No, I don’t believe it was a penalty either and I am a ‘call it if it is’ guy. What boiled my blood was the 3 or 4 instances that happened in the ozone for UNO that weren’t called. Especially the ‘flying crosscheck’ on I think it was Ward. And what exactly is ‘inadvertent contact with the head’ (later ruled a Major). I haven’t gone back to look, but how did Passolt affect the balance of the game besides assisting on the GWG? How did he contribute to the offense, the defense, and, influence positioning? He gets 5, and the boot, do the Mavs win 4-3, 5-3? Possible?
A split against Miami is less than what I was hoping for. Thought the team came out kinda flat saturday and had to play catch-up the rest of the game.
I know this is going to be a very unpopular opinion, but why are people still so positive about Gabinet? Think the verdict is still out on if he can ever be successful at UNO.
St. Cloud very lucky to escape with 3 points against CC. they were down 4-2 on saturday and were able to pull it out in OT. I would not want to be the team to play CC in the first round of the NCHC.
Elsewhere: Cornell with a very impressive beatdown against clarkson.
Quinnipiac with a clunker against brown
and Umass-Lowell keps it rolling with a big win against umass. Lowell now just 2 points out from first place in hockey east.
I also laugh at UMTC that got pummeled by penn state. wonder if bob motzko is wondering if all that cash is worth it to leave st. cloud.
For Motzko and Gabinet, I didn't always believe in a coach "getting his players recruited and in the system", always just figured coach the players you got no matter who recruited them and if you're a good coach then it will work out. I still believe that, but I tend to give a coach the benefit of the doubt. The question is, can the coach get the players he wants. Motzko will have an easier time with that. We'll see.
No uno hockey this weekend but still plenty to discuss:
Not much clarity was gained this weekend with the teams in the middle of the pack in the NCHC. Splits were the order of the day. will UND make another late season run? big split for them at western.
DU gets a split at UMD with the help of devin Cooley. Played very well on saturday and kept UMD off the scoresheet.
Elsewhere: Congrats to arizona state that are now almost a guarantee lock to make the ncaa tournament with a sweep against AIC.
Ohio state gets swept by Minnesota in a bit of a surprise. the big 10 and the ECAC are a jumbled mess. Cornell also with a disappointing weekend with a tie against brown and a loss against yale.
Umass in great shape after their sweep against BC.
Could see a lot of new teams in the ncaa tournament this year. Been a down year for the traditional powers.
The next three weekends in the NCHC will be interesting.
The series for UNO fans to keep an eye on next weekend is the Western/CC series in Colorado Springs.
If CC is able to sweep Western (a difficult chore in any NCHC matchup in the waning weekends), we might be looking at 7th place as a realistic finish in the regular season.
Fortunately for UNO (as Quinn suggests) there hasn’t been much clarity in the middle of the pack, and 3rd-5th place haven’t been able to quite break away from the bottom 3.
That could potentially change the next two weekends.