Random Questions I Have

Here are a series of unrelated questions:

What is wrong with RPI’s Lovisa Selander?

Last season Selander was a world-beater with a .939 save percentage and a key reason RPI made the ECAC tournament. This season she’s at .915 and while RPI will probably make the tournament again, it will be due to all-around play.

Why can’t Minnesota-Duluth kill penalties?

The Bulldogs have a 76.1% penalty kill, good for second to last. And this isn’t a new problem. Last season they were dead last at an atrocious 67.0%.

How does Brown keep beating Union?

Every year it looks like the Dutchwomen are slightly better than their ECAC basement counterparts and every year Brown smacks that notion down. Brown has 3-1 and 4-3 wins over Union even though they’re bottom five in almost every statistical category. They are dead last in goal differential, save percentage, penalty kill, shot differential, shot differential relative to opponents, shot differential vs. positive shot differential teams and relative shot differential vs. positive shot differential teams. Granted their schedule is slightly stronger than Unions (22nd SOS vs. 35th), but not by much.

Is Matt Desrosiers the best coach in the country? (With respect to Maura Crowell, Katie King-Crowley, and Chris Wells)

The indicator of good coaching is not (entirely) sustained success, or being able to whomp everyone with the best players (literally no one is impressed Brad Frost and Mark Johnson), it’s being able to sustain your success even in less ideal circumstances. It’s also finding the right mix between imparting your philosophy and coaching the team you have, not the one you want.

I had left Clarkson largely for dead this season after losing some key defenders, namely Erin Ambrose and Renata Fast. The past two seasons Clarkson’s biggest strength has been their defense which essentially consisted of two top pairs, a second pair and no third pairs in terms of talent.

I thought that no matter what the replacements wouldn’t be anywhere near as good and that Clarkson would suffer. What I didn’t expect was Desrosiers to concede that his roster had changed and adjust accordingly. (Coaches are stubborn creatures sometimes.) Freshmen defenders Ella Shelton and Taylor Turnquist have been solid no doubt, but Clarkson has made their success this year as an offensive powerhouse as they sit second in the country with 93 goals.

 

Who is the Patty Kazmaier front-runner?

  • Is it Minnesota’s Kelly Pannek who leads in assists (35) and points (48)?
  • Is it Northeastern’s McKenna Brand who leads in goals (19)?
  • Is it Princeton’s Kelsey Koelzer or Clarkson’s Savannah Harmon, the nation’s top-scoring defenders?
  • Wisconsin’s Ann-Renee Desbiens (.961 save percentage)?

No one really feels like a consensus choice. From the Patty Kazmaier website:

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Other selection criteria include outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.

Although it typically seems to just go to the best player. In 19 seasons the award has gone to 16 forwards, 2 goaltenders, and one defender. As we quite clearly need more representation from the position that makes up 40% of the skaters on the ice at full strength, my choice is Kelsey Koelzer. You should read this piece featuring her and Wisconsin’s Sarah Nurse.

 

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