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Driftryder
10-07-2012, 10:08 AM
Highlights from last night from Gophersports:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aW2XCJ5T2WQ


MINNEAPOLIS - Behind a hat-trick performance by sophomore Christian Isackson, the Minnesota men's hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a 7-0 exhibition win over Lethbridge on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.

Isackson, who was held scoreless in 11 games as a freshman last year, made up for lost time with the natural hat trick - notching all three tallies within the game's first 22 minutes. The Pine City, Minn., native found the back of the net twice during a five-minute power play for the Gophers at 6:02 and 8:30 of the first period, respectively, to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead after the first period. Both goals were set up by sophomores Travis Boyd and Ben Marshall. Isackson would strike quickly in thesecond period to finish the job after being set up with an even-strength goal by junior Nick Bjugstad and senior Seth Helgeson at 1:08.

Sophomore Sam Warning picked up right where Isackson left off, scoring 25 seconds later at 1:33 of the second period after being set up by redshirt junior Zach Budish and junior Erik Haula. Junior defenseman Mark Alt would cap a three-goal third period at 6:29 of the second with assists from freshman Mike Reilly and sophomore Seth Ambroz.

Minnesota, which outshot the Pronghorns 65-16 overall and 48-10 in the final 40 minutes, would add two more in the third - this time with both Marshall and Ambroz adding goals to their earlier assists. Marshall's even -strength goal (assists from Warning and Haula) at 5:22 of the third would round out a three-point night for the Detroit Red Wings' draft pick while Ambroz's power-play tally at 14:31 (Condon and M. Reilly) would close out the night's scoring and put the Gophers' power-play unit at 3-for-8 on the night.

Junior Michael Shibrowski and freshman Adam Wilcox combined for a shutout with Shibrowski earning the starting nod on Saturday night. The junior turned away all nine shots faced in the game's first 29:30 before turning the game over the Wilcox. The rookie netminder would maintain the clean sheet with seven saves against Lethbridge.

Minnesota opens the 2012-13 regular season at Mariucci Arena next weekend against Michigan State. The Gophers open the series with a 6 p.m. battle against the Spartans on Friday before closing out the nonconference affair on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Koho
10-07-2012, 04:25 PM
When I did the all access pass last year it was a feed with no audio just video, now this was for an exhibition game and not for the "real" season. I think the Gopher all access will only get you the u18 game this month and will not show the FSN stuff (I could be wrong) the regular season games don't show up on the schedule for all access.

Yes there was a username and password that got you in then you picked the premium content you wanted to watch on the schedule.

Thanks. So I am guessing that FSN doesn't broadcast the regular broadcast online, just the Director's Cut? I might at least be able to catch this, although I'll be out West, and all those 6 pm starts don't help me....

Biddco
10-07-2012, 08:20 PM
Good luck and cheers gopher faithful! Here's hoping you guys can make the F5 two years in a row!That would be a great accomplishment for this upstart program!

Stauber1
10-07-2012, 08:41 PM
That was fun last night.
A few thoughts on the game:

First, attendance! The listed attendance was around 7,800. I was guessing 7,500 when I was at the rink. There were more people at this exhibition game than there were at some of the conference games a couple seasons ago. I have a feeling Mariucci is going to be rocking this year...

As far as the players...
- Marshall looked good. At both ends.
- Isackson looked like he spent the entire off-season watching old Grant Potulny reel. His first 2 were just sticking his nose into it around the net, but his third was a good skill play.
- Skjei looked like he is ready to step right in. M Reilly looked a bit shaky in the first, but grew better as the night wore on. By the third, I was thoroughly impressed with him and would expect to see him getting significant playing time.
- Haula looks like he is quite a bit stronger, physically, than last year. I'm expecting big things from that kid.
- Holl looked like the same old Justin Holl that we have seen the past 2 years. He is going to need to really step it up if he wants to see ice time, in my opinion.
- Neither Shibrowski nor Wilcox were called upon that much. Shibrowski did make 1 stellar save in the first on a turnover behind the net that was centered right on the tape of a Lethbridge player at the bottom of the circles. That was the best save of the night for any of the goalies.
- #9 seemed like an apt # for R Reilly. He was the best of the freshman forwards, in my opinion.

Overall, it's always hard to glean very much from these exhibitions. But there was some really positive stuff last night. The Gophers came out flying and hitting from the first puck drop. And I also liked that MN put up 7 goals without any of their "big guns" scoring.

4four4
10-07-2012, 09:41 PM
Quite honestly the biggest disappointment for me tonight was the Gophers' inability to finish on the many great opportunities that they generated. They could have easily won by 12 or more goals! If they are going to beat the tougher teams they will be facing - starting next weekend - they will need to capitalize on a greater percentage of their Grade A chances, because good teams will not give up nearly as many as Lethbridge surrendered tonight.

The only other disappointing thing to me was on D they left a Lethbridge forward ALL ALONE several times in front of our goalie. Thankfully, the Horns were not able to capitalize. I'm sure these miscues will give Guentzel some "teaching opportunities" as they prepare for a much stronger opponent next weekend.

You can't make it up.

HarleyMC
10-08-2012, 02:52 AM
I was surprised to see Isackson up on the first line with Bjugs and Rau for a good portion of the game, and it certainly payed off for him. Lucia obviously saw a lot of improvement in Chris to put him up on that line. Should be interesting to see how the lines shake out for the opening of the regular season against MSU this weekend.


"He's a skill player," Lucia said of Isackson. "Last year he never played at the pace he needed to play." "It helps a lot playing with Bjugstad and Rau. Those guys are amazing players," Isackson said.

I liked the balanced scoring on the lines:

Rau/Bjugstad (1 assist)/Isackson (3 goals) = 4 points
Warning (goal)/Haula (2 assists)/Budish (1 assist) = 4 points
Condon (1 assist)/Boyd (2 assist)/Ambroz (1 goal, 1 assist) = 5 points
Serratore/Michealson/Larson (R. Reilly, Horn) (no points, but lots of hustle and puck battles won from this checking line)

Hard to see anything changing much with these lines. They look very balanced...for now.

5mn_Major
10-08-2012, 06:51 AM
Someone made the pt that M Reilly had a slow a slow sart and picked it up as the game progressed. I spose this is true.

Based on what I saw last night, he'll be the freshman to have an impact on the ice in short order. I do think you've got to find a way to play him and Skjei.


I'd hate to see Marshall move up, he QBs the backline and on PPs as a playmaker so well. I'm a fan, he impressed the hell out of me tonight, he's solid on D, good full ice vision, knows how to steal and forward the puck. He's perfected some very cool spin moves too. It could be very strategic to keep him at D, he seemed to choose his offensive chances well and they were usually choice opportunities to make a play. He adds a real offensive threat to the D along with Schmidt, Holl and Alt. But true, totally tough call for MG.

I think moving Marshall up would actually be a mistake. I think you've got to find a way to make it a priority to keep him and the frosh in there. Even if you have to cycle through some of the veterans. Ben's not the guy to develop cause he's there...he just needs consistency to take him the last step.


I was surprised to see Isackson up on the first line with Bjugs and Rau for a good portion of the game, and it certainly payed off for him. Lucia obviously saw a lot of improvement in Chris to put him up on that line. Should be interesting to see how the lines shake out for the opening of the regular season against MSU this weekend.



I liked the balanced scoring on the lines:

Rau/Bjugstad (1 assist)/Isackson (3 goals) = 4 points
Warning (goal)/Haula (2 assists)/Budish (1 assist) = 4 points
Condon (1 assist)/Boyd (2 assist)/Ambroz (1 goal, 1 assist) = 5 points
Serratore/Michealson/Larson (R. Reilly, Horn) (no points, but lots of hustle and puck battles won from this checking line)

Hard to see anything changing much with these lines. They look very balanced...for now.

I'm not sure about Isackson being on the first line. I'm just wondering if he's 'the best of the rest'. Obviously he got the goals. But I wouldn't say his talent earned them. Otherwise he seemed like a third/fourth liner playing with Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau. I would think that they move someone else into that slot.

IMO Horn and Michaelson were on the ice. I saw them a couple of times they just didn't stand out.

5mn_Major
10-08-2012, 06:53 AM
btw SOG were 65-16 in favor of the Gophers.

It will be much different next Friday against Michigan State, but I think the boys will be ready.

And that was with an arguably soft first 10 minutes by the Gophs when I noticed that the SOG were 4 to 4.

Stauber1
10-08-2012, 07:10 AM
And that was with an arguably soft first 10 minutes by the Gophs when I noticed that the SOG were 4 to 4.

Well, the first 5 minutes when MN killed a minor penalty. That PK looked rusty and Lethbridge got a number of shots on it.
By the time the first minute of the Gopher major PP had gone by, Minnesota had taken a legitimate lead in shots.

goldy_331
10-08-2012, 07:12 AM
- Haula looks like he is quite a bit stronger, physically, than last year. I'm expecting big things from that kid.

I think it was that offseason training program in Stillwater that he attended.

HarleyMC
10-08-2012, 10:37 AM
Reality check: Lethbridge played Minnesota State last night and lost 7-1. The Mavericks outshot the Horns, 65-10.

Tiggsy
10-08-2012, 01:42 PM
So how can a country known for quality major junior programs can have such bad college teams, eh?

gopher wes
10-08-2012, 01:46 PM
So how can a country known for quality major junior programs can have such bad college teams, eh?
I was asking my brother that question yesterday. You'd think that even the leftovers that end up playing college hockey instead of juniors would at least be able to compete...?

Fighting Sioux 23
10-08-2012, 02:14 PM
I was asking my brother that question yesterday. You'd think that even the leftovers that end up playing college hockey instead of juniors would at least be able to compete...?

They do, but you have to look at the teams that are playing.

For example, Minnesota is one of the best college hockey teams (or at the very least should be), while Lethbridge is an awful Canada West team (2nd worst in the league). It is of no surprise then that they were clobbered by Minnesota, and beaten just as soundly by Mankato.

Likewise, Manitoba was the best team in Canada West last season, and gave North Dakota (another team that should be very strong this season) a very good game (UND won 5-3). The next night Manitoba drew with Bemidji State.

British Columbia is another decent team. They drew with DU 2-2, before losing to CC 3-1 the following night.

Looking at the scoreboard from this past weekend, Canadian teams won several contests:
Ottawa beat Canisius 5-2
Carleton beat Clarkson 6-2
St Francis Xavier beat Northeastern 4-3
Acadia beat Quinnipiac 2-0
St. Thomas beat Sacred Heart 4-3

Additionally, there were a few other ties.

As for the obvious discrepancy in talent between Minnesota and Lethbridge, the answer is pretty simple: Minnesota is a very good team, and Lethbridge is a very poor team. Had Minnesota played a stronger Canadian team like Manitoba or British Columbia, the ultimate result would have almost assuredly been the same (Gopher Win), but my guess is that the score would have been significantly closer.

Rtn2GoldCountry
10-08-2012, 04:02 PM
Reality check: Lethbridge played Minnesota State last night and lost 7-1. The Mavericks outshot the Horns, 65-10.

Well Minnesota State got the benefit of playing them when they were on the second night of a back to back. If the games were switched and the Gophers got to play Lethbridge the night after they played Minnesota State, the Maverick game would have been closer, and the Gophers would have put up double digits in goals. Lethbridge plays UNO tonight to finish out their back-to-back-to-back so UNO might really put a beating on them.

cross cheque
10-08-2012, 04:13 PM
Well Minnesota State got the benefit of playing them when they were on the second night of a back to back. If the games were switched and the Gophers got to play Lethbridge the night after they played Minnesota State, the Maverick game would have been closer, and the Gophers would have put up double digits in goals. Lethbridge plays UNO tonight to finish out their back-to-back-to-back so UNO might really put a beating on them.

If UMTC played Lethbridge Sunday or Monday the game would have been run time and Haula would have been in net. Lethbridge could'nt have come into an olympic arena and kept up with the goofs on day 2 or 3 of 3 with travel and hoped to remain competitive for more than 20 minutes, I think that's a little closer to reality. Also, since when is GoldwingMC the pessimist of your fanbase?!

SanTropez
10-08-2012, 04:26 PM
If UMTC played Lethbridge Sunday or Monday the game would have been run time and Haula would have been in net. Lethbridge could'nt have come into an olympic arena and kept up with the goofs on day 2 or 3 of 3 with travel and hoped to remain competitive for more than 20 minutes, I think that's a little closer to reality. Also, since when is GoldwingMC the pessimist of your fanbase?!

True, Bjugs would have taken the whole team on himself and won, with Haula in net of course.

Dirty
10-08-2012, 04:29 PM
True, Bjugs would have taken the whole team on himself and won, with Haula in net of course.

Why risk Haula getting injured? The Gophers could've put Hauser in net and won.

Slap Shot
10-08-2012, 04:38 PM
The Gophers could've put Hauser in net and won.

Win what, a NC? He already did that.

SJHovey
10-08-2012, 04:51 PM
Well Minnesota State got the benefit of playing them when they were on the second night of a back to back. If the games were switched and the Gophers got to play Lethbridge the night after they played Minnesota State, the Maverick game would have been closer, and the Gophers would have put up double digits in goals. Lethbridge plays UNO tonight to finish out their back-to-back-to-back so UNO might really put a beating on them.I also think Mankato is going to be an improved team this year. Very much like Tech last year. A new coach who will have a positive impact. A cupboard not left completely empty. Mankato will surprise some teams this year.