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2018-19 College Hockey Key Games

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2018-19 College Hockey Key Games Tracker

PairWising our way to the tournament.

With the 2018-19 College Hockey Key Games Tracker, you’ll know how the teams likely to make the 2019 NCAA Hockey Tournament are doing.

It may also occur to you, based on the results below, who is NOT going to be in the field of sixteen. The name of the game is working your way up the PairWise Rankings by USCHO.com, which parallels the NCAA’s selection formula. This is not a bracketology article, though that will be coming at the start of 2019. Here, we track the big wins against the PWR and the bad losses. If you make a big jump, it’s a good win. Take a tumble from a defeat and it’s a bad loss.

We will show you all of the games that have a meaningful impact on the PairWise Rankings, at least for those teams closer to the top. If you’re 58th and you win a game to get to 53rd, sorry, but we don’t really care.

Please also note that if it’s a minor shift (as in, one spot either way), we may not show it, especially early in the season. Towards the end of the year, however, one spot in the PWR can make a huge difference.

The most recent weeks will be at the bottom. The tracker begins with games from December 1, 2018.

2018-19 College Hockey Key Games: Week 10 (Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2018)

Positive PWR Impacts, Dec. 1, 2018

Notre Dame defeats RPI; PWR rank increases from 8th to 6th.
Yale defeats Clarkson; PWR rank increases from 21st to 17th.
North Dakota defeats Minnesota Duluth; PWR rank increases from 24th to 16th.
Air Force defeats RIT; PWR rank increases from 30th to 23rd.
Cornell defeats Harvard; PWR rank increases from 32nd to 22nd.
Wisconsin defeats Penn State; PWR rank increases from 33rd to 24th.
Minnesota ties with Ohio State; PWR rank increases from 34th to 25th.

Negative PWR Impacts, Dec. 1, 2018

Penn State defeated by Wisconsin; PWR rank decreases from 5th to 10th.
Clarkson defeated by Yale; PWR rank decreases from 15th to 19th.
Princeton defeated by Quinnipiac; PWR rank decreases from 17th to 28th.
Bemidji State defeated by Michigan Tech; PWR rank decreases from 18th to 21st.
Harvard defeated by Cornell; PWR rank decreases from T-21st to 33rd.
RIT defeated by Air Force; PWR rank decreases from 23rd to 34th.
Michigan ties with Michigan State; PWR rank decreases from 25th to 29th.
Dartmouth ties with Colgate; PWR rank decreases from T-26th to 30th.

2018-19 College Hockey Key Games: Week 11 (Dec. 6 – Dec. 12, 2018)

Positive PWR Impacts, Dec. 6, 2018

Boston College defeats Connecticut; PWR rank increases from 46th to 38th.

Negative PWR Impacts, Dec. 6, 2018

Connecticut defeated by Boston College; PWR rank decreases from 47th to 50th.

Positive PWR Impacts, Dec. 7, 2018

Quinnipiac defeats Massachusetts; PWR rank increases from 5th to 4th.
UMass-Lowell defeats Boston University; PWR rank increases from 28th to 25th.
Lake Superior State defeats Alaska; PWR rank increases from 33rd to 28th.
Niagara defeats Colgate; PWR rank increases from 35th to 32nd.
Boston College defeats Connecticut; PWR rank increases from 38th to 34th.

Negative PWR Impacts, Dec. 7, 2018

Northeastern fell three spots from 13th to 16th despite not playing.
Michigan Tech defeated by Northern Michigan; PWR rank decreases from T-17th to 21st.
Clarkson defeated by St. Lawrence; PWR rank decreases from 19th to 30th.
Dartmouth defeated by New Hampshire; PWR rank decreases from 30th to 37th.
RIT defeated by Sacred Heart; PWR rank decreases from 34th to T-41st.

Positive PWR Impacts, Dec. 8, 2018

Providence rose four spots from 15th to 11th despite not playing.
Wisconsin defeats Michigan State; PWR rank increases from 23rd to 19th.
Minnesota defeats Michigan; PWR rank increases from 26th to T-20th.
Lake Superior State defeats Alaska; PWR rank increases from 28th to 22nd.
Clarkson defeats St. Lawrence; PWR rank increases from 30th to T-23rd.
Boston College rose three spots from 34th to 31st despite not playing.
Maine rose four spots from 37th to 33rd despite not playing. (exhibition only vs. US U-18 Team)

Negative PWR Impacts, Dec. 8, 2018

Union defeated by Yale; PWR rank decreases from 9th to 13th.
Western Michigan ties with Minnesota-Duluth; PWR rank decreases from 13th to 15th.
Bemidji State defeated by Alabama-Huntsville; PWR rank decreases from 19th to 26th.
Colorado College defeated by Vermont; PWR rank decreases from 20th to 25th.
Air Force defeated by Mercyhurst; PWR rank decreases from 24th to 30th.
UMass-Lowell defeated by Boston University; PWR rank decreases from 25th to 28th.
Northern Michigan defeated by Michigan Tech; PWR rank decreases from 33rd to 37th.
Princeton defeated by Arizona State; PWR rank decreases from 35th to 44th.

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