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Give Thanks

26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

How can we all take the spirit of this holiday and make a real difference? I’ve got three ways for you:

    • #CramTheAm this weekend
      On Saturday, admission to UMD’s game against Harvard is free to all those who make a donation of a non-perishable food item to Northern Lakes Food Bank. There’s no reason not to attend! Got family in town? Bring them along. Out of town? Come back early and come to the game, Duluth is better than wherever you’re going. A sexist jerk who craps all over women’s hockey for no reason other than your own fragile gender identity? Get over yourself. Everyone can donate to a good cause and watch some great hockey!I’ve got my donation all ready!

I'm ready for #CramTheAm on Saturday the 28th! #letsgobulldogs #umdwhat @umdathletics

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    • Visit Bentleyville this season
      Take the tour of lights in Bayfront Park before or after a tUMD game this year. The Salvation Army will be there collecting toys and nonperishable food items to distribute to families in need in the Northland.It even has Count von Count!

Count Von Count #bentleyville #duluth

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  • Make a From Top Shelf To Food Shelf pledge
    Over the past two seasons, college hockey fans have raised $943 to fight hunger in their communities simply by pledging $/goal, $/save, food items/goal, a set dollar amount, or a more creative pledge (bonus $ for PPGs or SHGs, for example). There will be more information coming, but plan to make a pledge of your own if you can, the “event” is Dec 4/5.

There are dozens of other ways to help people in need, and if you are able, try to contribute. Turn that feeling of gratitude you have today into one of generosity and kindness.

Turn The Page

15 November 2015

tUMD 0, Floppioneers 3/tUMD 2, Floppioneers 1 (2OT)
tUMD 0, Shutout Queens 3/tUMD 2, Shutout Queens No More 4

Saturday I really, really dreaded going to the hockey games. That is not a good feeling. Hockey isn’t a job or an unpleasant familial obligation or indentured servitude. It’s supposed to be my entertainment.

It’s hard not to dread going to games when your teams scored a combined ZERO GOALS the day before. I can’t say how well tUMD women played on Friday because I can’t go taking time off of work to go to games. I don’t like the switch to Friday-Saturday day games like this. I’m going to guess it wasn’t the best game they’ve ever played since they hadn’t played in TWENTY FREAKING DAYS, but I can’t say for sure. Maddie Rooney hung in there and saved 34/37, but the offense wasn’t back in their groove yet and couldn’t score on the Commies, who hadn’t allowed a goal since the first series of the season.

Let’s not slobber too much over that shutout streak, though. Shutting out Ohio State without either Dunne and without a full lineup, St. Cloud, Mankato, and tUMD after a 20 day layoff is hardly impressive. Shutting out Stephanie Anderson and the Beavs is the only real feat. But, whatever. Good for them. Maybe they should try beating the Gophers next, it’s been awhile. Bemidji, UND, and UMD all have more recently beaten UMTC than Wisconsin has. That’s pretty sad!

tUMD women didn’t win on Saturday, but they played pretty darn well. I arrived late, as I am wont to do, and I missed the first two goals for Wisconsin. Essentially this means we tied, since I saw 2 UW goals and 2 UMD goals. Even strength, tUMD won the game, since the Badgers scored 3 PPGs. Which is not so good for the ol’ PK numbers. The first goal from Lindh was so surprising I couldn’t believe it went in. It looked like Lindh had absolutely NO angle, but she somehow sneaked the puck between Desbiens and the post. Lynn Astrup scored her first career goal with about 3 minutes left in the game, making tUMD the first team to score multiple goals in one game against Wisconsin this year, in addition to breaking the shutout. It wasn’t a win, and I would have LOVED to have seen a win, but it was a good effort. tDogs had sustained pressure several times during the game, and some great passing.

The men started off better than expected, until Adam “Robbie Earl” Plant scored first. Which was the exact opposite of what needed to happen. Unlike Friday’s game, tDogs did managed to make some good plays and make some things happen, but after what, 3? breakaways came up empty, there wasn’t a single fan in the stands that wasn’t frustrated. Wait, I did see one Denver fan. I cannot speak to his frustration or lack thereof.

In the third period, Tony Cameranesi put the team on his back, scored, and we all sounded a barbaric yawp of relief. tDogs weathered one final PK after this spectacular dive from Plant (thanks @UMDHockeyGifs!)

and made it to OT. The first OT passed tensely, and then we knew we’d secured a point and could breathe a little because we were no longer in last place!!!!! Plus we got to see 3 on 3 OT. This was my first time seeing it in person, and it was fun! It is interesting to see how strategies change. Line changes were quite interesting. If you’re looking for actual analysis of how strategies changed, you are reading the wrong site.

tDogs are really good at 3 on 3. Either that or Denver is really terrible at it. Either way, Cameranesi scored after Jaillet let a shot dribble through his legs and had no chance of saving it. Even though it goes down in the books as a tie and not a win, it was still a giant leap forward for the team, and it was obvious from their celebration that they were elated and relieved.

Now the men need to show no mercy in Colorado Springs, and the women must do the same in North Dakota. We can build these things together, etc.

It’s a Chico Kind of Day

30 October 2015

Thanks, Minnesota Hockey Magazine, I’m hot-linking your photo.

Tonight, the jersey of tUMD Hall-of-Famer Glenn “Chico” Resch will be retired in a pre-game ceremony. Most people know him as an NHL player and an analyst for the Devils.

Of course, he wasn’t known as Chico when he was at tUMD, since the nickname comes from his resemblance to Freddie Prinze’s character on Chico and the Man.

Here is a ten minute video of a pre-game brawl between the Flyers and the Canadiens in which Chico was tangentially involved. It is mostly sweaty men in various states of undress clinging desperately to each other.

This is the Devils’ tribute to Chico on “Chico Resch Night.” Really, you should watch it, because it’s pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player/analyst/basically anyone in hockey honor fans in quite that way.

A Masterson trophy winner and All-Star with his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, I’d say Chico has represented tUMD well as a player, but he’s also demonstrated the kind of character, integrity, and quirkiness we expect from Bulldogs. It’s pretty amazing to see all he’s accomplished as a professional when you look at the numbers he put up while at tUMD. Looking at his stats alone (28-45-2, 4.35 GAA, 0.876 SV%), one would wonder why someone with such inauspicious numbers would have his jersey retired. I think it sends a message to former, future, and current Bulldogs, that you are not just a Bulldog for the four (we hope) years you’re here, you’re a Bulldog for life.

Congrats, Chico, we’ll see you tonight. Let’s go Doggies!

The X Files

26 October 2015

tUMD 2, Rodents 5/tUMD 1, Rodents 6

This meeting of the Tinfoil Hat Society will come to order. Agent Mulder, will you read the minutes?

They were right here last night, RWD, I swear. My computer must have experienced an electromagnetic field.

Ok, ok. That’s not important. What we have to discuss here is the Minnesota Golden Gopher women’s hockey team. And what could possibly be the reason for the way they seem to play games. For example, Friday’s game against tUMD. tDogs were leading for over half the game before the Gophers suddenly scored 5 goals and never looked back. There are three possible explanations for this. Hear me out.

1. The Gophers lack the killer instinct of the teams of the past, and just screw around and play when they feel like it.

Are you sure? That doesn’t make a lot of sense. You know what makes sense? George Washington, man. Growing pot. The dollar bill, it’s green!

I know, that doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t explain the 6-1 score on Saturday, or the two times they’ve scored 11 goals in this young season. It’s Dirty’s suggestion, so obviously it sucks.

2. The Gophers are so used to winning that they “practice” losing in games so they remember how to come from behind, just in case. After all, they did lose to Clarkson in an important game.

Gophers? This is bat country!

Ok, maybe not. But I think I’ve got it.

3. The Gophers deliberately play this way to toy with their opponents and then rip their hearts out. Giving us a two goal lead and then stomping all over our dreams. Pulling the rug out from under us. Rope a dope. Etc.

That’s typical Gopher b.s. What say you, club?

I’m not saying it was aliens, but… IT WAS ALIENS.

Meeting adjourned.

The Ties That Bind

26 October 2015

(tUMD 3, Racist Mascots 3) x 2

Ew. What a couple of boring games. One where tDogs gave the game away, and one where they clawed themselves back into the game.

Mix in a power play goal, would ya? Like maybe on one of the 5x3s from Friday, or during the time in between when you were STILL ON THE PP because Adam Johnson got elbowed in the face. That was not the time for a shorty.

I am not a PWR wonk but I do have to wonder if a 1-1-0 weekend would have been better than a 0-0-2 weekend. If there’s anybody out there who knows (or anybody out there at all, blogging is basically dead), let me know.

All is not lost, though! We do have another Hockey East opponent, this upcoming weekend even! Now a sweep of Lowell is basically a necessity. They are 3-0-2, but 2 of those wins are against CC and thus don’t count. It’s like beating a Class A Section 1 high school team.

Also worth mentioning: seeing tDogs on TV in HD was nice. Just, you know, sayin’. That’s all.

Things Fall Apart

12 October 2015

tUMD –, Buttmidji –/tUMD 2, Buttmidji 3
tUMD 0, Buttmidji 2/tUMD 1, Buttmidji 2 (OT)

There’s a lot to talk about and none of it good. That’s my favorite kind of blog post. Or, in honour of Canadian Thanksgiving, favourite.

Friday. Well, Friday was a nice advertisement for 811, the number to call before you dig! (Although Minnesota Power says its contractor struck a private line, which would not be uncovered with a One Call. They should have done a four way sweep!) So there was no game. And there will probably be no makeup game. I know they say it’s postponed, but come on. When are they going to have it? That’s all anyone could talk about at the rink on Saturday.

tUMD women had their own power outage, shut out by Mowat and the Beavs on Friday night. Maddie Rooney relieved Kayla Black in the second period, and kept tDogs in the game, but they could not get anything past Brittni Mowat.

Saturday we made the depressing drive across Highway 2 to Bemidji for the games. We made it there just in time for the start of the game. For me, that’s pretty good. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew came over from Grand Forks, so I was excited to take my nephew to his first Bulldogs game. He was into it.


He was specifically into the lights behind the goal. It was a paradigm shift for him to see that green means “stop,” as the green light game on when play stopped. But he enjoyed himself thoroughly, as did his stuffed bunnies.

tUMD took an early lead on a Demi Crossman shorthanded goal. Unfortunately, Bemidji tied it up in the second, and then went on to win with a minute and a half to go in OT. I was a sad panda, but I still felt confident tUMD men would pick up my spirits. We met up with some friends at the Corner Bar before checking into our hotel, ate at the world’s slowest Subway, and then said bye to my sister-in-law and nephew before heading over to the arena to meet Biddco and Broco.

We got the second worst seats in the arena. We thought they were the worst until Biddy pointed out the actual worst seats, right behind us.

You know they’ll sell them for the UND series this weekend.

tUMD men discovered it’s tough to play hockey with both hands around your throat. I don’t know why that’s a surprise, but yet it seemed to be. Obviously the postponed game threw them off their rhythm, but the game was postponed for Bemidji, too. Now I know Bemidji treats these games against tUMD like their version of a national championship, but that’s still no excuse. tDogs needed to be prepared and stay out of the box. Instead, they had 22 minutes worth of penalties and lost a defenceman for most of the game. Not what we wanted to see.

tDogs struck first, as A&Dubs got a shorthanded goal. Unfortunately, just like in the women’s game, that was NOT a sign of success. Bemidji scored on that same power play to tie it, then took the lead in the second. tDogs tied it up 30 seconds later, just as the announcer finished announcing Bemidji’s goal. Austyn Young shut those fans up pretty quickly.

I had the worst feeling I was going to see two overtime losses in one day, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, the Dogs lost with 22 seconds left in regulation! How kind of them not to drag it out. The students (who are really lazy and terrible fans, and didn’t do a SINGLE taunt about the postponed game, that is really pathetic, people!) gave us the Hakstol Hello as they exited the building, and we left dejected. At least it was warm out when we left the arena.

Sunday my family and I went to Itasca State Park, so that was fun. We took advantage of the 80 degree weather, but the Biblical-level ladybug plague dampened our fun a bit.

Now tUMD men face an away & home series against the Gophers, who have yet to score a goal this season. That should be hilarious. I’ll see you all on Friday night at AMSoil for tUMD vs MSUM (no, I’m not going to Mariucci, I already got fleeced by BSU so I don’t need to pay scalper prices at the box office two weekends in a row!) for what I hope will be better hockey than we saw this weekend.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

8 October 2015

This weekend is going to be exciting! tUMD women are playing in Buttmidji, and tUMD men are playing a home and away against Buttmidji. The opponent isn’t the exciting part; we all know the Beavers play incredibly boring hockey.

However!!! This is a fantastic opportunity! How often can one see both Bulldog hockey teams on the same road trip? The women play at 2:07 and the men play at 7:07, so it’s a perfect double feature! While you were most likely charged an ASTRONOMICAL fee for tickets to the men’s game, the women’s games are a bargain at $9. Drive over early, see the women beat up on the Beavers for a sweep, and then see the men beat up on the Beavers for another sweep!


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