Wednesday, November 26, 2014
First off, there is only one, yes ONE Big 10 team in the USCHO top 20 and that is Minnesota at number three, which is just a bit too generous. Even though their last game was an exhibition against the USA development team, they still lost, which would mark three losses in a row for the Golden Gophers. If they are able to stay at three after three losses in a row, why did Michigan Tech, from the WCHA, drop big time after getting swept by Mankato last weekend?
Now we have the struggling Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin has yet to win a game this season, and has looked terrible in a majority of their contests this season. Last season's Big 10 tournament champions have lost nine in a row, dating back to last seasons NCAA tournament loss to North Dakota, where again they were extremely outplayed.
Just two teams in the conference have winning records this season, Penn State (7-3-2) and Minnesota (7-3-0). Lets see how many ranked opponents each team has beat, starting with Penn State. Penn State holds one of their seven victories over a top 10 opponent, and that is number four UMass Lowell where they won 4-1. Yes they did split with Michigan too, but is Michigan just known and talked about because of their historic name and coach this year? Penn State's last contest was an 8-1 loss to Michigan, making me wonder if they can compete with the big boys for real. Minnesota has had some struggles against other ranked opponents this season as well. In three games against number eight Minnesota-Duluth, they are 1-2-0 and have been outscored 8-5 in the series. They also hold a split against number 16 St. Cloud State and barely pulled off the overtime victory on home ice in the weekend series.
Conference play finally started this past weekend, with four of the six teams in action. Each team won one and lost one game, not showing any powerhouses throughout the conference. If you look inside the conference, Minnesota will probably be the only team with any chance at the NCAA tournament, but with their sloppy play as of late makes me wonder if they will have to win their conference to do it.
Taking a look at Michigan State, they seem to have what it takes to be competitive with their opponents, but doesn't quite have what it takes to finish games on a consistent basis. They most recently played number 12 Boston College and lost the decision 3-2. They could play upset once it comes conference tournament time, but that could be about it.
Finally, Ohio State has had one early season win worthy of note, and that is against Providence, who probably was a tad overrated at the time. Other than that, the Buckeyes have not looked anything but average at best making me wonder how they made it to the Big 10 championship last season.
The Big 10 is a conference that created a lot of drama once it entered college hockey last season, and ruined many great college hockey rivalries that fans have grown to love over the past four decades. With a sub 500 non conference record in almost a year and a half in existence, does the Big 10 deserve to be called one of college hockey's top conferences like some think it should be?
Saturday, November 09, 2013
We're liking the new addition to the U.S. Military uniforms! What do you think @GoldytheGopher? #SkiUMah pic.twitter.com/0GB3eUOgfi
— Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) November 9, 2013
Being an ex-veteran, I am not sure that I like this at all. It doesn't look good. Not with an military uniform. The US military's uniform is very serious. The rather austere décor of the US military uniform is softened by a goofy rodent tail. I am all for putting the tails on the cheer leaders though.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
|English: Logo for DirecTV (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. Check your television guide for times in your local area. As with any schedules, channels will change and have in the past.
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. Last Sunday alone, there were two games. Boston College beat Merrimack College in overtime, to wrestle first in place in Hockey East away from the Warriors.
In the night cap, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Kohl Center 5-0 as the Badgers continued their torrid pace going 13-4-5 since they started the season 1-7-3. So you’re kind of getting college hockey version of March Madness.
This weekend, there will also be three college hockey games that will be available in Canada, so, for college hockey fans north of the border, you should check your local television guides as well.
|Fri.||Mar. 1||Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha||NBC Sports Net.||6:30 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Mar. 1||Ferris State at Michigan||CBS Sports Net.||6:30 p.m.||613 / 158 (C)|
|Fri.||Mar. 1||Bemidji State at UND||FCS/Midco||7:37pm||626|
|Fri.||Mar. 1||Denver at Minnesota||BTN||7:00 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Sat.||Mar. 2||Providence at Boston College||NESN||3:00 p.m.||628 / 434|
|Sat.||Mar. 2||Mass. at New Hampshire||FCS||6:00 p.m.||TBD|
|Sat.||Mar. 2||Ferris State at Michigan||FS Detroit||7:30 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sat.||Mar. 2||Denver at Minnesota||FS North||7:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sun.||Mar. 3||UMass Lowell at Merrimack||CBS Sports Net.||3:00 p.m.||613 / 158 (C)|
*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, (C) Denotes games available in Canada. All times are Central Standard Time.
Cross Posted at the Hockey Writers Combine.
Friday's game will be on DirecTV channel 626. No DirecTV Saturday. Both games on FOX College Sports Central.
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDMHockey) February 28, 2013
- UND vs. Denver; College Hockey's Hatfield-McCoy feud (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Jeff Dubay of 1500ESPN answers a few questons (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Corban Knight for Hobey Baker? (insidehockey.com)
- Breaking down the Minnesota vs. North Dakota Rivalry (thehockeywriters.com)
Friday, November 30, 2012
|Thomas and Mike Welsh|
At the time, it appeared that the Penn State Nittany Lions had landed Canadian born Thomas Welsh to play his Division I hockey at Penn State University instead of playing in the CHL.
I interviewed his father Mike via email about his son’s decision to join PSU hockey. That article can be found at Inside Hockey.
This past September, Welsh decommitted from Penn State and decided to weigh his options, I wrote about that back in September and that article can be found at Inside Hockey as well.
Yesterday, while I was monitoring my twitter feed I saw a tweet where Thomas Welsh had decided to play for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL.
Last night, I reached out to Thomas Welsh and he agreed to an interview.
EB: Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Sorry to hear about the passing of your father Mike. Can you tell us what It was like to play for Canada East during the recent 2012 Junior “A” Challenge?
Thomas Welsh: This was an opportunity of a life time. When I was notified that I had made the final selection camp I was pumped. It was sad as well, as my Dad passed away the day earlier of being notified, so he wasn’t aware.
The Team Canada East camp was intense, every player there deserved to be there. The caliber and bar were set high to make the team. I gave it 100% every practice and game, in fact on the final day, final game, 1st period I broke my nose. Had it reset on the bench and continued to play with packing in it. I was notified the next day by the Team Canada East coaching staff that I had made the team. Everything happened very quickly as the next day the team left for Yarmouth.
With our first exhibition game against Russia, our bus pulled up to the arena and it was unreal to see fans had lined up 2 hours prior to game to try to get tickets to a sold out event. The community of Yarmouth was nuts, loud, and extremely supportive of all the teams, but especially to the Team Canada Teams. I have played in front of crowds around 500 but not 1700 people. It was so professional, from the volunteers, to the staff running the event.
Team Canada East visited a school, played floor hockey with the kids, and talked about the importance of schooling, what it’s like being a player and such.
Disappointing finish for our team, not the result the team should have gotten but none the less an experience that I will forever be grateful for. Wearing the jersey and representing Canada is a thrill.
EB: Congrats on your next endeavor in hockey. I noticed on twitter that you were heading to the Mississauga steelheads of the OHL. Can you give us some details what led to your making the jump to the OHL? When did the OHL become an option again?
Thomas Welsh: Well, as you were aware I had a commitment with Penn State for 2013 but decommitted in September of this year, when we could not come to terms with the original agreement. I was still very much interested in NCAA hockey and as such was doing my due diligence with other Div. 1 NCAA schools.
When Steelheads contacted my advisor and family for a meeting in June, of this year, it was just a meet and greet sort of thing. They have been monitoring my development steadily since my acquisition and have stayed in contact.
This week, less than 24 hours ago, the Steelheads, presented an offer. After discussion with my mom and my advisor were able to come to an agreement. I have a strong interest in schooling along with developing as a player and I feel at this time that the Steelheads will assist me in this next step academically and athletically. I am looking forward to developing as a player with the Steelheads and Coach Boyd.
NCAA is a fantastic option and I have been lucky to have the option of the OHL as well. I think either option is great and it’s an individual thing.
EB: When are you going to be NHL draft eligible? My NHL draft is 2013. Who is your favorite NHL team and who would you like to be drafted by?
Thomas Welsh: I think being drafted by any NHL team would be a dream, but would probably have to say Leafs. I’m a hometown boy.
EB: According to the Toronto Sun, you’re expected to play tonight against the Niagara IceDogs.
Thomas Welsh: Yes, I am expecting the paperwork to be finalized prior to game time.
EB: Thank you for your time and best of luck to you. If you don’t mind I would like to follow up with you as your season in the OHL progresses.
Thomas Welsh: No problem, Thanks Eric you have been fantastic
Originally Posted at the Hockey Writers Combine.