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!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Frozen Faceoff Date: UMD and Denver

Last Two National Champions Faceoff in Semifinal

Denver...again. It seems like a postseason right of passage to meet Denver somewhere in the postseason for UMD. And it generally has not been good for the last few years. Before this year's home and home split series, UMD has done pretty poorly, 3-13-1, against Denver in the previous three seasons. So here we are.

Denver is in the way of a rematch that UMD should want with Saint Cloud State to show them this is not as much of a blowout in the NCHC as the regular season standings indicate. Without the win, the only third place game in the nation will be the fate of UMD.