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cross cheque
10-23-2013, 11:13 AM
Since UND is playing the U-18 team and the skating mullets are in Hamilton NY for a "who cares?" series against Colgate we might as well spend 2 weeks talking about Erin Marvin and all the non-calls/bad penalty calls against UND. :p


The Huskies travel to UND for their first taste of NCHC action and a chance to take some very important points home. Below are the pre-season capsules from college hockey news.

North Dakota

Head Coach: Dave Hakstol
2012-13 Record: 22-13-7, 14-7-7 WCHA (3rd)

Changes: Almost half of the team’s scoring from a year ago will not return for the 2012-13 campaign in Grand Forks, and that includes graduated seniors Corban Knight (49 points last season) and Danny Kristo (52 points).

Strength: Goaltending. Last year, now-sophomore Zane Gothberg and now-senior Clarke Saunders split time in the crease for the Sioux, and the tandem proved to be successful. In the NCAA tournament, Gothberg earned a 2-1 win in the first round against Niagara, but it was Saunders who earned the start for the West Regional final that ultimately saw North Dakota fall to eventual national champion Yale. The duo will battle for playing time this season, but expect Hakstol to start the year with the familiar rotating starters, as he did in the opening weekend against Vermont.

Weakness: Although North Dakota has a tendency to reload its squad year after year, it’s certainly conceivable that last year’s losses to graduation – with all of the scoring left to find elsewhere this year – may be too much to replace, at least in the short term. Expect senior defenseman Dillon Simpson to help guide North Dakota in its early NCHC era.

2013-14 Outlook: North Dakota has developed a reputation for being a late-blooming team but can ill-afford to fall behind quickly in what will be one of the most competitive leagues in the new-look college hockey landscape. ND kicks off the NCHC schedule with a trip to Miami in what will be a battle of arguably the top goaltending duos in the league, and two of the most accomplished teams in college hockey over the past several seasons.

Said coach Dave Hakstol about the outlook for his squad, “Our season will be dictated by the work has done over the summer, over the last three weeks, and what our guys are doing to get better today. The predictions are all left to somebody else. I won’t be making any.”

St. Cloud State

Head Coach: Bob Motzko
2012-13 Record: 25-16-1 overall, 18-9-1 WCHA (1st)

Changes: There’s no doubt the Huskies will miss 2013 Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc. Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks after the Huskies fell to Quinnipiac at the NCAA Frozen Four last April, LeBlanc led the team in scoring with 50 points. Between LeBlanc, Ben Hanowski and Nick Jensen, all with powerful scoring abilities, the Huskies lose a lot of firepower. Fortunately, they have incoming recruits like Ben Storm, a 6-foot-6 Colorado Avalanche prospect out of the USHL, to help fill the voids.

Strength: The Huskies only lost four players from a season ago, and as a result, will return an experienced team that just played in a Frozen Four. St. Cloud also returns three of its top four scorers from a year ago and boasts developing stars like Joey Benik, who displayed his capabilities late last season after returning from an injury.

Defensively, Andrew Prochno has a strong presence on the ice, and combined expected solid goaltending from Ryan Faragher, the Huskies should be able to keep their goals-against count reasonably low.

Weakness: A void on defense. “I really think the biggest hole we have to fill this season is Nick Jensen,” coach Bob Motzko explained. “He wasn’t just one player; he was the heart of that defensive core, he was the heart of our penalty kill, he was the heart of that last minute of play. In big moments, he was the guy on the ice.”

2013-14 Outlook: The experience of advancing to last year’s NCAA Frozen Four, while boasting the nation’s Hobey Baker winner, was undoubtedly an invaluable experience for the Huskies, who have the makeup to make another run in post-season action.

cross cheque
10-28-2013, 10:50 PM
Put the Boone's Farm back in the cooler, this party sucks.

Slap Shot
10-28-2013, 11:04 PM
rabble, rabble

SanTropez
10-28-2013, 11:10 PM
Or jan brady visits the hostile and abusives...

Tipsy McStagger
10-28-2013, 11:12 PM
If North Dakota's strength is goaltending, I like our chances.

GopherFan89
10-29-2013, 12:23 AM
If North Dakota's strength is goaltending, I like our chances.

Zing!

Thinking there will be some "Gothberg, Gothberg...you suck." Chants this weekend.

Splitsky.

Dirty
10-29-2013, 07:18 AM
If North Dakota's strength is goaltending, I like our chances.

Given Faragher's stats are about equal to Gothberg's, Rocco should score about 30 on him. If he can avoid the goalposts.

Tipsy McStagger
10-29-2013, 07:41 AM
Given Faragher's stats are about equal to Gothberg's, Rocco should score about 30 on him. If he can avoid the goalposts.

Yeah, given Rocco's two goals on the season, I think some of Gretzky's records are in jeopardy. :rolleyes:

Lady wore Black
10-29-2013, 08:30 AM
What an original name for the title of this thread?! How long did that take? :rolleyes:

Dirty
10-29-2013, 08:33 AM
Yeah, given Rocco's two goals on the season, I think some of Gretzky's records are in jeopardy. :rolleyes:

I'm pretty sure even if Rocco scored five goals/game for the rest of the season that Gretzky's records wouldn't be in jeopardy. This may come as a surprise to you, but doing things in college hockey has literally no effect on NHL records.

Tipsy McStagger
10-29-2013, 08:58 AM
I'm pretty sure even if Rocco scored five goals/game for the rest of the season that Gretzky's records wouldn't be in jeopardy. This may come as a surprise to you, but doing things in college hockey has literally no effect on NHL records.
This may come as a surprise to you, but no player has ever scored 20 points in a series, let alone 30.

Rocco won't top 50 points this season. Don't know who has the D-I record and am not going to look it up. Point is Rocco won't score half of whatever the record is. He should be worried about the Flickertails getting a split this weekend.

Biddco
10-29-2013, 10:01 AM
This may come as a surprise to you, but no player has ever scored 20 points in a series, let alone 30.

Rocco won't top 50 points this season. Don't know who has the D-I record and am not going to look it up. Point is Rocco won't score half of whatever the record is. He should be worried about the Flickertails getting a split this weekend.

Tony Hrkac!

Tipsy McStagger
10-29-2013, 10:17 AM
Tony Hrkac!

I was going to guess Hrkac or Aaron Broten.

Biddco
10-29-2013, 10:24 AM
I was going to guess Hrkac or Aaron Broten.
The only reason I remember is because former Bulldog Bill Watson is number 2 for most points in a single season.

gopher wes
10-29-2013, 10:47 AM
What an original name for the title of this thread?! How long did that take? :rolleyes:
You're just noticing the thread title now? I know you guys had a big important series with Colgate over the weekend but what took so long to see this awesome thread title?:p;)

Lady wore Black
10-29-2013, 02:01 PM
You're just noticing the thread title now? I know you guys had a big important series with Colgate over the weekend but what took so long to see this awesome thread title?:p;)

It was the first chance that I had to look on the boards. :o

Husky13
10-29-2013, 02:42 PM
You're just noticing the thread title now? I know you guys had a big important series with Colgate over the weekend but what took so long to see this awesome thread title?:p;)
We're helpless without the angry face!

The Exiled One
10-29-2013, 02:55 PM
The only reason I remember is because former Bulldog Bill Watson is number 2 for most points in a single season.
Hrkac, Wattson, Broten, Kariya, and Kip Miller all scored 100 points or more in a single season. Kariya scored his 100 in just 39 games, which gives him the best PPG average of the five.

Dirty
10-29-2013, 04:05 PM
This may come as a surprise to you, but no player has ever scored 20 points in a series, let alone 30.

Rocco won't top 50 points this season. Don't know who has the D-I record and am not going to look it up. Point is Rocco won't score half of whatever the record is. He should be worried about the Flickertails getting a split this weekend.

Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure Parise once scored 27 points in a weekend in Houghton. Either that or Gerbe scored 27 points in that national semifinal game a few years ago.

While he no doubt would appreciate your concern, I'm relatively certain Rocco is more concerned about that than he is about somehow breaking Gretzky's records this year, so you likely have nothing to worry about.

SJHovey
10-29-2013, 04:27 PM
Hrkac, Wattson, Broten, Kariya, and Kip Miller all scored 100 points or more in a single season.As did Dave Rost for Army in '76-77, Dave Taylor for Clarkson in '76-77, Dave Merhar for Army in '68-69, Tom Ross for Michigan St. in '75-76, Dan Dorion for Western Michigan in '85-86, and Mike Zike for Michigan Tech in '75-76.