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  • How do you guys like having to travel all the way to Wisconsin instead of Columbus?

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    • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post
      How do you guys like having to travel all the way to Wisconsin instead of Columbus?
      I'm sure the team doesn't care at all where they play, but fans obviously would prefer Columbus. This is only Penn State's second trip ever to the national tournament, though, so they don't have the experienced die-hard fanbase of the usual WCHA teams that are always on top and make it to the tournament every year.

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      • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post
        How do you guys like having to travel all the way to Wisconsin instead of Columbus?
        I expect the Janecke family is quite happy about it.

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        • Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

          I'm sure the team doesn't care at all where they play, but fans obviously would prefer Columbus. This is only Penn State's second trip ever to the national tournament, though, so they don't have the experienced die-hard fanbase of the usual WCHA teams that are always on top and make it to the tournament every year.
          The travel will be harder for your fans for sure!
          I'm told the reason you didn't get seeded in Columbus is Penn State complained loudly to the NCAA about our rink so the NCAA accommodated Penn State as the reseeding to Wisconsin's bracket didn't upset the balance they tried to achieve.

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          • Originally posted by robertearle View Post

            I expect the Janecke family is quite happy about it.
            I don't know...Madison is a whole hour's drive from Orangeville (bahahaha)!

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            • Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

              I don't know...Madison is a whole hour's drive from Orangeville (bahahaha)!
              The 2022 U-19 championships were held in Madison, and I bet there were 30 or 40 "team Janecke" members in the crowd - with my ticket pretty much right in the middle of them. I kept asking where I was supposed to go to pick up my t-shirt.
              Last edited by robertearle; 03-10-2024, 04:50 PM.

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              • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post

                The travel will be harder for your fans for sure!
                I'm told the reason you didn't get seeded in Columbus is Penn State complained loudly to the NCAA about our rink so the NCAA accommodated Penn State as the reseeding to Wisconsin's bracket didn't upset the balance they tried to achieve.
                There was no "reseeding" of Penn State. #7 St Lawrence playing #10 Penn State at #2 Wisconsin is exactly what the Pairwise would say the bracket should be.

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                • Originally posted by robertearle View Post

                  There was no "reseeding" of Penn State. #7 St Lawrence playing #10 Penn State at #2 Wisconsin is exactly what the Pairwise would say the bracket should be.
                  Sorry, but it's not speculation on my part. I have very solid information to back up my claim. Penn State would have been in Columbus if not for their complaints.

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                  • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post

                    Sorry, but it's not speculation on my part. I have very solid information to back up my claim. Penn State would have been in Columbus if not for their complaints.
                    No it isn't "speculation" It's math.

                    The numbers are the numbers. Wisconsin is the #2, St Lawrence is the #7, and Penn State is the #10 of the teams that qualified. This is not "debatable". The bracket is exactly what the Pairwise would indicate, and there was no "reseeding" from that.
                    Last edited by robertearle; 03-10-2024, 06:02 PM.

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                    • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post
                      I'm told the reason you didn't get seeded in Columbus is Penn State complained loudly to the NCAA about our rink...
                      What exactly was the complaint about your rink?

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                      • Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

                        What exactly was the complaint about your rink?
                        All I was told it was about our facilities being sh*tty.
                        Our visitors locker room is in the rinks basement and they and have to climb up a narrow stairwell to the ice and the restrooms are no picnic either for the visiting team.
                        Last edited by Hockeybuckeye; 03-10-2024, 07:00 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post

                          All I was told it was about our facilities being ****ty.
                          Our visitors locker room is in the rinks basement and they and have to climb up a narrow stairwell to the ice and the restrooms are no picnic either for the visiting team.
                          Did Penn State get the downstairs dressing room? QU was higher seeded so Penn State may have had to travel through the field house and breeze way. How many OTs did that game go to? I would definitely complain if my team had to go for a hike between periods. I honestly think OSU is at risk of being told they need to host in a different rink at some point. Or at least have the first round game somewhere else.

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                          • Originally posted by robertearle View Post

                            No it isn't "speculation" It's math.

                            The numbers are the numbers. Wisconsin is the #2, St Lawrence is the #7, and Penn State is the #10 of the teams that qualified. This is not "debatable". The bracket is exactly what the Pairwise would indicate, and there was no "reseeding" from that.
                            Sorry but it was as inside information as you can get, but the source is confidential. If you don't want to believe it that's your business. I know what I know.

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                            • Originally posted by Lindsay View Post

                              Did Penn State get the downstairs dressing room? QU was higher seeded so Penn State may have had to travel through the field house and breeze way. How many OTs did that game go to? I would definitely complain if my team had to go for a hike between periods. I honestly think OSU is at risk of being told they need to host in a different rink at some point. Or at least have the first round game somewhere else.
                              I think Lindsay is right and Penn State had the locker room that was across the field house. They mentioned the long trek back and forth in the press conference after the triple-OT game with Quinnipiac.

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                              • Holy moly. That game went to 3OT. Definitive answer that yes the rink has the potential to impact the play of the game if you have a team walking from the far side of the field house. Even the wasted minutes not getting to rest or debrief because you’re on an Ohio State walking tour.


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