As the NCAA season progresses, I’m going to publish weekly rankings in conjunction with the USCHO poll. These rankings will be entirely statistics based with the explanation as to how those stats are developed here. As I prefer to do when compiling rankings, a team’s final ranking will be determined by a summation of their rankings in various statistical categories:
- Overall winning percentage (pct)
- Percentage of shots taken (S%) – (Editor’s Note – This is essentially the best imitator of Corsi %. I’m told that shot attempts (Shots on goal plus missed shots plus shots taken that get blocked) are recorded but that data is not available anywhere.)
- Percentage of shots taken relative to Opponents’ S% (Rel S%)
- S% versus teams with an S% of 50% or more
- Rel S% versus teams with an S% of 50 or more
- Shooting Percentage (Sht%)
- Save Percentage (Sv%)
Clarkson got things going again with a 3-1* win over St. Lawrence followed by a 2-1 win over RPI and a 6-0 drubbing of Union. UMD took Wisconsin to the shootout (they lost) while BU got obliterated by Harvard 9-2 in the opening round of the Beanpot. North Dakota smoked Minnesota 3-0 before losing 3-1 the following night. Cornell scored an impressive overtime win against Quinnipiac before losing to Princeton the following night so with only a few weeks left in a season, the top of the ECAC is a mess, the middle of the WCHA is a mess, the entire CHA is a mess, and Hockey East has been a snoozer for a while.
And UNION TIED ST. LAWRENCE!!! This marks the first time Union has gotten points versus a ranked opponent in their school’s D-1 history.
*This goal happened, was reviewed, and upheld:
I thought Clarkson might move up a little more. This is not the same team that dropped two games handily to Boston University earlier in the year. I don’t think it’s the same Boston University team either. Clarkson seems to have gelled after their significant senior losses from last year and Boston University continues their trend of looking like the most talented team in the country some nights, and the most talented collection of players that have no idea how to play with one another others.
RIT and Vermont continue to switch between being 50%+ shots percentage teams and providing a ton of extra work to add or remove them every week.
My metric still likes Mercyhurst, probably because their poor quality of competition numbers aren’t enough to drag down their solid play against that competition.
- Feb. 14 – Quinnipiac @ Clarkson
- Feb. 21 – Clarkson @ Harvard
Clarkson has free live feeds for home games so circle that date.