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Polls & Awards

This post is late as sadly I just got home from work and I have a case of the Mondays.

Anyway, polls are out.  UMass remains at #15 in the USCHO poll and move up one spot to #14 in the USA Today poll.

Even though they only managed a split UMass rocketed up the pairwise and are currently tied for 5th.  Meaning that if the tournament selection occurred today (which it doesn’t) the Minutemen would be in line for a #2 seed.  Although the team is benefitting from the flawed math model that is the pairwise I’d still like to point out that the KRACH is a better way of ranking.

UMass dropped to #18 in the INCH Power Rankings.

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No Minutemen won Hockey East honors this week but Casey Wellman was named a Top Performer.  Also note that Commissioner Joe Bertagna mentions that all Hockey East teams will be doing voting for All-Decade teams.  Fear The Triangle’s UMass’ All-Decade team was posted last month.

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USHR is reporting that UMass missed out on defenseman Brian Harris who committed to Maine.  Harris is currently playing for the Boston Advantage Midgets where recruit Peter DeAngelo played last year and is run by former Black Bear and Minuteman Tim Lovell.    He also visited Northeastern.

Mike Pereira had a couple good performance for Avon Old Farms last week.  In two games he tallied 3 goals and 4 assists for the Winged Beavers.  He’s currently 9th in prep hockey in goals with 17 and 10th in 38 points.  Conor Sheary isn’t too far behind with 36 points.

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  1. justin

     /  January 26, 2010

    Two thoughts.

    Firstly, whenever I haer some one say “a case of the mondays” I think of this scene from Office Space: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV7DzFP6FUY

    Secondly, I’m really glad you brought up the KRACH point here, as I think it clearly illustrates an example of stats backing up what you see. I don’t think anyone who has followed UMass this year would honestly suggest they are one of the 5-6 best teams in the country (top 10% of the teams) as PWR is saying. Yet I do think that it’s very reasonable to say that they are one of the 10-12 best teams (top 20% of the nation).

    As much as I hope they switch to KRACH (and maybe some mild subjectivity), I’ll take the current system if it helps get UMass in the Dance.

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    • Definitely was an Office Space reference, the definitive movie for those of us who are incarcerated in cubicles every day.

      The pairwise is interesting in how it tries to matchup the different teams head to head, I just hate how the 25th team in the RPI is considered worthy of consideration while the 26th team is crap. I’d much rather take a system that considers all teams.

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