NCHC 2018-2019

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:18 AM
    Reply # 7131754 on 6895937

    Well another weekend with no points for UNO.   giving up 50 plus shots a game is not a sustainable strategy.   It's amazing watching the games this weekend the huge talent gap between UMD/St. Cloud/DU etc etc is.

    Unfortunately it could be a very lean couple of years.  I'm not convinced that the freshman coming in next year will make UNO competitive.    for all the talk about culture and recruiting the right type of player at some point you have to stock the roster with some hi end talent.   the verdict is out if this coaching staff can find those players.

    Elsewhere:  CC with a sweep of Miami.  Could this be Blasi's last year out there?   that program has really fallen on hard times the last couple of years.

    WMU sweeps DU: Lawson a very tough place to get points and the return of Wade Allison has had a huge impact.  Broncos are 9-0-1 with Allison in the lineup but only 6-8 when he is a scratch

    SCSU and UND split: the #firebarry train stops for a week.   can UND find any Consistently?   the NCHC frozen faceoff may not see them this year.    Grant Mismash out for the rest of the year.  League reviewed the hit and no punishment was handed down from the league -- please note I have not seen the video of this, so I refrain from making a comment. 

    Other comments:  don't look now but Yale is tied atop the ECAC standings.    Providence with a very impressive sweep of Northeastern.

    I haven't discussed atlantic hockey much but big credit to the goings on at AIC.  that program had been horrible for years and now find themselves tied at the top of the atlantic hockey standings.

    UMass stumbles a little at Maine.   Something to watch as Umass isn't used to success.  will they flame out?

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:26 AM
    Reply # 7131774 on 6895937
    BTW anyone who says evan weninger isn't pro material is just plain wrong.
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:10 PM
    Reply # 7132027 on 6895937

    What level of pro are you suggesting?

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:24 PM
    Reply # 7132046 on 6895937
    The way he is playing this year you think some ECHL team would sign him or something...
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:34 PM
    Reply # 7132251 on 6895937
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I could see him in the ECHL. 

    Weninger has been the difference in the second half. I just hope we don’t keep letting opponents use him for target practice. Fifty shots per game is unsustainable. 

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 8:24 AM
    Reply # 7132849 on 6895937

    Unsustainable on both end.

  • Sunday, February 03, 2019 10:22 AM
    Reply # 7144200 on 6895937

    Very nice win for UNO on Saturday.  Probably the most complete game I have seen them play this year.  Need to fix those defensive breakdowns however.      Hopefully they can climb out of the NCHC celler with a visit to a very struggling miami team.    I fully blame Dean Blais for the win on saturday :-)   Think down the stretch UNO has some winnable games against miami and against UND.   

    will talk more about the kneeing penalty in another thread.

    Elsewhere around the league:

    UMD has to be somewhat disappointed with only a split against CC.   St. Cloud is firmly in the drivers seat to win the league title. 

    UND with only one point against DU.  hard to believe that UND could be on the road for the first round of the playoffs. 

    St. Cloud pummels a struggling miami team.   could be a  head coaching change in oxford at the end of the year.    Enrico may have overstayed his tenure out there.

     Haven't talked much about Umass-lowell but a big win over northeastern to propel them up in the staindings.  could be a team to watch down the stretch

    Providence only gets a point at vermont.  Providence has some work to do if they want to get into the NCAA tournament.

    The 2nd year of the Grant Poultney era at nmu hasn't gone according to plan but did get a big win against BGSU

    Big props to LSSU:  18 win season most wins for that program since 2006-2007.  

  • Sunday, February 03, 2019 7:43 PM
    Reply # 7144985 on 7132251
    Anonymous wrote:

    I could see him in the ECHL. 

    Weninger has been the difference in the second half. I just hope we don’t keep letting opponents use him for target practice. Fifty shots per game is unsustainable. 

    Much like Ryan Massa in 2014-15. I didn't think he had been anything special in his previous years, but that year, it all seemed to click for him. He was one probably the one single player who had to play as well as he did for UNO to make first the NCAA playoffs and then the Frozen Four.  

    Wenninger has impressed me with his drive and determination. He has kept UNO in games that, by possession time and shots on goal, UNO shouldn't have even had a chance. UNO hasn't won all those games, and sometimes it eventually does get to him. 50 shots on goal and some are probably going to go in. But he comes back the next night and plays even better. He has been outstanding this year. 

  • Sunday, February 03, 2019 8:54 PM
    Reply # 7145036 on 6895937
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yep. 

    Evan really has been outstanding this year. He’s been the difference that has allowed the Mavs to get 8 wins (so far) this season. 

    I would argue that the Western Michigan series was some of the best hockey the Mavs have played this season. It’ll be interesting to see how they do in the final four series this season. 

    Need to find a way to win on the road. UNO has been 1-10-1 this season (the lone win out at WMU in Nov.) Team needs to turn that around here, gain some confidence, and get in a flow that will allow them to put it all together in the postseason. 

  • Monday, February 04, 2019 7:17 PM
    Reply # 7146937 on 6895937

    I'd say they played about equally as good on Friday night as well, just an unfortunate penalty (that wasn't a penalty) in the last minute that cost them.  

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