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Tipsy McStagger
03-12-2012, 08:33 AM
Isn't it about time North Dakota gets knocked out of this thing early? It seems like for the past 6 or 7 years UND has been in the championship game every year minus the UMD vs. Denver game.

I don't think this UND team is as good as the ones from the previous years when they smoked us in this tournament. It would be nice to beat them for a change.

willythekid
03-12-2012, 08:46 AM
Isn't it about time North Dakota gets knocked out of this thing early? It seems like for the past 6 or 7 years UND has been in the championship game every year minus the UMD vs. Denver game.

I don't think this UND team is as good as the ones from the previous years when they smoked us in this tournament. It would be nice to beat them for a change.

You are quite the hockey mind... and everyone thought jan fans were slow.

Bronzebacks
03-12-2012, 09:17 AM
This should be one of the best Final 5 tournaments in years. Attendance should be great and the weather could not be any better for this time of year. Not to mention the field is stacked with 6 solid teams. Should be a great long weekend in St. Paul.

I am too chicken to even throw around any predictions. UND has had our number, but the way SCSU has played the last couple of weeks, I sure can't count them out.

Great to see MTU back at the X. The Gophers have to be the favorite with the home town advantage. They have all of the components necessary with Goaltending, great D, and offensive firepower. Hard to look past Denver either.

Huskies are on fire right now. In the last 10 games their power play is clicking at 34% and the PK is at 83%. Meanwhile, Lee is at .945 with a 1.68 GAA. Hope the Huskies can continue their run. It has been a fun ride to get the X, hope we can make some more noise and extend our season.

Is UND a lock for the NCAA at this point win or loose? If UND were to loose Thursday, I'd have to think they would be right on the bubble for an at-large bid.

willythekid
03-12-2012, 09:28 AM
my prediction is that UND lets loose on thursday.

Dirty
03-12-2012, 09:30 AM
Unless craziness happens with all four leagues having upset league winners UND should make the NCAA tournament no matter what they do at the F5.

Duder
03-12-2012, 09:34 AM
my prediction is that UND lets loose on thursday.

You mean like bowel incontinence? Good lord that sounds horrible.

I have no idea what to expect from this game. The way SCSU has been playing as of late I would like to think they have a real good chance. UND is always tough though, second half of the year at least.

SiouxFanatic
03-12-2012, 09:38 AM
I am too chicken to even throw around any predictions. UND has had our number, but the way SCSU has played the last couple of weeks, I sure can't count them out.

I wouldn't say UND has had SCSU's number this year. The two teams split both series' played this year. My question is, who does St. Cloud start in net? Mike Lee seems to have a hard time playing against UND or Faragher, who has proven to be a bane for UND on more than one occaision? (Lee is 0-5-1 against UND)

Duder
03-12-2012, 09:42 AM
I wouldn't say UND has had SCSU's number this year. The two teams split both series' played this year. My question is, who does St. Cloud start in net? Mike Lee seems to have a hard time playing against UND or Faragher, who has proven to be a bane for UND on more than one occaision? (Lee is 0-5-1 against UND)

Mike Lee will start.

Tipsy McStagger
03-12-2012, 09:43 AM
my prediction is that UND lets loose on thursday.
Maybe a really bad loss requires an extra o. You lose if you are beaten by 3 or fewer goals, but if you are defeated by 4 or more you loose.

SCSU Euro
03-12-2012, 10:32 AM
You gotta play Mike Lee... This is his team and since he came back he's been on fire. Even throwing in his first game back at MN, his GAA and save percentage are off the charts, .947 and 1.70. On the other hand Faragher is only 2-2-0 against UND and Lee hasn't faced them in over a year. Last time Lee went to the X against an opponent he'd struggled against was two years ago when just two series before he gave up 7 (albeit on 50 shots) to UW but then played arguably his best game in cardinal and black by shutting out the Badgers in the Final Five. Let's hope he has another redeemer against the Sioux DAMMIT

Fighting Sioux 23
03-12-2012, 12:59 PM
Isn't it about time North Dakota gets knocked out of this thing early? It seems like for the past 6 or 7 years UND has been in the championship game every year minus the UMD vs. Denver game.

I don't think this UND team is as good as the ones from the previous years when they smoked us in this tournament. It would be nice to beat them for a change.

North Dakota has played well in the Final Five recently, going 11-5 under Dave Hakstol, winning 3 Broadmoors in 7 attempts (playing in the title game 1 other time). That being said, it will likely come down to goaltending and defensive miscues. What is interesting, is that North Dakota is a collective 6-7-1 against the other 5 teams in the Final Five, and the only team they have a winning record against this year is Tech, who they could only play in the title game. It will be an uphill road for the Sioux, and SCSU is definitely a difficult squad to square off against early. My guess is these two teams give each other their all, and then whoever advances is too tired against Minnesota. It should be a tight game, and I wouldn't be surprised with overtime. Now...if only there was a way that I could skip classes and watch the game. :p:D:D

First Time, Long Time
03-12-2012, 01:49 PM
The only way either of these 2 teams should be "too tired" the next night is if this game goes multiple overtimes.
Both teams swept their first round opponents and they get close to 24 hours to rest before the next game.
Neither team should be tired in my opinion.

Husckey Domi Nation
03-12-2012, 01:53 PM
This should be one of the best Final 5 tournaments in years. Attendance should be great and the weather could not be any better for this time of year.

Early rumor has the SCSU - CIC designated tent located at Tom Reid's Bar.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-12-2012, 01:54 PM
The only way either of thesae 2 teams should be "too tired" the next night is if this game goes multiple overtimes.
Both teams swept their first round opponents and they get close to 24 hours to rest before the next game.
Neither team should be tired in my opinion.

This will be an emotionally draining game. Physically, they shouldn't be too bad, but I think the mental and emotional toll of a SCSU-UND game will be a lot to overcome within 24 hours. Plus, as I mentioned, I think the game stands a good chance to go to overtime as both teams are quite equal on paper. That being said, either school should be jacked up to play the Gophers on Friday Night. However, I still think that the style of play between SCSU and UND does not bode well for either side Friday night.

Bronzebacks
03-12-2012, 02:35 PM
You gotta play Mike Lee... This is his team and since he came back he's been on fire. Even throwing in his first game back at MN, his GAA and save percentage are off the charts, .947 and 1.70. On the other hand Faragher is only 2-2-0 against UND and Lee hasn't faced them in over a year. Last time Lee went to the X against an opponent he'd struggled against was two years ago when just two series before he gave up 7 (albeit on 50 shots) to UW but then played arguably his best game in cardinal and black by shutting out the Badgers in the Final Five. Let's hope he has another redeemer against the Sioux DAMMIT

Right on Euro. How many times did Lee beat UNO before this past weekend? I think Faragher is great, But lee has earned the start. I just hope if he struggles, Bob has him on a short leash. Faragher has also earned that right as well.

This is going to be a great weekend of college hockey!

Fighting Sioux 23
03-12-2012, 03:06 PM
Right on Euro. How many times did Lee beat UNO before this past weekend? I think Faragher is great, But lee has earned the start. I just hope if he struggles, Bob has him on a short leash. Faragher has also earned that right as well.

This is going to be a great weekend of college hockey!

From a UND perspective, I'd much rather face Lee than Faragher. For whatever reason, Faragher has owned UND this season (7 goals on 141 shots for a .950 Save % and a 1.77 GAA).

Bronzebacks
03-12-2012, 03:14 PM
From a UND perspective, I'd much rather face Lee than Faragher. For whatever reason, Faragher has owned UND this season (7 goals on 141 shots for a .950 Save % and a 1.77 GAA).

Nice try FS23...your trickery falls in vain here. ;)

Both goalies are capable of big time performances. As are both of UND's goalies. This should be a great match up. I hope to see a good amount of cardinal and red mixed into the sea of green come Thursday.

Biddco
03-12-2012, 03:29 PM
Either team losing is a good thing. I wouldn't mind seeing a UND-UMTC game in person.

Tipsy McStagger
03-12-2012, 03:32 PM
From a UND perspective, I'd much rather face Lee than Faragher. For whatever reason, Faragher has owned UND this season (7 goals on 141 shots for a .950 Save % and a 1.77 GAA).
His 44 save shutout props those stats up a bit. The main reason our goalies are playing well is because the defense has been excellent this year. I think we will hold the Sioux to 2 goals or less, but my main concern is whether we can score.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-12-2012, 03:43 PM
His 44 save shutout props those stats up a bit. The main reason our goalies are playing well is because the defense has been excellent this year. I think we will hold the Sioux to 2 goals or less, but my main concern is whether we can score.

North Dakota is 2-8-1 in games where we score 2 goals or less. The Sioux are 20-4-2 when scoring 3 goals or more.

Faragher also had a 40 save performance in a 3-1 victory over North Dakota as well, so it certainly was not just a 1 game thing. Lee is something like 0-5-1 against North Dakota in his career, allowing at least 3 goals in each of his starts. I'll take Lee 7 days a week and twice on Thursday over Faragher. Also, I was wrong on Faragher's stats. He has allowed 7 goals on 148 shots (141 saves) for a .953 Save %. Lee has allowed 25 goals on 205 shots for a .878 Save % and a 4.41 GAA against North Dakota.