It is time to face the evil. Tomorrow night the UAA Seawolves take on America's Team. They are the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys combined. When one thinks of college hockey; one thinks of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and that upside down W. Seriously, what font has an M with queerly splayed legs? An "M" has straight legs everywhere on Yahweh's green earth except in Minnesota.
Lucia is Sauron, the Roman Emperor, Xerxes, Longshanks, the Borg, Dick Cheney and yes ... the Grinch; he is embodiment of whatever evil nasty opponent you can think of. I bet he is from Iceland.
It's always sweet to beat the Gophs. Ask any of the WCHA teams that have swept them recently. Their burgers and fries tasted better all week after downing the ugly M's. Defeating evil is like that. This weekend perhaps the biggest prize that awaits the Seawolves is confidence. This is a team that has concrete recent examples of how the best efforts pay off. Both of the last Saturday wins came with the adversity of some of the leading scorers sitting on the bench. But "THE TEAM" pulled together and doubled their efforts. The players have to know that if they play as a team then they can impose their will on their opponent. Win two against Minnesota and I see a team that will have the confidence to beat anyone. And with only 6 games remaining before the playoffs that sort of confidence could mean the difference between disappointment and making lots of noise.
I'm sure the players are excited to get at it. They're deep in enemy territory at the grandest of the grand locations for our sport. There is no other weekend or venue this (or any other) year where a team like the Seawolves can make the big statement they can make this weekend. It can be a coming out statement. Win these games and I guarantee that college hockey fans all over the country will take notice. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of fans just waiting to adopt the Seawolves as their sweetheart. Beating the Gophers will be the consummating event.
You should already know that Wisconsin fans are pulling for the Seawolves. UND fans are always obsessed with seeing the Gophers lose. SCSU fans are Gopher Junior fans by default so they won't be happy with Seawolf victories; which should be more motivation to beat them eh? I know some Duluth folks would be thrilled with 2 UAA wins. The 2 CC fans should be pulling for UAA since it will help them in the standings. There's also a sort of amorphous alignment between DU and UAA fans which should mean DU fans will cheer UAA's wins this weekend. MTU fans too. So you see ... the rest of the WCHA are pulling for the Seawolves.
Destiny awaits. It is only by taking ones fate in ones hands that the sweet nectar of victory can be had.