Thursday, March 10, 2011

Calm before the storm

Defensive Player of the Week Mike Lee waits to take on the Bulldogs
Right now it feels like the calm before the storm as the Huskies wait and prepare to burst into Duluth this weekend for what will prove to be an awesome series and smashing defeat of the Bulldogs. Until then, here are a couple links for your reading pleasure:
  • The WCHA has announced its yearly awards. The "big ones" going to: 
    • Matt Frattin (UND) as Player of the Year
    • Chay Genoway (UND) as Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year
    • Justin Schultz (UW) as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
    • Jason Zucker (DU) as WCHA Rookie of the Year
    • Aaron Dell (UND) as WCHA Goaltending Champion
    • Dean Blais (UNO) as WCHA Coach of the Year.  
  • Representing the St. Cloud State Huskies, Drew LeBlanc was on the WCHA Third Team. Personally, I believe Garrett Roe should have also made the Third Team and Nick Jensen should have definitely made it to the All-Rookie Team. But, I am admittedly more than a little biased. 
  • It is being reported that this weekends match-up between the Huskies and the Bulldogs will not be aired locally in St. Cloud. I have heard that it may be available on the B2 Network/ America One Live pay-per view online video streaming service. Currently, however, there is no sign of the games being broadcast there either. Sorry Husky fans.
  • Also, take a look at Mick Hatten's latest blog. You can see that since Christmas, the Huskies have the second highest record. Only the league leading Fighting Sioux have done better since Christmas than the Huskies (however, the Huskies have played with a tougher schedule). I won't necessarily call it the "turn around of the century" yet, but a couple more wins this weekend and at the Final Five, and I think we have ourselves a very interesting story.
  • Hatten has also reported that right wing freshman Nic Dowd has been practicing with the team and is expected to return to the line-up this weekend in Duluth. Dowd suffered an upper body injury in the first period of the second game against Wisconsin and did not play last weekend at Denver. 
Go Huskies!!!

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