Let's talk some hockey

By - December 12, 2006

Apologies to the Rink Rat for impinging on his territory but its December 12th and we haven't talked any hockey. Not that I've been denying you any insights on a sport I really don't know that much about but I am from a college hockey town (Burlington, Vermont) and I even have an Alma Mater in the Top 25.

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut but I also have a masters hanging on my wall from Quinnipiac, ranked 20th in this weeks USCHO.Com/CSTV hockey poll.

There's something about opening a new facility that invigorates a program I guess. In January the Bobcats will christen the TD Banknorth Sportcenter, an on campus facility that will be home to both the hockey and basketball teams. With the January 28th opening fast approaching QU has poked their head into top 20 thanks to early season wins over new ECACHL rivals Colgate and Clarkson and three wins over conference doormat Union. Maintaining that level of play will be tough without the Connecticut's and Bentley's of the world to kick around but Quinnipiac seems poised to be no worse then a middle of the pack team in their conference. With home games against Harvard, St. Lawrence and Clarkson and a less then imposing road schedule which includes winnable games at Princeton, Yale and Niagara it'll be fun to see how far the Bobcats can ride the excitement over their new home.

Air Force?

If you’re in the Air Force then I guess it's safe to assume that flying isn't an issue for you but still the fact the Falcons play in the Atlantic Hockey league seems a little silly. By my calculations the Falcons are over 1,500 miles away from their nearest conference rival (1505.67 miles from Mercyhurst to be exact) yet they seem to be enjoying their new digs. Junior forward Eric Ehn leads the nation in points with 36 (16 G, 20 A) and the Falcons are 6-3-3 in conference, good for third place. Still you would have to imagine that all the travel will catch up with them at some point. After a break for the holidays the Falcons will hit the road to face Mercyhurst, Bentley, RIT and American International a total of 14,324.80 miles traveled between January 5th and February 24th.

Posted by at 12:28 PM on December 12, 2006
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