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MavHockey14
01-08-2013, 02:05 AM
Since the Mavericks swept the Badgers in Madison, both teams have gone 14-1-3. It'll be a different series.

If the Mavericks want to really compete for a top 4 spot, three is necessary and four would be huge at home.

bigclean
01-08-2013, 09:12 PM
It's possible... I haven't looked, are the students back?

Chuck Schwartz
01-08-2013, 09:17 PM
This is a huge series from a Wisconsin perspective. Can't settle for anything less than a split. That said, it's going to be tough against a very good Minnesota State team that has been hot.

Bale
01-08-2013, 09:27 PM
It's possible... I haven't looked, are the students back?

I believe they start classes on Monday....ie they are getting back at the end of this week or during the weekend.

MavHockey14
01-08-2013, 10:36 PM
I believe they start classes on Monday....ie they are getting back at the end of this week or during the weekend.

This is correct.

It should be a very tight series. Looking forward to it.

MavsFan
01-09-2013, 12:52 AM
Yes, students should be getting back into town over the weekend and looking for things to do. Classes start on Monday.

MavHockey14
01-10-2013, 01:07 PM
It's almost gameday. I'm excited to get back into conference play!

Timothy A
01-10-2013, 01:20 PM
It's almost gameday. I'm excited to get back into conference play!

Enjoy the Cardinal and White for the last time in your building, at least for the regular season. A split is realistic for UW, but they really need to keep stepping it up and sweep. Not looking stats or anything, but UW probably has an advanatge in goal/defense, allowing 1.25 goals a game over their lats 8 games.

Bale
01-10-2013, 01:29 PM
Enjoy the Cardinal and White for the last time in your building, at least for the regular season. A split is realistic for UW, but they really need to keep stepping it up and sweep. Not looking stats or anything, but UW probably has an advanatge in goal/defense, allowing 1.25 goals a game over their lats 8 games.

MSU is at 1.5 GAA in the last 10 (since the WI series). 8 of those goals were in the Omaha series.

Honestly (and this isn't meant as a dig towards WI), I don't think Wisconsin coming to Kato is that big of a loss from an anticipation/boost in attendance standpoint. From an excitement standpoint with fans, it's probably on the second tier of games with St. Cloud and Duluth behind MN and UND. I'm not saying that's my perspective, but the reality for the fan base in general.

MavHockey14
01-10-2013, 01:39 PM
Enjoy the Cardinal and White for the last time in your building, at least for the regular season. A split is realistic for UW, but they really need to keep stepping it up and sweep. Not looking stats or anything, but UW probably has an advanatge in goal/defense, allowing 1.25 goals a game over their lats 8 games.

I doubt they have much of an advantage, if any defensively. Williams and this defense has been phenomenal.

Chris Clark Fan Club
01-10-2013, 02:31 PM
Enjoy the Cardinal and White for the last time in your building, at least for the regular season. A split is realistic for UW, but they really need to keep stepping it up and sweep. Not looking stats or anything, but UW probably has an advanatge in goal/defense, allowing 1.25 goals a game over their lats 8 games.

When I was thinking about this series earlier this week, I was thinking Wisconsin is defense university but the Mavs have been playing some suffocating defense as of late and the offense for the Mavs is better than the badgers so I give the advantage to the Mavs. 6 goals to 4 for the weekend. That is my guess

MavsFan
01-10-2013, 02:41 PM
MSU is at 1.5 GAA in the last 10 (since the WI series). 8 of those goals were in the Omaha series.

Honestly (and this isn't meant as a dig towards WI), I don't think Wisconsin coming to Kato is that big of a loss from an anticipation/boost in attendance standpoint. From an excitement standpoint with fans, it's probably on the second tier of games with St. Cloud and Duluth behind MN and UND. I'm not saying that's my perspective, but the reality for the fan base in general.I would agree. The really big crowds have always been for Gophers or Sioux. Bucky has always been mid-pack in that regard.

Apparently, Alvarez has made it clear that the Badgers will never schedule Mankato again. Fine. Screw him.

Innova
01-10-2013, 03:08 PM
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Shootin Muffins
01-10-2013, 03:52 PM
Alvarez won't schedule Badger vs Mavs because the Badgers are 6-11-3 all time in Mankato..

Nelson is out this weekend and next.. How much impact will that play on the weekend. Nelson soaks up some decent playing time that will have to be replaced.

Gurtholfin
01-10-2013, 03:56 PM
Apparently, Alvarez has made it clear that the Badgers will never schedule Mankato again. Fine. Screw him.


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Chuck Schwartz
01-10-2013, 04:07 PM
Alvarez won't schedule Badger vs Mavs because the Badgers are 6-11-3 all time in Mankato..

No, Wisconsin won't go to places like Mankato (most likely) because they're using their non-conference travel games as poker chips to reel in teams like Boston College, Boston University, Miami, Denver, and Colorado College. It's simple logic and economics.

Bale
01-10-2013, 04:35 PM
No, Wisconsin won't go to places like Mankato (most likely) because they're using their non-conference travel games as poker chips to reel in teams like Boston College, Boston University, Miami, Denver, and Colorado College. It's simple logic and economics.

That's not really a big secret. Obviously a bit of sour grapes from the schools being ditched. The athletic department (with Barry as the face) has not been shy about making it readily apparent that they are worried about Wisconsin and Wisconsin only. My only question is whether Denver and CC are really that big of draws for Wisconsin. It seems to me that they aren't, but I also don't follow the attendance numbers of Wisconsin that closely.

I know that there is this belief that the WI's and MN's of the world have the small schools under their thumb, but there is very little reason for schools like Mankato to schedule WI without a return trip. Hockey isn't like football or basketball where they are going to be willing to write a huge check for a small school to come in and not get a return trip. It's just easier for both schools to walk away from each other and not play anymore.

Timothy A
01-10-2013, 04:46 PM
MSU is at 1.5 GAA in the last 10 (since the WI series). 8 of those goals were in the Omaha series.


Impressive, it looks like we've got a couple scintillating 2-1 hockey games ahead of us. Any live video feed available of the games?

Chuck Schwartz
01-10-2013, 04:51 PM
That's not really a big secret. Obviously a bit of sour grapes from the schools being ditched. The athletic department (with Barry as the face) has not been shy about making it readily apparent that they are worried about Wisconsin and Wisconsin only. My only question is whether Denver and CC are really that big of draws for Wisconsin. It seems to me that they aren't, but I also don't follow the attendance numbers of Wisconsin that closely.

I know that there is this belief that the WI's and MN's of the world have the small schools under their thumb, but there is very little reason for schools like Mankato to schedule WI without a return trip. Hockey isn't like football or basketball where they are going to be willing to write a huge check for a small school to come in and not get a return trip. It's just easier for both schools to walk away from each other and not play anymore.

Wisconsin would rather continue playing long-time rivals in Denver and CC over Bemidji and Mankato. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Also, schools like Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota occasionally will pay schools for one way only trips.

Bale
01-10-2013, 05:01 PM
Wisconsin would rather continue playing long-time rivals in Denver and CC over Bemidji and Mankato. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Also, schools like Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota occasionally will pay schools for one way only trips.

That's fair. I guess I'm more surprised that Denver, CC, Miami, et al would be that beneficial to Wisconsin. That's not to say that Mankato or Bemidji would be by the way. I know they occasionally do, but they won't be able to fill their schedules by paying schools like they do now. With a 20-game conference schedule (obviously I'm speaking specifically abotu B10 teams), that's a lot of games to fill up the schedule. My point is that it's not going to be financially viable to pay to fill up that schedule. They are forced to make return trips more often than not. Again, it's not a surprise that they would want to fill their schedule with the BCs and the BUs of the world. Financially, it makes the most sense and all these changes are finanically based. That's not going to stop now. My point was just that it's just as likely that the Mankatos and the Bemidjis of the world are just as likely to walk away from the "no return trips" deals as Wisconsin or Minnesota. It's easier for both sides to just walk away from each other at this point.