IN THIS POST… Weekend Series Previews
- Weekend NCAA Schedules
- National Polls
- Series Previews
Weekend NCAA Schedule…
The NCAA schedule has 18 games between Thursday and Sunday. The only COVID related postponement thus far is RIT/Mercyhurst and MSU-Mankato/Bemidji series. Here is the schedule as it stands:
National Polls for the week of Nov. 30…
What the Top 10 are up to…
The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls are identical after last week’s games. This weekend will see #1 Wisconsin @ #3 Minnesota in another edition of the ‘Border Battle’. #2 Northeastern is on pause due to COVID. #4 Ohio St. has the week off after playing Minnesota and Wisconsin on back-to-back weekends. #5 Colgate takes on #7 Clarkson in a home-and home that begins in Hamilton, NY. #6 MN-Duluth welcomes St. Cloud while #8 BU, who will play its first games of the year, travels to Durham to take on UNH. #9 Providence plays a home-and-home with Holy Cross and #10 Boston College plays a home-and-home with UCONN beginning in Storrs, CT Friday night.
Series Previews: Video, Write-Ups & Streaming Info
-Yale Players To Compete & IIHF… The Swiss and German women’s national teams will meet for 3-games December 15-19 in Fussen, Germany. Former Yale standout and 2014 Olympian Phoebe Staenz will suit-up for the Swiss and current Junior Yale Defensemen, Tabea Botthof will face-off against her for the Germans. The IIHF announced on Nov. 18 the cancellation of several tournaments including women’s Olympic qualification events. More to come how this will impact NCAA players. You can read more on the cancelled events HERE.
-Not Much DIII Hockey… Most of the hockey being played this year has been between DI teams with the exception of a few DIII teams. And we do mean a few, 2 to be exact–Trine University and Adrian College of the NCHA are the only DIII women’s or men’s to play this year so far. As the Ivy league has cancelled its hockey season, so too have a host of NCAA Division III conferences like the NESCAC. But there are some waiting until early January to start up. What’s interesting is that DIII schools have not had a recruiting ban during COVID at all. Coaches have been able to go off-campus and evaluate players. USCHO.com had a good article HERE on what DIII conferences are still waiting to see if they can play.
-High School Hockey in Minnesota… The Minnesota State High School League or MSHSL, which governs scholastic high school sports laid out a plan for Winter sports to begin yesterday. Even if there are extensions of COVID related shutdowns, high school hockey looks like they can adjust. We heard back in October that Nov. 30 was the original start date for HS teams. Now, a recent executive order from the MN Governor has paused all HS and Youth sports until Dec. 18. Three start dates have been proposed, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, or Jan. 18.
-May Quiet Period Relief… NCAA DI and DIII coaches met earlier this week via zoom. Much discussion was spent on a solution to the DI women’s hockey quiet period should the NCAA cancel its temporary COVID recruiting ban April 15. Our DI coaching body is considering asking the NCAA for relief from its self-imposed rule. The May quiet period keeps coaches on their campuses and not able to evaluate players from the Monday before the AHCA Convention until June 1. That would give NCAA coaches roughly 3 weeks to evaluate players off their campus before the June 15 official communication start time. Not exactly ideal recruiting conditions. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.
-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.
-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.
Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.
Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!