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Game 2 (or, the night that the lights went out in ‘Bama)

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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:48 PM
    Message # 7957736

    Quick thoughts...

    1. Sloppy, that won’t wash in the NCHC. I gotta say though that UAH is one chippy group of small time criminals.

    2. I really like these freshmen. Boyer, Abate and Brushett can skate AND make plays. Prokop needs to find his rhythm, confident that will happen as well. The defensemen? 5 star. Good skills, good sense.

    3. Ward looks like he’s pressing, I think he needs to relax. Too many forced moves, low percentage shots. He looks frustrated.

    4. Roden was again given more work. Twoka Rask it is...

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:01 AM
    Reply # 7958102 on 7957736

    Btw... 2 more call outs. Indiana Jones is showing a high degree of engagement. Stepping up as a leader on defense. Awesome to see. And Keck is literally all over it. All. Over. It. Cheers to the boyz, Dey rockin’ da house with effort. Good things cometh as the raw dough bakes...

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  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:15 AM
    Reply # 7958110 on 7957736
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great time to be alive... 

    The crisp fall air is invigorating, and the Mavs are 2-0 to start the collegiate hockey season. Doesn't get much better than that! 

    Some thoughts after the first series against UAH:

    1. Tristan Keck looks like he was born again. The speedster looked terrific this weekend. I commented that he looked like the Energizer Bunny out there. He just kept going... and going... and going...

    2. Congratulations to Joey Abate and Josh Boyer on their first collegiate goals. I think both can evolve into solid D-1 forwards. They might not have been statistical giants in the USHL, but they both have size, presence, and played week-in/week-out against a "who's who" of top NCAA recruits.

    3. Great to see Zach Jordan return to form. He showed a lot of promise during his sophomore season, but struggled (along with the rest of the team) last season. Three goals on the weekend has to be exciting for him. Hope the success continues for him. 

    4. Loved getting to see Saville and Roden in net this weekend. It's a good time of the season to give your freshman netminders some looks. Both chalked up wins in their first collegiate start. Saville very nearly got the shutout on Friday . Roden got his first career shutout on Saturday (the last goaltender to get a shutout in his first collegiate start was Evan Weninger — Oct. 10, 2015 at Minnesota State - Mankato). 

    Overall, I loved the hustle we saw this weekend and the team's ability to control the puck in the offensive zone. Two newcomers who helped set the tone were Ryan Brushett (F) and Brandon Scanlin (D).

    We've seen a lot of Brushett in the lineup. He has great awareness on the ice. In the coming weeks we'll see his prowess start to show up on the stat sheet. 

    Same thing with Scanlin. Both should become solid workhorse type players as the season progresses. 

    Coach Gabinet seemed pretty optimistic about the season when we talked to him on Oct. 3 at the Dinner With The Mavs. He said that despite the struggles, he thought that last season might have been his best coaching job. I would agree. 

    (There is little doubt the coaching staff did all they could to squeeze juice out of the lemon last season.)

    The freshman have been in town since early July, and my understanding is that most of them took a summer class together before the season. 

    It appears they have really started to bond. It looks like they have good chemistry so far, and that should pay dividends as the first half of the season progresses. 

    Ohio State is going to be a good test for Omaha. Coach Rohlik (a former UNO assistant) has done a good job turning that program around. They've started to have the sort of success John Markell led Buckeye Hockey to in the late 90s and early 2000s. 

    The schedule works out favorable for UNO if they just take advantage of the opportunities given. That's exactly what they did against Huntsville this week. 

    Successful teams win the games they should, and do the little things necessary to to have that success. 

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:16 AM
    Reply # 7958111 on 7957736
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Also... a question for you Jim...

    Was that you I saw on the Jumbotron wearing one of the "grey" jerseys they are selling in the team shop at Baxter Arena?? 

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:20 AM
    Reply # 7958113 on 7957736
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday postgame press conference snippets:

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:23 AM
    Reply # 7958116 on 7957736
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Game 2 highlights:

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:23 AM
    Reply # 7958117 on 7957736

    It was Jon. I just exchanged a 2x hoodie for my “Jersey by Omar the Tentmaker” due to obvious size tag issues at the manufacturer! That’s us 114/J/8&9

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:25 AM
    Reply # 7958119 on 7958117
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Jim wrote:

    It was Jon. I just exchanged a 2x hoodie for my “Jersey by Omar the Tentmaker” due to obvious size tag issues at the manufacturer! That’s us 114/J/8&9

    Cool! I thought that was the two of you! :-)
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  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 11:48 AM
    Reply # 7958169 on 7957736

    Yup, this is our second season in those seats. Great “neighbors “, good fun. And awesome view of the shoot two end. I really wanted center ice second level, but all the seats I wanted were gone. Before that we were in 117’ then 115. Miss too much with the glass distortion.

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 11:52 AM
    Reply # 7958171 on 7957736

    Would love to see someone donate a big church bell for the students to ring on goals though. Take me back to my Walker Arena days at Clarkson. Talk about raise the roof. Wood floors and seats, steel roof. Pandemonium. ; )

    so much tradition in this sport, unlike any other. We had some great chants in those days. Big fraternity presence at that school at that time. Student seating was a caste system. And we sat at the bell. Chants, a ‘sieve’ for the first 3 and a ‘funnel’ for everything after that!

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