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du78
02-15-2011, 09:26 AM
Gwoz press conference today at 12PM MT

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205096031

co14ers
02-15-2011, 11:38 AM
When does your flight arrive on Saturday DMann? Will you be in town in time to grab a bit to eat before the game?

Dmann
02-15-2011, 04:36 PM
When does your flight arrive on Saturday DMann? Will you be in town in time to grab a bit to eat before the game?

I was planning on meeting up with some non posters at Chipotle and walking over. There is a huge void of Mexican food in Maine, go figure!! :rolleyes:

Dmann
02-16-2011, 07:08 AM
Bump! co14ers, do you guys still eat at Spanky's, or did something happen there? If so I could swing by for a beer after the Barbacoa and Marg fest!

vizoroo
02-16-2011, 10:15 AM
The lessons are the same every year. If you don't have the better jump or the higher compete level in this league, you'll often get a bad result. Sometimes, DU can win on superior talent or a hot goalie, but when the other team is winning the battles for loose pucks, or DU isn't moving their feet in all three zones, the chances to win drop dramatically.

At this point, I think Gwoz should coach the remainder of the games at a playoff intensity. If guys don't want to give their best to compete, let 'em sit untill they do.

This Tech series won't be easy. DU will rotating 5 d-men without Makowski on Friday, and without Ostrow, the team lacks leadership and his production. Time to unleash the Mermis once again...

Gwoz agreed with you, Swami. Stated success sometimes mask the errors that were being made. "Little things", urgency, finishing checks, defensive lapses. Gwoz downplayed injuries, but Ostrow's surgery and the its timing had to be unsettling to the team.

Seems to me DU has played frenetically in the past couple of weeks, but not necessarily smart. Jackson and Nutini and ?? really need to step as team leaders.

vizoroo
02-16-2011, 10:48 AM
Sioux found this article from the WSJ about college hockey rinks.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576136462675400454.html?

Pablo
02-16-2011, 11:17 AM
Here's a really good recap of the DU ski team's year so far, and a surprisingly optimistic view from the DU coaches about their chances to repeat as NCAA champs:

http://www.ncaa.com/news/skiing/2011-02-16/denver-have-clean-start-ncaas

dggoddard
02-16-2011, 01:10 PM
Here's a really good recap of the DU ski team's year so far, and a surprisingly optimistic view from the DU coaches about their chances to repeat as NCAA champs:

http://www.ncaa.com/news/skiing/2011-02-16/denver-have-clean-start-ncaas

Supposedly DU has several skiers that miss most of the regular season meets because of conflicting competitions. Then when the NCAA's roll around, its party on the podium time.

Puck Swami
02-16-2011, 01:56 PM
Prior to tonight's Beanpot, DU is 4th in PWR. It will be interesting to see where everyone is after tonight. Also DU is rolling 4's right now. They are 4th in both the USCHO Poll and the USA Today Poll.

Adam Wodon sees the Pios as a 5-6 team or an NCAA #2 seed when all is said and done in March:
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2011/02/16_ncaa_tournament_bracket_abcs.php

du78
02-16-2011, 02:12 PM
Adam Wodon sees the Pios as a 5-6 team or an NCAA #2 seed when all is said and done in March:
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2011/02/16_ncaa_tournament_bracket_abcs.php

Interesting how those two losses DU has to BC early in the year are pushing Merrimack past them. While they may be hurting DU in the PWR a bit, those losses certainly showed a young DU team how a championship team plays and had a pretty positive effect on DU from then on. Whether DU is a #1 or #2 seed really doesn't make all that much of a difference to me. If Merrimack is #4 and DU is #5 and end up in the same regional, I'll take it. DU has to fly no matter what regional they are in so it doesn't make much difference where they play. I am glad we are talking about whether we will be a #1 or #2 seed rather than will we make the NCAAs.

vizoroo
02-16-2011, 03:04 PM
Interesting how those two losses DU has to BC early in the year are pushing Merrimack past them. While they may be hurting DU in the PWR a bit, those losses certainly showed a young DU team how a championship team plays and had a pretty positive effect on DU from then on. Whether DU is a #1 or #2 seed really doesn't make all that much of a difference to me. If Merrimack is #4 and DU is #5 and end up in the same regional, I'll take it. DU has to fly no matter what regional they are in so it doesn't make much difference where they play. I am glad we are talking about whether we will be a #1 or #2 seed rather than will we make the NCAAs.

Merrimack?!? That's a big surprise. Anybody have them in the top 10 when the year began?

vizoroo
02-16-2011, 03:08 PM
Swimming and Diving ranked the Mid-Major Top 10.
Women are 4th and the Men 6th.
http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=91506&SPID=10853&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205096556&DB_OEM_ID=18600

Dmann
02-16-2011, 04:13 PM
Merrimack?!? That's a big surprise. Anybody have them in the top 10 when the year began?

Unbelievable turnaround!!! They won't last, once they get to the NCAAs they're gonna collapse like a tent! On another note, are you all follwing the "Greatest teams ever 1-58?" Very interesting, though we do have a Minny fan trying to start something with us... say no more!!!

Pablo
02-16-2011, 04:53 PM
#1 seed means very little to me. I'd actually prefer a #2 seed, as the #1 seeds haven't worked out so well for us lately. The #4 seeds frequently are an unfamiliar wildcard that you fall into the trap of underrating. Plus, if we aren't able to beat a #3 seed in the first round, then it's not our year for greatness, anyway.

A good work ethic, minimal injuries, and Brittain in the groove will mean much more to me than a #1 seed.

Puck Swami
02-16-2011, 05:47 PM
As long as DU can get into the NCAAs, I'd consider this season a success. Win a game or two in the NCAAs and it's a big success. A Frozen Four appearance or anything beyond that would be a monumental success. Remember that DU was predicted for a fourth place finish in the league, which DU should exceed given the remaining schedule, and that's a very positive season considereing the all the top players who graduated and left DU early for the pros.

The big now concerns are getting healthy, playing harder/smarter hockey and getting Sam to heat up in the final weeks. DU can go far if those things happen...

Puck Swami
02-16-2011, 06:27 PM
Here is DU's lacrosse depth chart for this season, according to a knowledgeable poster at the Laxpower forum:

Predicted DU Depth Chart based on Coach T's comments at press conference and last year's performances:
1st Attack
24 Todd Baxter 6-0 170 Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn. (Fairfield (Conn.) University) (Eden Prairie H.S.)
33 Alex Demopoulos 5-10 190 Jr. Canton, Conn. (Avon Old Farms School, Conn.)
22 Mark Matthews 6-4 210 Jr. Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Monsignor Paul Dwyer H.S.)

2nd Attack
7 Colin Scott 6-0 195 So. Ridgefield, Conn. (Ridgefield H.S.)
5 Harrison Archer 6-1 180 Fr. Washington D.C. (Landon School (Md.)

1st Midfield
9 Andrew Lay 6-3 200 Sr. Denver, Colo. (Denver East H.S.)
20 Patrick Rogers 5-9 175 Jr. Portland, Ore. (Jesuit H.S.)
18 Cameron Flint 5-11 190 So. Georgetown, Ontario (Salisbury (Conn.) School)

2nd Midfield
11 Eric Law 5-10 170 So. Centennial, Colo. (Salisbury (Md.) University) (Arapahoe H.S.)
45 Jeremy Noble 5-8 165 Fr. Orangeville, Ontario (The Hill Academy (Ont.)
32 Chase Carraro 5-8 170 So. Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier H.S.)

LSM
43 Liam Resch 6-4 180 Jr. Erdenheim, Penn. (Penn Charter H.S.)

D-Midfield
21 Jamie Macdonald 6-0 195 Sr. Providence, R.I. (Salisbury (Conn.) School)
34 Alex Drexler 6-1 180 Sr. New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan H.S.)
25 Emerson Eichler 6-3 210 Sr. New Vernon, N.J. (The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)

1st Defense
23 Jeff Brown 6-4 195 Sr. Cohasset, Mass. (Cohasset H.S.)
13 Brendan DeBlois 5-11 190 RJr. Narragansett, R.I. (The Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
29 Kyle Hercher 6-4 190 So. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage H.S.)

2nd Defense
19 John Zurlo 6-3 190 Fr. Bernardsville, N.J. (Deerfield (Mass.)Academy)
6 Harley Brown 6-2 200 Fr. New Cannan, Conn. (Fairfield (Connn.) Prep./Deerfield (Mass.)Academy)
41 Steve Simonetti 6-0 185 Sr. Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Jerome H.S.)
40 Matt Kramer 6-1 195 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage H.S.)

Goal
16 Jamie Faus 5-9 168 Fr. Lakeville, Conn. (Salisbury (Conn.) School)
28 Troy Orzech 6-0 190 Jr. Franktown, Colo. (Manhattan College) (Regis Jesuit H.S.)

dggoddard
02-16-2011, 10:08 PM
#1 seed means very little to me. I'd actually prefer a #2 seed, as the #1 seeds haven't worked out so well for us lately. The #4 seeds frequently are an unfamiliar wildcard that you fall into the trap of underrating. Plus, if we aren't able to beat a #3 seed in the first round, then it's not our year for greatness, anyway.

A good work ethic, minimal injuries, and Brittain in the groove will mean much more to me than a #1 seed.Actually there's a method to your madness. #4 seeds usually are teams that come into the tournament on a roll having done well in their conference Tourneys. They have moved up in the last day or two in the rankings displacing teams that were eliminated early in their conference tourneys.

Dmann
02-17-2011, 08:33 AM
pre- emptive bump!!!

Puck Swami
02-17-2011, 09:45 AM
In other DU sports news, one of the posters on the Sun Belt board reports on conference men's basketball attendance, and DU hoop attendance is up about 50% at home this year over to just over 3,000 fans per game. It still has a long way to go, but 3,000 is much better than 1,500 a few years ago.
http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=481844&pid=6237922#pid6237922

Once DU gets to about 4,000 fans per game or so, the program breaks even financially.

du78
02-17-2011, 09:49 AM
In other DU sports news, one of the posters on the Sun Belt board reports on conference men's basketball attendance, and DU hoop attendance is up about 50% at home this year over to just over 3,000 fans per game. It still has a long way to go, but 3,000 is much better than 1,500 a few years ago.
http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=481844&pid=6237922#pid6237922

Once DU gets to about 4,000 fans per game or so, the program breaks even financially.

Article on DU hoopster Chris Udofia in today's Denver Post.

http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/ci_17408396