Showing posts with label New Hampshire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Hampshire. Show all posts

Sunday, December 15, 2013

UND Hockey: At look at the numbers

Here's a look at some of the numbers halfway through the college hockey season. The first table is the Strength of Schedule.  As you can see, UND has played the 10th toughest schedule to date. New Hampshire has played the toughest. Also, UND has won five-games in a row and has worked its way back into consideration for an at large bid NCAA tourney bid. Of course the tourney isn't for about 3 1/2 months you can see that UND is in good position. If UND can sweep Bemidji they will have a 4-2-2 Non-Conference record.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hockey East Pre-Season 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
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

News story from Denver's Channel 9 on Gwozdecky firing

I think many of us are still in a state of shock that George Gwozdecky was let go in Denver. You can bet that this firing will come back to haunt the Denver University administration some day.

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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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Friday, March 29, 2013

DU's Nick Shore hit to the head of UNH Kevin Goumas

In all of my day's of watching hockey, on any level, I have never seen anything like this. If you watch the video you will see that neither on-ice officials had their arm up on the play.

In other words, there was no penalty called on the play. However, after the officials went to the UNH players box and talked to the UNH coach Dick Umile, they officials then went to the penalty box reviewed the play and called a penalty on Nick Shore.

So the line on Shore was a five minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct for his hit to the head of UNH forward Kevin Goumas. Seems reasonable to some right, it's not in the NCAA Hockey Rule book.

The line from Manchester is that the linesman or assistant ref made the call, but does anyone see his hand in the air either. I don't think so. No where on the video, is there any evidence of any one wearing stripes making a call on the play.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time to move the NCAA Hockey Tourney back on campus

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It’s that time a year again, Division I college hockey soon will be taking center stage in the NCAA regionals playing in half empty arenas, in venues in cities across the USA.
It’s a yearly occurrence for college hockey, because we can’t have anymore regionals on campus. God forbid, we can’t have playoff games in rowdy arenas stuffed with rabid fans.
The NCAA wants regional games played in arenas posing as quite emotionless mausoleums, all under the guise of  the regional being held at “neutral” sites.
But some of the sites really aren’t that neutral, for some of the schools.
Midsized towns like Grand Rapids, MichiganManchester, New Hampshire, Providence, Rhode Island and Toledo, Ohio, will be hosting this year 2013 NCAA Division I college hockey regionals.
There is a good chance in one or two of these regional, will sparsely attended.
This year, you can pretty much guess that Midwest Regional being held in Toledo, Ohio will be that regional that will be played in front of an empty arena or arena seats posing as fans.
Going on past history, I am betting that this will be that regional that very few fans will see live, unless it’s being watched on television. According to The Blade, a Toledo, Ohio newspaper, tickets remain for the regional. You can get your tickets to the regional for a cool $75.00. Really, tickets remain. I can’t imagine why? That’s way too pricey.
Anyone want to lay odds on the attendance numbers for that regional? If they get 2,000-3,000 fans for the weekend, they will be lucky. That’s what the NCAA want’s half empty arena’s at neutral sites.
The other western regional, the “West” regional, is east of the Mississippi River. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see how anything in the Eastern Time zone is considered the Western part of the USA, at least by my standards, but whatever.
For the West Region, tickets are still available and a little bit cheaper, there going for $65.00.  Want to lay odds, that there will be a fair number of empty seats at this regional as well. Sure, North Dakota and Minnesota are in this regional and their fans travel well.
But let’s get real.
Grand Rapids is 649 miles from the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota is 582 away from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
With the cable/satellite television, one doesn’t need to spend money on a expensive last minute plane ticket or gas for 14 hour car trip, hotel room, and ticket package.
Of course, on the flip side of this equation, the Boston College eagles will get to travel a strenuous 50 miles south to Providence, Rhode Island.
Let’s not forget, New Hampshire has an exhausting 45 minute bus trip to the North East Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire.
For the most part the NCAA won’t make the eastern teams travel.
According to Grand Forks Herald beat writer Brad Schlossman, “BU and BC have got on a plane 3 times for a regional in the last 13 years. The teams lost by four goals in 1st round each time.”
Last time Boston College was sent west they got rolled 8-4 by the Colorado College Tigers.
So in essence, yearly, the NCAA is giving the eastern teams in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament home games. It’s no wonder they don’t want to move the regionals back on campus. Why should they? They might have to play a Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Denver at their home arena. We can’t have that, they might not have an easier path to the Frozen Four.
I believe it’s time for the NCAA regionals to move back on campus, soon. Of course, there is not a lot of support for moving the regionals back on campus. I don’t, however, think that’s going to happen, anytime soon.
This year, if anything, I think brings to light, a reason to at least explore that option.
After Notre Dame beat Michigan 3-1, to win the CCHA title, it looked like UND was headed to the East regional. Think again. Instead of going by the Pairwise numbers and putting UND in the East Regional with Quinnipiac, Canisius and Union, the NCAA instead put the Boston College in the easier bracket and doubled up two WCHA teams in the West Regional, all under the guise of Minnesota and North Dakota will sell tickets.
After an all WCHA Frozen Four in 2005, the NCAA didn’t want to have a repeat of that even again. In some fans opinion, the NCAA has pretty much handed Boston College a easy route to the Frozen Four with that regional draw.
According to Tom Nevala, chair of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and senior associate athletics director at Notre Dame, it doesn’t sound like the regionals are going to be moving back to campus anytime soon.
According to Tom Nevala, chair of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and senior associate athletics director at Notre Dame, it doesn’t sound like the regionals are going to be moving back to campus anytime soon.
Personally, I would like to see us move to an on-campus best-of-three series format for the first round,” Nevala said. “The top seeds would host regardless of size of its building. Right now we do it at the conference level and it works very well. There are upsets even with the home ice advantage and the atmosphere for everyone involved would be better. We have such great campus facilities that are such a part of the fabric of college hockey, it’s a shame that the national tourney isn’t played in them.”
So does Nevala see it happening any time soon?
“The coaching body is so set on having the regional games at neutral sites that before the committee would ever propose something like this we would need to work with them to try and get everyone on board,” Nevala said. “Hopefully we can put something together that they would feel comfortable with. It’s really hard for anyone with an objective view to say what we are doing now at our regionals is great,  so we need to try and do something with them because a great tournament should be our goal.”
Regional sites for the next two years have already been determined so the earliest any change could happen would be for the 2015 championship. The 2013 regionals are at Grand Rapids, Mich., Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I. and Toledo, Ohio. The 2014 regionals will be held at Bridgeport, Conn., Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Paul, Minn. and Worcester, Mass. []
I find those comments disappointing, however, maybe there is hope. Being from North Dakota, at least there is some hope in the future. Or at least, UND athletic director Brian Faison is saying some of the things that I like to hear.
“I don’t like the situation we seem to find ourselves in sometimes when we play in empty arenas in regionals,” said North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison, who will join the committee in the fall. “I’d love to be in a situation where you could play on campus sites for the first round. … I’d love to see us get into a different format, and I think it’s better for the sport. It’s a great game.
“And you want that game in the best locations that you can to showcase.” [Lacrosse Tribune]
Don’t count on the NCAA Hockey showcasing the college game in half empty arena’s in towns some have never heard of, nor would ever think of visiting, if it was for the college hockey game. It’s  time to consider moving the NCAA Hockey Regionals back on campus.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

College Hockey’s March Madness Continues: This weekend’s NCAA Division one television schedule (3/29 – 3/31)

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Here is this weekend’s National College Hockey television schedule. The NCAA’s final 16 has been set, the national tourney starts this weekend. Starting on Friday afternoon, there is a full slate of college hockey on television again this weekend, if you have ESPNU.
In my opinion, this is most wonderful time of the year. It’s also very stressful. There is a finality, which surrounds the college hockey tourney. Seasons and careers end, with losses in the National tourney.
There are college players that will sit in the locker room with their jersey still on hours after a loss, and not want to take off their jersey, for the last time.   
This is also the time of year that fans have to worry if their favorite players with eligibility are going to sign in the offseason. A few high profile players have already signed professional deals in the last week.
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. ESPNU is on (DirecTV 208 and Dish Network 141).
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.

Mar. 29
UMN vs. Yale
1:00 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 29
Mass Lowell vs. Wisconsin
3:30 p.m.
628 / 434
Mar. 29
UND vs. Niagara
4:30 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 29
Denver vs. New Hampshire
7:00 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 29
Wisconsin vs. UMass Lowell
9:30 p.m. *
Mar. 30
NCAA Midwest Regional
12:30 p.m.

Mar. 30
NCAA West Reg. Final
3:00 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 30
NCAA Midwest Regional
4:00 p.m.

Mar. 30
Quinnipiac vs. Canisius
4:30 p.m.
628 / 434
Mar. 30
NCAA Northeast Reg. Final
5:30 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 30
Boston College vs. Union
8:00 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 31
NCAA Midwest Reg. Final
3:00 p.m.
208 / 141
Mar. 31
NCAA East Reg. Final
5:30 p.m.
208 / 141

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

(Video) Jon Gillies stones Kevin Goumas

Check out this amazing save by Providence Friars freshman goalie Jon Gilies on New Hampshire junior forward Kevin Goumas. Gilies was the backup goalie for the USA U-20 WJC team.
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Monday, January 28, 2013 Division I Men's Poll; UND drops to 7

January 28, 2013

Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Minnesota(28)18- 4-49751
2Quinnipiac(22)18- 3-39672
3New Hampshire15- 6-28714
4Miami15- 6-58356
5Boston College14- 7-27713
6Western Michigan16- 6-47239
7North Dakota13- 8-56335
8Yale12- 5-36058
9Notre Dame16-10-05647
10Denver13- 8-450610
11Boston University13- 9-147911
12St. Cloud State15-10-144616
13Massachusetts-Lowell14- 7-241615
14Nebraska-Omaha15- 9-240613
15Minnesota State16- 9-339314
16Dartmouth11- 7-230212
17Niagara15- 4-518017
18Union13- 8-415119
19Wisconsin11- 8-512720
20Alaska12- 8-469NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 42, Colgate 19, Providence 11, Cornell 5, Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1, Northern Michigan 1.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Updated National College Hockey Television Schedule

Here is the updated National College Hockey television schedule for the next two weekends.  With the NHL lockout being over – NHL hockey will once again be on the television. Some hockey fans will chose not to watch the NHL; once the games are “finally” back on television again.
Keeping with the theme, that hockey fans have options, you can see that there are quite a few college hockey games, this week starting on Tuesday night, there are two high profile games.   Check your local cable listing, if you have DirecTV, you will need to have a package that includes the sports package.
On this schedule all time are Central Standard Time.
Tue.Jan. 8Bowling Green at MichiganBTN6:30 p.m.610 / 439 (C)
Tue.Jan. 8Notre Dame at MinnesotaFS North +7:00 p.m.657
Wed.Jan. 9Harvard at BUNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Jan. 11Colorado College at UNDFCS/Midco7:37 p.m.TBD
Fri.Jan. 11New Hampshire at Boston CollegeNESN6:00 p.m.628 / 434
Fri.Jan. 11Union at PrincetonNBC Sports Net.6:00 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Jan. 11Alaska Anchorage at MinnesotaBTN7:00 p.m.610 / 439 (C)
Fri.Jan. 11Nebraska-Omaha at DenverNBC Sports Net.8:37 p.m.220 / 159
Sat.Jan. 12Army at Air ForceCBS Sports Net.6:00 p.m.613 / 158 (C)
Sat.Jan. 12Colorado College at UNDFCS/Midco7:07 p.m.TBD
Sat.Jan. 12Alaska at MichiganFS Detroit +6:30 p.m.664 / TBD
Sat.Jan. 12Alaska Anchorage at MinnesotaFS North7:07 p.m.668 / 436
Sat.Jan. 12Nebraska-Omaha at DenverROOT Sports8:00 p.m.683 / 414
Fri.Jan. 18Northeastern at Boston UniversityNESN6:00 p.m.628 / 434
Fri.Jan. 18Miami at WisconsinBTN7:00 p.m.610/  439
Fri.Jan. 18Harvard at YaleNBC Sports Net.7:30 p.m.220 / 159
Fri.Jan. 18Ferris State at Michigan StateFS Detroit6:00 p.m.663 / 430
Fri.Jan. 18North Dakota at MinnesotaFS North7:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sat.Jan. 19North Dakota at MinnesotaFS North5:00 p.m.668 / 436
Sat.Jan. 19Alaska at Notre DameCBS Sports Net6:05 p.m.613 / 158 (C)
Originally posted at the Hockey Writers - Combine

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Weekend Match-Ups (by Sioux 7)

Here we are the start of a new year, 2013, and the start of the second half of the WCHA season.  I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa and the New Year Holiday, I know I did J


1. St. Cloud St………….…9-5-0………….18
2. North Dakota.………..…7-2-3…..……...17
2. Denver…………..………7-4-3………....17
4. Minnesota State……….8-6-0.…...…….16
5. Minnesota………………6-3-3………….15
5. Nebraska-Omaha………7-4-1……........15
7. Minnesota-Duluth….…..5-6-3…………..13
8. Colorado College ……..5-6-1..….……..11
8. Bemidji State……..…….4-7-3..…….......11
10. Wisconsin…....…………2-5-5………......9
10. Michigan Tech………….3-8-3……….….9
12. Alaska-Anchorage…......1-8-3…...….…..5


Wisconsin @ Alaska-Anchorage
Last weekend both the Badgers and Seawolves were off for the holidays.

After this series these teams will be halfway through the league schedule and will be in the lower half still.  The funny thing is this is the first of two series these teams play against each other this month.  They meet again in Madison the 25th and 26th of January too.  The Badgers with a sweep could almost even their record, almost. The Seawolves need some wins and momentum if they want to climb their way up the ladder.  This series will likely be the last time the Badgers visit Anchorage in a long time, given the upcoming conference changes.  I’m going with the upset special to start the year.  SEAWOLVES SWEEP

Colorado College @ #16 Nebraska-Omaha
Last weekend, the Tigers were off and the Mavericks were swept by the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

The Tigers appear to be on a vegetarian diet as of late, they haven’t feed the win column in the last 5 games.  CC has only one win in its last ten games.  The Mavericks have also fallen on hard times with only one win in their last five games.  The Tigers are a respectable 3-5-0 on the road and the Mavericks are 6-3-1 in Omaha this year.  I’m taking the easy prediction here.  SPLIT

Non Conference Games

#10 Western Michigan @ Bemidji St.
Last weekend, the Broncos tied Michigan St. (1-1) and lost to MTU (4-0) at the Great Lakes Invitational tournament.  The Beavers lost to UMass (4-3) and New Hampshire (3-2 ot) in the Ledyard Bank Classic.

The Broncos are 3-3-1 away from Kalamazoo this year and the Beavers are 3-3-2 at home in Bemidji this year.  The Beavers have been play well the last month and I don’t see them getting swept at home to start 2013.  SPLIT

#12 Cornell @ #11 Denver
The Pioneers defeated Boston U (6-0) over the holiday weekend, to end an eight game winless streak.  The Big Red beat Ferris State (5-3) and lost to Maine (6-4) in the Florida College Classic last weekend.

Cornell has played only three away games this season and are 1-2-0 in those contests.  The Pioneers are 7-4-1 at home in Magnus Arena this season.  It’s hard to say if DU is off their slide after their win.  And if the pollsters are accurate, this should be a very even series with eleven versus twelve.  SPLIT

Providence @ #14 Minnesota State
The Friars were off over the holidays and the Mavericks beat Brown (3-1) and Connecticut (3-1) in the UConn Hockey Classic.

The Mavericks are still red purple hot, only losing once in their last nine games, going 8-1-0 over that span.  The Friars are on a three game winless skid going 0-1-2, and are currently sitting in fourth place in Hockey East.  I have to go with the hot hand in this series.  MAVERICKS SWEEP

Northern Michigan @ #15 St. Could St.
The Wildcats were off over the holidays and the Huskies split a series with RPI (4-3L, 2-1W) in St. Cloud.

The Wildcats have one win (over MTU) in their last six games, and the Huskies have won three of their last four games.  SCSU will be looking to build some momentum this weekend before mushing into the WCHA schedule the rest of the year.  HUSKIES SWEEP

#20 Holy Cross @ #7 North Dakota
Last weekend, the Crusaders beat Yale 5-4 and NoDak enjoying the Christmas and New Years weekends off.

The last time the Crusaders were in Grand Forks was March 24-25, 2006, for the NCAA west regional.  I’m sure many of you remember those games. HC beat the Gophers 4-3 in overtime, in the opening game, which many called the greatest upset in NCAA history of hockey.  UND beat Michigan in their first round game, and then beat HC in the regional final 5-2.  This time around I don’t think Holy Cross will leave Grand Forks with a win.  NODAK SWEEP

#3 Notre Dame @ #1 Minnesota (Tuesday)
The Irish have been off since mid-December and the Gophers beat Air Force (4-0) and Boston College (8-1) in the Mariucci Classic last weekend.

The Irish are on a 6 game winning streak (their last loss was to UND on 11-23-12) and the Gophers are on a 5 game unbeaten streak.  I’m going to say rust is going to be on the Irish and the Gophers will jump to an early lead and hold on to win.

Michigan Tech
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