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GopherBigGuy911
10-28-2012, 03:59 PM
I have to say I am rather concerned about the power play. It just is not there this year so far.

HarleyMC
10-28-2012, 04:03 PM
I have to say I am rather concerned about the power play. It just in not there this year so far.

I agree, and we're not tickling the twine much either. Not good. Overrated?

state of hockey
10-28-2012, 04:03 PM
I have to say I am rather concerned about the power play. It just is not there this year so far.

A lot of things aren't. Michigan State is just THAT bad.

It's early, they'll come around.

GopherBigGuy911
10-28-2012, 04:08 PM
I agree, and we're not tickling the twine much either. Not good. Overrated?

Very much so overrated and underachieving at this point. Not time to pull the fire alarm yet, but I think Budish needs to move back up to the first line. I thought they really had something with isaccson (sp) but I just don't see it anymore.

GopherBigGuy911
10-28-2012, 04:13 PM
A lot of things aren't. Michigan State is just THAT bad.

It's early, they'll come around.

Any you guys said I was nuts that Michigan State and Pedo Sate were going to be fighting for the bottom bunk ;-)

mnstate0fhockey
10-28-2012, 05:14 PM
I'm not worried about the offense, or the power play. They'll come around. They have been switching up lines and playing various defenders up front, so it's hard to find consistency. On top of that, while Canisius has had their struggles offensively, they really have played very well defensively. They clog up the neutral zone well, tie up guys out front, are very disciplined on the back-end, and have very solid goaltending.

What I have been watching more closely is our defensive play. We started out shaky defensively last year too, then gelled into a pretty stable back-end by year end. Hopefully they work out the kinks and start limiting the mistakes and turnovers soon.

mnstate0fhockey
10-28-2012, 05:50 PM
Adam Wilcox is now 3-0 on the season with a 1.13 GAA and a .934 SV%.

Per Russo:


But in the end, freshman Adam Wilcox shut the door with 20 saves for his first college shutout by a 1-0 score. His last, with 30 seconds left to cruelly rob Tyler Wiseman, was a thing of beauty and may have earned him the No. 1 job.

Don Lucia wouldn’t say obviously, but he definitely raved about the South St. Paul lad and the confidence he has in him during the postgame press scrum. By Thursday, Lucia said the coaching staff will either decide to continue with the Michael Shibrowski-Wilcox rotation into a fourth weekend, maybe switch it up where Wilcox plays Friday and Shibrowski Saturday OR let one goalie play both games.

My guess?

That sounds to me like Wilcox plays Friday against Minnesota State, and if he plays well and/or isn’t overly taxed, he plays on the road in Mankato on Saturday.

Again, this is pure conjecture but an educated guess from somebody who’s covered a lot of hockey games (albeit not a lot of college games) and read the minds of a ton of coaches.

Slap Shot
10-28-2012, 06:05 PM
I didn't think defensive play was a problem today, although it's hard to judge due to the opponent.

mnstate0fhockey
10-28-2012, 06:07 PM
I didn't think defensive play was a problem today, although it's hard to judge due to the opponent.

Agreed. They played much more disciplined today. Consistency is key though. Hopefully they keep it up.

mnstate0fhockey
10-28-2012, 08:55 PM
Taylor Cammarata with a 6pt game today against Youngstown (2-4-6). Now leads the USHL in scoring (7-10-17). Justin Kloos also had a goal and an assist and is tied for second in the USHL in scoring (6-9-15). Gabe Guertler leads the USHL in goals scored with 9 and is tied for 12th in the USHL in scoring (9-2-11).

Koho
10-28-2012, 11:24 PM
I'm thinkin' some of the guys on GPL will be calling for Lucia to go, since they only won 1-0.

gopher wes
10-29-2012, 09:13 AM
Mark Alt continues to make me scratch my head. I thought he played horribly yesterday. I have no idea how he was the Gophers best +/- guy heading into yesterday's game. He must have been on the ice for a ton of goals in that Michigan St series because he looked terrible in Houghton and pretty bad against Canisius.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 09:16 AM
Mark Alt continues to make me scratch my head. I thought he played horribly yesterday. I have no idea how he was the Gophers best +/- guy heading into yesterday's game. He must have been on the ice for a ton of goals in that Michigan St series because he looked terrible in Houghton and pretty bad against Canisius.

Room for improvement to be sure, but I don't think anyone looked horrible defensively yesterday.

D2D
10-29-2012, 09:23 AM
Room for improvement to be sure, but I don't think anyone looked horrible defensively yesterday.

Agree. A little harsh to conclude that anyone looked terrible defensively when you don't give up any goals. If there's room for criticism, it would be the offense for scoring only one goal. That won't win many games.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 09:31 AM
Agree. A little harsh to conclude that anyone looked terrible defensively when you don't give up any goals. If there's room for criticism, it would be the offense for scoring only one goal. That won't win many games.

True. And when you control the puck 90% of the game, spend 80% of the game in the offensive zone, attempt 73 shots, and put 42 shots on net, but only score 1 goal, sometimes you just have to tip your hat to your opponent's defense and goaltending.

If the Gophers continue to get that much puck possession, offensive zone time, and shots to the net, the goals will come.

Now we know how Wild opponents have felt the last few years when our offensively inept team has occasionally stifled teams with timely defense and great goaltending.

I'm just glad our squad stayed patient, didn't turn the puck over by pressing, and give up an equalizer. A W is a W :)

SanTropez
10-29-2012, 09:35 AM
True. And when you control the puck 90% of the game, spend 80% of the game in the offensive zone, attempt 73 shots, and put 42 shots on net, but only score 1 goal, sometimes you just have to tip your hat to your opponent's defense and goaltending.

If the Gophers continue to get that much puck possession, offensive zone time, and shots to the net, the goals will come.

Now we know how Wild opponents have felt the last few years when our offensively inept team has occasionally stifled teams with timely defense and great goaltending.

I'm just glad our squad stayed patient, didn't turn the puck over by pressing, and give up an equalizer. A W is a W :)

Agreed. I was thinking the same thing yesterday while watching, how crappy it must have been for offensive teams to play the Wild.

SanTropez
10-29-2012, 09:47 AM
I do think Matson and Hansen were a huge part of that lineup late in the year and those 2 pieces haven't been replaced yet, the lines are ok but something is missing. I wish Budish would go back to the 1st line and Isackson can play on the 2nd with Warning and Haula. Or throw Condon up with Bjugs and Rau and put Isackson on the 3rd with Boyd and Ambroz, either way Matson and Hansen are missed.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 09:53 AM
I do think Matson and Hansen were a huge part of that lineup late in the year and those 2 pieces haven't been replaced yet, the lines are ok but something is missing. I wish Budish would go back to the 1st line and Isackson can play on the 2nd with Warning and Haula. Or throw Condon up with Bjugs and Rau and put Isackson on the 3rd with Boyd and Ambroz, either way Matson and Hansen are missed.

Agreed. We have got a lot of scoring balance though. Lots of guys with points. Maybe things will change if we continue to struggle to find goals, but I'm really not too worried about this team offensively. At least we're continuing to win (or split on the road) while we figure things out.

JF_Gophers
10-29-2012, 10:27 AM
1 goal, at home, against Canisius? Preceded by a draw with U-18.

No way we are going anywhere if we don't start performing better.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 10:42 AM
1 goal, at home, against Canisius? Preceded by a draw with U-18.

No way we are going anywhere if we don't start performing better.

If we continue the rest of the season only getting 1 goal on 42 shots (with as many as 73 attempted), I'll be worried too. And stunned.

As for the exhibition, it's a non-factor for me. I don't read too much into games were AJ Michaelson sees power play time.