“We’re rooting for certain teams we normally don’t root for.” Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels on how the end of the season makes for strange bedfellows, following the Bulldogs’ tie and win over Ohio State on the road Feb. 25.

“You can spin that any way you want it. At some point, you have to get on the road and win.” Ohio State head coach Mark Osiecki, whose Buckeyes would have had home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs

“They’ve been there all year. I don’t know what to say about (Andy) Miele, (Reilly) Smith, Carter Camper and Pat Cannone. They come to play every night.” Miami head coach Enrico Blasi on the RedHawks’ top four scorers after the RedHawks swept the Lakers on the road, Feb. 26. Miele was 2-3–5 on the weekend; Smith was 3-2–5; Camper was 2-1–3; Cannone was 1-1–2.

“I was really happy with our effort tonight. If we play like that going forward, I’m happy with that.” Lake Superior State head coach Jim Roque on the Lakers’ 5-1 home loss to Miami Saturday, Feb. 26, following LSSU’s 8-1 loss to Miami Feb. 25.

“They wanted fourth place more than we wanted first place.” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson to the South Bend Tribune, after losing 2-0 at home to Western Michigan Feb. 26 cost the Fighting Irish a regular-season CCHA title.

“Confidence is a great thing. Confidence is only earned by wins. You can’t fake confidence. To be able to play against a great Notre Dame team and come out with a victory is going to give our team confidence.” Western Michigan head coach Jeff Blashill, to WKZO radio, after the Broncos beat the Irish in South Bend Feb. 26.

“We’re completely happy where we are right now, but we’re far from where we want to be. We’re just scratching the surface.” WMU captain Ian Slater after the win over Notre Dame, also to WKZO radio.

“We’ve got time to shake it off. You never know, maybe it’s a good thing. You don’t know yet. Hopefully, we respond to it in a positive way.” Jackson, again after the Feb. 26 game, quoted in the South Bend Tribune Mar. 1.

“We had a two-on-one, we don’t get a shot. We have a three-on-two, we go offsides. We had power-play opportunities, don’t get pucks through. Our year in a nutshell. Not enough purpose to what we did.” Bowling Green head coach Chris Bergeron after a 2-0 shutout loss to Michigan State, Feb. 26, one night after losing 2-1 to the Spartans.

“Everything seems to have been kind of an uphill battle this whole year. To finish the year with our first sweep and put the seniors out and Coach like that and having the excitement of singing the song after – it was pretty special.” Spartan Dean Chelios, who had the game-winner in the 2-0 win over the Falcons, on singing the MSU fight song in the locker room after the game.

“It was nice. I’m not a glamor and glitz kind of guy. My preference would be to do nothing, but I appreciate what it was. It was nice.” Michigan State’s Rick Comley, on the ceremony following that 2-0 win, his last game in Munn Ice Arena as head coach of the Spartans.

“After this weekend, we’re going to have to do everything we can to be prepared because we’ve seen what they can do if you’re not ready to compete last Saturday night.” Alaska head coach Dallas Ferguson, to the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer Feb. 26, on meeting MSU in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. The Nanooks and the Spartans split in Fairbanks Feb. 18-19, with MSU winning 6-2 Saturday, Feb. 19.

“I think it’s good bragging rights right now. For this team, although we were picked first by some people, doing it is another thing.” Michigan head coach Red Berenson to the Michigan Daily this week, on capturing the CCHA regular-season title.

“Hogie had a great four years, but I didn’t want the possibility of his last memory being when he was injured before The Big Chill.” Michigan senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick to the Michigan Daily this week, on why he gave up his own shutout so that his classmate, Bryan Hogan, could finish UM’s 5-0 win over NMU Saturday night.

“We just have to forget about it and be ready to go. The second season starts with the playoffs and this is when it really all matters. If you lose, you’re done. You win, you move on.” Northern Michigan captain Phil Fox to the Marquette Mining Journal, after the Wildcats were swept at home by the Wolverines last weekend.

  • IrishHockeyFan

    I’ll go first. Ferris State did not sweep Ohio State last weekend.

    • Paula Weston

      True dat, as my students would say. Tie and a win.

  • Guest

    Also, Miami won 4-1 on Saturday, not 5-1

  • Alex

    Ehh sweep/no sweep. At least she didn’t quote a player… quoting a coach… who’s never spoken with said player before… taken from another reporter.

  • here we go again….

    Paula, maybe you should let your readers do the research and reporting?

  • “We’re completely happy where we are right now, but we’re far from where we want to be.” – WMU captain Ian Slater

    Huh? Is Yogi Berra playing college hockey now?!…

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  • Blinky The Wonder Chimp

    It sure does send a message.  That Maine and Merrimack haven’t played anyone good yet.

    • Bruce Hall

      I guess that North Dakota team that beat BC 6-2 and were everything but outscored two nights in a row by Maine isn’t very good. 

      • Tim Holland

        Hey Bruce, it was actually Boston College that beat the North Dakota Fighting Sioux by the score of 6 to 2 at the Ice Breaker Tournament  played in Grand Forks. But, most hockey folks know to fear the Black Bears. Friday’s game should be a good test for both teams.

  • Anonymous

    Merrimack doesn’t really have to prove anything after last season.  

    • Blinky The Wonder Chimp

      Great point Mack83.  They won all those trophies last year.  Not!

  • Anonymous

    No, I was referring to all those times they beat teams like BC, and basically everyone else on their schedule.  That is part of the reason they are ranked 7th without having beaten “anyone good yet” this season.

  • Anonymous

    UMO is not a good team – just look at the goals they gave up to Providence, at home:  a short-handed goal, rebound goal, a 2 on 1 breakaway.  Their goals, on the other hand, are not goals that better teams like BC, BU and UNH are going to give up.  This weekend will put Maine right where they belong –

  • Tim Holland

    Looking at the Lowell River Hawks on Friday night, I was impressed. With a rookie coach and all those Freshmen, they played with passion and a sense of purpose. I think they will have some surprising wins this season. One of the goalies will emerge.

  • Jimboalpha

    Saturday’s game may be Maine’s game to lose, but coming off of a potential beatdown by the Eagles, I think they might manage to lose it. The cats are looking tight and winning games. I think UNH sweeps the weekend series. Thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    How could anyone possibly pick UMO to win any game.  Good grief they have been terrible, even in the games they’ve managed to win.  Giving up SH goals, 2-on-1 breaks, goalies leaving rebounds all over the place.  Not to mention their goals for have not exactly been “quality” – certainly not goals they’re gonna get against the better teams.  Fire Tim Whitehead.  He’s terrible!

  • SiouxRrebuilding

    As gopher fans are so quick to award the sioux in the last decade, I hereby award the gophers with the Virg Foss trophy for mid-season excellence … and all the meaning that trophy entails.  It is only midway to the mid-season but the gophers can’t stumble.

    • Blisteriii

      I thought the Gophs won the national championship the way they were celebrating….. my mistake, they just swept a 15th ranked Sioux team for the first time in nearly 10 years….

      • Wow,you must not be a Susan fan. Those poor folks wouldn’t know how to celebrate a national championship. Oh well,neither would their coach.

        • Blisteriii

          They know more about national championships than the Gophs….nuff said

          • Mr Hockey

            Still living in the past I see. Why don’t you start talking again when your Sue get above 500. The Gophers might have been bad the last few years but 9th place is flat out bad!!! The Sue aren’t even a TUC team! Can’t wait for the polls today!!!

          • Accusing Sioux fans of living in the past when you’re hanging onto a national championship won eight years ago. Does anyone else see the irony?

          • Hobey Baker

            Not true. Gophers won in 2002 and 2003. I don’t see North Dakota on the list since then. Maybe your daddy knows more about a National Championship, ask him about it.

        • guest

          Considering the sioux won in 1980 when 5 of the top gophers players and the head coach were off winning a gold in the olympics! I’ll take that gold anyday over your ncaa title

      • Mr Hockey

        Yep never see teams celebrate, it never happens in college football or basketball! The Sioux fans hvae nothing to talk about so they pick apart the Gophers. How many rings does the Hack have again as coach? crickets ..crickets.. crickets

      • Phoenixfyre1313

        really you have nothing better to complain about than excited players?   I guess that the next time North Dakota sweeps Minnesota, Wisconsin or St. Cloud at home we should all expect to see all the player on the bench and on the ice sit on their hands and look stoic about it.  How stupid!

  • SCSU Euro

    LeBlanc isn’t known for scoring goals?  He’s not Matt Frattin, but he did have 13 last year. 

  • Mr Hockey

    As a season ticket holder I’ve seen the Gophers look bad the last 3 years. Yes, it is early but this team is for real. They out played the Sioux all weekend and even killed off a 5:00 Sioux power play allowing only 4 shots. The BIG difference with this years Gophers is they have talented kids that want to wear the “M” on their chest. This team is better than everybody thinks. It has more depth than either of the back to back NCAA champion teams from 2002 & 2003!

  • Erikjt01

    After reading comments on this site and the Star Tribune, Sioux fans are in SUCH denial of the weaknesses of their team and the strength of the Gophers.  Sioux fans need to be reminded they don’t have the scoring power they’ve had in years past and can’t rely on that after their “typical” slow season start.  Your goaltender will need to have a performances like he did this weekend a majority of the time in order for them to win this year, and that wasn’t even enough this weekend.  People also need to be reminded they Gopher’s swept the defending national champion on the road already, and defending WCHA champs last weekend.  As Don said, “in order to be the man, you have to beat the man.”  As this young team gets more experience, look out. 

    • Blisteriii

      There are also writers at the Trib that call the U OF MN the NYY”s of college hockey……. can’t believe everything you rrrrrrread….

  • rodeotwigs

    the gophers can thank the bulldogs for being 9-1 instead of 7-3 and looking up at the ncaa champs in the wcha standings…i’m not convinced yet that they’re the real deal though they are improved definitely from recent years past

  • Mr Hockey

    erikjt01 I also read the Tribune daily and I wish the Sue fans would be honest with themselves. Since the new 20 read articles kicked in I can’t comment on there for a while, like not until December. It’s probably for the better that I can’t, reading Rinkpig and Goldenchoker comments daily is like reading the National Enquier!

  • CrazyHorse

    Guys enjoy your sweep.  No need to waste breath on Sue fans. Their team is basically no better than Alaska Anchorage despite the fact they always get to recruit players who rank high on the NHL Central Scouting ratings.  The last time they won, Rocco Grimaldi was in first grade (the first time, not his three later attempts).  They goon it up and constantly whine about Genoway getting hit, wahhhhhh, and they have a coach who doesn’t hold anyone accountable.  I say lifetime contract for Hakstool

  • The Man

    It’s humorous watching the NoDak fans implode on themselves. Their team is flat out bad this year and they are still in denial. Best case scenario, even with a late season tear, they finish 6th in WCHA. And that is a stretch. Minnesota is the real deal, not sure why nobody is giving them credit. Deepest team in college hockey with 3 strong lines and a 4th line that scored 2 of the 5 goals this weekend against NODak. And 2 of their 4th liners are out on the Penalty Kill, allowing top line to rest. They’re solid from top to bottom. And, they’ve already swept the National Champions UMD and another Frozen 4 team from last year NoDak. Still saying “Weak schedule” now? Name 1 other team that is 4-0 against Frozen 4/Nat’l Champs from last spring? I’ll be waiting…………..crickets………….crickets…..

    • Mr Hockey

      The Man, don’t you love it when you can put the Sue fans in a BOX!!?

    • Former Gopher

      they got sooo lucky against umd. win 5-4 (ot) and then another win 5-4?  gophs got out shot by 40 that weekend. not like they stomped the dogs. gophers are beatable. its early still

      • Whoever tracked SOG for the Bullpuppies should have their eyes checked. Quantity aside,my grand daughter could have stopped most of those blueline prayers.

        • Cole Gaines

          It’s early for sure. Kent Patterson got the Gopher’s the sweep. We’ll see what happens at the end of the year!

      • Mr Hockey

        Luck is what losers call it, winners find ways to get the job done ! The Gophers won’t get swept all season! You have to see the Gophers in person to gauge how good they are. They play on an Olympic ice sheet and when they go on the road to smaller rinks, they’re size and speed really stands out.

    • Anonymous

      Where exactly is this great implosion? The Sioux lost two tight road games to a team that is currently ranked #1 in the nation.  Aaron Dell was excellent in net, the defense held up well, while the offense finally started to show itself.

      How is 6th “a stretch” in the second week of November? Nothing is a stretch at this point.  The only people calling this team “flat out bad” are Gopher fans, hockey fans seem to think otherwise. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    • Simple stats – learn them

      So your arguement for this whole thread is that the Sioux are weak, but yet you use them as a reason to justify that the Gophers schedule isn’t week? I am a Sioux and Gophers fan as I went to both schools but honestly if you believe that sweeping the Sioux and the Bulldogs means that you are better than those teams were last season you must be out of your mind and I am wasting my time with these comments, because last time i checked UMD lost two of their top three scorers and UND lost 70% of their scoring both school replaced with freshman that are not ready to do what their predicesors did. You also say that the Sioux haven’t won since the Gophers won their back to back which is true but they did have 1997 and 2000 which is 2 and 5 years further back than the back to back of 02-03. Also how many frozen fours have the Gophers been to since the back to back 1? I believe the Sioux have been to 6, but keep living in the past. Also what is the Gophers record again UND in regionals since 2004? Oh yeah 0-3, would have been 0-4 but Holy Cross saved you from another loss. I hate to write this because I am a Gophers fan but it is the lowest common denominator fan like you that gets on my nerves, why do you rip other teams? Just cheer for yours because you are the bandwagon fan that reps when the Gophers are good and hids when they are not.

      • Mr Hockey

        The Bulldogs were not the best team last season! To say they were is idiotic, they got hot at the right time. Credit to them for doing so. I’m a Gopher fan and Michigan, CC, Notre Dame, BC & UND were all better than UMD.

        • Cole Gaines

          Really? So they beat Michigan and Notre Dame to win it and you call it a fluke! You’re an idiot.

          • Phoenixfyre1313

            any team can beat any other team in a one-game playoff.  A lucky bounce of the puck or a timely turnover can be the difference in a close game.  That doesn’t make them the better team.  Rarely does the best team win it all.  If you don’t know that, you’re the idiot!

        • gopher’s fan

          I’m a huge gopher fan and I myself cannot deny the fact that UND was the best team in the country last year. However, Duluth was a very good and they did what needed to be done to win the championship. Good for them, it was good to see one of the lower teams in the tournament make a run and win it all. I’m not saying that Duluth was bad, they were actually incredible throughout the season. Being a gopher fan looking at the teams in last year’s frozen four, I had a sick feeling of disgust in my gut that the Sioux were going to be national champions. As hard as it was to admit, they were the best last season. When Michigan beat them, because of some great work in the net, I was able to calm down a little. And of course, I cheered for Duluth while I was in Duluth staying with friends. It was good to see them get a championship. They may not have been the best team in the country but they did what was necessary to take home a national championship.

  • Hakstol’s 0 titles

    Susie fans sure talk a lot of smack for having a bad team and getting beat up & down the ice. *pats on head* Run along now, back to your insignificant wasteland while everyone else laughs at you.

  • Spanky

    The Gophers have been knows to peak to early under Lucia so lets see how they are after X-mas. That being said, after watchin UND this weekend, I think UND (finally) is going to have a below average team this year. There offense was bad and their golie is the only reason the the games where close. Its not like the Gophers have the best defensive core either, UND just looked plain bad.

  • Anonymous

    In regards to the Gopher’s opponent’s winning percentage, isn’t 11-17-4 good for a 0.406 winnng percentage?  That would put them in the middle of that pack.


    • Brian Halverson

      Thanks for catching my error there. I actually miscalculated on all of them which moved Minnesota up one spot ahead of CC. I’ve updated the post to reflect the correct information. Thanks again for pointing it out.

  • Paul

    @USCHO – “Minnesota is the new No. 1 team in the D-I men’s poll, and the surge in web traffic from that area is overwhelming.”

  • Mr Hockey

    GOPHERS #1, looks like more than just  Minnesota fans feel that way!!!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone like their crow boiled? Fried perhaps?

    We do this dance every year, the Sioux start slow, the hate-brigade marches on out of the woodwork with their cries of doom, gloom, and Gopher pride. “We’re the state of hockey!” they shout, “Hakstol doesn’t have any rings!” They continue on like this for a month or so, meanwhile Hakstol continues to work the team, develop talent, and refine their play.  Suddenly December rolls around, and Gopher Nation loses much of its voice, as the masses begin to quiet down in the face of the storied second half surge that has defined the Hakstol era.

    I’m not sure which game some of you were watching, but Ben Blood never seemed to leave the ice and was dominant in his own end.  Dell put in the sort of performance that won him the WCHA goaltending title last season, and Rocco Grimaldi made more than a few Gophers look silly.  Kristo looked solid, Parks is developing into a legitimate offensive threat, and Knight owned the faceoff circle. This team is finally starting to come into its own, and I’m going to kick back and laugh at the ignorance on display here once it does.

    • Chris

      Blood left the ice a lot, everytime he marched to the penalty box.

    • chickenstrip6

      I’ll admit that Knight owned the faceoff circle, but Ben Blood is an undisciplined goon, and although not bad, I wasn’t impressed with Kristo.  The only reason the games were close was because Dell played phenomenal; something he won’t continue to do every game.

      • Fan Man

        What could even make you think that Dell wont continue to play strong like that all year?  Thats like saying Petterson wont have another shut-out all year or that he will start to play like his predisesor Kan of Gas!!!

        • SUEH8TER


        • chickenstrip6

          thats true, dell sucked until he played the gophers.  GAA and save percentage weren’t even close to anything good, and getting swept by wisconsin? cmon, he had a good series against the gophs, and if he played that way all season, the sioux wouldn’t be as bad as they are.

    • Cgpotter

      I love how Blood goes after the guys that are 5′ 8′ and 160 lbs but wont get involved if the guy is 6 foot or larger. He is truely a goon.

  • Hobey Baker

    I just noticed in pic #65 of the slideshow that the linesman’s face is all bloody as he’s leaning in to drop the puck. One of the Sue’s tampons must have fell out and got him?

  • Vanderbiltjordan

    Long way to go.gopher should make tournythis year probably frozen four.Sioux aren’t terrible they will be around at end.they always are…



  • Rance

    it doesnt matter if blood rarely left the ice or grimaldi made several gophers look silly or whatever else ND did that folks think was terrific.  The fact is NoDak lost both games.  There are no style points or artistic exprression awards.  Score more goals than the other guys and you’re OK.  Finally, you play the teams the schedule says you play when the schedule says you play them.  Good luck to the UM in Wisconsin this weekend.