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Dean Pritchard
03-06-2017, 12:51 PM
Been a lurker for a while but finally decided to join! Being this is the best time of the year playoff hockey!!! I thought I would start off with who you guys have for being the favorites to take it home this year and who are your dark horses of the tournament?

I like Stevenís Point to repeat this year. Stevenís Point is going to be a tough out for anyone but I feel like they have the easiest route to the championship game. The toughest matchup for them will be if they play Norwich who only has one loss on the year. Stevenís Point v. Norwich game will be canít miss!

My dark horse is Augsburg love the way they have come together this year and winning back to back MIAC championships. They have lots of skilled and experienced players from last yearís team they wonít be distracted by the bright lights of the playoffs! I think they have what it takes to beat St. Norberts this season and surprise some people.

Just like any hockey a hot goalie in the playoffs can be HUGE!

What do you all think? Lets get some good discussions

UCfan30
03-06-2017, 01:01 PM
Welcome to the forum! Its a tough call for me but I have Norwich, Wisconsin Stevens-Point, St. Norbert, and Plattsburgh all going to Utica. I for one wouldn't take Plattsburgh lightly, they sure have a youth movement going on up there. A lot of young talent that could possibly get them to the Frozen Four. Don't know a ton about the rest of the field, but either way, it's going to be a great tournament. Excited to see who does get to Utica.

oldauggie
03-06-2017, 02:03 PM
Been a lurker for a while but finally decided to join! Being this is the best time of the year playoff hockey!!! I thought I would start off with who you guys have for being the favorites to take it home this year and who are your dark horses of the tournament?

I like Stevenís Point to repeat this year. Stevenís Point is going to be a tough out for anyone but I feel like they have the easiest route to the championship game. The toughest matchup for them will be if they play Norwich who only has one loss on the year. Stevenís Point v. Norwich game will be canít miss!

My dark horse is Augsburg love the way they have come together this year and winning back to back MIAC championships. They have lots of skilled and experienced players from last yearís team they wonít be distracted by the bright lights of the playoffs! I think they have what it takes to beat St. Norberts this season and surprise some people.

Just like any hockey a hot goalie in the playoffs can be HUGE!

What do you all think? Lets get some good discussions

Not sure about my contribution to a good discussion but I agree, I think Augsburg will have a better showing this year vs St Norbert and hopefully get the win. This year they clearly took each team's best shot during the regular season so hopefully they are battle tested and ready for this game. That said St. Norbert is a very good D3 hockey team. It will be tough but it can be done, especially with great goaltending.

NU Pastime
03-06-2017, 04:01 PM
Taking off my Norwich homer hat, I'd pick SNC as the favorite. I think they have the easiest road to Utica of any team (though I admit I know next to nothing about Augsburg, I just know that I'd pick UWSP and Adrian over Augsburg). And once they get there, they're also just a really good team.

For the dark horse I'd pick Trinity. They won it two years ago so they have the experience and have done it before. Plus the NESCAC was really good this year with an insane amount of parity and it probably prepared them well.

Always tough to say how the East will match-up with the West. The last few years I think it's acknowledged that the West has been a little better, but I think this has been a bit overstated as evidenced by Trinity winning it two years ago and UMass-Boston taking SNC to double overtime last year in the semifinals. Who knows. By-and-large, I think the whole argument about one region being better than another region is misguided to begin with.

Russell Jaslow
03-06-2017, 04:32 PM
UMass-Boston taking SNC to double overtime last year in the semifinals.

In perhaps the craziest playoff game ever.


By-and-large, I think the whole argument about one region being better than another region is misguided to begin with.

Where's the fun in that?!

GB Puck Fan
03-06-2017, 04:53 PM
Been a lurker for a while but finally decided to join! Being this is the best time of the year playoff hockey!!! I thought I would start off with who you guys have for being the favorites to take it home this year and who are your dark horses of the tournament?

I like Steven’s Point to repeat this year. Steven’s Point is going to be a tough out for anyone but I feel like they have the easiest route to the championship game. The toughest matchup for them will be if they play Norwich who only has one loss on the year. Steven’s Point v. Norwich game will be can’t miss!

My dark horse is Augsburg love the way they have come together this year and winning back to back MIAC championships. They have lots of skilled and experienced players from last year’s team they won’t be distracted by the bright lights of the playoffs! I think they have what it takes to beat St. Norberts this season and surprise some people.

Just like any hockey a hot goalie in the playoffs can be HUGE!

What do you all think? Lets get some good discussions

Welcome to the board!

Out west here... I am tempted to go watch Adrian/UWSP, just because of the history with those two, see how Adrian does with players & coach suspended, etc. I would pick UWSP to win.

I wouldn't count Augsburg as an easy out for SNC - and SNC has been too inconsistent to be a prohibitive favorite. Hopefully, the home team wins.

Now, a gentle remark - but you'll drive people (like me!) crazy with "Steven's Point" and "St. Norberts." For the former, it's Stevens Point - no apostrophe. UWSP is good, or UW-Stevens Point, and even the NCAA's somewhat odd "Wis.-Stevens Point" works (I say odd because no one around the state uses that). As for SNC, it's singular. It's not like some of the St. Mary's, or others. Just St. Norbert, SNC or St. Norbert College please...

NUProf
03-06-2017, 08:20 PM
Welcome to the board!


- but you'll drive people (like me!) crazy with "Steven's Point" and "St. Norberts." For the former, it's Stevens Point - no apostrophe. UWSP is good, or UW-Stevens Point, and even the NCAA's somewhat odd "Wis.-Stevens Point" works (I say odd because no one around the state uses that). As for SNC, it's singular. It's not like some of the St. Mary's, or others. Just St. Norbert, SNC or St. Norbert College please...

So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

Ronnieb
03-06-2017, 09:30 PM
So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

Beauty!

GB Puck Fan
03-06-2017, 09:34 PM
So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

Ima gonna keep referring to Eau Claire as "EC" then just to upset the easterners ;)

Birdwatcher
03-06-2017, 09:34 PM
So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

You are a "Persistent Cuss".......LOL

norm1909
03-06-2017, 09:40 PM
So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

Humm. I thought it was the University of Wisconsin (https://www.wisconsin.edu/)'s Stevens Point (http://www.ci.stevens-point.wi.us/).

Birdwatcher
03-06-2017, 09:44 PM
Humm. I thought it was the University of Wisconsin (https://www.wisconsin.edu/)'s Stevens Point (http://www.ci.stevens-point.wi.us/).

You too Norm

oldauggie
03-06-2017, 09:51 PM
So it's University of Wisconsin Steven's Point and St. Norbert's College ;)

No, but you will figure it out when they are playing in the National Championship game. :p

NUProf
03-06-2017, 10:25 PM
No, but you will figure it out when they are playing in the National Championship game. :p

Do you mean when they would have been playing in the consolation game if it were still played?

oldauggie
03-06-2017, 10:48 PM
Do you mean when they would have been playing in the consolation game if it were still played?

Oh that's right! Norwich and Augsburg will be playing for all the marbles.

Clint Greenleaf
03-07-2017, 11:31 AM
I know they are not in the tourney, but what happened to Eau Claire? They used to have some great talent come down from bottom end D1 players. Has that not been happening recently?

GB Puck Fan
03-07-2017, 02:42 PM
I know they are not in the tourney, but what happened to Eau Claire? They used to have some great talent come down from bottom end D1 players. Has that not been happening recently?

finished second in the regular season and lost in the conference title game - both to the defending national champions... Hard to say it was a "down" year.

pete99race
03-08-2017, 05:33 AM
finished second in the regular season and lost in the conference title game - both to the defending national champions... Hard to say it was a "down" year.

Bump

LakerEagleLover
03-08-2017, 07:13 AM
Bump Bump

Russell Jaslow
03-08-2017, 09:41 AM
I am tempted to go watch Adrian/UWSP, just because of the history with those two, see how Adrian does with players & coach suspended, etc. I would pick UWSP to win.

If there was one game I could go to, logistics be ****ed, it would be this one!

Sadly, I can't go to any games this Saturday, even though two of them are in my "backyard."