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  • Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post

    Other teams to slide up when one slides down is the norm, to imply otherwise is reverse logic.
    In the prior poll, with Duluth at #7, Quinnipiac was #6. Q lost to Colgate and Cornell. That dropped them to #8. Cornell had been #8; they beat Princeton and Quinnipiac, and moved up to #6. St Cloud had been #9, but they lost to St Thomas, and so instead of rising, they dropped to #10. St Lawrence had been #10, they moved up to #9.

    Yes, Duluth lost twice, but so did the team immediately in front of them; and Duluth's losses were 'better' that Quinnipiac's. Should Q have stayed in front of Duluth to push Duluth down a spot?

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    • A tricky weekend coming up......

      UW at UMD. They split in Madison. If UDUB wants a shot at the regular season title, a sweep is a must. Not sure it will happen.
      OSU at St. Woof. They split in OH. The woofers are coming off a bitter loss. OSU got pushed to the brink by UMD.
      MSU/UM Home n Home. Kato eventually melted last weekend, but made the BADgers sweat. Same outcome for the Rodents?
      Tommies at Beavers. I have no idea Watts is going to happen here.

      I look deep into the crystal screen and I see only 1 sweep. I'll let your imaginations take it from there.
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      Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
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      • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
        A tricky weekend coming up......

        UW at UMD. They split in Madison. If UDUB wants a shot at the regular season title, a sweep is a must. Not sure it will happen.
        OSU at St. Woof. They split in OH. The woofers are coming off a bitter loss. OSU got pushed to the brink by UMD.
        MSU/UM Home n Home. Kato eventually melted last weekend, but made the BADgers sweat. Same outcome for the Rodents?
        Tommies at Beavers. I have no idea Watts is going to happen here.

        I look deep into the crystal screen and I see only 1 sweep. I'll let your imaginations take it from there.
        Boy I was a lot closer to just the 1 sweep than I thought I was going to be, UW and MN pulled rabbits out of hats to avoid splits. I think I'm starting to buy what the MN posters are saying about their team.

        Tbsu at Tosu. Only 1 letter different in their names but a world apart. Tosu coasting into Madison continues.
        Tommies "at" Gophies. Tommies aren't Kato, Gophies broom it up
        MSU at UMD. Should be interesting, maybe Kato get some points.
        Sled Pullers at Diggers. Diggers trying to stay alive for the league regular season title, they almost blew it Saturday. I honestly I see them dropping points to St. Cloud or maybe even the Rodents, so Tuso wraps it up on home ice.
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        Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
        "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
        Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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        • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post

          Boy I was a lot closer to just the 1 sweep than I thought I was going to be, UW and MN pulled rabbits out of hats to avoid splits. I think I'm starting to buy what the MN posters are saying about their team.

          Tbsu at Tosu. Only 1 letter different in their names but a world apart. Tosu coasting into Madison continues.
          Tommies "at" Gophies. Tommies aren't Kato, Gophies broom it up
          MSU at UMD. Should be interesting, maybe Kato get some points.
          Sled Pullers at Diggers. Diggers trying to stay alive for the league regular season title, they almost blew it Saturday. I honestly I see them dropping points to St. Cloud or maybe even the Rodents, so Tuso wraps it up on home ice.
          Yes, worlds apart....
          Yikes, WAY closer than "should" have been for the #5 team in the country.
          Boy the WCHA is tight, except for BSU
          BADgers pooped the bed and lost a point, in essence handing the Muzzies the league title.

          Tosu at Kato.....Muzzy train plows through Kato and back.
          Gophies home in home Huskies.....This is the series I want to watch. It's a roll of the dice.
          UW at BSU....a world apart.
          UMD at Tommiettes....Why do I feel more confident about this matchup being a UMD sweep that the rodent tommie matchup? 5HF is in my head.
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          Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
          "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
          Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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          • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
            Tosu at Kato.....Muzzy train plows through Kato and back.
            Gophies home in home Huskies.....This is the series I want to watch. It's a roll of the dice.
            UW at BSU....a world apart.
            UMD at Tommiettes....Why do I feel more confident about this matchup being a UMD sweep that the rodent tommie matchup? 5HF is in my head.
            No surprises other than UM only having 5 SOG in period 1 of game 1.

            This week....

            St. Cloud vs UMD duking it out for a spot in the ncaa's. Will anyone score a goal? Over under of goals scored on the weekend....5
            Tommies at Muzzies.....Yada Yada Yada
            BSU at MSU. Neither is a state. MSA sweeps
            Goldies at Badgies. Hmmm. Goldie is "stumbling" into Madtown. Badgies not necessarily looking their dominant selves as St. Cloud and UMD gave the troubles. If I believe what the Goldie fans are cooking, UW should crush them nonetheless. IDK. UW does seem to have more top end firepower, I love their top 6 D and I'd say things are even in net. Can LMSP carry the rodents to victory? WI should have 2 lines that can control her. My mind is telling me not to drink the Goldie fan's anti Goldie koolaide. It will probably come down to special teams.
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            Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
            "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
            Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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            • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
              BSU at MSU. Neither is a state.
              Must be an old joke that didn't age well after the name change; last I checked, Minnesota is a state, even though you'd prefer it wasn't.

              Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
              UW should crush them nonetheless. ... I'd say things are even in net.
              If UW doesn't crush the Gophs, then that's on the Badgers, as the visitors will be there for the crushing.

              Not sure what your goalies even have to do, playing behind both forwards and D that you love. As long as you don't get an absolute sieve performance, as was the case in the first game in the TC, even your fairly mediocre tenders are plenty. The only easier job this weekend is whomever is playing versus Saint Michaels.

              "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
              And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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              • Originally posted by ARM View Post
                Must be an old joke that didn't age well after the name change; last I checked, Minnesota is a state, even though you'd prefer it wasn't.

                If UW doesn't crush the Gophs, then that's on the Badgers, as the visitors will be there for the crushing.

                Not sure what your goalies even have to do, playing behind both forwards and D that you love. As long as you don't get an absolute sieve performance, as was the case in the first game in the TC, even your fairly mediocre tenders are plenty. The only easier job this weekend is whomever is playing versus Saint Michaels.
                Maybe it's the sight of the uniforms, and the history they conjure up. As an experiment, send St Thomas in Gopher jerseys, and we'll see how it goes from there.

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                • Originally posted by ARM View Post
                  Must be an old joke that didn't age well after the name change; last I checked, Minnesota is a state, even though you'd prefer it wasn't.

                  If UW doesn't crush the Gophs, then that's on the Badgers, as the visitors will be there for the crushing.

                  Not sure what your goalies even have to do, playing behind both forwards and D that you love. As long as you don't get an absolute sieve performance, as was the case in the first game in the TC, even your fairly mediocre tenders are plenty. The only easier job this weekend is whomever is playing versus Saint Michaels.
                  Bemidji State University, Mankato State University will always retain those names in my head. It was funny that my wife of all people brought that up this weekend and she's not nearly as invested in it than I am. Just like UND will always be the Fightin' Sue.

                  I'm not falling for your old Jedi mind tricks in regards to the series this weekend.
                  Last edited by Timothy A; 02-13-2024, 12:33 PM.
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                  Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
                  "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
                  Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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                  • It is easy to sandbag for the current UM team -- just tell the truth. UW has success against the Gophers by totally disrupting their passing. They may be stumped this time because UM's passing is disrupted right off the bus, so the poor Badgers won't have anything to do.
                    "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                    And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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                    • The only thing I guessed wrong about the UMD/St Cloud score was that it ended in regulation! Great D and any given day mentality, either of these teams can play spoilers for playoff teams! Here's hoping St Cloud can get in to the NCAA tournament!

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                      • Originally posted by Windchill22 View Post
                        The only thing I guessed wrong about the UMD/St Cloud score was that it ended in regulation! Great D and any given day mentality, either of these teams can play spoilers for playoff teams! Here's hoping St Cloud can get in to the NCAA tournament!
                        Just guessing from 'eyeballing' the NPI numbers, about the only way St Cloud makes it is if they beat Duluth today and then sweeps them in two weeks. They might even need to beat Ohio State in the WCHA final four after that. Also possible that beating Duluth doesn't get them in AND knocks Duluth out, leaving five ECAC teams and three WCHA teams in.

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                        • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post

                          Bemidji State University, Mankato State University will always retain those names in my head. It was funny that my wife of all people brought that up this weekend and she's not nearly as invested in it than I am. Just like UND will always be the Fightin' Sue.

                          I'm not falling for your old Jedi mind tricks in regards to the series this weekend.
                          So, do you still refer to MSU as the Indians?

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                          • With a week yet to go, the standings are mostly already set. Ohio State first, then Wisconsin, Minnesota, Duluth, St Cloud, and (assuming their 3rd period lead holds) Mankato. The only thing left to settled is Bemidji and St Thomas for 7th and 8th.

                            Mankato at Minnesota and St Cloud at Duluth.

                            Opponents for Ohio St and Wisconsin to be decided.

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                            • Yes, congratulations to the regular season champs
                              ​​​​tOSU.
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                              Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
                              "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
                              Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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                              • Though the top four places are set for the regular season and playoff seeding, next weekend's games will be important for Pairwise rankings. Let's hope for solid, competitive games by each of the WCHA teams to end the regular season. And congrats to tOSU for their outstanding season.

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