Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas to all, thanks for reading and here’s hoping that you have a happy "New Year" as well.
Picture from the movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation… This movie just happens to be one of my all-time favorite Christmas Movies that I watch every year at this time… Here a famous Clarke W. Griswold quote.
"Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f**king Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse."
Let’s just hope we can “finally” have a NHL Season and hopefully a big run deep into the NCAA Playoffs by the UND Hockey team.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Well this is it, the last weekend of hockey before Christmas. It seems to me that the first half of the season has just flown by, way too quickly. The biggest surprise last weekend had to be MTU and UW tying both of their games in Madison.
This will be my last post before the holiday break. So, I wish a Merry Christmas to all the Goon's World readers. I will have my predictions up after Christmas for all the holiday tournaments.
WCHA STANDINGS 2012-2013
3. Minnesota State……….7-5-0.…...…….14
3. St. Cloud St………….…7-5-0………….14
5. North Dakota.………..…5-2-3…..……...13
7. Colorado College ……..5-4-1..….……..11
8. Michigan Tech………….3-6-3……….….9
11. Bemidji State……..…..3-7-2.…….........8
#11 Denver @ Bemidji St.Last weekend the Pioneers got a point (2-2ot, 6-3) from NoDak in Grand Forks and the Beavers split (2-4, 2-1) with the Bulldogs in Duluth.
The Pioneers have been sliding down the hill since their series with CC; they are winless in their last six games, going 0-4-2. DU has been having a hard time finding the back of the goal, only netting 12 goals in those 6 games. The Beavers return home to the Sanford Center, after spending the last two weekends on the road (Mankato and Duluth). BSU ended their three game losing streak by getting a win on Saturday night in Duluth. The Pioneers did not look that good last weekend in Grand Forks, so they might be looking for a little mental pick-me-up this week. BSU will need to play strong defensively, to give themselves a chance to get some points. SPLIT
#8 North Dakota @ Michigan TechLast weekend NoDak took three points (2-2ot, 6-3) from the Pioneers in Grand Forks and the Huskies split (1-1ot, 3-3ot) with the Badgers in Madison.
NoDak has been doing well this first half of the season, both defensively and offensively. This will likely be the last time these two teams meet for some time, with the conferences splitting next year. Last year the teams only played in Grand Forks with the Sioux taking three points that weekend. The last time they played in Houghton was March of 2011, with the Huskies taking a pair of beatings, 6-1 and 11-2, that weekend. But this is a different year, with different players, different coaches, and like the saying goes past performance doesn’t predict future outcomes. NoDak 3-pts
Colorado College @ #17 St. Could St.Last weekend the Tigers got a point (2-4, 4-4ot) from the Gophers in Colorado Springs and the Huskies split (5-6, 2-1) with the UNO Mavericks in St. Cloud.
The Tigers currently trail the Huskies by three points in the standings, but have played two fewer games. CC would like to get into the top half of the ledger before the Christmas break, but that means they need at least one win and some help. SCSU will be looking to distance themselves from CC and lock into the top half before the break. The Tigers are 3-3-0 on the road this year and the Huskies are tough at home in the National Hockey Center this year, going 6-2-0. I’m going with each team get a win this weekend. SPLIT
Minnesota-Duluth @ Alaska-AnchorageLast weekend the Bulldogs split (4-2, 1-2) with the Beavers in Duluth and the Seawolves were swept (1-3, 0-3) by the MSUM Mavericks in Mankato.
The Bulldogs are struggling this year as are the Seawolves, both teams have six losses and three ties on their records. UMD has played two more games that UAA and those two more games are in the win column. The long flight could give the Bulldogs the time they need to contemplate their situation or it might be just away to kill time. This will be the Seawolves last games before Christmas, their next games are Jan. 4-5 at home against UW. The Seawolves are averaging just less than two goals/game and the Bulldogs are just under three goals/game. I expect a couple of low scoring games with favors UAA a bit more than UMD. SPLIT
#20 Minnesota State @ #13 Nebraska-OmahaLast weekend the MSUM Mavericks swept the Seawolves (3-1, 3-0) in Mankato and the UNO Mavericks split with the SCSU Huskies (6-5, 1-2) in St. Cloud.
Both Mavericks are exceeding their preseason expectations, which is obviously good for both herds. MSUM is only two points from the top and UNO is only three points from the top. The difference is that UNO has two games in hand on MSUM. Omaha is 5-2-1 at home this year and MSUM is 3-3-1 away from Mankato. Both teams are averaging over three goals per game, so there should be plenty of offense to go around this weekend. MSUM comes into this series as the hottest team in the conference winning their last six games, all WCHA games mind you. The caveat is those wins were over the bottom three teams, UW, BSU, and UAA. MSUM has a much tougher opponent this weekend, but they should be confident given their winning streak. They just can’t afford to be over confident. SPLIT
Non Conference Games
Alabama-Huntsville (3-12-1 overall) @ Wisconsin (2-7-5 overall) (Thu / Fri)Last weekend the Chargers swept (5-2, 4-1) the Finlandia Lions (D-3 school in the MCHA) in Huntsville and the Badgers split with the MTU Huskies (1-1ot, 3-3ot) in Madison.
The Badgers are still winless at home this season and this is their last home series until 2013 (they host Miami Jan. 18-19). I think this is the weekend they have been waiting for in Madison, their first home win or wins of the season. I’m going to go with Cardinal and White to go into the Christmas break on a high note. BADGERS SWEEP
BYE WEEK#4 Minnesota