Friday, March 20, 2009
UMD lost Elin Holmlov to a checking from behind penalty in the second period, and gave up four powerplay goals to Wisconsin, to drop the NCAA Semi-Final game in Boston 5-1.
Still a great season for UMD with another Frozen Four appearance! The final appearances in UMD uniforms for seniors Johanna Ellison, Tawni Mattila, Erin Olson, Sara O'Toole, and Myriam Trepanier. Thanks seniors!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
UMD will head out east Saturday March 14th, for a 1 PM (might be Noon Central time...) rematch of the Semi-Final teams from last season, in this season's quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
I only see two big differences from last season's semi-final,
1. Johanna Ellison be in net for UMD, with Kim Martin most likely not ready to play, having only started skating in the last week or so again. It's not a big drop-off at all, but given Kim Martin's performance against UNH in that game, stopping 41 of 43 shots, with many being HUGE saves, it could be a mental win for UNH not facing Martin.
2. UMD played at home almost the entire second half of the season last year, with only one road series from January 25th through the entire playoff run. This year they've been on the road more the second half of the season and hopefully that helps them in their longest road trip of the season.
If/When I figure out if there will be live internet coverage other than the normal radio coverage I'll post it here.
Monday, March 02, 2009
With all of the hockey games this weekend I got too busy to put up a post from each game but all should be normal now.
With UMD's first round sweep, and Johanna Ellison's TWO SHUTOUTS of North Dakota this weekend, UMD advances to the WCHA Semifinals to take on Wisconsin Friday.
I believe that UMD needs to win the WCHA tournament, presumably beating Minnesota in the final (if they beat Mankato) to attain a HOME NCAA Quarterfinal game. All three teams have been in the top 4 in the 'Pairwise' rankings, but I cannot see the NCAA giving 3 first round home games to teams from the West when the Frozen Four is being held out East in Boston. Stranger things have happened but I believe that to be the scenario required for a home ice NCAA tourney game.