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JDUBBS1280
10-16-2011, 06:28 PM
I thought I would get a thread started early for this matchup as this will be the first time these two teams have met. Anyone from Vermont planning to make the trip to Mariucci this weekend? The Gophers are making the trip to Vermont next year and I am looking forward to possibly making that trip :)

Here's some background on each team:

<A HREF="http://uvmathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=mhockey">Vermont Roster</A>
<A HREF="http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/minn-m-hockey-mtt.html">Minnesota Roster</A>

Minnesota is 4-0-0 and 2-0-0 in conference play so far this season. They are coming off a thrilling road sweep of the defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

Vermont has yet to play a regular season tilt, but lost this past weekend 2-1 to the US Under 18 Team.

Vermont was picked to finish <A HREF="http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/pres1112/201109/sep27poll.php">SIXTH</A> in the Hockey East Coaches Poll, while Minnesota was picked by WCHA coaches to finish <A HREF="http://www.wcha.com/men/presarch/201009/sep29gfp.php">FIFTH</A>.

Should be a fun weekend of hockey!

The Rube
10-16-2011, 06:30 PM
I'm still waiting for Senator Finistirre to apologize for their cheese. :mad:

SanTropez
10-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Will Vermont be bringing the maple syrup?

ScoobyDoo
10-16-2011, 08:08 PM
Important two games. Don't blow it.

D2D
10-16-2011, 09:23 PM
Important two games. Don't blow it.

After a very emotional conference sweep against the defending national champs and our in-state rivals, Gopher coaches and fans have good reason to be worried about a letdown. Winning the first and then the second against a Hockey East team could very well turn out to be hugely important in determining where - and maybe even IF - they get seeded come NCAA tournament time. And they also need to prove to themselves that their sweep of a very good Bulldog team was not a fluke.

JDUBBS1280
10-16-2011, 09:26 PM
After a very emotional conference sweep against the defending national champs and our in-state rivals, Gopher coaches and fans have good reason to be worried about a letdown. Winning the first and then the second against a Hockey East team could very well turn out to be hugely important in determining where - and maybe even IF - they get seeded come NCAA tournament time. And they also need to prove to themselves that their sweep of a very good Bulldog team was not a fluke.

Couldn't agree more! I am worried about a letdown, but not as much as I would have been the last few years. Just another test for this young, promising team.

Driftryder
10-16-2011, 09:29 PM
So what can Vermont fans tell us about their team? Do they play a high tempo up and down the rink game? Or will they try to slow it down and clog the neutral zone?


Interesting that the Gophers have never played them before, sounds like we will be heading to Vermont next year to return the favor.

Patronick
10-16-2011, 10:07 PM
Gophers roll two straight.

mahogma
10-16-2011, 10:29 PM
Will Vermont be bringing the maple syrup?

Will Vermont be bringing a cat to mount? I could use one in my den,above the fireplace:D

Goon
10-16-2011, 10:32 PM
After a very emotional conference sweep against the defending national champs and our in-state rivals, Gopher coaches and fans have good reason to be worried about a letdown. .
Sandbagging already.

Bakunin
10-16-2011, 10:35 PM
Sandbagging already.
That wasn't sandbagging. Saying Vermont will kill us would be sandbagging.

Mental focus has long been an issue for this program, so it's fair to be concerned after this past weekend's emotional games.

JDUBBS1280
10-16-2011, 10:42 PM
That wasn't sandbagging. Saying Vermont will kill us would be sandbagging.

Mental focus has long been an issue for this program, so it's fair to be concerned after this past weekend's emotional games.

Agreed on all accounts.

D2D
10-16-2011, 11:16 PM
Mental focus has long been an issue for this program, so it's fair to be concerned after this past weekend's emotional games.

And if past experience is any guide, never underestimate a Hockey East team, no matter who you last played and how you did.

cross cheque
10-16-2011, 11:38 PM
That wasn't sandbagging. Saying Vermont will kill us would be sandbagging.

Mental focus has long been an issue for this program, so it's fair to be concerned after this past weekend's emotional games.

Please excuse him, rinkpig got him all fired up about 5 minutes ago and he is looking for some revenge as opposed to ignoring pig.

Goon
10-16-2011, 11:44 PM
That wasn't sandbagging. Saying Vermont will kill us would be sandbagging.

Mental focus has long been an issue for this program, so it's fair to be concerned after this past weekend's emotional games.
You're talking about Vermont... Do you actually think they are going to come into your house and sneak past you? Hence, the "sandbagging" Wasn't trying to pick a fight just saying, they're not very good.

D2D
10-16-2011, 11:56 PM
You're talking about Vermont... Do you actually think they are going to come into your house and sneak past you? Hence, the "sandbagging" Wasn't trying to pick a fight just saying, they're not very good.

Haha, what do you call the opposite of sandbagging?

JF_Gophers
10-17-2011, 09:09 AM
Gophers put up another 15 goals this weekend in a sweep of UVM.

VermontfaninNY
10-17-2011, 10:01 AM
Yes we will be bringing the cheese. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/10/06/55-american-cheeses-to-try-right-now/

Also might bring a surprise or two for the Gophers. Heard they go great with some extra sharp and crackers.

Greyeagle
10-17-2011, 10:02 AM
Also might bring a surprise or two for the Gophers. Heard they go great with some extra sharp and crackers.

Oooh, oooh, I hope it's Ben & Jerry's!

Driftryder
10-17-2011, 10:08 AM
Maybe they can give out Ben & Jerry's at Mariucci instead of Culver's this weekend.