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MinniQUFan
11-11-2009, 09:48 AM
I don't understand your point here. Should the NCAA men's basketball poll be expanded from the top 25 to the top 65?

Agreed. I feel as if you are diminishing the teams in the poll if nearly half of the field is included. If you go 25 deep in college hockey, you're going to be including teams that frankly are average at best. Could very well have teams with sub .500 records sitting at the bottom of the poll... then what does that say about the rest of the college hockey field below them?

MarkEagleUSA
11-11-2009, 11:32 AM
I can see both sides of the argument here. While I think 25 is too many and 15 is too few, I would say 16 is the minimum, and 20 would be optimal (that's the top 1/3 of D1).

Don't forget that the polls are really only looking at a small period of time as we go further along in the season. A team that got off to a rocky start can certainly make some noise and possibly gain recognition in the polls later on. While they may not parallel the PWR, they do give a few teams bragging rights.

Then again, win everything and the polls don't matter, right? :D

MinniQUFan
11-11-2009, 11:49 AM
I can see both sides of the argument here. While I think 25 is too many and 15 is too few, I would say 16 is the minimum, and 20 would be optimal (that's the top 1/3 of D1).

Don't forget that the polls are really only looking at a small period of time as we go further along in the season. A team that got off to a rocky start can certainly make some noise and possibly gain recognition in the polls later on. While they may not parallel the PWR, they do give a few teams bragging rights.

Then again, win everything and the polls don't matter, right? :D

Agreed. Polls don't mean much of anything. Just keep winning. Post season is based on a formula, not how a group votes or does not vote.

JimRoz
11-11-2009, 11:54 AM
Speaking of Mark's point on the PWR. I know it is early, but look who is in at #5 http://www.uscho.com/blogs/bracketology/jayson/20091110/what-theres-already-a-bracketology.html

Obviously it is early, but still a nice thing to see to get the team that "recognition" for their strong early season play.

Quinn57
11-11-2009, 02:53 PM
^Book now for great rates in Fort Wayne!

ZYanksRule
11-11-2009, 05:28 PM
I think it should be 20. There's 58 teams, you're ranking the top third. Think about it. The Bobcats are ranked 18th, and look how excited we are. But we're still middle of the pack at 18. But it's good for morale, its good for the fans, its good for ticket sales, its good for business.

25 is probably too much for hockey, but I think 20's a pretty equitable number.

Quinn57
11-12-2009, 04:47 PM
With around 25 hours til puck drop I'm surprised at the lack of talk concerning the games.

I'll let the others who've been to all the games do the indepth analysis (I'll be glad to offer blanket generalizations after I return from the weekend) but I think we'll split. Not sure which but I just have that feeling.

I think 6/8 pts from the homestand isn't that bad. If you gave me three points from the weekend tonight I think I'd take it.

Fri: Clarke
Sat: Hartzell

Take it away guys.

MarkEagleUSA
11-12-2009, 05:06 PM
With around 25 hours til puck drop I'm surprised at the lack of talk concerning the games.Ok, I'll bite...

Harvard scares me simply because they lost 2 last weekend that they had won. Of course they're on the road so I'll take the home ice advantage (will the students be there to help?). With solid D, strength in net, and some offensive punch, I think we can beat the Crimson 4-3.

I really can't say I know much about Dartmouth yet. They're 0-3 so they too will be hungry for a win. We seem to always play them well at the Bank so I'll go with a 3-1 Bobcats win.


Fri: Clarke
Sat: HartzellI'll agree as long as Hartzell is healthy (I believe he was sick last weekend). Then again, Rand might just stay with Clarke if he remains hot. There's just too many variables to this whole goalie situation... :eek:

MinniQUFan
11-12-2009, 05:35 PM
Knowing my luck QU will lay an egg on Saturday against Dartmouth. I haven't seen QU win a game in person since they beat St Lawrence on a snowy day in Albany 2 and a half years ago... and I've been to a couple.

ZYanksRule
11-12-2009, 06:45 PM
Knowing my luck QU will lay an egg on Saturday against Dartmouth. I haven't seen QU win a game in person since they beat St Lawrence on a snowy day in Albany 2 and a half years ago... and I've been to a couple.

That was a good day... Especially for me, after surviving a hellish trip up the Thruway that included a spin-out!

MCL298
11-12-2009, 10:30 PM
With around 25 hours til puck drop I'm surprised at the lack of talk concerning the games.

excited for my first game of the season tomorrow night!

i think we'll split the weekend with a loss to Harvard and a win against Dartmouth, hoping for a sweep though.

Based on what i have read so far this season, i would guess that Clarke starts tomorrow, who knows about Saturday

devils6685
11-12-2009, 11:54 PM
That was a good day... Especially for me, after surviving a hellish trip up the Thruway that included a spin-out!


Well, with dwyer who drove you in a pick up truck i think youre still luck to be alive.

ZYanksRule
11-13-2009, 12:26 AM
Well, with dwyer who drove you in a pick up truck i think youre still luck to be alive.

Haha, no kidding.

allnightwong
11-13-2009, 09:02 AM
Hey all, I have to say I'm a little suprised Sullivan has us taking both so easily this weekend but its definitely doable. Email from thre ticket office states that few student tix remain which should mean the place will be rockin.

Predictions

QU 3, Harvard 2
QU 6, Dartmouth 2

Let's keep this train movin. Go Q!

Quinn57
11-13-2009, 11:19 AM
You're right^. Went w/ a friend to the box office this morning (good to be back) and she was unable to grab an extra student ticket for her friend.

Man. That writer just took a flying leap onto the "Hey. Everyone thought QU would be bad, but it turns out they're not!" bandwagon. There are still a laundry list of question marks throughout the team. Surprised he's writing off two talented teams seemingly so easily.

Would anybody be against Rand having any web sites w/ College Hockey commentary blocked from all our players computers? I really hope they arent reading it but it seems to happen each year.

ECACHL writer
11-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Man. That writer just took a flying leap onto the "Hey. Everyone thought QU would be bad, but it turns out they're not!" bandwagon. There are still a laundry list of question marks throughout the team. Surprised he's writing off two talented teams seemingly so easily.

Would anybody be against Rand having any web sites w/ College Hockey commentary blocked from all our players computers? I really hope they arent reading it but it seems to happen each year.
Fix the penalties, and it seems like QU is an early-season favorite. S'all I'm sayin...

MarkEagleUSA
11-13-2009, 11:42 AM
Hey all, I have to say I'm a little suprised Sullivan has us taking both so easily this weekend but its definitely doable.Nothing easy about it, but definitely doable!


Let's keep this train movin.Choo-choo! The Bobcat Express is comin' at ya! ;)


Fix the penaltiesNo argument here since the PK can't carry us all season. BTW, nice write up! :cool:

Go Q!

allnightwong
11-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Fix the penalties, and it seems like QU is an early-season favorite. S'all I'm sayin...

Well that's music to our collective ears!

Come over to Hamden, we'll drink the Bobcat Kool Aid together.

ZYanksRule
11-13-2009, 05:40 PM
LETS GO Q!!!

Will be able to watch via internet till about 8:45, then probably done for the night... Will be fun watching the Schweiz and Mecca together for the first time this year!

ZYanksRule
11-13-2009, 09:07 PM
Was able to watch most of the game tonight, Quinnipiac really impressed me.

This team reminds me of that 2005 team, only better. In 2005, the Bobcats never took a shift off, and even though they didn't have the talent to compete in the league, they still shocked by finishing 9th, I think it was, winning the first round series against RPI, and almost beating Colgate. This team has way more skill than that team had, and they have the opportunity to make waves if they continue to play with this amount of passion.

On the other side, Ted Donato is definitely not getting what he can out of his team, and I think it's his fault. Harvard played a very defensive game. I don't want to call it passive, but it was a defensive game much in the same style as Jacque Lemaire and Tom Renney. What he's doing is he's basically neutering his top players. LeBlanc is a 1st round draft pick, and Killorn is pretty good, too. But they're not able to really exploit their offensive talent because Donato isn't playing an offensive enough style.

That being said, great effort by Quinnipiac tonight, Clarke was obviously tremendous, the Eric Lampe show was fun to watch, (great job, Lamper!), and again, I'm very impressed by this team. Rand's right -- this team is buying in, and it's fun to watch.