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vizoroo
03-23-2012, 11:10 AM
Sorry to bring up Ann Arbor in '02. Well, not that sorry. (http://mgoblog.com/diaries/ten-years-later-2002-regionals-molly-and-greatest-weekend-yost-history)

I dislike the weasels/skunk bears/wolverines. That was before I read the story. And my opinion has not changed.
My knowledge of this weekend was limited to #1 seed DU having to play at Yost, home ice, for the ugly helmets. And the unfortunate result.
Gwoz' gamesmanship in getting the best dressing room--after all it was a NCAA regional, supposedly not a home game. If I were a SCSU fan I would despise the skunkbears. Intimidating and striking cheerleader(s) and tackling the mascot--over the line. But must applaud the weasel fans' dedication and passion. Would have to believe the raucous celebrations of the fans led to the structural problems that afflicted Yost. :rolleyes: Glad we could do some damage.:)

Seriously, we must beat the Bulldogs today so we can get some revenge tomorrow!

vizoroo
03-23-2012, 11:16 AM
DU going into today's game with 4 healthy defensemen: Joey LaLeggia, John Lee, John Ryder and Scott Mayfield. Josiah Didier skated in this morning's pre-game skate and Paul Phillips did not. They will be game time decisions. David Makowski and Wade Bennett are both out. DU could have between 4 and 6 d-men dressing tonight. If 4 or 5 dress, it is likely some forwards will slide back in the 3rd pair.

Forwards Beau Bennett, Jason Zucker and Chris Knowlton all skated this morning and will be game time decisions.

I remember the good old days of 2011 when we skated with 7 on D.

du78
03-23-2012, 02:00 PM
From DU Hockey on Twitter


Denver Hockey ‏ @DU_Hockey
@DU_Hockey lineup update: Didier, Knowlton and Zucker in. Phillips, Makowski and Bennett out.

vizoroo
03-23-2012, 02:28 PM
From DU Hockey on Twitter
Denver Hockey ‏ @DU_Hockey
@DU_Hockey lineup update: Didier, Knowlton and Zucker in. Phillips, Makowski and Bennett out.

Well, we're up to 5 now! Will it be Dewhurst and Tabrum filling in again?

Please no major penalties for our D men, or any Pio for that matter.

Glad to have Knowlton back.

du78
03-23-2012, 03:39 PM
DU Hockey lineup

Forwards:
Loney-D.Shore-Salazar
Zucker-N.Shore-Knowlton
Dewhurst-Ostrow-Jackson
Jacobson-Tabrum-Doremus and Larraza

Blueliners:
LaLeggia-Lee
Ryder-Didier
Mayfield

Brittain in goal and Olkinuora and Murray as backups.

vizoroo
03-23-2012, 07:18 PM
Hats off to the Pios they gave it their all!

Hammer
03-23-2012, 07:20 PM
Hats off to the Pios they gave it their all!

Absolutely. Great game, boys.

Old Pio
03-23-2012, 07:21 PM
Hats off to the Pios they gave it their all!

This team came back so often, and battled adversity all year long, we weren't wrong to think they could do it again. Not today. Not against an FSU team that played exactly the game they wanted to play. And throttled DU's power play. Key to game, IMO. Anyway, congratulations to FSU, and if you get Meeechigan tomorrow night, drill 'em a new a*shole, okay?

JW Tigers
03-23-2012, 07:33 PM
That was one hell of a well played and hard fought game. DU didn't deserve the loss, but neither did FSU.

Your team persevered through a ton this year, and they kept battling. The fact that they played well enough to make the tourney this year in spite of everything speaks volumes about the character of this group. So while it obviously did not end the way DU would have wanted it to, you all deserve to be proud of the season they had. I think all I can do is respectfully tip my cap to my team's biggest rival.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 08:35 PM
From everything I have read about this Denver team, I think you hit it spot on. I am a Ferris fan and agree that both teams deserved to win. Just an all around great game. I think any college hockey fan (except maybe the people in the Dakotas..they drink different water or something, I swear) can appreciate a team that turns their season around when faced with adversity and makes it to the tourney. I have a lot of respect for DU and their program after this week, much more so than several other high profile programs around the country.

I wish your team and program the best and hope to see the two face off again in the future.

I think North Dakota fans appreciate second half turnarounds just as much as (if not more than) any fanbase. What a potshot. Despite this idiotic statement, I'll still be cheering for Ferris State tomorrow.

Congratulations to Denver on a great season. I was hoping that I would get to see the Pios down in Tampa, but it was not to be. Well played game by both sides this afternoon.

Old Pio
03-23-2012, 08:47 PM
I think North Dakota fans appreciate second half turnarounds just as much as (if not more than) any fanbase. What a potshot. Despite this idiotic statement, I'll still be cheering for Ferris State tomorrow.

Congratulations to Denver on a great season. I was hoping that I would get to see the Pios down in Tampa, but it was not to be. Well played game by both sides this afternoon.

The last several years of second half Sioux turnarounds slid underneath his radar. :) But I appreciate the love for the Pioneers.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 08:50 PM
The last several years of second half Sioux turnarounds slid underneath his radar. :)

Apparently. DU and UND had very similar years this year (hopefully North Dakota has a bit more success yet to come). They both had to battle significant injuries to significant players. I still think that Denver was the best team in the WCHA this season (that may or may not being saying much given that the WCHA is a bit weak this year), but they just had bad luck with injuries. Zucker was obviously still hurt, but played with a ton of heart out there today. Denver should be very good next year as well, and hopefully Zucker and Shore (Drew) come back. That would be an awful scary team.

Old Pio
03-23-2012, 09:00 PM
Apparently. DU and UND had very similar years this year (hopefully North Dakota has a bit more success yet to come). They both had to battle significant injuries to significant players. I still think that Denver was the best team in the WCHA this season (that may or may not being saying much given that the WCHA is a bit weak this year), but they just had bad luck with injuries. Zucker was obviously still hurt, but played with a ton of heart out there today. Denver should be very good next year as well, and hopefully Zucker and Shore (Drew) come back. That would be an awful scary team.

I was thinking the same thing about JZ, but didn't want to sound biased. To my eyes, that kid did everything you could ask for to get the W. About five times right on the doorstep, two breakaways, and numerous other shots. He was flying all night. He was obviously playing hurt and just wasn't quite up to his usual standard. Even so, he's a 10 on anybody's toughness scale. Lordy, how I wish he'd come back next year, but the odds are apparantly heavily against it.

du78
03-23-2012, 09:12 PM
DU Post Game Press Conference, Gwoz mentioned that Jay Z had to give up a shot one time and pass the puck because he had no power to shoot it. Jay Z said he spent all week rehabbing so he could shoot the puck. Hats off to him on a valiant effort.

From DU website recap:
Junior Chris Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.), sophomore Jason Zucker (Las Vegas) and freshman Josiah Didier (Littleton, Colo.) played today despite significant injuries. Zucker had a team-high seven shots on goal.


The game marked the end to the careers of Nate Dewhurst (Johnston, Iowa), John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.), Dustin Jackson (Omaha, Neb.), student assistant coach David Carle (Anchorage, Alaska), Ryder and Salazar. The senior class was the second in school history to participate in four NCAA tournaments and the 10th to post 100 career wins.


http://youtu.be/fC1zMUo9G3o


http://youtu.be/SC3Q7JNqwJQ

duper
03-23-2012, 10:24 PM
That was a heck of a game. And if a couple of Zucker shots had just a bit more, luck, DU could easily have won that thing 4-2.

Ferris State's goalie was pretty darn impressive today. Both teams played a really good game I thought, and barring a run by Air Force, I will pull for Ferris State the rest of the way.

On to thoughts of next year.

totalx
03-23-2012, 10:25 PM
I think North Dakota fans appreciate second half turnarounds just as much as (if not more than) any fanbase. What a potshot. Despite this idiotic statement, I'll still be cheering for Ferris State tomorrow.

Eh, I should not have classified the entire fanbase under this category. I actually know several Sioux fans on a personal level and my statement was out of line. My apologies.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 10:27 PM
Eh, I should not have classified the entire fanbase under this category. I actually know several Sioux fans on a personal level and my statement was out of line. My apologies.

Apology accepted. Now...go out tomorrow and get to the Frozen Four (not you personally, but your team).

MagnessMan
03-24-2012, 12:24 AM
Tough to see the Pios knocked out early again. PP finished 1-25 down the stretch. Zucker in his last game in college was not anywhere near 100%. Had numerous chances that he usually buries. Credit to FSU they played a very disciplined game and deserved the win. Thank you seniors for your work and good luck going forward. It will be interesting to see what Drew does. Hope to see some of you in Tampa.

MichPieGuy
03-24-2012, 07:58 AM
First off, props to Ferris for both a well-played and particularly well-coached game. Their D gave the Pio's very little operating room in the "scorer's box" (mid-to-low slot) all game long. The DU power play was almost amusing in the first 2 periods, with the perimeter umbrella of five controlling the puck but never generating anything of consequence. Ferris played within themselves, played smarter, took away room for Denver's talent to operate and create, and earned the game. In a year where the WCHA and CCHA took a bad pill to start the tourney, my teams left to follow are WMU, then Ferris and Sioux. (Always will be the Sioux, take that NCAA PC Police).

Having watched 3 of the teams that I follow with varying degrees of interest--DU, Miami-OH, and Michigan--all drop tight first rounders yesterday, I had an observation that I wonder if any others picked up on. Each at times played with a certain degree of disinterest, or at least, lack of focus and resolve. Denver really didn't press hard as a team until the 3rd period, even though there were some good individual efforts. (Most notably Zucker, props to playing hard while hurt.) Miami absolutely dozed through 2 periods before deciding to show up, then should have won the game but found a way to lose another heartbreaker. Inconsistency kills--in their case, so did finding a way NOT to score on that late major penalty! Michigan scored immediately, went into a coasting zone, and coasted right into the post-season. In each case...the team with the more noted recruits, the greater by far number of draft picks, and the team with one or more underclassmen that have brought on the "will he or won't he bolt" questions all year...found a way to lose early to a team that had few or no picks and notable players, but played hard and focused and earned a win. One wonders how many players on those more noteworthy teams were dreaming of sugarplum contracts dancing in their heads rather than playing a focused, team game? It's got to be hard at some level to focus on an amateur game when you know that the final L of the season means a big payday, whether at the forefront or subconsciously. I love the college game, but do wonder if those coaches who willingly accept losing one after another premier recruit to the pros after a year or two--George, Red, Blasi among others--have created a monster that will forever make team play in the post-season a challenge. I realize there are and were other factors--DU's team health was clearly a trainwreck going into this tourney, and I honestly think this Denver D corps was mediocre even fully healthy compared to some a few years back--but it's quite noteworthy to see these 3 programs filled with NHL draft picks all exiting to, in all candor, less talented (but greater resolve) teams in Round One. Thoughts????

duper
03-24-2012, 12:09 PM
Thoughts????I do think that, as an example, one of the things that helped DU a lot down the stretch in '04 was a core of seniors who had played together for four years helped pick up a team that had played extremely inconsistently all year. I think that the players leaving early thing is making it hard for teams, but then again, perhaps some of those players leaving early would have played major junior instead of going to college fifteen years ago. Certainly, if we could look forward to Drew Shore and Jason Zucker returning next season, in addition to some pretty nice recruits coming, that would be a pretty bright future. And who knows, maybe they will return, but like all things, the game is changing. In some ways, this "problem" is actually good for the game. Big-name teams can fight over guys who give an instant injection, play for two or three years and leave, while other teams can develop cohesion among less talented guys who play together for four years. As much as I would have liked to see DU in the Frozen Four, I think the fact that either Cornell or Ferris State is there is good for the game, good for every team and every fan. It is certainly in no one's best interest for there to be only 8 or 10 teams with a legitimate shot at national success.

This is why I hope that the WCHA (or someone) takes on Hunstville. It's why I hope that in fact, neither the Big 6 nor the NCHC (or Hockey East for that matter) is able to dominate the sport. I hope that some of the other Big 11 schools add hockey so that conference can grow. I think that more conferences is good for the sport, because it allows the sport to grow, as long as it doesn't try to grow beyond it's scope.

I know, I know, college hockey is a niche sport, and it will never be like basketball or even football. Good. I wouldn't want that. But a larger number of viable teams is just a good thing.