As was said, Mike Hastings is a proven winner and well respected at every level. 11-6-2 in the second half says a lot about his ability to get his team ready every week.
But I wonder about the Mavs schedule. No games against top 10 teams, in fact very few games against good top 15 ranked teams. Mavs need to schedule more NCs against ranked teams. WCHA was weak this season in interconference play, ranking closely behind Atlantic Hockey (.257) with a W% of .347.
Whatever...just a thought. Carry on.
Last edited by SteveO; 04-02-2019 at 12:56 PM.
I do think, and have been hammered by some fellow current WCHA school supporters for this, that playing in the WCHA hurts the Mavericks in terms of preparing them to win in the tournament. The WCHA didnít blow a 3 goal lead for them, no, but the proof is in the pudding. 2 more NCHC schools back in the Frozen Four. The last three champions? 3 different NCHC schools.
Playing in that league night in and night out requires a different level of consistency and mental focus than playing in the WCHA. Against most WCHA schools, if the Mavs are up 3-0, they can manage to live through some turnovers, survive breakdowns a little bit easier, etc. In the NCHC, most teams are gonna do exactly what Providence did to the Mavs.
6 of the top 8 NCHC teams were in the top 23 of the Pairwise. Only 3 WCHA schools were in the top 23, with 10 league members rather than 8. (NMU was 24th).
Good news to have those two back to play. It will be a very interesting roster next year.
I've been a fan of the Mavericks for years. Been going to games since the first game at the Verizon Center almost 25 years ago. Watched the program grow through the first Final Five appearance at Target Center in Coach Brose's last game (2000) and getting to the NCAA tournament in 2003 for the first time. The biggest issue the program has is having success in big road or neutral site games. The biggest win most recently I can think of in a neutral site game was at the 2015 Final Five championship against Michigan Tech at Xcel Energy. There's the obvious lack of a win in the NCAA tournament as well as never winning the North Star Cup tournament before that went away. Maybe the Mariucci Cup next year will help the 2019-2020 team gain some success during the year for preparation for the NCAA tournament. What's everyone thoughts as far as getting that elusive first NCAA tournament win? Next Year? 2-3 years? 5-10 years? I'm hoping sooner rather than later. Being a Maverick Hockey fan can be tough but there's been a lot of good moments too. Like being at the Mankato Miracle against Bowling Green for the conference championship.
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