Also, Maine's problems are Maine's problems and blaming it on league membership is bonkers.
Also, anyone who thinks BU/NU/Lowell etc. would choose to partner with Maine, UNH, and UVM over BC and PC is bonkers.
Interesting drift in this thread. Here are average PWR (CHN) by conference as of today.
Independent: 14.0 (n=1)
BiG: 18.0 (n=7)
NACHO: 21.75 (n=8)
WCHA: 30.2 (n=10)
HEA: 31.82 (n=11)
ECAC: 37.09 (n=12)
AHC: 41.45 (n=11)
It is also highly unlikely any of the 5 charter members of Hockey East would leave the league unless forced to (and I don't see the ACC, CAA or Big East ever sponsoring hockey. Nor do I see the Patriot League or America East sponsoring hockey anytime soon). They also would likely never vote out the first two teams to accept invitations to join, Maine and UMass Lowell. That leaves 4 schools that the league could vote out. I agree that a nine team league that plays 3 games vs each league opponent for a 24 game league schedule is near ideal. So what 2 schools to kick out? Merrimack has never been good overall or in league play. And with their move to full DI they have to spend more on their other sports, including football and basketball (where the money is), so hockey is likely to become less important at the school. UConn has not been good since joining Hockey East, and is definitely a minor sport after women's and men's basketball, football and field hockey. Vermont was good when they joined, but they are on a down swing. A new coach and arena could change that, but neither may happen anytime soon. UMass is currently on the upswing and it seems that they will remain good, at least as long as Coach Carvel is their head coach (see what happened at SLU when he left). So, the two most likely to be booted would be Merrimack and UConn.
I recall discussion here about Maine dropping ticket prices. How much did they drop the prices and was it this season?
See if this works
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Black Bear fans.
I'm going with a Maine sweep. SLU is truly bad this year. Anything less will result in a swift kick to Maine's PWR.
Games that are good for Thiessen beyond a start this weekend would be Yale, AIC, and UNDPT.