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Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
It's time to talk college hockey. Thanks for joining us. The writers from InsideCollegeHockey.com will be taking your questions for the next half hour.
Mike (Waterville, ME)
I keep expecting to see Maine higher in the polls, but good to see you guys have them at 19. How surprising have they been and what do you expect in the second half?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:34 PM)
Maine's slow start against other ranked teams probably is the reason for their current ranking, but we are also impressed with how they've turned things around lately.
Ian (Miami University)
Will we see a match-up between Miami and Quinnipiac? That seems like the most desirable game to watch for me.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:36 PM)
If we do see that, it won't be until the NCAA Tournament, and it would be a good one for sure. Quinnipiac has struggled lately but was the hottest team in the country through October and November. Miami's consistency is impressive.
John (Big Rapids, MI)
What are your thoughts on the Badger Hockey Showdown?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:39 PM)
I'm most interested in that tournament because it seems like a good proving ground for several of the teams that are playing there. Wisconsin, to me, has been the best team in the country this month. Merrimack got some big wins early in the season. Yale is the defending ECAC Hockey champions and even though they're still trying to figure out their goaltending situation, they lead the nation in scoring. And Ferris State is the surprise team of the year and keep rolling along. We'll see how they do against other very good teams.
Dustin (Grand Forks)
As a Sioux fan, what concerns me most is their lack of ability to put teams away on Saturday night. They've coughed up 2 goal leads 3 times, and lost other leads, too. Is this their youthfulness showing through? The emotional effect of Genoway out of the lineup? Their goaltending seems weak at times, too. Thoughts?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:41 PM)
Missing Genoway has been a definite issue for the Sioux. I think Eidsness has been a little shaky for the last few weeks as well. In the past few years, they've played better in the second half. With Genoway coming back from his injury they might have the best depth in their lineup in the country. I expect to see them in the Frozen Four. Whenever I watch them I see a very good team.
Eric (Bowling Green)
Guess you dropped the ball on Dan Sexton as an INCH A to Z guy, huh?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:44 PM)
I don't know about that, the A-Z feature targets unheralded players that will make an impact and Sexton was only in college for two years. Nice job by him and the Ducks for making an impact upon his recent recall.
Tyler (Columbus, Ohio)
Seems like we're teased with hope here in Buckeye land -- we'll hear about good recruits, start to think it's coming together, then look up and we're in 9th in the CCHA. What gives? is there real hope?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:49 PM)
Being a Buckeye hockey fan must be like Lloyd Christmas saying, "So you're tellin me there's a chance," in Dumb and Dumber. Count us among the group that thought Ohio State was poised for a breakout season after their run at the end of last year and making it to the NCAA Tournament. Special teams have been a problem for the Bucks - a 10 percent power play when the opponents are close to 30 makes a big difference night-to-night.
David (West Bend, WI)
Pick a holiday tourney, any holiday tourney -- where are you headed?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:53 PM)
Naples. F-L-A. Here's to the Sunshine State! Very interested in the tourney down there with Maine and Cornell annually hosting a good little group. Colorado College and Princeton are the invited guests this year and it should make for some good hockey. Princeton has been a little disappointing but they've not been healthy and recently got a win at UMass Lowell. The other three teams are ranked in the top 20 including CC and Cornell in the top five.
After going to virtually every home game in Madison for the last four years, I now find myself basically isolated from college hockey. On paper, my Badgers look pretty strong. Do they pass the eye test? What is their ceiling this season?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:56 PM)
From what I've seen on television, I think they're very good and INCH eyes that caught the Badgers at the Showcase were likewise impressed. Frozen Four certainly in the realm of possibility. Definite run at the Final Five in the WCHA and a good weekend in St. Paul. Regular season fate should be clearer after three straight weekends in January - at CC, vs. Denver, and at Duluth.
Denver is unbeaten on Friday nights yet are 2-5-2 on Saturday. Should this be cause for Concern? How can DU turn this pattern around?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:58 PM)
Good stat, and there's probably cause for concern after this has gone on for three months of the season. This time of year, with some time off between games sees coaching staffs and players make changes. It's something that will probably be addressed by DU.
Chris (South Windsor, CT)
Are my Quinnipiac Bobcats for real? What are the keys for them in the second half?
Joe Gladziszewski (3:00 PM)
I think the keys in the second half are staying committed to what worked in the first half. They're doing the little things and taking pride in what works to win games. Defensive zone, backchecking, making smart plays with the puck. I don't think their recent run is too much a cause for concern.
Joe Gladziszewski (3:01 PM)
Thanks for the questions and be sure to check back with INCH Friday for our first-half season reviews of all six conferences.
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