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Bale
11-18-2009, 01:53 PM
That's why I was hoping they'd swap Mankato and UNO for next year's pairings but alas that didn't come to be.

So were most of us....UNO would be the ideal rivalry pairing for us.

CavalryNate
11-18-2009, 09:48 PM
So were most of us....UNO would be the ideal rivalry pairing for us.

Only ideal because their nickname is the Mavericks too... Otherwise, I don't think too many people in Mankato really give a hoot about hockey in Omaha.

The following teams would (and do) prove better rivals for Minnesota State University:

University of Minnesota
Saint Cloud State University
U of Minnesota - Duluth
Bemidji State University

redheadzeb
11-18-2009, 11:24 PM
Only ideal because their nickname is the Mavericks too...

I don't know? I disagree. I think it is a good rivalry for many reasons:

1) Our D-II teams fight it out regularly
2) The trip down Highway 60 into Iowa to I-29 is easily done in a day*
3) MSU should have picked up the phone and called Blais to be our coach 2 years ago. In seeing the Red Mavs via a "rivalry," the fine folks in Mankato can be reminded how a real D-I hockey coach does it.

*True, the trip up US 169 and MN 15 is shorter, but there is literally zero traffic down MN60/IA60 and I-29. I think--without checking on Google Maps--UMD and BSU are probably about even in miles/time.

All that aside, UAA is probably going to be the best rivalry moving forward with MSU, in conjunction with MTU, because the WCHA at 12 teams is going to familiarize all 3 of us with 10, 11 and 12 in the standings.

MaizeRage
11-19-2009, 12:07 AM
In seeing the Red Mavs via a "rivalry," the fine folks in Mankato can be reminded how a real D-I hockey coach does it.

He does it roughly 20 times more expensively.

UNO as a rival makes the most sense for both schools. St. Cloud is probably the only other WCHA team that is worth considering as a rival for MSU. The others don't make as much sense. But let's be honest, there's definitely advantages to four games every year against a team that is guaranteed to have a losing record.

Jimjamesak
11-19-2009, 12:23 AM
All that aside, UAA is probably going to be the best rivalry moving forward with MSU, in conjunction with MTU, because the WCHA at 12 teams is going to familiarize all 3 of us with 10, 11 and 12 in the standings.
I seriously doubt Bemidji's ability to be better than any of the 3 of us in the long term.

redheadzeb
11-19-2009, 12:43 AM
I seriously doubt Bemidji's ability to be better than any of the 3 of us in the long term.

Fair enough, I'll agree that depends on what your exact time frame for "long term" is.

In the near term, Bemidji's recent trip to [and performance in] the Frozen Four in conjunction with their location in Minnesota will provide them a great recruiting advantage. I can't speak for Shyiak and your opinion of him, but I do have the strong belief that Serratore > Jutting. To be clear, that goes for much more than just recruiting... And I don't want to start a "location war," either, but consideration has to be made there as well.

EDIT: For the record, I think Alaska is a wonderful location. I have never been there, but I have relatives that live in Cordova--I've heard the testemony and seen the pictures. I sincerely want to get up there when my finances and schedule allow.

SCSU Euro
11-19-2009, 01:15 AM
Only ideal because their nickname is the Mavericks too... Otherwise, I don't think too many people in Mankato really give a hoot about hockey in Omaha.

The following teams would (and do) prove better rivals for Minnesota State University:

University of Minnesota
Saint Cloud State University
U of Minnesota - Duluth
Bemidji State University

MSU-M and UNO are a great rivalry candidate. They've got history, they're not that far (I know that it makes more sense to UNO than MSU-M, but it goes both ways there). And as for the teams that you wanted:

1. MN would NEVER agree to pair with Mankato. EVER. Not even if they won 3 NC's in a row.
2. St. Cloud would next to never agree. They're happy with UND, thank you.
3. UMD.... meh, not likely
4. BSU they're happy to be in the league, and they'll pair with Huntsville if you ask, nay, tell them to.

Alaska Hockey
11-19-2009, 05:10 AM
I've suppressed that memory with that of the ocean crashing onto a Maui beach framed with palm trees and hula dancers. It's a happy place.

Seen as you brought it up………… The dude at the _airbanks mental health clinic that has been swamped ever since last governor’s cup….. Well I assume he’s a dude...Said that’s what most of the locals admit to. But what they really dream is. Dumpster lids crashing down in the snow in a windy, ice and snow covered mall shopping area surrounded with light poles behind the chain link fence the lights are on as soon as it gets dark, and with a bunch of drunken buddy’s shopping. And "the mall" is loaded with stuff. That’s a Happy Place:D

Bale
11-19-2009, 10:04 AM
MSU-M and UNO are a great rivalry candidate. They've got history, they're not that far (I know that it makes more sense to UNO than MSU-M, but it goes both ways there). And as for the teams that you wanted:

1. MN would NEVER agree to pair with Mankato. EVER. Not even if they won 3 NC's in a row.
2. St. Cloud would next to never agree. They're happy with UND, thank you.
3. UMD.... meh, not likely
4. BSU they're happy to be in the league, and they'll pair with Huntsville if you ask, nay, tell them to.

That's pretty much right on. UNO to me makes the most sense and SCSU right after that. UNO is our rival in every other sport. Hockey would only intensify it. As for SCSU, it makes sense due to our other rivalries. It would be stupid of them to give up their tie to UND though. It won't happen, but would be a good rivalry over time.

Hal9K
11-19-2009, 11:53 AM
This is a Mankato vs. UAA thread this weekend. Who cares about rivals, we just want some teams we can beat...
So UAA sweeps and moves up.

Suze
11-19-2009, 07:48 PM
This is a Mankato vs. UAA thread this weekend. Who cares about rivals, we just want some teams we can beat...
So UAA sweeps and moves up.

If UAA wants more fans in the seats, and less complaining about their lack luster performances (even Shyiak said on channel 2 news last night that his team gave up), then lets see some great hockey this weekend.

redheadzeb
11-20-2009, 12:29 PM
It will be absolutely devastating to the Mavericks if they are swept this weekend. It really doesn't matter who the opponent may be; it just so happens they are in the great state of Alaska. Not to take anything away from CC and ROTW Jon Howe, but missing points in last weekend's hotly contested games at home was a blow. It is something that cannot happen if your program's goal is home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, let alone if you want to stay out of the bottom of the WCHA.

I haven't seen the Mavs play for a couple of weeks now (the last time being on TV, when they were @ DU), but all indications are they are ripe to start putting pucks in the net. I hope they can break through this weekend. I will be around for Friday's games for sure. Hopefully the GCI.net feed is up and working. I really, really appreciate that service, by the way. And I think the program does a great job with the production--especially considering it is being offered for FREE!

No word yet that I can find on if it will be Lee or Murdock in net for Friday. Frederick (http://mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com/) is reporting Louwerse will sit Friday because of "too many penalties." When you get called out because you are taking too many penalties on a Jutting team that is saying something ;)

Caxton Bomber
11-20-2009, 02:50 PM
It will be absolutely devastating to the Mavericks if they are swept this weekend. It really doesn't matter who the opponent may be; it just so happens they are in the great state of Alaska. Not to take anything away from CC and ROTW Jon Howe, but missing points in last weekend's hotly contested games at home was a blow. It is something that cannot happen if your program's goal is home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, let alone if you want to stay out of the bottom of the WCHA.

I haven't seen the Mavs play for a couple of weeks now (the last time being on TV, when they were @ DU), but all indications are they are ripe to start putting pucks in the net. I hope they can break through this weekend. I will be around for Friday's games for sure. Hopefully the GCI.net feed is up and working. I really, really appreciate that service, by the way. And I think the program does a great job with the production--especially considering it is being offered for FREE!

No word yet that I can find on if it will be Lee or Murdock in net for Friday. Frederick (http://mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com/) is reporting Louwerse will sit Friday because of "too many penalties." When you get called out because you are taking too many penalties on a Jutting team that is saying something ;)

Lee gets the start for the third consecutive game tonight.

Suze
11-20-2009, 04:14 PM
Hopefully the GCI.net feed is up and working. I really, really appreciate that service, by the way. And I think the program does a great job with the production--especially considering it is being offered for FREE!

Thanks for the kudos. I get sick and tired of all the complaining, when no other WCHA team offers a free webcast that I know of. You just can't please some people.

Here is the link for the webcast, it is on the schedule.

http://portal.gci.net/gcisports/uaa_hockey

I don't think it actually starts working until the puck drops, or close to it. Good luck! :)

Hal9K
11-20-2009, 06:45 PM
If UAA wants more fans in the seats, and less complaining about their lack luster performances (even Shyiak said on channel 2 news last night that his team gave up), then lets see some great hockey this weekend.
I agree it would be a start. You cant take a shift off here or there in this league. We need some scoring, that takes a lot of pressure off if you can get started scoring early. Mankato always has a good showing against us here, it's time to put an end to it. Good luck UAA.

Sir_Castic
11-20-2009, 08:25 PM
I cannot believe that the banner ad I got logging onto this site was for Sarah Palin's book. It creeps me out to have her staring at me as I type.
:eek:

Anyway, the Seawolves have to want the puck more than the Mavs. Two big teams, so there should be lots of banging.

less than three hours to game time.

BTW, we owe MSUM something for their women's basketball team taking us out in the National Semis last year. They were simply unconscious with their shooting in the game.

MavsFan
11-21-2009, 12:52 AM
I cannot believe that the banner ad I got logging onto this site...Do you use Firefox? If so, download AdBlock Plus, and you won't see any ads at all.

MavsFan
11-21-2009, 01:19 AM
Wow, what a breakout night for the Mavs. And Jerad Stewart, four goals! :eek:

redheadzeb
11-21-2009, 01:29 AM
Big 2 points to [for the time being] vacate 10th place in the WCHA. The boys can't be too content, they need to get the remaining 2 points from the weekend tomorrow night.

crossjcek
11-21-2009, 01:33 AM
REdiculous game to watch, it's about time MAVS