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Joe Gladziszewski (1:59 PM)
Welcome to our weekly chat here at SportsNation. INCH editor Mike Eidelbes and I will be here to talk college hockey and World Junior Championships over the next 30 minutes. Send questions now.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Happy New Year!! Has there ever been an outdoor College Hockey Game Cancelled or Postponed?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:02 PM)
Hello again Chris and thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you as well. I can't recall an outdoor hockey game canceled or postponed in the modern era, and in fact college hockey has really had good fortune regarding the weather over the last 10 years or so with games in Madison, East Lansing, Boston , Green Bay and Ann Arbor.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:02 PM)
Lots of folks are interested in seeing how things play out with the weather tomorrow in Pittsburgh for the NHL game. As long as this annual event takes place, there's a risk regarding weather.
Kooshnitz (North Dakota)
Whats the deal with Yale and why don't they want to play any better non-conference teams? If every team in the WCHA had their schedule, I'm sure most of them would go nearly undefeated and "appear" a number 1 team.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:04 PM)
I think you're confused by Yale "wanting" to play better non-conference games. They traveled to Colorado College this year. Last year they went to Wisconsin. Due to Ivy League restrictions, member schools start their seasons later than other schools, and there's a limit of seven non-conference games per season. Some of those have to be home dates.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:05 PM)
And many WCHA fans are quick to boast about WCHA teams' overall records against other conferences, and how they rack up a superior winning percentage. Yet they also criticize other teams for playing similar opponents. Doesn't align.
How does a team like Boston College move up to number 3 in the PWR by barely beating a unranked Colgate team, while North Dakota beats a highly ranked team like UMD last night 5-0 and they drop a spot?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:09 PM)
Short answer - PairWise aggregates several criteria, not just last night's games. There could be an effect on a team's PairWise ranking independent of its own results (CC-Michigan at the GLI for example). Perspective - Don't worry about it. Winning percentage and strength of schedule (opponents' winning percentage) are key components. North Dakota's win will matter in the long run.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:09 PM)
Also keep in mind that PairWise is meant to evaluate teams once the entire season is completed. It's not meant to be looked at from weekend-to-weekend.
PT (The UP)
TV coverage, fan attendance, general interest in the GLI has dropped off mightily over the last decade. Is it time to call an end to the GLI? As long as Michigan Tech continues to be irrelevant, is the GLI as well? Seems like the schools involved (MSU, U-M) would be better off in other locales or hosting special holiday series with other teams.
Mike Eidelbes (2:11 PM)
It does seem as if the GLI has run its course, but the same can be said for the Michigan-Michigan State games and the CCHA tournament. Joe Louis Arena is a dump and CCHA fans in general aren't the type to go to hockey games if their teams aren't involved. The entire concept of college hockey in Detroit could stand a tap of the reset button, but it's probably not going to happen.
Tom (Schenectady NY)
is RPI the 2nd best team in the ECAC with there schedule for the rest of the season and with there home unbeaten streak? Also how likely is it for RPI to stay unbeaten at home?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:14 PM)
Second question first ... very unlikely. Teams are so evenly matched in ECAC Hockey that it's difficult for any team to go through an entire season of home games without at least one or two blemishes. Plus, Yale still visits Houston Field House later this year. RPI is in the conversation for second in ECAC Hockey behind Yale. Union is also in the mix as it stands halfway through the season. I think RPI has a reasonable chance to make the NCAA Tournament this year.
Mark Johnson (Grand Forks,ND)
North Dakota is the Deepest Team in College Hockey! Defeating Duluth Bulldogs 5 to 0 in the New Amsoil Arena! Without 4 of there starting players! Go Sioux!!
Mike Eidelbes (2:16 PM)
Last night's win was great for the Sioux, but Boston College fans would challenge that "deepest team in college hockey" title. Still, two great occurrences last night for North Dakota -- one is the re-emergence of Danny Kristo, who had a goal and two assists, and the second is 35 saves from Aaron Dell, who has stepped into the No. 1 role in goal.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:22 PM)
Sorry for a brief technical delay, we're back now.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:24 PM)
Let's change the subject momentarily to the ongoing World Junior Championships in Buffalo. The United States roster features many current and former college players and one that I've been impressed with is Michigan defenseman Jon Merrill. I like his size and vision with the puck and he's got a big shot. College fans might recall that name from earlier in December, as he scored two goals in the outdoor game for the Wolverines against Michigan State.
Mike Eidelbes (2:26 PM)
For me it hasn't been the individuals so much as it has been some of the combinations. We knew that Denver's Drew Shore and Jason Zucker would play well together, but Boston University forward Charlie Coyle and former Notre Dame forward Kyle Palmieri have been really good. The biggest thing for me is that I don't think the U.S. has played its best game yet, which is scary.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:27 PM)
That's a good point Mike, and I would agree but it's not uncommon in a short tournament like this when the team was just assembled days before the actual start of the competition. Also, it's sometimes hard for me to tell during the preliminary round games which feature several mismatches. The semifinal and quarterfinal games are much more competitive and, to me, more enjoyable to watch.
Mike Eidelbes (2:29 PM)
What I think you can learn in the preliminary rounds is a team's mindset. When you're facing an opponent you're supposed to handle without any problem, do you take care of business or expect to walk over the other team and end up struggling? That's what I like to see in the prelims -- teams getting the job done with resolve and focus.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
That tournament wraps up next week and then the college season gets back in full swing in January. Thanks for stopping by to talk with us this week. We'll be back next Friday at 2 p.m. ET.