The first full weekend of college hockey is upon us. How fast time flies!
Many teams have already faced some Canadian counterparts, but I can’t help but be a little disappointed that D-I teams don’t regularly schedule any of their D-III counterparts as their warmup for the regular season, especially after the excitement in college football this season with Appalachian State defeating Michigan, it definitely would be fun to see some of the SUNYAC teams face Clarkson or St. Lawrence, maybe Wisconsin or Minnesota hosting a tilt. Certainly the D-III fans would travel, and it could ignite some local rivalries that once might have been before classification really took over. Also, because they’re NCAA teams, no more of this Canadian rough-housing that the NCAA teams can’t really retaliate against.
Loving the lineup of early season tournaments. All four that are kicking off look like they will be very competitive. The Nye in Alaska is always a wild-card with the travel schedule, but it must be an exceptional experience for the three visitng teams.
Michigan skated away with a big 4-3 OT victory earlier today in the Icebreaker, and Wisconsin took out Notre Dame 4-1 which is a pretty big statement considering consider Wisconsin’s off-season last year and Notre Dame’s huge breakout. Clarkson took revenge upon UMass in OT as well 2-1. Fortunately for the Minutemen their loss won’t end their season.
Enjoy the hockey and let the games begin!