GAMEDAY! Schlossman reports that UND fans and alumni from 131 cities across America are coming to Vegas for this game tonight (and for whatever else one does in Vegas). Gopher fans, not so much. On paper it's neutral ice, but in terms of drunkin' fan support and a raucous atmosphere...advantage UND.
This is a good litmus test for the Gophers to show some mental toughness amidst a hostile crowd and play their game. Gophers have some players that can fly and play a fast game on skates. But they'll need to play a fast game with the puck as well and put more pucks on net. Although they've only played two D1 games, Corsi indicates they are way down in shot differential at #54th, whereas UND with a slow start in their first 4 games is ranked 6th.
Physicality factor from a young Gopher D corp will play a huge role, as well as blocking shots against a Whioux team that fires a lot of pucks on net. The Gophers carry the advantage in net with Mat Robson (SV% .936) vs the FR Scheel for UND (SV% .878).
No doubt both teams will come out of the gate locked and loaded. I'm pumped for an intense 60 min of old-time college hockey rivalry with a lot of end-to-end action. Go Gophers!