Showing posts with label Omaha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Omaha. Show all posts

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Links UNO vs. UND

Epic series this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. UND takes on the Red Mavs in an important two-game conference series. Should be an exciting series. #hateundweek

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An Early, Basic, Brief, and Very Amateur look at the incoming Freshmen for next year (Redwing77)

Ok, one thing I have been able to do even with grad school, is to keep up with the local USHL scene in Omaha, Nebraska.  I've gotten to see a few of UND's future recruits in action, but I'm going to limit this article to ONLY those I've seen AND those who are listed per Heisenberg and Schlossman's blog as being 2014 recruits.  I want to be VERY VERY clear:  I'm only speaking of these players from a fan/viewer point of view.  If you want a coach's perspective or one more like a scout, then read no further.  This report is VERY amateur.

Right now, per Heisenberg, the following players are incoming:

Cam Johnson - Fargo/Waterloo (USHL)

Hayden Shaw - Waterloo (USHL)
Tucker Poolman - Omaha (USHL)

Nick Schmaltz - Green Bay (USHL)
Trevor Olson - Sioux City (USHL)
John Simonson - Lincoln (USHL)

First, those I've only seen in limited capacity:

Hayden Shaw and Nick Schmaltz.  I'm no scout.  I've seen Waterloo play, but Shaw did not stand out.  That's fine, as he's a defenseman.  From what little I've seen of him thus far, he looks to be a shut down defenseman.  What he actually turns out to be is unknown.  Truthfully, he's a 1996 birthday.  With only four slots opening, and assuming no one bolts, I'm curious to know if Hakstol asks Shaw to wait a year.  Then again, I do not know how Coach Hakstol will work it.

Nick Schmaltz is the most limited of viewership of the list.  I've only seen him play once and it was on a lousy webcast game between Green Bay and Omaha.  He seemed fast but he didn't stand out much.  The commentators certainly raved a lot about him, though.

Trevor Olson -  He's done alright this year for Sioux City.  He wears the 'C' for Sioux City.  Likes to hang out in front of the net.  However, at least tonight, he did quite a bit of whining to the refs (though I can't really blame them.  We had two of the worst officials I've ever witnessed).  He's a pretty tall dude at 6'1" tall.  I think at the NCAA level he'll be another Rodwell or perhaps a Gaarder type.

Most Viewership:

John Simonson -  He was Lincoln's leading scorer and scholarship winner.  He wore the 'A' for Lincoln this year (future Alaska Nanook hack Zach Frye wore the C).  He played for a rather poor team racked with disappointing defensive performances, suspensions, injuries, and tragedy this year.  He has a lot of pep to his game and loves to rush the net.  I think he reminds me of a Mark McMillan type player.... Maybe O'Donnell even.

Cam Johnson - Ok, most of my viewership came before he was traded to Waterloo.  He started the year as Fargo's starting goaltender and was traded while still in that capacity.  In my opinion, he really was the ONLY veteran player on Fargo that was playing well consistently, but it was never enough.  Fargo has the worst team D in the USHL and their record shows it.  That being said, Johnson had his fair share of consistency issues.  I'm not too concerned about Johnson at UND unless he's expected to jump right in and start right off the bat (say, if Gothberg bolts).  He can steal games, but he's not as talented as Gothberg yet.  He does have tremendous potential though.

Tucker Poolman - This is the fellow I have the MOST exposure to.  I'm not sure if it is the coach's strategy or not, but he's the most aggressive defenseman in the offensive zone I've ever seen.  He's OFTEN deep in the zone and many of his USHL leading goals (among defensemen) came from below the faceoff circles.  He's on the ice in every situation and logs a ton of minutes.  He's NOT physical at all.  Don't look for him to make any really big hits.  He has fought at least once this year in the USHL but even the fans were wondering what the heck was going on to force him to fight.  If I were to describe Poolman, he'd be a combination between Mattson and perhaps LaDue.  I do NOT project him to continue this style of play at UND and I likewise do not expect him to be a world beater offensively at the NCAA level.  However, what he COULD be is the next Dillon Simpson in terms of on and off ice leadership.  He is far and away the best defenseman on Omaha and, imo, one of the top 3 defenseman in the USHL this year.

Who knows how it is going to turn out.  Who knows if who I compared these players to (if I did at all) is even close.  Maybe I'll be wrong and Olson will light it up.  Maybe there's another Trevor Hammer or Wes Dorey in this mix.  I don't know.  All I do know is that there's a LOT of good coming our way in the next few years (Christian Evers is going to grow into a stud, imo).
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Weekend Match-Ups (By Donn)

The rest of the season is nothing but NCHC games, so the race is on for the first ever NCHC regular season championship.  And mathematically everyone still has a shot at the title. 

Last weekend in the Saturday SCSU-UNO game both teams had a player score a hat trick, Kossila for the Huskies and Zombo for the Mavericks, you don’t see that very often!


St. Cloud St……………….8-4-2-0…………...26
North Dakota………………8-6-0-0……….….24
Western Michigan………..6-7-1-1…………...20
Colorado College……….. 3-8-3-1…….….….13

NCHC Games

Western Michigan @ Miami
Last weekend the Broncos were swept by the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1) in Kalamazoo and the RedHawks had a bye weekend.

The Broncos suffered their first losses of 2014 last weekend, and head to Oxford this weekend.  These teams just played a series last month, to kick off 2014, which resulted in a Broncos sweep.  But this time around it’s at the RedHawks home rink. Miami started off the season as one of the pre-season favorites to win the league.  Now the RedHawks are looking at a bottom half finish.  If the Broncos sweep the RedHawks this weekend, it would be a monumental task for the Oxford guys to get into the top half.  SPLIT

#15 Denver @ #6 SCSU
Last weekend the Pioneers were on a bye and the Huskies split with the Mavericks (5-3W, 8-6L) in Omaha.

With three points separating the top five teams, it goes without saying that these series are big games for both these teams.  The Pioneer’s hosted the Huskies back a month ago and the teams split that series, SCSU won the opener 6-3 and DU evened it up 5-2 that following night.  I think a repeat is on tap this weekend with each team getting a win.  SPLIT

Colorado College @ #17 Minnesota-Duluth 
Last weekend the Tigers were enjoying an off weekend and the Bulldogs swept the Broncos (5-2, 3-1) in Kalamazoo. 

The Bulldogs are on a good streak, having not lost in their last 5 games (3-0-2).  Meanwhile the Tigers managed only one win in December and one win in January. I don’t think a Bulldog sweep would surprise anyone this weekend, not even the Tigers.  BULLDOGS SWEEP

Nebraska-Omaha @ #16 North Dakota
Last weekend the Mavericks split (5-3L, 8-6W) with the Huskies in Omaha and NoDak was resting up on a bye weekend. 

The Mavericks went winless in December, and managed one win and January and have one win already in February.  NoDak was on a 10 game unbeaten streak until they dropped their last game at Denver.  That last game in DU featured a stellar performance by their goaltender that stopped all 43-shots he faced.  I think NoDak is in the midst of their traditional second half run, and will get back on track this weekend at the expense of Omaha.  NODAK SWEEPS.
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Monday, October 01, 2012

Tickets on sale Monday for UND’s outdoor game at Nebraska Omaha

OMAHA, Neb.Tickets for North Dakota’s outdoor Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WHCA) game at Nebraska Omaha will go on sale Monday, Oct. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The outdoor doubleheader will feature the USHL’s Omaha Lancers playing the Lincoln Stars at 12:30 p.m., followed by the UND-UNO game at 4:07 p.m. 

Tickets will be sold through and CenturyLink Omaha box office. The games are being presented by the Omaha Sports Commission, working with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Omaha Lancers hockey programs. Mutual of Omaha is the title sponsor of the event. Omaha Lancer and UNO Maverick season ticket holders were given an opportunity to purchase tickets late last week and officials say the initial response has been tremendous. 

“Since announcing the Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice last February, we have been asked numerous times when tickets would be on available and we are pleased to announce public sales start today,” Omaha Sports Commission President Harold Cliff said. “The Omaha Sports Commission is proud to host this event and we want to thank Mutual of Omaha for serving as title sponsor of this unique sports competition.”

UNO hockey fans could not be more excited for this game, and we have heard from hundreds of North Dakota hockey fans who intend to travel to Omaha and see these incredible games,” UNO’s Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said. “Mutual of Omaha’s Battles on Ice will showcase all that UNO hockey has going for it and provide excellent national exposure to our program.” 

“This will be an historic season for the Omaha Lancers, as we start in our new home at the Ralston Arena and then play in this great event at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha,” Omaha Lancers President and Managing Partner Ben Robert said. “The Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice is generating great excitement among our fans, and we know a number of Lincoln Stars fans will travel I-80 to see this great double-header.”

“Mutual of Omaha is proud to sponsor Battles on Ice and we are hoping for a packed stadium of hockey fans,” Mutual of Omaha Senior Vice President John Hildenbiddle said. “The Omaha Sports Commission is to be commended for helping bring everyone together and creating another memorable sports event for our community.”
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Jutting Named New Hockey Assistant Coach at UNO

Congrats to former Minnesota State University Mankato Mavericks head coach Troy Jutting for getting the assistant coaching position at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Last week were were alerted of the impending coaching move by SB Nation Blogger Chuck Schwartz and Bridget Brooks. The University of Nebraska Omaha came out with their "official" press release today.
OMAHA, Neb. – University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that Troy Jutting has been named the team's new assistant coach. Jutting takes over for Brian Renfrew who left Omaha after one year to take a position with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.

Jutting is well known to fans of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, having served as the head coach of Minnesota State for the last 12 years.

“We are fortunate that we have been able to add someone of Troy's experience to our staff,” said Blais. “After so many games coaching against us, he knows our program and our players. Just as important, he knows the WCHA and what it takes to be successful there. I think he can help us as we compete for league and national championships.” [Read the whole release here]

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It's official - Steve Johnson named assistant coach at UNO

Former SCSU assistant coach and former Fighting Sioux All-American forward Steve Johnson has been named the assistant coach at the University of Omaha Nebraska Mavericks. This great personnel move by the UNO Mavericks because it gives them a great assistant coach and will only make the Mavericks better.
OMAHA, Neb. University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that Steve Johnson has been named the team's new assistant coach. He replaces Mike Hastings who left UNO following the 2011-12 season to take the head coach position at Minnesota State.

“I'm very pleased to have a coach of Steve's caliber fill the void left by Mike Hastings' departure,” said Blais. “Steve has the ability to be a great recruiter for us, and his on-ice skills as a coach are very strong as shown by his work in both the United States Hockey League and at the college level. His knowledge and experience will make our team stronger. ”

Johnson spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at WCHA rival school St. Cloud State. Prior to that, he succeeded Blais as the head coach of the Fargo Force of the USHL where he coached for one season, leading the Force to the 2010 Clark Cup Finals.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

RoughRiders Fall to Lancers in Shootout

The RoughRiders battled the Western conference leader Lancers, losing 4-3 in a shootout.

Austin Ortega (4) sends a shot into former teammate Nolan Zajac (11)

Former RoughRider Nolan Zajac.  Sorry Sioux fans.  He's committed to Denver.

Tanner Pond gets up close and personal with the glass

Ryan McGrath took a lot of beatings on the night

Riley Bourbonnais scored a hat trick. All three goals were scored in the 2nd.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TD Ameritrade to host UNO, Lancer games

I have to be honest with you that I think the Outdoor Hockey games are a bit over done and I think that we have way too many of them, but I guess we shouldn’t look a gifted horse in the mouth eh? Looks like UND is finally going to be part of one of them… It will be interesting to see how many fans this will draw.
Rob White, WORLD-HERALD --- Outdoor hockey is coming to TD Ameritrade Park next winter.

UNO and the Omaha Lancers are set to play outdoor hockey games next season, against North Dakota and the Lincoln Stars, respectively, according to sources.

A press conference to announce "a unique winter sporting event to be held at TD Ameritrade Park during 2013" is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown stadium.

The 24,000-seat TD Ameritrade Park serves as the home of baseball's College World Series.

Tuesday's press conference will feature representatives from the Omaha Sports Commission, Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, UNO, the Lancers and the Stars.

North Dakota and UNO are rivals in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
From the article here is the list of all of the outdoor college hockey games. There seems to have been a few of them over the years.
Other outdoor men’s college hockey games of note
Oct. 6, 2001: Michigan-Michigan St.
Spartan Stadium, Lansing, Mich., Att: 74,554

Feb. 11, 2006: Ohio St.-Wisconsin
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis., Att: 40,890

Jan. 8, 2010: Boston U.-Boston College
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 38,472

Feb. 6, 2010: Michigan-Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis., Att: 55,031

Dec. 11, 2010: Michigan St.-Michigan
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich., Att: 113,411

Jan. 7, 2012: Massachusetts-Vermont
Fenway Park, Boston

Jan. 7, 2012: Maine-New Hampshire
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 38,456

Jan. 14, 2012: Northeastern-Boston College
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 29,601

Jan. 15, 2012: Michigan-Ohio St.
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio, Att: 25,864
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