1- Harvard in Providence rather than MN puts more butts in seats in Providence, so we get switched to Fargo, not for the West, bot for the East.
2- Flight costs. If the team has less than 400 miles to travel, it's a bus, not a plane. NCAA is paying, so......
With UND, I don't know much about the team this season. But they're currently a #3 seed, and it's hard imagine them dropping to #4. If they do well in Kalamazoo this weekend, and the Broncos lose to Duluth in a couple weeks, that may be a nice bump for UND into a #2 seed or 7th or 8th in the PWR. That would most likely put UND and Duluth in Fargo. That seems more likely to me, but there's still a lot of hockey to be played.
As of yesterday (Feb. 15):
East Regional (Providence):
14 Boston College vs. 3 Harvard
11 Union vs. 8 Providence
Northeast Regional (Manchester):
13 Cornell vs. 4 Minnesota
12 St. Cloud State vs. 5 Boston University
Midwest Regional (Cincinnati):
15 Air Force vs. 2 Denver
9 Massachusetts-Lowell vs. 7 Western Michigan
West Regional (Fargo):
16 Bemidji State vs. 1 Minnesota-Duluth
10 North Dakota vs. 6 Penn State
Fun to speculate and guess on all the possibilities, but let's hope the team just remains focused on doing what it takes to win their next game. They've worked very hard to put themselves in a very good position, so as long as they continue to do just that things will work out just fine.
Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey
1- Reg Season Title. Doing well here. Just stay focused. win/tie this weekend will be a good result
2- Post Season Conf Title. Finishing 1st or 2nd in the Reg Season helps this one. Keep it going, boys.
3- NCAAs. We'll monitor that as we go, but not the focus yet.
Suspect we'll be in the Fargo bracket with UND and UMD/Denver...or we'll be in New England lining up against BU. The reasons always follow the results.
If UND's struggles continue there is a good chance their first playoff series will not be in Grand Forks:
Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey
Minnesota should win 4 of the next 6 and that should set them up for the playoffs nicely.
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Originally Posted by First Time, Long Time-Always knew you were nothing but a troll.
Glass at 50%: NCAA Regional Bound.
Minnesota: vs Wisc, Mich and MSU
Wisconsin: vs Minn, OSU, PSU
Which means that, a split this week (and we should actually get more than that) leaves us 3 points ahead with 4 to play, and we have the schedule advantage. So, BIG championship looks very doable.
NCAAs: Jim Dahl at collegehockeyranked.com says Minnesota will likely head to the BIG Tournament as a #1 Regional Seed with 5 wins. That also seems very doable.
"It ain't over, baby! And that took only six seconds!"
USCHO gives me another reason to not do work while I am at work.
Everything is Hill's fault.....
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Edit: nice find Bonin...
Gopher recruit Casey Middelstadt:
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To be clear, my earlier post on this page meant to say:
5 wins before the BIG tourney should make the Gophers enter the BIG at 4th in the PWR or better. That is, they would go into the BIG as a #1 NCAA tourney seed.
As to the question: What if they don't win it?
Well, in that case, first, do the win the semi and lose the final? Or, lose the semi?
Some things depend on who they play. Assuming MSU and Mich lose on Thursday, then a split on the weekend for Minn probably means their RPI doesn't move. A Friday loss, and their RPI moves down about .0050, I think.
How that plays for the NCAAs, no one knows. It totally depends on the factors of who else is in contention, and how they are doing. As far the Gophers getting as high a seed as possible: It probably doesn't make any difference to us between #3 overall and #4 overall, because Harvard is likely the other of those 2, and there is the East/West thing.
Best scenario for getting #3 or #4 overall:
Harvard wins the ECAC tourney. (This is because that means Union can't. So, it prevents Union from overtaking us.)
UMD and Denver play in the NCHC final. (This is because that means Western Michigan loses in the semis at best.)
BC awakens from their recent funk and wins Hockey East tournament. (Keeps BU and Lowell from making a big run in the PWR.) Add in Providence making the finals of that tourney and you have even better situation for the Gophers.
Keep in mind that a long win streak by someone like Providence at this point, which might involve 8 games in a row, would be enough to really raise their RPI. That's why these things are estimates at best right now.
And, the BEST of all:
NoDak splits their last 4 games of the reg season, and loses in the NCHC quarters (which would be on the road) and doesn't qualify for the NCAAs at all.
With UND, I don't know much about the team this season. But they're currently a #3 seed, and it's hard imagine them dropping to #4. [QUOTE=SteveO;6444684]
I love it when things hard to imagine happen and quickly too (especially to the former pioux).
Another impressive weekend for Justin Kloos who is tied for the NCAA lead in GWG with 6. He actually leads the nation in GWG/GP. Last Gopher reach that mark was Travis Boyd in his senior year. Rau had four GWG that year (2014-15).
Among top scorers in total points during Don Lucia's tenure, Justin just passed Jordan Leopold for 5th place, and I believe trails Kyle Rau by 18 points. As a captain, he certainly leads by example much like Kyle Rau did with an incredible work ethic and a high performance motor on the ice.
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