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Driftryder
12-29-2014, 08:19 AM
The 2015 Mariucci Classic kicks off Friday January 2nd 2015 with UMass Lowell playing RIT and Minnesota taking on Merrimack, the winners and losers will play Saturday January 3rd 2015.

The Minnesota Merrimack game will be on FSN Plus at 7pm Friday, Minnesota's 2nd game will be streamed on BTN2GO.

The Gophers will be without Hudson Fasching, Leon Bristedt and Ryan Collins for this tourney, they are playing in the world junior tourney. Brady Skjei is also out with an injury.


Go

Patman
12-29-2014, 08:25 AM
I wish I could have done this trip. Lowell had a good weekend against tough defensive efforts.

SanTropez
12-29-2014, 09:54 AM
Should be a competitive tourney with 3 of the teams in the top 15 in the PWR right now. The Gophers will need some other players to step up with 2 forwards from our top 6 out this weekend.

What style does Merrimack like to play? Trap ( boring like becky) or high tempo (you know fun hockey)

D2D
12-29-2014, 10:13 AM
The Gophers will need some other players to step up with 2 forwards from our top 6 out this weekend.

And 2 defensemen from our top 6 also. Being so shorthanded will present a major challenge for everyone else.

SanTropez
12-29-2014, 10:18 AM
And 2 defensemen from our top 6 also. Being so shorthanded will present a major challenge for everyone else.

True. Would have been nice to have Skjei back on D for this tourney, hope he is healthy soon.

Wilcox will be tested.

gopher wes
12-29-2014, 11:24 AM
Arrow needed.

No idea what to expect this weekend. Heart says that, even shorthanded, the Gophers will start the second half with a bang and play up to their competition. Gut says we might see a letdown.

Like SanTropez said, Wilcox will be tested along with the depth.

Koho
12-29-2014, 11:34 AM
(arrow) Gopher hockey can't return soon enough. (God knows the Wild haven't been doing a good job of filling the void.)

captain beefheart
12-29-2014, 05:48 PM
(arrow) Gopher hockey can't return soon enough. (God knows the Wild haven't been doing a good job of filling the void.)

No kidding. When the Wild are clicking, they are a watered down substitute for Gopher hockey.( for my monies worth ) Right now, ugh. Let's start this new year with a bang, eh? I like the field for this tournament , too.

Slap Shot
12-29-2014, 09:08 PM
Arrow needed.

No idea what to expect this weekend. Heart says that, even shorthanded, the Gophers will start the second half with a bang and play up to their competition. Gut says we might see a letdown.

I have a feeling we won't see a letdown when it comes to effort and desire. Results may differ, but if they play with some grit and fire (which is something that's been only had in spurts so far) I will be happy even though this weekend could play large with respect to PWR. I want to see them start to use their legs more, create space by players without the puck hustling and start a trend of effort that will carry the team through the next several weeks. While the record wasn't what a lot of fans expected they still have a chance to great things.

D2D
12-29-2014, 09:20 PM
I want to see them start to use their legs more, create space by players without the puck hustling and start a trend of effort that will carry the team through the next several weeks.

An all-out effort should be a given; my gosh they've had plenty of time to rest up!

HarleyMC
12-29-2014, 09:34 PM
I have a feeling we won't see a letdown when it comes to effort and desire. Results may differ, but if they play with some grit and fire (which is something that's been only had in spurts so far) I will be happy even though this weekend could play large with respect to PWR. I want to see them start to use their legs more, create space by players without the puck hustling and start a trend of effort that will carry the team through the next several weeks. While the record wasn't what a lot of fans expected they still have a chance to great things.

Boom! I concur Skipper. ;) No letdown in the cards.

Patman
12-29-2014, 09:38 PM
I have a feeling we won't see a letdown when it comes to effort and desire. Results may differ, but if they play with some grit and fire (which is something that's been only had in spurts so far) I will be happy even though this weekend could play large with respect to PWR. I want to see them start to use their legs more, create space by players without the puck hustling and start a trend of effort that will carry the team through the next several weeks. While the record wasn't what a lot of fans expected they still have a chance to great things.

I am worried about Minnesota and how our defense will respond to more skilled players. I know some of your guys are off at the WJC but the point remains the same.

HarleyMC
12-29-2014, 10:22 PM
I am worried about Minnesota and how our defense will respond to more skilled players. I know some of your guys are off at the WJC but the point remains the same.

Yeah, with UMass carrying a boatload of freshman this season (11), this will be a huge test for them against a more veteran and skilled team on their home ice.

boblav1
12-29-2014, 10:35 PM
I am worried about Minnesota and how our defense will respond to more skilled players. I know some of your guys are off at the WJC but the point remains the same.

I just hope Lowell gets a chance to play the Gophers.

Patman
12-29-2014, 11:04 PM
I just hope Lowell gets a chance to play the Gophers.

Fair enough :p

boblav1
12-29-2014, 11:17 PM
Fair enough :p

Things didn't work out as expected this past weekend. I was hoping/expecting a match up with Union.

UMLFan
12-30-2014, 07:50 AM
Yeah, with UMass carrying a boatload of freshman this season (11), this will be a huge test for them against a more veteran and skilled team on their home ice.
Just to clarify, UMass hockey sucks. Lowell will be a slightly better test for Minnesota (if the two play). :)

gopher wes
12-30-2014, 08:07 AM
I just hope Lowell gets a chance to play the Gophers.
I do too....hopefully for the championship.

HarleyMC
12-30-2014, 08:40 AM
Just to clarify, UMass hockey sucks. Lowell will be a slightly better test for Minnesota (if the two play). :)

Only slightly? :D

ritBLKnORGsuit
12-30-2014, 08:56 AM
You shall all witness the greatness of RIT's MGM line! Joking a little bit here cause we are just happy to be invited and get to play some good teams. But still our first line is a good line I would say you guys should watch out for.