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co14ers
03-20-2010, 01:39 AM
You slightly misquoted my cheer Todd but I'll let you slide this time. ;)

Yeah, I suck. Noticed that myself. But, I always hate putting but in the mix.

co14ers
03-20-2010, 01:40 AM
If I ever hear those announcers again I'm going to kill myself!!! Woog was incomprehesable the whole night and the other clown was so unbelievably biased it was disgusting:mad: :mad: :mad: . I can see if it had been against Minny, but UND ****!!!!! I think I'm more ****ed off about them than I am about the game:mad: :mad: :mad:

Already been through that this month. Please don't even joke about that crap. :mad:

MaizeRage
03-20-2010, 02:22 AM
Maiani out tomorrow according to Gwoz via Kevin Allenspach Twitter:

http://twitter.com/KevinAllenspach

Gwoz also said he is questionable for next week as well.

co14ers
03-20-2010, 02:24 AM
After a bit of time to cogitate on the game tonight, I'm a bit worried about this team. Too often, this team has played down to the competition (certainly nothing against the strong Sioux team tonight). But, our team has rarely, if every, put in a complete 60 minute game. I think we've all seen stretches of what this team could be, but never a game where it has been displayed in its entirety. One would think by now we would have seen this.

I am still a bit miffed about last weekend playing Tech where Gwoz pretty much shut down the top line and rolled lines 3 and 4 for significant minutes. I do not think that one can do that to top line. There's no on/off switch in hockey at any level.

I just hope the boys play well tomorrow in the banana game (which just so happens to be #1 vs. #3 in the nation). The tone for the rest of the season begins tomorrow. A crap effort will translate into a crap ending. A good effort will give me hope. The boys have done way too much to go into the tournament that matters to lay another turd on the ice.

We shall see. Go DU and play well boys!

Puck Swami
03-20-2010, 03:12 AM
Random, incoherent musings...

What we saw from DU tonight was consistent with the way they've played all year long - well short of a 60 minute effort. DU has won 27 games because they have the best goalie in the country when he's on. Tonight, UND hung 4 on Chevy, and when that happens, DU is in trouble since they rarely score more than 3. UND was the better team tonight for 75% of the game, and DU was only really effective in the third when UND got a little tired and DU woke up and played desperate hockey.

The one thing DU has been all season is resilient. They haven't lost twice in a row all season, and they always follow a loss or poor effort with a better one. Tomorrow against UW wlll be a character check for this team. It should be a serious clue as to how this club handles postseason adversity.

DU is a much better team when DU's top line scores goals and sets the pace of the game. Tonight - Ruegsegger had no shots on goal. Colborne, no shots on goal, although he did hit a post. Minus 1. Rakhshani, 3 shots and a minus 1. Your big guns need to play like big guns and tonight, they didn't.

What I mostly want see tomorrow is a better work ethic. This team is moving into the phase of the playoffs where you get the opponents' best effort. I'd like to see DU opponent's try to absorb a DU team that gives it all.

co14ers
03-20-2010, 03:37 AM
Random, incoherent musings...

What we saw from DU tonight was consistent with the way they've played all year long - well short of a 60 minute effort. DU has won 27 games because they have the best goalie in the country when he's on. Tonight, UND hung 4 on Chevy, and when that happens, DU is in trouble since they rarely score more than 3. UND was the better team tonight for 75% of the game, and DU was only really effective in the third when UND got a little tired and DU woke up and played desperate hockey.

The one thing DU has been all season is resilient. They haven't lost twice in a row all season, and they always follow a loss or poor effort with a better one. Tomorrow against UW wlll be a character check for this team. It should be a serious clue as to how this club handles postseason adversity.

DU is a much better team when DU's top line scores goals and sets the pace of the game. Tonight - Ruegsegger had no shots on goal. Colborne, no shots on goal, although he did hit a post. Minus 1. Rakhshani, 3 shots and a minus 1. Your big guns need to play like big guns and tonight, they didn't.

What I mostly want see tomorrow is a better work ethic. This team is moving into the phase of the playoffs where you get the opponents' best effort. I'd like to see DU opponent's try to absorb a DU team that gives it all.

Yep, Swami, your incoherent musings match my disjointed diatribe. Yet, we seem to agree on several points. Tomorrow's game is certainly the "banana heat" of the tournament, but the game should mean a lot to the Pioneers. Tomorrow needs to set the tone for the rest of this season. It needs to lay the foundation for the rest of this season. Crap the bed tomorrow and I won't see this team in Detroilet.

A solid effort tomorrow, regardless of the ultimate outcome, will certainly tell me volumes about this team. Admittedly, my expectations for them have been dashed a bit, but realistically I already knew that. The '05 team was absolutely dominate, the '04 team a bit lucky. This team needs some of the latter to win the ultimate prize.

Of course, if this team wants to play up to their potential for four games starting in a couple of weeks, we will be very happy. They CAN do it, but whether or not the WILL do that is another story.

Regardless, Let's Go DU. Rock it from here on out boys. I'll still be in Detroit. Make me the happiest fan on the planet!

du78
03-20-2010, 07:44 AM
Even though today's game is the consolation game, it does have some significant PWR ramifications. If DU wins they wrap up the overall #1 seed in the tourney. They control their destiny. If Wisconsin loses they could possibly fall from being a #1 seed to a #2 seed.

DU hasn't lost back-to-back games all year and I expect a win this afternoon.

Go DU!!!!!

manurespreader
03-20-2010, 09:10 AM
Even though today's game is the consolation game, it does have some significant PWR ramifications. If DU wins they wrap up the overall #1 seed in the tourney. They control their destiny. If Wisconsin loses they could possibly fall from being a #1 seed to a #2 seed.

DU hasn't lost back-to-back games all year and I expect a win this afternoon.

Go DU!!!!!
So is it possible that DU wins and ends up with a WCHA team as the no 2 in their bracket? And what if Wisconsin wins, will DU hold on to a number 1? I see this game as a toss-up right now.It's almost a home game for the Badgers after all.

dggoddard
03-20-2010, 09:39 AM
Even though today's game is the consolation game, it does have some significant PWR ramifications. If DU wins they wrap up the overall #1 seed in the tourney. They control their destiny. If Wisconsin loses they could possibly fall from being a #1 seed to a #2 seed.

DU hasn't lost back-to-back games all year and I expect a win this afternoon.

Go DU!!!!!Wisconsin hasn't lost back too back games this season either, so Gwoz and Eaves manufacturing a tie for old times sake is a possibility. :D

The Pairwise ramifications are not that serious for DU today. No matter what goes down between DU & Wisconsin and in the other conference finals, DU and Miami are going to be in incredibly "soft" Regionals.

The #7-10 teams in the Pairwise should be Bemidji, Yale, Cornell & Northen Michigan.

Miami & DU are are guaranteed to be playing either Alabama-Huntsville, Sacred Heart or Rochester Institute of Technology in their first games.

Meanwhile Sconnie, BC, SCSU &UND will be slugging it out with each other & some other bigtime programs.

vizoroo
03-20-2010, 01:14 PM
DU will be seeded 1 or 2 no matter what happens today. That's the good news.

On the other hand,
DU is down 2 Dmen-Nutini and Wrenn. Now add the loss of Maiani. :eek:
The top line was practically invisible last night. :o
Who joins Ostrow and Martin?
Who steps up on the power play?
What's with only playing inspired, gritty hockey for 1 period? :confused:
Chevy didn't have his best night, but for the most part kept us in the game.
Wisconsin has more to gain with a W than DU.

Donovan, Dewhurst and the last two lines carried the play for most of the game.

What DU team shows up today? And at the regionals.
Confused and Concerned.

Puck Swami
03-20-2010, 02:04 PM
Wisconsin D-man Cody Golubef has been suspended by the WCHA for today's third place gamevs DU for a contact to the head penalty yesterday vs SCSU.

bik4u62
03-20-2010, 02:25 PM
If I ever hear those announcers again I'm going to kill myself!!! Woog was incomprehesable the whole night and the other clown was so unbelievably biased it was disgusting:mad: :mad: :mad: . I can see if it had been against Minny, but UND ****!!!!! I think I'm more ****ed off about them than I am about the game:mad: :mad: :mad:
Mazzocco plays homey to the bigger & closer market (which is Gopher Nation 99% of the time). He helps the network sell ads by adding interest. Everything you heard him say positive about UND last night, he will say about SCSU tonight. Pretty transparent technique.

Onion Man
03-20-2010, 04:21 PM
DU hasn't lost back-to-back games all year and I expect a win this afternoon.

Go DU!!!!!

Oops

Puck Swami
03-20-2010, 06:07 PM
Unacceptable effort level from Denver this weekend, and the results reflect it.

Poor preparation, poor execution, poor performance all around.

Can't remember a flatter DU showing in a conference tourney.

Time for the coaches and seniors to find the right effort level, or DU won't be advancing in the NCAAs, and the season will be remembered as another failed opportunity.

This team has all the pieces, but it needs to show its' collective heart. Everybody in that program needs to question who they are and what they can do to give a better effort.

Chris
03-20-2010, 06:14 PM
Unacceptable effort level from Denver this weekend, and the results reflect it.

Poor preparation, poor execution, poor performance all around.

Can't remember a flatter DU showing in a conference tourney.

Time for the coaches and seniors to find the right effort level, or DU won't be advancing in the NCAAs, and the season will be remembered as another failed opportunity.

This team has all the pieces, but it needs to show its' collective heart. Everybody in that program needs to question who they are and what they can do to give a better effort.

We know that these games didn't mean a whole lot in regards to our NCAA positioning. However, just a bit of momentum heading into the more important tourney would have been nice. Very disappointing, to say the least...

A Shot and a Goal
03-20-2010, 06:22 PM
WCHA tournament format once the league expands to 12 teams for the 2010-2011 season and beyond.

http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,18473/FinalFiveNameLivesoninWCHAbutWithNewFormat.html

Puck Swami
03-20-2010, 06:27 PM
We know that these games didn't mean a whole lot in regards to our NCAA positioning. However, just a bit of momentum heading into the more important tourney would have been nice. Very disappointing, to say the least...

I am so proud of this team off the ice - the way they hit the books and set WCHA academic records, and the way they represent our school.

On the ice, they gave us fans joy in winning the MacNaughton, the Denver Cup and the Gold Pan, first-class performances to win all kinds of awards.

But so far in these playoffs, it's a different DU team. A lack of effort. A lack of grit and fire. Complacent and lazy. Unfocused. No jump.

Anytime you wear the Denver jersey in a game, it should represent your best effort. We have not seen the team's best effort yet in these playoffs, and from here on in, a second rate effort will end the season in a hurry.

These boys need to get in gear, now.

Old Pio
03-20-2010, 06:29 PM
I was thinking okay, we laid an egg against the Sioux, but this club is too good, too proud not to come out smoking against Bucky. Then our Hobey finalist goalie and WCHA player of the year gets shelled and gives up three goals on 6? shots and gets pulled. Our first line, anchored by our other Hobey finalist, spends most of the 3rd period benched. Apart from another season ending injury, this is about the worst imaginable outcome. And a real punch to the solar plexus. My confidence has been shaken. But what about the team's? Can they reset themselves for the tournament?

IrishHockeyFan
03-20-2010, 06:30 PM
WCHA tournament format once the league expands to 12 teams for the 2010-2011 season and beyond.

http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,18473/FinalFiveNameLivesoninWCHAbutWithNewFormat.html

Sounds like a good idea and there is enough interest in the WCHA tourney games to keep the interest level fairly high at the Xcel regardless of the exact format. Hell with one more team in the mix you'll probably have a little more interest. At the Joe when the CCHA used this format that first game on Thursday was often played in a horrible environment. One of the two Notre Dame participated in literally had just 100s of people in the stands over the first two periods. Can't see that happening for the WCHA regardless of who is playing.

A Shot and a Goal
03-20-2010, 06:35 PM
Sounds like a good idea and there is enough interest in the WCHA tourney games to keep the interest level fairly high at the Xcel regardless of the exact format. Hell with one more team in the mix you'll probably have a little more interest. At the Joe when the CCHA used this format that first game on Thursday was often played in a horrible environment. One of the two Notre Dame participated in literally had just 100s of people in the stands over the first two periods. Can't see that happening for the WCHA regardless of who is playing.

Next season [and beyond] with Minnesota, Duluth, St. Cloud, Bemidji and Mankato in the conference there's half a chance one of them will be playing in the first Thursday game. Since all five are from within the state I think attendance will be respectable.