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  1. Imo the portal has been a net positive for UND this off-season with the O linemen added, the Cal Poly LB, the NDSU D lineman, the Gardner Webb Safety, the JUCO DB (Hembry),and now the UNI RB.
    9 points
  2. I don't know about scholarship room but if Berry didn't bring back two 5th year seniors there would be room on the roster.
    9 points
  3. MATT WALETZKO TO THE COWBOYS!
    9 points
  4. Seems to me that people should be happy we are in this situation, rather than angry. Isn't it a good thing that we have two older, experienced captains coming back to try to win a title, have a bunch of talented recruits coming in, and thus aren't in a position where we are forced to bring in a kid early, out of juniors, and possibly before they are ready (like perhaps last off-season?)
    8 points
  5. Is anyone else excited for fall camp just so we can talk about football instead of whatever the last few pages have been? Offseason is the worst.
    7 points
  6. They certainly looked ridiculous skating that trophy around the ice in Tampa.
    7 points
  7. This is my main gripe... we've spent how many pages going in absolute circles about a kid who decided to leave us (I am making that very clear) and will likely be a 6th round draft pick or worse, while barely talking about one of the highest-scoring incoming classes in UND history (which addresses the idea of us adding scoring). Can't we just all cut bait and let this dang argument go?
    7 points
  8. I'll put Jamernik-Senden-Hain out against any line in college hockey this year; and, I'll bet they have a positive plus-minus doing it.
    7 points
  9. What bothers me is why should we being telling other people how to spend their money , if the Engelstads want to spend it on the hockey team their choice, just like people telling Musk he should have spent 44 billion on world hunger , his choice not anybody else.
    7 points
  10. I can criticize Otis plenty for things that have happened on and off the field...but I didn't realize that we fans hold our players to such a high standard that speeding tickets (not even 10 mph over mind you) are fair game for criticism on this message board...seems like a significant reach in my book...
    6 points
  11. I understand the four year vs. one more year talk, but my goodness. Spicer CHOSE to leave UND because he is not good enough to be on the team this year. I don't get it. Crazy to me that people are ripping Sendo and Hain, two captains, for a guy who looks like he can't handle competition.
    6 points
  12. But it was from the Engelstad Foundation. Maybe they need someone to donate to the football program.
    6 points
  13. Evan Holm mini camp tryouts with the Jets and Colts!
    6 points
  14. Jerry Jones says Matt can be their “swing tackle” and they are no longer looking to sign a veteran. Cowboys said they rated him a 4th round pick. Should be a good spot for him with time to develop.
    6 points
  15. Not sure Ghadaksaz was much of a loss as a starter either. I was never overly impressed, but I'm also not an O-Line guru. As I am every year .... I'm really looking forward to some UND football, and I am optimistic. Seems to me there is a little more justification for it this year. If (and that's a big IF) UND can take a step forward from last season, they could be a very good football team. It can't be overstated just how close UND was to have a very different record, with so many one score games that came down to the last drive. Part of this will be better execution, part of this will be better coaching, and certainly we needed to add some talent in some key areas. I know the 360 guys graded RB as a downgrade, which is fine because Otis could be a dynamic player, but the rest of the room absolutely stepped in when he was out. I'm just not that concerned unless injuries build up. WR is a little more of a question mark to me. There is plenty of talent with the possession guys, but as we have needed for so long, will we have a speed, and even if we have a speed guy will Schuster be able to get him the ball? OR if Schuster can't get the deep ball going can QV improve his accuracy? It would be a cool wrinkle to have your short yardage QB turn into your deep threat QB too. I'd rather have one strong QB who can do it all, but I'll take what we have. I could go on at each and every position group, and I certainly don't want to wish summer away, but can't wait for some Fall football.
    5 points
  16. It's going to be funny when a crappy team buys their players and becomes relevant. UND should absolutely be securing commitments from local business to pay key players in key recruiting battles. Just start at $10,000 to $20,000 range and see what happens. We have a few years to capitalize and gain an advantage. Once everyone is doing this we'll just be playing catch-up with no competitive advantage.
    5 points
  17. You sure it’s your jaw?
    5 points
  18. What I got out of it is that it's really hard to make the NHL. Some of those guys were very good college players. Get a degree then take your shot, unless you're a Toews/Spicer level prospect.
    5 points
  19. No, but you do appear to be all alone in wanting to be a world class second guesser, something anyone can do but few wish to.
    5 points
  20. You probably have that much in the cup holder of your personal vehicle. Swing on over to Hyslop, see Bill, let him vacuum out your ride. Make him wash it too while you're at it.
    5 points
  21. ooops this is long. sorry... I think there is general confusion on REA funds vs. Engelstad Foundation funds. This is partly caused by Kris Engelstad taking credit for the Betty when it was really just financed by them and the REA had to pay off the loan with money generated by UND athletics. Scoreboard was 4 million Engelstad Foundation funds and 2 million REA funds. The 3 million dollar locker room reno and this 5 million dollar reno are reportedly all from the Engelstad Foundation, and if that is the case, I'm very thankful. I just think a lot of people don't really understand the dynamics between how UND and the REA operate, and that there is a difference between the Engelstad Foundation money and REA money and UND money. Some people think Engelstad Foundation funds are really the REA's funds, and some people think the REA's funds are some type of donation from the Engelstad foundation. My biggest issue is that there is a lack of transparency in regard to how and why the REA's funds get spent and allocated, especially in light of the very public fiasco about how the basketball floor was redone. The REA puts a minimum of 500k into that fund annually, with no cap. The REA is also supposed to give the remaining net income (after whatever is allocated) to UND. It's not clear how the 2-3 million annual depreciation expense is considered. In addition, there is no minimum allocation due to UND each year, and the REA allocated 0$ to UND each of the past two years - the two years prior to that combined to about 1.65 million. UND is also supposed to sign off and agree to the purpose of any of the improvement/maintenance funds before they can be used. I think the lack of transparency and the negative publicity between UND and the REA raises some fair questions about how and why money at the Ralph is spent, and it's unfair to lambast people for doing so if the questions concern the REA's funds, rather than funds donated by the Engelstad foundation. I think most of the complaining about this stuff was after the scoreboard announcement, because a portion (2m) of the funding came from the REA improvement fund. It's fair and appropriate to ask questions about this, because the REA's non-profit status is based on their mission, which is to benefit UND Athletics (as a whole), and also because they collect 52% of football ticket revenue, which they fought to keep during the usage agreement negotiations, despite those games being held at a different venue. UND has also had a basketball practice facility on their master plan for years now, and being attached to the Engelstad complex, it would make sense that at least a portion of REA improvement funds could be used there. So, how much say does UND get in strategizing the use of REA improvement/maintenance funds? Did UND want the funds to be spent on the scoreboard rather than elsewhere, or did UND know that the money wouldn't be spent anywhere, if not on the scoreboard? Was the 4 million dollar donation for the scoreboard dependent on UND approving the 2 million in REA improvement funds? Were they deciding between no scoreboard, a 4 million dollar scoreboard, or a 6 million dollar scoreboard when they granted approval for the use of those funds? When asking that question, it would also be interesting to know how the video board improvements that were done to the Betty, at that time, were factored into the equation. Again, if this 5 million dollar weight room improvement is entirely a donation, more power to the Engelstad Foundation, great, thank you! But given the history, and a lack of more in-depth reporting, I think it is fair to ask if any of the REA's funds are included in that number. It would also be nice if Brad specifically cited his source about the 5 million dollars coming from the Engelstad Foundation. Brad also mentions that the equipment may be used elsewhere on campus, as if they don't know for certain, so I would be really curious to know the follow up question, which would be about where it could potentially be used, and if it is in the pollard center, will it be donated or paid for? Also, in regard to the usage agreement stuff, I believe the Grand Forks Herald incorrectly reported that the REA aims to allocating a minimum of 500k to UND each year, as the usage agreement states that the REA aims to allocate a minimum of 500k to the improvement fund, annually. I believe the Herald misinterpreted the language when that part about the usage agreement was initially reported, and I've contacted Brad about it - he said that he will look into it to see if a correction is needed, as the sentence about this in the usage agreement is a little ambiguous. It's just odd that our AD doesn't express to fans a clear plan and strategy for the improvement of the athletic department, and given that UND has struggled so much to raise money for the HPC, it's odd that there just seems to randomly be a 5 million dollar investment in the REA weight room, which I don't think UND even thanked the Engelstad foundation for publicly?? Did UND announce anything about this whatsoever? Why not? The whole UND/REA/Engelstad Foundation situation is just bizarre. Like did Chaves even know about this? There are plenty of questions worth asking, because there is both a lack of in-depth and accurate reporting, and because UND Athletics do a terrible job of communicating vision to fans. Also, I always am going to have a lot of questions, and it doesn't always mean that I'm upset about the particular issue I'm asking questions about, such as this weight room improvement, but if I can't read a press release or read the newspaper or listen about it on the radio, to find the answers, I don't see how it is bad to ask about it and discuss it on a message board, and it doesn't mean I'm telling people how to spend their money.
    5 points
  22. Its pretty bad when I need to be the one to ask everyone to shut the f up
    5 points
  23. Midco's production and coverage is great, no doubt. Far better than what I have seen from either the KVLY or ForumComm coverage of NDSU in the past 10 years, and it's not close. I just keep coming around to availability. I know Midco coverage of games is fairly accessible via numerous combinations of apps and/or streaming services. But that's just not the same as simply flipping on the TV on a Saturday afternoon, and boom there's the football game. I think there is value to terrestrial/linear TV coverage. Not saying I favor leaving Midco just because of that, just that it is worth exploring IMO. As far as radio, I would really love it if KNOX were the flagship of UND sports. There is so little radio talk of UND sports it really frustrates me. I feel there would be more buzz around UND sports in general if the only station that has local talk for 12 hours a day had the rights, because then they would actually talk about them.
    5 points
  24. It's a LOT more than having a place to show the game - that's the easy part! It's having quality production standards, quality equipment and a technically proficient crew to make it all work. Can WDAY even guarantee UND Hockey would have a Penalty Clock Bug on the scoreboard? That's what cost them the contract back in the day when it was the Fighting Sioux Sports Network. They were lame then and since then they've given GF the big middle finger by shutting down WDAZ and turning the Herald into a weekly shopper newspaper. F*ck them! Midco has shown they can produce top quality broadcasts for all UND sports and beyond. Dance with the girl that brought you to the dance I say.
    5 points
  25. Sorry for no paragraphs. Rambled a bit but its family time. 2023 isn't 2022. Results change from year to year. If you look at the 2022 schedule, besides NDSU, which is usually a loss for everyone no matter where the game is played, UND played all of the toughest MVFC teams on the road and lost by a touchdown or less in all of the losses. If those games are at the Alerus Center, the result likely changes in at least a couple of them, and in 2023, many of those games are also at home. Looking at the SDSU game as a barometer, UND played a tight game there and had SDSU on the ropes, without Matt Walletzco, and while SDSU also had their star RB back. UND's OL was probably the biggest issue last year, as we couldn't move the ball at all on short yardage - that position group will be much better this season as Craig Orlando is finally back (was projected to start before getting hurt in fall) and we have other transfers coming in, along with the young guys getting older/stronger/better. Yes Matt will be gone, but UND did well AT SDSU without him, and this position group isn't coming off a summer that gutted essentially our entire line. Yes, Otis is gone, but the replacements last year actually had better stats then him, and the UNI guy is coming in and will help us on short yardage situations. UND is losing a dynamic RB, but the RB they are losing already missed a few games last year and was likely a distraction to the team. Defense will be about the same (good). Worst case scenerio, Schuster will be our QB (meaning no suprises and is good enough to beat him out), but he has proved to be an accurate passer and good decision maker, and with a little bit more experience, he may actually start to use is feet which we saw a bit more from him at the end of the season last year, and he is quick enough to be very effective there, especially with how much he rolls out of the pocket to throw. UND also lost guys over the off season, but I think less so than most, and SDSU for example lost like 5-6 guys that either got drafter or earned NFL tryout offers. Looking at the last two SDSU games and seeing that 2023 SDSU is at the Alerus Center, I don't see any reason to believe that game isn't at least a toss up, which is a lot better odds than most teams in the top 25 would have. 2023 isn't last year. This team had the talent to win every game and being that I think UND is about the same or better at most positions, I don't see how UND doesn't deserve to be ranked, especially if UND's performance last spring means anything.
    4 points
  26. It's McFeely, he makes up sh!t all the time. he likes to think he is a rabble rouser or curmudgeon and tells himself he gets people talking but he is truly just a dumba$$. On the political side it is like he is trying to get promoted from being a useful idiot to full on propogandist.
    4 points
  27. Well, I don't know this person. But as a general rule - nothing good comes out of SCSU. So, I have very low expectations.
    4 points
  28. I am not a Carolina fan. But my absolute hate of “the rat” Marchand is so strong I just can’t be a Boston fan. Sorry to Malkin and Guentzel and Forbert who are good guys- just can’t root for a rat team.
    4 points
  29. I've stayed out of this topic because I know far less about the subject than many here. But it seems to me we have no idea how Spicer personally interacted with staff on the question of when he would suit up and in what capacity. Online gossip, but no real idea how he approached the situation. That is not a controlling factor, but it is a consideration if I'm coach, especially balanced against another year from two mature players who have proven to be solid on the ice and very good in the locker room. But if UMD finishes ahead of UND in 22-23, I say we fire Berry and hire a guy who will win natties every 5 years. Minimum.
    4 points
  30. Well…in reality… Spicer (at age 17 as a high school senior) had 7 points (2 goals 5 assists) in 13 games vs D1 college teams this year - pretty good college teams at that. USNDT record was 8-5 vs those pretty good college teams as well (including a shutout against our favorite team). Spicer’s PPG average against D1 college teams this year was .54 which was better than 10 of the forwards we have returning...only 3 had better than .54 PPG; Gaber, Schmaltz, and Costantino...so there’s that
    4 points
  31. Mankato loses McNeely, Carroll, Aamodt, Smith, Maass, Napravnik, Lutz and McKay. I don't believe any of them considered a 5th year if it was available. It sounds like a handful of additional guys had opportunities to sign pro deals, but decided to come back. There may be a transfer portal player that gets picked up (likely a goalie of there is one), but we haven't heard of any. I believe there are seven guys in next year's class. As far as why you don't see a ton of turnover in MSU, it's realistically because most of our guys develop while at MSU and aren't necessarily highly regarded coming in. Smith is probably the exception to that, but he was drafted on potential as he played high school hockey in Florida (and was a teammate of current Maverick, Lucas Sowder). Take a look at his high school stats if you want a laugh. As the program is having more success, that seems to be slowly changing. I saw online that there are three commits in the USHL that have a decent chance to be drafted. Guys also tend to stay longer because they legitimately love playing in Kato. Hastings has told a story a couple of times now that the morning after the national championship game, Smith called Hastings to see if he would come down to the hockey offices to witness his contract signing. At something like 8 or 9 in the morning every guy on the team showed up in support. They seem to really be that close of a group and it's not just for show that they are like brothers. I know a lot of people may roll their eyes at this, but Hastings has turned this into a Top job in college hockey. If it weren't for the fact that Bemidji played out of their ass in conference in 2017 (that was the year they played great in conference and couldn't win ooc), we would have won 8 straight conference titles. I know it's not playing the nchc or big ten schedule, but it creates an environment of likely going to the.tournament every year. Guys get to rack up wins, go to the tourney and develop into very good players. I believe if he wanted to he could have had his pick of jobs this year. I think Mankato has become very good job that many fans aren't recognizing. He gets virtually everything he asks for. He wins a lot of games. He practically walks on water in the community. It's a good place for him and the players to be.
    4 points
  32. Really? They lost in OT to BU in a game they dominated and had a goal disallowed because of a bad offsides call. They were the consensus No. 1 team in 2020 but were not allowed to prove it in the tourney because of Covid. The next year, they lost in 5 OTs to UMD. If they win, they very easily could have won the whole thing. This year, they overachieved, but still lost in OT to a good Notre Dame team that gave Mankato fits (and beat Michigan 4 times). That is the nature of the NCAA one and down tourney. Michigan had tons of blue chippers and didn't win. BU has had the same thing happen. Some people's expectations are unrealistic.
    4 points
  33. Can we let them keep the diving and flopping in Duluth? Thank you now.
    4 points
  34. Funny, the same people that call a player a bust if they do nothing their freshmen year and shortly beyond and call for Berry to ditch them, want Berry to bring in a guy who they deem isn’t ready, because he could be something a couple years down the road, knowing he most likely will leave anyway because his advisors think he is the next Jonathan Toews.
    4 points
  35. I'd be more if we'd lost Strinden or James because we brought in Spicer instead.
    4 points
  36. If Berry's plan is to go all-in for next year, then I agree with him on keeping Senden/Hain. Spicer has the potential to be a very good college player, but it might take him a year or two before he is a consistent producer. Before his injury, Hain was our leading goal-scorer...if he is fully rehabbed and starts off next season in the same way as last, he could have a great year. Spicer was the least prepared for college among our five forward recruits that could come in (supposedly)...we'll see next season if Berry made the correct call or not.
    4 points
  37. And of course Oshie with the GWG the night before this:
    4 points
  38. Wearing Sioux gear in the northwest has resulted in people asking me if I'm a pilot. UND is a flight school to many.
    4 points
  39. Yeah, we act like the UND hockey program has always been gifted everything. At one point they had chicken wire for plexiglass and a freezing cold arena, and this was after they won a National Championship. There is a reason that the hockey program became the face of the university, they didn't whine and complain, they just made do with what they had and started a program with a rich tradition. I find it funny that the people that complain about the "hockey only" crowd only show up on this hockey forum to complain about the hockey program.
    4 points
  40. “Cody has grown from an offensively talented player, to a full 200-foot warrior that is strong in all areas of the ice. However, we’re most proud of Cody’s maturity into a Godly young man. He returned to Northstar this year with a goal of growing academically, athletically and spiritually and we believe Cody is ready to leave here and be a great leader.” GRINDA, but culture guy. I like it.
    4 points
  41. Player pts Goon 81 atHotSioux 80 sioux rube 73 tnt 72 ShawnO 69 stoneySioux 68 petey23 67 farce poobah 60 The Sicatoka 48 Found a mistake in assigning player to player.
    3 points
  42. On behalf of the rest of the NCHC, I'd like to thank SCSU for failing to figure out how to play well on regulation size ice. 3W - 8L - 1SOL in conference games last year. (It's been going on a long time, but is more noticeable in years like last year where they were dominating at home, for the most part.) Coach Larson: "Well, we sucked last year, but the bad news is we have everyone back. So I expect we will suck again this year. "
    3 points
  43. The open slot is in the fourth pair. Like the article said, Ferner wasn't supposed to play as much as he had to last season. If we're looking in May at least it's for an eighth D, ... and not August and trying to replace a number one center.
    3 points
  44. I think that some are glossing over the value that Hain and Senden bring to the lineup. I think it's a no brainer to bring them back.
    3 points
  45. Senden was three points short of that last season; Hain was on pace for that before the injury. You've set the bar too low. And Spicer wasn't kicked out; he was told his slot is fall of 2023. He chose otherwise.
    3 points
  46. So the first time the coaches asked Spicer to put "team" ahead of "me" ... he balked. And what they asked would ultimately improve the "me". Um ... do I want that guy in The Room?
    3 points
  47. Ryan St Louis - same height, same weight, same stats his last season on NDTP; in the transfer portal from NE'n. Ryder Donovan - six career goals in three seasons at UW and in the portal Frankly, I see Mister Spicer on the same path. If I'm wrong I'll own it. I just don't get why guys are afraid of taking the normal, measured path (meaning playing an age 18, post-HS, year in Junior A before college) and being "the man" on a team for a season. Nope, gotta always try to "play up" a year. Side bar on same/similar topic: It drives me crazy when kids think they need to be taking geometry as 8th graders and algebra II as a freshman in HS. "Look at me! I took pre-calc as a soph!" ... and you didn't have any rigor (meaning you went through the motions to get a grade, but have no understanding much less conceptualization) and forgot it all when you got to college. Sometimes 9-10-11-12, algebra, geometry, algebra II, pre-calc/trig, feels like a slow path but it's the path that develops the total understanding and retention. It develops a total well-rounded ... "player".
    3 points
  48. Exactly what I was thinking. I would’ve told either or both thank you for the 4 years but it’s time to move on and make room for new blood.
    3 points
  49. Being down 4-0, scoring 3 goals in 7 minutes and having all the momentum and then pulling your goalie with 4 minutes left.
    3 points
  50. Stop feeding the trolls. Just focus on positive news regarding former UND players.
    3 points
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