Madigan, Gotkin guest on Feb. 20 episode of USCHO Live!

Jim Madigan - The visiting Northeastern University Huskies defeated the Boston College Eagles 5-2 on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The visiting Northeastern University Huskies defeated the Boston College Eagles 5-2 on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Jim Madigan’s No. 11 Northeastern Huskies — 2018 Beanpot champions — are in the hunt for the Hockey East title and an NCAA bid (photo: Melissa Wade).

Our guests on the February 20 edition of USCHO Live! are Northeastern coach Jim Madigan, whose No. 11 Huskies are Beanpot champs and in the hunt for the Hockey East regular-season title, and Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin, whose Lakers are atop the Atlantic Hockey standings and look to clinch the regular season in a two-game series at Rochester Institute of Technology this weekend.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is the owner and president of broadcasting company Dansville Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.

54 COMMENTS

  1. Not only do the Gophers have one of the best first lines in the league but they also have a second line that could be a first line on many other teams. That’s how good our offense is going to be. Then on the defensive side of things you look at the fact that we only allowed 11 shots on goal on Saturday is incredible. This defense coupled with the constant pressure from our offense makes one great team.

    • We’ll see. You got a couple of good wins early in the season against a team that may or may not have deserved the early season ranking they got. You play Wisconsin in mid-November, let’s see how that goes before we start handing out the trophies to the UofM just yet.

      • > Makes one great team

        I don’t believe I handed out any trophies. Obviously we have to still perform well every week in this league.

      • Wisconsin? They aren’t even ranked. The powerhouses of Union, Lowell, W. Mich., N’eastern, and Quinnipiac are all ranked higher.

      • Seriously Wisconsin???? Nobody said anything about a trophy, they are a very good team, but they need to prove it on the ice. The Gophera are fortunate that they play the likes of UND, UMD and Denver at home this year. Wisconsin should be the least of the Gophers worries.

      • I would agree with that as their youth really showed. However, they are still a good team and these two wins hold way more value than the two against Sacred Heart last year.

  2. Not only do the Gophers have one of the best first lines in the league but they also have a second line that could be a first line on many other teams. That’s how good our offense is going to be. Then on the defensive side of things you look at the fact that we only allowed 11 shots on goal on Saturday is incredible. This defense coupled with the constant pressure from our offense makes one great team.

    • We’ll see. You got a couple of good wins early in the season against a team that may or may not have deserved the early season ranking they got. You play Wisconsin in mid-November, let’s see how that goes before we start handing out the trophies to the UofM just yet.

      • > Makes one great team

        I don’t believe I handed out any trophies. Obviously we have to still perform well every week in this league.

      • Wisconsin? They aren’t even ranked. The powerhouses of Union, Lowell, W. Mich., N’eastern, and Quinnipiac are all ranked higher.

      • Seriously Wisconsin???? Nobody said anything about a trophy, they are a very good team, but they need to prove it on the ice. The Gophera are fortunate that they play the likes of UND, UMD and Denver at home this year. Wisconsin should be the least of the Gophers worries.

      • I would agree with that as their youth really showed. However, they are still a good team and these two wins hold way more value than the two against Sacred Heart last year.

  3. I recall by the end of Oct last year, the Gophers had racked up so many scoring stats, it looked like no one would catch them.
    Then the inconsistency started.

    So, as most observers have cautioned, the huge question mark for MN is consistency.

    If they play up to their potential 2+ periods every night, they’ll be almost impossible to handle.
    Honestly, it’s rare to see a team that stacked.

    But, if it gets so that we never know what to expect from one game to the next, it could be a very disappointing season.

    • “Honestly, it’s rare to see a team that stacked.”
      Especially in this day and age when so many young players bolt so early for the pros. This Gophers team should have the experience to combat inconsistency, and if so, it could be a special season for them.

      And, on a bittersweet note, imagine the level of play in college hockey (more “stacked” teams like this Minnesota squad) if more kids didn’t leave so early. Pity.

      • Yeah, it’s sad no one wants to finish a college career anymore.
        I almost think being drafted should be a disqualifier for NCAA play.
        Then the NHL wouldn’t be placing so much pressure on these players to “develop” (their focus should be on the team), avoid injury, and ultimately sign a contract as soon as possible.
        I know there’s a lot at stake (millions for some of them), but it still seems a shame to me.

    • Consistency is a question mark for every team. Anybody who has played the game or paid attention while following a team know that *every team* get hots and every team goes through a slump during the course of a season. It is how you play when you aren’t playing your best. Part of that is the intensity you need to bring every game and part of it is other teams adjusting to how you play. This Gopher team is very good, but they, like every other team has to bring the “A” game everynight, or you won’t win. Oh, and BTW, the Gophers were second in the nation in scoring last year so they couldn’t have been too inconsistent!

  4. I recall by the end of Oct last year, the Gophers had racked up so many scoring stats, it looked like no one would catch them.
    Then the inconsistency started.

    So, as most observers have cautioned, the huge question mark for MN is consistency.

    If they play up to their potential 2+ periods every night, they’ll be almost impossible to handle.
    Honestly, it’s rare to see a team that stacked.

    But, if it gets so that we never know what to expect from one game to the next, it could be a very disappointing season.

    • “Honestly, it’s rare to see a team that stacked.”
      Especially in this day and age when so many young players bolt so early for the pros. This Gophers team should have the experience to combat inconsistency, and if so, it could be a special season for them.

      And, on a bittersweet note, imagine the level of play in college hockey (more “stacked” teams like this Minnesota squad) if more kids didn’t leave so early. Pity.

      • Yeah, it’s sad no one wants to finish a college career anymore.
        I almost think being drafted should be a disqualifier for NCAA play.
        Then the NHL wouldn’t be placing so much pressure on these players to “develop” (their focus should be on the team), avoid injury, and ultimately sign a contract as soon as possible.
        I know there’s a lot at stake (millions for some of them), but it still seems a shame to me.

    • Consistency is a question mark for every team. Anybody who has played the game or paid attention while following a team know that *every team* get hots and every team goes through a slump during the course of a season. It is how you play when you aren’t playing your best. Part of that is the intensity you need to bring every game and part of it is other teams adjusting to how you play. This Gopher team is very good, but they, like every other team has to bring the “A” game everynight, or you won’t win. Oh, and BTW, the Gophers were second in the nation in scoring last year so they couldn’t have been too inconsistent!

  5. Love it, goophs fans win the first two games by a good margin and they say the championship is theirs. Why dont ya wait till after Christmas to make a prediction like that.

    • So you made up that screen name just for this article?

      Seriously, dude, chill.

      Even though you hate MN, you should still be able to read properly.
      No one here is claiming the championship; they’re just having a discussion.

      Truth is, fans of every team get excited at the start of the season. MN fans are no different from the ones you find at NoDak, BC, MI, WI, ME, UMD, BU… you name it.

      So why not just support your own team, instead of wasting your time antagonizing another one?

      • Honestly these guys don’t read before they comment. Anytime someone says something positive about the Gophers we are handing them the title, but when they say something about UND it is justified. It gets very tiresome.

  6. Love it, goophs fans win the first two games by a good margin and they say the championship is theirs. Why dont ya wait till after Christmas to make a prediction like that.

    • So you made up that screen name just for this article?

      Seriously, dude, chill.

      Even though you hate MN, you should still be able to read properly.
      No one here is claiming the championship; they’re just having a discussion.

      Truth is, fans of every team get excited at the start of the season. MN fans are no different from the ones you find at NoDak, BC, MI, WI, ME, UMD, BU… you name it.

      So why not just support your own team, instead of wasting your time antagonizing another one?

      • Honestly these guys don’t read before they comment. Anytime someone says something positive about the Gophers we are handing them the title, but when they say something about UND it is justified. It gets very tiresome.

  7. Gophers are the real deal and I’m a huge Sioux fan. Just pisses me off they don’t come to the Ralph this year being it’s the last of the WCHA as we know it. Glad the Sioux aren’t playing them now. Our D needs some cleaning up to do and by january when they do play they can at least get a split. Hopefully.

  8. Gophers are the real deal and I’m a huge Sioux fan. Just pisses me off they don’t come to the Ralph this year being it’s the last of the WCHA as we know it. Glad the Sioux aren’t playing them now. Our D needs some cleaning up to do and by january when they do play they can at least get a split. Hopefully.

  9. Really Paula you find Penn State beating Canisius more compelling to list than Minnesota tying and shutting out North Dakota? This is one of the biggest and longest standing rivalries in college hockey and these two games were about as good as college hockey can get and all you can do it mention it as an afterthought. What an embarrassment.

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