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mmf
11-03-2009, 12:11 AM
Since we are hosting this shindig I believe we are obligated to start the game thread. So welcome back ND. Dropping below zero tonight, but should be a balmy +15 or so by Friday.

Kind of early in the year for stats to mean much of anything, but overall, ND is scoring about 2.38 goals a game, allowing 1.62, and are +6 on net special teams play. Their pp is at 20% and their pk is successful 88.1% of the time. They split with UAH and Providence. Beat BU and lost to BC. And recently beat and tied OSU. Jekyll and Hyde.

Overall, the Nooks are scoring 3 goals a game, allowing 1.17, and are also +6 on net special teams play. Our pp is at 22.9% and our pk is successful 91.3% of the time. We beat Michigan, Mercyhurst, RMU, and tied RPI. We recently swept Ferris State in Fairbanks. Strong start for UAF.

I would expect two close, low scoring games. The Nooks strong points are still defense and solid goaltending, but are looking better on offense. The Irish will be a big test for the Nooks.

Were somewhat a team of no-names, but Ive been impressed with our overall team play so far. Hope the Irish dont burst our bubble.

Go Nooks!

streaker
11-03-2009, 08:20 AM
Is Alaska ever leaving the state to play a game this season? ;)

Good luck against the Irish.

birdman
11-03-2009, 12:10 PM
Notre Dame kind of reminds me of the seapuppies, big, fast and skilled. Well okay just big, but in the past we have problems dealing with big teams. They tend to cycle the puck in our zone forever and eventually we get frustrated and get a penalty. This year seems different in that aspect however we haven't played a big, fast, talented team until now. This will be a difficult matchup even at home.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-03-2009, 02:09 PM
Wouldn't Michigan be a big, fast, talented team? And look what you did to them. Hence the following sentiment:

You guys are certainly more pessimistic about your chances than I am... For the first time in a long time, I'm worried about getting more than a point on the weekend. :(

mmf
11-03-2009, 04:42 PM
Not pessimistic at all. Cautiously optimistic. Weve played well so far but I hope they have it in them to even bump it up a notch. Bring your A game. We had a couple big minute players (Petovello & Brandon Knelsen) not on the ice against Ferris. I hope those guys are back. Well need everybody.

Michigan was in awe of the glitz and glamour that is Anchorage.:rolleyes: They did not bring their A game.

1/2 nook
11-03-2009, 06:07 PM
I think we'll see another couple of games like last week. With hopefully the same outcomes.

Squarebanks
11-03-2009, 08:44 PM
Is Alaska ever leaving the state to play a game this season? ;)

Good luck against the Irish.

I've wondered the same thing :D

Our next series after ND is Lake State in SSM, so that will be a big change of scenery.

Squarebanks
11-03-2009, 08:45 PM
Wouldn't Michigan be a big, fast, talented team? And look what you did to them. Hence the following sentiment:

You guys are certainly more pessimistic about your chances than I am... For the first time in a long time, I'm worried about getting more than a point on the weekend. :(

I have a hunch we split. If there's a sweep, in either direction, I'll be very surprised.

mmf
11-05-2009, 11:54 PM
Not much chatter...

It’s too early in the season to be a make or break series for either team. But all conference games are important and this is somewhat a bellwether game for the Nooks. We had a decent season last year, but we were also shut out 11 times. Contenders or pretenders?

Team defense and Greenham can keep us close in most games, but can we score against good defensive teams. We’ll see. Anywhere from 3 to 6 points should give us that warm tingly feeling. Getting swept at home would be a major bummer.

But I gotta feeling. The boys have played well and played hard every shift of every game. And they’ll need to do that and even more this weekend. Appears like we may still have a couple regulars out with injuries. So step it up boys. If you want some respect, go out and earn it.

Go Nooks!

AKJD
11-07-2009, 01:29 AM
I have mixed feelings about this game. One the one hand, of course it's frustrating to get handed our first loss of the season, especially after dominating the third. On the other hand, if the Nooks can bring this kind of effort on a regular basis, they're gonna win alot of games this year. I dunno how many times I thought for sure they were about to tie it up, but unfortunately no such luck. But at least they scored twice, which is two times more than they scored on Notre Dame last year.

Oh, and let's go for 0 penalties tomorrow. Notre Dame was something like 2 for 3 on the powerplay? They don't need any more chances :p

And what was up with the linesmen tonight? This isn't a "wah, the refs cost us the game" thing or anything like that, but it just seems to me that there were ALOT of blown offsides and icings, both called and missed, for both teams. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's how it seemed from where I was sitting.

At any rate, should be a good one tomorrow. Hopefully the Nooks will keep up the pressure tomorrow like they did in the third tonight, and salvage a split.

mmf
11-07-2009, 03:15 AM
A lot of positives to take from tonight’s game except for the outcome. A close 3-2 loss. Fairly well played by both teams. A little sloppy at times but it scooted right along. I thought the first was evenly played. We had about 8-10 minutes at the start of the second were we looked out of sorts. But the Nooks picked it towards the end of the second and really controlled play in the third. We had a couple even strength goals which is a good sign. Gave up a couple pp goals which was not so good. Greenham looked only human.

We had some really good chances and just couldn’t get it done tonight. But if you are a Nook fan ya gotta be pretty pleased with what you saw. The Nooks looked solid. Played hard. Outshot ND 37-17 overall, and 16-3 in the third. Maybe deserved better.

A few photos from tonight:

Both teams battled all game, either in scrums...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-103/705573721_g34Ay-L.jpg

Or up close and personal...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-11/705572959_od3wQ-L.jpg

Nooks didn’t get on the board until Dion’s second period goal ( assists to Yaremchuk, Taranto)...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-74/705573228_8quL6-L.jpg

We had a few breakaway changes...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-76/705573447_via2F-L.jpg

But weren’t able to capitalize...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-175/705574705_gKLHi-L.jpg

We had numerous other chances...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-118/705573982_BHPBq-L.jpg

But Mike Johnson was up to the task...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-151/705574474_zdo38-L.jpg

Time after time.
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-133/705574228_UBaGh-L.jpg


Tough loss Nooks. Let’s get’em tomorrow night.

Methodical
11-07-2009, 05:22 AM
I like this one, mmf. Great shot!

http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Notre-Dame-vs-UAF-Nov-6-2009/20091106-103/705588086_BAkGV-L.jpg

mmf
11-07-2009, 10:56 AM
I like this one, mmf...

Thanks. I think that was a ricochet off the post. Foiled again.

1/2 nook
11-07-2009, 04:02 PM
Isn't Hall the ref everyone complains about?

mmf
11-07-2009, 04:07 PM
Isn't Hall the ref everyone complains about?

I'll venture to guess yes...because as far as I know, there isn't such a thing as a ref we don't complain about. :)

Squarebanks
11-07-2009, 04:12 PM
Not much chatter...

Its too early in the season to be a make or break series for either team. But all conference games are important and this is somewhat a bellwether game for the Nooks. We had a decent season last year, but we were also shut out 11 times. Contenders or pretenders?

Team defense and Greenham can keep us close in most games, but can we score against good defensive teams. Well see. Anywhere from 3 to 6 points should give us that warm tingly feeling. Getting swept at home would be a major bummer.

But I gotta feeling. The boys have played well and played hard every shift of every game. And theyll need to do that and even more this weekend. Appears like we may still have a couple regulars out with injuries. So step it up boys. If you want some respect, go out and earn it.

Go Nooks!

Honestly I think tonight will say a lot about the 'Nooks one way or another. Last night was a very winnable game, to the point that they probably should have won it. I wasn't there to see it, but that ND goalie must have stood on his head in the 3rd period. Outshooting a team 37-15 and losing is almost unheard of.

In fact, tonight's game may well be the biggest one of the season so far. If we get swept this weekend, it's going to be tough to dig out of that hole and get back into top-4 contention.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-07-2009, 05:24 PM
If we get swept this weekend,
I fear that is something you don't have to worry about.


... it's going to be tough to dig out of that hole and get back into top-4 contention.
How can I have more confidence in your team than you do?! :cool: ;) :o From what I saw last night, you guys will do just fine. Coach Ferguson is the real deal.

1/2 nook
11-07-2009, 05:37 PM
I believe we will see a way different out come tonight.

Squarebanks
11-07-2009, 06:16 PM
I fear that is something you don't have to worry about.

I sincerely hope you are right :D

How can I have more confidence in your team than you do?! :cool: ;) :o From what I saw last night, you guys will do just fine. Coach Ferguson is the real deal.

Hey now, I have plenty of confidence in our guys, but our schedule in December and January is a meat-grinder, so we have a much better shot at a top-4 slot if we stock up on points now. Just sayin...! But you are correct, if we play like we did last night on every night of the season we'll be just fine.

And thank you for the kudos on Ferguson...I really do think that if he stays around (and since he's an alum I doubt he'll use the school as a stepping stone) that we can turn into a respected force both in the CCHA and beyond. One of your ND seniors was quoted in the paper this morning as basically saying that playing Alaska is like night and day compared to four years ago.

AKJD
11-07-2009, 08:59 PM
I just checked the CCHA's website, and their live stats have a final of Notre Dame 5 - Alaska 3 for tonight's game. Guess it really is a good thing the games are played on the ice, and not according to what appears to be an old <a href="http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/livebox/mndmakfa.n07">UNO vs. UAF box score</a> ;)