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North Dakota’s Rhett Gardner and Minnesota Duluth’s Willie Raskob chase a puck in Saturday’s NCHC championship game. The teams both are in the West Regional (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

Most fans with teams in the Division I men’s NCAA tournament believe they have a claim to the toughest regional in the tournament. Yet it is hard to say that the toughest quartet in 2017 is anything other than the West Regional, given the relative strength of all the teams assigned to Fargo, N.D.

The overall No. 2 seed in the tournament, Minnesota Duluth, will have its hands full with a tricky Ohio State team in the first round. The winner of that game will get the winner of the regional’s other first-round game between the defending national champion North Dakota and Hockey East’s preseason No. 1 team, Boston University.

West Regional, Fargo, N.D.

• Boston University vs. North Dakota, 2 p.m. CDT Friday, ESPN2

• Minnesota Duluth vs. Ohio State, 5:30 p.m. CDT Friday, ESPNU

• Regional championship, 5 p.m. CDT Saturday, ESPNU

Minnesota Duluth enters the tournament winners of a very competitive NCHC tournament, and as the No. 3 team in the most recent USCHO.com poll. Alex Iafallo leads the way for the Bulldogs, scoring 1.18 points per game during his 2016-17 campaign. The Bulldogs won the North Star College Cup at the end of January, defeating both Minnesota and St. Cloud State in the mid-season tournament.

The Bulldogs won the NCHC tournament by beating another team that’s in the West Regional, North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks made the NCHC tournament final by upsetting the eventual No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Denver, in the semifinal.

Following last year’s championship-winning campaign, the Fighting Hawks are 21-15-3 on the year, and made the tournament despite a sub-.500 record in the NCHC (11-12-1).

The Ohio State Buckeyes made the tournament as the last at-large team in. The Buckeyes were eliminated in the semifinal of the Big Ten by the Wisconsin Badgers, who ultimately did not make the tournament themselves. The Buckeyes are led by Mason Jobst, who is the seventh-highest point getter in the country.

Despite the Buckeyes’ tenuousness in making the tournament, they have some big wins. The Buckeyes upset Denver in the first game of the season. Ohio State also defeated fellow tournament qualifiers Minnesota and Penn State twice during the regular season.

Finally, the preseason Hockey East favorite Boston University travels out to Fargo following a stunning defeat in the Hockey East semifinal at the hands of crosstown rival Boston College. The Terriers boasted six players on the U.S. World Junior Championship team, including goaltender Jake Oettinger, who is sixth in the country in goals-against average at 2.09.

The Terriers, however, did not have an easy time in the regular season. BU was swept by Merrimack late in the season and lost to Connecticut earlier in the season.

The winner of the West Regional plays the winner of the East Regional at the Frozen Four in Chicago on April 6.

  • umd_bulldogs

    the committee was obviously most interested in keeping a sold out venue happy by keeping the sioux in this regional. fortunately, umd has the kind of team that can go 6-0 against them this season.

    • Billy Brew

      As a host school UND was locked into Fargo. The committee didn’t do anything to keep them there…

      • Man. Fargo. The only place I’ve seen multiple people falling down drunk walking down the street at 4 pm on a weeknight. Great town!

        • Matt

          …and Mad town is different how is this regard???

        • Everyonecornholesbucky

          Never been to Madison? I’ve seen it at 11 am.

          • I live here. And no, this is vibrant modern civilization. Big difference. Nobody would confuse mad city for forgo…. ever

          • nogofer

            I like your state’s Governor.

            You, not so much…

          • I see you didn’t have a rebuttal to my comment :-)

          • Sparky

            Fargo is a pretty fun place for partying. Madison is one of the best college towns in America….right up there with Athens, GA.

          • nogofer

            When you post something that is debatable, I’ll debate. When you troll and post unverifiable or flat out erroneous comments/opinions I let those go.

            You just don’t mean that much to me…

          • Clearly, you’ve done a fine job ignoring me ;-)

          • Let’sPlayHockey

            Wisconsin is facing a $2.2 billion shortfall in its upcoming two-year budget and you like him?

          • (probably a Trumper, shhhhhhh)

          • DU_Fan

            Don’t worry about it. Wisconsin school children will only attend school 2 days a week, which still gives them more working days than Congress.

          • Jeff Hudy

            I heard the badgers library burned down and they only lost three coloring books!

        • siouxfanforever

          Most Sioux fans would agree with you

    • *fighting hawks

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    • Matt

      The “committee” had no choice in the matter.

    • DU_Fan

      They are the “host school”, they automatically play at Fargo. What do you mean by “the committee was obviously most interested in keeping a sold out venue happy by keeping the sioux in this regional”? You obviously don’t know how the Regional assignments work?

      • UofMGoldenChokers

        What did ya think of last night’s game?

        • DU_Fan

          Wild would be mild to describe it. I think UMD had too much Red Bull or Starbucks. Wonder which eastern regional will have the pleasure of Anderson?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I’m pretty sure Anderson was making up for lost calls during the first round out in Denver. The amount of diving going on was ridiculous as well. Miska should win oscar for his performance of flopping for that “interference” call.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            If hes going to win an Oscar the whole Sue team should get one. They were holding the stick every time UMD got called for hooking, went down like a 5 year old every time a stick was by their skates and the whole fan base has a temper tantrum when something doesn’t go their way.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Every time huh? And they just decided to let it go? Weird. But that miska flop, that sure was convenient. Todd Anderson was crap for both sides. The main argument was pisshead pionk not getting ejected for blatantly running the goalie with intent to injure.

          • FrozenWild

            I wouldn’t say intent to injure, he makes the safest hit on a goalie you can coming in the way he did. its better his head coming in then a skate to the throat getting up ended by a defensemen trying to avoid contact.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            When did you become such a UND sympathizer. Anyone who has been watching college hockey over the past 10 years has seen this play from the Sue more times than any other team. Not to mention their crazy fan base. Up in Duluth this fall Sue fans were melting down and acting like the world was ending after the Dogs took it to them. Got cornered by sue fans when I was a freshman in college after the sue won the game. Not to mention all the middle fingers the fans throw up on TV when the sue get scored on. This fan base is in no shape start coming at other programs for being out of line.

          • DU_Fan

            I am not a UND sympathizer, been called a lot worse. I know what UND has done in the past, it has cost them dearly in the Regionals before. We are talking about this game, what happened on the ice not in the stands. In case you mistook what I said about “Anderson”, I was referring to Todd Anderson (referee) not Joey. He is a class act, probably Troy Terry’s best bud at the Junior Worlds.

          • Sparky

            I have a feeling your major at UMD was 20th century dance theory. Geesh, grow a pair tiger.

          • Jeff Hudy

            Worse is when during the national anthem no dak fans say Sioux instead of brave!

          • FrozenWild

            Oh come on that’s Hockey every team in college says their mascot instead of brave.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Call the wahmbulance.

          • siouxfanforever

            What is wrong with that? You have something against the Lakota Sioux?

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Yeah well at least I got one in a city that… doesn’t suck.

          • Nick Dubya

            did you just admit to majoring in dance studies? no matter where, that’s sad

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            No matter the major, no matter the school, anything is better than Grand Forks in any season of the year.

          • siouxfanforever

            Insulting a small town? How old are you? Honestly….

          • amen.

          • UofMGoldenCh0kers

            They’ve developed a special connection that goes beyond the rink…

          • siouxfanforever

            Everything you just said can be thrown right back at you. Only difference is, North Dakota is more successful…like 8 championships to 1 successful.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Except for it can’t. Ever been to a UMD hockey game??? It’s almost all families. I’m sure all those 10 year olds and their parents were a huge threat to you. Again delusion by the Sue and there is no argument they have been more successful. I never said that we have been.

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      You must be new to this college hockey thing. How cute….

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      The kind of team that will blatantly run the opposing goalie to try and injure them?

      • DU_Fan

        That was pretty dirty. Wonder how Miska would feel if that happened to him next week? Too bad UND did not make them pay with some PP goals.

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          The most ridiculous thing is that idiot duluth fans are defending Pionk.

          • DU_Fan

            On what blog? Were they complaining he didn’t hurt Johnson bad enough? He should have been given a game misconduct, have it reviewed, and sit out first game this coming weekend.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Facebook. Basically saying he was just going hard to the net. No, he blatantly put his head down and drove through Johnson. Then they claim there was some mythical spear on Pionk at the end of the period. No clue what they are even talking about. Even it is true, you should know something is coming. But he shouldnt have even still been in the game to receive payback.

          • DU_Fan

            There was no doubt about his intent. Maybe the NCHC will review it this week and suspend him a game this weekend.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            One can only hope. After going back to review it, the refs obviously blew that one. Should have been kicked out.

          • DU_Fan

            UND needs to be careful playing BU, they have a ton of talent. Already got my plane tickets to CVG, and hotel for 3 nights. Pretty reasonable. You going to Fargo?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Sorry you aren’t able to get the Fargo experience and great breweries.

            I wont be in Fargo. Definitely wasnt able to secure a ticket for the overly small arena. I’ll have to get out of work early on Friday just to get home to watch. Stupid 2pm start time.

          • DU_Fan

            I saw that start time. Why not have the highlight game at night? Also, top seed should play the first game, earned extra time to rest.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            No clue why it is that way. We had the afternoon game last year as well.

          • DU_Fan

            You were top seed in your Regional. First game made sense, according to what they normally do.

          • Donn Schuschke

            I’m betting the TV slots/ratings, since it is on ESPN2, and the Basketball Tourament is on TV that evening…

          • Cash

            That’s nice that wal mart lets their employees out early for the game.

          • hahahahahahahah

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I really think OSU can beat the Duluth goons. They’ve pulled out some pretty good wins this year.

          • DU_Fan

            That Frye is a decent goalie. OSU played us tough. Of course, we are a different team now.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I’m hoping they can pull it out. After last night, I’d rather have OSU win than have that NCHC team move on.

          • Ken Baum

            Frey hasnt played since losing to Michigan state at the end of February.

          • SewSux

            Wow, did I just hear that a Big10 team could actually win a game against the almighty NCHC? I just figured they would have DU, WMU, and the winner of UMD/UND play in the Frozen Four and skip the other games since no other conference is worth a crap.

          • MN_Wild

            Wow just watched the replay of that. 100% should of been kicked out of that game and the next. Chokers we are finally on the same side of something again.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Reffing on both sides was atrocious, but when you go in and actually watch the replay of it to determine what to call, they definitely blew that one.

          • MN_Wild

            Just watched 10 min of highlights of the goals and penalties.There was some very questionable calls from both sides in that one. Will be an interesting game if they meet to go to the frozen four.

          • FrozenWild

            With UND’s history as a bunch of goons, its just the law of averages that they face a team that beats up them a little.

          • siouxfanforever

            mind being specific? oh yeah, you can’t.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Sue player gave him a tap on the sack. No where near as violent but they still did it.

          • Jeff Hudy

            Old time hockey boys!

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Old time hockey? Give me a break. I dont care who you are or who you are playing against. A blatant run to injure the goalie deserves a game misconduct and suspension.

          • gimruis

            It was an overly sloppy game in terms of penalties. Obviously the Pionk-Johnson incident was the tipping point, but the whole game had a TON of penalties. Both teams should have known that it was gonna be called very close after the first period and in the end, special teams decided it. Stay out of the penalty box, simply.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            A lot of calls, yes, but based on bone head moves by the refs. They could have let a lot of them go on both sides. Very marginal calls.

          • SewSux

            Kind of like punching someone and starting a fight in the handshake line huh?

          • Let’sPlayHockey

            Oooooooooooo

          • UofMGoldenCh0kers

            Us true UND fans have no problem subscribing to the No Autopsy No Penalty line of thinking —– that’s the way we roll.

          • siouxfanforever

            There was no punch. UND is the best college hockey program in the country, deal with it.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Says who.

          • DU_Fan

            Thanks for the admission, it certainly was deliberate. You obviously call them as you see them, no bias whatsoever. I had no stake in the outcome, obviously, but Pionk should have been tossed. I remember two years ago in Providence when LeLeggia got tossed on an “iffy” contact to the head that cost us the finals, when replays clearly showed he hit shoulder-to-shoulder first. Pionk’s was a no-doubter, if it occurred with non-NCHC refs he was 100% gone.

          • Sparky

            That penalty was one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Pissed me off, it totally changed the game.

    • Bill Morris

      A host school always stays in that region if they’re in the field.

    • Nick Dubya

      shhh

    • Denver_hockey

      They are the host team – They were going to be in this regional no matter what if they made the NCAA tournament.

    • siouxfanforever

      more like one and done, diving gopher rejects.

  • umd_bulldogs

    the committee was obviously most interested in keeping a sold out venue happy by keeping the sioux in this regional. fortunately, umd has the kind of team that can go 6-0 against them this season.

    • Billy Brew

      As a host school UND was locked into Fargo. The committee didn’t do anything to keep them there…

      • Man. Fargo. The only place I’ve seen multiple people falling down drunk walking down the street at 4 pm on a weeknight. Great town!

        • Matt

          …and Mad town is different how is this regard???

        • Everyonecornholesbucky

          Never been to Madison? I’ve seen it at 11 am.

          • I live here. And no, this is vibrant modern civilization. Big difference. Nobody would confuse mad city for forgo…. ever

          • nogofer

            I like your state’s Governor.

            You, not so much…

          • I see you didn’t have a rebuttal to my comment :-)

          • Sparky

            Fargo is a pretty fun place for partying. Madison is one of the best college towns in America….right up there with Athens, GA.

          • nogofer

            When you post something that is debatable, I’ll debate. When you troll and post unverifiable or flat out erroneous comments/opinions I let those go.

            You just don’t mean that much to me…

          • Clearly, you’ve done a fine job ignoring me ;-)

          • Let’sPlayHockey

            Wisconsin is facing a $2.2 billion shortfall in its upcoming two-year budget and you like him?

          • (probably a Trumper, shhhhhhh)

          • DU_Fan

            Don’t worry about it. Wisconsin school children will only attend school 2 days a week, which still gives them more working days than Congress.

          • Jeff Hudy

            I heard the badgers library burned down and they only lost three coloring books!

        • siouxfanforever

          Most Sioux fans would agree with you

    • *fighting hawks

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    • Matt

      The “committee” had no choice in the matter.

    • DU_Fan

      They are the “host school”, they automatically play at Fargo. What do you mean by “the committee was obviously most interested in keeping a sold out venue happy by keeping the sioux in this regional”? You obviously don’t know how the Regional assignments work?

      • UofMGoldenChokers

        What did ya think of last night’s game?

        • DU_Fan

          Wild would be mild to describe it. I think UMD had too much Red Bull or Starbucks. Wonder which eastern regional will have the pleasure of Anderson?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I’m pretty sure Anderson was making up for lost calls during the first round out in Denver. The amount of diving going on was ridiculous as well. Miska should win oscar for his performance of flopping for that “interference” call.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            If hes going to win an Oscar the whole Sue team should get one. They were holding the stick every time UMD got called for hooking, went down like a 5 year old every time a stick was by their skates and the whole fan base has a temper tantrum when something doesn’t go their way.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Every time huh? And they just decided to let it go? Weird. But that miska flop, that sure was convenient. Todd Anderson was crap for both sides. The main argument was pisshead pionk not getting ejected for blatantly running the goalie with intent to injure.

          • FrozenWild

            I wouldn’t say intent to injure, he makes the safest hit on a goalie you can coming in the way he did. its better his head coming in then a skate to the throat getting up ended by a defensemen trying to avoid contact.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            When did you become such a UND sympathizer. Anyone who has been watching college hockey over the past 10 years has seen this play from the Sue more times than any other team. Not to mention their crazy fan base. Up in Duluth this fall Sue fans were melting down and acting like the world was ending after the Dogs took it to them. Got cornered by sue fans when I was a freshman in college after the sue won the game. Not to mention all the middle fingers the fans throw up on TV when the sue get scored on. This fan base is in no shape start coming at other programs for being out of line.

          • DU_Fan

            I am not a UND sympathizer, been called a lot worse. I know what UND has done in the past, it has cost them dearly in the Regionals before. We are talking about this game, what happened on the ice not in the stands. In case you mistook what I said about “Anderson”, I was referring to Todd Anderson (referee) not Joey. He is a class act, probably Troy Terry’s best bud at the Junior Worlds.

          • Sparky

            I have a feeling your major at UMD was 20th century dance theory. Geesh, grow a pair tiger.

          • Jeff Hudy

            Worse is when during the national anthem no dak fans say Sioux instead of brave!

          • FrozenWild

            Oh come on that’s Hockey every team in college says their mascot instead of brave.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Call the wahmbulance.

          • siouxfanforever

            What is wrong with that? You have something against the Lakota Sioux?

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Yeah well at least I got one in a city that… doesn’t suck.

          • Nick Dubya

            did you just admit to majoring in dance studies? no matter where, that’s sad

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            No matter the major, no matter the school, anything is better than Grand Forks in any season of the year.

          • siouxfanforever

            Insulting a small town? How old are you? Honestly….

          • amen.

          • UofMGoldenCh0kers

            They’ve developed a special connection that goes beyond the rink…

          • siouxfanforever

            Everything you just said can be thrown right back at you. Only difference is, North Dakota is more successful…like 8 championships to 1 successful.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Except for it can’t. Ever been to a UMD hockey game??? It’s almost all families. I’m sure all those 10 year olds and their parents were a huge threat to you. Again delusion by the Sue and there is no argument they have been more successful. I never said that we have been.

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      You must be new to this college hockey thing. How cute….

    • UofMGoldenChokers

      The kind of team that will blatantly run the opposing goalie to try and injure them?

      • DU_Fan

        That was pretty dirty. Wonder how Miska would feel if that happened to him next week? Too bad UND did not make them pay with some PP goals.

        • UofMGoldenChokers

          The most ridiculous thing is that idiot duluth fans are defending Pionk.

          • DU_Fan

            On what blog? Were they complaining he didn’t hurt Johnson bad enough? He should have been given a game misconduct, have it reviewed, and sit out first game this coming weekend.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Facebook. Basically saying he was just going hard to the net. No, he blatantly put his head down and drove through Johnson. Then they claim there was some mythical spear on Pionk at the end of the period. No clue what they are even talking about. Even it is true, you should know something is coming. But he shouldnt have even still been in the game to receive payback.

          • DU_Fan

            There was no doubt about his intent. Maybe the NCHC will review it this week and suspend him a game this weekend.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            One can only hope. After going back to review it, the refs obviously blew that one. Should have been kicked out.

          • DU_Fan

            UND needs to be careful playing BU, they have a ton of talent. Already got my plane tickets to CVG, and hotel for 3 nights. Pretty reasonable. You going to Fargo?

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Sorry you aren’t able to get the Fargo experience and great breweries.

            I wont be in Fargo. Definitely wasnt able to secure a ticket for the overly small arena. I’ll have to get out of work early on Friday just to get home to watch. Stupid 2pm start time.

          • DU_Fan

            I saw that start time. Why not have the highlight game at night? Also, top seed should play the first game, earned extra time to rest.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            No clue why it is that way. We had the afternoon game last year as well.

          • DU_Fan

            You were top seed in your Regional. First game made sense, according to what they normally do.

          • Donn Schuschke

            I’m betting the TV slots/ratings, since it is on ESPN2, and the Basketball Tourament is on TV that evening…

          • Cash

            That’s nice that wal mart lets their employees out early for the game.

          • hahahahahahahah

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I really think OSU can beat the Duluth goons. They’ve pulled out some pretty good wins this year.

          • DU_Fan

            That Frye is a decent goalie. OSU played us tough. Of course, we are a different team now.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            I’m hoping they can pull it out. After last night, I’d rather have OSU win than have that NCHC team move on.

          • Ken Baum

            Frey hasnt played since losing to Michigan state at the end of February.

          • SewSux

            Wow, did I just hear that a Big10 team could actually win a game against the almighty NCHC? I just figured they would have DU, WMU, and the winner of UMD/UND play in the Frozen Four and skip the other games since no other conference is worth a crap.

          • MN_Wild

            Wow just watched the replay of that. 100% should of been kicked out of that game and the next. Chokers we are finally on the same side of something again.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Reffing on both sides was atrocious, but when you go in and actually watch the replay of it to determine what to call, they definitely blew that one.

          • MN_Wild

            Just watched 10 min of highlights of the goals and penalties.There was some very questionable calls from both sides in that one. Will be an interesting game if they meet to go to the frozen four.

          • FrozenWild

            With UND’s history as a bunch of goons, its just the law of averages that they face a team that beats up them a little.

          • siouxfanforever

            mind being specific? oh yeah, you can’t.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Sue player gave him a tap on the sack. No where near as violent but they still did it.

          • Jeff Hudy

            Old time hockey boys!

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            Old time hockey? Give me a break. I dont care who you are or who you are playing against. A blatant run to injure the goalie deserves a game misconduct and suspension.

          • gimruis

            It was an overly sloppy game in terms of penalties. Obviously the Pionk-Johnson incident was the tipping point, but the whole game had a TON of penalties. Both teams should have known that it was gonna be called very close after the first period and in the end, special teams decided it. Stay out of the penalty box, simply.

          • UofMGoldenChokers

            A lot of calls, yes, but based on bone head moves by the refs. They could have let a lot of them go on both sides. Very marginal calls.

          • SewSux

            Kind of like punching someone and starting a fight in the handshake line huh?

          • Let’sPlayHockey

            Oooooooooooo

          • UofMGoldenCh0kers

            Us true UND fans have no problem subscribing to the No Autopsy No Penalty line of thinking —– that’s the way we roll.

          • siouxfanforever

            There was no punch. UND is the best college hockey program in the country, deal with it.

          • UMDBulldogHockey

            Says who.

          • DU_Fan

            Thanks for the admission, it certainly was deliberate. You obviously call them as you see them, no bias whatsoever. I had no stake in the outcome, obviously, but Pionk should have been tossed. I remember two years ago in Providence when LeLeggia got tossed on an “iffy” contact to the head that cost us the finals, when replays clearly showed he hit shoulder-to-shoulder first. Pionk’s was a no-doubter, if it occurred with non-NCHC refs he was 100% gone.

          • Sparky

            That penalty was one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Pissed me off, it totally changed the game.

    • Bill Morris

      A host school always stays in that region if they’re in the field.

    • Nick Dubya

      shhh

    • Denver_hockey

      They are the host team – They were going to be in this regional no matter what if they made the NCAA tournament.

    • siouxfanforever

      more like one and done, diving gopher rejects.

  • Let’s roll buckeyes and bulldogs!! HAU HAU HAI

    • DU_Fan

      Are you done pooping, or are you using your laptop on the potty? Did you run out of Charmin, or having to use your “W” t-shirt?

      • Little defensive today Are we, BM? Old buddy old pal! Always the sodak apologist smh

        • DU_Fan

          Not at all, bud. If I were you, I would look forward to next year. If Besse played better, you would have won last night. Granato will get Badgers in next year.

      • Ken Baum

        Big Ten suspended him for 1 game the other was Mandatory because of this 3rd misconduct penalty

        • DU_Fan

          The first game was the actual suspension. I said Pionk deserved to miss the first game this weekend, not both.

    • nogofer

      When does Bucky play?

  • Let’s roll buckeyes and bulldogs!! HAU HAU HAI

    • DU_Fan

      Are you done pooping, or are you using your laptop on the potty? Did you run out of Charmin, or having to use your “W” t-shirt?

      • Little defensive today Are we, BM? Old buddy old pal! Always the sodak apologist smh

        • DU_Fan

          Not at all, bud. If I were you, I would look forward to next year. If Besse played better, you would have won last night. Granato will get Badgers in next year.

      • Ken Baum

        Big Ten suspended him for 1 game the other was Mandatory because of this 3rd misconduct penalty

        • DU_Fan

          The first game was the actual suspension. I said Pionk deserved to miss the first game this weekend, not both.

    • nogofer

      When does Bucky play?

  • Stack

    Here’s hoping the NCHC or the NCAA suspends Duluth defenseman Neal Pionk for his major penalty for running the goalie on Saturday. No place for that in College Hockey or any level of hockey. Do what’s right!

    • DU_Fan

      There is hope it might happen. B1G suspended Healey for both games this weekend. Let’s see if NCHC has the balls.

      • Nick Dubya

        read into it though, the two are nowhere near comparable. healey has had numerous hits to the head suspensions and more of a dirty history. outside from overly dramatic people in north dakota, pionk doesn’t have a league wide reputation as a dirty player

  • Stack

    Here’s hoping the NCHC or the NCAA suspends Duluth defenseman Neal Pionk for his major penalty for running the goalie on Saturday. No place for that in College Hockey or any level of hockey. Do what’s right!

    • DU_Fan

      There is hope it might happen. B1G suspended Healey for both games this weekend. Let’s see if NCHC has the balls.

      • Nick Dubya

        read into it though, the two are nowhere near comparable. healey has had numerous hits to the head suspensions and more of a dirty history. outside from overly dramatic people in north dakota, pionk doesn’t have a league wide reputation as a dirty player

  • Husky1992

    Fighting Sue choked!

  • Husky1992

    Fighting Sue choked!