WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – A week ago Bill Kangas' Williams College men's ice hockey team (11-4-1/7-2-1 NESCAC) was ranked 14th in the D3Hockey.com national top 15 poll, but with two wins over the weekend the Ephs are now ranked 9th in that poll.
Further, the Ephs made a dramatic appearance in the USCHO.com National Top going from unranked the week before to being ranked 11th this week.
The Ephs have won eight of their last 10 games tallying 33 goals during that run, scoring an average of 3.30 goals a game. Williams has allowed 23 goals (2.3/game) in the last 10 contests.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 19-0-2 is ranked first in the USCHO.com and the D3Hockey.com poll.
To date the Ephs are averaging 3.12 goals a game and allowing 2.50 a game. Williams has scored 14 goals in both the first and second periods and the Ephs have netted 21 in the third period and they have notched one overtime goal.
In addition to the two polls above NCAA DIII is doing a two-year trial with a PairWise Rankings system that is computer-based.
The PairWise Ranking is a system, which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division III hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the RPI.
For each comparison won, a team receives one point. The final PWR ranking is based on the number of points (comparisons) won. Ties are settled by the RPI.
Note: A team's record is based only on games against other Division III hockey schools, which are eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
In the new Pairwise system the Ephs are currently ranked fourth nationally.
Next up the Ephs will be on the road this coming Friday and Saturday for a pair of NESCAC contests. On Friday night the Ephs will play at Tufts at 7:00 PM and on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM they will play at Connecticut College.