I was there. It was just Bryn Athyn putting the finishing touches on a unprecedented 5 year run like nothing the ACHA has ever seen before. And now they’re out. See ya later kids, just like that BAC transitions into an NCAA program in what seems to be in a blink of an eye.
The dirtybirdcanchirptwo was right all along, BA had a plan to rise from the ashes through the DVCHC and became the golden boys of the Atlantic overnight and almost went all the way 2 years back.
Of course, they’ve had their moments too. 101 blew up, everyone questioning their methods to the top, including myself. “Handing out lollipops in admissions” is what the dirty bird called it, whatever that means. Rowan’s rivalry with BA goes back to the days of American division finals. Rowan added fuel to the fire when they placed a grocery bag full of lollipops in BA’s visiting locker room. BA of course takes the cake as they brought back their DVCHC Championship team from the 70’s, dropped a banner while they played both Canandian and American national anthems. It was always a chippy shit talking game. But Rowan was no match for them. They had a bunch of aged out juniors players and we had a bunch of hs players with AA experience. Rowan’s D2 team wouldn’t have even beat them, maybe one year it would have been close.
My question is, what happens now? BA changed the landscape of the Atlantic forever. I don’t get what Rasputin says by “a true D3” Maybe water downed is the term you’re looking for. D3 programs get lucky if they get a stud player.
Im interested to see how BA does right away and will definitely be watching their success bc it’s only a matter of time before they have it. I bet it’ll be a tough 1st year transition but I know they’ve got a ton of players coming in. What happens to half of that club team that doesn’t make the NCAA squad? Rowan is still accepting applications.