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.
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.