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Dmann
01-18-2011, 09:13 AM
How about these rankings?

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/

http://insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/1011/polls_0916.htm

and more importantly, this one:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

dggoddard
01-18-2011, 11:51 AM
The DU Hockey Alumni Association will be selling 50-50 Raffle Tickets this weekend at Magness Arena.

The winner of the Raffle will get 50% of the money in the pool and the DU Hockey Alumni Association keeps the balance. They will use the proceeds for projects that benefit the DU hockey program, equipment donations and the like.

Former DU player Rod Summers is heading up the Alumni Association and he's been doing a great job. He organized the 60th reunion last season, the road trip to Minneapolis in Feb. and worked on the Raffle License.

Puck Swami
01-18-2011, 12:16 PM
The DU Hockey Alumni Association will be selling 50-50 Raffle Tickets this weekend at Magness Arena.

The winner of the Raffle will get 50% of the money in the pool and the DU Hockey Alumni Association keeps the balance. They will use the proceeds for projects that benefit the DU hockey program, equipment donations and the like.

Former DU player Rod Summers is heading up the Alumni Association and he's been doing a great job. He organized the 60th reunion last season, the road trip to Minneapolis in Feb. and worked on the Raffle License.

50/50s are held at nearly every youth and junior rink in Canada, and more and more in the USA. Great fundraising tool.

Puck Swami
01-18-2011, 12:17 PM
How about these rankings?

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/

http://insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/1011/polls_0916.htm

Kind of amazing to see DU as a top 5 team in a rebuilding season. Let's hope they can stay there down the stretch.

vizoroo
01-18-2011, 03:16 PM
Live Chat with the Gwoz set for Thursday
1:00 PM
http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90195&SPID=10862&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205078798&DB_OEM_ID=18600

du78
01-18-2011, 05:57 PM
Gwoz press conference from this afternoon

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vizoroo
01-18-2011, 09:35 PM
After last season's high expectations and disappontment in the end, I sense a certain reluctance to get too excited about what this season may bring. (Yes, we did win the Denver Cup, the Gold Pan and the MacNaughton, but we were still disappointed.) I mean we did lose 3 All American players, the top 3 scorers and the best goalie in the NCAA. Even with a great class of recruits, this was described by many as a rebuilding year.

We had a horrendous schedule for the first part of the year, two young unproven goal tenders and a big question on offense. We were embarrassed by Boston College at Magness. Then Senior Jesse Martin, an Alternate Captain, went down with a devastating injury at North Dakota. After beating CC at Magness we suffered a humiliating loss to CC the following night. ( The effects of the mental and emotional drain of Jesse's injury?) Somehow the Pios managed to survive.

And now we find ourselves 1 point out of 1st in the WCHA, ranked 4th in the nation in the polls, and in the top 5 of the PWR/PWR revised. A team that refuses to quit even when behind by 2 or 3 goals. This team has shown desire, determination, character, and grit. I, for one, am impressed.

Puck Swami
01-18-2011, 10:07 PM
After last season's high expectations and disappontment in the end, I sense a certain reluctance to get too excited about what this season may bring. (Yes, we did win the Denver Cup, the Gold Pan and the MacNaughton, but we were still disappointed.) I mean we did lose 3 All American players, the top 3 scorers and the best goalie in the NCAA. Even with a great class of recruits, this was described by many as a rebuilding year.

We had a horrendous schedule for the first part of the year, two young unproven goal tenders and a big question on offense. We were embarrassed by Boston College at Magness. Then Senior Jesse Martin, an Alternate Captain, went down with a devastating injury at North Dakota. After beating CC at Magness we suffered a humiliating loss to CC the following night. ( The effects of the mental and emotional drain of Jesse's injury?) Somehow the Pios managed to survive.

And now we find ourselves 1 point out of 1st in the WCHA, ranked 4th in the nation in the polls, and in the top 5 of the PWR/PWR revised. A team that refuses to quit even when behind by 2 or 3 goals. This team has shown desire, determination, character, and grit. I, for one, am impressed.


I'm impressed too - this bunch certainly has shown great character and resiliency to be where they are after what they've experienced, and it's been an entertaining season of Pioneer hockey where the rookies have stepped up so much more than expected, the guys have filled the offensive holes, played hard and put themselves in strong position for the stretch drive.

That said, ever since winning the NCAA title in 2005, the program has underachieved in the playoffs. In '06 and '07, DU didn't even make the NCAAs with good teams that crapped out in the WCHA playoffs too early. Then in '08 (Wisconsin in Madison), '09 (Miami in Minneapolis) and '10 (RIT in Albany), well-seeded DU caved against teams that were lower-seeded in the NCAA playoffs. Now I don't think the team needs to win NCAA titles every year, but this program has not finished the recent playoffs with the kinds of efforts we'd expect to see. I know the season is long, injuries happen and other teams play well, but this team is certainly over-achieving right now. If DU makes the NCAAs, I'd consider it a good season and should they win any NCAA games this year, I would consider it a super successful season.

dggoddard
01-18-2011, 10:38 PM
Look up the list of NCAA Championship winning teams and you will find plenty of teams that underachieved with better talent in previous years only to bounce back and win championships in subsequent seasons. DU blowing it in 2002 only to bounce back in 2004 is just one example.

Puck Swami
01-18-2011, 11:08 PM
Very Pioneer Flattering Column out of Mankato:

http://mankatofreepress.com/sports/x316469651/Frederick-Denvers-stars-come-up-big-when-it-matters

dggoddard
01-19-2011, 04:37 AM
Mankato and UAA sitting just outside the Pairwise Bubble or Pairwise Cliff at #26 & #27 respectively. With DU a combined 4-0-2 against both teams it explains why DU's position in Pairwise is so volatile right now.

Time to cheer for Minnesota State vs. Sconnie this weekend.

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/ratings/ncaapwcr.php?grid=1&date=#

Ralph Baer
01-19-2011, 05:19 AM
Mankato and UAA sitting just outside the Pairwise Bubble or Pairwise Cliff at #26 & #27 respectively. With DU a combined 4-0-2 against both teams it explains why DU's position in Pairwise is so volatile right now.

Time to cheer for Minnesota State vs. Sconnie this weekend.

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/ratings/ncaapwcr.php?grid=1&date=#
The NCAA has decided to tweek things again. They have gone back to all schools with RPI's over .5 are TUCs. Thus all of the WCHA except MTU are now TUCs.

dggoddard
01-19-2011, 10:03 AM
The NCAA has decided to tweek things again. They have gone back to all schools with RPI's over .5 are TUCs. Thus all of the WCHA except MTU are now TUCs.Just when I was starting to get a handle on this....

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Dmann
01-19-2011, 10:46 AM
Just when I was starting to get a handle on this....

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DG, are or were you a fan of the Sopranos? Tony's right hand man Cil, (played by the bass player for the Bruce Springsteen band, Van Zant or something like that) used to do an impression of Michael Correlone saying this exact same line, hilarious!!!

Dmann
01-19-2011, 10:48 AM
DG, are or were you a fan of the Sopranos? Tony's right hand man Cil, (played by the bass player for the Bruce Springsteen band, Van Zant or something like that) used to do an impression of Michael Correlone saying this exact same line, hilarious!!!


Wait, there it is!! After you watch Michael, there are other related Youtubes and that is one of them, check it out.

Puck Swami
01-19-2011, 12:14 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to play against Bozak?

Have a look....

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/hockey-as-you-have-never-seen-it/

Dmann
01-19-2011, 12:36 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to play against Bozak?

Have a look....

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/hockey-as-you-have-never-seen-it/

That was so cool!!!

co14ers
01-19-2011, 05:44 PM
Ding fries are done. Bump!

Puck Swami
01-19-2011, 06:18 PM
Maybe the ole' turban is tied too tightly, but I am having alternative visions for this weekend. The bad vision is that the Pioneers fall behind early in both games this weekend once again (for the six and/or seventh straight time) but UAA pins our boys in the wall and scores a few goals on suddenly-average Adam and suddenly-average Sam and then Pios lack the late firepower to come away with victory. Ugh.

The Good vision is that the Pioneers are now getting fine offensive play from players like Nick Shore, Dave Makowski, Dusty Jackson and Kyle Ostrow that wasn't there in the early season, and they are supplementing the steady producers like Zucker, Drew Shore, Donovan, Maini and Salazar to give DU an offensive attack that can score goals on anyone. Or maybe a shutdown defense kind of game where one of the DU goalies stones the Seawolves and DU ekes out a 1-0 or a 2-1 win.

The third vision is a weekend featuring a game of each vision (1 good, 1 bad)-- a split and most likely to happen, IMHO.

MagnessMan
01-20-2011, 12:33 AM
Maybe the ole' turban is tied too tightly, but I am having alternative visions for this weekend. The bad vision is that the Pioneers fall behind early in both games this weekend once again (for the six and/or seventh straight time) but UAA pins our boys in the wall and scores a few goals on suddenly-average Adam and suddenly-average Sam and then Pios lack the late firepower to come away with victory. Ugh.

The Good vision is that the Pioneers are now getting fine offensive play from players like Nick Shore, Dave Makowski, Dusty Jackson and Kyle Ostrow that wasn't there in the early season, and they are supplementing the steady producers like Zucker, Drew Shore, Donovan, Maini and Salazar to give DU an offensive attack that can score goals on anyone. Or maybe a shutdown defense kind of game where one of the DU goalies stones the Seawolves and DU ekes out a 1-0 or a 2-1 win.

The third vision is a weekend featuring a game of each vision (1 good, 1 bad)-- a split and most likely to happen, IMHO.

I'd have to agree that the split is the most likely outcome. AA looked very sharp this past weekend against CC--gave them fits. Gunderson was very solid in net. They play disciplined hockey--and it will be a grind it out kind of game. They will slow us down by keeping the puck on the perimeter--cycle and pinch. The key is can we come out and score a couple quick goals. If we do it could be an offensive party--if not, AA will at least get one could even be two. Having Beau back was huge last week--he really turned it on in the third Friday and all night Saturday. I expect after a full week of practice he'll be really dialed in. That said the cahnce for the O party is good--just need that first one. What's the story with the goal tenders this weekend?