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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    Hockey East, WCHA, and B1G.

    I was very pleased with all of the writeups from the volunteers, all top notch.
    I liked your write ups on Yukon, Mac, UMass-Flagship, and UVM. I can provide the other seven, if you like?

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Re: The Greatest Programs of All-Time: #1 - #60

    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    Komey has done a great job with Atlantic Hockey. Do you need write ups for Hockey East?
    Hockey East, WCHA, and B1G.

    I was very pleased with all of the writeups from the volunteers, all top notch.

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    Thanks for bumping this back up. I have been absolutely swamped at work. I will probably just post the top 35 all at one time, and only the programs for which I have writeups from the volunteers will have writeups. I just don't have the time to put together the list with the writeups for the rest of the teams.
    Komey has done a great job with Atlantic Hockey. Do you need write ups for Hockey East?

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Re: The Greatest Programs of All-Time: #1 - #60

    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    The peanut gallery is getting restless for completion of this year's edition. :-)
    Thanks for bumping this back up. I have been absolutely swamped at work. I will probably just post the top 35 all at one time, and only the programs for which I have writeups from the volunteers will have writeups. I just don't have the time to put together the list with the writeups for the rest of the teams.

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  • Snively65
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    Re: The Greatest Programs of All-Time: #1 - #60

    The peanut gallery is getting restless for completion of this year's edition. :-)

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  • mookie1995
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    Touchy touchy

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    RIT's write-up has been updated. For the record, that was my fault, and not komey1's. He did a tremendous job with the Atlantic Hockey write-ups. Thank you again for your help, and making my job with these rankings easier.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Originally posted by LtPowers View Post
    Wait, what? 3-3 record in the NCAAs in the last 10 years is "none"?

    And how did we lose points in a season we made the conference semifinals?


    Powers &8^]
    Whoops, I copied the wrong NCAA and conference information. I will get that corrected here shortly.

    I do believe they did lose points though...largely due to a mediocre performance in a relatively weak conference. Still a very strong decade for the Tigers though.

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  • LtPowers
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    Re: The Greatest Programs of All-Time: #1 - #60

    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: None
    Wait, what? 3-3 record in the NCAAs in the last 10 years is "none"?

    And how did we lose points in a season we made the conference semifinals?


    Powers &8^]

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #36 – Massachusetts Minutemen
    Points: 20.9298
    Points in 2018-2019: 16.8399 (Rank: 2)
    Points in the 2010s: 18.1418 (Rank: 18)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2019 NCAA National Runner-Up
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: Hockey East Regular Season Champions – 2018-2019. Hockey East Tournament Semifinalist – 2019.


    Prior to the 2018-2019 season, the highlight of the decade for the Massachusetts Minutemen may have come in the 2015 Hockey East Tournament’s Opening Round, in a Game 1 win over Notre Dame, wherein the Minutemen won an epic 5OT thriller. However, UMass largely struggled in the 2010s. The Minutemen started out the decade going 18-18-0 in 2009-2010; however, what followed was a disaster. From 2010-2011 through 2016-2017, Massachusetts failed to record a winning season and finished in last place three straight seasons. The program turned to Greg Carvel following the 2015-2016 campaign, and the initial returns were less than encouraging. Carvel’s first season behind the Minutemen bench saw the program go 5-29-2, the program’s worst season since returning to the D-1 ranks in 1993. However, UMass quickly turned around. In 2017-2018, the Minutemen won 17 games, and advanced to the Hockey East Quarterfinals. However, it was the decade’s closing stanza where Massachusetts peaked. Led by Hobey Baker Winner Cale Makar, the Minutemen had, by far, the program’s best season. UMass won the Hockey East Regular Season title for the first time in program history, made its first trip to the Hockey East Tournament semifinals since 2006-2007, and then went on a run in the NCAA Tournament. In only the program’s second ever visit to the NCAA Tournament, the Minutemen advanced to the National Championship, where they ran into a buzz saw in Minnesota Duluth in the title game; however, the 2018-2019 season was the shining moment for Massachusetts this decade, and if they can continue this success into the 2020s, they will continue their rapid ascent in these rankings. – Fighting Sioux 23


    #37 – Vermont Catamounts
    Points: 18.757
    Points in 2018-2019: 0.0433 (Rank: 36)
    Points in the 2010s: 3.2502 (Rank: 41)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2010 West Regional Semifinalist. 2014 East Regional Semifinalist.
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: Hockey East Tournament Semifinalist – 2010, 2015.


    The Vermont Catamounts had a unique decade in the 2010s. Coming off a Frozen Four finish in 2009, the program appeared set for big things. Unfortunately, the program never finished higher than sixth in Hockey East, but still managed two trips to both the the NCAA Tournament. In 2009-2010, the Catamounts finished eighth in Hockey East, but upset Regular Season Champion New Hampshire in the Hockey East Quarterfinals to sneak into the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid. While the Catamounts gave the eventual National Runner-Up Wisconsin all they could handle, Vermont fell 3-2. Vermont struggled the following three seasons, going 25-66-15. However, 2013-2014 saw the Catamounts rebound. While Vermont finished seventh in Hockey East, and fell to Massachusetts Lowell in the Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, Vermont managed to win 20 games to once again capture one of the last at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. However, the Catamounts again ran into a powerhouse, this time in the form of eventual National Champion Union. Vermont would have arguably a better campaign in 2014-2015, winning 22 games and advancing to the Hockey East Semifinals. Vermont would win 20 games again in 2016-2017, but were swept by BC in the Quarterfinals, and fell just short of earning another NCAA Tournament bid. The end of the decade was difficult for the Catamounts, as they went 22-39-10 in the final two campaigns. However, Vermont will look to rebound in the 2020s, make more trips to the Conference Semifinals and NCAA Tournament, and win some hardware. If they do, Vermont will rise in these rankings. – Fighting Sioux 23


    #38 – Bemidji State Beavers
    Points: 15.2745
    Points in 2018-2019: 0.2767 (Rank: 24)
    Points in the 2010s: 6.0089 (Rank: 31)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2010 Midwest Regional Semifinalist
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: CHA Regular Season Champions – 2009-2010. WCHA Regular Season Champions – 2016-2017. WCHA Tournament Semifinalist – 2011, 2017.


    Bemidji State entered the decade on the heels of a 2009 Frozen Four Appearance, and with the hope of continuing that success into the 2010s. The first campaign of the decade was a success, as Bemidji State ran through the CHA in the conference’s final season en route to a CHA Regular Season title, and an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. Unfortunately for the Beavers, it would be their only trip to the national tournament in the decade. Bemidji State moved to the WCHA to begin the 2010-2011 season, and certainly held their own, going 32-36-8 in its first two campaigns in the conference. While BSU struggled the following two seasons, they went 16-17-5 in 2014-2015, and had their first winning record as a member of the WCHA in 2015-2016, going 17-16-6. The Beavers would continue that success the following season, which would prove to be their best in the conference in the decade. The 2016-2017 Beavers won 22 games, and captured the program’s first MacNaughton Cup. However, BSU fell in the WCHA Semifinals, and were unable to earn an at-large bid to the national tournament. Bemidji State was fairy mediocre in its final two seasons in the decade, going a combined 31-31-14. Bemidji State is set to go through additional realignment in the 2020s, and if they can earn more hardware and more trips to the NCAA Tournament, and perhaps have similar success to their 2009 run, the Beavers will be set to move up in these rankings. – Fighting Sioux 23

    #39 – Minnesota State Mavericks
    Points: 13.5973
    Points in 2018-2019: 2.6128 (Rank: 10)
    Points in the 2010s: 11.2854 (Rank: 23)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2013 Midwest Regional Semifinalist. 2014 Northeast Regional Semifinalist. 2015 Midwest Regional Semifinalist. 2018 West Regional Semifinalist. 2019 East Regional Semifinalist.
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: WCHA Regular Season Champions – 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2018-2019. WCHA Tournament Champions – 2014, 2015, 2019.


    Arguably no program benefitted more on the ice from realignment in the decade than the Minnesota State Mavericks. MSU was a strong program in the WCHA in the 2000s, consistently proving to be a difficult squad to play, and made one trip to the NCAA Tournament. This continued in the early parts of the 2010s, as the program continued to flirt with .500 before blossoming in 2012-2013 in Mike Hastings’ first campaign as bench boss. The Mavericks won 24 games and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. However, after realignment, Minnesota State dominated the WCHA. In the last six seasons of the decade, MSU won four MacNaughton Cups as WCHA Regular Season Champions, and also won three Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA Tournament Champions. The Mavericks advanced to the NCAA Tournament an additional four times, including twice as a #1 seed, and once as the #1 overall seed. Unfortunately for MSU, they were unable to capitalize at the NCAA Tournament, failing to advance in each of their five trips to the tournament in the decade. We shall see if Minnesota State will continue to have success in the 2020s, which will involve another round of realignment. If the Mavericks can continue their conference dominance, and translate that to a few more victories on the national stage in March and April, they will rise even further in these rankings. – Fighting Sioux 23


    #40 – RIT Tigers
    Points: 11.2398
    Points in 2018-2019: -0.0204 (Rank: 48)
    Points in the 2010s: 10.6758 (Rank: 25)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2010 NCAA Semifinalist. 2015 Midwest Regional Finalist. 2016 East Regional Semifinalist.
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Champion - 2009-2010, 2010-2011. Atlantic Hockey Tournament Champion - 2010, 2015, 2016.


    The RIT Tigers started the decade on fire. They won the regular season and conference tournament championship. But that was just the beginning. The Tigers went to the NCAAs and stunned the #2 seed Denver by a score of 2-1. Chris Tanev and Cameron Burt scored for RIT and Jarod DeMichiel stopped 39 shots in the win. In the regional final against New Hampshire, RIT scored 3 goals in a span of 1:30 to break open a 1-1 game. RIT won 6-2 to claim Atlantic Hockey’s only Frozen Four appearance. However, RIT’s dream run ended at the semifinals when Wisconsin crushed the Tigers 8-1. The Tigers won the regular season title the following year, but lost in the conference final to Air Force. RIT would return to the NCAAs in 2015 and they made history again. RIT became the first #16 seed to beat a #1 seed when the Tigers defeated Minnesota State 2-1. Josh Mitchell scored the game winning goal with 6 minutes left. The Tigers were able to hang on against Omaha in the next game, but the Mavericks scored 4 goals in the third to beat RIT 4-0. The Tigers would return to the NCAA tournament in 2016, but were shutout by Quinnipiac. Lately, RIT has been more of a middle of the pack Atlantic Hockey team, but made the semifinals of the conference tournament in 2019. They will look to build on that success to attempt to return to the NCAAs. – komey1
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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    That's a really good question, and one that I had not really looked at before. Prior to this season, here are the top 10 positional movers in the decade I've been putting these rankings together:
    1. RIT - 2010 - 17 spots (#51 to #34)
    2. Union - 2012 - 16 spots (#51 to #35)
    3. Quinnipiac - 2013 - 14 spots(#44 to #30)
    3. Union - 2014 - 14 spots (#37 to #23)
    5. Ferris State - 2012 - 7 spots (#35 to #28)
    6. Nebraska Omaha - 2015 - 6 spots (#45 to #39)
    7. Yale - 2013 - 5 spots (#26 to #21)
    7. Quinnipiac - 2016 - 5 spots (#31 to #26)
    7. Penn State - 2017 - 5 spots (#56 to #51)
    7. Minnesota Duluth - 2018 - 5 spots (#15 to #10)

    Obviously, Massachusetts (last year #50) has made a jump of at least 5 spots, so they will crack the Top 10 of this list. How far up can they make it? Stay tuned.
    And now UMass-Flagship has jumped at least 10 spots, so has moved up at least to 5th on the decade best list.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    #41 – Nebraska Omaha Mavericks
    Points: 11.093
    Points in 2018-2019: -0.1649 (Rank: 55)
    Points in the 2010s: 8.4735 (Rank: 28)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2011 West Regional Semifinalist; 2015 NCAA Semifinalist
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: WCHA Regular Season 3rd Place – 2010-2011, NCHC Regular Season 3rd Place – 2013-2014, 2014-2015.

    The Mavericks had the 2nd worst season in program history, finishing at 9-24-3. Their conference record of 5-19-2 tied them for last in the NCHC. Their season ended with the NCHC playoffs, losing to eventual NCAA champions UMD. A couple of telling stats: their record was 3-20-2 when outshot and were 1-8 in one goal games. A surprising stat was an efficient 22.7% PP. The underclassmen will need to pick it up this season as they lose 9 seniors, including their top two scorers, starting goalie and back-up goalie. – SiouxfaninSeattle


    #42 – Air Force Falcons
    Points: 10.3842
    Points in 2018-2019: -0.0171 (Rank: 47)
    Points in the 2010s: 6.3042 (Rank: 29)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2011 East Regional Semifinalist, 2012 Northeast Regional Semifinalist, 2017 East Regional Finalist, 2018 West Regional Finalist
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Champion – 2011-2012. Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Runner-Up – 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2016-2017. Atlantic Hockey Tournament Champion – 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018.

    The Air Force Falcons were one of the dominant programs of Atlantic Hockey during the 2010s. While they only won the regular season title once in 2011-12, they excelled in the conference tournament. The won the conference tournament four times, which was the most of any team in the conference. Their first two appearances resulted in losses. Their first appearance was a 2-1 overtime loss to Yale in 2011. The returned to the NCAA tournament the following year, only to be shutout by Boston College. Things were better in 2917. Air Force defeated Western Michigan in the first round 5-4. Kyle Haak scored a pair of goals They lost in the regional championship 3-2 to Harvard. Their rally from 3-0 down fell short. The following year, the Falcons returned to the NCAAs and had success. They crushed St. Cloud 4-1 behind Tyler Ledford’s 2 goals and Billy Christopoulos’s 39 saves. However, just like the previous year, Air Force fell in the regional championship. This time, it was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champions Minnesota Duluth. Air Force has been consistent over the decade with only 1 losing season. It is expected that they will be a contender during the upcoming decade. – komey1


    #43 – Western Michigan Broncos
    Points: 9.1903
    Points in 2018-2019: 0.1858 (Rank: 31)
    Points in the 2010s: 3.495 (Rank: 38)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2011 Midwest Regional Semifinalist, 2012 West Regional Semifinalist, 2017 East Regional Semifinalist.
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: CCHA Regular Season Runner-Up – 2011-2012. NCHC Regular Season 3rd Place – 2016-2017, 2018-2019. CCHA Tournament Champion – 2012. CCHA Tournament Runner-Up – 2011. NCHC Tournament Semifinalist – 2014, 2017.

    After a losing record in ’17-’18, the Broncos had a strong season in ’18-’19, finishing 21-15-1. Their conference record of 14-12-1 was good for 3rd place in the NCHC, but their season ended in a loss to Colorado College in the NCHC playoffs. The Broncos didn’t lose any players to early graduation but are replacing five seniors (including their top scorer and starting goalie) and an assistant coach. – SiouxfaninSeattle

    #44 – Princeton Tigers
    Points: 8.7823
    Points in 2018-2019: 0.2291 (Rank: 27)
    Points in the 2010s: 3.4623 (Rank: 39)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2018 Midwest Regional Semifinalist
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: ECAC Tournament Champions – 2018.

    Princeton began the decade with a winning season under Guy Gadowsky, but Gadowsky then left for Penn State. The Tigers then had six straight losing seasons, with their only playoff round win in that time in 2016-17. In 2017-18, Princeton finished 7th in the regular season, then got on a roll at the right time and beat Clarkson in overtime for the ECAC Championship. The 2018-2019 year did not live up higher expectations off that run, with a 9th place finish in the league. The 10 wins on the season were the fewest in the last 3 years. – drshoen


    #45 – Niagara Purple Eagles
    Points: 7.3299
    Points in 2018-2019: -0.0027 (Rank: 43)
    Points in the 2010s: 0.8809 (Rank: 54)
    NCAA Achievements in the Decade: 2013 West Regional Semifinalist.
    Conference Achievements in the Decade: Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Champion – 2012-2013. Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Runner-Up – 2011-2012. CHA Tournament Runner-Up – 2010. Atlantic Hockey Tournament Runner-Up – 2019.

    The Niagara Purple Eagles started the decade as a member of the now defunct CHA before joining Atlantic Hockey in 2010. The Purple Eagles immediately made an impact by finishing fourth, second, and first in the first three years as a member of Atlantic Hockey. Not only did they win the conference in 2013, Niagara currently is the only Atlantic Hockey team that has qualified for the NCAA tournament in conference history. After that year, the team went in a big decline. Niagara bottomed out in 2017 when the team won only 5 games. Amazingly, 2 of those wins were in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament with a series win over RIT. Jason Lammers took over as head coach after that season. While his first season wasn’t anything special, Niagara went to the Atlantic Hockey championship game in his second year, where they lost in overtime to AIC. They will look to use that momentum to build towards next season. – komey1

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    That's a really good question, and one that I had not really looked at before. Prior to this season, here are the top 10 positional movers in the decade I've been putting these rankings together:
    1. RIT - 2010 - 17 spots (#51 to #34)
    2. Union - 2012 - 16 spots (#51 to #35)
    3. Quinnipiac - 2013 - 14 spots(#44 to #30)
    3. Union - 2014 - 14 spots (#37 to #23)
    5. Ferris State - 2012 - 7 spots (#35 to #28)
    6. Nebraska Omaha - 2015 - 6 spots (#45 to #39)
    7. Yale - 2013 - 5 spots (#26 to #21)
    7. Quinnipiac - 2016 - 5 spots (#31 to #26)
    7. Penn State - 2017 - 5 spots (#56 to #51)
    7. Minnesota Duluth - 2018 - 5 spots (#15 to #10)

    Obviously, Massachusetts (last year #50) has made a jump of at least 5 spots, so they will crack the Top 10 of this list. How far up can they make it? Stay tuned.
    Cool, especially the double jump by Union, which must have the overall largest rise in the rankings over the decade? Followed by Quinnipiac, RIT, and maybe UMass?

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  • komey1
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    Originally posted by vizoroo View Post
    Good to see you back in business!
    And congratulations to AIC and Korney1 for the memory of #16 defeating #1.
    You would have made a lot of money betting AIC in that first game.

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  • Fighting Sioux 23
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    AIC jumped four places, but looks like the school up the street will not only beat that leap, but maybe by a lot more?

    What is the record for the number of slots that a team has moved up in one year? Yale? Union? Providence?
    That's a really good question, and one that I had not really looked at before. Prior to this season, here are the top 10 positional movers in the decade I've been putting these rankings together:
    1. RIT - 2010 - 17 spots (#51 to #34)
    2. Union - 2012 - 16 spots (#51 to #35)
    3. Quinnipiac - 2013 - 14 spots(#44 to #30)
    3. Union - 2014 - 14 spots (#37 to #23)
    5. Ferris State - 2012 - 7 spots (#35 to #28)
    6. Nebraska Omaha - 2015 - 6 spots (#45 to #39)
    7. Yale - 2013 - 5 spots (#26 to #21)
    7. Quinnipiac - 2016 - 5 spots (#31 to #26)
    7. Penn State - 2017 - 5 spots (#56 to #51)
    7. Minnesota Duluth - 2018 - 5 spots (#15 to #10)

    Obviously, Massachusetts (last year #50) has made a jump of at least 5 spots, so they will crack the Top 10 of this list. How far up can they make it? Stay tuned.

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