Showing posts with label Wisconsin Badgers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wisconsin Badgers. Show all posts

Friday, December 11, 2015

WHKY: Second period Shelby shuts out Badgers


The University of North Dakota spoiled Wisconsin's 18-game winning streak on Friday with a shut-out win. For the second time this season the Fighting Hawks downed the No. 1 ranked team in the country in an attempt to gain traction on the season.

UND got on the board with a power play goal from Layla Marvin during about a little a little over 12 minutes into the first. Four minutes later Vilma Tanksanen put the Hawks up 2-0 with assist from Rebekah Kolstad and Tanja Eisenschmid.

Shelby Amsley-Benzie faced a flurry of 15 shots during the second period. The Badgers dominated offensively, but weren't able to produce results in the form of goals.

“Shelby was lights out and that’s a big part of [the win]. I thought everyone contributed and played well with a lot of passion,” Head coach Brian Idalski said.

Wisconsin was also able to hold off the Hawks' offense to two shots during the second.

“You know what I told the team?” Idalski said about second period. “That’s the great thing about hockey and having three periods. As soon as it’s over, it’s done, it has no bearing. It doesn’t matter. We were good in the first. Second, we got hemmed in, we turned pucks over too much. I said, 'That’s over, let’s go back to what we were doing in the first; keep things simple, manage the game a little bit.' We did that and grinded it out in the third.”

North Dakota was able to rebound in the third period which included a second assist for Eisenschmid on the third goal of the evening by Becca Kohler.

The Fighting Hawks improved to 11-6-2 overall and 8-5-1 in the WCHA. 

Tonight's game marks Amsley-Benzie's fifth shut-out of the year. The Fighting Hawks will attempt to sweep the Badgers Saturday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wisconsin State Journal Axes Andy Baggot

This is really bad news for the college hockey world. It's the nature of the business, I don't like very much. I can predict that with the retirement of Andy Johnson and the axing of Andy Baggot, the coverage of Wisconsin Badgers hockey will take a hit next season. I had the pleasure to run into Baggot during a couple of UND hockey games and they guy was interesting and always had some good work.
The Wisconsin State Journal has launched a new round of staff cuts that look more like slashes, laying off four staffers and announcing that three key departures will go unfilled.

Among the layoff victims are columnist Doug Moe, a veteran Madison journalist whom the paper hired away from the jointly owned Capital Times in 2008; sports columnist Andy Baggot, who has written for the paper since 1978; and sports columnist Dennis Semrau, who has covered local prep sports and the Milwaukee Brewers for decades. Brandon Storlie, who joined the paper in 2009 and has worked as a reporter and sports copy editor, has also been laid off.

Sources says these layoffs, announced to staff late Thursday afternoon by State Journal editor John Smalley, were not voluntary. (Read the rest of the story)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

WHKY: North Dakota outlasts Ohio State in triple overtime

Grand Forks, N.D. -- Fans who attended North Dakota's Saturday afternoon game against Ohio State got more than their money's worth in a triple overtime game that ended allowing North Dakota an advancement to the WCHA Final Face-Off.

Saturday's score was more indicative of the play between the two teams more so than North Dakota's 5-2 Friday win.

The goals that drove the teams into overtime play happened in second period. North Dakota's Samantha Hanson broke the scoreless stalemate around halfway through the second. The Buckeyes were able to rally the tying goal with 38 seconds remaining in the period

After OSU's tying goal at the end of the second period. It would take another 63 minutes for North Dakota to complete the sweep and punch their ticket to play, at least, one more game at home. "It was a super grind; start to finish," head coach Brian Idalski said.

The game ended 3:17 seconds into triple overtime when Becca Kohler made a transition play that sent Megan Dufault up ice. Dufault passed the puck cutting through two OSU defense to Amy Menke who put it top shelf on UND's 41st shot on goal.

North Dakota will take a couple days off before they start preparing for the WCHA Final Face-Off that is being hosted at The Ralph on Saturday and Sunday. "The one thing we knew for sure we didn't want was to do was watch other teams play in our rink," Amy Menke said.

Taking a page out of the UND men's hockey program's playbook, the women's team is 22-2-2 sine mid-January.

North Dakota plans to take the next couple days off before preparing for face-off against the Wisconsin Badgers at 5:00 on Saturday, March 7. Tickets are available for the WCHA Final Face-Off at The Ralph box office and online.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Big 10 Follow-Up

Frustrations have mounted since the Gophers loss to Union (7-4)
in the National Championship game
Before the holiday break, I took a look at the Big 10 conference after reading an article on USCHO that made me laugh on how stricken from reality they were. Now with more games under the conference's belt and only one month left in the season, well before playoffs, let us take another look at the conference and why it could possibly be just as terrible as the Atlantic Hockey Conference.

Let's start with the obvious, the should be conference power houses(Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan) are sitting at the bottom of the league, with the exception of Michigan who is the conference leader. Between Wisconsin and Minnesota (last and 4th respectively) their combined inter conference record is 3-8-5, with all the victories belonging to Minnesota, and two of which came against Wisconsin.

Their conference non-conference record is nothing to write home about either. In fact, it is one of the worst in all of NCAA hockey. The overall record is 38-43-7, very detrimental to their conference hopes in the Pairwise rankings when it comes time to make the NCAA tournament brackets. So basically if you want to make the NCAA tournament out of the Big 10, you have to win the Big 10 tournament. The only team within the top 16 in Pairwise right now is Michigan, but at 14 they are on the bubble, especially with the 16 seed probably going to the Atlantic Hockey auto bid.

Looking at the overall records, you have one team below 500 tied for second in the conference, Michigan State (10-11-2), at 16 points with Penn State. Yes that's right Penn State. Between them and Michigan, they are really the only good things the conference has going for them right now.

The Big 10 should have kept their noses out of college hockey, yes I know it will lead to more expansion in the coming years, but right now the lack of competition is frustrating fans to the point where it is getting tough for conference teams to get people to their arenas to watch them play. If things do not change soon, they will be the cellar conference behind Atlantic Hockey.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Corbin McGuire hit on Connor Reilly (Video)

During Saturday's game, Wisconsin's Corbin McGuire hit Minnesota's Connor Reilly with a knee-on-knee hit. According to Minnesota head coach Don Lucia, Reilly is going to miss a substantial amount of time. The Gophers have already talked to the Big Ten about the hit. I am thinking suspension.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

(Video) Eddie Wittchow blows up Leon Bristedt

There was a little excitement to finish Saturday's game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Gophers. Wiscon's Eddie Wittchow was given five-minute major and a game disqualification for contact-to-the-head on Leon Bristedt. That's what the final box score said.

I think there's a chance that Wittchow could get a game suspension for this hit, it was high.

WIS-13 Eddie Wittchow (5-Contact to the Head) 19:29
WIS-14 Eddie Wittchow (10-Disqualification) 19:29
MIN-13 Mike Reilly (5-Contact to the Head) 19:29
MIN-14 Mike Reilly (10-Game Misconduct) 19:29

Friday, January 09, 2015

Mike Eaves: Coach Speak at it's Best

Bucky Badger 2003-Present
This is one of the funniest things that I have ever read, in regards to coach speak. s/t Andy Johnson from Bucky's Fifth Quarter. This is classic top-ten material here.
We talk about when you're up a goal, putting the fish in the boat," Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. "I don't do a lot of fishing, but I know sometimes you don't get the hook in the mouth, and sometimes it wiggles off. This one wiggled off tonight."

Thursday, December 04, 2014

WHKY: UND sweeps the Huskies under the rug and heads to Madison

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team picked up their first home sweep of the season over St. Cloud on Sunday.

The sweep didn't come easy. Although UND held the lead for the entire game, the Huskies outperformed themselves from their Saturday afternoon showing. UND was able to hold onto a 3-1 lead to cap off the weekend before heading to Madison, Wisconsin .

North Dakota goes into their Friday and Sunday series against WCHA top-ranked Wisconsin with a three-game unbeaten streak. In their first meeting this season UND settled for a tie and a loss.

The team hopes to ride their recent momentum into this weekend. "I think we have to score early and keep the lead, and play smart like we have been," jr., forward Becca Kohler said. "Now that we have a few games under our belt we're feeling more confident."

Head coach Brian Idalski said that he anticipates a high pace, high intensity series against the Badgers. North Dakota hopes to snap Wisconsin's 10 game unbeaten streak and five game shutout streak.

North Dakota will play Wisconsin Friday at 3:07 p.m. and Sunday at 2:07 p.m.. Web audio streaming can be heard here. For more information and game day notes visit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What to Make of Big 10

In an article posted on USCHO, they were quoted with saying that the Big 10 Conference isn't all that bad, and that they are one of the stronger conferences in all of college hockey. Let us just take a look at the numbers to see if we can back-up the USCHO article shall we.

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?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wisconsin Student Hockey tickets, a bargin

This picture came across my twitter feed today, and there should be no reason that the Kohl Center Student section isn't full when UND comes to town on November 7-8, 2014. I don't think that $100.00 for a student season ticket is that outrageous.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Couple of NCAA tweets

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Friday, March 28, 2014

UND vs. UW Lines (NCAA Midwest Regional Semi Finals)

UND Forward lines
9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
28 Stephane Pattyn(A) –19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson21 Brendan O’Donnell –13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair – 22 Andrew Panzarella

North Dakota Defense Pairings
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
Out: 7-Wade Murphy (Fr., F), 20-Gage Ausmus (Fr., D), 25 Mitch MacMillan (Sr F), 26-Coltyn Sanderson (So., F), 30-Matt Hrynkiw (Fr., G)
Wisconsin Badgers Forward Lines
17 Nic Kerdiles – 9 Mark Zengerle – 7 Tyler Barnes
15 Morgan Zulinick – 14 Jefferson Dahl – 25 Michael Mersch
21 Grant Besse – 16 Joseph LaBate – 18 Sean Little
26 Brad Navin – 12 Keegan Meuer – 22 Jed Soleway

Wisconsin Badgers Defense Pairings
19 Jake McCabe – 24 Joe Faust
28 Kevin Schulze – 27 Frankie Simonelli
20 Eddie Wittchow – 5 Chase Drake

Badger Goalies
33 Joel Rumple
30 Landon Peterson
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wisconsin's Mark Zengerle's game winning goal, B1G Hockey Tournament Championship game (Video)

I am sure that UND hockey fans would like to buy Wisconsin's Mark Zengerle a beverage of his choice after he scored the game winning goal against the tOSU Buckeyes in the Championship game of the B1G Hockey Tourney. That goal allowed UND to make it's 12th NCAA appearance in a row. Now the two teams will meet in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Women's NCAA Frozen Four is Set

Well the field is now set for the 2014 NCAA division 1 women's ice hockey Frozen Four, and there are no surprises except for the upset of Mercyhurst over Cornell yesterday.

Perhaps what everyone involved with NCAA women's hockey will call the true NCAA title game, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, will be the most anticipated match-up in this tournament. Minnesota, who has been the outright number 1 for most of the last three seasons now, will look to punch their ticket to a third straight national title, but Wisconsin looks to say otherwise.

Wisconsin, who has four national championships and most recent in 2011, was runner-up to Minnesota in the 2012 title game and looks for a little revenge against the Golden Gophers. They are the four seed, in what many called a flawed pairwise ranking system, placing them on the same side of the bracket, avoiding a possible national title game rematch.

The winner of this years national championship will most likely come from this highly anticipated match-up next weekend and a big thing that will help in favor of the Wisconsin Badgers is that the game is being played at a neutral site in Hamden, Conn. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin were nearly unbeatable at home this season, with Minnesota just losing once at home to North Dakota, and Wisconsin with only four home losses, two to Minnesota, and one each to North Dakota and Minnesota State.

This match-up will be a hard fought game and I don't see it being decided by more then one goal, unless an empty netter is scored by either team. I am going to have to pick Minnesota to come out on top of this one, winning 2-1 and advancing them to their third straight national championship game.

On the other side of the bracket we have number 3 Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst, who upset Cornell to advance to the Frozen Four this season. Clarkson is looking to advance to their very first women's National Championship game in team history as Mercyhurst is looking to return for only the second time in school history.

The two schools would have an early season non conference series all the way back in October and Mercyhurst would allow just one goal against a very tough Clarkson squad. Getting shutout in game one, and skating to a tie in game two, Clarkson is looking for some revenge against a Mercyhurst team who is riding a lot of momentum coming into this weekend's Frozen Four.

Since the holiday break was over, Clarkson went a very impressive 15-1-3, showing what you have to do to get things done down the stretch run. Some victories one should note during this time is a 3-1 victory at home against Cornell, and a 2-1 road victory against Harvard.

I am still pondering on how Mercyhurst would make the NCAA tournament this season if they didn't win their regular season conference title, and even be seeded higher then a very good Boston University squad. Mercyhurst comes from a very weak CHA conference and would lose the conference tournament championship to RIT in double overtime. Mercyhurst's only win of note would be their 2-0 road victory against Clarkson and are looking to keep this Cinderella story alive for just two more games.

With Mercyhurst riding a lot of momentum after their huge upset of Cornell, there is always that chance that they could do the same against Clarkson, but this would be very highly unlikely. Clarkson wins this one 4-1 and advances to the title game to meet up with a very tough Minnesota who is looking to win their third straight title.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Nic Kerdiles scores a dirty goal (Vine)

s/t to Andy Johnson... Badgers freshman forward Nic Kerdiles' scores his 13th goal of the season. Wow, that's a dirty goal. The Badgers beat PSU 3-2 in overtime.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Second Round: Former College Hockey Players in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (5/23/2013)

NHL's Stanley Cup.
NHL's Stanley Cup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here is the list of NHL hockey players that are currently playing in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffsthat have played college hockey (Division I & III).
The players are listed by their NHL team. These are players that have played in at least “one” Stanley Cup Playoff game during in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I have also listed their point totals as well.
This list doesn’t include players from teams that have been eliminated. The list doesn’t include players that are currently injured, or on their teams roster, but haven’t played in the Stanley Cup Playoff games yet.  I will update the list as much as I can.
Points Lead changes hands
We have a tightening at the top of the points standings. Former Vermont Catamout and current Chicago Blackhawk forward Patrick Sharp (6g-4a—10pts) is tied for the lead with former Wisconsin Badgers and current San Jose Shark forward Joe Pavelski (4g-6a—10pts). 
Here’s how the rest of the top five for former college hockey players, currently playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs shakes out.
In third place; the Pittsburgh Penguins have a pair of players, former Gopher defenseman Paul Martin (2g-7a—9pts) is tied team mate former Ferris State Bull Dog forward Chris Kunitz (4g-5a—9pts).  
Ottawa Senators forwards, former Notre Dame Irish forward Erik Condra (1g-6a—7pts) is tied for fifth with teammate former Wisconsin Badgers forward Kyle Turris (5g-2a—7pts)
1. Patrick Sharp, F, Vermont, 8GP, (6g-4a—10pts)
Joe Pavelski, F, Wisconsin, 8GP, (4g-6a—10pts)
3. Paul Martin, D, Minnesota, 10GP, (2g-7a—9pts)
Chris Kunitz, F, Ferris State, 10GP, (4g-5a—9pts)
5. Erik Condra, F, Notre Dame, 9GP, (1g-6a—7pts)
Kyle Turris, F, Wisconsin, 9GP, (5g-2a—7pts)
The Wisconsin Badgers are well represented in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs; if my math is correct they have six players that are still currently playing in the second round of the SCP.
 If I have forgotten a player on this list feel free to drop me a line at
 Boston Bruins (3)
Torey Krug, D, Michigan State, 3GP, (2g-1a—3pts)
Matt Bartkowski, D, Ohio State, 5GP, (1g-1a—2pts)
Richard Peverley, F, St. Lawrence University, 9GP, (1g-0a—1pts)
 Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Patrick Sharp, F, Vermont, 8GP, (6g-4a—10pts)
Duncan Keith, D, Michigan State, 8GP, (1g-5a—6pts)
Jonathon Toews, F, North Dakota, 8GP, (0g-3a—3pts)
Nick Leddy, D, Minnesota, 8GP, (0g-2a—2pts)
Victor Stalberg, F, Vermont, 6GP, (0G-1A—1pts)
Brandon Bollig, F, St. Lawrence, 3GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
 Detroit Red Wings (6)
Gustav Nyquist, F, Maine, 10GP, (2g-2a—4pts)
Brendan Smith, F, Wisconsin, 10GP, (2g-2a—4pts)
Justin Abdelkader, F, Michigan State, 8GP, (2g-1a—3pts)
Patrick Eaves, F, Boston College, 9GP, (0g-2a—1pts)
Danny Dekeyser, D, Western Michigan, 2GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
Jimmy Howard, G, Maine, 6-4, .923 SV%, 2.43 GAA
 LA Kings (5)
Dustin Penner, F, Maine, 10GP, (2g-1a—3pts)
Alec Martinez, D, Miami, 6Gp, (0g-2a—2tps)
Rob Scuderi, D, Boston College, 10GP, (0g-2a—2pts)
Matt Greene, D, North Dakota, 1GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
Jonathan Quick, UMass, 10GP, 6-4, .944 SV% 1.64 GAA
 New York Rangers (6)
Carl Hagelin, F, Michigan, 10GP, (2g-3a—5pts)
Brian Boyle, F, Boston College, 10GP, (2g-1a—3pts)
Derek Stepan, F, Wisconsin, 10GP, (3g-0a—2pts)
Ryan McDonagh, D, Wisconsin, 10GP, (1g-2a—3pts)
Chris Kreider, F, Boston College, 6GP, (0g-1a—1pts)
Darroll Powe, F, Princeton, 3GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
Ottawa Senators (6)
Erik Condra, F, Notre Dame, 9GP, (1g-6a—7pts)
Kyle Turris, F, Wisconsin, 9GP, (5g-2a—7pts)
Cory Conacher, F, Canisius College 7GP, (3g-0a—3pts)
Colin Greening, F, Cornell, 9GP, (3g-0a—3pts)  
Eric Gryba, D, Boston University, 4Gp, (0g-0a—0pts)
Patrick Wiercioch, D, Denver, 1GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
 Pittsburgh Penguins (9)
Paul Martin, D, Minnesota, 10GP, (2g-7a—9pts)
Chris Kunitz, F, Ferris State, 10GP, (4g-5a—9pts)
Douglas Murray, D, Cornell, 10GP, (2g-1a—3pts)
Mark Eaton, D, Notre Dame, 6GP, (0g-2a—2pts)
Matt Niskanen, D, Duluth, 10GP, (0g-2a—2pts)
Craig Adams, F, Harvard, 10GP, (0g-1a—1pts)
Tanner Glass, F, Dartmouth, 5GP, (1g-0a—1pts)
Beau Bennett, F, Denver, 4GP, (1g-0a—1pts)
Brooks Orpik, D, Boston College, 7GP, (1g-0a—1pts)
San Jose Sharks (8)
Joe Pavelski, F, Wisconsin, 8GP, (4g-6a—10pts)
Dan Boyle, D, Miami, 8GP, (2g-4a—6pts)
Tommy Wingels, F, Miami, 8GP, (0g-2a—2pts)
Justin Braun, D, UMass, 8GP, (0g-1a—1pts)
Matt Irwin, D, UMass, 8GP, (0g-1a—1pts)
T.J. Galiardi, F, Dartmouth, 8GP, (0g-1a—1pts)
Tim Kennedy, F, Michigan State, 3GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
Adam Burish, F, Wisconsin, 4GP, (0g-0a—0pts)
Cross-posted at the Hockey Writers Combine.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wisconsin sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel throws his stick makes save

Wisconsin sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel made this miraculous save on the Huskies forward Jimmy Murray at the 02:05 mark of the first period that prevented the Huskies from taking an early 2-1 lead. From there the Huskies never did get the lead and the Badgers would win the game 4-1.

Some thought that Rumpel should have actually gotten a penalty for throwing his goalie stick.

After the game the sophomore goalie was asked if he has thrown his stick at the puck. “It was a weird play,” Rumpel said. “I made the first save and then went to come across the crease and the stick got knocked out of my hands and it squirted wide,” Rumpel said. Yeah, okay.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Badgers defenseman John Ramage destroys Mavericks forward Teddy Blueger

“That’s contact to the head, that’s a no brainer,” FSN television analyst Kevin Gorg said on viewing the hit by  Wisconsin defenseman John Ramage on Minnesota State Maverick Teddy Blueger. The funny thing with Gorg, he’s supposed to know hockey, but every time he opens his mouth he removes all doubt. I haven’t seen many guys that get hit in the head grab their shoulder.

Look at the video, Teddy Blueger is holding his shoulder.

In the press box, we had the luxury of getting a few good looks at this hit, to me this appears to be another legal shoulder-to-shoulder hit that was called a major penalty. For those people that want to call penalties for hard hits, they're going to call foul, but hockey is a physical game. I don't think John Ramage who plays the game straight up should be penalized for being a physical player.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

B1G Hockey Conference Trophy

There it is, the new Big 10 hockey conference trophy, what do you think? I think it looks like something you put on the end of an arrow...
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Saturday, March 02, 2013

UND Women’s Hockey; Lamoureux sisters Lasso Mavericks 8-1

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo
Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grand Forks, ND – All good things must come to an end.

Last night, I came home after the men’s game between UND and BSU and told my wife that I couldn’t miss today’s game between the UND women and Minnesota State Mavericks.
The reason I wanted to go to the game today – this was going to be a historic event – this was going to be an end of an era, sort of.

It was the last chance for me and 1259 in attendance to watch Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux play hockey at Ralph Engelstad Arena, ever, barring an unforeseen meltdown and the UND hockey team would send their fans home with something to cheer about.

That meltdown did not happen, as the UND women ran around and through the Minnesota State Mavericks out of the Ralph Engelstad Arena 8-1.

During their time in the green and white the Lamoureux twins have racked up a lot of goals and gave goalies around the WCHA fits.

The twins paced UND with 10 points among them, leaving the sister tandem ranked 1-2 all-time in the WCHA for points Jocelyne Lamoureux (125g-158a—284pts) and Monique Lamoureux (112g-152a—264Pts).  Today, with her (2g-4a—6pts) Monique also passed former Wisconsin Badgers forward Hillary Knight (143g-119a—262pts).  That’s no small accomplishment since Monique is a defenseman and Hillary Knight is a forward.

If you haven’t watched them play, the twins are worth the price of admission. They’re electric, dynamic and they’re world class players that are part of an exciting line-up that comes to work every day and gives their best effort.

Like yesterday, the UND women came out with a bit of an edge and it appeared as if they had something to prove and pushed the lead to 5-1 after one period of hockey outshooting the Minnesota State Mavericks 23-10.

And of course, UND chased Mavericks goalie Erin Krichiver at the 15:40 mark of the first period, after putting four goals past her, Deanielle Butters replaced her in the Maverick net  and she received roughly the same treatment from a UND hockey team as well, as she let in four goals as well.

After the game, Jocelyne Lamoureux came out to the postgame press conference still wearing her game jersey, and you could tell that the senior forward was taken back by the moment.

“It’s pretty sad you know,” Jocelyne said. “We took the last lap as seniors together. It’s sad that it’s over, we found our parents in the crowd, gave them a wave.  It’s hard to believe that it’s over, here, at the Ralph. I haven’t taken my white jersey off yet, we’re going blacks (jerseys) the rest of the way, were going to be away for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can make some good things happen, but right now we’re going to take it all in and appreciate everything that I got here, while I’ve got it.”
Jocelyne’s sister Monique came to the press conference after and she was also affected by the moment as well.

“You can probably see that I was crying 10 minutes ago,” Monique said. “I am usually the first one out of the locker room. There were three or four of us that just sat there in our equipment for a little bit. It’s sad that it’s over here, but hopefully we have five more games left [NCAA Playoffs].”

The irony is, UND is known for taking penalties and at times playing undisciplined hockey and having a parade to the penalty box. Today, UND had one minor penalty called against them, after the game, UND head coach Brian Idalski was asked if he ever thought that he would see his team only get called for one minor penalty.

“No, honestly, what do we average 14 minutes a game,” Idalski said. “You talk about Jocelyn and Monique and I think they get a bad rap, but they’ve been great and very disciplined here down the stretch and penalty free. A solid effort, that discipline goes a long way.

UND will now travel to the Minneapolis to play in the Final Face-Off next weekend at Ridder Arena.  With the win, UND remains in the eighth position of the pairwise ranking of the pairwise rankings

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