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JF_Gophers
11-11-2011, 01:40 PM
1) The Quality of the two teams playing: Fortunately I already have a formula for this, so I will plug the two sides into the formula and get their point values.I don't understand what the teams quality has to do with the quality of the individual game in question. I don't see why teams need an arbitrary boost in points based on perceived quality (records, ranks, etc).

Sacred Heart vs Robert Morris could be the greatest game ever played. But they would somehow be devalued for their records in that season? :confused:

Ralph Baer
11-11-2011, 01:43 PM
I don't understand what the teams quality has to do with the quality of the individual game in question. I don't see why teams need an arbitrary boost in points based on perceived quality (records, ranks, etc).

Sacred Heart vs Robert Morris could be the greatest game ever played. But they would somehow be devalued for their records in that season? :confused: It will probably be devalued because no one is likely to nominate games between those two schools.

bigblue_dl
11-11-2011, 01:45 PM
FS, as much as it kills me, I'd like to add this game to the list:

Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech. October 18th, 2003.

http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey/2003/10/18/northern-michigan-vs-michigan-tech/

Michigan Tech went up 3-1 on NMU just five minutes into the second period, until late in the second when NMU got on a roll and scored five goals (6-3) to put the game out of reach with just over five minutes to go in the third.

Well, that's what NMU thought. Michigan Tech scored a "doesn't matter" goal on the Power Play with just over two minutes to go in the game to make it 6-4 NMU. Then Colin Murphy scores his second of the game with a minute thirty to go in the game to make it interesting (6-5 NMU).

Tech pulls Ellsworth for the extra attacker in the final minute of the game. With just thirty seconds remaining in what looked like an easy NMU victory just four minutes earlier... MTU's Colin Murphy scores a hat-trick to tie the game.


Followed up by his fourth goal of the game, and the winner with two minutes to go in OT.



And I'm pretty sure this was "The Game" that got most, if not all of the "old" misfits addicted to the Huskies. It's a shame that it wasn't televised, as I doubt there is a tape of that game anywhere anymore.Damm that game. I spent so much time and money following a ****ty hockey team because that game hooked me.

WeAreNDHockey
11-11-2011, 01:50 PM
Here's one, although it doesn't have many far reaching implications (not a playoff, not between two teams with much history or a rivalry to speak of, likely unknown nor remembered by those who weren't there):

Notre Dame VS Western Michigan @ Lawson, January 28th, 1983. Long time ND fans remember this game as the one that followed the announcement that Notre Dame was dropping the team all the way to club status.

Western skated to a 3-0 lead in the first 7 minutes of the game. Later they led 4-1, 5-2, and 7-4. With fewer than 5 minutes to play, and still trailing 7-4, Notre Dame takes a penalty. With Notre Dame short-handed, Rex Bellomy scores at the 16:11 mark to make it 7-5. At 17:37 of the 3rd, another Irish goal makes it 7-6. And with just over a minute to play, Irish All-American Kirt Bjork caps off a 3 goal night, scoring Notre Dame's 7th, sending the game to an unlikely overtime. Overtime rules then had a regular 15 minute intermission followed by a 10 minute sudden death session. Not seeing any blunting of their momentum, John Deasey scored for Notre Dame 1:44 into the OT for an improbable 8-7 Notre Dame win.

John Fineran, the hockey beat writer for the South Bend Tribune at the time had a memorable opening to his game article the next morning:
Notre Dame played taps for its hockey program Thursday afternoon and Western Michigan played taps for the Irish three times Friday night.

Friday's renditions were premature.

Fighting Sioux 23
11-11-2011, 01:53 PM
I don't understand what the teams quality has to do with the quality of the individual game in question. I don't see why teams need an arbitrary boost in points based on perceived quality (records, ranks, etc).

Sacred Heart vs Robert Morris could be the greatest game ever played. But they would somehow be devalued for their records in that season? :confused:

It was my thoughts that the greatest games would naturally feature the greatest teams, players and arguably coaches. I guess it comes down to how each person perceives "greatness" in relation to a game. The formula will reflect my perception of greatness. All things being equal, two very good teams (with great players and the like) playing against each other would naturally produce better hockey than two very bad teams (with arguably not as good of players) playing against each other. That was my rationale for looking at that particular piece of the formula. Obviously, I'm open to removing it from the formula, but it would take a very convincing argument. At the end of the day, I could always give both calculations for those that are extremely opposed to it being included.

Fighting Sioux 23
11-11-2011, 01:55 PM
FS23,

This is going to be real hard to quantify.

I understand that, but it has never stopped me before. :p:D:D

Runninwiththedogs
11-11-2011, 02:02 PM
Damm that game. I spent so much time and money following a ****ty hockey team because that game hooked me.

That's the game that hooked MEg, too.

Why are people mentioning the 1984 title game? That was a ****ty game.

Ralph Baer
11-11-2011, 02:07 PM
That's the game that hooked MEg, too.

Why are people mentioning the 1984 title game? That was a ****ty game.

What about the second 1985 semifinal? :p

motox
11-11-2011, 02:20 PM
March 17, 2006 Final Five Semi-Final: St. Cloud State Huskies vs Minnesota Gophers. Huskies win 8-7 in OT. Huskies were up 5-2, 6-3, and 7-5. Gophers scored game tying goal with 14 secs left in regulation. Greatest game I've ever attended. Just found this on youtube, quality isn't good but you get to see all the goals.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bEjQf9Pdh3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

bigblue_dl
11-11-2011, 02:22 PM
That's the game that hooked MEg, too.
And Shirtless Guy, and HuskyNation, and several others that either don't post anymore or never did.

goldy_331
11-11-2011, 03:03 PM
Why are people mentioning the 1984 title game? That was a ****ty game.

How the hell would you know? Had you even been born yet?

DLW4GOPHERS
11-11-2011, 03:18 PM
1979 NCAA title game. Minnesota vs North Dakota. Gophers win 4-3. Neal Broten scores while diving for the puck and flips it over the goal tender for the game winner.

bigblue_dl
11-11-2011, 03:57 PM
How the hell would you know? Had you even been born yet?She's old. Almost as old as you. :p

SanTropez
11-11-2011, 03:58 PM
March 17, 2006 Final Five Semi-Final: St. Cloud State Huskies vs Minnesota Gophers. Huskies win 8-7 in OT. Huskies were up 5-2, 6-3, and 7-5. Gophers scored game tying goal with 14 secs left in regulation. Greatest game I've ever attended. Just found this on youtube, quality isn't good but you get to see all the goals.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bEjQf9Pdh3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I'm pretty sure Jan hung a banner after that game.

JDUBBS1280
11-11-2011, 04:15 PM
I'm pretty sure Jan hung a banner after that game.

I think they hung one for every goal if I remember correctly.

Neil Diamond
11-11-2011, 04:18 PM
1993 National Championship: Maine v. LSSU

The outcome was horrible...but what a game. Amazing.

vizoroo
11-11-2011, 04:31 PM
old pio has been banned (for comments on the Penn State tread in the Cafe), I hope this thread doesn't close before he can return and bring some memories that others may not have.

skiumah2
11-11-2011, 04:40 PM
Completely forgot about SCSU's 8-7 OT game over Minnesota in the 2005 WCHA Final 5 Semi-final. That was a great game even though the outcome was horribly undesirable for me. ;)

Another bad memory for us Gopher fans:

UMD 5 - Minnesota 4 OT - 1998 WCHA First Round (Best of 3) - Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center - Duluth, MN
Deciding game 3 to see who advances to the Final 5 in Milwaukee. Down 4-0 with 14 minutes left, UMD rallys for the tie and wins it in overtime. One of the worst days of my life. However, I couldn't help but smile when head coach Mike Sertich slid on the ice into the goal while celebrating.

manurespreader
11-11-2011, 04:52 PM
The best game I ever saw was the 1973 NCAA final between MTU and Minnesota. With Minnesota winning 4-2. Tech had come into the game as the regular season WCHA champ with a record of 29-9-3. They had a tough time with Harvard but won in OT, and lost in a terrific game to Minnesota at the Boston Garden. I remember the game was really up tempo for all 60 minutes and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.Both teams were flying and it was a shame someone lost..I have never seen anything so exciting since. The Minnesota goalie won the MVP I believe and was put on the all tournament team. He was terrific. I believe Buzz Schneider was one of the UMTC players, and the coaches were Herb Brooks and John MacInnes.

Runninwiththedogs
11-11-2011, 05:16 PM
How the hell would you know? Had you even been born yet?

You are a crabby old man! And yes, I was. But Christ, do I have to put a **** smiley face on a post for it to be taken as a joke? MUST I STOOP TO SUCH LOWBROW TACTICS AS THE EMOTICON? Nay, I shall keep my standards high, and eschew the emoticon.

And I was so unbelievably drunk for the SCSU-UMTC 8-7 game. Oh, was I drunk. It was glorious.