Friday, January 17, 2020

UMD at SCSU Preview

This Isn't Your 2018-19 Huskies

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is not the official US Postal Service motto. But fans of the Bulldogs and Huskies may need to adopt a like motto is the National Weather Service is correct about the snow and wind this weekend. Rest assured that UMD is already in Saint Cloud and will be at the games, but will they be ready...

About SCSU
This is the first of two regular season series between the two schools. The second will be at UMD March 6 and 7.

As stated above, this isn't the SCSU team that UMD faced in the Frozen Faceoff Final last season in an extremely well played and entertaining 3-2 double OT win for the Bulldogs. It was arguably the most entertaining game UMD played last year. The Huskies lost so much talent up front and the scoring for this year really shows the drop. But what is more surprising is the more drastic drop off in defense/goaltending. Yes, they lost defense keys, but they retained players who saw good amounts of time last year.

Maybe the bigest surprise is net. Dávid Hrenák is returning off the season where he unseated senior Jeff Smith for the top spot. This year some of his weaknesses are being exposed with fairly seasoned, but not shutdown, defensemen.

Last weekend, Saint Cloud was swept in Denver with a pair of 6-3 games.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Start It Up - The NCHC Conference Season!

NCHC Play Starts Tonight - Conference Predictions

Last year we at CollegeHockeyHH started a new theory about predictions of the NCHC Conference. We thought why should predictions be made before any play when the rosters of college hockey teams can be in so much flux every year?

So we take a look at the non-conference play and made our prediction last year just prior to the NCHC regular season started. And you what? we could make some pretty good predictions! We picked 1-2, that North Dakota would travel for the playoffs, and out top four were the four for the Frozen Faceoff.

So this year we are doing the same and adding another component, two knowledgeable NCHC fan prognosticators, in addition to the two main writers here at CollegeHockeyHH, bring us a conglomerate predicted finish tot he NCHC.

Here is our conglomerated predictions:

T-1. Denver (2 first place votes) 30 poll points
T-1. Minnesota Duluth (2) 30
3.   North Dakota 23
4.   Saint Cloud State 19
5.   Western Michigan 16
6.   Omaha 12
7.   Colorado College 10
8.   Miami 4

Of note:

  • Miami was the only unanimous decision.
  • Saint Cloud State had the highest variance with pollsters ranging them from 3rd to 6th.
  • Can UMD finally end the drought of regular season championships? Their last was 1992-93 in the WCHA.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Bulldog and Gophers Go Home-and-Home

UMD Plays Intrastate Rivals UMTC

After playing the Badgers who UMD has not played since the days of them both being in the WCHA, there should be kudos to the Bulldogs and Gophers for keeping this series going.

Last year, the Gophers broke the UMD streak of winning series between these two teams, but it may just be back in the Bulldogs' corner this year.

Again, the Taconite Trophy is on the line, but no one can find the hardware, so the winner wins it in name only.

Friday, October 11, 2019

UMD Heads Back to Madison

Bulldogs Renew Series with Badgers

New season, so the stats cupboard is pretty bare. But here is the maiden voyage for the 2019-20 season:

Friday, October 4, 2019

It all Starts Again...On Top

UMD Unveils Banner Against UMass - Lowell

For the second straight year, the Bulldogs will be unveiling a National Championship banner at AMSOil Arena. That is certainly something to celebrate! But now the new season stats and the bullseye on their back is even bigger this year.

Questions for the new year:

  • Who will pick up the scoring from last year's leaders?
  • Can the defense keep up the strong play?
  • Will UMD finally break the streak of not winning a regular season conference championship? (Last one was 1992-93 in the WCHA)
For now, fans should enjoy the celebration and enjoy the season.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Title Game - Part Three

Take Three (in a row!!) on the NCAA Title Game for UMD. So far 1-1.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Frozen Four - Game One

The first of hopefully two games in Buffalo! Here is the whole four!