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Tiggsy
02-17-2011, 11:31 AM
Yeah, I'm with you. I just have a hard time getting there when they knew how important the UAA series was, or the tUMD series, or the Ferris State and Union games and laid enormous eggs. IF they string something together then I'll buy futures, but until then I'm going to be teetering on the fence.

If this was any other series I may be inclined to agree. However if this team can't piece together a good weekend for bucky, they got much bigger problems. So I'm holding out hope it will turn out okay. Last week showed a glimmer of hope even though it was still a split. Typically this team crumbles as soon as they start winning people over, but maybe one of these times it will be different.

ScoobyDoo
02-17-2011, 11:47 AM
If this was any other series I may be inclined to agree. However if this team can't piece together a good weekend for bucky, they got much bigger problems. So I'm holding out hope it will turn out okay. Last week showed a glimmer of hope even though it was still a split. Typically this team crumbles as soon as they start winning people over, but maybe one of these times it will be different.

I was at Mariucci when Bucky won 6-0. They are entirely capable of not getting "up" for Bucky. Bucky in this case (at least for me) has nothing to do with it.

Tiggsy
02-17-2011, 11:52 AM
I was at Mariucci when Bucky won 6-0. They are entirely capable of not getting "up" for Bucky. Bucky in this case (at least for me) has nothing to do with it.

Yes, but the next night they played an okay game and escaped with a point. It is possible to do better. They have shown it before and maybe will again this weekend and beyond.

Stauber1
02-17-2011, 12:06 PM
Yeah, I'm with you. I just have a hard time getting there when they knew how important the UAA series was, or the tUMD series, or the Ferris State and Union games and laid enormous eggs. IF they string something together then I'll buy futures, but until then I'm going to be teetering on the fence.

Saying they laid eggs is totally unfair.
They went up to Grand Forks, where they have gotten destroyed the past few years, took game 1 and then entered the last period of the weekend only down a goal (despite getting into penalty trouble).
Saturday against UAA they clearly controlled play, they just couldn't overcome what has been their biggest weakness (finding the back of the net).
in Duluth, they played very well in the tie, and then Saturday despite having one of the best players in the country have the best night of his college career managed to keep coming back and making it a game.
Last weekend they outplayed Denver 5 out of 6 periods.
I'm not going to comment on the holiday tournament other than to say that game against Union was one of the 5 worst college hockey games I've ever been to. Both teams looked horrible.

You can go back to your typical response about "moral victories," but that's not what I'm talking about. These guys have been putting on a pretty good show lately.

Per your previous post, if MN pulls out 3 or 4 points this weekend, they will be in the mix for 5th place in the conference and right on that NCAA bubble (15th-17th in the pwr). Just for the record, DU finished 4th (out of 10) in 2004.

If UW doesn't get at least 2 points this weekend, their chances at home ice and a tourney bid will plummet.

And while you and Gurtholfin might not care about making the NCAA Tournament, I guarantee every single one of the guys on the ice this weekend is dieing to be playing hockey that last week of March. That's what's on the line this weekend, and that's why I'm looking forward to seeing these two teams go to battle.

ScoobyDoo
02-17-2011, 12:06 PM
Yes, but the next night they played an okay game and escaped with a point. It is possible to do better. They have shown it before and maybe will again this weekend and beyond.

If they split this weekend and manage to actually sweep the next two weekends and then sweep into the Final Five tournament then there may be some room for some optimism about a possible NCAA berth. That means however they need to do what they haven't done all year and that's string 6 wins in a row after taking a game in Wisconsin either Friday or Sat. You'll excuse me if I don't hold my breath.

gopher wes
02-17-2011, 01:29 PM
Holy wow. I had no idea I would miss this much for not having checked in on this thread until Thursday. This thread is ridiculous and I can't believe Gopher fans are talking about a Gopher sweep. I know it's been awhile since Gopher fans have seen play like that, but one win(a good one albeit) doesn't make the Gophers and instant contender. I'll eat my words if it goes better than a split for the Gophers.

Bronzebacks
02-17-2011, 02:28 PM
Holy wow. I had no idea I would miss this much for not having checked in on this thread until Thursday. This thread is ridiculous and I can't believe Gopher fans are talking about a Gopher sweep. I know it's been awhile since Gopher fans have seen play like that, but one win(a good one albeit) doesn't make the Gophers and instant contender. I'll eat my words if it goes better than a split for the Gophers.

I have no doubt the UW is a solid team. However, they have had a relatively soft schedule. If they get swept in any of the next 3 weekends they could find themselves watching the NCAAs from home this year. They virtually have no chance to move up in the pairwise in the next 3 series.

gopher wes
02-17-2011, 02:40 PM
I have no doubt the UW is a solid team. However, they have had a relatively soft schedule. If they get swept in any of the next 3 weekends they could find themselves watching the NCAAs from home this year. They virtually have no chance to move up in the pairwise in the next 3 series.
Not going to disagree with that, but that doesn't make me think the Gophers can sweep them(like some Gopher fans are hoping/predicting).

Tiggsy
02-17-2011, 02:55 PM
Not going to disagree with that, but that doesn't make me think the Gophers can sweep them(like some Gopher fans are hoping/predicting).

That along with the series result from earlier in the year makes a sweep prediction difficult. Hoping but not predicting.

Chuck Schwartz
02-17-2011, 03:13 PM
I have no doubt the UW is a solid team. However, they have had a relatively soft schedule. If they get swept in any of the next 3 weekends they could find themselves watching the NCAAs from home this year. They virtually have no chance to move up in the pairwise in the next 3 series.

They virtually have no chance to move up in the PWR the next 3 weekends? We play 3 teams that are all TUC's. I think we have a pretty good shot at moving up if we win some games.

UWisco
02-17-2011, 03:30 PM
I have no doubt the UW is a solid team. However, they have had a relatively soft schedule. If they get swept in any of the next 3 weekends they could find themselves watching the NCAAs from home this year. They virtually have no chance to move up in the pairwise in the next 3 series.
I think the gophers have absolutly no chance of ever getting to the NCAAs again.

ScoobyDoo
02-17-2011, 03:32 PM
I think the gophers have absolutly no chance of ever getting to the NCAAs again.

:rolleyes:

Bronzebacks
02-17-2011, 03:36 PM
They virtually have no chance to move up in the PWR the next 3 weekends? We play 3 teams that are all TUC's. I think we have a pretty good shot at moving up if we win some games.

Every team UW plays might be TUC's, but they are all below them in in the Pairwise. Regardless of what happens at the end of the regular season, UW will be a bubble team. The WCHA playoffs will be a critical time for Bucky, the playoffs will be the only opportunity to beat a team that could give them a jump.

Chuck Schwartz
02-17-2011, 03:39 PM
Every team UW plays might be TUC's, but they are all below them in in the Pairwise. Regardless of what happens at the end of the regular season, UW will be a bubble team. The WCHA playoffs will be a critical time for Bucky, the playoffs will be the only opportunity to beat a team that could give them a jump.

That's not really true but ok.

ScoobyDoo
02-17-2011, 03:42 PM
Every team UW plays might be TUC's, but they are all below them in in the Pairwise. Regardless of what happens at the end of the regular season, UW will be a bubble team. The WCHA playoffs will be a critical time for Bucky, the playoffs will be the only opportunity to beat a team that could give them a jump.

What? Huh?

UWisco
02-17-2011, 03:43 PM
Chuck, Bronzeback just admitted the Gophers are worse than the great Badgers by saying their below us in power. These rodent fans are nothing to waste energy over, save your energy for tomorrow when a cyber brawl will happen.

Bronzebacks
02-17-2011, 03:47 PM
I think the gophers have absolutly no chance of ever getting to the NCAAs again.

You could not be more wrong. They can flip the comparison with UW this weekend. The problem UW has is you have not beaten many high ranked teams. Denver(1-1) & UMD (1-3) are the only good teams you UW has beat. UM has beat Michigan, North Dakota, & Denver. Bucky has not much they can gain but a great deal they can loose in the remaining schedule.

I am not trying to beat on UW, just saying how it is.

UWisco
02-17-2011, 03:51 PM
Bronze I'm just trying to have fun with the greatest rivalry in college hockey, I'll trash talk tomorrow but for know, cheers.

Bronzebacks
02-17-2011, 03:52 PM
That's not really true but ok.

How is it not true?

Current Pairwise:
UW-15t
UMN-19t
SCSU-26
CC-17t

Where is the big bump going to come from? Please explain.

Chuck Schwartz
02-17-2011, 03:52 PM
You could not be more wrong. They can flip the comparison with UW this weekend. The problem UW has is you have not beaten many high ranked teams. Denver(1-1) & UMD (1-3) are the only good teams you UW has beat. UM has beat Michigan, North Dakota, & Denver. Bucky has not much they can gain but a great deal they can loose in the remaining schedule.

I am not trying to beat on UW, just saying how it is.

facepalm.