The Wolverines want you to know something, Sioux fans. They aren’t afraid of you.

There’s a lot being made in this Frozen Four of Michigan’s underdog status, something a bit unusual for the Wolverines. Not only is North Dakota the No. 1 seed in the tournament and heavily favored, but St. Paul is practically the Sioux’s backyard. Even though Michigan fans travel well, there’s no doubt that Thursday’s semifinal game will be a hostile environment for the Wolverines.

But they don’t care.

“North Dakota’s going to have a lot of fans there, but we’re not concerned about the rink or who’s coming,” said forward Louie Caporusso. “We’re just going to be concerned about how we’re going to play.

“We’ve played in those types of atmospheres before where the other team’s bringing a lot of noise and a lot of cheers and whatnot, but I don’t think it’s affected us before. We like playing on the road. It’s a road-style atmosphere, so be it.”

“It doesn’t matter where we play,” said Carl Hagelin. “We’re just focused on our task, and our task is to win that game tomorrow. Every guy on the team is excited.

“We know it’s going to be packed tomorrow, and we don’t know if we’ll have more fans than them, but we’ll just go out and play our game.”

Matt Rust said that the key to playing in a sea of green will be remembering something that coach Red Berenson has been preaching to the Wolverines since the West Regional in St. Louis.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of lights, glamour, and all the madness behind the Frozen Four,” said Rust, “but like Coach says every single day, it’s still a hockey game.

“It’s still like playing back at Yost. It’s the same sized rink, playing against an opponent that wants to win just as much as North Dakota does.”

Berenson said that he thinks the Wolverines may get a bit of a boost from Minnesota fans. “I know the animosity between Minnesota and North Dakota. If it was a game at Michigan State, they would be cheering for North Dakota.”

  • Rinkpig

    frattin would appear on the hobey GOON ballot!!!!!!!

  • Otistaw

    Will Minnesota fans root for Michigan? Which is greater? Their hatred of North Dakota or support for WCHA teams? I say root for North Dakota and Duluth. All WCHA FINAL!

    • bluetell

      The only Minnesota fan said he will be cheering against North Dakota. Cheering for your conference is a truly pointless and backwards endeavor: “Well since I’m worse than [hated rival from same conference], I will subsequently pour heaping amounts of salt in my wound and cheer for them to win a national title so they can then proceed to rub it in my face for the rest of time” Why would you do that to yourself?
      As a Michigan fan, I loved (loved loved) seeing Miami choke because I don’t like them and it’s awesome to see them suffer

      • bluetell

        Should be “The only Minnesota fan I know said…”

      • Hoalie

        Gopher fans going to the Frozen Four – what for? To root for Michigan? Sounds like wishful thinking to me.

  • Well I can tell ya one thing this Sioux fan would never root for the gophers. Never.

    • Agreed. In a pretend season where the gophers are the worst team in the country (i mean country not tournament) but somehow get an autobid by winning the WCHA tournament . . . aaaaand the winner of the gophers and the toughest team in the tournament are playing us: I’m still cheering against the gophers

  • DG

    I don’t think gopher fans would root for the Sioux either, Sioux/gopher rivalry is bigger than WCHA/CCHA rivalry

  • Sara

    the ONLY reason a lot has been made of Michigan’s so-called “underdog” status is that Red Berenson and his players have gone out of their way to make it known that’s what they are. WELL guess what…. this Sioux fan doesn’t buy that sandbagging garbage for one second. There are no underdogs in this matchup Michigan.

    • Sioux guy

      I agree, Michigan is using this to try throw the Sioux off their game by inflating their heads. Nice try, they’re unbeaten in 15 games because of their focus and ability not to look past opponents. Michigan preaching their underdog role won’t change that.

  • NDFangasm

    No way the Gopher fans cheer for the Sioux. I would not be caught dead cheering for the Gophers. The Gophers could be playing against a team of aliens for the cure for aids and I’d cheer against them. I hope Gopher fans show up and boo the Sioux. One of the best things about college hockey is the atmosphere during a rivalry. Go Sioux!!

  • achybreaky

    The Fighting Sioux want you to know something, Wolverines. They are not afraid of you! They WILL NOT underestimate you. The Fighting Sioux are here to win #8.

  • MGoBlue

    Go Blue!!!!

  • Providence needs a coach whose recruiting budget rivals that of the other Hockey East schools, but then if they had that Coach Army would have turned this team around. That said, one of the most historic moments tying college player to team is when Chris Terreri led PVD to their inaugural HE Tourney championship over BU An original HE member, Hockey East is at its best when PVD is competitive. That said, PVD needs to follow the model of a UNH or a UVM in order to become competitive. First, hire a Coach with strong RI ties – preferably PC & NHL – but a name that makes people think Providence Hockey, whether it be a brother of or a father of one of the two recently graduated Cavanaghs of Toll Gate, or even outside the box thinkng and bring in a SARAH DE COSTA type as if not head Coach then assistant head coach. Next, they cannot let a single prospect from RI get out of their grasp. Whether that means offering the guy when others say he needs a season in the EJHL or USHL, PVD needs to sign RI prep player of the year every year. Next, and this is where I say follow UNH & UVM- each of those schools seem to get any player they want from the Green Mountain team and the NH Monarchs in the EJHL. So too should be the same with the South Shore participant in the EJHL. One final thing, PC is still just a notch below BC & Notre Dame for any players who wanna play Catholic College hockey. Providence needs to focus on any player that BC & ND just pass on offering, because chances are many will make outstanding D1 players, and would rather from history play elite hockey at the 3rd most prominent Catholic Program than one of 50-something others that dont teach the same values that ND and BC teach.