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Midwest Regional preview: More drama in Green Bay?

Will the Midwest Regional of the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament provide as much drama as it did the last time it was in Green Bay?

Five years ago, Wisconsin made it to the Frozen Four with a 1-0, three-overtime victory over Cornell. This season, North Dakota, Denver, Western Michigan and Rensselaer take to the Resch Center ice.

Here are the previews for the Midwest Regional. Check to the right for game times and locations.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Schedule :: Stats :: Roster

Coach: Dave Hakstol, seventh season
Record: 30-8-3 (21-6-1 WCHA, first)
How they got in: Automatic qualifier, WCHA tournament champion
Regional seed: First
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2010
Best NCAA finish: Champions, 1959, 1963, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1997, 2000
Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: The team has very few visible weaknesses and a singular focus on winning the national championship.
Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: The grind of winning both the WCHA regular season and playoff titles may lead to yet another first-round exit. That, and a ridiculous amount of pressure is on the team this year.

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North Dakota rides a 13-game unbeaten streak into the NCAA tournament (photo: Michelle Bishop).

Aside from a few non-conference struggles early in the season and a bit of inconsistency in January, North Dakota has been steadily good all season. The team enters the NCAA tournament on a 13-game unbeaten streak, tied with Miami for longest in the nation.

According to the polls, the Sioux are the best team in the country and they’ve earned that position by being a solid team with solid goaltending from Aaron Dell, a Hobey Baker candidate in Matt Frattin and, as mentioned above, very few visible weaknesses.

For all intents and purposes, UND is at the top of its game. However, coach Dave Hakstol won’t necessarily agree with you.

“I’ve said all year, we want to keep trying to get better,” he said after his team’s win over CC at the Final Five. “There are still little things that we can improve on.”

Hearing that could be scary for an opponent. Rensselaer, the Sioux’s first NCAA opponent on Saturday, may hope that UND will overlook it, but the Engineers shouldn’t count on it. The Sioux didn’t overlook Michigan Tech in the last weekend of the regular season (when they easily could have) or in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

Part of the reason why is the intense focus of the Sioux senior class.

“This is a tight group,” Hakstol said after the WCHA championship victory. “Six of them came in together four years ago; Chay [Genoway] came in five years ago. They’ve had an awful lot of success along the way. They have very clear goals that they want to achieve. We haven’t talked about those goals outside of our locker room all season long, but these guys have set the bar.

“They know what they want to accomplish, but more importantly, they’re aware of the things they need to do on a daily basis in order to have a chance to accomplish those and to me, that’s the real special thing about this class. It’s easy to have goals. It’s not quite as easy to be willing to do the hard things day in and day out that give you an opportunity to achieve those goals.”

– Theresa Spisak

Denver Pioneers

Schedule :: Stats :: Roster

Coach: George Gwozdecky, 17th season
Record: 24-11-5 (17-8-3 WCHA, second)
How they got in: At-large bid
Regional seed: Second
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2010
Best NCAA finish: Champions, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005
Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: The Pioneers are a balanced overall team with a strong freshmen class that doesn’t seem to be tiring.
Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: Despite the balance, DU is inconsistent and has difficulties holding a lead.

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Denver enters the NCAA tournament far healthier than it did last season (photo: Michelle Bishop).

After a bit of a rough start, the Pioneers had a better-than-expected season in the WCHA this year. The team was picked to finish mid-pack in the league and instead ended up contending for the league title before finally finishing in second place.

The finish was partly due to some breakout performances of a couple players — namely, sophomore Drew Shore and freshmen Jason Zucker and Sam Brittain.

Now, the team is in position to try to avoid the “one-and-done” situation it’s been in the last three years in the NCAAs. One thing that should help is that Denver is healthy this year, as opposed to last season. However, the Pioneers have a tough first-round matchup in Western Michigan.

“They’re good,” said coach George Gwozdecky. “Western Michigan has had a terrific year. … It’s going to be a huge challenge for us. Certainly, we’re excited about that challenge and looking forward to taking on the Broncos on Saturday.”

If they get past WMU, the Pioneers will face either Rensselaer, which has DU connections on the coaching staff (former DU assistant Seth Appert at the helm and former DU captain Bryan Vines as an assistant) or North Dakota in a rematch of the WCHA Final Five championship game.

Although either possibility is undoubtedly in the back of Gwozdecky’s mind, he’s focused on only one game right now — his team’s first.

“Our plan is to give ourselves the best chance to get through this first game,” he said. “It’s going to be tough; it’s going to be very difficult.”

– Theresa Spisak

Western Michigan Broncos

Schedule :: Stats :: Roster

Coach: Jeff Blashill, first year
Record: 19-12-10 (10-9-9-5 CCHA, fourth)
How they got in: At-large bid
Regional seed: Third
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1996
Best NCAA finish: Three appearances (1986, 1994, 1996), no wins
Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: They play great team defense and disciplined hockey in front of goaltender Jerry Kuhn, who’s having a career season.
Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: None of the players has tournament experience, and they struggle offensively.

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Ian Slater (14) and J.J. Crew have Western Michigan in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996 (photo: Rena Laverty).

In an NCAA tournament field that has plenty of Cinderellas, the Broncos may have had the best fairytale season.

Western Michigan finished the 2009-10 season with a record of 8-20-8 and just four wins in CCHA play. Under first-year coach Jeff Blashill this season, though, the Broncos finished fourth to earn a bye week in the first round of league playoffs, outlasted Ferris State in a best-of-three, second-round series that went to a 5-4 overtime third game, and slew the No. 1 seed Wolverines, 5-2, in semifinal action in Detroit last weekend.

The Broncos had Miami tied up 2-2 early in the third period of the CCHA championship game before losing to the RedHawks, 5-2.

“You have to go through lessons along the way,” said Blashill. “This is a tough, tough lesson to learn.”

Blashill came into WMU after two seasons as head coach of the Indiana Ice, where he captured the USHL title in his first season. Before that, Blashill spent six seasons as an assistant coach in Miami. He came into Kalamazoo with an open mind and told his players from the start that everyone would have an equal opportunity.

Now he credits his team and specifically junior captain Ian Slater (8-8–16) with having bought into the kind of hockey culture that Blashill wants to establish at WMU.

“Ian Slater has been an unreal leader for this hockey team all season,” Blashill said after the loss to Miami. “He’s instilled an attitude on this team to not be denied, and it doesn’t surprise me at all that we were able to battle back and put ourselves in position to win the hockey game. It’s a great group of character kids in there.”

The Broncos don’t have a flashy offense, but they do have players like senior Max Campbell (18-17–35), who’s having a career season, and freshman Chase Balisy (12-18–30) and sophomore Dane Walters (9-12–21), who had a goal in each game in Detroit last weekend.

WMU plays tight defense in front of dynamic senior goaltender Jerry Kuhn (2.38 goals-against average, .913 save percentage). Kuhn, who played just seven games in 2009-10, emerged as the starter in December — after not having played a game since a 5-3 loss to Canisius opened the Broncos’ season Oct. 8.

Another thing on WMU’s side is the Broncos’ fan base, which filled half of Joe Louis Arena last weekend. “We’re excited that we’re going to Green Bay,” said Blashill. “That’s within driving distance of Kalamazoo. It’s great to give the fans a chance to cheer for us in the NCAA tournament.”

– Paula C. Weston

Rensselaer Engineers

Schedule :: Stats :: Roster

Coach: Seth Appert, fifth season
Record: 20-12-5 (11-9-2 ECAC, tie-fourth)
How they got in: At-large bid
Regional seed: Fourth
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1995
Best NCAA finish: Champions, 1954, 1985
Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: Hobey Baker candidate Chase Polacek and senior classmate and wing-man Tyler Helfrich are tough to contain, totaling 35 goals and 86 points in 37 games.
Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: Three weeks off and a 2-6-1 record down the stretch don’t bode well for NCAA neophytes.

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Rensselaer's Chase Polacek is a Hobey Baker finalist for the second straight season (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

The Engineers qualified for the national tournament despite a first-round exit at the hands of last-place Colgate in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, and the grumblings from fans of more successful postseason teams were more than a little audible. But on the strength of wins against league leaders Union and Yale, a season sweep of Dartmouth and a non-conference win over Boston University, RPI did just enough to earn the 15th spot in the PairWise rankings.

“At the end of the day, we had a very good season and earned our way into the national tournament,” said coach Seth Appert, who is by no means a stranger to the NCAAs, having assisted George Gwozdecky at Denver through back-to-back national titles in 2004 and 2005.

The protracted hiatus from competition has the ‘Tute (for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in an odd position: The team didn’t even practice for almost a week and a half following its playoff ouster, but has been back on the ice since last Tuesday.

“We were beat up, we were angry about the loss. They didn’t want to see me, I didn’t want to see them, so we gave them that week off,” said Appert. “If we go out and play very well, people will say we’re well-rested; if we struggle, people will say we’re rusty. You just don’t know; you can’t predict those things and you don’t worry about those things. I think they probably negate each other — the rest/rustiness end up washing each other out.”

One player who should be anything but rusty is forward and Hobey Baker finalist (for the second year running) Chase Polacek. The senior playmaker is champing at the bit for another game with his team before beginning his life as a pro. In 153 career games at RPI, Polacek boasts 65 goals and 160 points. He and winger Tyler Helfrich have accounted for over a third of the Engineers’ offense this season, while in back junior goaltender Allen York is having a career year with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

– Brian Sullivan


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  • Can’t wait for #8

    SIOUX YEAH YEAH

    • Bob45848

      SIOUX RACIST SIOUX YEAH YEAH

      • ecachockeyfan

        jesus christ he’s not racist bro. take your uneducated closed mind somewhere else you hoser.

        in other news, i’m liking the diversity in this bracket. different conferences, different styles… this one should be good.

        • Suture1

          Grow up EZAC. How old are you..12? Wow, what a tool.

      • I am not hostile or abusive

        Correct response would be Sioux Racist Yeah Sioux Sioux . . . idiot

      • B.D.

        He’s back….

      • Gemartin

        Bob, you are the racist!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CROSSCK

      YEAH SIOUX SIOUX

  • GoSioux

    Best wishes to all teams on an injury-free weekend of good hockey.

    • GeauxSioux

      A positive swimming in a sea of negatives.

    • After Further Review

      Best post by anybody so far!

  • Dreamer

    Do you believe in miracles?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N2OICDAG4QBRJKEV3X7BOF4YEM P. C. Majxx

    You’re an idiot bob

    • Bob

      And you’re a Sioux – that makes you a racist too

      • Anonymous

        Do you know how they got the name Sioux? I guess not because it’s not racist.

      • I am not hostile or abusive

        Also, I’m guessing that he is not Sioux . . . he’s probably white. A white Sioux fan. That would be like saying that WMUBronco86 is a Bronco. Horses, though they may watch hockey, cannot post comments on a internet discussion board.

        • Trey

          On the internet, nobody knows you’re a horse.

          • Sioux_Rube

            Yeah but I think everyone knows Bob is an Ass.

            WMU has as good of a chance as anyone in the first round and given DU’s past 3 year first round duds I give WMU a fighting chance, that and the video of the boy with cancer that the Bronco’s have embraced makes me want them to win. Unfortunately that would mean possibly facing tSioux in the regional championship……..possibly.

        • Jim

          That has to be the dumbest thing I have ever read. So for all sporting teams you are what that team is? If it is like you are what you eat, then you are a big weiner!

          • Can’t wait for #8

            Jim u are a liar if ur tellin me u dont enjoy a big weiner from time to time

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

            You’re right Jim, much dumber comment than “you are sioux, you are racist.” I can’t imagine the amount of thought that you and your buddies have to put into a comment like that.

          • sioux me

            oil? donations? nicknames? pevan you need to go back to school, something you obviously enjoy, not bring your over-educated self to a college hockey blog. facts are facts but i want to talk some hockey…sioux have 2 top lines, no other team can say that. 5 goal spread is possible vs RPI, and i agree that the only thing in the way of the sioux and a national title is denver…(sigh) i hate gwozdecki…SIOUX YEA YEA!

      • Fighting Sioux Forever

        Get educated to everybody posting crap about sioux fans being racist.
        Don’t you remember what we the white man did to the native americans when they came over to this new world. That’s right – they raped and killed everybody. Then gave them shelter and blankets covered in small pox. We are all products of this. At least UND represents these few remaining native americans and gives them FREE education at our University. What does your college do?

        • VineDeloria

          This is disturbing. You live near a reservation where the poverty rate is staggering. Oil is injecting money into the hands of a select group of whites. How you can possibly claim any moral high ground is beyond reason. Ralph Engelstad, rather than lavish a hockey program with a gauche arena could have established a school system and permanent scholarship fund, as well as an enterprise zone. There is nothing about the University of North Dakota, nor the embarrassing legislature (come on now), that is redeemable. Why you’d draw your team into this sad history is sad. Yes there are talented players on the team but a program without soul is just simply a program.

          • Anonymous

            Get a life! Ralph Englestad made his money and wanted to build a monument to himself. What’s new? Not everybody is Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, philanthropists who stay out of the limelight. Name an institution which does not have a building named after a donor? UND giving free education to Native Americans in exchange for using their name is not exploiting, it’s good stewardship. Minnesota giving tuition to Gophers, now that would be plain wrong. How many bulldogs get into Yale?

          • Anonymous

            Seriously! Buck Duke founded The American Tobacco Company. He used his wealth to buy Trinity College, and named it after himself. His cigarettes are responsible for more deaths than any genocide. I don’t hear a clamor for Duke University to change its name.

          • FRATTIN 4 HOBEY

            FAG

          • Guest

            Just as a side note the Engelstad family has established a large number of scholarships through endowments at both UND and UNLV so to say that he and his family haven’t given back in any other way than building a hockey arena is just not correct. I spent time while in college working at the UND Alumni Association so I am not guessing at this. This is a fact.

          • Suture1

            Hey Delorian, get a life. Your post is the SINGLE most ignorant blabbering I have ever read on USCHO. You have NO CLUE about the Native American culture and their relationship with ND people and the U. of North Dakota. I grew up 4 miles from Spirit Nation and my father was a physician who treated many of the Indians from the reservation. We have a basement-full of various forms of Indian leather creations, art work and “Sioux” symbols. Why do we have this? My father treated these people free of charge and the gifts were in gratitude for his benevolence. One of my best friends was Native American and I (along with many others in our small town) interacted with the people of Spirit Nation on a fairly regular basis. Were things always perfect? No, just like any two cultures there were some problems. If any of you jokers have EVER been to an Indian reservation you will see it is similar to a third world country. Please keep in mind reservations are FEDERAL properties given to these fearsome, incredibly talented people. Spirit Nation is not a tribe of North Dakota…they are a tribe in the United States. Do you understand this? If there is a problem on the reservation then it is a “national” problem, not a state problem. To this end just know that UND has produced more Indian physicians (and possibly attorneys..not sure about that) in this country than all other universities….COMBINED! Many of you think that UND and the people of North Dakota are trying to force this issue down the throats of Native Americans in our state by the recent legislation in our state. Do you realize over 70% of Spirit Nation voted to KEEP the Sioux nickname/mascot? Do you realize it was a Spirit nation tribal member who developed/drew the Sioux mascot picture that gracefully adorns the best looking jersey in the country? Do you realize the other reservation in North Dakota had their tribal leaders kept the residents of their reservation from even voting on the whole “Sioux” matter? Do you realize that a petition was sent around the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to get the Sioux issue up for a special vote? From this petition it was found that the MAJORITY of the members at Standing Rock wanted to KEEP the Sioux mascot….do you realize this Delorian? The ONLY issue the North Dakotans have is that Standing Rock would not allow their own people to vote on this matter. Why is this the case you may ask? Well, one tribal leader is against the name and used the bully pulpit to keep his people from ever voting on the issue. Why do you think he did this? He knew what the results would be…..to keep the Sioux nickname.

            So, Delorian, before you spout off about something you know nothing about try to get the facts straight. People from my home state are the most humble, conservative, honest, hard working and trustworthy people I have ever met in my life. The way we are being portrayed is sad and so incorrect. Many North Dakotans would be embarrassed to comment as I am today….I kind of feel uneasy about it because this is not my nature. So, will everyone please find out the facts before you start claiming we are racist..or whatever words you want to use? We have great pride in our Sioux mascot/name…but no one from ND would continue to use this name if the gracious Sioux (and yes, I know the Sioux name was given to the “Indians” years ago….don’t get into history points with me…I know most of history of the 3 great tribes in the Dakotas….don’t miss the point) were truly against using it. This is not the case so this is why we are trying to save our Sioux nickname. Hope this helps everyone’s understanding of our controversial situation.

  • WMUBronco86

    Hope it’s a good tournament, and I hope my Broncos prove that they deserve to be there! (I know they do, but some others may question them)

  • guest

    GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beat Denver!!!!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HVM5QWREKL5ZTSPY6HF2V2UPO4 Neil

      I want Denver fans leaving by the second period….I’m thinking this team seems to be regarded highly..like Union.

      • Cananadian402

        I wonder why? Wouldn’t have anything to do with the 7 National Championships they have would it?

    • #1 Ranked

      Just wait, Broncos….. you’ll see what Denver brings to the ice in their youthfulness. I’ve watched them play and they are a speeding bullet and touch competitors. WMU may challenge them, but they’re NOT going to come out on the side of victory. My projection is DU 6 – WMU 1

      I’m not a Denver fan, but I know the strength of the WCHA compared to the hockey played in the CCHA. WMU in fourth place CCHA is like a tenth place finish in the WCHA. Just look at each team’s Strength of Schedule and realize what’s ahead of the Broncos.

      • Paula Weston

        I don’t know if the Broncos will be outmatched in this game or not, and I’m eager to see how the CCHA matches against other leagues in the postseason.

        Three things, though:

        1. In single elimination, nearly anything can happen. Teams that “should” win can fall flat; teams that “shouldn’t” win can excel. We see this in the tournament fairly regularly.

        2. These Broncos are new to this experience, without question, but I can tell you that they will be prepared. They have an outstanding coaching staff that will prepare them for this Denver team, excellent leadership from captain Ian Slater (and other players on the team), and the confidence that they can play their best game.

        3. I would be very surprised if this were a blowout, as your post suggests. The score of the CCHA championship game was 5-2 — but the game was tied, 2-2, early in the third when WMU scored. The three goals that Miami scored after that were all about Miami.

        Having watched the Broncos this season, I think they can beat Denver. I don’t know if they will, but they are capable of it.

      • SiouxAlumDenver

        4th place in the CCHA is like 10th in the WCHA? Didn’t Denver struggle quite a bit with the 11th place Minnesota State team at home in the playoffs a few weeks back?? I highly doubt this will be a blowout, and I actually think the Broncos are going to win this one. Denver is too inconsistent and very young.

        • siouxfaninbisoncountry

          Not to mention Denver lost to Michigan Tech at home…..

      • Kuhn&Friends

        common opponents suggest different, plus all the CCHA teams you played, you played them at elevation. Welcome back down to earth like the rest of us. We blew out Northern Michigan last time we played them, and well LSSU has had our number all year, so you’re pioneers better be checking film from those games. I will be fair though, it depends what team shows up, the team that wiped U of M up, or the team that started flat vs Miami. However given Denver’s physical play, they will take a fair number of penalties, and our PP has been on fire recently. Either way I look forward to the game, and look forward to your response on this

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HVM5QWREKL5ZTSPY6HF2V2UPO4 Neil

    Go Broncos..!!!.I want to see them do to Denver what I saw at JLA against Michigan last Friday..score when they had to…get the fans crazy..and make the other team’s fans leave disgusted by their team peformance and the lawson lunatics chants.

  • Nyqi

    I am sure the Sioux won’t overlook Rensselaer and then it will all depend on which goalie is hotter if both UND and DU make it. Clearly last week was a very good game in the WCHA final and I hope that having a few more healthy players this week doesn’t upset any continuity that the Sioux have built. Overall I think that UND has the senior leadership, depth, strong defense, goaltending and more than enough offensive that they should be able to make it out of this bracket and to St. Paul.

    Go SIOUX.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

      There is no way our team will not be hung over for a 12:30 game on Saturday, should make the RPI skate at least competitive.

  • Shuey

    Go SIOUX!

  • A Duluth Sioux Fan

    After watching my Sioux go one-and-done the last two seasons, I’m not about to start declaring them national champs. For the Sioux to go anywhere, they need to stay out of the box and come out with great energy early. They’ve started slow in the tournament the last two seasons and payed for it. I hope they’ve learned from that and will be better prepared. They also need to get ready for speed. I hate seeing WCHA teams getting caught by surprise by smaller faster teams. I still have images of Nate Gerbe of BC blowing our doors off in the national title game a few years back. The Sioux will only go as far as their defensive core will take them. If they come out flat, Dell has no shot in net.

    • Anonymous

      As much as it pains me to say, the sewage have their minds right. They have been saying all year that they have unfinished business in St Paul, and have come up big every time it matters. Dell has played great for them all year, but you’re right he has yet to play behind a flat D. He could take a lesson from the Gopher’s Patterson on playing with a putrid defense, but I don’t think he”ll need it. The only thing between them and the championship is Denver.

      • Goalie Fan

        I like your attidude on that situ, Its easy to get shelled on and make 45-46 saves but making 18~19 is tough. expecially when in a tight a game u make the big save,which is way Dell should and will be respected because he’s done it all year!

    • Nyqi

      Just don’t see that senior team not having the rest of the team in the right mind set for each and every game. I think you mean the semi final game right? The one at the Pepsi Center? I was at that game and our two top defensive lines were both terrible the entire game. There aren’t that many defenseman in the country that are any quicker than Chay Genoway so I am not that concerned about our speed or quickness. I think that with our depth we should be in good shape to make a run but there are a LOT of really solid teams and just about any of them can win this whole thing. Only a few hours away.

      Good luck to everyone, let’s hope it is a clean and injury free tournament.

    • fRATTIN FOR HOBEY

      You are probably right on that without a dought! We have to move the puck early and, now I think Dell is playing worthy of taking it down.

  • SwagNYC

    Yeah, teams always choose mascots that racially offend them and that their players hate looking at and fans hate cheering for. That makes no sense.

  • Little Big Man

    Sue-Sue – Good luck against your first opponent, RPI, a mid-pack team in the EZAC. They finished behind: Union, Yale, Dartmouth, Cornell and Princeton. That puts them 6th out of 12 teams.

    Rumor out of Troy NY is that they melted the ice in the old fieldhouse rink, following their early exit to Colgate, thinking that their season was over. That said, they face the Sue-Sue in Round 1. They took an entire week away from hockey – no practice, nothing.

    Judging by all of the comments regarding the EZAC by Suey fans on this site, I expect a North Dakota romp of, say, a five goal spread! Is that too much to ask against such an inferior opponent?

    Can we agree prior to the game that if North Dakota loses to RPI, that your team sucks? That if the game goes to OT, North Dakota is over rated?

    The Souix will have a very tough time scoring on Allen York. Watch out.

    • Here’s to Old RPI

      RPI finished ahead of Princeton, not behind them. And if you want to get technical, RPI, Cornell and Princeton all finished tied, and the tiebreakers went Cornell, RPI, Princeton in that order.

    • GeauxSioux

      It’s up to you. You are entitled to call UND overrated.

      Union lost to a mid-pack WCHA team.

      Also, RPI may have melted their ice but practiced at a nearby rink all week. Source of this is a friend who attends RPI.

    • EngineerHockey

      @ Little Big Man:

      Being a recent RPI alum and avid supporter of the Engineers, I find it funny how you know so much about the Field House. Yeah RPI has such little demand for the ice that we melted it due to the Colgate loss. Idiot! Come out to Troy and I would love to give you a tour of one of the most nostalgic and storied rinks in college hockey.

      Oh and Sullivan you know as much about about college hockey as my effing cat.

  • Hockey Rocks

    Go Pioneers!!!

  • SiouxYeaYea

    I live in Germany and want to watch the sioux hockey game today. I tried espn 3 but no luck. The game isn’t aviable. Does anyone have a good link?

  • Roben

    Game Day! Go Sioux!

    Best of luck and stay healthy everyone!

  • EngineerHockey

    I agree with Sioux me on one issue. This is a hockey forum! Not a place for racial discussions.

    However a 5 goal spread is always possible but not likely. RPI’s stringent defense will keep it close no matter how good UND is. It’s a tough game ahead for RPI but I know Seth, Chase and Allen will have something up their sleeve. Let’s go RED!!!