Releases last week:
Releases last week:
The CCC should again be a very strong conference this year. The top clubs seemed to have reloaded for another strong run. I think there could be 5 teams contending, if rosters from last year, plus what they added this year, are to be believed.
Did catch UNE vs USM on Thursday and was impressed with their overall team speed and quickness. Ryan Bloom looks much improved, bigger and quicker than he was last year. He gets the puck off his stick as quick as anyone I have seen. He is strong in the corners and along the wall. I think the weakness with UNE will be in goal.
Should be a fun year with the new schedule. UNE will play Nichols, Endicott and Salve 3 times this year. Certainly will be a challenge.
I don't mean to dismiss teams 6, 7 or 8 cuz I think on any given night...
An interesting win by UNE at Salve. In watching the game, it looked as though Salve had an edge in play in areas like time in the O-zone, but they couldn't manage the shots on goal. When they did, Churchfield was there. Tonight, both teams will need to adjust to what happened last night. Salve is going to need to be more intent on crashing the net and UNE is going to have to take better care of the puck.
The rest of the conference went pretty much as predicted. Big wins for Endicott, Nichols Curry.
Let the games begin!
Colonels, Gulls, and Bison took car of business. Expect the same tonight, but be careful of the Leopards!
No surprises over the weekend. Expecting the top four (Salve, UNE, Nichols and Endicott) to beat up on each other while not running into many problems from the rest of the conference. Might see Curry or Wentworth pull an upset here or there but the league has two tiers of teams. Not surprised by Salve UNE split other than road team won both games. Nice to see the top teams adding better non-conference teams to their schedules.
[QUOTE=CCC Fan;6719202]No surprises over the weekend. Expecting the top four (Salve, UNE, Nichols and Endicott) to beat up on each other while not running into many problems from the rest of the conference. Might see Curry or Wentworth pull an upset here or there but the league has two tiers of teams. Not surprised by Salve UNE split other than road team won both games. Nice to see the top teams adding better non-conference teams to their schedules.[/QUOTE
Iíd add Curry to that top group. I believe 5 teams could be on the top when all said and done. They beat Buff. St. Who just tied Geneseo. Top 15 Poll should be interesting this week with #1 and #2 losing, Geneseo tie, Hobart Loss???
Curry and Salve played to a tie; looks like Curry deserves to make the conference a strong group of five. I'm a little surprised by the slow start at Salve. Did Nichols handle Endicott as easily as the score indicates? No surprises in the other games. Interested to see how Salve and Endicott respond tonight.
Early on, it looks as though Salve is having trouble winning at home, but gets it together on the road. I also think that they are better when they play a physical game. Against UNE in the first game, they had some flashes of the physical game and dominated the play. They boxed UNE in deep on several occasions and really took the play to UNE. But, just as quickly, they went back on their heels and allowed UNE space to play.
For an 8-team Conference, to have 5 teams playing so well will make for a fun season. Also, I believe that Wentworth has some real potential to put together some surprises against the top 5 teams. On to next weekend.
Curry, UNE, Endicott, Nichols and Salve are all going to beat up on eachother this season. I think the league title is wide open for sure.
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NEHC - Hobart, Babson, Norwich, UMass Boston
CCC - Curry, Nichols, Salve Regina, UNE, Endicott
UCHC - Utica, Stevenson, Manhattanville, Nazareth, Elmira
All four of these conferences are a four or a five horse race this year. Good luck picking out the winners out of these groups. Itís awesome for D3 hockey!
Big Weekend in the CCC. UNE v Curry and Endicott v Salve with home and home series. Lots of points on the line. There's a small part of me that is holding out hope that Wentworth can get it together and challenge the top 5. Speaking of the top 5, these next two weekends should tell us if one or two will rise above the others.
Not sure if it was just my connection, but the Curry/UNE game stream kept going blue, so I didn't see a whole lot of the game. What I did see last night seemed to indicate that UNE was the much quicker team, but again, that was with a very minimal sample because of the stream problem. Anyone at the game last night? was UNE that much quicker than Curry?
I did get to watch a lot of the Endicott/Salve game. Salve spent a lot of time shorthanded, from what I saw, and they were two-men down a couple of times. Endicott has chance, but beating Wojtala (sp?) is a tough task. The question for me is can Salve win a Conference game against a top opponent at home?
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