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Mid-season Update

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By: Russ Eddins

The Fall gave fans a lot to look forward to in the Spring semester. There are plenty of playoff races and top-ranked matchups for the spring.

Division 1

The University of Tampa Spartans went 12-5-2 in the Fall semester. The Spartans are first in College Hockey South Division 1 and fourth in MyHockeyRankings (MHR). Their biggest win was a 7-1 mauling of St. Bonaventure University, currently No. 3 in MHR. 

Despite having the most challenging schedule in AAU Division 1, the Spartans are the clear favorites to win the CHS Division I playoffs.


The University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia are second and third, respectively. Both teams are also in the top 10 in MHR (sixth and eighth.)


The University of Alabama is the last CHS Division 1 team to possess a playoff spot. The Frozen Tide is 13th in MHR.

Auburn University is right on their tail at 14th. Alabama has a more challenging schedule than Auburn in the second semester. That means that if the Tigers have a good Spring, their record and strength of schedule will keep them in the playoffs.

Auburn has a slightly better average goal differential (AGD) than Alabama. The Tigers will need a solid .650 plus point percentage and should increase their AGD if they want to leap the Frozen Tide in MHR.


Division 2

Florida Atlantic University was dominant in the Fall semester and currently leads all CHS Division 2 teams with 16 points. The Owls are the current favorite to win the Division 2 playoffs. 


According to the CHS Power Rankings, the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama in Huntsville are the second and third favorites to win the Division 2 playoffs. 


The Chargers have a crucial series against Vanderbilt University on Jan. 19 and 20. Both teams are tied with eight points for the third Division2 North playoff spot.


Despite a solid 10-7-1 record in the Fall, the University of Central Florida went 4-4-1-1 in divisional play. That dropped them down to sixth in the power rankings. 


The top Division 2 teams separated themselves from the pack in the Fall semester, but the last spots to qualify for the playoffs are still in play. 


The University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, Middle Tennessee State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are all currently out of the playoff picture. That said, each of those teams still has a path to the playoffs. 


The Yellow Jackets will square off against MTSU on Jan. 19 and 20. If Georgia Tech were to sweep that series, it could secure a playoff spot. However, the Blue Raiders can gain a playoff spot with just one win.


Georgia Tech only scored 18 goals in divisional play in the Fall semester. Tech is adding five players in the Spring semester; hopefully, they will provide the firepower the Yellow Jackets need. 


Even if the Blue Raiders get swept, they still have four more divisional games afterward. The Yellow Jackets will also have to have a great series against UAH and hope MTSU goes winless in divisional play. With plenty of divisional games left, USF and Tampa will also have a hand in their destiny.


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has nine points and holds the last CHS South playoff spot. The Eagles face off against the Spartans on Jan. 19 and 20. A sweep of the Eagles would put Tampa in a playoff spot.


Week 14 is shaping up to be one of the most important weekends for Division 2 teams this season. 


Division 3

Despite the University of Miami being No. 1 in MHR, Kennesaw State University is the top team in Division 3, with a 1.000-point percentage in CHS games. 


Miami is behind them with a .888-point percentage. Florida Southern College and the University of Alabama are neck and neck with .818 and .813 win percentages, respectively. 


The University of Tennessee is 5th at .750. Florida State University is behind the Vols at .643.


Florida Institute of Technology is at the .500 mark, and the University of South Florida is at .364. 


Alabama and Kennesaw State have a crucial matchup on Feb. 9 and 10. The two teams are locks for the Division 3 playoffs, but these two games will have a significant impact on seeding. Alabama is one of the best offensive teams in CHS Division 3, but Kennesaw State has allowed the fewest goals. 


Less than a week before the Division 3 playoffs, Tennessee will square off against FSU. The standings could look very different when this series starts, but it is a matchup to circle. 


The University of North Florida is on the outside looking in going into the spring semester; however, the Ospreys face USF on Jan. 20. A UNF win would put them in a playoff spot. 


Women’s Division

After going 7-0-0, scoring 89 goals and only allowing nine, Tampa is the favorite to win the CHS Women’s playoffs. 


USF (the current third seed) will have their chance against Tampa on Jan. 26 and 28. 


South Carolina only played one CHS game in the Fall semester, but with an 11-2 win over the Bulldogs, they made the most of it. 


The Gamecocks will have their second and third CHS matchups against Auburn and Georgia on Jan. 27th and 28th. 


Miami’s depth will be tested against the Spartans on Feb. 2nd and 3rd. 


Going into the Spring, there are several playoff locks, but there is plenty of room for turmoil in the standings. Things could look a lot different when the playoffs come around.

ABOUT College Hockey South: Founded in 2008, College Hockey South is a 29-school, 46 team intercollegiate hockey conference spanning seven southeastern U.S. states that competes in AAU College Hockey. College Hockey South is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

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