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NCHC 2018-2019

  • Monday, March 18, 2019 10:52 PM
    Reply # 7233660 on 6895937

    I have to admit that I have been completely underwhelmed by the program this year.  The team was mind boggling unprepared to start the season, and while they showed signs at the end of being not-quite-that-bad, it doesn't look good for the future.

    Swap out Evan Weninger for a true freshman or a guy who's spent most of his time opening doors, and I worry that this program is mired in quicksand.

    I hope I'm wrong.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:01 AM
    Reply # 7234247 on 6895937

    Agree. Weninger was awesome in net for us. He took a lot of blame for defensive failings. Goal is NOT an easy position. I've shared before that I think more was going on in the clubhouse than preparation. Team seemed oddly disconnected. Losing those games early didn't help, but I still suspect that there was more at play.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:29 PM
    Reply # 7234749 on 6895937
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The two preceding posts pretty well sum up the season, and the “state of the team” at this juncture. 

    You have to sort of wonder how things will be with 11-13 freshmen coming in next season. 

    Nearly half the team will be new. 

    While I understand the senior class this season wasn’t loaded with “superstars,” to me it was “head scratching” that the compete level wasn’t there out of the gate.  

    • The only “teenagers” on the team this season were Weiss (18) and Knoepke (19).

    • Most of the team was born in the mid-1990s. 

    • The average player age was 21.5 years old (going into the season). 


    People will point to North Dakota’s “lack of success” this season, and the fact that they didn’t make the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. 

    The reality is that the F’n Hawks still won 18 games (18-17-2 overall) and went 9-6-1 in the NCHC in the second half of the regular season. 

    By contrast, UNO went 3-12-1 in the second half of the regular season against NCHC competition. 

    The main narrative this season was the team’s start, but the finish was pretty difficult. 

    You do have to wonder if there were other issues going on “behind-the-scenes.” 

    Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:05 PM
    Reply # 7235367 on 6895937

    There needs to be an adjustment within the program, no doubt.

    We're a step slow. A second late. A pound light. An inch short.

    It seems like a lot, but we're not that far off. Losing an entire year of recruiting put is in this position - that's on the previous regime.

    Now, Gabby needs to get his system in place, and then start tinkering.

    We're not going to win the conference next year. We might not even get home ice. But we can put a lot of teams on notice.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:39 PM
    Reply # 7235383 on 7230251
    Anonymous wrote:

    UNO’s road record the past two seasons...

    2017-18:  5-13-0
    2018-19:  2-15-1

    UNO won a single road game in the first half of the season (at WMU on Nov. 10) and a single road game in the second half of the season (at Miami on Feb. 8). 

    If you’re looking at what needs to happen next season, the team needs to grind out a few more wins on the road. Overall, UNO was 7-9-2 at home this season. 

    The team went 3-14-1 after Jan. 1 this season. 

    The past two seasons the team has gone 1-8-1 (combined) in the month of March. 

    North Dakota Head Coach Brad Berry came out this week and told the Grand Forks Herald that the coaching staff will scrutinize everything in the offseason. UNO likely needs to do the same thing during this offseason. 

    During the Dean Blais years, the team generally did well in non-conference play. 

    This season UNO was 4-5-1 in non-conference play. Sweeps of Arizona State and Alaska-Anchorage at home pushed that number to ~.500. 

    Ultimately, they have to find a way to be more competitive in conference play. 

    UNO gave up the 7th most goals in the NCAA this season (132) and were tied for 40th in goals scored (90) out of 60 D-1 college hockey programs.

    The Mavs also gave up the most goals in NCHC play (89 goals in 24 games) and was second-to-last in goals for (56 goals — only Denver scored fewer with 54 goals in conference play). 

    Across 36 games, UNO gave up an average of 3.66 goals against. 

    Across 36 games, UNO scored 2.5 goals per game. 

    An oddball stat — but one worth considering — is the fact that UNO is ranked 47th (out of 60 teams) in shots. They’ll need to see if they can generate more offense next season (which will require improvements in the transition game next season). 

    We’ll hope that things can turn around next season. 

    I think your "oddball" stat had a lot to do with UNO's hockey success this season. In many instances during an odd man rush a player tried to pass the puck instead of shooting. Which is fine, if you have a decent success rate doing that. UNO didn't, and this frequently killed a scoring chance and sometimes led to an odd man rush back towards UNO's end of the ice. There were too many one shot attempts with no one in position to get a rebound, and frequently even that one shot wasn't on net. And a lot of the shots seem to come from the top of either face off circle. UNO was very predictable. 

    I posted in another thread that if I know all the answers why ain't I coaching. It's a good question. The good answer is that I'm not as hockey smart as I think I am.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:45 PM
    Reply # 7235485 on 6895937

    That extra pass on a 2-on-1... says to me that we lacked confidence. When confident - shooters want to shoot.

    Ward would shoot. Weiss wouldn't. ...and then there is the whole Keck breakaway thing.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:19 PM
    Reply # 7235542 on 6895937

    Well, the whole “Keck breakaway thing” could be added to the whole Spinner breakaway thing and Jordan breakaway thing. Sadly, the whole lack of offensive possession thing made the Mavs have a whole “Jesus I hope we get a powerplay thing”. My favorite coach told me the one truism, you can’t score if you don’t shoot. You can’t shoot if you don’t possess, and, you can’t possess if you don’t own the ice. Chris is right, it was a frustrating year for them, but the back half showed how close they are. The only game I felt they were intimidated was Duluth game 1 during regular season.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:01 PM
    Reply # 7236900 on 6895937

    There were a handful of games where we fell apart. Notre Dame, Arizona State, St. Cloud, Duluth. That was a sign of our youth - and (honestly) and lack of senior leadership.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:11 AM
    Reply # 7237759 on 6895937

    But those, with the exception of Duluth, were first half. Duluth didn’t look like a fell apart, Saturday was a decent game, Friday they were flat intimidated.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:38 AM
    Reply # 7237770 on 6895937

    Headed up for the NCHC tournament today hope to see some of you there!

    Predictions: St. Cloud over CC

    Denver over UMD

    final St. Cloud over DU

    Will be interesting to see what happens in hockey east this weekend: BU and BC have a chance to get into the big skate.

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