 4-0 in the friendly confines of Munn Ice Arena. Now no one is saying the first three series; Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Lake Superior State is not exactly a murderer’s row of opponents, and things will get harder quick (beginning with a series at Minnesota this weekend), but this is still a start that should be recognized. Yours truly has been able to catch the Spartans live twice in the early going and I felt it was relevant to discuss what I see on the ice in the early going of the Danton Cole era.
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.