Final Pairwise Ratings Match NCAA Selections Perfectly


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Penn State left wing CASEY BAILEY (18), the 20-year-old freshman from Anchorage, Alaska, who scored 14 goals while pacing the Nittany Lions with 27 points in 27 NCAA games this season, jockeys for position in front of the net with Union College junior winger COLE IKKALA, the undrafted native of Philadelphia who has scored exactly five goals in three seasons skating with the Dutchmen, during the non-conference match-up earlier this past fall at the Frank L. Messa Rink in Schenectady, New York.
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The final “PAIRWISE COMPARISON RATINGS” proved to be amazingly accurate this season in forecasting which teams would be invited to the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament which decides the national champion.

CANISIUS COLLEGE, the little school from Buffalo, New York, that was founded by German Jesuits in the late nineteenth century and checked in with the # 37 ranking on the Pairwise chart, earned its place among the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen On Ice this year by capturing the Atlantic Hockey Association post-season playoff title. The Ivy Leaguers from YALE UNIVERSITY, who had entered the semifinal round of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs sporting the # 5 ranking on the Pairwise chart, almost skated its way right out of the NCAA tournament by being shutout by both UNION COLLEGE and then QUINNIPIAC in Atlantic City. The Bulldogs were only saved when nine-time national champion MICHIGAN, whose record streak of 22 consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA tournament was abruptly halted in the process, failed to defeat NOTRE DAME in the last-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff final.

WESTERN MICHIGAN might have qualified for the NCAA tournament for a third consecutive season had the Broncos been able to negotiate the intra-state rival Wolverines at the quarterfinal stage of the CCHA post-season playoffs; five-time NCAA champion BOSTON UNIVERSITY would have secured its spot among the Sweet Sixteen On Ice had the Terriers been able to conquer the UNIVERSITY of MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL in the 2013 Hockey East Final.

1. Quinnipiac ………………………. (27-7-5)
2. Minnesota ……………………….. (26-8-5)
3. UMass – Lowell …………………. (26-10-5)
4. Notre Dame ……………………… (25-12-3)
5. Miami (Ohio) …………………….. (24-11-5)
6. Boston College ………………….. (22-11-4)
7. New Hampshire ………………….. (19-11-7)
8. North Dakota …………………….. (21-12-7)
9. Denver University ……………….. (20-13-5)
10. Niagara …………………………. (23-9-5)
11. Minnesota State ……………….. (24-13-3)
12. Union College ………………….. (21-12-5)
13. St. Cloud State …………………. (23-15-1)
14. Wisconsin ………………………. (22-12-7)
15. Yale ……………………………… (18-12-3)
16. Western Michigan ……………… (19-11-8)
17. Robert Morris …………………… (20-14-4)
18. Boston University ………………. (21-16-2)
19. R.P.I. …………………………….. (18-14-5)
20. Brown ……………………………. (16-14-6)

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Canadian legionnaire DEREK LEE (23), the undrafted senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Wisconsin Badgers overcame a late-season 3-2 overtime loss on home ice in Madison at the hands of the upstart Penn State Nittany Lions to win the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s post-season playoff tournament this spring and lift the prestigous Broadmoor Trophy one last time before formally starting Big Ten competition next season; it is highly unlikely that Wisconsin would have climbed high enough in any of the various polls, Pairwise notwithstanding, for the selection committee to justifiably award an NCAA tournament berth had the six-time national champion Badgers not been so successful at the Frozen Five in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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21. Alaska – Fairbanks ……………. (17-16-4)
22. Providence ……………………… (17-14-7)
23. Dartmouth ………………………. (15-14-5)
24. Cornell ………………………….. (15-16-3)
25. Colorado College ……………… (18-19-5)
26. St. Lawrence …………………… (18-16-4)
27. Ferris State …………………….. (16-16-5)
28. Michigan ………………………… (18-19-3)
29. Ohio State ……………………… (16-17-7)
30. Nebraska – Omaha ……………. (19-18-2)
31. Holy Cross ……………………… (20-14-3)
32. Connecticut …………………….. (19-14-4)
33. Air Force ………………………… (17-13-7)
34. Merrimack ………………………. (15-17-6)
35. Mercyhurst ……………………… (19-17-5)
36. Northern Michigan …………….. (15-19-4)
37. Canisius ………………………… (19-18-5)
38. Bowling Green …………………. (15-21-5)
39. Colgate …………………………. (14-18-4)
40. Lake Superior State …………… (17-21-1)

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A pair of undrafted freshmen from Canada — Robert Morris University center DAVID FRIEDMANN (9), the 19-year-old from Toronto, Ontario, and Penn State pivot DAVID GLEN (11), the 21-year-old from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, who led the Nittany Lions with 16 goals this season, are anxious for the linesman to drop the puck during the holiday Three Rivers Classic tournament contest at the Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … the Colonials defeated the intra-state rival Nittany Lions twice this term (3-2 in Happy Valley and then 6-0 in Pittsburgh) but two losses to the underdog University of Connecticut in the Atlantic Hockey Association post-season tournament cost Robert Morris University dearly as far as a possible first-ever appearance by the school in the annual NCAA tournament.
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41. Minnesota – Duluth ……………. (14-19-5)
42. PENN STATE ………………….. * (13-14)
43. UMass – Amherst ………………. (12-19-3)
44. Maine …………………………….. (11-19-8)
45. Princeton ………………………… (10-16-5)
46. Vermont ………………………….. (11-19-6)
47. Michigan Tech …………………… (13-20-4)
48. Michigan State ………………….. (14-25-3)
49. R.I.T. ……………………………… (15-18-5)
50. Clarkson …………………………… (9-20-7)
51. Harvard …………………………… (10-19-3)
52. American International Univ …… (12-17-6)
53. Northeastern ……………………… (9-21-4)
54. Bentley …………………………… (12-20-3)
55. Bemidji State ……………………… (6-22-8)
56. Alaska – Anchorage ……………… (4-25-7)
57. Army ………………………………… (7-22-5)
58. Sacred Heart ………………………. (2-30-4)
59. Alabama – Huntsville ……………… (1-20-1)

NOTE — PENN STATE’s rookie varsity on ice compiled a record of eleven wins and twelve losses in contests against NCAA Division I opponents this season; the Nittany Lions split the other four games against Division III opposition.

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Penn State’s productive freshman left wing CASEY BAILEY (18) challenges Ohio State goaltender BRADY HJELLE, the senior transfer from International Falls, Minnesota, who appeared in 34 games (2.00 avg, .935 save percentage) for the Buckeyes and was ultimately selected as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Best Goaltender for this 2012/13 campaign, at the side of the net during the holiday Three Rivers Classic tournament at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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