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  1. bale31

    College Hockey Expansion

    Yeah, but that's what MSU did and we have egg on our face and are not very well liked by the rest of the schools in the conference we play it. It's easy to say that's what they should do, but it's pretty difficult to actually do it and live with the consequences.
  2. bale31

    College Hockey Expansion

    Again, I'm confused by that. I'm not doubting it necessarily, but someone doesn't know what they're talking about then. The scuttlebut when MSU was applying to the NCHC was that BG said no to applying. I know Schloss said there was no "official" on the record conversations, but there is more than a little bit of conflicting details on this stuff. Again, that's why I think there was some context missing or someone isn't or hasn't been getting the whole story all along. For what it's worth, the blogger that had the conversation with Bergeron had this to say over at USCHO:
  3. bale31

    College Hockey Expansion

    I think that was kind of the plan a couple years ago, but BG said no. That's when ASU joining became the only way that Kato got in. I'll be honest. If this conversation happened as relayed and we aren't losing any context (which seems to be the most likely scenario), I'm confused as to why now. BG didn't want this 2 years ago, why would they be willing to explore it now? Something just doesn't add up.
  4. bale31

    College Hockey Expansion

    It is a bit more than a message board rumor if the guy talked directly to the BG coach. I also said that something doesn't seem right about the whole thing since it flies in the face of what BG said just 2 years ago. As for coughing up $1.5-$2.0 million, no, I don't think that they would just cough it up. The reality, though, is everything is negotiable. That sort of arrangement, to me, is to prevent what happened to the WCHA/CCHA where a bunch of schools up and left without a contingency plan for the rest of the league. What I mean is, and this is purely hypothetical and not meant to start any arguments of the merits of doing this, say, for example, that WMU and Miami decide it's in their best interest to be in a regional league where they can comfortably bus to most of their games. They could negotiate with the NCHC to allow Mankato and Bemidji into the league and they would go to the WCHA. The remaining teams in the league COULD choose to waive that fee to leave since they aren't going to be left out to dry like what happened previously. Or there could be any number of arrangements with multiple other schools to accomplish this. It would, of course, require ALL the schools working together to accomplish it. And that is were I see the biggest hangup. So, in short, no, I don't think it's realistic for WMU and Miami to leave their conference. I also don't think it's realistic to think BG is going anywhere unless other schools from other conferences move as well (unless they would be willing to go to the NCHC with a companion school). That, however, would probably spell a very bad scenario for the WCHA.
  5. bale31

    College Hockey Expansion

    What changed? Not even 2 years ago they declined to even CONSIDER leaving the WCHA with Kato (at least that's the line we've gotten since then). Now, they think they're going to lead 4-6 schools to do the same thing? ....Or maybe he spoke out of turn and has always wanted to leave, but the AD and Pres have said no. Something doesn't smell right about this.
  6. bale31

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    Yeah, it's a return trip. I'm sure they shared some fine establishments with our players/fans last year and we can return the favor now. We need to thank them for alienating Connor LaCouvee last year and sending him our way. It worked out pretty well for us.
  7. bale31

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    I would have expected nothing less than that sentiment.
  8. bale31

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    It was confirmed today that Kato is going to be playing at UND this year on Oct 19-20 as the WCHA composite schedule was released. I think that was already pretty common knowledge, but dates are out there now. MSU has a hell of a non-conference schedule, by the way. BU at home, at UND, home-and-home with MN and the Desert Classic (I think first round vs UMD and second round is ASU/Clarkson). Non-conference will put us in top 7 nationally or bury us.
  9. bale31

    2018 NCAA Tournament - Worst to First

    I will say, if UMD didn't go through Mankato, I probably would have been on the Bulldog bandwagon. I'm just bitter it's them and not us in that group. A freaking 2-0 lead 10 minutes in and we put it damn engine in neutral for the rest of the game. F!!!
  10. bale31

    2018 NCAA Tournament - Worst to First

    It's possible, but it's probably about a 1 in 64 chance that you would be able to put together a less likable group of schools.
  11. bale31

    2018 NCAA Tournament - Worst to First

    This truly is the most awful group to choose from. If no one would win, many many people would be very happy.
  12. bale31

    2018 NCAA Tournament - Worst to First

    You may be waiting a while
  13. bale31

    2018 NCAA Tournament - Worst to First

    Who is that?
  14. bale31

    Sioux Falls

    I have found tickets. If I could lock this thread, I would.
  15. bale31

    Sioux Falls Regional -- Yes!

    We welcome you on the bandwagon. Eveeyone looks good in purple.
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