Showing posts with label UND vs. SCSU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UND vs. SCSU. Show all posts

Friday, February 28, 2014

This is why the UND vs SCSU game in on at 8:08 p.m.


I am been critical of the NCHC’s television deal with CBS Sports Network. (NCAA Hockey: Current NCHC Television Deal is Unacceptable)

“When” they the broadcast games, they’re awesome. Their hockey coverage is second to none. I would argue that the quality of the CBSSN broadcasts are top-shelf. I also love what Dave Starman and Ben Holden bring to the booth. But, they’re just not on enough. When we don’t have television coverage for away road games, you have to watch the games on a member school's webcasts. Most of them can't keep up with the traffic that UND hockey fans bring to their webcasts. Those for the most part have been less than acceptable this season as well. (NCAA Hockey: There Has to Be a Better Way)

Tonight’s game between SCSU and UND is on at 8:08 p.m. because the game time is being preempted by a college basketball game between Providence and Seton Hall.

Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but the NCHC leadership needs to do a better job when they negotiate the next television deal. No more exclusivity deals. So far, exclusive has proven to be fewer hockey games on the tube.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hatten SC Times: Tickets still available for this weekend's games; UND vs SCSU

I am actually surprised that there are still tickets left for this game. Standing room is very good tickets. This will be a great series if you can take in game I would recommend going.
Mick Hatten, Saint Cloud Time -- Tickets for this weekend’s North Dakota at St. Cloud State men’s hockey series are getting difficult to come by, particularly for the Saturday night game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Tenth-ranked North Dakota and fifth-ranked St. Cloud State go into the weekend tied for the lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which is in its inaugural season. There are four games left in the regular season and the teams moved into a tie for the lead last weekend.

“This is always a big series for us and sales are always high,” said Chad Sheetz, St. Cloud State’s assistant director of athletic business & finance operations. “After Christmas, sales really started to pick up.”

As of about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, there were 599 remaining standing-room only tickets remaining for Saturday’s game, which starts at 7:07 p.m.

There are about 450 tickets available for Friday’s game.

Friday’s game has the unusual starting time of 8:07 p.m. because the game will be on a national telecast. Friday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network (Charter Channel 412, Direct TV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158).

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Afternoon pontifications

My impression on the weekend … On Friday, UND came out flat against a very good team and they got beat, there is no other way to sugar coat this.  I don’t think that anybody in UND’s locker room was happy with the results. Neither were the fans.
After the game the head coach was physically upset and didn’t say much in the postgame press conference. You can see his comments here if you haven’t seen them yet.
I think on Saturday that the guys in green and white did a very good job flushing Friday’s subpar effort and they were the better of the two teams on the ice all game long. North Dakota doubled up the Huskies in shots, but they were still unable to get anything past Ryan Faragher, who was rock solid all weekend long.
On Saturday night after the game, I told Mick Hatten beat writer from the Saint Cloud Times that I think SCSU is one of the better teams that I have seen in person this season. I truly believe that, the Huskies are pretty solid defensively and through the forward lines. They Huskies also have a good fore check and generate a lot of opportunities off of their opponent’s turnovers.
Perusing the messages boards and twitter, I see fans post that say that that losing to SCSU is unacceptable and that the Huskies are not a very good hockey team. Personally, I think those comments are short sighted, and I am going to disagree with that opinion. The Huskies are the first team since the 2008 season to sweep the Denver Pioneers in a weekend series.
While I don’t like watching UND lose to the Huskies, I do think we need to give credit where credit is due, the Huskies are not a bunch of talentless hacks and will be a force at the end of the season, baring injuries to key players.
 If UND doesn’t play the Huskies again this season, I won’t be disappointed.
While this isn’t earth shattering news, I do think that SCSU is probably going to win the WCHA this year, unless they have a total collapse, and baring a bunch of serious injuries. I am also admit, that it pains me to say that.  At the beginning of the season, I had UND winning the league in the Blogger Poll run by A Tradition of Excellence.
Saint Cloud State is a very good hockey team and if you don’t come and play well against them, they will bury you. You can’t take a shift off against a good team like the Huskies. During the game on Friday, UND took all but six minutes off.
The Huskies also have a pretty good freshman class that has paid dividends on the ice for the Huskies.
On the freshman that stuck out last weekend was freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski. The Huskies rookie Brodzinski scored (2g-1a—3pts) on the weekend and was the difference in Friday’s game. SCSU head coach Bob Motzko thinks very highly of his young forward and even compared him to former Sioux power forward Matt Frattin.
What is really interesting is that Brodzinski scored (11g-13a—24pts) in 64 games with the Fargo Force last year now is now tied for third with UND  forward  Rocco Grimaldi (9g-11a—20pts) for 20th overall in WCHA rookie scoring for all games with (11g-9a—20pts).
Fire Hakstol!!!
I have seen a few people that are dissatisfied with the status of the UND coaching staff. Last season, people were unhappy with Carey Eades, and wanted Brad Berry Back. Now that assistant coach Brad barry is back, I see fans that want coach Eades back.
I do get the anger, no one in the UND fan base likes seeing what transpired over the past two weekends,  but that’s hockey, even the Boston Bruins that won the Stanley Cup, had a short period where they lost  a couple of untimely games and had losing streaks.
Even the 2010-11 team, that went to the Frozen Four, and finished third over-all had a rough stretch where they lost three out of four games during the month of October. The Fighting Sioux also went 5-3 during the month of January as well during the 2010-11 season.
I also think that we need to put thing in perspective. UND isn’t going to fire Dave Hakstol, that’s a fact.  Last spring, coach Hakstol signed an extension for six years and he currently has five years left on his deal.
I will also, predict that UND isn’t going to buy coach Hakstol out at $300,000.00 a year. Honestly, I can’t imagine that UND has 1.5 million dollars just laying around to buy him out. Let’s just say that UND fired him, who would they replace him with. That would also set the program back 2-4 seasons; they would also lose a fair number of the recruits that are already committed to UND.  
Like it or not, Hakstol isn’t going anywhere, I can assure you that.
Personally, I am a fan of Dave Hakstol and I think that sooner rather than later UND is going to win another title. Just a gut feeling.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

UND vs. SCSU links

This weekend is a pivotal WCHA matchup between the SCSU Huskies and North Dakota. I know, I know… it’s tough not to refer to our team as the Fighting Sioux.
Jayson Hajdu has the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas records for the University of North Dakota under UND head coach Dave Hakstol. The question remains, will there be another second half run for the UND hockey team or will they keep their current pace of sub .700? Currently, they are playing at a .625 clip.
Year Before Xmas After Xmas
2004-05 13-7-2 (.636) 12-8-3 (.587)
2005-06 12-7-1 (.625) 17-9-0 (.654)
2006-07 7-10-1 (.417) 17-4-4 (.760)
2007-08 8-6-1 (.567) 20-5-3 (.768)
2008-09 9-8-1 (.528) 15-7-3 (.660)
2009-10 9-6-3 (.583) 16-7-2 (.680)
2010-11 13-5-2 (.700) 19-4-1 (.813)
2011-12 9-8-1 (.528) 17-5-2 (.750)
2012-13 10-5-3 (.639) 3-2-1 (.583)
Totals 91-62-15 (.586) 135-51-19 (.705)
North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol has a 22-10-6 (.657) record against the SCSU Huskies.
Senior Forward Corban Knight has had at least a point a game (7g-11a—18pts) against the Huskies during his career at UND.

Mick Hatton beat writer for the Saint Cloud Times has his pre-series articles up today and you can read them by clicking on these links. [Click to view], [click to view] and [click to view].
The Huskies have had a long 10 game home stretch and now they will go on the road for eight of their next 12 games.
Here are a few articles that might pique your interest. [Click to view], [my series notes]
Brad Elliot Schlossman has his breakdown of the WCHA race.
Brad also has a gem about how the NCHC is keeping an eye on possible officials for next season. I can tell you that I have talked to many college hockey fans would like to have/see a Shepherd free NCHC. Enough is enough.

The men play the Huskies in Grand Forks and the women are in St. Cloud to play the Huskies in a crucial WCHA series, to date, the women have kind of underperformed or failed to meet pre-season expectations. Now it appears that a starting goalie is beginning to emerge for the women's team.
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WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
16
9
3
4
22
56
39
17
3
4
93
45
St. Cloud State
16
11
5
0
22
55
36
14
10
0
80
61
Nebraska Omaha
16
9
5
2
20
59
49
13
9
2
88
67
North Dakota
16
8
4
4
20
57
46
13
7
4
81
64
Denver
18
8
6
4
20
57
54
13
8
4
85
67
Minnesota Duluth
18
8
7
3
19
50
51
10
11
3
64
68
Minnesota State
18
9
8
1
19
55
46
15
8
3
82
60
Wisconsin
16
6
5
5
17
35
36
9
8
5
49
45
Colorado College
18
7
10
1
15
60
66
10
14
2
88
94
Bemidji State
16
4
8
4
12
36
49
5
12
5
48
66
Michigan Tech
18
4
10
4
12
44
61
7
12
4
63
71
Alaska Anchorage
18
1
13
4
6
31
62
3
14
5
42
73

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UND: The Weekend Ahead (1/25-1/26)

This weekend, the University of North Dakota entertains Saint Cloud State University Huskies in an important two game WCHA series at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Matchup: North Dakota (13-7-4, 8-4-4 WCHA) #5 versus #16 Saint Cloud State (14-10-3, 11-5-0 WCHA).

Dates: January 25-26, 2013

Times: Jan. 25: 7:37p.m. (CT); Jan. 26: 7:07 p.m. (CT)

Radio:  UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM) – The Fox.

TV: Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Central, DirecTV 623

Webcast: UNDSports.com

SERIES HISTORY: The University of North Dakota leads the all-time series against the Saint Cloud State Huskies 60-32-11 record (.636). North Dakota holds an impressive 30-13-5 (.677) record against the Huskies in Grand Forks, ND. North Dakota split their series (3-0 W – 2-5 L) with the Huskies on November 9 and 10, 2012, at the National Hockey center.  UND holds a 6-3-1 record against the Huskies during the last 10 games.

Players to Watch:

North Dakota
ForwardsDanny Kristo (14g-17a—31pts), Rocco Grimaldi (8g-11a—19pts), Mark MacMillan (8g-9a—17pts), Corbin Knight (11g-22a—33pts), Drake Caggiula (6g-6a—12pts). Defense:  Dillon Simpson (2g-12a—14pts), Derek Forbort (4g-8a—12pts), Joe Gleason (3g-8a—11pts) Jordan Schmaltz (1g-6a—7pts) Andrew MacWilliam (1g-5a—6pts). Goaltenders: Clarke Saunders 10-5-3, 2.37 GAA, .915 save percentage, Zane Gothberg 3-2-1, 3.11 GAA, .895 save percentage.
Saint Cloud State Huskies: Forwards: Drew LeBlanc (7g-27a—34pts), Nic Dowd (11g-15a—26pts), Kalle Kossila (11g-10a—21pts), Ben Hanowski (7g-12a—19pts), Defense:  Nick Jensen (3g-16a—19pts) Andrew Prochno (2g-12a—14pts). Goalies: Ryan Faragher 13-8-0, 2.29 GAA, .911 save percentage, Joe Phillippi 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .842 save percentage, Rasmus Reijola 0-2-0, 5.14 GAA, .804 save percentage.


 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ruling from the league on the Pattyn's non goal.



I emailed Doug Spencer from the WCHA to get the official ruling on why Steph Pattyn’s apparent goal didn’t’ count.

From the head of WCHA officials Greg Shepherd …

"The official waved off the goal right away and then reviewed it at the next stoppage. It was not conclusive enough to overturn the no goal call."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Shifting through the debris on Monday morning…

First off, I didn’t get to watch Friday night’s game; I was deer hunting north of Devils Lake, ND. I did listen to the game and it sounded like UND junior goalie Clarke Saunders was on his game and was very good. Stick tap to Clarke Saunders.
In fact, from what I saw from Saturday’s game, Clarke Saunders wasn’t the problem this weekend, if anything Saturday’s game could have been uglier if it wasn’t for Saunders great play in goal.
I once had an assistant football coach at Upper Iowa tell us, “We win as a team and we lose as a team.”
Obviously, hockey is a team game and there’s a lot of constructive criticism to go around for Saturday’s night’s game. Defensemen missed assignments; forwards didn’t always get back to help in all cases. Forwards and defensemen missed defensive assignments and the Huskies forwards got behind the UND defense a few times.
Also, the five minute major to Jordan Schmaltz hurt and threw UND out of rhythm, because they had to play with five defenseman the rest of the way. I also don’t have a problem with that call per see. You can’t make that hit along the boards, especially if all you see is numbers from the players back.
There is no reason to panic just yet – we have seen this act before. 
Seriously, UND wasn’t going to go 42-0-0 and Saint Cloud State is a good hockey team and should  win a few games in the NCAA tourney this season. 
I believe that we need to give credit where credit is due; the Huskies are going to win a lot of hockey games this season – they’re a veteran team and they have a lot of skill through the forward lines – other teams will have trouble with the Huskies speed through the neutral zone as well.
When it’s all said and done this weekend’s series was an even 5-5 tie. Both teams scored five goals and pretty much played to a draw. Like coach Hakstol said, the National Hockey Center is a momentum building and UND wasn’t able to stop the momentum on Saturday night.
Saturday, I was taking the hide off of my deer and cut my hand and ended up in the Cando, ND emergency room getting three stiches so I only heard the first period. Redwing77 kept me abreast of the situation and s/t to him as well. Also, thanks to Dan for doing the game summaries both Friday and Saturday night.
After my emergency room visit, I was able to hear the postgame comments with Tim Hennessy and head coach Dave Hakstol and I can tell you that the head coach was fired up and it was a passionate conversation.
When I returned home from my hunting trip last night, I watched the Saturday game that I had DVRed from NESN. 
Just of the record, I don’t think that the NESN feed was all that good either. I am not trying to slam anyone I am just saying it’s not as good as it could be. That being said, I am glad we were able to be lucky enough to see a UND away game on the television. 
I can tell you that UND had two power play opportunities all weekend long (1/2) to SCSU’s seven power play opportunities (1/7).
The diving call against Danny Kristo was absolutely brutal; if I get time, I will put it up on YouTube tonight. I can see why the head coach is upset with the call. The part I find funny is even the announcers in the television booth thought the call was a joke as well.
This morning, I have been reading some of the comments on the Live Blog from Saturday’s game and I must admit some of the comments were funny and predictable. I also understand how they feel as well, I am kind of tired of watching them split series they should have won during the first half of the season and make a run in the second half.  None-the-less, UND is traditionally a second half team and has had a very tough schedule to date.

They split two weekend series against two very good teams that will be around when the final 16 teams are announced.
I have seen some things from this season’s squad that leads me to believe that they will be able to skate with the speed teams in the NCAA tourney. This team is built for speed and is very talented through the forward lines and defense and is also very fast. I think this team has only scratched the surface for what they will accomplish this season.
There are also talented players that are sitting in the stands on game night that might be playing on the third and fourth lines of other teams.
My word of advice is to step off of the ledge, UND is going to be fine this season. Let’s not start the fire coach Hakstol just yet. To quote a favorite talk show host of mine, “let not your hearts be troubled.”
In my opinion, this is one of the faster UND teams that I have seen in a very long time. If Michael Parks can get healthy soon, I believe the Mark MacMilian, Carter Rowney and Michael Parks could score a lot of goals. I thought last season they played like a pack of hungry dogs.
During the exhibition game, before Parks was hurt that line was clicking like they had during last season’s run. 
Lastly, I posted a few posts on the goal that wasn’t, but should have been. In my mind I can tell you that was a goal, however, I don’t know if that would have mattered. It might have. Like some have said you get to 2-0 in the NHC which is a momentum building you might be able to quite the building and get to three. Who knows?
Today is a new day… The sun came up, figuratively anyways.  

Monday, November 05, 2012

UND Record against SCSU since 2001-02

       WINSLOSSESTIES 
13/15/2012St. Cloud State1North Dakota4North Dakota100100%
21/21/2012North Dakota3St. Cloud State2North Dakota200100%
31/20/2012North Dakota1St. Cloud State3St. Cloud State21067%
410/29/2011St. Cloud State1North Dakota3North Dakota31075%
510/28/2011St. Cloud State4North Dakota0St. Cloud State32060%
 2010-2011         
62/19/2011North Dakota3St. Cloud State2North Dakota42067%
72/18/2011North Dakota3St. Cloud State3 (ot)Tie42164%
812/4/2010St. Cloud State2North Dakota6North Dakota52169%
912/3/2010St. Cloud State1North Dakota3North Dakota62172%
 2009-2010         
103/20/2010North Dakota5St. Cloud State3North Dakota72175%
112/13/2010North Dakota8St. Cloud State1North Dakota82177%
122/12/2010North Dakota3St. Cloud State4St. Cloud State83171%
1311/14/2009St. Cloud State3North Dakota2St. Cloud State84165%
1411/13/2009St. Cloud State2North Dakota4North Dakota94168%
 2008-2009         
151/31/2009North Dakota4St. Cloud State2North Dakota104170%
161/30/2009North Dakota0St. Cloud State3St. Cloud State105166%
1712/13/2008St. Cloud State4North Dakota7North Dakota115168%
1812/12/2008St. Cloud State2North Dakota3North Dakota125169%
 2007-2008         
193/8/2008St. Cloud State2North Dakota2 (ot)Tie125268%
203/7/2008St. Cloud State1North Dakota1 (ot)Tie125368%
211/5/2008North Dakota6St. Cloud State2North Dakota135369%
221/4/2008North Dakota2St. Cloud State3St. Cloud State136366%
 2006-2007         
233/16/2007North Dakota6St. Cloud State2North Dakota146367%
243/3/2007North Dakota7St. Cloud State2North Dakota156369%
253/2/2007North Dakota3St. Cloud State3 (ot)Tie156468%
2611/4/2006St. Cloud State2North Dakota2 (ot)Tie156567%
2711/3/2006St. Cloud State1North Dakota3North Dakota166569%
 2005-2006         
283/18/2006St. Cloud State3North Dakota5North Dakota176570%
291/28/2006St. Cloud State2North Dakota1 (ot)St. Cloud State177567%
301/27/2006St. Cloud State2North Dakota1St. Cloud State178565%
3111/19/2005North Dakota3St. Cloud State2North Dakota188566%
3211/18/2005North Dakota2St. Cloud State3St. Cloud State189564%
 2004-2005         
333/5/2005North Dakota2St. Cloud State0North Dakota199565%
343/4/2005North Dakota2St. Cloud State2 (ot)Tie199665%
3511/20/2004St. Cloud State1North Dakota3North Dakota209666%
3611/19/2004St. Cloud State1North Dakota4North Dakota219667%
 2003-2004         
371/3/2004North Dakota3St. Cloud State1North Dakota229668%
381/2/2004North Dakota4St. Cloud State4 (ot)Tie229767%
3911/15/2003St. Cloud State1North Dakota2North Dakota239768%
4011/14/2003St. Cloud State2North Dakota1St. Cloud State2310766%
 2002-2003         
4112/7/2002St. Cloud State4North Dakota5North Dakota2410767%
4212/6/2002St. Cloud State3North Dakota4North Dakota2510768%
4311/9/2002North Dakota3St. Cloud State2 (ot)North Dakota2610769%
4411/8/2002North Dakota3St. Cloud State7St. Cloud State2611767%

UND has a 26-11-7 record against the SCSU Huskies since 2002-03.

The last 10 years, UND has a 0-6-4 record against SCSU on Friday night's and a 10-0-0 record on Saturday nights.