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  • dpm105
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    Re: Midwest Regional: Minnesota State, Nebraska-Omaha, Harvard, RIT

    Originally posted by Red Cows View Post
    I assume you mean "either/or" since UNO and PC play in the national semifinal?
    Yes, meaning I would be pleased if either of those schools win the whole thing.

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  • Red Cows
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    Re: Midwest Regional: Minnesota State, Nebraska-Omaha, Harvard, RIT

    Originally posted by dpm105 View Post
    I will be at the Frozen Four, rooting for a PC/UNO national championship.

    I assume you mean "either/or" since UNO and PC play in the national semifinal?

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  • dpm105
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    Originally posted by Red Cows View Post
    Also, to RIT fans, what a great, great place your building must be to see an RIT game in if the fans and students that showed up in South Bend are in any way representative of what it is actually like to be at one of your games. Yeah, we kind of outfanned you in South Bend, numbers-wise, but, at least you brought your band and helped create the kind of atmosphere that ought to exist at any NCAA game, in any sport, of this magnitude.
    Thank you. We are not the most glamorous program in the NCAA by any stretch of the imagination, but we are loud, proud (and obnoxious). http://www.uscho.com/frozen-four/201...o-go-home-yet/

    It has taken some time for the same game day atmosphere we enjoyed at cozy Ritter Arena (capacity of 2100) to make it's way over to our shiny new Gene Polisseni Center (capactiy 4300) but I dare say we are starting to build towards that home ice advantage again.

    I will be at the Frozen Four, rooting for a PC or UNO national championship. Enjoy the next two weeks, just be careful, after the first one, you'll get hooked!
    Last edited by dpm105; 03-31-2015, 07:57 PM. Reason: clarification

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  • StimulisRK
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    Originally posted by Red Cows View Post

    Also, to RIT fans, what a great, great place your building must be to see an RIT game in if the fans and students that showed up in South Bend are in any way representative of what it is actually like to be at one of your games. Yeah, we kind of outfanned you in South Bend, numbers-wise, but, at least you brought your band and helped create the kind of atmosphere that ought to exist at any NCAA game, in any sport, of this magnitude.
    It is a great place to see an RIT game. Every game has the double the sized corner crew and the pep band, we really are lucky! It's a great atmosphere.

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  • komey1
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    Good luck to UNO. Massa was huge. And congrats to RIT. Another great run for the Tigers.

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  • Red Cows
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    Me and the Mrs. are home from South Bend. Needless to say, it was a great weekend.The Compton Family Ice arena is a very nice facility, but, small (at least, by UNO standards). There are some things I think they could have or should have done a bit differently that could use some improvement but, by and large I really liked it. Access to the O'Briens was nil, even with cash in hand. The burly guy at the door there was just like the Black Night in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who said to King Arthur at the bridge in the forest, "None shall pass".

    I'm gonna save most of my thoughts for the UNO thread, but, one of the more interesting things that happened the entire weekend while I was in South Bend happened pregame, at O'Rourkes on Sunday afternoon before the championship game. Standing at the bar was a guy wearing RIT gear who was talking to a couple guys in Michigan State gear. The Michigan Staters immediately made it clear to me they were there to root for UNO since we are former CCHA brethren. The RIT guy then divulged his pretty crazy story to me. He lives in St. Paul, his daughter is a student at Notre Dame, his son is a student at Minnesota State Mankato, and HE is an RIT grad, having grown up in Rochester, NY. He wore Mankato gear on Saturday night and was actually relieved that they had lost because "Now I can wear my RIT gear". He said if MSM had won he didn't know what he was gonna do on Sunday and he was glad the choice had been made easy for him.

    Ryan Massa showed everybody why UNO is in the position they are in, now, and even though I don't care for Dave Starman like a lot of others here in the forum (and, he also looks like Eddie Munster, all grown up, or, a vampire. in general), I appreciated it when I saw him on Sportcenter ESPNU late last night wondering aloud about how it is that Massa isn't a Hobey Baker finalist during discourse during the show about the championship game.

    I also think that Zombo playing, for the first time since January 31st, was enormously uplifting to our guys as well.

    I have video I shot (more than 10 minutes of it) that I will upload and stick in the UNO thread with a Dropbox link. It runs from the final horn until the the last person leaves the ice. In it, among a lot of things, you'll see Trev Alberts literally hug every member of the UNO staff and every member of the team as they leave the ice last night. I think he was the happiest guy on the face of the Earth last night, except for me and a lot of other UNO fans.

    Also, to RIT fans, what a great, great place your building must be to see an RIT game in if the fans and students that showed up in South Bend are in any way representative of what it is actually like to be at one of your games. Yeah, we kind of outfanned you in South Bend, numbers-wise, but, at least you brought your band and helped create the kind of atmosphere that ought to exist at any NCAA game, in any sport, of this magnitude.

    As far as the game was concerned, once the Mavs scored the 1st goal of the game in the 3rd, I thought we probably were going to win, and when Ortega scored the 2nd goal I was sure of it. The tenor of the game and the atmosphere in the building changed after the first goal and it REALLY did after the 2nd one.

    FWIW, UNO and Providence have played exactly twice, previously. Once in Omaha at the Maverick Stampede in 2001 and once at RPI's tourney in Troy, NY in 2005 by scores of 4-3 (in overtime) and 4-2, respectively.
    Last edited by Red Cows; 03-31-2015, 12:20 AM.

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  • Pure Mel
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    Congratulations Nebraska!

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  • MavHockey14
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    Congrats UNO!

    Red Cows, it was nice chatting with you Saturday Night.

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  • ritBLKnORGsuit
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    Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
    You would go see Omaha play RIT even with free tickets?!?
    I mean it's basically the same thing as the RIT Lowell game at the Mariucci classic this year. It's two teams that the local hockey fan bases have never really heard of and you just expect them to be the type of hockey fans that will just go for the sake of watching hockey. Sorry but that is a minority unfortunately.

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  • mookie1995
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    Originally posted by Wi.Huskies Fan View Post
    Wonder why no butts in seats?
    You would go see Omaha play RIT even with free tickets?!?

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  • gomavs#1
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    What a game...well played RIT - had you scored the first goal, who knows what happens. Massa played like he has so many times before. Blais said earlier that he has won UNO at least 8 or 9 games on his own. That sounds about right. If he plays like that in Boston, watch out.

    Didn't think that we would be playing in April. Well played UNO, fans have been waiting since 1997 for this moment. After getting swept by SCSU in the NCHC playoffs, didn't know how we would bounce back. But it's on to Boston.

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  • TheEagle
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    Originally posted by WeAreNDHockey View Post
    Well we're running out of cities to host one then. Fort Wayne is out. So is Toledo. Cross off Grand Rapids. Deep six Green Bay. Millions of people (literally) within a 30 minute drive of the X and a Sioux-Gophers regional final only sold 9000 tickets (half a house) a couple of years ago, so that had to be a disappointment to you. How about St Louis? No wait we tried that and the 11 people who showed up there said never do this again.
    11,000 at the X that year. If the NCAA truly cares a lot about attendance, they'll go back to allowing regionals on campus. I believe Grand Forks in 2005 is still the highest attended regional in the last 10-15 years at an avg of 11,000. You could take care of the western regionals by alternating between the likes of St. Paul, Grand Forks, Madison, Omaha, Denver, Detroit maybe.

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  • mar7967
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    Great game, a ton closer than the score makes it seem. Massa is a beast. Congrats Omaha.

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  • WeAreNDHockey
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    Originally posted by lmg6841 View Post
    Worst part of this is that the final score line isn't going to reflect how close of a game this was. Thanks seniors. Good luck Nebromaha.
    Most evenly matched 4-0 game I have ever seen.

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  • WeAreNDHockey
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    Originally posted by Wi.Huskies Fan View Post
    No more regionals in South Bend. Attendance is pathetic.
    Well we're running out of cities to host one then. Fort Wayne is out. So is Toledo. Cross off Grand Rapids. Deep six Green Bay. Millions of people (literally) within a 30 minute drive of the X and a Sioux-Gophers regional final only sold 9000 tickets (half a house) a couple of years ago, so that had to be a disappointment to you. How about St Louis? No wait we tried that and the 11 people who showed up there said never do this again.

    The fact is, it is the format, the quick turnaround from the final conference weekends, the ticket prices, and the reality that college age people and younger don't have the same thirst for live sporting events than what was true even 10 years ago. Add to all this the fact that the distances between teams is often 5 and times greater than it is out east and you have a recipe for awful crowds. The fact that this one was in South Bend had nothing to do with the meager crowds. In fact of the recent regionals I have been to, this one had twice the atmosphere as any of them, and that was even with me still fuming over Notre Dame's pathetic season as I sat in my expensive season ticket seats and having no natural rooting interest. As for the lack of fans, there were more for the final tonight than at the two western regionals in 2013. Combined.

    I was actually surprised by the atmosphere in the building both nights. Good for the first game yesterday, not so much the second since Harvard brought no fans other than the 10 or 15 band members. Tonight it was pretty good too. A lot of UNO fans made the trip for the final and the RIT crowd also was a little bigger. In fact three of the four fanbases did a pretty good job, seeing as how none of them were within a few hours drive and tomorrow is a work/school day for the vast majority.

    Congrats to UNO on your first tournament wins and first trip to the FF. Congrats to RIT for making a little history as the first 16 seed to beat a 1. I'm insanely jealous of two teams getting the most out of their talent and actually showing chemisty and some signs of actually being coached. Good luck to the Mavs in Boston.

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