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John J. MacInnes
03-03-2015, 08:23 AM
Both teams can't get their external goal for the weekend. If Tech wins the MacNaughton, NMU goes on the road in the playoffs. If the Wildcats get home ice, that means the Huskies finished 2nd.

But when they're on the ice against each other, all that gets thrown out the window.

Friday in Houghton, Saturday in Marquette, both 7:07 puck drop. If you're in the UP, you can watch both games (including a half-hour pregame on Saturday) on FoxUP.

John J. MacInnes
03-03-2015, 08:25 AM
I can't help but think that the 3 points that the Huskies surrendered to NMU in January will end up being the difference in the MacNaughton Cup race. Discuss.

eye4talent
03-03-2015, 09:26 AM
I can't help but think that the 3 points that the Huskies surrendered to NMU in January will end up being the difference in the MacNaughton Cup race. Discuss.

Throw the records out when these two rivals faceoff. One has to wonder if this will be Walt's last stand against the Huskies? Will Karr be looking to make a change and start fresh this offseason? In any case, hoping for a Huskies sweep to gain momentum going into the playoffs.

NMU Fan
03-03-2015, 01:40 PM
Is MTU opening up any tickets or is the place legitly near sold? We need 4 together and by the looks of it our only option is standing room. Just found out we were going today. Yikes.

stuckinwi
03-03-2015, 03:55 PM
Is MTU opening up any tickets or is the place legitly near sold? We need 4 together and by the looks of it our only option is standing room. Just found out we were going today. Yikes.

You can always try calling the ticket office, but I've found the website to be pretty accurate.

RaceBoarder
03-03-2015, 05:00 PM
I really wish I could make it for this series... These games finally mean something other than bragging rights... Should be a fun, yet nerve wracking weekend weekend...

NMU Fan
03-03-2015, 07:47 PM
You can always try calling the ticket office, but I've found the website to be pretty accurate.

Did that. The seating chart is indeed accurate. We went with standing room. Hey as long as we're in the arena. We could be in the janitors closet for all I care this series is too big to miss!

HuskyNation
03-03-2015, 10:27 PM
Got my tickets for Saturday.
NMU site shows "Limited" availability......whatever that means. I was able to get pretty good seats behind the Tech bench.

Can't wait.

Shirtless Guy
03-03-2015, 10:43 PM
I can't help but think that the 3 points that the Huskies surrendered to NMU in January will end up being the difference in the MacNaughton Cup race. Discuss.

Don't deserve to win it when you earn one of eight points against the team you're fighting for the top spot.

John J. MacInnes
03-04-2015, 07:44 AM
Don't deserve to win it when you earn one of eight points against the team you're fighting for the top spot.

That's entirely accurate. But in a league with an unbalanced schedule, you have to be able to capitalize on those advantages that pop up.

manurespreader
03-04-2015, 12:14 PM
Will Gilles and Eick see playing time, and what about Davis.
Second is it senior night in Marquette on saturday?

John J. MacInnes
03-04-2015, 01:08 PM
Will Gilles and Eick see playing time, and what about Davis.
Second is it senior night in Marquette on saturday?

Yes, it is senior night. NMU will hold their senior ceremonies in the pregame on Saturday, unlike Tech who waits until after the Friday night game.

tmoney@nmu
03-04-2015, 03:38 PM
Saturday will be the first game I've been at in over 2 years and it's the cornerstone of my bachelor party. Looking forward to a "spirited" affair.

UpNorthHockey
03-04-2015, 04:42 PM
Will Gilles and Eick see playing time, and what about Davis.
Second is it senior night in Marquette on saturday?
I predict we'll see Eick as Mel wants to get him back in the lineup for the tourney runs. We've missed his speed. I'll be shocked if we don't also see Jimmy. Mel's not going to redshirt him so he will get a fitting senior send-off. I think Jimmy can hold his own against NMU and Mel's always been pretty fond of him....being his first MTU recruit, coming direct from high school and all. I doubt we'll see Gillies unless he puts on a clinic in practice this week. He needs to bump someone to make the lineup.

JohnsonsJerseys
03-04-2015, 06:55 PM
I'll be shocked if we don't also see Jimmy.I hope he at least plays Friday, if not both games. Jimmy playing Saturday might hinge on how Mankato does Friday night. If Mankato wins on Friday, Saturday is a much less important game to Tech other than the NCAA picture. I hope he plays Friday and the crowd gives him a standing-O. The kid played 18 games total in his first two years and then ONE last year and none so far this year. Yet he has put in the same time as the guys who get the spotlight every Friday and Saturday night. It takes a lot of personal drive to keep going when you know you likely won't see game time. Its good for a program to have someone like him on the roster. It keeps everyone motivated because you don't want to get outworked by someone like him.
Ryan J

FadeToBlack&Gold
03-04-2015, 09:53 PM
Sorry to say, I think the only way Davis sees ice is if Mankato locks up the MacNaughton on Friday, or NMU is up 2-3 goals late on Friday. Mel's a good guy, but if we're still in the hunt on Saturday, he's going to play the best lineup he can, and unfortunately Jimmy hasn't been in that picture for four years. He will be part of the senior ceremony on Friday, and he will understand. He's practiced hard for this long, he's not going to bitter.

Eick is a guarantee, as he is healthy again according to Mel, and we want him ready for the playoffs.

davyd83
03-04-2015, 10:00 PM
I would expect Mel to put his best 18 skaters on the ice both nights with no regards to sentiment. There is still a possibility of a #1 seed in the NCAA, even though that would likely mean a trip out East.

noremorse1
03-05-2015, 09:14 PM
Should be a great series this weekend. I'm headed to MQT tomorrow. There will be a lot of Alumni in town. I know of about 15-20 individuals I went to school with headed up. Looking forward to some great hockey and great beers.

NMU Fan
03-06-2015, 08:49 AM
Game Day!! Safe travels between Houghton and Marquette everyone. Let's make it a great weekend for our seniors and a great weekend for UP college hockey.

Go Cats!

lawdoggies
03-06-2015, 09:17 AM
Game Day!! Safe travels between Houghton and Marquette everyone. Let's make it a great weekend for our seniors and a great weekend for UP college hockey.

Go Cats!

What he said . . .

except Go Huskies!!