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Biddco
01-11-2014, 04:55 PM
Good win for UMD last night. Aaron Crandall played his best game I've seen and had some fantastic saves. Twice he robbed a UNO player when I thought they were going to score.

UNO fans were very friendly even if they hated my cowbell.

Had a blast after the game with some UNO fans who showed us Dudley's Pizza and Tavern near UNO's campus, their wings, pizza (with its awesome crust) and cookie pizza. Went to Spaghetti Works before the game which was good. We ended up at Dixie Quick's for breakfast and loved my guac, goat cheese and bacon omelet. Fantastic.

Hoping for a UMD win tonight! Go Bulldogs!

MAVFANJEFF
01-12-2014, 11:08 AM
Good win for UMD last night. Aaron Crandall played his best game I've seen and had some fantastic saves. Twice he robbed a UNO player when I thought they were going to score.

UNO fans were very friendly even if they hated my cowbell.

Had a blast after the game with some UNO fans who showed us Dudley's Pizza and Tavern near UNO's campus, their wings, pizza (with its awesome crust) and cookie pizza. Went to Spaghetti Works before the game which was good. We ended up at Dixie Quick's for breakfast and loved my guac, goat cheese and bacon omelet. Fantastic.

Hoping for a UMD win tonight! Go Bulldogs!

Glad you had a good trip. Has your goalie been drafted? If not, the scouts have to be giving that animal a serious look. BTW, UNO fans would never hate a good cowbell.

Biddco
01-12-2014, 08:30 PM
We had a great trip. Thanks everyone for the tips and your hospitality. UNO fans are the nicest in the conference and college hockey.

Crandall is not drafted and has been pretty average (and often below average) during his college career. But if he plays like he did this weekend, it could really help him out.

MAVFANJEFF
01-12-2014, 09:42 PM
If you make it back here once the new arena is built there's an area nearby with a theatre and some good eats. There's a Restaurant down the road about 6 blocks called Petrow's that I think was on tripleD. That's a post for another day. I could have given you a pair of tickets that were given to me. I had no way to call you.

Red Cows
01-12-2014, 11:43 PM
Biddco was an easy find in Section 120, straight across the arena from me in Section 108 at the Clink.

My wife: "What is he wearing?"

For the record:

https://twitter.com/Biddco/status/422554772156477441/photo/1

I am sure he enjoyed his weekend, for a variety of reasons, the games themselves not withstanding, as I heard a lot about it from others although our paths did not manage to cross. Suffice to say I am glad our fans treated him as well as UMD fans treated us when we made the trek to Duluth a couple seasons ago. I must say, I am not surprised.

As far as the weekend is concerned, well, I've actually contemplated a "Fire Dean Blais" thread. If I did (and I am not) I'd have a question mark behind that statement. While I am not quite ready to pull the plug on him, I think I can make a pretty good case for getting thought processes thinking along those lines. I'll save my thoughts on this for our thread, tough.

The one thing that jumped out at me about this weekend is something that gnawed at me after seeing the shots on goal the past two nights and it prompted me to do a little research in this regard.

Since Coach Blais has become our head coach, we have lost 15 games where we have had 40 or more shots on goal in a game while outshooting the other team by at least 10 shots or more.

I mean, we've lost games where we've outshot our opponents on his watch 59-19, 53-13, 56-27,48-17, 45-17, 40-13, just to name a few of them.

This can possibly be indicative of several things, I realize. It appears to be a hallmark of Coach Blais coached teams to outshoot practically everybody (and before this weekend's 93 shots on goal by UNO they were 3rd in the nation in total shots) and have it not matter very much on the scoreboard. We seem to be some sort of hockey version of Paul Westhead's Loyola Marymount teams without the results.

All I can say is that it is incredibly frustrating to have this happen time after time and have your head coach have an "ah, well, what can you do?" attitude about it.

Well, Coach, I am beginning to spot something, and, it's called a "trend". This, coupled with some other troubling things we have seen are causes for concern. Like I said, I'll save this for and delve into this in the UNO thread sometime this week.

Congrats to UMD on getting outshot 93-43 this weekend and still getting out of here with 6 points.

UNO: "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight".

Side note. Anybody ever seen a player more effectively "disappear" from one season to the next than Ryan Walters has? He has 5 goals, total. All of them on the power play. No game winners. No game tying goals. He is 2nd on the team in points but he has basically fallen off the planet from last season to this season.

vizoroo
01-13-2014, 12:15 AM
Side note. Anybody ever seen a player more effectively "disappear" from one season to the next than Ryan Walters has? He has 5 goals, total. All of them on the power play. No game winners. No game tying goals. He is 2nd on the team in points but he has basically fallen off the planet from last season to this season.

That is odd.
I don't think he got a point in the UNO-DU series. It was Archibald and Monpetit who wreaked havoc . I was surprised he wasn't the dominant player.

Biddco
01-13-2014, 09:41 AM
Biddco was an easy find in Section 120, straight across the arena from me in Section 108 at the Clink.

My wife: "What is he wearing?"

For the record:

https://twitter.com/Biddco/status/422554772156477441/photo/1

I am sure he enjoyed his weekend, for a variety of reasons, the games themselves not withstanding, as I heard a lot about it from others although our paths did not manage to cross. Suffice to say I am glad our fans treated him as well as UMD fans treated us when we made the trek to Duluth a couple seasons ago. I must say, I am not surprised.
Indeed. C'mon NCHC Fan of the Week :D


If you make it back here once the new arena is built there's an area nearby with a theatre and some good eats. There's a Restaurant down the road about 6 blocks called Petrow's that I think was on tripleD. That's a post for another day. I could have given you a pair of tickets that were given to me. I had no way to call you.We ate at Dudley's post game on Friday. They had some unique and delicious wings (peanut butter and jelly what?!), great pizza with fantastic crust and some good dessert.


We also ate at Cascio's pregame on Saturday and that was very good.

I added a few new pins to my collection to help remember this trip. I'll make it again someday.

Dirty
01-13-2014, 09:52 AM
Indeed. C'mon NCHC Fan of the Week :D

I'm starting a grassroots campaign in hopes of preventing this. Being a pin collector should automatically disqualify you from ever winning anything.

Biddco
01-13-2014, 11:08 AM
I'm starting a grassroots campaign in hopes of preventing this. Being a pin collector should automatically disqualify you from ever winning anything.

Better to collect pins than thousands of dollars of AHL and other random minor league jerseys.

Dirty
01-13-2014, 11:46 AM
Better to collect pins than thousands of dollars of AHL and other random minor league jerseys.

Geez, you've fallen in line quickly. I figured getting married you'd lose some of your free thought, but you've lost all of it!

Biddco
01-13-2014, 12:10 PM
Geez, you've fallen in line quickly. I figured getting married you'd lose some of your free thought, but you've lost all of it!

Don't worry. I still strongly believe in collecting UMD jerseys that I like (or the occasional Minnesota Wild jersey). I've just run out of UMD jerseys to buy for now.

The Exiled One
01-13-2014, 04:47 PM
Not sure where all the UMD fans hang out anymore...

http://www.winterhawks.com/article/winterhawks-sign-nhl-pick-blake-heinrich

Biddco
01-13-2014, 05:25 PM
Not sure where all the UMD fans hang out anymore...

http://www.winterhawks.com/article/winterhawks-sign-nhl-pick-blake-heinrich

On Twitter...

First thought we'd be okay, but I was reminded that our weakness is defense and he would have been our best incoming defenseman. And needing to find a defenseman in this short of time before the year starts won't be easy. We do have a transfer from DIII hockey but I don't know how well he can play at the DI level.