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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…

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…

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!

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…

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!

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…

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…

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!

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…

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…