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    Re: WCHA 2017-18 Season

    Final Score From Saturday, January 20th
    Ohio State 5
    Minnesota 1


    Much To Celebrate As The Buckeyes Continue The Climb
    Winning a championship is like climbing a tall mountain. It isn't accomplished in a single day. Few are even invited to the base camp. And those that are must reach a series of intermediate camps before even attempting to summit. Accomplishing each of those goals along the way is cause for satisfaction and celebration. For a particularly dramatic description of the climbing enterprise, I refer you to Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

    Armed with scholarships, motivation and talent, the Buckeyes arrived at "Base Camp" last Fall. You might say that the successful 1st Half of the season was similar to reaching Camp 2. Sweeping the Gophers and solidifying 2nd Place in the standings constitutes reaching Camp 3. To get to Camp 4, you need to win a WCHA Regular Season Title, a Final Face-Off, and/or get an NCAA bid. To reach the ultimate summit? The answer is obvious.

    Now, about Camp 3. It's been a while since the Buckeyes have been this far up the mountain. It's more than appropriate to take a moment to relish the accomplishment. OK, at this altitude there aren't any roses to smell. But the air is clean, crisp and good. Draw in some long, luxurious breaths. We'll be needing that oxygen as we continue upward. The higher you go up the mountain, the thinner the air gets.

    This weekend OSU had a distinct advantage in the motivation department. Saturday warm-ups provided an example. The Buckeyes were loose, yet focused. Intense, yet joyous. Hungry to play the game; ready to rock and roll. In contrast, the Gophers were a little too business-like. A bit lacking in passion.

    While the Buckeyes can't let up, this advantage won't persist. Wisconsin is waiting. Minnesota will be back. BC, Clarkson & Colgate all have special seasons going. To make a real run at the summit, the Buckeyes will need to be everything they were this weekend, and more.

    We're in great position to make the attempt. Can't wait to try.


    The 3 Stars of the Game: Decidedly Unofficial & Just For Fun

    Honorable Mention: The Full Roster Of Ohio State Players & Coaches
    A total team effort led to a highly successful weekend. In comparison to the opposition, the Buckeyes were more productive on offense, more effective on defense, and stronger in the nets. While also true on Friday, the difference in that game was razor thin. In the rematch, the margin was substantial in all categories. Congratulations to everyone on the team for a job very well done.


    #3 Star: Kassidy Sauve, Ohio State
    Another confident, aggressive, dominating performance by our keeper.

    #2 Star: Tatum Skaggs, Ohio State
    Brilliant individual effort to open the scoring. Tatum single-handedly created a turnover along the right wing boards, then lasered a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net.

    #1 Star: (tie)Lauren Spring, Ohio State; and Maddy Field, Ohio State
    Great day for the OSU Power Forwards. Lauren had the primary assist on both second period goals, when the Buckeyes truly broke the game open. Though not reflected on the scoresheet, forechecking pressure from Maddy actually started the second scoring play. Field did get credit for two goals and finished the day at +3. As time was winding down, Maddy's crash-the-net goal put a dramatic exclamation point on the festivities.


    Up Next: The Mountaineering Adventure Continues With A Series in Duluth Against The Bulldogs.

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    Re: WCHA 2017-18 Season

    Quote Originally Posted by pgb-ohio View Post
    Final Score From Saturday, January 20th
    Ohio State 5
    Minnesota 1


    Much To Celebrate As The Buckeyes Continue The Climb
    Winning a championship is like climbing a tall mountain. It isn't accomplished in a single day. Few are even invited to the base camp. And those that are must reach a series of intermediate camps before even attempting to summit. Accomplishing each of those goals along the way is cause for satisfaction and celebration. For a particularly dramatic description of the climbing enterprise, I refer you to Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

    Armed with scholarships, motivation and talent, the Buckeyes arrived at "Base Camp" last Fall. You might say that the successful 1st Half of the season was similar to reaching Camp 2. Sweeping the Gophers and solidifying 2nd Place in the standings constitutes reaching Camp 3. To get to Camp 4, you need to win a WCHA Regular Season Title, a Final Face-Off, and/or get an NCAA bid. To reach the ultimate summit? The answer is obvious.

    Now, about Camp 3. It's been a while since the Buckeyes have been this far up the mountain. It's more than appropriate to take a moment to relish the accomplishment. OK, at this altitude there aren't any roses to smell. But the air is clean, crisp and good. Draw in some long, luxurious breaths. We'll be needing that oxygen as we continue upward. The higher you go up the mountain, the thinner the air gets.

    This weekend OSU had a distinct advantage in the motivation department. Saturday warm-ups provided an example. The Buckeyes were loose, yet focused. Intense, yet joyous. Hungry to play the game; ready to rock and roll. In contrast, the Gophers were a little too business-like. A bit lacking in passion.

    While the Buckeyes can't let up, this advantage won't persist. Wisconsin is waiting. Minnesota will be back. BC, Clarkson & Colgate all have special seasons going. To make a real run at the summit, the Buckeyes will need to be everything they were this weekend, and more.

    We're in great position to make the attempt. Can't wait to try.


    The 3 Stars of the Game: Decidedly Unofficial & Just For Fun

    Honorable Mention: The Full Roster Of Ohio State Players & Coaches
    A total team effort led to a highly successful weekend. In comparison to the opposition, the Buckeyes were more productive on offense, more effective on defense, and stronger in the nets. While also true on Friday, the difference in that game was razor thin. In the rematch, the margin was substantial in all categories. Congratulations to everyone on the team for a job very well done.


    #3 Star: Kassidy Sauve, Ohio State
    Another confident, aggressive, dominating performance by our keeper.

    #2 Star: Tatum Skaggs, Ohio State
    Brilliant individual effort to open the scoring. Tatum single-handedly created a turnover along the right wing boards, then lasered a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net.

    #1 Star: (tie)Lauren Spring, Ohio State; and Maddy Field, Ohio State
    Great day for the OSU Power Forwards. Lauren had the primary assist on both second period goals, when the Buckeyes truly broke the game open. Though not reflected on the scoresheet, forechecking pressure from Maddy actually started the second scoring play. Field did get credit for two goals and finished the day at +3. As time was winding down, Maddy's crash-the-net goal put a dramatic exclamation point on the festivities.


    Up Next: The Mountaineering Adventure Continues With A Series in Duluth Against The Bulldogs.
    I like the mountaineering analogy. No one will take the Buckeyes for granite anymore. Great to see Jincy D. healthy. I always thought she had a knack for making the game look easy.

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