Championship Saturday at the Frozen Four: Live from Chicago

CHICAGOUSCHO Live! is on the road in Chicago for the Frozen Four at Kitty O’Shea’s at the Chicago Hilton. Saturday’s broadcast is a preview of the national championship game, live from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT. Scheduled guests include ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell; NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton; Hockey Humanitarian Award recipients Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie; David H. Hendrickson, USCHO; and writers Matt Wellens and Candace Horgan.

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Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He is the color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network, and is a studio analyst for NESN.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Got to be honest with you, not so
    amazed by the results this past weekend. UND did what it was supposed to and
    got points on each game. Wisconsin as I’ve been saying since preseason, are
    missing 2 big holes in the lineup Knight and Duggan. Not amazed with the
    outcome, but I still expect Mark Johnson to come up with a solution to at least
    get them back into the top 10.

    I finally had the chance to watch
    Clarkson and while their defense is strong, the do not have prodigies in their lineup
    that can take any of the top 3 teams. I called MSU being a big surprise this
    year since their first game with UW. They are trying to make a statement. As
    for Syracuse, I had never watched them play before so I didn’t know what to
    expect. I can tell you for sure they dominated both games even if they lost in
    OT on the first one; there was no question about that. Yale is one of those
    programs that no matter how many years it passes by they just don’t seem to grow;
    therefore RMU was certainly the favorite.

    Now let’s get real, that’s right!
    That’s what Cornell and BU got this weekend. What a thing of beauty. Like
    expected, it was a game played like a championship was in stake. Those two are
    so close in level that is hard to pick who goes on top of the other. That was a
    Canadian hockey showcase. All this brings me to the Gophers and OSU. Another series
    that could have been exciting hadn’t the Buckeyes collapsed and freaked out. I
    could hear them all the way in the East yelling “mayday mayday”, it was not
    pretty when you had 5 OSU players covering 2 Gophers in front of the net like
    it was a 5on3 PP while the other 3 Minnesota players were wide open. This
    brought me to the conclusion that unless OSU finds a way to stay strong during
    pressure and start their plays out from defense to offense, the polls will look
    more like the top 3 (Minnesota, Cornell and BU) and then everyone else that don’t
    even come close.

    If women’s hockey has thought me
    something is that you can’t really rely too much on pairwise this soon. Reason
    number 1 is: You NEVER know when the players will actually show up to play and
    win on most teams. Perfect proof of this is BC. The 3rd period of
    the Saturday game was painful to watch. It seemed like the team just wanted it
    to be over and go back to the heights. I don’t have a nicer way to put it as to
    how bad it looked. Then comes Sunday and the coin just turns, now we have the
    talent playing up to their level and showing UNH why they were picked 1st
    on the hockey east preseason poll. In my opinion that squad needs to be put in
    the same place BU was last year (at the bottom) and make them earn their way to
    the top. Perhaps then players will actually want to win not just show up. It
    doesn’t help when the team’s Captain gets sent to the box 3 times for
    unnecessary penalties.

    While the season still has a long
    way to go, so far I don’t see anyone on the WCHA giving a challenge to
    Minnesota unless things go really wrong for the squad. The only 2 teams that
    can possibly challenge them are Cornell or BU.

  2. Got to be honest with you, not so
    amazed by the results this past weekend. UND did what it was supposed to and
    got points on each game. Wisconsin as I’ve been saying since preseason, are
    missing 2 big holes in the lineup Knight and Duggan. Not amazed with the
    outcome, but I still expect Mark Johnson to come up with a solution to at least
    get them back into the top 10.

    I finally had the chance to watch
    Clarkson and while their defense is strong, the do not have prodigies in their lineup
    that can take any of the top 3 teams. I called MSU being a big surprise this
    year since their first game with UW. They are trying to make a statement. As
    for Syracuse, I had never watched them play before so I didn’t know what to
    expect. I can tell you for sure they dominated both games even if they lost in
    OT on the first one; there was no question about that. Yale is one of those
    programs that no matter how many years it passes by they just don’t seem to grow;
    therefore RMU was certainly the favorite.

    Now let’s get real, that’s right!
    That’s what Cornell and BU got this weekend. What a thing of beauty. Like
    expected, it was a game played like a championship was in stake. Those two are
    so close in level that is hard to pick who goes on top of the other. That was a
    Canadian hockey showcase. All this brings me to the Gophers and OSU. Another series
    that could have been exciting hadn’t the Buckeyes collapsed and freaked out. I
    could hear them all the way in the East yelling “mayday mayday”, it was not
    pretty when you had 5 OSU players covering 2 Gophers in front of the net like
    it was a 5on3 PP while the other 3 Minnesota players were wide open. This
    brought me to the conclusion that unless OSU finds a way to stay strong during
    pressure and start their plays out from defense to offense, the polls will look
    more like the top 3 (Minnesota, Cornell and BU) and then everyone else that don’t
    even come close.

    If women’s hockey has thought me
    something is that you can’t really rely too much on pairwise this soon. Reason
    number 1 is: You NEVER know when the players will actually show up to play and
    win on most teams. Perfect proof of this is BC. The 3rd period of
    the Saturday game was painful to watch. It seemed like the team just wanted it
    to be over and go back to the heights. I don’t have a nicer way to put it as to
    how bad it looked. Then comes Sunday and the coin just turns, now we have the
    talent playing up to their level and showing UNH why they were picked 1st
    on the hockey east preseason poll. In my opinion that squad needs to be put in
    the same place BU was last year (at the bottom) and make them earn their way to
    the top. Perhaps then players will actually want to win not just show up. It
    doesn’t help when the team’s Captain gets sent to the box 3 times for
    unnecessary penalties.

    While the season still has a long
    way to go, so far I don’t see anyone on the WCHA giving a challenge to
    Minnesota unless things go really wrong for the squad. The only 2 teams that
    can possibly challenge them are Cornell or BU.

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  3. How did Michigan and Penn State keep pace if Minnesota got 6 points and they only got 5. That is Minnesota moving ahead of them a little more.

  4. The gophers should have not had to go into OT on friday, they tend to break down in the last minute of these close games. Saturdays game shouldn’t have been that close either since they were up 4-1. But at least they got all six points. The series against Michigan will be big for this team, it’ll be interesting to see how they react.

    • If they play like they did on Friday night at Yost (firewagon hockey, you will recall that each time scored within the first 30 seconds of the game),Michigan will prevail. If we play like we did Saturday night at Yost, a 3-2 game.. I really like the Gophers chances as I like the Gophers goaltending and team defense over Michigan’s. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  5. Not exactly sure why I should be feeling bad for Ohio State. The Gophers have had plenty end of game issues of their own. Eight times they have given up a game tying or game winning goal in the last 5 minutes of a game or OT, with half of them coming in the last minute of the game. The youthful inexperience of this team shows at the end of games. So I think it is to their credit that they were able to win in OT on Friday and close out Ohio State on Saturday.

    1) Gave up game winning goal at 18:06 lost 4-3 to Norte Dame

    2) Gave up game tying goal at 19:15 and then gave up a goal in OT and lost 3-2 to Minnesota State

    3) Gave up game tying goal at 19:33 to Ohio State, won in OT 5-4

    4) Gave up game tying goal at 19:26 and then game up a goal in OT and lost 4-3 to Harvard

    5) Gave up goal in OT to lose to Penn State 3-2

    6) Gave up game winning goal at 16:06 and lost 4-2 to Bemidji State

    7) Gave up game winning goal at 16:09 and lost 5-3 to Penn State

    8) Gave up game tying goal at 19:59 (actually with .3 seconds left) to Ohio State, won in OT 5-4

    However you are correct that the Gophers would not really
    want to face Ohio State again, aside from it being a tough game, the odds are not in your favor to beat the same team 5 times in one season.

  6. Flight to Denver, two meetings, late lunch with an ex, then an epic battle between Eyssimont and FinlAy.
    Just think, no uneducated rants, mean spirited ramblings, name calling, etc…..just hockey.

    • Look for tipsy while you’re there, he’ll be the idiot screaming that DU has no one talented and St. Cloud will destroy everyone.

      • HAHAHA!!! You still thinking about bailing to Magness next week? Like you said before, too early to judge any team now. Knowledgeable fans know everything will shake out by the first week of February.

    • Based on his freshman season I was expecting a Hobey Baker in Mikey’s future. Not only did he score a lot he also had a great propensity for scoring in the clutch.
      He followed that up with a solid season, but not as good as I was expecting. It will be interesting to see what this season holds. I will now have to pay attention to this Finlay guy so I can be more educated about him.

      • I look forward to two good games. Specifically, will be watching how many times Monty puts the 4th line on the ice and in what situations and how both coaches use the Dmen. Both teams have a solid set of four Dmen. The fifth and sixth?

      • Mikey really benefited from all the players around him that year alot, having guys who were deadly like Benik, Prow and Kossila and guys who could pass quick like Morley and Murray really put him in such a good spot to score alot his first year. His second year you are right he took a step back but really he was asked to do so much more than that first year. I think towards the end of the season, once passing becomes more routine and the young guys can lean on each other with trust we will see him have a high point season, I will say he has close to 35 points this season.

        • You are certainly correct that he benefited from playing with those guys, but he was only able to benefit because he was a strong enough player to step up and play with those guys.
          35 points would be a strong season, but it’s not quite the progression I was hoping for/expecting from him after getting 33 as a freshman. The way things are looking Mikey will be one of many stars on the team, but not that transcendent star I thought he might be.

          • I really think he is one of our top players, He could get 40 points this season as well, completely possible, but his role is so different now and seriously I love this team but the team we had when he was a freshman set him up so much more than this new one does.

          • He still is one of our top players. I was expecting him to be the man. Does a team do better when they have one specific player who is the leader or is it better just to be a lot of fine players without that one superstar?

  7. Nice picks, Candace. CC might be tough at home this year, could surprise people. Enjoy your night tonight, and at Magness tomorrow night.

  8. Candace “How Dare You not pick the Huskies to sweep on the road at Denver.” Just Kidding. I won’t be happy with a split but it sure could beat the alternative.

  9. I just noticed that even though both Candace and Matt picked a split in the SCSU at Denver series they picked reverse order so if a sweep does happen one of them gains two games on the other.

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