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CaptainMusky

Pitter Patter Lets Get at Er -- College Hockey Chatter

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CaptainMusky

The season is among us. Some teams had a little warm up last weekend, but real action starts for most this weekend.

Let's hear your predictions for your favorite team?

I'll go first :-)

Gophers will win the Big Ten and be NCAA Champs. They returned many of the key components from last year's Runner Up team including most importantly Wilcox who is arguably one of the best goalies in the Country.

They have some youth coming in at D, which has me a bit concerned, but with that youth we have some size. Nice to have some beef on the back end.

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PierBridge

Why is it not on tv this weekend?

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yakfisher

Women's volleyball? That's what I found last year when I looked for a game in November. Wasn't one of the excuses for ruining college hockey more tv exposure and better revenue? Way to go Big 10.

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CaptainMusky

I believe 31 of the 36 gopher games are televised. It is lame because it used to be every game with the exception of Michigan tech would be televised.

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Bryce

Go Sioux

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hoppe56307

is there any where to listen to the game online, i found a video link but there is no play by play.

Gophers

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hoppe56307

already 1-0

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solbes

As a rabid Bulldog fan, I have to ask who the H#[email protected] is Kasimir Kaskisuo and why has he let in 2 of 4 shots? Never heard of this guy, but I see he's from Finland. Hopefully Sandy knows what he is doing.

Too bad the game is not on TV.

Seems like the Dogs could have a good year, but have really struggled finding solid goaltending since Reiter graduated.

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CaptainMusky

1500 ESPN should have play by play.

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BartmanMN

I'll be at the Huskies game tonight. Raising the NCHC banner.

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OnAFly

Is it just me, or has college hockey gone by the wayside? Maybe I just don't get any exposure to it anymore.

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PierBridge

Go Sioux

This but kicking by the Beavers over the Sioux might be a good thing? grin

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CaptainMusky

The dismantling of the wcha is what really hurt college hockey regionally. We can thank the big ten for that.

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Scum Frog

All around good showing by the lowly WCHA last night.

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Hester

The dismantling of the wcha is what really hurt college hockey regionally. We can thank the big ten for that.

No doubt that Is the problem. The big ten has to steal every dime every chance they get.

College hockey has transphered to the pro level more now than ever. It makes it a lot more fun to watch the NHL. It seems every NHL team has a handful of Americans and several from the wcha/big ten.

6 or 8 years ago I went to a wild game with all the Arena managers across the state.

They new their attendance was about to take a dip, they asked what they could do to boost interest from outside the metro. I mentioned not only did they not have any Minnesotans on the team at the time but they didn't have 1 American up with the team. Basically I'm just saying that with some recognizable names to follow from college, makes for good hockey for the viewers.

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CaptainMusky
All around good showing by the lowly WCHA last night.
nothing wrong with the wcha. Some good teams but they are going to have a tough time over the next 5 to 10 years. Its sad as the wcha was the best conference in college hockey with the best conference tourney and that's all gone. Now there are 3 different conferences those schools play in and not one of them has sellouts in the tourney. Pathetic. One year they are packing Xcel the next they should have all been playing at a school site.

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fishing tech

Barring any serious injuries or poor refereeing the Gophers should be the team to beat. Put the bulls eye on them and watch game by game the opponents run at them.

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Bear55

Yep gophs are stacked this year at all positions, should be a fun year.

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solbes

Lets see in relevant college hockey, we have:

Denver at Minn Duluth: split-skis. Only 1 of UMD's 2 goalies ever show up

Ala-bammer at the Purple Land Cows: Purple Land Cow riding a broom

St Cloud at Union: No idea, is Union good again this year?

Bemidji at Minnesota: Obvious, but how can only 6 teams makeup the BIG 10?

Did Bucky need a break already? I don't see them on this weekend's schedule.

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archerystud

St Cloud - Need to find secondary scoring, if they do that they'll be tough. Depends on how the younger players develop and if they get a goalie to step up. I think Union lost a lot last year and it NOT the #2 team in the nation.

Huskies earned a split at Union but it sounds they switched goalies in the first period the first night. However, 3G on 6 shots then it was probably warranted.

I'm cautiously optimistic on St. Cloud. Need to see how they are looking in early Jan.

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CaptainMusky

Wilcox didn't have his best outing last night but gophers still find a way to win. That Bristedt kid is going to be a monster. Dang can he play. Might be the best skater on the team!

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archerystud

Gophers vs Huskies on my favorite bow hunting weekend of the year, that bites!!

Huskies outshot Union pretty bad last weekend both nights in NY but goal tending wasn't stellar. Gotta expect 2 Gopher wins on the weekend but maybe we can steal a win....

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CaptainMusky

This series is always fun. Wilcox was shaky last Saturday so who knows who shows up there. Gophers definitely have the firepower but these games can really go either way.

Having said that gopher sweep with 4-1 and 5-2 wins. :-)

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leechlake

I don't know if it rings true anymore to the extent it used to but even though I went to the U I like that some of the Husky players were passed up by Lucia and have a chip on their shoulder and come out to prove a point and have come through quite a few times. I still want the Gophers to win but really don't mind when the Huskies come through. Like said great series that in a short amount of time has really made and Gopher Wolverine Little Brown Jug game pale in comparison, great rivalry.

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yakfisher

Guck th Fophers!

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archerystud

leechlake,

I think the rivalry was a little bigger a while ago. Also sucks they both teams aren't in the WCHA, but I can't fault the Gophs there as they were the only team B10 that wanted to stay in the old conference.

I always loved the fact that the NHC was HOPPING when the Gophs showed up. Should always be a good rivalry with the close proximity of the schools.

Gophers have the experience and talent. I haven't watched the Huskies this year but they should be solid on D and the first line, need a little depth. But maybe a game like this gets some of the young guys going.

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CaptainMusky

Its always the same. The Superbowl or Stanley cup is when these other schools play the gophers. Always has been probably always will. U of M is by far the biggest school in the former wcha so the clearly have a target. Its what makes those rivalries so much fun. [PoorWordUsage] that its only once a season now. Oh well end of rant on that beeeesssss move.

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yakfisher

Its always the same. The Superbowl or Stanley cup is when these other schools play the gophers. Always has been probably always will. U of M is by far the biggest school in the former wcha so the clearly have a target. Its what makes those rivalries so much fun. [PoorWordUsage] that its only once a season now. Oh well end of rant on that beeeesssss move.

Yep, the "little six" conference ended all but 2 real good rivalries in college hockey east of the Hudson River.

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CaptainMusky
Yep, the "little six" conference ended all but 2 real good rivalries in college hockey east of the Hudson River.
Agreed. I wish it never happened. The days of the WCHA Final 5 were awesome. Always HUGE turnouts. Now they have 3 Conference Tournaments who couldnt even fill a College venue let alone the X. VERY SAD.

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Bear55

Yep just can't get into it like I use to.

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