Awards & Polls; UMass named Co-Team of the Week

Massachusetts was named Hockey East Co-Team of the Week today for their 3 point week, sharing the honor with fellow Fenway winner Maine.  Mike Marcou and Danny Hobbs were named Top Performers.

Boston College will come into the Mullins Center Friday as the fourth ranked team in the USCHO poll after they tied Merrimack yesterday afternoon.  The Warriors remained at #7 despite the tie to BC and a loss earlier in the week to Boston University, who jumped four spots to #6.  Lowell only played an exhibition game last week but still moved up a spot to #11.  The River Hawks do crack the top ten in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll.

Since we’re officially in the second half of the season and standings become more important here’s a rundown of the current standings.  Comm Ave owns the top of the standings with BU and BC tied for 1st, both playing 14 games so far.  Only gaining one point means Merrimack is in third with 16 points, three behind the leaders but with two games in hand.  Maine has ahold of the last home ice spot with 15 points.  The Black Bears are followed by Lowell with 14 points and Providence in 6th place with 13 points, both those teams have played the least league games so far with 11.  UMass and Northeastern are tied for 7th, 3 points behind the Friars, both having played 13 games.  New Hampshire finds itself in the unfamiliar spot of being outside the playoff picture, one point behind the Huskies and Minutemen in 9th place.  Vermont still just has a win and tie to their name in Hockey East and are 6 points behind the Wildcats.

The Salem News has North Shore native Toot Cahoon’s take on the Frozen Fenway experience.

Just like the game time temperatures on Saturday, USCHO says the Minutemen are heating up.

According to the Herald college hockey could have four on four overtimes soon, mimicking what is seen in the NHL.  FTT reader “Will” recently started a discussion in the comments section regarding overtime, advocating the four on four and shootouts.  I think the four on four is a good idea and would add some excitement to overtime and hopefully decide more games than the current format.  Luckily the article says nothing about shootouts, which I am dead set against.  The idea of the outcome of a team game coming down to what amounts to an individual skills competition is bad for the game.  I always like to compare it to a home run derby being played after the 10th inning is baseball or NFL teams resorting to quarterbacks throwing a football through a tire to settle ties.  Hell, why not just bring out the radar gun and see which team has the hardest slapshot to win?  Are ties the ideal outcome?  Of course not.  But I’ll take a team effort resulting in a tie over some kind of individual showcase to settle who wins and loses.

Lastly, I knew I got the full “Hockey At Fenway” experience as soon as I got to my seat Saturday afternoon and found this to be my view of the ice:

Would’ve been a great view if I didn’t insist on seeing both nets and at least three of the four faceoff circles.  Luckily the rest of the Section U crew and I found some decent standing room spots directly behind the net.