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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #15 – Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
    Points: 130.5415 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: 13.8243 (Rank: 2)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 19.9991 (Rank: 11)
    Last Season Ranking: #16

    The Bulldogs had a great season, winning the NCHC Frozen Faceoff and getting to the NCAA championship game before falling to Denver in a nail biter. UMD finished with the program's 2nd best winning percentage, a record of 28-7-7, and were ranked the #1 team in the USCHO poll for 14 weeks. Early departures, including freshman Hunter Miska (.910 SV, 2.20 GAA), and graduation of seven seniors will make it difficult for Minnesota Duluth to repeat their 2016-2017 success. – Siouxfaninseattle

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #16 – Clarkson Golden Knights
    Points: 129.2151 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: -0.0752 (Rank: 51)*
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 5.4741 (Rank: 22)
    Last Season Ranking: #15

    The Golden Knights had a second consecutive winning season for the first time since the 2006-07 and 2007-08 years. Clarkson finished 6th in the ECAC, swept RPI at home, and won the first game at Cornell before losing the final two game of the second round. Clarkson had some good non-conference results as well, including wins at Massachusetts-Lowell, and at Notre Dame in the Shillelagh Tournament Championship.

    Clarkson lost three of their top four scorers to graduation; the fourth, Sam Vigneault, left school with a year remaining. But the next four scorers, and the starting goaltender, were all freshmen in 2016-17. The Golden Knights are hoping to get home ice in the second round, and advance to the ECAC Final Four for the first time since 2007. – drshoen

    *FS23 Note: I had incorrectly input Clarkson's number of program losses in the previous ranking, which I caught doing my triple-double check this offseason. As a result of that correction, Clarkson "lost" points this season. Had I correctly input the numbers last season, Clarkson would have earned approximately 0.05-0.20 points based on their results in 2016-2017.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Originally posted by drshoen View Post
    Sorry, those changes (I think) happened after I wrote the original, and forgot to update it.
    Probably. You had your write-ups in nice and early. It also didn't help that the release has been delayed slightly by various factors.

    Either way, thanks to Ralph for the update.

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  • drshoen
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    Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    Of the 9 scorers following Riley Bourbonnais, Drew Melanson has graduated in 3 years and left school. He will play for BU as a graduate student this season. Also one of the goalies whom you described, Cam Hackett, is no longer in school, but his replacement should be fine.
    Sorry, those changes (I think) happened after I wrote the original, and forgot to update it.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    #17 – Rensselaer Engineers
    Points: 100.723 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: -0.6296 (Rank: 57)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 2.1623 (Rank: 37)
    Last Season Ranking: #17

    The Engineers suffered through a historically poor season in 2016-17, winning only 8 games; the last RPI team with 8 wins was the 1969-1970 team. RPI finished 11th in the ECAC, then was swept by Clarkson in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Seth Appert was fired at the conclusion of the season, and Dave Smith was hired away from Canisius to take over.

    The Engineers lose their top scorer to graduation, but the following 9 scorers all return. Rensselaer also returns both sophomore goaltenders from last year. RPI will be hoping to move up the ECAC standings, at least to get home ice in the first round. They haven't made the ECAC Final Four since 2002, and will hope to end that streak as well. – drshoen
    Of the 9 scorers following Riley Bourbonnais, Drew Melanson has graduated in 3 years and left school. He will play for BU as a graduate student this season. Also one of the goalies whom you described, Cam Hackett, is no longer in school, but his replacement should be fine.
    Last edited by Ralph Baer; 09-09-2017, 12:17 PM.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #17 – Rensselaer Engineers
    Points: 100.723 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: -0.6296 (Rank: 57)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 2.1623 (Rank: 37)
    Last Season Ranking: #17

    The Engineers suffered through a historically poor season in 2016-17, winning only 8 games; the last RPI team with 8 wins was the 1969-1970 team. RPI finished 11th in the ECAC, then was swept by Clarkson in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Seth Appert was fired at the conclusion of the season, and Dave Smith was hired away from Canisius to take over.

    The Engineers lose their top scorer to graduation, but the following 9 scorers all return. Rensselaer also returns both sophomore goaltenders from last year. RPI will be hoping to move up the ECAC standings, at least to get home ice in the first round. They haven't made the ECAC Final Four since 2002, and will hope to end that streak as well. – drshoen

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  • purpleinnebraska
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    Yeah, having All-Americans and Hobey finalists will also help increase a team's points to a limited extent.
    Thanks! Your explanations were helpful. I was just wondering about a bootstrapping effect, where the "Big Conference" teams would always stay ahead, no matter how mediocre their play, but you addressed that well.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Originally posted by UML Puck Hawk View Post
    Probably some credit for Kelleher and Cleland?
    Yeah, having All-Americans and Hobey finalists will also help increase a team's points to a limited extent.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Originally posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    I would agree with Puck Hawk's assessment, but according to the numbers, UNH was in the top third of all programs both last year and in the last 5 years. What am I missing?
    Well, one could argue that New Hampshire was a Top 10 program from the mid-to-late 1990s through 2013, and their recent trend back towards the average seems like a steeper decline.

    As for their points, UNH did make a Regional Final appearance in 2013, and, to a lesser extent, were aided by Providence winning the title in 2015.

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  • UML Puck Hawk
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    Originally posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    I would agree with Puck Hawk's assessment, but according to the numbers, UNH was in the top third of all programs both last year and in the last 5 years. What am I missing?
    Probably some credit for Kelleher and Cleland?

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  • purpleinnebraska
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    #18 – New Hampshire Wildcats
    Points: 88.7218 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: 0.5833 (Rank: 20)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 8.9391 (Rank: 16)
    Last Season Ranking: #18

    The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are just waiting out the tenure of coach Dick Umile. The last few years have proven to be a definitive step back for the program, as they continue to move away from their former glory. – UML Puck Hawk
    I would agree with Puck Hawk's assessment, but according to the numbers, UNH was in the top third of all programs both last year and in the last 5 years. What am I missing?

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #18 – New Hampshire Wildcats
    Points: 88.7218 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: 0.5833 (Rank: 20)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 8.9391 (Rank: 16)
    Last Season Ranking: #18

    The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are just waiting out the tenure of coach Dick Umile. The last few years have proven to be a definitive step back for the program, as they continue to move away from their former glory. Entering 2016-17 UNH was expected to be a somewhat middling program, but their incredibly weak OOC schedule promised Wildcat fans a few wins at home before they hit the brunt of their schedule. Home losses to Bentley, Colorado College, and Arizona State, along with a tie at the hands of Sacred Heart effectively tanked UNH’s OOC performance. Early in conference play they had some success beating up on the bottom feeders of UMaine and UMass, but their schedule was back loaded with the class of Hockey East, leading to a second half record of 3-10-3 leading into postseason play. Relegated to the ten seed after being swept on the final weekend by UConn, UNH traveled to Merrimack for the first weekend of Hockey East play. There they lost the first, but a pair of heroic performances by Danny Tirone carried them out of North Andover with an upset. They then travelled up the river to Lowell, where they took game 1 from a sleepy Lowell team, lost game 2 close, then were run out of the building in game 3 ending their 16-17 campaign. Looking at next season UNH looks stable if unspectacular in net, but the losses of Tyler Kelleher and Matias Cleland will test the depth of the Wildcats. They do return an excellent freshman line, and most of their goal scoring for what is expected to be Dick Umile’s last hurrah in Durham. – UML Puck Hawk

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #19 – Providence Friars
    Points: 83.1074 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: 0.9618 (Rank: 16)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 45.3049 (Rank: 4)
    Last Season Ranking: #19

    Providence entered this season with high expectations, having the fewest question marks in Hockey East (BU freshman heavy, BC ravaged by departures, UML no proven goaltending, NU may have been a flash in the pan) and a co-share of the regular season title in the previous year. Goaltender Hayden Hawkey (Buccigross’s favorite name to be sure) came in with little experience, but great pedigree, as the only other goalies Nate Leaman’s team had employed were exceptional in Jon Gillies, and well above average in Nick Ellis. With that said, PC did lose their top 4 scorers to graduation entering the season. PC showed well in conference play after underperforming in early out of conference action with losses to Miami and Holy Cross. Against the top of the table in Hockey East PC struggled, taking 1 point from BU and Notre Dame and being swept by BC, with their one bright spot against the top of the table came in a sweep over Lowell in late January. The loss to Notre Dame hurt especially, as it took the Friars out of home ice contention, forcing them to have to play UMass for 2 more games to kick off the playoffs before travelling to Indiana to face Notre Dame. They were fairly dominated in their matchups with Notre Dame in the Hockey East playoffs, losing consecutive games by a composite 2-10. In the NCAA tournament PC, as a four seed, was set against Harvard, where they suffered another shutout loss at the hands of the Crimson, ending their season. PC loses star defenseman Jake Walman a year early to the NHL, but otherwise returns much of their roster for next season, and one would expect them to make a run at another conference regular season title and make a real run at their first conference tournament title in the Nate Leaman era. – UML Puck Hawk

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #20 – Bowling Green Falcons
    Points: 81.4551 Points
    Points Earned in 2016-2017: 0.0602 (Rank: 33)
    Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 1.9338 (Rank: 38)
    Last Season Ranking: #20

    One could be forgiven that the hard times in Bowling Green aren’t that far in the past. Even a rough start to the 2016-17 campaign was offset by running roughshod through the WCHA playoffs, dispatching Ferris State and Bemidji State in two-game sweeps before losing to Michigan Tech deep in the 2nd overtime. Even so, the Falcons are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the NCAA tournament, having not made the national postseason since 1989-90.

    That three consecutive 20-win seasons is considered a disappointment is a credit to Chris Bergeron, his staff, and the players at BG. Still, getting over that hump is proving to be a tall task, made harder by the fact that the WCHA has been a one-bid league in each of the last two seasons.

    To fly higher, the Falcons will have to replace three 10-goal scorers in F Kevin Dufour, D Sean Walker, and F Matt Pohlkamp. Tougher still, juniors D Mark Friedman (Flyers) and G Chris Nell (Rangers) left for the professional ranks. The biggest hole is left by Nell, whose primary backup last year, freshman Ryan Bednard, played well early but didn’t play after mid-January. – gfmorris

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  • mookie1995
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    For you...anything.

    I've been quite busy, and I'm still waiting on Shirtless Guy for Michigan Tech's summary. Once I have that, I should be good to go for the Top 20.

    Shirtless Guy, if you already sent Tech's summary, please accept my apologies and resend. Thanks.
    Just mention meanegirl holding up the "I want you in this box" posterboard and you're all set

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