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Humanoid
06-06-2011, 12:16 PM
Hot rumor is saying that the schedule for next year will include a road game on New Year's Day at Yale and a game up at Mullins Center against UMass. Ambitious to say the least and interesting approach by some high power, high profile teams to schedule an AHA opponent.

mar7967
06-06-2011, 01:41 PM
Bentley Schedule so far:

10/14 @ UMass Amherst
10/25 @ Sacred Heart
11/12 @ Army
12/2, 12/3 hosting Niagara
1/1 @ Yale
2/3 @ Sacred Heart
2/4 hosting Sacred Heart

check the link in my signature for updates!

Humanoid
06-06-2011, 02:32 PM
Bentley Schedule so far:

10/14 @ UMass Amherst
10/25 @ Sacred Heart
11/12 @ Army
12/2, 12/3 hosting Niagara
1/1 @ Yale
2/3 @ Sacred Heart
2/4 hosting Sacred Heart

check the link in my signature for updates!

Can't wait to see the other non-conference games. Anybody else heard anything about any games that might be posted? Yale is certainly the most ambitious and biggest name so far. It would be a huge boost to the program to get out there and play these teams, especially given that they were so up-and-down last year.

mar7967
06-06-2011, 02:50 PM
Can't wait to see the other non-conference games. Anybody else heard anything about any games that might be posted? Yale is certainly the most ambitious and biggest name so far. It would be a huge boost to the program to get out there and play these teams, especially given that they were so up-and-down last year.

You should have one @ RPI.

Snively65
06-06-2011, 03:20 PM
Bentley Schedule so far:

10/14 @ UMass Amherst
10/25 @ Sacred Heart
11/12 @ Army
12/2, 12/3 hosting Niagara
1/1 @ Yale
2/3 @ Sacred Heart
2/4 hosting Sacred Heart

check the link in my signature for updates!

Very odd scheduling of the three games with Sacred Heart (i.e., why not have SH travel to Bentley on October 25th, and Bentley stay over in Milford for two on February 3rd-4th?). I cannot travel to Milford on October 25th because I am teaching until 6:15; bah, humbug!

mar7967
06-07-2011, 07:11 AM
Very odd scheduling of the three games with Sacred Heart (i.e., why not have SH travel to Bentley on October 25th, and Bentley stay over in Milford for two on February 3rd-4th?). I cannot travel to Milford on October 25th because I am teaching until 6:15; bah, humbug!

AHA likes the home-and-homes whenever possible within the 'pods'

Humanoid
06-08-2011, 09:43 AM
AHA likes the home-and-homes whenever possible within the 'pods'

Agreed. The home and home balances the scheduling very nicely. It prevents a team from having 2 home games too early in the season against a team, and down the stretch it prevents a team from having too great of an advantage.

I don't have the stat, but I think with the exception of Air Force, everybody played home and homes down the stretch last year within their pods. It provided some great thrills for playoff seeding.

I do wish they'd change the seeding criteria. It weighs too heavily in favor of the eastern schools by giving them that bye. Either that or just make the conference two divisions officially.

FlagDUDE08
06-08-2011, 11:46 AM
Agreed. The home and home balances the scheduling very nicely. It prevents a team from having 2 home games too early in the season against a team, and down the stretch it prevents a team from having too great of an advantage.

I don't have the stat, but I think with the exception of Air Force, everybody played home and homes down the stretch last year within their pods. It provided some great thrills for playoff seeding.

I do wish they'd change the seeding criteria. It weighs too heavily in favor of the eastern schools by giving them that bye. Either that or just make the conference two divisions officially.

It was already announced that the east/west difference in terms of playoffs was let go. They're going to 1-12, top 4 regardless of east/west gets byes.

Humanoid
06-09-2011, 03:22 PM
It was already announced that the east/west difference in terms of playoffs was let go. They're going to 1-12, top 4 regardless of east/west gets byes.

Link?

I got a little bit wrapped up in life to read up..

mar7967
06-09-2011, 03:29 PM
Link?

I got a little bit wrapped up in life to read up..

http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/news/2010-11_News/ahaplayoffs051811

Snively65
06-09-2011, 05:40 PM
Agreed. The home and home balances the scheduling very nicely. It prevents a team from having 2 home games too early in the season against a team, and down the stretch it prevents a team from having too great of an advantage.

I don't have the stat, but I think with the exception of Air Force, everybody played home and homes down the stretch last year within their pods. It provided some great thrills for playoff seeding.

Assuming that home ice is an advantage, which it has not been for the Bentley Falcons in recent seasons, such as is with the JAR (i.e., usually more fans cheering on the visiting team than the home team). I guess that I am used to the two back-to-back home games in one weekend for the long-drive Hockey East match ups, such as UNH against UVM and Maine. The one eastern pod exception for Bentley last season was their two games at West Point the last weekend of January. One might make the argument that the team on a two-game weekend away has the advantage by staying together overnight for the bonding experience, which I suppose might be more useful early in the season, such as with the Boston Bruins in Europe last October.

Humanoid
06-10-2011, 08:33 AM
http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/news/2010-11_News/ahaplayoffs051811

Thank you!

mar7967
06-10-2011, 09:59 AM
I don't have the stat, but I think with the exception of Air Force, everybody played home and homes down the stretch last year within their pods. It provided some great thrills for playoff seeding.


RIT doesn't do home-and-homes with Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, or Air Force.

joecct
06-10-2011, 10:09 AM
Can't wait to see the other non-conference games. Anybody else heard anything about any games that might be posted? Yale is certainly the most ambitious and biggest name so far. It would be a huge boost to the program to get out there and play these teams, especially given that they were so up-and-down last year.Does Clarkson owe you a visit??

FlagDUDE08
06-10-2011, 10:36 AM
Does Clarkson owe you a visit??

I know Bentley usually plays RPI, but I don't recall us ever going to Bentley. Do we know if that NC game is still on? It'd probably be a mid-week or Sunday on the week where we go to Notre Dame, either that or sometime in December, as we try to get a 4th game in there.

kingdobbs
06-10-2011, 12:59 PM
Does Clarkson owe you a visit??

I would be surprised if they did.

Atlantic Hockey isn't always the best at getting return games. Hell, the only reason UConn gets as many as they do is that they can use their tournament, which has a slight chance of being a decent RPI-boosting NC game for the two non-AHA teams who play.

Humanoid
06-10-2011, 03:29 PM
I would be surprised if they did.

Atlantic Hockey isn't always the best at getting return games. Hell, the only reason UConn gets as many as they do is that they can use their tournament, which has a slight chance of being a decent RPI-boosting NC game for the two non-AHA teams who play.

The AHA has a major problem with drawing power. They don't have the home ice advantages that most of the other teams they'll play, so it's almost impossible to host an OOC game. It's one of those no-win situations.

If you have an OOC game, you know you can't draw anything at your home rink, so it doesn't make sense for the OOC opponent to sacrifice a potential gate. I think Bentley drew over 500 people last year only twice, and that was because Air Force and Holy Cross were in town. Additionally, Bentley's rink is a dump, so it really makes no sense fo ra team to come here.

It would be great as a Bentley person to see the Clarkson green or RPI red because they make for a good draw, but unfortunately, it's not like that name on the scheudle is going to affect the ability to put butts in the seats. Not without that on-campus rink we're never going to get.

Bentley should probably have one game against RPI, and they usually get Clarkson for two on the road. It makes sense to add another OOC against the ECAC, centered around RPI. Last year, it went Qpac and RPI back-to-back but that was a hellacious road trip. Union is probably out because they have a bigger rep these days with last year's run. Maybe Vermont isn't out of the question?

There will probably be another HE game besides UMass. Norhteastern and Maine were both on the schedule in past years, along with UML. Maybe PC or UVM.

FlagDUDE08
06-11-2011, 10:21 AM
Sorry guys, looks like we're not playing you this year. :(

joecct
06-12-2011, 10:52 AM
You have Clarkson @ the JAR for 2 games last weekend of October.

Two of 7(!) Games against AHA teams this season for the Green & Gold.

Humanoid
06-13-2011, 03:27 PM
You have Clarkson @ the JAR for 2 games last weekend of October.

Two of 7(!) Games against AHA teams this season for the Green & Gold.

This has to be the first OOC home games for Bentley in years!