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Federal League
12-26-2010, 09:15 AM
All 4 of these teams are ranked in the top 30 in RPI, so this tourney will be big for PWR purposes. Oddly enough, only 1 of them enters the tourney with a winning record in its last 6 games, and that team is... Minnesota St? :eek:

BU gets co-captain Chris Connolly back after he missed the last 5 games with a broken finger, but it will be without 1st-line center Charlie Coyle, who's playing in the WJC in Buffalo. BU has already beaten Notre Dame and tied Brown this season. The 1st-round rematch with Brown should be interesting, as David Warsofsky said BU would "remember that hit" in reference to Harry Zolnierczyk's knee-to-knee hit on Adam Clendening.

kdiff77
12-27-2010, 07:12 PM
Brown needs to get back on track after 3 disappointing results on the heels of big away ties against BU and UNH. There's no shame in losing to Union or RPI, who are both ranked, but the way we played in those games was embarrassing. Hopefully the few weeks off will get us refocused and ready to face a BU team that will certainly not concede 2 goals in the first 3 minutes, as it did in the preliminary matchup. If I were Brendan Whittet, I'd tell Harry Z to keep his head on a swivel for the entire game; those BU players were not pleased with him after the last game and will be looking for payback.

Should be an entertaining tournament, with, as Fed League mentioned, 4 teams that are ranked in the top 30. Hopefully we can get a couple good results; we need to get back on a winning track after going 0-2-3 in our last 5 and with big games at Harvard, Dartmouth, and a home-and-home with Yale looming.

MavsFan
12-29-2010, 12:25 AM
Just checking in to make the thread easier to follow. From what I can tell, I won't be able to watch any of the games, so I'll be listening on radio.

Federal League
12-29-2010, 09:36 AM
Just checking in to make the thread easier to follow. From what I can tell, I won't be able to watch any of the games, so I'll be listening on radio.

Yeah, I haven't heard of any video streams. We'll also be live blogging all 4 games on our blog (link in my sig), so I'd encourage people to check that out.

Federal League
12-29-2010, 03:31 PM
Posted this in the BU thread, too, but here's my BU-centric preview (http://thebostonhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/bu-prepares-to-open-second-half-in.html).

Bill B
12-29-2010, 03:37 PM
Yeah, I haven't heard of any video streams. We'll also be live blogging all 4 games on our blog (link in my sig), so I'd encourage people to check that out.

I did see that video streaming will be available for $10 per day. See the Notre Dame Hockey page. http://www.und.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/122910aaa.html

We will be taking the trip to Chicago for the New Year and are looking forward to seeing some good hockey - we hope. As up and down as the Mavericks have been, we never know. Should be a good time though.

Agganis
12-30-2010, 11:26 PM
These are conference games for BU, right? We wouldn't play a non conference team twice in the regular season, besides possibly Harvard, right?;)

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
12-31-2010, 07:15 AM
Posted this in the BU thread, too, but here's my BU-centric preview (http://thebostonhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/bu-prepares-to-open-second-half-in.html).

This is my preview from ND's thread:

"Auld lang syne. Long, long ago. Most people assume ND will be meeting BU in the championship game this weekend. That would play well for the New Year. However, I love the sport of hockey. I take nothing for granted. All four of the teams participating in the Shilellagh Tourney are in the top 28 of the KRACH rankings.

Notre Dame is the highest in those rankings at 9th. ND is 3-2 in the month of December. They have earned points this season against some biggies, including BC, Michigan, Miami and NoDak. They are 12-6-2 thus far.

BU is 13th in the KRACH standings. The Terriers are 1-3 in December and they've earned points against UNH, Maine, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. They're 8-4-5.

Brown is 26th in the KRACH behind a 3-4-4 record (remember that the ECAC starts later and plays fewer games). They are 0-2-1 in December, but have earned points against BU and UNH.

Minnesota State is 28th in KRACH behind a 6-8-4 record. They are 2-2 in December and have earned points against CC and Minnesota.

ND scores 3.9 GF/game while giving up 2.85 GA/game. Top guys per class are T.J. Tynan with 27 points (which leads the team), Nick Larson with 12 pts., Billy Maday also with 12 and Ryan Guentzel with 23. As for special teams, ND has 14 PPG's behind a 13.7% PP. They've given up 13 PPG's against while killing off penalties at an 86% clip. They lead the nation in shorties with 8 while giving up none.

BU registers 3.12 GF while giving up 3.18. Sahir Gill is their top freshman with 16 points. Alex Chiasson leads the team and the sophomore class with 18 points. David Warsofsky has 17 points and Joe Pereira leads seniors with 11 points. They are 12% on the PP and 84% on the PK. They have 11 PPG's while giving up 15 a man down. They have 3 shorties and opponents have scored 4 shorties against them.

Brown scores 3.45 GF, while giving up 3.82 GA. Dennis Robertson leads their newbies with 10 points. Chris Zaires also has 10. Jack MacLellan leads the juniors and the team with 20, while Harry Zolnierczyk is the top senior with 13 pts. They have 12 PPG's while going a whopping 24% on the PP. They have given up 11 PPG's behind a PK of 80.7%. They have scored and given up 3 shorties.

MSUM scores 2.78 GF and gives up 3.33 GA. Chase Grant is their top freshman with 11 pts. Eriah Hayes has 9, Michael Dorr has 10 and Kurt Davis is their top senior while also leading the team with 14 pts. Their PP is 15.6% while scoring 14 PPG's. They've given up 17 PPG's with a PK that works 81.9% of the time. They've scored 2 shorties, but given up 4.

ND should start Mike Johnson both games. He's got a save % of .903 and a GA of 2.60. BU should employ Kieran Millan, who has a save % of .912 with a GA of 2.85. Brown's starter is Mike Clemente with a save % .879 and a GA of 4.01. MSUM's Phil Cook will likely start. He's got a save % of .911 with a GA of 3.11.

With a few aberrations, all the teams have similar numbers. Even though this tourney has been an afterthought lately, including in the stands, I think all 4 of the games should be quite competitive. I can think of no better way to ring in the New Year (and WeAreNDHockey's b-day) than to watch college hockey all weekend long."

Federal League
12-31-2010, 05:30 PM
Anyone know of anywhere in or around Hoffman Estates that's gonna be showing the US game tonight?

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
12-31-2010, 05:49 PM
Anyone know of anywhere in or around Hoffman Estates that's gonna be showing the US game tonight?

In that complex with the Marriott by the Sears Centre there are stores (sporting goods, restaurants, etc.). There's a BW3 or something like it that will have t.v.'s with all sorts of games.

Federal League
12-31-2010, 05:54 PM
In that complex with the Marriott by the Sears Centre there are stores (sporting goods, restaurants, etc.). There's a BW3 or something like it that will have t.v.'s with all sorts of games.

Thanks. Will definitely check that out.

FiveHole12
01-01-2011, 07:09 AM
Brown is 26th in the KRACH behind a 3-4-4 record (remember that the Ivy League schools in the ECAC starts later and plays fewer games).
It's not an ECAC thing... it's an Ivy League thing.
Fixed. ;)

Onion Man
01-01-2011, 05:24 PM
BU is terrible. Bring on the Irish!

Scarlet
01-01-2011, 06:31 PM
I am not a fan of these Notre Dame gold jerseys.I do like the Mankato purple. Together on the ice - it's an interesting mesh of color.

kdiff77
01-01-2011, 09:18 PM
The tournament organizers must be extremely disappointed with today's results; they're getting the matchup with the least intrigue for the final.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
01-01-2011, 10:02 PM
The tournament organizers must be extremely disappointed with today's results; they're getting the matchup with the least intrigue for the final.

Except the matchup they "wanted" is still the evening event.

Also, I noticed #19 for Brown has the last name Brownschidle. Looked at his player profile and yes, he is the nephew of Jeff and Jack, whom I watched at Notre Dame. A long time ago.

MavsFan
01-02-2011, 01:19 AM
Nice game by the Mavs. Now if they can bring home the trophy tomorrow, that could be a spark for the remainder of the season.

Huskiefan906
01-02-2011, 09:43 AM
[QUOTE=Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.;4976719]Except the matchup they "wanted" is still the evening event.

Why do the winners not play at night.
Why have a tournament setup. Just announce a 4 team round robin.

Total disrespect of Minnesota State and Brown...

mookie1995
01-02-2011, 09:46 AM
Why do the winners not play at night.
Why have a tournament setup. Just announce a 4 team round robin.

Total disrespect of Minnesota State and Brown...

it IS notre dame's tournament. why any different that the gophs always playing the late game?

Huskiefan906
01-02-2011, 09:53 AM
The Gopher setup is ridiculous as well.
Why would any program want to attend that tourney....