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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:58 pm  Reply with quote
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Fargo has made Colgate a place where talented players want to play - and win.  Recent history tells us the future looks good.

This season we were untested and overrated...and now we're not rated at all.  We have proven that we can not beat top competition until an OT goal this past weekend.  We have only scored 7 goals in our last 6 games which will not get the job done given our inconsistent defense.

I see another nail-biter playoff round like Harvard last year.  We're #10 in the PWR; the win over SLU really helped.

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2 road victories; Capital teams @ home next wkend
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Gate is elbowing its way into the fight for a home tourney seed among the top 6 teams, with 6 games left in regular season play. Gate's ( ECAC #6 ) 19 points is 1 point behind #5 Princeton and #4 Q'pac and 4 points behind #3 Cornell. The North Country teams Clarkson and St Lawrence are close to having a lock on the #1 and #2 seeds.

Winning the last six games is a necessity for the four teams vying for the #3 and #4 tourney seeds and home ice advantage. Getting home ice might also be determined by which of #3 thru #6 teams fares best with the North Country teams in the last rwo weekends of the season. An upset of Clarkson and/or St. Lawrence might be key if everyone else wins their other four games, which in all cases are games "they should win."

Traveling Partner Cornell's last six games are the same as Gate's.  The biggest challenge for each is on the final weekend @home against the North Country. The weekend before that, Princeton and Q'pac are on the road against the North Country teams.

In the meantime, Gate can gain 4 points and hit 20 seasonal wins if they beat two "teams they should" this coming weekend, Union and RPI.
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Nice weekend sweep for the Raiders over some uncharacteristically bad Harvard and Dartmouth teams.

Will only look ahead to next weekend and a hopeful 4 points, nothing more.  Our track record is pretty clear: beat those below and struggle with everyone else.

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Seeking 3rd consecutive wkend sweep @ Brown/Yale
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With 4 regular season games left to play, the battle for the #4 home ice seed promises to be the most contentious story in the next two weeks. Princeton and Q'pac are currently locked into a tie for 4th with 24 points apiece with gate in sole possession of 5th with 23 points. Clarkson's 32 points and St Lawrence's 31 points give them virtual locks on #1 and #2 respectively. The #3 seed held by Cornell 's 27 points could be in play as well, but only if they falter in the home stretch. Every game counts "bigly.".
http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2016-17/standings

As "go'gate" has pointed out, gate's place in the ECAC pecking order has become obvious to us diehards who have been honest about the multiple aspects of this team's evolution ( "beat those below and struggle with everyone else " ). Yet that pattern MIGHT not prevent gate from stealing the #4 seed/home ice from the two teams that had gate's "number" all season: Q'pac and Princeton. Q'pac and Princeton travel to the North Country this weekend, meeting teams that have had their "numbers" so far. On their home ice earlier in the season, both Q and P were soundly swept by both Clarkson and St Lawrence. On the other hand. having split @ the North Country ( beat St. Lawrence and defeated by Clarkson ), gate will end the season on Feb 17-18  hosting the North Country teams.  Gate, Q'pac and Princeton should be favored in their other 2 remaining games ( Gate shouldn't look past @Yale. ). Therefore, ending with a better North Country weekend than ( both ) Q and P will most likely determine whether gate can luck into #4/home ice. This would land them ahead of two teams, with which they "struggled" throughout the season ( accounting for 4 of their 7 losses ). Gate was swept on two separate weekends by both Q'pac and Princeton during the season. But, regardless of "lucking" into home ice, gate will almost certainly face Q'pac or Princeton in the quarterfinals.
http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-womens-poll/
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First, kudos to the women's team on another 20-win season.  It is a great achievement for all involved with the program.

Colgate is 2-6 against the top 5 teams with the North Country on tap.  Neither win against Cornell or St. Lawrence was convincing.  There is no reason to believe Colgate will triumph at home against Clarkson or St. Lawrence to end the regular season.  Yale also gave the Raiders fits on home ice this fall and has nothing to lose.  Colgate has a knack for giving up leads and late, 3rd period goals.  When all is said and done, despite several losses against ranked teams, Colgate has proven it can play with anyone.

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Tell me why we don't need a change in leadership.
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A bagel against the Big Red, come on! I agree it's probably way past time. Not only is the team boring to watch with little or no offense but when looking at the recruits coming in the next several years I see NO size so they better be fast...We seem to get pushed around, take no shots and have little or no breakaway speed that results in anything. I'm also really tired of our BLAND home and away uniforms. Come on get something with some color in it that doesn't look like it's right out of the 1974 yearbook...Make Don coach emeritus if that's the political way to do it but he must cede the reins to someone outside of the organization. WE NEED NEW THINKING home grown ain't working....
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CR and Oldtimer, you're on the wrong thread. This is the womens team thread. Get yourselves over to the mens team thread......
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Sweep of last weekend only barrier to Tourney home ice
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Gate's 3rd consecutive sweep ( @Brown/Yale ) in as many weekends, keeps a slim hope alive of gaining home ice in the coming ECAC Tournament. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2016-17/standings. With the sweep this past weekend, Gate moved into 4th place, with a 1 point lead over ( #5 ) Princeton and 2 points ahead of ( #6 ) Q'pac. Gate most likely has to generate 4 points ( and or match Princeton's or Qpac's  weekend points ) this coming weekend in Hammy to keep its #4 position and home ice in the Tourney.

The odds are not great, with ( #1 ) Clarkson and ( #2 ) St. Lawrence as Gate's opponents this last weekend of the trgular season. In contrast,, Princeton and Q'pac have better odds of coming away with 4 point sweeps of their opponents:( #8 ) RPI and ( # 12 ) Union. Hence, while it's possible.....it's not likely, after this weekend, that Gate will retain the #4 seed entitling it to home ice in the Tourney. Home ice or not, Gate most likely will face eiither Princeton or Q'pac in the quarterfinals, two teams with which tey've struggled this seasin.

Some historical perspective is useful on where this sophomore-dominated program has rapidly evolved from its perennial league bottom feeding role: 2014-15  ( 7-25-2, 4-16-2 ),  2015-16 ( 22-9-1, 12-5-5 ), 2016-17, ( 22-7-3, 13-6-1 ). Gate has firmly entrenched itself among the top 6 programs in the ECAC, arguably the best league in the country. Coupled with the new arena, the new era of Gate WHOC and one of Gate's greatest program  turnarounds is very much alive. This team struggled mightily with the top teams throughout the season. Yet, it  demonstrated in their rebound of the last 3 weeks that they have the will and grit, if not the technque at this moment, to gradually be in the mix for the ECAC championship by the time the current sophomores graduate.

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