Don Lucia doesn’t believe this warrants a major penalty.
Look, Hedgey. You dreamed up this sham of a tournament. You hosted it. With your own referees. Even after all of that, your player still got a major penalty. Perhaps, just perhaps, MAYBE, I don’t know… he deserved it?
It’s really sad Marshall is facing a suspension. Very sad. It really shows no matter how much lip service is paid to concussion prevention and player safety, that’s all it is to coaches and players. Hitting a defenseless player, without the puck, in the head, is somehow not worthy of a penalty? And repeated game misconducts, showing a player hasn’t learned from his past actions, is something to appeal?
Maybe Lucia didn’t want to appeal the suspension until Chorske begged him? All the mucous-drenched sobbing and whining probably made Hedgey uncomfortable. Wait, what am I saying? If that was the case, Rau wouldn’t be around.
tUMD 5, Frostbit Cows 4 (OT)/tUMD 4, Retrognathic Rodents 4 (RRs win in SO)
I love being right.
You might think it gets old, always being right, never making mistakes, but it doesn’t. I glow from within every time an opinion or a hunch is validated. It’s a mixture of smug self-satisfaction and serotonin.
I questioned the value of this “tournament” from the beginning. It is, as Biddco called it earlier this week, a glorified two-for-one. Meaning the Goofs got exactly what they always wanted. Lipstick on a pig, wolf in sheep’s closing, selling an outhouse and telling Dr. Phil it’s the Taj Mahal, it all boils down to the same thing: filling the coffers of the UMTC athletic department. Lining the pockets of a team against whom we recruit.
I think tUMD should pull out of this tournament, unless I see actual financial documents showing the revenue, expenses, and the proportion of revenue (total, not just ticket sales) distributed to each school, that prove tUMD is getting its fair share and is making a significant profit over a home game. I simply cannot take it on faith that it is worthwhile. Some folks within Bulldog Nation need to be disabused of the notion there is some sort of intangible value derived from “playing the Gophers.”
I asked Bruce Ciskie if he thought this tournament was good for our school, and he said it’s “exposure.” I’m not sure watching three periods plus an overtime with an analyst who is both openly cheering for the Goofies and openly mocking our team is the kind of exposure that would benefit our team. I’ll tell you what is good exposure for tUMD: a national championship and alumni in the NHL. Not listening to some washed-up glorified NHL benchwarmer sob into his ratty old Goldy Gopher stuffie because he didn’t feel like a dangerous hit on a defenseless player without the puck should go unpenalized, because OMGGOPHERSNUMBERONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where’s the benefit to tUMD in that?
The Dodge Holiday Classic Sequel can go on without tUMD. We can continue to sell out our arena for our NCHC opponents and our various non-conference opponents alike, and maybe throw our little brothers to the south a bone every once in awhile and let them run with the big dogs.
The long national nightmare continues: Biddy has graced us with another guest post! So great, allows me to be lazy, although I’ll have a post later.
North Star College Cup (Western Beanpot, the Greedy Gopher Grab, the Hotdish)
Hello everyone, this is Biddco writing another guest spot for Runnin’ with the Dogs. Do give me a follow on Twitter (@Biddco) as I tweet about college hockey, tUMD, retweet endless Simpsons jokes and whatever comes to my mind. I attended the North Star College Cup this weekend and bought tickets through tUMD. These are my thoughts.
It helped that the games that tUMD played in were the most entertaining games of the whole weekend. The other games were just okay (like the Friday night SCSU-UMTC tilt was boring because you knew it was over in the 2nd period). It was fun having the different fan bases in the building and each team had their own specific area where their tickets were put. Attendance was about 13,000 for Friday and 14,500 for Saturday. I don’t think there were ever that many people in the building, but it was still good numbers. Hopefully next year they will play the game with 20-minute overtimes and not a shootout. I don’t think that will happen, but it should.
Crowds for both afternoon games had probably a few thousand people watching, which was not surprising given the sizes of the fanbases and the times of the games. I thought the atmosphere on Friday was fun, but had its dead moments where you could hear a pin drop during the tv timeouts. It would be nice to see more sponsor-related things to occupy our attention, or have the band or music play. I would guess they will get more sponsors as the years go on. As the games went on, the staff at the X did a better job of getting music to fill the quiet in the crowd. As a tUMD fan cheering for the Bulldogs with Gopher fans around, it made the atmosphere better. For some fans I’m sure it was not good because they were not cheering with opposing fans in their midst.
It was a great weekend for UMD as they kept coming back after being down. UMD overcame some bad goaltending and defense on Friday to overcome Minnesota State. On Saturday they used a strategy of screening Wilcox and used quick shots from outside the slot to beat him during the game. The Saturday night game was one of the most fun UMD games I can remember (definitely the most fun I’ve had at a game this season). Having a win and a tie in two more overtime games are a couple of great results. Perhaps this team is starting to figure it out and can make the NCAA tournament. They are currently tied for 14th in the Pairwise as we speak! While the team is playing well in January, the penalty kill is of major concern. It struggled because Bulldogs gave up 5 power play goals on the weekend. Our penalty kill is strong statistically but I wonder how much of that is due to the strong start. I would guess over the last month or two it has been very pedestrian or below average.
Overall it was a very fun time and a successful first year of the tournament. I am excited to see this thing build after each year to something more. Nothing will come close the Final Five, but it won’t be long before this yearly custom becomes an annual tradition.
PS: Who knew tUMD players were almost as good at diving as Kyle Rau and Robbie Earl?
So, as promised, I went to the Denfeld-Warroad game this afternoon to check up on a couple of Bulldogs-in-the-making. I had intended to check out a few different high school hockey venues this season, but this crippling cold has severely tempered my enthusiasm for doing anything. I hope I can, at the VERY least, get to some of the section games. Maybe next year it’ll be warmer and I can get to some of the storied rivalries up here.
I have never been to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center before. I probably should have taken more time to look around and see all the different features of the arena, but I took too much time getting the world’s sweetest cappucino and a bratwurst and then had to find UMD26MN. I’m sure I’ll be back. And next time I’ll wear my boots, because standing on the cold concrete floor froze my feet. My super awesome custom Converse All-Star high-tops were not insulating enough. Otherwise I wasn’t cold, and didn’t wear my coat. I am tough.
Let’s just talk about the tiny elephant in the room here: Kobe Roth is short. Like, maybe still taller than me but not by much. He’s also a junior in high school so he could get taller. A little. Maybe. That doesn’t mean he can’t be successful, but I did want to mention it. Dirty had told me he was a little squirt but I wasn’t sure if he was exaggerating or not.
Both guys are fast, and they are very skilled with the puck. Neither are puck hogs, which is good. We don’t need to have guys who need to learn how to share. That’s the purpose of preschool. Roth had a goal and 2 assists and some other great scoring chances, including one I didn’t see but UMD26MN described for me. He said Roth was trapped 1 on 4 and stick-handled his way into a scoring chance. Nifty. He skates smoothly. Bethune had 2 goals and 3 assists, including one goal that was absolutely out of control sick. Naturally I am unable to describe it but it got everyone’s attention. He has a bit of a different skating stride.
I look forward to seeing these guys as they face better competition (no offense, Denfeld, but…) and as they mature as players, but I’m pretty pumped to see them in maroon and gold in a few years. And yes, I committed my usual NCAA violations of daring to mention them on the internets, where everyone can see I am not offering to buy them boats and stuff.
Now, on to the Gopher Greedy Grab!
Sorry I didn’t post anything about tUMD’s games last weekend. I actually did start to write a post, a really cool old-school RWD post, then I lost steam and decided to finish it the next day… and caught a cold. Wahhhhhhhhh. The good news is the cool old-school RWD post wasn’t game-specific, so I can use it again.
The men lost Friday with 45 seconds to go in overtime, after going the first 56 minutes of the game without scoring and roaring back to tie it. The first goal was not the greatest moment in Carson Soucy history, I will tell you that. Situational awareness, son. Situational awareness. Saturday the Dogs let the game go slip-sliding away from them in the third period. They did win the shootout though! That was an exciting moment, as shootouts go. Our first non-failure for a shootout aligned nicely with our first shootout that meant something.
The women had two shootouts, one after 65 minutes of scoreless hockey and only Katerina Marazova scoring in the shootout, and the other after letting tOSU tie things up late. The Dogs lost the second shootout as neither Bulldog scored and the first two tOSU shooters scored. Splitting with a terrible team like Ohio State is not the way to wriggle back into the upper echelon of the WCHA. This is a tough year but there are some talented underclasswomen. We just have to hang on.
This weekend, and by this weekend I mean in just over two hours, we’ll see how this whole “North Star College Cup,” aka Gopher Greedy Grab, works out in its inaugural year. I am not keeping an open mind, because I rarely do, but there are ways this nonsense can be done… well, I don’t want to say right. I’ll just say less wrong. We will see. Well, I will DVR and then see, because I have to go to work during the games. Saturday I will be going to the Warroad-Denfeld game with a friend and I’ll be picking his brain for some comments on our recruits, Kobe Roth and Jared Bethune. I am not a great talent evaluation mind, but I will just steal his comments and pass them off as my own. Biddy will also report in from the Gopher Greedy Grab (use #GGG on Twitter so we can follow along with everyone’s comments) so there should be lots of fun stuff on RWD this weekend! Or maybe not. We’ll see.
Thanks to Biddco for rising to the task of guest blogging mere moments after I suggested it, post-game, when most likely intoxicated. -RWD
It is 8 hours from Duluth (but all 70 MPH freeway) and 6 hours from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is one of the shorter NCHC road trips (3rd shortest in the conference) and 99% of the drive is sweet sweet interstate.
UNO Plays at the Century Link Center which is too big for UNO and their fans. They are getting a new rink at their campus which seats about 6,500. Plus the renderings of the rink look exactly like Amsoil so UMD fans will know how to get around the rink. Even though it’s too big they do a fine job (with curtains) to make it feel just fine. The fans are a passionate bunch.
UNO fans are the nicest ever. Nebraska football fans pride themselves (who are shockingly ever where) on being the most hospitable fans in football. UNO fans are much the same. Once UMD swept there were some upset UNO fans who were talking trash and being idiots. A UNO fan came over and apologized to us. Apologized for other people he didn’t know! Plus we were invited to get some food with some Red Army fans. They paid for the food, drove us to and from [the game] and were great fun. Plus they are a great section of fans that bang drums during the games and have soccer style chants that provide noise in the arena. Shout out [to] the Red Army, you guys rule. Most dedicated fans in the rink!
Omaha is a big city with 400,000 plus people and has a plethora of dining options. You must get a steak while you’re here. A trip to the Omaha Zoo is a must as well. The zoo is better than all the zoos in Minnesota. We spent a few hours there and didn’t see everything (although many animals were not there because of the winter).
There are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the rink and bars. It makes it very easy for fans to have fun before and after games without worrying about finding a cab or ride.
Lastly, Omaha is not a hockey town. The locals know their hockey but their knowledge is limited. We [heard] multiple people talk about the wrong terms for hockey like “Quarter” or “Match.”
All that needs to be said about this series [is] the play of Aaron Crandall, who played out of his mind. Or as Dirty would say, “He had a horse shoe up his ass,” which is a good thing, I’ve learned. He made eleventy billion saves (actually 93 shots) and he had the help of the inanimate carbon rod (otherwise known as the post and or crossbar). UMD put up 3 goals each night and was able to come up with 6 badly needed points. This was UMD’s first sweep of the year and the first since they swept UAA in December of 2012!
Final thought. It’s funny how much the Red Mavs remind me of the Purple Mavs. Both play in an off campus rink that is too big for their fanbase and that is next to a major river. Each rink sells booze in the rink and the fans are very nice. Each team has uniform combinations that are not the best of their history. Pruprle Mavs need to embrace purple and gold and Red Mavs need to go back to the all red (although I understand how they are marketing themselves as Omaha’s team and not “Nebraska”.) Lastly both teams joined D-I hockey in the late 1990’s and haven’t won an NCAA game yet.
tUMD 4, Bruised Cows 2
tUMD 3, Bleeding Cows 1
Two sweeps are as lucky, as lucky can be! When both teams get a sweep we’re in glad company!
I missed the entire women’s game and half of the men’s game, so this will be… as informative as all my posts. But hey, I’m back on track with my posting, right? I’m sure that has nothing to do with winter break, and once school begins again, I’ll be as thorough and timely with blog posting, right? Well, I hope so, but we’ll see. I think I just had a case of good old writer’s block for the first half of the season.
Since I missed the women’s game, I can’t tell you much about what happened. I am really pleased to see a sweep from tDogs. We really need to get back to truly elite status. Screw those Gophers, they have had a nice little run, but tDogs really need to get back to challenging for the league lead and back into the NCAA tournament.
Tonight, the women’s jerseys were auctioned off to benefit breast cancer research. I can’t say I was in love with the design (I don’t think the pink they chose looked very good with the macaroni colored stripes on the sleeves, and even the main maroon color looked a little off), but I hope the Bulldogs’s stellar performance this weekend pushed those prices up!
Jenna McParland played tonight, so her unfortunate collision with the boards last night didn’t result in anything serious. Hooray! Mankato scored first, but Ashleigh Brykaliuk (I spelled that correctly without looking!) got a PPG, then Mankato took the lead again (both goals coming from the talented Nicole Germaine), but Zoe Hickel got her first of two goals, Jamie Kenyon scored (of course!), and then Hickel got an empty netter to seal the deal. Hooray!
So then the men’s game. I did catch the second half of the game, which meant I missed both Herbert’s goal and Basaraba’s first goal. He was nice enough to score another one off a lovely feed from Caleb “Three Point Night” Herbert. Herbert was also penalty-free. Welcome back, Caleb! We’ve missed you so. tUMD scored these three goals on 13 total shots. That’s a better save percentage than the batting average of the starting lineup of the Minnesota Twins last season.
But the real story of the game was once again Aaron Crandall. He made 52 saves. That’s like… a deck of cards worth of saves. I should have called this post 52 pickup. Ok, someone needs to have another 52 save game. Although that is seriously an insane amount of saves to have to make, so I can’t say I want to see that again. I’m sure UAH’s goalies make 52 saves as a matter of routine. On like 65 total shots. Zing! I believe in boxing the term we’d use would be “rope-a-dope?”
While the Bulldogs have earned their first tandem sweeps since December 2011 (thanks Bruce), this marks the first time both teams have gotten six points on a weekend, since the men’s games were worth two while in the WCHA. Such a historic occasion!
tDogs are all at home next weekend, with the men taking on Denver and the women battling tOSU. How about four more wins?