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USHL GDT 3/18 (Saturday Recap)

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Steel's Johnstone off for a hold at 5:40.........

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Steel's Johnstone off for a hold at 5:40.........He's on the #1 PK unit. Looks like Gratton slides into that spot with my guy Badini.

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At about 8:30 of the 3rd the Hawks get another one that kicks off the end boards and out the other side. Miura carries it in, play looked very close to being offsides, nicely checks up and feeds Spaxman, again he shoots wide, again puck comes out the other side, slammed home. 3-1. Cates gets the goal, his 10th of the season.......... Loo now up 31-21 in shots with Walkers 5 minute Biting Major and Johnstone off for a hold.

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PK has found a soft spot off the rush as the Steel are leaving the Dmen open to drop deep and the Hawks have fed the Dmen 3-4 times 10 minutes into the 3rd for some dangerous chances.

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Steel cut the lead to 1 at 12:25 of the 3rd. Badini carries it in, slips it to Long, he loses it into the corner but hustles it down, rims it to Walsh at the point, he twirls and sweeps it on goal, knocked down by a Dman, Badini had smartly gotten lost on the weak side and slams home his 27th of the season, 3-2.

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Must of been all the cowbells Rico that dove him to bite another player?? Because the Loo is the only barn that uses them. I can hear the Mike Tyson chant now

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45 seconds left, Stezka pulled, Mirageas plays it like a hand grenade in Loo's zone, coughs, picked up and sent down for an empty netter. 4-2.

 

Stezka pulled, faceoff in Loo zone, Badini 50/50's it, Tralmaks busts into the circle, takes the thing and whips it past Thome. 4-3 with 14 seconds left. That's how it ends..........

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Must of been all the cowbells Rico that dove him to bite another player?? Because the Loo is the only barn that uses them. I can hear the Mike Tyson chant now

 

Bells were ringing but that's a given. Line change, ring the bell, offsides, ring the bell, icing, ring the bell, puck flies into the crowd, ring the bell.........If that's how the fans articulate their thoughts God bless em.

 

Good game, I enjoyed it. 5 minutes into the 2nd the shackles came off and both clubs started moving their feet. Some nice feeds, good goaltending, thought some in game adjustments were made........

 

I like the Steel effort on the big surface. Two goals against off the end wall that bounced out the other side, one feed from behind the net meant for the guy in the slot went through him and to a man in the circle who scored, they killed all 25 minutes of PP time against, only got 6 minutes of PP time, arrived at 3:00 AM. Pretty much an even game but the bounces went against Chicago on this night.

 

Not the result a Steel fan would like but a fun game for the fan.

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Line change, ring the bell, offsides, ring the bell, icing, ring the bell, puck flies into the crowd, ring the bell

Most annoying thing in the whole league in my opinion. Real fans don't need bells.

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Line change, ring the bell, offsides, ring the bell, icing, ring the bell, puck flies into the crowd, ring the bell

Most annoying thing in the whole league in my opinion. Real fans don't need bells.

 

Maybe you're on to something. Leave the bells at home, tell Sieveman, Beadman, Candyman (or any other superfan) to sit still, don't play any "Make some noise" videos (or any other chants for that matter), tell the Lancer Chicken to keep his football, and while we're at it, take out the goal horn and any other chant along with it. Maybe then we'll have a perfect team and arena.

 

Personally, I don't have a problem with a loud arena, and isn't that what the team wants?

 

http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph_season.php?lid=USHL1999&sid=2017Waterloo averages 37 more fans than DM. I haven't been to Waterloo in two years, but every time I've went, its been rocking. Des Moines? I can't remember the last time we've had a memorable amount of sound in our arena. Omaha's Ralston Arena averages over 500 more people than Waterloo, and as far as I can remember, Waterloo is still louder, by FAR.

 

Every arena has its own traditions. Do other fans like our arena? Probably not. Do other fans like the noise at places like Dubuque, CR or Waterloo? Probably not. Do they like Lincoln fan's and chants? Probably not.

 

In the end, I see it like a good pest. Brad Marchand, Filip Rydstrom or Sean Dhooge are a few examples. Everyone hates him except for the team he plays for, and the home fans love him to death. Every team has their own traditions, most of the time, opposing fans hate them, but home fans live by them.

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Line change, ring the bell, offsides, ring the bell, icing, ring the bell, puck flies into the crowd, ring the bell

Most annoying thing in the whole league in my opinion. Real fans don't need bells.

 

Maybe you're on to something. Leave the bells at home, tell Sieveman, Beadman, Candyman (or any other superfan) to sit still, don't play any "Make some noise" videos (or any other chants for that matter), tell the Lancer Chicken to keep his football, and while we're at it, take out the goal horn and any other chant along with it. Maybe then we'll have a perfect team and arena.

 

Personally, I don't have a problem with a loud arena, and isn't that what the team wants?

 

http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph_season.php?lid=USHL1999&sid=2017Waterloo averages 37 more fans than DM. I haven't been to Waterloo in two years, but every time I've went, its been rocking. Des Moines? I can't remember the last time we've had a memorable amount of sound in our arena. Omaha's Ralston Arena averages over 500 more people than Waterloo, and as far as I can remember, Waterloo is still louder, by FAR.

 

Every arena has its own traditions. Do other fans like our arena? Probably not. Do other fans like the noise at places like Dubuque, CR or Waterloo? Probably not. Do they like Lincoln fan's and chants? Probably not.

 

In the end, I see it like a good pest. Brad Marchand, Filip Rydstrom or Sean Dhooge are a few examples. Everyone hates him except for the team he plays for, and the home fans love him to death. Every team has their own traditions, most of the time, opposing fans hate them, but home fans live by them.

 

The last thing I need right now is to get into another arguing match with somebody so I'll choose my words carefully here. I never said I had a problem with fans making noise. In fact, I think all those people you mentioned are great people (even Omaha's chicken). I just don't like cowbells.

 

Of course Waterloo's arena is going to be louder by far. That would be true of any team that decided to let their fans use cowbells. It doesn't take much effort to ring a bell and that means you can be louder for longer periods of time. The low ceiling in Waterloo just adds to it.

 

I agree that it is a good pest. The Bucs are looking at making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years but I'm seriously considering whether or not I would go to Waterloo if that was who we ended up playing. To me that speaks volumes. Now that is not just because of the cowbells. I've had some bad experiences there (and also heard of others bad experiences) but those are other stories for another day.

 

Let me put it this way, if we took all the cowbells out of Waterloo how loud do you think they could be? Don't get me wrong I still think it would be above average in the league, but we probably wouldn't be hearing much on those icings, offsides, etc.

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Line change, ring the bell, offsides, ring the bell, icing, ring the bell, puck flies into the crowd, ring the bell

Most annoying thing in the whole league in my opinion. Real fans don't need bells.

 

Maybe you're on to something. Leave the bells at home, tell Sieveman, Beadman, Candyman (or any other superfan) to sit still, don't play any "Make some noise" videos (or any other chants for that matter), tell the Lancer Chicken to keep his football, and while we're at it, take out the goal horn and any other chant along with it. Maybe then we'll have a perfect team and arena.

 

Personally, I don't have a problem with a loud arena, and isn't that what the team wants?

 

http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph_season.php?lid=USHL1999&sid=2017Waterloo averages 37 more fans than DM. I haven't been to Waterloo in two years, but every time I've went, its been rocking. Des Moines? I can't remember the last time we've had a memorable amount of sound in our arena. Omaha's Ralston Arena averages over 500 more people than Waterloo, and as far as I can remember, Waterloo is still louder, by FAR.

 

Every arena has its own traditions. Do other fans like our arena? Probably not. Do other fans like the noise at places like Dubuque, CR or Waterloo? Probably not. Do they like Lincoln fan's and chants? Probably not.

 

In the end, I see it like a good pest. Brad Marchand, Filip Rydstrom or Sean Dhooge are a few examples. Everyone hates him except for the team he plays for, and the home fans love him to death. Every team has their own traditions, most of the time, opposing fans hate them, but home fans live by them.

 

 

 

Agreed, and it makes each experience and your home ice unique. I'm not a guy who takes time to smell the roses on any journey but agree that fans are just enjoying their time at the arena and feel part of the game.

 

But I do notice the intelligence of fans much more than their participation. This struck me a couple games back in Chicago when they shut out Muskegon. The fans acknowledged a good shift, a nice defensive effort a blocked shot vocally. That is this fans most enjoyable part of a fan group........But the bells do drown out commentary from the crowd which to me is much more amusing than any artificial noise maker.

 

Another thing I noticed since watching Hockey TV that I don't live is how much the fans enjoy all the goofy stoppage of play dances, songs, games, mascot stuff. Makes the experience more complete and is an important part of selling the experience and tickets.

 

Agreed, ring your bells, dance, have fun and come back again and support your club.

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The Saints @ 18's was a very good game. Liked how the Saints adjusted and slowed the 18's down, paid more attention to detail, took away the center of the ice especially in their own zone and were much more positionally sound. Made this tilt a dog fight. Castor had a really nice game and it was tough to see the kid get beat on two scrum goals from the blue paint, but the 1st one he's gotta cover the puck.

 

Didn't realize Guttman was a 99. The 2015 6th round Phase I pick is 16th in scoring and only behind the Muskegon Cossack in rookie scoring at just under a point per game. Really like that line of Preston-Guttman-Hamacher. they have the speed and skill to give any 2nd rotation D grouping trouble behind the Solow-Gerards-Theisen line.

 

Nice rebound game for the Saints and IMO a window into how tough this club can be come playoff time.

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Enjoyed the Bucs @ Fargo game as well. Solid game with excellent goaltending as Murray shut em out. I think a split was fair to both sides as these two gave the fans two solid games this weekend. Lotta shots and a lotta pace with very good goaltending.

 

Rookie Dman 99 Phillips stands out more each time I see the Force. Nice player.........

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Enjoyed the Bucs @ Fargo game as well. Solid game with excellent goaltending as Murray shut em out. I think a split was fair to both sides as these two gave the fans two solid games this weekend. Lotta shots and a lotta pace with very good goaltending.

 

Rookie Dman 99 Phillips stands out more each time I see the Force. Nice player.........

Best news for Force fans is Phillips is only a Junior in High School and will be back next season. One of my favorites the last few seasons gas been Shane McMahon. That guy works his tail off every game. Was also glad to see Dougherty pull back in the lineup last night. He had been scratched the last few games but came in and made an impact last night.

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Scoreboard

 

 

Dubuque 1 @ Team USA (U-18) 3

Des Moines 0 @ Fargo 2

Cedar Rapids 2 @ Green Bay 4

Bloomington 1 @ Lincoln 4

Sioux Falls 3 @ Madison 4 (OT)

Youngstown 2 @ Omaha 4

Team USA (U-17) 1 @ Sioux City 8

Muskegon 2 @ Tri City 0

Chicago 3 @ Waterloo 4

 

 

 

Saints Site/Jordan Kuhns Saints fall for first time this year when leading going into the 3rd period

 

 

Bucs Site/Erick Zamora Bucs shutout, split at Fargo

 

 

InForum/Jeff Kolpack Force shutout Des Moines

 

"A complete hockey game, an unselfish hockey game," said head coach Cary Eades. "It was solid team play."

 

 

Stampede Site/Jim Olander Stamede fall in five round shootout

 

 

Caps Site Caps win in a shootout

 

 

Phantoms Site/Matt Lipscak Phantoms lose 2-0 lead allowing 5 unanswered goals at Omaha

 

“I think once we got up 2-0, there was a thought process that it was almost going to be an easy game, which as we all know, it’s never like that here,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I thought we started to cheat to the offensive side of the puck…we weren’t making good decisions.”

 

The loss, combined with wins by Muskegon and Green Bay and a loss by Dubuque, means the Phantoms are only three points ahead of the fifth-place Gamblers. Youngstown’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains at 10. Muskegon leap-frogged Dubuque and is now in second place. The Phantoms trail the third-place Fighting Saints by four points with eight games remaining for both teams. Youngstown has two games in-hand on Green Bay.

 

 

Lancers Site/Isaac Berky Lancers erase 2-0 deficit with 5 unanswered goals

 

 

Muskateers Site 8-1 win caps off perfect weekend for Muskateers

 

 

Steel Site Badini gets 3 points but Steel fall at Waterloo

 

 

WCFcourier/Clay Cunningham Hawks hold off East leading Chicago

 

“They created offense and cashed in,” Waterloo Coach P.K. O’Handley said. “As the game wore on, we started to generate more and more chances down low and we were able to capitalize on those.”

 

“It was a heavyweight bout,” O’Handley said. “They did some good things, we did some good things. Not surprising it came down to a one-goal game.”

 

 

Thunder Site Thunder drop finale at Lincoln, settle for a split

 

 

LJS/Tim Gray Stars rebound behind 2nd period spark

 

“Really all it was, was we were making clean plays,” Stars coach Chris Hartsburg said. “That was one thing tonight, we were much cleaner with our puck play. We passed the puck much better, received passes much better, but we also got pucks behind.”

 

“Our cycle game was much better tonight,” Hartsburg added. “We were moving our feet, supporting pucks much better. Again it was game were of style we wanted to play, carried through and stuck with it and it paid off.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacks Site/Scott Bradford Jacks sweep Storm, take hold of 2nd place

 

 

 

Combined with two Dubuque losses this weekend, the wins bring the Jacks past the Saints and into second place in the Eastern Conference. Chicago also lost tonight, meaning the Jacks are within three points of first place.

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Enjoyed the Bucs @ Fargo game as well. Solid game with excellent goaltending as Murray shut em out. I think a split was fair to both sides as these two gave the fans two solid games this weekend. Lotta shots and a lotta pace with very good goaltending.

 

Rookie Dman 99 Phillips stands out more each time I see the Force. Nice player.........

Best news for Force fans is Phillips is only a Junior in High School and will be back next season. One of my favorites the last few seasons gas been Shane McMahon. That guy works his tail off every game. Was also glad to see Dougherty pull back in the lineup last night. He had been scratched the last few games but came in and made an impact last night.

 

 

Did you listen to this weeks U-Show? The two guys had some kind of USHL draft where they took guys who weren't eligible for the draft (I think) and McMahon was one of them. Since then I've watched the kid and indeed he's a useful player. A 96. He's a 3rd liner, no?

 

The Force 1st line is as good as this league has, Phillips and Haiskenen are a solid to very good 1st pairing and Murray (who was also drafted by the U-Show guys) is the workhorse behind the #2 PK and 4th in overall GA group. That said what is your concern with the club going into the playoffs, assuming they make it? Depth scoring?

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Enjoyed the Bucs @ Fargo game as well. Solid game with excellent goaltending as Murray shut em out. I think a split was fair to both sides as these two gave the fans two solid games this weekend. Lotta shots and a lotta pace with very good goaltending.

 

Rookie Dman 99 Phillips stands out more each time I see the Force. Nice player.........

Best news for Force fans is Phillips is only a Junior in High School and will be back next season. One of my favorites the last few seasons gas been Shane McMahon. That guy works his tail off every game. Was also glad to see Dougherty pull back in the lineup last night. He had been scratched the last few games but came in and made an impact last night.

Did you listen to this weeks U-Show? The two guys had some kind of USHL draft where they took guys who weren't eligible for the draft (I think) and McMahon was one of them. Since then I've watched the kid and indeed he's a useful player. A 96. He's a 3rd liner, no?

 

The Force 1st line is as good as this league has, Phillips and Haiskenen are a solid to very good 1st pairing and Murray (who was also drafted by the U-Show guys) is the workhorse behind the #2 PK and 4th in overall GA group. That said what is your concern with the club going into the playoffs, assuming they make it? Depth scoring?

McMahon is 3rd line on the sheet. I really wouldn't say either the 2nd or 3rd line are better than the other though.

 

Murray is still draft eligible may be why he wasn't mentioned, he was c-rated earlier in the year. He is a solid tender, handles the puck well out of the net. He faces a lot of breakaways and odd man rushes, otherwise I think his numbers would be even better.

 

I would definitely say scoring is the concern for going far. They get plenty of chances but have trouble burying them. It will be nice to get in the playoffs again. I am hoping for Waterloo in the first round as they seem to play them better. They have not played them for some time now but will meet them for the final 2 games of the regular season.

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Lincoln rebounded well Saturday night vs. Bloomington, but it's starting to look more and more like they will not be playoff bound. Losing Friday night's game to Bloomy, while Fargo lost, really hurt.

 

As a goal judge this season for the Stars, I've had the opportunity to watch opposing goalies quite a bit. It's been interesting to see all of their "ticks." They're certainly a unique bunch. Had a lot of fun watching Halladay for Bloomington on Saturday. He's definitely not the norm in that he interacts with the fans behind the glass, bobs his head to the music in between whistles, and is very chatty during the game. Damn good goaltender, too. I can see why at one point he was a Minnesota recruit. Merrimack is getting a good one.

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Lincoln rebounded well Saturday night vs. Bloomington, but it's starting to look more and more like they will not be playoff bound. Losing Friday night's game to Bloomy, while Fargo lost, really hurt.

 

As a goal judge this season for the Stars, I've had the opportunity to watch opposing goalies quite a bit. It's been interesting to see all of their "ticks." They're certainly a unique bunch. Had a lot of fun watching Halladay for Bloomington on Saturday. He's definitely not the norm in that he interacts with the fans behind the glass, bobs his head to the music in between whistles, and is very chatty during the game. Damn good goaltender, too. I can see why at one point he was a Minnesota recruit. Merrimack is getting a good one.

 

Interesting. All goalies have their own way of dealing with the pressures of the position, most NHL tenders can't be spoken to on game day. We've all seen the pregame video of a Holtby sitting in the stands of an empty arena doing his eye exercises as if he's in another world....... IMO most goalies don't hear the crowd per say beyond it being white noise, even during stoppages. A part of your mind you never realize is there until you crawl into that crease.

 

But then you get a Halladay who obviously handles the pressure differently. No doubt Yeti he's in a zone. Watched both games at Muskegon a couple weeks back and this is the very best I've seen him. As a 96 who never fulfilled his being Bloomy's first ever player signed and a MN recruit, maybe, hopefully, he's a late bloomer.

 

Helluva seat sitting behind these USHL goalies as a goal judge. Best position in all of sport for my money. From what you've seen care to rank the top 5 this year, omitting any Stars so you can speak freely?

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