Nichols did play a pretty tough schedule this year and was battle tested. Great to see the Bison finish the year with a title! Do they get a home game?
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Three teams in; one with a first round bye and the other two with first round home games. Unbelievably strong year for the CCC. Hope they can do some damage!
Well, this is a great day for the CCC. 3 teams hosting in the prelims and quarter finals of the NCAA, one team getting a bye into the quarters. Not bad for a conference that just three seasons ago was the brunt of many negative comments about receiving an AQ.
On a totally different subject, but kinda related, wouldn't it be great if the schools in this conference all made a little bigger commitment to the Conference and the programs by building on campus rinks? Just a thought.
Also, next season, the conference will be an 8 team conference, with Suffolk and J&W heading to the NEHC.
If any of them build on campus arenas it would be a big advantage to recruiting.
Having said that, I wouldn't recommend spending millions on new arenas. The general dilution of talent in D-3 shouldn't make any program -nor any conference- feel safe going forward.
Next year could see a 180, or something close to that, and CCC attendance wasn't great-shakes even this season.
Still, the CCC is a juggernaut right now, and I guess I'm a UNE fan going forward. (At least they sleep in Maine most nights. )
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and I guess I'm a UNE fan going forward. (At least they sleep in Maine most nights. )
I am a little nervous playing Colby, even at home. I watched a couple of the NESCAC games on the stream, and Colby looked like a different team than the team UNE beat twice back in January and early February. I am also a great believer in the idea that it is really difficult to beat a team 3 times in one season!
It should be a good night at the Forum, I would expect another huge crowd, they announced 1100, but it seemed like a whole lot more. I did notice the Fire Marshals in the building during the game. They made sure they could be where no one else could so they had a great spot behind the visiting goal!
I'd like to be a fan but some nasty UNE folks at last Saturday night's game. As bad as I heard throughout the CCC games the past couple years.
I know I'm old, and I should expect young people to act in a crazy manner, I just hadn't seen it to this level before. I will be there on Saturday, rooting for the Nor'easters to win. The kids on the ice played hard, gave nothing and finished each check. At the end of the game, it was exactly as it should be, the players shaking hands and congratulating the victors, there were even a few embraces by the opponents. What happened on the ice was great, what happened in the stands... not so much!
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Thought I'd extend the Salve team, and their fans, a congratulations here on the CCC thread. That was quite a game last night, you certainly made a statement for the Conference, and your program.
Now, we are on to next year. I think it's safe to say that the top of the league are young teams, with many of their top players returning. I would think that the league should have good year recruiting, having had 3 teams make the NCAA's and with Salve playing in the last game of the season.
The off-season is always too long!
If a few more CCC teams are able to build on campus facilities, I see no reason why this conference wouldn’t be perennially one of the East’s best.
Congratulations to SRU goaltender Wojtala. He had a heck of a weekend.
I gotta admit, I was a little embarrassed for the NCAA.com play-by-play commentator. He was a little too obvious in how BADLY he wanted Mike Eruzione’s nephew to score the game winner...
I think there will be at least 5 teams fighting it out next season for the top spots in the Conference, but Salve has to have the edge at the start of the season.
As good a year as the conference could have hoped for back at the start of the season. I think recruiting will be helped; it will be interesting to see if any one or perhaps two teams out recruit the others.
Dinocoach, thanks for starting this thread!
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