Thursday, October 28, 2010

Denver Weekend

The weekend sees the Denver Pioneers lead by George the Dasher Dancer. Last time they were in town George got lost heading to the locker room after getting kicked out of the game. Maybe the elevation difference got to him!

We always get pumped for the Denver series as does the team. They are one of what I think are UND’s top three rivals (Minnesota, Denver and Boston College). I believe after last weekend’s performance that the Sioux are going to come out and take care of business and sweep Denver.

In addition, I predict two fights that cause players to be ejected and at least one dance on the dasher by pretty boy George.

This is an important weekend for the team as it will be the only time these two teams meet during the season and it is the home opening weekend of the WCHA season for UND.

Adding to the weekend is Eddie Belfour’s introduction into UND’s Hall of Fame. Friday night is being billed as Eddie Belfour night. We have been Belfour fans since he played on the 1987 championship team for the Sioux. His replica jersey was one of the first jerseys I owned which I received as a Christmas gift. Many years ago, the entire family traveled to Winnipeg to watch him in goal for the Blackhawks as they downed the Jets on a Sunday afternoon. Great family memories that seen like just yesterday. I am hoping to get my jersey and a Blackhawks style Sioux game puck autographed, we will have to see how that goes.

Sioux Travel East

Last weekend sounded like a train wreck for the UND hockey team. We did not get a chance to listen to or see either game as we were in Las Vegas catching Jimmy Buffett's last concert on the Under the Big Top Tour.

We did go to ESPN Sportszone thinking Friday night's game would be on there but no luck. Maybe we were lucky as from all accounts it would have been depressing to watch.

Saturday night must have been better but still a loss to an eastern team is not going to help in the Pairwise as the season goes on. Hopefully the team learned some lessons that will pay dividends in the rest of the season. If not, last weekend was a disaster.

UND Opens the BREC

Two weeks ago we managed to get tickets to the opening of the Bemidji Regional Event Center and were able to watch the UND hockey team sweep the Beavers on the opening weekend of the WCHA season.

It was a great time and the Beaver fans were great hosts in fact one of the rink officials found a game puck for us on Saturday night. I think the Minnesota fans need to take lessons from Bemidji on how to make guest feel welcome and appreciated. One fan even thanked us for coming, nice!

The Sioux seemed much deeper and ended up winning both games 5-2.

We also managed to get in nine holes of golf on a cool but nice fall day. Looks as though that will be the final round of the year but you never know.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Season is Hours Away

The 2010-11 season is only hours away and we are pumped! Derrick LaPoint was named assistant captain and that is very special to us as he is "family"!

Sunday marks the first game of the last "Fighting Sioux" season. We are so sad that the vocal minority has won the battle, they may have won the battle, but not the war. Now their energy will need to be focused on the real problems of the Native Americans!

The UND Fighting Sioux will always be the spirit of this hockey program. You can take away the name but you will never take away the spirit.

This will be the last meeting of the Fighting Sioux and the Bison in hockey. The Sioux are ready to kick the Bison, some things never change!=

Look out, from what I know about this group of young men they not only have the talent but also the chemisty to bring the hardware home.

Three D men name Captain or Assitant Captain tells the story. They will shut down the other team and the talent up front will put the biscuit in the basket to put the "W" in the column.

Based on outside reports, I have heard that the team actually looks at this site, if so, thanks and drop us an email with your insite. You are part of the best NCAA hockey program in the USA and should be very proud of your association with the "Fighting Sioux"!

Until next week, GO SIOUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Orwicks

2010 WCHA Final Five Champions

2010 WCHA Final Five Champions