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    Wednesday Women is back

    Hey gang, our first Wednesday Women of the season was published today. Hope you all got a chance to read it:

    https://www.uscho.com/2018/10/10/wed...rly-surprises/
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    Glad to see this weekly column is back. It is always well done. Seems a lot of people have eyes on Maine this year. Maine will be expected to earn two wins vs Sacred Heart this weekend, and if they get those wins I think a lot of people will be paying attention to Maine vs Northeastern next weekend.

    Re: post Olympic growth discussion, positives Iíve noticed is The Ice Garden starting to cover college more. There appears to be a fan base that was NWHL focused that is now following college too. As far as the Whitecaps, itís interesting how a team thatís been around 14 years, gets that pro/ semi-pro label and all of a sudden they can sell out a rink, and Iím sure some of that is post Olympic bump. I hope they can sustain the interest; It looked like a fantastic atmosphere.

    With the 4 Nations coming up, a real test of if thereís been a bump in interest in womenís hockey will be the coverage of that event. Please correct me if Iím wrong, but last year I think it was streamed on Hockey TV and the closest thing to mainstream coverage was the Tampa Bay Lightning Twitter handle live tweeting. I really hope we can watch some of it on tv this year.

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    Re: Wednesday Women is back

    Quote Originally Posted by Arafel View Post
    Hey gang, our first Wednesday Women of the season was published today. Hope you all got a chance to read it:

    https://www.uscho.com/2018/10/10/wed...rly-surprises/
    Yes, and thank you to both you and Nicole for your contributions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    Re: post Olympic growth discussion, positives I’ve noticed is The Ice Garden starting to cover college more. There appears to be a fan base that was NWHL focused that is now following college too. As far as the Whitecaps, it’s interesting how a team that’s been around 14 years, gets that pro/ semi-pro label and all of a sudden they can sell out a rink, and I’m sure some of that is post Olympic bump. I hope they can sustain the interest; It looked like a fantastic atmosphere.
    It's Minnesota, so the support should remain strong because Minnesota is different from anywhere else for supporting hockey of any kind, not just NWHL.
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    I put in this comment on this week's Wednesday Women but thought it might be interesting to post it here too, in response to Arlan's observations about Clarkson's backup goalies:

    "However, a year ago, there weren’t any plans for Sauvť to be in Clarkson’s net this season, so I’d have to imagine that Desrosiers has confidence in his other two goalies." -- bear in mind that Jenna Brenneman was expected to be the Clarkson starting goalie this year, with Coulombe and Castonguay as backups. When Sauve transferred in, Brenneman transferred out to Penn State. This year, Brenneman has a save % of .927 compared to Sauve's .918, and she's seen 331 shots compared to Sauve's 219. All of which is to say that it doesn't follow that Desrosiers had starter-level confidence in Coulombe and Castonguay; he had starter-level confidence in Brenneman, but she didn't want to wait another year for ice time.

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    ^^ That is a hell of an observation ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwhyte View Post
    ... bear in mind that Jenna Brenneman was expected to be the Clarkson starting goalie this year, with Coulombe and Castonguay as backups.
    You could certainly be right. I don't know enough about either Coulombe or Castonguay to say if that is true. It seems that goalies are the place where not only coaches, but also fans, are most likely to have radically different opinions. One goaltender is brought in to be the starter, someone else is her backup, and then it winds up that the backup earns the starting job. As confidence waxes and wanes, performance follows along. My overall point is that if a goalie is stuck behind Sauvť, it is difficult to feel too confident when suddenly thrown into the fire. But once she has a chance to settle into the job, I'd expect either to play better.
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