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Everything posted by Stack

  1. Very weird when I looked at the 2011-2012 team roster. Almost all of those guys are still here except of course, Rowney, Nelson, Kristo and Knight. Blood, and MacWilliam. That team had the young talent and I still believe that if Nelson would have stuck around one more year we had a good chance of winning it all last year. A lot of freshmen on that team and you are right they needed a guy like Mario who hated to lose to pull them along. Maybe someone will fill that role this year just not sure who that guy is.
  2. I was trying to think of a team that was thought to be dead without a ton of talent and then came on to make the championship game. The one that came to mind was the 2004-2005 team: http://collegehockeystats.net/0405/rosters/ndkm But when I look at the roster I think holy smokes there was some good players on this team including four current NHL players and a number of players that played pros. But that team needed guys like Fabian, Massen and Canady to show the young guys how it's done. This was the team that took a lot of penalties including 186 minutes by Matt Greene that year but learned late in the season how to be more disciplined. When they sent us East to play BU and BC we literally beat the crap out of those two teams and to this day that BC game is a fond memory. This year's team needs the defensemen to contribute in scoring and not just play D. When that happens we win. Time for Schmaltz and Simpson to start scoring again.
  3. I posed this in a comment to their ratings: I was very surprised that the Ralph Englestad Arena the home of University of North Dakota Hockey was not included. Even more surprise that Mariucci (Minnesota Gopher Hockey), Century Link in Omaha (Nebraska Omaha Hockey) and World Arena (Colorado College Hockey) were in your top 100. I have been to all of these arenas and they are very pedestrian. Mariucci has a corporate feel with almost no noise unless a goal is scored. Century Link is too large for Omaha hockey and portions are closed to make it more intimate. It doesn't really work. World Arena is a strangely shaped arena and not the best to watch a hockey game. REA reminds me more of the Excel Energy Center in St Paul where this are no bad seats, great atmosphere, and great hockey., I am guessing you were at REA when no students were there which obviously limits the experience. PS. Great to see Amsoil Arena as your Number 1. Great facility and very intimate for a fan!
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