With the early results in, I wonder how folks are feeling about the scheduling format, home-and-home each weekend. I think that when teams play back to back, that second game can get very interesting. We all know that hockey players have memories like elephants, and never forget a cheap hit or an opportunity to payback a good hit. Hockey players also know that the payback is best when delivered unexpectedly. When the only time you'll see a particular opponent this year is the next night, it makes the payback factor very different.
I also wonder about waiting until the end of the season to play a particular opponent. I would love to hear what others think from within the conference and whether there have been other conferences that have scheduled this way.
A couple of weeks into the season, it appears that Salve and Endicott have set themselves apart from the rest of the league. I had the chance to watch Salve play through stream and then live at UNE. The have an explosive line that can put the puck in the net, and they are pretty quick. I am hoping that UNE gets their game together, but I am afraid they seem to be heading in the wrong direction, even though they beat Bowdoin last night. Taking too many weak penalties and they aren't showing any of the team speed they had last year.
So, I think Salve and Endicott are the teams to beat, I guess everyone else does too! (Endicott number 9 and Salve number 15, in the latest polls). After that, the teams are a toss-up.
Not a fan of the new scheduling with home-and-home weekends. Watching a Friday night game and traveling to a Saturday game, particularly if played in the afternoon, really shortens the weekend for doing other things. I liked the Wednesday or Thursday night game with a Saturday game much better.
Nice win for the CCC with Salve crushing Adrian. Like to see them beat UMB and defend their Codfish title.
I love the way they move the puck. Just wonder what happened against Wentworth and Western New England.
When do the new rankings come out? I am sure that Endicott and Salve have to make a move up. Not bad for the CCC. Now, if we could only get UNE playing the way they're capable! (Just my bias showing a bit!).
A good holiday for the conference with Endicott and Curry also winning out of conference. Maybe UNE will keep it going tonight. Salve also started the season with a win over Norwich, they seem to play to the level of the opposition.
Growing pains of a program on the rise. You learn how to beat the best, the next step is learning to bring that intensity and focus every game.
A good win for the UNE Nor'Easters tonight in Northfield. A second win against a ranked team this week, not a bad week. It seems as though the CCC may be a bit stronger of a conference than I had originally thought it was going to be. Endicott and Salve were known, I think, before the season. UNE was a "wanna be", (may still be a wanna be), but they have played well recently. Wentworth and Nichols have been putting together some pretty good efforts.
This weekend could be a good indicator of the strength of the conference... or not! In any event, it is fun to watch.
A pretty good weekend for the Conference, looks like they went 10-2-1 in non-conference play and 13-2-2 for the week. Should make the second half of the season very interesting.
I am still not sure about the scheduling format. In one weekend, you see one opponent twice and then not again. If you get caught on a bad weekend, you could really hamper your chances of gaining ground, or vice versa. I guess we'll have to see. I'm just going to enjoy the hockey.
Very impressed with your league .... saw Salve early and UNE this weekend ... have not seen Endicott but you have to be impressed with their numbers.
Speaking of numbers this is bizarre ... UNE gave up 103 shots total this weekend and yet came away with two wins. Weird.
I am really impressed with the conference. I wasn't saying that two years ago! I was really concerned about UNE leaving the NEHC for the CCC, thinking it was a lesser conference. Can't say that anymore.
The University of New England announced that Curt Smyth will be the new Director of Athletics, succeeding Jack McDonald. This is a great move for the Athletic Department and for all of the student/athletes of UNE!
Figured this article would be coming soon...and it's deserved.
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The second half of conference play begins this week and will be interesting as they go back to beating each other up. Nichols has a chance to make a statement with back-to-back games against Endicott. Coming off their strong non-conference holiday schedule I'm looking forward to seeing how they match up. Also, Brennan is back in net after missing several games before the break due to injury.
There is a shocking development happening at Nichols tonight. After 1 Period Nichols 4, Endicott 0. Not an insurmountable hill, but it will be a tough climb for the Gulls.
Nichols dominated right from the start, outskating and hustling Endicott. If they do it again tomorrow at Endicott it will really shake things up.
Wasn’t really competitive from the drop of the puck. Endicott was not ready to play and the Bison took it to them. Best I seen Nichols play this year in the few times I have seen them.
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