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Nationals autobids on the line...
U15 NE - SKSA win 5-2 over MSC
U15 MA - Whalers win 7-2 over Flames
Still being played...
U16 NE - MSC vs. MMJR
U16 MA - Eagles vs. NVRR
U18 NE - MSC vs. Yale
U18 MA - Senators vs. Eagles
Interesting MSC with 3 teams in finals in year 1. Only Eagles have 2 other finalists. Still can get into Nationals with an at-large bid but winning Districts takes a lot of the pressure off the rest of the year.
Boston Jr. Eagles 6, Eastern Mass Senators 5
U18 loaded. Eagles best team, lots of strong players. Senators (Cushing) also strong, knocked off Little Bruins (KUA, etc.) and played Eagles tough. Will be some at large bids to nationals from this group.
NV River Rats 5, Boston Jr. Eagles 3
Rats knock off star-studded Eagles. Rats goalie really good. What happened to Whalers?
Cape Cod Whalers 6, Minuteman Flames 2
Lackluster division. Whalers easily best team, some strong players going prep. Rats and Wizards disappoint.
New England U18
Mount St. Charles 4, Northern Cyclones Prep 1
Yale fizzles. South Kent not that good after losing top players to Jrs. and Mount. Nice run by Cyclones. Congrats to Mount U18, probably least heralded of Mount teams and only one to win Regionals.
New England U16
Mid-Fairfield 5, Mount St. Charles 2
Great run by MFR, beating South Kent and Mount. Interestingly, Rats beat MFR twice this season. With strong core of 04’s, MFR early pick to be top U16 split season team next season.
New England 15
South Kent 5, Mount St. Charles 2
Mount is a very good team, but can’t beat rival South Kent. South Kent U15 impressive, especially on PP (love little D-man running point), will compete for national championship against very strong Michigan U15 teams, where U15-aged players can’t play up in U16. USA Hockey to apply Michigan rule to everyone next season?
The Nationals at large bids come out in March, typically after the other regions’ qualification tournaments that take place in March. Mass/New England, along with MN, are the only ones decided in the fall because of the split season model. The at large bids follow myhockeyrankings pretty closely, but not exactly.
If bids were decided today, Mount 15’s would likely get last bid. Mount 16’s would make it, and South Kent has good shot.
have to consider who is and isn't eligible for Nationals.
Gentry is not eligible (at least they weren't last year) and at certain age groups/levels, MN Blades usually aren't eligible.
last year, Whalers and Rats both made it at U15, and Yale/South Kent at U18, so definitely it's possible....but it's almost a guarantee that 2-3 Michigan teams get at-large bids in most age groups.
Coaching change @ SKS U16 after an early exit this weekend.
Hutcheon is a solid guy. He did well with the 15s and will do well with the 16s until they find whomever they need to find in Operations, Coaching, wherever.
What happened to the CC Whalers? Neither team made it past Saturday?