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  1. Last year Thompson, LaDue, Poolman, all had offers to go pro. I am expecting Thompson and LaDue to be gone for sure. I think Ausmus stays along with freshmen Shaw and Wolanin. The question marks are Stecher and Poolman. I'm hoping Poolman stays to play with his brother similar to Jordan Schmaltz. I have no idea on Stecher. I see Nick Schmaltz leaving for sure. Boeser is a question mark. Usually freshman forwards come in and need to get stronger like Nick did last year. But Brock is already there. I can see him going pro after one year but hope he learns from Toews and Parise and stays for two years so he can go directly to the NHL rather than sitting in the AHL.
  2. We used to gather also at the small bar in Carrabas near the arena .
  3. The first half of the season is going to be brutal. 20 games before Christmas of which 13 are on the road. We start with 6 non-conference games, 5 on the road. Then play the Number 11 (Miami- at home) , Number 17 (St Cloud- away), Number 5 (Denver- at home) and Number 2 (Duluth- away). Throw in away games at CC and Michigan State and home games against Wisconsin and you have an extremely tough schedule. Along with a new coach, new goalie, and 10 freshmen what are the odds we come out of the first 20 games above .500? Being realistic, I'm expecting us to be at a 9-11 record before Jan. 1. With enough non-conference losses to keep us out of the NCAAs unless we win the NCHC tourney or are unbeatable the second half of the season. How USCHO could rank us at Number 4 in the country when bringing in 10 freshmen is beyond me. We need to hope for an Omaha like season like they had last year where their freshmen led them in scoring and they got great goaltending from a returning player that was so-so earlier. I am still really looking forward to this season with so many unknowns besides our D.
  4. Speaking of Blais. Omaha was about the worst prepared team I've seen in the Frozen Four in many years. They did not come to play and were overwhelmed. Blais did a horrible job preparing that team for the big stage. They never even put up a challenge.
  5. I'm a little tired hearing about how the Fargo regional is a home game for North Dakota. It is not in their home arena so no it is not a home game. It is a neutral site which the NCAA wanted. To have the arena completely fill with North Dakota fans shows how well they follow the team. Fargo is 75 miles from Grand Forks. In comparison: Manchester is 53 miles from Boston (home game for BU?) Providence is 51 miles from Boston home game for BC against Denver? Having these teams travel less than an hour away for regionals is one of the main reasons that they make the Frozen Four so often. Hopefully we can make that same thing happen tonight against Jan Brady State.
  6. To top it off the paved lot are all reserved spots. They sold the reserved parking spaces for $30 each shortly after the tickets were released and they sold out. Also at NCAA events they do not allow any drinking of alcohol except in the suites or in this case at the Highpoint Bar and Grill in the arena. They sold entrance tickets to the Highpoint for $30 a day and you can only get in with one of those tickets. So party before the game if you like since no booze at the game. PS. As someone mentioned if you come for the first game you CANNOT leave between games.
  7. Club seats are simply a row of chairs on the rail behind the regular seats. So club seats are between the suites and the regular seats. Here is a seating chart for Force games: http://www.fargoforce.com/page/show/1274451-seating-chart The dark green section all the way around the arena is where the club seats are.
  8. Any hints on when Stecher, St Clair and Olsen might be back?
  9. This next month is a scary month for the pairwise. The two games against Niagara are the scariest since they are LAST amongst all teams in the pairwise. If we don't sweep those guys who knows how far we drop. Then we also have CC who we also need to sweep. Granted we could make some of that up if we can win 3 of 4 against Duluth and Omaha. So here's what we need to do: Sweep Duluth (I'm getting tired of of being satisifed with a split at home, time to sweep) Sweep Niagara Sweep Colorado College (see above) Split at Omaha If we do that we'll be in the top 4 in the pairwise with Denver, Western Michigan, St Cloud, and Miami left. Thinking we go 5-3 in these games and finish the second half of the season at 12-4 with a 25-8-2. BUT I'm guessing we have a tie in there someplace and one less win so 24-8-3. In 1999-2000 season we were 24-7-5 heading into the playoffs. Look familiar?
  10. Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COzpaaK-GdE
  11. I was surprised we ddn't see more of Schmaltz. Also surprised that with a 4-0 lead the coach continued to play Eichel's line as much as he did. Going form playing Sunday night and then playing in a Monday afternoon game will be tough enough let alone continuing to play your top line a lot. Todays game could be a problem if Slovakia plays like they did against the Finns. PS. Eichel reminds me of Toews with the long reach and skating skills. He looks like a man among boys most of the time he's on the ice.
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