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    I wouldn't be shocked with a first round upset from Salve. They rely on Wojtala time after time to steal them games and put up 25 saves or more against good opponents. Jack Billings is good but I believe they're playing way above their skill level. Their luck will run out eventually, just a gut feeling. They still do have a good shot at an at large bit regardless of winning the CCC, seeing they have gone 7-0 vs ranked teams which is very surprising and makes no sense. Bessinger is back from injury for Endicott which is a huge boost for them. UNE couldn't quite over come a tough Curry team. Ends their winning streak. Might be a good thing it has happened now though, didn't play up to their normal standards. If they can tighten up their defense they'll be tough to beat in playoffs cause they can score goals with ease. Very entertaining league to watch. Top 4 spots for home ice first round is still up for grabs and will come down to the very last game. Can't ask for more than that!

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    Not sure this could have been scripted any better, the top four teams are playing each other with home ice on the line. Actually, the Conference Championship is on the line. Endicott and Salve have complete control of their destiny. If they sweep the weekend they finish tied at the top, if they get swept, it would move UNE into the top spot in the conference with Endicott and Salve dropping to 2 and 3.

    Seems like both Salve and Endicott had pretty easy weekend, while UNE and Curry split, even though, in my opinion, Curry dominated UNE again last night. UNE just seems to score goals and that is what this game is all about, scoring one more than the other guy!

    What a great weekend coming up for this conference, though. Three ranks teams, (could Nichols make it four?) all going head-to-head on the final weekend to determine the conference championship. Then the playoffs, which will be wide open, that Nichols/Curry potential match-up (4 v 5) has real potential to be a battle.

    Hard to believe we are at the end of another great college hockey season.

    And I have to do this, given the day... Go Pats!

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    Big weekend for the CCC started with quite a surprise with Becker beating WNE! Endicott at UNE tonight, Salve at Nichols and Wentworth at Curry should all be great games with lots of emotion. Great night to see which teams are ready for the next step. God, I love this game and, especially when there is so much on the line! I hope everyone who is rooting for their team has a great night!

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    I love this conference...so much fun!
    Yes I am the former member known as Zlax45

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    The UNE/Endicott game was as good a college hockey game as I have seen in a very long time. Both teams brought their "A" game to the rink last night, there were some great scoring chances, answered by some incredible saves by both goaltenders. It seemed as though both keepers were not going to be beaten UNE took their usual number of penalties (7), and it cost them both of Endicott's goals, however, UNE scored two short-handed goals, one on the PP and an ENG. I guess the edge would go to UNE on special teams.

    Shots were 35 each, both teams really traded momentum swings all night long. Endicott did have one goal called back for goaltender interference in the first period. The refs met in their arc for an unusual amount of time before waving off the goal. It didn't seem as though the Endicott team, or fans were upset by the waive off!

    A little concern for UNE is that their number one keeper left the game in the 3rd with some kind of injury. Tonight should be a good one.

    Anyone at the Salve/Nichols game? Seems as though Nichols kept the Salve top line off the board, even out shot Salve. Does that wrap up the top spot for Salve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinocoach View Post
    The UNE/Endicott game was as good a college hockey game as I have seen in a very long time. Both teams brought their "A" game to the rink last night, there were some great scoring chances, answered by some incredible saves by both goaltenders. It seemed as though both keepers were not going to be beaten UNE took their usual number of penalties (7), and it cost them both of Endicott's goals, however, UNE scored two short-handed goals, one on the PP and an ENG. I guess the edge would go to UNE on special teams.

    Shots were 35 each, both teams really traded momentum swings all night long. Endicott did have one goal called back for goaltender interference in the first period. The refs met in their arc for an unusual amount of time before waving off the goal. It didn't seem as though the Endicott team, or fans were upset by the waive off!

    A little concern for UNE is that their number one keeper left the game in the 3rd with some kind of injury. Tonight should be a good one.

    Anyone at the Salve/Nichols game? Seems as though Nichols kept the Salve top line off the board, even out shot Salve. Does that wrap up the top spot for Salve?
    I believe 1st tie break is H2H, so yes.

    8th place is also interesting. WNEU needs a point against Becker at home to secure 8th. A loss opens the door for JWU who must then win at Suffolk to grab 8th.

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    Travelled to watch Salve at Nichols. First period was great hockey, both teams flying all over the ice with great discipline. In the second, Salve got a quick goal and seemed to take some wind out of Nichols sails. A couple mistakes by Nichols at the Salve blue line lead to a couple breakaways and Salve took advantage. Third period was fairly even. Very impressed with Salve, well coached and disciplined. Both teams avoided foolish penalties. Looks like Salve will take first spot in CCC. Nichols and Curry will open playoffs, I think tonight's games will determine home ice on opening round. Salve is most total team I've seen in the conference.

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    Looks like the Conference Playoffs are set:

    WNE at Salve
    Suffolk at Endicott
    Wentworth at UNE
    Nichols at Curry (maybe)

    I'm not sure of the tie breaker after head-to-head. Nichols and Curry Split a couple of one goal games. Anybody have any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinocoach View Post
    Looks like the Conference Playoffs are set:

    WNE at Salve
    Suffolk at Endicott
    Wentworth at UNE
    Nichols at Curry (maybe)

    I'm not sure of the tie breaker after head-to-head. Nichols and Curry Split a couple of one goal games. Anybody have any ideas?
    Per the CCC web page:
    In the event of a tie in total points in the regular-season standings, the following procedure shall be applied in the designated order to break all ties for seeding or to determine the final team(s) that will qualify for the conference championship:

    1. Head to head competition between all tied teams;

    2. Head to head competition against other conference teams. The tied teams will be compared to the first place, second place, third place, etc. until one team holds an advantage over the other tied teams;

    3. Winning percentage versus common non-conference opponents;

    4. Highest strength of schedule (SOS) in the latest available NCAA regional rankings;

    5. Coin toss. In a three-way tie requiring the use of a coin flip, three coins will be flipped simultaneously, with the “odd toss” winning the tiebreaker and the remaining teams starting over from step one (head-to-head comparison).

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    The Nichols - Salve game this afternoon will determine home ice in Nichols - Curry first round game. If Nichols wins they host based on tie breaker. Nichols and Curry split and both will have split with Salve, again if Nichols wins today. Next tie-breaker is against Endicott which Nichols split with and Curry lost both games to. A fun weekend of playoffs coming up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Zlax45 View Post
    I have enjoyed following this conference over Hockey East this past season. So much more fun!
    Probably just as talented, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCC Fan View Post
    The Nichols - Salve game this afternoon will determine home ice in Nichols - Curry first round game. If Nichols wins they host based on tie breaker. Nichols and Curry split and both will have split with Salve, again if Nichols wins today. Next tie-breaker is against Endicott which Nichols split with and Curry lost both games to. A fun weekend of playoffs coming up!
    FINAL - Salve Regina 2 Nichols 0

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    Is it too early to start prognosticating the weekend games? I really have no idea how it will all pan out, but there are going to be some great games.

    Salve and WNE split their series during the first weekend of the season, a couple of 3-2 games with WNE winning at home and then taking Salve to OT on the road. Endicott had two lopsided games against Suffolk a couple of weeks ago. That was the only 4-point weekend for Endicott in the second half of the season.

    Wentworth gave UNE fits in both games of their series, a couple of one goal games (UNE had an EN at Wentworth). UNE was able to squeak out a couple of wins from a good Wentworth team. If Wentworth ever starts believing in themselves, they could be deep in the mix.

    Curry and Nichols split with one-goal games, each holding serve on home ice.

    This is going to be a great day for hockey! I really hope the CCC is able to capitalize on this season. This kind of hockey has to be great for these schools recruiting. Three teams in the top 15, some really great games over the last weekend of the season and some very competitive games coming up in the first round of the Conference Championships. Not many conferences can say that, at least this season.

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    Looking forward to the weekend. Salve - Nichols game today was 0 - 0 until Salve broke the ice with 3:19 left in the third. Nichols shut out for six periods over the weekend, not a good sign going into the playoffs. Very impressed with both teams play and discipline in the two games. It might be too early to pick the weekend games but I think there will be at least one upset, and I would not be surprised if there were two, over the weekend.

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    The CCC has announced the seedings and the game times for the weekend games.

    http://cccathletics.com/sports/mice/...018MIHPairings

    I don't know, but there could be some surprises in those seeds!

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    So, this is some pretty rarified air for the CCC! 3 teams in the top 10 in the east! When this Conference was announced, I had real doubts about how the ECAC-NE was ever going to be more than what it was; a big step below the NEHC. I know that I should never have had that thought.

    I congratulate the schools for making a commitment to their hockey teams, and to the conference for having faith. Best of luck going forward and I hope the CCC has more than a couple of representatives at the NCAAs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinocoach View Post
    So, this is some pretty rarified air for the CCC! 3 teams in the top 10 in the east! When this Conference was announced, I had real doubts about how the ECAC-NE was ever going to be more than what it was; a big step below the NEHC. I know that I should never have had that thought.

    I congratulate the schools for making a commitment to their hockey teams, and to the conference for having faith. Best of luck going forward and I hope the CCC has more than a couple of representatives at the NCAAs.
    Agree. I think the conference has proven to be much better than most thought it would be. I'm anxious to see if they will add any schools to replace Suffolk and J&W. Losing those two won't hurt but with the right replacements, if they go that way, they could be even stronger.

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    Looking forward to tomorrow's quarterfinals; one and done can lead to the better teams getting knocked out. Hope to see an upset or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCC Fan View Post
    Looking forward to tomorrow's quarterfinals; one and done can lead to the better teams getting knocked out. Hope to see an upset or two.
    Just as long as the upsets are the right ones!

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    These games are going to be very interesting. Also, scoreboard watching will be interesting. Suffolk/Endicott go off at 3:00; Salve/WNEU go off at 4:00; Nichols/Curry go off at 4:50 and UNE/Wentworth go off at 7:00.

    I'll be at the UNE game, so we'll know what lies ahead before the end of the 1st period.

    The only game that I think is a lock is the Endicott/Suffolk. I can't imagine Endicott have any trouble with them. Endicott handled them fairly easily just 2 weeks ago. Of course, there is that old adage about how hard it is to beat a team 3-times in a season, but I don't think there is much hope of that happening.

    Everyone else better bring their best game, because each game could be the proverbial trap game!

    Time to sit back and let the kids play!

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