Thursday, December 19, 2013
Brendan Shanahan explained why the NHL's Department of Player Safety will not suspend Tom Wilson for his hit to injure on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. I totally disagree with this, but oh well. None of us should be shocked by this decision, Shanny gets them wrong about half of the time.
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Jeff Z. Klein, New York Times -- Junior A hockey, for 16- to 20-year-olds, is the last remaining level of the game under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction that still tolerates fighting. The push to outlaw fighting is being spurred by a recent spate of serious injuries resulting from fights and concern over the prospect of lawsuits.
“We need to take a firm stand to preserve our sport, prevent catastrophic injury and avoid financial repercussions,” said Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, who has been a leader in the effort to ban fighting.
The new rule would punish all fighters with automatic ejection from the game, and instigators with an automatic two-game suspension. It would also give referees more latitude in making decisions to eject players.
The measure will be presented at the organization’s winter meetings Jan. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla. It could be voted on then or at USA Hockey’s annual congress in June. The rule could take effect as early as next season.
- Will Mandatory visors for new NHL players portends fighting's demise (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This is a blatant charging, and it's also a checking from behind penalty. If the NHL's Department of Player Safety doesn't suspend Tom Wilson for this dangerous hit on Brayden Schenn, they're derelict in their duties. There's no sense to these types of hits.
Someone is going to get killed on the ice and it's not going to be from a fight, it's going to be from a dangerous hit like this. Personally, I am more offended by these types of hockey plays than to goons dropping the gloves in a staged fight.
Tom Wilson sent a text to Brayden Schenn apologizing for last nights hit. Schenn accepted his apology, and said... http://t.co/J81RpNrk9F
— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) December 18, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
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.
- Bowling Green Unhappy with Travel in NCHC? (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
They say that being a linesman in hockey is a dangerous job. Yikes! Here's the explanation from Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net. Also, the rules for fighting in junior hockey in Canada will be getting tougher. Starting in 2014-15, players that get into a fight, will receive a game misconduct and be removed from the game.
Buzzing the Net -- With 5½ minutes left in the third period, an all-out skirmish broke out along a half-wall between the Vipers and the Prince George Spruce Kings. Dumonceaux paired off with Prince George's Christian Weidauer. Linesman Ryan Dawson moved in between them to separate the players. Dumonceaux, who had his head down, tried to punch Weidauer, but instead decked Dawson, bloodying the official.
It was a mistake, but it's a very bad one that should lead to the 19-year-old Dumonceaux being suspended. Striking an official is a cardinal sin. It's an occupational hazard, but this seemed exceptionally bad.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
For the most part, I thought the officiating in this weekends series between Miami and North Dakota was pretty good. However, this is a bad call, there's no way around it. Okay, I know what the league is trying to do, they're trying to protect the players on the ice, but I don't think that this is worthy of a five-minute major penalty. Thoughts?
- NCHC Hockey: UND's beats Miami in Inaugural Game (thehockeywriters.com)
- NCHC Hockey: North Dakota versus Miami goals (Video) (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- UND Hockey: The Weekend Ahead (10/18-10/19) (insidehockey.com)
Friday, October 18, 2013
In my opinion, this suspension isn't long enough. I would have liked to have seen Maxim Lapierre get a longer suspension. When are the players going to learn, you can't make these hits? Someone is going to get killed on the ice.
- Blues Rat Maxim Lapierre suspended indefinitely for dirty hit on Dan Boyle (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Brad Stuart has been suspended by the NHL for three games for this hit on Rick Nash. I think it's the right call in this situation. Thoughts on this hit? Do you think the suspension is excessive?
- NHL Hockey: Brad Stuart has hearing for hit on Rick Nash (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Rangers await ruling on Brad Stuart's hit on Rick Nash (newsday.com)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks during a pre-game warm-up. Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I keep hearing the argument, but it's not a dirty hit. What do you mean, it's not a dirty hit, the puck is gone for more than two, if not three seconds, in this situation, Perry is trying to blow up Jason Zucker.
Think about it this way, Perry took out a good player on a team that is in competition with them for a playoff spot in their division.
Objectionable hits should have consequences and in this case it does. Corey Perry will sit for four games.
NEW YORK -- Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games, without pay, for a late, illegal check to Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker during NHL Game No. 384 in Minnesota on Tuesday, March 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.Again there is no defending this hit. Although, I have seen a few try today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will forfeit $115,135.12. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 4:21 of the second period. Perry was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I could have predicted that Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety was going to throw the book at Patrick Kaleta for this dirty hit on the Rangers forward Brad Richards. If I am not mistaken, this is the longest suspension in the NHL so far this year. Kaleta has now been suspended three times for a total of 11 games by the NHL, he's starting to develop quite a name for himself. Personally, I think he's a puke, a Matt Cooke or Raffi Torres type player.
NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for five games, without pay, for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards during NHL Game No. 317 in New York on Sunday, March 3, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $76,219.25. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 3:28 of the third period. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and game misconduct.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
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The Game Itself
I hate to say it, but the game was entertaining. I hate to say it because my team lost. Dave Hakstol said that the team's effort wasn't good and that it was sloppy. I agree...for the most part. For the first part of the first period, the first part of the second period, and the last part of the third period, however, I thought they played very very well.
The trouble with hockey games is that momentum RARELY stays pegged to one side for the entire game. When the momentum shifted to DU's side, UND got really sloppy and some downright baffling things started to occur.
For example, Larazza's goal. It deflected SOMEWHERE right? It had to! It changed direction. Did it go off of a UND player? Off of Ostrow's stick? Who knows, but that hurt.
Zane Gothberg.... Oy. I think I may have cursed him back after the UNO series. He starts the game giving up 2 goals that weren't his fault and then suddenly he quits playing hockey. It was seriously a Jekyl/Hyde moment. How can someone who had been so solid positionally the last 4 games and so many minutes suddenly forget how to play the game? I STILL believe Gothberg is a stellar talent, but his mindset still may not be there yet.
Another Jekyl/Hyde example? Our Defense. In the offensive zone, they were STELLAR last night. In the defensive zone? At times so unbelievably sloppy it's not funny. DU's Powerplay looked like it should have been hitting at closer to 60% thanks to our inability to close off the center of the ice sheet. They were cross ice passing at will. They did a much better job for much of the game to force us to the outside. We struggled at it at times. On the 5th goal, Corbin Knight seemed to lose track of Nick Shore for a split second which allowed Shore to get a step on Knight so as to beat Knight to the rebound. Costly.
O'Donnell's waved off goal: McMillan was off sides by a good foot. There is even question as to whether or not O'Donnell himself may have put himself off sides as well. Imagine what would have happened though had O'Donnell had taken one more stride before winding up and shooting....
In the end, though, any team that gives up more than 3 goals in a victory can hardly be called dominant. I would not put Okinuora as a player of the game.
The officiating and stupid penalties
Yeah, I had to put this in here because it is expected. However, in all things considered, I don't think the officiating was that bad. It certainly didn't bring question to results of the game like some of our previous games. And the officials kept control of the game, which is VITAL in a heated rivalry series such as this.
Goon didn't like my text about this last night but I have to say it: Parks' penalty was one of the stupidest penalties in hockey. The other would be too many men on the ice. Why? Because it's downright avoidable. Sure, the goalie stick posed a tripping hazard and could clog up a small portion of the passing lane but that's how it is. Okinuora would have been stickless on the penalty kill. How advantageous for UND, right? It ends up being turned into DU's fourth goal. That's frustrating to the Nth degree. DU's powerplay is FAR FAR too good to say "No worries, our PK will take care of it." They are the highest penalized team in the WCHA. We should have allowed them to continue the
trend on their own.
The Media Coverage
I've already covered this but... could the NBC Sports commentators have been less prepared? So many of our names were wrong, but that's besides the point. It was 1 to 1 and they said there were 3 goals scored. WHAT? UND went up 2 to 1 and finally they were correct, but it didn't stop them in the first period. UND was out penalized at one point 4 to 3 but it was evened up according to the NBC Sports casters.
Look, we get it. UND and even DU is small fish compared to the horrible news coming out of the NHL: Evgeni Malkin left with an injury! To hell with college hockey! We got to set up our cameras outside the Penguin's training room!
Tonight, the local network (Root?) has the game and so at least they'll care about the game even if it is biased to DU.
Doom and Gloom?
This marked the fourth loss in the last 18 games for UND. There is now only 4 points separating first place and seventh place in the WCHA. UND remains at #6 in the Pairwise. So is it doom and gloom?
Losing to a rival is always doom-bringing, but it isn't as bad as it looks. Tonight's important for only, really, two reasons: 1. Home ice. We could drop as low as 6th place if we get swept. 2. Head to Head comparisons. DU would win the head to head comparison with a victory tonight. As it stands right now it is tied 1-1-1.
If we get swept tonight we'll still be in line for the NCAAs. We are STILL a dangerous team to play against. And the last time we snuck into the NCAAs we did quite well.
I hope we do get the Split tonight. I think we are capable of doing it.
- The Outdoor Games (RW77) (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- UND vs. Denver; College Hockey's Hatfield-McCoy feud (thehockeywriters.com)
Friday, February 22, 2013
Personally, I would have like to have seen Hall suspended for three or four games. Oh well. Justice has been served. I also don't believe the logic that you can't hit someone in the open ice, going forward. Just don't lead with your knee. In my opinion, this was a deliberate attempt by Hall to hurt Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck didn't even touch the puck, go back and watch the video, he was in a vulnerable position.
#Oilers GM Steve Tambellini: "We respect their decision and will make the appropriate lineup changes for tomorrow's game against Phoenix."
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 23, 2013
Brad May was awesome on the Hall hit last night and playing against Clutterbuck. "I hated Cal Clutterbuck's guts..." 630ched.com/insidesports/e…
— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) February 23, 2013
- (VIDEO) Taylor Hal cheap shot on Cal Clutterbuck (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
Monday, February 04, 2013
This is a nice video that was taken by Marv Leier, during last weekend's game between Wisconsin and North Dakota. Leier films the game footage for Midco from his perch between the players benches. I bet he could tell us a story or two about some of the things that he has seen and heard.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
At the 13:30 mark of the third period, freshman forward Drake Caggiula was assessed a five minute major and given a game misconduct for checking from behind. At the time, I didn't think that was the proper call, it looked like a shoulder to shoulder check. I don't think this call is worthy of a five minute major. (s/t to Tim Brubakken for the picture.)
Friday, February 01, 2013
This was the hit that St. Louis Blues forward David Backes put on Detroit Redwings defenseman Kent Huskins. Backes was given a five minute major and match penalty. In looking at the video it doesn't look like Backes even hit Huskins in the head. What do you think?
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I think this is one of the weakest calls that I have ever seen, notice Matis didn't even go down till he realized I better drop to the ice and flail around so I can draw a major penalty.
This is the typical example of European hockey. I have to be honest, I have begun to tire of some of the on ice antics of the European players, during the 2013 WJC. That's not to say that Shayne Gostisbehere doesn't deserve a penalty for checking to see if Matus Matis is wearing a cup, but In my opinion this isn't worthy of an extra game. What do you think?
Saturday, December 29, 2012
You make the call... Here is what I saw. First, you have a shoulder to shoulder hit that's called a elbow, that would lead to a power play goal by the Pioneers. Then, you get a legit call on the Scott Mayfield, that's a five minute major in my book. In my opinion, WCHA ref Don Adam made the right call on that play. Adam's side kick, Tim Walsh probably blew it as well as he could have given the BU players a five minute major and a game misconduct as well. That was dangerous hit and I would rather see the ref call a major on that play. What do you think?
Saturday, December 01, 2012
UNO forward Zahn Raubenheimer was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for this hit on Minnesota junior forward Nick Bjugstad. I don't have a problem with the penalty being a major penalty and it's a call that the refs should be making. You can't hit a player into the board is you can see his numbers and his name tag.