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  1. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    In theory, that percentage should raise a bit. The bottom 3 teams are almost done for OOC and are a combined 2-14-2. Only LSSU has non-conference games left against Robert Morris and ASU/Providence. It would not surprise me to see the conference up to about .450 or so by the end of the year. Still not great by any means, but better than it is now.
  2. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    I theory this is the case, but in practice it's actually had the opposite affect for them. They now have a lot of corporate tickets in very good seats rather than individuals that have a strong commitment to the program. They have, in essence, priced out their core fan and replaced them with corporate ticket holders that don't care about the program and only care about the tax write off and having their name connected with the program. That seems to be why they have the issue with so many no-shows, but are still near the top of the nation in "average attendance".
  3. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    While I don't doubt the Omaha opening prompted them to announce this now, I highly doubt that it is the sole reason for this. Hastings only has 1 year left on his contract and we all know how coaches use that to leverage new contracts. Also, 10 year contracts are almost unheard of. There is no way that they just started talking about this in the last week. Lastly, this is coming along with additional investments in the program including total cost of attendance, bigger recruiting budgets, and more facility upgrades. Reading the tea leaves...id guess this has been in the works for months in an effort to bolster the case to join the nchc. My understanding is the administration was caught very off guard when they didn't get approved. In my opinion they understand that apathy is starting to set on and they need to get with umd, scsu, and und as soon as possible to stem the tide. That's just my thought though.
  4. NORTH DAKOTA @ Boston U. - FRIDAY Gameday

    Pretty sure that isn't happening. Mankato isn't in a financial position to be able to guarantee ticket sales to a game we may not be in.
  5. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    Holy crap. These guys have a serious persecution complex. Only big ten hockey teams could have the best funding, excellent facilities, their own tv network, and every other advantage you can think of and still complain oabout how the deck is stacked against them. They are quickly moving from being disliked to having a collective eye roll every time they talk.
  6. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    To an extent, I am too. I think this is the future of the WCHA for the next few years though. Too many schools that aren't truly committed and those that are had some pretty big losses from last year until this year. Next year I suspect bsu will drop off significantly and msu and mtu will dominate. There will be a surprise team, but I would expect teams 4-10 to perform much the same as this year. In fairness though, if bsu, mtu and bgsu play like they did in conference all the time, that non conference record looks a lot better. They aren't as bad of teams as their records indicate. Non-conference just means so much when you only have 6 games. You can afford one or two teams to lay eggs, but not 9 of 10 and that happened this year.
  7. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    The non-conference schedule happened. Kato is the only team that played well in nonconference and ended with a 4-2 record. Bemidji was AWFUL in nonconference, but was a different team in the conference. They had the league wrapped up with 2 weeks left. The conference was worse non conf than the AHA. The reality is that if your conference sucks against all other conferences, no one has a shot at an at large bid.
  8. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    You're splitting hairs. the agreement still stands. mn gets 4 home games, the other schools get 2. The schools agreed to the home and homes and nothing substantially changed with that agreement other than the timing.
  9. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    that's not really true. the other schools (and maybe the gophers themselves) asked to have home and homes presumably to flatten their revenues from year to year.
  10. I dunno, man. If the report of swinginger a stick at a fan in the crowd, let alone a 10-year-old is true, there is now other side. That's trash no matter how you look at it.
  11. College Hockey Expansion

    I'm sorry. I don't believe this line of thinking. The NCHC is now starting to think about the other schools in the WCHA? Really? Theyve thrown caution to the wind in every other circumstance and now they're looking out for other schools? The more likely option is that they looked at it and realized that the arena situation in Arizona wasn't what would benefit the league the most. That's ok, by the way if they feel they need to look out for themselves. I just can't buy that the leaguest that hasn't given a damn about the "have nots" in any other situation has now stopped and said , "you know this wouldnt be good for those schools that we ran away from and didn't care about for the last 5 years, so let's not steal another program." I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. The Alaska situaton may play into it, but more in the sense of, "why change things now when they are just going to change in 2 years anyway".
  12. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    I can understand that from a UND fan point of view (not necessarily the administration though). I suspect that those that argue that they think Kato should do "what's best for college hockey", whatever that means, say it only because they don't want to say they don't like mankato and think we are a lesser school. While I disagree with you, at least you have the guts to come out and say it.
  13. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    in fairness, isn't that what some people in the threads in the last 3 weeks want Mankato and Bowling Green to do?
  14. 2016-2017 College Hockey (Non UND Hockey)

    There may be some good reasons for taking ASU in, but assuming that Denver (a town that's 820 miles away) is going to cause an attendance bump can't be a legitimate argument. TV-maybe Name recognition- probably Large school with money- absolUtley More Pac12 schols- possible but unlikely Attendance bump for Denver- Not a chance
  15. College Hockey Expansion

    Not really, but certainly not since hastings has taken over.