Monday, February 08, 2016

Beanpot 2016: Minnesota Wild Draft Choice Alex Tuch Scores the Game-Winning Goal



This is a perfect example of why you try to get the puck deep. Great goal if you're an Eagles fan. Tough break if your cheer for the Terriers. It was an exciting game.

Minnesota Wild draft choice Alex Tuch scores the game-winning goal to give the Boston College Eagles the Beanpot championship. Tuch overtime goal gave the Eagles a 1-0 win. The first in the Beanpots 64-year history.

Beanpot 2016: Ahti Oksanen's Academy Award Performance (Embellishment)


Boston College forward Miles Wood was assessed a two-minute minor for boarding. First, the penalty was probably appropriate. That being said, what disgusts me was the acting job by Boston University senior forward Ahti Oksanen. His performance was worthy of an Academy Award. Oksanen miraculously recovered to play on the ensuing penalty.

This is the same guy that put on the acting job at the Ralph when BU and UND played on November 2, 2012., UND defenseman Andrew MacWilliam checked Oksanen with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. We've seen this act before.
Obviously, the hit was late, but there was a late whistle, too.  Oksanen actually shot the puck on the UND net after the whistle. Oksanen laid on the ice as if he was hurt badly and then somehow miraculously recovered on the bench, well enough to come back during the five-minute power play and score a goal for BU, his first of his career.
I knew we had seen this act before.

(Video) Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Walks Out Of Post Game Interview



This is what I don't understand. You're paid millions of dollars to play a sport. Football is a team game, the Panthers played poorly as a team.

More specifically, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton played horribly. On many occasions, Newton overthrew his receivers. The Panthers line did a poor job of protecting their quarterback.

He tried to force the ball into double and triple coverage. You can't do that. I think the Denver Broncos did a good job of throwing Newton off his game. On a few occasions, I thought that the Broncos did a good job of disguising their coverage.

Your team got their ass kicked and lost. I think as a player, you should sit and answer questions from the media/writers. They want to hear what you have to say. Be a man, step up and face the music. Don't act like a spoiled brat.

Tom Dennis: Shield UND's logo selection from budget cuts

I don't always agree with Tom Dennis of the Grand Forks Herald, but this time he has a great point. Stopping the process because one college professor is concerned about the cost is not  a good idea.
Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald -- As a UND faculty member put it at the meeting, the logo "cannot be a priority for the university at this time.

"It is not respectful of the financial decisions we must make, nor at this moment does it further the needs of our students, staff and faculty."

But here's the thing: This year of all years, UND's new logo is central—not marginal—to the university. Choosing it will help the university as a whole.

And that, in turn, would help students, staff and faculty—by stamping "Closed" on one of UND's most divisive controversies and letting the newly liberated university get back to work.
While some people are worried about the cost of the nickname logo design, we don't know, the actual cost of the UND president search. The price tag of that process remains a mystery. I am more concerned about that.

UND Second in this Week's USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll


February 08, 2016

Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Quinnipiac
(37)
21- 1-6
984
1
2
North Dakota
(12)
22- 3-3
953
2
3
Boston College
( 1)
19- 4-4
890
4
4
St. Cloud State
23- 6-1
851
3
5
Providence
19- 5-4
793
6
6
Michigan
17- 4-4
748
5
7
Boston University
16- 7-4
685
9
8
Notre Dame
16- 5-7
610
10
9
Harvard
13- 6-3
591
7
10
Yale
14- 5-4
574
11
11
Massachusetts-Lowell
17- 6-5
511
8
12
Nebraska-Omaha
16- 9-1
436
12
13
Denver
13- 8-5
418
13
14
Michigan Tech
16- 7-5
336
15
15
Cornell
12- 7-4
256
17
16
Penn State
17- 8-3
241
16
17
Minnesota State
15-10-5
144
18
18
Rensselaer
14-10-6
123
14
19
Bowling Green
16- 9-6
119
19
20
Clarkson
15-10-3
67
NR
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 64, Dartmouth 52, St. Lawrence 22, Minnesota-Duluth 14, Minnesota 6, Miami 4, Union 4, Ferris State 3, Air Force 1.

The University of North Dakota remains in second in this week’s USCHO poll. UND coming off a bye week remained in the third of the pairwise rankings. 

Let’s take a look at the NCHC. St. Cloud State dropped a spot in the USCHO rankings, but remained in second place of the more important Pairwise Rankings. Rough patch aside, UNO is 12th in the USCHO poll, but in 9th place of the Pairwise rankings. If the NCAA playoffs started today, UNO would be a number three seed, yet will probably have to travel in the first round of the NCHC playoffs. Denver is in 13th place in the USCHO poll but is in 12th of the Pairwise Rankings.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Bye Week: Gone Fishing


This weekend, the UND hockey team is off and I am heading north. I am going fishing in Lake Winnipeg with my buddy Mike. I will leave you my lastest.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

PSU's Andrew Sturtz Suspended one Game



The Big Ten has suspended PSU's Andrew Sturtz one-game for this nasty hit this on Michigan Wolverine forward Tyler Motte (video above).

For his efforts, Sturtz was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a two-minute minor for roughing.  Sturtz hit Motte long after the puck was gone. (box score).

First, I believe the Big Ten blew it by not giving Sturtz a longer suspension. This hit eems worthy of a two-game suspension. In my opinion, this is a predatory hit and the kind of hit that hockey is trying eliminate from the game hockey.

If you watch the video, You will notice that Sturtz leaves his feet to make contact with Motte, you can't do that. The pucks is long gone when Sturtz makes contact with Motte. Obviously, if you're from PSU, you might see the hit differently.

You may also disagree with what PSU's head coach Guy Gadowsky has to say about the hit.
Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky addressed the suspension during his weekly media interviews but noted that while the suspension was the correct application of the rules that the severity of the hit was unintentional.(Ben Jones, State College)
I am not sure how you can say that the severity of the hit was unintentional. This is the end of a game when the score is out of reach. You have a player taking a run at a star player, maybe to send a message. I think I can see the intent.  Right call or not? Should the suspension be longer?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

SME Inc. it Is

The University of North Dakota has picked SME Inc. to design the Fighting Hawks Logo. SME Inc. is a company out of New York City. According to SEM's web page, they've worked with the Minnesota Wild.

Personally, I don't care who designs the Fighting Hawks logo. That being said, this very crucial time in the nickname transition. I am concerned about the Fighting Hawks logo and what it will look like.
The university’s Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team chose New York-based SME Inc. Tuesday after three firms made their pitch to design the logo. Pending final approval from UND interim President Ed Schafer, the company is expected to design the logo by this summer so the school can implement it in the fall.

“It’s an important next step, and it’s been a short but very engaged process,” said UND Athletic Director Brian Faison, who served as a co-chairman for the committee. “It’s nice to get to this point, absolutely.”

NHL Throws Book at Dennis Wideman



The NHL has thrown the book at Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman. Seriously, Wideman was given a 20-game suspension for running over NHL linesman Don Henderson. Wideman said this of the hit on Henderson.

"At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn't avoid it, Wideman said. "I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice," he said after the game. "I didn't see him. I didn't know where to go and how to get out of the way."
I still wonder if Wideman wasn't dazed from the hit he took before the incident with Henderson. I am fine with the length of the suspension, I think it sends a clear message. However, the next player that abuses an NHL official also need to have the book thrown at them.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Beanpot 2016: BU no Goal (Video)



The on-ice official's call was a good goal. After further video review, the play was reversed. No goal! I think the Hockey East officials should be applauded for their efforts today. They got the calls right. Of course, some of the teams fans might not agree.

Beanpot 2016: Harvard's Adam Baughman Scores (Long Review)



In the opening game of the 2016 Beanpot, the Harvard Crimson scored their second goal of the game on their second shot of the game.

Cue the nice story alert: scoring for the Crimson, Freshman defenseman, Adam Baughman who scored his first collegiate goal in his second career game. Baughman's goal would give the Crimson a 2-1 lead.

Once again, there was a long review, but it appears that the on-ice officials made the right call. Of course, B.C. fans will disagree. Your thoughts?


College Hockey in MSG

As reported by USCHO in December, the Big Ten Hockey conference will be playing games at Madison Square Garden.

I know, I know, a funny comment popped in my head, but I will save it for later. Last Saturday, Penn State and Michigan played in front of 13,479 fans.


Next December during the 2016-17 season, North Dakota and Boston College will play at Madison Square Garden. I've talked to a few people that have already made their travel plans. It will be interesting to see how many UND fans show up for that one.

With all of these games being scheduled for the garden. My question is, why have a Frozen Four at  Madison Square Garden?
USCHO.COM -- The Big Ten has rounded out its college hockey games at New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2018 as part of its Super Saturday series.

Wisconsin will play Ohio State on Jan. 28, 2017, while Minnesota will play Michigan State on Jan. 20, 2018.

Michigan and Penn State are set to start the Super Saturday — College Hoops & Hockey series this Saturday. (USCHO.COM)
I am kind of warming to the idea.

UND Remains 2nd in USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll


February 01, 2016

Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Quinnipiac
(35)
20- 1-5
983
1
2
North Dakota
( 9)
22- 3-3
944
2
3
St. Cloud State
( 5)
22- 5-1
895
3
4
Boston College
( 1)
17- 4-4
844
5
5
Michigan
16- 3-4
796
6
6
Providence
17- 5-4
738
4
7
Harvard
12- 4-3
703
7
8
Massachusetts-Lowell
17- 5-4
652
8
9
Boston University
14- 7-4
609
9
10
Notre Dame
14- 5-7
522
10
11
Yale
12- 5-4
502
11
12
Nebraska-Omaha
16- 9-1
432
12
13
Denver
13- 8-5
413
13
14
Rensselaer
14- 8-6
291
16
15
Michigan Tech
14- 7-5
279
17
16
Penn State
16- 7-3
226
15
17
Cornell
11- 7-3
215
14
18
Minnesota State
14- 9-5
176
19
19
Bowling Green
15- 8-6
115
18
20
Dartmouth
11- 9-1
71
NR
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 46, St. Lawrence 23, Minnesota 7, Northeastern 6, Union 4, Miami 3, Minnesota-Duluth 3, Clarkson 1, Ferris State 1.

Frankly, there aren't any surprises in this week’s USCHO Poll. As I have said in the past, the USCHO Poll is fun to discuss. Also, the only poll that really matters is the one that is announced on Sunday in March after the Conference Championships are over. For the most part, the top six of the USCHO Poll breaks down much like the Pairwise Rankings. There are a few differences.

Taking a look at the USCHO Poll, Quinnipiac remains in first place. No major shock there. The F’NHawks remained in second place this week. The Sterns Community College Huskies are ranked third. Rounding out the top five, the Boston College Eagles are again fourth. Apparently, the voters think that the Michigan Wolverines are worthy of the fifth place position. I think it would be hard to gauge how good Michigan actually is because their conference has been very, very weak this season.

Defending champ Providence College has dropped from fourth to sixth place.