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du78
01-20-2011, 10:17 AM
What's the story with the goal tenders this weekend?

Per Mike Chambers blog in the Denver Post on Monday, the goalie rotation is expected to continue. I would assume Brittain on Friday and Murray on Saturday.

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 10:34 AM
Per Mike Chambers blog in the Denver Post on Monday, the goalie rotation is expected to continue. I would assume Brittain on Friday and Murray on Saturday.

Sam's save percentage has dropped about 20 points in his recent play to .922 (which is still pretty good but not top-notch as it was), and giving up softies has crept into his game now in a way that wasn't there in the beginning of the season. Adam has played decently in recent weeks and getting some wins, but he's still not shutting anybody down, and his saves percentage (.856)and GAA (3.99) still reflect his awful play at the start of the year. The net-net is that DU's team goaltending has slipped from a strong .921 team average in early November to .907 average currently, which is just about average. Giving up 2.57 goals per game is okay when DU is scoring 3.3 GPG as they have, but as we know in the final months, defenses tighten and goaltending becomes much more critical.

I think Gwoz is hoping that one of these guys heats up into a playoff goalie, but it's the one area of DU's game that hasn't been stellar of late, and DU must get back to a .920 or .930 team saves percentage to get the GAA down and be a playoff contender...

Dmann
01-20-2011, 05:43 PM
Bump people bump!!!!

Work with me, it's not like we have nothing to talk about and don't even pretend you have lives therefore no time to post!!!!!!

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 06:02 PM
First Seven Minutes Video of Jesse Martin's TedX speech at DU today.

Interesting story of what happened in the ambulance in North Dakota....

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205080205

Pablo
01-20-2011, 06:20 PM
Sam's save percentage has dropped about 20 points in his recent play to .922 (which is still pretty good but not top-notch as it was), and giving up softies has crept into his game now in a way that wasn't there in the beginning of the season. Adam has played decently in recent weeks and getting some wins, but he's still not shutting anybody down, and his saves percentage (.856)and GAA (3.99) still reflect his awful play at the start of the year. The net-net is that DU's team goaltending has slipped from a strong .921 team average in early November to .907 average currently, which is just about average. Giving up 2.57 goals per game is okay when DU is scoring 3.3 GPG as they have, but as we know in the final months, defenses tighten and goaltending becomes much more critical.

I think Gwoz is hoping that one of these guys heats up into a playoff goalie, but it's the one area of DU's game that hasn't been stellar of late, and DU must get back to a .920 or .930 team saves percentage to get the GAA down and be a playoff contender...

Isn't it safe to assume that DU's defense will also tighten up during the final months, making it less of a "requirement" for DU's goalies to hit a particular saves percentage figure like .930 in order for DU to succeed?

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 06:40 PM
Isn't it safe to assume that DU's defense will also tighten up during the final months, making it less of a "requirement" for DU's goalies to hit a particular saves percentage figure like .930 in order for DU to succeed?

One can hope. November 19 was the last time DU held a league opponent to under two goals.

Pablo
01-20-2011, 07:03 PM
Putting goaltending issues aside for the moment. One thing that encourages me for the stretch run, is Gwoz's emphasis on the "character" of this team. I think we can all agree that recent DU teams have had talent, but have lacked a certain fortitude when the chips were down in the NCAA tournament. Evidence: NCAA flame outs against "less talented" (but harder working) opponents. Gwoz's comments make me optimistic that this year's team has the intangibles that we haven't seen from recent DU teams in the NCAA tournament.

Old Pio
01-20-2011, 09:56 PM
First Seven Minutes Video of Jesse Martin's TedX speech at DU today.

Interesting story of what happened in the ambulance in North Dakota....

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205080205

What an impressive young man. I keep going over those numbers in my head: 98% don't survive, and 98% of those who do survive are paralyzed.

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 10:12 PM
The Jesse Martin whole 28 minute talk is now posted. To say it's inspirational is not doing it justice.

When you hear him tell the whole story, you not only be proud to share your Pioneer heritage with him, but more than that, you'll realize what a really great human being he is.

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 10:56 PM
DU hoops lays an absolute beat down on Arkansas State 74-36 at Magness tonight to stay undefeated in league play, shooting 68% on 3 pointers. This is the same Arkansas State team that took then No. 14 Memphis to overtime on Dec. 3. The Pioneers are becoming a serious basketball team...

co14ers
01-20-2011, 11:04 PM
DU hoops lays an absolute beat down on Arkansas State 74-36 at Magness tonight to stay undefeated in league play, shooting 68% on 3 pointers. This is the same Arkansas State team that took then No. 14 Memphis to overtime on Dec. 3. The Pioneers are becoming a serious basketball team...

How was the attendance and atmosphere at the game? Are students jumping on board?

Puck Swami
01-20-2011, 11:49 PM
How was the attendance and atmosphere at the game? Are students jumping on board?

About 3,000 total fans in the house tonight, which is good for a weeknight. They tend to draw best on Saturday afternoons when families come out. And yes, more students are getting into hoops. With the band, the Cheerleaders, Boone and the DU dance team, some DU students dressed in Crimson and Gold spandex body suits, it has more student involvement than some of the hockey games.

MagnessMan
01-21-2011, 12:50 AM
Sam's save percentage has dropped about 20 points in his recent play to .922 (which is still pretty good but not top-notch as it was), and giving up softies has crept into his game now in a way that wasn't there in the beginning of the season. Adam has played decently in recent weeks and getting some wins, but he's still not shutting anybody down, and his saves percentage (.856)and GAA (3.99) still reflect his awful play at the start of the year. The net-net is that DU's team goaltending has slipped from a strong .921 team average in early November to .907 average currently, which is just about average. Giving up 2.57 goals per game is okay when DU is scoring 3.3 GPG as they have, but as we know in the final months, defenses tighten and goaltending becomes much more critical.

I think Gwoz is hoping that one of these guys heats up into a playoff goalie, but it's the one area of DU's game that hasn't been stellar of late, and DU must get back to a .920 or .930 team saves percentage to get the GAA down and be a playoff contender...

I'm not liking it. I'd rather see him run with Sam. He's clearly the better guy. I understood the idea of bringing Adam back in to give him some time--build his confidence. It feels like Gwoz is applying a formula that has worked in the past to a situation that doesn't match. Sam's better when he plays every night. The good thing is that our D is way tighter than it was back in the fall so we have some cushion.

Dmann
01-21-2011, 09:49 AM
I just watched the Jesse Martin clip, unbelievable!! What a story! I think he should write a book one day about this experience. I learned a lot from this clip and will know a little more what to say to someone who has gone through something like this . Man, that was inspirational. His parents must be so proud of him. Old Pio, how many boxes of kleenex did you go through?

Puck Swami
01-21-2011, 10:09 AM
Tyler Ruegsegger traded from Utah to Anchorage in ECHL:

http://www.adn.com/2011/01/20/1659561/aces-have-stacks-of-get-well-soon.html

Old Pio
01-21-2011, 02:51 PM
I just watched the Jesse Martin clip, unbelievable!! What a story! I think he should write a book one day about this experience. I learned a lot from this clip and will know a little more what to say to someone who has gone through something like this . Man, that was inspirational. His parents must be so proud of him. Old Pio, how many boxes of kleenex did you go through?

I ran out.

vizoroo
01-21-2011, 07:59 PM
Jesse Martin--spells character-what an unbelievable story he has to tell. We may be older, but what a lot we can learn from him.

co14ers
01-22-2011, 12:40 AM
Great win by the Pioneers tonight. They got a quick goal and UAA responded in kind to stop the momentum. But, despite the great UAA forecheck and backcheck, DU matched the physical play and end up taking the win. Very tough game and will be again tomorrow night. Go Pios!

du78
01-22-2011, 01:00 AM
DU in 1st place in the WCHA by 1 point over UND and UMD and 3 over UNO. DU maintained its #4 PWR ranking after tonight's action. Another win tomorrow and DU stays in 1st.

MagnessMan
01-22-2011, 01:10 AM
It was a mixed bag tonight. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to get the W. We were sloppy with the puck throughout (off and on) especially in the n-zone. The quick drives to the net resulted in three very nice goals. PP didn't click (not scoring on the major was ugly)--kill was strong. We should be able to beat a team like AA more handlly then we diid. Our mistakes let them hang around. There were some bright spots--the biggest one was the Captain (might of been his best game--certainily his best at Magness this season). Drew Shore was excellent--you can see how he has matured from the tourney experience. He's skating much faster and playing both ends of the ice in a much more dominant way. Lots of ice time for the third line tonight--Mermis, N. Shore and S. Ostrow. I thought they played well. Nick Shore's move/pass to Beau was unbelievable. Kyle and the Shores were strong on faceoffs. We only took 6 minutes of penalities which was a big improvement over last weekend.

I look for a more dominant performance by the Pios tomorrow night so that we can head in the bye weekend in first place. Got to be ready to defend that PAN!