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Video: Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick and North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway

Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick talks to reporters in the Michigan locker room after a 2-0 shutout over North Dakota:

North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway talks about his team’s disappointing loss:

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  • Sbarnes

    Definitely outplayed Michigan, I’m a hugeee Wolverine Fan, and even I can admit we got massively outplayed in that game. Our defense is the only reason we have come this far. Doing it without our top defensemen Burlon, is unbelievable. We are also without one of our top forwards, so i’m stunned we’ve made it this far. I hope we have one more in us! This win means nothing now, Saturday means everything

  • Engram_james

    when did national commentary on sporting events become one sided?. i can understand local broadcasters being biased they are home town cover people. listening to Barry Melrose , was like eating a bowl full of scotch bonnet peppers. both willturn your stomach. go college hockey!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RXIYXPN5XUZ2V5UT7CEV2YHZBY A guy named Joe

    We’re not done yet in the East.  What happens if the NE-10 forms a full fledged conference when St. Anselm and St. Michael’s get kicked out of the ECAC-E??  They’ll have the same standing as the WCHA (sans BGSU).

  • EAGLES

    Alabama Huntsville deserves a home WCHA  seems to not really want them.
    .Rumor has Holy Cross going to Hockey East if they do which is a longshot AHA would invite Huntsville.I would not be surprised if Hockey East stays at 11 I do know the Garden will be rocking for BC Notre Dame at the Hockey East Championship   .
    Air Force to the WCHA makes the most sense for them less travel and it opens the door for the Chargers .

  • Ams1117

    I agree that it is a shame that UAH has not found a home yet with all the conference changes.  I wonder if they finally committed to remaining a D1 program if someone would have offered them a slot.  As a Hockey East fan, now that we have expanded to Indiana and unless UCONN raises the status of their hockey program or Syracuse, URI or VIllanova add D1 hockey, HE should reach out to UAH.  
    Another option for Air Force should be NHCH with DU and CC.  I have heard the only reason they stay at AH is for the Army rivalry, then NHCH should expand to 10 and take in AF and Army.  
    Or Ivy does a B10 and creates their own conference, then ECAC can add NU, RIT, CU and other AHA schools. . .

  • JamesDee

    I wish Miami, WMU and Bowling Green would have gone out east and formed with lower halves of the Hockey East like Northeastern, Merrimack, UMass and  UMass Lowell.

    The Upper Half of East could form their own league
    Boston University, Boston College, Vermont, Maine, Notre Dame, RPI, Providence, and UNH. 

    Eight team leagues are nice. I

  • Robert8_fun

    I really wish Navy, the Naval Academy, would take its club program to varsity status. Army and Air Force are both varsity. Navy would be a great addition to college hockey. Navy could perhaps join Hockey East. The Navy Midshipmen adding hockey is my hope.

  • Knaeble4

    Sensible approach:

    WCHA: AK,AK,CC,DU,AFA,UC-boulder,other western schools (Utah, Montana,Washington,etc)

    Heartland: UND,MN,WI,Mich,MSU,OSU,PSU,UN-omaha

    CCHA-west: Mankato,SCSU,Duluth,Bemidji,NMU,Mtech,LakeSt,NDSU

    CCHA-east: NotreDame,Miami,BowlingGreen,UAH,Mercyhurst,Niagara,Ferris,WMich

    HockeyEast: Maine,Vermont,UNH,BU,BC,Umass,Uconn

    ECACacademic: Cornell,Princeton,Harvard,Yale,Colgate,RPI,possiby ARMY,etc

    ECACother:  all other remaining east coast teams

    preserves rivalries, keeps travel costs down, is sustainable (with perhaps an exception in the west), makes for exciting hockey, results in parity within conferences

    Someone step in and force this on the college hockey world.

    Otherwise why play or watch?  College hockey will end with the current plans.  College hockey is a regional phenomenon.

    notes: I wouldn’t be opposed to having Nebraska-Lincoln and NDSU-fargo come into Heartland and then just leaving OSU and PSU out to dry.

  • jdpund13

    are you serious? mich goalie played on his damn head, i’ll give props to him, but the rest of the team dumped and chased the entire time, even the commentators were bashin them for it. The sioux outshot them 40-19, outplayed them the entire time, just didn’t out score them.
    The sioux put on a hell of a year, just couldn’t find the net tonight.

  • Curmudgeon

    Offense looks pretty. Defense wins championships.

  • After Further Review

    The commentators can bash all they want… who won the game? by the way, I was there, so I don’t know, but I assume Melrose was commentating? He bashes everybody he doesn’t like, there is no “neutral” announcing with Barry.

  • Whc

    allowing 19 shots is defense, allowing 40 shots and getting a shutout is luck.

  • IPLG

    @Whc: Actually, it’s called implementing a strategy and playing as a team. Michigan knows it can’t play a wide open offensive game with UND and expect to win; they’re simply outmatched and outgunned. Instead, they decided to clamp down on defense after getting that first goal. They used their speed and quickness to take away passing lanes; they sacrificed their bodies to block at least 16 shots; they aggressively cleared away rebounds and were extremely physical in preventing UND from crowding the net or screening their goalie. Of course, one of the drawbacks of this high risk/reward strategy is that most of the action takes place in your own zone, which males it pretty hard to generate scoring chances aside from the occasional breakaway. Hence, the SOG disparity.
    Michigan was able to defeat a more talented group of players by effectively implementing the above strategy and working as a TEAM behind the outstanding play in goal of Hunwick. Luck? I think not.

  • Umichfan

    it’s called frustration and desperation on ND towards the end of the game and just shooting and not getting off good shots. Even idiot Melrose who hates Michigan mentioned that.

  • Joe

    ha a team who scores and then sits back almost always loses in the end if you really watch hockey. Michigan got lucky with an incredible performance from the tender. Don’t tell me Hunwick making 5-6 game changing saves was part of Michigan’s strategy. The Sioux were a stronger team but hey its hockey, that happens. Same thing happened to Michigan two years ago when they out shot Air Force like 50-14 or something and lost. I suppose this is karma coming back to repay them.

  • Whc

    Good points, however, there is a lot of luck involved in a 1-0 game when the shots are so uneven. Hunwick pulled off a great game…the team did a great job bottling up the middle…he and the team deserved to win. Congrats to Michigan!!

  • Umichfan

    Yes, the fool Melrose was commentating and he was horrible. He was so against Michigan it was ridiculous. He should be banned from commentating period!

  • Whc

    Melrose was awful. I particularly liked his comment in the UMD/Notre Dame game that went something like this: “When you take a low angle shot like that it’s either gonna hit the goalie, go wide or go in.” Now that’s enlightening commentary!

  • Joe C

    Huntsville Alabama is west of Ohio. There is no difference in travel for the majority of WCHA schools compared to Hockey East, ECAC or AHA. It is all plane travel. In fact, the closest conference geographically to UAH is BTHC. 

    The big eastern conferences do help out other programs, protecting smaller programs like Merrimack, UMass Lowell, Clarkson, St Lawrence, the D-II programs that had to move up to keep hockey relevant but are D-II or D-III in all other sports. HE and ECAC schedule games with AHA to help those schools out.

    To expect AHA to pick up additional travel is a tough pill to swallow, given the size of most of these schools or their overall commitment to athletics. UConn is the only exception and I do not expect them to foot the bill for AHA. The purpose of the AHA is to incubate fledging programs and give them a stable place to grow.

    I would say that the BTHC should be the conference to help UAH by playing non-conference games against them during conference play. I am still trying to figure out the BTHC conference schedule. Four games against each school seems pretty bland and leads to tie-breaker nightmares. Five games against each school eliminates tie-breaker issues but seems a tad excessive. Then again, there IS all that air time on BTN. Hey look, Ohio State hosting Penn State…AGAIN!

    Honestly, we all know that BTHC will be playing NCHC non-conference during conference play for the first ten years because some of those matchups will sell lots of tickets and have decent television ratings. I feel bad for UAH and wish things were not this way, but things are this way.

  • Anonymous

    Huntsville being west of Ohio doesn’t change the fact that is it is closer to most AHA and HE schools than it it is to the 2013-14 WCHA programs (other than BG) .  Or the fact that eastern schools are clustered together with lower travel costs than the western conferences.  What a Hockey East school calls a long road trip is considered a trip to the grocery store in the WCHA and CCHA.  After Hockey East poaches someone to become their 12th team, the conference who got their pocket picked should take UAH.    

  • FrozenFourFan

    Couple of things…   First regarding commitment to athletics and conference “obligations” to smaller schools… Atlantic Hockey currently has 8 Div-I schools and 4 schools that are normally DII or DIII.  When it comes to “protecting” DI hockey programs, the new look WCHA will have 1 Div-I school and 8 schools that are normally DII. 

    The average distance between the WCHA schools and Alabama Huntsville is 1,602 miles.  The average distance between AHA schools and Alabama Huntsville is 955 miles. 

    BTHC will not allow non-B1G schools to join their conference period.

    There is no reason why a NCAA school with a DI program that is committed to hockey should be playing as an independent, especially with the current realignment that is occuring.  The reality is, HE will probably add another team from AHA or the ECAC.  If this occurs, the sensible thing to do is add Huntsville to that conference.  The other option is that Air Force moves to the WCHA, because other than Army being in the AHA, the fact that Air Force is traveling to NY, MA, CT and PA for every away game is plain stupid.

    Air Force to WCHA, Alabama to AHA, best option overall.

  • FrozenFourFan

    Also, since when did Ohio become the center of the US?  The Mississippi River is about the closest thing we have to a East/West Divide, and Alabama is no doubt east of that, over 200 miles east.

  • Joe C

    If you include the two Alaska schools, you are selectively using statistics. Also, I said the the BTHC is the closest conference that could play NON-conference games. Since UAH is not an AAU member, no Big 10. Compare the closest schools in NCHC, BTHC, WCHA, AHA, ECAC and HE and you will find that there is a different read. Also, if you use the median schools distance, this changes things, too. It was very hard to figure out the median school for AHA, since Air Force is next to CC and Bentley is next to the Boston schools. It might be easiest to treat is like ECAC. The brutal reality is that is a long ways away from every other program.

    Here are the mileages to select schools
    Miami 419 Closest NCHC
    Ohio State 494 Closest BTHC
    Notre Dame 542 Closet HE
    Michigan 636
    Western Michigan 642 Closest WCHA
    Michigan State 648
    Robert Morris 707 Closest AHA
    Niagara 710
    Wisconsin 713
    Mercyhurst 734
    Ferris State 746
    Penn State 796
    Princeton 881 Closet ECAC
    Nebraska-Omaha 960
    Minnesota 979
    Minnesota Duluth 1033
    RPI 1047 Median HE (guess)
    UConn 1064
    Boston 1140 Median HE (guess)
    Vermont 1205
    Denver 1269
    North Dakota 1290
    Maine 1376
    Fairbanks 4024
    Anchorage 4140

  • Joe C

    RPI is the median ECAC school. Pinrceton is closest, not closet.

  • FrozenFourFan

    Fact is, BOTH Alaska schools are in the new WCHA, therefore, it is only reasonable to use them when factoring travel.  Fortunately for the rest of us, you will not decide where Huntsville will wind up.

  • FrozenFourFan

    Western Michigan is not in the WCHA

  • Joe C

    See the mileage list below. The closest D-I hockey programs to UAH are in OH, IN, MI and PA. That sounds like BTHC is the closest, just like the old CCHA used to be the closest. I never said that Ohio is the center of the United States. I wrote the UAH is west of Ohio. The map of the US confirms this to be the case.

    Hunstville, Alabama is almost directly south of South Bend, Indiana. The more you know….

  • Joe C

    Other than Notre Dame, which Hockey East school is less than 1,000 miles from UAH? Yes, it is true that all of Hockey East is very close. The longest bus ride time-wise is UVM to Maine because there is no straight shot. The price for schools being close is that the programs are more expensive to run in urban/suburban locations. Not everyone has a Big Ten football team and 40-60,000 students to support their hockey programs.

    Honestly, as I have said before, it is not up to AHA, HE, ECAC or WCHA to pick up the slack for UAH. It is really up to BTHC and NCHC, the two conferences that changed the landscape of WCHA and killed CCHA. But we know they will play each other in non-conference games and let WCHA and AHA figure out how to add non-Hockey East/ECAC out of conference games.

    Why did Notre Dame go to Hockey East? Because there was no CCHA worth saving. I am not a fan of what happened to WCHA and CCHA, but that is what Big Ten bylaws required.

  • FrozenFourFan

    Again, Alabama is in the eastern US, that is a fact.  Second fact, BTHC will under no circumstance take Huntsville.  Therefore, they are left with either the AHA, ECAC, or WCHA.  What everyone other than you is trying to say is, the best option would be the AHA.

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