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Biddco
03-08-2015, 10:52 AM
The last time UMD played in Denver for playoffs they had the upset in 2007. Of all the teams we could have played I'm glad we're playing DU. They play the same style of hockey as we do and I think we can win this series. Maroon and gold glasses say UMD wins in three games.

Had UMD gotten a couple breaks in the series in January they could have swept. I'm still annoyed with the potential go ahead goal in game one (there wasn't enough visual evidence to show it went it) and that 5-minute major against Krause shouldn't have been.

If UMD wants to be a one seed they need to win this series (I'm going off of what happened in Jan when they lost Friday and they dropped in the PWR to like a 7 or 8 overall seed).

This shall be fun. Go Bulldogs!

AHABulldog
03-08-2015, 11:18 AM
There's not going to be any NCHC TV restrictions this weekend, right? I know DU has the ROOT deal that I'm hoping doesn't carry over into the postseason.

Biddco
03-08-2015, 11:27 AM
There's not going to be any NCHC TV restrictions this weekend, right? I know DU has the ROOT deal that I'm hoping doesn't carry over into the postseason.

I don't know. That's a great question and I'll look into it.

Biddco
03-08-2015, 11:30 AM
I asked the DU Hockey twitter account and they don't know yet. NCHC had free streaming last year, but not sure if that included Denver. Perhaps the games will be on Root Sports. Who knows. We'll just have to wait to find out.

AHABulldog
03-08-2015, 04:32 PM
I asked the DU Hockey twitter account and they don't know yet. NCHC had free streaming last year, but not sure if that included Denver. Perhaps the games will be on Root Sports. Who knows. We'll just have to wait to find out.

According to the NCHC release today:
Every NCHC Quarterfinal game this postseason will be available online on NCHC.tv. Fans who already have a conference Annual, Monthly, Mid-Season or End of Season Pass will have access to all the quarterfinal games. For fans who do not have an NCHC.tv subscription yet, the Playoff Pass is available for purchase for $24.95, which gets fans access to all quarterfinal games, as well as the Third-Place Game at the Frozen Faceoff. Press conferences from the Frozen Faceoff will also be streamed live on NCHC.tv.

vizoroo
03-10-2015, 06:24 PM
Denver Hockey ‏@DU_Hockey 6h6 hours ago
@vizoroo no PioneerVision video feed this weekend; http://NCHC.tv will stream every game though

AHABulldog
03-10-2015, 07:35 PM
So did I hear something about LaLeggia getting dinged last weekend? I don't think it will impact his availability this weekend but am curious to hear what happened.

Krause out for Game 1. Iafallo most likely out the entire weekend. Dogs down to 10 forwards for Game 1. Hoping they can get the job done since it's more fun to watch your team at the conference tourney, but a week off would not be the worst thing in the world for this team.

HumRsky
03-10-2015, 07:46 PM
So did I hear something about LaLeggia getting dinged last weekend? I don't think it will impact his availability this weekend but am curious to hear what happened.

Krause out for Game 1. Iafallo most likely out the entire weekend. Dogs down to 10 forwards for Game 1. Hoping they can get the job done since it's more fun to watch your team at the conference tourney, but a week off would not be the worst thing in the world for this team.

We had our best stretch of the season without Krause and our worst stretch right after he got back, so I'm not too worried about that. Iafallo's continued absence hurts though. As you mentioned, we are a lock for the tournament, so a playoff title would be great, but losses wouldn't be the end of the world (or season). Also, all games will be broadcast on My9 in Duluth.

Biddco
03-10-2015, 09:28 PM
Krause out for Game 1. Iafallo most likely out the entire weekend. Dogs down to 10 forwards for Game 1. Hoping they can get the job done since it's more fun to watch your team at the conference tourney, but a week off would not be the worst thing in the world for this team.

My thoughts exactly. although losing the series probably would drop us out of a 1 seed. We don't want that.

Red Cows
03-10-2015, 11:56 PM
My thoughts exactly. although losing the series probably would drop us out of a 1 seed. We don't want that.

Really? If you were a 2 or a 3 do you really think that would change your lot in life in this upcoming NCAA tourney much? I honestly don't. Ours, either.

NCHC = battle tested league.

I find myself caring more about being in South Bend or Fargo than I do about our seed in the NCAA's, in general. You gotta win 4 games, anyway, At this level, who cares who it is against? I care more about the "where" than the who.

UNLESS a UNO NCHC conference tourney win got us to #1 in Pairwise and a date with the #16 seed (presumably, the AHA auto-qualifier). That is the only "desireable" match-up I really see, for anyone. Is there someone you guys would be worried about playing if you aren't a 1? I'm not. The irony here is that, North Dakota, of all the top 8 teams in Pairwise (of which we have played 5 of them) is the team that we have looked the best against of the lot.

I say, bring on anybody.

Provided we get past past SCSU this weekend, who I frankly believe is not a good match-up for us. They worry me as much as any potential NCAA opponent. Seriously.

SCSU Euro
03-11-2015, 01:24 AM
So no updates on LaLeggia or Iafallo yet? Inquiring minds want to know!

Biddco
03-11-2015, 08:03 AM
Really? If you were a 2 or a 3 do you really think that would change your lot in life in this upcoming NCAA tourney much? I honestly don't. Ours, either.

NCHC = battle tested league.

I find myself caring more about being in South Bend or Fargo than I do about our seed in the NCAA's, in general. You gotta win 4 games, anyway, At this level, who cares who it is against? I care more about the "where" than the who.

UNLESS a UNO NCHC conference tourney win got us to #1 in Pairwise and a date with the #16 seed (presumably, the AHA auto-qualifier). That is the only "desireable" match-up I really see, for anyone. Is there someone you guys would be worried about playing if you aren't a 1? I'm not. The irony here is that, North Dakota, of all the top 8 teams in Pairwise (of which we have played 5 of them) is the team that we have looked the best against of the lot.

I say, bring on anybody.

Provided we get past past SCSU this weekend, who I frankly believe is not a good match-up for us. They worry me as much as any potential NCAA opponent. Seriously.

I always want a better seed. It is true that college hockey has more parity and any team can beat anyone (except the AHA teams) but I still want to have that "number 1 seed" feather in the cap.

Biddco
03-11-2015, 08:04 AM
So no updates on LaLeggia or Iafallo yet? Inquiring minds want to know!
#IAFALTO is out indefinitely with mono. Hopefully he can return for regionals.

cetihcra
03-11-2015, 08:11 AM
So no updates on LaLeggia or Iafallo yet? Inquiring minds want to know!

Leggs should be back for the weekend, though his % effectiveness will be a question mark.

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MplsSioux
03-11-2015, 08:24 AM
Really? If you were a 2 or a 3 do you really think that would change your lot in life in this upcoming NCAA tourney much? I honestly don't. Ours, either.

NCHC = battle tested league.

I find myself caring more about being in South Bend or Fargo than I do about our seed in the NCAA's, in general. You gotta win 4 games, anyway, At this level, who cares who it is against? I care more about the "where" than the who.

UNLESS a UNO NCHC conference tourney win got us to #1 in Pairwise and a date with the #16 seed (presumably, the AHA auto-qualifier). That is the only "desireable" match-up I really see, for anyone. Is there someone you guys would be worried about playing if you aren't a 1? I'm not. The irony here is that, North Dakota, of all the top 8 teams in Pairwise (of which we have played 5 of them) is the team that we have looked the best against of the lot.

I say, bring on anybody.

Provided we get past past SCSU this weekend, who I frankly believe is not a good match-up for us. They worry me as much as any potential NCAA opponent. Seriously.

I'm surprised you think that UNO matches up best with North Dakota after going 1-2-1 vs them on the season. They only won 1 out of the 4 games played against UND this season and that took a 5 on 3 PP in overtime. On the other hand you were 1-1 for Minnesota St, 1-1-2 vs. UMD, 1-1 vs. Miami, 2-2 vs. SCSU, 2-0 vs. Denver. Maybe it felt like you matched up best with UND but the numbers don't bear that out, just my thoughts.

AHABulldog
03-11-2015, 08:33 AM
The depth for UMD at forward right now scares me. We did go on our biggest run of the year without Krause, but we also were able to still field a full set of forwards for most of that stretch too. Putting Molenaar and McCormack in there is less than ideal. Plus Krause is valuable on the PK specifically. I'd like to see the full roster with Krause/Iafallo/Toninato play together once before the NCAA's for chemistry's sake. Haven't seen that in a while. Wouldn't mind moving Thomas back down in the lineup too to create some more depth.

If we get the week off it's not terrible, but I also don't think you want to fall into the 8/9 range and risk going to Fargo. I think this UMD team matches up better with UND that most others in the past but I just think Fargo will be a hornet's nest and want nothing to do with it.

MagnessMan
03-11-2015, 10:28 AM
but I just think Fargo will be a hornet's nest and want nothing to do with it.

Great way to put it. The only meaningful thing about this series is both teams have a very real interest in avoiding the hornet's nest. If either team can sweep they most likely free themselves of Fargo.

SCSU Euro
03-11-2015, 12:35 PM
#IAFALTO is out indefinitely with mono. Hopefully he can return for regionals.

Ugh, Iafailo


Leggs should be back for the weekend, though his % effectiveness will be a question mark.

Yeah, but my team just needs healthy blueliners right now, and I'll take Joey Legs at 75% over almost any other D-man in the league when all that matters to me is offensive output.

MagnessMan
03-12-2015, 03:03 PM
Getting excited for a weekend of top-ten playoff hockey here in town. Should be great. I think these two teams play a very similar style of hockey. I really enjoyed the series a few weeks back. UMD is fast and is very well-coached/disciplined. I was at the FF in STP when the Bulldogs won it all. I admire the coaching staff and what they've been able to accomplish.

vizoroo
03-12-2015, 07:12 PM
Great way to put it. The only meaningful thing about this series is both teams have a very real interest in avoiding the hornet's nest. If either team can sweep they most likely free themselves of Fargo.
Only the Sioux want to go to Fargo.:p