Category:NCAA Hockey
Posted on: March 22, 2009 2:17 am
 

WCHA Champs

Well it's all over and the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs won the championship and made history in the process. The Bulldogs became the first team that went through the play in game and went on to win the tournament. I can't say enough about what the Bulldogs did. They upset CC in a sweep then went on to upset Minnesota, UND, and finally Denver. Oh and they did it convincingly. I'm still somewhat in shock at this unreal playoff run the Dogs pulled off. Stalock gave up all of 3 goals in 5 playoff games and only 1 in 3 final five games. His performance in net has to be considered one of the best ever. As amazing as Stalock was I have to give credit to the Bulldogs defense and many of their forwards who play ferocious two way games. The Bulldogs looked amazingly dissaplined on both sides of the rink, and guess what being techniquely sound pays off. Minnesota, UND, and Denver had no answer for the Dogs. The Bulldogs should be getting a 2 seed in the National tournament and if the Gophers don't make the tourney which it looks like is a very real possibility then I would imagine the committee would put the Dogs into the Minneapolis regional and that could be huge for the hottest team in all of college hockey.

I can't say that I think the Bulldogs are going to win the NCAA tourney this season but if they can carry this improbable run and their current inspired hockey into next weekends tourney then they have a chance to make some serious nose, and potentially get to the semi-finals which would be incredible since they were 7th in the WCHA at the end of the regular season.

My Top Five Bulldog Stars (Based on the Final FIve)

5. Josh Meyers - He was their best defender. Finished a plus 3 with 2 Assists. Logged a lot of ice time and simply got the job done.

4. Mike Connolly - 1 goal and 3 Assists. He was good offensively each game and was second to only Sharp in points.

3. Jack Connolly - Only scored one goal but it was in the championship. I thought he played the most inspired hockey out of anyone on the team. He was amazing in the face off circle and it seemed like he was making every play perfectly. He played great two way hockey each game.

2. MacGregor Sharp - 5 goals and an assist in the final five, and a hat trick in the championship game.

1. Alex Stalock - Held the Gophers to one goal then shutout UND and Denver. Unreal.

 

Category: NCAA Hockey
Posted on: March 15, 2009 3:30 am
 

WCHA First Round Review

Very surprisingly to myself the first round of the WCHA playoffs is already over. All five series were sweeps.

North Dakota swept Michigan Tech

Denver swept Alaska Anchorage

Wisconsin swept Minnesota State

UMD swept Colorado College

Minnesota swept St. Cloud State

Highlights:

My biggest highlight being a Gopher fan was Alex Kangas's game two shutout against the Cloud. Other highlights were Ryan Duncan's natural hat trick in game two against Tech, Wisconsin putting up 111 shots against MSU in their two games, Alex Stalock stopping 65 of 67 shots against CC, and my last highlight was seeing Denver fend off a charging Alaska Anchorage team and win both games in the third with big time goals.

Five Stars of the First Round:

5. Ryan Stoa - Goal and Assist in game one followed up by 2 Goals and an Assist in game two against St. Cloud

4. Rhett Rakhshani - Assisted on all 3 goals in game one then scored a big goal in game two against AA

3. Ryan Duncan - Assist in the first game then a natural hat trick in game two against Tech

2. Alex Kangas - Stopped 63 of 65 shots in the two games against Cloud plus posted a shutout in game two.

1. Alex Stalock - Stopped a total of 65 shots against CC and only gave up one goal each game.

Honorable Mentions:

Blake Geoffrion - Wisconsin / Jack Connolly - UMD / Jesse Martin - Denver

 

 

Posted on: March 11, 2009 10:52 pm
 

WCHA Playoffs

This has to be the greatest time of year for myself because not only has the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament begun but on Friday the WCHA Playoffs begin. Oh and the NHL is definately coming down the back stretch with a lot of great story lines arising. So basically if your a hockey fan in Minnesota this has to be the greatest time of year. For this blog I'll just give some quick notes and opinions about the up coming WCHA Playoffs.

 

1 North Dakota V.S 10 Michigan Tech

Obviously I'm picking North Dakota to win this series in a two game sweep. The first half of the season was god awful for North Dakota but wow did they turn things around. Since December 5th they are 18-4-3 and somewhat seem unstoppable. Tech on the other hand has only won 6 games all year and of those 6 only 2 were conference wins. This series should not be close, look for Duncan up front and Genoway on the blueline to take care of business for the Sioux.

 

2 Denver V.S 9 Alaska Anchorage

I am picking Denver to sweep this series. Denver has been pretty consistent all season and have gone on a couple nice win streaks along the way. I dont see AA upsetting them or pulling one out. I think Islander prospect Rhett Rakhshani will lead Denver to this sweep.

 

3 Wisconsin V.S 8 Minnesota State

I am taking Minnesota State to upset the Badgers in this one. State got screwed out of a NCAA bid last year mainly because one of the sections was being held in Wisconsin and I'm sure they still remember that and will want some revenge. Besides all that I think State has been playing better hockey than Wisconsin over the last few weeks. Berge and Davis are a good one two punch for State and it will be interesting to see if the Badgers can stop them. I say State in 3.

 

3 Colorado College V.S 7 Minnesota Duluth

No I'm not incorrect in labeling CC with a 3 cause they tied Wisconsin for the rights to a 3 spot in the conference. I'm taking CC in a 3 game series to win this. I think it will be the best series in the first round, but I think it will come down to goaltending and I have to give the nod to Bachman of CC. I'm pulling for the Dogs but I don't think they will have an answer for Chad Rau.

 

5 Minnesota V.S 6 St.Cloud State

Being a Gopher fan you know I'm taking the U to win this series, and I'm taking them in a sweep. I for see two very offensive games between these two teams but I think the Gophers will prevail based largely on the home ice advantage. St.Cloud does not play well in Minnesota and this year the Gophers are 4-0 against the Cloud. I have a lot of friends that go to St.Cloud so I'm really hoping that the Gophers pound them, but I realize that Roe and Lasch are going to be hard to stop.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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