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dhmn
09-15-2010, 02:45 PM
Not only do they defend their 5th National Championship, but have a nice new arena to defend the second half of the season. There are only 5 seniors on the roster, to replace the 5 that graduated, plus Libby Guzzo's transfer to St. Scholastica, making 20 total roster players with the three goaltenders (Harss, Martin, and Steck.)

4 players are listed as defensemen.. giving me the idea that Jessica Wong and Elin Holmlov will see some blue line time this season. Some people were asking what the roles of Gina Dodge and Kacy Ambroz would be this season (with the Olympians returning).. but I don't think there's reason to wonder after their play last season.

UMD should be able to roll 3 lines with anyone this year, with defense being the one spot with possible questions with Rasmussen and Murray graduating. Larocque and Gray will be on the ice a lot with Posa (Soph) and Noora Jaakola (Freshman), and whoever they do decide to move from forward to defense to fill in.

Might we see a goaltender battle between Harss and Martin this winter? Martin didn't have a really excellent Olympic tournament, but they (Team Sweden) didn't play anyone for tuneup matches so she had a really bad defensive team in front of her. Sweden would have been far better off to leave it's players on their NCAA teams seeing high caliber opponents, but that's getting off topic. She (Martin) is (reported as) probably the healthiest (knees) she's been as a Bulldog so it will be fun to see both goaltenders probably rotate at least until after Christmas.

Shannon Miller can't go anywhere for at least 5 years.. if not more.. she has 5 rings for 5 fingers.. but needs 5 more for the other hand!:D

ARM
09-15-2010, 03:03 PM
There are only 4 seniors on the roster...Five (Gray, Larocque, Martin, Holmov, Fridfinnson) unless somebody isn't coming back.

dhmn
09-15-2010, 03:09 PM
Five (Gray, Larocque, Martin, Holmov, Fridfinnson) unless somebody isn't coming back.

I graduated from Cloquet in 93.. we can't count!

JosephPSchmoe
09-15-2010, 03:37 PM
Stephanie Lenz also transferred to St. Scholastica with Libby Guzzo. I don't know where that puts the count (I went to public school in Duluth.)

skatefast
09-15-2010, 04:24 PM
DHMN-

Thanks for getting this thread started! Counting down the days. The girls are too. They are super pumped and it's so fantastic to see a team that genuinely likes one another.

Harss is just getting off a knee surgery this summer but says she'll feel great. So I would imagine we'll see both sharing time between the pipes. I'd love to see Steck get a little action out there too. I think she's got it in her.

Let's not forget about our freshman talent rolling in. It's no question what Miller and crew can do to motivate freshman to bring their game. I'm hopeful that they (freshman) will be folded into the mix where they will grow and add some serious value.

Whitecaps game coming soon!! Anybody gonna make the trek to Grand Forks for the following weekend WHCA opener? C'MON, let's do it!

dhmn
09-15-2010, 09:04 PM
DHMN-

Whitecaps game coming soon!! Anybody gonna make the trek to Grand Forks for the following weekend WHCA opener? C'MON, let's do it!

Haven't even thought about going to the North Dakota series, mostly because it's a Friday/Sunday series with the spare day in-between. It would give me a chance to get a lot of outdoors pictures on Saturday but there's little else to do with that day.

binnyrus
09-16-2010, 03:33 PM
I noticed UMD has updated their roster . . .it lists Haley as a senior - which doesn't seem right unless she's not coming back. She was a freshman when they won it in '08, right?

skate . . . can't make it to ND but would love to . . . . it's my favorite arena!

Also, if you haven't take a look at the most recent photos of the new arena you should . . . looks like it's going to be a good-looking place:

http://arena.decc.org/

JosephPSchmoe
09-16-2010, 08:07 PM
I noticed UMD has updated their roster . . .it lists Haley as a senior - which doesn't seem right unless she's not coming back. She was a freshman when they won it in '08, right?

That's not good news. I hope it's just a typo. :eek:

skatefast
09-16-2010, 09:20 PM
I'm chalking it up to a typo. Sadly the team site is not updated as often as I think it should be. And clearly what I think is golden.

Just confirmed with a senior, one who I hope will be a captain, and she says, "No, she's a junior".

dhmn
09-16-2010, 11:11 PM
Anyone received their season tickets yet? I got my first half (old DECC) men's tickets over a week ago but haven't seen any women's tickets yet... thought I'd ask before calling them.

dhmn
09-16-2010, 11:17 PM
I'm sure UMDBulldogs.com will start to be updated timely again with school and 'work study' etc appointments being made where the SID's (Bob and Kelly both) get their student help. As of yesterday anyway, the UMD Athletics facebook page (with over 3000 'fans') hasn't had a single new thing on it since spring.

JosephPSchmoe
09-17-2010, 05:22 AM
I haven't gotten my season tickets yet. I just emailed the ticket office yesterday and haven't heard back yet, but I'll post whatever they tell me.

AncientOne
09-17-2010, 11:19 AM
Anyone received their season tickets yet? I got my first half (old DECC) men's tickets over a week ago but haven't seen any women's tickets yet... thought I'd ask before calling them.
I got my season tickets, both men's (1st half) and women's, last week.

Would love to go to the UND series, too. Best time of year to visit Grand Forks. But, my seat selection in the new arena is scheduled for Sunday, 10/12!

binnyrus
09-17-2010, 12:08 PM
I have't gotten my season tickets yet either!!

Glad to hear (as I assumed, but you never know) that Haley's only a Junior. Can't wait to see the team on the ice . . .

dhmn
09-19-2010, 01:48 AM
Online already, for Sunday's paper http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/179267/

the best news of course:

Fridfinnson, a left winger on a line with Blais and Saara Tuominen, sparked UMD last season with 54 points in 39 games despite a dislocated left shoulder. Surgery in April in Duluth corrected the problem and she said shes ready to go.

I worked on strengthening the shoulder all summer and it will be nice to play and not be thinking about it all the time, she said.

JosephPSchmoe
09-20-2010, 05:15 PM
Five happy Bulldog seniors at today's first team practice at the DECC. Nice to see the Swedes back in town.

<a href="http://s1046.***********.com/albums/b468/bulldoghockeypix/?action=view&current=seniors.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1046.***********.com/albums/b468/bulldoghockeypix/seniors.jpg" border="0" alt="Five happy seniors"></a>

binnyrus
09-21-2010, 12:53 PM
Schmoe: Just love, love, love that picture of the seniors!!! Really great to see Elin and Santa back in the maroon and gold!! I'll say it again - can't wait to see the team take the ice this season.

And, new from the official site:

http://www.umdbulldogs.com/teams-womens-hockey.php?id=5201&page=news

One last look at "the jacket" . . . :D

skatefast
09-21-2010, 01:45 PM
Ahhhh.... the jacket. Subject of much ridicule. But if that's all people have got, I'm sure Shannon will take one for the team.

I can relay that the girls are seriously fired up for the season and happy to be having practice that isn't "captain's practice" (the ice practice they have w/o coaches in Aug and Sept.) We had a great talk about the ND game and they are really to come out guns a blazin'.

Can. Not. WAIT.

Man. What a great group of seniors. They are all such great athletes and people. Only bummer is, it means it's their last year! * Sniff *

dhmn
09-21-2010, 03:02 PM
Replacing Saara Tuominen's leadership as captain is going to be the biggest thing to keep this team rolling.. Friddy's more of a lead by example type, that we saw with the shoulder separation all season..

With the impact she had the second half, giving up an entire season of eligibility to play the short time and win the national championship, I'm expecting Larocque to come out with the C on her jersey this season, with Friddy and Holmlov having the 'A's. Could be wrong, and it's only speculation based on watching them all for 3 seasons :D

dhmn
09-22-2010, 02:09 PM
Here's a shocker....http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/179490/group/Sports/


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