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MAVFANJEFF
11-05-2014, 03:37 PM
Third page? Suffering from a lack of posters like most teams these days?

I am wondering if anyone can tell me how Avery Peterson has looked so far. Watched him through HS (and played him a few times in old-timers over the years - I could beat him regularly at one time -several years ago...) just curious how he is adjusting to college speed and physicality. Thanks.
I think hed had an assist this past weekend. Our freshman have yet to show much spark. With Guentzel injured we might see some people climbing the ladder this weekend.

SCSU Euro
11-05-2014, 07:52 PM
I think hed had an assist this past weekend. Our freshman have yet to show much spark. With Guentzel injured we might see some people climbing the ladder this weekend.

He scored the first goal Saturday, and also had 7 SOG on the weekend

MAVFANJEFF
11-05-2014, 10:01 PM
He scored the first goal Saturday, and also had 7 SOG on the weekend

Thanks I didn't see the score sheet.

SCSU Euro
11-06-2014, 12:11 AM
Thanks I didn't see the score sheet.

He's on my fantasy team… gotta keep an eye on the freshmen. :)

Red Cows
11-07-2014, 09:07 PM
O.K., this does not suck.

UNO now an unbeaten 4-0-1 in it's last 5 games, all on the road. And, the team's only loss of the year was in a game on the road against a ranked opponent where UNO blew a 2 goal lead.

And, for the Avery Petersen inquisitor above, he scored his first collegiate goal tonight.

Jake Guentzel, who was the nation's 3rd leading scorer when the night started, didn't even play tonight (injury).

6 games played and 11 different players have scored a goal.

Goaltending a problem for UNO? Apparently not, I guess. Massa now 8th nationally (and 5th (!) in save percentage) in GA, with obvious help from our apparently much improved blue line play. UNO now 10th, nationally, in team defense.

Who the hell are these guys?

SJHovey
11-07-2014, 09:38 PM
Really happy to see the great start by UNO. Coupled with some nice wins by SCSU and DU, should really help the NCHC get some teams in the tourney this year.

Red Cows
11-07-2014, 09:57 PM
I guess I have been awfully remiss in not pointing out that UNO goalie Ryan Massa is the NCHC's "Player-of-the-Month":

http://www.nchchockey.com/news_article/show/443825?referrer_id=878553

Who'd a thunk?

Massa, so far, exceeding the wildest of expectations. By a TON.

Since I have seen so little of our team, so far, it will be interesting to see if the improvement really is HIM, or, the players in front of him.

What a great and somewhat unexpected start to our season.

We have been far better than I had any reason to hope that we'd be with 11 freshmen on this team.

MAVFANJEFF
11-07-2014, 10:11 PM
it's alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Cows
11-07-2014, 10:59 PM
it's alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And kicking, hard, so far.

Red Cows
11-08-2014, 09:06 PM
With this weekend's sweep of Ohio State, UNO is now 5-0-1 in its last 6 games, ALL on the road.

For some unknown reason, Coach Blais started Kirk Thompson in goal tonight, of all things (who made an incredible save at the final horn with UNO skating shorthanded 6 on 4 because of a BS holding call with 1:21 left in the game).

UNO has played 8 games, now, and 12 different players have scored goals to this point, with David Pope joining the "scoring player" goal parade tonight.

And, the Mavs have only allowed 15 goals so far this season in those 8 games.

What a phenomenal start for a team with 11 freshmen on it.

OSU announcer on BTN2Go tonight:

"The future is bright for UNO Hockey".

Nice.

Great, great weekend.

MAVFANJEFF
11-08-2014, 11:00 PM
I really didn't expect to see our other goalies until Huntsville comes to town. Watched the game on B1G again. Video was choppy but my wife was playing facebook games on the other computer. Still not a bad deal 2 games for $10. We'll see how good our team really in when the Bulldogs come to town.

Red Cows
11-09-2014, 12:18 PM
I really didn't expect to see our other goalies until Huntsville comes to town. Watched the game on B1G again. Video was choppy but my wife was playing facebook games on the other computer. Still not a bad deal 2 games for $10. We'll see how good our team really in when the Bulldogs come to town.

I figured there had to be a reason Massa didn't play last night:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/thompson-mavs-hold-off-buckeyes/article_4e9bfd86-67cb-11e4-b3cd-6bc8db84227b.html

.............he hurt his hand during practice on Saturday morning and could not go.

We only have two non-conference series left, both at home, against Alabama-Huntsville (6th trip to Omaha) and New Hampshire (3rd trip here, but, the first for a 2 game weekend set--one trip was for the Stampede in '05 and the other was a one-off game New Year's Eve in '97).

I know Pairwise is essentially meaningless this early on, but, I'd sure rather be where we are (4th) than in, say, the hole like Wisconsin has dug for themselves (last).

I hope Massa's hand injury isn't anything serious.

My guess is that UNO moves up in the meaningless polls tomorrow to, say, the 15, 16, or 17 range, perhaps? Other than Minnesota State, our non-conference opponents have not played very well at all and the only conference foe we've played so far, Western Michigan, has been pretty so-so.

Now, we sit for two weeks and wait for UMD to come to town while they have a home and away (actually, an away and a home, I guess) with the Gophers next weekend.

Red Cows
11-10-2014, 01:39 PM
My guess is that UNO moves up in the meaningless polls tomorrow to, say, the 15, 16, or 17 range, perhaps? Other than Minnesota State, our non-conference opponents have not played very well at all and the only conference foe we've played so far, Western Michigan, has been pretty so-so.

Well, I was wrong, 14th.

I wonder just how carefully voters have looked at who we have played. It ain't real impressive outside of the Purple Cows and we split with them--at home.

Red Cows
11-15-2014, 12:06 PM
Here's what passes for insight and intellect about all things UNO hockey around here (UNO talk commences at about the 4:30 mark):

http://studio.omaha.com/Tony-Boone--TBL-Nov-14-28151725?vcid=28151725&freewheel=91341&sitesection=omahawh#.VGeSz2cYHf2

I am, frankly, a tad embarrassed to post this, but I thought others might find it interesting that, to a very large degree, how much more any real UNO fan knows about college hockey, this team, and this program than just about any member of the local news media here. (Disclaimer: I am not trying to pass myself off as any sort of expert, either, in making this statement. I am just trying to point out how shockingly little the media knows here). The school (and, the hockey team) even in the middle of building their new edifice in Aksarben Village, are barely on the radar screen of the local sports scene thanks to a UNO "Marketing Department" that could not properly market ice cream on a hot summer day. And, UNO has to compete with no pro sports teams, either.

The Cornhusker and Bluejay shadows are quite long around here.

I find this quite ironic since it has been my prediction, and, has been since Dean Blais was hired, that UNO wins a National Championship in hockey before the Huskers do it in football (and will NEVER happen with Pelini at the helm) or the Bluejays do in basketball (this is NEVER happening, period).

To each his own, I guess.

MAVFANJEFF
11-15-2014, 01:35 PM
the local news media started to take notice the last time UNO went to the NCAA tournament. as soon as that happens again they will sit up and take notice again. And once they do they will once again pretend to know something about hockey. Bo's temper tantrums could quite easily distract them though. Just be glad we don't have an AHL team here anymore. All the sports reporters here show signs of attention deficit disorder. Too many things going on and they can't concentrate. They will pretend to care about hockey if the huskers start a div 1 team and they will have most husker hockey fans looking embarrassingly ignorant about the sport when they all go jumping on the husker hockey band wagon claiming to know and love the sport. Myself, I didn't know diddly about the game until one night I took a radio and headphones to a game and watched while listening to Greg Harrington do the play by play. I miss him.

Red Cows
11-17-2014, 11:55 PM
More of what passes for "insight" in this place that I live that people get promoted and sent away from and not to:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/who-s-the-power-conference-early-returns-say-nchc-where/article_1433398e-2702-50ae-84ce-26bd27b2f076.html

Thanks for the insulting-to-UNO-fans-and-college-hockey-fans-everywhere Pairwise tutorial.

What's next? A "Sun rises in the East primer"? A "Fire is hot" lecture"? A "Don't eat yellow snow" warning?

Thanks, "I'm new at the World Herald and am Captain-I-don't-know-anything-about-college-hockey-and-I-am-going-to-showcase-that-by-insulting-our-fans" newbie.

Go away. Please.

MAVFANJEFF
11-20-2014, 07:56 PM
Just curious, Can we sign Arizona st to a 2 year deal for an exhibition home and home series? And ditch the game with NAIT or who ever we have scheduled?

Red Cows
11-25-2014, 12:25 AM
In no particular order:

UNO is 2nd in Pairwise although it is really a month or so too early to be looking at it and 11th in the meaningless USCHO poll.

The Mavs have wins against two different teams that both swept what was then the #1 ranked team in the country.

UNO has won the NCHC's "Rookie of the Week Award" 2 out of the last 3 weeks (Avery Peterson & Tyler Vesel). With 11 freshmen (seven of which are getting significant ice time) they ought to be in at least contention for this award on almost a weekly basis.

Ryan Massa didn't get his 3rd NCHC "Goalie of the Week Award" ("other nominees") even though he clearly deserved it over Miami goaltender Jay Williams. Massa played a substantially superior foe (UMD), as opposed to Miami, that played hapless Western Michigan. Plus, 2 of the 4 goals he allowed this past weekend were friendly fire, deflecting in off UNO players sticks.

Massa is now 5th in the NCAA in goals against average and 2nd in the NCAA in save percentage. If he can even remotely begin to sustain this level of performance, he is on his way to what would easily be the greatest season in goal by a UNO netminder in school history. To give you an idea, the all time UNO record for a single season for goals against average is by Jared Kaufmann in '08-'09 at 2.13, and, save percentage by Dan Ellis in '01-'02 at .919. Massa is clipping along at 1.49 and .953, respectively. He could fall off some and still threaten both these marks. And, Ellis is a player that ended up in the NHL.

This team is also currently 11th, nationally, in team defense, something that, besides goaltending, has not heretofore been hallmarks of any team Coach Blais has had here.

The scoring has been quite balanced, as well, with 12 different players having scored in UNO's 10 games, including 5 different freshmen.

And, in the plus/minus department, every single freshman except one is plus on the season except for one player, Grant Gallo. You know things are going well on the freshman side of things when one of the "stars" of your incoming freshman class, Jake Montgomery, is having a hard time getting much ice time, even.

Our power play could use some work but we sure aren't having any problem killing the other team's. And, for such a young team, we sure haven't taken a whole lot of penalties, either.

This weekend in Grand Forks provides an even further litmus test for this team. While UNO has historically played well there (they are, all-time, .500 at the Ralph) I will be happy to walk out of there with a split on Saturday night. If they can do that I will become an even bigger believer in this team than I have already started to become. The one nagging thing, though, is the overall season opponent's record of the teams we have played, 28-27-2. However, UNO is an unbeaten 5-0-1 on the road so far this season and that is pretty significant in my book, no matter the opponent(s).

Bring on the team whose nonconformist fans apparently didn't get the message and throw out all their Fighting Sioux gear, like the NCAA told them to. :D

MplsSioux
11-25-2014, 11:20 AM
In no particular order:

UNO is 2nd in Pairwise although it is really a month or so too early to be looking at it and 11th in the meaningless USCHO poll.

The Mavs have wins against two different teams that both swept what was then the #1 ranked team in the country.

UNO has won the NCHC's "Rookie of the Week Award" 2 out of the last 3 weeks (Avery Peterson & Tyler Vesel). With 11 freshmen (seven of which are getting significant ice time) they ought to be in at least contention for this award on almost a weekly basis.

Ryan Massa didn't get his 3rd NCHC "Goalie of the Week Award" ("other nominees") even though he clearly deserved it over Miami goaltender Jay Williams. Massa played a substantially superior foe (UMD), as opposed to Miami, that played hapless Western Michigan. Plus, 2 of the 4 goals he allowed this past weekend were friendly fire, deflecting in off UNO players sticks.

Massa is now 5th in the NCAA in goals against average and 2nd in the NCAA in save percentage. If he can even remotely begin to sustain this level of performance, he is on his way to what would easily be the greatest season in goal by a UNO netminder in school history. To give you an idea, the all time UNO record for a single season for goals against average is by Jared Kaufmann in '08-'09 at 2.13, and, save percentage by Dan Ellis in '01-'02 at .919. Massa is clipping along at 1.49 and .953, respectively. He could fall off some and still threaten both these marks. And, Ellis is a player that ended up in the NHL.

This team is also currently 11th, nationally, in team defense, something that, besides goaltending, has not heretofore been hallmarks of any team Coach Blais has had here.

The scoring has been quite balanced, as well, with 12 different players having scored in UNO's 10 games, including 5 different freshmen.

And, in the plus/minus department, every single freshman except one is plus on the season except for one player, Grant Gallo. You know things are going well on the freshman side of things when one of the "stars" of your incoming freshman class, Jake Montgomery, is having a hard time getting much ice time, even.

Our power play could use some work but we sure aren't having any problem killing the other team's. And, for such a young team, we sure haven't taken a whole lot of penalties, either.

This weekend in Grand Forks provides an even further litmus test for this team. While UNO has historically played well there (they are, all-time, .500 at the Ralph) I will be happy to walk out of there with a split on Saturday night. If they can do that I will become an even bigger believer in this team than I have already started to become. The one nagging thing, though, is the overall season opponent's record of the teams we have played, 28-27-2. However, UNO is an unbeaten 5-0-1 on the road so far this season and that is pretty significant in my book, no matter the opponent(s).

Bring on the team whose nonconformist fans apparently didn't get the message and throw out all their Fighting Sioux gear, like the NCAA told them to. :D

We're rebels like that :cool:

But I am very excited for this series this weekend. Similarly to UNO, this will also be a litmus test for UND who has had trouble getting out to a good start in a home game this year. They've seemed too comfortable starting games, so UNO's 5-0-1 road record worries me a bit. The low energy level could be a result of us only stuffing 12K into the arena. Maybe time to look at expansion of REA :)

BigAl
11-26-2014, 12:15 PM
Weekly recap of the polls. UNO/UND is my game of the week: http://q30television.com/2014/11/25/breaking-down-uscho-com-mens-hockey-poll-112414/