Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday Polls and Weekly Awards

The weekly awards and polls came out yesterday afternoon and I'm lazy so I'm just getting to this now. Below is my breakdown of the USCHO poll and links to other weekly awards and rankings. Happy Hate BC week everyone.

1. BC(49)- They play BU this weekend as their coach approaches some fake overall win record. We all know York's wins in the CCHA(from his time at Bowling Green) don't count. It 's like D-III out there.
2. UNH(1)- The good news is that they escaped their Colorado road trip with a tie and a win. The bad news is that Casey DeSmith looked very beatable all of a sudden.
3. Minnesota- They have a weak strength of schedule so far so it is tough to know what type of team they are until they start facing some tough competition.
4. Miami
5. Denver- They blew a 4-0 lead at home to UNH giving up hat tricks to two separate players in the process the night after losing to Yale in OT.
6. Notre Dame
7. North Dakota
8. Union- They beat Penn State wooooaaaahhhh
9. BU- Nice 4-0 win over a St. Lawrence team they should have beat and did. They continue to beat teams that they should beat. Their next 3 games are against the top 2 teams in the nation though which makes it a crucial stretch to get atleast 1 or 2 wins out of it.
10. Western Michigan- Still one of my Frozen Four picks. Granted they need to get out of BU's regional because the Terriers aren't going to lose in the second half.

12. Cornell
14. St. Cloud St
15. Yale
16. Quinnipiac- They continue to hold their own against the bottom half of Hockey East. Maybe they should have gotten the nod over UCONN for the 12th spot.
17. Ferris State
18. Colorado College
19. Harvard- Despite NU falling off the face of the earth, Harvard seems posed to remain a decent team and a real threat when the Beanpot rolls around.
20. Niagra

-BU is 6th in the Krach rating system and 7th in the Pairwise, which is what determines the NCAA tournament field. BU has the #1 strength of schedule thus far and I don't see that changing as they take on #1 and #2 in the country in their next 3 games.

- BU freshman goalie Sean Maguire was named the HE Rookie of the Week for his shutout of St. Lawrence on Saturday. Garrett Noonan was named a top performer for the week while Sam Kurker and Maguire were recognized for their first collegiate goals and shutout respectively.

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