Goose and Boeser Return to the Nest

Exciting news today for the UND Men’s Hockey ! Gage Ausmus (D) joins Brock Boeser (RW/C) in announcing that they will be returning for the 2016-2017 season.

Ausmus, a junior, was drafted in 2013 in round 5 #151 by the San Jose Sharks had 11 assists and played 42 games this season.

Brock Boeser, a freshman, is also returning after having an amazing freshman season. Boeser had 60 points (27 G,33 A) and played 42 games this season. He was drafted in 2015 as the 23 overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks.

One of the big questions on everyone’s mind is the future of Tucker Poolman (LW/RW/D). The sophomore from East Grand Forks put up 24 points (5 G,19 A) in 40 games and only served 4 minutes in the box! He was picked in 2013 in round 5 #127 by the Winnipeg jets. Poolman has options available to  him, including deciding to play one more year at UND with his brother,Colton. The younger Poolman will be a freshman on campus this fall.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks Schedule

Football season is right around the corner, that means one thing for me Seattle Seahawks!! It is second to none for me!! So, let’s talk a little about what our schedule means, the Seahawks have four preseason games. Starting the season in Kansas City on august 13th, which is the only 1:30 preseason game, followed by Vikings, Aug 18th, Cowboys, Aug 25, both these games being at home. We end the preseason at Oakland on September 1st.

This season, the Seahawks have 8 away games.Thankfully only two of these are in a row.

9-18: LA Rams

10-02: NY Jets

10-23: Arizona Cardinals

10-30: New Orleans Saints

11-13: New England Patriots

11-27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12-11: Green Bay Packers

01-01: San Francisco 49ers

With 8 home games

9-11:Miami Dolphins

9-25: San Francisco 49ers

10-16: Atlanta Falcons

11-9: Buffalo Bills

11-20: Philadelphia Eagles

12-4: Carolina Panthers

12-15: LA Rams

12-24: Arizona Cardinals

 

5 Teams 5 Thoughts-Group B

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So far,Canada has lead the way in Group B. Here are some thoughts on all teams in Group B of the 2016 IIHF Men’s U18 World Championship

Canada

The Canadian side is the group best equipped to play the Americans. They have it all. Most importantly, the team has gotten strong goal-tending from Evan Fitzpatrick and Stuart Skinner. Fitzpatrick had a better outing against the Czech side Saturday night than Skinner did against Denmark. Evan Fitzpatrick displayed outstanding rebound control and bailed his team out multiple times. All of Canada’s defenseman have strong shots.Forward Jordan Kyrou had an outstanding night against Denmark with four goals. Finally, Tyson Jost has looked outstanding this tournament. He has set his teammates up for multiple chances and has been one of the best players in the tournament so far.

Finland

The Finnish side just got a lot better as Jesse Puljujarvi is coming to play for them after his season in Finland ended. He is an all-around forward that will give Finland the tools they need to challenge Canada for the Group B Title and a chance to avoid a strong American side until the finals.

Denmark

The Denmark side has had an unfortunate run of things in this tournament. After playing a strong Slovak side to within a goal in regulation the team lost 10-2 to Canada. Denmark showed signs of promise in that match as they capitalized on their chances in the first twenty minutes and made it a 2-2 match. After the power outage ended, Canada woke up and Denmark could not do anything to stop them.

Czech Republic

Even in defeat yesterday, the Czech side was impressive. Ondrej Vala did a nice job establishing a constant net front presence, and the Czech defense and goaltending kept them in the match. The Czech side needs to have better starts the next two matches to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Slovakia

After avoiding an upset against Denmark the Slovak side lost in regulation to Finland. The Finnish side had a decent match. Slovakia plays a decent game and as long as they can keep things close in their last two pool play matches they should be on track for a spot in the quarterfinals. Slovak goaltender Roman Durny needs to have a strong performance the rest of the way to give his side a chance to advance past the quarters.

 

 

 

5 Teams 5 thoughts-2016 U18 Worlds

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The first three days of the 2016 IIHF Men’s World U18 Championship have been full of action-packed games, gut-wrenching endings and stellar play from all teams. Here are some thoughts on each team in Group A involved. Look for more regarding group B tomorrow.

Group A

USA

Wow. This whole team is one of the better USA teams I have seen compete in a long while. Every player is buying in to coach Danton Cole’s system, and every player has top-flight skill. Forward Kiefer Bellows seems to be auditioning to make the World Juniors team next year with his outstanding play. Forward Logan Brown, to me, is stronger on the puck than some NHL forwards were at his age. I have not seen him lose many puck battles in the two games he has played in during this tournament. Both of these players need to continue their strong start for the USA to finish this tournament with the gold.

Latvia

Two things here: The Latvian defense has sold out to make every shot block and pass block over their first two matches. Keying that defense has been the goalie, Mareks Mitens. Mittens kept his team in the match all game vs. Sweden. Mitens made some otherworldly saves I have not seen NHL goalies make. If Latvia is to avoid relegation they need 2 more stellar performances from their defense and Mitens.

Russia

After a less than stellar outing Thursday night, Russia came back to win in overtime against Switzerland on Saturday. Their team seemed to settle in after being rattled by the magnitude of the opener vs. the American side Thursday night. Danil Tarasov had a respectable game in net and allowed Russia the chance to win on a superb breakaway by Pavel Dyomin. If Russia can hold like today their side can surprise some teams going forward.

Switzerland

After a thrilling overtime winner vs Latvia Thursday the Swiss side found itself on the other side of the coin Saturday as Russia took the extra point in the overtime session. Lead by Nico Hischier, Switzerland finds itself second in group A with 3 points. If Switzerland can find some secondary scoring, they can assure themselves a date in the quarterfinals.

Sweden

Sweden needs goaltending. Filip Larson has allowed nine goals on 29 shots so far. This 76.32 save percentage is the lowest of all qualifying goalies in the tournament. Larson is not solely to blame, from the two games seen so far the Swedish defense has allowed a fair amount of tough chances for him to stop. In addition, top talent Alex Nylander has played well and saved his team’s bacon with a short side snipe vs Latvia, and did register a point today, however if Sweden avoids relegation the side needs secondary scoring and goal tending to advance.

 

 

 

One last time…Till next season!

On Monday April 11, the Ralph Engelstad Arena filled with University of North Dakota hockey fans for the last time this season. Many school officials spoke and congratulated the team on winning season! This is UND 8th national championship the last one was in 2000 and after a 16 years and advancing into the frozen four 11 seasons. The drought is finally over!!

The air was electric, it felt like you where walking into the Ralph for any other home game. The final period of the championship game was playing on the jumbotron, hanging above center ice. You can feel the tension sounding the arena while waiting for the players to be introduced and that all but elusive national championship trophy to be brought onto the ice. As the coaches and players come onto the ice, you feel like you are going to lose your voice and hearing because it is so loud! Looking around you can see people of all ages and backgrounds coming together under the roof of the all magical Ralph Engelstad arena, to cheer for a team that has made the fans apart of the team. We are the 5th line. UND is known all around the country for having the best fans in college hockey and you can see that! Watching the Frozen Four on TV, was a sea of green. So many students and alumni attended the tournament, coach Brad Berry said it was just like being in the Ralph!

Congratulations to The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks on the first national championship since 2000!!

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