NCHC pick: Nov. 29

Matthew and I wanted to wait to see the results of the first round of the Shillelagh Tournament before picking the second game.

Sat., Nov. 29

Union vs. Western Michigan
Candace: I may follow Matthew’s lead on all Western Michigan games from now on, though this one didn’t really engender as much uncertainty. Union 3-2
Matthew: The Broncos surpassed the expectations I had on them for their game against Ohio State on Friday, but I’m having a bit of difficulty picturing Western pulling an upset against Union. Prove me wrong, guys. Union 4-2


  1. There is no doubt that ECAC is the better conference this year. ECAC is 8–9–4 against Hockey East this year. What the real tell tale difference is however, is that ECAC went 8–8–4 against the best conference in D1, the WCHA. Hockey East was 5–9–1 .

    Never mind that Hockey East could only go 9–4–4 against the pitiful Atlantic conference, ECAC went 27–6–5.

    There is no debate that ECAC is better this year.

  2. DU has almost as much raw talent as Minnesota, and are obviously playing much better overall regardless. That said, when you have the kind of talent the Gophers possess, combined with Denver’s tendency for complacency for one game every weekend, I’m hoping for a sweep but expect a split.

    Go Pios!

      • Im thinking Lucia needs to go… With that said I wouldnt be suprised to see ol’ Deaner (Blaise that is) in there in the next few years. He is a U of M grad and the chances of him coming back to the SIOUX are slim at best. The gophers are talented every year but seem to fall apart for whatever reason? I think this weekend we will see a good game both nights with some NHL highlights from a bunch of young players. As for the Alaska~Sioux series Depending on whether or not Dell has a good friday nite makes the series interesting… WE (the sioux) will sweep if we show tonight! Ill be at the game and come back to comment later if any WCHA fans care which probably means no hahaha Like most of you, I just like to hear myself talk

        • If the gopher’s don’t make the NCAA’s in the next two years Lucia will be gone. Lucia isn’t the only reason that this team doesn’t show up to play 60 minutes every night. It looks like some of the guys are just going through the motions each night. From the gopher games I’ve seen this year the team tends to quiet at some point each game.

          • Why do you think that is? Dont they have the most nhl draft picks out of any NCAA team… most depart early (prolli cause the development process is crap) and never make the big show! Also, do you think the NHL teams tell them to get out now or is it the college work and the money offered that bribes them into an AHL careeer Whatever the problem is in gopher town its has to start with Mr. Lucy I hope they keep him… I have to move down to Minni next fall semester for grad school and I would love to see Maruicci torn down after the Sioux (again hopefully) destroy them in regular season!

          • Maybe he needs to stop recruiting so many NHL draft picks and start recruiting kids that can play together under the system he has in place there. North Dakota has been making it to the NCAA tournament each year with less draft picks, it’s because they buy into the system at North Dakota.

        • Blaise will not becoming to the UofM he likes where is his he wanted the Mankato job but they stuck with a idiot of a coach he wont go to the Sioux either, if he did it would be for a year to reitre there.

          • Actually, BLAIS (just wanted to get the spelling right) most likely will end up in Minnesota. He has a clause in his contract with UNO that if the head coaching position in Minnesota becomes vacant he can opt out of his current contract with UNO. I agree though, I can’t see him coming back to UND, I think he will either retire at UNO or Minnesota.

  3. If Wisconsin is gonna sweep, they are going to have to do it in an extremely hostile environment. They are going to be playing in front of upwards of 16,000 on Friday night and 10,000 plus on Saturday night as well. This, in arena that not only serves beer but has a ginormous full service bar at one end of the arena that has a sweeping full view of the ice. A place that nobody on their team has ever even so much as seen before.

    Further, Wisconsin has exactly ONE win all season against a team with a winning record, January 15th against Minnesota-Duluth. So, you expect them to all of a sudden reverse that trend in one of the more hostile situations they are likely gonna face all year? They better hope THEY don’t get swept.

    • Ya I have to agree! This is not an easy sweep and it could definetly go the other way in favor of UNO. Should be a great series but I see a split either way….

      • Wisco is not afraid of an environment like UNO’s. They play in filled venues all the time. UW was a different team when they played NoDak, Denver, and UMD early in the year. Now Wisconsin is playing very well. Schultz and Gardiner might be the best scoring defenseman duo in the country and Gudmandson might be the best goalie in the country right now. That said, it’s a conference game and UW hasn’t seen much of UNO.

    • An interesting aside to this is that UNO won with it’s best player sitting on the bench. Supposedly, Terry Broadhurst slipped and fell on his way to class the other day and they don’t know how long he’s gonna be out.

  4. Shucks, we only managed to get 15,137 into the building tonight for the Badger beat-down.

    Having attended the game, considering Wisky’s record against team’s with winning records this year, I can say I wasn’t terribly surprised by the outcome. I consider it insulting that the Omaha World Herald’s headline tonight says “Mav’s upset #7 Badgers”. This, despite the fact that Wisconsin has NEVER been ahead of UNO in the conference standings the entire season!!! By the way, in UNO’s various games/series, all in the last 365 days, against Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Notre Dame, North Dakota, and Minnesota, their record is 9-5-0.

    A more appropriate headline would have been, “Badger woes against teams with winning records continues”.

    It was pretty obvious, even at a casual glance, that UNO is a better skating team than Wisconsin. I’m sure we’ll see a better effort out of Wisconsin tomorrow night, but, no matter what happens, they are leaving town STILL behind UNO in the standings.

    • Wisconsin was higher the in the league standings then UNO. That was the weekend that UNO played UAH. If Wisconsin would have won tonight they would be tied with UNO at 26 points.

  5. UNO looked better than Wisconsin on Fri. night. The Wisc. fan next to said so halfway through the game and he was quite impressed with UNO. And they did it without Terry Broadhurst, who slipped on some ice going to class (!–yes, I know, these are not football players). Broadhurst has been scoring over one point per game this season. He won’t play on Sat. and the coaches didn’t say what was the injury, but he was at the game, limping.

    One hallmark of UNO this season is balanced scoring. Again, four different players got goals on Friday.


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