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Will the Fighting Sioux win another National Title this year?

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dfricke1010

I wish since I go to school there, but I dont know Michigan is looking pretty good this year.

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backstrap

I hear you on the Wolverines, but if there's one team I dislike more than the pretty boys from Mlps/St.Paul, it's Red and his boys.

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Quackaddict9

Its possible but its gonna be tough. If they can come together and play good hockey, they'll win. Its going to be exciting if they get to the Frozen Four again.

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yakfisher

We'll see how Michigan does in the national tournament. They haven't exactly played a long list of top teams like the Sioux have. Check out their schedule on USCHO and you'll see what I mean. I would say that the quality of competition in the WCHA will give those schools a little head start come tournament time.

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PierBridge

Thats easy...... H.E double hockey sticks NO!.. grin.gif

With the overall parity in college sports spilling over to Hockey as well I'd say it's a roll of the dice like last year.

Lets not kid ourselves although the WCHA is still the best overall conference in the nation it's still just a shell of its former dominating self and doesn't have the great teams at the top like in years past.

I know the die-hard WCHA fans that still have their blinders on like over at USCO, RUBEChat, and other forums are using the standard talking point excuse that the WCHA is so deep now which of course I don't buy into at all.

Michigan just lost their 2nd best player "kolarik" which will really hurt them if he can't come back plus they are very young team also. I don't consider playing the Defending National Champions 5 times exactly a weak schedule, the rest of the country's Hockey top to bottom has made up considerable ground on the WCHA. We are NOT a shoe-in to have teams playing and winning the National title year in and year out anymore.

Flame away boys!

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varmithtr

The Sioux are hot. They will ride Oshie's back to another national chapmionship!!!

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NAPAFISH

It may be possible but I doubt it. Somebody will get arrested or suspended from the team.

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Quackaddict9

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It may be possible but I doubt it. Somebody will get arrested or suspended from the team.

yeah maybe kyle radke, sioux dont need him!

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TwinkeeDink

they're saying kolarik isn't supposed to miss that much time. he is a major part of the scheme for reds team though. i would agree with peirbridge that a lot of ground has been made up to catch up with the wcha, should make for an interesting national tourney. besides playing defending national champs 5 times you can add miami(who does have a weak schedule), ND, gophs, badgers, as well as BU & BC. weak schedule? come on man.

MAIZE & BLUE!!

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yakfisher

Michigan has the 14th most difficult schedule and Miami has the 32nd hardest. Take the for what it is worth but the top nine on the strength of schedules on the list are all WCHA teams. The WCHA has a 28-15-8 record against all conferences or a .627 win percentage the closest conference to that is the CCHA at 29-25-5 or .534 win percentage. This should provide a fine opportunity for the WCHA to win yet another title. Currently there is a possibility for 7 WCHA teams to make the national tourney and if it wasn't for the automatic bids to the AHA and CHA the WCHA could have 8 (the 8th team in Minnesota). The next closest league is the CCHA with the possibility of 4 teams. From the looks of the current numbers the WCHA certainly is the strongest league in college hockey.

Research man do some before you rag on the WCHA.

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PierBridge

It just shows how bad it is when teams like Duluth, Mankato ST, Wisconsin, St.cloud and yes even the Gophers are even being considered for the NCAA tourney!

The .627 is the worst winning percentage the WCHA has had against the rest of the country since they started keeping statistics......try to keep up YAK!

Its your choice to keep your Northdakota/wcha blinders on but....

Carry on! grin.gif

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NAPAFISH

Last time I checked .627 is better than .534

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PierBridge

 Originally Posted By: NAPAFISH
Last time I checked .627 is better than .534

What does that have to do with our main point that the WCHA is not nearly as dominant as in years past and one of reasons why as good as North Dakota is it's still going to be tough to win it all with the obvious parity we have in College Hockey ?

On a side note the 8th best team in CCHA completed a season sweep last night against the so called 7th best team in the COUNTRY Mankato State Mavericks last night 4-2 at Mankato.

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yakfisher

I'm confused bridge, do we quote the past do we not quote the past??? According to your previous posts you don't care about the past. Well, at least not anything older than the last nine years. I'm just using your rules and talking about this year. Oh by the way, can give me the WCHA's out of conference winning percentage for the last ten years? Or are you talking out of the wrong end again?

Just because the Chokers suck this year doesn't mean the league sucks too. Pierbridge you definitely need a hug. Maybe there is a support group or a twelve step plan you can get involved with. I'm sure there are other concerned Choker fans that will lend you a shoulder to cry on.

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yakfisher

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but this forum is about the Fighting Sioux not how bad the Gophers are this year.

Bridge go high-jack someone else's thread

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tjbassmaster

no they won't the mavs are going to.(I wish) but if the mavs don't it will be north dakota.

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PierBridge

 Originally Posted By: yakfisher
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but this forum is about the Fighting Sioux not how bad the Gophers are this year.

Bridge go high-jack someone else's thread

Highjack?.....I didn't high-jack anything I responded to posters in this thread that have more to say then "The golden chokers suck this year" "I would much rather hang out with some rural Canadian guys than a bunch of spoiled city boys." with my reasoning why I didn't think North Dakota would win it this year nothing off topic on anything I wrote at all.

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TwinkeeDink

yakfisher, if we want to start calling people out, why don't you get off your nodak finger givin soapbox and come to realize that nobody is saying the sux don't have a tight squad this year. the points brought up are simply saying it's not going to be a cake walk for ANY wcha team to take it down this year.

so, maybe, in fact probably, there is a support group for "poor und fans who are always getting picked on." come on, man.

tj, i know it's okay to be a homer, i'm from kato, but come on. mavs winning it all? it'd be a huge step for the program to make and win one in the national tourney, if they can hold on and not peter out against an ugly tech squad to end the season.

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backstrap

Support group for poor UND fans? You can't be serious!LOL as PB likes to say!!! Try again!

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blueberryum

I heard next year they were changing there name to the Squaw!!!

ha ha ha About time!!!!

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yakfisher

 Originally Posted By: PierBridge
"I would much rather hang out with some rural Canadian guys than a bunch of spoiled city boys." with my reasoning why I didn't think North Dakota would win it this year nothing off topic on anything I wrote at all.

So, you're saying that you would rather hang out with Sioux Hockey players than Gopher players??? That is the first thing that you have ever written that makes any sense at all.

So you think the Sioux have no chance because the Chokers suck and that makes all of the WCHA weak. You refuse to support anything you write with actual facts. How much worse is the WCHA's record this year over years past? You made the statement support it.

I think the Sioux have as good an opportunity to win this year as they have in any of the last 6 years, it is up to them to take it if they want it. Could Michigan beat them? Yes they could but I think it is more likely that Michigan is going to lose to a WCHA team once again in the tournament. I just hope the Sioux lose a game or two over the next few weeks to put that bad taste back in their mouths and keep them from becoming over confident.

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PierBridge

 Originally Posted By: yakfisher
 Originally Posted By: PierBridge
"I would much rather hang out with some rural Canadian guys than a bunch of spoiled city boys." with my reasoning why I didn't think North Dakota would win it this year nothing off topic on anything I wrote at all.

So, you're saying that you would rather hang out with Sioux Hockey players than Gopher players??? That is the first thing that you have ever written that makes any sense at all.

So you think the Sioux have no chance because the Chokers suck and that makes all of the WCHA weak. You refuse to support anything you write with actual facts. How much worse is the WCHA's record this year over years past? You made the statement support it.

I think the Sioux have as good an opportunity to win this year as they have in any of the last 6 years, it is up to them to take it if they want it. Could Michigan beat them? Yes they could but I think it is more likely that Michigan is going to lose to a WCHA team once again in the tournament. I just hope the Sioux lose a game or two over the next few weeks to put that bad taste back in their mouths and keep them from becoming over confident.

Those were quotes from you and varmit at least you have some hockey knowledge and you are not all insults and derogatory like Varmit.

Do you read any of these post I try to highlight things to make it easier for you to understand?

Posted by PierBridge above in this post.

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WCHA is not nearly as dominant as in years past and one of the reasons why as good as North Dakota is it's still going to be tough to win it all with the obvious parity we have in College Hockey ?

So now were back to a quote from you...... grin.gif

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I think the Sioux have as good an opportunity to win this year as they have in any of the last 6 years

I agree.

I'd add more but I don't want to confuse or offend you anymore.... grin.gif

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Bryce

Ahhh... keeping it simple. My kind of language. Here's how I'm doing it again this year. When the Fighting Sioux are winning, the flag keeps flying in my yard. It's on an extended run right now. With a little luck, I may need to replace it for next season. Now give me a cocktail or two and I get the hankering to add some complexity. As I look at it right now, it's fluttering pretty good. It must be windy. That's as complex as it needs to be. Much rather be be wailing on a #2 rodent team or better yet knocking them out of #1 than dealing with this M = Mediocre.

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