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04/04/2018 - 9:49pm I would agree with this, all

I would agree with this, all of the other Minnesota schools (except maybe Bemidji, but even they have a recent Frozen Four appearance) have basically caught up to the Gophers in terms of talent, and a lot of Nothern MN kids prefer to play at Duluth these days.

 

Also can't forget realignment, and how poorly the Gophers fanbase and alumni reacted to that. I've been in the Twin Cities for over two years now and when you talk to Gopher fans it is almost guaranteed that they will complain about leaving the WCHA. I've been to Mariucci twice and the building is pretty dead, and a lot of that has to do with lack of enthusiasm for B1G Hockey. The schools that left the WCHA for the NCHC have fared far better in terms of adapting to it, and I'd argue even the teams that went from the CCHA to the new WCHA have fared better. Michigan fans didn't like it at first but I think they've grown to accept it, but Gopher fans aren't there yet.

04/04/2018 - 8:54am If anyone is looking for a

If anyone is looking for a ticket to Thursday's game, I have an extra one on Sec. 206, would like to get it to a Michigan fan for $65. I'm in the twin cities so I can meet you somewhere

03/30/2018 - 9:52am Well I'm sitting solo in Sec.

Well I'm sitting solo in Sec. 206 (top row no less), but to be honest there isn't a bad seat at Xcel, the upper bowl is really steep so it gives an interesting view.

04/26/2016 - 12:59pm The last game UM played in

The last game UM played in Iowa City was at 11am and had a wind chill near zero, so hard to think a night game will be much worse.

04/25/2016 - 3:43pm Sounds like he's likely to be

Sounds like he's likely to be in the AHL next season, unless he has an excellent camp.

03/26/2016 - 7:16pm To me it looks like the

To me it looks like the second line is the strongest so far, and the CCM line needs to play much better in their own zone. Forwards are still way too deep on defense, and they knew UND loves to use the points.

They need to simplify things, they're making that extra pass when they don't need to. Like the chippy play, too, they're hanging with UND in the dirty areas on both ends.

03/24/2016 - 7:29pm I strongly recommend The

I strongly recommend The Dollop if you like history. 

Hang Up and Listen is good for a slightly sophisticated look at sports

03/23/2016 - 7:41pm I agree, UND was a driving

I agree, UND was a driving force behind the formation of the NCHC so I really don't see them leaving it so soon. Minnesota and Wisconsin are way more interested in restarting the rivalry than UND is.

The TV exposure is the only real appeal for them I can see, and I'm not sure it's enough. I thought NCHC was carried by CBS Sports, at least their tournament was, so how much more money can BTN really offer? I can't imagine the contracts for college hockey are all that lucrative.

To me it's far more realistic for UNO or Ferris to join as an 8th team.

 

03/23/2016 - 9:48am I don't really like adding

I don't really like adding ASU, there's no guarantee they'll even have a home rink by 2017, in fact I don't think it's likely. They struggled with some D3 teams this year, though that's understandable in their first year in D1.

Still, looks like another round of major realignment for college hockey. It kind of got lost but the WCHA commish said he wanted to add two more teams from the Western US, which I took to mean Air Force and ASU. If ASU goes to the B1G, the WCHA will have to look elsewhere (UNO maybe?) for that second team. Which means Hockey East and the NCHC will be looking to potentially add a team each, and it all follows from there.

03/19/2016 - 10:18pm NHL rinks are 200x85ft,

NHL rinks are 200x85ft, Olympic rinks are 200x100ft. Some older college rinks have different dimensions

03/19/2016 - 10:00pm To be fair I saw that kid

To be fair I saw that kid play a couple weeks ago and he is really good

03/19/2016 - 9:53pm Not the guy to leave all by

Not the guy to leave all by himself

03/19/2016 - 9:02pm Three backcheckers just

Three backcheckers just coasting on that goal

03/19/2016 - 8:58pm Minnesota is playing weak

Minnesota is playing weak right in front of the net on the ppl, gotta keep feeding it there

03/19/2016 - 8:31pm Ferris wins the WCHA

Ferris wins the WCHA

03/19/2016 - 8:20pm They were $37.50 at the door

They were $37.50 at the door I believe, way too much for a college game. I think the regional in St. Paul is $80 for an all session ticket.

Also should mention that the NCHC ffinal is going on across the river in Minneapolis, and two Minnesota teams are  in it which isn't helping attendance for this game.

03/19/2016 - 8:14pm I assume Nike will provide

I assume Nike will provide uniforms, but I believe they've signed with Bauer for the actual equipment. Hockey is a bit different than other sports since so much equipment isn't visible. I know it used to be that the players would be provided any skates/stick they wanted, I was at that UM Hockey camp and somebody asked either a coach or equip. manager about that. 

Pretty much everyone is in Bauer these days so it's not really an issue, but each brand fits slightly different and hockey players are very particular, so if somebody wants another brand they can get it.

03/15/2016 - 2:16pm I tend to agree but there

I tend to agree but there wasn't a ton of competition for the award

03/09/2016 - 2:47pm Double post so I'll add that

Double post so I'll add that even fewer people went to the Grand Rapids regional in 2013, which had the potential of being the last Minnesota/UND game for a while. They didn't end up playing each other

03/09/2016 - 2:43pm UND playing in St. Paul isn't

UND playing in St. Paul isn't the worst scenario, there's plenty of fans here and they have no problem traveling. But if they or St. Cloud ends up in Cincy (and one will) then you need a Michigan or Notre Dame in that region to bring any interest, and even then no guarantee there will be.

Look at what happened in Toledo, you had Miami and Notre Dame, but nobody showed up. Probably because nobody wants to be in Toledo, but still.

03/09/2016 - 1:49pm I know it's been said to

I know it's been said to death but the regionals really need to be in the host team's building. I get there might be some travel issues certain years but I think those would be few and far between. If absolutely necessary they can be moved to a minor league arena, but no NHL buildings.

03/07/2016 - 10:14am I get the impression that

Whoops, double post

03/07/2016 - 10:13am I get the impression that

I get the impression that people here who complain about B1G Hockey refs a.) forgot how bad they were in the CCHA and b.) don't watch any other college hockey. It's a problem across the board and has been forever

03/02/2016 - 3:34pm I love hockey but can't stand

I love hockey but can't stand either team. Plus I'm kind of bored at work today.

03/02/2016 - 3:10pm I hope the arena collapses

I hope the arena collapses during the game, causing no fatalities but rending players on both teams unable to play hockey ever again, while fans of both teams suffer from amnesia which makes them forget hockey ever existed.

02/28/2016 - 10:29pm Penn State had a billionaire

Penn State had a billionaire to bankroll the program, few schools have that. A school having a good club team isn't really a good indicator of potential, either, not many club players would end up on the D1 team.

I'd bet on Rutgers or Maryland getting a team before anybody out west in the B1G, college hockey is bigger in the Northeast anyway.

02/28/2016 - 4:42pm I also live in MN and the

I also live in MN and the Gophers play every one of those teams except UND, and they can't beat St. Cloud or Mankato lately. The other MN schools are getting on just fine in their new/old conferences.

Most of the angst against B1G Hockey comes from things that have little to do with realignment, most of the former CCHA schools fell off before realignment, and the NCHC has been good but not great. The WCHA benefitted by not being so top heavy.

Adding two start up programs won't help things, either, the conference is what it is right now.

02/26/2016 - 11:09pm I'm glad I've watched enough

I'm glad I've watched enough college hockey to expect this kind of officiating, I'm not even mad

02/26/2016 - 10:30pm That should not be reviewable

That should not be reviewable unless the rules are way different in college than in the NHL

02/26/2016 - 9:32pm It's almost as if they're

It's almost as if they're playing zone defense or something, I've never seen a hockey team give up so much open space in my life

02/26/2016 - 9:15pm These are the local guys for

These are the local guys for FSN North, they are awful. I live in Minneapolis and I'm amazed how bad the announcers are for both the Gophers and the Wild

02/26/2016 - 9:13pm Bad penalty, promptly given

Bad penalty, promptly given back though

I'm also shocked by the poor attendance, I know the gophers are underperforming but still

02/17/2016 - 2:36pm More that the owner/founder

More that the owner/founder is an ass, but that works too

02/17/2016 - 2:20pm If the allegations are true,

If the allegations are true, there is no better company for Peyton to represent than Papa John's

02/09/2016 - 11:46am I am also a recent

I am also a recent Minneapolis transplant, and from what I can tell Gopher fans are either apathetic or in an emotional fragile state, so I doubt you'll turn many heads by wearing Michigan gear.

But if it were me I'd just wear a navy sweater or something with no logo, that way you can plead ignorance if confronted.

02/08/2016 - 7:25pm I can tell you exactly why

I can tell you exactly why the defense is so bad, they have no structure in their own zone and the forwards provide zero puck support. As good as the CCM line is, they only start caring when they have the puck. 

 

02/07/2016 - 9:39pm #VoteJohnScott for mvp

#VoteJohnScott for mvp

02/07/2016 - 7:16pm TJ Ward  is the worst

TJ Ward  is the worst offender, yet Newton is the one who's talked about as a showboater

02/07/2016 - 7:13pm To get another TV break in

To get another TV break in

02/07/2016 - 7:03pm First botched review coming

First botched review coming up

02/06/2016 - 7:28pm They're a lot like Michigan

They're a lot like Michigan in that they have a lot of talent but are prone to defensive lapses and inconsistent goaltending. They did have a tough non-conference schedule, mostly due to playing the other MN schools who are pretty strong this season (except Bemidji)

02/02/2016 - 7:58pm A friend showed me a

A friend showed me a flowchart of the plot/characters of Infinite Jest. It made me glad I got into Vonnegut instead

01/30/2016 - 9:25pm Did the PSU guy really only

Did the PSU guy really only get a major penalty for that? He should've gotten a match for that

01/22/2016 - 10:38pm Full face shields aren't

Full face shields aren't allowed in the NHL unless approved by the league, i.e. when a player has an injury. And from playing adult rec league guys who wear cages, while probably smarter in the long run, never really learn to control their sticks 

01/08/2016 - 9:06pm In other beat down news Notre

In other beat down news Notre Dame is up 7-0 on Western...in the 2nd period

12/04/2015 - 3:27pm Any such clause would almost

Any such clause would almost definitely not be enforceable

11/14/2015 - 9:31pm I think Matt Millen just

I think Matt Millen just compared Bethard to Joe Montana

11/14/2015 - 9:31pm I think Matt Millen just

I think Matt Millen just compared Bethard to Joe Montana

10/31/2015 - 1:20pm This weather is dreadful, I

This weather is dreadful, I guess it's supposed to clear up by kickoff but I thought it was supposed to be reasonably nice out all day

10/28/2015 - 10:42am Moved to Minneapolis about a

Moved to Minneapolis about a month ago, probably won't go to the actual game since I haven't met any big college football fans here yet, but I might go down to the stadium area to check it out.