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westeast
10-14-2011, 10:21 AM
Hi all, here we go again. Any news going around with all the MIAC teams ?

LLL
10-14-2011, 12:30 PM
They officially start practice tomorrow.

123kidd
10-14-2011, 04:54 PM
Any teams doing a mid-night madness opening practice? Augsburg, St. Marys? Someone with their own rink on campus would be the best bet.

123kidd
10-20-2011, 05:04 PM
Schools should have their rosters out soon. St. Olaf has published theirs. Top goalies in the league are Newstrom and Justice. All other teams, including UST and CM, it will be interesting to see who starts.

GoGoGophers
10-25-2011, 10:07 AM
The rosters are popping up now http://collegehockeystats.net/1112/rosters/miacw looks like Concordia(MN) has alot of new faces.
The puck drops on friday for 4 teams so let the season begin.

westeast
10-26-2011, 12:37 PM
The rosters are popping up now http://collegehockeystats.net/1112/rosters/miacw looks like Concordia(MN) has alot of new faces.
The puck drops on friday for 4 teams so let the season begin.

Thanks for the update..Some coaches like to think it's a big deal to show there hand to soon..

eg1351
10-27-2011, 03:15 PM
COACHES' POLL AND SEASON PREVIEW:

http://miac-online.org/news/2011/10/20/WHOCKEY_1020113802.aspx

2011-12 MIAC Women's
Hockey Coaches' Poll
Rank Institution Total
1 Gustavus (9) 81
2 St. Thomas 67
3 Bethel 64
4 Concordia (1) 63
5 St. Olaf 46
6 Saint Mary's 38
7 St. Catherine 36
8 Hamline 23
9 Saint Benedict 17
10 Augsburg 15

To be honest, I am surprised people are still giving St. Thomas so much credit. I think Bethel likely deserves the 2nd spot, especially with Newstrom back. Concordia won't finish in 4th, I can almost guarentee that.

My guess:

1) GAC (hate it but it is inevitable)
2) Bethel (Newstrom will sole-handedly keep them in every game this year)
3) St. Thomas (I even question putting them this high)
4) St. Mary's (much more experience this year. Should have some solid depth)
5) St. Olaf (too many questions & no goaltending)
6) Concordia (no roster out yet)
7) St. Kate's (too many losses)

These three are a toss up
St. Ben's
Hamline
Augsburg

DedicatedFan
10-27-2011, 07:00 PM
COACHES' POLL AND SEASON PREVIEW:

http://miac-online.org/news/2011/10/20/WHOCKEY_1020113802.aspx

2011-12 MIAC Women's
Hockey Coaches' Poll
Rank Institution Total
1 Gustavus (9) 81
2 St. Thomas 67
3 Bethel 64
4 Concordia (1) 63
5 St. Olaf 46
6 Saint Mary's 38
7 St. Catherine 36
8 Hamline 23
9 Saint Benedict 17
10 Augsburg 15

To be honest, I am surprised people are still giving St. Thomas so much credit. I think Bethel likely deserves the 2nd spot, especially with Newstrom back. Concordia won't finish in 4th, I can almost guarentee that.

My guess:

1) GAC (hate it but it is inevitable)
2) Bethel (Newstrom will sole-handedly keep them in every game this year)
3) St. Thomas (I even question putting them this high)
4) St. Mary's (much more experience this year. Should have some solid depth)
5) St. Olaf (too many questions & no goaltending)
6) Concordia (no roster out yet)
7) St. Kate's (too many losses)

These three are a toss up
St. Ben's
Hamline
Augsburg

I agree with the order in which you place the teams to finish. I disagree with your comment about St. Olaf having no goaltending. While they have two Freshmen goaltenders this year, both are quality goalies and are strong in the nets. McKeever took her high school team to the State Tournment from, arguably, the toughest section in the State last year. Ubl is solid in goal as well. Both of these goalies may keep St. Olaf in many games this year -- time will tell.

eg1351
10-30-2011, 09:27 AM
I agree with the order in which you place the teams to finish. I disagree with your comment about St. Olaf having no goaltending. While they have two Freshmen goaltenders this year, both are quality goalies and are strong in the nets. McKeever took her high school team to the State Tournment from, arguably, the toughest section in the State last year. Ubl is solid in goal as well. Both of these goalies may keep St. Olaf in many games this year -- time will tell.

I guess saying they have no goaltending is a strong statement. More accurately, they have a question mark at goaltending and I tend to shy away from relying on freshman goalies to carry a team. With that being said, anything is possible.

eg1351
10-30-2011, 09:28 AM
Also, I was unaware of the transfer of Sarah Schneekloth to Hamline prior to my original post. This should help Hamline in the goaltending realm quite a bit. I still don't think they will finish very high due to lack of scoring. But it should help them to pull away from bottom feeders Augsburg & St Bens.

obserbear
10-30-2011, 09:32 AM
So the inter-conference match up seems pretty even this first weekend of play (NCHA up at 3-2-4). Do you MIAC and NCHA fans draw any conclusions from results like the Hamline split with Superior or the St. Mary's and St. Olaf ties with Point and Lake Forest?

rinkrat92
10-30-2011, 01:57 PM
Also, I was unaware of the transfer of Sarah Schneekloth to Hamline prior to my original post. This should help Hamline in the goaltending realm quite a bit. I still don't think they will finish very high due to lack of scoring. But it should help them to pull away from bottom feeders Augsburg & St Bens.

Hamline's goaltender last year, Nicole Jones, had an average of 35 saves a game last season with a SV% of 934. She will most likely play a majority of the games this year. She played in the win vs Superior this weekend and looks like she picked up right where she left off making 43 saves. She played against Gustavus, St Thomas, St. Olaf, and St. Mary, top teams in the league, and every game was a 1 goal game. Hamline's goaltender is strong, they just need to find scoring from somewhere.

gojackets
10-30-2011, 04:09 PM
So the inter-conference match up seems pretty even this first weekend of play (NCHA up at 3-2-4). Do you MIAC and NCHA fans draw any conclusions from results like the Hamline split with Superior or the St. Mary's and St. Olaf ties with Point and Lake Forest?

Superior does this at the start of every season...except its usually with Concordia. It appears that the Hamiline goaltender kept them in the game while once again Superior couldn't put it in the net. It is hard to draw too many conclusions at this point in time...just because we don't know enough about the teams. Lake Forest is expected to be down this year, not sure how St Mary's should be doing. Point/Olaf...again..don't know what could be drawn from that this early.

After today's games it's still pretty even at 4-3-4. Neither of today's results are that surprising.

gojackets
11-01-2011, 10:10 AM
St Thomas @ Superior can be seen here:

http://www.ifan.tv/home.php?cat1=66&cat2=773&cat3=27&article=61

eg1351
11-02-2011, 02:34 PM
This weekends Games:


(my predictions in bold)

Concordia (WI) @ GAC (After seeing the Marian/Cord score I am betting this game will be won by a touchdown)
Finlandia @ St. Kates (Pretty much a brand new St. Kate's team. Not exactly a test, but will probably be closer than MIAC fans want it to be)
St. Norberts @ St. Mary's (SNC won't surprise anyone this year, but they should still handle most MIAC teams)
Robert Morris @ Concordia (MN) (Robert Morris is a decent club team but they don't compare to most of the MIAC)
Lindenwood @ St. Ben's (Sorry Bennies.)
St. Norberts @ GAC (This is the MIAC game I am most looking forward to this weekend. I am betting on a one-goal game.)
Finlandia @ St. Ben's (You're welcome Bennies.)
Concordia (WI) @ St. Marys (SMU will be too much to handle for a Concordia team that will be banged up from the stomping GAC will give them)
Royal Military @ Concordia (MN) - (ditto above)
Lindenwood @ St. Kates (hate to say it but until St. Kate's proves it, I find it tough to bet on them.)
Bethel @ St. Olaf (One Word: Newstrom.)

gojackets
11-02-2011, 05:09 PM
Lindenwood @ St. Ben's (Sorry Bennies.)
Lindenwood @ St. Kates (hate to say it but until St. Kate's proves it, I find it tough to bet on them.)


Remember that Lindenwood is actually a D1 team now...so they really should beat up on the D3 teams they play. Especially when they are St. Ben's and the new St. Kates. So no apologies needed there.

D2D
11-02-2011, 05:13 PM
Remember that Lindenwood is actually a D1 team now...so they really should beat up on the D3 teams they play. Especially when they are St. Ben's and the new St. Kates. So no apologies needed there.

But also remember that roughly half their team is made up of carry-over club team members, so that should even things out. I would agree that with another year of recruiting Lindenwood should be heavily favored next season.

GoGoGophers
11-02-2011, 06:31 PM
Lindenwood may beat St.Ben's but I doubt they will beat St.Kates.They still have some pretty good players but their
Goaltending will be the biggest ?

123kidd
11-02-2011, 08:49 PM
Lindenwood may beat St.Ben's but I doubt they will beat St.Kates.They still have some pretty good players but their
Goaltending will be the biggest ?

If Lindenwood splits this weekend, it will be a huge disappointment or at least should be, for them.

5 4 Fighting
11-02-2011, 09:52 PM
Remember that Lindenwood is actually a D1 team now...so they really should beat up on the D3 teams they play. Especially when they are St. Ben's and the new St. Kates. So no apologies needed there.

Send em out to NY...see how successful they are at beating up on a few D3 teams out that way..... ;)