Extremely happy and jubilant about the split this weekend. UND a very very good team and to get out of there with a split very very impressed.
more important it moves UNO to within 3 of 4th place. DU comes rolling in this week and a win against the pios is long overdue.
DU with a sweep over st. cloud. I really didn't think I would see st. cloud dead last this year.
UMD with a nice win and a tie against western. UMD had a goal disallowed that was questionable. all in all not a good weekend for the officials.
CC and Miami split. the middle of the NCHC is crowded right now. should be fun ride to the end..
scary moment in the osu -- wisconsin series. thankfully regula expected to make a full recovery. stick a fork in notre dame. they can't score.
Big clash of heavyweights out east as umass and bc split their series. could have a rematch in the hockey east final
Cornell with a bit of a clunker against Union. Clarkson with a big win over quinnipiac. come NCAA tournament time think clarkson has more upside than cornell even though cornell is a really really good team.
Bizarre game between harvard and yale this weekend. yale goaltender Corbin Kaczperski gets a game misconduct for punching a harvard player. will this rout jumpstart harvard for 2nd half run?
Sacred heart continues their solid play with a sweep over mercyhurst.
Interestingly, the closest thing we had this weekend to a hockey game was Friday night and the Mavs looked ‘even’ with the F’n Hacks. Saturday isn’t worth talking about. The first period was a joke and all in we may have lost three players to what some would call ‘old school hockey’. By the way, that hockey, the 80’s hockey, is why I don’t follow the pro game anymore. But, the Mavs have played every team, with the exception of UMD, even. A pinch here, a pinch there, and the record is much better than the current situation. And yes, Clarkson over Cornell, “workmen who needeth not be ashamed”...
It was a good weekend for the Mavs. They need to find a way to get positive results during the NCHC series this January to stay relevant in the conference points race.
UNO took advantage of their opportunities on Friday (despite their anemic SOG totals). Being able to play most of the game five on five made a difference. UNO is just a different team when they score the first goal.
Saturday was a tough night. I wasn't surprised by the outcome of the game (I figured it'd be tough to get a W after Friday). I don't like games where officiating "sticks out," and I thought it did on Saturday.
We consistently have trouble establishing any sort of flow in the offensive zone — unless we are in transition. The power play has struggled the past few weekends, and the Mavs need to find a way to get it clicking again.
The Mavs also need to shore things up defensively.
If UNO is able to stay within a reasonable distance of 4th/5th place, they should continue to have positive results going forward.
The team will apparently be without the services of Abate, Smallidge, and Roy against DU. Proctor is questionable as well.
They have to be careful the next two weekends against DU and CC.
To go toe to toe with a very good DU team is extremely impressive. UNO is going to be a very tough out for anyone come playoff time. a little frustrating to give up a goal in the last minute on saturday. The plus side is UNO has a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. 4 against CC and 2 against miami. A serious move up in the standings is a very real possibility.
How about st. cloud? after a very rough start to the year a big sweep against UND. st. cloud right back in the middle of the pack. Could be a very dangerous team if they keep it up.
Big matchup between UMD and UND next week. both teams are leaking oil. Miami was up 2-0 both nites before UND salvaged a win and a tie. should be a very interesting matchup.
WMU is finally healthy but for how long? nice sweep against CC but can they keep rolling?
Just when you start to figure out atlantic hockey it changes. sacred heart only musters a tie against canisius.
Penn state is a good team except when they aren't -- getting waxed by the weasels friday.
Don't blink but UNH is sitting at 18th in the pwr after a big win against providence. I hadn't even paid much attention to UNH but they opened my eyes this weekend.
If the Mavs could get a sweep at Colorado College, it would be huge.
Sweeps are very hard to come by in NCHC play (especially in the second half), but if the Mavs can get 4 to 6 points in that series, it would provide them ample motivation heading into February.
The question is whether they'll have anything left after two emotional series the past two weekends. They can't overlook CC, and I worry there could be something of a letdown (going with the theory that it's a lot easier to get "up" for the likes of North Dakota and DU).
One of the things UNO has run into in recent years — as it regards the final weeks of the season — is being in a position where they are basically out of contention for home ice.
I really think that impacts play of the team in March. The idea being, "Welp... we know we have no chance for home ice, so if we're going on the road, does it really matter where we go?"
Then, it turns into a situation where people scheme way too much on who would be the "best" road matchup. People will say things like, "Welp... we frequently play well at North Dakota, so maybe that would be the best draw."
I would much rather have a situation where UNO is in the hunt for 4th place in the conference down the stretch. Even if they don't make it, I think their level of play will be better in a scenario like that.
Additionally, I think the upperclassmen oftentimes get "distracted" in March knowing — as soon as their college team's season is over — they can go play minor league hockey with any one of 1 million obscure ECHL teams.
If a collegiate team struggles down the stretch, I really believe seniors' eyes start wandering — hoping they can try and make their mark before the minor league hockey season is over.
(At that point, their goal is to continue playing hockey for as long as they can... )
I know people talk a lot about the fact that UNO is a "young team," but I think it might provide a certain advantage since those players aren't going anywhere.
So I think there is an opportunity for the Mavs to have success. We just need to stay afloat in the points race.
If UNO takes care of business at CC (a team that has scored the fewest goals in the NCHC), then there is a possibility they will be in 4th place after the weekend — a great place to be heading into a home bout against Western Michigan.
It would be great if they could get it done. We have a favorable schedule down the stretch (as Quinn pointed out).