NoDak GAME WEEK

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  • Monday, January 14, 2019 8:13 AM
    Message # 6999487

    The UNO Hockey team (6-12-2, 2-7-1-1), while getting swept, nevertheless made some huge improvements during their series with Denver, especially in defense. This GAME WEEK offers a great opportunity for the Mavs to win at least one game against a team that can be described as "meh": North Dakota (11-9-0, 5-5-0-0)

    The F'n Hawks last weekend had to work to beat Colorado College at home, sweeping the Tigers but going to overtime in both games. North Dakota is 23rd in the Pairwise and in danger of missing the NCAAs two years in a row, which as you can imagine is driving their fan base nuts.

    Both games will start at 7:07 PM CT at Baxter Arena. All games will be on Yurview, Cox ch. 1013, in Omaha, Midco Sports Network for those up north, and NCHC.TV nationally. They'll also be on the radio at 1180 AM or on the TuneIn Radio app.

    If you can be there please do! The F'n Hawks and their rolling coolers will be in Omaha in force so we need to pack the Bax with as many UNO fans as possible!

    OPPONENT WATCH: Minnesota-Duluth split the weekend against St. Cloud State. Western Michigan swept Miami (of OHIO).

    STANDINGS: UNO is 41st in the Pairwise, 7th in the NCHC.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 5:41 PM
    Reply # 7001107 on 6999487
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Pairwise (not that I’m terribly worried about it) wasn’t helped by Cornell beating Arizona State and Minnesota sweeping Notre Dame. 

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:30 AM
    Reply # 7004695 on 6999487

    No it wasn't but we weren't going to be an at-large bid anyway...

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:51 PM
    Reply # 7004886 on 6999487
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yep.

    It’s really all about positioning in the conference standings — and playing better defensive hockey — to make a run at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. 

    Because the team dug a hole for itself early on this season, we might actually get the benefit of seeing a team play its best hockey at the end of February and early March (as opposed to the seasons where we sort of coast at the end because we think an at-large bid is secured due to our prowess with RPI, head-to-head, and common opponent comparisons in the PWR). 

    I think this weekend is really important. If North Dakota sweeps UNO, then we might not win a game for awhile. 

    If, on the other hand, we have a good showing — and Evan continues to thrive in net in 2019 — we might get to see some good things down the stretch. 

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:20 PM
    Reply # 7005159 on 6999487

    At this point, the team needs to stay focused on winning the NCHC tournament. I think that is our only way into the NCAA tournament. JMO

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:59 PM
    Reply # 7005220 on 6999487
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Agreed...

    Also, the news that North Dakota brought in a goaltender from the NAHL this week to fill in on the roster for the injured Peter Thome. 

    Harrison Feeney of the Lone Star Brahmas:
    https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/322338/harrison-feeney 

    Fun fact: Former UNO Maverick Brandon Scero is a scout for the Lone Star Brahmas...

    Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 10:56 AM
    Reply # 7008729 on 6999487
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Series Preview: Omaha vs. North Dakota, Jan. 18-19, 2019 at Baxter Arena”

    Link to an interesting article about the series and the UNO Hockey team from Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald in this week’s series preview. 

    Read more here:
    Series Preview: Omaha vs. North Dakota, Jan. 18-19, 2019 at Baxter Arena

    Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:26 AM
    Reply # 7011359 on 6999487
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Quick takeaways...

    1. Good to salvage a split on Saturday. UNO probably could have swept on the weekend, but the last 1:50 on Friday did them in, and the last 2 minutes in the first period on Saturday almost did them in.

    2. I don’t like the practice of going back and finding penalties that were never called on the ice. I think it sets a bad precedent for hockey. The “slippery slope” side of my brain feels like we’ll be watching “non-checking” hockey 20 years from now (an exaggeration, but safety advocates tend to win the day). 

    3. Saw lines other than the MOW line (Morelli, Olofsson, Ward) have success this weekend. The Galt/Conley/Weiss line on Friday was particularly strong. The team will see good things down the stretch if the Jordan/Pulkinnen/Keck line can get things going — and those three players have success like they did last season. 

    4. Grand Forks is the armpit of the NCHC. ;-)

    5. Glad to see that the team isn’t taking some “slow it down trapping” philosophy that teams like Air Force employ during the NCAA tournament. They skated with North Dakota all weekend, and should be able to continue that down the stretch. 

    6. If you look at things realistically, 3 more wins in the first half (1 in October and a sweep of Colorado College in November) would have UNO sitting at 10 wins and 15 points in the conference race. Can’t cry over spilled milk, but it just shows how a handful of games can change the narrative. 

    7. All-in-all a good series for UNO. They lose 4-3 on Friday and come out on top 4-3 on Saturday. Duluth will be a big test next week (they blanked Miami in Oxford for a 4-0/3-0 sweep). We’ll see if we can get anything by UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (one of my favorite names in college hockey), and minimize opportunities by offensive-defenseman Scott Perunovich. The Bulldogs are still a pretty young team (relatively speaking), but the defending national champs play really well for Scott Sandelin. 

    Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:02 PM
    Reply # 7012174 on 6999487

    Even if we had gotten swept, I'm not sure "we wouldn't have won in awhile".  But I can see why you say that.  And, just looked at the schedule.  This has to be about the worst stretch of hockey EVER in ANYBODY'S schedule EVER.  The worst as in, hardest by SOS.  Cripes, DU UND UMD Western Miami St. Cloud DU UND.  And Miami is ahead of us in conference and PWR so can't shake a stick at them either.

    But we played well the last two weekends.  I didn't get to watch much of the Denver series but two one goal losses gives you the impression we played alright.  Also saw I believe on tv this weekend that we're 5-21-1 or something on the road, don't recall how far back that went, maybe since Gabinet got hired.  That number's gotta be better.

    Also, Alferd has a great percentage of awesome goals.  He has 4 and I only remember two of them but remember thinking there was at least a 3rd one in there that was also awesome, so that's at least 75% of his goals are awesome.

    Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:35 PM
    Reply # 7012260 on 7012174
    Anonymous wrote:

    Even if we had gotten swept, I'm not sure "we wouldn't have won in awhile".  But I can see why you say that.  And, just looked at the schedule.  This has to be about the worst stretch of hockey EVER in ANYBODY'S schedule EVER.  The worst as in, hardest by SOS.  Cripes, DU UND UMD Western Miami St. Cloud DU UND.  And Miami is ahead of us in conference and PWR so can't shake a stick at them either.

    But we played well the last two weekends.  I didn't get to watch much of the Denver series but two one goal losses gives you the impression we played alright.  Also saw I believe on tv this weekend that we're 5-21-1 or something on the road, don't recall how far back that went, maybe since Gabinet got hired.  That number's gotta be better.

    Also, Alferd has a great percentage of awesome goals.  He has 4 and I only remember two of them but remember thinking there was at least a 3rd one in there that was also awesome, so that's at least 75% of his goals are awesome.

    Friday’s DU game UNO didn’t score, but it took a while for Denver to score and it ended in a 1-0 win for Denver. The score was very indicative of the game play: UNO didn’t have enough good scoring chances but they were definitely in the game and had they had a little luck they could have tied or won.

    Saturday UNO was leading with about 2 minutes left in the game 2-1. The problems that UNO has had letting opponents score at the end of a period showed up again, and Denver tied the game. It went to OT and Denver scored again.

    Quality wise Wenninger played 2 very good games, and the team around him didn’t play badly either. The team showed marked improvements in getting the puck out of their end of the ice, but just didn’t have quite enough offense.

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