Duluth is only 2 and a half hours from Minneapolis, which by Minnesota standards, isn't all that far. Their fans would travel pretty well. I'm sure in the committee can finagle it, they'd like to get UMD at Mariucci if they can't get Minnesota.
Unverified Voracity Sans Commas
Programming note: I'm jammed up, as I'm headed to the hockey game tonight and that will take up a big hunk of time. I plan on getting another numbers-centric preview up for the Oklahoma game tomorrow, hopefully by 2-ish.
via the Fairbanks News-Miner
Also the other team. The hockey team—which is very, very good—takes on Alaska tonight at 8 in the CCHA semifinals. Yost Built has your ten things; this one gives the best picture of what Michigan is up against tonight:
Weird team. They've shut out their opponent on eight occasions this year. They've been shut out ten times. You want to know why Ocho Cinco [Alaska goalie Chad Johnson -ed] won CCHA Player of the Year? They scored 54 goals in CCHA play and still finished fourth. That's 1.93 goals per game. The only team that scored fewer was FYS with 43 (43??!!!). The saving grace for them was that they only gave up 51, tying them with Michigan for the fictional "Jennings Trophy" of the conference, and finishing one ahead of Notre Dame.
First goal will be very important because there don't figure to be many of them. FWIW, KRACH says Michigan has a 73% chance of victory; Michigan and Alaska split in Fairbanks with Alaska winning 4-1 Friday and Michigan taking the Saturday game 3-2.
The latest from practice has Robbie Czarnik definitely available and Ben Winnett questionable; Scooter Vaughn is also practicing as a fourth-line forward.
Northern and Notre Dame are in the other semi; you are rooting for Northern, but without any real hope it will matter.
Good news from elsewhere: Minnesota ended its regular season last night with a loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA Final Five. The Gophers are currently the last team in the tournament at #14, but most of the possible results from the weekend knock them out. They're in if all favorites win, but all it takes is one more Duluth win or one unexpected autobid and they're at home. Patman's latest tourney update has the Gophers with only a 23% shot at making it in.
Minnesota missing the tourney makes a potential Michigan game in Minneapolis far less likely to be a defacto road game. Duluth can still make it, but 1) Duluth is far away and their fanbase is considerably smaller, and 2) Duluth can get shipped; Minnesota, as a host, cannot.
And hardware. Michigan took home a couple awards at the CCHA banquet: Tim Miller was the best defensive forward and David Wohlberg was rookie of the year. Alaska's Johnson was the POY, as you might expect.
Also, Louie Caporusso is a Hobey finalist. This is a really weak year for the award, so it's not out of the question he wins. However, he's a sophomore without a commanding resume and Kevin Porter just won last year, so it's not likely.
Cooper, a Saline High School graduate, and Burkhardt, a Pioneer grad who runs his own Michigan basketball blog, enjoyed every minute of it smack-dab in the middle of Section 117, where most of the 2,000 or so Michigan fans were gathered.
No link provided, obviously. Eyerolling goes here.
Uh? Far be it from me to harp on typos excessively, as they get through here on a daily basis. But… uh… MLive article on the dynamite Rust-Hagelin-Palushaj line, excerpt of which is sic:
Matt Rust couldn't recall the game and Aaron Palushaj wasn't sure about details, butthere is no comma here Carl Hagelin got the memories going.
Well, copy editor guy, if you're going 100% by the book there isn't, but commas are often a stylistic device used to make a sentence flow differently. Some are optional. Also optional: leaving your corrections in the finished copy.
scooter as a forward what?
There most certainly does need to be a comma there. Trying to connect two independent clauses? You need a comma.
Actually, I think the copy editor guy removed the superfluous comma and replaced it with his comments. So there were originally commas before and after the "but."
Either way, that's fucking hilarious.
now that there is actual football going on
Actually, there isn't actual football going on; there's football practice. And, of course, there are actual sports going on right now -- basketball and hockey, and even some baseball -- which is why they're getting more space. I love football, but actual sports competition > practice. Always.
there are also alot of UMD fans actually residing the twin cites. When I was a kid in Minnesota, I went to a lot of Gopher games. Back then, UMD was big rival and they always has a strong presence at the old Williams Arena (predecessor to Mariucci).
Solid team, no doubt. I see they're ranked #1 again. Did BU gag on a chicken bone?
So there's pretty much zero chance that if we beat them tomorrow we pole vault over them and get the GR regional? Bummer, because we were hatching plans today on how to smuggle beers into the Van Andel suite to avoid paying $18 for a domestic 6 pack.
BU took 3 games to win their hockey east quarter final
And we won't jump notre dame but we can still hope the committee just puts us in grand rapids for the sake of attendance. maybe?
we beat them 47-0? No? Dammit.
I haven't seen much of them this year to be honest, but they are very strong defensively and in the neutral zone. Impressive.
1-0 ND over NMU in the 3rd.
tied it up witha minute left, then let one in.
Wanted to congratulate Michigan on a good game tonight. Aside from an excellent acting job to draw a major penalty at the start, it was a clean game that Michigan deserved to win. Hope you all beat Notre Dame tomorrow.
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