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  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 3:58 PM
    Message # 12927687

    With Media Day tomorrow here is the annual thread:

    first the NCHC predictions and comments: (prediction from first to worst)


    Bringing in some top notch forwards with Isaac Howard to go along side Dominic James and Blake Biondi plus they add to their defense with Miami transfer Derek Daschke. -- I just have a feeling that this could be a very good year for UMD

    2) UND

    Lots of talent up front with Riese Gaber and other forwards bringing in MSU transfer Drew DeRidder backstops a very good defensive unit

    3) DU

    They may slip a little but there still is loads of talent on the roster: carter Mazur is back and their freshman class looks really good on paper

    4) St cloud

    Goaltending may be an issue here: I'm not sold on Dominic Basse

    5) CC

    second-year coach Kris Mayotte has this team on the rise. Bryan Yoon comes back on the blue line and there is a lot to like about this team.

    6) Western

    Lots of turnover on the roster so they have some work to do this year.

    7) UNO

    I feel that the window of opportunity closed last year and the Mavericks are entering the mike kemp 2.0 era.

    Not much talent not much scoring (especially 5 on 5) and this could be a long year. Don't be fooled with some wins against another weak non-conference schedule.

    8) Miami: Ludvig Persson is back but needs help. like the mavericks scoring is an issue with them. either they score in bunches or they don't score at all.


    In Hockey east I think BU will be much better with pandolfo I'm picking them first.  Also UMass and Northeastern should be in the mix

    ECAC:  I think it's a two horse race between Quinnipiac and Harvard

    Big10:  Have to favor Minnesota here -- boatload of talent

    WCHA:  Mankato with Hastings group of 30 year olds are head and shoulders above the rest.

    Atlantic:  Probably have to pic AIC again:  they have turned into a solid program. -- Watch out for Canisius.  

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 1:42 PM
    Reply # 12929086 on 12927687
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If goaltending is solid for UNO (which is hard to read at this point), they could compete for the 5/6 spot (it's a big "if"). 

    The one thing the Mavs failed to get were any significant scoring threats in the transfer portal. 

    But... Joaquin "Jo" Lemay, Jacob Guevin, and Griffin Ludtke added to the D-corps is intriguing (we'll see if any of them have the impact that Brandon Scanlin did). 

    If this team plays a disciplined, lock-it-down style of hockey — and if any of the new goalies is solid — they could have a decent season. 

    The big issue is up front for this team. COVID impacted when some of these players arrived at UNO, but lots of 21-year olds among the incoming forwards. 

    They've logged a lot of playing time in juniors — and most of the #s improved last season for the freshmen forwards on our roster. 

    The question is whether or not there are any breakout performers in the bunch. 

    I like Cam Mitchell, and I think Slipec and Abgrall could be pleasant surprises. Tyler Rollwagen is a player we've been following for a long time, and he should be solid (I tend to like the players who come out of Shattuck St. Mary's). Ray Fust, in my opinion, is a wild card. 
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  • Monday, October 03, 2022 6:59 AM
    Reply # 12940399 on 12927687

    Week one is in the books and the mavs reclaim the silver sow award!

    A good sign that UNO put up 7 goals on the national runner up.  Jury is still out on this team though.  Can Omaha carry that momentum into the regular season?

    a little concerned about the sustained lack of offensive zone time.  

    Pivonka (the notre dame transfer) had a nice start in a mav uniform. 

    defense looks extremely solid.  thought lemay had a very good game 

    elsewhere:  It's only one game but it looks like western michigan has some work to do.  

    BU (my hockey east pick) put up a ton of goals.  A nice sign that a coaching change did that team wonders.

  • Sunday, October 09, 2022 8:35 AM
    Reply # 12947601 on 12927687

    Welp getting swept the first series of the year isn't great.  too many defensive breakdowns at key times.  That can't happen when the defense is supposed to be the strong suit this year.   couple positives is that the scoring by committee approach may be more viable than I originally thought.

    Even miami was able to get a win this weekend so it could be a long year for maverick hockey (it's early yet so need a few more games to decide which way the season is trending.

    elsewhere:  Is the tony granato watch officially underway at wisconsin?  after firing the football coach I wonder if the administration is going to let the hockey program continue to languish or if they have the guts to make a coaching change.

  • Sunday, October 09, 2022 7:45 PM
    Reply # 12947999 on 12947601
    Quinn wrote:

    too many defensive breakdowns at key times.  That can't happen when the defense is supposed to be the strong suit this year. 

    100 percent. Not letting the goaltenders off the hook (we can talk about that, too), but all four goals last night were the fault of defensemen.

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 9:47 AM
    Reply # 12948687 on 12927687

    Defense breakdowns, yes, but also it seemed that the general "awareness index" was lacking. Poor passing, center ice play and coverage seemed lacking. Almost "club team-ish" at times. I chalk that up to youth and new expectations of the returners. The pairwise doesn't see it that way (damn math!). The balance of Noncom will need to show improvements if we expect 6th or higher in the NCHC but I am not optimistic. Regardless - GO Mavs!

  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 9:02 AM
    Reply # 12955795 on 12927687

    Mav positives:  first win of the season and battled back saturday to get a tie.

    negatives:  probably don't want to be down 4 goals and have to claw back. that won't fly with better opposition.

    I didn't see either game so I can't comment on specifics but lets hope for better results next weekend. -- I still think this is going to be a very long season for the maverick faithful. 

    elsewhere:  Not a great night for the top teams in the NCHC:

    The top-3 teams in the NCHC’s preseason poll went a combined 0-5-1 this weekend against non-conference foes.  Denver gets swept by umass UMD gets boatraced by mankato friday and Quinnipiac (a very very good team) gets a tie and a win at UND.

    the tony Granato watch continues at wisconsin as they drop both games this weekend.

    BU isn't quite back yet as Michigan waxes them 9-2 on friday.  It will take time to turn that program around even though the talent is there.

    and shout out to lindenwood for winning their first D1 game.

  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 9:48 AM
    Reply # 12955820 on 12927687

    I think I said in the offseason that it would be a down year for the NCHC.

    I did not expect Denver to be a down team, but Chrona seems to start slowly. Every year Denver fans complain about him early, then he carries them late.

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 6:39 PM
    Reply # 12964425 on 12927687

    Felt like an old school CCHA tilt this weekend.  some positives for the mavs:  Looks like the Randl-Miller-Pivonka line is a legitimate number one line.  need to spread some goals throughout the rest of the lineup.

    Alaska did a good job of getting sticks in passing lanes and clogged up the neutral zone fairly effectively.  I will take the win on sunday.  The margin of error for this mavs team is razor thin and any mistake will be hard to overcome with our lack of scoring.

    Felt bad for sullivan on sunday.  guy played his rear end off only to get pushished by a very bad call.  I personally hate the contact to the head rule.  it's uneccessary in my view. (I can talk for 20 minutes about this and other topics of why society is soft and weak but I digress.  -- that hit was clean (got him with the shoulder)

    terrible terrible call - and I'm not one to point out officiating blunders but they missed it in real time and missed it on the replay.

    elsewhere:  Some teams surprised and others were a complete dissapointment:

    lets start with UMD:  team has now gone 200 plus minutes without an even strentgh goal and not a good look being swept by wisconsin of all teams.  UMD is a young team and I expected much more out of them.  so far they get a failing grade.

    CC gets swept by asu.  a work in progress in the springs for the tigers.

    SCSU passed their first eye test with a very impressive sweep of mankato.  I wasn't expecting that.  I thought St. cloud would be not great this year but could they be legitimate?  well traveled Grant Cruikshank with the overtime winner.

    Denver gets back to the winning column with a big sweep against providence.  
    Miami may be slowly turning things around as they sweep canisius.

    and the UND Minnesota rivalry is alive and well.  That series had stick tossing and two over time games.  somewhere dave hakstol and his middle finger are smiling.

    Keep an eye on Uconn in hockey east.  they could very well sneak into the top 4 by the end of the year.

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 8:32 PM
    Reply # 12964492 on 12927687

    Sully definitely was punished for an incredible hit, shoulder to chest. My bet is that kid will pay closer attention to the traffic. Not a charge as someone said, skates planted. Lemay looked good today, growing into the role. Guevin has still not settled in. Once that happens look out. Need the other two D back, hopefully soon. Weiss more physical than previous, not as easy to push off the puck. The team still struggle with passing connections and clearing the net front. Both will need to be fixed before UND comes to town.

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