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John_Fuller
03-04-2011, 04:24 PM
The current RPI would disagree with you.

Yale, #2 in PRI, SOS rank #27.
Boston College, #3 in RPI, SOS rank #28.
Union, #4 in RPI, SOS rank #37.
Merrimack, #7 RPI, SOS rank #45.
UNH, #10 RPI, SOS rank #29.
RPI, #15 in RPI (but #13 in PWR), SOS rank #40.
Dartmouth, #16 in RPI, SOS rank #25.

All those teams have winning percentages .600 or above.

So one third of the top 20 teams have a schedule rank of #25 or below. Five of those teams will probably make the NCAAs this year, maybe more. Make the schedule you can make, and win the games you schedule, and a team will do OK for itself. Strength of Schedule is there to help compare teams with winning records to one another, to properly weight wins against good teams more than wins against bad ones.

NoDak, currently #1 in RPI and #2 in PWR, has the #1 SOS rank.
Alaska-Anchorage, currently #26 in RPI and PWR, has the #2 SOS rank. And a winning percentage of .420.

If you don't win, it's irrelevant. In fact, it can actually hurt you. BU and UNH are both ahead of Merrimack in Hockey East, but ranked lower in PWR. BU lost to Brown (and tied them) and lost to RPI and tied Notre Dame.

UNH lost to Miami and St. Lawrence, tied Michigan, and tied Brown.

Merrimack's OOC schedule was not strong, but they ran the table. There are enough TUCs in the league to help you gain a good ranking if you post a winning record.

I guess the moral of the story is.. don't schedule Brown.

You're right, losing to lower teams does hurt you. Lowell arguably would have made the NCAA in 2009's as an at-large if they did not have an dreadful out of conference schedule. That bid went to Vermont because they ran the table OOC and also had the schedule to back it up. If you win, that does solve a lot of problems, no matter how tough your schedule is.

Over the course of the past few years, Lowell's schedule has gotten weaker even when this team had talent. We used to play the Union's, RPI's, Dartmouth's of the ECAC, or the CC, Denver, and Duluth. Now, it's been Bentley, Huntsville, Mankato, Niagara, RIT. Even Merrimack went to North Dakota a few years ago. It's a concerning trend.

I guess the point I was trying to make is that if you don't have balance and play some of the top rated teams in all four conferences, how are you ever going make that jump to the next level and get to the NCAA. Playing Brown isn't going to get the job done.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 06:37 PM
I think it is possible that Bob may have a cardiac event when doing a game. Sounds like an interesting 1st period. Budd was annihilated and now Pendenza is out for nothing...

goUMLgoBC
03-04-2011, 06:44 PM
I think it is possible that Bob may have a cardiac event when doing a game. Sounds like an interesting 1st period. Budd was annihilated and now Pendenza is out for nothing...

Hopefully they can kill off the rest of this 5min through the start of the 2nd and Carr keeps his game up. Too bad it breaks up the Pendenza/Campbell/Holmstrom (I think) line. They were playing well.

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 06:55 PM
Hopefully they can kill off the rest of this 5min through the start of the 2nd and Carr keeps his game up. Too bad it breaks up the Pendenza/Campbell/Holmstrom (I think) line. They were playing well.
They killed the major.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 06:57 PM
Nice interview with Cey.

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 07:03 PM
Down 1-0, UVM scores with 7:28 gone in the second.

goUMLgoBC
03-04-2011, 07:05 PM
Down 1-0, UVM scores with 7:28 gone in the second.

Then UML takes a penalty. I know Bob said the Pendenza hit was questionable, but they've been in the box a lot so far.

Hopefully this 4 on 4 / UML PP will yield something.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:09 PM
Blaise said fast and loose in the pregame but I think they need to be a little less loose.

And Madoor makes a TV save.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:14 PM
I have heard Arnold's name an awful lot this game. Yay for him!

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 07:18 PM
After an even 10-10 in shots in the first period, thanks to a good chunk of the 5-minute major falling into this period, UVM outshoots Lowell heavily 11-3 in the second, and leaves up 2-0 with a second goal with just 35 seconds left in the period.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:21 PM
poop. Hopefully they come out OK in the 3rd.

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 07:21 PM
Sadly, I completely forgot this morning to check the basketball score last night. UML lost to Adelphi 71-60 at home, and will now have to wait till Sunday to see if they make the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd straight season.

Also a sad day at the school with WBB Coach Kathy O'Neil being let go after 26 seasons at the school.

O’Neil has been serving as head coach since 1986. She recently completed the 2010-11 season with a 9-18 record, which included an 8-14 showing in the Northeast-10 Conference.

In 26 seasons, O’Neil compiled a record of 411-329 which included eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:23 PM
Sadly, I completely forgot this morning to check the basketball score last night. UML lost to Adelphi 71-60 at home, and will now have to wait till Sunday to see if they make the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd straight season.

Also a sad day at the school with WBB Coach Kathy O'Neil being let go after 26 seasons at the school.Holy doodoo! I did not know that. Were they really that bad? I was not really following anything closely. Too busy keeping up with Lil

goUMLgoBC
03-04-2011, 07:30 PM
poop. Hopefully they come out OK in the 3rd.

And more than 3 shots will be nice. Unlike PC last weekend, UVM probably understands that it needs the points to get into the playoffs and will play as such. Hopefully UML can get the first one early, can sustain some pressure in the offensive zone, and can pepper Madore. What do they have to lose?

Was sad to see the basketball score this morning. Tough to lose that one at home.

goUMLgoBC
03-04-2011, 07:43 PM
There's #1! Sounded like a nice shot by Ickert.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:45 PM
and one for them
and one for us.

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 07:46 PM
All of a sudden, 3-2 UVM. Ickert and Budd with our goals, Budd's goal just 9 seconds after UVM took a 3-1 lead.

UMLFan
03-04-2011, 07:54 PM
Watching the BC/UNH game and it's killing me every time I see the HE playoffs commercial, which shows our team celebrating with the OT goal in the HE semis a couple of years ago. Sad to think how far this team has dropped since.

Lowell about to go on a power play with 5:56 left.

leswp1
03-04-2011, 07:55 PM
Icky heating up!

John_Fuller
03-04-2011, 07:56 PM
Icky heating up!

Chris Ickert....welcome to the club