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2018-2019 NCAA Women’s Hockey Pairwise Rankings

It’s Pairwise Season!

Rich Gagnon, BC Athletics

Pairwise Rankings:
NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Hockey

Welcome to the 2018-2019 NCAA Women’s Hockey Pairwise Calculator! Using this tool, you can play around with the results of this year’s women’s college hockey season and see its effect on the Pairwise Rankings.

When it’s conference tournament time, check back here to find our annual Tournament Predictor: You’ll be able to enter your predicted results for the conference tournaments in an easy-to-use bracket setup and see the resulting Pairwise Rankings. You can see last year’s version here.

Simple instructions to get you started:

  1. To edit game results, go into the “Results” tab. You’ll see a line for every game of the season. You can edit the score for any past game(s), or enter a score for any future game(s).
  2. Once you’ve changed your results in “Results,” pull up the “PWR” tab to see the resulting Pairwise Rankings.

And that’s it!

A few important notes and tips:

  • This year, the five remaining D-I and D-II members of the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) have come together to form an official conference. While being a conference doesn’t really change anything from a Pairwise standpoint, having only five members does. With one fewer member than last season, the teams will not play the required 20 games against D-I/D-II competition to be eligible for the NCAA tournament (even including the three games they will play during the playoffs). However, Post and Sacred Heart are playing additional non-conference games that will put them above the 20 game threshold. While neither team should be a factor nationally, they both have been included in the Pairwise due to their NCAA tournament eligibility (the Pairwise is an NCAA tournament selection tool, after all). The other teams in the NEWHA have been removed (or, more accurately, assigned a .000 RPI and sent to the bottom of the rankings) since they are not eligible for tournament selection.
  • The “Grid” tab will show you the familiar Pairwise Comparison grid. However to make things a little easier, on the “PWR” tab, we’ve also included a matchup calculator that will allow you to easily see the comparisons between two selected teams. Just select two teams, and the comparisons will populate.
  • Score margin in games does not affect the rankings — only win/lose/tie.
  • To remove results, you need to double click on the cells with scores in them and delete everything in the cell for both team’s scores. The sheet reads non-blanks as a score: for example, two blanks is “no game,” but two [space]’s will be read as a 0-0 tie.
  • To add a game, just add a line in the “Results” tab like the rest of the lines. Just make sure you spell each team name exactly the same as the rest.
  • Actual game results do not update automatically. I will be periodically updating throughout the week. The spreadsheet will then update with the new results if you refresh the page. You can see which games are included at the top of the calculator.
  • Once you change results in the “Results” tab and switch over to the “PWR” tab, give it a second. The results will update, but not instantaneously. It’s a pretty big spreadsheet.

If you have any questions, comments, or bugs to report, I can be reached at grant dot salzano at gmail dot com.