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PostPosted: 03/12/18 6:03 pm    ::: Frozen Four, anyone? Reply Reply with quote

Any love for the Frozen Four this weekend? 1-seed Clarkson vs Ohio St, and 2-Wisconsin vs 3-Colgate in the semis on Friday, and the finals on Sat, all in Minneapolis.


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PostPosted: 03/12/18 7:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Minnesota is in its Olympic Year doldrums, so I am not as excited as most years. I am already in "next year" more where I am giddy over the incoming freshman class and the return of our Olympians.

But I will still be there at Ridder to cheer against Wisconsin and for OSU (as they are an awesome story).

It is nice to see Colgate make it as well.

My prediction is Clarkson will win.



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PostPosted: 03/12/18 7:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's nice to see a sport where David can actually take on Goliath with some expectation of coming out on top. It'll never happen in women's basketball again.


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PostPosted: 03/12/18 8:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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It's nice to see a sport where David can actually take on Goliath with some expectation of coming out on top. It'll never happen in women's basketball again.

One of the things I love about Women's Hockey is how all it takes is a hot goalie to create an upset. Or just a well played game with a little puck-luck.

It is why I consider the Gophers' 62 game winning streak--not just undefeated, but winning--one of the most amazing feats I have ever witnessed in sports (with my bias fully admitted).



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PostPosted: 03/13/18 10:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Even though Clarkson still seems like a newbie, it would be nice to see a 5th team win a title. Go Colgate and/or Ohio State!

Anyone but Wisconsin. Very Happy




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PostPosted: 03/13/18 11:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wouldn't sleep on OSU this year. They swept Minnesota twice during the regular season and swept Wisconsin in Wisconsin late in the season. They also handled BC with ease in the quarterfinals.

Sauve is a hell of a goaltender.

But she is going to have to be to stop Gabel.

Colgate has a nice team, and Wisconsin is beatable this year, so I think it is possible for them to make a push. But any title hopes for them I think requires a OSU upset over Clarkson. While they did pull an OT upset over Clarkson early in the season, the last two meetings they lost fairly solidly. Personally, I don't think they match up well against them.

But Clarkson is going to be the team to beat. With Loren Gabel's ability to produce points, Harmon on the blue line, and Tiley in net...that is a lot of talent. And I think they ride deeper than any other team in the field.

Wisconsin...blah. who wants to talk about them.



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PostPosted: 03/14/18 2:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Clarkson isn't quite a newbie...they won titles in 2014 and 2017. Colgate is the newbie in the FF.

Games are being broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Friday (EDT)
5 pm Clarkson vs OSU
8 pm Colgate vs Wisc
Sunday Championship
3 pm ???


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 6:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Clarkson vs. OSU has been an amazing game so far. Good, fun crowd here.

Both goalies standing on their heads.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 6:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And we have OVERTIME!

Sauve and Tiley both making great saves down the stretch.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 6:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

OSU had a line rush with numbers going, but a nice stick by Clarkson leads to a 2 on 1 the other way. Good pass to Gabel, and Sauve had no chance.

Clarkson wins in OT. Great game.

Go Colgate!



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 7:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I've had zero success actually getting a stream from BTN.

ETA: Yes! I've finally gotten the Wisc-'gate game to load. Yay!


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 8:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wisc fans out in force here at Ridder.

Right now all the energy is in Wisc favor. Ice seems a bit slanted toward Colgate's end. Hopefully for 'gate they can weather this and steal a goal somewhere.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 8:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And there it is. Nice move and a sweet wrister by Breanne Wilson-Bennett!

1-0 Colgate.

Hopefully that takes a little steam out of the crowd and lets 'gate level the ice some.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 8:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Slow start there for Colgate. Hopefully they can maintain some momentum after that goad.


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 8:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Badgers starting the second much like the first. Ice is tilted again. If the Raiders can hold them off, and Vandyk continues to stand strong, they will likely have some opportunities.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 8:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And as I was writing that Wellhausen ties it up with a relentless flurry.

1-1

All momentum is in the Badgers' favor. And are going on the powerplay. Dangerous minutes for 'gate.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Raiders had a grade A shorthanded scoring opportunity, but came up empty.

Penalty killed. Hopefully some momentum now after the kill. Badgers outshooting the Raiders 20-9. If Wisconsin scores next, I don't like Colgate's chances. It is basically a home crowd for the Badgers.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GOAL! Breanne Wilson-Bennett once again, scoring on the 5 on 3.

Badgers lucky no extra time for a cheap shot they dished out on the way to the box.

End of 2: Raiders 2, Badgers 1



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

My prediction for the 3rd is that we will see more of the same with the Badgers coming out strong. Whether or not the Raiders weather it will decide this game.

So far the Badgers have been the better team for vast swathes of this game, but Colgate has made the most of their opportunities.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Colgate came out in that period like they just wanted to sit on the 1-0 lead. They're lucky that Van Dyk brought her A game. Hopefully they won't try to repeat that strategy in the final period. And that was a real cheap shot by Wisc. I don't know how the officials ignored that. And Wisc is lucky that goal didn't come a few seconds earlier.


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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And that was a real cheap shot by Wisc. I don't know how the officials ignored that. And Wisc is lucky that goal didn't come a few seconds earlier.

The only thing I can think of for not calling that is because they are aware they called a bit of a soft penalty on that original hooking call, and then had no choice but call the second. Calling the shot would have almost certainly led to a goal, and they didn't want to be the cause of a swing goal like that. Fortunately, Colgate took care of it on their own.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:41 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Historical factoid:

If Colgate actually manages to pull this out, it would be the first time in the history of the NCAA Women's Hockey National Championship that no WCHA team would be in the championship game.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 9:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Raiders did what they couldn't and gave the Badgers a power play.

Kepler capitalizes.

2-2.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Roque doesn't seem too bright. Dropping her shoulder like that was asking for a trip to the box.


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Jessie Eldridge with a power play goal!

3-2 Colgate.

But then take a quick penalty.



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Roque doesn't seem too bright. Dropping her shoulder like that was asking for a trip to the box.

Yep. Of course then the Raiders commit one as well with the hold.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And once again, undisciplined play by Colgate allows the Badgers back in.

Power play goal.

3-3.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Aaaaaaaand......OVERTIME!

Does not bode well for Colgate. Hopefully for them they can hold off the Badgers' blitz long enough for the Badgers to make a mistake.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Colgate needs to come out with some intensity from the face-off. They haven't gotten going until the last 6-8 minutes of each period. And if Wisc commits another stupid penalty...


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Colgate needs to come out with some intensity from the face-off. They haven't gotten going until the last 6-8 minutes of each period. And if Wisc commits another stupid penalty...

It's tough for Colgate to do that as Wisconsin is a significantly "better" team than them. The problem with Wisconsin is that they get too aggressive at times and make silly mistakes that make them beatable.

Unfortunately for Colgate so far, the Raiders have become undisciplined at times and gave up that advantage. They would already have stolen this game if they had just battened down the hatches and not gotten grabby.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

2nd OT coming up.

3-3.

Badgers outshooting the Raiders 41-21. Colgate needs to make a move soon, or attrition will be their downfall.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 10:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Double OT!



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Colgate is looking very fatigued, resulting in a lot of pressure on Van Dyk. Trying to remain optimistic here.


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Colgate is looking very fatigued, resulting in a lot of pressure on Van Dyk. Trying to remain optimistic here.

Me too. But you can see them losing their spacing in their own zone. Lanes are there now.

I think they might need some puck luck soon, or a Badger mistake.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Opportunity for Colgate! Going on the power play!



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Power play!


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Possibly the worst power play I've ever seen.


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

COALGATE WINS IT!

WILSON-BENNETT WITH THE HATTY!



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I take that back.

Yay! Go 'gate!


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I take that back.

Yay! Go 'gate!

And a hat trick to boot!


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Possibly the worst power play I've ever seen.

It really was too, until it wasn't.

Ultimately it was as I called it, survive until Wisconsin made a costly mistake.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

History has also been made. No WCHA presence in the championship game!



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Crying or Very sad



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

BWB had the hatty, but IMO Vandyk was the MVP of the game.



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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

An all-ECAC final. Who woulda thunk it. It's been a long time coming.

Both Wilson-Bennett and VanDyk played a great game.


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PostPosted: 03/16/18 11:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well, congrats Colgate, you've officially arrived.

And well played Wisconsin, sometimes the breaks go against you and the better team on the ice loses the game. One of the crazy aspects of this wonderful, heartbreaking game.



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PostPosted: 03/17/18 10:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

BTW, for anyone who is really into women's hockey, The USCHO fan forum is pretty active with knowledgeable fans. I participate there from time to time.

http://board.uscho.com/forumdisplay.php?6-Women-s-College-Hockey



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PostPosted: 03/17/18 1:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sorry, but starting next year I have to root for Wisconsin for a while- daughter of one of my mom's friends will be one of the backup goalies.



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PostPosted: 03/18/18 12:35 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Queenie wrote:
Sorry, but starting next year I have to root for Wisconsin for a while- daughter of one of my mom's friends will be one of the backup goalies.


AWESOME...luckly BTN carries a fair share of games...badgerbadgerbadger!



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Who's watching the game?


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