I'm assuming WCHA rival pairings (NMU/MTU, LSSU/FSU, BGSU/UAH, MSU/BSU, UA/UAA) will be playing the last weekend of the WCHA regular season the first weekend of March?
LSSU hockey-NCAA champs 1988, 1992, 1994
Taffy Abel Arena (LSSU, 1992)
Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State, 1997)
Berry Events Center (NMU, 2007)
Lawson Ice Arena (Western Michigan, 2009)
John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
Yost Ice Arena (Michigan, 2010)
Joyce Ice Center/Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame, 2010/2014)
BGSU Ice Arena (BGSU, 2013)
Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)
Link to this year's spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...Oa3mdIjMgeea8/
Obviously with no information in the date area, no one to report as "effectively complete"*.
* Effectively complete meaning the school has released the schedule, or enough alternate information has been reported to determine the schedule is complete, minus exhibition games. Discretion will be used to determine whether WCHA teams will be using their entire allotment.
Dont know the dates but ohio state is going out to Arizona State next year for 2 games.
Anyone yet figure out if there's a pattern to the extra conference games in the NCHC, similar to how there's a set rotation in the WCHA, or based on previous year positioning in HEA? I know some of the RIT folk have tried to figure out AHC and weren't able to figure out a rotation; don't know if they've tried basing it on previous year positioning or not...
Looks like the NCHC looks to be on a six year rotation. You have a "partner" that you play four times every year. Then, in two of the six years, you'll play two of the teams twice only (in one location; swap in 3 years). We're in year six of the rotation. The "MORE INFO HERE" section of the spreadsheet has the breakdown of who plays where if you'd like to see it; follow the 6th non-comma character.
RIT's annual Brick City game in the Blue Cross Arena is against Colgate.
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Regarding HEA: When the announcement was made during the prior offseason that HEA would be going to a 24-game schedule and rotating teams based on past performance from the previous two years, I strove to find out who would play who. Based on some of the teams releasing their schedules, I was able to figure out that the 3rd game opponents would be vs. a team that was right next to them in ranking ("Close"; it won't be entirely reciprocal because there's an odd number of teams), as well as, from the teams remaining, one who was in the upper band (1-3), middle band (4-6), and lower band (7-9). It worked out that one from each of the four categories is who they play. It's not as relevant this year as it was last year because the opponents remain the same this year with the locations flipped (obviously the current year's schedule sheet starts as a copy of the previous year's sheet), but next year, the exercise will happen again, as a new set of four opponents will be selected for each team.
Last edited by FlagDUDE08; 03-22-2018 at 09:26 AM.
Odd numbered teams is often more convenient as it means in a single round robins with home site play you can get an even road/Home balance
Edit: I can see an issue with not being able to have sub-pods but that only means balance within that pod. When you get large and prime like 11 you canít subdivide the league for scheduling.
If we had a 15 team hockey league itíd be easy to say play all once then play the division members and additional time for 22 games. Primes take away those issues but 14 teams would also be awkward though youíd probably just see a 26 game schedule.
Last edited by Patman; 03-22-2018 at 11:24 AM.
The way that was chosen works surprisingly well, given 11 - self - "close" opponent = 9, which can be broken into those three "pods".
Last edited by FlagDUDE08; 03-22-2018 at 01:28 PM.
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