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potternmu
03-18-2014, 12:56 PM
Well... kind of a lackluster season for the Wildcats. 7th place finish in a very competitive WCHA. I think many of us who follow the team were hoping for a better finish, considering we were heading into a league where the teams were on a bit more of a level playing field - at least on paper. Lots of chances to finish higher in the standings and finish with the home ice advantage in the first round, but the Cats were just unable to take advantage of some of their chances.

Heading into the 14-15 season, NMU loses its top two scorers and a couple of good D-men, but many of the freshmen seemed rather promising this season. Hopefully, they are ready to take on a larger role next season and give the team an opportunity to host at this time next year.

Just 6 months until hockey season. Until then, I'll fill my time with Tigers and Red Sox action.

davyd83
03-18-2014, 02:25 PM
Well... kind of a lackluster season for the Wildcats. 7th place finish in a very competitive WCHA. I think many of us who follow the team were hoping for a better finish, considering we were heading into a league where the teams were on a bit more of a level playing field - at least on paper. Lots of chances to finish higher in the standings and finish with the home ice advantage in the first round, but the Cats were just unable to take advantage of some of their chances.

Heading into the 14-15 season, NMU loses its top two scorers and a couple of good D-men, but many of the freshmen seemed rather promising this season. Hopefully, they are ready to take on a larger role next season and give the team an opportunity to host at this time next year.

Just 6 months until hockey season. Until then, I'll fill my time with Tigers and Red Sox action.

They lose top scorer Stephane Vigier, but #2-3-4 Seckel, Jones & Siemer will all return. Other than #5 scorer Higby, the rest of the top 10 return.

aparch
03-25-2014, 11:20 AM
Asking DavyD here so I don't take over the MTU thread... Has anyone from NMU explored the option of playing Notre Dame or Western Michigan in the Chicagoland region? I know ND wanted to play a CCHA game at the Allstate Arena vs NMU a few years back, but that idea was 86'd right after the schedule was released.

Maybe play both weekend games at the neutral site and alternate who is the "home" team. Split rent and ticket and income 50/50 or 60/40 (more to whichever school organizes the weekend)?

davyd83
03-25-2014, 01:28 PM
Asking DavyD here so I don't take over the MTU thread... Has anyone from NMU explored the option of playing Notre Dame or Western Michigan in the Chicagoland region? I know ND wanted to play a CCHA game at the Allstate Arena vs NMU a few years back, but that idea was 86'd right after the schedule was released.

Maybe play both weekend games at the neutral site and alternate who is the "home" team. Split rent and ticket and income 50/50 or 60/40 (more to whichever school organizes the weekend)?

They have a 1 for 1 coming up with Western in Marquette & Kalamazoo. Notre Dame has their tournament in the Chicago area. There are no plans to play in it in the next few seasons.

davyd83
03-25-2014, 01:29 PM
Any good recruits coming in?

Yes.

aygwm2
03-25-2014, 07:05 PM
They have a 1 for 1 coming up with Western in Marquette & Kalamazoo.

Just curious, since NMU played two in K-zoo this last season, why are they getting a home and home the following season? :confused:

I thought the NMU objective was to get fair exchanges in non-con games.

davyd83
03-25-2014, 07:12 PM
Just curious, since NMU played two in K-zoo this last season, why are they getting a home and home the following season? :confused:

I thought the NMU objective was to get fair exchanges in non-con games.
They have a 1 for 1 starting next year w WMU. One series in KZoo and one in Marquette starting in the 15-16 season. This years trip was a paid one timer due to NMU losing it's Non conference dates with Huntsville. Western also lost a home series with Huntsville and had that date open, so they offered to pay NMU to come and fill the date. It was a late arrangement. Had NMU not accepted the offer, they would have only played 34 regular season games.

aparch
04-11-2014, 08:41 PM
The new Commish Robertson better find a way to solve this for NMU.

That isn't NMU's problem to solve. And unless the new guy makes it a league wide mandate, NMU is going to keep doing what they do for scheduling.

MissThundercat
04-11-2014, 09:04 PM
The WCHA teams have to stick together on this issue or the league teams who have tiny budgets are going to get pinched.

What part about "this isn't NMU's problem" don't you understand?

davyd83
04-12-2014, 12:59 PM
How can they afford to go to Happy Valley?

Dave Daniis must be doing can drives.

Or, like North Dakota last year, Penn State is cutting a check.

davyd83
04-12-2014, 01:13 PM
Pay to Play. I thought that was illegal in the NCAA.

You were misinformed. You should see the checks Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan and Wyoming will cash for playing football at Michigan State this year, or the ones App State and Miami will collect for playing at the Big House.

davyd83
04-12-2014, 01:22 PM
It is when teams are saying, meet you in Green Bay and not the Berry.
Really? Did Wisconsin say that? Did Wisconsin propose meeting in Green Bay? Are you sure about that?

davyd83
04-12-2014, 01:23 PM
Why isn't NMU going back to Grand Forks this year?

I see many dollars to made forget games at the Berry.

Join the Circus.
It was a one time deal.

aparch
04-12-2014, 02:10 PM
You were misinformed. You should see the checks Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan and Wyoming will cash for playing football at Michigan State this year, or the ones App State and Miami will collect for playing at the Big House.

Or the checks NMU has cashed for being Izzo's tune up exhibition game once in a while?

davyd83
04-12-2014, 02:40 PM
Or the checks NMU has cashed for being Izzo's tune up exhibition game once in a while?

They got one at UM too for BB

davyd83
04-12-2014, 04:03 PM
Should make it a yearly trek to Grand Forks.

Then NMU maybe can afford a new scoreboard with video.

The recruits would be begging to play on the shores of Lake Superior.
Why? Is the check in Grand Forks better than the one in Happy Valley? Just how much do they each pay? Does North Dakota want to commit to an annual series with NMU?

davyd83
04-12-2014, 04:43 PM
It would be nice to beat the other Sioux every year.

You didn't answer the question.

aparch
04-13-2014, 10:39 AM
Dave, or others, any word on a schedule yet? I know UAF posted theirs, and MTU's leaked.

Looking to find out when I need to use my PTO. :)

davyd83
04-13-2014, 10:41 AM
Dave, or others, any word on a schedule yet? I know UAF posted theirs, and MTU's leaked.

Looking to find out when I need to use my PTO. :)

Still a couple details to be finalized. No word on release date.

davyd83
04-14-2014, 05:17 PM
You are media. Get the pencil out and interview.

In the past few days I have spoken with the team and with the league offices. The schedules will be officially released when they are completed.