With one week left before the first ranking period ends. How does everyone think the first ranking period will shake out?
We still have some big games this weekend:
Farmingdale/UCal – Friday Night: I think Farmingdale handles UCal after Farmingdale got totally embarrassed against BA. UCal might be the better team when all said and done but they will be traveling that day and playing at 10 PM at night. I give this game to the Long Island boys. Farmingdale 5 UCal 2
Fairfield/UCal – Saturday Night: UCal finally gets over the long trip and comes out to play a good FU team and beats them to make the trip east worth it. UCal 4 FF- 2
Farmingdale/Stockton – Saturday Night: Farmingdale has an easy time with a weak Stockton team since they do not have the numbers they used to. Farmingdale 9 Stockton 1
BA/Rowan – Saturday Night: I will be attending this game to watch I think this has upset written all over it. BA plays next weekend in Pittsburgh and coming off their huge win on the Island. I think they will look over the Profs. Rowan has been playing some solid hockey over the past couple of weeks. I see this being close but I predict a Rowan upset. BA 3 Rowan 5
WVU/Maryland – Saturday Night: I only know about Maryland since I have seen them once. I will take Maryland 3 WVU 2
WVU/Fredonia – Sunday: Fredonia 7 WVU 5
SCSU/Stockton – Sunday: SCSU 6 Stockton 2
First Ranking prediction:
1- BAC: They have proven they are worthy of being #1 even though I have them getting upset this weekend. They have handle every team with ease and even with the lost to Rowan this weekend they will still be #1 since Rowan has not played Farmingdale, Cal, FF yet. I think the voters will take that into consideration. Another rumor I hear coming from the little school is they will be adding 4-5 new players at semester break. I was told they will be getting 2 true NCAA transfers and 2 other top notch junior players from the North American league. They have still yet to dress #5 who I thought was their most dominate forward when healthy last year. I guess the rumor is he hurt his ankle in the spring and had surgery on it.
2- Rowan: They will pull the massive upset over BA and solidify themselves into the #2 spot especially with Farmingdale having 2 loses. Rowan has pretty much drubbed each team they have played outscoring them almost 3 to 1 in. They may have the most complete defensive unit in the region. #13 is the real deal and I think he is the best d in the region. Rowan plays a tough style which makes it hard for teams to operate. They have cleaned up their act as well they do not take as many penalties. They also have extremely good goaltending.
3- Farmingdale: The loses to Albany and BA will hurt them. But they rebound to beat CAL this weekend so it helps them in the H2H. They also have a good win over D-2 Siena. They have beaten Fairfield to ensure that they can’t be passed by them yet. The good news for Farmingdale is that this is only the first ranking period and they still have 2X with Rowan and 3X more with BA so they will get their chances to leap frog those teams.
4- CAL – The will have only lost to Farmingdale in this ranking period (My prediction). They will take care of FF to lock down the 4th spot. CAL has been quietly beating up on teams in the early stages of the season. The issue I heard is that their goalie is weak and that they lost pretty much their top 3 d from last year. They always have a good offense and a good power play. I do not think CAL is a team who will be fighting for a top 2 spot this year but I do think they are one of the teams who will be a brutal draw in York and a team who might trip someone up on their way to the top 2.
5- Fairfield – Always a fun team to watch. Very fast and not very physical this year but they have upgraded their D with some size. Goalie looks to be stronger than previous years. They will have played the strongest schedule to date (CAL/BA/Farmingdale/SCSU) and having 3 loses in the first ranking periods hurts them since it will kill them in H2H. They have a shot at being in the top 2 this season but they need to string some wins against the “BIG DOGS”. But I would not want to see these guys in York. They will be a lock to make it out of the region this year.
6- George Mason – Yes, George Mason you have heard it heard first. I am a big fan of this addition to the DVCHC they have made that conference in a down year stay strong. George Mason will be the next Farmingdale, CAL, and BA. They will be pushing one of the top 4 teams out I think this season. I have seen them play this season and their coach is extremely intelligent. I personally think he is the best coach in the region followed by Fairfield coach. George Mason has had some big wins against RMU but tied WVU the next day. WVU will be battling for a 9.10,11 spot at the end. I do think RMU is having some issues this year. They absolutely crushed Liberty who was in nationals last year for the south.
7- SCSU - They are always a weird team they have a good schedule but that only gets you so far. You have to win the games in order to get higher. I keep hearing how good they are but it seems like they can’t beat any quality teams like Farmingdale or Fairfield in the Empire. At this point I need to see more from them but I think this is a good starting point for them.
8- UDel – They have played Rowan tough and have beaten WVU. They have dominated major of their schedule so far this season. I have yet to see them play but I hear they have some quality d-2 drop downs that have helped sustain their offense. I think if they keep playing the way they have started they will find themselves in York.
9- WVU – Absolutely destroyed by Rowan this past weekend and lost to Delaware as well so the H2H goes to UDel. Some quality wins against RMU, Maryland, and a quality tie against GMU will help their case. They are not a team who will be higher than a 7 when all said and done since they do not beat quality teams. They are a difficult team because they have so many up and downs in their season.
10- Totally wide open for debate.