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Shirtless Guy
01-25-2015, 07:09 PM
Moving on, in case you missed it, not only did Tech sweep Fairbanks, they also got a commitment from a 16yo from BC named Jagger Williamson.

stuckinwi
01-25-2015, 07:11 PM
16 seems a bit young doesn't it?

bose301s
01-25-2015, 07:25 PM
And Wintjes deserves a start.

Shirtless Guy
01-25-2015, 08:06 PM
He is definitely young but for a program like MTU it might be the only way to get a player like him...really though, anyone succeeding in a junior league is a target.

manurespreader
01-25-2015, 08:47 PM
I just saw the Movie, " Red Army" I totally recommend it to any hockey fan. Gripping. Here's the trailer, but it was better than the trailer and it's a documentary, not fiction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItfesHOjpwE

Biddco
01-25-2015, 09:54 PM
Moving on, in case you missed it, not only did Tech sweep Fairbanks, they also got a commitment from a 16yo from BC named Jagger Williamson.

Does he have moves like Jagger?

bigblue_dl
01-25-2015, 10:27 PM
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The Rube
01-25-2015, 10:48 PM
I just saw the Movie, " Red Army" I totally recommend it to any hockey fan. Gripping. Here's the trailer, but it was better than the trailer and it's a documentary, not fiction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItfesHOjpwE

I have that saved in my queue on Netflix. Cannot wait to see it.

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 08:15 AM
A sweep doesn't do much to move the needle on the RPI...

aparch
01-26-2015, 08:31 AM
But, you are at the time of year where bad losses can absolutely murder your RPI. Quality losses hurt also, but can be negated by strong finishes by those opponents.

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 08:33 AM
But, you are at the time of year where bad losses can absolutely murder your RPI. Quality losses hurt also, but can be negated by strong finishes by those opponents.

The key will be to take advantage of the opportunities to get a quality win bonus. Probably only have 3 more opportunities for that. 2 games at Mankato, and if it works out right, a game or 2 at the Final Five.

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 08:36 AM
Out of boredom, since it really means nothing in January, I did a quick "bracketology", to see where Tech would be going. As of now, by my figuring, we'd be in Fargo as the #3 seed, playing UMD. The 1 seed is, obviously, UND. Might be the worst possible outcome...luckily it will change every week between now and the 3rd week of March.

John J. MacInnes
01-26-2015, 10:43 AM
of the top 17 ranked teams, only three won both games last weekend - #2 North Dakota, #3 Boston U, and the #10 Huskies. The NaCHo is going to start cannibalizing itself as Denver and Miami proved, so their teams 2-5 will likely start dropping a spot or two. There aren't a lot of what look like upwardly mobile teams in the 15-20 range, so it's a matter of maintenance as much as anything with positioning for the tournament. Just keep winning the majority of your games and things will work out fine.

One thing that the Huskies have going for them is the absence of Notre Dame in the field. The attendance in South Bend will be of great significance to the committee, and there are only a few teams who can move the needle there. Thanks to the sizable number of fans showing up at the GLI (and judging by their makeup and history of these decisions) I think the committee would look favorably on putting Tech at that regional with the expectation that they will help the draw.

Michigan? Likely would draw a good amount.
Bowling Green? Possibly, but not much of a track record.
Miami? Brings no fans.
Minnesota State? Judging by the WCHA Final Five last year, not much impact at the gate.
Denver? Minimal.
Duluth? Better than Denver.

stuckinwi
01-26-2015, 11:01 AM
I'd love South Bend to be where we end up if we go. The drives out east would suck...

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-26-2015, 11:15 AM
I figure if they win 6 or 7 of their last 10, and make the Final "Five", they're in as a 3 or 4-seed. But that means burying teams they should bury, taking advantage of home playoffs, and not incurring any bad losses. With the goaltending UAH and BSU have been getting lately, these next two weekends have me very worried.

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 12:00 PM
I'd love South Bend to be where we end up if we go. The drives out east would suck...

Here's the travel situation at this point:

From Minneapolis:
To Fargo (Friday/Saturday) - 3 hour 30 minute drive
To South Bend (Saturday/Sunday) - 7 hour 45 minute drive or $415 via Delta (Friday evening departure, Monday morning return)
To Manchester (Friday/Saturday) - $488 via Delta (Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To Providence (Saturday/Sunday) - $435 via American (Friday afternoon departure, Monday morning return)
To Boston (could work for Manchester and/or Providence) - approximately $400

From Green Bay:
To Fargo (Friday/Saturday) - 7 hour 30 minute drive or $343 via United (Early Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To South Bend (Saturday/Sunday) - 4 hour 50 minute drive
To Manchester (Friday/Saturday) - $586 via Delta (Thursday afternoon departure, Sunday return)
To Providence (Saturday/Sunday) - $570 via Delta (Friday afternoon departure, Monday return) (other cheaper options available, with ****ty connections)
To Boston (could work for Manchester and/or Providence) - approximately $450

From Milwaukee:
To Fargo (Friday/Saturday) - 8 hour 20 minute drive or $420 via United (Early Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To South Bend (Saturday/Sunday) - 3 hour 5 minute drive
To Manchester (Friday/Saturday) - $448 via Delta (Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To Providence (Saturday/Sunday) - $470 via Delta (Friday afternoon departure, Monday return) (can save $100 if you can leave Friday morning)
To Boston (could work for Manchester and/or Providence) - approximately $350

From Houghton/Hancock:
To Fargo (Friday/Saturday) - 8 hour 10 minute drive or $466 via United (Early Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To South Bend (Saturday/Sunday) - 8 hour 20 minute drive or $456 via United (Friday afternoon departure, Monday return)
To Manchester (Friday/Saturday) - Really ****ty options, $600+ and tight time schedule, unless you leave Thursday
To Providence (Saturday/Sunday) - $526 via multiple carriers (Friday afternoon departure, Monday return)
To Boston (could work for Manchester and/or Providence) - approximately $400

From Detroit:
To Fargo (Friday/Saturday) - $445 via United (Early Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To South Bend (Saturday/Sunday) - 3 hour 15 minute drive
To Manchester (Friday/Saturday) - $327 via Delta (Friday morning departure, Sunday return)
To Providence (Saturday/Sunday) - $347 via Delta (Friday evening departure, Monday return)
To Boston (could work for Manchester and/or Providence) - $178! on JetBlue, $200-$250 for other airlines

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 12:15 PM
Also, if we're out east, the possibility is there to take in both regionals, if you choose to.

$421 to fly from Minneapolis to Boston, leave MSP at 7AM Friday, get in just before 11AM. Drive to Manchester (~ 1 hour), and watch the Friday games. Stay in Manchester for Saturday if Tech is there, or drive to Providence, Saturday morning if they're in Providence (1 hr, 45 min). Watch either all the games in Providence, or drive over Sunday morning to catch the regional final. Drive back to Boston for a 6AM flight Monday morning back to MSP. Everything out east is so close together, it is very feasible to watch a bunch of hockey.

stuckinwi
01-26-2015, 01:00 PM
Also, if we're out east, the possibility is there to take in both regionals, if you choose to.

$421 to fly from Minneapolis to Boston, leave MSP at 7AM Friday, get in just before 11AM. Drive to Manchester (~ 1 hour), and watch the Friday games. Stay in Manchester for Saturday if Tech is there, or drive to Providence, Saturday morning if they're in Providence (1 hr, 45 min). Watch either all the games in Providence, or drive over Sunday morning to catch the regional final. Drive back to Boston for a 6AM flight Monday morning back to MSP. Everything out east is so close together, it is very feasible to watch a bunch of hockey.

Just checked flights from Chicago too.... under 250 to Boston.

bigblue_dl
01-26-2015, 01:08 PM
Just checked flights from Chicago too.... under 250 to Boston.

Unfortunately the only other team I'd really be interested in watching is Mankato, and I don't see how they're not in South Bend at this point.

Shirtless Guy
01-26-2015, 01:15 PM
Unfortunately the only other team I'd really be interested in watching is Mankato, and I don't see how they're not in South Bend at this point.

If UND doesn't finish top 4...