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SJHovey
10-05-2009, 09:24 AM
No series thread yet? :confused:

North Dakota's annual exhibition against the Washington Generals is over. It's now time to turn to the games that count.

Am I correct that this is the first meeting between the schools? I know virtually nothing about Merrimack's team other than they were picked to finish quite low in Hockey East. Any input from Merrimack posters would be appreciated.

Sloe Gin
10-05-2009, 09:52 AM
I'm getting some dirt on the Mack. I'll post it as soon as I can.

FiveHole12
10-05-2009, 09:59 AM
Given UND's history of slow starts and MC's resurgence as a pretty good team, this could be an interesting weekend.
The Mack has good goaltending and D. Will try to keep ND opportunities on the perimeter. Not a lot of scoring from the Mack, but that may change this year. Very young last season but they have some kids that can light the lamp.

classof87
10-05-2009, 10:29 AM
merrimack for all you und fans is much improved over recent years... they have upgraded there talent level the last few years with some nice recruiting classes..just 4 years ago the entire team was ready to walk away from the program if there was not a coaching change, crazy as it seems..mark dennehy has turned the attitude and talenet level around... they have outstanding goaltending whick keeps them in most games..they play a defensive style, keeping things to the outside, and block a ton of shots...with the new higher skilled talent dennehy has opened up the system, for attacking rather than sit back...they are a much better skating team now, and lost 12 one goal games last year...they are known as the hardest working teams in hockey east, and can play with anybody....

brianvf
10-05-2009, 10:46 AM
I'm getting some dirt on the Mack. I'll post it as soon as I can.

This should be interesting. :D

SJHovey
10-05-2009, 11:34 AM
...they are a much better skating team now, and lost 12 one goal games last year...they are known as the hardest working teams in hockey east, and can play with anybody....


Hey, I think North Dakota won about the same number of one goal games last year. Sounds like a plan! :p

Just looking at Merrimack's site, it does look like they return most of their team from a year ago, and they certainly played traditional HE powers like BC, BU and UNH tough last year.

With UND as one of the younger teams in the WCHA this year, should be a good early season test.

Jon
10-05-2009, 12:30 PM
They're better than PC.

And if that line doesn't end up on Dirty's blog, nothing will.

ChiefWahoo
10-05-2009, 01:28 PM
People talk about Merrimack's lack of scoring but this team is capable of suddenly scoring multiple goals in spurts.

Sloe Gin
10-05-2009, 01:36 PM
This should be interesting. :D

I got sent this article by the radio announcer of Merrimack.

http://warriorrinkrat.com/2009/09/24/he-preview-8-merrimack-warriors/

this is certainly nothing to sneeze at. :(

Dirty
10-05-2009, 01:37 PM
I fail to see how a bunch of Jesus freaks can really even compete with UND. Why is this series even being played. Were any of the Miss Merrimack players even born the last time the team had a winning season?

Good to see Mike McMahon is stealing the Albany Riverrats logo. It's always nice to see someone using others work for their own personal website.

Sioux Sweep.

MinnesotaNorthStar
10-05-2009, 01:41 PM
I fail to see how a bunch of Jesus freaks can really even compete with UND. Why is this series even being played. Were any of the Miss Merrimack players even born the last time the team had a winning season?

Sioux Sweep.It is now officially the 2009-2010 hockey season with this post. :D

Sloe Gin
10-05-2009, 01:45 PM
I also have the Merrimack Media guide.

http://www.merrimackathletics.com/sports/mice/2009-10/MC_Hockey_0910.pdf

brianvf
10-05-2009, 03:11 PM
this is certainly nothing to sneeze at. :(

Why are you sad now?

Federal League
10-05-2009, 03:47 PM
I got sent this article by the radio announcer of Merrimack.

http://warriorrinkrat.com/2009/09/24/he-preview-8-merrimack-warriors/

this is certainly nothing to sneeze at. :(

Karl Stollery might be the most underrated player in HE. Watch him.

Sloe Gin
10-05-2009, 03:47 PM
Why are you sad now?

cause...I'm seeing a split...:(

brianvf
10-05-2009, 03:56 PM
cause...I'm seeing a split...:(

That's not the end of the world either way. Don't worry about it. :)

warriors16
10-05-2009, 06:24 PM
MC will still struggle to score goals as they lost Ricci who led the team in points every year he played. They are still a young team with probably their 3 most talented players, Todd Stollery and Cannata, all sophomores.

Dirty
10-05-2009, 06:28 PM
If Manitoba played Merrimack, how many touchdowns do you think the Bisons would win by? I say by one and a two point conversation.

Sioux Sweep

sfo19
10-05-2009, 06:31 PM
cause...I'm seeing a split...:(

can i ask why? i read some stuff on them... but i don't envision a split yet b/c i'm not familiar with them and the media made everything sound iffy and along the lines of "they could be decent in hockey east if THIS happens." so i guess i'll just wait and see how it plays out on the ice. so after i see them play this weekend... i'll be prepared for future matchups. :)

besides, we always split series this time of year so it wouldn't exactly be something unheard of.:eek:

Goon
10-05-2009, 07:25 PM
That's not the end of the world either way. Don't worry about it. :)

Yeah no doubt because it before January 1st 2010. :)