Sunday, December 21, 2014

Matt Bartkowski hit on Brian Gionta (video)



Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for this hit on Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta. It will be interesting to see if Bartkowski has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player safety.

The Box Score will read:

14:08 BOS Matt Bartkowski served by Matt Fraser Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brian Gionta
14:08 BOS Matt Bartkowski served by Matt Fraser Interference (maj) - 5 min against Marcus Foligno
14:08 BOS Matt Bartkowski Game misconduct - 10 min
14:08 BUF Marcus Foligno served by Mikhail Grigorenko Instigator - 2 min against Matt Bartkowski
14:08 BUF Marcus Foligno Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Matt Bartkowski
14:08 BUF Marcus Foligno Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min against Matt Bartkowski

Boston Bruins: Riley Smith Disallowed Goal (Video)



Doesn't take many views of this video to conclude that this was a blown call. There's no reason that Boston Bruins forward Riley Smith's goal shouldn't have counted. There was no interference with the Buffalo Sabres goalie.

2015 WJC Television Schedule


2015 U.S. Game Schedule

Date
Opponent
Location
Time (ET)
Fri., Dec. 26
Finland
Bell Centre, Montreal
3 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 28
Germany
Bell Centre, Montreal
8 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Mon., Dec. 29
Slovakia
Bell Centre, Montreal
4 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Wed., Dec. 31
Canada
Bell Centre, Montreal
4 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Fri., Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
Montreal or Toronto
TBD
Sun., Jan. 4
Semifinals
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
TBD
Mon., Jan. 5
Finals
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
TBD

 

Good news, the 2015 WJC games will be on the NHL Network.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pitt's Season Ticket Campaign



This is an interesting way to sell season tickets. Apparently, the school is using the firing of their AD Steve Peterson as a way to sell season tickets.
ESPN.com -- Steve Pederson deftly guided Pittsburgh through conference realignment from the crumbling Big East to the rebuilt ACC. The longtime athletic director could never find stability for the football program.

When Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin on Wednesday to send the Panthers into their fourth coaching search in four years, it cost Pederson his job.

The school parted ways with Pederson in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision but one necessary for Pitt to move forward following the latest setback for a football program stuck in neutral. Pederson had nearly four years remaining on a contract that ran through 2018.

Are The Boston Bruins shooting for T.J. Oshie?



If you believe the rumors on the Internet, the Boston Bruins attempting to trade for T.J. Oshie. As a Boston Bruins fan, I can only hope this rumor is true. The Boston Bruins are struggling offensively and a player like Oshie would give the listless Boston Bruins a nice shot in the arm.

Of course this trade almost seems impossible due to the fact that Bruins salary cap doesn't have any available space. Right now, the Bruins have $912,000.00 in cap space. To acquire Oshie, the Bruins would have to give up some expensive pieces to the Blues.
Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy -- The Blues have to look to the future, and Oshie might not be a part of it.

So they’re listening to offers, and Elliotte Friedman says a lot of interest is trickling down from the Boston Bruins.

On Brady and Walker on Friday morning, Friedman said the Bruins have “talked a lot” with the Blues. “They’ve been linked to T.J. Oshie, and the issue there is that he’s got more term,” he said.

And that’s the trick for the Bruins: Their cap situation is even more precarious. They too have over $12 million in space for next season, but only 14 players under contract. Adam McQuaid (UFA), Torey Krug (RFA), Matt Bartkowski (UFA) and Dougie Hamilton (RFA) are all up; so is Reilly Smith (RFA).

(Please recall this cap situation in 2015 was the reason they couldn’t give Jarome Iginla a 2-year deal.)

One assumes any deal for Oshie would be salary for salary. Loui Eriksson, struggling to find his footing in Boston, is signed through 2016 and makes $4.25 million. One-for-one?
With the season approaching the halfway mark, there are going to be teams that are looking to make trade to solidify their lineups for the stretch run. The Boston Bruins are looking for a forward to play with David Krecji and Milan Lucic. Oshie would probably fit that spot nicely.

Friday, December 19, 2014

(Video) Clayton Stoner Hit On Max Pacioretty



I was watching the video on this play and I am still wondering why Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner wasn't given a major penalty for this hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty? You can break a guys neck with a hit like this. Should this have been a major penalty?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goalie Kevin Aldridge Leaves Lake State

Another year, another player leaving their junior program at the semester break. Lake Superior State Freshman goalie Kevin Aldridge has left the Lakers and will return to his former junior team.
Hockey News North --- Lake Superior State University Lakers head coach Damon Whitten has confirmed that freshman goalie Kevin Aldridge has opted to leave the program and return to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League.

A 1994 birth-year, Aldridge backstopped Fairbanks to the NAHL’s Robertson Cup championship last spring.

But Aldridge — a recruit of former Laker head coach Jim Roque — struggled in four appearances with LSSU this season. He had an 0-2 record, .833 save percentage and 4.80 goals-against-average.

“We wish Kevin the best on his return to Fairbanks and in his next steps in his career,” Whitten said.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

(Video) Brett Sutter check on Craig Cunningham



It almost looks like Minnesota Wild forward Brett Sutter caught Cunningham with an elbow in the chops. You make the call. That being said, it didn't look like interference to me.

Patrice Bergeron's Fluky Goal (VIDEO)


In the box score it will read, Patrice Bergeron (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (11), Zach Trotman (4). In my opinion, it's God Awful goaltending by Niklas Backstrom.

(Video) Ryan Getzlaf Embelishment Penalty



This is totally unacceptable. Again, I am all for fining, punishing and suspending players that embellish to draw penalties. In my humble opinion, diving cheapens the game of hockey and is bad sportsmanship. In this case, you could probably stop some of the embellishment if you just penalized the player diving.

What I don't understand is why the officials don't just take one player? Is it necessary to penalize Dion Phaneuf? Why not just penalize Ryan Getzlaf in this instance?

02:10 TOR Dion Phaneuf Tripping against Ryan Getzlaf
02:10 ANA Ryan Getzlaf Embellishment against Dion Phaneuf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nino Niederreiter Penalty Shot

Nick Bjugstad's Sick Shootout Goal


Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Nick Bjugstad scores a sick game-wining shootout goal for the Florida Panthers against the Washington Capitals. The shootout in question went 20 rounds before the Panthers ended up winning the game.


Jack Eichel: "I'm Spending More Time in the Weight Room"



Josh Cooper from Yahoo's Puck Daddy interviewed Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. I found the comment below to be interesting.
Why the NCAA route? What about college enticed you? It had to be more than just taking classes?

I grew up in Boston and watching Hockey East and the Beanpot, so it was always my dream to play at a school like BC or BU. I never dreamed of going to Quebec and playing for a team there, so I guess that’s first and foremost is this is my dream to go here. And then looking at the pros, a lot of people say it’s a disadvantage that I’m not playing as many games.

But I can look at it as an advantage of I’m spending more time in the weight room. There’s a lot more emphasis on each game. Everything is a lot more detailed if you’re playing 40 games in comparison to playing 80 to 100. That’s one thing. And I just thought the college game was better for me. I had played a few years of junior and I didn’t think another year of junior was the best route. I felt I needed to go challenge myself again against older, bigger and stronger competition, where it would challenge me night-in, night-out more than I believe the CHL would. I think on top of all that I was able to get the experience of going to college. Living in Boston. This is everything I’ve wanted, so it was kind of a no-brainer.
One of the benefits of playing college hockey over Major Juniors is you get more time to develop physically and get bigger. There's a lot of weight room time. You're not playing a full 75-80 game schedule.   One of the things that I have noticed since I started covering UND hockey is how a player transforms in four years of hockey.

Monday, December 15, 2014

North Dakota Drops to Second in USCHO Poll


USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll


December 15, 2014


Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Boston University
(18)
11- 3-2
930
2
2
North Dakota
(12)
13- 4-2
896
1
3
Minnesota State
( 6)
13- 4-0
869
3
4
Harvard
(11)
9- 1-2
836
5
5
Michigan Tech
13- 3-0
758
4
6
Miami
11- 5-0
720
6
7
Minnesota-Duluth
( 3)
12- 6-0
664
9
8
Minnesota
9- 4-1
650
7
9
Massachusetts-Lowell
10- 3-3
643
8
10
Vermont
13- 3-1
612
10
11
Denver
10- 5-0
510
11
12
Nebraska-Omaha
10- 4-2
496
12
13
Bowling Green
11- 3-2
430
13
14
Quinnipiac
10- 5-1
292
15
15
Boston College
9- 7-1
233
16
16
Providence
9- 6-1
229
18
17
Colgate
9- 6-1
221
14
18
Merrimack
10- 5-2
158
19
19
Robert Morris
11- 2-3
125
17
20
Penn State
9- 4-2
79
NR
Others receiving votes: Union 61, Yale 56, Mercyhurst 10, Northern Michigan 9, Ferris State 8, Dartmouth 3, Holy Cross 1, St. Lawrence 1.

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nick Mattson and Johnny Simonson are Bruisers

Someone has posted this on Sioux Sports today, actually I find it hilarious and worth sharing with ya'll. Apparently, Nick Mattson and Johnny Simonson are now considered bruisers.


Actually, in my opinion, Steph Pattyn and Andrew Andrew Panzarella are more of the bruiser type. This is the problem when you someone that doesn't cover hockey on a regular basis get relegated to the press box. With the termination of Adrian Dater, I am sure that the Denver Post had Mike Chambers covering the Avs game last night.
Nick Groke, Denver Post -- Bad blood boiled over even before the puck dropped Saturday night in the University of Denver's 3-1 loss to North Dakota. DU and UND don't have to try hard to dislike each other.

After Denver's 4-1, runaway victory the night before, North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol inserted some muscle into his lineup, perhaps hoping to push the Pioneers around. He added 185-pound defenseman Nick Mattson and freshman lefty Johnny Simonson.

But while No. 11 Denver and No. 1 North Dakota traded ill will early on, matching retribution penalties, the two new bruisers from Grand Forks put North Dakota out front.

Mattson's slap shot goal off two posts, after Simonson won the puck in the corner, set North Dakota on its way to a victory over the Pioneers at Magness Arena.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SCSU's Jonny Brodzinski Tossed from the Game for a Legal Check (VIDEO)



This is why the St. Cloud State fans are unhappy today. Actually, they have good reason to be mad, too. SCSU power forward Jonny Brodzinski was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for Contact to the Head. No where in the video do you see the actual Contact to the Head.

Here another angle no one is talking about. Whether it's a blown call or not, Brodzinski now has a game misconduct on his record. If Brodzinski receives two game misconducts, he will be suspended for one game. With the way the refs are calling the game, you've got to be careful. I think the case of a blown call, if the refs blow the call, the game misconduct should be rescinded.

22.2 Suspensions - A player who receives three (3) game misconduct penalties in the same season (including exhibition games) shall not be permitted to play in the team’s next regular-season or tournament game against an NCAA member institution. For each additional game misconduct penalty (e.g. four, five, etc.) assessed to the same player in the same season, the

Friday, December 12, 2014

(Video) Drake Caggiula penalty - Blown Call



This is pathetic, Denver forward Daniel Doremus pulls the ole horse collars on Drake Caggiula. Of course Caggiula gets the retaliation penalty. Check out Doremus' embellishment in what would make Ryan Kessler blush. At the end watch the old wave off by head coach Dave Hakstol.

(Video) Andrew Panzarella Rocks Ty Loney and Mark MacMillan Ejected for Check from Behind



Check out the hit that UND defenseman Andrew Panzarella puts on Denver forward Ty Loney, he get absolutely rocked.

I don't know if I agree with this call or not. You do have to be careful when you're hitting another player along the wall. I think the Denver players sold it. That being said, Brad Shepherd and his reffing partner were brutal in the first period.

North Dakota vs. Denver Game One lines - With Links

North Dakota Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan (A)–15 Michael Parks (A)
21 Brendan O’Donnell–8 Nick Schmaltz–27 Luke Johnson
29 Bryn Chyzyk–28 Stephane Pattyn (C)–11 Trevor Olson
26 Coltyn Sanderson–13 Connor Gaarder (A)–14 Austin Poganski
North Dakota Defense Parings
6 Paul LaDue–24 Jordan Schmaltz
20 Gage Ausmus–3 Tucker Poolman
4 Keaton Thompson–22 Andrew Panzarella

North Dakota Goalies
31 Zane McIntyre
33 Cam Johnson

Denver Forward lines
8 Trevor Moore–19 Daniel Doremus–20 Danton Heinen
16 Zac Larraza–27 Quentin Shore–12 Ty Loney
26 Evan Janssen–9 Gabe Levin–23 Matt Marcinew
14 Larkin Jacobson–25 Matt Tabrum–39 Grant Arnold
Denver Defense Pairings
21 Joey LaLeggia–11 Nolan Zajac
7 Will Butcher–4 Josiah Didier
28 Adam Plant–6 Matt VanVoorhis

Denver Goalies

31 Evan Cowley
36 Tanner Jaillet
30 Greg Ogard