Showing posts with label Notre Dame. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Notre Dame. Show all posts

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 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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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

(Video) Seth Helgeson vs Anders Lee

A couple of ex-college hockey players from Minnesota beating each other up. Former Minnesota Golden Gophers Seth Helgeson versus former Notre Dame Fighting Irish Anders Lee. Definitely not a staged fight.
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Kyle Rau charging penalty (Video)

You're the referee, you make the call. What penalty would you call in this situation? Of course Gopher fans are going to say that a two-minute penalty is the right call, but you have a defenseless player with his head down, engaged in the play and Gophers forward Kyle Rau comes from all the way across the ice to blast Notre Dame forward Vince Hinostroza. I think it's a senseless play. Hopefully Hinostroza is okay, it looked like he suffered a bit of whiplash on the play.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

EDIT: College Hockey: More Outdoor Games added to Burgeoning list of Outdoor Games

Wow! If we didn't have enough outdoor games already, we now have more games to add to a growing list of outdoor hockey games. The NHL already has six games and now we can add these additional five games. That means if your mathematically challenged, that's at least 11 outdoor hockey games this season.

Here's the break down... So, if my math is right, we have the Frozen Fenway series, game one is Merrimack vs. Providence (4:00 p.m.) and game two is Notre Dame vs. Boston College (7:30 p,m.) both game will be on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The following weekend, we have game three, UMass-Lowell vs. Northeastern (3:00 p.m.) and game four will be the classic match-up between Maine and Boston University (6:30 p.m.).

There is some good news, all four of the Frozen Fenway games will be seen on NESN. That means, if you have the DirecTV sports pack you will be able to watch the games. Add the Gophers vs. Ohio State during the weekend of January 17, 2014.

EDIT: s/t to cberkas for bringing this up. We can add these five outdoor games that I originally mentioned, to the four games from the Great Lakes Invitational that will take place on December 27-28, 2013. Lastly, there is also an outdoor game between RIT and Niagara on December 14. So this means there's going to be nine college outdoor games. There will actually be 10 if you count the woman's game between RIT and Clarkson. Using our addition skills, that brings the total to six NHL outdoor games, plus 10 college hockey outdoor games, and then you can also add the AHL outdoor game between Rochester Americans and Lake Erie Monsters. That means were going to have "at least" 17 outdoor hockey games this season.

So there you have it, an additional outdoor games. Yay! Can you say over saturation? Seriously? My question is, how much is too much. I wonder if we have reached that threshold?

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Epic fail by ESPNU

s/t to@cHRISTIANbRO10 ... Epic fail to @ESPNU for this screw up. Unsatisfactory, this is not acceptable. Of course ESPN wouldn't screw up Notre Dame or Boston College or even Cornell for that matter, but it's okay to disrespect North Dakota.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

ND and Miami Scrum at the end of the game

Here was the end of the first game of the Hockey City Classic. I watched this scrum numerous times on my television, and it looks like, Notre Dame forward Jeff Costello spears some random Miami RedHawk at the end of the game. There were no penalties called on the play. It will be interesting to see if the CCHA officials review the video from the end of the game, to see if there is anything else that warrants additional supplemental discipline.
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Mike Voran hit from behind on Taylor Richart

Watch this hit by Notre Dame forward Mike Voran as he hits Miami defensman Taylor Richart from behind.  This hit is unacceptable and you have to applaud the on ice official for giving Voran a five minute major and a game disqualification.

It would also be disappointing, to be thrown out of such an awesome, high profile event such as the Hockey City Classic for a needless, unnecessary and illegal hit from behind.

There is no way that you can defend this hit. If you watch the video you will see that Richart hit Voran earlier in the shift, but still, there is no reason for Voran to hit Richart while his back is turned to the play.

These are these are the types of hits that the powers that be are trying to eliminate from college hockey. I would be happy if we eliminated them from all levels of hockey.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Video of the Minnesota vs. Notre Dame highlights

Here are the highlights of tonight's game between the number one ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the number two ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It's a good win for the Minnesota Gophers because it's bumps their Pairwise ranking up. It's also the fifth win in the last six games for the Minnesota Gophers.
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Monday, December 31, 2012

UND seventh in USCHO Poll Division I Men's Poll

December 31, 2012

Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Minnesota(35)13- 3-39774
2Boston College( 5)12- 3-19221
3Notre Dame( 9)14- 4-09133
4New Hampshire11- 3-28432
5Quinnipiac14- 3-27699
6Miami12- 4-47305
7North Dakota10- 5-37207
8Dartmouth( 1)8- 2-266110
9Boston University10- 6-06126
10Western Michigan11- 5-25138
11Denver10- 6-347814
12Cornell7- 4-242511
13Union9- 4-437513
14Minnesota State12- 6-233618
15St. Cloud State12- 8-029116
16Nebraska-Omaha11- 8-127612
17Yale7- 4-221315
18Niagara10- 3-412417
19Robert Morris9- 4-2120NR
20Holy Cross10- 4-265NR
Others receiving votes: Colgate 50, Ferris State 47, Providence 12, Harvard 10, Michigan Tech 5, Massachusetts 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Northern Michigan 4, Colorado College 1.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UND and ND highlights from Saturday's game

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's game between UND and Notre Dame. Obviously,  UND lost the game  5-2 and I  am sure that Zane Gothberg would like to have a few of those shots back, especially the two that were from the top of the faceoff circle, but UND did manage to play some pretty good hockey in the third period.

Also, Mark MacMillan's goal in the second period was a thing of beauty. Notice after goal Notre Dame Defenseman Stephen Johns trips up Mark MacMillan who ends up falling into the end boards after he has already scored the goal. Then for good measure the ND defenseman crosschecks Danny Kristo in the face when he comes to confront Johns about the questionable play.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lucia on the Gophers future schedules

English: Big Ten Conference logo since 2010.
English: Big Ten Conference logo since 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There has been a lot of discussion on the Gophers future hockey schedules with their move to the Big Ten and why they're not playing one team and then playing maybe another team. Here is a quote from Michael Russo's blog today.
Some Don Lucia quotes:

On future schedule? “We have a four-year deal with Northeastern and Boston College [starting next year], so it’s something I want to continue to do – at least every year get out to the east coast. Right now, we’ll have our 20 Big Ten ames, our eight in-state games – that’s 28, we’ll have our tournament, that’s 30, so that’ll leave us four games a year. Right now we’re locked in with Notre Dame, B.C. and Northeastern, and when that drops off, we’ll get North Dakota back on when Notre Dame drops off. When B.C. drops off, that’ll free up another opportunity to go at East to play somebody every other year back and forth. The plan is to try to get out to the east coast every other year.”
Thoughts? Comments? It will be nice to see the rivalry return in four years hopefully.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The 32 game National College Hockey Schedule - CBS sport announced 18 game schedule

CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the Lockout enters the tenth day with no end in sight – hockey fans have been given even more options to fill the void left by theNHL lockout.
Earlier, I posted a 24 game college hockey schedule for NBC Sports Network. Today, CBS Sports Network announced their 18 game schedule and starting on Thursday November 15, 2012 with a game between Notre Dame and Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan.
I took the liberty of combining the two schedules and now between the CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network schedules hockey fans have 32 game national college hockey schedule that hockey fans can choose from. You can check your local cable companies listings for what channel these sports networks are on. For those fans that have DirecTV, NBCSN is on channel 603 and CBSSN is on channel 613.
Ice Breaker Tourney
Fri. Oct. 12 Notre Dame vs. Maine (7:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Fri. Oct. 12 Army vs. Nebraska (TBD.) – NBCSN
Sat. Oct. 13 Final (Teams TBD) (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Nov. 15 Notre Dame at Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Nov. 16 Harvard at Cornell (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Nov. 30 Boston College at Boston University (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Nov. 30 Vermont at Maine (8:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Nov. 30 Wisconsin at Denver (10:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Dec. 1 Boston University at Boston College (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Dec. 7 Michigan State at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Dec. 8 Maine at Boston University (8:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Dec. 14 Western Michigan at Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Jan. 4 Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Jan. 4: Robert Morris at Army (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Jan. 5 Merrimack at Vermont (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Jan. 11 Union at Princeton (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Jan. 11 Nebraska-Omaha at Denver (10:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Jan. 12 Army at Air Force (6:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Jan. 18 Harvard at Yale (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Jan. 19: Alaska at Notre Dame (7:00 p.m. ET)  – CBSSN
Jan. 25 Ferris State at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Jan. 25 Yale at Cornell (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 1 Dartmouth at Union (7:30 p.m.ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 8   North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 8 Michigan at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Feb. 10 Providence at New Hampshire (4:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Feb. 15 Notre Dame at Miami (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Feb. 15 Boston University at Maine (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 22 Yale at Quinnipiac (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 22 North Dakota at Denver (10:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Feb. 22 Notre Dame at Western Michigan (7:30 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Feb. 23 New Hampshire at Vermont (4:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Feb. 24 Boston College at Merrimack (4:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
March 1 Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha (7:30 p.m.ET) – NBCSN
Mar. 1 Ferris State at Michigan (7:00 p.m. ET) – CBSSN
Mar. 3 UMass-Lowell at Merrimack (4:00 p.m. ET) – CBSS
March 8 Maine at New Hampshire (7:30 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Hockey East Tournament
March 15 Quarterfinals (7:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
March 22 Semifinals (4:00 p.m. ET) and (7:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
March 23 Final (7:00 p.m. ET) – NBCSN
Originally posted at The Hockey Writers - Combine  

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EDIT: CBS Sports Network releases 18 game hockey schedule

Nov. 15 (Thurs)
Notre Dame at Michigan
7:30 PM
Nov. 30 (Fri)
Vermont at Maine
Harold Alfond Sports Arena, Orono, ME
8:00 PM
Dec. 8 (Sat)
Maine at Boston University
Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
8:00 PM
Dec. 14 (Fri)
Western Michigan at Michigan
Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
7:30 PM
Jan. 4 (Fri)
Robert Morris at Army
Tate Rink. West Point, NY
7:30 PM
Jan. 5 (Sat)
Merrimack At Vermont
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, VT
7:30 PM
Jan. 12 (Sat)
Army at Air Force
Cadet Ice Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
6:00 PM

Jan. 19 (Sat)
Alaska at Notre Dame
Compton Family Center, South Bend, IN
7:00 PM
Jan. 25 (Fri)
Ferris State at Notre Dame
Compton Family Center, South Bend, IN
7:30 PM
Feb. 8 (Fri)
Michigan at Notre Dame
Compton Family Center, South Bend, IN
7:30 PM
Feb. 10 (Sun)
Providence at New Hampshire
The Whittemore Center, Durham, NH
4:00 PM
Feb. 15 (Fri)
Notre Dame at Miami
Goggin Ice Center, Oxford, OH
7:30 PM
Feb. 22 (Fri)
Notre Dame at Western Michigan
Lawson Arena, Kalamazoo, MI
7:30 PM
Feb. 23 (Sat)
New Hampshire at Vermont
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, VT
4:00 PM
Feb. 24 (Sun)
Boston College at Merrimack
J. Thom Lawler Arena, North Andover, MA
4:00 PM
Mar.1 (Fri)
Ferris State at Michigan
Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
7:30 PM
Mar. 3 (Sun)
UMass-Lowell At Merrimack
J. Thom Lawler Arena, North Andover, MA
4:00 PM
Mar. 8 (Fri)
Boston University at Northeastern
Matthews Arena, Boston, MA
7:30 PM

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The CBS Sports Network released its 2012-13 Television schedule today and you will see that the WCHA schools were shutout for this season and for the most part CBSSN is showing only Hockey East and CCHA games.

Per Dan Sabreen of CBS - "CBSSN does not have a deal with the WCHA."
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