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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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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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***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.