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November 19, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Inside College Hockey

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:02 PM)

Greetings and welcome to another edition of Inside College Hockey chat on ESPN.com. Pretty interesting weekend across the country, so let's get right to it.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Which College Hockey Team from the Capital District in New York State do you think has the best shot of being in the Frozen Four?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:07 PM)

I'd give Union the slight edge over Rensslaer right now. The Dutchmen have a little more scoring pop than do the Engineers. Both clubs have terrific goalies, however, and if either Keith Kincaid or Allan York get hot, they'll be tough to beat.

seth hagen (Minot, ND)

with average goaltending, and great top lines, what will the UND-UNO series come down to, 3rd and 4th line play, or the Blue liners

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:11 PM)

Judging by what I've seen on Twitter, the city of Omaha is going crazy over this weekend. These two teams are pretty much even -- I think UNO is better in goal, UND might be better on defense, and the forwards are virtually even. Look for special teams to play a huge role. The power plays are vitually even, but UNO has the WCHA's best penalty kill.

Rick (Trinidad )

Just wondering your thoughts on the Black Bears, seems like they are getting a lot of production for all the lines and are strong on the PK. Do you think this will continue throughout the season and maybe two Black Bears up for Hobey talks (Gustav Nyquist and Spencer Abbott).

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:15 PM)

Maine's an interesting club. They've got a ton of talent and score in bunches, but the goaltending situation concerns me. Three guys have started for the Black Bears so far this season but none of them have really seized the opportunity.

David (Boston)

As a BC fan, I can attribute this year's slow start to the usual juggling and struggles that York teams have before tearing through competition come the 2nd half right?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:17 PM)

If I was a BC fan, I wouldn't be too concerned. I'm not a person who believes teams can flip the switch, so to speak, but the Eagles are way too good to play .500 hockey for the rest of the season. They'll be fine, and I still consider them my Frozen Four favorite.

Chris (Rochester)

What do you think of RIT's chances at making some more noise this year?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:19 PM)

A repeat of last year's run to the Frozen is a stretch, but RIT can certainly contend for the Atlantic Hockey title. The Tigers lost a lot of talent from last year's team, but have played much better over the last five games.

Mike (Seattle)

Who do you see as the favorite emerging as the WCHA's best team?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:21 PM)

Right now I'll say Minnesota Duluth. They score a ton, have a really good defensive corps, and the goalies have done what they've needed to do in order to keep winning. The Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine line is the nation's best, in my opinion.

Corey (NY)

Looks like a down year for Cornell, any chance they can still compete for the ECAC title?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:24 PM)

As long as they're coached by Mike Schafer, they've always got a chance. It'll take a little time for the Big Red to jell -- remember, they're trying to replace their top three scorers and an All-American goalie from last year.

Josh Hewitt (Eden Prairie, MN)

With Penn State adding a D1 Hockey team, do you think a Big Ten hockey conference is a looming reality, and what do you think that would mean for the WCHA, the CCHA, and for hockey in general?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:27 PM)

It's probably going to happen, but I hold out hope that the Big Ten will figure out a way to build a conference while keeping the CCHA and WCHA intact, much like the Ivy League schools play within the confines of ECAC Hockey.

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:28 PM)

If you're a Minnesota fan, which series would you rather see: Ohio State-Minnesota or North Dakota-Minnesota?

Scooter, minny [via mobile]

What has happened to the gophers,they don't win like they use to. Do they need to make a coaching change?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:30 PM)

Hard to put a finger on just one thing. They've had some bad luck with early departures and injuries, for sure, but for me it boils down to this: either they're missing badly on recruits, or they're recruiting talented kids who don't develop once they get on campus. Either way, that would seem to rest at the feet of the coaching staff.

Steve (Houghton, MI)

When a team like team like Tech has been down for so long, do you think there is any hope for the future?

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:32 PM)

There is hope. Michigan Tech has been much better this season. When you've been really down for the better part of a generation, it's tough to get out of that hole. It takes talented kids with a lot of character. But CC did it, Denver did it, Miami's done it, Notre Dame's done it ... the list goes on.

Brian Roster (Madison, WI)

Any chance you guys will change your name to Inside East Coast Hockey. Your towards East Coast hockey is sickening.

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:33 PM)

After last year's Frozen Four title game disaster, Wisconsin fans are prohibited from railing against Eastern hockey until further notice.

Mike Eidelbes
  (2:34 PM)

That's it for this week. We'll be back in two weeks, so enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. See you at the rink ...