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Arafel
10-08-2014, 09:04 AM
Hey all, Arlan and I are back with our first Wednesday Women column of the year, in which we look at all things in the women's game. This week, we rate some of the early frontrunners, look at a few squads that are struggling, and even discuss some early favorites whose season hasn't started yet. Every team seems to have some question marks at this point, so take a look, and be sure to be back every Wednesday from now through the end of the season to get our take. It's always linked on the Women's D-I page. Here's a quick link to the first one of the year:

http://www.uscho.com/2014/10/08/59706/

TonyTheTiger20
10-08-2014, 09:18 AM
I do think that BC will wind up with a scoring average that is higher than the number of losses they will sustain this season.
Nice one ARM

pokechecker
10-08-2014, 11:26 AM
While yes, 2 upsets in a row over Wisconsin & Minnesota to win the WCHA tournament is a tall order for UND (or any team), it is more realistic than finishing above them during the regular season. To get those two victories will require a stout defense and talented goaltending. That UND has shifted 2 of itís blueliners to center ( funny that you missed LaShomb making the move as well) should be an indication of where the strength of UND lies this year. IOW, they have the defense and goaltending to pull it off. The last 2 years they have come a game away from pulling it off and were close in the game they did lose. The lineup in Oct-Nov is often different than in Feb-March. One side benefit of the two playing center is the rest of the bluline corps is getting more experience/responsibility which will do them well come March. BTW, the tournament being in Grand Forks, isnít that home ice advantage for the Nameless Ones?

D2D
10-08-2014, 11:50 AM
Nice one ARM

Reading between the lines, I think what he's saying is that most of the teams on BC's schedule won't put up too much resistance, which will result in many lopsided wins.

ARM
10-08-2014, 07:35 PM
Reading between the lines, I think what he's saying is that most of the teams on BC's schedule won't put up too much resistance, which will result in many lopsided wins.It happens more often than we might think. Off the top of my head, Minnesota has done it several times in the NCAA era, UMD has, Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, Harvard, Cornell, and New Hampshire. I think BC will average > 5.0 GPG, and I doubt that they'll lose more than that.

FiveHoleFrenzy
10-09-2014, 09:48 AM
Reading between the lines, I think what he's saying is that most of the teams on BC's schedule won't put up too much resistance, which will result in many lopsided wins.

If you view the BC highlights against Syracuse the point about not much resistance is very evident. No question BC has loads of talent but the Syracuse defensemen really were positioned poorly and the forwards were very lackadaisical in back-checking. Add to that some goaltending that was, at times, less than stellar and you can see why they got beat badly. Taking nothing away from BC as they are going to be a difficult team for any team to play against but you can't have your defensemen backing down into the goalie and forwards leaving opposition players alone coming out of the corners and in the middle of the their own zone for prime scoring opportunities.

D2D
10-22-2014, 10:07 PM
Best line from this week's "Finding Cinderella" column:

"There’s no shortage of wicked stepsisters to make life tough for WCHA Cinderellas." :)

pgb-ohio
10-23-2014, 12:53 AM
Best line from this week's "Finding Cinderella" column:

"Thereís no shortage of wicked stepsisters to make life tough for WCHA Cinderellas." :)Easy now. Even Malificent had good reason for being "wicked.":eek: And sometimes "ugly ducklings" turn out to be swans.;)

That said, it is a good line.:cool: