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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MavHockey14 View Post
    I’m never going to bash a team for playing a certain style they deem best positions them for success — sure, a coach needs to run a program to put butts in the seats, dollar win the fundraising jar, etc. but that is done first and foremost by winning hockey games — people support winners, even if their style may not be the most entertaining.
    In fairness to LSSU, they were playing an up tempo style on Friday night, but we got up on them early. it seems to me that they have been slowly transitioning to playing an up tempo style. LSSU is a good team and I, personally, think that Whitten has them on the right path and they will be a tough team in the next few years. Yes,they played a trap for a while, but it wasn't anything like the Bemidji game of a couple years ago. They did ice the puck a few times, but I'd argue that was almost as much because of hte situation at that moment and guys getting tired. The reality is that you have to adjust when a team is playing a slower style. If MSU puts in one of those Grade-A chances, LSSU won't be able to continue playing that style. They will be forced to be more aggressive. They will be forced to have to deal with our speed. Right now, I don't think they can keep up with the Mavs speed. It doesn't fall on the opposing team to change their style, it falls on MSU to force them to change. If we don't do that, I can't begrudge any team.

    It's just like a few years ago when Gopher fans complained about the way MSU played. My simple answer was that when they were beating like a dead horse we couldn't play that way. We played a heavy style that was right on the edge against them and it worked. It wasn't a bad style to play, but Gopher fans didn't like it. It's just too bad. If you don't like it, force the other team to change it by the score on the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bale View Post
    In fairness to LSSU, they were playing an up tempo style on Friday night, but we got up on them early. it seems to me that they have been slowly transitioning to playing an up tempo style. LSSU is a good team and I, personally, think that Whitten has them on the right path and they will be a tough team in the next few years. Yes,they played a trap for a while, but it wasn't anything like the Bemidji game of a couple years ago. They did ice the puck a few times, but I'd argue that was almost as much because of hte situation at that moment and guys getting tired. The reality is that you have to adjust when a team is playing a slower style. If MSU puts in one of those Grade-A chances, LSSU won't be able to continue playing that style. They will be forced to be more aggressive. They will be forced to have to deal with our speed. Right now, I don't think they can keep up with the Mavs speed. It doesn't fall on the opposing team to change their style, it falls on MSU to force them to change. If we don't do that, I can't begrudge any team.

    It's just like a few years ago when Gopher fans complained about the way MSU played. My simple answer was that when they were beating like a dead horse we couldn't play that way. We played a heavy style that was right on the edge against them and it worked. It wasn't a bad style to play, but Gopher fans didn't like it. It's just too bad. If you don't like it, force the other team to change it by the score on the board.
    Ding ding ding we have a winner!

    (Itís also a compliment, as it means your teamís got guys other teams wish they had/play a style that takes high level speed and skill

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavHockey14 View Post
    Ding ding ding we have a winner!

    (Itís also a compliment, as it means your teamís got guys other teams wish they had/play a style that takes high level speed and skill
    Mavs got a new commit Connor Gregga. Seems to be a solid pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAVS21 View Post
    Mavs got a new commit Connor Gregga. Seems to be a solid pick up.
    Hastings and his staff have had really good success with the BCHL, hope that continues.

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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

    Would be really nice to get a sweep this weekend. Wonít be easy, but Iíd like to see the Mavs get rolling a bit again.

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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

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    Would be really nice to get a sweep this weekend. Wonít be easy, but Iíd like to see the Mavs get rolling a bit again.
    It would be nice, but realistically, 7-3 the rest of the regular season probably gets us the MacNaughton and likely puts us in great shape for an NCAA at-large bid. NMU is a good team playing well, with an outstanding goalie. I would like to see us score some goals this weekend, whatever the outcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    It would be nice, but realistically, 7-3 the rest of the regular season probably gets us the MacNaughton and likely puts us in great shape for an NCAA at-large bid. NMU is a good team playing well, with an outstanding goalie. I would like to see us score some goals this weekend, whatever the outcome.
    7-3 with no worse than a split this weekend gets you both of those things. Looking at Jim Dahl's PWR forecasting, you're probably looking at #7-10 with that finish. Win your first weekend series and I'll bet it's no worse than #8. Looking like we could very well be in the same Regional again this year. Hoping for better outcomes.

    Best of luck the rest of the way.

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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

    Road wins are supposed to be tough, right?

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    Road wins are supposed to be tough, right?
    Goes to show you how quick a 3 goal cushion can disappear but a win is a win and games like that prepare you for March. Needed those points though, looking at the schedule there are a few games that if we lost I wouldn't be shocked. Losing at Tech, UAF or to Bemidji wouldn't be surprising at all. Tech is capable of taking both games, traveling to UAF is never easy and Bemidji is well Bemidji. the games against UAH are the only series we have left that anything less than 6 points would be shocking.
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    Good weekend for the Mavs. Huge sweep. Was nice TJ see them lighting the lamp a ton.

    Have to sweep this series next weekend and keep rolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavHockey14 View Post
    Good weekend for the Mavs. Huge sweep. Was nice TJ see them lighting the lamp a ton.

    Have to sweep this series next weekend and keep rolling.
    Love to lock up the WCHA w/o scoreboard watching. A sweep this weekend keeps the pressure on the other teams to follow suit.
    Great to see the players at the AF pond hockey tourney sunday especially as they probably didn't get home til 5/6 a.m. they are great ambassadors. Kids love them and they happily signed and took pictures every time. Kudos to them but also Hastings for recruiting the right kids.

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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MavsFan19 View Post
    Goes to show you how quick a 3 goal cushion can disappear but a win is a win and games like that prepare you for March. Needed those points though, looking at the schedule there are a few games that if we lost I wouldn't be shocked. Losing at Tech, UAF or to Bemidji wouldn't be surprising at all. Tech is capable of taking both games, traveling to UAF is never easy and Bemidji is well Bemidji. the games against UAH are the only series we have left that anything less than 6 points would be shocking.
    Big series. Our record at Tech is not good, and it's Carnival weekend for them. Did Coatta and Rivera make the trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    Big series. Our record at Tech is not good, and it's Carnival weekend for them. Did Coatta and Rivera make the trip?
    Havenít been able to pin down that info yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    Big series. Our record at Tech is not good, and it's Carnival weekend for them. Did Coatta and Rivera make the trip?
    Sounds like Rivera is in and Coatta is still out.

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    Re: Minnesota State 2018-19 Season Thread

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    Sounds like Rivera is in and Coatta is still out.
    Improves our PK. But hopefully we stay out of the box, and don't test that PK much.

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    All in all a good weekend. Tech is a tough road trip, especially on carnival weekend.

    A well earned week off before ramping up for the home stretch.

    Nice to be at 6 in the pairwise, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavHockey14 View Post
    All in all a good weekend. Tech is a tough road trip, especially on carnival weekend.

    A well earned week off before ramping up for the home stretch.

    Nice to be at 6 in the pairwise, too.
    This team I believe will finally win a NCAA game! I would like to give McKay a breather soon but heís in a zone. Excited for rest of year! Quick question when recruits visit do they stay all weekend or just one game? Just curious if you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAVS21 View Post
    This team I believe will finally win a NCAA game!
    We have has a few years where we could have won and 1 year for sure where we should have won. With a 16 team field there is just so little separating each team that I'm not sure there are upsets. Even low ranked teams that win their tourney come in on a hot steak. It would be great to get that monkey off our backs though. Right now we just need to finish strong. Stay healthy and win the wcha tourney as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAVS21 View Post
    This team I believe will finally win a NCAA game! I would like to give McKay a breather soon but heís in a zone. Excited for rest of year! Quick question when recruits visit do they stay all weekend or just one game? Just curious if you know.
    A lot of it depends on the recruit ó most of them are playing games right now for their respective teams ó many will visit town, the school, tour the facilities, and attend one game a weekend just based on their time available. Many relationships are developed with coaches going to watch games and chatting with the recruits. Social media and texting has become huge in recruiting as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavsFan19 View Post
    We have has a few years where we could have won and 1 year for sure where we should have won. With a 16 team field there is just so little separating each team that I'm not sure there are upsets. Even low ranked teams that win their tourney come in on a hot steak. It would be great to get that monkey off our backs though. Right now we just need to finish strong. Stay healthy and win the wcha tourney as well
    They should get a crack at it at least, and thatís most important ó theyíre talented enough to beat anyone in the country in one 60 minute shot.

    Thereís a long way to go in this season (and hopefully into April) but next seasonís team has a chance to be incredible.

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