|Teams listed in predicted order of finish|
2014-15 NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
2014-15 NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORD
Plattsburgh State 4-1 W v. St. Thomas
Plattsburgh State 5-2 W v. Norwich
Plattsburgh State 3-2 W v. Elmira
Elmira 3-2 (ot) W vs. Trinity
Elmira 3-2 W v. UW-River Falls
Elmira 2-3 L v. Plattsburgh
THEY'RE PLAYING FOR THE TITLE
Plattsburgh State and Elmira have battled for the top spot the past three years since RIT left the conference. Despite Elmira's massive losses to graduation the Soaring Eagles are our pick to challenge the Cardinals for ECAC West supremacy.
WHY PLATTSBURGH STATE?
The Cardinals looked slightly more vulnerable during the regular season as they dropped their pair of contests to Elmira, but the Cardinals turned it on again in the postseason by claiming the ECAC West title and following it up with their second consecutive national championship. With some of the team's best players freshmen a season ago, a similar recruiting class could mean this is the beginning of a run of Plattsburgh dominance on the ECAC West and possibly of DIII hockey as a whole.
THEY'RE PLAYING FOR PRIDE
While Oswego and Utica battled it out the past three seasons for third place, the fight between Neumann, Cortland, Chatham and Potsdam for the final playoff spot should come right down to the wire again this season. Last year Cortland edged out the trio of competitors by three points. With several teams going through heavy roster turnover will it be someone else's chance to sneak into the playoffs?
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Only two freshmen cracked the top 20 nationally in points per game, and both were on Plattsburgh. Our pick for player of the year is Kayla Meneghin, who led the Cardinals with 23 goals a season ago and tied for the team lead with 26 assists. The Clifton, N.J. native finished 2015 third in the nation with 1.63 points per game as well as in the top ten for both assists and goals per game.
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Johanna Eidensten, Elmira. When sixteen points is your total for your sophomore season, you don't often think of having a "breakout" season after that, but for an Elmira team that lost its top five scorers, Eidensten may be the next in line to lead the Soaring Eagles offense. An increased relience on her to produce amongst a younger, less-polished stable of forwards, and additional ice time should boost her production significantly.