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From Top Shelf To Food Shelf: Mind-Blowing Update

4 December 2015

I’m overwhelmed.

The pledges keep coming, I can barely keep up with the spreadsheet. There are some incredibly kind, generous, warm-hearted people in this world who follow college hockey. (Update! After night 1, we are at $797, 141 food/clothing items, and 1 ham!!!! That outstrips the cumulative total the past 2 years!!!)

Here is a list of the pledges so far. I will give a more specific update later including the organizations all these fine folks are supporting, but for now, I just want to spread some good cheer. There’s still plenty of time to make a pledge, and retroactive pledges are welcome. Keep spreading the word on social media, don’t forget to hashtag #FromTopShelfToFoodShelf!

Here’s what From Top Shelf To Food Shelf is all about.

My own pledge is $5/UMD goal this weekend. So those should start pouring in at about 3:07 local time.

Neil (SCSU): $10/SCSU goal, $20/shutout to Catholic Charities St. Cloud
Andy (MSUM): $5/Mankato goal, $5 per Swansea (EPL) goal against Man City
Dan of the Week (tUMD): $10 if the Bulldog games are actually played
Matt (impartial media fellow): $5/Man City (EPL) goal against Swansea
BartRhett (BU): $5/Ahti Oksanen shot and $10/Ahti Oksanen goal
RedArmy (UNO, duh): $5/UNO goal to Northern Lakes Food Bank
Blackbear93 (Maine): $5/goal and 1 can of food/shot for Steven Swavely
Lori (UNO): $5/UNO goal to Heart Ministry Center
Fear the Triangle (UMASS): $5/UMASS goal and $5/”Mr. Friday night” goal tonight to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Jack (SLU): $2/SLU goal
Anne (Hope College): $5/goal for Hope Hockey to Community Action House
My mom: $5/tUMD men’s goal to Westwood Lutheran Church’s Pastor’s Emergency Fund
Biddy: $20 if the electricity stays on, $20 and one pair of “silky mitts” aka gloves per Sammy Spurrell goal
Jashvina (Princeton): $1/mispronunciation of a PU player’s name, $2/Max Veronneau point
Matt R. (UNO): $1/NCHC goal
Kathy (UNO): $1/stopped shot, $5/goal for UNO to UNO food bank
Lord of Nebraska (UNO): $7/UNO goal to Maverick Food Bank
Melmac (UMTC) & Nezzy (MTU): $5/UMTC or MTU goal to Damascus Road
SouthTexGopher (UMTC): $5/UMTC goal to San Antonio Food Bank
Diva (NMU): $5/NMU GOAL!!!! to Second Harvest Heartland and $10/shutout to Secondhand Hounds
Rob (UNH): $5/UNH goal to New Hampshire Food Bank
Amy Moritz (impartial media lady): $5/Canisus goal, $5/Niagara goal, $1/mile she runs or hikes this weekend
JoeGrav (BC): $1/BC goal, $8.88 if Travis Jeke scores to Greater Boston Food Bank
Vegoe (UMTC): $5/Gopher goal to ESNS Senior Food Bank
PDoug (tUMD): $5/tUMD goal to Northern Lakes Food Bank
Jeremy (SCSU): $5/SCSU men’s goal, $10/shutout to CEAP
MPedone (UNH): $5/UNH goal, $10/win, $5 if UNH wins by 3+ goals or gets a shutout to New Hampshire Food Bank
Meg (Boston Pride): $5/Pride goal, $20/win to Worcester County Food Bank
JPDot and his wife (BC): Each matching JoeGrav’s donation
Dawn (tUMD): TBD pledge for tUMD and her son’s bantam team
Dan Rubin (Diplomatic immunity): TBD flat donation to Dedham Food Pantry
#GOHUSKIESWOOOOO (SCSU): $1/minute Blais pulls the goalie, $5/SCSU goal, $10 sweep to Second Harvest Midwest
Sheldon (UNO): $5/goal, $10/win, $15 shutout for UNO to Food Bank of Siouxland
Zach Halverson (SCSU): $5/SCSU goal, $10/shutout to Catholic Charities of St. Cloud
Weldie (SCSU): $2/UNO or SCSU goal, $5/PPG, $10 for Morley’s 100th to Catholic Charities of St. Cloud
Jason (SCSU): $3/SCSU goal, $7/shutout, $3/Benik goal
Mike N (UNH): $5/goal, $1/save, $20/win, $30/shutout for UNH to NH Food Bank
J Andrews (UNH): $5/UNH goal to NH Food Bank
Josh Fenton (NCHC Commissioner): $1/NCHC team goal, $5/3 on 3 OT game to Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
Mike L (UNH): $5/UNH goal to Upper Valley Haven
Matt B (SCSU): $3/SCSU goal, $10/shutout or Lindgren assist
Nicole (UW): 1 jar PB/goal, 1 ham/win, $5/shutout period for UW (#HamsFTW) to Hunger Task Force
Ashley (RMU): 1 food or clothing item/RMU goal or shutout period for the next 4 games! to Bethlehem Haven
Derek Schooley (RMU coach): Matching Ashley’s pledge
Darkgeek (UW): 1 jar PB/UW women’s goal
Gabs (UND): 1 can of food/5 saves for both BSU and UND to a privately “adopted” family
Lucas (UW): 1 jar PB/UW women’s win
PyroMonkey (UNO): 1 can of food/UNO goal + PIM to Food Bank Heartland
Chuck Herring (UNO): Matching PyroMonkey
Jared (UNO): Matching PyroMonkey x 2
Laura Bellamy (tUMD assistant coach): 1 can/tUMD men’s goal, 2 cans/PPG, 3 cans/SHG, 5 cans/ENG to Northern Lakes Food Bank
Kat Hasenauer Cornetta (media): 1 item/goal for women’s Beanpot participants to My Brother’s Table
Gabbi (QU): 1 can/QU goal next 4 games, 5 cans/shutout next 4 games to CT Food Bank
Katie (UNH): 5 items/goal, 5 items if leading after 1st or 2nd, 10 items/win for UNH
Corey (UW): 1 jar of peanut butter/UW women’s win
Brent (BSU): $5/goal in the UND/BSU games, $100/Mowat shutout to Beltrami County Food Shelf
Jessi (tUMD): $5/tUMD goal and $50 if Parker Mackay gets his first point as a Bulldog to Northern Lakes Food Bank.
SCSUHockey Blog: 2 food or clothing items/goal in SCSU’s men’s and women’s games to Good News Food Shelf/Catholic Charities St. Cloud

That’s 59 people making donations so far. 59! That’s 5x as many people as last year! I can’t thank all of you enough for your pledges, for spreading the word, and for just being great people. I will have no problem cheering for ANY of these teams this weekend.

From Top Shelf To Food Shelf Pledge Drive

2 December 2015

That’s right! It’s #FromTopShelfToFoodShelf time again! A weekend for hockey fans to make a real difference in their communities.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You make a pledge based on the performance of your hockey team Dec 4/5/6. Maybe it’s $/goal, or cans of food per goal. Maybe it’s jars of peanut butter per Sammy Spurrell goal. Get creative! It could be $/save, or $/win. One generous and creative donor has different donation tiers: PP goals are worth more than regular goals, SHGs worth more than PPGs, etc.
  2.  You pick a food-related charity in your community or in the community in which your team plays. You may live in Azerbaijan, for example, but you might make a donation to a food shelf in Houghton, because you’re a Tech fan.
  3. You tell me your pledge. It can be anonymous if you’d like.
  4. You tally up what you owe after the results of this upcoming weekend.
  5. You donate directly to the charity you’ve selected. I don’t collect the money. I trust that you will make this donation. And you don’t have to worry about me eating peanut butter meant for a hungry child.

My pledge right now is $5/goal for tUMD men and women this weekend. Pledges have come in from another tUMD fan, Mankato fan, SCSU fan, and a Man City fan (in a bet with the Mankato fan regarding the Man City-Swansea footy match upcoming, I guess). I look forward to additional pledges rolling in as we get closer to the weekend, and as I spam the crap out of everyone on social media.

As of last year, hockey fans have raised $943 for food banks and similar charities in their communities. This year, we’re basically guaranteed to get over $1000. How far over $1000 we go is up to the generous hearts of hockey fans… and the offensive prowess of our favorite teams.

Pledge if you can! Retweet or share this blog post to boost the signal, even if you are not able to donate or have committed your giving elsewhere! Let’s make this #FromTopShelfToFoodShelf the best year yet!

Harvard vs Harvard

2 December 2015

The Harvard of the Midwest 4, The Harvard of the East Coast 2/The Harvard of the Midwest 1, The Harvard of the East Coast 4

I really have to stop being confident. The second I express anything other than utter despair or terror over tUMD’s play, I get burned.

Case in point: I was feeling quite joyous over tUMD’s victory on Black Friday. tDogs scored early (Bryks 31 seconds in), which I missed because I was late to the game because… basically because I suck and can’t manage my time very well. I stepped through the gates of the arena at the exact moment the Crimson scored their first of the game, on a PP seconds after a 5×3 ended. Harvard scored in the second period on another 5×3, which was concerning. But tDogs scored 3 unanswered, including a PPG from Catherine Daoust.

So I got excited and tweeted this:

So then it was annoying to show up on Saturday (with my food donation) to see… not the best game ever. Nothing was clicking for the Dogs, and they didn’t get a goal until the 3rd period (Stalder). I don’t get it. I mean, Harvard played better, but tDogs just could not find the same spark they had on Friday. I did have an enjoyable time watching the game with Bruce Ciskie and Bruce Jr., but I would have liked to have seen more goals scored by tUMD and fewer by Harvard.

tDogs play SCSU this weekend, and it’s #FromTopShelfToFoodShelf weekend as well, so I think the gals will be extra motivated to shellac the Huskies. Pledge if you can!

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

A photo posted by RWD (@runninwiththedogs) on


    • 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

A photo posted by RWD (@runninwiththedogs) on


  • 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.


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