Not so much. They've only scored one on the power play so far although I think there a couple goals have come shortly after advantages expired.
Ah, if I'd only known! Although I really didn't think staying awake would be a problem. Toddlers, man. They take it out of you. We'll definitely have to hit you up next time for an on-the-road game day exclusive!
Ha, fortunately this is a rare occurance. I think the furthest they go after this is out to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Idk how I ever did those 11pm Alaska starts back in the CCHA days.
Thanks. OSU hasn't put out any highlights yet. (Last week they posted a series review on Twitter on Monday so there may still be a chance to see them.) Colgate's Twitter feed has some nice footage of the game but as you might expect the plays on display there weren't exactly shining moments for the Bucks.
The Bucks averaged around 450 per game last year which is a sizable crowd for the Ice Rink and about middle of the road as far as women's hockey attendance across the country.
I think they can definitely meet the preseason expectations of a third place conference finish and second consecutive NCAA berth. To pressure Wisconsin and Minnesota in the WCHA and/or get back to the Frozen Four they might need a little growth in net. It's hard to tell having had limited opportunities to see the Bucks' goalies in action. But if growth is needed it could very well happen over the course of the season. We'll find out soon enough thanks to OSU's tough schedule.
I believe the entire schedule is out. The Bucks have five of the other nine preseason top-10 teams on their schedule - No. 2 Wisconsin (twice), No. 3 Minnesota (twice), No. 5 Colgate, No. 9 Duluth (twice), and No. 10 Mercyhurst - plus St. Lawrence which is essentially No. 11 as the first team out of the rankings.
Thank you, I'm glad to be back!
Herding cats. Or at least that's what it feels like I'm doing these days. But the hardworking Mr. Hope has everything under control.
I don't know for sure whether Sauve's decision was more academically or athletically driven. I did think that she was a more aggressively territorial goaltender than usual this past season and wondered whether that was a tweak the coaching staff was trying to make to her game or a sign of frustration. Kind of shrugged it off during the season since it seemed to be working for her and increased stress seemed normal in a program-record year anyway. I wonder now, though. FWIW she was a sport industry major.
Whatever her reasons, and although her loss sucks with the power of a thousand Hoovers, I wish her well at Clarkson outside of an OSU match-up. During Sauve's Buckeye career - even through the special hell the women's hockey program has been the last few years - I never knew her to phone in a performance on the ice or be less than a classy human off of it.
The majority of college hockey players stay all four years. However, most of the ones with serious pro potential do leave school early. For an NHL-drafted prospect like Laczynski, an early jump to the pro leagues would come from a mutual agreement between him and the NHL club that holds his signing rights (In Tanner's case, that's Philadelphia.) A guy like Mason Jobst, who was passed up in the draft, but draws big league interest with an impressive collegiate resume, is a free agent and can sign with any team. Stellar drafted players sometimes leave after just one or two years. A free agent usually doesn't get an offer until after his junior or senior season.
Thanks, guys. I appreciate the props.