Time for a look at the Top 11 teams so far in Division 3 hockey. Since I like being an oddball I’m doing 11 teams instead of the more traditional Top 10. For newbies to college hockey let me point out there is no Division 2 hockey for me to cover. There are so comparatively few colleges that still sponsor hockey that schools that are considered D2 in other sports are all lumped into Division 1 when it comes to hockey. The North Dakota Fighting Sioux used to be the best example of that but since they are now in D1 for all sports I’ll use the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to demonstrate the point. They’re D2 in football, basketball, etc but are D1 for hockey. And yes, all of this means that hockey has a Division 1 and a Division 3 but no Division 2. Just throw it in there with the way the Big Ten Conference now has 12 teams and the Big 12 Conference now has 10 teams and move on. Think of it as the New Math, or something.

1. OSWEGO STATE LAKERS – Record: 15-2-0   No matter what the level and no matter what sport it seems there’s a team or two called the Lakers who really kick butt. Oswego State is on a 3-game winning streak right now with yesterday’s 3-0 win over the Curry Colonels. The Lakers don’t take the ice again until January 21st when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Buffalo State Bengals. The next stop on their road trip will be the very next day when they “Hail, hail Fredonia” (Marx Brothers fans will get it)

 2. WILLIAMS EPHS – Record: 7-2-1   Led by Head Coach Bill Kangas, Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: Kangas The Conqueror, the Ephs (pronounced Eephs) were unbeaten through their first eight games of the season. Their arch-rivals the Amherst Lord Jeffs handed the team their first loss of the season and the Hamilton Continentals made it two losses in a row. The Ephs next take to the ice on the 14th against Wesleyan (CT).

3. HOBART STATESMEN – Record: 8-4-1   That impressive record includes a wild 6-0 hammering of Buffalo State. Hobart closed out 2010 by defeating the Stevens Point Pointers and Hamilton in the Oswego Hockey Classic. So far in 2011 they’ve taken down Brockport State 5-2 but lost to Fredonia by a score of 5-3. Up next for the Statesmen ice hockey team will be a rematch with Buffalo State on the 11th. 

4. MANHATTANVILLE VALIANTS – Record: 11-3-1   The Valiants are icy-hot right now, having won their last 6 games in a row including an 8-0 devastation of Potsdam on December 11th. Manhattanville went 2-0’sville in the Holiday Tournament hosted by the Norwich Cadets on New Year‘s Eve and New Year’s Day. Look for the Valiants to see action again later on today against the Morrisville State Mustangs.

5. GENESEO BLUE KNIGHTS – Record: 10-3-2   The Blue Knights recently took two in a row against the Franklin Pierce Ravens by scores of 8-2 and 5-1. Earlier this season they were riding a 5-game unbeaten streak at one point. They went 1-1 in the Adrian tournament, defeating the Hamline Pipers by a score of 4-2 before losing to the Eau Claire Blugolds in a 2-0 shutout. Geneseo will  see action again on the 13th against the WNEC Golden Bears.   

6. ELMIRA SOARING EAGLES – Record: 7-5-3   The pollsters still like Elmira despite the so-so record. And who doesn’t love the way Elmira takes the overused nickname Eagles and makes it unique by adding the word Soaring in front of it? Pretty cool maneuver. The Soaring Eagles have already had no less than four overtime games so far with three remaining ties and the lone victory coming against Fredonia.

7. PLATTSBURGH STATE CARDINALS – Record: 10-4-1    The Cardinals won the Great Northern Shootout with wins over St John’s and Norwich and also won the Cardinal Classic by defeating  Curry and Neumann. Their lone tie of the season so far came against Elmira just yesterday. Plattsburgh State once again takes to the ice on the 17th of this month when they will take on the Williams Ephs.  

8. CASTLETON SPARTANS –  Record: 10-2-0   Back in December the Spartans had the very odd experience of winning three games in a row in overtime against Skidmore, Norwich and then an exhibition game against the National University Team. They followed that up with handy victories of 9-2, 5-0 and 3-0 over Morrisville, Johnson & Wales and Trinity, respectively. Castleton’s next game is on the 11th at Potsdam.

9. UTICA PIONEERS – Record: 11-4-0   Just yesterday the Pioneers won their 3rd in a row by completely crushing the Cortland State Red Dragons by a final score of 10-1 (Slaughter rule, anyone?). Not only that but all four of their losses came to fellow Top 11 teams so the Pioneers are looking tough, proud and ready. Utica doesn’t play again until the 15th when they take on Suffolk U. (Don’t say that too quickly)

10. NEUMANN KNIGHTS – Record: 8-4-3   The Knights logged a win and a tie over Potsdam this weekend to arrive at their present record. Neumann won four in a row at one point back in November including two shutouts, one of them a 7-0 thrashing of Cortland State. After yesterday’s game the Knights don’t see action again until they take on the Morrisville State Mustangs on January 14th.  

11. ST NORBERT GREEN KNIGHTS – Record: 13-2-0   No doubt about it, this list boasts more knights than a Renaissance Festival. This team’s only losses so far came at the hands of the Hamline Pipers and the Saint Scholastica Saints. The Green Knights won the Lawrence University Tournament back in November by defeating the host team and Marian. Saint Norbert again takes the ice on the 14th against the Eau Claire Blugolds.


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4 responses to “COLLEGE HOCKEY TOP 11

  1. The Manhattanville Valiants r my team!


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