The old geezers won today. Good for them. I hope Denver pummels them.I think you discount the impact of a team that keeps their roster together....compared to a team that cycles players through every year.
The Mavericks should have been in the title game last year too. They completely outplayed the SCSU Huskies......but managed to lose.
That's just a good team. Really well coached.
This is hindsight. At the time of his hiring Motzko had SCSU as the one of the best teams in the country for a couple year stretch, at what was once a no-name program. Motzko had been to a frozen four whereas Hastings had not even won a tournament game at that point. Motzko took SCSU to national prominence, that's pretty impressive too.Look, the AD messed up when he hired Motzko over Hastings. Unless Hastings turned the job down, I have no idea why you wouldn’t of hired him. What he did at Mankato is superior to what Motzko did at SCSU. Hastings took Mankato to national prominence in a short time, Mankato! In hockey! He surpassed Motzko in half the time at Mankato than what Motzko accomplished at SCSU. And SCSU was much more than Mankato was when each of these coaches took over their respective programs.
The Gophers coach will be crucified if he does not recruit the state's top players. It isn't even an option. There's an expectation that kids like Mittelstadt, Lucius, Walker, Rau be wooed by the Minnesota coach.If thats all it takes, why don't the Gophers just do the same & recruit better "geezers?"....Seething about it for 20 years has produced exactly zero titles
Thank you!Doing some quick analysis on the rosters:
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If you look at the raw stats, they look fairly evenly matched. But it is not until you bucket the players where you see the difference. In the 22-24 year old range, which would typically be considered "upper classmen" (assuming come from high school, redshirt, 4 years of eligibility), Mankato has 20 players in this cluster, compared to just 13 for Minnesota.
If you look at the "traditional" Jr/Sr ranks, Mankato has double the numbers. For men in their early to mid 20's, 2 years difference in age is significant in terms of physical size, strength and overall experience.
That is 2 full lines difference. You could clearly see it on the ice. Imagine if we had 2 full lines of Ben Meyer's level players.
26 and still playing college hockey? Enjoy it while you can, because you are probably at the pinnacle of your career.
I'm happy for Mankato, but let's be realistic about this stretch they are in. It is a combination of a perfect storm of the transfer portal, Covid extension and recruiting older players that have put them in the ideal position to dominate right now. Yes, their coach is also very good. Is it sustainable? Time will tell I guess.