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  • Monday, October 21, 2019 8:40 AM
    Reply # 8069510 on 8068782
    Anonymous wrote:

    Mike Hastings

    Guy Gadowsky 


    I'm sensing a lot of sarcasm in one of these, and an assumptive answer in the other.

    One makes sense but would have been a terrible hire. The other never would have happened.

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 8:45 AM
    Reply # 8069515 on 7886190

    So I am getting better at being understood, sarcasm it is. I honestly don’t agree that Gabs is a bad hire. Who else, Cary Eades? Pfffffft...

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 9:55 AM
    Reply # 8069579 on 7886190
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's shaping up to be an interesting season in the NCHC. 

    If the Mavs can avoid penalty problems, they'll be able to skate with a lot of teams this season. I stand by my prediction of 5th place in the NCHC this season. 

    The Ohio State series could have been a sweep for the Mavs (the OSU goal in the last minute of the 2nd period Friday changed the complexion of the third). 

    Isaiah Saville saved the team on Saturday. They need to avoid costly/unnecessary penalties — something that hurt the team last season. 

    The coaching staff is getting things figured out this season.

    A key positive about this coaching staff is that they are smart tacticians who do their homework (Both assistants — Noel-Bernier and Jerrard — have solid experience coaching at the highest levels of hockey... and both are scouring North America for the next crop of talent). 

    I've never believed it would take 5 years to turn the team around (or whatever the ultra-conservative prognostications were).

    The team already has a better compete level this season, and will be better next season. If the team can avoid injuries to key personnel, they should be able to put together a solid 2019-20 season. 

    On some of the other key matchups this weekend...

    MSU-Mankato played well at home against North Dakota. 

    Hastings has had a lot of success during the "regular season" during his tenure at Mankato (they've defeated some big-name foes during their non-conference slate the past few seasons). 

    The big question is whether the program will ever be more than a "paper tiger" as it regards the NCAA tournament. That has yet to be seen. 

    Denver had a solid series against BC. They'll be tough (again) when NCHC play gets underway. 

    UMD has been an interesting story so far. I do wonder if "too much" success the past two seasons means the team might slip. I picked them to win the national title again this season, and still think they'll get things figured out by the time the second half of the season rolls around. 

    That said, I'm looking forward to seeing Wisconsin in Omaha Nov. 8-9. 

    UNO has played solid hockey at Baxter Arena during the Gabinet era. 

    Despite UNO's woes last season, the team went 7-9-2 at home. During Gabinet's first season, the team went 12-4-2 at Baxter Arena. 

    We've been waiting for Baxter Arena to turn into a true "home ice advantage" for the UNO Hockey program since it opened in 2015.

    I think we might be seeing that start to take shape. 

    First things first, they need to go up to Anchorage and take care of business — and overlook the Seawolves. 

    But if they get out of that series with a couple of wins, that should setup things nicely for the Wisconsin series. 

    Last modified: Monday, October 21, 2019 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Monday, October 21, 2019 10:29 AM
    Reply # 8069634 on 8069515
    Anonymous wrote:

    I honestly don’t agree that Gabs is a bad hire.

    Because it wasn't. The timing was wrong on it. In all fairness, this should probably be Gabinet's first year as head coach. Blais' self-destruction dictated otherwise.

    If Blais hadn't lost the room, Gabby would've had a couple more years as an apprentice. But where would we be as a program.

    We took some pain to get it right.

    Nobody in their right mind would have taken the 'bridge' job at Omaha, knowing they would have to keep Gabinet on staff, and looking over their shoulder knowing the next guy is sitting right there.

    The ONLY person who could've worked under those conditions was Mike Kemp.

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 10:45 AM
    Reply # 8069682 on 7886190
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMO, last season was an anomaly. 

    That team — with a large stable of upperclassmen — probably should have been more competitive. That said, they were wildly inconsistent, and seemed to have trouble buying into what the coaching staff was preaching. 

    I just think it benefits a college hockey coach to have a roster full of "his guys." 

    That — combined with a favorable schedule early — should give the team time to breathe and develop before the NCHC "grind" in the second half of the season. 

    They just need to keep playing disciplined hockey that focuses on puck possession and smart play in all three zones. I know that's easier said than done, but the team shows promise so far. 

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:01 AM
    Reply # 8075024 on 8069682
    Anonymous wrote:

    That team — with a large stable of upperclassmen — probably should have been more competitive. That said, they were wildly inconsistent, and seemed to have trouble buying into what the coaching staff was preaching. 

    I just think it benefits a college hockey coach to have a roster full of "his guys."

    Your second point explains the first point. That said, we should thank the guys (and we still have one on the roster) who stuck it out through the coaching change and fought for a spot or tried to fit in to a new system. I respect those guys more than players who aren't starting or playing (or simply turned their backs on UNO) and transfered.

    As for the start to the season. The way the NCHC plays, strong showings in the non-conference are big for any NCHC team. Think B1G football once you get into conference play in the NCHC. Any team can take a chunk out of you -- even Miami. There are no weekends off in conference play.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:22 AM
    Reply # 8075336 on 7886190
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For sure. 

    I take nothing for granted in conference play. 

    I think the series against Wisconsin coming up will be another good "benchmark" series for the team — and give us an idea how competitive we might be in conference play (since the Badgers swept UMD last week). 

    As solid as the outcome was at Ohio State, those games could have gone a number of ways. 

    We haven't yet seen how the team will react if they lose in a lopsided contest (which history shows is inevitable once conference play starts). 

    Lots to hash out. I'm just happy the schedule allows the team to get their feet wet before jumping head first into infested waters...

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:00 PM
    Reply # 8076003 on 7886190

    I think I said this earlier -- not sure if here or on twitter -- but I think this was a very nice schedule for UNO.

    Home against UAH - should win, build confidence.

    Away at Ohio State - a road test, not unwinnable. (as Jon said: a benchmark)

    Away at Anchorage - always a tough road trip, but on paper games Omaha should be winning.

    Home to Wisconsin - the pre-conference final exam (the next benchmark).


    The picture of the Badgers is becoming clearer. Lost at BC -- who look every bit of back. Thumped Merrimack. Then thumped Duluth -- though, maybe that's not as impressive. Something is sour on the shores of Superior.

    I liked Omaha's chances against Wisconsin a lot better when the schedule was released. Now I'm hoping for #nonyikes.

    If we can hang with Granato's group, Jon's prediction of 5th in the Intergalactic is attainable.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:41 PM
    Reply # 8076322 on 7886190

    Goaltending remains an issue for the Badgers so it will be a slugfest. It will be a monumental test of a young defense. Hoping for a split here because of all the wildcards. If we can throw trump, it will be a roof raiser...

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 6:33 PM
    Reply # 8079525 on 7886190

    No mav hockey this week but plenty to discuss:

    First a comment:  I'm owning up to my bias when I say I don't like gabinet.  I don't want a re-hash of the hiring or anything of that sort just have to come clean on my bias that is all

    onto the good stuff now:

    UMD has to  feel like they righted the ship somewhat after the sweep of the hated gophers. 

    UND quietly off to a nice start with a sweep of sleep inducing bemidji -- not a fun team to play at all with their style, but UND gets it done.

    the struggle bus slowed a bit for WMU and Miami.  The big story is the absence of wade allison for WMU  (yet again)  -- how many times is he going to be out of the lineup?

    St. Cloud finally gets in the win column this weekend.   Will be interesting to see where they end up in the NCHC standings come march

    Northern Michigan has quietly put together a nice start to the season after a sweep of Ferris State this weekend

    My dark horse pick Niagara isn't off to a very good start.

    Union finally gets in the win column.  there won't be too many of those at union this year.  they are not good.


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