Michigan hockey comes in at 5th in the country in the new USCHO rankings
This worries me just a little bit, I must say. Yes, we have a lot of talent, and yes, beating BC was a great way to start the season, but it's just too early for me to forget all about last year's debacle, especially after the team let RIT back in what should have been a blow-out. We're always ranked highly early in the season due to the beautiful Block M (and, for the most part, we've delivered), but I'll be excited once we can string more than one good week together.
Of course I didn't get to see the game Saturday night but al made it seem as though rit was very lucky with all the PPs they got
RIT is no pushover offensively. Like I mentioned before they returned almost all of their top scorers from a 2012 squad that finished 9th in GPG.
Considering how we went to the box 8 times in one period, the result isn't shocking or unexpected. If anything it's a good thing, last year you know we would have folded and lost that game.
Even if RIT as a whole is unimpressive, that's about as challenging of a road environment as we'll see all year. Away game for homecoming weekend at RIT (IIRC) in front of almost 11,000 people. You're not going to get an atmosphere like that almost anywhere else all year long.
It showed a lot of maturity for a young team to withstand the flurry by RIT and still win
Was it that much crazier or tougher an environment than minny or wisco? I'm not familiar with these places but these are good hockey programs that seem as though they would draw a crowd
10,500 packed house. it was a good crowd that was really into it in the 2nd and 3rd
This was homecoming for RIT where hockey is the biggest sport in an already hockey-crazed western NY. This is likely their biggest home game of the year and they played in front of almost 11,000 people. I don't know that you'll really get that same intensity at a Minnesota or Wisconsin game just because those will be plain old regular season games, this was a giant game for RIT. This was as tough an environement as we'll see all year IMO.
The combination of Minnesota/Wisconsin crowds and their talent level is another animal though
At Minnesota will probably be the hardest environment all year, no disrespect to RIT but they're not Minnesota.
Pretty crazy that the top 5-6 teams are all midwest schools. I don't know that I've ever seen that. We'll see if that lasts longer than a week.
Also interesting to see the dichotomy in the conference (for now). 3 teams in the top 5. 3 teams not ranked. Nothing in the middle.