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12-14-2009, 10:28 AM
They run anywhere from $14-50 for a weekend pass depending on where you want to sit. Not sure what single game tickets are.

While we are on the subject are their any multi-day passes for the CCHA Tourney at the Joe? I was looking to buy some yesterday (just in case) but all I saw was single day passes. Is it just me or are they selling them somewhere else, or am I just totally wrong and these didnt even exsist

12-14-2009, 11:01 AM
any multi-day passes for the CCHA Tourney at the Joe?

They exist. The University may have some for season ticket holders and the CCHA/JLA put them on sale also (That's the route I've always gone.) However, I don't think either organization/venue puts packages on sale this early. I would also caution you to not count chickens... I'm superstitious that way... :o

Craig P.
12-14-2009, 01:04 PM
Apparently, the shortage of defensemen led Jackson to bust out the Swedish Torpedo system for this weekend, which would explain some of the confusion about which players were at forward and which players were at defense. Technically, I would imagine that only the main three defensemen were playing defense, and the forwards we thought were in that position were actually at the "halfback" position.

It's discussed in the South Bend Tribune article for today, along with some injury updates on the defensemen.

12-16-2009, 02:55 PM
A little something (http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/64382) about the architects and general contractor selected for the new hockey arena.

Credit to Boston Domer on for posting the link recently on NDNation. I don't post there but thought it needed some play over here as well.

12-18-2009, 01:04 AM
so who is this joe lavin guy?

we need to talk about something. Just b/c they're on a break doesn't mean we can't have discussions.

12-18-2009, 10:34 AM
so who is this joe lavin guy?

we need to talk about something. Just b/c they're on a break doesn't mean we can't have discussions.

Joe Lavin played at Providence College for a season and a half, and is a product of the US Under 18 team, where it seems he's already been a teammate of about half of the current Irish hockey team (yes, that's a bit of an exaggeration). For whatever reasons he decided PC wasn't for him and chose to transfer to Notre Dame. NCAA transfer rules dictate he must sit out a season and since he played through mid-year at PC last season, he needed to wait until mid-year to play here. In the interim he played in the USHL. I believe his reputation is as a solid stay-at-home type of defenseman, makes few mistakes, and one who isn't going to score a lot (in fact he has yet to score an NCAA goal, although he did net a dozen in 50 or so USHL games).

12-23-2009, 09:44 PM
probably a needless bit of news, but just bumping this back to the front page for a while to note that Kyle Palmieri did make the IIHF team for the World Juniors. Curious to see what he'll look like playing on what amounts to an all-star team. Also curious to see what Notre Dame will look like preparing to play some games knowing he'll be out of the lineup. Perhaps it will be a welcome break to all concerned.

It looks like a lot of the middle of the country is trying to make moving about difficult, so safe travels to all who are celebrating the holidays somewhere other than home. Merry Christmas to all!

12-25-2009, 12:04 AM
Merry Christmas Everyone!

12-26-2009, 09:58 AM
Good read about former Irish skater Victor Oreskovich. (http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20091224/SPORTS13/912249930/1021/Sports) I was particularly hard on him here during his time in South Bend, and to say he failed to live up to expectations then may be an understatement. To say he is only just living up to them now may be as well.

Well into middle age I seem to have forgotten I didn't know just where to go when I was 18 or 19, and it led me away from college for a while too. This is a guy who probably had his head screwed on straight the whole time, as he apparently didn't need to have people shooting at him to determine the course he should follow:eek: :D We all need to chart our own paths. It's good to see his path has him realizing his dreams.

12-28-2009, 09:33 PM
After reading the piece on Oreskovich, maybe I shouldn't mention the blurb in the latest issue of The Hockey News on Erik Condra... Suffice it to say, it was not something that would fly if he were still at ND... :eek:

After amassing a $100+ bar bill in NYC and having the pub band I follow there pick up said hefty tab, I'm hoping that I won't desire any alcohol in Chicago, as I have no one to pick up the tab but myself. Should ND play as I've been hoping, no liquor will be required. Should they play as I've witnessed, I may need a small loan...

ND's first opponent is Colgate this weekend. The Raiders come to Chicago with a 7-6-4 record behind a GF of 3.41 and a GA of 3.53/game. They have the most potent offense of the bunch, but also the most porous defense. ND is 8-8-4 by averaging 2.05 GF and 1.95 GA/game. They have the weakest offense, but the strongest defense. NoDak is 9-6-3 and scores 3.22 GF and gives up 2.17 GA/game. Neither the best, nor the worst of the teams. Niagara is 3-10-2 while averaging 2.73 GF and 3.47 GA/game. Again, not the best or the worst.

Colgate's PP is respectable at 19%, but their PK is less than upstanding at 79.3%. ND's PP is middling at 17.2%, but their PK leads the teams with a stellar 90.6%. The Fighting Sioux own the best PP of this weekend's teams at a killer 23.6%, while their PK is a decent 86.5%. Niagara's special teams are slightly worse than the others. Their PP is 15.6%, while their PK is 79.1%.

Colgate is led by Austin Smith, who leads all players this weekend with 24 points. He's not the only point-per-game player the Raiders have. They also employ David McIntyre (19) and Brian Day (17). Day leads the team with 5 PPG's. ND is led by Billy Maday (16), Calle Ridderwall (15) and Ben Ryan (14). Ridderwall leads all players with 7 PPG's. NoDak (who is missing several major players due to injury, like ND, and one due to the WJ's, like ND) is led by Evan Trupp (16), Chris VandeVelde (15) and Jason Gregoire (14). VandeVelde and Gregoire each lead the team with 3 PPG's. The Purple Eagles are led by Chris Moran (18), Ryan Olidis (15) and Egor Mironov (10). Moran leads them with 3 PPG's.

Who will be in net for several of the teams is the question of the year. Colgate, ND and Niagara have used lots of goalies. I assume Charles Long (5-2-2, 3.11 GA, .900 save %) will be in net for Colgate. Mike Johnson (5-5-2, 1.70 GA, .940 save %, which leads the nation) will be in net for ND. Brad Eidsness (8-5-2, 2.24 GA, .909 save %) will start for NoDak. Niagara's goalie situation will be more questionable. I'm guessing they will start Adam Avramenko (2-3-2, 3.28 GA, .898 save %), but they might go with Chris Noonan (1-4-0, 3.00 GA, .908 save %).

Records notwithstanding, the teams are more evenly matched than one would guess.

It's always the right time to do the right thing.

12-31-2009, 02:47 PM
Yay for Christian Hanson (http://www.torontomarlies.com/news/news.asp?story_id=1260) making the AHL All-Star game. :)

01-02-2010, 08:49 AM
The best two words: Game Today

If Notre Dame is going to turn it around and regain some measure of swagger, a couple of convincing wins this weekend at their own tournament is an absolute must. The hole they've dug is deep and the time to climb out if it is fading fast.

01-02-2010, 09:07 AM
Heading out in an hour to enjoy IHF's favorite statement.

IHF, you're not making the trek out to see the games? Or would that be skiing out... Or sledding out... :p

01-02-2010, 10:21 PM
Boy was it nice to see Sean Lorenz (complete with goal) and Ian Cole on the ice. Also nice to see another Dman in Joe Lavin adding to the blueline. Odd to see three D take the opening face off, especially when I realized it wasn't an announcing error. Kyle Lawson played wing tonight. :eek:

For the first half of the game, ND really controlled the tempo. Colgate had trouble getting anything set up, especially on the PP. Then oddly enough, after Riley Sheahan scored a crappy goal, the team let up. But Colgate didn't.

While Ryan Thang threw a few awesome checks, Calle Ridderwall continued his love of the PPG's, and Billy Maday scored a few, it was Ben Ryan's dicking around with the puck in front of Mike Johnson that led to Colgate's first goal. Save for some bad whiffs at open nets, the Raiders were closer than the score indicated after the first 30 minutes. The refs also missed a few blatant ND penalties that could have helped Colgate get even closer.

I was surprised to see NoDak struggle a bit with Niagara (who, like Colgate, kept the game closer than you'd think). Here's to a good defense of the tourney title tomorrow.

01-03-2010, 07:29 AM
Joe Lavin interview, Colgate recap at http://www.catcountry999.com/crew/crew02.php

01-04-2010, 07:47 AM
I have 2 words for several groups after this weekend:

To the Indiana Toll Road Commission...in Barcelona or Uluru...or wherever you are: Snow. Plow.

To women drivers everywhere: Cruise. Control.

To Hoffman Estates: Exit. Ramps.

To the PA announcer at the tourney this weekend: Shut. Up.

To the ND hockey team: Con. Grats. :)

I'm extremely happy about the outcome yesterday. Being down by 2 goals to NoDak, coming back to tie it up, giving up the first goal in the SO, and coming back to "win" that for the tourney championship is impressive.

It was great to see some even strength goals. Also nice was Dan Kissel's timely SO goal and the fact that he continues to be the hardest working player out there, even with NoDak's Ben Blood picking on him all game. Kevin Deeth, while earning 3 points on the weekend, scored a nice goal off a fantastic feed off the boards by Ryan Guentzel. Billy Maday and Brett Blatchford also each had 3 points. Lots of players registered at least a point this weekend, including Joe Lavin, who earned his first point in the gold jersey. Now if he would please, please, please stop passing the puck right in front of Mike Johnson (who, BTW, after giving up the first SO goal, settled down quite nicely).

Nick Larson, Riley Sheahan, Teddy Ruth and Ian Cole each had great games Sunday. And no one really had a bad game at all. A few lapses over the weekend, but nothing they obviously couldn't overcome.

I've determined that Ryan Thang couldn't buy a goal, even if they were on sale 3-for-a-dollar at Wal-Mart. He had some excellent chances this weekend, but the pucks either sailed high or pinged off the posts. That's gotta be frustrating.

Lastly, while it may work sometimes against some opponents, someone needs to tell Tom O'Brien to quit shooting a puck into the opponent's net after warm-ups. I believe it produces bad karma and fires up the other team. And a team like North Dakota doesn't need any more firing up than they have.

Let's hope this weekend marks the turning point for the season. In-season trophies are nice, but I prefer the post-season variety. :D

01-04-2010, 10:32 AM
To the PA announcer at the tourney this weekend: Shut. Up.


AMEN!!! Gosh was he annoying

01-04-2010, 01:29 PM
Nice game last night from Notre Dame. I wasn't sure what to expect from them being that they were highly ranked to start the season but hadn't had the season that many were expecting of them.

Skilled team...very good puck movement, especially on the PP. Both teams seemed to go through stretches of maintaining good puck control. When ND tied it early in the 3rd, I thought that the Sioux might give up the go-ahead goal as well (ND had some good chances), but they held tough. I was most impressed with Kissel...great speed (he had that great chance to win the game on his OT rush where he burned around the UND defender and came in on Eidsness), and then his clutch SO goal.

Fun venue, good fans (ran into some great ND fans on Sunday night), good couple of games.

Good luck to Notre Dame the rest of the way. :)

01-05-2010, 12:56 PM
So whats the outlook for this weekend. How good is Ferris State really?

01-05-2010, 04:09 PM
So whats the outlook for this weekend. How good is Ferris State really?

Hmmm. How does one answer that without upsetting someone from either camp?

I've always said that FSU was the poor man's MSU, with the exception that every decade or so, Coach Daniels gets an upperclassmen-laden team or a stud like Chris Kunitz and has a great team. He reminds me of Dave Poulin...

Having ripped on FSU, I'll move to the other camp. FSU worries me. They always play ND hard, even if they underachieve. There are always more Bulldogs laying on the ice than after the Titanic sank because that's their typical MO to help out the goalie. ND has never been able to solve that tactic well.

FSU is 14-4-2. ND is 9-8-5. FSU averages 3.4 goals/game (good for 13th in the nation) while giving up a very stingy 1.9 goals/game (even better, for 3rd in the nation). ND averages 2.23 goals/game ("good" for 50th in the country) while giving up a virtually equally stingy 2.0 a game (good for 4th in the country).

FSU is 13th on the PP of all 58 teams. They click 22.4% of the time. Their PK is 2nd in the country, killing off 90% of the man-advantages. FSU has scored 28 PPG's and given up 11. ND is 28th in the country on the PP, scoring 19% of the time on the man-up. They are 3rd in the country on the PK, though, killing 89.6%. ND has scored 24 PPG's and also given up only 11.

FSU is led by Blair Riley who has 24 points, 15 of which are goals. He is followed by Cody Chupp and Casey Haines (19 and 17, respectively). Chupp is their PPG guy, registering 5 of them. ND is led by Billy Maday with 19 points, followed by Calle Ridderwall (16) and Ben Ryan (15). Ridderwall leads the team in PPG's with 8 of his 12 goals scored coming on the man advantage.

FSU has split time in net between Pat Nagle (5-2-1, 1.52 GA and a save % of .942) and Taylor Nelson (9-2-1, 2.1 GA, .927 save %). I expect that trend to continue with Nelson starting Saturday. Mike Johnson is 6-5-2 with a GA of 1.73 and a save % of .939. All 3 goalies are in the top 10 in the country for their stats.

Goalies are interchangeable. PK is interchangeable. PPG's for and against are interchangeable. Scoring from the #2 guy on down is interchangeable. The only real differences between these two teams is the leading scorer and PP. ...so don't give up a PPG and shut down Blair Riley.

I still think greatness is within the grasp of this team this year. When people tell you to "be reasonable," they are really telling you to compromise your ideals.