Monday, March 14, 2011

Decision coming for Zurevinski

Finished up the weekly college hockey column, which will be online soon and in the print edition of the Register tomorrow. A few quick notes from the afternoon...
  • Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold is excited about the future after the way his team finished the season. The Bobcats turned things around after an ugly one-point performance against Yale and Brown the second-to-last weekend of the regular season. Goaltending, defense and good young talent at forward should have Quinnipiac competing for league titles soon.

  • Pecknold said junior forward Scott Zurevinski is still in a "holding pattern" regarding his future. Zurevinski turned down an NHL offer from Vancouver last spring to return to school, and Pecknold expects him to get similar offers this week. Pecknold said he expects Zurevinski to make a decision on what to do soon.

  • Quinnipiac has been quite a playoff team since joining the ECAC in 2005-06, winning a first-round series each season. But it hasn't quite gotten over the quarterfinal hump. True, the Bobcats made it all the way to the ECAC championship game in 2007, but have lost the decisive third game of the quarterfinals four times in the other five years. Perhaps playing the quarterfinals at home, something Quinnipiac hasn't accomplished yet, will make the difference.

  • Yale is in the process of putting together a travel package for students and fans to Atlantic City this weekend. Expect details to be announced shortly.

  • I didn't realize the capacity for hockey at Boardwalk Hall in AC is 9,800. The ECAC struggled to get 5,000 in Albany, as centrally located as it gets in the league. I can't imaging attendance will be anything but a fraction of that in southern Jersey. Then again, it's possible the casinos, easy accommodations and dining options on the Boardwalk will help.

  • The semifinals matchups (Yale-Colgate at 4:36 p.m., Dartmouth-Cornell at 7:36 p.m.) and championship game will be televised live on CBS College Sports. The final is a 7:36 p.m. start.

  • I don't have the patience to sit on the PWR projection tool and go through all the scenarios, but I spent some time number crunching a few pertinent projections involving Yale. It seems the Bulldogs will clinch the No. 1 overall seed with a win over Colgate, and can't finish lower than No. 3 overall no matter what happens this weekend. Anyone come up with a way this can't happen?

  • Have a feeling we might see four ECAC teams get bids. Yale and Union are in, and I like the chances for Dartmouth and RPI, too. Should be interesting to see how RPI comes out after a three-week layoff should they get a bid.

  • The ECAC announces its all-league teams at the banquet Thursday. I'm expecting Chase Polacek of RPI to win player of the year, with Yale's Andrew Miller and Brian O'Neill as the other two forwards. Nick Bailen of RPI and Harvard's Danny Biega should be the defensemen (though Princeton's Taylor Fedun would be a good choice, too) and Union's Keith Kinkade as the goalie.


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