Showing posts with label Hockey East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hockey East. Show all posts

Friday, March 28, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Jonathan Turk knees Shane Gostisbehere (Video)



Vermont’s Jonathan Turk was given a two minute minor penalty for Charging. To me, this looks like Turk hit the Union defenseman Shayne Gotisbehere with a knee on the back of the knee hit. Union wasn’t happy with the hit. Gotisbehere did return to play in the second period.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mens NCAA Tourney is Set

After a crazy weekend of conference tournaments, the 2014 men's ice hockey field was set on Sunday morning. The NCAA looks at the Pairwise rankings, along with auto bids from winning conference tournaments to determine the 16 team field of play.

Lets take a look at this years tournament, first starting with the West Regional in St. Paul working our way east. In the region's first game, we have the number one overall seed Minnesota Golden Gophers facing off against auto bid Robert Morris. This match up seems to have everything made for an easy Minnesota victory, but so did their opening round game against Yale last year. Do we need to even mention the Holy Cross game in 2006 in Grand Forks? What I am trying to get at here is that the Gophers better not take this game too lightly or they could be golfing early once again. One thing they do have on their side is the home ice advantage of playing at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In the last West Regional hosted here, the Gophers would skate to a regional championship with a 5-2 victory over the University of North Dakota.

For the second game in this regional we have another Minnesota team in St. Cloud State facing off against the always tough Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This opening round game has everything in store for it to be a classic. It has all of the tools to be set up as a classic goaltending duel. Between SCSU's Ryan Faragher and Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays, I would say this is going to be a very low scoring contest. However, one must look at the end of season disaster in the first round of NCHC play against Miami, is one to think that the confidence will be down after getting swept, or will the extra week of no games have them primed and ready to go? Notre Dame, on the other hand, is coming into this tournament knocking off the number two overall seed Boston College, to get to their conference tournament, but would lose 4-0 in the semifinal to the surging UMass Lowell.

I have Notre Dame and Minnesota winning in the first round of this region with Notre Dame advancing to the Frozen Four. I know this is bold, but much like Michigan did in 2011, Summerhays is a goalie who is hot and can carry this Notre Dame team far in this tournament.

Moving to the Midwest Regional where we have number four overall seed Wisconsin playing the team they helped get in by beating Ohio State Saturday, North Dakota. The team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux is coming into this tournament off of a 5-0 victory over Western Michigan in the NCHC third place game. However, their Friday night game against Miami was by far one of the worst games that this UND squad had played all season. Not cashing in on opportunities when in front of them and giving up goals that were not North Dakota like goals to give up. However, if the UND team that played on Saturday shows up in this tournament, watch out. There could possibly be an eighth banner being hung up at the beginning of next season. As for Wisconsin, they are coming off of a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State. In their last 10 games, the Badgers are an amazing 8-2-0 and if you go back to 12 games, you will find a home ice sweep of Minnesota. These former WCHA rivals are going to beat each other up in this game. Look for a lot of physicality and a very low scoring contest.

For the other game in the Midwest Region, we have Ferris State playing Colgate. Colgate is coming off a 5-2 loss to Union, who is this week's USCHO poll number one team, in the ECAC championship game. Before that, Colgate is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, including a 4-4 stand-off against Union. As for one of the new WCHA members, Ferris State, they are also coming off a conference championship loss to Minnesota State Mankato of a score of 4-1. Both teams are coming in with something to prove, and have a very tough road to get to the Frozen Four, but never count out a team who just was recently in a Frozen Four with Ferris State.

I have North Dakota and Ferris State winning their opening round match ups with North Dakota advancing to the Frozen Four.

Moving east, we have Union skating into Bridgeport, Connecticut to play the Vermont Catamounts, who is coming off of a very impressive season. However, the Catamounts are coming off of a 3 game Hockey East playoff series loss to UMass Lowell so they also are coming into the tournament on a losing note. However, maybe the extra rest will give them all of the tools for an upset against this very tough Union team. Union is coming into the tournament winning the ECAC championship and as the number one ranked team in the USCHO.com poll. I just can't see Vermont coming out on top in this game, but in this tournament, you can't count anyone out.

For the second game in the East Regional we have Providence playing Quinnipiac. Quinnipiac is looking for a second straight trip to the Frozen Four, but hoping for better results then last season. They also are coming off of a heartbreaking double overtime loss in the ECAC semi finals to Colgate so they come in with a little extra weight on their shoulders. As for Providence, they also are coming off their conference semi final to a loss 3-1 against UNH. going 11-7-2 in a very tough Hockey East, Providence looks to prove that they are deserving on making this tournament by advancing past the first round.

I have Union facing Quinnipiac in the regional final, in what could be another tournament classic if the game actually does happen, with Union advancing to the Frozen Four.

Finally we move to the Northeast Regional in Worchester, Mass. Both opening round games look to be classics with UMass Lowell playing Minnesota State Mankato in the regions first game. MSUM is coming off of a very successful season, only missing out on the WCHA regular season crown to Ferris State by just a single point. However, Mankato would get their revenge in the conference tournament by beating the Bulldogs and win their first WCHA tournament crown. As for Lowell, they probably are coming into this tournaments as one of the hottest teams in the country and will be a tough opponent for anybody in this tournament.

For the second game, we have auto bid Denver facing off against number two Boston College. After a lot of people were skeptical about Denver this season, especially with the departure of George Gwozdecky, but this Pioneer squad never gave up and won the first ever NCHC Frozen Face-Off. As for BC, the Eagles took an early exit from their conference tournament, losing to Notre Dame, Hockey East's newest member. However, the Eagles to play home to the NCAA's likely Hobey Baker winner in Johnny Gaudreau. BC is always a tough opponent this time of year and if they keep up their pattern since 2008, it is their year to win the NCAA title.

I have BC and UMass winning their first round games with UMass advancing to the Frozen Four. The choice for this region wasn't that easy, but I had to go with the hotter team.

Finally for my Frozen Four picks. I have Notre Dame advancing over North Dakota to the title game, with UND having nightmares once again with another hot goalie, much like in 2011. I also Have Union advancing over UMass. UMass can only ride the hot streak for so long and Union is going to put the fire out. Finally for this year's national championship game, I have Union beating Notre Dame.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking I am crazy for picking these two schools to advance to my title game, but that's the power of opinion. Feel free to share what you think with me on twitter at the handle of @siouxhockey33.
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

(Video) Hockey East officials admit mistake on Doyle Somerby HFB call



Interesting turn of events. It's not very often you can get a hockey or any sports league to admit they blew a call on a play. We have seen it before, in some cases a head of officials from a conference will close ranks around around one of their officials that made a questionable call.They'll come up with some explanation on why their official made a certain call.  Ahem, WCHA... 

I didn't think the play originally looked all that bad, nor did I originally think it was worthy of a five-minute hitting from behind call. You can watch the video from the play and decide for yourself. Obviously, Doyle Somerby hit Kevin Hays from behind, but it wasn't a malicious play.


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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NCHC Hockey: Non-Conference Record Should Cause Some Concern for the NCHC.


The NCHC's non-conference record against the Hockey East 5-9-4 and the ECAC 4-7-3 is not very good. This means that the NCHC isn't going to get many teams in the NCAA tourney. UND has a 4-2-2 non-conference record and has two more non-conference games against BSU to improve that non-conference record. 
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Saturday, December 07, 2013

College Hockey on Twitter

Boston University Men's Hockey: @TerrierHockey
Boston University Women's Hockey: @BUwhockey
Merrimack College Men's Hockey: @MC_MHockey
Merrimack College Women's Hockey: @MerrimackWHKY
Harvard Men's Hockey: @Harvard_Hockey
Harvard Women's Hockey: @HarvardWHockey
Alabama Huntsville Hockey: @UAHHockey
North Dakota Men's Hockey:‏ @UNDMHockey
North Dakota Women's Hockey: @UNDWHockey
Nebraska Omaha Men's Hockey: @UNO_Hockey
UMass Lowell Men's Hockey: @RiverHawkHockey
Minnesota Duluth Men's Hockey:‏ @UMDHockey
Miami-Ohio Ice Hockey: @MiamiOH_Hockey
Dartmouth Men's Hockey: @Dartmouth_MIH
Dartmouth Women's Hockey: @dartmouthhockey
Clarkson Women's Hockey: @CUknights
Robert Morris Men's Hockey:‏ @RMUHockey
Robert Morris Women's Hockey: @RMUWHockey
Quinnipiac Women's Hockey: @QU_WomensIceHky
Princeton Women's Hockey: @PWIH
AIC Hockey: @AIC_Hockey
Niagara Hockey: @NiagaraUHockey
Mercyhurst Men's Hockey: @HurstMensHockey
RPI Women's Hockey: @RPIWomensHockey
University of Denver Hockey: @DU_Hockey
UMass Hockey: @UMassHockey
Maine Men's Ice Hockey: @MaineIceHockey
Ohio State Men's Hockey: @OhioState_MHKY
Ohio University Men's Hockey (probably one of the next D1 teams): @BobcatsHockey
Ohio State Women's Hockey: @OhioState_WHKY
Northern Michigan University Hockey: @NMUHockey
Wisconsin Men's Ice Hockey:‏ @BadgerMHockey
Wisconsin Women's Hockey: @BadgerWHockey
Northeastern Men's Hockey:‏ @GoNUmhockey
Northeastern Women's Hockey:@GoNUwhockey
Yale Women's Hockey: @YaleWhockey
Colgate Men's Hockey:‏ @Colgate_Hockey
Colgate Women's Hockey: @gatewhockey
Boston College Ice Hockey: @BCHockeyNews
Union College Men's Hockey: @UnionHockey
Union Women's Hockey: @UnionWHockey
Michigan State Hockey:@MSU_Hockey
RIT Men's Hockey:‏ @RITMHKY
RIT Women's Hockey: @RITWHKY
Providence College Men's Hockey:‏ @FriarsHockey
Providence College Women's Hockey: @PCWHockey
Notre Dame Hockey: @NDHockey
UConn Men's Hockey: @UConnMHOC
UConn Women's Hockey: @UConnWHOC
Bemidji State University Men's Hockey: @BSUMHockey
Vermont Men's Hockey: @UVMmhockey
Vermont Women's Hockey: @UVMwhockey
UNH Men's Hockey: @UNHHockey
UNH Women's Hockey: @UNHWomensHockey
Penn State Men's Ice Hockey: @PennStateMHKY
Penn State Women's Ice Hockey: @PennStateWHKY
Princeton Hockey:‏ @puhockey
Michigan Tech Hockey:‏ @mtuhky
Western Michigan Men's Ice Hockey: @WMUHockey
St. Cloud State Men's Hockey: @SCSUHUSKIES_MH
Holy Cross Ice Hockey:‏ @HCHockey
Canisius Ice Hockey: @GriffsHockey
Army Ice Hockey: @army_hockey
Cornell Men's Ice Hockey: @CUBigRedHockey
Cornell Women's Hockey: @CornellWHockey
Sacred Heart Men's Hockey: @SHUHockey
Brown Men's Hockey:‏ @BrownMensHockey
Brown Women's Hockey: @BrownWHockey
University of Michigan Hockey:‏ @umichhockey
Ferris State Hockey:‏ @FerrisHockey
Minnesota Men's Hockey: @GopherHockey
Minnesota Women's Hockey:‏ @MNWomensHockey
Official League/Conference Accounts Official NCAA conferences list and feed
NCAA Ice Hockey: @NCAAIceHockey
Big Ten Hockey: @B1GHockey
CCHA (sadface):‏ @CCHAhockey
The NCHC:‏ @TheNCHC
ECAC: @ECACHOCKEYMWD1
WCHA Hockey: @wchahockey
Atlantic Hockey: @Atlantic_Hockey
Hockey East: @hockey_east
Reporters, News, Blogs and Interesting Accounts
College Hockey News: @chnews
USCHO.com: @USCHO
College Hockey, Inc: @collegehockey
Quinnipiac Ice Hockey Podcast: @HamdenHkyNight
D3 NESCAC account: @nescachockey
Independant Alabama Huntsville twitter: @WeLoveUAHHockey
Wisconsin State Journal UW Hockey Reporter: @AndyBaggotWSJ
BU sports blog (run by my dear friends) "Bloggin' On Babcock": @blogginbabcock
Everything University of Michigan Hockey: @MichiganHockey
ESPN anchor and college hockey proponent John Buccigross: @buccigross
Another Michigan hockey blog: @YostBuilt
UMass hockey blog "Fight Mass" @FightMass
Penn State Hockey coverage by The Daily Collegian: @TDC_MHockey
University of Minnesota Duluth Hockey Blog: @UMDHockeyBlog
Boston College blog "Around The Res": @AroundTheRes
Former BU hockey reporter, still tweets a lot about college hockey, Scott McLaughlin: ‏ @smclaughlin9
College hockey television analyst Dave Starman: @DStarmanHockey
Voice of Bowling Green hockey Kevin Meyers: @KevinMeyersBG
Bowling Green hockey correspondent Evan Pivnick: @EvanPivnickBG
College Hockey News writer Joe Meloni: @JoeMeloni
CHN and Merrimack writer Mike McMahon: @MikeMcMahonCHN
Cornell Men and Women's hockey blog "Big Red Faceoff": @BigRedFaceoff
SCSUHockey.com fansite: @scsuhockey
BU centric blog (without the blog):‏ @BurntBoats
NCAA Hockey's Future coverage:‏ @DJPowersHF
UMass blog "Fear The Triangle":‏ @FearTheTriangle
Quinnipiac University Hockey Blog: @QUHockeyBlog
ECAC Hockey Blogs:‏ @ECACHockeyBlog
Clarkson Hockey Blog: @ClarksonHockey
Union Hockey Blog: @UnionHockeyBlog
Nanooks Hockey Blog: @NanookHockey
BU Hockey Blog:‏ @TheBUHockeyBlog
Boston University Terrier Hockey Fan Blog: @thfblog
College Hockey News reporter Josh Seguin: @JoshSeguin24
SB Nation College Hockey: @SBNCollegePuck
UMD Bulldog commentary: @runwiththedogs
In-Game Updates for St. Lawrence Hockey: @SLUhockeylive
St. Lawrence Hockey Blog: @sluhockeyblog
Union Hockey News: @unionhockeynews
ECAC College Hockey News and QU hockey reporter Bryan Lipiner: @Bryan_Lipiner
Very biased BU blog "BayState RoadSports": @bsrs_blog
Yale and Quinnipiac hockey reporter Chip Malafronte: @ChipMalafronte
NCAA, NCHC, College Hockey, thehockeywriters: @goon48
North Dakota hockey for the Grand Forks Herald:‏ @SchlossmanGF
Rensselaer Hockey news: @rpihockeydotnet
Northeastern hockey blog "Husky Hockey News":‏ @HuskyHockeyNews
Cornell men and women's hockey blog "Where Angels Fear to Tread": ‏ @CornellWAFT
NBC Sports Network college hockey announcer Dave Goucher: @DavidCGoucher
Over the Boards, college hockey recruiting news: @OTBPuckWatch
UMaine twitter, good guy John Forsyth: @blackbear93
Union and RPI writer for the Albany Times Union Ken Schott: @slapschotts
Maine student sports radio: @SportsWMEB
Lowell fan, CHN contributor, and sarcastic hockey pundit Ryan Lambert: @twolinepass
Northeastern's Ryan Lambert and "good fan" Sean Hathaway: @seanphathaway
Boston University Terrier Hockey Pictures: @BUTerrierPics
USCHO writer Pat Bradley:‏ @PatBradleyUSCHO
USCHO writer Alex Faust: @alex_faust
USCHO writer and RIT commentator Chris Lerch:‏ @chrislerch
USCHO writer Jimmy Connelly: @jimmyconnelly
USCHO writer Paula Weston: @paulacweston
USCHO Hockey East writer Dave Hendrickson: @HendricksnUSCHO
USCHO writer and tech Ed Trefzger: @EdTrefzgerUSCHO
USCHO ECAC writer Brian Sullivan:‏ @SullivanHockey
All things Michigan Tech hockey: @TechHockeyGuide
Boston University's Boston Hockey Blog: @BOShockeyblog
Wisconsin Ice Hockey reporter Andy Johnson: @AndyJohnsonB5Q
St. Cloud hockey blog "Center Ice": @CenterIceClub
UND hockey blog "Sioux Tradition" ‏ @SiouxTradition
Princeton hockey blog "Eye On The Tigers": @PUHockeyBlog
Minnesota Gophers Hockey stats: @GopherPuckStats
CHN/SBCollegePuck and Minnesota writer Nate Wells: @gopherstate
Minnesota Duluth radio guy and blog writer Bruce Ciskie: @BruceCiskie
RIT Mens Hockey live updates:‏ @RITMHLive
College Hockey News writer Adam Wodon: @CHN_AdamWodon
UMaine hockey reporter Matt Booth:‏ @Mainely_Hockey
St. Cloud men and women's hockey news:‏ @KVSCHockey
UMD and NCHC reporter Andrew Craig: @CollegeHockeyHH
Everything Minnesota hockey (High school, college, NHL):‏ @MNState0fHockey
North Dakota Hockey and Minnesota writer @SchlossmanGF
Wisconsin fan, but ECAC reporter Jason Klump: @Jason_Klump
Providence hockey reporter Mark Divver: @MarkDivver
Gopher Puck Live: @GopherPuckLive
Clarkson hockey reporter Cap Carey: @CapCareyWDT
UMD hockey writer Matt Christians: @Matt_Christians
BU hockey blog "Bleed Scarlet": @BleedScarletBU
Student-run Quinnipiac hockey twitter: @QUBobcatHockey
UMass Lowell hockey news "Hawk Squawk"‏: @UMLHawkSquawk
Unofficial Bowling Green hockey twitter: @BGSU_Hockey
Miami hockey blog "Blog of Brotherhood": @MiamiHockeyBlog
Hockey East blog "The Puck Drop": @HockeyEastblog
Hockey East/Atlantic Hockey/ECAC radio show "Hockey on Campus": @HockeyonCampus
Bentley Falcons hockey blog "JAR Pride": @JARpride
RPI hockey blog "Without a Peer":‏ @without_a_peer
BU's unofficial mascot Sasquatch: ‏ @busasquatch
"Cawlidge Hawkey Organization":‏ @CawlidgeHawkeyO
College hockey (among other things) writer Joshua Kummins: @JoshuaKummins
CollegeHockey.info, a larger directory of current and former players:‏ @USCollegeHockey
UML hockey blog "View From 123":‏ @VIEWFROM123
Student Sections/Fan Groups
Michigan's Children of Yost: @ChildrenOfYost
Wisconsin's Crease Creatures: @CreaseCreatures
Minnesota Duluth's Penalty Box: @umdpb
Ohio State's Knucklebucks: @OSUKnucklebucks
Union College's Messa Faithful: @MessaFaithful
New Hampshire's Cat Pack: @UNHCatPack
Boston University's Dog Pound: @BUDogPound
Cornell's Lynah Faithful: ‏@LynahFaithful
Bowling Green's Falcon Fanatics:‏ @FalconFanatics1
Ohio University's Gang Green: @GangGreen14
Michigan Tech's Mitch's Misfits: @mitchsmisfits
Northeastern's DogHouse: ‏@NUDoghouse
Bowling Green's Bleacher Creatures:‏ @bg_creatures
RIT's Corner Crew:‏ @ritcornercrew
North Dakota's NoDak Nation: @NoDak_Nation
Providence College's Friar Faithful: @PCFriarFaithful
RPI's First Church of RPI: @FirstChurchRPI
Nebraska Omaha's The Red Army: @RedArmyUNO
UMass Lowell's RiverHawk Nation: @RiverHawkNation
Penn State's Roar Zone: @TheRoarZone
Minnesota Duluth's Hockey Cheerleaders: @UMD_HockeyCheer
Official Arena Accounts
Union College's Messa Rink: @MessaRink
North Dakota's Ralph Englestad Arena: @TheREA
Boston University's Agganis Arena: @AgganisArena
UMass Amherst's Mullins Center: @MullinsCenter
UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center: @TsongasCenter
Bentley's Ryan Arena: @RyanArena
Coaches
Providence College Head Coach Nate Leaman:‏ @CoachLeaman
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Anastos: @TomAnastos
Princeton Head Coach Bob Prier:‏ @coachbobprier
St. Lawrence Head Coach Greg Carvel: @SkatingSaints
Army Head Coach Brian Riley: @Coach_BRiley
Merrimack Head Coach Mark Dennehy: @MarkD4224
Miami Head Coach Rico Blasi: @CoachBlasi
RPI Head Coach Seth Appert: @SethAppert
UMass Head Coach John Micheletto: @CoachMicheletto
Ohio State Associate Head Coach Brett Larson: @BrettLarson18
Dartmouth Associate Head Coach Dave Peters: @AcademicHockey
Princeton Assistant Coach Greg Gardner: @coachgards
Wisconsin Assistant Coach Gary Shuchuk: @gshuchuk
Boston University Assistant Coach Steve Greeley:‏ @SGreeley8
Cornell Volunteer Assistant Coach Matthew Michno: @MMichno30
Quinnipiac Assistant Coach Bill Riga:‏ @BillRiga
Quinnipiac Assistant Coach Reid Cashman: @ReidCashman
Northeastern Assistant Coach Jerry Keefe: @KeeferJ_
Miami-Ohio Assistant Coach Nick Petraglia: @NickPetraglia
UMass Amherst Assistant Coach Ryan Miller: @rkmillertime
Michigan State Assistant Coach Tom Newton:‏ @CoachNewtonMSU
St. Lawrence Assistant Coach Kristofer Mayotte: @Mayotte_K
UConn Assistant Coach Joe Pereira: @JoePereira91
S/T to @BartRhett for supplying the list. Any omission should be addressed to him. 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

(Video) Brendan O'Donnell Slashing Penalty



At the 16:57 mark of the third period, Brendan O'Donnell was incorrectly assessed a two-minute minor penalty for slashing. You can see by the video that O'Donnell never should have been given a penalty. That was a blown call by Kevin Shea. Thank God it didn't cost UND the game. 

My six-year old child could tell you that this was a bad penalty. This was a blown call by the Hockey East officiating crew. In my opinion, I thought that Scott Hansen, Kevin Shea made some ticky-tacky calls all night long. Hate to say it, but I would rather have some of the officials that we have had in the WCHA. There's no excuse for this call. 
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Let's not jump off the Sorlie Bridge yet... UND hockey

Sorlie Bridge connecting Grand Forks, ND to Ea...
Sorlie Bridge connecting Grand Forks, ND to East Grand Forks, MN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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I also deleted my Intensedebate comments system. So I don’t have a real commenting system right now. You can comment on the blog if you have a Goggle + Account. Which is the wave of the future, or so I have been told. I am also in the process of redesigning my blog; I have no Idea where I want to go with it.

Last night’s game.


First off, I don’t see any reason to jump off the Sorlie Bridge (pick your bride, Sorlie, Kennedy, Columbia, Point). Not yet, but if want to jump ship, make sure to cut a hole in the ice so you don’t break your neck. I am not ready to give up on this team.

Rocco Grimaldi seems to think that the boys can right the ship.

Contrary to what some say, I think that there’s talent on the UND hockey team. Let's take a deep breath. I think that the goaltending has been questionable, but that will come. I thought Clarke Saunders was left out to dry last night. One the on goal, I thought that he was caught cheating as well.  I think that Zane Gothberg has had concentration issues and needs to focus.

I find do it comical that some fans are panicking already. We have seen this drill before. There’s a lot of season left. In nine plus seasons that Dave Hakstol’s has been the head coach, his teams, have been second half teams. Only exceptions, were the 2010-11 (Frozen Four team) and the 2012-13 season (Lost in the West Region to Yale).

This is a young team. It’s not an excuse. Last week during the Wednesday hockey press conference Dave Hakstol said, “This is a young team.” I was actually shocked that he said it. Hakstol wasn’t offering up an excuse, just stating a fact. I see no panic in the man’s body language. Although, the head coach didn’t look happy very happy either.

I know it’s cliché, but there’s a lot of season left. Sure, UND hasn’t looked very good so far this season. But, let’s examine reality. UND has 11 healthy forwards skating right now. That’s not an excuse, that’s brutal reality.

I have said this before and I will say it again. You don't hang Banners for winning in the early season. There’s no award given for the best record in October, November, December and January.

From the UND game notes: UND head coach Dave Hakstol, now in his 10th season behind the bench of his alma mater, is the only active head coach in Division I men’s hockey who has recorded a winning record in every season as a head coach. That includes Jerry York. 

Last night’s game


I thought the guys took some undisciplined penalties at key times during last night’s game. That has to stop if they’re going to be successful this season. 

From my perspective, from my seat on the couch last night, I thought the officials called some horrible ticky-tacky penalties last night. When I went back and looked at the play on my DVR, I thought where was the penalty on that call?  I don’t like the way that Hockey East officials call their games. I think that ECAC officials calls the game much like they do in the West. 

Brutal!

In my opinion, I felt that the refs let the Terriers get away with a lot of things that could have been called penalties both ways. That's how I saw it. I will be doing some video work this week. Let's also give credit, where credit is due. I thought BU played a pretty good hockey game, too. 

This is what head coach Dave Hakstol had to say about last night’s game. It is what it is. There’s no sugar coating it with Dave Hakstol, he call it like he see it. I don’t see him making any excuses.

“I thought BU played well tonight,” Dave Hakstol said.  “They capitalized on opportunities, did a good job on the power play.”

This is what the head coach had say on UND’s penalty trouble and trying to fight back after falling behind.

“I thought we had a real good first seven, eight minutes of the game. We spent last half of the period killing penalties.” “Had a two goal deficit, that’s hard to overcome on the road.”

“BU did a good job defending,” Hakstol said. “We had to attempt to kill five penalties in a row.

The head coach was asked about the team’s injuries.

“We had 20 guys dressed,” Hakstol said. That’s not an issue what-so-ever that’s not a topic in our locker room.

A couple of stats


During the 2011-12 season, UND started the season 4-7-1.

UND is 3-2-1 on Friday nights, 0-4-1 on Saturday nights and finally, 1-0-0 on Sunday nights.

Clarke Saunders 2-1-0, 3.50 GAA, .910 save percentage.
Rocco Grimaldi (4g-7a—11pts)
Drake Caggiula (4g-4a—8pts)
Michael Parks (3g-5a—8pts)

Goals for 29
Goals against 36
Scoring margin 40/59
Penalty Minutes 28
UND power play 26

UND penalty kill 10
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

NCAA Hockey: Mike Hastings perplexed by officiating



I can say that I don't blame the coach for being upset, and it could cause a head coach some concern when they're doing their non-schedules in the future. I wonder if the on-ice officials can strike a balance where they can protect the integrity of the game, by calling the right amount of penalties, as well as protecting the puck carrier. At the same time, not affect the flow of the game too much. No one comes to watch an official call a game.

I also agree that the refs have to cal the game tighter, but how tight? But the refs also need to find a happy medium. If the refs call 20-plus penalties in a game, it's going to affect the flow of the game and you're going to end up with games that are almost three hours long.
Puckato -- Last January, Cornell coach Mike Schafer blasted the WCHA referees after a 2-1 loss at Denver, calling their performance “disgusting” and ending his rant with, “I won’t come back to the WCHA.”

I have to say that this is an interesting and thought provoking read. On Saturday night, after losing 3-0 in a game that included a combined 25 penalties for 80 minutes, Minnesota State’s Mike Hastings had a message for Schafer (or to that night's refs).

“One thing, Mike Schaffer, I want to let you know, we’re even now,” he said, “because a team from out west came out here and … I saw you last year and it sounded like you got it pretty bad. And I’m going to tell you that I believe east and west are even now.”

Providence plays in Hockey East, not Cornell’s ECAC, but this was hardly the first time a coach has expressed frustration with the way the game is called conference to conference, region to region.
This past weekend, UND killed 15 of 16 Vermont power plays. That's a lot of penalties over the course of a weekend. Last night, during the post game press conference, UND head coach Dave Hakstol said that he agrees with the way the games were called last weekend.

“I am on board with the emphasis on the hooks; basically protecting the offensive player’s hands,” Hakstol said. “Allowing an offensive player on the wall to protect the puck without being held, those are the three that I think are significant and good steps for our game.”

The UND coach went on to explain that the players have to make adjustments to the way the refs are calling the game as well.

"Our guys made a conscientious effort to skate with guys and not use their stick on them," Hakstol said."It’s about creating angles and back-pressuring, instead of using your stick.”

If the refs keep calling the game this way, they will. make adjustments to the game is called. Also, it will be interesting to see how the WCHA calls their games this season.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hockey East Pre-Season Poll

2012-13 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1.Boston College (9)90
2.UMass Lowell74
3.Boston University73
4.New Hampshire (1)63
5.Maine 56
6. Northeastern44
  Providence44
8.Merrimack38
9.Massachusetts35
10.Vermont23
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Explanation of the Ref's action following DU's Nick Shore hit to the head of UNH Kevin Goumas



I don't think anyone has a problem with the penalty, it was a hit to the head, I am fine with that call. I am not fine with the on-ice officials going over to the penalty box and reviewing the game film and then throwing Nick Shore out of the game. I am not an apologist for DU Hockey or Nick Shore either and I hope that UNH's Kevin Goumas is okay.

The fact that they went to the penalty box, after-the-fact, and watched the video and then threw Nick Shore out of the game, that's my bone of contention, especially when not one official's arm is in the air. That's what people have a problem with. It's not a conspiracy.

I am not sure why ESPNU think's it's there job to excuse the on-ice officials either? ESPNU can explain it anyway they want, the video confirms what happened on the ice.

Seriously, go back and watch the video again, the play went on for quite some time after the hit, the Pioneers maintained possession of the puck, which makes their explanation questionable. There were no arms in the air by any of the on-ice officials.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

College Hockey’s March Madness: This weekend’s NCAA Division one television schedule (3/21 – 3/24)

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo
Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is this weekend’s National College Hockey television schedule. There is a full slate of college hockey on television again this weekend. It’s conference tournament time, college hockey’s version of March Madness.
In my opinion, this is most wonderful time of the year.
Check your television guide for times in your local area. As with any schedule, channels will change and have in the past. There may also be games on in your local area that may not be on nationally.
Even with the NHL ending it’s lockout and making it back to our television dials, there has is still been a lot of watchable college hockey on television. Some fans actually prefer College hockey to the NHL.
This weekend, the CCHA Championship game will be on television in Canada, and that game will be on The Score.
Day GameChannelTimeDTV/DISH
Thu.Mar. 21WCHA QuarterfinalFS North2:00 p.m.668/ 436
Thu.Mar. 21WCHA QuarterfinalFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Fri.Mar. 22WCHA SemifinalFS North2:00 p.m.668 / 436
Fri.Mar. 22ECAC Hockey SemifinalFOX College3:00 p.m.TBD
Fri.Mar. 22Hockey East SemifinalNBC Sports Net.3:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Mar. 22Hockey East SemifinalNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Mar. 22ECAC Hockey SemifinalFOX College6:30 p.m.TBD
Fri.Mar. 22WCHA SemifinalFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sat.Mar. 23CCHA SemifinalFS Detroit12:00 p.m.663 / 430
Sat.Mar. 23CCHA SemifinalFS Detroit3:30 p.m.663 / 430
Sat.Mar. 23ECAC Hockey Champ.FOX College6:00 p.m.TBD
Sat.Mar. 23Hockey East ChampionshipNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Sat.Mar. 23WCHA ChampionshipFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sun.Mar. 24CCHA ChampionshipFS Detroit12:00 p.m.663 / 430
Sun.Mar. 24NCAA Selection Show (C)ESPNU8:00 p.m.208 / 141

*NESN = New England Sports Network, FCS = Fox College Sports, FSN+ = Fox Sports North-Plus, NBCSN = NBC Sports Network, DirecTV requires the “Sports Pack” to view the Regional sports Networks. All times are Central Standard Time.

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