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    Quote Originally Posted by pokechecker View Post
    Somebody should have shown them the Davis OT goal against BC in the 2013 NCAA semi in which she held the puck for an eternity (basically waited for the goalie to commit, which was to flop around on the ice like a fish) before shooting high.
    Ha! Boyles the sieve. That was the only time I was ever confused about whether I actually wanted a BC win. We would've fared better against them than the gophers. The gophers put up as many goals on BU in that one game (the Championship game) than BC had all season.

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by KTDC View Post
    D2D, I'd love to take issue with you on this, but alas..........last year the Gopher's shooting percentage was the lowest in program history.
    For reference, last year for UW was their 9th (.095) worst shooting % under MJ. In fact the last 4 years have been have been 4 of the worst 5 years under MJ....2016 9th worst, 2015 10th (.094), 2014 13th (.083) and 2013 14th (.082) worst scoring percentages. The 12th worst was when Knight ect were at the Olympics. The best evah for UW was .140. Perhaps this speaks to pokey's goalie development theory.

    What has UM's been during the recent long/great run not counting last year (which was????)?
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    For reference, last year for UW was their 9th (.095) worst shooting % under MJ. In fact the last 4 years have been have been 4 of the worst 5 years under MJ....2016 9th worst, 2015 10th (.094), 2014 13th (.083) and 2013 14th (.082) worst scoring percentages. The 12th worst was when Knight ect were at the Olympics. The best evah for UW was .140. Perhaps this speaks to pokey's goalie development theory.

    What has UM's been during the recent long/great run not counting last year (which was????)?
    2016- .128
    2015- .109
    2014- .118
    2013- .137
    2012- .115


    Last year we were .087.
    Towards the end of the season last year the only teams Top 17 in the pairwise who had worse were
    UND/Quinni .078
    Colgate .085
    Princeton .086
    Vermont was tied with us at .087

    Best ever was .146 in 1999.

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    Last year we were .087.
    Roughly 1 goal every 12 shots. 36 shots = 3 goals.

    Quote Originally Posted by KTDC View Post
    Best ever was .146 in 1999.
    About 1 of every 7. 35 shots = 5 goals.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    For reference, last year for UW was their 9th (.095) worst shooting % under MJ. In fact the last 4 years have been have been 4 of the worst 5 years under MJ....2016 9th worst, 2015 10th (.094), 2014 13th (.083) and 2013 14th (.082) worst scoring percentages. The 12th worst was when Knight ect were at the Olympics. The best evah for UW was .140. Perhaps this speaks to pokey's goalie development theory.

    What has UM's been during the recent long/great run not counting last year (which was????)?
    those players were talented hockey players, but scoring goals wasn't their strong point

    the other thing that might be at play here is with the success of the Gophers the last several years, everybody concentrates on figuring out how to stop them
    each of the last two years the WCHA has had at least 4 goalies that were All American level, and look at the WNHL, Katie Fitzgerald ends up being named the best goalie, she had to wait till her senior year to be the #1 goalie at StC
    competition at that position is thick
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by pokechecker View Post
    those players were talented hockey players, but scoring goals wasn't their strong point
    LOL, then they lacked talent, or at least talent depth at scoring.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Congratulations to the six Gopher recruits who were selected to the 2017 U.S.A. Under-18 Select Team:

    Gracie Ostertag (SSM)
    Madeline Wethington (Blake)
    Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka)
    Taylor Heise (Red Wing)
    Abbey Murphy (Chicago Mission)
    Sydney Shearen (White Bear Lake)
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Congratulations to the six Gopher recruits who were selected to the 2017 U.S.A. Under-18 Select Team:

    Gracie Ostertag (SSM)
    Madeline Wethington (Blake)
    Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka)
    Taylor Heise (Red Wing)
    Abbey Murphy (Chicago Mission)
    Sydney Shearen (White Bear Lake)
    Taylor Heise is captain and Gracie Ostertag and Dominique Petrie are alternate captains.

    USA - Canada U18 gameday info...

    http://teamusa.usahockey.com/news_article/show/824048

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Good to see Brad Frost agreeing to a contract extension that will take him through the 2020-21 season:

    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w...081617aab.html
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Congratulations to the latest Gopher commitments, Tella Jungles (Edina) and Audrey Wethington (Blake). If all goes according to plan, both will join the team as incoming freshmen for the 2020-21 season.

    Updated list of committed players:

    2018-19
    BOREEN, Abigail (Forward - Hill-Murray)
    HEISE, Taylor (Forward - Red Wing)***
    HENGLER, Crystalyn (Defense - Eden Prairie)
    ODEN, Emily (Forward - Edina)**
    OSTERTAG, Gracie (Defense - SSM (Shakopee)***
    POTOMAK, Amy (Forward - Canadian Olympic Team)
    SKAJA, Catie (Forward - New Prague)**

    2019-20
    PAUL, Makayla (Goaltender - Rochester VFW Bantam AA boy’s)
    SHEARON, Sydney (Forward - White Bear Lake)*
    WETHINGTON, Madeline (Defense - Blake)***

    2020-21
    BURTON, Addie (Forward - Blake)
    JUNGELS, Tella (Forward - Edina)
    MURPHY, Abbey (Forward - Chicago Mission)*
    NICHOLSON, Maggie (Defense - Minnetonka)*
    WETHINGTON, Audrey (Forward - Blake)

    * USA U18 Select Team
    ** USA U18 Women's National Team
    *** USA U18 Select Team and USA U18 Women's National Team
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Congratulations to the latest Gopher commitments, Tella Jungles (Edina) and Audrey Wethington (Blake). If all goes according to plan, both will join the team as incoming freshmen for the 2020-21 season.

    Updated list of committed players:

    2018-19
    BOREEN, Abigail (Forward - Hill-Murray)
    HEISE, Taylor (Forward - Red Wing)***
    HENGLER, Crystalyn (Defense - Eden Prairie)
    ODEN, Emily (Forward - Edina)**
    OSTERTAG, Gracie (Defense - SSM (Shakopee)***
    POTOMAK, Amy (Forward - Canadian Olympic Team)
    SKAJA, Catie (Forward - New Prague)**

    2019-20
    PAUL, Makayla (Goaltender - Rochester VFW Bantam AA boy’s)
    SHEARON, Sydney (Forward - White Bear Lake)*
    WETHINGTON, Madeline (Defense - Blake)***

    2020-21
    BURTON, Addie (Forward - Blake)
    JUNGELS, Tella (Forward - Edina)
    MURPHY, Abbey (Forward - Chicago Mission)*
    NICHOLSON, Maggie (Defense - Minnetonka)*
    WETHINGTON, Audrey (Forward - Blake)

    * USA U18 Select Team
    ** USA U18 Women's National Team
    *** USA U18 Select Team and USA U18 Women's National Team
    If you follow this to its logical conclusion, Gopher coaches are wasting their time watching HS games, since their near-term slots are already filled. They need to be watching U12 games to find their commits for 2022.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leather helmet View Post
    If you follow this to its logical conclusion, Gopher coaches are wasting their time watching HS games, since their near-term slots are already filled. They need to be watching U12 games to find their commits for 2022.
    Actually, it’s not quite that cut and dried. If you will, let me call 18 skaters and 3 goalies (the number of players that can suit up for a game) the “minimum roster”. The Gophers will have close to a minimum roster in ’17-’18 (12 F, 6 D, 4 G), ‘19-‘20 (12 F, 7 D, 3 G), and ’20-’21 (12 F, 6 D, 2G). The ’18-’19 roster, in contrast, will be bloated (17 F, 8 D, 3G) due to returning national team players and a large freshman class. In recent years, Gopher coaches seem to prefer a couple of additional skaters to balance the risk of injuries and academics. So I expect that they will add a couple of skaters to the 2019 team and another skater and goalie to the 2020 team.

    Speaking of minimum rosters, does anyone else remember the Gophers starting a game on the power play because their opponent did not have enough players suited up? My memory wants it to be in ’02-‘03 in Ridder. I would have guessed early December against UMD, but only because they could have had a ton of players gone to play on national teams. When I look at box scores, though, I don’t see the penalty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldDave View Post
    Speaking of minimum rosters, does anyone else remember the Gophers starting a game on the power play because their opponent did not have enough players suited up? My memory wants it to be in ’02-‘03 in Ridder. I would have guessed early December against UMD, but only because they could have had a ton of players gone to play on national teams. When I look at box scores, though, I don’t see the penalty.
    Yes, UMD did not have two goalies for a series in Mariucci the fall of 2000:
    http://collegehockeystats.net/0001/boxes/wminmnd1.n10
    http://collegehockeystats.net/0001/boxes/wminmnd1.n11
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    I watched the semifinal game against Clarkson again yesterday to begin getting ready for the season. All in all, a pretty good game. As in the championship game when they beat us, Clarkson took advantage of their opportunities.

    Clarkson had the advantage the first few minutes, but then the Gophers had tilted the ice their way up until the penalty by Williamson. Taylor should beware of penalties in big games becoming a legacy. That hooking penalty was really an unnecessary penalty.

    Each of the three lines scored, yes! Pannek, true visionary on the ice, had some nice plays. And the Schipper to Reilly to Schipper give and go for the first goal was a thing of beauty.

    I like that the Gophers are a difficult team to beat. No exception in this game coming from behind three times. My memory from watching the first time, was after we tied the score in the third period, Clarkson really took over the game. It didn’t look so much that way this time around. We didn’t dominate Clarkson at that point, but neither did Clarkson dominate us. We lost control of the puck in our own zone, which led to the winning goal. It looked like we may have been tired, and that may have led to the turnover. We had some defensive breakdowns last season and, c'est la vie, that may not have been the most inappropriate way for that team to finally go down. Way to fight back last season, Gophs, and finish the year pretty strong!

    I thought Potomak looked pretty good in the last desperate moments after the Knights scored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTDC View Post
    I watched the semifinal game against Clarkson again yesterday to begin getting ready for the season. All in all, a pretty good game. As in the championship game when they beat us, Clarkson took advantage of their opportunities.

    Clarkson had the advantage the first few minutes, but then the Gophers had tilted the ice their way up until the penalty by Williamson. Taylor should beware of penalties in big games becoming a legacy. That hooking penalty was really an unnecessary penalty.

    Each of the three lines scored, yes! Pannek, true visionary on the ice, had some nice plays. And the Schipper to Reilly to Schipper give and go for the first goal was a thing of beauty.

    I like that the Gophers are a difficult team to beat. No exception in this game coming from behind three times. My memory from watching the first time, was after we tied the score in the third period, Clarkson really took over the game. It didn’t look so much that way this time around. We didn’t dominate Clarkson at that point, but neither did Clarkson dominate us. We lost control of the puck in our own zone, which led to the winning goal. It looked like we may have been tired, and that may have led to the turnover. We had some defensive breakdowns last season and, c'est la vie, that may not have been the most inappropriate way for that team to finally go down. Way to fight back last season, Gophs, and finish the year pretty strong!
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    The ’18-’19 roster, in contrast, will be bloated (17 F, 8 D, 3G)
    I see 7 D for '18-19'

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAA Dad View Post
    I see 7 D for '18-19'
    You are right. I was still counting Barlow.

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017-18 Season Thread

    Gophers are going to be motivated this year.
    They will want to show they can do it without Pannek and Potomak, come back from some sub-par performances last year, and also the Frozen Four is back at Ridder. With that and the WCHA finals both at Ridder, there is lots of opportunity for them.

    We're counting on freshmen to contribute big. Hopefully, Zumwinkle will be a star and Taylor Wente can deliver significant points. Emily Brown and Olivia Knowles should be key players on d. I'm predicting Alex Gulstene and Sidney Peters will start the year trading games.

    Marshall and Robinson were both solid by the end of last year and they could certainly take a step up with a year of experience. Key factor is Woken and Agnew turning into serious scoring threats.

    I hope Cara Piazza rebounds from what what I thought was a step back in her junior year from how she performed as a sophomore. And look for Sydney Baldwin to get off on the right foot. Sydney scored 2 goals on 114 shots last year (.019). She can do better than just tossing a soft wrister at the goaltender so frequently. That and a little better decision making on her passes and she's realizing the great talent she has. And I think Caitlyn Reilly is primed for a great senior season.

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