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Elite League Post-season

Post by Shinbone_News » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:32 pm

I see Shattuck-St Mary's has withdrawn from the Elite League playoffs, to be replaced by the Chicago Young Americans. It will be cool to see this Tier 1 AAA team up against our boys starting tonight -- but why has SSM bowed out?

Running away with their pride, having lost two and tied three in regular season play???

Just curious. Probably some other real reason, although I don't see anything else on their schedule for this weekend.

For all those cranks over at the youth forum who are always whinging about how Minnesota needs Tier 1 AAA hockey, these games provide some good perspective. Personally, I believe MN elite players can play with any Tier 1 AAA program, even when they're disadvantaged by playing on all-star teams with minimal practice time. Proof is in the pudding out at New Hope this weekend...

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Post by starmvp » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:18 pm

Before you get too excited, look at last year....

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Post by WarmUpTheBus » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:49 pm

The playoffs were won by Team SE last year. Shattuck didn't compete in league playoffs last year either. Team from Omaha took their place.

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Post by Sartellcelly » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:14 pm

So, why not have a team of Minnesota boys (i.e. the 94 Blades) rather than develop a squad from Chicago? Blades have beaten Compuware, Little Caesars and Honeybaked, just to name a few.

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Post by hockeyfan893 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:25 pm

Though Shattuck is not playing in the Elite League Playoffs, to the best of my knowledge, they will be playing in the Bauer NIT next weekend.

As to the reasons why they choose to do this, I have nothing but speculation. My best theory is that they use the weekend to recuperate, not travel, rest, and practice before the larger tournament next weekend.

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Post by pioneers » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:16 pm

I just talked to someone from the Elite League. They said Shattuck has another tournament that they play in this weekend.
Pioneers 1983, 1991 and 2008 State Champions

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Post by Iceburg » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:03 am

Shattuck sitting out this weekend and then coming back for the NIT tournament has been the status quo since the beginning of the Elite League. Midget teams have been the usual fill-ins. Team Illinois and the Dallas Jr. Stars have been the most common guests.

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Post by WarmUpTheBus » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:21 am

I believe SSM want to prep for the NIT. They are stronger on special teams than the MN teams. They have set power play and penalty kill units. MN just rolls lines and defense

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Post by Wside » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:37 am

Sartellcelly is correct. The U 18 blades would give any of the Elite teams more than they want. Why not play the blades vs bringing up up a team from Chicago?

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Post by MNHockeyFan » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:29 pm

Wside wrote:Why not play the blades vs bringing up up a team from Chicago?
Are any of the Blades' players also rostered on any of the Elite Teams?

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