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du78
03-21-2010, 10:18 AM
Rumor out of North Dakota is that Lucia is out at Minnesota & Blais has been approached. If true....Wow.

:eek:

A Shot and a Goal
03-21-2010, 10:18 AM
Denver, North Dakota and Colorado College are the last three teams to have won the MacNaughton Cup. All three lost their semi-final game in the WCHA Final Five and then lost in the consolation game. Neither the Tigers nor the Sioux won their ensuing NCAA regional bracket.

Duluth and North Dakota have won the last two WCHA post-season tournaments after having to compete in the Thursday night game. Some fans are strident in their view that playing three games in three nights makes it next-to-impossible to win the WCHA event.

In largest part the rosters of the WCHA teams are filled with young men from 19-22 years of age, who are in the best shape of their lives. They can, and do, recover quickly from strenuous physical exertion.

Next year the WCHA begins its post-season tournament format of four teams playing on Thursday night [with two advancing to the Friday semi-finals]. I admit I've been taken by surprise the past two years with Duluth and North Dakota winning three games in three days, but because the physical conditioning of college hockey teams is superb I won't be surprised in future years when a team wins three games in three days to capture the WCHA title. The notion that "teams can't win three games in three days" is becoming dated thinking. I don't think the trend will continue annually, but neither will I be surprised when a team wins "three in three."

Cross-Czech
03-21-2010, 10:21 AM
I wanted to win this weekend, but I'm ok with the results. Obviously you want to win and have some momentum going into the tournament but I think the embarrassment and anger the team feels right now is just as good as momentum. Especially for this team since they seem to play so much better when there is a bit of anger and desperation in their game.

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 10:28 AM
I think the embarrassment and anger the team feels right now is just as good as momentum. Especially for this team since they seem to play so much better when there is a bit of anger and desperation in their game.

Let's hope you are right.

I think this team has some issues that need fixing around work ethic, d-zone coverage, allowing odd-man rushes, first line scoring, special teams and fragile goaltending. Outside of that they are fine...:confused:

du78
03-21-2010, 10:30 AM
Here we go............

du78
03-21-2010, 10:32 AM
Bucci and Melrose will be doing the Albany games.

du78
03-21-2010, 10:36 AM
Midwest - Ft. Wayne
Miami v UAH
BSU v Mich

East - Albany
DU v RIT
Cornell v UNH

Melrose dissing Chevy and DU already, picking Cornell to come out of this bracket.

West - St. Paul
WI v UVM
SCSU v UNM

East - Worcester
BC v UAF
UND v Yale

JLSinGJ
03-21-2010, 10:52 AM
Nice to know that Barry Melrose will be pulling for Cornell while broadcasting the games. You can tell he knows alot about the WCHA, since he pointed out that UND had to win last night if they wanted to go to the regionals.

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 10:53 AM
Midwest
Melrose dissing Chevy and DU already, picking Cornell to come out of this bracket.

That should help motivate Chevy. Scrivens is a good goalie, but he faces a lot more lesser quality shooters in the ECAC than Chevy does.

DU, when it plays to its best, can beat all those teams.

Cross-Czech
03-21-2010, 10:55 AM
Melrose dissing Chevy and DU already, picking Cornell to come out of this bracket.

And I think they mentioned he is calling the games in our region. I'd gladly take Woog and the Rug over this tool.

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 11:42 AM
DU is going to be playing in a hostile environment. RIT has an enrollment of 16,000 and is only a few hours away from Albany in Rochester. Cornell travels very well with some of the loudest and most creative fans in the country, and is also in driving distance, and so is UNH.

The Pios will have 50-100 fans at most.

Three of the best goalies in the country will be in this regional, so scoring intensity will be at a premium.

DU had better be ready to buckle down and play hard. This is no cupcake regional.

Old Pio
03-21-2010, 12:05 PM
Let's be honest here, the reason why we're ripping on a lunchbox like Melrose is that deep down we think he may be right. We want him on that wall. . .we need him on that wall. Oh wait, sorry. Wrong scenario.

Let's just be grateful for being assigned to an eminently winnable regional and hope the Pioneers show up.

Old Pio
03-21-2010, 12:08 PM
Let's hope you are right.

I think this team has some issues that need fixing around work ethic, d-zone coverage, allowing odd-man rushes, first line scoring, special teams and fragile goaltending. Outside of that they are fine...:confused:

Aside from THAT Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play? lol. IMHO it all flows from work ethic. DU just can't be standing around taking tickets like they did this weekend, otherwise an early out.

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 12:20 PM
RIT comes in as the hottest team in the country with 10 straight wins, and two of those 10 over Air Force, a team that gave DU a rough time and who we were a little lucky to beat. They have great goaltending, and will have a lot of fans in the house in Albany, as this it their first NCAA D-I appearance.

DU had better be ready.

Farce Poobah
03-21-2010, 12:35 PM
From an outsider's viewpoint, it certainly was not the same DU team that whupped North Dakota in January.

DU success all year has been driven by their top half-dozen stars. They didn't dig deep for the extra effort this weekend (for example, Wisconsin's goal #2 where Cheverie pretty much waved at a floating wrister from 50 feet).

But next week is another story, and I am 100% sure Gwozdecky will insist on the extra effort next weekend. I would not be worrying about guys like Rhak, Rug, Colborne, Chevy (who got some nice rest on Saturday). The only weak spot I can see is depth, which gets a little tougher without Maiani.

Good luck in Albany.

gfmorris
03-21-2010, 12:48 PM
Nice to know that Barry Melrose will be pulling for Cornell while broadcasting the games. You can tell he knows alot about the WCHA, since he pointed out that UND had to win last night if they wanted to go to the regionals.

I remarked to one of UAH's coaches that "If you listen to Melrose, Hockey East and the ECAC are one step below the NHL. WCHwhat, Barry?"

GFM

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 02:36 PM
While we are all hoping last weekend was an aberration in an otherwise great season, it will be very interesting to watch the intensity level of Denver in this regional.

If the St. Paul debacle didn't force a little humility and resolve into these players, nothing else will.

I think Monday's practice should be very interesting to see how the coaching staff prepares the Pioneers for the regional. Will there be some punishing skates? How will Lalonde get Chevy refocused? What can be done about the poor defense? The top line? The special teams? How will the captains and seniors deal with the wake up call in St. Paul?

DU still has enough talent to beat anybody in the country, but they need to reach deep within and show everyone what kind of team they are going to be in this NCAA tournament. At the very least, we'd better see an improved start to the game. We need to see skates digging in and moving instead of gliding. We need to see back checking and forechecking and shot-blocking. We need to see an all-out effort, or these guys WILL take it to their graves.

Focus. Effort. Drive. Maybe Gwoz needs to reach for some inspiration. Bring in the players of the teams that won NCAA championships to talk to the boys and about how it felt and how they overcame adversity. And bring in some players of DU teams who fell short, and have them talk about the lifelong regrets they harbor. Perhaps hearing from fellow peers will help put this team into some sense of perspective...

Old Pio
03-21-2010, 04:54 PM
Interesting. What kind of approach does Gwoz take? And is he capable of a "Herbie Moment?" We may have gotten a hint with the benching of our two biggest stars (plus the rest of the first line). I'm thinking that speaks louder than any Vince Lombardi rant. Besides, these guys KNOW exactly what they did (and didn't do) and presumably, what they have to do to avoid it happening again. The soft(er) approach may be the better bet here. And Swami's right, bring back some players to talk to 'em. I was thinking about the 60th anniversary game, where they felt badly about losing and letting down the old guys, 'til the old guys gave 'em an ovation. It's time for some old (and not so old) guys to give 'em a talk. And arranging some sort of pep rally/sendoff by students wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

MagnessMan
03-21-2010, 05:43 PM
Anybody got a line on decent airfare from Denver to Albany/Windsor Locks? I just bought my ticket to Detroit. All the arifares to Albany east coast are through the roof.

Bagman
03-21-2010, 05:50 PM
While we are all hoping last weekend was an aberration in an otherwise great season, it will be very interesting to watch the intensity level of Denver in this regional.

If the St. Paul debacle didn't force a little humility and resolve into these players, nothing else will.

I think Monday's practice should be very interesting to see how the coaching staff prepares the Pioneers for the regional. Will there be some punishing skates? How will Lalonde get Chevy refocused? What can be done about the poor defense? The top line? The special teams? How will the captains and seniors deal with the wake up call in St. Paul?

DU still has enough talent to beat anybody in the country, but they need to reach deep within and show everyone what kind of team they are going to be in this NCAA tournament. At the very least, we'd better see an improved start to the game. We need to see skates digging in and moving instead of gliding. We need to see back checking and forechecking and shot-blocking. We need to see an all-out effort, or these guys WILL take it to their graves.

Focus. Effort. Drive. Maybe Gwoz needs to reach for some inspiration. Bring in the players of the teams that won NCAA championships to talk to the boys and about how it felt and how they overcame adversity. And bring in some players of DU teams who fell short, and have them talk about the lifelong regrets they harbor. Perhaps hearing from fellow peers will help put this team into some sense of perspective...

Right from the bus to the ice today,bag skate em!