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J.D.
03-23-2012, 09:29 AM
Is that "Gurt" in the front row of the USCHO front page pic?

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 09:33 AM
College Hockey Weekly has their preview of the West Regional up...

http://www.collegehockeyweekly.com/2012-West-Regional.html

Also, here is the link to their predictions for the tournament...

http://www.collegehockeyweekly.com/2012-NCAA-Predictions.html

captain beefheart
03-23-2012, 09:39 AM
Fox College Sports Pacific picked up the Minnesota BU game.

Please tell me that I can somehow see this game. I live in Minnetonka and have Comcast.....

JF_Gophers
03-23-2012, 09:40 AM
Please tell me that I can somehow see this game. I live in Minnetonka and have Comcast.....ESPN3 is supported by Comcast (internet). So if you dont get FSN+ (cable), use the internet.

J.D.
03-23-2012, 09:41 AM
So one guy picked BU to go the FF simply because they were a preseason favorite, another guy has Cornell beating Michigan and MSU playing for the title, the CCHA rep picking an all CCHA final, and the ECAC rep taking Union. Hey, at least the Atlantic Hockey rep doesn't have Air Force winning it all...

bronconick
03-23-2012, 09:41 AM
Here's a few thousand more words of preview

http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2012/03/23/ncaa-tournament-previewing-the-west-regional/

gopheritall
03-23-2012, 09:42 AM
We are going to need to pick up the pace if we want to lock the thread by game time.

Any truth to the fact that the Whioux's success is directly related to the weather? They suck in the fall and in April. The Midwest is experiencing above average temperatures... Western Michigan started great then sucked when it got cold, now they are hot again. Destiny?

Dirty
03-23-2012, 09:44 AM
We are going to need to pick up the pace if we want to lock the thread by game time.

Any truth to the fact that the Whioux's success is directly related to the weather? They suck in the fall and in April. The Midwest is experiencing above average temperatures... Western Michigan started great then sucked when it got cold, now they are hot again. Destiny?

This theory is almost as bad as Dubbs' analogy.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 09:48 AM
So one guy picked BU to go the FF simply because they were a preseason favorite, another guy has Cornell beating Michigan and MSU playing for the title, the CCHA rep picking an all CCHA final, and the ECAC rep taking Union. Hey, at least the Atlantic Hockey rep doesn't have Air Force winning it all...

I think it is somewhat natural to pick teams you have seen play the most. That being said, David (one of the co-founders, a good friend, and a Minnesota alumnus/fan) picked BU, DU, Miami, and Notre Dame at the beginning of the season, and is riding them as long as he can.

J.D.
03-23-2012, 09:50 AM
The ECAC rep should know better by now...

At least he doesn't still have the Irish in the FF ;)

JF_Gophers
03-23-2012, 09:50 AM
Western Michigan will not win the regional because they are a CCHA team. The CCHA sucks. So that leaves only 3 choices.
Boston University was in the ECAC before Hockey East, and the ECAC sucks. So they can't win the region either. That leaves 2 choices.
North Dakota doesn't have enough players to dress for 2 games, so they can't win the region. That leaves 1 choice.

gopheritall
03-23-2012, 09:51 AM
This theory is almost as bad as Dubbs' analogy.
But at least it is something. Maybe Hackstol starts thinking about golf in April and tells the players to save themselves for golf instead of playing hard.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 09:53 AM
The ECAC rep should know better by now...

At least he doesn't still have the Irish in the FF ;)

Union is a good team with great goaltending. I would think a BC fan would want Union to advance to the Frozen Four, so they don't carry the embarrassment of being the last school that let an ECAC team get into the Frozen Four. ;)

Driftryder
03-23-2012, 09:54 AM
Please tell me that I can somehow see this game. I live in Minnetonka and have Comcast.....

Yes, you have Comcast so it will show up on FSN+ and if you had the sports package it would also be on Fox College Sports Pacific.

Dirty
03-23-2012, 09:54 AM
But at least it is something. Maybe Hackstol starts thinking about golf in April and tells the players to save themselves for golf instead of playing hard.

Is this what Lucia had been doing the past few years in December?

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 09:55 AM
But at least it is something. Maybe Hackstol starts thinking about golf in April and tells the players to save themselves for golf instead of playing hard.

My best guess is that Hakstol gets tricked on April Fools Day by someone telling him that the other 3 teams in the Frozen Four forfeited, and that North Dakota is the National Champion...

gopher wes
03-23-2012, 09:59 AM
Is this what Lucia had been doing the past few years in December?
Yeah, I'm a little surprised at Gopher fans making golf jokes given what the Gopher teams of the past 3 years were probably doing in late March and April.

gopheritall
03-23-2012, 10:02 AM
Yes, you have Comcast so it will show up on FSN+ and if you had the sports package it would also be on Fox College Sports Pacific.
I have Comcast in Maple Grove and FSN+ in HD is channel 694 (or something close).

Fighting Sioux 23
03-23-2012, 10:03 AM
BTW, if you want to see what North Dakota's New Jerseys look like...

http://undhockey.areavoices.com/?p=90854

IMO, not too bad, but I would like to see a better photo, and preferably in color to make my full decision.

Driftryder
03-23-2012, 10:04 AM
From Gophersports


Weekend Overview: Minnesota enters the NCAA tournament with a 26-13-1 record. The Gophers are seeded second in the NCAA West Region and will face No. 3 seed Boston University at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Xcel Energy Center. North Dakota is the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Western Michigan at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The semifinal winners will play at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four on April 5-7 in Tampa, Fla.

In The Tournament: Minnesota will play in the NCAA tournament for the 33rd time this weekend when the Gophers face Boston University on Saturday. The Gophers last played in the NCAA tournament on March 28, 2008. Minnesota lost that day 5-2 to eventual national champion Boston College in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass. Minnesota is 50-33 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

Facing Boston University: Both Minnesota and Boston University have won five national championships. Minnesota’s most recent title was in 2003, while the Terriers won college hockey’s ultimate prize in 2009. Minnesota is 4-3 all-time against the Terriers in the NCAA tournament (11-12-2 overall). However, Boston University has won two straight NCAA tournament games against Minnesota and both games were in the national semifinals. The Terriers ended the Gophers’ season in 1994 and 1995. Boston University won 4-1 on March 31, 1994, at the St. Paul Civic Center and 7-3 on March 30, 1995, at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, R.I.