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Joe Gladziszewski (2:03 PM)
Thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey. We'll be here for the next 30 minutes.
Rick C. (Cleveland)
What do you put the chances at that Carter Camper wins the Hobey?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:05 PM)
In last week's INCH Hobey Tracker, we had Camper atop our list. His season so far has been very impressive. I think his candidacy will depend on how he plays down the stretch and how Miami fares in the CCHA.
Charlie (Granite Falls, MN)
Can Bemidji State ever realistically compete in the WCHA and challenge for a league title?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:08 PM)
The athletic department and community have shown a commitment to hockey success at Bemidji State, and they wouldn't have joined the WCHA or been part of a new arena opening if they just intended to stick around for consolation prizes and lovely parting gifts. Every program competes to win. Bemidji State is no different. They'll have to target some different types of recruits than those sought by some other WCHA teams, but the Beavers have shown they compete on a nightly level. It's a matter of consistency, and that's the next step they'll need to take in a very difficult environment.
Chay Genoway (Colorado Springs currently)
Can you please tell me why i was on the ice for all 10 goals against last week? I am starting to scare the bejezus out of our fans.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:09 PM)
You were on the ice because you're one of the best players in the country and the coaching staff will send you out there as much as possible. Say hi to Lee Sweatt if he happens to be spending his NHL all-star break in the Springs. You might remember that he was on for CC for all of Denver's goals in the semifinal in 2005 in Columbus. Doesn't mean he was a bad player, meant that the coaching staff trusted him.
Matt (Orono, ME)
I'll be at the Alfond waiting in the student line by the time you answer this question, but what are your predictions for the BU-Maine matchup this weekend? Will Maine get in a groove with one goalie this year, or will it continue to be a carousel right on into the playoffs?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:12 PM)
That will be determined through the coming weeks, but I don't have any inside information nor have I talked to Maine's coaching staff about the specific goaltending rotation. This weekend's series is a real important chance for both teams to make a statement in the standings and also to gain some momentum. Each has shown an ability to win big games, but still linger behind BC and UNH. This can give teams confidence down the stretch run.
Is Northeastern a contender or pretender for home ice in the Hockey East?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:15 PM)
That's a pretty big ask of the Huskies to end up in a top-four spot because the upper half of Hockey East is so strong this year, and Northeastern has already played more games than several teams it's trying to catch. A bigger concern is finding some consistent offense. Averaging 2.3 goals-per-game won't get it done.
Tim K. (Lake Orion, MI)
As a loyal fan of Michigan Tech, who acknowledges the difficulties of turning the program around and doesn't need them repeated ad nauseam...does the INCH crew feel that the bell is tolling for Jamie Russell?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:18 PM)
Anytime that results are what they are within a program over a series of years, and for Michigan Tech things haven't been good lately, you would expect that athletic departments would evaluate programs. In my limited dealings with Russell, I've found him to be pretty direct and it's not a lack of effort or passion as to why the Huskies have struggled. I'm not going to put anyone on any hot seats.
Tom (Schenectady NY)
Two part question here Who is ur pick for the RPI YAle game on saturday for the big red freakout? Could there be a out door game between RPI and UNion in the near future and boost that rivaily even more?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:20 PM)
I'm not here to make predictions. It doesn't serve any purpose and could only cloud my observations when the game actually takes place. I will be at the game tomorrow night, can't wait to see the Freakout! for the first time in-person and these are two really good teams. Both teams will get their scoring chances, so I think the team that gets better goaltending will be in the best position to win. If it comes down to Allen York vs. Ryan Rondeau, it's a coin flip. Should be a great one.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:21 PM)
As far as an outdoor game ... might be something those schools are interested in, but it won't increase or decrease the rivalry. It's a good, passionate, regional rivalry that is stronger than it's ever been.
Pioneering Bronco (Denver, CO)
My alma maters are both in the NCAA tourney hunt. Denver is a given, and I think they are a legit national championship contender. But I'm really loving Western Michigan's run. They are a few mental lapses from being in 3rd place in the CCHA. How good are the Broncos?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:24 PM)
Well, you don't go on a nine-game unbeaten streak, which is what Western Michigan is currently riding, without being at least a little bit good. Five wins and four ties since mid-December includes two victories over Union, and wins against Alaska and Ohio State. Those are teams that are also in contention for NCAA berths and that will help WMU when they look at comparisons at the end of the season. Agreed on Denver. They're in the mix for national title consideration.
B.E. Fan (Grand Forks, ND)
Gladdy, Do you think that Union has a chance at all this weekend against the mighty Yale team? Seems that one of the Yale Freshman added some bulletin board material as well with one of his quotes...
Joe Gladziszewski (2:27 PM)
Union has a chance every time it takes the ice. The Dutchmen are among the best teams in ECAC Hockey, and have held a top-10 to top-15 national ranking for most of the season. These teams won't need any off-ice banter to be motivated for a good one tonight. Yale's 5-0 victory back in December will obviously be remembered by Union, and the Dutchmen are 10-1-1 at home this year.
Shaun (St Cloud, MN)
St Cloud State has been playing better as of late (since the winter break), but do you think they can win enough down the stretch and into the WCHA playoffs to get into the NCAA tournament, especially being a little shorthanded at some spots with the recent departures?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
It would take an incredible ending to the season for St. Cloud State to play its way into the NCAA Tournament for an at-large berth, but they have the schedule that can make it happen with series against Nebraska-Omaha, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, Wisconsin and North Dakota all on the horizon. But they'd have to win probably 8 or 9 of those games and that's a tough situation. The bigger focus for the Huskies might be to keep playing well and getting better and making a run in the WCHA playoffs. As it currently stands, I don't think many other teams would be too excited if they drew St. Cloud State for a first-round series.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who are your early picks for the 2011 Frozen Four?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:32 PM)
It's that time of the year when we start to get this question popping up in the chat. Obviously there's a lot of hockey to be played and we won't know anything about the bracket. To me the four teams I see as having the greatest postseason potential are Yale, Michigan, Boston College and North Dakota.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:33 PM)
Thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey this afternoon. Enjoy this weekend at the rinks and we'll be back same time next week to take your questions once again.