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  1. Walsh Hall

    UND- Idaho State Game Day Thread

    It appears that GF HS’s have a grand total of one state championship going back to the 1940’s. (Central 2005). That has to be an indication of the relevance of the sport in the community.
  2. Walsh Hall

    Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Is anyone familiar with the talent of the Bantam Elite league? What percentage of the top MN players opt to play in this league? In looking at the ND team I know ND could field a MUCH better team if you could hand-pick a team. The bottom half/third of the players are definitely not elite for that age group.
  3. Walsh Hall

    Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Jeff and Jay both had one son on the Aviators last year. I watched the team play a few times last year and collectively they were very solid and polished. I don’t think I saw any of their D men flat out get beat. That said, I didn’t think anyone really stood out as being head and shoulders about the other kids.
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    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    Not sure where you come up with this stuff. They play the game. The game will always be 5x5. Sure there will be minor tweaks, take out the red line... but the game is the game. After the game has concluded there are a few options. Leave a tie, play 5x5 for some duration, play 4x4 for some duration, play 3x3 for some duration, or have a shootout. There are way more ties happening so leaving it as a tie isn’t an appealing option. In the past, games tied after regulation were just deemed a tie. Back then ties were relatively rare. I’ve never heard anyone advocate for anything by 5x5 and I can’t believe anyone would advocate for anything else. i don’t get the feeling that, “we love 3x3 so much.” It’s just a reasonable way to break a tie at the end of a formal game. No more no less. No one is calling for huge nets or 3x3 or any other crazy modification to regulation.
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    Twins ?

    They desperately need Lewis and Gordon to pan out in the coming years. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Sano and Buxton. So much talent if they could stay in shape/stay healthy/learn to deal with a curve ball down and away.
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    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    Injuries unfortunately happen. No one with any sense would attribute your hypothetical injury to being related to the inclusion of a shootout. The majority of the fans wouldn't be in favor of a huge net because that makes no sense. There are a few options when a game ends regulation in a tie. The numbers of ties has risen substantially in recent years. Of the potential viable options it seems that the fans, owners, player's associations, media, ... of EVERY SINGLE LEAGUE have come to the same conclusion. Pee Wee teams use the same system for ties.
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    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    Ties were a part of hockey for a long time... and they sucked...and there started to be way to many of them. Lower scoring games, more parity, way more ties. Strategies change. Equipment changes. Games Evolve. Rules change to fit the times. in the past 12 years UND has had an average of 4.5 ties/year. From '46-'82 the average was less than one tie each year.
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    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    Do any leagues not use a shootout in the regular season? This issue has been decided. You don't have to like it, but it's already decided. Leaving a game after a tie is awful. In many ways it's worse than a loss from a fan perspective. It sure seems to me that the excitement level of the fans and players ratchets up several notches for a shootout. There's no chance playoff games will be decided by a shootout.
  9. Walsh Hall

    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    What does a one-goal game in the third period have to do with the popularity of a shootout? If you want to compare things, at least try to compare comparable things.
  10. Walsh Hall

    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    What? They play the game. Many hockey games end regulation in a tie, so 3x3 is a viable method to have a skilled and exciting way to break the tie. I personally think the regular season NHL games are more exciting in the last few minutes of regulation and OT now than under the old rules where there was basically no offense and teams played for the tie.
  11. Walsh Hall

    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    Open ice in an area a player can score leads to offense. Olympic ice does not do this. There's just a bunch more ice in places from which a player can't score. 3x3 and Olympic ice are no comparison in regard to creating offense.
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    Grand Forks Economy

    Absolutely. Outside of fluffy local pieces it's all the same outdated news and syndicated columns. They could just as easily have the "Dakota Forum or Dakota Tribune" for the whole state. I suppose it's more profitable to market under the different names for each town.
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    Grand Forks Economy

    Not really. All the ND papers are pretty scant. Being owned by the same company it would make sense to consolidate. The Forum has plenty of UND sports coverage. I don't see how a consolidation would have any impact on UND. At least 90% of the current content of the 2 papers has to be the same already.
  14. Walsh Hall

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    I completely agree. That’s why it’s so hard. zPar was incredibly polished and he must have been at 14. Some pan out and some don’t. I suppose the coaches look at a young kid and if they think they can’t miss they offer. There’s just way more risk and unknowns.
  15. Walsh Hall

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    It has to be so hard to recruit kids that age. We all know kids that dominated their sport at 14, but by 18 their physical advantages are gone and they are average players.. Also, I see more and more kids that are completely polished at 14. They've had intense coaching since they were 3. Another 14 yr. old who has more natural talent may not touch the skates from the last game to the first practice. I'm always concerned that the polished physically mature young kids aren't going to improve as much from 14-18. Their relative physical advantages are only going to diminish, and they are already maxing out their talent.
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