Archive for the ‘Conference Tournament Previews’ Category

Hockey East Playoff Preview

March 14, 2009 3 comments

Finally, we come to the best conference in the nation this season. Hockey East has routinely featured 4 or 5 teams in our top 16 all season, and BU has spent 12 straight weeks atop our rankings.

Hockey East features a solid top 4 of BU, Northeastern, New Hampshire and Vermont, all of whom could make a run at the Frozen Four in Washington DC. Read more…


ECAC Hockey Playoff Preview

March 12, 2009 Leave a comment

In our second to last preview we highlight the most top-heavy league in all the land. Yale, Cornell, Princeton and St. Lawrence all could be bound for the national tournament, and all have made cases as the best team in the conference at various points in the season. As expected the Yale Bulldogs lead the conference in goal differential, both in conference games and overall.

In the first round of the playoffs, we already saw an upset as Brown, the 12th seed and one of the worst teams in college hockey, defeated Harvard. Will there be more? Probably. Read more…

WCHA Playoff Preview

March 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Because all four of our NCAA bound ECAC teams and three of the four CCHA teams bound for the NCAAs were off last weekend, I decided not to do a bracket this week.

Instead, let’s take a look at the WCHA. The WCHA has had a bit of a down year this year. It’s deep, but after the top 2 teams in the league, 3-9 are all about the same. It’s tough to envision a WCHA team making a serious run to the Frozen Four this year, but stranger things have happened Read more…

College Hockey America Tournament Preview

The soon to be defunct four team College Hockey America tournament takes place March 13th and 14th in Bemidji, home of the league champion Bemidji State Beavers.

Truth be told, this isn’t a good conference – at all – but a Niagara-Bemidji State final is just intriguing enough to tune in. The conference features only one team, Niagara, more than one game over .500 overall, and only one team, Niagara again, who has outscored their opponents on the season. Read more…

CCHA Tournament Preview

Perhaps the most top heavy conference in the country, the CCHA playoffs begin this weekend. The top 4 teams get byes, so we’ll be seeing the Northern Michigans and the Bowling Greens of the world this weekend.

Currently, the CCHA has the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 13th ranked teams in our power rankings.

It really comes down to Notre Dame, Michigan and Miami in this one, but which team will take it? Read more…

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Preview

March 4, 2009 3 comments

Over the next couple of weeks here at The College Hockey Blog I’ll be previewing the conference tournaments.

Today we start with Atlantic Hockey, where Air Force and RIT combined for identical records atop the conference. Although one team has more popularity across the nation for their undefeated streak to start the year and a win over Colorado College to boot, they might not even be the favorite in their own conference. That could be RIT, who since losing December 6th at Air Force has lost just 2 games, an impressive stretch indeed. Read more…