Last edited by Genbeau; 11-04-2018 at 05:55 AM.
Not to appear naÔve, but it seems to me the big leveler in woman's DIII has been goal play. Young goalies have received specialized coaching earlier in their career and have gotten further along their developmental arc than the snipers. Then some days the pucks look like basketballs, and their team is outshot 55-7 or some such, and they are still able to steal games. I think it has made so many more games I see exciting!
Last edited by shelfit; 11-04-2018 at 11:39 AM.
You can sell almost anything to prospective athletes when the scores are closer. Makes the pitch easier with the hope that you can not only play a lot right away, you can help be the tipping point to get that upset win over one of those teams and be a part of something special.
Agreed, other than an occasional goalie stealing a game, these results are not good for the sport. It gives everyone (including coaches) the false impression that they're on the right track and close to competing with the Norwich's of the world when the truth is far from it.
Iíll argue that Plymouth State has consistently been a thorn in Norwichís side for the last 3-4 seasons. Look at the scores. Theyíve been competing hard against NU consistently. The goalie is a big part of it but they work their tails off to make life difficult for NUís studs and they usually find ways to score a goal or two as well. Shots on goal numbers continue to get closer as well.
And Plattsburgh takes down the defending champions Norwich 2-0 despite racking up a ton of penalty minutes. Norwich 0 for 8 on the power play, and Plattsburgh scores on a shorthanded goal from Millen and a power play goal from Katonka for insurance. Both teams came into the week 2nd in one poll and 3rd in another.
Some calls were ticky tacky but Norwich got the benefit with 8 power plays compare to 5 for Platts. That said, Platts' forecheck caused problems all game. They were clearly the better team for at least this game. Also, Norwich had issues with Platts' speed.
Last edited by Bar Down; 11-08-2018 at 02:12 PM.
Jillian Moffatt of Lebanon Valley College made her latest entry onto the single-game saves leaderboard yesterday, stopping 85 shots in a 3-0 loss to Elmira. This is her 10th performance of over 77 saves (the lowest amount on the records doc from the NCAA).
Polls are in today:
In the USCHO poll, there are two changes. Plattsburgh and Norwich swap the 2 and 3 spot following the Cards' win over the Cadets last Wednesday. Plattsburgh then took the weekend off while Norwich beat USM 2-1 (A 45 save performance from USM's Whitney Padgett saved that scoreline). St. Thomas swaps the 9 spot for the 8 with GAC. St. Thomas swept St. Mary's while GAC swept St. Olaf.
In the d3hockey.com poll, Norwich fell from 3 to 4 on their split week being compared to the new #4 Hamline's two drubbings of St. Benedict.
The schedule for those who moved around the polls:
Norwich: hosting NEC and Castleton Friday and Saturday
Plattsburgh: home and home vs Potsdam on Friday and Saturday
GAC and Hamline: home and home against each other
St. Thomas: home and home against St. Catherine Friday and Saturday
I know, I taught math but that phrase makes me grind my teeth.
2007-2008 ECAC East/NESCAC Interlock Pick 'em winner
2007-2008 Last Person Standing Winner,
2013-2014 Last Person Standing Winner (tie)
2016-2017 Last Person Standing Winner
I think that the pollsters should be free to vote for the teams they like whether they've played or not. The polls serve to generate some conversation but otherwise are meaningless. I'm more focused on NCAA fall sports tourneys now, but I am looking forward to the NESCAC hockey teams (men's & women's) getting started this weekend.
Suffolk's Tess Adams had 5 assists in last night's 9-0 win over Anna Maria. One assist from joining the many who tie for the single-game assist record of 6.
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