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    2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    We have the first preseason poll available, with the WIAC coaches and SIDs weighing in.

    WIAC:
    1) UW-River Falls
    2) UW-Eau Claire
    3) UW-Stevens Point
    4) UW-Superior
    5) Northland

    Looks about right to me.
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    NEHC Preseason Poll is up:

    Rank (1st Place Votes) Pts.
    1. Norwich University (9) 81
    2. Suffolk University 68
    3. Castleton University 59
    4. University of Massachusetts Boston 56
    5. Plymouth State University 43
    6. University of Southern Maine 35
    7. Johnson & Wales University 31
    8. Salem State University 21
    9. New England College 11
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    We have the first preseason poll available, with the WIAC coaches and SIDs weighing in.

    WIAC:
    1) UW-River Falls
    2) UW-Eau Claire
    3) UW-Stevens Point
    4) UW-Superior
    5) Northland

    Looks about right to me.
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    The NCHA preseason poll is out:

    1. Adrian 67 points (7 first-place votes)
    2. St. Scholastica 58 (2 first-place votes)
    3. Lake Forest 50
    4. Concordia Wisconsin 41
    5. Trine 34
    6. St. Norbert 30
    7. Aurora 21
    8. Marian 17
    9. Finlandia 10
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    The MAC has done their own preseason poll. First-year program Alvernia is picked above Wilkes and King's by the coaches and SIDs polled, and garnered a first place vote.

    It should be noted that Wilkes' roster includes 12 forwards and 5 defenders, a massive improvement when compared to the 5 forwards and 2 defenders from last season.

    Rank Team Points (1st Place Votes)
    1 Stevenson 15 (3)
    2 Lebanon Valley 12 (1)
    3 Alvernia 10 (1)
    4 Wilkes 7
    5 King's 6

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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Ok...By no means an official poll....but here are my predictions across the board as we enter the season. (enjoy the commentary!)

    CHC - Conference Champion - Endicott (always there)
    Dark Horse - Nichols - (just because)
    Dark Dark Horse - New England College (strong recruiter)

    MIAC - Conference Champion - Hamline (following up on last year's NCAA performance).
    Dark Horse - St. Thomas (Perennial Favourite)
    Dark Dark Horse - Gustavus (Break out season?)

    NCHA - Conference Champion - Adrian (Continuing from last season)
    Dark Horse - St. Scholastica (Always in the hunt)
    Dark Dark Horse - Trine (Relatively new...but promising)

    NEHC - Conference Champion - Norwich (why change now?)
    Dark Horse - Suffolk (Tired of being a bridesmaid)
    Dark Dark Horse - Castleton (just a hunch?)

    NESCAC - Conference Champion - Hamilton (Continues Strong Finish from Last Year)
    Dark Horse - Williams (Strong for sure)
    Dark Dark Horse - Bowdoin (yes I know....so dark no one will see them coming!)

    NEWHL - Conference Champion - Plattsburgh (need I say anymore?)
    Dark Horse - Potsdam (snowflakes chance....but still a chance!)
    Dark Dark Horse - Oswego (Fresh new faces!)

    UCHC - Conference Champion - Elmira (Do they ever get tired?)
    Dark Horse - Nazareth (impressive freshman start and added strength)
    Dark Dark Horse - Alvernia (another Naz maybe?)

    WIAC - Conference Champion - Wisc Eau Claire (Time to switch it up)
    Dark Horse - Wisc. River Falls (hardly dark at all)
    Dark Dark Horse - Northland (lots of returning strength)

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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyDad31 View Post
    Ok...By no means an official poll....but here are my predictions across the board as we enter the season. (enjoy the commentary!)

    CHC - Conference Champion - Endicott (always there)
    Dark Horse - Nichols - (just because)
    Dark Dark Horse - New England College (strong recruiter)

    MIAC - Conference Champion - Hamline (following up on last year's NCAA performance).
    Dark Horse - St. Thomas (Perennial Favourite)
    Dark Dark Horse - Gustavus (Break out season?)

    NCHA - Conference Champion - Adrian (Continuing from last season)
    Dark Horse - St. Scholastica (Always in the hunt)
    Dark Dark Horse - Trine (Relatively new...but promising)

    NEHC - Conference Champion - Norwich (why change now?)
    Dark Horse - Suffolk (Tired of being a bridesmaid)
    Dark Dark Horse - Castleton (just a hunch?)

    NESCAC - Conference Champion - Hamilton (Continues Strong Finish from Last Year)
    Dark Horse - Williams (Strong for sure)
    Dark Dark Horse - Bowdoin (yes I know....so dark no one will see them coming!)

    NEWHL - Conference Champion - Plattsburgh (need I say anymore?)
    Dark Horse - Potsdam (snowflakes chance....but still a chance!)
    Dark Dark Horse - Oswego (Fresh new faces!)

    UCHC - Conference Champion - Elmira (Do they ever get tired?)
    Dark Horse - Nazareth (impressive freshman start and added strength)
    Dark Dark Horse - Alvernia (another Naz maybe?)

    WIAC - Conference Champion - Wisc Eau Claire (Time to switch it up)
    Dark Horse - Wisc. River Falls (hardly dark at all)
    Dark Dark Horse - Northland (lots of returning strength)

    CHC: I think you mean UNE - not NEC

    NEHC: Suffolk lost Tess Adams who was the engine for that team, not sure they can repeat last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    CHC: I think you mean UNE - not NEC

    NEHC: Suffolk lost Tess Adams who was the engine for that team, not sure they can repeat last year.
    yes..correct on the UNE (my bad).

    Good comment on Suffolk..but still think they have something left in the tank.

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    2019-20 UCHC Preseason Women’s Coaches Poll
    1. Elmira 143 Pts - 11 1st Place Votes

    2. William Smith 122 Pts

    3. Nazareth 117 Pts

    4. Manhattanville 109 Pts

    5. Utica 104 Pts

    6. Neumann 79 Pts

    7. Stevenson 73 Pts - 1 1st Place Vote

    8. Chatham 60 Pts

    9. Lebanon Valley 48 Pts

    10. Alvernia 37 Pts

    11. Wilkes 23 Pts

    12. King's 21 Pts

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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyDad31 View Post
    2019-20 UCHC Preseason Women’s Coaches Poll

    7. Stevenson 73 Pts - 1 1st Place Vote
    There has to be a story behind this. I'm going to assume this was Elmira's vote as they couldn't (didn't want to) vote for themselves?
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    USCHO.com poll is out. Other than St. Thomas and Elmira switching places, it's the same as last year's season ending poll. What was the point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spwood View Post
    There has to be a story behind this. I'm going to assume this was Elmira's vote as they couldn't (didn't want to) vote for themselves?
    I was wondering the same thing. I could see WS, Naz or Utica but that's about it.

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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    I know most about MIAC, so here's a preview before the coaches poll (should come tomorrow)

    1) Hamline - I don't think they'll be as good as last year because the leadership they lost with the graduating seniors was huge. Still there's silly offensive talent, and the defense and goaltending are good enough. They recruited some serious scorers as well, so they're restocking

    2) I like coaching better at St. Thomas - and they're going to start gearing up to go D1 in a couple years, so I expect this team to be REALLY good next year. They'll also be good this year and it's a tossup at the top of this pile. The defense at St. Thomas is a precision machine, but we need to see how the goaltending shapes up without the otherworldly Torpy around.

    3) There's a dropoff,but I think Augsburg is next. They might have some issues scoring, but they have in the last couple years as well, however, their defense and goaltending are just a little better than...

    4) Gustavus - where everyone's favorite coach Carroll has absolutely loaded up on Freshman scoring. Gustavus also graduated a top goalie, and their defense is thinner. If the first years gel quickly, this team could bump up a notch.

    5) The Gusties edge Bethel who have a talented first line and first set of D. Depth is the question, as is goaltending, but the experience is there, and I like the Royals for the last playoff spot.

    6) Getting tougher to separate here, let's make Concordia #6. They added a couple good scorers, and their coaching is improved. I like their top 5 and the goalie. They just need to get deeper

    7) Up next is St. Mary who I might have bumped higher if I knew more about their goaltending. They have more balanced and deeper scoring, but graduation hurt them. They have 4 outstate recruits people here don't know much about, if they come through right away, the Cardinals could go higher.

    8) I love how St. Benedict jumped up last year, everyone who thought they would roll over on the Bennies got a surprise when they played people close and won more games than anyone thought they might. That's all Coach Nick Thibault. The team plays hard, but their element of surprise is gone and I don't they'll sneak up on people this year.

    9) Nobody recruited more scoring power this year than St. Catherine's. That's good, because the Wildcats' returning roster scored less than anyone else in the league. Their veterans are sound, and if the freshman adapt early, they might surprise. In any case, you'd probably rather play St. Kate's early.

    10) It's tough to say that one of the teams hurt most by graduation was St. Olaf when they didn't win a game last year, but it's probably true. Their top offensive and defensive players have moved on, and they have new coaching. Tracy Johnson won immediately at Stevenson, but it's a tougher league and I expect she'll use that awesome new rink at St. Olaf to start getting the top Minnesota kids starting next year. They did get one - an all-state freshman goalie enters and joins the team's best returning player to maybe give the Oles the best goaltending in the league.

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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    And the Coaches weigh in on the MIAC

    1. St. Thomas (5) 77pts
    2. Hamline (5) 76
    3. Augsburg 64
    4. Gustavus 59
    5. Concordia 43
    6. Saint Mary's 38
    7. Bethel 34
    8. Saint Benedict 26
    9. St. Catherine 24
    10. St. Olaf 9

    So, apart from one voter (who I bet may have broken the tie based on coach likability), the coaches see it mostly like I did. They like UST better than last years' national runners-up, and I like Bethel better than they did, but it's pretty muddy in the middle.

    In a not very serious side note, I am available to scout the league if I don't have to do it every week and can kinda get back to you on my schedule.
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    NEWHL Coaches Poll

    1. Plattsburgh (49 Points – 7 1st-Place Votes)
    2. Cortland (34)
    3. Oswego (33)
    4. Morrisville (32)
    5. Potsdam (23)
    6. Canton (14)
    7. Buffalo State (11)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Jaslow View Post
    NEWHL Coaches Poll

    1. Plattsburgh (49 Points – 7 1st-Place Votes)
    2. Cortland (34)
    3. Oswego (33)
    4. Morrisville (32)
    5. Potsdam (23)
    6. Canton (14)
    7. Buffalo State (11)
    Morrisville has always been competitive in the CHC and conference winning percentage last season would have made them the second in the NEWHL. The coaches don't think much of the CHC to put them behind Cortland and Oswego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    Morrisville has always been competitive in the CHC and conference winning percentage last season would have made them the second in the NEWHL. The coaches don't think much of the CHC to put them behind Cortland and Oswego.
    Considering the points were 34-33-32, I'd say Cortland, Oswego, and Morrisville were in a virtual tie in the coaches' eyes, as everyone probably had a different order among those three.
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Latest USCHO Poll:

    Rnk Team
    1 Plattsburgh [15] (1)
    2 Hamline (2)
    3 Adrian (3)
    4 Elmira (5)
    5 St. Thomas (4)
    6 Williams (6)
    7 UW-Eau Claire (7)
    8 UW-River Falls (8)
    9 Norwich (9)
    10 Middlebury (10)

    Others receiving votes: Endicott 4, St. Scholastica 2, Nazareth 1


    St. Scholastica only getting 2 votes despite taking down the 1 seed from last year's tournament, likely due to them dropping a game to GAC the night before. I think St. Scholastica and GAC should both be ahead of Endicott who took down perennial struggler USM and Nazareth who beat up on Suffolk at home.

    Sad to see Suffolk take such a setback after a good debut season, but they built their team last year around a senior transfer and clearly they haven't found an answer yet on either end, with a lone goal in 2 games and giving up 5 goals on 14 penalty kills.
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    Re: 2019-20 DIII Polls, Rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    Latest USCHO Poll:

    Rnk Team
    1 Plattsburgh [15] (1)
    2 Hamline (2)
    3 Adrian (3)
    4 Elmira (5)
    5 St. Thomas (4)
    6 Williams (6)
    7 UW-Eau Claire (7)
    8 UW-River Falls (8)
    9 Norwich (9)
    10 Middlebury (10)

    Others receiving votes: Endicott 4, St. Scholastica 2, Nazareth 1


    St. Scholastica only getting 2 votes despite taking down the 1 seed from last year's tournament, likely due to them dropping a game to GAC the night before. I think St. Scholastica and GAC should both be ahead of Endicott who took down perennial struggler USM and Nazareth who beat up on Suffolk at home.

    Sad to see Suffolk take such a setback after a good debut season, but they built their team last year around a senior transfer and clearly they haven't found an answer yet on either end, with a lone goal in 2 games and giving up 5 goals on 14 penalty kills.
    I'm not sure that is the latest ranking from USCHO. This ranking, on the website, has an Oct 28th date on it. I would have to think that Adrian will move ahead of Hamline since the Bulldogs defeated them 4-1 on Friday night. Plus the website shows no games being played in the record column. Hopefully we will see a new women's D3 ranking soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC Bulldog View Post
    I'm not sure that is the latest ranking from USCHO. This ranking, on the website, has an Oct 28th date on it. I would have to think that Adrian will move ahead of Hamline since the Bulldogs defeated them 4-1 on Friday night. Plus the website shows no games being played in the record column. Hopefully we will see a new women's D3 ranking soon.
    What a complete and utter clown show USCHO is to have the new poll out on the NCAA's site, Twitter and multiple schools but their own website not be updated. I didn't read carefully enough and since I saw releases based on the new poll around the net I assumed the site who publishes the poll would have the most recent one up when you visit the page and copied it in. One would think the USCHO could cover DIII women's hockey correctly but I guess it's gone back to an afterthought now that the DIII women's writer from last season didn't return.

    Here is the USCHO poll as reported by the NCAA's website:

    1. Plattsburgh [15] (1)
    2. Adrian (3)
    3. Elmira (4)
    4. Hamline (2)
    5. UW-River Falls (8)
    6. Williams (6)
    7. UW-Eau Claire (7)
    8. Norwich (9)
    9. St. Thomas (5)
    10. Middlebury (10)

    St. Scholastica 9, Gustavus 6, Nazareth 5, Endicott 3

    This is way more in line with what happened this past weekend. St. Scholastica and GAC on the cusp of the top 10 with Nazareth and Endicott getting votes but not as many as schools that have beaten stronger teams...

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