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  • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Sorry. Family first.
    I suspect many will use the game as an excuse to escape their family obligations.
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    • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

      Light NC schedule this season, 8 NC games down from 11 last season (2017-18 12 NC games) - CC, Niagara, UMD, All MN Mariucci Classic. Not too exciting, but with the declining revenue it's arguably a budget cut. Will anyone pay to see Niagara?

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      Last edited by SteveO; 06-06-2019, 01:41 AM.

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      • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

        Originally posted by SteveO View Post
        Will anyone pay to see Niagara?
        All the season ticket holders will.
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        • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

          Originally posted by SteveO View Post
          Light NC schedule this season, 8 NC games down from 11 last season (2017-18 12 NC games) - CC, Niagara, UMD, All MN Mariucci Classic. Not too exciting, but with the declining revenue it's arguably a budget cut. Will anyone pay to see Niagara?

          2019-20 Gopher Men's Hockey Schedule
          They play North Dakota over the Thanksgiving holiday.
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          • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

            Originally posted by SJHovey View Post
            They play North Dakota over the Thanksgiving holiday.
            Oops, my bad...

            As attendance and ticket revenue has declined in recent seasons, there's also been a consistent decline in NC games over the past five seasons and an increase in B1G games:

            Year: NC/B1G games

            2015-16: 16/20
            2016-17: 16/20
            2017-18: 12/24 (Notre Dame joins the B1G)
            2018-19: 11/24
            2019-20: 10/24
            Last edited by SteveO; 06-06-2019, 11:01 AM.

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            • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

              Do you remember a time when Gophers Men's Hockey liked to play more games in a season? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
              "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

              "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

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              • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                Do you remember a time when Gophers Men's Hockey liked to play more games in a season? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
                Has nothing to do with liking it or not - there are NCAA limits - which is 34, unless you have exemptions. Minnesota used to get exemptions for playing at Anchorage - which they don't do anymore.

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                • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                  Originally posted by ScoobyFanClub View Post
                  Has nothing to do with liking it or not - there are NCAA limits - which is 34, unless you have exemptions. Minnesota used to get exemptions for playing at Anchorage - which they don't do anymore.
                  Remember when people could laugh at silly little things around here? Pepperidge Farms doesn't remember that either.
                  "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

                  "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

                  "Good news! We have a delivery." Professor Farnsworth

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                    • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                      Originally posted by ScoobyFanClub View Post
                      Has nothing to do with liking it or not - there are NCAA limits - which is 34, unless you have exemptions. Minnesota used to get exemptions for playing at Anchorage - which they don't do anymore.
                      Some in season tournaments are also exempt which is why the Gophers played 36 games only three seasons ago before the NSCC was cancelled. I'd like to see that return to the schedule as an annual MN tourney and keep the Mariucci Classic open for NC games with good teams from other conferences.

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                      Not at all hockey related, but I was humbled once again by the remembrance of the unbelievable courage and determination of the thousands of brave young soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest sea invasion in history seventy-five years ago on June 6, 1944 to combat tyranny and secure the freedom we all enjoy today. There was little chance of survival and many never returned. I had to watch this clip from Saving Private Ryan one more time.
                      Last edited by SteveO; 06-06-2019, 03:26 PM.

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                      • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                        Notes from the Star Tribune's Randy Johnson on the upcoming Gophers' schedule:

                        Gophers schedule has a strong WCHA flavor, and that should be welcome news for fans

                        "If you’re a Gophers hockey fan who longs for the good old days of Minnesota in the WCHA, the news you received in your email box on Tuesday should make you happy. The Gophers announced their schedule for the 2019-20 season, and it’s downright WCHA-like.

                        The 34-game slate includes 24 Big Ten contests, of course, and the league that everybody loves to hate isn’t going away. But it’s the nonconference portion that should catch your attention. Eight of the 10 nonconference games are against former WCHA opponents.

                        That starts with the season-opening series at Colorado College on Oct. 11-12, which will mark the Gophers’ first visit to Colorado Springs since 2012. Not a bad trip if you can make it.

                        The Gophers will get a stiff challenge to close October, with a home-and-home series against Minnesota Duluth. Last year, Minnesota fared well against UMD, with a 1-1 tie in the Bulldogs’ NCAA banner-raising night and a 7-4 romp in Minneapolis a day later.

                        You want more games against Minnesota teams? You got it in the Mariucci Classic on Dec. 28-29. The Gophers open with Bemidji State in this Saturday-Sunday tourney and will play either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State in their second game. This brings back memories of the North Star College Cup that was played at Xcel Energy Center from 2014 to ’17. It’ll be interesting to see if the Gophers can continue the all-Minnesota format.

                        With apologies to the two-time defending NCAA champions from Duluth, the highlight of the Gophers’ schedule is the Nov. 28-29 visit from North Dakota. The Gophers-UND rivalry took a big hit when Minnesota was dragged into the Big Ten, and it’s not the same as it once was. Still, it should be played annually, just for the emotion and truculence it delivers.

                        The Gophers-UND series opener is on Thanksgiving, and that is certain to raise eyebrows. Sure, some won’t like hockey conflicting with the holiday and student attendance might suffer, but the reasoning makes sense. The Thursday-Friday format gives the series its own stage and it avoids the parking nightmares of playing that Saturday, the day the Gophers football team is host to Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium. College football rivalries often are played on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. Maybe that can work with college hockey.

                        Coach Bob Motzko will have a young team this season, and it’ll be tested early. After the home-opening series against Niagara on Oct. 18-19, the Gophers have a daunting six-week stretch against Minnesota Duluth, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and North Dakota, with all but the Michigan series at home. Those opponents have combined for 26 NCAA championships, including three of the past four.

                        Old WCHA rivals, in-state matchups and, most important, North Dakota visiting Mariucci. There’s a lot to like with this schedule."
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                        • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                          Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post
                          I suspect they were limited with options but whine away. Were I in town you can bet your a** I'd be there.
                          I'd think about it, I wanted to go to the last UND@MN game, but those prices....f that. That was ridiculous.
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                          • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                            Strong teams in the B1G next season: Penn St., Michigan, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. The Gophers lost 55% of their scoring and with a lot of youth on D and up front, and uncertainty in net, this will be a very challenging season for the Gophers.

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                            • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                              Originally posted by SteveO View Post
                              Strong teams in the B1G next season: Penn St., Michigan, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. The Gophers lost 55% of their scoring and with a lot of youth on D and up front, and uncertainty in net, this will be a very challenging season for the Gophers.
                              Agree 100%. If "very challenging" results in a very poor record I worry that we could see a further erosion in the fanbase.
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                              • Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

                                Originally posted by D2D View Post
                                Agree 100%. If "very challenging" results in a very poor record I worry that we could see a further erosion in the fanbase.
                                IMO I don't see the trendline in attendance changing much this coming season, perhaps even declining a bit further based upon what you mentioned and other factors. Both Ohio State and the Gophers lost a lot of scoring and I think these two teams will fight for some place (4th-5th) on the low end of the pack in the B1G standings.

                                With much of their high octane scoring returning, Penn St. is my early pick for the B1G title. The Liam Folkes' line with Evan Barratt and Alex Limoges is back who combined for 53 goals and 70 assists for 123 points good for 3.84 points per game, the most in the nation by any one line. Limoges tied Hirose (MSU -signed with Detroit) for most points in the nation last season. Their only negative is their D has to improve and Peyton Jones has to stop being a sieve. The Nittany Lions had the dubious honor of landing last in the B1G in GA and 5th in the nation. PSU is hosting the regional in their backyard in Allentown, PA in 2020, so if they get those things fixed they're a FF team.

                                Michigan lost Josh Norris and Hughes, but the bulk of their scoring returns and they will be contenders. They struggled in net last season. But they're bringing in 6-6, Goteborg, Sweden native, Erik Portillo (Frolunda HC J20) which seems like a nice find for the Wolverines.

                                Much of the scoring by committee for UW will be returning and they have one of their best recruiting classes in recent years coming in with forwards Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield expected to be first-round NHL draft picks later this month. They'll also get a head start on the season playing twice against the University of British Columbia in Vancouver over Labor Day weekend (August 30-Sept. 1). The NCAA allows teams to take a foreign trip for exhibition games once every four years. The big advantage for the BADgers is they get 10 days of practice leading up to the trip. Normally coaches can't get on the ice until the start of the fall semester on Sept. 4.

                                Notre Dame was young on the backline last season and only lost four seniors, so they'll be tough this season as well. With Cale Morris returning in net, whose .093 SV% was 7th in the nation, ND will be much improved from last season.
                                Last edited by SteveO; 06-09-2019, 05:13 AM.

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