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Dmann
11-15-2010, 01:41 PM
Well?, what do we think of this weekend series?

thebrain
11-15-2010, 01:52 PM
It should be interesting...BSU held there own a couple weeks ago against UMD 5 on 5. All UMD goals that weekend were on the power play. Dugas and Bakala are both capable starters, not sure if Serratore's doing a rotation or seeing what they both have. Any TV this weekend?

true2BSU
11-15-2010, 01:57 PM
hopefully BSU can stay away from the "dumb" penalties and stick with the 5 on 5 which has started working. Gotta love goals within seconds of the beginning of a game. I doubt that will happen again in Denver. Lightning can't strike three times in a row can it?

Denver has good crowds. Impressive to see the couple times I have seen them on TV so far this year. Hopefully they will be the late game on paulbunyan this weekend too. Not sure what channel it was on but it was a Fox sports channel.

vizoroo
11-15-2010, 02:41 PM
It should be interesting...BSU held there own a couple weeks ago against UMD 5 on 5. All UMD goals that weekend were on the power play. Dugas and Bakala are both capable starters, not sure if Serratore's doing a rotation or seeing what they both have. Any TV this weekend?

Saturday night's game is scheduled on Pioneer Vision, denverpioneers.com, for $9.95. Friday night is audio only for the same price.

Tuesday: 11:45 am MT Gwozdecky Press Conference and 6:15 pm MT Gwozdecky Radio show. Both are free--denverpioneers.com

Upper Deck
11-15-2010, 02:46 PM
I believe Friday's game in on Fox College Sports, 8:37 CT. BSU played lousy on Friday and very well on Saturday .vs UAA. Depends which team shows up and if they can stay out of the box.

Puck Swami
11-15-2010, 03:18 PM
Denver will be in final exams, and I expect at least 1,000 less people in the building than would otherwise be there - probably about 4,000 people instead of the 5,000 they would otherwise draw.

beaverhockeyfan
11-15-2010, 04:02 PM
I believe Friday's game in on Fox College Sports, 8:37 CT. BSU played lousy on Friday and very well on Saturday .vs UAA. Depends which team shows up and if they can stay out of the box.

BSU played well for about a minute on Friday night. Then it was downhill...... Although, it was nice to see some more scoring from outside the Read, Lowe, George line start to show up!

I agree with everything that has been said here. If BSU can stay out of the box, they can skate with everyone. But ending up in the box, the WCHA teams make you pay where the old CHA teams didn't always do that. I know BSU has to retool their penalty kill due to graduation, but it is time to step it up. Only killing off 74.5% of the power plays is not getting it done.

L UND 5-2 0 PPF, 2 PPA
L UND 5-2 2 PPF, 1 PPA
L UMD 3-2 OT 1 PPF, 3 PPA
T UMD 1-1 0 PPF, 1 PPA
L SCSU 6-3 1 PPF, 3 PPA
W SCSU 3-2 OT 1 PPF, 0 PPA (8 kills)
L UAA 5-4 1 PPF, 2 PPA
W UAA 4-0 1 PPF, 0 PPA (4 kills)

So almost half (12 of 25) the goals given up by BSU have been on the penalty kill.

Hopefully BSU can pick up some points this weekend. It is one of their two plane trips (the other is to Huntsville), but most of the team should be used to that from years past.

GO GREEN!

du78
11-15-2010, 04:33 PM
Friday night's game is on FSN Rocky Mountain which usually gets picked up by FCS. Saturday night's game is not televised but will be webcast and audiocast for a fee on Pioneer Vision at www.denverpioneers.com

John Lee expects to be back in DU's line-up this weekend and maybe Dusty Jackson. If those two return, Jesse Martin will be the only injured Pioneer. DU was 3 for 11 (27.3%) on the PP against Minnesota State last weekend and held the Mavs off the board on the PP as DU killed off 14 penalties. Except for the 2nd CC game, DU's PK has been outstanding. DU's goalie, Sam Brittain, is 6'3", 220 pounds and is the team's best penalty killer as there is not much net to shoot at as he is thick and wide. He is a very calm and poised goalie for a freshman. He is tied for 2nd in the WCHA with a saves % of .927 just behind Scott Gudmanson's .931. He is 2nd in minutes played and sports a 2.353 GAA. Chances are he will play both games for DU this weekend and I don't see BSU scoring much. BSU is one of the teams that DU needs to sweep if they are going to have NCAA tourney aspirations.

du78
11-16-2010, 09:09 AM
Looks like Dusty Jackson may return to the line-up this weekend.

Gwoz will hold his weekly press conference at 12 PM MT today on Pioneer Vision at www.denverpioneers.com for free. Part of it will preview the BSU series.

Dmann
11-17-2010, 09:18 AM
Bump!! God it will be nice to see Dusty Jackson again. It seems like forever!! I remember him as a "Paukovich" type player. Big, strong, hard slapshot. I wonder how Murray is feeling about being a back up goalie now.

du78
11-17-2010, 11:11 AM
Bump!! God it will be nice to see Dusty Jackson again. It seems like forever!! I remember him as a "Paukovich" type player. Big, strong, hard slapshot. I wonder how Murray is feeling about being a back up goalie now.

I am guessing Murray gets to play in one of the Denver Cup games over Thanksgiving.

Chris
11-17-2010, 01:34 PM
DU's goalie, Sam Brittain, is 6'3", 220 pounds and is the team's best penalty killer as there is not much net to shoot at as he is thick and wide. He is a very calm and poised goalie for a freshman. He is tied for 2nd in the WCHA with a saves % of .927 just behind Scott Gudmanson's .931. He is 2nd in minutes played and sports a 2.353 GAA. Chances are he will play both games for DU this weekend and I don't see BSU scoring much.

Brittain is easily the best freshman goalie I have seen at DU. He has the big body of a Stephen Wagner, combined with an almost Dubie-like quickness and an awareness of where the puck is and where it will go unlike any DU goalie I have ever seen. I know that Zucker is the freshman getting big-time props (deservedly so) and pulls out those dazzling plays, but Brittain's importance to this team is absolutely large especially given Murray's continued stall in his development.

Chris
11-17-2010, 01:45 PM
Bump!! God it will be nice to see Dusty Jackson again. It seems like forever!! I remember him as a "Paukovich" type player. Big, strong, hard slapshot. I wonder how Murray is feeling about being a back up goalie now.

It has been quite awhile for Jackson -- over 1 1/2 calendar years since his last game. DU needs all the bangers they have to be healthy, since there aren't too many on the team.

For what its worth, I saw Murray, while he was hurt, standing with the other players who weren't dressed and when Brittain was announced as the starting goalie he clapped and cheered "Come on Sam!!!" while all the other players had their hands in their pockets and remained silent. Didn't seem hater-ish or anything like that at all, so, based on that little sample, he seems to be rather supportive of Brittain.

Puck Swami
11-17-2010, 02:38 PM
For what its worth, I saw Murray, while he was hurt, standing with the other players who weren't dressed and when Brittain was announced as the starting goalie he clapped and cheered "Come on Sam!!!" while all the other players had their hands in their pockets and remained silent. Didn't seem hater-ish or anything like that at all, so, based on that little sample, he seems to be rather supportive of Brittain.

Goalies are a fraternity of their own, but part of the larger team. Murray is terrific kid, so it doesn't surprise me in the least that he's supportive of Sam, and I am sure Sam is supportive of Adam. They both want DU to do well. Adam's challenge is that he has yet to show that he's an effective D-I goaltender on a consistent basis, where Sam has proven his abilities.

Chris
11-17-2010, 02:58 PM
Adam's challenge is that he has yet to show that he's an effective D-I goaltender on a consistent basis, where Sam has proven his abilities.

Everyone that I talk to who comes into Magness from either the opposing team or the WCHA or from wherever, they always ask about Murray and why he has floundered thus far since he has the talent. Personally, I have no explanation except that some players take longer than others "to get it", which basically means how long it takes them to realize that they have to work harder at this level than they ever have before, be it in practices or in games. What I've noticed is that Murray's head doesn't always seem to be locked into the game (did you see the 90 foot goal CC scored on him recently in the Springs?), whereas Brittain's awareness is undeniable. I think once Murray "gets his head in the game" that we'll see the Adam Murray everybody thinks has the makings of a great goalie, but until then...

Pablo
11-17-2010, 03:41 PM
Brittain is easily the best freshman goalie I have seen at DU.

I agree that Brittain has been great--his calmness, consistency and positioning are all excellent. But you can't, in my opinion, put him above Mannino, who excelled and won a national championship during his freshman year.

Murray once made a comment about nervousness to the press. I suspect he just needs to find the right mental zone. I'm very comfortable now with Brittain as the "A" goalie. But I wouldn't be surprised if Murray, with LaLonde's help, regains a spot in the regular rotation by the end of the year.

Puck Swami
11-17-2010, 05:06 PM
Interesting question.....Mannino was a 20 or 21 year old fully-bearded freshman when he started at DU while Brittain is still a baby-faced 18 years old. That's a three year developmental difference. Mannino did terrific job at DU (especially in the 2005 NC game) and was a team leader from day 1. Sam is still a big kid who is finding his way, and using his big body very efficiently in positioning and letting pucks hit him, while Mannino was more of a reflex goalie who challenged the shooters to beat him. I loved Peter for his energy, leadership and competitiveness. Peter was not drafted, and worked his way from DU into pro offers. He's a competent AHL goalie now, who probably deserves a longer shot in the NHL. Sam has a huge size advanatge and as a drafted goalie who aced his category at the NHL draft combine, it's clear Sam is built for the NHL and is probably the more valued prospect.

In other words, if all NHL teams could select Brittain or Mannino today straight up, I would imagine 25 of the 30 teams would take Sam.

Chris
11-17-2010, 05:15 PM
I guess a more accurate statement would have been "at this point, Brittain is easily the best freshman goalie I have seen at DU", which is basically what I meant.

However, these are the reasons I stated what I did: Mannino was on the rotation (and would have been his whole career if Chevy hadn't been awful as a frosh) and Brittain has been "the man" while playing the vast majority of the minutes; I understand there is still a lot of season left, so the rotation may come back around but I doubt it. Brittain is on a weaker team (albeit still a good one) while still putting up real good, comparable numbers and he is arguably DU's MVP thus far, considering where we would be if we didn't have him. Brittain is a true freshman while Mannino turned 21 during his freshman season -- Brittain won't even be 19 until after the season -- and I'm pretty sure Brittain won't even be in a Pio uniform for his 21st birthday. I really liked Mannino as a goalie and view him as the 2nd best I have seen at DU as a freshman, but Brittain is definitely a notch above him. I mean at the same age, Brittain is proving himself in the WCHA while Mannino was still in the NAHL.

Also, I give no single player credit for winning a championship -- the whole "he won a championship" claim in a TEAM sport is bunk in my opinion and doesn't give enough credit to all the other players who contributed just as much, it's not like tennis or golf or bowling or whatever where it is a solo sports event, no single player in a team game is solely responsible for a championship. This is why DU, for the most part, honors the hockey teams with induction into their HOF instead of individual players.

As they say, though, YMMV and we may just see things differently...

Puck Swami
11-17-2010, 05:16 PM
What I've noticed is that Murray's head doesn't always seem to be locked into the game (did you see the 90 foot goal CC scored on him recently in the Springs?), whereas Brittain's awareness is undeniable. I think once Murray "gets his head in the game" that we'll see the Adam Murray everybody thinks has the makings of a great goalie, but until then...

Almost all goalies at the WCHA level have the physical talent/toolkit to play at the next level. What seperates those who do advance is mostly the mental game. Adam clearly needs to improve the mental element of his game, or this will be as high as he goes in the sport. I am rooting for him - he's a terrific person from what I hear, and I hope he can make the leap. With his current saves percentage of 82% (frankly dreadful) it's a huge leap to D-I competency (90%) and a further leap into Brittain's 93-94% range....

du78
11-17-2010, 08:43 PM
DU Game Notes (http://www.denverpioneers.com//pdf8/723384.pdf) for this weekend's series against BSU.


THIS WEEKEND'S STORYLINES
Bemidji State makes its first visit to Denver as a WCHA member.
The Pioneers look to extend their winning streak to a season-best three games.
David Makowski is the reigning Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week.


INJURY REPORT
Senior forward Dustin Jackson (mononeucleosis) is questionable and junior John Lee (hand) is doubtful for this weekend. Jackson has not played since 2008-09. He missed the 2009-10 season with a broken leg and has not played this season due to mononeucleosis. Lee broke his left hand in Denver's 3-2 win on Nov. 12 and did not play on Nov. 13. Nick Shore (wrist) and Paul Phillips (nose) returned to the lineup last weekend after missing nine and four games, respectively.