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irishrick
03-09-2007, 09:38 PM
the irish are well rested for these games with alaska
USCHO.com/CSTV Poll
The top teams in the nation faced unique motivations last weekend. Some were playing for regular-season titles, some were playing for their playoff lives, and some weren't playing at all.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team).

No. Team
Of Note
1. Notre Dame — The CCHA regular-season champions open league postseason play against Alaska, the team that knocked them out of the first round of the playoffs last season.
27-6-3 (21-4-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK:Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska (best of three)
2. Minnesota 1 We’re guessing the Gophers weren’t bragging much about that WCHA
title on Sunday morning when Coach Lucia had them up early for a "pucks optional" skate.
26-8-3 (18-7-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 3-1; L vs. Michigan Tech, 5-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska-Anchorage (best of three)
3. St. Cloud State 1 Which is the greater indicator of Bobby Goepfert’s value to the Huskies: the six saves he had in overtime on Friday, or the seven goals his backup surrendered on Saturday?
20-7-7 (14-7-7 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. North Dakota, 3-3 ot; L vs. North Dakota, 7-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth (best of three)
4. Clarkson 2 The Golden Knights have lost just three times since Thanksgiving, and all three of those came on the road.
21-8-5 (13-5-4 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Harvard (best of three)
5. North Dakota 3 Ryan Duncan got just one point over the weekend, but still became the first Fighting Sioux player to stand alone atop the WCHA scoring chart since Jeff Panzer did it in 2001.
19-12-5 (13-10-5 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at St. Cloud State, 3-3 ot; W at St. Cloud State, 7-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State (best of three)
6. New Hampshire 2 The Wildcats head into the playoffs 1-4-1 in their last six games. It's inspiring that the one win was against quarterfinal opponent Providence. One of the four losses, however, was a 7-1 beatdown by the Friars.
23-9-2 (18-7-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 4-1; L at Boston College, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Providence (best of three)
7. Boston College 3 The Eagles are the early favorite to win the Hockey East tourney.
22-11-1 (18-8-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at New Hampshire, 4-1; W vs. New Hampshire, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern (best of three)
8. Boston University 3 The Terriers split a home series with Vermont two weekends ago. A split this weekend is impossible.
18-7-9 (13-6-8 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Northeastern, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Vermont (best of three)
9. Miami — A CCHA quarterfinal series win against Lake Superior State this weekend would give the RedHawks their first back-to-back trips to Joe Louis Arena since 1994-95.
23-11-4 (16-8-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State (best of three)
10. Denver 3 The Pioneers won the NCAA title and didn’t get an invite to the playoffs the following year. Two wins this weekend and they hand Wisconsin the same fate.
21-13-4 (13-11-4 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Colorado College, 3-0; T at Colorado College, 5-5 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Wisconsin (best of three)
11. Michigan — The Wolverines enter their conference quarterfinal series against Northern Michigan hoping to keep intact its streak of 17 consecutive appearances in the CCHA semifinals.
23-12-1 (18-9-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan (best of three)
12. St. Lawrence — If the Saints win Friday's game 2-1, beware. They did that against Colgate in both 2003 and 2004, before losing the series in three games.
20-12-2 (16-5-1 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Colgate (best of three)
13. Michigan State 2 The Spartans and Nebraska-Omaha have met in the CCHA playoffs on two previous occasions and MSU has yet to allow the Mavs to score, winning 6-0 in the 2000 league championship and 5-0 in a Super Six first-round match in 2005.
19-12-3 (15-10-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha (best of three)
14. Massachusetts 6 The Minutemen are making a serious case to earn their first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament.
18-11-5 (15-9-3 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Maine, 3-1; W vs. Maine, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine (best of three)
15. Dartmouth 1 Dartmouth and Princeton have never played against each other in a playoff series before.
16-10-3 (12-7-3 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton (best of three)
16. Maine 3 Dave Wilson certainly wasn't the problem in Amherst over the weekend, but you can bet the Black Bears are hoping Ben Bishop recovers for the playoffs.
21-12-2 (14-12-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Massachusetts, 3-1; L at Massachusetts, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts (best of three)
17. Nebraska-Omaha NR A study in contrasts in East Lansing this weekend: The Mavericks have the CCHA's second-best scoring offense, while Michigan State ranks second in the league in scoring defense.
18-14-8 (13-11-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 3-2 ot; W vs. Bowling Green, 7-5. THIS WEEK: at Michigan State (best of three)
18. RIT — The Tigers lone win outside of Atlantic Hockey play came against Quinnipiac on Jan. 4.
21-11-2 (20-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: Off
19. Quinnipiac NR The Bobcats' eight goals over the weekend were scored by eight different players.
18-13-5 (10-8-4 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 3-1; W vs. Union, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Cornell (best of three)
20. Colorado College NR The Tigers finished the season 3-0-1 versus their archrivals from Denver, and were within five seconds of a 4-0-0 mark.
17-15-4 (13-12-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Denver, 3-0; T vs. Denver, 5-5 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech (best of three)

irishrick
03-09-2007, 09:48 PM
boston college is the early favorite to win it all, remember that the irish beat them at the start of the season , but ive seen BC play and they are very good and deserve the favorite status, UMaine, without its goalie (injury) looks like this will be the first time in several years that it won't be going to the NCAA, UNH is on a downward slide, Notre dame has fresh legs to make a great run , Minnesota is always dangerous, Boston U can surprise and Mass is coming on like gangbusters, so i see it as anyone game to win , would love to see the irish make the big tourney as it would help recruiting big time along with a new rink at ND??

Sir John
03-09-2007, 09:50 PM
give that http Rick.

Crap we lost