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    I see Northeastern vs. Mankato but I'm hoping PC can get it together for an all HE East Regional Championship. I don't see Cornell as a threat to the NU this year and Mankato is going to be a huge test for the Friars. I really respect their program but their fans are coming off like losers complaining about having to play PC at the Dunk. It's like they are building in an excuse to lose and the week hadn't ever started yet. PC hockey plays as many games at the Dunk as the Air Force Academy.
    Hopefully PC learned something from having to sit out this past weekend while other teams controlled their destiny. Could be Hawkey's last collegiate game if the team can't put together a strong effort.

    If PC does get past Mankato I think they match up well with NU.
    Just ignore all that. A lot of fans are just protecting ourselves from the devastation. It's an art that Minnesotans have mastered. Remember, we have the Vikings that rip out our hearts every 7-8 years, we had the first #1 seed that lost to the #16 in NCAA hockey (and the second was just up the road a couple of hours), and we haven't had a major professional sport appear in the championship game/series since 1991 (yes, that's over 100 seasons of losing). It's second nature for us to find some way or reason why we are the underdog.

    I'm hopeful for this team. They FINALLY pulled out a big game this last weekend that was played against a team that plays a heavy style. I'm hoping it was a game that can finally get our boys over the hump of post-season struggles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bale View Post
    Just ignore all that. A lot of fans are just protecting ourselves from the devastation. It's an art that Minnesotans have mastered. Remember, we have the Vikings that rip out our hearts every 7-8 years, we had the first #1 seed that lost to the #16 in NCAA hockey (and the second was just up the road a couple of hours), and we haven't had a major professional sport appear in the championship game/series since 1991 (yes, that's over 100 seasons of losing). It's second nature for us to find some way or reason why we are the underdog.

    I'm hopeful for this team. They FINALLY pulled out a big game this last weekend that was played against a team that plays a heavy style. I'm hoping it was a game that can finally get our boys over the hump of post-season struggles.
    I think you have a solid team there! I was very impressed with their comeback against Bowling Green. Two goals in such a short time was awesome!!! I have had great times in the past when Mankato has come to RI and find their fans to be great. Looking forward to more of the same interaction with the fans. 👍

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    Anyone know what section(s) have been allotted to PC fans? I might go just for kicks and I want to sit as far from the Cornell fans as possible.

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    Anyone know what section(s) have been allotted to PC fans? I might go just for kicks and I want to sit as far from the Cornell fans as possible.
    110-113 are the sections the school got for tickets....ordered mine yesterday...can only order full session (i.e. 2 games Saturday and 1 game Sunday) no matter what happens to PC on Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73PCFriar View Post
    110-113 are the sections the school got for tickets....ordered mine yesterday...can only order full session (i.e. 2 games Saturday and 1 game Sunday) no matter what happens to PC on Saturday
    Thanks! There were hardly any decent seats left yesterday so I bought them in 229 in the lowest row I could find. I think thatís the Northeastern area, because I saw on the MSU thread that theyíre in 124.

    It looks like the lower bowl is completely sold out. Should be a fun atmosphere, especially if NU and Cornell bring big contingents as I expect.

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    Beating MSU might not be easy, but I really want to shut up the people on this message board who complain about the Providence regional every two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Beating MSU might not be easy, but I really want to shut up the people on this message board who complain about the Providence regional every two years.
    Agreed. They sound like crybaby *****es. A much different look nowadays to the fan base that I knew them as years ago. I really enjoyed meeting a large group of their fans a couple years in Providence now this group sounds like they have small man's syndrome to the Golden Gophers fan base and they seem like they already think they could choke this game away so they're building in the excuse now. Not a good look for a team that's ranked number three in the country for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC91 View Post
    Agreed. They sound like crybaby *****es. A much different look nowadays to the fan base that I knew them as years ago. I really enjoyed meeting a large group of their fans a couple years in Providence now this group sounds like they have small man's syndrome to the Golden Gophers fan base and they seem like they already think they could choke this game away so they're building in the excuse now. Not a good look for a team that's ranked number three in the country for sure.
    Itís not even an anti-Mankato thing -although some of their fans act like the demon spawn of the Rodents and Jan Brady State and deserve watching PC spring an upset IF PC can spring the upset. They have a great team and their fans have more than earned a trip to Buffalo. When people complain about Minnesota and college hockey, itís literally just the Gophers and to a lesser extent SCSU. Totally fine either the Mavs, tUMD, and Bemidji and even though I made fun of them, SCSU. Itís really just reading the endless comments about fixing the NCAA tournament so that there are only 12 teams, and presumably we see Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Fighting Hawks, BC, and BU represent in the Frozen Four forever and ever until the end of time. That is literally the subtext.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Itís not even an anti-Mankato thing -although some of their fans act like the demon spawn of the Rodents and Jan Brady State and deserve watching PC spring an upset IF PC can spring the upset. They have a great team and their fans have more than earned a trip to Buffalo. When people complain about Minnesota and college hockey, itís literally just the Gophers and to a lesser extent SCSU. Totally fine either the Mavs, tUMD, and Bemidji and even though I made fun of them, SCSU. Itís really just reading the endless comments about fixing the NCAA tournament so that there are only 12 teams, and presumably we see Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Fighting Hawks, BC, and BU represent in the Frozen Four forever and ever until the end of time. That is literally the subtext.
    Actually Providence was my favorite place to watch playoffs. Just loved easily getting in and out, the Italian food on the hill, the beer pregame outside. I loved that place many many times better than Albany... that is for sure.

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    Actually Providence was my favorite place to watch playoffs. Just loved easily getting in and out, the Italian food on the hill, the beer pregame outside. I loved that place many many times better than Albany... that is for sure.
    Albany was awful. And as the state capitol, it was a ghost town on the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickod View Post
    Albany was awful. And as the state capitol, it was a ghost town on the weekend.
    Thatís always been my read on the Albany regionals.
    People generally liked the Providence regional long before PC was relevant. No one from the NCAAís is going to discourage Brown from bidding.
    According to Mark Divver, PC is staying at a hotel in Warwick. NU, MSU, and Cornell are staying in hotels in Providence. It seems like everyone is going out of their way to not give PC the home game everyone is complaining about.
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    That’s always been my read on the Albany regionals.
    People generally liked the Providence regional long before PC was relevant. No one from the NCAA’s is going to discourage Brown from bidding.
    According to Mark Divver, PC is staying at a hotel in Warwick. NU, MSU, and Cornell are staying in hotels in Providence. It seems like everyone is going out of their way to not give PC the home game everyone is complaining about.
    This idea that it's a home game for PC is laughable!!! PC rarely sells out their tiny arena of 3,330. You'll get that many NU and Cornell fans each for this game. We all know that the actual PC fan base of regular attendees can fit in two sections of Schneider Arena. You get more regular attendees for Mount hockey than PC. I used to go to every game and I think I got to 3 games this year and literally 1 minute of the UMass game cause Frank Pepe's is awesome and open in Warwick!!!

    Albany is a ghost town on weekends for sure no matter what is in town. People still remark about what a great site Providence is for the NCAA championship but it's too small a venue to be considered anymore.
    I also love how a group of people doesn't get what they want and then want the system changed because of it. One of our political parties is like that now a days and it's sickening. I'm concerned for our future.
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    Agreed. They sound like crybaby *****es. A much different look nowadays to the fan base that I knew them as years ago. I really enjoyed meeting a large group of their fans a couple years in Providence now this group sounds like they have small man's syndrome to the Golden Gophers fan base and they seem like they already think they could choke this game away so they're building in the excuse now. Not a good look for a team that's ranked number three in the country for sure.
    You do realize that a lot of the people that are commenting about it aren't even MSU fans, right? The general sentiment that I've heard from MSU fans is that, yes, it sucks that we are playing Providence in Providence, but it is what it is. It wasn't so long ago that we were a perennial loser, so many of us are just thankful to see a consistent winner.

    The idea that it's not an advantage to be playing in your hometown (ie. there is no travel and PC as the 4 seed will have more fans there than MSU as the 1 seed) is laughable. The Gophers used to claim the same thing when they got to play in XCel Center and it was laughable for them to say it as well. I get it that it's not like it will be a sell out of PC fans, but there isn't any way that MSU will be able to bring as many fans as PC does. Really, it is OK to admit that PC has an advantage. The flip side of that is that I sense there are enough people from other fan bases that don't like that PC gets the advantage and will turn into de facto MSU fans. That in and of itself could potentially turn that

    It is what it is, but that is how the system was set up and is supported by the coaches. It is more than a bit hypocritical for the team to complain about it now. That doesn't mean that adjustments can't be made to the system as a whole, but the coaches wanted this system and now we need to live with both the good and bad.
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    Part of the problem is there arenít many Midwest cities that bid anymore. Itís too bad the NCAA banned the use of on-campus arenas. Mariucci was a perfect fit, both in terms of capacity and proximity to strong programs. Madison, too, though the Kohl Center is a little bigger than most regional site arenas.

    Until more Midwest cities bid consistently, some top-seeded program is going to get screwed with placement every year. Seems like it usually happens to Denver.

    Personally, I wish theyíd follow the lacrosse model and put the first round games on campus before going to two regionals for the quarterfinals a week later. But, thatís clearly not happening any time soon.

    In any event, this is clearly the most interesting regional to me, and Iím excited to see Minnesota State for the first time. I get to watch the other three very often, so itís always a treat to see some of the better teams from out west. I think both games are a tossup, so it should be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bale View Post
    You do realize that a lot of the people that are commenting about it aren't even MSU fans, right? The general sentiment that I've heard from MSU fans is that, yes, it sucks that we are playing Providence in Providence, but it is what it is. It wasn't so long ago that we were a perennial loser, so many of us are just thankful to see a consistent winner.

    The idea that it's not an advantage to be playing in your hometown (ie. there is no travel and PC as the 4 seed will have more fans there than MSU as the 1 seed) is laughable. The Gophers used to claim the same thing when they got to play in XCel Center and it was laughable for them to say it as well. I get it that it's not like it will be a sell out of PC fans, but there isn't any way that MSU will be able to bring as many fans as PC does. Really, it is OK to admit that PC has an advantage. The flip side of that is that I sense there are enough people from other fan bases that don't like that PC gets the advantage and will turn into de facto MSU fans. That in and of itself could potentially turn that

    It is what it is, but that is how the system was set up and is supported by the coaches. It is more than a bit hypocritical for the team to complain about it now. That doesn't mean that adjustments can't be made to the system as a whole, but the coaches wanted this system and now we need to live with both the good and bad.
    I was just coming to say, most MSU fans are in just ďwin a NCAA game, no excuses, periodĒ mode. Logically anyone with a brain knows a system is flawed when a 1 seed has to play a 4 seed in their hometown, but itís an imperfect system that is better than any alternatives in the minds of the coaches. Itís the system thatís in place so deal with it. The Mavs havenít won in front of 1000s of their own fans last year, in front of hardly any fans before, etc. Hopefully going out east in a hostile environment is just what the doctor ordered.

    Itís comical how many PC fans think MSU fans are whining when itís really hardly any of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavHockey14 View Post
    I was just coming to say, most MSU fans are in just ďwin a NCAA game, no excuses, periodĒ mode. Logically anyone with a brain knows a system is flawed when a 1 seed has to play a 4 seed in their hometown, but itís an imperfect system that is better than any alternatives in the minds of the coaches. Itís the system thatís in place so deal with it. The Mavs havenít won in front of 1000s of their own fans last year, in front of hardly any fans before, etc. Hopefully going out east in a hostile environment is just what the doctor ordered.

    Itís comical how many PC fans think MSU fans are whining when itís really hardly any of us.
    No you're just saying how nervous you are and have been since last Sunday. In fact as a fanbase you all seem very nervous and what I was pointing out was that you won't be facing a hostile crowd like yourfan base seems to be envisioning. I say hostile crowd because at least 10 of you have used that expression about coming to Providence to have to face a hostile crowd.
    Frankly I don't care if Providence plays in Manchester or Providence or in Allentown or in the West. If our team is good enough to beat you then we're good enough to beat you anywhere. Personally I give you all the nod today and not because of any one verse four matchup but the fact that we couldn't get out of our own way at the end of the year and sew things up on our own. In one week we went from 7th and the country to 11th. When Providence had to play the Golden Gophers on their home rink in the NCAA or had to play Quinnipiac literally down the street from their campus we didn't ***** about it or say the system needed to be fixed, we played the game and either won or lost. Anyone with a brain in their head knows that if you want to be considered a real contender you play anybody wherever the game is scheduled and win. It's sad to see that Maverick's fanbase has gotten soft since they first came to Providence a few years ago. Good luck today, your team actually should win but I'm sure that won't stop you from being nervous anyway. Try to enjoy the city and the experience while you're here. Later on you going to be laughing to yourself about thinking for a second that this crowd is going to be hostile in any way. We got about 500 regular attendees to are home games if that and the last several times that we've played in the NCAA tournament we've been close to home and haven't been able to draw flies.
    Welcome to Providence and good luck, you have an exciting team this year and I think it should be a great game!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC91 View Post
    No you're just saying how nervous you are and have been since last Sunday. In fact as a fanbase you all seem very nervous and what I was pointing out was that you won't be facing a hostile crowd like yourfan base seems to be envisioning. I say hostile crowd because at least 10 of you have used that expression about coming to Providence to have to face a hostile crowd.
    Frankly I don't care if Providence plays in Manchester or Providence or in Allentown or in the West. If our team is good enough to beat you then we're good enough to beat you anywhere. Personally I give you all the nod today and not because of any one verse four matchup but the fact that we couldn't get out of our own way at the end of the year and sew things up on our own. In one week we went from 7th and the country to 11th. When Providence had to play the Golden Gophers on their home rink in the NCAA or had to play Quinnipiac literally down the street from their campus we didn't ***** about it or say the system needed to be fixed, we played the game and either won or lost. Anyone with a brain in their head knows that if you want to be considered a real contender you play anybody wherever the game is scheduled and win. It's sad to see that Maverick's fanbase has gotten soft since they first came to Providence a few years ago. Good luck today, your team actually should win but I'm sure that won't stop you from being nervous anyway. Try to enjoy the city and the experience while you're here. Later on you going to be laughing to yourself about thinking for a second that this crowd is going to be hostile in any way. We got about 500 regular attendees to are home games if that and the last several times that we've played in the NCAA tournament we've been close to home and haven't been able to draw flies.
    Welcome to Providence and good luck, you have an exciting team this year and I think it should be a great game!!!
    So, here is my question, given everything you just said. If Providence doesnt draw in Providence, why does the committee continue to put Providence in Providence "for attendance reasons"? Something doesn't match up. Either the committee is a bunch of idiots that likes to bang their heads on brick walls, or there is a greater impact than PC fans are willing to admit.

    Again, i dont care one way or another. It's up to our boys to play with a chip on their shoulder and win regardless. The system is what it is and i may think its silly, but coaches can't sit and defend it and then complain about it when it doesnt work out for them. Hastings said as much yesterday on his interview with the Twin Cities sports station yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bale View Post
    So, here is my question, given everything you just said. If Providence doesnt draw in Providence, why does the committee continue to put Providence in Providence "for attendance reasons"? Something doesn't match up. Either the committee is a bunch of idiots that likes to bang their heads on brick walls, or there is a greater impact than PC fans are willing to admit.

    Again, i dont care one way or another. It's up to our boys to play with a chip on their shoulder and win regardless.
    I think that if you looked at Manchester the other day you had Harvard and UMass playing in front of what looked like family and friends only and both of those schools are pretty local particularly Harvard being about an hour and a half away tops. Each year the Providence has played in the last few years it's been either in Providence or several times down in Bridgeport Connecticut and the turnout for Providence has been nominal at best. I think that you would have had a good crowd without PC with Northeastern being placed in Providence and Cornell travels very well but while I agree that you're going to get more fans than you normally would having Providence playing in Providence, it is far from the turnoutthat you think it is and I Providence college basketball is King and hockey is a distant afterthought despite the fact that they won the national championship in 2015. They'll be people wearing a lot of black and white but most of them will be basketball fans who came down for the curiosity of it all and because our basketball team is not playing in any tournament right now. They will sit on their hands most of the game. What I also think you're also going to find is a lot of these people don't know if you put air in the puck or if it's stuffed. By the way I'm sitting in section 101 row KK seat 6 and 7. I don't think they selling beer today but happy to meet you and buy you a soda you seem like a dedicated fan and we want you to have a great time while you're in Providence!again good luck to your team I think it's going to be a great game and hopefully we can give you a good test. In my opinion if you get by Providence you most likely going to have to face Northeastern without any disrespect to Cornell. That means you should be able to see two good games this weekend.
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    Brother believe me you're going to get a kick out of it when you see the hockey atmosphere the PC "creates". We might even have our band at the game which is a big deal for us because we have been known to use the local high school band down the street to play at our games. If basketball was going on the band would be there and we would have recruited some local high school or college to be our band.
    When you see Northeastern University and their dog pound you'll get a hint of what it should be like for Providence college but it isn't. Cornell's band is outstanding to and their fan base is loud and fun.
    Again I'll let you witness it for yourself before I say I told you so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC91 View Post
    Brother believe me you're going to get a kick out of it when you see the hockey atmosphere the PC "creates". We might even have our band at the game which is a big deal for us because we have been known to use the local high school band down the street to play at our games. If basketball was going on the band would be there and we would have recruited some local high school or college to be our band.
    When you see Northeastern University and their dog pound you'll get a hint of what it should be like for Providence college but it isn't. Cornell's band is outstanding to and their fan base is loud and fun.
    Again I'll let you witness it for yourself before I say I told you so.
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