2015 West Regional preview: Challengers line up to try to take down regional host North Dakota

Tickets for the West Regional in Fargo, N.D., reportedly sold out seconds after they went on sale in October.

That’s the level of fan interest in seeing North Dakota challenge for another trip to the Frozen Four that awaits three lower seeds.

Michigan Tech, St. Cloud State and Quinnipiac all know regional host North Dakota is a large obstacle on the road to Boston, but it’s the Bobcats that have first crack at beating the NCHC regular season champ about 70 miles south away from its home.

This is the only regional where all four teams have a loss as their most recent result. Both of the Huskies — Michigan Tech and St. Cloud State — lost in the conference title game, while North Dakota and Quinnipiac fell in the semifinals. UND also lost the NCHC third-place game.

Here’s a look at the teams playing in the 2015 NCAA tournament West Regional in Fargo starting Friday:

Bryn Chyzyk (29), Luke Johnson (27) and North Dakota host the West Regional about 70 miles down the road from their campus (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

North Dakota

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Coach: Dave Hakstol, 11th season overall and at North Dakota

Record: 27-9-3 (16-6-2-0 NCHC, first place)

How they got in: At-large bid

Regional seed: First

Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2014

Best NCAA finish: Champion, 2000, 1997, 1987, 1982, 1980, 1963, 1958

Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: UND fell 0.6 seconds short of going to overtime in the national semifinals against Minnesota last season. That hasn’t slipped from UND personnel’s collective memory, and the team will want to finish its business this time around.

Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: UND hasn’t been the same since losing senior forward Mark MacMillan to injury, and a pair of losses last weekend at the NCHC’s playoff championship weekend has raised some questions as to how far the team can still go.

North Dakota was one of the country’s top teams over the course of the regular season, and it held the No. 1 spot in both the PairWise Rankings and the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll over large chunks of that time.

UND ran into its fair share of setbacks between early October and the middle of this month. Injuries, like those to defenseman Troy Stecher earlier in the season and one currently plaguing senior forward Mark MacMillan, have forced coach Dave Hakstol to move pieces of his lineup around, but those changes worked well enough to give UND the NCHC regular season title.

On the back of that, UND had plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into last weekend’s NCHC playoff championship weekend. However, a pair of losses in Minneapolis, to St. Cloud State and Denver, sent UND back to the drawing board ahead of Friday’s West Regional semifinal against Quinnipiac.

Hakstol accepted that there was work to be done, but he’d rather not have people overthinking UND’s troubles last weekend at the Target Center.

“I think we just get back to work,” he said after a 5-1 loss to Denver last Saturday in the NCHC third-place game. “Don’t overanalyze a whole lot here.

“We had tough results for our team this weekend. We couldn’t ever really get ourselves in a rhythm and on track, couldn’t find a lot of energy [on Saturday] other than in a couple of spurts. Plain and simple: We have a lot of confidence in ourselves, [but] get back home and get to work.”

UND defenseman Nick Mattson, one of seven seniors on his team this season, echoed his head coach’s sentiments

“I think us, as a group, we’ve been in a lot harder situations than this, so it’s not anything we can’t handle,” he said. “We’re just going to face it like men and move forward.

“I don’t think it’s anything too big that it’s going to set us back. We can handle it, and I think we have confidence that we’ll be back better than ever.”

— Matthew Semisch

Michigan Tech’s Jamie Phillips is third in the country in GAA and save percentage (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Michigan Tech Huskies

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Coach: Mel Pearson, fourth season at Michigan Tech and overall

Record: 29-9-2 (21-5-2 WCHA, second place)

How they got in: At-large bid

Regional seed: Second

Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1981

Best NCAA finish: Champion, 1975, 1965, 1962

Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: An incredible assortment of upperclass scoring depth — Hobey Baker Award nominee Tanner Kero as well as Alex Petan, Blake Pietila and David Johnstone, all of whom have more than 100 career points — have been building to this for four years. And goaltender Jamie Phillips and the Tech defense have kept opponents out of the net — both his GAA (1.71) and save percentage (.935) are third in the nation.

Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: The Huskies haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 1981 — 10 years before anyone on the Tech roster was born. The Huskies are a talented team but being placed in the West Regional in Fargo for their first tournament appearance in 35 years is not the “Welcome to the NCAA!” gift one would hope for. Provided they get past St. Cloud State, what is essentially a road game against North Dakota looms in the regional final.

If you’d like to put the Huskies’ 34-year NCAA tournament drought in perspective, consider this: The last time Michigan Tech made the NCAA tournament, Mel Pearson was a senior on the team.

“We’re excited,” Pearson said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been in the NCAA tournament. Too long, actually.”

Pearson’s team in 1981 beat archrivals Northern Michigan for third place in the tournament. Since then, Tech has had just five winning seasons.

That’s partly why Pearson, when discussing this year’s team, tries to keep an even keel. He admits the upstart Huskies still have much to prove compared to, say, regional partner North Dakota.

“When you watched the selection show [Sunday], we were Rodney Dangerfield,” he said on his radio show Monday morning. “We were trying to get a little respect. We’re not North Dakota, Miami or all the teams they were talking about. We just got a little blurb, which is fine.

“We haven’t been there in so long I think people don’t really know who we are. And that’s OK. We’ll come in that way and hopefully they’ll know who we are when we leave.”

Although Pearson has a point about UND, Miami and the other top seeds, there’s plenty to talk about regarding the Huskies coming in.

Tech had two of the top three scorers in the WCHA in Kero (45 points) and Petan (39), while Mike Richter Award finalist Phillips leads a strong Tech defensive unit that was tops in the WCHA, too.

And the Huskies are unbeaten in 14 of their last 16 games. Their only two losses in that span were against WCHA champs Minnesota State.

The most recent loss — a 5-2 defeat in the Final Five title game Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. — stung a little, especially considering the Huskies had a 2-1 lead entering the second period. Tech took five third-period penalties and Minnesota State scored two power-play goals in the period.

But Pearson said he wasn’t worried about the letdown from that last game. He said he thought the Huskies played five good periods of hockey in the Final Five, which gets them ready for the tough test in Fargo.

“You find out a lot your team in situations like this when there’s a lot of pressure playing at a neutral site, just like you would be in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “I thought it was a good test for our guys, and I really liked how we took the test. We didn’t get 100 percent but we got a 90 percent, which is still a pretty good grade. But you’re always shooting for 100 percent.”

This week, the test may get slightly harder. Playing in a hostile environment in Fargo (“neutral site” in name only for any team that isn’t North Dakota) will be tough, but Pearson said his team looks forward to the challenge.

“With the games being in Fargo, you’ll know you’ll have good crowds,” he said. “It adds to the whole experience for student-athletes. The energy in the building, you want that.

“But we’ve been good on the road. We’ve been good in hostile environments this season. There’s no more hostile environment than in Big Rapids in that rink against [Ferris State]. I think we’ll be fine.”

— Jack Hittinger

St. Cloud State’s Jonny Brodzinski reached 20 goals for the third straight season with a goal in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

St. Cloud State Huskies

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Coach: Bob Motzko, 10th season at St. Cloud State and overall

Record: 19-18-10 (14-13-1 NCHC, sixth place)

How they got in: At-large bid

Regional seed: Third

Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2014

Best NCAA finish: National semifinal, 2013

Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: The goaltending has gotten better and the play of Jonny Brodzinski is always a threat.

Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: The Huskies have been a little bit banged up. Kalle Kossila and Andrew Prochno missed the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, although they are expected back this weekend. Tim Daly was hurt in that tournament and his status is unclear.

Entering the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis, the St. Cloud State Huskies had distilled their season down to a single goal: win at least one game and secure an NCAA tournament berth.

The Huskies did so, edging North Dakota 3-1 in the semifinals before falling to Miami in the NCHC championship game 3-2.

“At the very least, we had one thing to do, and we did get that part done,” said Huskies coach Bob Motzko. “We’re still very disappointed. We put ourselves in a great position to win that championship and we’re kicking ourselves. We’d like to have stuck something more through on the power play, which would have tied it up and gave us a chance. Our guys were very pleased with how they played.”

The results were more impressive considering that two key players, defenseman Andrew Prochno and forward Kalle Kossila, were injured. Those two are expected back for the West Regional, where the Huskies play another set of Huskies, Michigan Tech.

Unfortunately, the Miami game may also have cost St. Cloud the services of senior defenseman Tim Daly, who was injured on a boarding penalty by Andrew Schmit.

“Right now, Prochno feels good, and over the next two days we will determine what level he’ll be able to play, and Kossila should be back,” said Motzko. “He probably could have gotten in last weekend, but we picked the safe side and kept him out. We gambled, and because we won, we knew we were in the tournament and had the luxury to keep him out and rest him.

“The one that is still on hold is Tim Daly, and that’s as bad a hit from behind as I’ve seen in many, many years, and it’s unfortunate. He’s one tough kid, and we probably won’t know till Wednesday or Thursday his status. I know he is making progress.”

Asked about Michigan Tech, Motzko expounded on the competitiveness of the team.

“The thing that we are most concerned with is Michigan Tech,” he said. “Twenty-nine wins. I think you just start there. Teams that are on the verge of a 30-win season, that’s a historic season. They’ve earned it, and they deserve where they’re at. They’re led by older kids and have four guys with over 100 points, a goaltender whose numbers are off the charts, and that tells you that you are playing as an older team with great confidence.

“The thing that they will have in their corner is that for the first time in 30-something years, they are in the tournament. There has to be tremendous excitement in their program right now, and in their fan base and their university.”

— Candace Horgan

Quinnipiac’s Soren Jonzzon (left) and Matthew Peca celebrate a goal against Harvard in the ECAC Hockey semifinals (photo: Matt Eisenberg).

Quinnipiac Bobcats

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Coach: Rand Pecknold, 21st season at Quinnipiac and overall

Record: 23-11-4 (16-3-3 ECAC Hockey, first place)

How they got in: At-large bid

Regional seed: Fourth

Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2014

Best NCAA finish: Runner-up, 2013

Why they’ll get to the Frozen Four: The Bobcats will buckle down and play smart, opportunistic hockey in the absence of top scorer Sam Anas.

Why they won’t get to the Frozen Four: Offensive struggles will be magnified exponentially, allowing opposition to play aggressively to the point of smothering the Bobcats.

It’s doubtful that many folks would be able to find Quinnipiac on a map, even among college hockey fans, but the hard-to-find school with the hard-to-say name is anything but a novelty in the NCAA tournament.

The Bobcats return to the Big Dance for the third consecutive season, each time on the strength of their regular season as an at-large bid. Picked by many to have a down year due to graduations and early departures, the young roster (18 of 27 players are underclassmen) has performed above and beyond even its own coaches’ expectations: Veteran coach Rand Pecknold had, until very recently, often described his team as “overachieving.”

One bright-star-gone-dark, however, is that of sophomore Sam Anas. The 23-goal sniper missed the ECAC Hockey championship weekend with what is reported to be a sprained knee ligament, and he is not expected to play this weekend, either.

“He’s not a kid that you can replace,” Pecknold said of his star forward. “He’s one of the best in the ECAC. He’s dynamic. He’s one of the better power-play players in the country. He drives possession. You’ve got to find a way to play a little bit different game [without him]. We did that in [ECAC Hockey quarterfinals] Game 3 against Union: We lost him early in the first, and were able to grit out a win.”

This has left Quinnipiac even less margin for error than what little it had before Anas’ injury.

“I think, for us, we’ve struggled a little bit to score goals this year,” Pecknold said. “It hasn’t been a major problem, but we haven’t been as prolific offensively as we have the last two years. What we have to do on Friday is have some unlikely heroes. We need some guys to step up and score a big goal for us. That’s usually what happens at this time of year: You get some unlikely people to step up and get a big one, and that’s what we need.

“It’s going to be about playing to our identity and buying into it. When we play to our identity, we find success. We have the utmost respect for North Dakota. We’re basically playing a road game at North Dakota — I don’t care that it’s not in their rink, it’s still in their state — and we need to be ready to go.”

— Brian Sullivan

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  1. “…There’s no more hostile environment than in Big Rapids in that rink against [Ferris State]. I think we’ll be fine.”

    Mel’s in for quite the surprise if MTU plays North Dakota in the regional finals. The Big Rapids crowd will look like it’s for a peewee game.

    • Well he has played in Grand Forks before so he does know what its like to play there. But that being said I don’t agree with him, can’t see Ferris State being as hostile as Nodak, but I have never seen a game played at ferris state. But Ferris State doesn’t even sound intimidating.

      • If you have not heard Ferris State Student section as been voted the top student section in all of college for the past three years. The Dawg Pound is crazy and with the small rink its really really loud in there. Very tough to play for visiting teams.

        • people say the same about the Lawson Lunatics, however when the super loud dedicated student section is only like 100 people . . . its underwhelming in real life.

      • I like Hakstol but He Can’t WIN the Big Games, and look how the team played against SCSU and Denver, worst of all Denver was RESTING their STAR Players to save them for the NCAA Tournament.

        • Regardless of what you think… it literally makes no difference. It’s not happening and frankly, you’re insane to think it should.

          • He GETS out coached in the “BIG” games or any team with the word Boston in it. I will admit last year against the Rodents, UND outplayed the Rodents. But still how many times can u make the Frozen Four and not get to the Big Party and keep being the Bridesmaid. It’s getting pathetic. U have the best team in the Nation year in and year out with the Best Goalies and u cant win it.

          • PLEEEEEASE tell me how he gets out coached. I hear that garbage all the time but no one can ever tell me how they would improve the situation. IT’S. NOT. HAPPENING.

          • In the game of hockey you can outplay a team and still lose in case you didn’t know. Anyone can win in a 1 game format so get used to it. Quit whining and support the team either way. If not please leave the fan base.

          • I’m fine with people having a dissenting opinion… that’s what being a fan is all about. Call out a team when they play like garbage and celebrate when they win. However, I’d really like to know what Hak has done soooo poorly in these big games? No one can ever answer that question because it’s pure nonsense,

          • Look at when we played SCSU, they had a Great Game plan to stop UND by having 2 & sometimes 3 men at the red line and we were having a hard time getting into their zones at points. That’s where u need to change your gameplan. It seems when we make any tournament he changes the gameplan from what brought the team to a tournament!!!

          • Ever think SCSU went balls to the wall because they had to win at least 1 game? Would you want to go into the last game needing to win? Remember last year……

          • It’s a simple game plan that they were doing to try and break that trap. Dump and chase to the corner, win a puck battle, or try and break through at the blue line. UND was doing that. SCSU was better at defense on that night. So, Hak can do the right thing and if the guys just get beat on a given night, he gets fired? It’s asinine.

          • Listening to UND fans complain about winning season titles, conference titles, and frozen fours is unbearable. Take what you can get and be grateful because it can get a whole lot worse for a long, long time.

          • As a UND alum and fan, all I have to say to that is THANK YOU!!!

            Edit: Hit enter when I didn’t mean to. Either way, I get sick of some of the other fans and their sense of entitlement. When you go to The Ralph there is always a small group of people that are appalled when they don’t call a penalty on the other team for breathing too hard on the bench. We are very lucky to be able to watch some of the best college hockey in any given year, and we always have a chance at the title. IMO, expecting more than that is 100% selfish.

            And to all the Hak Haters, because of the reasons I listed above, you are all idiots.

          • Thank you. Finally a voice of reason. I will stick with the guy that gets my team to the big dance each and every year and gives them the chance to win number 8.

        • Last I checked the players play the games. They are there every year and have a chance to win it all so firing him would be idiotic. They played bad last weekend but that wasn’t the coaches fault. If they do lose please jump of the ledge.

        • I’ll agree with you and would argue that you are probably more a die hard north dakota fan then everybody of these nodak fans calling you out for making the comment but if I were a nodak fan I would want a national champ and currently hakstol has come up short. I’d say if Hak can’t win it all this year I would say they should fire him… He is currently like the Marty Schottenheimer of college hockey been so close but has been out coached more times. Coaching has a huge role in how they athletes prepare for games and if anybody says thats not true they are kidding themselves. I am just waiting for the reactions from the nodak fans now…. :-O

          • The fact that he has not WON an NCAA championship tells me he gets out coached every year when it really matters. Not saying he can’t turn it around this year but the the past does prove something and if you can’t see that you must be alright with losing when it comes to the big games… and don’t give me the players are at fault for 100% cause they are not, are they a part of it yes but if a coach cannot get the best out of his players then what does that say about him?

          • Again, you’re still not telling me how he’s getting out coached. You’re just saying it. That doesn’t make it true. Give me something new! Not winning a game does not mean he got outcoached. Has he? I haven’t been proven that fact.

          • And you saying that he is not getting out coach doesn’t make your point true either. Fact is even the best coaches get out once in a while but the truly great ones find ways to win those big games and he has “YET” to prove that… can’t just use this oh we lost to the better team each time, well I guess you can but you would only fool yourself.

          • I even said I don’t know if he’s been out coached or not, but anytime someone thinks he has, they can’t come up with a reason how. You know why? Because it’s BS.

          • These people have yet to specifically say how he was outcoached. So if you lose a regular season game, it was being outcoached? It wasn’t just getting beat?

          • I guess you are alright with losing the big games??? Ok fine with me… have fun with that… There is one thing to lose in the NCHC tourney and I know that doesn’t really mean anything, but again and again in the tourney shows me something.

          • So the further you get into the tournament, the easier the competition is supposed to be? Not sure why you think it would be easy. And we are all still waiting on specific to being “outcoached.”

          • So you are saying every time the goophs lost a big game is was from being outcoached? not outplayed? Am I hearing you correctly? Or is this only a one sided thing and Hak is the only one getting outcoached?

          • I would say that those two go hand in hand and you can’t really separate the two. The coach does have a lot to do with having his players being prepared. And yes Lucia has being out coached, minny was not prepared for last years championship game and that is on lucia to get his players prepared. Also you Nodak fans like to bring up Holy Cross non-stop I am pretty sure he didn’t have his players prepared for that game either. But at the same time he has proven that he can win the big games. I’m not saying that Hak is a bad coach I’m just saying that I think North Dakota should have won a couple of championships we some of the teams he has had… and I don’t like to say that as a gopher fan… makes me feeling ishy…

          • You can prepare for years, and it might not stop a PLAYER from making a mistake. Lost an edge and the puck gets turned over for a goal? How is that the coaches fault?

          • But losing an edge doesn’t happen every year, and yes teams do get lucky… but when you continue to lose games in big moments when the talent is there I just think that says something. And other coaches have won with less talent then what a UND or Minnesota or BU or BC can put together and those are the impressive coaches. Well we obviously are not persuading each other so i guess will just have to wait and see. Doug Woog was a good coach but he couldn’t get it done in the big game and I am glad they let him go. I would put Woog and Hak in the same category, good not great… Cheers to a good tourney and agreeing to disagree.

          • I guess we can leave it at that. But I will say, look how many years of coaching it took Lucia to win a title….think it was 15. Yes, Hak has been in the FF a lot, but like everyone has said, a 1 and done is tough. In a best of 3, I’d take him any day of the week. Only time will tell. Under 24 hours till my anxiety levels begin going through the roof.

          • Did hak have a head coaching job before north dakota or was he an assistant to Dean??? If so that would be a sweet first head coaching job!!! UND with that sweet arena. Me too can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow!

          • He assisted Dean from 2000-2004, prior to that was the head coach in Sioux City with the USHL team.

          • Sorry, I really disagree. If a player isn’t “prepared” to play a championship, rivalry, or NCCA Regional/FF game how can you blame the coach? Do the players not know the importance of the game? Any coach’s “inspirational” speeches do no good unless the player’s realize what they need to do.

          • So I’m still waiting for anything on how he is outcoached. Not just he lost a big game. That explains absolutely nothing.

          • How many coaches in college hockey have as many wins in the national tourney as Hack since he became a head coach? I don’t know the answer but I would guess he might have more wins than any other coach in that time, maybe York has more. But honestly how much do you think a coach can influence a game when you get down to the top 4 teams in the country playing a one and one?

          • Head Coach does not as have that much influence during the game on the outcome. In my opinion, for what it’s worth, the head coaches get too much credit, or blame, for what they actually do. Most “successful” head coaches have reliable assistants to take charge of power plays, penalty kills, line matchups, and goalie adjustments. The “best” head coaches are those that excel on recruitment, getting good players is most important. The reason some schools have it easier than others in recruiting good players is due, in large part, to the head coaches influence. Just my thoughts, sure many will disagree.

          • Exactly. UND is every one of the games they play in really. When you get to the FF there is really very little that a coach can do to influence the game. He can match lines and that kind of thing which I think Hack does well when needed but overall when it gets to the FF it often comes down to who gets a break or two and I agree with those that say hard work gets you the breaks but a coach can only do so much, it is really up to the players to get it done. I have never watched a game and said we lost because we got out coached. Not once.

          • Oh you will get that reaction. If you go back and look at how UND has played in the FF they have made, they have been in just about everyone of those games. To say that the players aren’t ready is just silly and I suspect you know that. Of course I want a national title but there are just too many factors that go into winning it. A few years ago the goalie from MI stole that game from UND. We outshot them 2-1 but he just wasn’t going to give one up – was that the fault of the coaches? That kind of stuff happens and MI deserved that game.

            Does anyone believe that it was Hacks fault last year with “.6” left? It was a fluke but that wasn’t a coaching issue. And for UND to have made the FF last year was almost a miracle (just getting into the tourney was a miracle and had to have a few very specific things happen and they did).

            Anyway there is NO CHANCE he gets fired PERIOD.

          • Yeah I figured it would get some reactions, and I went back and forth with another UND fan for like an hour you can see our comments below. So i don’t want to get in the same debate again. But I will say that yes he is a good coach but not a great coach… and the other Nodak fan and I decided to agree to disagree, now if he can win it this year I will go back and eat crow and say he is a great coach. I just think sometimes its better for a team to move on??? Just my opinion…

          • Yeah we can agree to disagree because I will always stick with the known quantity that gets the team the chance to play for the title year in and year out and take my chances that at some point UND will win one with him at the helm.

        • The reason DU “rested” LaLeggia, Doremus, and Jacobson is that they are seniors that Montgomery wanted to rest after a long grind against the best competition. The game meant NOTHING to either team, if it did they would have played. UND was going to Fargo, DU was staying in 2nd band either way. Read into that game what you will, but do it at your own risk. Watch out what you ask for. Where is #1 WISCO when you need him?

          • I’m curious to see what a DU fan thinks of this fire Hakstol/don’t fire Hakstol conversation since DU recently fired a two time national championship coach??? Did you want them to fire George??? his name was George right???

          • Mixed feelings about firing George (yes that is his first name) Gwozdecky. It had nothing to do with his record, despite what people think. He and new AD, Peg Bradley-Doppes, had “issues” from day one. Was a salary and “direction” conflict. My opinion is that the money they gave to Bill Tierney to upgrade DU Lacrosse entered into equation. If UND fires Hakstol, they would be idiots. He is excellent coach and, more importantly, fantastic recruiter. By the way, Gwozdecky got job as Assistant Coach at Tampa Day within 3 months of his “departing”. I have no doubt he will be NHL Head Coach in the next 5 years.

          • Interesting, thanks for details, he was a good coach. Haven’t seen much of the new guy but I am sure he is good coach too if he is at DU.

          • I like him. He seems to know what he is doing. Went to a couple of practices they held for season ticket holders, including talking to him. Played at Maine when they won title, played over 120 games in NHL, and coached in ECHL. Players love him, which is great sign.

          • For a second I thought you were still talking about Gwoz……was thrown off by the Maine comment.

          • Had UND won that game and MSU lost later that day, UND would have been the No. 1 overall seed and gotten RIT in the first game. At the time, this game did in fact mean something to UND.

          • Not much difference between RIT and Quinnipiac, especially in Fargo. Odds of MSU losing were not good anyway. Quinnipiac has problems scoring, now with their leading scorer out, UND is better off than playing RIT anyway.

      • .
        This has been a special season for Tech… we came really, really far… and yeah, possibly will not go any further – but it doesn’t really matter: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

        I will tell you too that our Pep Band (and fans) are tops! My favorite verse from ‘Engineers’ however, is this one:

        “My father was a miner on the upper Malamute.
        My mother was a hostess in the house of ill repute.
        And at the tender age of three, they threw me on my ear,
        And there was nothing left for me to do but become an engineer.”

        Thanks for the comment!

        .

  2. .
    This is what I would like to see (not what I think will happen):

    Michigan Tech -vs- MN Duluth
    -&-
    MN State -vs- I-don’t-really-care-who

    And all-WCHA final with Tech winning over MN State on the sixth try this season.
    .

  3. Colgate might of had a remote shot against UND or even St. Lawrence. Quinnipiac… especially without Anas … no Way.

    • I’d be happy for them to get Anas back……if we had MacMillan back. UND is definitely a different team without Mark. I’d say our chances for the elusive 8th NC went from about 4-1 to about 8-1 when he went down, based on our games since then.

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