NCAA Hockey Fantastic Five: 2015 Edition

John Hartzmark January 1, 2015 Comments Off on NCAA Hockey Fantastic Five: 2015 Edition

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1.) Harvard (10-1-2)
They tied #8 Union, in Union, beat Boston College in BC, beat #1 Boston University in BU, beat #4 UMass Lowell, and beat #15 Quinnipiac.  Their only loss came at the hands of Yale.  They are on an eight game winning streak. They are heading to Madison Square Garden to take on the Yale Bulldogs.  The Crimson are hot, they are a staked team, and they are playing a structured and sound game.  They are not afraid playing in the toughest stadiums, and playing the best teams.  It will be interesting to see if they can keep this hot streak going and if they can win if they get into the NCAA Tournament.

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2.) Boston University (11-3-2)
The played an exhibition against the USA World Junior Championship team, which has their best player Jake Eichel, and then lost.  But, they are one of the best teams in the country; they have been near the top of the rankings and PairWise the entire year, and have been one of the most consistent teams in the nation as well.  Their loses came at the hands of Providence, Harvard (in OT), and Dartmouth.  They still have the Hockey East schedule to go through.  They will have to play the conference schedule being the talk of the nation and having targets on their back.

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3.) Minnesota State (13-4-0)
They split their first four games, against Nebraska-Omaha, and Minnesota-Duluth.  Their other loses came at the hands of Bowling Green and Alaska.  They swept then number 1 Michigan Tech, but still have the Huskies again. They want to make it back to the tournament again, to show that their is stability in their program.  They play fast and with amazing pace.  Their coach knows how to find the right players for his system and program.

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4.) Bowling Green (11-3-2)
They split against Miami Ohio, they split with Minnesota State, and split with Ohio State.  They still have to play Robert Morris, Michigan Tech, and Ferris State.  They will have to maneuver the WCHA schedule, and playing with success for the first time in a long time.  It will be interesting, as well, how they fare traveling to Alaska.

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5.) Minnesota (9-4-1)
The Gophers lost at St. Cloud State, at Minnesota-Duluth twice, and at Northeastern.  They did win in Boston College, and split with Michigan State.  They travel to Yost Ice Arena, and have to take on the red-hot Wolverines. They were picked to win the B1G, and are still probably going to.  But, they need to show that their talent can win when it comes to March and April.

Just Missed: Michigan, Providence, Michigan Tech, Vermont, Miami OH, Vermont, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, Merrimack, Yale, Denver.

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