Monday, February 9, 2009

PWR Update - Beanpot edition

Some sort of city-specific college hockey tournament concluded in a northeastern hamlet today, providing for rare Monday night college hockey. Beanpot results aside, the games did cause a little stir in the PWR. Wisconsin has now fallen to a tie for 16th place with North Dakota, all thanks to BU's 5-2 win over Northeastern and BC's 4-3 win over Harvard.

Things now look like this:


Record RPI
Rk Team PWR Rk W-L-T Win % Rk RPI
1 Boston University 24 1 22-5-1 .8036 1 .6037*
2t Vermont 22 9 16-6-4 .6923 4 .5751
2t Notre Dame 22 2 21-5-3 .7759 2 .5798
4 Michigan 21 8 21-9-0 .7000 5 .5698
5 Northeastern 19 6t 19-7-2 .7143 3 .5762
6t Cornell 18 4t 15-4-4 .7391 6 .5628*
6t Denver 18 12 17-9-3 .6379 7 .5549
8t Princeton 17 4t 17-6-0 .7391 8 .5540*
8t Miami 17 11 16-8-4 .6429 9 .5532
10 Yale 16 3 17-5-1 .7609 10 .5492*
11 New Hampshire 14 19t 13-9-4 .5769 11 .5430
12 Minnesota-Duluth 13 14 15-9-6 .6000 12 .5424
13t Ohio State 11 10 18-9-3 .6500 13 .5423*
13t Minnesota 11 22 12-9-5 .5577 15 .5396
15 Boston College 10 19t 13-9-4 .5769 14 .5414
16t Wisconsin 9 16t 16-11-3 .5833 16 .5384
16t North Dakota 9 16t 16-11-3 .5833 17 .5374
18 Air Force 7 6t 19-7-2 .7143 19 .5232
19 Colorado College 6 16t 14-9-7 .5833 18 .5260
20t St. Lawrence 5 23t 14-11-3 .5536 20 .5224
20t St. Cloud State 5 28 15-13-2 .5333 21 .5208
22 Alaska 3 25t 12-10-6 .5357 22 .5178
23 Dartmouth 2 15 12-8-3 .5870 23 .5147
24 Minnesota State 1 31t 13-13-3 .5000 24 .5134
25 Mass.-Lowell 0 31t 13-13-0 .5000 25 .5131

The same general pattern still holds - PWR rank mirrors RPI rank. However, the unique scheduling of Sunday's Ohio State-Notre Dame game and Monday's Beanpot contests (and Wisconsin's subsequent moves within the PWR due to those results) show how sensitive the PWR still is to small amounts of new data points.

Parity is the name of the game, not just in the WCHA, but across college hockey. That's playing out in the PWR as well - small changes can lead to some big moves in the rankings.