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Post #34 – Tuesday 1/18/21

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap
  • Scores & Highlights
  • COVID Recruiting Update
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap…

To clarify, the first ranking number you see will always be the USCHO.com poll and the second will be from the USA Toda/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

How The Top 10 fared… Top 10 teams through Sunday’s games went 11-6-1-1-1 (W-L-T-OTW-OTL). #2 Wisconsin swept #1 Minnesota at home in Madison.

#3/4 Northeastern needed OT to beat Maine

#4/3 Ohio State split with #6 Duluth.

#5 Colgate beat #9 Clarkson at home in game one of that series.

#7 Providence swept its weekend series with Merrimack.

#8 Boston College swept its series with Holy Cross.

#10/NR Mercyhurst tied and lost to Robert Morris in OT

#NR/10 Quinnipiac swept its series with LIU.

All scores, game highlights, and postgame reaction can be found below.

COVID Postponements… Due to COVID protocols the Penn State @ RIT and Lindenwood at Syracuse series were postponed.

Conference Standings as of 1/18/21…

Friday Scores & Highlights – 1/15

Holy Cross 2
#8 Boston College 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#1 Minnesota 0
#2 Wisconsin 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video (MN)
#7 Providence 3
Merrimack 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Concordia-Wisconsin 1
Adrian College 9
Box / NO Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Robert Morris 2
#10/NR Mercyhurst 2
Box / Video Highlights & Postgame Reaction
UCONN 1
New Hampshire 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Bemidji State 1
St. Cloud 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Ohio State 0
MN-Duluth 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Penn State @ RIT – PPD
Lindenwood @ Syracuse – PPD

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 1/16

#10/NR Mercyhurst 2
Robert Morris 3 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Long Island Univ. 0
#NR/10 Quinnipiac 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Minnesota 3
Wisconsin 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video (MN)
#9 Clarkson 1
#5 Colgate 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Bemidji 2
St. Cloud 2 (OT) BEMIDJI Wins Shootout 1-0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#4/3 Ohio State 1
#6 MN-Duluth 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video UMD
Adrian College 4
Concordia-Wisconsin 1
Box / No Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
UCONN 4
New Hampshire 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Penn State @ RIT – PPD
Lindenwood @ Syracuse – PPD

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 1/17

Merrimack 2
#7 Providence 4
Box / Video Highlights & Postgame Video
Maine 2
Northeastern 3 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#NR/10 Quinnipiac 11
Long Island Univ. 0
Box / No Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

COVID Recruiting Update… Players & Parents Hang In There!

Recruiting in women’s hockey has been turned on its head and in many respects has come to a standstill for certain age groups. Needless to say, it’s been a bit messy. On March 12th, 2020 the NCAA announced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Women’s Hockey National Championship due to concerns over COVID. Shortly after that announcement the NCAA announced a temporary ‘COVID’ recruiting dead period which basically meant no off-campus recruiting for D-I coaches nor could recruits and or their families make trips to visit campuses in an official or unofficial capacity. Since then, the COVID recruiting dead period has been extended several times and is currently in effect until April 15, 2021.

As coaches we often tell our players to be patient… things will work themselves out in time. Well… whether you’re a player, a parent, or minor/youth coach reading this, I’d like to offer the same bit of advice – be patient with the recruiting process during COVID.

I’ve spoken to several club and high school coaches since the holidays on how the pandemic is impacting their players. Almost across the board, coaches have intimated their players and parents are on full out freak-out mode relative to their D-I recruiting situations and perceived loss of opportunity–mostly for those who are in grade 11. And the biggest complaint I heard is the lack of information coming from college coaches back to these players and parents. And there is good reason why college programs aren’t providing that info — because they don’t have it themselves, yet.

Part of this angst stems from a recruiting environment we were all used to prior to the pandemic where early commitments and back-and-forth communication was the norm. Players could call coaches on their own and get the info they wanted/needed to make decisions or just to know who had interest in them was nice to know because it meant you might have some options. Since June for those in grades 9 and 10, most of that has been taken away due to NCAA rules. Players in grades 11 and 12 have been subject to a whole new world of college recruiting in the COVID era where coaches won’t know how many spots they’ll need or what there roster could look like in a lot of cases until May or June this Spring. I’ve talked with plenty of college coaches of late, and the sense I get is they want to be patient. Not being able to see players play live doesn’t make for great recruiting decisions. And let’s face it – players haven’t really been able to play. Some yes, but this hasn’t been a normal hockey season of development. Add in a whole class of NCAA players who can come back and play next year and you have a new transfer market college coaches are now taking into account. Trouble is, college coaches won’t know who’s going to transfer in a lot of cases until this Spring.

When I first started coaching in the early 2000’s, coaches wouldn’t even call players for the first time until the summer between a players’ junior and senior year when the rules said we could. Official visits were a real and a vital aspect of the recruiting process which absolutely helped determine who we made official offers to… after the player came to campus. Players would actually take multiple visits to schools before making a decision and for the most part were patient with the process.

Then, all of a sudden the process changed and early recruiting/commitments became the norm. So too did the expectations of players, parents, and their club or high school coaches. Patients in the process went out the window. Enter the pandemic, a NCAA dead period that will last at least 13 months, and NCAA rules allowing current college players an extra year of eligibility… Welcome back to the early 2000’s and programs taking their time to make recruiting decisions.

Here is the reality for a lot of college programs–they don’t even have all of the info they want and need to make recruiting decisions. In part because watching live games of club and high school hockey has been off-limits due to the dead period. And also because the NCAA threw a nice wrench into the mix granting all players on a roster this year an extra year of eligibility. A lot of programs are still trying to hash-out what seniors may come back or transfer elsewhere. Chances are that won’t be known until sometime this Spring after the season is over.

The old saying ‘control what you can control’, really applies here – otherwise you are going to drive yourself nuts over-thinking all of this. You can’t control what the NCAA does nor a college program.

So if you want to be smart, use this time to your advantage and take control of your development. Do what you can to make yourself a better player so when the time comes for coaches to get back out on the road and watch games live, you’re ready and can show them how much you’ve improved. You might have to re-think your approach to your process like taking a gap year somewhere or you might have to consider other schools where you know there is an opportunity for you. Because there are still spots available out there – but you have to be good enough to get one. Case in point… when the Univ. of North Dakota dropped their program in March of 2017, all but a player or two found a home. That meant there had to be space on rosters and scholarship money available to give out – and there was. So, if you’re one of those players who’s in a holding pattern and haven’t heard much from the coaches you were chatting it up with this summer or early fall, take a deep breath, hang in there and be patient as you let this crazy process play itself out. Things will get better but it will take some time.

Sifters…

Yale Students Prepare to Start Spring Semester… Yale College students, including three members of our team, are preparing to come back to campus in time for classes when they begin Feb. 1. Students are required to reserve a move-in date of Jan. 28 or 29 as well as getting a negative COVID test before arriving on campus as well as getting another test after they arrive. Students will be subject to a multi-phased quarantine approach until March 1. Phase 1 will require students to quarantine in their suites for up to 36-hours until they receive a negative COVID test result from their arrival on campus. Phase 2 requires students to stay within their residential college until Feb. 15. In phase 3, students are allowed to leave their residential college as long as they remain on campus. Students have been asked to not venture off-campus to local coffee shops, restaurants, or shops. Phase 3 is scheduled to end March 1.

Transfers Make Debuts… A couple of recent transfers have made debuts with their new teams. Freshman forward Lacey Eden was supposed to suit up for Princeton this year but has found her way to Madison, Wisconsin and is now a Badger. She skated in her first game this past weekend in UW’s sweep in #1 ranked Minnesota. You can read her story HERE. Maureen Murphy suited up for Northeastern this past weekend after spending 2+ years at Providence College. The Hockey East executive committee granted her immediate eligibility beginning this Spring semester. You can read her story HERE.

A Change for the May Quiet Period… There has been talk D-I Coaches will try and request the NCAA to suspend its self-imposed May quiet period this Spring. D-I coaches in women’s hockey have long had what is called the May Quiet Period where from the Monday prior to the American Hockey Coaches Association convention (usually late April) and ending 12:01am June 1, coaches were not allowed to go off-campus to recruit and evaluate or meet face-to-face with perspective players and their families. So, with the NCAA COVID temporary dead period slated to end on April 15, that would give D-I coaches a 10 day stretch to get out and watch players play. Not exactly an ideal amount of time to make recruiting decisions. By April 15, D-I coaches will have gone a year + without being able to watch players live. We’ll keep you posted on future developments.

Until Next Time…

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Post #33 – Friday 1/15/21

IN THIS POST…

  • Monday/Tuesday Scores & Highlights
  • Polls and NCAA Weekend Schedule
  • Sifters

Monday Scores & Highlights

Lindenwood 5
RIT 1
Box / No Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Long Island Univ. 1
Clarkson 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

Tuesday Scores & Highlights

Long Island Univ. 1
Clarkson 8
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Providence 0
Northeastern 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video

Polls for the Week Jan. 11…

Both polls are out after last weekend’s games and they are identical. We have a new #1 and Penn State debuts at #10 in both polls for the first time this season. Congrats to coach Kampersal and his staff. Penn State is currently 6-1-1.

RNKTEAM
#1Minnesota
#2Wisconsin
#3Ohio State
#4Northeastern
#5Colgate
#6MN-Duluth
#7Providence
#8Boston College
#9Clarkson
#10Penn State
USCHO.COM Top 10 Poll
RNKTEAM
#1Minnesota
#2Wisconsin
#3Ohio State
#4Northeastern
#5Colgate
#6MN-Duluth
#7Providence
#8Boston College
#9Clarkson
#10Penn State
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 Poll

Weekend Schedule…

Schedule in full swing… Once again we have a packed schedule over the next 5 days–24 games in all from today through Wednesday. NESN Plus will once again provide some televised Friday afternoon hockey at 2pm today with Holy Cross traveling to play Boston College. NESN Plus will also carry game 2 Saturday at 6:30pm. As always, streaming info is at the very bottom of each post. We’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend with scores and highlights if we can find them.

Notable Games… For the first time this year we’ll see the consensus #1 vs. #2 in what is known as the ‘Border Battle’ between #1 Minnesota vs #2 Wisconsin. This will be the 107th meeting all-time between these two programs. Both games will be in Madison and are set for a 3:07pm EST puck drop each day. Friday’s game will air on BTN+ and Saturday’s will also air on Fox Sports North as well as BTN+.

Also in the WCHA, #3 Ohio State travels to take on #6 MN-Duluth.

In the ECAC, #9 Clarkson and #5 Colgate will play a Saturday / Monday home-and-home series. Game one is set for Saturday 4pm at Colgate. Clarkson is coming its first two games of 2021 in a sweep of LIU while Colgate managed a sweep of ECAC opponent Quinnipiac. This will be the 5th and 6th games these two teams play against one another this year already… and 4 more are scheduled for later this year.

In the CHA, Robert Morris travels to play Mercyhurst for two games. Robert Morris is coming off getting swept by Penn State last weekend and the Lakers last played on Jan. 7 beating RIT 4-0.

And in Hockey East, #7 Providence takes its 7-1-1 record on the road to Merrimack Friday. On Sunday, the Friars return home to face Merrimack on the back-end of their home-and-home series.

And for the first time in quite a while we have some D-III hockey action to talk about as Concordia-Wisconsin travels to play Adrian College Friday at 4pm. You can watch that game live HERE. The same two teams will pack-up the busses after Friday’s game and head back to Wisconsin to play the very next day at 5pm CST.

Sifters…

COVID Postponements… Penn State will have to wait at least one more weekend to defend its new top 10 ranking as their next two series with RIT have been postponed beginning with this weekends’ games due to RIT COVID protocols.

Vermont’s series with Maine has been postponed due to COVID protocols within Vermont’s program.

Recent ’20 Grad Saroya Tinker Article on NHL.com… Yale women’s hockey alum Saroya Tinker was recently interviewed by William Douglas of NHL.com where he chronicles her newfound platform for social justice and a mentoring program for young girls of color within the sport of hockey. You can read the full story HERE. Tinker was the fourth overall pick in the NWHL draft this summer and is set to take part in the NHWL’s ‘Bubble Season’ in Lake Placid, NY next week as a member of the New York Riveters as will ’20 grad and teammate goaltender Tera Hofmann

Speaking of the NHL, it’s back… The NHL began its 2021 season this past week and we saw some fans in the stands!


Streaming Info

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #32 – Tuesday 1/12/21

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap
  • Scores & Highlights
  • 5 Former Yale Alums Set to Compete in the NWHL Bubble
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap…

To clarify, the first ranking number you see will always be the USCHO.com poll and the second will be from the USA Toda/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

How The Top 10 fared… Top 10 teams went…

Consensus #1 Wisconsin hosted #4/3 Ohio State and split winning game 1 but losing game 2 in overtime. Both games had identical scores of 2-1.

#2 Minnesota played a home-and-home-and-home vs. St. Cloud Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Gophers came away with the three-game sweep winning 2-1, 4-1, and 4-0. Taylor Heise paced the Gophers with a Hat-Trick on Sunday while linemates Emily Odena and Freshman Abby Murphy each chipped in with 3 assists.

#3/4 Northeastern hosted New Hampshire and took game one 3-1 Friday night. Saturday the series shifted to the Olympic sheet of the Whittemore Center at UNH and ended in a tie 2-2. Chavonne Truter for UNH tied the game with just under three minutes to go. After a scoreless overtime, UNH won the extra point in a 5-round shootout 1-0.

#5 Colgate hosted #NR/10 Quinnipiac for a pair of games and came away with two wins, 4-0 and 4-1. Colgate improves to 6-1-1 and Quinnipiac falls to 3-2 on the year. Colgate’s Danielle Serdachny had 4 points, two each game, to help Colgate secure the sweep.

#6 MN-Duluth was idyle.

#7/9 Providence traveled to Holy Cross Saturday and came away with a 5-2 victory. Providence went up 1-0, then found themselves down 2-1. Providence would then score 4 unanswered goals with Hayley Lunny, Sara Hjalmarsson, and Annelise Rice getting two points a piece on the day.

#8 Boston College played a home-and-home with Merrimack and swept both games 5-3 at home and 3-1 on the road in North Andover. BC forward Willow Corson had a three-point weekend to help BC move to 7-3-0 on the year while Merrimack falls to 1-5-0.

#9/7 Clarkson was Idyle

#10/NR Mercyhurst was supposed to host Sacred Heart, but those games were postponed.

In other games…

MSU-Mankato @ Bemidji… Mankato swept Bemidji 2-1 and 4-0.

Vermont @ UCONN… Vermont got the road sweep at UCONN shutting out the Huskies 2-0 Friday and on Saturday coming back from a two-goal deficit to win in OT. Freshman goaltender Jessie McPherson got her 2nd shutout of her career in as many games Friday. Vermont moves to 5-1-0 and UCONN stands at 3-5-1.

Penn State @ Robert Morris… The Nittany Lions of Penn State did something they never have – they swept Robert Morris. Penn State followed up Friday 3-2 win with a commanding 4-0 victory on Saturday.

Lindenwood @ RIT… Lindenwood got its 1st victory of the year downing RIT 2-0 on Sunday. Game 2 is set for Monday at 3pm est.

COVID Postponements… Due to COVID protocols at Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst postponed its game with the Pioneers. No make-up date has been schedule.

Conference Notes… NEWHA Announces Season PlansHockey East Video UpdateWCHA Commissioners Corner VideoECAC Season Promo VideoCHA Releases 2nd Half Schedule

Friday Scores & Highlights – 1/8

Merrimack 3
Boston College 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#4/3 Ohio State 1
#1 Wisconsin 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
MSU-Mankato 2
Bemidji 1
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
New Hampshire 1
#3/4 Northeastern 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Vermont 2
UCONN 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Penn State 3
Robert Morris 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 1/9

#4/3 Ohio State 2
#1 Wisconsin 1 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
#8 Boston College 3
Merrimack 1
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Penn State 4
Robert Morris 1
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Vermont 3
UCONN 2 (OT)
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
MSU-Mankato 4
Bemidji 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#NR/10 Quinnipiac 0
#5 Colgate 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
St. Cloud 1
#2 Minnesota 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#3/4 Northeastern 2
New Hampshire 2 (OT) UNH Wins Shootout
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#7/9 Providence 5
Holy Cross 2
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 1/10

#NR/10 Quinnipiac 1
#5 Colgate 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Lindenwood 2
RIT 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
#2 Minnesota 4
St. Cloud 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Sacred Heart –
#10/NR Mercyhurst –
PPD

5 Former Yale Alums Set to Compete in the NWHL Bubble…

The National Women’s Hockey League is in final prep mode for its 2-week bubble season that begins with player arrival January 21. 5 former Yale hockey alums will be there to take part and have a chance to win the 2021 Isobel Cup.

Taylor Marchin ’17 and Emma Vlasic ’19 will suit up for the Connecticut Whale, Mallory Souliotis ’18 will play for the Boston Pride, and recent 2020 graduates goaltender Tera Hofmann and defensemen Saroya Tinker will are in their first season with the NY Riveters.

The NWHL bubble is taking place in Lake Placid, New York with team arrivals scheduled to take place Jan. 21 through 23 in a staggered fashion. A final schedule will be made public soon. We do know the semi-finals and championship game will be broadcast on NBCSN Feb. 4 and 5. This will be the first time a major television network in the US will broadcast professional women’s hockey.

Sifters…

One More Opts-Out… Division III Finlandia University of the NCHA has opted-out of the 20-21 season sighting the health and safety concerns for the program. You can read the full announcement HERE. The Finlandia men’s team still plans to continue play this season. The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association is set to begin play after Jan. 14 and a full conference schedule is expected to come out soon.

Predetermined sites for all NCAA Winter Championships… The NCAA announced yesterday it will hold all Winter sport championships at predetermined sites, this includes D-III women’s and men’s hockey. Championship sites that have been previously announced can continue to host provided local and state health authorities say it is safe to do so. The women’s D-I championship is scheduled to be played in Erie, PA March 19-21. You can read the NCAA’s official announcement HERE.

A New #1… The USCHO.com Top 10 poll has been released and we have a new #1 – the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers had a 3-game sweep of Saint Cloud this past weekend, while previous #1 Wisconsin split with Ohio State. We’ll have a rundown of both polls tomorrow.

Until Next Time…

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Post #31 – Friday 1/8/21

IN THIS POST…

  • Wednesday/Thursday Recaps
  • Polls and NCAA Weekend Schedule
  • Sifters

Wednesday Scores & Highlights

RIT 1
Mercyhurst 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
Sacred Heart –
Long Island Univ. –
PPD – COVID – Write-Up

Thursday Scores & Highlights

Mercyhurst 4
RIT 0
Box / NO Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up
St. Cloud State 1
Minnesota 2
Box / NO-Video Highlights / Postgame Write-Up

Polls for the Week Jan. 4…

Both polls are out after last weekend’s games. Some variance between the two towards the bottom.

RNKTEAM
1Wisconsin
2Minnesota
3Northeastern
4Ohio State
5Colgate
6MN-Duluth
7Providence
8Boston College
9Clarkson
10Mercyhurst
USCHO.COM Top 10 Poll
RNKTEAM
1Wisconsin
2Minnesota
3Ohio State
4Northeastern
5Colgate
6MN-Duluth
7Clarkson
8Boston College
9Providence
10Quinnipiac
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 Poll

Weekend Schedule…

It’s a packed schedule as the college hockey schedule is now back in full swing. As you can see below, we do have a few TV games on NESN, 2pm and 4:30pm today Friday. As always, streaming info is at the bottom of each post. We’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend with score and highlights if we can find them.

Sifters…

One More Team Begins Play Soon… St. Lawrence University is back on campus and will take part in the ECAC schedule. Players recently arrived on campus and are going through COVID protocol. If all goes well, SLU will play their first game vs. Colgate Jan. 22.

USA Wins World Junior Tourney… Team USA beat arch rival Canada 2-0 to win the gold medal at the IIHF World Jr. Championships. What a performance from USA goaltender Spencer Knight, he was spectacular. It doesn’t matter how good a team you have in front of you, teams need excellent goaltending if you want to win – as well as goal scoring. Very entertaining game to watch… it looked like the pace Team USA played at was a bit much for Canada to handle at times. And what an advertisement for NCAA college hockey… Congrats to the all NCAA coaching staff of Team USA, including Theresa Feaster, the first women asst. coach at a major men’s IIHF event.

COVID Recruiting… Interesting article about Wisconsin’s recruiting. You can read it HERE. It brings up a topic we posted earlier about – recruiting in the new COVID era for college hockey. This is a topic we are going to pick up again with a more in-depth post. Wisco is not the only school who will ‘wait and see’.


Streaming Info

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #30 – Tuesday 1/5/21

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap
  • Scores & Highlights
  • Hamburger History 10 mins. Away From Campus!
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap…

How The Top 10 fared… Teams in the Top 10 went 6-0-0 this weekend as of Sunday evening. #1 Wisconsin squeaked by MSU-Mankato winning two 1-goal games, 3-2 and 1-0. It was the Badgers first set of games in a little more than a month. #3 Northeastern Swept Maine 3-0 on Sunday and 1-0 Monday. In the process, Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankl recorded her 20th and 21st career shutout and is now the new program shutout leader. #4 Ohio State took two games from Bemidji State 4-1 in game one and 7-1 in game 2 where OSU had 68, yes–68– shots on goal. Mercyhurst won its lone game of the weekend, an exhibition game vs. D-III Adrian College which we talked about in our previous post. Mercyhurst went up 3-0 after two periods but Adrian came out strong in the 3rd, out-shooting Mercyhurst 7-5 and scoring two goals in the process making for a very entertaining period.

D-III Adrian College Continues D-I Swing… Up next for Adrian was another CHA opponent Robert Morris University as it continued on its New Year’s D-I swing Monday afternoon. Things didn’t go as well for Adrian as they did at Mercyhurst as Robert Morris proved to be too much. RMU forwards Lexi Templeton and Michaela Boyle paced the way for RMU with three points each and all three goaltenders for RMU saw action. We don’t have game highlights below at this time but we’ll post them once available.

Vermont swept Holy Cross in Burlington beating the crusaders 4-0 and 6-1. Vermont held Holy Cross to 16 and 17 shots on goal respectively. Vermont freshman goaltender Jessie McPherson earned her first career start, win and shutout on Friday. Not a bad way to begin your college career.

Quinnipiac fired 53 shots on net enroute to a 6-0 win vs. Long Island University Sunday. This was LIU’s first game of this season, while only the 3rd for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac and LIU will meet 3 additional times this season. In two weeks QU and LIU will play in a home-and-home series Jan. 16-17 and one final time Feb. 26.

COVID Postponements… #6 Minnesota-Duluth had to postpone it series with the #2 ranked Univ. of Minnesota Golden Gophers as Duluth did not have the minimum number of players required by WCHA return-to-play protocol. No timetable has been given for a makeup date. Duluth was supposed to travel to Minneapolis.

Hockey East announced Saturday’s game between #3 Northeastern and Maine would be rescheduled on Monday Jan 4. No reason was given as to why the game was moved to Monday. Game time is still set for 4pm and will air on NESN.

Friday Scores & Highlights – 1/1

Holy Cross 0
Vermont 4
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Bemidji State 1
Ohio State 4
Box / No Video/Write-up / Postgame Video

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 1/2

Holy Cross 1
Vermont 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-up
Adrian 2
Mercyhurst 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-up
Bemidji 1
Ohio State 7
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Wisconsin 3
MSU-Mankato 2
Box / Video Highlights / MSU-Postgame Video
Wisconsin Postgame Video

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 1/3

Wisconsin 1
MSU-Mankato 0
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Wisconsin Postgame Video
Maine 0
Northeastern 3
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Long Island Univ. 0
Quinnipiac 6
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Write-up

Monday Scores & Highlights – 1/4

Maine 0
Northeastern 1
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video
Adrian 0
Robert Morris 7
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame Video

Hamburger History 10 Mins. Away From Campus…

Who doesn’t like a good hamburger, right? Well, did you ever wonder where the burger got its start–I mean the first hamburger ever served? If you guessed a short walk from Yale’s campus at the famed Louis’ Lunch, you’d be correct! If you ever take a visit to Yale – put Louis’ Lunch on the list, it’s a MUST do with any visit to Yale. It’s a short 5-10 min walk from campus depending on where you are. Fair warning, Louis’ is a bit unique when it comes to how it serves up it’s burgers, but it’s a time honored tradition dating back to 1900 when the place first opened and the hamburger was first served. Check out the video HERE!

Sifters…

1980 Miracle On Ice Teammates Face-Off… Wisconsin Badger head coach Mark Johnson and Minnesota State Mankato head coach John Harrington, teammates on the 1980 USA Gold Medal Olympic Team, faced each other as their teams battled it out this weekend. You can imagine how competitive these two individuals are having not only been Olympic athletes, but major contributors as Team USA beat the Russians at the Olympics in 1980. We can only imagine the pre-game speeches. I’m sure neither likes losing, much less to one another, but in college hockey there are no ties. Coach Harrington came into this weekend having won the last game going back to Feb. of last season. This time around, coach Johnson now has the upper hand beating MSU-Mankato twice in close games.

Minnesota High School Hockey Revs Up, COVID Masks Mandatory… Minnesota High School Hockey started today. Monday 1/4/21 is the first official practice day with 1/14/21 the first official start day for games. COVID mask coverings will be mandatory to wear. Additionally, in almost all cases no spectators will be allowed at practices. For now, games will be without fans and concessions… AKA the snack-bar, will not be selling food items. Girls hockey will have an 18-game schedule followed by the state tournament playoffs. Tourney dates are TBD as of now.

NCAA Temporary COVID Recruiting Rules Update… On Dec. 18th the NCAA updated its temporary COVID dead period rules, some of which affect coaches like yourselves. D-I coaches are not allowed to have in-person contact with coaches or individuals associated with prospective student-athletes. With all of the COVID state travel restrictions, I doubt there is a lot of this happening in our sport, but nonetheless, the NCAA put it in writing. We’ll be putting together a ‘NCAA Rules You Should Know’ post very soon–should be very informative for coaches, players, and parents.

Until Next Time…

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Post #29 – Friday 1/1/21

IN THIS POST…

  • Happy New Year!
  • New Hampshire/Holy Cross Recap
  • Weekend Schedule/Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2021… and good riddance to 2020. Wow – what a year it has been. No need to go into details, you know them all too well. But as a new year begins, we at the Bulldog Pipeline would like to wish everyone a healthy and safe start to a prosperous and joyful year ahead.

Great things are happening at Yale with our program and we can wait to get back to a more normal way of life and college hockey season. Happy New Year!

New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Recap…

New Hampshire 2
Holy Cross 5
Box / Video Highlights / Postgame

In almost a complete reversal from a week earlier, Holy Cross up-ended New Hampshire 5-2 for its third victory of the year. Holy Cross netminder Jada Brenon turned aside 49 of 51 UNH shots for the win and good for a .960 save %. It was just a week earlier on Dec. 23rd where Holy Cross found itself on the wrong side of a 6-2 loss against UNH. Holy Cross was a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill while UNH only went 1-for-7 on the PP. These two teams will meet again in a home-and-home series in late February.

Weekend NCAA Schedule/Polls…

All Times are Eastern Standard Time, EST.

D-III vs. D-I… NCAA Division III Adrian College is continuing their season against two D-I teams this weekend. Tonight, it’s facing nationally ranked (USCHO.com poll) Mercyhurst University and Monday will take on vs. Robert Morris University, another strong CHA opponent. RMU is a program that has been to the NCAA tournament and nationally ranked before. So you have one of the best programs in D-III going against some of the best in Division I. Should be an interesting match-up. For those who don’t know or follow D-III hockey all that much, you should. After many years as a D-I asst. coach, I got the opportunity to start a D-III program from scratch as the head coach at Aurora University and play in the same conference as Adrian. We took a beating, granted we were a brand new team, but they were tough, skilled, and well coached. I can tell you there is some excellent hockey being played at that level. Adrian College is just one of many D-III teams that have a long tradition of success with a quite a few D-III alumni playing on NWHL rosters.

The University of Wisconsin… The Badgers will finally get to play its 3rd & 4th games of the year this weekend vs. Minnesota State University-Mankato. After only playing its first series of the year back in late November, UW is still currently ranked #1 in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today Top 10 polls.

Long Island University… Head Coach Rob Morgan and the Sharks get their first game action of the year as they take on Quinnipiac Sunday. The Sharks are coming off the programs’ inaugural season in 2019-2020 as a D-I program where they won the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance playoff championship. LIU and Sacred Heart are the only NEWHA teams to play this season.

National Polls – Week of Dec 28…

Weekly Polls… With no games last week, there are no updated weekly polls.

What the Top 10 are up to…

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… As we mentioned above, #1 Wisconsin is back at it this weekend vs. MSU-Mankato for 2 games. #3 Northeastern and #4 Ohio State are back in action since before the holiday break. Northeastern hosts Maine while Bemidji travels to Columbus to face the Buckeyes. #10 Quinnipiac hosts D-III power Adrian College for one-game Friday.

#2 Minnesota, #5 Colgate, #6 MN-Duluth, #7 Clarkson, #8 Boston College, and #9 Providence are all idle this weekend.

Series Previews & Streaming Info

Holy Cross @ VermontVideo Preview
Bemidji @ Ohio StateVideo Preview
Adrian @ MercyhurstVideo Preview
Wisconsin @ MSU-MankatoVideo Preview
Maine @ NortheasternTBA
Long Island Univ. @ QuinnipiacTBA
Streaming info is below. TBA series previews will be updated as they become available.

Sifters…

Women’s Hockey On TV… The New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise each game of the Maine/Northeastern series this Saturday and Sunday. Games time are set for 4:30PM & 4PM. I will say NESN has done a great job of broadcasting women’s hockey games this season. Curious to know if the uptick in the amount of televised women’s games was a contractual obligation with Hockey East and would have happened anyway w/ out COVID? Anyway, it’s nice to see a major sports network broadcasting games.

Men’s World Junior Tourney… The IIHF Men’s U20 World Junior Championships are entering its playoff phase in Edmonton, Alberta. They are using a very similar bubble approach to hosting the event as did the NHL. Team Canada and Team USA came in first-place of their respective groups.

Sweden… Tre Kronor, who had won 54 strait preliminary round games dating back to 2006, has now lost two games in a row. They lost 4-3 in OT to Russia Dec. 30 and 4-0 last night to Team USA. That is quite a streak! Interestingly, Team Sweden’s loss in 2006 cam when the tournament was held in Sweden to Team USA in OT. Jack Johnson scored the winner.

Germany Moves to Quarter Finals… Team Germany is moving on the to Quarter Finals for the first time… ever with a thrilling 4-3 win over Switzerland. And they’ve done so with a shorthanded group too. Several players tested positive before the tournament began which gave Germany just 14 skaters through the first few games of the tournament. Credit Germany’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL draft Tim Stutzle – this kid is fun to watch.


Streaming Info

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #28 – Wednesday 12/30

IN THIS POST…

  • Sparking Your Interest In Yale
  • Light Mid-Week NCAA Schedule
  • New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview
  • Sifters

Sparking Your Interest In Yale…

If you’re a player, parent, or coach who just recently started reading the Bulldog Pipeline, perhaps your interest about Yale has grown. We want to turn your attention to a previous post we ran back in October. In an effort to help educate players, parents, and coaches alike, we put a lot of useful information about Yale and our hockey program in one place–The Yale University Women’s Hockey ‘Spark’ Document. Designed and created by Assistant Coach Danielle Blanchard, this one-stop-shop document is perfect for anyone looking to know more about our hockey program and Yale as an institution. So click the link above to learn more!

Mid-Week NCAA Schedule…

In an earlier post we reported women’s hockey will be back playing games Jan. 1. That has now changed and New Hampshire will travel to Worcester to take on Holy Cross at the Hart Center Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 5pm. The game will be streamed live and can be viewed for FREE. All NCAA conference streaming information can be found below at the bottom of the post.

New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview…

These two teams met just before Christmas on December 23rd with New Hampshire exploding for a four-goal second period enroute to a 6-2 victory. It’s been a short break for both squads as they were last two NCAA teams to play before the holiday break. Looking ahead, Holy Cross has a quick turnaround as they head up to Burlington, VT for a New Year’s series with Vermont Jan. 1 & 2. New Hampshire has the weekend off and return to action Jan. 8-9 vs. Northeastern in Boston.

You can read previews for New Hampshire HERE and Holy Cross HERE.

Sifters…

Hockey East Cancels Games… Due to COVID testing date conflicts with the Boston University Women’s and Men’s teams returning to campus from the holiday break, each of their respective home-and-home series for this coming weekend have been cancelled. The women were set play New Hampshire and the Men vs. Northeastern.

Games Played Thus Far… In a quick scan of how the conference standings were matching up I began to notice how few games some teams have played. Of note, Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Vermont, and Northeastern have only played 2 games thus far. In contrast, New Hampshire has played the most with 9 followed by Providence, Boston College, and MSU-Mankato with 8 and Holy Cross & UCONN with 7. If memory serves, 10 games played will be the magic number for NCAA tournament consideration this year. Normally, that number of games is 20.

Yale Traditions… Yale is a school steeped in tradition and has more than three centuries of history. One of those traditions is our mascot – Handsome Dan. You saw him on our Christmas day post – the bulldog, a.k.a., Walter. Handsome Dan was the first known ‘Mascot’ of a college or university. There have been 18 Handsome Dan’s through the years… Want to follow Walter on Twitter or Instagram?Learn about Walter’s history and the tradition that is our beloved mascot Walter HERE.


Streaming Info

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #27 – Monday 12/28

In This Post…

  • By The Numbers-Where This Years D-I Players Are From
  • Yale Helping NWHL
  • Sifters

By The Numbers-Where This Years D-I Players Are From…

32 U.S. states, 16 countries, and 10 Canadian provinces. That is where the 773 rostered players on NCAA D-I teams from the 2020-2021 season hail from. Here is a breakdown by U.S. state below.

Here is how each US state, the Canadian provinces, and each country match up.

Here are the top 10 producing locations around the globe:

LOCATIONNUMBER of PLYRS
Minnesota172
Ontario135
Massachusetts72
New York52
Michigan35
Illinois26
British Columbia25
Wisconsin22
Quebec20
Connecticut19

Keep in mind there are 10 teams not playing this year and those rosters are not accounted forin the above numbers. 10 teams X 24 (ave. roster size) = 240 players missing. That said, the top 3–Minnesota, Ontario, and Massachusetts have long been major producers of D-I talent. The question of ‘who has the best talent?’ would be a fun comparison by location. You could rank each location by total points produced and number of goalie wins, GAA, and SV %. Might take some time, would be interesting to see.

Yale School of Public Health Helping NWHL…

The NWHL has partnered with Yale Pathology Labs to provide Yale’s emergency FDA approved COVID SalivaDirect PCR and RNA viral tests to NWHL players and staff for the upcoming NWHL bubble season. The SalivaDirect tests for the NWHL will be the first provided to a professional women’s sports league. The NWHL will be hosting its entire regular season and Isobel Cup playoffs in Lake Placid, NY for two weeks between January 23 – February 5, 2021. You can read more on the NWHL’s partnership with Yale HERE.

Sifters…

3 NEWHA Teams Opt-out of Return to Play… On Dec 16th. the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance announced only 2 teams, Sacred Heart and Long Island University, would be continuing to schedule games this season. NEWHA will not have a regular season schedule or championship playoff competition for 20-21. NEWHA had announced on Dec. 9 that 5 NEWHA members would play a condensed schedule beginning in January. However, as discussions continued, St. Anselm, Franklin Pierce, and St. Michael’s College announced they would not continue their season due to COVID. Post University announced it was cancelling its season back in October. Schedules for Sacred Heart and LIU can be found online. You can read more about the announcement HERE.

D-III NCHA Plans to Move Forward… The Northern Collegiate Hockey Conference is planning to have a season starting sometime in January. The announcement was made Dec. 23 just before the holiday. You can read it HERE.

NBCSN to Televise NWHL Playoffs… For the first time in the USA and for the NWHL, each game of the Isobel Cup semi-finals and championship game will be televised live on NBCSN and streamed on the NBC Sports app. Click HERE for game times and future schedules.

Give The Pipeline a Follow… Give the Bulldog Pipeline a follow! You can find us on Twitter and Instagram. Just click the link below!

Twitter = @BulldogPipeline | Instagram = thebulldogpipeline

Until Next Time…

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Post #26 – Saturday 12/26

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap, Scores, and Highlights
  • Dec. 21 Weekly Poll
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap, Scores and Highlights…

How The Top 10 fared… There were no games involving Top 10 teams this week.

COVID Postponements… With only 1 game on the schedule this week, Holy Cross @ New Hampshire, there were no COVID cancellations or postponements.

Late Scheduling… We posted earlier about how late into December games were being scheduled and as far as we can tell, all due to COVID. Holy Cross travelled to play New Hampshire Dec. 23rd and there were 7 other games scheduled from Dec. 17-20. In a normal year, games are usually done by the first or second week into December with the odd game here and there around the 18/19/20 of the month. I wonder if some of the results we saw could be attributed to playing so late into the month?Arriving to campus in August and playing as late as some did makes for a long semester away from home and family. The holiday break is usually around 10-12 days or so. Bemidji last played on the 18th and is back in action on Jan. 1. New Hampshire and Holy Cross who played on the 23rd will also be in action on Jan. 1, now that is a quick turnaround.

Wednesday Scores & Highlights – 12/23

Holy Cross 2
New Hampshire 6
Box / Video / Postgame

Dec. 21 Weekly Poll

USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today D-I Women’s Hockey Poll was the only poll to come out after last weekend’s games. Not a lot of movement with Providence being the only ranked team to play. They split with Maine winning game one 4-0 but losing game two 2-1. With the loss, Providence drops two spots to #9, idle Clarkson and Boston College moves up to #7 and #8 respectively. The full poll is below;

Sifters…

Recruiting Page Coming Soon… A few posts ago we announced a new page coming soon to the Bulldog Pipeline – a recruiting resource page. Think of this as your one-stop-shop for NCAA recruiting rules, documents and all sorts of resources to help you stay informed about how the D-I women’s hockey recruiting process works. Progress is coming along and it should be up and running shortly.

NCAA Hockey COVID Related News… NCAA Men’s hockey lost another team as the University of Alaska-Fairbanks announced Dec. 11 they would opt-out of there season due to COVID related health concerns. You can read the story HERE.

NCAA D-III St. Norbert College announced Dec. 21 its women’s and men’s hockey team won’t be competing this season due to COVID. The announcement was made HERE.

The United Collegiate Hockey Conference of NCAA D-III announced it will begin competition for its member teams on Feb 19, 2021 as long as its safe to do so. No word was given on a schedule. William-Smith announced it would opt-out back in November and will not be participating. You can read the UCHC’s announcement HERE.

Social Media Internship… The American Hockey Coaches Association is looking for a social media intern and has officially posted for the position. The AHCA is looking for someone to help build their social media online presence through sites like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Interested candidates can read about the position below and download the file. The internship runs from Jan-May, 2021.

Give The Pipeline a Follow… And speaking of social media, the Bulldog Pipeline is on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to give us a follow – just click the link below!

Twitter = @BulldogPipeline | Instagram = thebulldogpipeline

Until Next Time…

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Post #25 – Friday 12/25

In This Post…

  • Thank You & Happy Holidays!
Handsome Dan, The Yale Bulldogs official mascot!

Perhaps a bit ironic that our 25th post happens to come on the 25th day of December. That must mean good things are coming! We want to take a moment to first, thank all of you–the players, coaches, parents, fans, and alumni who take the time each week to read The Bulldog Pipeline. When we started the BP, we weren’t sure how it would be received. But with 3 posts per week, 24 posts thus far and literally thousands of readers across the globe, it’s clear you are enjoying our content. And the good news–there’s much more to come–more video as well as player and staff interviews. Secondly, this has been a year unlike any other and we hope you can spend this festive time of year with family or friends if you are able. We want to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

As a staff we are truly grateful to be coaching at an institution like Yale who has supported our program, players and staff in so many ways during this unprecedented year. 2019-2020 was a great step forward for our program. We know the 2021-2022 season will bring more progress and enjoyment for our program and those like you, who follow our team.

The Bulldog Pipeline thanks you for taking an interest in our program each week and we wish all of you nothing but success in the year ahead!

Until Next Time…

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Post #24 – Tuesday 12/22

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap, Scores, and Highlights
  • COVID Recruiting
  • Sifters

Weekend Recap, Scores and Highlights…

How The Top 10 fared… Providence was the only team to play games this weekend as Northeastern games vs. Holy Cross were cancelled. The #7 Friars split with Maine winning game one 4-0 and losing game two 2-1. Everyone else was idle and will be until after the holiday.

COVID Postponements… COVID protocol caused the postponement of the Ohio St. @ Wisconsin series. The Northeastern/Holy Cross has been cancelled, exactly why is not yet known. Neither the Hockey East Conference or Northeastern/Holy Cross websites are saying exactly why… yet.

Firsts… Vermont saw their first game-action of the 20-21 season this past weekend. They hosted UNH in a Saturday/Sunday series at Gutterson Fieldhouse. It was also the debut of a revamped Gutterson Fieldhouse complete with new scoreboard. You can read more about the upgrades HERE.

Thursday Scores & Highlights – 12/17

Bemidji 2
MSU-Mankato 2 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
Bemidji wins shootout 1-0 / 4 rounds

Friday Scores & Highlights – 12/18

Merrimack 0
UCONN 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Bemidji 3
MSU-Mankato 5
Box / Video / Postgame
Maine 0
Providence 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Ohio State –
Wisconsin – PPD
Box / Video / Postgame
Postponed due to COVID

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 12/19

UCONN 5
Merrimack 0
Box / Video / Postgame
Maine 2
Providence 1
Box / Video / Postgame
New Hampshire 2
Vermont 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Ohio State –
Wisconsin – PPD
Box / Video / Postgame
Postponed due to COVID

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 12/20

New Hampshire
Vermont
Box / Video / Postgame

COVID Recruiting…

Recruiting during COVID has been quite the challenge for college coaches, namely being able to evaluate players in person. The in-person ‘eye test’ has long been the gold standard for coaches to get a sense of how a player, well… plays. Evaluating by video however, has become much more prevalent over the years thanks to the internet and savvy parents and coaches with their iPhones & tablets. And in a year when NO off-campus recruiting has been allowed for D-I coaches – watching video is all we’ve had to go by.

I’ll be honest… watching video has been downright tough to watch if not impossible at times. Rarely is there broadcast quality video angle used where coaches can actually see whos doing what out there. It’s been a struggle just to see the jersey numbers of who’s playing. LiveBarn is like looking through a fishbowl. But let’s be honest, most high school and club teams that are playing games don’t have a videographer or a crew to set up a legit streaming broadcast. So it is what it is – for now. But there are some things a player, parent, or coach can do to make the video more palatable for college coaches to watch so we can get something out of it.

Improve The Camera Angle… quite a bit of video we get from players is shown from an ‘off-center’ type of angle. Mom or Dad is perched in a corner somewhere or behind the glass at ice level videotaping the game from a full length-of-the-rink view. Not ideal for trying to evaluate the play. Try to position yourself as close to center ice as possible and as high up so the video is not being shot through the glass. But not too high otherwise it will be tough to see jersey numbers.

Do follow the puck… if you drew the short straw for your team as the camera person and want to do a good job on the video part – don’t watch the game. Follow the puck so it’s in the middle of your screen at all times. This ensures you’ll get an equal amount of space in the shot relative to where the puck is. Coaches will see more of who’s involved that way.

Use a tripod… A tripod will help stabilize your camera and allow you to follow the play better. It can feel like we’re on a ride at Disney otherwise. They make some great phone and tablet tripods that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

UNTUCK YOUR JERSEYS!!!… Can’t say this enough – players – don’t tuck your jersey in you pants. Coaches can’t see your number and thus don’t know who you are.

Jersey and number color are important… Watching a game where teams have similar jersey and number colors don’t work. I recall watching a game in September where a team had black jersey base color and dark purple colored numbers. Couldn’t see a thing and after a while of straining my eyes, didn’t watch.

Players, send video of you WITHOUT the puck… A lot of video we get are clips of the player carrying the puck or just her shots on net. 98% of the game is played without the puck and while true we want to know what a player does with the puck, we do want to see how she plays without it and in all three zones. This is how we get a idea of what her positioning and overall ‘hockey IQ’ is like. So–DO send video clips or periods of play where we can see her in 1)Breakout situations, 2) Def. zone play, 3) Faceoffs in all 3 zones, 4) Offensive Zone entries, 5) For-checking situations, and 6) special teams–penalty killing and powerplay

Use some video editing software… One of the things that is hard to sometimes pick up on is – who am I supposed to be watching? Oftentimes the video clips we get is of a shift or multiple shifts in a row and we don’t even know who we need to watch… Players, #1, in your email please let us know what number you’re wearing and what color jersey your team is. We love the shadow circles some editing programs allow you to place in the video to highlight yourselves – those are great. iMovie evan has a tool where you can zoom in on video too help improve the camera angle even after it’s been shot. It’s called the ‘Ken Burns’… google it and you find out how to use it.

Sifters…

D-III vs. D-I… As we reported in a previous post, D-III Adrian college was looking to schedule games vs. D-I opponents. It has happened on the men’s side a bit this year already. Well, Adrian has been able to schedule 2 D-I games vs. Mercyhurst and Robert Morris on Jan. 2nd and 4th. You can read the story HERE.

Social Media Internship… The American Hockey Coaches Association is looking for a social media intern and has officially posted for the position. The AHCA is looking for someone to help build their social media online presence through sites like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Interested candidates can read about the position below and download the file. The internship runs from Jan-May, 2021.

Until Next Time…

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Post #23 – Saturday 12/19

In This Post…

  • Forward Elle Hartje ’23 Suits Up for Team Slovakia vs. Austria today @ 10:00am EST
  • Thursday/Friday NCAA Scores

Breakfast Hockey…

Yale 2nd year forward Elle Hartje ’24 will be suiting up for the Slovak National Team today as they take on Austria this morning at 10AM EST. The game will be streamed live HERE (for free as far as we know), in the first of two games vs. Austria today and tomorrow. There is a potential for Elle to face-off against one of her future teammates as incoming first year Anja Trummer ’25 could be suiting up for Austria as she has done previously. We have yet to confirm the Austrian roster at this time.

So if you need your international hockey-fix, this is a nice way to get it!

**As of 10:40am we have confirmed Anja Trummer is in the line-up for Austria wearing #24 in Red**

Thursday & Friday NCAA Scores

Thursday 12/17/20 — Bemidji 2 @ MSU-Mankato 2 (OT) — Bemidji wins shootout in 4 rounds

Friday 12/18/20

Merrimack 0 @ UCONN 4
Bemidji 3 @ MSU-Mankato 5
Maine 0 @ Providence 4
Ohio St. @ Wisconsin – PPD COVID

4 games dot the schedule for Saturday. NESN will televise the Northeastern @ Holy Cross game today. Puck drop set for 3:30pm EST.

Until Next Time…

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Post #22 – Friday 12/18/20

IN THIS POST…

  • Weekend Schedule/Polls
  • Series Previews
  • SiftersYale’s Early Admissions Numbers

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

It’s a light schedule of games until Dec. 23rd, just 10 games. There is 1 weekend series postponed due to COVID: Ohio State @ Wisconsin. Here is the schedule as of 12/18/20 at 6:45am. Thursday had one contest–Bemidji and MSU-Mankato. The complete slate of games is below.

National Polls for the week of Dec 14…

What the Top 10 are up to…

The Polls… The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls came out Monday. Both polls have some flip-flopping with Northeastern dropping a spot to #3 in the USCHO poll and #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Providence moves up to #7 and Clarkson drops a spot to #8. Boston University has dropped out of both polls. Mercyhurst debuts in at #10 in the USCHO poll while Quinnipiac claims #10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Colgate, MN-Duluth, Clarkson, Boston College, as well as Mercyhurst/Quinnipiac are all idle until play picks up after Christmas. The only two Top 10 teams to skate before the holiday break are Northeastern who takes on Holy Cross and Providence will host Maine. Ohio St. and consensus #1 Wisconsin were supposed to play in Madison, both games are postponed due to COVID.

Series Previews & Streaming Info

Bemidji & MSU-MankatoPreview
Merrimack & UCONNPreview
Maine & ProvidencePreview
Northeastern & Holy CrossPreview
New Hampshire & VermontVideo
Holy Cross & New HampshireComing

This time of year is always interesting to play games. Mid-December usually means exam time and this year shouldn’t be much different. While COVID has presented challenges with online classes, students are still facing end-of-semester work loads. Players’ attention is more divided than ever with so much going on. The challenge of staying focussed as a player becomes that much harder. End of semester fatigue is real and so is the stress that comes with it. These players will be ready for a much deserved break when games are done and they can go home.

Vermont is set to play its first games of the year vs. New Hampshire at home. Vermont was set to start earlier in November but its athletic administration decided to postpone things until now. With the exception of Sacred Heart, the five remaining teams in the NEWHA are still waiting to commence play which will take place after the holidays.

New Hampshire will host Holy Cross for one game on December 23rd. This usually is not the norm to play this late into December. Most teams finish up early after the first weekend or around mid-month due to exams or institutional rules. Never have we seen a game played so late in the month. Of course, this hasn’t been your normal year.

Streaming for each conference is listed below at the bottom of the page. All Hockey East games are streamed for FREE. ECAC, CHA, and WCHA are all paid subscription based services that require a fee to watch. We haven’t found a NEWHA streaming service for the conference yet. Please refer to each teams website for stream details.

Sifters…

Yale Receives Record Number of Early Action Applications … Around December 15th each year, Yale announces it admissions decisions for those who applied early action. This year – 837 students were admitted from a total number of 7,939 early action applications. That is just roughly a 10.5 acceptance rate and almost a 40% increase of total applications from the previous year. We had several players as a part of that group of 837 admitted students. We can’t wait to announce who they are–that will come soon!

You can read Yale’s official announcement on its early action pool HERE. Very interesting reading!


Streaming Info

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #21 – Tuesday 12/15

In This Post…

  • Weekend Recap, Scores, and Highlights
  • Milestones
  • Understanding The Process – Part IV

Weekend Recap…

How The Top 10 fared… Teams in the top 10 went 4-3-0 this weekend. #9 Boston Univ. dropped its lone game of the weekend to UCONN while #2 Northeastern and #9 Boston College split their home-and-home series, Northeastern winning game one and BC winning game two. #3 Minnesota swept MSU-Mankato, #1 Wisconsin, #4 Ohio St., #5 Colgate, #6 MN-Duluth, #7 Clarkson and #8 Providence were all idle.

COVID Postponements… COVID protocol caused the postponements of just two series, Minnesota/Ohio State and MN-Duluth/Wisconsin

Firsts… Mercyhurst, Merrimack, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart all saw their first game-action of the 20-21 season.

Thursday Scores & Highlights – 12/10

Mercyhurst 2
RIT 1
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
St. Cloud State 3
Bemidji 2 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
Minnesota 5
MSU-Mankato 1
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
Robert Morris 4
Lindenwood 0
Box / NO-Video / Postgame

Friday Scores & Highlights – 12/11

Maine 2
New Hampshire 1
Box / Video / Postgame
Northeastern 4
Boston College 1
Box / Video-BC / Postgame-BC
Video-NUPostgame-NU
Robert Morris 2
Lindenwood 1 (OT)
Box / NO-Video / Postgame
RIT 1
Mercyhurst 5
Box / Video / Postgame
Holy Cross 4
Merrimack 2
Box / Video / Postgame
St. Cloud State 2
Bemidji 3 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
Boston Univ. 1
UCONN 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Penn State 4
Syracuse 3 (OT)
Box / Video / Postgame
MSU-Mankato 1
Minnesota 2
Box / NO-Video / Postgame

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 12/12

Maine 2
New Hampshire 1
Box / Video / Postgame
Penn State 2
Syracuse 4
Box / Video / Postgame
Merrimack 3
Holy Cross 2
Box / Video / Postgame

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 12/13

Sacred Heart 1
Quinnipiac 6
Box / Video / Postgame
Boston College 2
Northeastern 1
Box / Video / Postgame

Monday Scores & Highlights – 12/14

Sacred Heart 1
Quinnipiac 9
Box / Video / Postgame

Milestones…

Two coaching milestones were reached this past weekend. Mercyhurst head coach Mike Sisti notched career victories # 499 & 500 in a sweep of RIT. He is only the 2nd DI coach in NCAA women’s hockey history to amass 500 wins. Mark Johnson in #1 in D-I.

Cassie Turner, Head Coach of Quinnipiac University got her 100th victory in a sweep of Sacred Heart.

Understanding The Yale Process-We Want You To Want Yale!

In our fourth and final segment of ‘Understanding The Process’ we want to explain why it’s so important for us to select student-athletes who REALLY want to be at Yale.

When you consider all that a student-athletes goes through… a rigorous class day, a demanding hockey schedule with practices, video, travel/road trips, off-ice workouts, extra-curricular activities, etc., time with friends etc., it takes a motivated individual to do it all at a high level and ENJOY what you do day in and day out. Because let’s be honest, if something isn’t enjoyable or you’re wishing you’d be elsewhere, there’s a little something that gets missed from the experience. Enjoyment should be a part of your Yale experience. That is why we as a coaching staff want players who want to be at Yale.

Players who attack life and the challenges they face head-on with enthusiasm, energy and a passion for the pursuit of excellence are the type of people we seek to be a part of our program. Often times in the recruiting process you get a player where you can just tell they don’t seem to have that excitement for your school but they wind up coming to you anyway. These are the types of players where it’s like pulling teeth to get them to do anything and when they do what’s asked, it’s a half-assed effort. It’s a whole lot easier to ‘do what is being asked’ when you want to be there in the first place. We have news for you, Yale can be a tough place for someone who isn’t motivated to be there.

So, for you coaches out there who are advising your players, give them some advice when it comes to communicating with our staff… if they really like Yale for the tremendous experience they can have on and off the ice, tell them TO TELL US! Coaches love to hear when a player really wants to be at their school. If we have two equal players in terms of hockey ability but one is adamant about being at Yale, who do you think we’re going to want to support?

By having players who want to be at Yale, we bypass the pulling teeth process and get players who are motivated to immerse themselves in our program and be part of a wonderful, vibrant and engaging campus community while receiving a life-changing academic opportunity.

Until Next Time…

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Post #20 – 12/11/20

IN THIS POST… Weekend Series Previews

  • Weekend NCAA Schedules
  • National Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 19 games between Thursday and Monday. There are 2 weekend series postponed due to COVID: Minnesota@OSU & Duluth@Wisconsin. Here is the schedule as of 12/10/20 at 10:20pm. Thursday’s slate of games are complete as you can see below. Video highlights, postgame reaction, and box scores from the weekend will be posted Tuesday next week.

National Polls for the week of Dec 7…

What the Top 10 are up to…

The Polls… The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls are identical after last week’s games.

Minimal Movement… Providence moves up a spot to #8, BU loses 2 spots and is now at #10, and Boston College moves up one spot to #9. Your top 4 teams did not play–Wisconsin, Northeastern, Minnesota, and Ohio State. OSU had the week off while UW, MN, and NU had COVID postponements.

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… #1 Wisconsin and #6 MN-Duluth were to play in Madison–that has been postponed due to COVID. #2 Northeastern gets its first game action of the year in a home-and-home with #9 Boston College while #3 Minnesota’s series with #4 Ohio State is also postponed due to COVID. Minne was able to schedule a series with MSU-Mankato instead. #5 Colgate and #7 Clarkson and #8 Providence are all off this weekend. #10Boston University plays a single game at UCONN on Friday.

Series Previews & Streaming Info

Streaming for each conference is listed below. All Hockey East games are streamed for FREE. ECAC, CHA, and WCHA are all paid subscription based services that require a fee to watch. We haven’t found a NEWHA streaming service for the conference yet. Please refer to each teams website for stream details.

MaineAtNew HampshirePreview
NortheasternAtBoston CollegePreview
Robert MorrisAtLindenwoodPreview
RITAtMercyhurstPreview
Holy CrossAtMerrimackPreview
St. Cloud StateAtBemidjiVideo
Boston UniversityAtUCONNVideo
Penn StateAtSyracusePreview
MSU-MankatoAtMinnesotaPreview
Sacred HeartAtQuinnipiacN/A

Sifters…

-International Games… Last week we mentioned the Swiss and German women’s national teams will meet for 3-games December 15-19 in Fussen, Germany pitting Yale alum and 2014 Swiss Olympian Phoebe Staenz against current Yale defensemen Tabea Botthof of Germany. Additionally we have learned Sophomore Elle Hartje will play for the Slovak National Team in an event with Austria. We’re waiting to confirm the Austrian roster as Yale incoming Freshman ’20 Anja Trummer and Defensemen MeiLan Haberl have both played for the Austrian National Team.


-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #19 – 12/9/20

In This Post…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Catching Up Video Series – Junior Forward, Maya Kerfoot
  • Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

The Week Ahead…

19 games dot the NCAA schedule this week beginning Thursday, the most this season. Will all 19 be played? We shall see. It’s a relatively light week for our players at Yale with exams approaching, Reading days began Monday and the exam period is from Dec. 11-18. Due to Ivy/Yale rules, we’ll let those enrolled focus on finishing the semester strong and catch back up with everyone after exams are over on the 19th.

Some D-I men’s program are scheduling DIII teams to help fill their out schedule. Bowling Green and Lake Superior State have both played Adrian College, and this weekend MSU-Mankato will play MSOE–Milwaukee School of Engineering. Minnesota played Hamline last year in an exhibition game winning 9-0 and outshooting Hamline 47-13. You had one of the best in DI play one of the best in DIII. One has to wonder how much DI teams are going to get out of playing these type of games, COVID and all. Adrian College Head Coach Shawn Skelly did tell me this morning he is actively seeking DI teams to schedule if he can get them. We’ll keep an eye on this.

The last DI conference to make a season scheduling announcement–the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance–has announced it will play a modified season schedule beginning in January. You can read the official press release HERE. Schedules will be released by each NEWHA league member soon.

Catching Up With Junior Forward Maya Kerfoot…

Parents, you’re going to want to pay attention to this. Last week I had the chance to catch up via Zoom with one of our Junior Forwards, Maya Kerfoot, about her experience at Yale this Fall. Maya is from Mississauga, Ontario and played for the Mississauga in the PWHL before Yale. We talked about everything from academics/life on campus, to crossing the US/CAN border in late August, and what the big takeaway was for her now that the semester is winding down. You can watch the interview HERE.

Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

If you thought anyone who attends Yale doesn’t need academic support, you would be sorely mistaken. As in hockey, you want to get better at your game, you chat with your coaches, put together a plan, and put it into action. Same goes for academics. Enter Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. Yale University established the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014 to support students and faculty across the campus. In alignment with President Peter Salovey’s goal of creating a “more unified Yale,” the new center consolidated the various teaching, tutoring, writing and technology-enabled learning programs distributed across the University.

This is the place if you need help. Tutoring in just about any class, help writing a paper, study groups–it has it all. As much as the students are supported, so to are their instructors. You can check out all of their services HERE. It’s quite impressive to say the least.

Until Next Time…

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Post #18 – Monday 12/7

In This Post…

  • Weekend Scores
  • Video Highlights
  • Program Update
  • New Blog Page Coming Soon – Recruiting

Weekend Scores

COVID strikes again… Not all games on the schedule posted Friday were played. COVID protocol caused the postponements of three series: Minnesota/Wisconsin, MSU-Mankato/Bemidji, and RIT/Mercyhurst.

How The Top 10 fared… Teams in the top 10 went 8-2-1 this weekend, the two losses going to Clarkson and Boston University at the hands of Colgate and New Hampshire respectively.

Overtime Play… There was one 3-on-3 overtime period played on Sunday between Syracuse and Penn State with multiple point-blank chances both ways. Hard to argue 3-on-3 isn’t entertaining hockey to watch. Be sure to watch the highlights!

Thursday Scores & Highlights – 12/3

CLARKSON 2ATCOLGATE 3BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
LINDENWOOD 2ATROBERT MORRIS 4BOXNO VIDEO

Friday Scores & Highlights – 12/4

LINDENWOOD 0ATROBERT MORRIS 4BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 
BOSTON COLLEGE 5ATUCONN 3BOXNO VIDEO 
BOSTON UNIV. 2ATNEW  HAMPSHIRE 1BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME
HOLY CROSS 0ATPROVIDENCE 2BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 
ST. CLOUD STATE 0ATMN-DULUTH 4BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME
MSU-MANKATOATBEMIDJIPPD  
WISCONSINATMINNESOTAPPD  
PPD = COVID Postponement

Saturday Scores & Highlights – 12/5

SYRACUSE 1ATPENN STATE 2BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 
UCONN 1ATBOSTON COLLEGE 2BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME
PROVIDENCE 4ATHOLY CROSS 1BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 
COLGATE 2ATCLARKSON 2BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 
ST. CLOUD STATE 0ATMN-DULUTH 5BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME
BOSTON UNIV. 3ATNEW HAMPSHIRE 4BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME
RITATMERCYHURSTPPD  
MSU-MANKATOATBEMIDJIPPD  
WISCONSINATMINNESOTAPPD  
PPD = COVID Postponement

Sunday Scores & Highlights – 12/6

SYRACUSE 2ATPENN STATE 2BOXVIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
RITATMERCYHURSTPPD 
PPD = COVID Postponement

Program Update…

With everyone gone from campus and at home, there is not a whole lot going on. Our players continue to train, get ice-time when the can and are allowed. The admissions process for our class of 2021 commits has been under way and should be finishing up soon. Once all players have been accepted and confirmed, Mark will announce the class. While NCAA rules prohibit us from naming names, let’s just say we’re very excited about this ’21 group. We’ll also be adding 5 new players from the class of ’20 who chose to defer their enrollment due to COVID this year.

Recruiting Blog Page Coming Soon…

To date, we’ve posted quite a bit about recruiting covering several different areas. We’ve also received quite a bit of feedback on those posts–all positive I’m happy to say. But there have been a lot of questions from coaches and parents alike, ‘where can I find xyz’ type questions. So to help, we’re putting together a ‘Recruiting Resource’ page together. Think one-stop-shop for the nitty-gritty on all things related to the topic of recruiting–NCAA Rules, documents, and other links to helpful resources to help guide anyone through the process. Once it out, we’ll let you know, so be on the lookout!

Until Next Time…

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Post #17

IN THIS POST… Weekend Series Previews

  • Weekend NCAA Schedules
  • National Polls
  • Series Previews
  • Sifters

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

COVID Postponements: RIT/Mercyhurst / Bemidji/MSU-Mankato

Lindenwood / Robert Morris: Lindenwood Preview|RMU Preview|No TV|Stretch Stream

Syracuse / Penn State: Syracuse Preview|Penn State Preview N/A|No TV|Stream Link

Colgate / Clarkson: Colgate Preview|Clarkson Preview| No TV|Stream Link-ESPN+| INT’L Stream

#10 BC / UCONN: BC Preview|UCONN Preview-N/A|FRI Stream Link (FREE)|Sat. TV-NESN

#8 BU / UNH: BU Preview-Video| UNH Preview| No TV| Stream Link (FREE)

Holy Cross / #9 Providence: Holy Cross Preview| Providence Preview-N/A| No TV| Stream Link (FREE)

St. Cloud / #6 MN-Duluth| St. Cloud Preview-Video| Duluth Preview| No TV| Stream Link

#1 Wisconsin @ #3 Minnesota: Wisconsin Preview|Minnesota Preview|No TV|BTN+ Stream Link

Sifters…

-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.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.


Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!

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Post #16

IN THIS POST…

  • TWICH – This Week In College Hockey: Weekend Video Highlights & Postgame
  • Yale is #1 When it Comes to Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate

TWICH – This Week In College Hockey: Weekend Video Highlights

FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

Providence at BC — GM 1 Highlights

Providence at BC — GM 1 Postgame Reaction

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 1 Highlights

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 1 Postgame Reaction

RIT at Syracuse — GM 1 Highlights

RIT at Syracuse GM 1 Postgame Reaction – Syracuse Link

Minnesota at Duluth — GM 1 Highlights

Minnesota at Duluth GM 1 Postgame Reaction

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 1 Highlights

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 1 Postgame Reaction

SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

Boston College at Providence — GM 2 Highlights

Clarkson at Colgate GM 1 Highlights – (NONE)

Clarkson at Colgate GM 1 Postgame Reaction (None)

Wisconsin at Ohio St. — GM 2 Highlights

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 2 Postgame Reaction

Minnesota at Duluth GM 2 Highlights

Minnesota at Duluth GM 2 Postgame Reaction

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 2 Highlights

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 2 Postgame Reaction

SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 1 Highlights

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 1 Postgame Reaction – PSU Link

Monday Nov. 30, 2020

Clarkson at Colgate GM 2 Highlights

Clarkson at Colgate GM 2 Postgame Reaction – (NONE)

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 2 Highlights (NONE)

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 2 Postgame Reaction – PSU Link

Yale is #1 When it Comes to Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate…

Each year the NCAA publishes a report on how often students graduate at each particular institution – otherwise known as the GSR or Graduation Success Rate. The Graduation Rates Institution Report gives graduation information about the most recent six-year graduating class of students and student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2013-14. The graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number (N) of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years.

The women’s hockey program had a GSR of 100% along with 19 other Yale varsity athletic teams. You can read the full release HERE.

Kemp, Yale men’s player begins pro career after signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

And speaking of getting it done… kudos to men’s ice hockey player Phil Kemp who signed with the Edmonton Oilers this past week and will report to Vansby in Sweden. He will not only start his pro career this week, but finish his degree this Spring as well. You can read more on Kemp’s signing HERE.

Until next time…

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Post #15

IN THIS POST…

  • Holiday Movie Time
  • Weekend Scores
  • Quick Hitters

Holiday Movie Time

America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman – Dell Griffith

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and all things late 1980’s, we present one of the holiday movie classics and characters from the hilarious hit Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. In this Thanksgiving travel mishap adventure, (which every hockey parent/player/coach has experienced) America’s favorite shower curtain ring salesman Dell Griffith, played by the late Canadian hockey-loving actor John Candy, teams up with Neal Page, played by Steve Martin, as they try to make their way back home for Thanksgiving. You’ll just have to click the picture above to watch the scene. Knowing the stench hockey equipment makes, you will all relate!

Weekend Scores

In last Monday’s post we included video highlights from each series as much as we could find. Those will now come as part of Wednesday’s posts. Scores from the weekend are below, box scores included.

SCORES – FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

PROVIDENCE 3ATBOSTON COLLEGE2BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN2ATOHIO STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT1ATSYRACUSE7BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA4ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH2BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE0ATST. CLOUD1BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1)ATHOLY CROSSPPD
(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

BOSTON COLLEGE2ATPROVIDENCE3BOX SCORE
WISCONSIN5ATOHIO STATE0BOX SCORE
COLGATE3ATCLARKSON1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA2ATMINNESOTA-DULUTH1BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA STATE4ATST. CLOUD STATE2BOX SCORE
UCONN (1)ATMAINEPPD
HOLY CROSS (1)ATNEW HAMPSHIREPPD
(1) = COVID POSTPONEMENT

SCORES – SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

LINDENWOOD0ATPENN STATE3BOX SCORE
RIT (1)ATSYRACUSEPPD
(1) POSTPONED

GAME SCHEDULE – MONDAY NOV. 30, 2020

LINDENWOODATPENN STATE2PM
CLARKSONATCOLGATE5PM
  • 2 Monday games on the schedule for today, which are rare in college hockey. Lindenwood is at Penn State at 2:00pm and Clarkson is at Colgate at 5pm.
  • Providence sweeps BC behind a 70 save 2-game performance from JR goaltender Sandra Abstreiter.
  • Wisconsin splits with Ohio State winning the backend of their 2-game set 5-0 with 2-goals from Freshmen Sophie Shirley. Wisconsin’s graduate transfer goalie Kennedy Blair stopped 26 of 28 in game 2.
  • Minnesota swept Minnesota-Duluth while on the road. Gopher goalie Lauren Bench finished the weekend turning away 57 of 60 shots good for a .950% save percentage.
  • St. Cloud beat MSU-Mankato in its first game of the year 1-0 despite being outshot 37-12. Mankato turned the tables in game 2 for the weekend split earning its first win of the year 4-2 and outshooting St. Cloud 42-23.
  • Colgate, behind a 2-goal effort from forward Kristyna Kaltounkova, downed 5th ranked Clarkson 3-1 in game 1 of their series at Clarkson. Game 2 moves to Colgate Monday night at 5pm.
  • Due to COVID protocol, the RIT/Syracuse game on Sunday was postponed.

Quick Hitters…

-Providence’s Freshman D Claire Tyo’s goal on Friday night made ESPN’s Sports Center’s Top 10 Plays. You can watch it below.

-The Winter Olympics in Beijing are quickly creeping upon us. The New York Times did a recent story on how the Chinese hockey federation is preparing their women’s program for 2022 and the impact COVID-19 is having . You can read it HERE.

-What a weekend for Sarah Fuller, soccer player turned kicker for the Vandy football team and the first female to ever play in a NCAA Power 5 football game. ESPN did a nice follow up story yesterday. You can watch it HERE.

Lastly, the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team paid tribute to the passing of soccer star Diego Maradona last week. If you know Rugby, a team performs a ‘Haka’ before each match. A Haka is usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. You have to see how they respected their Argentinien match opponent in a classy move paying tribute to Argentina’s most beloved athlete, watch this HERE. This was a match played just this past week. Notice it’s in a huge stadium and it’s pretty packed with fans. Stick taps to New Zealand and the All Blacks.

Until next time…

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Post #14

IN THIS POST… Game Day Reading

  • Weekend NCAA Schedule
  • Quick Hitters

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

The NCAA schedule has 14 games on it between today and Monday. The CHA and ECAC get underway with its first league games of the year. There a number of games already cancelled due to COVID (4) as of now. Here is the schedule as it stands:

Series Previews: Video and series write-ups are below:

Providence / Boston College – (No video) | BC Preview | Providence Preview |

Wisconsin / Ohio State – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | UW Preview | Ohio St. Preview |

RIT / Syracuse – (No video) | RIT Preview |

Minnesota / UMN-Duluth – (No video) | Minnesota Preview | UMD Preview |

Mankato / St. Cloud – Bulldog Pipeline Video Series Preview | Mankato Preview | St. Cloud Preview |

Lindenwood / Penn St. – (No video) (No team previews)

Clarkson / Colgate – (No video) | Colgate Preview |

It’s early in the season, and with the way COVID is having an impact on games being cancelled or postponed, the more conference points a team can earn now, the better.

Quick Hitters…

-10 games played this year is all it will take to be in consideration for the NCAA tournament. 20 games is usually the norm.

-There are two media outlets that publish a ‘Top 10’ weekly poll after each week of play, USCHO.com and USA Hockey/USA Today. Needless to say, this year will be interesting to see how the votes come in given the trouble with games being played. The first USCHO.com weekly Top-10 poll was released after last weekend. You can find it HERE and USA Hockey / USA Today HERE.

-St. Cloud, which had games postponed due to COVID last weekend, is scheduled to see its first action of the season in a two-game series vs. MSU-Mankato. Wisconsin, RIT, Penn State, Lindenwood, and Clarkson are all scheduled to play their first games of the year.

-Wisconsin will travel to play Ohio St. for a two-game set in a rematch of last years WCHA playoff championship game, Ohio St. beat the badgers in OT 1-0. Wisconsin will be playing game 1 of its season while OSU split with Minnesota last weekend.

-Friday’s Providence @ Boston College game will be televised on NESN. Game time is 2pm. Saturday’s game at Providence will be streamed for free HERE. Game time is again 3pm.

-Streams for games in the WCHA this weekend can be found HERE. We believe subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

-Streams for ECAC games between Clarkson and Colgate can be found HERE.

-Streams for CHA games between Lindenwood @ Penn State can be found HERE and RIT @ Syracuse HERE .

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Post #13

Before getting into our post for the day, we want to take a moment and wish all of our Bulldog Pipeline readers in the U.S. a very special and happy Thanksgiving. There have been literally thousands of you reading and watching our content. It’s exciting to see all of you take an interest in our program. Good things are happening at Yale. A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you no matter where you are!

IN THIS POST… Affordability / FroCo’s

  • Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding the Process
  • The Yale ‘FroCo’ system
  • NCAA/COVID Update

Affordability/Financial Aid – Understanding the Process

It’s no secret an Ivy education isn’t cheap. The average cost of attendance among Ivy schools that have women’s hockey programs for the 20-21 academic year is $78,900. In this post we’ll review how a Yale education becomes affordable, lay out the financial aid process our players go through, and explain why coming to Yale may be less expensive than a scholarship.

Understanding Affordability

By its own rules, Ivy league institutions don’t offer athletic scholarships. So to help students offset the high cost of an Ivy education, Yale offers what are called ‘need-based’ financial aid packages to qualifying students. Students qualify based on financial need which is determined by a review of the families financials. These packages are made up of three areas–Cost of Attendance, Gift Aid, and Estimated Net Cost figures.

Cost of Attendance include tuition, room, board, books, travel and personal expense costs.

Gift Aid includes the Yale Scholarship and any government or external awards. Gift aid does not need to be paid back. It’s not a loan.

Estimated Net Cost is the amount a student and family is expected to contribute towards the cost of a Yale education.

How much $ do students receive in financial aid? It varies. F-A packages are evaluated on the family’s need and personal financial situation. The more income a family makes usually = less financial aid given. Less income = more financial aid.

How how does Yale help make things affordable? For starters, those who qualify for financial aid will receive the Yale Scholarship, which is the main component of the gift aid portion of the package. I am sure many of you are asking, well I make xyz a year, what could I potentially qualify for? Below is a chart mapping it out:

Annual Income
Range
Median Net
Cost
Median
Schoolarship
Percent who
Qualified for Aid
Less than $65,000$2,850$76,925100%
$65,000-$100,000$5,701$70,21799%
$100,000-$150,000$15,528$60,29599%
$150,000-$200,000$29,721$46,,32695%
$200,000-$250,000$42,964$31,19679%
Greater than
$250,000 +
$43,704$28,88125%
All figures in $USD and as of the class of 2023 first year students

Yale’s financial aid office will evaluate yearly income and typical assets such as the equity in your home, college savings plans, student savings, stock investments, etc. to determine the ‘Expected Family Contribution’, a percentage of income, usually 1-20%, that Yale feels parents and students should pay toward their child’s education. All students who attend Yale are extremely bright and therefore no academic award scholarships are offered at any Ivy League School. Players are welcome to apply for scholarships in their local community and use them at Yale provided they are not based on athletic ability and are cleared by our NCAA Compliance department.

Yale evaluates the ‘Expected Family Contribution’ based on the following:

  • Parents’ Income
  • Parents’ assets (cash, savings, home equity, other real estate and investments)
  • Family Size
  • Number of Children attending college
  • Students’ expected income from summer and term-time jobs
  • Students’ assets (cash, savings, trusts, and other investments

Family’s with a combined income of $75,000 or less with typical assets will pay $0 for their child to attend Yale. Yale is committed to being affordable for everyone who has an opportunity to attend by meeting 100% of demonstrated need without loans. The average aid package in 2019-2020 was $55,100. The median net cost was $13,000 for the 2019-2020 year.

Here is a great video on the Yale financial aid process from back in April just after the pandemic hit–just click HERE.

The Athlete Financial Aid Process

Knowing how much it may cost to attend Yale is needless to say, important. Once NCAA rules allow, we begin to broach the subject of affordability with recruits and their parents as we try to answer the ‘can-you-afford-Yale’ question as early in the process as we can. Bottom line, we could want you to come to Yale and you could want to make a commitment, but if it’s not affordable–it just won’t work. And if it doesn’t work, that’s okay, we both move on knowing we exhausted all avenues.

So how early can you know costs? U.S. families can get a really good ballpark estimate by using one of the calculators found on Yale’s F-A website, found HERE. International recruits have a tougher time using those calculators because you won’t have a U.S. physical address. International families can contact Yale’s financial aid office and get direction on how to estimate costs.

Much like we have a ‘pre-academic read’ process, the same holds true for F-A where we are able to get ‘pre-financial aid reads’ directly from the financial aid office. These can begin in the recruits’ grade 11 year, usually after Jan. 1. This process is a bit selective as there are only so many requests we can make and not every recruit we engage with will get one. The process begins with an email to the family requesting tax and other financial documents. They tend to take about a week to ten days to complete. But one a package has been returned, you’ll know the costs to the penny.

Better Than A scholarship?

In some cases, yes–A Yale financial aid offer could be more attractive than a partial scholarship. Just go back to the table above and see the out of pocket net costs. Say you have to pay out-of-pocket for x-number of years for tuition, room, board, books, fees, insurance, etc. If it costs $50K per year to attend but you have to pay for two years on your own, that’s $100K you have to come up with. If you go by the cost to attend Yale today $78,850 and subtract the average F-A award package of $55,100… do the math and you’re paying out of pocket $95,000 over four years – for a YALE education.

We find there is a BIG misconception out there that a Yale education isn’t affordable. Most think you have to have oodles of $ to make it work. The reality is that just isn’t the case in most instances. No doubt there are those who won’t qualify for F-A and wind up paying the full-freight. But Yale is committed to making it affordable for those who can get in.

The Yale ‘FroCo’ System…

As a hockey player moves up from one level to the next, it takes some time to calibrate yourself and get adjusted to the level of play. The same holds true for most freshman first-year students entering Yale. There is an adjustment period to go through. Maybe you’re away from home for the first time, maybe classes are tougher than you thought? May be things are just different. To some the adjustment takes longer than others. Very few have not much of an adjustment at all. Enter the Yale ‘FroCo‘.

FroCo is the colloquial term for First-Year Counselor. These are senior students, the best of the best–knowledgable, experienced, and may be most importantly empathetic in the adjustment first-year students go through. Selected by each college through an application process, the FroCo can sometimes be a first-years’ best resource to help navigate tough times socially, academically, and in life. They live in residence and the position is fairly demanding. Regular check-ins, meetings, and FroCo sponsored events are just a few of the responsibilities they have. And FroCo’s do get paid for their time, up to $10K in some instances.

Tera Hofmann ’20, one of our goaltenders from Toronto was a FroCo last year. She loved it.

NCAA/COVID Update…

College Hockey America is the latest conference to announce scheduling plans for the 20-21 season. You can read the official press release HERE. RIT will travel to play Syracuse on Friday. RIT had originally cancelled its season weeks ago but reversed its decision upon the state of New York approving COVID-19 protocols.

Hockey East had 2 more teams suspend hockey activities in the last 48-hours. On Tuesday Northeastern followed Vermont’s lead in pausing all athletic activities in five sports, including women’s and men’ hockey until Dec. 18th. This was due to a small cluster of positive cases among athletes. You can read the story HERE.

Also on Tuesday the University of Maine announced it would pause all hockey activity until Dec. 8th after positive cases among varsity athletes. It was not known if any of the positive cases were within the women’s or men’s hockey programs. You can read the story HERE.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

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Post #12 – Hockey is Back

IN THIS POST…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Weekend NCAA Recap & Observations
  • ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

The Week Ahead…

NCAA HOCKEY is back! 19 games were scheduled this weekend and 13 played. Scores, box-scores and video highlights where available are below. It will be a slow week with Thanksgiving Thursday and no games on the NCAA scheduled until Friday. Yale University is off for the rest of the semester with students, faculty, and staff now home.

The Bulldogs would have played in the Nutmeg Classic tournament held the weekend of Thanksgiving annually between UCONN, Quinnipiac, Yale and one other school from another conference. UCONN was set to host this year but the event was cancelled. The Nutmeg moves to Ingalls Rink at Yale next year in 2021. Why the name ‘Nutmeg’ you ask? The state of Connecticut is known as the Nutmeg state. You can find out how CT get’s its ‘Nutmeg’ nickname HERE.

Weekend NCAA Recaps & Observations…

Recaps:

Game 1 — Boston College 6 at UNH 2 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from BC’s 6-2 victory vs. UNH in game 1

Game 2 — UNH 1 @ Boston College 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

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Saturday’s highlights from BC’s 4-1 victory vs. UNH in game 2

Game 1 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 1 | Box Score |Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Maine’s 2-1 victory vs. Holy Cross in game 1

Game 2 — Maine 2 @ Holy Cross 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Game 1 — Colgate 3 @ Syracuse 2 OT | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-2 OT victory vs. Syracuse in game 1

Game 2 — Syracuse 1 @ Colgate 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Colgate’s 3-1 victory vs. Syracuse in game 2

Game 1 — MN-Duluth @ MSU-Mankato | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Friday’s highlights from UMD’s 5-0 victory vs. Mankato in game 1

Game 2 — MN-Duluth 7 @ MSU-Mankato 3 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from UMD’s 7-3 victory vs. Mankato in game 2

Game 1 — UCONN 2 at Providence 6 | Box Score | Video Highlights Below

Saturday’s highlights from Providence’s 6-2 victory vs. UCONN in game 1

Game 2 — Providence 1 @ UCONN 1 – OT, UCONN wins shootout 2-0 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Sunday’s highlights from UCONN’s 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Providence in game 2

Game 1 — Ohio St. 0 @ Minnesota 4 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Game 2 — Ohio St. 2 @ Minnesota 1 | Box Score | Video Highlights

Saturday’s highlights from Ohio St.’s 2-1 victory vs. Minnesota in game 2

Observations:

  • BC freshman Gaby Roy had 4 goals Friday and an assist Saturday in her first collegiate weekend.
  • Overheard on NESN’s broadcast Saturday between BC and UNH as to why BC didn’t wear health-protective COVID masks… if players wear a bubble, you don’t have to wear them. We’ll try to find out if there’s a mandate from NCAA or conferences.
  • The new NCAA 3v3 overtime protocol made its debut in 3 games. Colgate and Syracuse started OT with Colgate on a 4v3 PP and that’s where it ended as Colgate scored. Trine University and Concordia-WI had the first legit 3v3 action with Trine winning 2-1. Providence and UCONN played the full 5-minutes of 3v3 OT in game two if its series Saturday. UCONN won the shootout 2-0.
  • With 6 games being postponed due to COVID, we can bet the season schedule will be a wait-and-see kind of thing each weekend.

ECAC Makes Scheduling Statement & COVID Update

ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell announced the 20-21 women’s ECAC conference will have four members–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence. They are set to engage in ECAC league contests beginning sometime in January per an ECAC Hockey release which you can read HERE.

As of Monday the 23rd, we have learned that the Quinnipiac men’s program has paused all hockey activity due to two players testing positive. It is unclear if the women’s program has been effected.

Until next time… stay safe everyone.

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Post #11

IN THIS POST…

  • Fall Semester Winds Down
  • Academics – Understanding The Process at Yale
  • NCAA Weekend Slate of Games

Fall Semester Winds Down…

We are less than a week from Thanksgiving and today, our 3 remaining players along with Mark, Danielle, and myself will depart for home until Feb. 1st. I returned to campus this Wednesday as I normally do each and every week, to get my required COVID test. Coaches at Yale are tested once a week on Wednesday’s and overall Yale has done a good job keeping COVID at bay as compared to other Ivy schools. It was good to catch up with Mark and Danielle one last time. A little recruiting talk, a DI-DIII national coaches Zoom, a Yale assistant coaches call, and then bam! Fall semester over with. Yale and New Haven seemed like a ghost town.

I grabbed everything I could out my office as I prepare to hunker down for the next 10 weeks–recruiting folders, video computer, skates, stick, and a box of recently received Yale SWAG (SWAG Pic is below). On the drive home I replayed the past semester over in my head and it occurred to me how I was feeling. A bit blah to be honest. It’s hard to feel good about yourself and where you are in life, when you lose a bit of your purpose. The one thing we love as a staff is making our players better people and better players. This is our real purpose at Yale. That has been very hard to do this year.

Nice box of Yale SWAG waiting to be worn!

As I type this, I’m listening to Bruce Boudreau talk on The NHL Network about how stir-crazy he is going being at home and not having his normal hockey routine. I can totally relate. He mentioned living vicariously through his son who coaches in the ECHL. I will be doing the same this weekend watching other college teams play. Being home so much these past 8 months I am for sure driving my wife bonkers. She’s never had me home so much since we got together. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit jealous for all the NCAA coaches who are getting behind a bench soon. It’s been hard watching from afar. So I say this with all seriousness and sincerity, the mental struggle players and coaches are facing is real. If you’re playing or coaching — good for you on being able to get your fix. You are truly lucky. And to all those who are like us, rink-less and homebound, know you aren’t alone and that you will get through this in time. Come on Moderna and Pfizer!

As bleak as things seem, there does appear to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Recently announced is hope for two highly effective vaccines. Experts say ‘the average’ citizen could possibly get vaccinated by April. Should that be the case, life and college athletics we assume could get back to a more normal course of activity by next fall. But there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. In the short-term, we’ll work on staying connected with our team, planning for next season, and I will try to not drive my wife nuts.

Academics — Understanding The Process

We announced a 4-part series called ‘Understanding The Process’ to aid you coaches and parents with an understanding in certain areas of how we operate our program. Our first installment was how we go about player identification and evaluation. You can find that in Post #2. In our second installment below, we discuss how the academic evaluation and admissions process works.

To be blunt, very few athletes would be admitted on their own without the support of their head coaches in the admissions process. We’ll talk about that term ‘support’ later, it’s important. No knock against these athletes and their academic aptitude. Heck, there are people who have 4.0 GPA’s with perfect test scores and still don’t get into Yale. Athletes have different timelines and evaluation opportunities than normal students would. A word of caution… all information below is relative to our process at Yale and we cannot speak to how academics may work at other Ivy institutions.

The Academic Process

The academic process for our recruits has a few steps to it.

Step 1, Coaching Staff Academic Evaluation… for anyone we have a real interest in, we’ll ask for transcripts and test scores as early in the process as we can to see what type of student the player may be. It doesn’t matter how good of a hockey player someone is, if they aren’t close to having the grades/test scores we need, there’s no sense in moving ahead in the process. Does that mean someone in grade 9 with all B’s but hasn’t taken a SAT/ACT test yet get’s pushed aside? No, not at all. Provided we like what we see on a transcript, we’ll continue to evaluate the player on the ice even more closely.

Step 2, Athletic Admissions Pre-Read… Beginning July 1 between grade 11 and 12, under Ivy League admissions rules, we can submit a player’s academic file to be evaluated by our Yale admissions liaison for feedback to determine the likelihood of admissibility. Turnaround time is about 10-14 days. We’ll then communicate with the player how the pre-read came back and explain any next steps. These pre-reads are not for everyone though. Some get used for players who have already committed to our program, other for who we are seriously considering making offers to. Important to note, this is not the official admissions decision, just a first-glance from admissions at the transcript, grades, and future class schedule.

Step 3, Official Admissions Application Process & Supporting Head Coach Distinction Letter… The final step in officially becoming a Bulldog is for Coach Bolding to have the player officially submit her application to Yale. This is the part where Coach Bolding uses his ‘support’ for their candidacy in the application process. Yale has two application options for athletes – single choice early-action which requires applications to be complete by November 1s. Early action single-choice decisions are known no later than mid-December. Regular decision requires applications due by January 2nd. with decisions known no later than Mid-March. Generally speaking, coach Bolding will know of regular admission decisions in a few weeks after applications are submitted. Because we’re talking about athletes, there is no advantage/disadvantage to applying in the early or regular pool. Coach Bolding does advise each player when to submit their application and in which pool he wants them to apply for.

Coach Bolding’s support to each player comes in the form of a distinction letter he writes that is submitted on behalf of the player to the admissions committee. Think of the distinction letter as the mother-of-all recommendations. His letter ‘supports’ why we want and need this player as a part of or program and at Yale. Without this ‘support’ of head coaches, very few players, if any, would be admitted on their own merit. That’s why it is very important as you go through the process, to know if the coach is willing to ‘support’ your application.

A few things to keep in mind…

Players and parents often ask, what kind of grades and test scores do I need for Yale? Our answer… Players should shoot for high GPA’s, north of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, or low 90’s and above for those on a % scale. If you have 1 or 2 C’s early in grade 9 or 10, you could still be okay. D’s and F’s though, is almost always a non-starter. SAT scores should be in the 1300’s and ACT’s in the high 20’s / low 30’s. Keep in mind the SAT is scored out of 1600 and ACT out of 36. GPA’s and test scores need to be close to these thresholds to have a shot. Mostly B’s and a 1150 or a 25 probably isn’t going to cut it.

One of the most important parts of the application process has to do with evaluating the transcript and determining the academic ‘rigor’ of the students course load… meaning did the student challenge herself or take easy classes? a 3.9/4.0 in cake-walk classes won’t hold as much weight as a 3.7/3.8 in honors and/or AP classes. You want to take the most challenging classes and achieve the kind of GPA’s mentioned above.

Equally as important are the several application short answer questions and the longer essay. Also heavily valued are the teacher and counselor recommendations. Have great grades and test scores but wrote a poor essay and submitted a teacher recommendation that says you are a smart kid but didn’t apply yourself? That is exactly the kind of combination that will get you denied. Write a coherent (and grammatically correct) essay that answers the question asked Also, really think about who you want to write your recommendation letters. Best to get one from a teacher where you did really well in their class and you know the teacher LOVES you and won’t sell you out.

And… NEVER WRITE YOUR ESSAY ABOUT HOCKEY!!!! EVER!!!!!

Yale already knows you play hockey and are pretty good at it. Write about why Yale should be lucky to have you or an experience outside of hockey/sports that really articulates/shows who you are and the type of person Yale is getting. Match your personal values, dreams, aspirations with Yale’s resources and explain why Yale is such a good match!

NCAA Weekend Slate of Games…

In the absence of what would normally be a preview of our games for the coming weekend, we are going to give you this weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey schedule of games. Full recaps to follow next week.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!

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Post #10

***Breaking NCAA News: Recruiting Dead Period Extended Until April 15, 2021***

DI and DIII Women’s Coaches Have Monthly Zoom w/ NCAA and Conference Commissioners, No New Women’s Cancellations or Postponements

At 6:20pm tonight the NCAA’s DI Council announced it is extending the recruiting dead period until April 15, 2021. It was set to expire January 1. You can read the NCAA’s announcement HERE. Interestingly the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director, M. Grace Calhoun, is the NCAA DI Council chair. The dead period means no off-campus evaluation or face-to-face contacts for DI coaches and no official or unofficial visits to campus for recruits and their families. DI coaches were hoping for a April 1 or earlier date leaving the all of April when many high-level events take place.

We are coming up on more than 24-hours without a NCAA DI women’s hockey related COVID postponement or season cancellation. Needless to say it’s been a tough week for positive news. Women’s coaches across DIII and DI, the five D-I conference commissioners, along with members of the NCAA all met today for their monthly Zoom to discuss national tournament and recruiting issues. 10 games is the minimum needed to be played to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Conferences that start the year with at least 4 teams will retain its automatic bid. The ECAC stands at four, Hockey East at ten, WCHA at seven, CHA at five, and NEWHA at five as well. One piece of good news did come out as Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf announced all Hockey East women’s games would be streamed live FOR FREE this season. We’ll get the details and pass them along.

Men’s DI hockey took a bit of a COVID hit in the last 24-hours. Colorado College is pausing all hockey activity after a player tested positive. CC is scheduled to be a part of the NCHC bubble Dec. 1 in Omaha. Sacred Heart has postponed its games with AIC and Quinnipiac this weekend as well as games with Army slated for Nov. 27-28, after a few a small number of cases and contact tracing came back on the team.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program as we wind down the Fall semester and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Stay safe and be well everyone.

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Post #9

Union College Cancels 20-21 Season, RIT Reconsiders, 2021 Women’s & Men’s Beanpot Tourney Cancelled

Another ECAC Hockey member school has cancelled its 20-21 season. Union College becomes the 10th DI program to put hockey on pause for the 20-21 season. Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin made the announcement just before noon today. You can read it HERE. The ECAC is now down to 4 teams on both the women’s and men’s side–Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, and St. Lawrence.

RIT which announced it was cancelling its women’s and men’s 20-21 hockey seasons on Nov. 9, is now reconsidering its decision. RIT president David Munson states as long as the state of New York accepts Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America’s return-to-play plans, hockey for the 20-21 season will continue at RIT. Details can be found on USCHO.com HERE.

Another hockey casualty of the pandemic is not a hockey program, but an in-season tournament, The Beanpot. The 2021 four-school annual event in February between BC, BU, Harvard, and Northeastern has been cancelled. The Boston Globe has the story HERE.

Stay tuned later this week for our regularly scheduled post with an update on the program and part-II of our Understanding the Process series on how academics play into our recruiting process.

Stay safe and be well everyone.

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Post #8

Another COVID Casualty, RPI Cancels 20-21 Season

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) becomes the 9th women’s and men’s hockey program to cancel it’s 20-21 season due to COVID concerns. RPI, a member of the ECAC, made the announcement Monday afternoon. You can read the official announcement HERE.

This leaves the ECAC with five remaining schools planning, at least for now, to play—Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, and Union. The ECAC lost six schools when the Ivy League announced it would cancel all winter sports last week.

One has to wonder if more schools will follow the six Ivy programs, RIT, RPI, and Post University with cancelling their seasons. If you include St. Cloud and Vermont who have recently postponed upcoming games between Bemidji St., UCONN, BC, and BU respectively, that’s 15 programs affected already. 41% of DI teams impacted.

We’ll keep you updated on more COVID related developments.

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Post #7

Nov. 16 UPDATE as of 8:30am…

  • COVID Already Impacting NCAA Games and Programs

Games have been postponed this Friday between St. Cloud and Bemidji in St. Cloud, MN as at least 8 St. Cloud players tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Players who tested positive and meet the criteria for mandatory quarantine must remain in quarantine for up to 14-days. St. Cloud is scheduled to play its next series Nov. 27-28 vs. Mankato in St. Cloud. You can read more on this developing story HERE.

The University of Vermont Athletic Department announced late Sunday evening it will not compete in any winter sports until Dec. 18. An article in the Burlington Free-Press [Read Here] links the decision not to any outbreak of cases with any one team, but more out of a “…most responsible course of action”. Vermont has seen a spike in cases statewide which has prompted a change in restaurant dining and travel restrictions, all recreational sports has been paused until Dec. 15t as well. High school winter sports, which usually begin in late November, have now been pushed to begin Jan. 11. As one of the largest employers in the state, you can bet UVM has been in close communication with VT state health officials in how to not make matters worse. I suspect teams traveling to UVM was a major concern as states in the new england region have cases surging.

Hockey East had just announced on Nov. 11 its 20-21 women’s and men’s return to play protocol and schedule. Looks like that will be getting a major adjustment. No word on if missed games will be made up.

As we stated in our previous post, we figured hockey would have the same game postponement issues as football. Looks like hockey is in for a bumpy ride.

We will continue to update and monitor any other related COVID college hockey developments.

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Post #6

IN THIS POST…

  • NCAA/COVID Update
  • President-Elect Biden Taps 3 With Yale Ties

NCAA/COVID Update

It looks like NCAA DI and DIII teams are going to give it ‘the ‘old college try’ and start playing games. Some already have. DI women’s and men’s conferences have been announcing schedules over the last few weeks, and the puck finally dropped Friday night in South Bend on the men’s side as Wisconsin traveled and took on Notre Dame. I have to imagine a charter flight was involved for Wisco.

As it stands now (Sunday, Nov. 15) there are 8 DI women’s teams and 2 DI men’s programs who will not be playing hockey this year. Here is what we know.

Women

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • College Hockey America (CHA)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA)–Post University

The WCHA and Hockey East have announced their intended schedules. Hockey East came out with a full season schedule while the WCHA announced a schedule through December. You can click the links below to find them. The ECAC and CHA have yet to announce anything official. The NEWHA hasn’t appeared to announce anything official but their official website does list games for Sacred Heart.

WCHA-Announcement Schedule | Hockey East-Announcement Schedule | NEWHA

Men

  • Ivy League–Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC)–Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)–Alaska Anchorage

The Ivy League announced Thursday evening it would cancel all winter sports. I doubt there were many who thought the Ivy League would have decided anything different. It was only a matter of time before they pulled the trigger. On both the women’s and men’s side the ECAC now drops to 6 teams from 12. Additionally on the women’s side, Post University made its announcement to cancel Winter and Spring sports back in October sighting safety concerns due to the pandemic. With Posts’ women’s team out, the NEWHA drops to 5 teams from 6. Post also decided to move to all-virtual classes and a hope to return to competition in 2021. You can read Posts’ official announcement HERE. The leadership at RIT made a similar announcement just a week ago on Nov. 9. to cancel all winter sports for the 2020-2021 season. You can read that HERE. The CHA now drops from 6 teams to 5. On the men’s side, Atlantic Hockey where the RIT men play will drop to 10 from 11. The University at Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA cancelled its indoor winter sports season, details can be found HERE. And in doing so, likely cancelled the men’s hockey program altogether. 20-21 was supposed to be the men’s hockey teams’ last season. UAA announced an athletic restructuring in August that would cancel four sport programs, men’s hockey being one of them.

As we’ve seen with the college football season, I think college hockey can expect some of the same with game cancellations/postponements, etc. There are already a few games on the men’s side involving Army that were/will be postponed. Unlike football, hockey is an indoor sport and thus the chance for infection rises. But don’t expect any fans at any games this year, I haven’t heard of a conference allowing them. Interestingly, men’s teams in the NCHC will try an NHL-like bubble with all 8 teams heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha to play games until late December. You can read more about that HERE.

The first games on the DI women’s side will happen Friday Nov. 20 as UNH hosts Boston College at 4:30PM. If you need your college hockey viewing fix, you can catch the game live on NESN – the New England Sports Network. And speaking of TV, with the NHL not having games until who knows when, I wonder if sports networks will add more women’s hockey to it’s scheduling line-up to fill the hockey void. Let’s hope so.

President-Elect Biden Taps 3 With Yale Ties

Yale University has long been a name synonymous with cutting-edge research in the field of public health. As one the foremost medical research universities in the world, The Yale School of Medicine stepped up to help fight the the COVID–19 pandemic in ways that are helping save lives. And now three people with close ties to Yale Medicine have been named to President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, and given a chance to help quell surges in infections, ensure approval of safe vaccines, and protect at-risk populations.

Joining the President-Elect’s advisory board: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management — will co-chair the COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board with Dr. Vivek Murthy ’03 M.B.A. ’03 M.D., a former U.S. surgeon general, and Dr. David Kessler, a former dean of Yale School of Medicine and past commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can read Yale’s announcement HERE.

This is just one example of many that illustrate the type of path one can have in attending Yale. And it’s not just in Medicine, it’s in business, law, science, and the many the other excellent disciplines and experiences Yale offers.

Until next time… stay safe and be well.

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IN THIS POST…

  • The Residential College Experience at Yale
  • Implications of NCAA’s Extra Year

The Residential College Experience at Yale

At the heart of the ‘Yale Experience’ is the residential college housing system. Dating back more than 75 years, the first seven of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges were built. Yes, we did say colleges. But don’t think school when you hear the term ‘colleges’, think dormitory housing where all Yale undergrads live. Each residential college has anywhere from four to five hundred undergrads living in them and look like small castles than your average college dorm. Grassy courtyards, sculptured stone archways, and outdoor seating to lounge and study are just some of the features most residential colleges have. Finished in 2017, the last two residential colleges allowed Yale to increase its undergrad enrollment from 5,700 to 6,200. With the exception of taking classes, your residential college is your home away from home.

Benjamin Franklin College – 2017
Movie Room in Benjamin Franklin College

Freshman are assigned at random to one of fourteen residential colleges and most freshman will live on ‘Old Campus’ before moving into their official residential college. Freshman do not get the chance to select their roommates, thus there is no preferential athletic housing. This gives our players a chance to forge relationships with non-athletes outside the team and within their small residential housing community. Once in your official college residence, students share a ‘suite style’ space with four to six other students. You and your suitemates share a common living area, bathroom facilities, and everyone has their own bedroom. In addition to your living spaces, all residential colleges have their own dining hall, gym, library, study spaces, computer lounge, activity spaces, laundry facilities and much, much more. So, yes that means there are FOURTEEN DINING HALLS on campus and students may eat at any one they want.

Berkeley College Dining Hall

In addition to where you sleep, eat, and study, your residential college is where you really become part of a communiy and connected to Yale. Each residential college has a Head of College (HOC) and a Dean who’s family’s live in and are a part of the residential college community. The HOC is the chief administrative officer, a member of the Yale faculty, and responsible for the physical and mental well-being of the colleges’s students as well as fostering the social, cultural, and academic character. Deans serve as the cheif academic and personal advisor to each student where he or she can help consult on course selection, academic track, as well as connecting each student to areas of acdemic support.

The coveted Tyng Cup gets the competitive athletic residential college juices flowing. Intramurral sports are a big deal at Yale, as are varisty NCAA sports. Since 1933, the Tyng Cup as its called, is awarded to the most athletic college. Colleges compete in sports such as soccer, baskettball, cross-country, tabletennis, pickleball, and many others. Schedules are made, teams selected, and standings are kept. Needless to say, the colleges take ‘The Tyng’ very seriously. Click HERE for more info about each of Yale’s residential colleges.

Implications of NCAA’s Extra Year…

The NCAA’s decision to give hockey players an extra year of eligibility has created quite the conundrum for coaches as they try manage their rosters over the next four years. Most programs expected the extra year given the NCAA did the same for last year’s Spring and this years Fall athletes. One thing we can assume is the sport is going to get a little bit messy. We dive-in below and break down what this decision really means, who it’s going to impact, the potential implications, and the impact our program at Yale.

What Did The NCAA Do? They gave every Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior who is playing this season an additional year of eligibility. For players who plan to graduate this Spring, they could return to their current institution for a 5th year, except for the Ivy’s and one or two other schools–we’ll get into why later. Or, they could enter the transfer portal and go elsewhere as a ‘graduate transfer’ student. What the NCAA did not do was change the number of scholarships allowed. That number will stay at 18 full scholarships. Thus creating a financial issue for coaches who want to bring back seniors but already gave scholarship money out.

Who Does This Impact? For starters, coaching staffs are now put in the awkward position of deciding whether or not they want to return any of their seniors. They’ll also have to decide how big of a roster they want. Add some returning seniors with your incoming freshman class and you have a whole extra line and pair of D or more. Thats a lot of extra bodies in the stands to manage. Seniors are now faced with deciding if they want to come back, or transfer elsewhere. Returning players have to grapple with perhaps waiting a bit longer to get that extra ice-time they were counting on once the seniors moved on. Incoming freshmen could be seriously impacted as well. In order to keep roster numbers manageable they could be asked to take a gap year. This type of situation leaves coaches like yourselves impacted. How many players were you expecting to move on to college and now looking for a place to play next year? It’s a trickle-down effect, one senior comes back and it can change a lot. Three or four come back, and you see how it can have a big impact.

What are the implications? The NCAA’s decision really created a four year roster-management and financial juggling act. DI programs will have to manage appropriate roster sizes by deciding how many seniors and incoming freshman they may or may not want to show up in the Fall. Financially, coaches will need to figure out how much scholarship $ (if any) they can afford to give a returning senior. That may mean possibly a change in scholarship $ amounts of incoming freshmen or returner to make it work. Incoming freshman could get asked to take a post grad/gap year and delay their enrollment. Not the ideal situation for a freshman who was planning to come to campus and start their collegiate hockey careers. Some of these kids have been committed to their respective programs for years. Overall, it puts a real strain on the coaches and the relationships with their players. And this isn’t something that is a one year thing… this will need to be dealt with each year for the next four years.

What does this decision mean for the Ivy’s & others? The NCAA’s decision doesn’t really impact the Ivy’s in terms of players getting an extra year. What did impact the Ivy’s is a rule which states all athletes are required to complete their undergraduate degree in 8 semesters, or 4 years. Graduate student-athletes are not allowed by Ivy League rules, so if an Ivy athlete is on-track to graduate in the Spring ’21, is enrolled and taking classes, they wouldn’t be allowed to return to their current institution and finish their playing eligibility. Now that the Ivy League has cancelled winter sports, all Ivy graduating seniors could transfer to another school. There are however, very few Ivy women’s hockey seniors in that situation. Most Ivy players chose to take the year off. Cornell did not. Their entire team is back on campus, enrolled and taking classes. You can bet those graduating seniors will want to find a home. Any school that doesn’t have a graduate program for its seniors to come back to or decided not to compete this year is in a similar situation. Colgate comes to mind as it doesn’t have a graduate school for its athletes and Post University and RIT are other DI schools not having seasons.

Most of our players at Yale decided to take a year-long ‘leave of absence’ (LOA) which means not being enrolled or taking classes; it’s like a pause for the entire academic year. Players on an LOA still maintain their athletic eligibility. We did have 4 freshmen who chose to defer their enrollment until 2021. Freshmen were allowed to live on campus in the Fall but aren’t allowed to do so in the Spring. They feeling amongst a lot of athletes was they wanted the full ‘Yale experience’. They wanted to live on campus, go to class in-person with world-class professors, play as normal a hockey season as possible, and be with their teammates/friends.

Needless to say it’s going to be a very interesting year.

Until next time everyone, enjoy your weekend.

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Post #4

IN THIS POST…

  • The Passing of Wayne Dean and Rick Schwartz
  • Ivy League Officially Cancels Winter Sports

The Passing of Wayne Dean and Rick Schwartz

The Yale women’s hockey program was rocked with the sudden passing of two of the programs’ biggest supporters this week. Word came Monday that long-time former Deputy Athletic Director Wayne Dean, who oversaw the women’s and men’s hockey programs, passed away last weekend from a heart attack. He had just retired from Yale in July. He was affectionately known as ‘Deaner’ and synonymous with the Yale hockey programs for over 30 years. Although our staff only had a short time with Wayne as our administrator, his passion for Yale hockey and willingness to help our players in any way possible will be sorely missed. You can read Yale’s official statement HERE.

The news on Tuesday didn’t get any better as we learned that Rick Schwartz, father of former Yale women’s hockey alum Mandi Schwartz, also passed away of a heart attack earlier this week while at home. Rick loved the game and seeing his kids thrive in the sport. Mandi played parts of three seasons for the Bulldogs from 2008-2011 and eventually passed away due to acute myeloid leukemia in April of 2011. After Mandi’s death, Rick and his wife Carol became heavily involved with cancer research and the Mandi Schwartz Foundation helping find bone marrow matches through drives held on campus each Spring at Yale and in Canada. I last had the chance to see Rick in December at the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK where Mandi attended. He was so proud to show me old photos of Mandi up on the walls of the rink. Also proud to show off his newly received Stanley Cup ring from the St. Louis Blues. His youngest son Jaden plays for the Blues. You can read more about Rick and the Schwartz family HERE.

Our sympathies go out to the Dean and Schwartz family’s during this difficult time.

Ivy League Officially Cancels Winter Sports…

Thursday evening the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced:

  • The cancelation of the winter sports season
  • Fall sports will not compete in the ’21 Spring semester
  • Spring sport competition will be postponed until at least the end of February 2021

Yale Athletic Director Vicky Chun and Yale University President Peter Salovey broke the news to all winter athletes and coaches in a Zoom call. Sighting its commitment to the health and safety for all student-athletes as well as the greater campus and local community, the Ivy League Council of Presidents needed to take this action.

Teams will still be able to practice and train in accordance with each institutions health and safety protocols as well as local authority guidelines. This decision does not change much for our program as most of our players were not enrolled this season. No timetable has been given for a decision on a return for Fall or Winter sports for the 21-22 season.

You can read the Ivy League’s official announcement HERE.

Until next time….

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Post #3

IN THIS POST…

  • Who Likes to Shop?
  • Player Identification/Evaluation – Understanding The Process
  • NCAA/Team COVID Update

Who Likes to Shop…

Most colleges and universities have strict core-course requirements that students must fulfill in order to graduate. Little flexibility is left for the student to choose and explore classes they may want to take within their academic areas of interest. The core of Yale’s academic philosophy is the complete opposite. Yale encourages students to explore their intellectual curiosity and discover new and exciting interests. One of the ways Yale motivates students to accomplish this is through the unique experience called ‘Shopping Period’. For the first 10-days or so of each semester, students of Yale College are provided an opportunity take any class they want. And there is no shortage of classes to shop as there are some 2,000 offered each semester. Undergrads get a great feel for the professors’ teaching style and what the workload is like, etc. This environment of choice is where the students foster a sense of control for their academic priorities and direction. A normal course load is 4 to 5 classes per semester and it’s not uncommon for students to ‘shop’ 5-7 classes before finalizing their schedule. Now, there are some academic requirements; Yale calls these distribution requirements. But again, Yale allows students to choose the requirements they want as long as the requirement is met.

Here is a link to learn more. Just click HERE.

Player Identification/Evaluation – Understanding The Process…

In this first installment of our 4-part ‘Understanding The Process’ series we tackle player evaluation and identification. In our last issue we said these two pieces were the most important in our recruitment process. The reason… It’s tough to have success when you don’t recruit the right players. Identify the wrong players or do a poor job in our evaluating and the next few years can be very difficult to recover from. Understanding our approach will help you be better judges of who will be a great fit for Yale.

Let’s start with a point of clarification about the term ‘recruiting’. I’m sure you hear the term recruiting a lot… ‘…going recruiting’, ‘you guys done recruiting? ‘How’s recruiting going?’. Most people associate recruiting with evaluating and just watching players, which is partly true. For us, we don’t think of recruiting as solely evaluating players. Recruiting is more about ALL of the things that happen after we have identified a player and know we’ll have a strong interest in her. Quite honestly, it’s the more ‘salesy’ side of the process. Ultimately recruiting is everything that helps get someone we want to Yale. So, think about a multi-step process with a ton of communication between our staff, the player, her family, and anyone else important helping in her decision – like you all.

OK—On to player evaluation.

We’re often asked by parents and youth coaches, ‘What do you guys look for in a player?’ The short answer is a lot of things. Our approach always starts with a few questions: 1) How many players at each position do we need to recruit in a given year and 2) What type of player do we want at those positions. Players we wind up having an interest in do have to have a minimum fundamental skill set we feel has the potential to translate well to our style of play. Here are a few fundamental skills we evaluate.

Skating ability… Probably the #1 fundamental skill we look at. Having above average speed, quickness, and agility is a must for our style of play. We want to play an aggressive, attacking style. With the puck our forwards need to evade defenders and move up ice with pace and attack the net/slot area. Without, forwards need to jump on loose pucks and close off time and space forechecking. Our defensemen need to skate backwards almost as fast or faster than they can forwards while having great lateral mobility and smooth transitions backward to forward and vice versa. They have to move their feet in the defensive zone to close gaps and lanes to the net while defending. With the puck we want our defensemen to begin the breakout moving their feet to start our attack up the ice.

Passing/Puck management/control/protection… Especially as a wing, we want to be able to skate at top speed with the puck and make a play. Can you keep possession while being defended against and find an open player to have your pass connect? Do you give the puck away and panic? Can you catch a bad pass? Does the play always end with you or can you keep the play going? Our defensemen have to be able to break the puck out, they can get beat to pucks in our end and they can’t present the puck to a forechecker and have it stripped. Offensively, Defensemen need to catch passes and be ready to distribute the puck while moving like D to D along the blueline.

Shooting… Both forwards and defensemen need accuracy. Do you have proper shot mechanics? A quick release? Can you score? As a Defensemen, can your shot get to the net with some velocity or are you always hitting shin pads?  

Play away from the puck… Can defend in all 3 zones? Are you disciplined or running around the ice? Do you take good angles when attacking the puck carrier?

COMPETE level… This is probably #2 for us. If you don’t consistently compete, you won’t be a good fit. What does it mean to compete? It means how hard are you working to accomplish the task at hand. How hard do you work to get the puck back? How hard do you work to keep the puck and keep the play going? Do you work hard every shift or do you take shifts or entire games off? Do you get beat easily and give up on a play or on 1 on 1? How tough are you to play against?

Last one… can you play within a structure? This is a skill but it takes a bit more to uncover than just watching a few games. It’s vitally important we answer this question before making someone a part of the program. Can a player learn a system and be disciplined enough to execute it? If you just play by what ‘feels’ right and drift to wherever on the ice because you ‘felt’ you should be there or if you are positionally undisciplined you won’t be a good fit. We teach a structured game, we have systems for all three zones with and without the puck, and we need players who are willing to be disciplined and buy into the learning process of ‘the why behind the what’ and be able to execute it.

As we watch players, we try and answer these questions and in evaluating them begin to put players into categories or groups. Groups like the offensive minded skilled forward who creates offense or is a pure goal scorer and responsible defensively enough to play in your top-9 somewhere. Then there are the ‘grinders’ who are more like a 3rd, 4th, or 5th line type player who are more defensive in nature or great forecheckers, can kill penalties but not a real threat to score. Defensemen we have those who we see in our top two pairs who can play a regular shift, match up vs. your opponent’s top line, manage a power play, kill penalties – the type who can do it all. We also find those who are purely defensive minded, can move the puck well, make good decisions, can kill penalties, but ay lack some offensive ability

Now through our evaluations, we’ll identify the players who make our list.

Player Identification

Girls/women’s hockey is kind of like NASCAR. You know certain events take place every year at the same time and place with generally the same teams. Unless its 2020 and there’s a world-wide pandemic. Then things change. More on that in a future post.

Our player identification philosophy is fairly simple. Let’s identify players we think can fit certain team needs and develop a really good comfort level through our evaluations. In our approach, we wind up working a bit of a backwards process.

First, like mentioned above, we ask a few questions. We assess our program from a 30,000-foot view, a state-of-the-program-look if you will. We ask questions like, based on our competitive goals, did we take a step(s) forward or backward this season? Second, we define what our positional numbers and intangible needs are. How many G, D, and F’s do we want to bring in and what types of intangibles or ‘X’ factors do we want—2 forwards, 3 defensemen, 1 goalie with leadership potential, who have high character and are absolute hockey junkies. Answering these types of questions tells us who we need to IDENTIFY.

As a staff, we have certain goals for specific events/games we attend and always have a plan for what we want to get out of an event. Some tournaments and showcases are great because we’ll get a to see a handful of players we’re really interested in play against excellent competition. Others, we’ll see a large number of players in a particular age group for the very first time. No matter what our goal is we always have an eye out for who plays well and impacts the game.

So, how does someone get identified?

The easiest way to get identified and on our list—find a way to positively impact the game somehow. That doesn’t mean be a puck-hog and do everything on your own. That will get you identified alright… as a player we have no interest in. Honestly, just keep it simple. Make a play when you should make one. Pass and shoot when you should, defend well without the puck. Play the game the way it should be played. It sounds easy but, playing well at your position and showcasing the fundamental skill areas mentioned above in the player evaluation section goes a long way. Do that consistently over time, and you just went from being ‘identified’ to a player of ‘interest’.

NCAA/Team COVID Update…

-The NCAA’s Division I Council announced last week student-athletes who compete in a 20-21 Winter sport will receive both an extra year of competition and an additional year in which to complete it. You can read the announcement HERE. Essenttially winter sport athletes are getting a free year in 20-21 to compete and not have it count against their NCAA eligibility. How that will exactly impact Ivy League Winter Sport athletes is unknown at this time.

-Division I and III coaches had their monthly Town Hall Zoom meeting earlier last week. There was a lot of talk about the recruiting dead period and looming January 1 expiry date. Sounds like the NCAA is eager to hear from coaches’ associations about what they want recruiting to look like after Jan. 1. Go back to normal or create a modified model. Each women’s DI hockey conference was asked to make recommendations which will be forwarded to the NCAA. Interestingly, DII and DIII schools have been allowed to recruit this whole time since the pandemic began.

Last week the Division III New England Small School Athletic Conference announced it was cancelling the winter sport season. You can read the announcement HERE. With the rise in positive cases and hospitalizations rising over the past few weeks, it will be interesting to see how DI schools and conferences handle start dates. As as a staff we have been watching a lot of video lately. There are some hockey events coming up with the MN NIT this past weekend and US/Canada Cup in Detroit the next weekend. The rumor out of Minnesota is the high school season will begin Nov. 30th.

Until next time everyone, enjoy your weekend…

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IN THIS POST…

  • ‘Spark’ Some Interest
  • Numbers Don’t Lie
  • Understanding The Process
  • NCAA COVID Update

‘Spark’ Some Interest…

Coaches, one area of recruiting we feel strongly about is helping educate you about Yale University, how our recruiting process works, and what our hockey program is all about.

So to help, we created the Yale Women’s Hockey ‘Spark’ document—a visually stunning informational web-based tool to explore and share with families you think might be a great fit for Yale. Designed by asst. coach Danielle Blanchard, you’ll swipe up-and-down on everything from how housing works with our 14 residential colleges, to what it’s like to be a member of the program, as well as how the academic, admissions and financial aid process works. This is jammed-packed with videos, testimonials, and additional links. So click the link below and ‘Spark’ someone’s interest!

Yale Women’s Hockey ‘Spark’ Document.

Numbers Don’t Lie…

To give you a sense of just how much improvement there was a season ago, here is a comparison between last year vs. the 18-19 season as well as some individual player stats. The numbers tell quite a story.

Understanding The Process…

Getting to an Ivy League school such as Yale isn’t easy. Great grades, awesome teacher recommendations, and high ACT or SAT scores are just a few of the things players will need to even be considered for admission. But there is so much more to the process as a hockey player and since recruiting is not an exact science, it can be confusing. So, to help shed some light and understand how our ‘process’ works, we’ve identified a few ‘key’ pieces, in somewhat of an order, we think you should pay attention to. We’ll expand on each one in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss this 4-part series.
     1) Player Identification/Evaluation–I put ‘Player Identification/Evaluation’ number one because honestly, it’s what happens first and is the most important because we want to win.
     2) Academics–Is the second thing we look at. Who’s a great fit hockey-wise… that’s the easiest to answer. Can she get admitted to Yale? That is quite a bit harder.
     3) Affordability–Know this, a Yale education can be affordable and you don’t have to be a millionaire. We want to educate and answer the ‘affordability’ question early. 
     4) Do You Want Yale?–We want players who want to be at Yale. Because they truly want a world class education and help establish a tradition of excellence for our hockey program within the Ivy League, in the ECAC, and nationally in the NCAA.

We’ll tackle Player Identification/Evaluation next week… stay tuned!

NCAA COVID Update…

-Yale University will have a direct impact on NCAA sports, such as Basketball and Hockey, potentially having their respective seasons.
-Hockey conference commissioners are watching as the NCAA announced an update to its ‘Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball document — read it HERE

The Yale University Medical School teamed up with the NBA earlier this summer and developed a low-cost, quick turnaround time, saliva based COVID test called SalivaDirect. Each test cost are somewhere between $5-$30 and results are known in a matter of hours. In its resocialization updated document, the NCAA recommended SalivaDirect was one of the tests sport programs could use as they develop safe and effective testing protocols.

Hockey people are paying close attention to what happens with Basketball. We’re similar sports in that we play indoors, have indoor locker rooms, and have close personal contact with many groups of individuals–coaches, players, officials, school administrators, medical people, etc. The NCAA has recommended Basketball tests ‘Tier I’ individuals–players, coaches, trainers, and essential staff etc., 3 times per week once the season begins. Figure each DI Basketball program between players, coaches, and essential staff could be around 20-25 personnel. The math gets pretty pricey without a SalivaDirect option. Other tests on the market could be used but cost as much as $150. Put into hockey terms… teams with an average group of 28 players coaches, staff etc. and testing three times per week within a shortened 10 week season… could cost programs anywhere from $4,200 to $25,000 for SalivaDirect tests.

Until next time everyone… Enjoy your weekend and be well!