As for not connecting, I know you are not being unfriendly, and I am fine being "Poster Pals"!
Glad she did. It is nice to interact with the team and coaches away from the ice where there is more time to talk.
Both OSU Hockey Programs recruit far and wide. Expecting the families to travel great distances, solely for the Banquet, was seen as imposing a needless burden. The traditional Banquets were generally held in the Spring, around the time of the Kentucky Derby. On the Men's side, the move away from the traditional dates came during Coach Markel's years. On the Women's side, Coach Handrahan initiated the change shortly thereafter.
As for specific dates, there was some experimentation, especially on the Men's side. But the trend is definitely to go earlier, while the season is still on. The specific choice of Senior Weekend could be Coach Muzzerall's doing.
Moving back to a more open, more inclusive event? My guess is that's definitely Muzzerall's doing.
Ohio State takes game one tonight by a final score of 4-0. Tatum Skaggs lit the lamp with :31 to go in the first period and the Buckeyes never looked back. With the win, the Buckeyes clinch second place in the WCHA and will host Minnesota State in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. Two Buckeyes scored all four goals. Skaggs would add another goal in the second period, then Julianna Iafallo added two goals in the third period, the latter being an empty netter to make the final score 4-0. Bemidji outshot the Buckeyes 38-23 tonight, likely due at least in part to the penalty discrepancy. Ohio State was whistled for three penalties and only one penalty was called on Bemidji the entire game, which was curious considering Bemidji's physical brand of hockey. Ohio State netminder Kassidy Sauve stopped all 38 shots she faced to get the win. Bemidji goaltender Lauren Bench stopped 19 of the 22 shots she faced with the 23rd shot being an empty netter for the Buckeyes. The two teams are back at it tomorrow at 3:07 with Senior Day festivities being held prior to puck drop. Before I put the wraps on this post, I need to mention the records that were broken tonight ... most wins in a season by the Buckeyes (21), and most WCHA wins in a season (14). Kassidy Sauve also broke a couple of records tonight ... most saves in a career (don't have the final number, but she passed Chelsea Knapp's 2,421 saves), and most shutouts in a season (9). Congratulations to this entire team on a record-setting night!
For the rest of my take, see the 3 Stars post over on the WCHA thread.
Latest 3 Stars Post is complete. For my take on Saturday's game, see the WCHA thread.
But there's really no perfect way to set things up. Have it afterwards and a good percentage of the crowd will leave. Some for good reasons; others not so much. But losing a third to half the crowd would be inevitable, IMHO.
Another factor is that if the game goes poorly, it casts a pall over the celebration. Now Saturday night probably would have been OK. It was very competitive game; the Buckeyes came up just short. But suppose the home team loses 5-1. Is anybody going to want to celebrate the Senior Class, on the ice, after a blowout loss?
All that said, having it right before the game is a distraction, no doubt about it. Hence your point.
And yet... I actually thought that having the players go back to the locker room after the ceremony was a pretty savvy idea; a good way to lessen the distraction ...
BTW, how was the Senior Dinner? Hoping to hear that it was 100% positive!
That's true too.Maybe the bigger factors with us not playing our best yesterday were the records being set in the big win Friday, along with clinching second place Friday. We didn't have as much to play for yesterday and didn't look as motivated as we were Friday night.
My understanding is that they are technically are a D-1 Indpendent, and therefore must be included in the calculations. However I also believe that they are NOT eligible for the D-1 Tournament under their current status. But if they aren't eligible, why must they be displayed in the published Pairwise rankings? For that last question, we need help from the Pairwise guys.I just want to know what St. Anselm is doing ahead of us in the pairwise. They play a D3 schedule. I don't see wins against Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Robert Morris on their schedule so I am curious as to how they are head of us in the women's pairwise. Maybe someone hacked the pairwise standings and is trying to play a joke on everyone. Who knows?
Well, for one thing, if they weren't listed, one would have trouble figuring out the "Quality Win Bonus" numbers correctly, which in turn affects the overall RPI and then Pairwise. Remember, the QWB is a win (or half-win = tie) over one of the top twelve teams, with the bonus value counted down from 0.060, to 0.055, 0.050 etc. If one isn't seeing St Anselm at #5, they would mis-count that countdown, and want to give a too-big bonus for wins over Cornell, OSU, etc etc.
(Notice also that St Anselm themselves have a non-zero QWB. Who the heck did they beat to earn a QWB? Why #12 Holy Cross, of course! And Holy Cross has a QWB for beating St Anselm.)
The Senior Banquet Thursday was wonderful. Lots of emotional moments and it was great to spend time with the girls and the parents who made it in for Senior Weekend. I have come to the conclusion that we have great young ladies because we have great parents!
As for the pairwise, thanks to Robertearle for the explanation!
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The reports of Ohio State's demise have been greatly exaggerated. I am kidding on that as I don't think anyone has actually reported "Ohio State's demise." It's a new season, a reset, as Coach Muzerall characterized it in an interview in recent days and if tonight's performance was any indication, Ohio State will be a tough out for anyone they play from here on out as they dominated tonight's game vs Minnesota State by a final score of 6-0. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Credit Minnesota State for making a brief push in the second period and not quitting, but other than that, this game was all Buckeyes. Buckeye goalie Amanda Zeglen, playing in place of injured Kassidy Sauve, stopped all 21 shots she faced and made some brilliant saves. The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks 27-21. Chloe Crosby started in net for the Mavericks and stopped 16 of the 22 shots she faced. She was relieved by Katie Bidulka in the third period and Bidulka stopped the 5 shots she faced. The Buckeyes owned the first period with 3 goals and a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Mavericks came out in the second period and outshot Ohio State 14-5. The Buckeyes came out in the third period and outshot MSU 8-4 for the final 27-21 advantage. The scoring went like this ... Charly Dahlquist opened the scoring for Ohio State in what turned out to be the game-winner. Maddy Field scored the second goal and would add two more for a hat trick. Lauren Boyle had Ohio State's final goal in the first period on a power play as the Bucks went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. Emma Maltais scored the only goal of the second period on a breakaway as she was able to get behind the Mankato defense. Maltais' goal gave the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead at the second intermission, then Maddy Field finished off her hat trick with both Ohio State goals in the third period. The Buckeyes will go for the sweep tomorrow at the OSU Ice Rink with gametime at 3:07 pm EST.
Anybody wondering how the WCHA leading goal scorer and 2nd in points not make the 1st or 2nd Team....or...even get named to the rookie team.
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