dxmnkd316 wrote:You know, every time I heard Lucia say we had an extremely difficult schedule this year, I had to chuckle. Then I looked at it again and realized just how difficult this schedule is:
Notre Dame x2
Michigan x4 (although I can't buy them yet this year...)
MSU x2 or 3
UMD x2 or 3
Not an easy schedule by any means.
And let's not completely forget New Hampshire, a team that's generally in contention both in HEA and nationally, Mercyhurst was the favorite on USCHO to win the AHA (#2 in the AHA coaches poll), and RPI (Here for the Classic) is the favorite in ECAC on USCHO and 2nds in the pre-season coaches poll.
So, for Non-conference play, the Gophers have on the schedule based on the conference pre-season coaches poll:
HEA: BC 1 (tie), UNH 3 and ND 3 (tie)
ECAC: RPI 2, Colgate 9 (Colgate for sure, RPI maybe, both at the Classic)
AHA: Mercyhurst 2
WCHA: MSU 1, Ferris 2 (depends on Ferris/RPI result at the Classic)
NCHC: SCSU 3, UMD 6
That really is pretty insane for difficulty. 4 out of the 5 conferences have either the coaches' preseason 1 or 2 on the calendar.
"Here come the Gophers. Can they make it in time to get a shot? Rau... blocked... rebound... Holl, shot, score! Score! Justin Holl, I think he beat the buzzer. Minnesota is off the bench. A giant pile on the blueline..."