CWHL WEEKEND PREVIEW: NO OLYMPIC BREAK HERE! TORONTO V. BOSTON (X2), AND BRAMPTON V. MONTREAL (X2)!

CWHL Weekend Preview: No Olympic break here! Toronto v. Boston (x2), and Brampton v. Montreal (x2)!

 

This weekend, if you’re looking for less insanely early game to watch live, the CWHL’s Streaming Game this weekend is on Saturday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM CST, Brampton playing Montreal. Much better than getting up at 2 AM to watch the US play Finland, right? Montreal and Brampton are currently only separated by one point in the league table, but Montreal has the best power play in the league right now at a 22.8% success rate. With Brampton taking some of the most penalties in the league, their penalty kill, currently one of the worst in the league, is going to have to step up big time. The other game on Saturday is Toronto v Boston, at 11:40 AM CST.

On Sunday, February 9th, Toronto and Boston match up again, playing at 11:05 AM CST. Brampton will also be playing Montreal again, at 11:30 AM CST.

We did a bigger link post on Wednesday, so you can check that out for some more Olympic-themed weekend reading, but here are some others:

Mid-Week Link Roundup: All Sochi, all the time.

Most of this week’s links are focused on Sochi, with the Games starting in just days now.

  • First Line Hockey has a great article about some of the more overlooked players on some of the Olympics teams. Loved seeing former Gopher Mira Jalusuo on that list. First Line Hockey is, in general, a quality read, and a good twitter follow, too. Find them on Twitter @FirstLineHockey.

  • CBC’s Olympics-focused website has an article on Kevin Dineen’s adaptation to coaching the Canadian women. He’s quoted as saying the women on the team ask a lot more about the whys of his decisions than the men he’s coached in the AHL and NHL, which I found interesting.

  • Joy Johnson, one of the UK’s top refs, is going to Sochi, and has been blogging about her Sochi experience! It’s a really interesting look behind the curtain of reffing women’s hockey, especially at such a high level.

  • The Washington Times had an article about the changes made to the women’s Olympic hockey tournament in order to encourage less US and Canadian dominance at the games. I know I’ve fielded some questions already on why the women’s tournament is so different from the men’s this year, so if you’re curious, take a look at this article.

  • ESPN-W has a profile piece on Amanda Kessel and her preparation for her first Olympics.  (Yes, I know, we’re a bit all Amanda Kessel all the time lately, but what can I say? She’s been electrifying to watch on the Gophers, and I’ve been following her with a great deal of interest.)
  • The New York Times, as part of their Olympic coverage, has a really interesting article about the Russian Women’s Championship, the Russian women’s pro league.

CWHL Weekend Preview: Lots of games! Montreal vs. Calgary (x3!), Boston vs. Toronto (x2)

CWHL Weekend Preview:

This weekend starts off with a bang, with the Montreal Stars playing the Calgary Inferno on Friday, January 31st at 7:00pm CST. Remember, Calgary has an audio stream of all their home games, including all of their games this weekend! You can check that out here.

On Saturday, February 1st, Montreal visits Calgary again, this time at 12:45pm CST. Saturday’s streaming game is the 6:30pm CST match-up between the Boston Blades and the Toronto Furies.

On Sunday, February 2nd, Montreal plays Calgary for the final time this weekend, this time at 11:00am CST. Boston again meets Toronto at 11:45am CST.

So, remember: All the Calgary games this weekend are home games, and thus they all have audio streaming! Tune in to listen to some radio, or pull up Saturday’s Boston/Toronto game to watch some. 🙂 And if you miss any, look for our game recaps on Monday.

Weekend Link Round Up:

  • Gophers Sports Update, a University of Minnesota radio show focusing on (obviously) Gophers sports, did an interview with Team USA defenseman Lee Stecklein about her time so far on the Gophers and her hopes for Sochi. Her section starts in Part Two. definitely worth a listen; her section is pretty short, about seven minutes long.
  • On the topic of Gopher Olympians, Big Ten Network did a brief article on Amanda Kessel that includes some quotes from her head coach from the Gophers, Brad Frost, on her style of play and character.
  • The National Journal did an article about Caitlin Cahow, former US Olympian and former captain of the Boston Blades, and how she made the somewhat unexpected transition to concussion awareness and gay rights advocate. It’s pretty interesting, go and take a look!

Sorry, links are kind of light this week. If you saw something worth reading that we missed, please drop us a comment here, or on twitter @WatchThisHockey!

CWHL Weekend Preview and Link Round Up!

CWHL Weekend Preview:

There are only two games to look forward to this weekend, a back to back between the Boston Blades and the Brampton Thunder. Brampton is currently leading the league in penalty minutes, with 232 over 15 games, while Boston has the least, with 92 over 11 games. I’m looking forward to watching this game, as I have a vague feeling it might be a bit rough. Should be fun to watch. 🙂

Brampton hosts the Blades for the Saturday streaming game, starting at 5:45 pm CST. Brampton hosts them again on Sunday, playing at 1:00 pm CST.

Weekend Link Round Up:

CWHL Weekend Preview: Calgary v Brampton, Montreal v Boston

CWHL Weekend Preview:

This weekend’s CWHL streaming game is Calgary vs Brampton, at 5:45 pm CST, on Saturday January 18th! It’s their second meeting of the season, with their last game, early in November, ending 3-2 for Brampton in a shoot out. Imp will have a write-up of that on Monday. (Check out her post on Where to Watch Women’s Hockey if you need help figuring out how to stream the game, or at-reply us on twitter @watchthishockey) 

The other Saturday game is the Montreal Stars vs the Boston Blades, 6:35 pm CST. Montreal won their last meeting, 5-2, but Boston won their only other game against Montreal yet this season, 2-1. With both teams working hard to fill the gaps left by their players lost to Olympic rosters, and a rivalry built on multiple Clarkson Cup finals appearances, it should be an interesting game.

On Sunday, January 18th,  we have the Montreal Stars taking on the Boston Blades again in a back-to-back game, at 12:15 pm CST. Then it’s Calgary vs Brampton again, at 1:00 pm CST. Remember, Calgary streams an audio feed of all their home games, so check that out to listen to their games.

Link Round-up:

  • The US Olympic team has been scrimmaging with several New England high school boy’s teams, in order to get some more practice in before the Olympics. They’ve won two of the three games. Take a look at this article to find out some more, and make sure to check out the video of interviews with both some of the women and some of the boys that they’ve been playing.

  • The US Olympic team also got a chance to practice at Fenway Park, which was flooded and frozen for the Frozen Fenway events, including several outdoor college hockey games. See a nice round-up of the women’s practice, including a round-up of pics, here.

  • Several more women’s national teams announced their Olympic rosters this week, including Germany and Sweden.

  • It’s a little hard to track down, complicated by the fact that we’re both only really fluent in English, but we’re pretty sure the only nation who hasn’t officially announced their women’s roster for Sochi yet is Russia. Once all the women’s rosters have been announced, we’ll be doing an overview of the non-US or Canadian players, so look forward to that! (If only I had known in high school, I would have applied myself to my German better; alas, my second best language after English is Latin, and that’s not really applicable to much of anything.)

  • Tessa Bonhomme went on Calgary’s Breakfast Television to talk about how to support the Canadian Women’s team, and about how important it is for the players to get support of their country. It’s specifically to support an event the Canadian team did in partnership with Proctor & Gamble, but I had A Strong Feeling listening to her talk about her experience of getting the gold medal in Vancouver, even as a dirty American.

CWHL Weekend Preview: Calgary vs Toronto, and Brampton vs Montreal

CWHL Weekend Preview: Calgary vs Toronto, and Brampton vs Montreal

  • This weekend’s CWHL streaming game is the Calgary Inferno vs. the Toronto Furies, Saturday January 11th, at 6:30pm CST!
  • Brampton and Montreal play a set of back to back games, first on Saturday January 11th at 7:30pm CST, and second on Sunday January 12th, at 11:30 am CST.
  • Calgary plays Toronto again on Sunday, January 12, at 11:45 am CST.

Look for our game recaps on Monday!

Weekend Link Roundup:

  • The Montreal Gazette had an article about the Eastern Ladies Hockey League, a women’s hockey league that sprouted up first in Montreal and eventually expanded to as far as Pittsburgh and Boston during the first World War. It’s a really fascinating look at early women’s hockey, and I gotta tell you, I would love a novel about Albertine LapensĂ©e, the 16-year old star forward of the league.
  • This was the Sunday Long Read on nhl.com, but in case you didn’t already see it, the article about Hwangbo Young is really great. Young, a female hockey player who escaped North Korea to become a star player in South Korea, has become a huge ambassador and advocate for women’s hockey in South Korea. Prepare for some feelings.
  • On a lighter note, Second City Hockey has taken a break from their normal coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks to assemble a list of all the Team USA players on twitter. If you’re looking for some good follows, I’d recommend starting with Julie Chu (@juliechu13), who’s always quality, and Jessie Vetter (@vetter31), who likes to post a lot of vines of her teammates being goofs. 🙂
  • Not even Team Japan can escape the dreaded fake laces.
  • As you saw, Lindsay Fry was named to the US Olympic team last week. She’s the first Arizonan to play ice hockey for Team USA at the Olympics, male or female, and the Phoenix Coyotes interviewed her back in September about being on the national team and possibly going to the Olympics. It’s some cute. 🙂
  • As you might have heard, Tessa Bonhomme was cut from the Canadian Olympic roster, much to fairly widespread shock and surprise. James McClure over at Rink Rover has an article about just why that’s such a snub.

Weekly News for Dec. 31, 2013

Women’s National Teams: