Thursday Night Pre-Game Movie:Labyrinth. A Jim Henson movie? With singing? That was the basis for Harry Potter? Yeah, that's right. I ask you, what is cooler than David Bowie? Nothing, that's what. Except for evil Bowie juggling a crystal ball.
Friday Afternoon Pre-Game Song: 'Til I Collapse by Eminem. An appropriate song before a hockey game. Or before your post-game drinking.
Game I'd Want to See If I Had Unlimited Funds: Colorado College at New Hampshire. Colorado College looked like they were for real last weekend when they earned a big sweep over Minnesota, while New Hampshire is one of the strongest teams in the east. This isn't just a great game. It's like watching Anthony Bourdain fight Dr. House.
Controversial Play That a WCHA Official Will Probably Screw-Up: Blown icing call that leads to a critical goal.
Cliche Arena Song of the Week: The Hockey Song by Stompin' Tom Connors. In 2004, Stompin' Tom was voted the 13th greatest Canadian, beating out other Canadian musicians like Shania Twain(19th), Celine Dion(27th), Avril Lavigne(40th), Bryan Adams(90th), and Anne Murray(95th). Proof that God exists, and really hates plywood.
Picks to Click
Last week: 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 wins, 92% save percentage
Forward-Justin Mercier, Miami
Defense-Kyle Lawson, Notre Dame
Goalie-Peter Mannino, Denver
Arena Food of the Week: Hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is a very underrated concession, especially if you're a pansy like me that doesn't really care for coffee. One part hot water, one part cheap, gross, sugary mix. That combo usually leads to hot chocolate being pretty cheap too. The truly brave can attempt to drink the chocolatey sludge that forms on the bottom of the cup at the end.
Pre/Post-Game Meal of the Week: Chicken burrito from Burrito-Loco Dinkytown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I think three different types of sour cream is a little too cutesy, and BBQ chicken in a burrito doesn't seem right, but you have to try pretty hard to screw up a burrito.
(Note: players listed as questionable didn't play last weekend due to injury, and I haven't heard any new information on their status.)
Ryan Stoa-Minnesota-Out with knee injury(Out for year)
Brad Malone-North Dakota-Out with shoulder injury
Zach Pelletier-Ohio State-Out with leg injury(Out for year)
Bryan Hogan-Michigan-Out with illness
Jimmy Kilpatrick-Colorado College-Out with hip injury
Mike Louwerse-Minnesota State-Out with groin injury
Jason Wiley-Minnesota State-Questionable with undisclosed injury
Juha Uotila-Nebraska-Omaha-Out due to academics
Mark Olver-Northern Michigan-Questionable with concussion
Nathan Davis-Miami-Questionable with upper body injury
Funny Joke that Somebody Else Wrote: "My sister has multiple personality disorder, and there's nothing funny about that. But one time, she called me, and my caller ID exploded." --Zach Galifianakis
Predictions For You Compulsive Gambling-Types That Have to Bet:
Gambletron 2000's Pick of the Week: Thursday night- Ohio State 164 Minnesota 0
Smooth Jimmy Apollo's 52% Lock of the Week: Friday night- Clarkson 4 Lake Superior 1
The George Costanza Special(A prediction that is the exact opposite of every instinct and inclination I have): Michigan Tech sweeps North Dakota