Karen’s Print Rite presents one method you might use for choosing a team to root for during the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, which begins Friday and culminates with the Frozen Four during the weekend of April 7th-9th.
We here on the Where Are They Now editorial staff often get questions about who to follow in college hockey. Many of you don’t have ties to a specific program – other than the one which takes the ice at Young Arena – and just want to see former Hawks do well.
This season’s NCAA tournament field is deep with Waterloo alumni. Twenty players have worn Waterloo sweaters. In addition, nine of the schools in the field of 16 have the commitment of at least one current Black Hawk.
So, to help the undecided weigh their cheering options, we have enlisted the help of scientists, professors, and calculus experts from the Whatsomotta U. School of Complicated Math to create the “HAWC Index” (HAWC stands for Hawks Alumni and players With Commitments). The formula is based on proprietary, top secret, we-ain’t-goin’-to-tell-you-so-don’t-even-ask methodology.
Without further ado, we offer you the college programs which scored the highest on this year’s HAWC Index.
1. St. Cloud State (58.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Ryan Papa, Patrick Russell, Blake Winieck. Commitments – None.
The fact that Waterloo alum Bob Motzko coaches the Huskies had no impact on their rating, but it does seem appropriate that the HAWC Index leader would be coached by a former Hawk. Patrick Russell and Blake Winiecki played in every St. Cloud State game this winter and both ranked among the Huskies’ ten leading scorers. St. Cloud State is one of the favorites in this season’s tournament and has the second overall seed in the field.
2. Boston College (43.0 HAWC)
Alumni – Ian McCoshen, Zach Sanford. Commitments – David Cotton.
The Eagles could be the crowd favorite during a regional in Worcester, Massachusetts. For Ian McCoshen and Zach Sanford fans, the hope is that they will become the fourth and fifth Black Hawks to win a National Championship while skating for BC. Two Hawks – Parker Milner and Patrick Wey – skated for the Eagles when Boston College won their last championship in 2012.
3. North Dakota (31.8 HAWC)
Alumni – Brock Boeser, Cam Johnson, Hayden Shaw. Commitments – Zach Yon.
Memories of Brock Boeser and Hayden Shaw are still pretty fresh in the minds of Black Hawks fans. The two freshmen are part of a North Dakota team which has been among the best in college hockey all season. Boeser was North Dakota’s leading scorer, while Johnson was the regular starter in net during his sophomore season.
4. Notre Dame (28.2 HAWC)
Alumni – Cal Petersen. Commitments – Cale Morris.
Exceptional Waterloo goaltenders continue their success in South Bend. In 2014, Petersen became the first junior era Black Hawk with 50 career wins. Earlier this week, Morris became the first junior era Black Hawk with seven career shutouts. The Irish certainly are lucky, as goaltending looks to be a strength for a long time to come.
5. Harvard (22.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Jake Horton, Victor Newell. Commitments – None.
You think playing hockey is tough? Try playing hockey while taking a full schedule of Ivy League-level classes. At this point, it has become the norm for junior Victor Newell and sophomore Jake Horton. The pair have now helped the Crimson into an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year.
6. Minnesota-Duluth (19.1 HAWC)
Alumni – Tony Cameranesi. Commitments – Mikey Anderson, Nick Swaney.
There is at least one more college game awaiting senior Tony Cameranesi. The Bulldogs’ leading scorer has a point in each of his last eight games. This is the third time during his four years that Cameranesi has led UMD in scoring.
And, the rest of the field…
7. Northeastern (18.6 HAWC)
Alumni – Trevor Owens. Commitments – Liam Pecararo.
8. Yale (13.0 HAWC)
Alumni – Mitch Witek. Commitments – None.
9. Denver (8.0 HAWC)
Alumni – Blake Hillman. Commitments – Michael Davies.
10. Quinnipiac (7.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Kevin Duane, Soren Jonzzon.
11. Providence (4.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Bryan Lemos. Commitments – Jake Ryczek.
12. Massachusetts-Lowell (1.9 HAWC)
Alumni – None. Commitments – Ryan Lohin, Garrett Metcalf.
13. Michigan (1.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Steve Racine. Commitments – Christian Meike.
14. Boston University (0.4 HAWC)
Alumni – Ryan Cloonan. Commitments – None.
15 (tie). Ferris State and RIT (0.0 HAWC)
Alumni – None. Commitments – None.
First Round Matchups
North Dakota vs. Northeastern
Providence vs. Minnesota-Duluth
Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Boston College vs. Harvard
St. Cloud State vs. Ferris State
Quinnipiac vs. RIT
Denver vs. Boston University
Massachusetts-Lowell vs. Yale
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