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  1. Couple observations FWIW: 1) Pleasantly surprised for most part with the Duluth broadcast crew. Didn’t make me cringe or whine the whole time, all I’d ask for. Thankful I had NCHC.tv so didn’t miss the Midco debacle. 2) Team definitely struggled with having no space or time. Adapted to it better by tonight. Impressive how structured and detailed UMD is in their systems year after year, with middling talent. Critical experience for this team, I think these are the games that prepare the NCHC so well for other conferences/post season. 3) Sandy sure gets the most out of his teams. Far more with less than most coaches. Doesn’t help we got them in Duluth after a borderline shocking sweep so they were playing desperate while UND appears to still feel pretty comfy... 4) I made the mistake halfway through this game of being surprised I hadn’t noticed much diving (just blatant tackling and holding not being called). Maybe that is a “last resort” only when trailing or UMD needs a call bad. Right on cue...let the embarrassment begin. Always makes me wonder if their fans really don’t see it.. 5) I don’t think it can be overstated that UMD having last change gave them a big advantage. I like UND’s odds a lot better if they’re the home team and can get the matchups they want, especially the “heavy line”. Probably the biggest reason to root for them to stay a high 1-seed, maybe more important than the bracket matchups? 6) Overall goaltending is a concern until they figure it out and some slack in overall systems leaves me itchy but getting out with an acceptable split and taking away some critical growing pains/lessons to prepare for the stretch run — going undefeated to end the season — is probably exactly what this team needed. 7) I really (really) hate UMD. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  2. No kidding, anyone not in Denver would probably feel pretty good if seeding landed like this. UND would have a dream regional although it seems like every year I think something like that, I somehow end up surprised anyway so I like the cliche from most teams “just get in”. But I wouldn’t complain if they can hold onto the #1 overall either.. Feels like there’s no real runaway teams this year, wonder if the rest of the country thinks this is UND’s year to lose if they maintain through the second half?
  3. Huge weekend for Kawaguchi in making up some ground for serious Hobey contention. He cut into Dugan and Thompson’s point totals from Providence and a lot of the less tangibles are in his favor. I think Schlossman drawing attention to these will also help throughout the season. Ie, not just the points but highlight goals, late game/OT/winners, nearly all primary assists and many of those “layups” created for his line mates, almost all 5x5s, impressive +\-. Looking at the stats, he’s a bit behind Thompson in goals, but on far fewer shots and penalty minutes. Adding leading the top ranked team and no “sharing” the credit on that line like Providence’s guys risk, he could definitely make a run, if a forward gets it this year. Will be interesting to see the points race play out!
  4. Not condoning Pinto’s hit and it deserved the game in the stands, but Omaha was clearly targeting him all weekend and largely didn’t get checked by the refs as called out. Not just getting in his head, but I noticed several borderline intent/high potential to injure hits well before he eventually retaliated. Returning from WJC and a leading scorer, you can expect to get extra attention, but I wasn’t at all surprised he eventually gave something back and can’t say there wasn’t more or it wasn’t deserved. It was getting under my skin from the stands. He needs to learn to deal with it because he’ll likely be a focus in most games, but has to be tough to be out there with cheap shots taken at your health and ultimately your livelihood in hockey all weekend without taking a shot back...
  5. Interesting that for various reasons, Berry and crew continue to pick up more elite (by draft standards) players at defense. Top three guys are defenseman in midterms, after Tychonick and JBD topping the group in 18’. I know Halliday had much higher expectations and obviously Pinto is a stud, but he was more of a diamond in the rough who likely developed into more than expected. Not complaining as these are great classes regardless, but thoughts on why Berry seems to have a bit more success at recruiting top talent on backend? Avoiding one and done’s? Slightly better reputation for developing defenseman or more desirable systems? Better eye for recruiting them? Pure coincidence? Good to see Kunz hasn’t completely fallen off the radar despite injury and other struggles and hopefully Halliday can start performing closer to his talent level if he can get his compete level up. Solid class With ability to quickly contribute, regardless!
  6. He came back out and finished the game, but hopefully not a lingering issue. Can’t imagine too likely he’d be out if it wasn’t residual though..?
  7. No doubt. Not loving the possibility of UND continuing to use its side of home and home two year series against the Gophers at destination locations, then UND playing at 3M every other year. If played at Winter Classic, that would make what, one home series against gophers since formation of NCHC (could definitely be wrong on this)? With possibility of not extending this series beyond existing contract, that could be one series at the Ralph in >10 years potentially? And I thought Lucia was the one trying to squash this rivalry. For as long as it works, it makes X’s and O’s business sense, but for season ticket holders paying an extreme premium already, it’s a raw deal for many to take the marquis series out consistently and then bank on them also traveling to support a destination series instead.
  8. Felt bad for Western, both commentators (and I, FWIW) thought their OT goal should’ve counted but the stripes waived it off. Not pushing a conspiracy, but golden domers on nat’l tv and B10 refs no less, I felt like if there was any chance to waive it, they would...and they did. Hope there was something else to it. WMU healthy finally but Allison clearly needing to work his way back, they still dominated most of the game but couldn’t finish - deserved better, too bad they don’t get another chance until Sunday.
  9. As everyone on here already knew, commentators on the CAN-GER WJC game just confirmed Shane Pinto’s viral “profanity” was actually “Hi mom”. What a pathetic excuse of a journalist (and human) trying to fabricate that story out of nothing about a young kid. Get a life and a real job.. Hope Shane takes his tourney success and can just laugh off this idiocy. Also, happy New Year’s Eve...eve.. to all the fine SiouxSports fans!
  10. Sounds right to me. My understanding is there’s another variable too — if DU makes the tourney, we can’t be placed in the same regional if it would mean an intra-conference first round matchup, unless unavoidable. So no UND-DU 1/4 seed or 2/3 seed matchup either. Same thing for other NCHC teams of course. Definitely a bummer we’re not hosting after hosting and not making it previously. Obviously a lot of hockey left but can’t complain when we’re prognosticating what our matchup will be if we maintain a 1 seed or even #1 overall.
  11. Good to know, thx for the tip! If they have the game on, we just might see you there. FWIW I finally called Midco and found out they had a problem with my credentials due to moving a couple times over the years which is why FSN didn’t show up on the channels lineup in the Fox Sports Go app. Got that all sorted and now I’m good to stream the game from my laptop, FireTv or phone. Thx for confirming this should be possible, I was starting to get annoyed.
  12. I’ll have to try that. All of my attempts have automatically signed into xfinity here, I’ll see if I can manually sign into Midco instead. Thx all!
  13. Thx! Ironically I still pay for Midco in ND where my wife is but the services auto-detect my location here when I log in, so even that was a fail. Paying $450 for cable from both locations and can’t see a game. Hoping I’m just not smart enough to figure it out and there’s a solution out there. Think I’m going to try the free Hulu thing and see.
  14. Yeah, I spent far too much time trying to figure that out with surprisingly little google information, as I’m in Seattle where Midwest sports don’t exist. Came to the conclusion you can’t access outside the region through app, etc., just like NFL. Streaming services like YouTube tv and the Hulu option sound like they have the full regional lineup but even that I couldn’t confirm 100%. Anyone with first hand knowledge would be greatly appreciated!
  15. For me, returning players didn’t just suddenly get better from last year, especially after a couple years where we saw very few “jumps”. Sure, some of that and some good talent coming in, but I’m in the camp that there was an underlying issue. I won’t blame Gardner or Shaw because I don’t have enough context to say where it came from, but whether coaching or leadership, there was clearly something wrong with the dynamic of the team. We tend to blame the coaches or the players but most of us have probably experienced a sports team or even at work where theres a problem and that can derail even your stars to not care or perform poorly (losing attitude). I never thought it was a talent issue even if slightly down, but rather an attitude and cultural issue that talent alone wasn’t strong enough to overcome. Case in point, years and years of talented Michigan/UMN/ etc teams who never gelled or played the right team game to find success. I actually thought they should consider a sports psychologist and take a very close look at any detractors in the room, last couple years. Whatever they changed, it seems to have worked to start getting the best out of the players instead of disinterested/going through the motions and playing frustrated. Suspect Karl has a big hand in that given the positivity he’s always brought and Bubbs and Dane even seem reinvigorated this year.
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