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.
First off: Congrats to SCSU for winning the regular season title and a fancy penrose cup to go along with it.
Second: big round of applause for the fans that braved the weather on Saturday to make it out. there were about 100 people there all told. all crazy. The good news is I feel I'm close to finally getting my #blais hater shirt. may have to start a go fund me and have some fans chip in!
UNO played pretty well saturday but they were outmatched and outgunned. the talent gap is growing wider, and next year could be even uglier with the loss of our senior class.
Lots of splits again this weekend and positions 2-5 and 6-8 still up in the air. UNO in a tough spot and may not be able to climb out of the cellar with DU rolling into town. DU holding down the last home
playoff spot and would like nothing better than to solidify that spot. CC is the dark horse in the playoff picture. I said before but I would not want to face them in the first round
Elsewhere: Providence with a huge win against umass. Umass stilll in the drivers seat for the hockey east champ. Could see a rematch down the road between those two
Northeastern keeps rolling with a sweep of UNH. Umass-lowell with an uninspiring tie against merrimack.
Cornell and Quinnipiac neck and neck down the stretch in the ECAC. could have 4 ECAC teams make the tournament this year.
Ohio state wins the big 10 however I just have this feeling that they are not going to make it to the championship game in the conference tournament.
Mankato Clinches the WCHA. can they win a game in the NCAA's? it remains to be seen if they are the real deal or a fraud. right now, my guess is they get bounced in the tournament once again.
I still think Mankato is a “paper tiger”... but Hastings & Co. might break through this year.
For those who have NCHC.tv, Denver and Colorado College play tomorrow (a make-up game from earlier). If CC wins, the Mavs might be playing for 7th.
Miami upsetting DU at Magness was something of a surprise.
St. Cloud was impressive this weekend. Only went Friday and UNO I thought played alright, gave up too many chances but we had many that probably didn't even end up with a shot on net but not far from clicking.
We've said before that it'll "be interesting next year when the seniors leave" and then I feel like we're usually surprised. It will still be interesting. I like many of our freshman and sophomores but somebody will have to step, many more freshman next year.
An example might be the Wild too, it was only one player but Koivu tore his ACL and meniscus and once he was out Joel Erikkson Ek was going to be taking on a bigger role. He hadn't seemed to exhibit his first round talent for the years he's been with the Wild, going up and down between Minnesota and Iowa. But since Koivu went down he's really elevated his game. In his past 11 games he has 4 goals, about a 30 goal pace and it's like he has a different mentality out there, it's awesome. The Wild analysts were saying that sometimes young guys will defer to older guys in many ways. It seems hard to think how an older guy who's not on your line, therefore sitting on the bench on your shift, would affect your game but I could see how it could affect practice time and general attitude. Maybe that happened with Olofsson too, seems as though he's really stepped up this year.
Great workmanlike performance by UNO saturday. unfortunately mavs only get a point out of the weekend. should have been a better result but DU still extends their mastery over UNO.
Looking ahead UNO gets UMD or st. cloud in the first round of the NCHC. Much rather play UMD think that is a slightly better matchup, but still looks like its a another year with one and done in the first round.
I am still not sold on gabinet as head coach. He has 3 more years to convince me. I Also think Mike Kemp still has way too much influence on UNO hockey. Despite the result saturday against DU, UNO hockey has some major problems and I don't see this program as progressing. I see a lot of 5-8 place finishes in the next few years for UNO hockey in the NCHC
elsewhere: WMU -- oof. looks like their goaltending issues have resurfaced. I don't see WMU advancing to the frozen faceoff. think they get bounced in the first round
will be interesting to see if UND is able to get to the frozen faceoff. they have some work to do.
UMD didn't have a great game saturday, but were still able to get the sweep at Miami.
Cornell and Quinnipiac share the ECAC title. I'm sure mike schaffer is thrilled to share the title with his good buddy Rand Pecknold.
It will be interesting to follow the ECAC post-season tournament
Umass-lowell craps the bed against UNH. Lowell has some serious work to to to get back into the NCAA picture.
ASU is going to make the NCAA, but they will be without the services of Jacob Wilson who deserves a suspension after his brutal hit against Minnesota. No room for that sort of hit. -- total garbage imo.
Quinn, I have to disagree on the progress comment. Since
break, the only ‘debacle’ we’ve seen was the beat down from UMD. Forget the scores, nothing has been easy for the competition, save SCSU. Given the beating they just gave WMU, that should clarify that result. For a team finding its way, absent of ‘stars’, I think they’ve come a long way this year. Though I may be alone in this, I am more optimistic about next year than most. Depending on the next two classes, I think Gabinet will make us all believers in 21/22.