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MagnessMan
12-23-2011, 03:41 PM
CC hosts Air Force and Union.
Denver hosts Union Friday and visits Cadet Arena on Saturday.

I will be at both DU games. Taking the family to the New Year's game. Love the rink at the academy. I expect AF could come out with 2-3 points. CC will go without Jaden Schwartz and DU without Jason Zucker. Captains both on their WJ teams.
The Dutchman face two strong WCHA teams after recently falling to Merrimack. I'm looking forward to getting a first hand look at Union. It's one of those weekends where I wish I could be in two rinks at once. CC hosts the Big Red the following weekend. I may blow off one of our games against UAH to check out one of those games. It's good to have a look at as many teams as possible (especially East Coast teams) heading into the second half.

Fighting Sioux 23
12-23-2011, 03:44 PM
CC hosts Air Force and Union.
Denver hosts Union Friday and visits Cadet Arena on Saturday.

I will be at both DU games. Taking the family to the New Year's game. Love the rink at the academy. I expect AF could come out with 2-3 points. CC will go without Jaden Schwartz and DU without Jason Zucker. Captains both on their WJ teams.
The Dutchman face two strong WCHA teams after recently falling to Merrimack. I'm looking forward to getting a first hand look at Union. It's one of those weekends where I wish I could be in two rinks at once. CC hosts the Big Red the following weekend. I may blow off one of our games against UAH to check out one of those games. It's good to have a look at as many teams as possible (especially East Coast teams) heading into the second half.

I may be at the DU-Air Force game as well.

Also, Union beat Merrimack 3-1. I fully expect Union to push both CC and DU and wouldn't be surprised if Union came away with a couple of wins. Hopefully not though...the WCHA needs a strong holiday non-conference showing to help our Pairwise numbers come March.

MagnessMan
12-23-2011, 03:49 PM
I may be at the DU-Air Force game as well.

Cool. Let me know if you make it.

Also, Union beat Merrimack 3-1. I fully expect Union to push both CC and DU and wouldn't be surprised if Union came away with a couple of wins. Hopefully not though...the WCHA needs a strong holiday non-conference showing to help our Pairwise numbers come March.

True--got them turned around. I agree Union has a strong chance to come away with 3-4 points.

Fighting Sioux 23
12-23-2011, 03:52 PM
True--got them turned around. I agree Union has a strong chance to come away with 3-4 points.

Union is a very strong ECAC team, and is one of the more "complete" teams that I have seen this year. I think DU and CC will have an edge in talent, but the losses of Zucker and Schwartz (pretty cool that they are their country's captains) could be difficult to overcome. Either way, Go Pios and Go Tigers! :)

ronmexico
12-23-2011, 04:10 PM
CC hosts Air Force and Union.
Denver hosts Union Friday and visits Cadet Arena on Saturday.

I will be at both DU games. Taking the family to the New Year's game. Love the rink at the academy. I expect AF could come out with 2-3 points. CC will go without Jaden Schwartz and DU without Jason Zucker. Captains both on their WJ teams.
The Dutchman face two strong WCHA teams after recently falling to Merrimack. I'm looking forward to getting a first hand look at Union. It's one of those weekends where I wish I could be in two rinks at once. CC hosts the Big Red the following weekend. I may blow off one of our games against UAH to check out one of those games. It's good to have a look at as many teams as possible (especially East Coast teams) heading into the second half.

Hopefully DU wears Union down on Friday night.

MagnessMan
12-26-2011, 05:50 PM
Any Union fans making the trip out to Colorado for the weekend?

vizoroo
12-26-2011, 09:28 PM
This could be a very tough weekend for DU. The TEAM will have to step it up a notch. Air Force is always tough and Union, although an unknown to DU fans, may be the class of the ECAC. They are ranked above DU going into the weekend.

Since there is no video of the Air Force game, we can watch JZ and Team USA while listening to Jay.:) Can you believe that both games are being played in the Mountain time zone?

BigBossMan
12-27-2011, 03:28 PM
CC hosts Air Force and Union.
Denver hosts Union Friday and visits Cadet Arena on Saturday.

I will be at both DU games. Taking the family to the New Year's game. Love the rink at the academy. I expect AF could come out with 2-3 points. CC will go without Jaden Schwartz and DU without Jason Zucker. Captains both on their WJ teams.



Although itís just down the road from the Litter Box, the atmosphere at the Air Force Academy is one of the nicest in the country. Itís a place where you can take your kids. The fans are pleasant and you feel welcome.

MagnessMan
12-28-2011, 09:14 AM
Bump

MagnessMan
12-28-2011, 06:48 PM
DU's game notes for the weekend. Only the second time the Pios and the Dutchman have squared off.
http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90195&SPID=10862&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205352605&DB_OEM_ID=18600


GWOZDECKY ON UNION
"As the nation's third best defensive team and the 11th best offensive team, Union is well-balanced and difficult to find a weakness. Union has proven scorers and a goaltender who has some of the best numbers in college hockey. Although their record may not appear that way, Union may be even better than last year's team which won the ECAC title and played in the NCAA Tournament."

GWOZDECKY ON AIR FORCE
"Coach Frank Serratore and his staff have put the Falcon hockey program on the national map. The rivalry between Air Force and DU has really developed. Air Force has the nation's sixth best offensive team and can score quickly even strength or on the power play. The importance of this year's game has national implications for both teams."

MagnessMan
12-28-2011, 08:43 PM
Based on what I'm hearing about Union's D it looks like the Pios might be in deep **** on Friday night.

Rich
12-29-2011, 10:06 AM
At full strength both DU and CC would have a tough time against Union. With each team missing such a key forward, I expect Union to win at least one this weekend and I wouldn't be surprised if they won both.

vizoroo
12-29-2011, 11:05 AM
Gwoz has his hands full to get the boyz up to play two tough opponents.
1st line Drew Shore at center is strong, but who will be up there with him. The Z's Larraza and Salazar
2nd line Nick Shore at center, and ...??? Mermis and Doremus. Nick has not had the same breakout year that Drew did as a soph.
3rd line--The only line that has remained steady is Knowlton-Ostrow-Jackson, both in makeup and play.
4th line ?????? Tabrum, Dewhurst, Loney, Olzewski(oops another z)

The D pairings seem to be set, but time for Makowski and LaLeggia to get back on the goal train.

Not surprisingly none of the freshman have come on as strong as Zucker did. Will one of them begin the road to stardom in the 2nd half? Could it be Scott Mayfield? Or has Jussi already begun that road?
Will Nick Shore become more consistent and move his level of play up a notch? (Think I expected him to have a sophomore year like Drew did.)
Can Drew and Dusty lead this team to at least one victory this weekend?
When will the special teams become special?
Who is going to start scoring some goals?

And the elephants in the rink--Brittain, Bennett, Ryder and Murray--when will they be back and how will they play??

MagnessMan
12-29-2011, 09:48 PM
Here's my best guess. He's got lots of options in mixing things up because really no line has produced consistently. With Zooker (Formerly known as--Zucker) MIA the PP lines are a mystery as well. It's a crap shoot. When you start looking at the possibility it leaves you feeling less than hopeful for our chances tomorrow night against the #3 D in the nation. Lord have mercy!

Doremus - D.Shore - Salazar
Mermis - N.Shore - Knowlton
Olzewski -Ostrow - Jackson
Larraza-Tabrum-Loney

du78
12-30-2011, 08:28 AM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--L0yV_b_lX0/TsZG5BQWjbI/AAAAAAAALc4/pT1vuHwg2m8/s400/ImageyoxIi9p42FITKnVcJMrduQ%25253D%25253D%25255B1% 25255D.jpg

dubbie31
12-30-2011, 09:40 AM
I expect to see Denver grind out a win tonight. They have a slight talent edge...it will be about which goalie is strong.

I see: Denver 2-1 Union. Air Force 1 - 3 Denver

MagnessMan
12-30-2011, 06:07 PM
Pios 7-1-1 when they score first and 1-6-2 when they don't. Against the 3rd best D in the country that trend aint going to change.

du78
12-30-2011, 11:27 PM
Solid win by DU tonight and tomorrow night will be a battle at the AFA against a very good Falcon team who beat CC in the World Arena tonight. DU got the early lead and ground out a solid 3-1 win against Union. Jussi was superb in goal and the #1 star. Great start for the 2nd half by DU with an undermanned squad. Pios now 8-1-1 when they score first.

MagnessMan
12-30-2011, 11:57 PM
I expect to see Denver grind out a win tonight. They have a slight talent edge...it will be about which goalie is strong.

I see: Denver 2-1 Union. Air Force 1 - 3 Denver

Dubbie called it. Hope he's wrong about tomorrow. I think CC will slap Union around big time tomorrow.

MagnessMan
12-31-2011, 12:14 AM
All week I've been working hard to drum up some posting enthusiasm about this weekend's action in Colorado. We're still on flipping page one of the thread. What the **** people? We had two great hockey games tonight. DU had a break out game to start the second season and CC threw everything at the Cadets in the third but couldn't get it past their tough goaltender.

DU played the most disciplined they have since the BC game. Gwoz and his staff did a great job prepping for tonight. Being 40th on D most of served as a wake-up call. We gave up only one and it wasn't on a stupid *** turnover. We didn't over committed on the fore check and the PP was smooth. Liked the three forwards with 10 and 21 on the points. I loved seeing Nick and Drew working together too. Lee and Phillips were very solid tonight.

Can't wait for tomorrow night. Heading down to Cadet Ice Arena. Who else is going?

The Cadets got their first shortie of the season tonight in the cement toilet. I listened to the third period on the AF network while I was at Magness. The shots were something like 20-3 CC in the third! I think AF might be thinking with all the guys we've got out that we might not bring what we usually bring. The announcers were running through all the guys we have out during the intermission. If we play like we did tonight it will go down to the wire just like it did last time we we're down there with R and R (#9 and #15).

I expect it's sold out. If you've never been to their barn you need to add it to your list. Make plans NOW to get there in the 13-14 season.