Chat about the Frozen Four!
11 a.m. ET - Maine's Greg Moore
1:15 p.m. ET North Dakota's Drew Stafford
1:45 p.m. ET - Wisconsin's Robbie Earl
2 p.m. ET - Boston College's Cory Schneider
Send your questions now for Greg, Drew, Robbie and Cory and join The Show on Monday at 11 a.m. ET!
Greg Moore (10:56 AM)
I'm ready to go!
Greg Moore (10:57 AM)
I'm ready to go!
Greg, what is the mind-set of the Blackbears knowing it's facing arguably the best goaltender in the league in Brian Elliot?
Greg Moore (10:58 AM)
We're pretty confident with the way we played down the stretch. We're going to focus on ourselves and play our game, focus on what we do best and let the rest take care of itself.
Ian (Grand Forks, ND)
If any team has momentum, which team do you think it is...and will it have any effect after a nearly 2 week break?
Greg Moore (10:59 AM)
All teams have some momentum coming into the Frozen Four just by getting there. The break is a little longer but we're still confident and still are in the same mindset that got us here.
Greg, what was the turning point for your team this season? When did you realize that you had what it took to get to this point?
Greg Moore (11:00 AM)
After Christmas we had a weekend in Providence that got us over .500 in Hockey East. We had a long talk amongst the team and knew we had the talent. That was a point where we figured it out and turned thigns around a little.
Though it is the frozen four and technically neutral ice - do you guys treat this like a road game, and how do you hope to deal with the crowd?
Greg Moore (11:01 AM)
We're going to be in a tough situation with Wisconsin being close to home. We have to get the momentum early, get the first goal, sustain pressure in their end in the first period and keep on them.
Stuart - Illinois
Wisconsin is back after a long drought, playing in their home state, what will be the difference if Maine is to beat Wisconsin?
Greg Moore (11:03 AM)
I don't think there's one thing we can point to. There are so many things to execute, but whichever team controls the neutral zone better and not let the opposing forwards get speed across the blue line has a pretty good chance to win the game.
Which NHL team did you admire growing up? Who would you like to play for?
Greg Moore (11:04 AM)
I admired the Bruins because they were close, but I lived in Michigan in high school and the Red Wings caught my attention. I never had a team I wanted to play for, I'd play for any team in the NHL in a heartbeat.
Greg, have you guys been scouting all the other Frozen Four teams? How do you prepare for a potential championship game?
Greg Moore (11:05 AM)
We've been focusing on Wisconsin and will up to the game, but the staff is scouting and looking over ND and BC in case we win. We know BC already and if we play North Dakota we have all the info we want. But all we're thinking about right now is Wisconsin.
Greg, who is your pick tonight? Florida or UCLA?
Greg Moore (11:06 AM)
I'm going to go with Florida. Always been a Gator football fan so I'll carry that over...
Greg, what is it with Maine that seems to make you guys a contender every time the F.F. tourny comes about? Congrats and good luck. BTW, go Badgers!
Greg Moore (11:08 AM)
Good questoin. We belive we can win as long as we get into the tournament, and we have those expectations every year that get passed down. We always have guys who are willing to sacrifice anyting to win titles and with new guys like that coming in year we feel we should always accomplish something come playoff time.
Greg Moore (11:08 AM)
Greg, Did you tour many campuses before deciding on Maine, was there any schools in the CCHA that you might have considered coming to?
Greg Moore (11:10 AM)
Michigan had some interest but I told them early on I told them I wanted to play in Hockey East, where my options were Maine and BU. I told BU I might come for a visit but declined because growing up in Maine it was just too tough for me to leave home and I already knew the area and the campus.
Nolan, Bar Harbor, Maine
How intense are you guys before a hockey game?
Greg Moore (11:11 AM)
We're actually pretty calm. It's important to treat every game the same as much as you can. It's easy to focus for the biggest games and our team doesn't get too worked up and we're able to make key plays in key situations becuase of it.
Frazier (Miami, Florida)
How cold is it in Maine?
Greg Moore (11:12 AM)
Actually, the weather has been in the high 60s and low 70s. Felt like late spring or early summer up here the last few days. But we're supposed to get snow this week so it's coming to an end.
When did you first lace up teh skates? Did you know you wanted to play hockey from a really early age? Do you play other sports?
Greg Moore (11:14 AM)
I started skating when I was three and was in a league when I was four. The summer between my sophomore and junior years in HS when I made the US developmental team was when my eyes were opened to all the opportunities hockey could give me.
Greg Moore (11:14 AM)
Thanks to all the fans who wrote in and thanks for all the support this season! Go Blackbears!
Buzzmaster (1:04 PM)
Thanks to Greg for stopping by! Next up we'll have North Dakota's Drew Stafford at 1:15 p.m. ET! Send in those hockey questions now!
Drew, what can North Dakota do to try and stop the powerful BC offense?
Drew Stafford (1:13 PM)
Continue what we've been doing the past few months, weeks. A combined team effort. The forwards have been coming back to help the young defense. It's been an all-around team effort.
Drew, does the North Dakota team put a chip on its shoulder because you guys got to the Frozen Fout, but you were the only one named to an All-America team and it was third team at that?
Drew Stafford (1:14 PM)
Well, I guess we've just been playing well and while having individual accomplishments is good, we've been playing well as a team. That's the mindset we have. We've just been focused on going against BC.
Frazier (Miami, Florida)
What is your plans after your hockey carreer?
Drew Stafford (1:16 PM)
I've been into music for a while. I've played drums for 13 years, guitar for 8 years. Jordie and I have a band. We've played a lot. That's something I'd like to get into if I could. But I'd like to stay around hockey as long as possible.
Who will win the Stanley Cup this year?
Drew Stafford (1:17 PM)
I think it's definitely going to be very exciting to be watched. The way the game's opened up this year, it's going to be a lot more scoring. I don't know. I don't really have a favorite. It's going to be a toss up and whoever's hot at the moment.
Drew, how would you compare your team now from the team that got swept by Wisconsin a couple of months ago?
Drew Stafford (1:18 PM)
I'd say we're a totally different team. Wisconsin saw us at the Final Five. We got down early and we came back. The defense has some experience under their belts. It's been a 100% improvement from back when we played them and they swept us at home. We're focused on BC, but anything can happen.
Bill (Durham, NH)
Have you been drafted? Which team?
Drew Stafford (1:19 PM)
Yes, I was drafted by Buffalo in 2004.
Bob (Los Angeles, CA)
Drew, are there any current or former NHL players that you've patterned your game after?
Drew Stafford (1:20 PM)
I think my favorite player when I was growing up was and still is Ryan Smith from the Edmonton Oilers. I was around them when I was little because of my uncle who was the equipment manager. I grew up around those guys.
Grand Forks, ND
Hey guys! It seems like everything we do up here in North Dakota never gets taken seriously, even after we continue to win nat'l championships in hockey and Div II football and womens basketball. We might have a funny accent but we ARE FOR REAL BABY!!!THANKS!
Drew Stafford (1:21 PM)
I agree! Thanks for your support. Hopefully we can make a statement this weekend.
Drew what has it been like to play for the tradition rich UND?
Drew Stafford (1:22 PM)
It's been unbelievable to show up here and play in the best hockey rink in the world has been such an honor. To have the Sioux logo on the chest and play in front of 11,000 fans that support you and cheer for you. I'm definitely going to remeber these years for the rest of my life.
Which is the bigger rivalry: ND/Minn or ND/Wisco? I know they are both big but if you had to pick one which would it be?
Drew Stafford (1:23 PM)
Me, personally, I would pick the Gophers. I think that's more my generation. In the earlier Sioux days, I've heard about some big Wisconsin-Sioux rivalries. But since I've been playing there hasn't been a bigger rivalry than the Gophers or Denver.
Wisconsin and North Dakota are a joke. We all know that the Minnesota Golden Gophers should be in the Frozen Four right now. What a fluke Holy Cross was. Hopefully BC can beat North Dakota again. Parise better get ready for a pounding!!!!
Drew Stafford (1:24 PM)
Is that a question?
Drew, what do you need to improve on in the next couple of years to be considered an N.H.L. caliber goaltender? Do you feel you're there right now?
Drew Stafford (1:25 PM)
You can always improve on everything. First and foremost, skating. That's something you always work on. On the next level is hard work. If I ever get an opportunity to play at that level, I should be able to be just fine.
Scott (Grand Forks, ND)
I have not heard much about your injury. Can you tell me if you are back to 100% yet?
Drew Stafford (1:26 PM)
I feel great. I've been working hard rehabbing it. This week off has definitely helped. I give a lot of credit to the trainers to get me back on the ice. Players are chomping at the bit to get on the ice and I'm one of them.
Greg, Grand Forks
Comment has been made that the Sioux having as many freshman as they do have not played on the big stage. First of all we won the WCHA Five and the West Regional I don't see neither as a small stage. Do you think playing in the Bradley Center is going to be any diff for the Young Sioux team?
Drew Stafford (1:28 PM)
I definitely agree with your points. The fact that we did win the Final Five and the regional championships. Those are championships right there. The so-called young players have won championships and played on big stages. Some of those freshmen have won on other levels too. So I think we're going to be just fine and we'll be ready for BC.
scott, Grand Forks ND
Why do you think that it seems like over the past year the team plays better in front of Parise than they do for Phil?
Drew Stafford (1:29 PM)
I'm not sure. I know that Jordie has one more year of experience than Phil. They're both great goaltenders. Jordie's played great in front of him. He has the experience. Phil's a great goalie and he'll get his chance.
Drew Stafford (1:30 PM)
Thanks for sending in your questions. Thanks for all your support. Go Sioux!
Buzzmaster (1:48 PM)
Thanks to Drew! Wisconsin's Robbie Earl is up next! Send in your questions to him now.
Andy (Malibu, CA)
Robbie, After playing a team as defensively minded as Cornell, do you guys plan on doing anything differently to deal with the offensive skill of Maine? Let's Go Red!
Robbie Earl (1:53 PM)
I think Maine is kind of like Cornell. Maine has a lot of offense in the playoffs so far. If we play like we did against Cornell, we'll be fine.
Phil (Hershey, PA)
Robbie, is team rested after the 3OT game? Hit Somebody! AnyBody!
Robbie Earl (1:54 PM)
I would say yes. We've had a lot of breaks the last couple of days. We've had time to recoup. Everyone's excited to represent Wisconsin.
How is the team handling all of the great press you've been getting in the Madison area? Is it affecting your concentration on your preparation for the big game Thursday? Best of luck! GO BADGERS!!
Robbie Earl (1:55 PM)
There is a lot of added pressure of being in Milwaukee and being the home team. That pressure won't affect the way we play. We're focused. We're very excited to be here.
Stan (Chicago, IL)
Rob, the Wisconsin women won the Women's Frozen Four. How cool would it be for the men to win and have both teams be national champs?
Robbie Earl (1:56 PM)
That would be amazing. Minnesota did it a couple of years ago. It would bring hockey to the front in Wisconsin. Hopefully we'll have the chance to do that.
Kevin (Green Bay, WI)
Robbie, How big of a lift do you think the Cornell game will be? I was there, and I must say, it's the best game I have ever been to..
Robbie Earl (1:57 PM)
I think that it is definitely a lift. That's the hardest test we had. Getting past all that and now we're in Milwaukee. Getting out of that regional is a big lift off our back. We're very confident going into Milwaukee.
Perry (Milwaukee, WI)
Robbie - You are so fast on skates; did you ever run track in HS? What was your 40 or 100 time?
Robbie Earl (1:57 PM)
No. I was just born with speed, I guess. It's something that I've never really worked on. It's one of my talents that I have, hopefully it takes me a long way.
Robbie, if you had to pick one aspect of Coach Eaves' style that has helped propel you guys to one of the elite teams in the league, what would it be?
Robbie Earl (1:58 PM)
I would say the respect. Everyone's on the same page. We play defense well. We try to limit shots on Brian. We play well as a team defensively
Pablo Suzuki (Madison)
Robbie - No chance you leave after this season, right? (; The correct answer is, "No way, I love it in Madison and will definitely stay 4 years."
Robbie Earl (1:59 PM)
That's a situation where until the end of the year and see what happens here. It would be amazing to win a championship here. But we'll see in a couple of months.
Ashley, Madison, WI
What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of the season, and have you met them? What do you strive to be better at each game?
Robbie Earl (2:00 PM)
Personally? I think this year I left back offesnsively and concentrated on defense. I'm very satisfied with how that worked out. My defensive game became better this year.
Robbie, was Wisco the only school you wanted to go to since you were coached by Eaves at the USNDTP or did you almost go to another school? Was Eaves even a factor in your decision?
Robbie Earl (2:01 PM)
Eaves was the main reason I came here. Wisconsin was not my first choice. Michigan was. When Eaves came here, I backed out and decided to go to Wisconsin.
Robbie Earl (2:02 PM)
Thanks for the support all year. We're going to represent Wisconsin well. Hopefully we'll bring home the championship Saturday!
Buzzmaster (2:03 PM)
BC's Cory Schneider will be here momentarily...
Cory Schneider (2:05 PM)
I'm here and looking forward to some questions!
Lyndon (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Cory: Boston College and North Dakota have locked horns in past playoffs. What in your mind is going to make this weekends matchup unique? Have you played a team this year with a UND style of play? Thanks, Lyndon
Cory Schneider (2:06 PM)
What's unique is the youth and skill for both teams. One team that comes to mind that's like UND is UNH. They have fast forwards and are good in the transition game.
Does having this longer lay off between games affect you at all, would you rather have just played this past weekend? Go Bucky!!
Cory Schneider (2:07 PM)
A little bit of both. It's good to get guys healthy but at the same time you like to keep the momentum going and not let down. It's a little of both, really.
Cory, in your opinion, who's the most dangerous forward you have faced in your career at B.C.?
Cory Schneider (2:08 PM)
One guy that comes to mind this year is Maine's Greg Moore. And Travis Zajac was tough when we played UND twice last year.
Cory, how do you mentally prepare yourself for games like the one you have coming up against ND? Any pre-game rituals you can share?
Cory Schneider (2:09 PM)
I try to stay relaxed and not get too tense. I have a loose routine of visualization, deep breaths, and relaxing. I just do what feels natural.
Kevin D, Grand Forks ND
Congratulations on a nice season. Besides youth, what is an area that you feel your team needs to focus on to possibly beat the Fighting Sioux?
Cory Schneider (2:10 PM)
We just need to keep playing strong defense. UND's forwards are some of the best in the country and can score almost at will turning up the ice. We have to be solid in our end and limit that quick-strike offense.
Derek Schmidt (Wichita, KS)
Who do you think will win the Mens NCAA National Championship between Florida and UCLa?
Cory Schneider (2:11 PM)
I'll go with Florida because I know more about them than UCLA. And it would be nice to see them get their first title. UCLA already has enough!
Cory, which forward on ND scares you the most?
Cory Schneider (2:12 PM)
Zajac is up there, and I've played with Stafford and Oshie in the US program and all three could hurt us if we don't pay attention.
Since the WCHA has received so much press over the last couple of years, do you guys feel like you're playing for the National Championship not just for B.C. but also for H.E.?
Cory Schneider (2:14 PM)
Definitely. Being from the East I have some pride and know the tradition and the players we have out here. We were shut out last year but this year we have two so that shows that Hockey East is still here and still a force to be reckoned with.
Cory Schneider (2:15 PM)
Thanks for all the questions and support, and hopefully we'll be bringing a trophy back to The Heights!
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