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gopher wes
10-29-2012, 10:43 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.
Can someone show me where I said that Alt looked bad defensively? His decision making right now is what is frustrating to me. Pinching at terrible times(especially in Houghton) and he has had some brutal passes as well. Expected more from him this year(yes, I know it is very early). Hoping it is just some early season jitters and he can clean up his act.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 10:45 AM
Can someone show me where I said that Alt looked bad defensively? His decision making right now is what is frustrating to me. Pinching at terrible times(especially in Houghton) and he has had some brutal passes as well. Expected more from him this year(yes, I know it is very early). Hoping it is just some early season jitters and he can clean up his act.

In Houghton he was brutal. Not going to say he was sharp against Canisius, but he did nothing that had me overly concerned. Like I said, there is certainly room for improvement on our back-end all-around.

In Lucia's system, our defenders take more chances and pinch a good deal. We just need to make sure guys are covering when they do. Our back-check in Houghton was also virtually non-existent.

5mn_Major
10-29-2012, 10:47 AM
I don't see the problems being defensive breakdowns. If we score 3+ goals, we will likely win. We must finish. Likewise, I don't think Hansen and Matson (although players I really liked) should be an issue when you look at the very long list of great offensive players on this team that are now a year older. I'd say a bigger issue than the departure of Hansen and Matson is that they haven't been replaced by really any freshmen forwards of note.

As is always the single most critical issue for Gopher teams that are a half a step away from greatness, its the ability to finish goals that will be the key.

D2D
10-29-2012, 11:43 AM
As is always the single most critical issue for Gopher teams that are a half a step away from greatness, its the ability to finish goals that will be the key.

Good observation. The Gophers almost always dominate when it comes to puck possession, but that's not how they keep score.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Good observation. The Gophers almost always dominate when it comes to puck possession, but that's not how they keep score.

Hard to score when you don't have the puck though. And the more you have it, and get it to the net, the more likely it will go in.

I'd be more willing to entertain the idea of a Gopher scoring problem if we weren't talking about such a ridiculously small sample size of games.

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 11:59 AM
I guess Minnesota hockey teams just can't make people happy.

The Wild were considered pretenders last season when leading the entire league in mid December because the advanced stats showed they had too little offensive zone time. "Things will even out ", we were told. Despite injuries also being a factor, things did even out. Considerably.

Now just 5 games into this Gopher hockey season there are rumblings that the Gophers have a scoring problem. This despite the fact that they had the puck in the offensive zone against Canisius 80% of the game and attempted 73 shots.

Things will even out. The scoring will come.

Just like I didn't expect us to constantly be rolling over teams like we did to Michigan State, I don't think we continue to go 1/43 on opportunities either.

JF_Gophers
10-29-2012, 12:03 PM
Minnesota hockey teams can make us happy. Don't suck at any point, and we will be happy. :D

mnstate0fhockey
10-29-2012, 01:47 PM
Minnesota hockey teams can make us happy. Don't suck at any point, and we will be happy. :D

4-1 sucks? Tough crowd :p:D:D

Happy
10-29-2012, 03:13 PM
I'm Happy.

Greyeagle
10-29-2012, 03:38 PM
I'm Happy.
Indisputable!

5mn_Major
10-29-2012, 09:49 PM
I guess Minnesota hockey teams just can't make people happy.

One and a half average goals against U18ers and Canisius is a little different weekend than many would expect is all. And this being a message board, many here are just discussing it.

Personally I never get too concerned with a hiccup in the first half. BC went 4 Ws and 6 Ls to finish the first half and won their last 19. Come February, you have a better idea of how things are going.

mnstate0fhockey
10-30-2012, 07:39 AM
One and a half average goals against U18ers and Canisius is a little different weekend than many would expect is all. And this being a message board, many here are just discussing it.

Personally I never get too concerned with a hiccup in the first half. BC went 4 Ws and 6 Ls to finish the first half and won their last 19. Come February, you have a better idea of how things are going.

Understood. I never said people shouldn't be able to discuss their concerns. I am just explaining why I think some of those concerns are a little knee-jerk IMO. Just trying to ease some minds :)

Agree completely with you on it being much too early.

mnstate0fhockey
10-30-2012, 06:32 PM
Jack Ramsey: “@Ramsey_16: Very excited to announce that I've committed to play hockey at the University Of Minnesota! #hardworkpaysoff #GoGophs”

HarleyMC
10-31-2012, 01:12 AM
Jack Ramsey: “@Ramsey_16: Very excited to announce that I've committed to play hockey at the University Of Minnesota! #hardworkpaysoff #GoGophs”

Awesome recruit...Mike Ramsey's son.

D2D
10-31-2012, 11:14 AM
Awesome recruit...Mike Ramsey's son.

As was Mike's daughter Rachel, who is having a very good year with the women's team.

Driftryder
10-31-2012, 01:10 PM
Welcome aboard, Jack Ramsey!

jerryj
10-31-2012, 01:19 PM
does jack ramsey play like his old man?

mnstate0fhockey
10-31-2012, 01:35 PM
does jack ramsey play like his old man?

He's a forward, not a defenseman like his dad, but he has plenty of skill.

SanTropez
10-31-2012, 02:10 PM
Now we need to lock Gersich up (Who is a Broten) and we will be on our way to getting back the JR version of the 1980 Gopher team, who would have won a NC if they hadn't been playing and winning on team USA. Any other former Gopher greats kids we are after? :)

mnstate0fhockey
10-31-2012, 02:14 PM
Now we need to lock Gersich up (Who is a Broten) and we will be on our way to getting back the JR version of the 1980 Gopher team, who would have won a NC if they hadn't been playing and winning on team USA. Any other former Gopher greats kids we are after? :)

Gersich's dad was a Gopher too :)

Gotta nab Hurley while we're at it too.