Showing posts with label BSU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BSU. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Edit: MTU's game winning goal against BSU.

First, I am not shy about my critiques of the officials in the WCHA. I think the level of officiating in the WCHA “at times” has been questionable if not downright brutal. Here is another example of a blown call; in talking to a person that I know in Bemidji; who saw the game – alerted me to the game winning goal scored by Michigan Tech's forward Blake Pietila.

First, the video embedded doesn't show the beginning of the play in question; so here is a different video link. At the 1:30 mark of the linked video, you will see that the start of play where the Michigan Tech forward shoots the puck from behind the red line – meaning the play should have been whistled for being icing.

The play should have been whistled dead, but wasn't.

The play continues on and the puck goes behind the BSU net where the Beaver defender is tripped behind the BSU net.

There is still no whistle.

The puck is then picked up by MTU freshman forward Jujhar Khaira who passes the puck to MTU forward Blake Pietila; who was waiting out front of the Bemidji State net who buries the puck in the BSU net. In my opinion that play shouldn't have ever happened.

Posted at the Hockey Writers - Combine.
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Friday, October 05, 2012

Weekend Match-Ups (by Sioux 7)

Ready… Get Set… GO…  And they’re off.

The good news, the regular season is starting, the bad news, there is the last season of the WCHA as we know it.  This is it.  Everyone has a chance to start their run to capture the big, shiny, MacNaughton Cup.

I hope everyone enjoyed the extremely hot and dry summer we had in the northern Great Plains.  I hope you are as anxious as I am for college hockey to get underway.  I try to improve my prognostication skills this season as it is the last WCHA season for many of the current teams.  Hopefully, you will enjoy reading my weakly (get it) attempts to make some type of educated guess as to who will win their games each week.

Just so we are all on the same page, here is a little refresher of how things ended last season…


1. Minnesota………………20-8-0…..…….40
2. Minnesota-Duluth……..16-7-5….……..37
3. Denver…………..………16-8-4………...36
4. North Dakota.……….….16-11-1….……33
5. Colorado College ……..15-12-1……….31
6. St. Cloud St……………. 12-12-4………28
7. Nebraska-Omaha………11-12-5……....27
8. Michigan Tech………….11-13-4………26
9. Bemidji State……..……..11-14-3.……...25
10. Wisconsin…....……….11-15-2...…..…24
11. Minnesota State……..…8-18-2...……..18
12. Alaska-Anchorage…....5-22-1………..11

2012 final 5 in St. Paul – recap

The Final 5 in St. Paul featured MTU, SCSU, UND, DU, UMD, and UM. 

The WCHA tournament went like this – Thursday, DU defeated MTU 3-2 in OT, and UND defeated SCSU 4-1 – Friday DU beat UMD 4-3 in a 2-ot thriller, and UND defeat UM in an exciting 6-3 comeback win – Saturday UND defeated DU 4-0, to claim their 3rd consecutive Broadmoor Trophy.

This season the WCHA starts out with 5 teams ranked in the USCHO poll:

#2 – Minnesota
#4 – North Dakota
#8 – Denver
#12 – Minnesota-Duluth
#18 – Wisconsin
#20 – Colorado College

Exhibition Games   -   Saturday Oct. 6th  

British Columbia @ Denver
I don’t know much about the guys from UBC, but they are from Canada so they should be a good team.  So I did some looking up on UBC, they are located in Vancouver, established in 1908, have 37,000 undergrads, 9,000 grad students, and they are nicknamed the Thunderbirds.  Since this is an exhibition game I’m sure DU will be playing some of the starters but will also be giving everyone some ice time.  I’m going with the WCHA to start the season and pick the Pioneers to win their first unofficial game of the year.

Brock @ Michigan Tech
Brock?  Who are they?  I had to look these guys up.  Okay here is the info; they are located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (close to Niagara Falls or just north-northwest of Buffalo, New York).  The University opened its doors in 1964, and is named for General Isaac Brock, who died in the War of 1812.  BU has a student body of approx. 17,000. And we all the 411 on Michigan Tech, so I’ll just move on.  Since I don’t know anything about BU, I’m going to pick the Huskies to win over the visiting Brock Badgers.

Regina @ Alaska-Anchorage
Ah Regina, the city that rhymes with fun!  I’ve never been to Saskatchewan, but someday I’ll get there.  They are still a long way from Anchorage, but I’m sure the flight isn’t that bad…  I’m going say the Cougars will blend into the UAA crowd, since their school colors are green/yellow/white.  I’m once again going with the home team Seawolves win.

Lethbridge @ Minnesota
I’ve actually been through Lethbridge!  It is a nice city in the southern part of Alberta, the Oldman river gorge on the west/middle side of town has spectacular views.  I also like their nickname, the Pronghorns (I think UND should be the Antelope or Pronghorns, just my two cents worth.)  UL has appox. 8,000 students and was founded in 1967, and their school colors are blue and gold.  The Gophers should be able to put goals on the board this year, so look for them to “unofficial” open the season with a win.

Manitoba @ North Dakota
The Bisons make their, what seems to be, annual trip to Grand Forks.  They didn’t play last year, but did in October 2010 with the Sioux winning that game 5-2.  I’m going to go with ND to win this game, I also expect to see a few guys playing goalie for ND in this exhibition game.

US U-18 @ Wisconsin
The U-18 team is usually full of talented young hockey players and can give teams older than them problems.  But the Badgers are always stingy on the defensive end of things, so look for them to frustrate the U-18 team.  Badgers win.

Exhibition Games   -   Sunday Oct. 7th  

Manitoba @ Bemidji State
The Bisons head over to Bemidji, nice 120 mile drive on US-2, after playing in Grand Forks that night before.  This will be a good tune up game for the Beavers to unofficial start the season.  I’m going with Beavers in a squeaker of a game.

British Columbia @ Colorado College
The Thunderbirds head south for Colorado Springs after playing in Denver the previous evening.  The Tigers will have to be ready to since UBC will have played the night before.  I’m going with the Tigers in this tilt.  (UBC also plays Air Force on Monday night.)

Lethbridge @ Minnesota State
This will be the Pronghorns second game in two days, or the middle game of their 3 game road trip to the States.  I’m going with the visitors in this match-up, I just have a feeling that the Mavericks will be trying out their new players and coaching system.

Exhibition Games   -   Monday Oct. 8th  

Lethbridge @ Nebraska-Omaha
Third game in three days for UL, I’m thinking they might run out of gas in the match-up.  Mavericks win their first exhibition game of the year.

Non Conference Games   -   Thursday Oct. 11th  

Michigan Tech @ Lake Superior State
This will be the official first game for the Huskies as the face off against another Upper Peninsula team.  Huskies win.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

MTU vs. UND series Notes

University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux athl...Image via Wikipedia
The University of North Dakota  Fighting Sioux entertain the Michigan Tech Huskies at Ralph Englestad Arena February 17-18, 2012.

Game Time: 7:37 Friday and 7:07 Saturday Night

Records and Rankings: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (16-11-2 overall, 12-10-0 WCHA); The Fighting Sioux are ranked 14th in the USCHO poll and 15th in the USA Today Poll. North Dakota split their weekend series with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (3-1 W, 4-5 L). UND is 7-3-1 their last 11 games. Official Release

Michigan Tec Huskies (13-14-3, 10-9-3 WCHA) are unranked in both national polls. The Tech Huskies took one point against the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (3-3 T, 0-4 L). MTU is 4-3-3 their last 10 games. Official Release

Series History:  The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux lead the all-time series against the Michigan Tech Huskies with a 144-90-9 (.611). UND owns a record of 81-33-4 against the MTU in Grand Forks.

Radio:  UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM) – The Fox.


TV Friday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Central, DirecTV 617, MidcoSN3
TV Saturday: UND Sports Network, Fox College Sports Central, MidcoSN3

Players to Watch:

For UND: Forwards: Danny Kristo (14g-17a—31pts), Corbin Knight (8g-18a—26pts) and Brock Nelson (20g-12a—32pts), Carter Rowney (12g-9a—21pts). Defense: Nick Mattson (5g-10a—15pts), Dillon Simpson, (1g-12a—13pts), Ben Blood (2g-12a—14pts).  Goaltenders: Aaron Dell .890 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average. Brad Eidsness .924 save percentage and a 2.08 goals against average.

UND Injuries: Forwards Rocco Grimaldi is out (season knee surgery), Brendan O’Donnell out (season ending surgery), Derek Rodwell is out (season shoulder surgery).

For MTU  Forwards: Brent Olsen (9g-18—27pts), Jordan Baker (9g-16a—25pts), David Johnstone (9g-14a—23pts) Ryan Furne Defense: Steven Seigo (3g-16a—19pts), Daniel Sova 2g-9a—11pts) Riley Sweeney 0g-10a—10pts)  Goaltender: Josh Robinson .909 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average.

Other games in the WCHA:  Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota State, Alaska Anchorage at Saint Cloud, Denver at Wisconsin, Nebraska Omaha at Colorado College, Bemidji State at Minnesota.

Cross Posted at INSIDE HOCKEY...
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

More Movement in the college hockey world

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logoImage via WikipediaThis is the article I submitted to Inside Hockey.

Today the National Collegiate Hockey Conference added two more teams bringing the number of league teams to eight, Western Michigan University and Saint Cloud State University officially accepted invitations to join the NCHC. Here are some of the comments and themes that emerged from today’s press conference that was held at Saint Cloud. With the subtraction of SCSU the WCHA now has eight teams; Bemidji State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Tech University, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The WCHA is waiting to see if Bowling Green State University will accept an open invitation to join the WCHA.

Not originally in the Mix:

When the NCHC was first announced this past summer the SCSU Huskies were originally left out of the mix and were not one of the founding charter members of the NCHC. After being originally snubbed by the NCHC, there were a lot of things that were said by the SCSU President Dr. Earl Potter; frankly some of his comments were puzzling and bordered on stupidity. Ironically today, SCSU accepted an invitation to join the NCHC. I have always been told that you don’t want to burn bridges that you might have to cross again as you retreat. Today the SCSU athletic department was in full retrograde mode as they gladly accepted a bid to join the NCHC without reservation. I think that’s what rubs some fans from other teams in the NCHC the wrong way. Their administration said a lot of things when the National was first announced and today it was like they had never made those comments.

Here is what Saint Cloud State University President Dr. Earl Potter had to say today about the selection process. During this past summer we had heard from Potter how SCSU was not interested in joining the NCHC and how the teams in the NCHC were only concerned about themselves. This is what he had to say today.

“They [National] needed room to come together to think to create a process, which they did, in the middle of the summer, a rational fact based process that would be based on the core principles of the new conference and then gather information from potential members that they could use; hold up against their core principles and determine whether or not there was a good fit. “

UND athletic director Brian Faison was asked the following question; “now that the conference is at eight members do you see that as being an optimum number or do you see it growing beyond that.” I think in reading these comments, I think most of us know which team Faison is talking about when he talks about the prospects of future teams being added to the mix.

Yes and no. I don’t think there is a set number in our mind, eight works very well in the sense that it’s a a perfect round robin schedule right now because everyone is in everyone rink. From a conference post season perspective, eight works well, in terms in how you structure that, but at the same time that doesn’t preclude us from looking at nine and if it’s the right team is out there for number nine, we would definitely look at that.

Where do we go from here:

If I were a betting man I would say that there are a few more dominoes yet to fall yet this year. Bowling Green State University has one day left in their 30 day period where they need to tell the WCHA commissioner if the Falcons intend to join the league or not, some seem to think that they’re not on a hard dead line and might still be looking for an invitation to join the NCHC. The other team that has yet to pick a conference is Notre Dame and the Irish seem to be waiting to find out where the rest of their sports teams are going to up when Division I football and Basketball are done blowing their conferences up. This isn’t done yet folks.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Putting a wrap on the Final Five...

This past weekend I took in all five games of the Final Five and realized what an awesome format the new Final Five is. It’s a shame that the new format will only last two more seasons before the almighty Big Ten Hockey Conference will ride off into the sunset with Wisconsin and Minnesota. I hope we can keep a semblance of the current format.

There were a “few things” that I really liked about the new tournament format. First, in the new format your team is only guaranteed to play in one game, that’s it, if your team loses it’s done and that team goes home for the weekend, under the old format if your team managed to win on Thursday night, that team would be guaranteed to play in two more games. Since there was no third place game this year, fans did not have to buy a ticket to a meaningless third place game that could have ended up being a clunker if one team was already out of the NCAA playoff picture.

Again, In my opinion I must emphasis that this year every game mattered, while both teams were in the NCAA tourney already, when both teams were asked at the post game press conference if this was a meaningless game, the media was corrected by both teams players and the head coaches that this was not a meaningless game. If you need to ask why it wasn’t a meaningless game, it was because a conference title and a tourney trophy and pride was on the line. Not many teams get to claim back to back Broadmoor Trophies and the Denver Pioneers had an opportunity to prevent that from happening, in the end they did not but the Fighting Sioux had to work for it as well.

In retrospect this was one of my favorite WCHA Final Fives not just because my favorite team won but because there were a lot of great story lines and great hockey, I also got to see the game from a different angle this time around. I applied for a received a press pass from the WCHA and I was able to see the back stage of the college hockey world, this was a valuable experience that I will never forget. I met some really cool people as well and hung out with some old friends as well. It was a great learning experience all the way around.

Beavers and Bulldogs

In the First game of the WCHA Final Five the BSU Beavers beat the UMD 3-2 in overtime to advance to the Semifinals of the WCHA Final Five. The UMD and BSU game wasn’t without controversy as the Bulldogs defenseman Brady Lamb was called for high sticking at 5:53 mark of OT period and the Beavers forward Matt Walters scored 19 seconds later on the only shot of the period for the BSU Beavers. The win for the Beavers game the life to fight another day, the loss for the Bulldogs sent them home to lick their wounds and get ready for the next round. At the post game press conference you could tell by UMD head Scott Sandelin’s body language has not very happy at all and almost in disbelief at what had just happened, I kind-of likened it to another giant that fell victim for the BSU Beavers, just ask the Cornell Big Red and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The "victors" on the other hand gave us a look backward into the past; the upstart Beavers that made the Frozen Four two short years ago, the wide eyed kids from Bemidji that refused to go away, they knocked off the third and fourth teams in the WCHA and they were now setting their sights on the second place Pioneers.

Seawolves and Tigers

In the second game of the quarterfinals the Seawolves gave the C.C. Tigers everything they could handle as they out-shot the Tigers 23-16 and dominated the play for most of the game but the Seawolves suffered some of the worst puck luck I have ever watched in a hockey game. The UAA head coach summed it up well with this statement, "It doesn't feel right," said Shyiak. "I thought we earned the right to win by the way we played. I thought we played well, and we had some quality scoring chances early, but we didn't get any of them to go in. And all four of their goals went in off skates."

UAA Seawolves forward Tommy Grant proved once again that he was one of the most under rated forwards in the WCHA as he ended his WCHA career just as he started going 100 hundred miles an hour playing each shift if it was his last. I can see this kid getting a contract sometime in the near future because of the way he plays the game, I will miss watching Tommy Grant play in the WCHA.

DU and BSU

The second game the upstart BSU Beavers didn’t really go as well as they had wanted , the Beavers need to win two more games to return to the NCAA tourney for a third year in a row. That run ended at the hands of the DU Pioneers as the Pioneers who thrashed the Beavers 6-2. The game was close through two periods as the Beavers had out worked the Pioneers and were still tied going into the third period. In the third period, the Beavers failed to convert on a 5-3 power play the Pioneers scored four unanswered goals.

At the press conference, the wide-eyed Beaver players from a day before looked dejected, the reality that their season was finally over, and a fantastic run had come- to- an end, the giants from DU had ended the BSU Beavers first season in the WCHA.

While all season long I have e read comments about the BSU Beavers being a poor hockey team or not being very good, the Beavers in fact proved to be a team that was dangerous and not to be over looked. I told my buddy Scott that the BSU Beavers resembled their coach, intense, small in stature, hard working and they never stopped moving their feet. They are on top of you and they will never give up. I think by making the Final Five and winning a game, the BSU Beavers were successful in their first season and there will be better days ahead. I think the Beavers proved to the naysayers and fan bloggers that the Beavers did in fact belong in the WCHA.

With the loss the magical career of Matt Read came to an end, I only wish I could see him play more, Matt Read finished his college career with (65g-78a-143pts). Word has it that Read is close to signing a professional contract.

UND and C.C.

The Tigers and the Sioux were locked into a what I would call a pretty good defensive battle, Sophomore forward Danny Kristo scored a goal on his first shift in his first game back from the frostbite incident, I don’t know if you couldn’t write a better story line any, I mean does it get any better than that? Also, sophomore defenseman Andrew MacWilliam returned to the lineup from an undisclosed injury that had kept MacWilliam out of action for three games. MacWilliam looked fresh returning from the layoff and played like a man possessed. I would say that Andrew MacWilliam looked as good as I had seen him play all season long, MacWilliam known for being more of a physical bruising stay at home defenseman actually led a couple of nice rushes up ice. The Sioux won the game 4-3 on a goal from Hobey Baker finalist Matt Frattin.

DU and UND

The Sioux and the DU Pioneers took center stage to renew college hockey’s version of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s feud. The game was testy and feisty from the start as both teams got after each other. The Sioux came out and looked like they were a little tight and the DU Pioneers got on the board first with a goal from Denver forward Dustin Jackson assisted by Kyle Ostrow and Anthony Maiani.

In the second period, the Fighting Sioux got their legs going and answered the Pioneer tally with a goal from Danny Kristo assisted by Taylor Dickin and Derrick LaPoint. Both teams exchanged good offensive scoring chances and sophomore goalie Aaron Dell kept the Sioux in the game with stellar goaltending. The Sioux finally took the lead on a weird goal by senior forward Brent Davidson as he scored from behind the red line, assisting on the Davidson goal were Kristo and LaPoint. Going into the third period the Sioux had something like a 20-0-2 record when leading after two periods so you had to think that Sioux had a good chance to win the game.

History in the making

In the third period with 2:13 remaining in the game the DU Pioneers scored to tie the game with a nice goal from Anthony Maiani assisting were Beau Bennett, Matt Donovan. The game was very entertaining through the first overtime and the game would remain tied until the 5:11 mark of the second overtime when Hobey Baker Finalist Matt Frattin scored the game winner assisting on the game winning goal were Chay Genoway and Evan Trupp. It was the first time the championship game of the Final Five had gone to overtime since the fluky Blake Wheeler goal in the 2007 Final Five. This was also the longest overtime game for a Final Five since 1993 when the WCHA went to the Final Five