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UMass Lowell is the No. 2 seed in Manchester (photo: Melissa Wade).

UMass Lowell won the Hockey East championship on Saturday night by defeating Boston College at TD Garden. It won’t have to go far to contend for the Frozen Four.

The River Hawks will have what amounts to home-ice advantage in the Northeast Regional of the NCAA tournament, drawing the No. 2 seed in Manchester, N.H. With their third conference tournament title in five years and one year after they nearly made the Frozen Four, that’s something that might create Tsongas Arena North for a team considered among the favorites.

Northeast Regional, Manchester, N.H.

• UMass Lowell vs. Cornell, noon EDT Saturday, ESPN3

• Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, ESPNU

• Regional championship, 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, ESPNU

“Whenever you can include your fan base in your experience, it’s a huge bonus,” Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. “To bring the fans to Manchester, N.H., is going to be a lot of fun.”

That’s one way of putting it because the field they’re going to play among might be anything but fun. UMass Lowell draws ECAC Hockey runner-up Cornell in the first round, while top-seeded Minnesota takes on Notre Dame in the other first-round matchup.

“We have a lot of homework to do in the next few days,” Bazin said of his team’s selection. “But after we do due diligence, we know we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game if we’re going to have an opportunity for success.”

Minnesota returns to the national tournament for the 37th time after a one-year hiatus last season. With 23 wins on their resume, including a 14-5-1 record in the Big Ten, the Golden Gophers earned one of the top four seeds, their first since 2014. It’s also the seventh time they’ve earned a top seed since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2003.

In 2014, they rolled through Robert Morris and St. Cloud State as the No. 1 overall seed, outscoring their regional competition by an 11-3 count. They eventually made the national championship game, where they lost to Union. This year marks their second straight tournament appearance in Manchester; they qualified in 2015 as the No. 3 seed but lost to Minnesota Duluth in the first round.

The Gophers will meet Notre Dame, which lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals. The Fighting Irish earned the No. 4 seed through their 21-11-5 record, which included a 5-1-2 run at the end of the regular season. After dispatching Providence in a sweep in the Hockey East playoffs, they dropped a 5-1 defeat to the River Hawks in Boston.

It’s the second straight trip to the tournament for Notre Dame, which has made an NCAA field eight times in the last 10 years. The Irish found themselves in Cincinnati last season, where they lost in overtime to Michigan. Though a consistent name in the regionals this century, they’ve advanced to only two Frozen Fours, losing in the semifinals to Minnesota Duluth in 2011 and in the national championship to Boston College in 2008.

The regional also represents an interesting cross-section for the club. Competing for the final time under the Hockey East banner, Notre Dame will play in New Hampshire against Minnesota, a future conference opponent starting next year in the Big Ten.

Rounding out the field is Cornell. Although this year represents its 20th trip to the tournament, it’s the first since 2012. The Big Red, who have seven Frozen Four appearances, have won a regional only once since 1980. They won the East Regional in 2003 in the first year of the 16-team format.

This is the first time the Big Red are a No. 3 seed since the 2009 Midwest Regional; they won their first game before falling to Bemidji State in the regional final that season.

ECAC runners-up this year to its archrival Harvard, Cornell lost on Saturday to the Crimson 4-1. But it ended the regular season as one of the hottest teams in college hockey, going undefeated in February with a 6-0-3 record.

After losing Game 1 to Clarkson in the ECAC quarterfinals, the Big Red rallied for a pair of one-goal wins before beating Union 4-1 in the semifinals.

  • Kyle

    If I was Notre Dame, I’d just forfeit. They got stomped in the HE Semifinals and it won’t be any different in Manchester. The only gold shiny thing they’ll be putting on a shelf are their helmets when their season is over.

    • True. Goofs will probably steam roll them and win the natty

      • smack_F.U.NKY_around

        Underestimating Lowell is why they’re called ‘Goofs.’

        • MN_Wild

          That’s correct and hopefully they are thinking about Notre Dame first.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Why would they do that?

    • riverchief

      Yeah, Fake Hockey East should just say “no thanks.” They looked abysmal Friday night, like they didn’t even want to be there and gave up. Only goal was a fluke and they looked like they were skating in cement.

      • DrunkTrainPolka

        .
        that would be concrete. not cement…

        GO TECH GOLD!
        .

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      And I’m sure yale and holy cross should have just forfeited as well, right?

      • Kyle

        Holy Cross……..? What?

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          You just said Notre should forfeit, as if they have zero change. I’m sure everyone thought the same thing about Yale in 2013 and Holy Cross in 2006. They should just forfeit right away, they’ll never win. Not sure what was so hard to comprehend about that.

          • Kyle

            Holy Cross didn’t win the NCAA Tournament in 2006……comprende?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            You aren’t real bright are you? You said if you were notre dame, you’d just forfeit. Obviously you dont think they will win in the first round. Hence the yale and holy cross comment. Anyone can win at any time. Not sure why this is such a difficult thing for you to comprehend.

          • Kyle

            So you think Notre Dame is going to win in the first round?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            All I’m saying is any team can win at any time. To just write off a team because they didnt look good in a conference tournament is stupid. Western Michigan didnt look that great in Minneapolis over the weekend….I wouldnt say they are going to lose round one.

          • Kyle

            And Notre Dame got pummeled over the weekend as well. Born surenifnyoi saw the game or not but the only goal they scored was a fluke bounce from center ice.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Again…..what do results of last weekend have anything to do with future weekends? Remember providence 2015? Barely squeeked in….won the whole thing. They played like crap in first round of HE tourney as well. Your entire point has no basis to it.

          • Kyle

            Didn’t you just bring up how Western Michigan played over the weekend? And then say that it basically doesn’t count for future games…….

          • jmsptrk

            *crickets* … hahaha

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yeah, sorry, I had other things to do than try and explain simple things to stupid people.

          • jmsptrk

            Yeah, I hear ya. Funny how getting called out on one’s own BS makes one busy all of a sudden.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Own BS? The moron had no basis for their argument. To say a team will lose because of how last weekend went is stupid. And yeah, people don’t sit and wait for a response just so they can follow up 3 seconds later. But thanks for letting us all know you have no life.

          • Kyle

            You do understand that there’s a time difference on the east coast……..and my argument was that ND doesn’t make it past the first game no matter who they face.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            You really cant read, can you? What do you think this entire thing has been about? You stating that they are guaranteed to lose because they had a bad couple of games and me saying that future results, especially in a one and done tourney, have no bearing on what happened previous weekends. I’ll understand if you have been deemed mentally unstable, but until then, are you really that dumb?

          • Kyle

            No. I’m saying they are going to lose because they are overrated and they’re simply going to lose. Even if they went undefeated in the last 10 games, I’d still say they were going to lose. Their top line can easily be shut down. And once Peterson gets a goal of two behind him, the flood gates start to open.

            You said I had no reason to say they were going to lose. I’m curious, why do you think they’ll win?

          • Peter

            Kyle,
            Let the NCHC and WCHA folks complain. If you go to the NCHC and WCHA blog posts there is very little engagement. They are too busy posting here. The Big ten just penned another huge TV deal and the revenue sharing increase for the schools has created a massive gap between the haves (B10) and the have nots…everyone else. The long term success and growth of all College athletic programs is directly tied to revenue. Adding Notre Dame to the league is smart based on alumni and media revenues. You see it in the Big 10 sports all across the board. It is too bad that UMD is not part of the Big 10 Hockey conference…they would make the most sense since they have very deep ties with U of MN at an administration level…more so than the other MN Schools. And they complain the least of the NCHA group. The NCHC and WCHA lost a ton of revenue and energy with the migration of UMN and UW. It is interesting to note that you don’t hear a peep from the old CCHA people (MI, MI State, Ohio State). So let them (NCHC and WCHA) post…eventually they will accept it and move on. For there own sanity they need to. They play great hockey and should hang their hat on that without trying to tear down other conferences.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yet hockey will remain on the back burner of the crap 6.

          • Peter

            I will respectfully disagree. The top incoming freshman next season will be wearing the gopher uniform. Notre Dame will have a better story to recruit in MN now with the increased Big 10 and FSN TV coverage. I feel bad for the other conferences. If you were ever privy to the discussions behind closed doors the other conferences are desperate to get better media packages to compete. Midcontinent and Cable 1 in the Dakotas just doesn’t cut it. Especially since a bulk of the talent NoDak, Denver and the rest of the NCHC and WCHA need to reach reside in the great state of MN or in Western Canada. You will still get the 20 year old Canadian freshman but the 18 year old blue chip MN kid will look at the Big 10 schools. I’m not trying to be an elitest…it is just the way sports is in the digital age. I loved the old WCHA but the Big 10 in the end will be very strong.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            So a TV contract for the big joke in general means they will care about hockey? Ooooook. They care about football and basketball. end of story.

          • Gophers1978

            The B1G has 3 of 6 teams in The Nacho has 4 of 8
            teams in… that the same percentage. I
            think you see what’s coming, don’t you little man, the hawks are going to be an
            irrelevant bunch of Canadian goons playing in college hockey’s 3 best league in
            the near future. B1G, Hockey East… then
            who cares

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Suuuuuuuuure. Rodent fan argument logic…if you want to keep grasping for something, use the overly used Canadian excuse. Funny, Boeser passed up that awesome big joke conference. Must make you get your panties in a bundle that the top talent leaves the state.

          • Hockey21

            Peter is right, and you know it. It’s funny how getting called out on one’s own BS makes one busy all of a sudden. Regardless of what happens this year, Peter is right about the future of college hockey. Who poopt in your cereal? Lighten up Francis, etc. etc. etc. You’re the absolute worst, Chokers, and everyone but you and about two other people realize this.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Well, it hasnt happened yet, but its just going to magically happen now?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            And like I said before, are we just supposed to sit here watching the screen until someone comments so we can make sure to get back to you in 10 seconds or less?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            So being on a bigger network gets you to the next level? Not actually playing well? Hell, joe blow from down the road would probably be pretty awesome if he just got himself on a big channel.

          • Gophers1978

            Boeser 33 points +6 not bad… but Sheehy 53 points +22, Kloos 42 points +10, Lettieri 36 points +8, Pitlick 31 points +13 I think we’re doing ok retaining talent. Panties definitely not in a bundle. Boeser would have made a good 2nd or 3rd line winger for us.

          • jdhockeyboyz

            Don’t kid yourself. Boeser is the real deal and his upside is tremendous. He’s a top-6 forward with the Gophers or anyplace else

          • Gophers1978

            Don’t get me wrong, he’d be a starter on the Gophers, just not on the top line. I would maybe give him Cammarata’s spot or Ramsey’s spot.

          • Denver_hockey

            Boeser not on the top line for Minnesota? HAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Gophers1978

            Boeser has nothing on Sheehy, Kloos, Lettieri, Bristedt, or Pitlick. Thus not likely a top line guy. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Players will go where they feel they can win…..not based on tv contracts.

          • Peter

            Players will go where they feel they have the best chance of getting to the next level. As in anything getting on TV is always a big plus. There is a great article in the Duluth News Tribune about the increased revenue share for the Big Ten Schools and how that allows them to afford better facilities and amenities around all sports. It is a huge recruiting advantage. You can argue but it is the reality.

          • vinotintojoe

            Only 2 of the 10 finalists for Mr. Hockey in MN this year chose B1G schools. I don’t see this changing because of a TV contract. Teams like NoDak, SCSU and UMD have always had success in pulling top talent out of MN. The NCHC is clearly the top conference in college hockey right now. That alone is a big enough draw to keep the talent flowing. This is the opinion of a gophers fan…

          • Peter

            The Mr. Hockey top ten is not the best indicator of future strength as far as College hockey programs go. The Central Scouting Bureau rankings maybe. Mr. Hockey is a political program like most of those awards. The winner is going to the gophers and he is the highest ranking North American HS age player according to the CSB. My excitement is because of that rank and his draft position (top 15 possible first round). As a Gopher fan you should be excited for the next few years. The Badgers, Michigan and the Gophers will all be top 10 next year. Michigan will be particularly good.

          • vinotintojoe

            Mr. hockey was in reference to your comment about how the “blue chip 18 year old MN kids will be looking at the B1G”. Yes, we got the #1 player, but the rest of the Mr Hockey candidates are all ranked in the CSB (if draft eligible), so it isn’t just a “political” program. I am excited for Mittelstadt, but that is the only one who committed to a current B1G school. Michigan only has 1 recruit in the top 200 so I think you may be a year or two off on them being back in the top 10. It’s good to see improvement in the B1G this year, but there is still a long ways to go

          • Mowanchuk

            crap 7 next year… get it right bozo

          • Denver_hockey

            The NCHC blogs have the most posts and interaction of any conference blogs, but that’s none of my business.

          • Peter

            Nice point. I am curious. How many native Colorado players are rostered for DU?
            Not being snarky…just curious.

          • Denver_hockey

            Six, the most of any individual state on the team. Two are from Minnesota, one of those players is redshirted and the other truly grew up in Grand Forks. Guess the #1 team in country doesn’t need Minnesota players to be the best :)

          • Peter

            there are still 2 weekends to go.;)
            UMD will be a handful and My Gophers will be rested and raring to go.

          • who poopt in your cereal, guy?

          • Lighten up Francis

          • Vinnie Vega

            Hey…hey! I thought we talked about this.

          • Sry :-/

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yeah, but unlike you, I didnt say they might as well forfeit because they had a not so great weekend. Again, your argument has zero basis to it.

          • Cash

            All I’m saying is your so obsessed with the gophers. You can’t help but read about them. They fighting hawks should not even be in the tournament as they were unable to beat a big ten team or the gophers. I know they do lead the league in fan attendance, quality shots, blah, blah ,blah. You can add diving too. They looked like a euro soccer team against the bull dogs. Every time a bulldog got close to them, they fell over. Too bad they don’t fine players in college hockey for diving. The fighting hawks would lead the league in that too.

          • mark

            I am a gopher fan but haven’t really been overly impressed with the gophers and a good defensive team will beat them and actually Notre Dame is a good team but they can’t beat Lowell or very rarely have they as Lowell totally dominated Notre Dame. Now can Notre Dame beat minnesota very possibly as Minnesota does seem to get some goals then seem to disappear and can’t play a full 60 minutes and the year they got knocked out by Yale in the regionals they came back in the 3rd but lost in the overtime which was a year of comebacks that year. Also Lucia doesn’t call time outs when he needs to for example when Union scored 3 goals very quickly but no time out. Also Minnesota isn’t playing there best hockey now anyway so can they be beaten oh yes.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I was just trying to point out it doesn’t matter what any team did the prior weekend. Anyone can win at any time.

          • Hero

            The Gophers should have canned Donny right after that Holy Cross Game and I’m not kidding!

          • Hero

            The gophers should have canned Donn right after that Holy Cross game1 And i’m not kidding!
            I still think Don Lucia should be fired!Because for the past 10 – 12 years he’s done just enough to get by , and that’s it! And for Gopher fans like myself that’s just NOT good enough!!!!!!!

          • Vinnie Vega

            Not a great comparison, though. HC hadn’t had any history with Minnesota, and while I agree, anything can happen in a one and done scenario, UML has a 9-2-2 advantage over ND, and in tournament play, it hasn’t even been close.

          • Afterfurtherreview

            But you’re jumping ahead a bit, I think, since they both have to win a game before a UML/ND game would happen.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Very true, but it wasn’t my argument, and fwiw, I think ND is very capable of upsetting Minn.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I am strictly talking from a 1st game standpoint. This guy is just assuming the ugly helmets and UML will be playing.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Got ya. I’m not a big horse before the cart guy. Brings bad mojo in my eyes.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            If UML and the domers meet, yeah, I’ll go with UML.

          • Vinnie Vega

            I’ll be there. Can’t wait!

      • Gophers1978

        .6

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Is that your IQ or BAL right now?

        • Denver_hockey

          Doesn’t really count when you get blown out in the championship :/

  • Kyle

    If I was Notre Dame, I’d just forfeit. They got stomped in the HE Semifinals and it won’t be any different in Manchester. The only gold shiny thing they’ll be putting on a shelf are their helmets when their season is over.

    • True. Goofs will probably steam roll them and win the natty

      • smack_F.U.NKY_around

        Underestimating Lowell is why they’re called ‘Goofs.’

        • MN_Wild

          That’s correct and hopefully they are thinking about Notre Dame first.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Why would they do that?

    • riverchief

      Yeah, Fake Hockey East should just say “no thanks.” They looked abysmal Friday night, like they didn’t even want to be there and gave up. Only goal was a fluke and they looked like they were skating in cement.

      • DrunkTrainPolka

        .
        that would be concrete. not cement…

        GO TECH GOLD!
        .

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      And I’m sure yale and holy cross should have just forfeited as well, right?

      • Kyle

        Holy Cross……..? What?

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          You just said Notre should forfeit, as if they have zero change. I’m sure everyone thought the same thing about Yale in 2013 and Holy Cross in 2006. They should just forfeit right away, they’ll never win. Not sure what was so hard to comprehend about that.

          • Kyle

            Holy Cross didn’t win the NCAA Tournament in 2006……comprende?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            You aren’t real bright are you? You said if you were notre dame, you’d just forfeit. Obviously you dont think they will win in the first round. Hence the yale and holy cross comment. Anyone can win at any time. Not sure why this is such a difficult thing for you to comprehend.

          • Kyle

            So you think Notre Dame is going to win in the first round?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            All I’m saying is any team can win at any time. To just write off a team because they didnt look good in a conference tournament is stupid. Western Michigan didnt look that great in Minneapolis over the weekend….I wouldnt say they are going to lose round one.

          • Kyle

            And Notre Dame got pummeled over the weekend as well. Born surenifnyoi saw the game or not but the only goal they scored was a fluke bounce from center ice.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Again…..what do results of last weekend have anything to do with future weekends? Remember providence 2015? Barely squeeked in….won the whole thing. They played like crap in first round of HE tourney as well. Your entire point has no basis to it.

          • Kyle

            Didn’t you just bring up how Western Michigan played over the weekend? And then say that it basically doesn’t count for future games…….

          • jmsptrk

            *crickets* … hahaha

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yeah, sorry, I had other things to do than try and explain simple things to stupid people.

          • jmsptrk

            Yeah, I hear ya. Funny how getting called out on one’s own BS makes one busy all of a sudden.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Own BS? The moron had no basis for their argument. To say a team will lose because of how last weekend went is stupid. And yeah, people don’t sit and wait for a response just so they can follow up 3 seconds later. But thanks for letting us all know you have no life.

          • Kyle

            You do understand that there’s a time difference on the east coast……..and my argument was that ND doesn’t make it past the first game no matter who they face.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            You really cant read, can you? What do you think this entire thing has been about? You stating that they are guaranteed to lose because they had a bad couple of games and me saying that future results, especially in a one and done tourney, have no bearing on what happened previous weekends. I’ll understand if you have been deemed mentally unstable, but until then, are you really that dumb?

          • Kyle

            No. I’m saying they are going to lose because they are overrated and they’re simply going to lose. Even if they went undefeated in the last 10 games, I’d still say they were going to lose. Their top line can easily be shut down. And once Peterson gets a goal of two behind him, the flood gates start to open.

            You said I had no reason to say they were going to lose. I’m curious, why do you think they’ll win?

          • Peter

            Kyle,
            Let the NCHC and WCHA folks complain. If you go to the NCHC and WCHA blog posts there is very little engagement. They are too busy posting here. The Big ten just penned another huge TV deal and the revenue sharing increase for the schools has created a massive gap between the haves (B10) and the have nots…everyone else. The long term success and growth of all College athletic programs is directly tied to revenue. Adding Notre Dame to the league is smart based on alumni and media revenues. You see it in the Big 10 sports all across the board. It is too bad that UMD is not part of the Big 10 Hockey conference…they would make the most sense since they have very deep ties with U of MN at an administration level…more so than the other MN Schools. And they complain the least of the NCHA group. The NCHC and WCHA lost a ton of revenue and energy with the migration of UMN and UW. It is interesting to note that you don’t hear a peep from the old CCHA people (MI, MI State, Ohio State). So let them (NCHC and WCHA) post…eventually they will accept it and move on. For there own sanity they need to. They play great hockey and should hang their hat on that without trying to tear down other conferences.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yet hockey will remain on the back burner of the crap 6.

          • Peter

            I will respectfully disagree. The top incoming freshman next season will be wearing the gopher uniform. Notre Dame will have a better story to recruit in MN now with the increased Big 10 and FSN TV coverage. I feel bad for the other conferences. If you were ever privy to the discussions behind closed doors the other conferences are desperate to get better media packages to compete. Midcontinent and Cable 1 in the Dakotas just doesn’t cut it. Especially since a bulk of the talent NoDak, Denver and the rest of the NCHC and WCHA need to reach reside in the great state of MN or in Western Canada. You will still get the 20 year old Canadian freshman but the 18 year old blue chip MN kid will look at the Big 10 schools. I’m not trying to be an elitest…it is just the way sports is in the digital age. I loved the old WCHA but the Big 10 in the end will be very strong.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            So a TV contract for the big joke in general means they will care about hockey? Ooooook. They care about football and basketball. end of story.

          • Gophers1978

            The B1G has 3 of 6 teams in The Nacho has 4 of 8
            teams in… that the same percentage. I
            think you see what’s coming, don’t you little man, the hawks are going to be an
            irrelevant bunch of Canadian goons playing in college hockey’s 3 best league in
            the near future. B1G, Hockey East… then
            who cares

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Suuuuuuuuure. Rodent fan argument logic…if you want to keep grasping for something, use the overly used Canadian excuse. Funny, Boeser passed up that awesome big joke conference. Must make you get your panties in a bundle that the top talent leaves the state.

          • Hockey21

            Peter is right, and you know it. It’s funny how getting called out on one’s own BS makes one busy all of a sudden. Regardless of what happens this year, Peter is right about the future of college hockey. Who poopt in your cereal? Lighten up Francis, etc. etc. etc. You’re the absolute worst, Chokers, and everyone but you and about two other people realize this.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Well, it hasnt happened yet, but its just going to magically happen now?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            And like I said before, are we just supposed to sit here watching the screen until someone comments so we can make sure to get back to you in 10 seconds or less?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            So being on a bigger network gets you to the next level? Not actually playing well? Hell, joe blow from down the road would probably be pretty awesome if he just got himself on a big channel.

          • Gophers1978

            Boeser 33 points +6 not bad… but Sheehy 53 points +22, Kloos 42 points +10, Lettieri 36 points +8, Pitlick 31 points +13 I think we’re doing ok retaining talent. Panties definitely not in a bundle. Boeser would have made a good 2nd or 3rd line winger for us.

          • jdhockeyboyz

            Don’t kid yourself. Boeser is the real deal and his upside is tremendous. He’s a top-6 forward with the Gophers or anyplace else

          • Gophers1978

            Don’t get me wrong, he’d be a starter on the Gophers, just not on the top line. I would maybe give him Cammarata’s spot or Ramsey’s spot.

          • Denver_hockey

            Boeser not on the top line for Minnesota? HAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Gophers1978

            Boeser has nothing on Sheehy, Kloos, Lettieri, Bristedt, or Pitlick. Thus not likely a top line guy. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Players will go where they feel they can win…..not based on tv contracts.

          • Peter

            Players will go where they feel they have the best chance of getting to the next level. As in anything getting on TV is always a big plus. There is a great article in the Duluth News Tribune about the increased revenue share for the Big Ten Schools and how that allows them to afford better facilities and amenities around all sports. It is a huge recruiting advantage. You can argue but it is the reality.

          • vinotintojoe

            Only 2 of the 10 finalists for Mr. Hockey in MN this year chose B1G schools. I don’t see this changing because of a TV contract. Teams like NoDak, SCSU and UMD have always had success in pulling top talent out of MN. The NCHC is clearly the top conference in college hockey right now. That alone is a big enough draw to keep the talent flowing. This is the opinion of a gophers fan…

          • Peter

            The Mr. Hockey top ten is not the best indicator of future strength as far as College hockey programs go. The Central Scouting Bureau rankings maybe. Mr. Hockey is a political program like most of those awards. The winner is going to the gophers and he is the highest ranking North American HS age player according to the CSB. My excitement is because of that rank and his draft position (top 15 possible first round). As a Gopher fan you should be excited for the next few years. The Badgers, Michigan and the Gophers will all be top 10 next year. Michigan will be particularly good.

          • vinotintojoe

            Mr. hockey was in reference to your comment about how the “blue chip 18 year old MN kids will be looking at the B1G”. Yes, we got the #1 player, but the rest of the Mr Hockey candidates are all ranked in the CSB (if draft eligible), so it isn’t just a “political” program. I am excited for Mittelstadt, but that is the only one who committed to a current B1G school. Michigan only has 1 recruit in the top 200 so I think you may be a year or two off on them being back in the top 10. It’s good to see improvement in the B1G this year, but there is still a long ways to go

          • Mowanchuk

            crap 7 next year… get it right bozo

          • Denver_hockey

            The NCHC blogs have the most posts and interaction of any conference blogs, but that’s none of my business.

          • Peter

            Nice point. I am curious. How many native Colorado players are rostered for DU?
            Not being snarky…just curious.

          • Denver_hockey

            Six, the most of any individual state on the team. Two are from Minnesota, one of those players is redshirted and the other truly grew up in Grand Forks. Guess the #1 team in country doesn’t need Minnesota players to be the best :)

          • Peter

            there are still 2 weekends to go.;)
            UMD will be a handful and My Gophers will be rested and raring to go.

          • who poopt in your cereal, guy?

          • Lighten up Francis

          • Vinnie Vega

            Hey…hey! I thought we talked about this.

          • Sry :-/

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Yeah, but unlike you, I didnt say they might as well forfeit because they had a not so great weekend. Again, your argument has zero basis to it.

          • Cash

            All I’m saying is your so obsessed with the gophers. You can’t help but read about them. They fighting hawks should not even be in the tournament as they were unable to beat a big ten team or the gophers. I know they do lead the league in fan attendance, quality shots, blah, blah ,blah. You can add diving too. They looked like a euro soccer team against the bull dogs. Every time a bulldog got close to them, they fell over. Too bad they don’t fine players in college hockey for diving. The fighting hawks would lead the league in that too.

          • mark

            I am a gopher fan but haven’t really been overly impressed with the gophers and a good defensive team will beat them and actually Notre Dame is a good team but they can’t beat Lowell or very rarely have they as Lowell totally dominated Notre Dame. Now can Notre Dame beat minnesota very possibly as Minnesota does seem to get some goals then seem to disappear and can’t play a full 60 minutes and the year they got knocked out by Yale in the regionals they came back in the 3rd but lost in the overtime which was a year of comebacks that year. Also Lucia doesn’t call time outs when he needs to for example when Union scored 3 goals very quickly but no time out. Also Minnesota isn’t playing there best hockey now anyway so can they be beaten oh yes.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I was just trying to point out it doesn’t matter what any team did the prior weekend. Anyone can win at any time.

          • Hero

            The Gophers should have canned Donny right after that Holy Cross Game and I’m not kidding!

          • Hero

            The gophers should have canned Donn right after that Holy Cross game1 And i’m not kidding!
            I still think Don Lucia should be fired!Because for the past 10 – 12 years he’s done just enough to get by , and that’s it! And for Gopher fans like myself that’s just NOT good enough!!!!!!!

          • Vinnie Vega

            Not a great comparison, though. HC hadn’t had any history with Minnesota, and while I agree, anything can happen in a one and done scenario, UML has a 9-2-2 advantage over ND, and in tournament play, it hasn’t even been close.

          • Afterfurtherreview

            But you’re jumping ahead a bit, I think, since they both have to win a game before a UML/ND game would happen.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Very true, but it wasn’t my argument, and fwiw, I think ND is very capable of upsetting Minn.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I am strictly talking from a 1st game standpoint. This guy is just assuming the ugly helmets and UML will be playing.

          • Vinnie Vega

            Got ya. I’m not a big horse before the cart guy. Brings bad mojo in my eyes.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            If UML and the domers meet, yeah, I’ll go with UML.

          • Vinnie Vega

            I’ll be there. Can’t wait!

      • Gophers1978

        .6

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          Is that your IQ or BAL right now?

        • Denver_hockey

          Doesn’t really count when you get blown out in the championship :/

  • Thanx for the write-up Ruben. Looking forward too a good regional with the goofs advanceing too the frozen four. #ONWISCONSON

    • Kyle

      Member when Lowell played Wisconsin in Manchester? I member.

      • I hate you so much Kaaaal

        • Kyle

          Hahahaha

      • riverchief

        That was a great game!

        • Vinnie Vega

          Especially after Melrose the moron predicted a Wisconsin blowout.

          • ted

            If the Gophers are able to beat Notre Dame, what are their chances against Lowell?

          • Vinnie Vega

            I like UML’s chances.

          • kathleen.butler.91@mail.ru

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          • Denver_hockey

            Melrose picked a west team to beat an east team? Are you sure about that?

          • Vinnie Vega

            Melrose is from Saskatchewan and yes he did (from the USCHO Regional write-up):

            “While the excitement level in the bar in which Lowell watched the selection show peaked at this point, minutes later it was quickly torn away by co-host Barry Melrose.”

            “Melrose selected Wisconsin, Lowell’s first-round opponent, to win the championship, something that paints an accurate picture of just how difficult it will be for the River Hawks to escape the Northeast Regional, despite being the top seed.”

            He also knows absolutely nothing about college hockey and is quite possibly the worst analyst in the history of the game.

    • Let’sPlayHockey

      *Reuben

  • Thanx for the write-up Ruben. Looking forward too a good regional with the goofs advanceing too the frozen four. #ONWISCONSON

    • Kyle

      Member when Lowell played Wisconsin in Manchester? I member.

      • I hate you so much Kaaaal

        • Kyle

          Hahahaha

      • riverchief

        That was a great game!

        • Vinnie Vega

          Especially after Melrose the moron predicted a Wisconsin blowout.

          • ted

            If the Gophers are able to beat Notre Dame, what are their chances against Lowell?

          • Vinnie Vega

            I like UML’s chances.

          • kathleen.butler.91@mail.ru

            I was paid 104000 bucks past 12 month period by doing an on-line task and I was able to do it by w­orking in my own time f­o­r quite a few hours during the day. I used job opportunity I found on the web and also I am thrilled that I was in a position to make such great money. It is genuinely newbie-friendly and I’m so blessed that I found out about it. Have a look at what I do… I was without work for 6 months when my former Fellow worker eventually strongly suggested me to begin freelancing from home… That was really after I received $5000 in my 1st thirty days when I actually believed I am able to do this for a living! Now a days I am happier than ever… I work-at-home as well as I am my own boss now like I always wanted… I see a lot of unsatisfied people around me, working the same old boring job that’s sucking the daily life out of all of them day-after-day… Whenever I see some-one similar to that I say START FREELANCING MAN! This is how I started out >>>> www­.­cat­.­org­.­uk/snip/78276

          • Denver_hockey

            Melrose picked a west team to beat an east team? Are you sure about that?

          • Vinnie Vega

            Melrose is from Saskatchewan and yes he did (from the USCHO Regional write-up):

            “While the excitement level in the bar in which Lowell watched the selection show peaked at this point, minutes later it was quickly torn away by co-host Barry Melrose.”

            “Melrose selected Wisconsin, Lowell’s first-round opponent, to win the championship, something that paints an accurate picture of just how difficult it will be for the River Hawks to escape the Northeast Regional, despite being the top seed.”

            He also knows absolutely nothing about college hockey and is quite possibly the worst analyst in the history of the game.

    • Let’sPlayHockey

      *Reuben