College Hockey:Gallery: Boston College Eagles 2012 National Championship CelebrationBy Melissa Wade • Chief Photographer • April 10, 2012 The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference. Mr Hockey So after Northeastern swept Notre Dame in South Bend this weekend it looks like the Gophers Holiday tournament isn’t that bad after all. Gophers should move back up now that Merrimack got a dose of reality. Anonymous Where is Merrimack even located? http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBX3ZLT5XKNZDOL2YZHPVX27VI STEVEN P North Andover, Massachusetts(25 miles N of Boston.) Spidermonkey86 It’s a suburb of Lawrence MA and kind of a dump. I go to a few games they charge 25 bucks a ticket even when they sucked. arena is like a HS or municipal skating rink. Guest Spidermonkey first off, Merrimack is located in North Andover, home of multiple current and former Bruins not Lawrence, which is indeed a dump. Second, you must not have attended any games lately because I would hardly consider the Lawler Arena of today a dump, it still needs work and is continuing to improve but i certainly wouldnt call it a municipal rink spidermonkey86 Guest:First read comment I said a suburb or Lawrence which it is.Second I went to two games last year and one this year….Yup still a dump…half the seat don’t even face the arena ABC123 Lol sorry man I love Merrimack but Lawler sucks Cariocagringo Well now, say what you will about the Thom Lawler Arena, but North Andover is a swanky lil community and far nicer than South Bend, Rochester, Grand Forks, Omaha, and any jerkwater located in rust belt shitehole states like Ohio and Michigan. Philipvanschepen You’re supposed to schedule cupcakes for holiday tourney. Early speculation had Princeton as the tough opponent. Northeastern looks for real. Last year Gophers stunk up their own tournament. this year looks brighter. Spanky Just as I predicted, whch USCHO ran those rediculus columns about how MTU is changed with thier new coach and everything….well MTU will colapse and be a bottom feeder team as usual in the WCHA. The bright side is that in 2 years, they should be able to compete in the new WCHA after all the good teams leave and the CCHA bottom feeders are brought in. Superspanky Bottom feeders like Ferris State, Lake Superior State, and Northern Michigan? Teams currently ranked nationally in the 9th, 15th and 22nd positions? Bulldog bulldogs should be number one now not the gophers. we have had a much tougher schedule than the gophers have had Guest I’m OK with the Bulldogs #1 right now and I would normally agree with your logic, but to me the 2-0 Gopher advantage in head-to-head play should tip the scales. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBX3ZLT5XKNZDOL2YZHPVX27VI STEVEN P But,but,but….the Bullpuppies outshot the Gophers,so those wins don’t count. Guest lol you lost to vermont, wisconsin, st cloud state, and michigan state Guest the bruins lost to the coyotes at the beginning of last season that must mean the coyotes are better! Guest But the Coyotes don’t have more wins than the Bruins to go along with a better offense and defense… Mr Hockey You mean it got tougher now that Huntsville beat Omaha….lol…I suppose you’re going to hang your dog leash on the fact that Providence swept Merrimack also? Gophers haven’t yet and won’t get swept all year. Guest They won’t get swept all year? That’s kind of a big statement and totally pointless. What if they do get swept, then does that mean they aren’t any good.They have some difficult road games coming up right? 2 in Denver, 2 at UND (given the act that UND is now seeming to play better) and at Omaha and I fully expect UNO to play better the second half with Blais as their coach they have to get better than they were this weekend. Most teams in the WCHA are going to have an off week and Minny will not be any different. maybe they don’t get swept, maybe they do. I don’t like them but that won’t change my opinion of them as one of the better teams in the nation (unless of course it happens against a really bad team).Just seems like such a bad statement and one that doesn’t matter. Good luck with that. Mr Hockey Good teams find ways to avoid sweeps. Wilma Dickfit The Gophers are 4-0 against Frozen 4 teams from last spring, including a 2 game SWEEP of the defending National Champions on the road. Yep, cupcake schedule alright. Wilma Dickfit UMD fans shouldn’t even bring up the subject of schedule toughness, they have the easiest schedule in the WCHA this year. The 3 teams UMD plays twice are: Alaska Anchorage, MSU-Mankato and Michigan Tech. All 3 of which will be in the bottom 4 teams at the end of the year. Minnesota meanwhile has to play North Dakota, Wisconsin and St. Cloud twice. It’s pretty clear who has the easier schedule – UMD by far. The Wooger UMD can think they’re #1 for now, that’s fine. We all know they’ll be peeing their pants when they have to face the Gophers again.