Friday, October 8, 2010

Does the glass slipper still fit?

This weekend the Huskies will play at the Maverick Stampede Tournament. We will play RIT on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday (both games begin at 4:07). RIT was the Cinderella story of last seasons NCAA Frozen Four. This little known team (at least to those of us in the WCHA) was able to run through the Atlantic Hockey tournament and then beat two VERY respectable hockey programs (Denver and New Hampshire) to make it in the Frozen Four tournament. This unlikely run to the Frozen Four was largely attributed to goalie Jared DeMichiel. DeMichiel has now graduated leaving RIT with a bunch of questions in goal. They also have a young defensive corps. With this being said, RIT does still retain some talented scores and are the preseason pick as the number one team in Atlantic Hockey. Clarkson, on the other hand, is generally considered to be one of the top teams in the ECAC but had down years the last two years. The defensive corps is, conversely, probably the strong point for this Clarkson team. Clarkson is ranked 8 (out of 12 teams) in the ECAC preseason poll. There should be some good battles this weekend and these two teams should be able to push the Huskies a little more than last weekends game against Manitoba. However, the Huskies should pull away from this weekend with two wins. You can follow both Fridays game and Saturdays game by listening at Lite Rock 99.9.

News Around College Hockey about SCSU

"SCSU hockey team has a lot back, needs to find the right mix"- This article discusses some key points the Huskies have (or will need to have) to have a successful season this year. The points include:
  • 15 of the 19 skaters who played in more than 20 games last season return.
  • One of the best goaltending tandems in the nation
  • 4 of 8 new freshmen are NHL draft picks
  • 7 of 8 new freshmen are at least 6 feet and 185 pounds
  • Veteran players will need continue to improve and to fill in roles left empty by Lasch and Raboin
  • Will need to find the right mix of veterans with our freshmen
Also read the article, "SCSU is excited about talent on team"

Speaking of one of the best goaltending tandems in the nation, check out, "Dominating is the goal for SCSU". This article talks about our awesome goaltenders Dan Dunn and Mike Lee.

Recently, I shared a link from that listed Garrett Roe as one of the early contenders (forwards) for the Hobey Baker Award. just released part II (defense and goalies) of their Hobey watch and named SCSU goalie Mike Lee as an early contender for the Hobey Baker Award as well.

General WCHA Stuff

"WCHA talking about changes"- SCSU Hockey writer Mick Hatten talks about the league conference call with coaches and officials of the WCHA.

Inside College Hockey released it's 2010-2011 season preview. INCH places SCSU at #3 in the WCHA and asks the "burning question" on the mind of all Husky fans, "Is St. Cloud State poised to take the next step?"

Take a listen to "This Week in the WCHA"

Go Huskies!

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