On a side note (and isn’t that what blogs are for?), Harvard’s band has improved by about a light year since I attended my first Beanpot nine years back. Once ripe fodder for playing stuff you’d hear at a Renaissance Faire, they have caught up culturally. Well, enough, anyhow. (They’re playing Britney Spears’ “Poison” at the moment. Oh well.)


  1. Paula- Small Update.. The Gophers tied UMD (not SCSU) before winning the shootout in the inaugural North Star College Cup.

    • Paula was probably 800+ miles away during last years NSCC but everybody was soooo nice. Hugs for everyone!
      (Wonder if anyone cops a feel?)

      No matter UM or MSU the championship game will be a great game (thinking Bemidji doesn’t stand a chance vs. UMD but…..any given ‘Friday’)

      • Paula will look like a genius after the gophers win tonight. I think it will be a high scoring affair gophers winning 5-3. Mark my words, the gophers are turning it around and will once again hoist the North Star cup!

        • I will be there for all four games and hope to see the Gophers beat MSU and the other winner.

          No senseless defensive lapses (like Friday vs. WI), skate hard and get to/pound the net.

          MSU hasn’t faced a team with the speed/skating skills of the Gophers (maybe Omaha).

          Gophers win.

          • I hope you are right. They better be prepared to play a full 60 minutes instead of the 50 they played Friday against WI.

          • Brian/ Let’sPlayHockey- Don’t the Gophers seem to thrive when games are wide open and the are players are allowed to show their speed and skill (Think BC)? Or am I just grasping at straws here..? I like there chances against Mankato compared to teams that just park the bus.

          • Yes they absolutely have. UMD is faster than any team MSU has faced all year and will face. Yes, that includes Minnesota.

          • Agree to disagree. I have attended six UMD games this season, top to bottom they don’t have the speed of MN.

          • Definitely agree to disagree. I also don’t think it’s even close in favor of UMD. Watched both teams several times, including the series sweep of the Bulldogs over the Gophs.

  2. Paula, I wish I could share your optimism about the Gophers this weekend. Unless they play their “A” game, and that might not be enough, I just don’t see them beating Mankato. That being said, the game still has to be played so anything can happen.

  3. If Michigan State doesn’t get at least 5 points this week end, they can almost kiss any chance of a top two finish good-by. I’m going out on a limb and say MSU sweeps. And Drew, you are incorrect about MSU not being swept this season. Kind of. They lost to U-Mass Lowell and BU on the same week-end. I count that as being swept.

  4. Man. Another Wisco sweep on the horizon boys. GREAT weekend knocking the goofs out of the rankings last weekend. Now I need the goofs to start winning to ratchet up that pairwise! We’re tracking toward making the tourney now boys!!! #ONWISCONSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Under normal circumstances, UNO vs UND is undoubtedly a tough call….regardless of venue. Dean Blais is the best HC in all of CH, this will help UNO, but that is about it. Ortega and Guentzel will do some damage, but not enough to cover for their average defense and backup GT’er. UND sweeps for the first time in the history of this series.

      • Yep, I’ll eat crow. I was wrong. UND looked like a bunch of prima donnas, especially our forward play. UNO came in and played exactly like I expected them to. UND has a more talented team, I think this was obvious. But, you cannot win on talent alone in CH. If UND plays half-arse tonight, they will be swept.

        • I think the ease of the first UND goal may have given the team a false sense of confidence that hurt them in the game overall. I’m sure UND will be back to its normal self tonight, and will earn the split.

        • I would not underestimate the importance of Guentzel and Ortega. Those two are usually worth one victory in a two-game set. Ortega is dangerous when the score is tied near the end of a game.


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