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LtPowers
09-28-2010, 12:28 PM
Not long before the puck drops now.

Unanswered questions for the season:


How will the scheduling pods affect the regular and post seasons?
Can we improve on last season's dismal non-conference record?
If we do improve on it, will it be enough that the top team might earn an at-large bid to the national tournament?
Can an AHA team match or surpass RIT's Frozen Four berth?



Powers &8^]

TigerFan86-87
09-28-2010, 01:18 PM
Not long before the puck drops now.

Unanswered questions for the season:


How will the scheduling pods affect the regular and post seasons?
Can we improve on last season's dismal non-conference record?
If we do improve on it, will it be enough that the top team might earn an at-large bid to the national tournament?
Can an AHA team match or surpass RIT's Frozen Four berth?



Powers &8^]

1) regular season: no effect
post season: possibly high impact (or none) depending on competitive balance
2) It certainly isn't likely to get any worse.
3) No
4) Match - maybe, but unlikely
Surpass - No

21st Century Schizoid Man
09-28-2010, 01:28 PM
Not long before the puck drops now.

Unanswered questions for the season:


How will the scheduling pods affect the regular and post seasons?
Can we improve on last season's dismal non-conference record?
If we do improve on it, will it be enough that the top team might earn an at-large bid to the national tournament?
Can an AHA team match or surpass RIT's Frozen Four berth?



Powers &8^]

1.Won't be affected very much in reg season. Probably won't have much of one on post season either, 3 west teams and 1 eastern team in the finals still seems likely.
2. Perhaps slightly
3. No
4. Not likely at all.

komey1
09-28-2010, 01:58 PM
1. If a team is dominant in the Eastern pod but does not do well in the West it will make a regular season factor. Certainly will be a post-season.

2. Yes. Niagara and Robert Morris will help here.

3. Unlikely. The only way this happens if some big wins happen early (off the top of my head Mercyhurst against Michigan and RIT against St. Cloud/UNO)

4. Unlikely. RIT got a benefit of a great regional for them.

mar7967
09-28-2010, 02:45 PM
Pick'em thread: http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?p=4872658#post4872658

Snively65
09-28-2010, 07:55 PM
Can we improve on last season's dismal non-conference record?

Last season Bentley lost to Northeastern 3-2, Quinnipiac 3-2 (ot), and RPI 5-2; beat Brown 3-2 and UMass-Amherst 4-1 (biggest win in program history); and tied Lake Superior State 2-2. So, 2-3-1 total.

This season Bentley plays Quinnipiac, RPI, Clarkson (2), Northeastern, and UMass-Lowell. I am thinking that the Falcons just might win three OOC games this year, but not sure against which teams.

LtPowers
09-29-2010, 09:03 PM
Bumping this so that maybe the arguing in the Summer thread will stop. =)


Powers &8^]

RITShockSquad
09-29-2010, 09:59 PM
Here's another question: Why does AIC only have 3 non-conference games? :confused:

kingdobbs
09-30-2010, 06:59 AM
Here's another question: Why does AIC only have 3 non-conference games? :confused:

Simple answer: It's a buyer's market, and AIC has nothing to sell.

More complex answer: With a tightly controlled market for non-conference dates (51 out of 58 teams have no more than 7 games to schedule OOC, and a fair few teams are below 5 due to perennial commitments), teams are going to be looking to pack as much value into their choices as they can. AIC's value is, essentially, that they have 18 hockey players and a working bus.

TigerFan86-87
09-30-2010, 01:13 PM
...and a working bus.

...for now.
:p

TigerFan86-87
09-30-2010, 01:17 PM
Last season Bentley lost to Northeastern 3-2, Quinnipiac 3-2 (ot), and RPI 5-2; beat Brown 3-2 and UMass-Amherst 4-1 (biggest win in program history); and tied Lake Superior State 2-2. So, 2-3-1 total.

This season Bentley plays Quinnipiac, RPI, Clarkson (2), Northeastern, and UMass-Lowell. I am thinking that the Falcons just might win three OOC games this year, but not sure against which teams.

What makes you say that? They don't even play the three teams they either beat or tied last season. QU, RPI, and NU beat them last year. Lowell is better than Brown. What they do have going for them is two games against (I'm guessing on the road) Clarkson. If the Knights are as bad as they were last year, at least the Falcons will have a shot. Although... as bad as Clarkson was, they did beat the # 1 team in the AHA.

kingdobbs
09-30-2010, 02:03 PM
...for now.
:p

I'm assuming they at least manage to keep THAT working.

gounhwildcats
09-30-2010, 02:40 PM
Simple answer: It's a buyer's market, and AIC has nothing to sell.

More complex answer: With a tightly controlled market for non-conference dates (51 out of 58 teams have no more than 7 games to schedule OOC, and a fair few teams are below 5 due to perennial commitments), teams are going to be looking to pack as much value into their choices as they can. AIC's value is, essentially, that they have 18 hockey players and a working bus.

So you're saying a cool hockey playing hornet logo and mustard yellow uni's have no cache when attempting to schedule non-cons?

kingdobbs
09-30-2010, 03:25 PM
So you're saying a cool hockey playing hornet logo and mustard yellow uni's have no cache when attempting to schedule non-cons?

In a perfect universe it would.

But for some reason, the Fighting Bumblebee carries less weight than factors like "can actually play hockey well", "will improve my standing for the NCAA tournament" and "will be an exciting draw for fans".

21st Century Schizoid Man
10-02-2010, 09:23 PM
Congrats to Mercyhurst on pulling out the come from behind tie at Yost tonight! :)

mar7967
10-02-2010, 09:26 PM
Congrats to Mercyhurst on pulling out the shootout win at Yost tonight! :)

fixed your post! CONGRATS Mercyhurst!

21st Century Schizoid Man
10-02-2010, 09:26 PM
fixed your post! CONGRATS Mercyhurst!

Huzzah! Job well Done!!

komey1
10-02-2010, 10:23 PM
Good start to the non-conference season for the AHA. Way to go to go Lakers.

MICZamboni
10-03-2010, 08:56 AM
The Michigan thread sounds like an RIT thread after a loss, crickets.

Can't wait to see the reception Mercyhurst gets tonight when they play an exhibition game against Queens. Great job guys!!

gounhwildcats
10-03-2010, 11:42 AM
This is why I detest the shootout. If there had have been a shootout last night and if Mercyhurst loses it, does anyone remember what a great comeback they had? No, it's lost in the fact that Michigan won a skills contest at the end of the game. Sure they still would have got their one point, but it's tarnished by the fact that it goes down in the record books as a loss.

Great stuff by Mercyhurst last night. I love when David falls Goliath like that.