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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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This has to wrap up a 1 seed for us right? BADgers deserve a 1 as well I think, if they got seeded as the 2 in fargo? That would be a hell of regional final.
I think if Mankato doesn't win their conference UW could (should) sneak in as the #4 overall.
Agree 100%.
That's tough for me. Feels awfully harsh to what would be a 20-4-1 or 21-4-1 Mankato team.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Tue Mar 16 9:35 pm

I was having visions of the WCHA Final 5 game vs the Whioux when the Gophers were up early, and Hakstol called the "timeout"...

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frozen4champs wrote:
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I was having visions of the WCHA Final 5 game vs the Whioux when the Gophers were up early, and Hakstol called the "timeout"...
I checked that box score after the second...
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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Fr. Julich wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:24 pm
MNNavy wrote:
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Fr. Julich wrote:
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I may have to open the Jefferson's Very Small Batch tomorrow night. I have a bottle of Bulleit single barrel, but that's being held for a special occasion, like a National Championship.
Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the Jeffersons after you try it. Just picked up an Old Forester 1920. May have to hold that one for the NCAAs.
Just opened it. Tastes like Badger tears. ;)
I bet! :dup:
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Beauner » Tue Mar 16 9:37 pm

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Nelson quietly had a great tournament. I am excited to see what he does next year - he has the whole world ahead of him with his skating, size and puck skills. Plus a great 'head down and go to work' attitude.
Whole heartedly agree. He has gotten so much better and with his size and skill could be an absolute force next season.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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MVP --- Laffer

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Post by The Rube » Tue Mar 16 9:43 pm

Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
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The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:43 pm
Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
If uw is the top #2, why would they go to the #1 overall's home ice advantage? Maybe Mankato and wiscsonsin go to Colorado and the Gophers go east.
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Post by north45 » Tue Mar 16 9:47 pm

This Gopher team is definitely a small rink team. Been a much better team all year on standard size rinks. Good thing going into the playoffs!
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Post by Norm » Tue Mar 16 9:47 pm

frozen4champs wrote:
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MVP --- Laffer
Where's Blake. I'd name him MVP.

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Greyeagle » Tue Mar 16 9:49 pm

Norm wrote:
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Where's Blake. I'd name him MVP.
He had a great tourney.
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Now I'm all hyped, when do we find out the seeding for the NCAA?!?! In ten mins I hope!
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Now I'm all hyped, when do we find out the seeding for the NCAA?!?! In ten mins I hope!
Or Sunday at 6
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00xtremeninja wrote:
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Now I'm all hyped, when do we find out the seeding for the NCAA?!?! In ten mins I hope!
I think it might be Sunday at 6pm

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Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:50 pm
00xtremeninja wrote:
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Now I'm all hyped, when do we find out the seeding for the NCAA?!?! In ten mins I hope!
Or Sunday at 6
Awwwwwwww, I gotta wait until Sunday?!?!!?!

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Post by JC65 » Tue Mar 16 9:53 pm

I didn't see the first period, but I don't remember seeing a single penalty during the 2nd and 3rd. Am I forgetting one?

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Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:45 pm
The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:43 pm
Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
If uw is the top #2, why would they go to the #1 overall's home ice advantage? Maybe Mankato and wiscsonsin go to Colorado and the Gophers go east.
Revenue and lack of travel. I bet if MN was top #2, they'd be in ND.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:54 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:45 pm
The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:43 pm
Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
If uw is the top #2, why would they go to the #1 overall's home ice advantage? Maybe Mankato and wiscsonsin go to Colorado and the Gophers go east.
Revenue and lack of travel. I bet if MN was top #2, they'd be in ND.
What revenue are you talking about? UND will sell out their regional regardless.
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Post by Eckes » Tue Mar 16 9:57 pm

The prognosticators seem to believe that the committee intends to limit flights as much as is feasible, given where the seeds will fall. That likely means that the 'east' teams will stay east and the 'west' teams will stay west. It's looking like at least 5 of the top 6 will be west teams, so I wouldn't really mind the Gophers being shipped east.

End of the day you've gotta win 4 games in a row against good teams to win it.
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Post by Laxref » Tue Mar 16 10:00 pm

Who’s good besides BC out east? I feel like no one has played a consistent schedule therefore may be behind the west significantly, I’d be fine going east and playing like Quinnipiac and UMass.

Smart move to move this tournament up four days. We can use the rest, and three days of tough playoff hockey should bode well.

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Eckes » Tue Mar 16 10:02 pm

Laxref wrote:
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Who’s good besides BC out east? I feel like no one has played a consistent schedule therefore may be behind the west significantly, I’d be fine going east and playing like Quinnipiac and UMass.
Right, it's hard to know. Q, BU, BC, UMass could be good, but other than BC nobody has really played enough games against quality competition to (in my opinion) deserve to be ranked amongst the UND, Mankato, UM, UW, SCSU, UMDs of the world.
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Post by The Rube » Tue Mar 16 10:05 pm

Eckes wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:57 pm
The prognosticators seem to believe that the committee intends to limit flights as much as is feasible, given where the seeds will fall. That likely means that the 'east' teams will stay east and the 'west' teams will stay west. It's looking like at least 5 of the top 6 will be west teams, so I wouldn't really mind the Gophers being shipped east.

End of the day you've gotta win 4 games in a row against good teams to win it.
This, except I do expect MN will head to CO.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Gopherguy05 » Tue Mar 16 10:18 pm

I think I'd rather head east than get Denver in round 1, but we shall see.

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Gopherguy05 wrote:
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I think I'd rather head east than get Denver in round 1, but we shall see.
Very good point. There's going to be a ton of flights anways.
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00xtremeninja wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:52 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:50 pm
00xtremeninja wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:50 pm
Now I'm all hyped, when do we find out the seeding for the NCAA?!?! In ten mins I hope!
Or Sunday at 6
Awwwwwwww, I gotta wait until Sunday?!?!!?!
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Fr. Julich » Tue Mar 16 10:25 pm

MNNavy wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:37 pm
Fr. Julich wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:24 pm
MNNavy wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:21 pm
Fr. Julich wrote:
Mon Mar 15 10:23 pm
MNNavy wrote:
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I may have to open the Jefferson's Very Small Batch tomorrow night. I have a bottle of Bulleit single barrel, but that's being held for a special occasion, like a National Championship.
Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the Jeffersons after you try it. Just picked up an Old Forester 1920. May have to hold that one for the NCAAs.
Just opened it. Tastes like Badger tears. ;)
I bet! :dup:
On a serious note, I wasn't overly impressed with the Jefferson's. While it is smooth, it doesn't have a lot of flavor, and left me kind of disappointed. IMO, at this price point, Beam Black and Maker's Mark are a better value. Or, spend a little extra, and get a bottle of Woodford Reserve.
Yeah a $30-40 crapshoot isn’t much fun. Really hope things open up soon so more places have tastings again. Want to try before I buy again.

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Bonin21 » Tue Mar 16 10:31 pm

One posted over on USCHO:
Bridgeport:
2. Boston College v. 16. AIC (both bus trips)
8. Quinnipiac v. 12. Boston University (both bus trips)

Fargo:
1. North Dakota v. 14. Bemidji State (both bus trips)
6. St. Cloud State v. 11. Lake Superior State (SCSU bus trip, LSSU a flight regardless)

Albany:
3. Minnesota v. 13. Providence (PC bus trip, UMN a flight anywhere but Fargo)
7. Massachusetts v. 10. Michigan (UMASS bus trip, UM a flight regardless)

Loveland:
4. Minnesota State v. 15. Denver/Omaha (Denver/Omaha bus trip, Mankato a flight anywhere but Fargo)
5. Wisconsin v. 9. Minnesota Duluth (UW a flight regardless, UMD a flight anywhere but Fargo)
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Jupiter » Tue Mar 16 10:40 pm

Post game comments from coach Motzko, Jack LaFontaine and Blake McLaughlin.


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Jupiter wrote:
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Post game comments from coach Motzko, Jack LaFontaine and Blake McLaughlin.

I could have done without the Canadians journalist turning Motzko’s time into the Caufield hour (save that for Granato), but loved how Motzko talked about conditioning this Gopher team. I love how he is building and running this program.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by MNGophers29 » Tue Mar 16 11:00 pm

Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:54 pm
The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:54 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:45 pm
The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:43 pm
Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
If uw is the top #2, why would they go to the #1 overall's home ice advantage? Maybe Mankato and wiscsonsin go to Colorado and the Gophers go east.
Revenue and lack of travel. I bet if MN was top #2, they'd be in ND.
What revenue are you talking about? UND will sell out their regional regardless.
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So, the capacity should be interesting and how the optics play out. I know a few people with suites and I believe they are exempt from the capacity % (I could be wrong) but it should be a rowdy one in GF next weekend.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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Just rewatched Walker's goal on the DVR to actually enjoy the moment. I was only half-joking about eating breakfast during the overtime intermission as I didn't really like the frozen frittatas I bought the other day and decided to eat them as a snack to get rid of them sooner, so I was juggling them with 6 strips of bacon and my laptop when Walker scored. I guess now I'm going to have to eat them every game for the rest of the season.
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Post by 00xtremeninja » Tue Mar 16 11:16 pm

thinkbui wrote:
Tue Mar 16 11:07 pm
thinkbui wrote:
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Just rewatched Walker's goal on the DVR to actually enjoy the moment. I was only half-joking about eating breakfast during the overtime intermission as I didn't really like the frozen frittatas I bought the other day and decided to eat them as a snack to get rid of them sooner, so I was juggling them with 6 strips of bacon and my laptop when Walker scored. I guess now I'm going to have to eat them every game for the rest of the season.
Ate the frittatas after the timeout just to be safe. They aren't really that bad, but I'm already sick of them. Now I have to buy more before the regionals.
Dump a little hot sauce on em, that'll renew your taste for them
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by streakygopher » Tue Mar 16 11:31 pm

Going into the third 5-1 there wasn't much upside left for the team, and that can be a little dangerous. It felt like 2 of WI's first 3 goals were a little lucky, so I wasn't too worried, but when they ended up getting two goals early in the third it was sweaty palms time. You knew Caufield would get his chance late, and sure enough he scores late in the period.

McLaughlin with another terrific performance, and Reedy played a tough physical game. Walker had probably four or 5 chances in close early in the game, and he passed the puck instead. I think if he shot on each of those opportunities, one of them would have gone in.

Considering they played more than 9 periods of hockey in three games, it's understandable that they sagged in the third. This team let a league title slip through their fingers, but I felt like they deserved something after such a strong season. Tonight they earned it.

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Going into the third 5-1 there wasn't much upside left for the team, and that can be a little dangerous. It felt like 2 of WI's first 3 goals were a little lucky, so I wasn't too worried, but when they ended up getting two goals early in the third it was sweaty palms time. You knew Caufield would get his chance late, and sure enough he scores late in the period.

McLaughlin with another terrific performance, and Reedy played a tough physical game. Walker had probably four or 5 chances in close early in the game, and he passed the puck instead. I think if he shot on each of those opportunities, one of them would have gone in.

Considering they played more than 9 periods of hockey in three games, it's understandable that they sagged in the third. This team let a league title slip through their fingers, but I felt like they deserved something after such a strong season. Tonight they earned it.
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Can't win the conference by beating North Dakota anymore, so this will have to do.
But can beat the Fighting Jaybirds and take home the National Championship!

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

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Snowcool08 wrote:
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Please don’t do anything like that third period in the NCAA tournament! 🥵

That said they played about the best I’ve ever seen of the Motzko era and well deserved accomplishment! 🏆
I think that was a result of a team playing their 10th period of hockey in 54 hours and the other being rested. Picked it up when we needed it though.
Yeah I mentioned that being a possible problem before the game, who knows. Either way we know what this team is capable of and if they play with confidence they're a force to be reckoned with.
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Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 10:31 pm
One posted over on USCHO:
Bridgeport:
2. Boston College v. 16. AIC (both bus trips)
8. Quinnipiac v. 12. Boston University (both bus trips)

Fargo:
1. North Dakota v. 14. Bemidji State (both bus trips)
6. St. Cloud State v. 11. Lake Superior State (SCSU bus trip, LSSU a flight regardless)

Albany:
3. Minnesota v. 13. Providence (PC bus trip, UMN a flight anywhere but Fargo)
7. Massachusetts v. 10. Michigan (UMASS bus trip, UM a flight regardless)

Loveland:
4. Minnesota State v. 15. Denver/Omaha (Denver/Omaha bus trip, Mankato a flight anywhere but Fargo)
5. Wisconsin v. 9. Minnesota Duluth (UW a flight regardless, UMD a flight anywhere but Fargo)
This actually makes a lot of sense, which is likely why it wont look anything like this! I would also say that if MSU-M loses either game in their tourney, UW and them might flip. Would love to see G-Money's team beat them this coming Friday!

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Third periods of playoff hockey are rarely the friend of the faint hearted. We saw both views of "It doesn't end after 40 minutes" the last two games. Fortunately the Gophers were on the winning side in both scenarios.
This is a very solid squad. Not the juggernaut they appeared to be at 10-0 back in early January, but very good. Like most good teams there will be times when they drive you crazy; I'm not ashamed to admit I was down after the second period of the Michigan game. Not going out on the ledge of the 40th floor, but sighing quite a bit. Then they rallied and came out flying last night.
Selfishly, I'm pulling for Loveland or Albany due to the Saturday-Sunday times. Between my work schedule and no FSN, I've actually watched very few games this season. I would get to see both games with those two regionals.
I see the Gophers as the #4 team and Red Sonja as #5, so it wouldn't surprise me much if they got dropped in the same location.
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Post by Cowgirl » Wed Mar 17 9:35 am

I know they are trying to minimize travel, but you have to believe they would be glad to not have a MN team in each bracket. Can you imagine the potential there.....1/3 of the NCAA is Minnesota. It could be 2005 all over again (the all WCHA FF)

As much as I despise the rivals, it’s good to see the state of hockey living up to its name!

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I think it's pretty clear MN teams will be in three regionals. Kato and UMN in two non-Fargo, and some MN team will be sent to Fargo.
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Post by streakygopher » Wed Mar 17 10:28 am

Chris83 wrote:
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Third periods of playoff hockey are rarely the friend of the faint hearted. We saw both views of "It doesn't end after 40 minutes" the last two games. Fortunately the Gophers were on the winning side in both scenarios.
This is a very solid squad. Not the juggernaut they appeared to be at 10-0 back in early January, but very good. Like most good teams there will be times when they drive you crazy; I'm not ashamed to admit I was down after the second period of the Michigan game. Not going out on the ledge of the 40th floor, but sighing quite a bit. Then they rallied and came out flying last night.
Selfishly, I'm pulling for Loveland or Albany due to the Saturday-Sunday times. Between my work schedule and no FSN, I've actually watched very few games this season. I would get to see both games with those two regionals.
I see the Gophers as the #4 team and Red Sonja as #5, so it wouldn't surprise me much if they got dropped in the same location.
This accurately describes my thoughts.

They are very frustrating at times, and frankly after struggling against State I felt they may be an early punch-out against MI. After two periods, it appeared my fears were being realized when suddenly they sprung up from the mat. I give them a ton of credit for not quitting in that game, a game that MI has to look back on as one they let slip away.

Players like Meyers and McManus have been a little quiet, but the big farm kid is coming on. He had a really great game last night again, making a big rush down the right wing to set up a goal, scoring one himself, and capping it off with a key face-off win. Lots of upside for him.

And what can you say about McLaughlin? He has a choppy little stride, like he's playing in his big brother's skates, but I liked him from Day 1. He's that kid who, as a parent, you call to over and over again but won't come in for dinner, playing until the last glow of the rink lights have finally been extinguished. He's a big leader on this team and a born rink rat.

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Post by ScoobyDoo » Wed Mar 17 10:43 am

Well said, Streaky and Chris83. I found myself nodding through the whole post.
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Post by JWG » Wed Mar 17 10:49 am

MNGophers29 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 11:00 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:54 pm
The Rube wrote:
Tue Mar 16 9:54 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
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Guessing UND, BC, MSU-M, and MN as #1s. WI is top #2.

MSU-M shipped east, WI to UND, and MN heads west.
If uw is the top #2, why would they go to the #1 overall's home ice advantage? Maybe Mankato and wiscsonsin go to Colorado and the Gophers go east.
Revenue and lack of travel. I bet if MN was top #2, they'd be in ND.
What revenue are you talking about? UND will sell out their regional regardless.
Its going to be interesting in Fargo with "selling out" and the covid rules. There really hasn't been rules in Fargo throughout all of this stuff. Sure, the city has their mandate that is set to expire, but Scheels arena and the neighboring, Farmers Union Insurance Center has never closed, even when the school and city parks rink did. My kid was on the ice with private lessons.....we don't pay for them, but he is a goalie and those private lesson kids don't want to always shoot on a shooter tutor.....since before the shutdowns. There are restrictions on paper but not followed. It you look at the Ralph the last couple nights on TV, masks are optional as well as social distancing.

So, the capacity should be interesting and how the optics play out. I know a few people with suites and I believe they are exempt from the capacity % (I could be wrong) but it should be a rowdy one in GF next weekend.
I would expect the NCAA to enforce their COVID rules which are no more than 25% attendance at championship events.
They don't oversee the conference tournaments, but the regionals are under their gudiance.
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It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:

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frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
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frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Did Nelson actually grow up on a farm?

I know the area he calls home. When I was a much younger version of myself I would go to the Magnolia Steak House for dinner with my grandparents, who had a farm 5 miles south of Luverne abutting the east side of Hwy 75.

The steak house served a great steak meal, and, as you probably know, they moved to Luverne after the Magnolia restaurant burned down. (I can't recall the year.) I felt the Luverne location off of I90 lost a little bit of its country charm, and, as far as I know, it closed its doors some years ago. After my grandma passed along, I haven't had much reason to go to Luverne anymore, but it will always be a big part of my life. It's more uncommon nowadays than ever to have a farm connection, and I was lucky to have that place to visit as a kid. Going to the farm was like going on vacation for us.

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https://www.therinklive.com/college/gop ... -big-thing

Nelson is getting used to life in the big city, and the ways of college hockey, after spending his formative years on a 3,000-acre corn, soybean and cattle farm outside Magnolia, Minn. (estimated population, 214).

“Even after hockey season I try to go back and help the family as much as I can, feeding the cows, putting bedding in for the cows, checking pastures in the summer,” Nelson said after a recent Gophers practice in Minneapolis. True to his roots in the rolling hills and farmland of Minnesota’s southwestern corner, Nelson can often be found fishing or pheasant hunting when the chores are done.

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Post by frozen4champs » Wed Mar 17 11:38 am

streakygopher wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:32 am
frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Did Nelson actually grow up on a farm?

I know the area he calls home. When I was a much younger version of myself I would go to the Magnolia Steak House for dinner with my grandparents, who had a farm 5 miles south of Luverne abutting the east side of Hwy 75.

The steak house served a great steak meal, and, as you probably know, they moved to Luverne after the Magnolia restaurant burned down. (I can't recall the year.) I felt the Luverne location off of I90 lost a little bit of its country charm, and, as far as I know, it closed its doors some years ago. After my grandma passed along, I haven't had much reason to go to Luverne anymore, but it will always be a big part of my life. It's more uncommon nowadays than ever to have a farm connection, and I was lucky to have that place to visit as a kid. Going to the farm was like going on vacation for us.
Yes, the Magnolia Steakhouse closed a few years ago, and is now the Blue Stem. And as Vegoe posted, Jaxon's Dad farms near Magnolia. Reusse wrote a column about Jaxon in 2019'
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frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Also from SW MN (Worthington) and it's great to see a kid from our area playing for the Gophs even if he is from a rival town. Although I don't know how much you can call it a rivalry when Luverne has been handing Worthington it's lunch for a decade plus. Still, it's fun to see the growth in HS hockey in that area of the state and hopefully over time the Gophers can add a few more kids from the prairie to their roster. Just as long as they aren't from Marshall

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Vegoe wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:35 am
https://www.therinklive.com/college/gop ... -big-thing

Nelson is getting used to life in the big city, and the ways of college hockey, after spending his formative years on a 3,000-acre corn, soybean and cattle farm outside Magnolia, Minn. (estimated population, 214).

“Even after hockey season I try to go back and help the family as much as I can, feeding the cows, putting bedding in for the cows, checking pastures in the summer,” Nelson said after a recent Gophers practice in Minneapolis. True to his roots in the rolling hills and farmland of Minnesota’s southwestern corner, Nelson can often be found fishing or pheasant hunting when the chores are done.
..."rolling hills".... :lol:

3,000 acres is a pretty big operation.

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Post by frozen4champs » Wed Mar 17 11:49 am

streakygopher wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:40 am
Vegoe wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:35 am
https://www.therinklive.com/college/gop ... -big-thing

Nelson is getting used to life in the big city, and the ways of college hockey, after spending his formative years on a 3,000-acre corn, soybean and cattle farm outside Magnolia, Minn. (estimated population, 214).

“Even after hockey season I try to go back and help the family as much as I can, feeding the cows, putting bedding in for the cows, checking pastures in the summer,” Nelson said after a recent Gophers practice in Minneapolis. True to his roots in the rolling hills and farmland of Minnesota’s southwestern corner, Nelson can often be found fishing or pheasant hunting when the chores are done.
..."rolling hills".... :lol:

3,000 acres is a pretty big operation.
That is big. It is about 6 times the size of what I farm. Unfortunately it is getting closer to the norm now.

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Post by 00xtremeninja » Wed Mar 17 12:10 pm

Play the way they did in periods one and two against wisconsin, we can beat anyone. Those periods reminded me of the team that jumped out to 10-0 to start.
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Love the happy team shot on the home page, but jeez Sampo looks like he has jaundice! He’s so yellow/pale he glows. :lol:
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Post by 5 O.T. » Wed Mar 17 1:23 pm

Pictures like this never get old.
It was nice to see the non playing members of the team were there last night, in uniform for the Championship celebration. :trophy:

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Vegoe wrote:
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Magnolia, Minn. (estimated population, 214).
I had to chuckle a bit. How hard is it to count 214 people..

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5 O.T. wrote:
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Pictures like this never get old.
It was nice to see the non playing members of the team were there last night, in uniform for the Championship celebration. :trophy:

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I also noticed on the TV feed that the uniformed players got a picture (seen above) and the coaches / trainers / equipment staff and others all joined for other pictures.

Yes, a team is made up of more than the players on the ice, but it was nice to see those kids get to celebrate with each other for a bit before the others joined in.

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Post by Greyeagle » Wed Mar 17 3:32 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
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Love the happy team shot on the home page, but jeez Sampo looks like he has jaundice! He’s so yellow/pale he glows. :lol:
LOL, as they were celebrating my wife said geesh Sampo, step outside sometime and soak up some Vitamin D! :lol:
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Post by frozen4champs » Wed Mar 17 3:40 pm

It was nice to see Schmidt and Denman there. The only guy that I did not see was Weber.

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Post by ski-u-mikey » Wed Mar 17 3:57 pm

Rau4SkiUMah wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:39 am
frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Also from SW MN (Worthington) and it's great to see a kid from our area playing for the Gophs even if he is from a rival town. Although I don't know how much you can call it a rivalry when Luverne has been handing Worthington it's lunch for a decade plus. Still, it's fun to see the growth in HS hockey in that area of the state and hopefully over time the Gophers can add a few more kids from the prairie to their roster. Just as long as they aren't from Marshall
Koster is from Marshall

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Wed Mar 17 4:05 pm

ski-u-mikey wrote:
Wed Mar 17 3:57 pm
Rau4SkiUMah wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:39 am
frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Also from SW MN (Worthington) and it's great to see a kid from our area playing for the Gophs even if he is from a rival town. Although I don't know how much you can call it a rivalry when Luverne has been handing Worthington it's lunch for a decade plus. Still, it's fun to see the growth in HS hockey in that area of the state and hopefully over time the Gophers can add a few more kids from the prairie to their roster. Just as long as they aren't from Marshall
Koster is from Marshall
Yep. His family moved when he was young to avoid the 2 1/2 drive to play.
Koster's hockey journey began in Marshall. He played youth hockey with forward Mason Plante, who ranked among the leading scorers in the state this season with 85 points for the Tigers.

As a fourth-grader, Koster began playing with the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Blades AAA Hockey Club and would leave school early to drive 2½ hours one way to practice. His family moved to Chaska after the school year.

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Rau4SkiUMah » Wed Mar 17 4:10 pm

frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 4:05 pm
ski-u-mikey wrote:
Wed Mar 17 3:57 pm
Rau4SkiUMah wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:39 am
frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Also from SW MN (Worthington) and it's great to see a kid from our area playing for the Gophs even if he is from a rival town. Although I don't know how much you can call it a rivalry when Luverne has been handing Worthington it's lunch for a decade plus. Still, it's fun to see the growth in HS hockey in that area of the state and hopefully over time the Gophers can add a few more kids from the prairie to their roster. Just as long as they aren't from Marshall
Koster is from Marshall
Yep. His family moved when he was young to avoid the 2 1/2 drive to play.
Koster's hockey journey began in Marshall. He played youth hockey with forward Mason Plante, who ranked among the leading scorers in the state this season with 85 points for the Tigers.

As a fourth-grader, Koster began playing with the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Blades AAA Hockey Club and would leave school early to drive 2½ hours one way to practice. His family moved to Chaska after the school year.
Didn't play his high school puck there so we're good

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Wed Mar 17 4:13 pm

Ratings from last night. Slightly down from the Michigan game.


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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Laxref » Wed Mar 17 5:12 pm

Does Michigan have a larger hockey fan base than Wisconsin?

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Post by Bonin21 » Wed Mar 17 5:16 pm

Yes plus neutrals tuning in to watch the Fab Five 2.0
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by Slap Shot » Wed Mar 17 5:17 pm

Laxref wrote:
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Does Michigan have a larger hockey fan base than Wisconsin?
Average viewers was higher vs. UW. The share was lower just meaning there were also more eyeballs watching something else as well.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by JDUBBS1280 » Wed Mar 17 8:03 pm

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Does Michigan have a larger hockey fan base than Wisconsin?
I’ve lived in Milwaukee for nearly 20 years. Very few people in Eastern Wisconsin care about hockey. The Eau Claire/Wausau/Stevens Point/Madison areas have decent interest, but outside of those areas it’s sparse.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by JDUBBS1280 » Wed Mar 17 8:06 pm

Slap Shot wrote:
Wed Mar 17 5:17 pm
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Does Michigan have a larger hockey fan base than Wisconsin?
Average viewers was higher vs. UW. The share was lower just meaning there were also more eyeballs watching something else as well.
It was also the championship game versus a semi-final.
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by thinkbui » Wed Mar 17 8:11 pm

Weird that we're sitting here the day after winning the conference tournament and it's not Sunday.

On a related note, I will always associate St. Paddy's Day with this incident the day after beating Wisconsin:
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If Wisconsin-Madison is the state's most prestigious university and the state itself is known as The Dairy State, does that mean UW is Bovine University?

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by USHANABI » Thu Mar 18 10:30 pm

What is it about the SOS that it's equal to the KRACH / Winning Ratio? I just can't figure it out . . . .

Unfortunately this year it can only be applied within your own conference . . . .
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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by ski-u-mikey » Fri Mar 19 8:58 am

frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 4:05 pm
ski-u-mikey wrote:
Wed Mar 17 3:57 pm
Rau4SkiUMah wrote:
Wed Mar 17 11:39 am
frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Mar 17 10:59 am
It has been a while since we have felt the elation of a Championship. Too many almost moments in the past few years. I had forgotten on how much fun and joy winning a big game vs a hated rival feels. But, the mission is not over. Glad we have a few extra days for the team to recover.

Obviously being a fellow farm kid in SW MN, Nelson is my favorite, sentimental player. Watching him in HS he was a beast. Then, when he went to play for SF in the USHL, he had a hard time adjusting to that level. He got traded and the next year really grew. But there was rumblings that tBob would move on from him since he was a Lucia recruit. Boy, I am glad he did not. I see Jaxon as someone who will be wearing a letter his senior season. tBob loves him, and he calls him the swiss army knife on this team.

It is funny however, the reaction of some on the site at about 8:30pm Monday night. I don't know how many ankles where broken by the amount of "fans" jumping ship when it was 2-0 Michigan. Was it bleak, yes, but that is why they play out the games. I know in part of the disbelief was merited by actions of the past, but this is a new team. A new era. Stay positive people. Enjoy the ride no matter how it ends. :M: :M2:
Also from SW MN (Worthington) and it's great to see a kid from our area playing for the Gophs even if he is from a rival town. Although I don't know how much you can call it a rivalry when Luverne has been handing Worthington it's lunch for a decade plus. Still, it's fun to see the growth in HS hockey in that area of the state and hopefully over time the Gophers can add a few more kids from the prairie to their roster. Just as long as they aren't from Marshall
Koster is from Marshall
Yep. His family moved when he was young to avoid the 2 1/2 drive to play.
Koster's hockey journey began in Marshall. He played youth hockey with forward Mason Plante, who ranked among the leading scorers in the state this season with 85 points for the Tigers.

As a fourth-grader, Koster began playing with the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Blades AAA Hockey Club and would leave school early to drive 2½ hours one way to practice. His family moved to Chaska after the school year.
Fully aware of Mikey's situation. Just wanted to point out that Mikey is in fact from Marshall even if he's been in Chaska since is last year of squirts.

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Re: BigTen Tournament Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Fri Mar 19 11:38 am

ski-u-mikey wrote:
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Fully aware of Mikey's situation. Just wanted to point out that Mikey is in fact from Marshall even if he's been in Chaska since is last year of squirts.
10-4. I just wanted to add some background because I'm sure that 95% of the people on here just thought he was only a Chaska kid. I know his bio on Gopher sports list him as born in Marshall, but most of his other online profiles list him being born in Chaska including hockeydb and elite prospects. I think showing his parents dedication to his hockey career, including driving him for hours and ultimately moving to Chaska is a neat story. Go Gophers :M:

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