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Colorado Teams Skate to Opening Wins

Posted by The Minkster on October 9, 2010

Meaningful hockey has begun in Colorado with the Avs picking up a tough OT win on the NHL’s opening night and DU winning a tough season opener on the road in Vermont.  A great start to a long season, so let’s hope the guys can stay healthy and the legs hold-up until spring thaw.

Chris Stewart scores first goal of the season

Colorado got a great opportunity to test Avs 2.0 on a night honoring the 1996 Avs championship team against the current keepers of the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks.  Although the Hawks had a yard sale this summer to clean out the old laundry a young talented core is still in tact anchored in net by a familiar Avs foe with Turco stitched on the back of his sweater.  There will be many tests this season, but the guys in burgundy and blue have started out on the right foot.  Although Colorado couldn’t hold the lead in the third, goalie Craig Anderson continued to shoulder the load and stopped 35 in the 4-3 overtime win.  Last season most Avs fans were pleasantly surprised by the new look youngsters in the A sweaters, but expectations are higher this year with a playoff appearance expected.  These guys look like they can do it again with comparisons of Duchene/Stastny to Sakic/Forsberg being bantered about.  Only time will tell.

The DU Pioneers melted down at the end of last season and the experienced squad failed to show up in the postseason when most expected to see them competing in the Frozen Four (including the CO Sports Chick).  But, this is a new team reloaded with talented youngsters and two new goalies splitting time in net for George Gwozdecky.  After giving up the first goal and being shutout in the first period the Pios D stepped up and gave their goal scorers a chance to work.  Vermont was held to only one goal per period and 1 of 7 conversions on power plays.  Again a goalie came up big for a Colorado team with Adam Murray saving 27 on 30 shots compared to his Catamounts counterpart who only stopped 15 on 19 shots on goal.  DU added an empty netter to close out a tough opening night with a 5-3 win.  As always Pioneers should be competitive and give fans a wild ride!

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Make Plans for the Motor City

Posted by The Minkster on February 15, 2010

I never thought I would type or utter the words, “I wonder what Detroit is like in April?”  However, you’re hearing it now because the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four will be held at Ford Field from April 8-10 and I fully expect the Denver Pioneers to be representing.  The Pio’s are currently ranked 2nd in the country led by two legitimate Hobey Baker Award candidates, Marc Cheverie and Rhett Rakhshani.  This past weekend they accomplished something no other Denver hockey team ever has by sweeping the Golden Gophers in the regular season notching a 4-0 campaign against rival Minnesota.

Hat trick time against the Gophers!

This team is looking as strong as the 2004-05 club that captured the 2nd of back-to-back NCAA championships.  With only 6 regular season games left (4 in the WCHA) the boys in maroon are 20-6-4, and should win the conference regular season title along with making the NCAA’s even if they get knocked off in the WCHA tournament.  The entire team is red hot right now and Chevy is leading the nation with 6 shutouts and .939 save percentage. 

Not only does Denver need to stay red-hot, but healthy.  Over the past several years the injury bug has hit the Pioneers late in the season and they’ve been dealt some unlikely upsets in the always tough WCHA tourney.  It will take luck and strong leadership by senior Tyler Ruegsegger to get back to the Frozen Four, but this team is looking good.  These guys might not only capture DU’s 8th national title but lose some good young guys early to the NHL.

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New Era in DU Lacrosse

Posted by The Minkster on June 9, 2009

Looks like the University of Denver is serious about being competitive in boys sports off the ice.  The basketball program was arguably the best in their respective D1 conference this past year (at least in tournament conference play) and is looking like they have a good base to build on next year.  The lacrosse team decided is was more fun to party than to win this past year and got their good natured coach fired.  DU decided it wanted to compete in the postseason, so they hired away long time Princeton coach Bill Tierney.

We’ll see if Tierney can put together a winning team out here in the Rocky Mountains.  Traditional lacrosse high school talent and collegiate powerhouses are still clustered on the east coast, so it will be a challenge to recruit those kids to move west of the Mississippi and bring up local talent to that elite level of competition that one regularly sees each year in the NCAA tourney.  No matter, local area fans can look forward to some exciting lacrosse at the college level next spring sandwiched in between the Mammoth and Outlaw seasons’.  Good move Pi’s and good luck!

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Random Memorial Weekend Thoughts

Posted by The Minkster on May 23, 2009

I’m trying to be productive waiting in great anticipation for tonight’s Nuggets/LA game, so thought I would share a few thoughts on other sports. 

Avs – If you look at past pro all-stars across the big four that try their hand at coaching it probably splits 50/50 in regards to success rate.  My personal feeling is that great players have another level when it comes to drive,and passion, which is something you can’t teach.  It also doesn’t translate motivationally from position of fellow teammate to coach.  That is why I don’t want to see Patty Roy come back behind the Avs bench.  His legacy is between the posts and not behind the pine, so Lecroix please don’t spoil that memory for us.  Which brings me to the other elephant in the room, and yes I think Pierre has run his course in the NHL.  He was great putting together teams when he didn’t have a budget, but he just doesn’t get this new math.  Denver appreciates what he did, but I think it is time for him to move along as well.  Time for us to retire those sweaters and break out the new ones in the post lockout NHL.

NFL – Did you hear about Ryan Leaf, former Chargers QB, getting arrested in Texas?  Wow, can a guy screw up his life more than this guy has.  Even Micheal Vick could lace them up on Sunday and scare the bajesusout of defensive coordinators.  Another guy with all the opportunity thrown on the trash heap.  Maybe he and Travis Henry can start a support group DARATPIAA (Dumb Ass Rich Athletes That Pissed It All Away). 

Golf – Shout out to the DU women’s golf team that placed 5th in the NCAA’s.  You go girls!

PGA – How much is Tiger paying his current golf coach?  Wonder what the odds are in Vegas that Tiger fires him before the end of this season.  Maybe it was the bad knee that keep his hips from coming through the ball too soon/late which kept the ball mostly in the fairway.  Now that he has more flexibility there is more room for error.  Hmmm, something to ponder.

That’s it for now.  Gotta go get a table at the local sports bar to watch the game with all my Denver homies.  Go Nuggets!!

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Tipoff with the CO Sports Chick

Posted by The Minkster on May 11, 2009

Hey fellow sports fans!  I finally got my blog up and running, so I can share more than a Tweet with you and my friends.  Plus, as my sports buddies know I usually have more to say about any given Colorado sports issue than 140 characters worth.

So, to wrap-up the weekend I’m going to just hit a couple of issues because it is getting late. 

  • Roy as GM or coach of the Avs is a bad decision.  Loved him as a player, but don’t think he has the temperament or patience to handle the bench.  Can’t you see him jumping across the table at another GM pulling the guy’s sport coat over his head when negotiations get heated.
  • Give Hurdle more than a month before everyone starts the annual Alice in Wonderland head chopping cries.  Not only were the Rox on the road most of April, but they had a tough schedule on top of it.  Going 0-8 in 1 run games doesn’t mean the season is lost, but it does mean the youngsters in purple need more time to get their engines going and gel.  If Don Baylor can’t work his magic with the Rox bats by the All-Star break, then let’s look at jumping down that rabbit hole.
  • Don’t hand the Nuggets the series win yet, but definitely get cocky about it.  I’m pretty sure the entire town would love a sweep while the Rockets/Lakers go 7, but I’ll take the series in 5 so we wrap up at home.
  • I’m not even going to try and guess what is going on over at Dove Valley, but looking forward to camp and the first game that counts in September.  The pre-season tumble against da Bears will be a great chance to boo Jay for a series or two, but we won’t know anything about McKid and the new Broncos until that first regular season game.  Maybe we’ll be down to 4 RB’s by then.
  • Too bad DU lost their men’s lacrosse coach he’ll be hard to replace.

That’s all I’ve got for a Sunday night, so hopefully I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll come back to read my rantings and share your thoughts with the Colorado Sports Chick.

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