It's always great when the mighty fall...
Hockey: Minnesota, Michigan
Football: Nebraska, Michigan
Basketball: Nebraska, Michigan
I'll all seriousness, there is a changing of the guard in college hockey. BC and BU are struggling. Michigan took a hit. Minnesota is down.
Penn State and Arizona State look like real players. Ohio State is progressing (under Rohilk).
Not sure I buy on Minnesota State - winning the WCHA is like winning the MVC in basketball.
I figure Minnesota will improve under Motzko, but the whole B1G hasn’t been what everyone thought it would be...
That said, Rohlik is indeed doing a great job at Ohio State.
I dunno, Big Ten's doing alright. It might not be the teams we thought would be doing good, and no it's not as good as they'd hoped it would. I know they envisioned 6 teams to start and for all 6 to be ranked 1-6.
Nebraska basketball is one of the mighty?? I hope you were joking.
sorry for no recap last week!!!
Mav's score 6 goals this weekend! unfortunately they gave up 9. Blais isn't around to win games 9-8 anymore and say what you want Blais Haters (tm) but can't pin the results on this years team on him.
Don't know if the transition to Gabinet's style is taking hold quite as easily as one would have hoped.
I'm not going to bash the team, just hang on it's going to be a long season
elsewhere: Miami gets 2 ties against a very good st. cloud team. very impressive showing for miami this week.
BU and BC skate to a soccer score..
Want to talk about BC. BC's regular-season nonconference winless streak is now an incredible 22 games (0-18-4), a stretch that goes back more than 2 full years. The Eagles have now lost to teams in every college hockey conference in that span.
I don't know what to think about the big10mistake: either all the teams are really mediocre or it's a good conference this year.
The BC situation is bizarre. It's not like they are lacking in talent or coaching. When they are in conference play they seem to do well. Must be this imaginary brick wall that prevents them from winning any non-conference games. Maybe they should schedule Alabama-Huntsville more often.
The Big Ten is okay this year. Not great, but not terrible either. I still feel that the Big Ten will be a contender for top conference (fighting with the NCHC), but not for quite a while. Notre Dame is propping up that conference right now.
What’s interesting is that both BC and BU were on the “outside looking in” at the end of the 2017-18 regular season as it regards the PWR going into the conference tournaments.
BU was ultimately able to make a move in the Hockey East tournament that got them into the NCAAs, but it is interesting that BC (which has seemingly been a fixture in the NCAA tournament) isn’t having the success they’re used to.
(BC won 20 games last season, but were 16th in the PWR at the end).
It’s nice to see UMass doing so well... mainly because @FearTheTriangle on Twitter has had to suffer (as a Minutemen fan) for so many years — he seems to be enjoying every moment of this. :-)
I did a quick search and can't find a record of worst GAA of all time. If there is a stat I would think the mavs have to be closing in on some sort of record.
Not much to say about this weekend other than Mavs would do well not to give up a touchdown every time they play...
saturdays game against st. cloud was a new level of ugly.
elsewhere: Western michigan beats up umd and comes out with a win and a tie. I would give more credit to wmu if umd had been playing with a full lineup.
DU and UND split -- not a big surprise there. think both teams are still finding their way.
shout out to NMU's Atte Tolvanen who pulled of the impressive feat of the goalie goal. 11th NCAA goalie goal in NCAA history (Evan Weninger is on that list as well!!!)
Maybe UNO can pull off what the Wild did. The Wild lit a dumpster fire in Edmonton and lost 7-2. Then beat Montreal last night 7-1.
I see that UNO won their game this afternoon: I was at work so I missed it. Big shout out to the scheduling geniuses for the noon start. #fail
Friday nights game was sleep inducing. UAA is offensively challenged to say the least
Beating UAA is one thing, beating really good NCHC teams is another.
the NCHC also has the best out of conference winning percentage as well.
I'm not going to read much into St. Cloud loosing the exhibition. they have bigger goals in mind and still the team to beat in the NCHC
Denver with a very nice start to the 2nd half even though they only beat Merrimack. Umass Lowell is a nice win for them.
Clarkson with a couple nice wins at the desert holiday classic. They are quietly putting together a nice season.
hope everyone has a safe new year, and I didn't get my Blais hater (tm) t-shirt for Xmas
It has been suggested to me by a couple of people that UNO plays to play a “slow it down”/“grind it out” type of hockey the rest of the this season (and, possibly, next season as well).
This jibes with the comments Coach Gabinet has made in his weekly pressers. He has talked about the composition of the roster having to “play a certain way” if it wants to compete with the best teams in the NCHC (and in college hockey).
For example, the coaching staff has talked publicly about the team needing to look at going 10 minutes without letting an opponent score as a “victory” during a game — and to focus on small accomplishments as a opposed to scoring goals.
Depending on how you interpret that, it could look like a strategy to minimize “bad losses.”
As Quinn suggests, UAA is a much different opponent than any of the other NCHC teams we play. However, the Mavs got the job done this weekend and they desperately needed those two wins against the Seawolves — so good on theme.
One the one hand, implementing systems where you try to keep the score low (even if it results in a loss) sounds appropriate if you don’t believe you have the horses to match up with your opponents.
On the other hand, there is something to be said for developing the “game you want to play” — even if it results in ugly losses the next couple of seasons.
I don’t know if this means UNO is going to become the “second coming” of Bemidji State or Air Force, but it is definitely an interesting “about face” from Blais’s “Racehorse Hockey”.
We’ll have to see how things shake out in January. Personally speaking, I’d rather they leave everything on the ice. Obviously, I can say that because I am a fan, but I’d rather go “high risk” the next couple of months — as opposed to playing a puck control system that tries to slow opponents down in the neutral zone.
While I understand a Bemidji State-like philosophy (and the left side of my brain thinks it makes sense, at least in part), I’m not sure it will yield all that many wins against the high-performance teams in the NCHC.
The bigger question — moving forward — is whether the 10 recruits (so far) coming in next season will be able to come in and change UNO’s fortunes.
It’s hard to tell at this point — and they are the point producers we’ve seen in previous classes — so it will be interesting to see how all of that develops.