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Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
It's time for another college hockey chat with the writers from InsideCollegeHockey.com. We'll be taking your questions for the next 30 minutes.
sean (durham nh)
Hey there. Question on the UNH Wildcats..Will they stay in top four of Hockey East and make the NCAA's and if not, has Umile's time run out?
Jeff Howe (2:32 PM)
UNH is definitely capable to finish in the top four this season, but -- and I'm not trying to take the easy way out here -- it's way too early to figure out who will remain consistently at the top of the league this season. The balance in Hockey East might be at an all-time high. As for Umile, no, his time is nowhere near running out. He's one of the best coaches in the country, and the Wildcats are a mainstay in the NCAA tournament.
In your podcast you say that Miami was dropped down because they couldn't beat the Ferris's or Westerns of the world. Well if that is your logic then why are you guys being hipocritical when UND and Denver both lost to St. Cloud and Alaska Anchorage's of the world? Rankings don't matter right now, but your logic makes no sense.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:33 PM)
That's a fair question, and our logic probably wasn't explained clearly enough. We did give Miami the benefit when Denver and North Dakota dropped a few games, even though Miami wasn't sweeping their own series, but after a three-week span when Miami won just one game of six, we thought Denver and North Dakota had a slight edge over the RedHawks.
bob (amherst ma)
Who do you think are early hoby canidates, forwards, defenseman and goalies that might have a chance. Any sleepers?
Mike Eidelbes (2:35 PM)
If someone forced me to pick a favorite right now, I'd probably pick Denver goalie Marc Cheverie. He's third in the country in GAA, second in save percentage, and first in shutouts. Other than Cheverie, it's a crapshoot. One could make a case for any number of forwards -- James Marcou, Gustav Nyquist, Colin Greening, David McIntyre, one of the UMD forwards. Wisconsin's Brendan Smith would be the leading defenseman candidate on my list.
Tom (Oxford, Ohio)
Was the Miami-UND game saturday night, the best college game you have ever seen?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:38 PM)
I'll say no, because I've been lucky to see so many great games. It was one of the most exciting games I've seen this season, especially that second period. Full credit to Miami for coming back in the third. One thing I really liked about that game was how many simple plays resulted in goals. It's not hard to figure out - get some traffic, good shots on net, and you'll make your own scoring chances.
Matt (Portland, ME)
With Maine seemingly headed in the right direction, will Gustav Nyquist be considered a legitimate Hobey contender?
Jeff Howe (2:39 PM)
He'd be a darkhorse candidate at this stage of the season, but if he helps lead Maine back to the national tournament and finishes among the national leaders in scoring, he'll be awful hard to overlook. After Teddy Purcell and Andrew Sweetland bolted from Orono following their freshman seasons, Nyquist might earn bonus points from the voters for remaining dedicated to the program. (And you can read all about that on INCH this week.)
Kevin (Big Rapids, MI)
Why is Ferris so underratted this year? They have proven they are a team to watch out for, but in your podcast you make them sound like a cast off because they tied Miami twice and you dropped them in the poll....
Mike Eidelbes (2:40 PM)
Ferris State is off to a great start, but I don't know if they're underrated. The reality is that they haven't played the toughest schedule in the country -- quite the opposite, actually -- and they're 0-2-2 against the ranked teams they have played (Alaska and Miami). So far, so good for the Bulldogs, but let's check in with them on Feb. 1 when they've played Yale and either Merrimack or Wisconsin at the Badgers' tournament, at Notre Dame, vs. Miami, and a home-and-home with Michigan in a four-week span in January.
Josh (Middletown, CT)
Hey guys, just listened to the podcast. I think Quinnipiac has had a good draw with their schedule so far, but now 5 of their next 6 are on the road. Though the games aren't against the best teams, how will these games set them up heading into the new year? Could they begin to separate themselves in the ECAC?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:43 PM)
Absolutely. Separation is a big word when thinking about the Bobcats right now, both in ECAC Hockey consideration and NCAA Tournament consideration. They've already got 12 wins on the year. If they get even four of the next six they're up to 16 with two and a half months left to play. Their overall record will play favorably in the NCAA Tournament selection criteria. A concern to be on the lookout for ... hitting the wall or a midseason slump for a team that's started so well.
brian (mishiwaka, in)
What do you foresee in the big CCHA showdown this weekend between the Notre Dame & Miami?
Mike Eidelbes (2:45 PM)
Two ties. The RedHawks are 1-1-4 in their last six and Notre Dame is 2-0-3 in its last five. And Brian Kelly hitches a ride on the Fighting Irish bus Saturday night.
If you guys were a top college recruit, what program would you choose and why?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:48 PM)
Good question, and probably better left answered on the INCH Podcast. It's hard to answer, because each recruit is different and looks for different attributes in a program. Consider Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Louis Leblanc - all chose vastly different programs to play in for their college days. Some go in knowing that they won't play four years of college hockey. Some want to pursue a degree. Geography, tradition, academics, facilities, relationships with coaches ... it all factors in.
Mark (Colo Springs)
CC and Denver this weekend. What do you think?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:52 PM)
Interested to see how CC plays this weekend against a team that has proven itself to be one of the top teams in the country. Colorado College has a great record and has taken care of business against a somewhat soft schedule (but 10 wins is 10 wins). Good goaltending matchup on deck, with Cheverie of Denver and Joe Howe of the Tigers.
Jason (W Windsor, NJ)
I really expected more from Princeton this year. Any sense of what they need to do to turn things around?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:53 PM)
I too expected more from Princeton, as did most followers of ECAC Hockey. All-American goalie Zane Kalemba's numbers aren't very good this year, but I think this team is too talented to struggle for very long. I think they'll be back over .500 around the New Year and will have a good second half of the season.
Mel (Burlington VT)
Hockey East has been pretty mediocre thus far ... which team(s) do you see emerging from that mess?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:56 PM)
This was something else we briefly discussed on the INCH Podcast this week, and I think there are as many as six teams that could finish in first place in that league, including BU which is currently tied for last. UMass Lowell and BC seem to me at this point to be the two best teams. UMass, Vermont just behind those two with New Hampshire and BU also under consideration. No disrespect to Merrimack, Maine and Providence - all three have shown improvement. Northeastern made it to the NCAAs last year. All four of those teams could make a run at a top-four spot in the standings.
Is Don Lucia on the hot seat here in Minnesota? His team seems to be degressing and getting worse...thoughts?
Mike Eidelbes (2:58 PM)
I liked what I saw from Minnesota Saturday against Michigan State. That team appears to understand that they'll have to play disciplined, detail-oriented hockey in order to win. That means winning faceoffs and battles along the wall, getting to loose pucks, positioning, backchecking. It's a team in need of a confidence boost, too.
Tyler (Troy, NY)
Think either RPI or Union can knock off Cornell this weekend?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:59 PM)
Yes, I think both have the ability to get a win against Cornell. RPI is fighting some injuries, so maybe a bit less likely for them, but Union is playing well and freshman goalie Keith Kincaid is on a pretty solid run. Can't wait to watch those games this weekend.
Joe Gladziszewski (3:00 PM)
Thanks for all of the questions this week. Good to be back after Thanksgiving. Also, thanks to all of the questions from INCH Podcast listeners. We'll be back next week for more college hockey chat right here.