UMD 4 - White Caps 1 in regular pre-season exhibition game.
Where's the love?
Another spanking revisited on BC from early last season when the 'Dogs were off everyone's radar might be just what the doctor ordered to convert the UMD naysayers into pompom shakers early this season, again.
While it may appear to be a tall order I'll reserve opinion until I get a decent sampling of the product.
UMD 4 - White Caps 1 in regular pre-season exhibition game.
Update on the game...
'Dog net duty was shared equally between Johnson and Convery.
Last edited by Blackbeard; 09-23-2017 at 10:47 PM.
Preview of this weekend's series vs PSU...
Today's post game wrap on series with PSU...
The 'Dogs move up one in this week's USCHO ranking poll.
Connery: WCHA Defensive Player of the Week...
Pre-series commentary vs BC...
OSU 2 - UMD 0
Well, the first time seeing the ‘Dogs this season, having missed the first period and OSU’s first goal, I would sum up as follows…
Energy = Decent
Enthusiasm = Ditto
Speed = Impressive
Puck Handling = Abysmal (and they couldn’t control the endless bouncing)
Passing = see "Puck Handling"
Play Making = see "Puck Handling"
Power Play = 5 opportunities and scared no one except maybe Crowell
On One Page = No, on 4 to 5 different pages and from different tabloids but all seemingly looking for the sports page
Yet they seemed to easily dominate possession and had twice as many SOG as OSU did but many were lobbed from distance looking like feeble attempts to “do something” in the absence of support or creativity, thereby handing Sauve a relatively easy shutout.
This is definitely a work in progress. Looked like they really wanted it but just didn’t know how to go about it.
So, some positives to build from but they were not a threat to OSU at all tonight.
Yet, it seemed if a few pieces would fall into place the impression left would be quite different.
And good for long suffering OSU to have a decent start to their season.
Last edited by Blackbeard; 10-14-2017 at 01:00 PM. Reason: forgot "Speed"
"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
I also appreciate your last line. This is a game not life itself. I have been saying it would be good if the WCHA had a couple more competitive teams. It was fun to see UMD getting back in the mix & adding OSU is just going to make things better. SUre, the additional losses will not be fun but more competitive hockey games sure will be.
OSU 4 - UMD 3 Final.
The 'Dogs made it interesting by scoring with the extra attacker with 32 seconds left in the game to pull within one with a nice quick move by Rogge in front of Sauve. But, ultimately, it was not to be.
Only saw the third period (right after OSU scored in the first minute or two) and was again very impressed with their speed (they can fly), energy level and determination but in close they seem to have trouble creating decent scoring opportunities (which might have had something to do with OSU's defence). Although their first two goals may disprove that since I didn't see them.
They were moving on the PP and cycling the puck like a high powered buzz saw...but, unfortunately, a toothless one.
OSU looked like they had more energy in the third today than what I saw in yesterday's game...possibly aided by the burgeoning anticipation of a sweep.
Congratulations to OSU on the sweep and the great start to their season.
All the best to them (until we meet again).
UM 4 - UMD 1 Final.
The 'Dogs lost this one in the first 5 minutes of the game when their bodies were on the ice but their heads were still in the dressing room. I'll never understand this nonsense.
Once they understood that the game had already started, after being scored on twice, their play improved but prior to that they were pathetic on both sides of the puck.
(The first goal, though was rather unfortunate, going in off a UMD defender's skate).
To applaud: UMD's passing for most of the game...nice quick, crisp, tape to tape passes facilitating good breakouts.
But their speed seemed to be missing today.
And they were their own worst enemy by not shooting with authority and not shooting for the holes...or at the very least...raising the puck when in close. The team suffered from the same malady 2 or 3 years ago...pathetic uninspiring thoughtless shots and expecting to score.
In fairness they hit I crossbar and 1 post but when they finally created some opportunities for themselves their lack of finishing expertise was glaring.
Peters made 2 or 3 nice saves, especially off Mrazova right near the end of the game but many of UMD's shots were into her stomach. And with Peters' stick and blocker laying beside the net and with her (intelligently) protecting her now vulnerable blocker hand by keeping it behind her back...and a shot from in close in the slot where do you shoot it?...to the glove side , of course!
And carrying the puck over the blue line and into the high slot and then instead of shooting, voluntarily skating the puck over to the boards and then into the corner...without any pressure on you at all...well!!!!????
Crowell has work to do, especially making sure that the team knows when the game officially starts. From there she can work on some shooting theory. Miller never did so I doubt that she will either.
Sloppy thinking in the first 5 minutes was all it took.
UM 2 - UMD 1 Final.
Well, the 'Dogs looked considerably better today, I thought, but somehow managed to not capitalize on several opportunities...which, conversion aside, was a definite improvement over yesterday's very few opportunities generated.
Again, several weak shots from the slot as though the shooter had no other tricks in their creative bag and one or two who refused to close the gap between themselves in the slot and the UM goaltender (sorry, I don't know her name) before taking a wrist shot when there was no traffic between them.
I saw one good slap shot...which was from Mrazova. She is a talented player with some good moves, a few of which she put on display today, but always seems to be a rung below the level at which she would add tremendous extra value to the UMD attack and to give opponents constant nightmares.
UMD goaltending...the more I see it...looks to be veeeeryyyy meeeeethoddddicaaaaallll...like watching the test pattern, in slow motion, at three in the morning on dope in the early '70's thinking that you were watching a western. Very slow and looks almost detached from the game and in an alternate reality of one. The technicals look like they are being performed in a vat of cold tar. Almost looks like they're watching another game as they attempt to respond to the action.
Some very foolish plays were made without either thinking and/or looking...like giving the puck away to a UM player right by your own goal when there were other options readily available.
I think UM was fortunate to get the win seeing as how many shots hit the post and/or crossbar...and I think Crowell should have had one shot reviewed just before the end of the 2nd, I think it was, which appeared as if it may have gone in high off the post near the crossbar and back out again. Nonetheless, the points in the win column don't require explanations.
So, a better effort but I think the likes of Mrazova, Brodt, Houston, and maybe Bell and Lowenheilm need to step up the pace and the conversion percentages if this team is going to start racking up points this season.
The goaltending could look more engaged as well. They might be surprised at what that can do for your game.
Last edited by Blackbeard; 10-21-2017 at 10:32 PM.
The shot on the two on one near the end of the second was reviewed. It hit both post and crossbar, which was why it took longer to bounce back out. Live, one could hear two rapid clinks.
Forgot to mention that in Friday's game Reilly's (spelling?...and I think it was her) goal all alone in on Johnson was a beauty...wrist shot from somewhere in the face off circle to Johnson's right...3 hole...just like it had eyes.
That's the way they should be able to shoot when they get to this level.
Israel depends on a wall for their security, and it is doing the job. Democrazies need to explain why one wouldn't work for the USA. Baring that, build a wall Mr. Trump, so big the Chineeze have to rename theirs.
Late wrap from the last game vs UM...
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