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Koho
11-11-2012, 10:26 PM
Looking at the standings, MN is undefeated at home and. 500 on the road. That is the good news. However it is the teams that we have lost to (granted two of those teams always play us tough in their houses) that worry me.

So in WCHA play, the teams the Gophs are .500 on the road against are a combined 2-12-2, which means they have only gotten 1 point against teams other than MN. I don't quite see how they should be in the top 5 in the Poles with that record.

The Rube
11-11-2012, 10:28 PM
So in WCHA play, the teams the Gophs are .500 on the road against are a combined 2-12-2, which means they have only gotten 1 point against teams other than MN. I don't quite see how they should be in the top 5 in the Poles with that record.

<---look at me not caring about the Poles/polls/Pohls. They cannot help us get to the national title. No, reallllly look. ;)

HarleyMC
11-12-2012, 03:34 AM
Looking at how this Gophers squad has progressed thus far in adjusting lines and fine tuning fundamentals such as special teams, transition game, puck possession, forechecking, play execution and shot totals, etc., I'm not at all concerned about a swoon phase this season with this amount of depth and talent.

If the Gophers had a month of organized team practices before starting the season, I might pay more attention to the polls. But the polls are not an very accurate indicator of actual potential at this stage. Which ever team is playing their best hockey in March...wins.

They've still got to work on goal production and D coverage lapses, but I expect this team to be sorted out on lines and firing on all cylinders by the break. If they can execute with collective energy and team work for 60 minutes every game, there is no doubt in my mind this team is a serious contender for a national title.

I agree Koho on Bjugs using his size a little better around the net. He tends to distance himself for a shot rather than storm the net and use his size advantage.

Koho
11-12-2012, 07:45 AM
<---look at me not caring about the Poles/polls/Pohls. They cannot help us get to the national title. No, reallllly look. ;)

And looking good in the Pohls wasn't my point. I mentioned them because the fact they have stayed at #2 these past few weeks did not seem to match their play. But at the same time, I would like to see them high in the Poles not because I care how they rank, but because I know that is reflects how they have been playing.

And I admit I had extreme expectations, starting out at a high level and staying high, given they started fast last year with a lot of the same players. I expected Bjugs to be dominating in most games and expected to be looking forward to each weekend as much as I did last year. I also expected a slight drop in BC, with the young D, as I obviously see them as one of the main contenders. Instead, I feel more Scoobi-esque about each weekend (old Scooby, not that one we saw for a few weeks earlier.). I see BC rolling and their fans raving about Geadreau the way I expected to hear us talking about Bjugs. (And of course getting McCoshen to commit just keeps it rolling for them. Not that I can complain about MN's future projections.) I have been watching hockey plenty long to know what really matters is the intensity of the game you're playing in March. It is mostly about momentum in the playoffs, and whether a team can win that last game is most important. And that teams like No Dak tend to start slower and build momentum and that could be the way this season turns out. But on the other hand, I thought this could be the year they dominate for much of the year and it is exciting to watch for the whole year. I realize I am expecting too much. And that I am mainly just realizing I have to adjust to more realistic expectations. I need to realize they probably aren't as deep at forward as last year (although if the majority of returnees can learn to make a step up from where they were last year, that shouldn't matter.) I don;t think the sky is falling or they are in trouble. I just would like to see a few more games where they turn it on for the whole game.

jerryj
11-12-2012, 08:53 PM
did lucia say anything out of the ordinary tonight? specifically on why he is continues to play 8 defensemen in the lineup?

Steve_MN
11-13-2012, 01:28 PM
did lucia say anything out of the ordinary tonight? specifically on why he is continues to play 8 defensemen in the lineup?

Not so much about the 8 defensemen as such, but he did say that Warning will be out again :(

Driftryder
11-13-2012, 02:02 PM
Have we ever gotten any kind of news about what exactly Warning's injury is?

I don't even remember hearing the generic "upper body" or "lower body" injury type thing. :confused:

D2D
11-13-2012, 02:57 PM
Have we ever gotten any kind of news about what exactly Warning's injury is?

I don't even remember hearing the generic "upper body" or "lower body" injury type thing. :confused:

Makes me think it MIGHT be concussion-related...but pure speculation on my part.

Driftryder
11-13-2012, 02:59 PM
Makes me think it MIGHT be concussion-related...but pure speculation on my part.

Yep, I was thinking the same thing.

Tiggsy
11-13-2012, 04:13 PM
did lucia say anything out of the ordinary tonight? specifically on why he is continues to play 8 defensemen in the lineup?

Because those 8 defensemen stay in the lineup must say a lot about Michaelson and Horn not being able to make it.

Greyeagle
11-17-2012, 10:43 AM
MN needs to stop letting the other team dictate the style play.

state of hockey
11-17-2012, 06:39 PM
The ladies set the record with 22 straight wins. 84 goals scored this season, 8 allowed. Nice to see them continue rolling.

Stauber1
11-17-2012, 06:46 PM
The ladies set the record with 22 straight wins. 84 goals scored this season, 8 allowed. Nice to see them continue rolling.
They seem like they are on a complete other level from the rest of Div. 1 women's hockey.

D2D
11-18-2012, 01:14 AM
They seem like they are on a complete other level from the rest of Div. 1 women's hockey.

There's a handful of very strong teams out East that would play them very tough...Cornell especially.

Golden Tuuk
11-18-2012, 01:18 AM
There's a handful of very strong teams out East that would play them very tough...Cornell especially.

Doubt that. Everyone knows West is best.

mnstate0fhockey
11-18-2012, 01:33 AM
@Charley_Walters: Gophers men's hockey has offered tenders to prep juniors Connor Hurley and Austin Pogansky, and sophomore Shane Gersich.

Driftryder
11-18-2012, 08:25 AM
“@Charley_Walters: Gophers men's hockey has offered tenders to prep juniors Connor Hurley and Austin Pogansky, and sophomore Shane Gersich.”

Hope we can land them, those are some high end recruits.

Driftryder
11-18-2012, 08:29 AM
recap from Gophersports


MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 3 Minnesota men's hockey team answered a Badgers shorthanded goal with three unanswered scores on Saturday night to pick up a 3-1 win over Wisconsin at Mariucci Arena. Nick Bjugstad, Tom Serratore and Kyle Rau scored for the Gophers while the Minnesota penalty kill finished the night 4-for-4 with just one shot against.

"It was a very good college hockey game," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "I thought both teams competed extremely hard. It went down to the third period, and for us it was great to see a guy (Serratore) that doesn't score a lot score a big goal."

After tying 2-2 in overtime on Friday night, Minnesota (7-2-2 overall, 4-2-2 WCHA) started down a goal on Saturday as Ryan Little tallied his first of the year at 16:24 on a Badgers shorthanded goal from Brendan Woods and Frankie Simonelli.

Nick Bjugstad erased the one-goal deficit with his sixth of the year at 7:14 of the second period - a snipe that moved the junior into a tie with Erik Haula for the team goal lead. Christian Isackson and Mike Reilly were credited with assists on the goal.

Haula would factor into the eventual game winner - beating a Badgers defenseman to move the puck into the offensive zone and picking up his team-high 14th point of the season when he fed Serratore for the eventual game-winning goal. Zach Budish also picked up an assist on the play to end the weekend with three points (one goal, two assists). The goal for Serratore snapped an eight-game point drought for the forward dating back to the first weekend of the season.

"Tom Serratore came up big with that game winner," Bjugstad said. "The team put together a great effort. We came out hard from the start, so that was a good statement to make."

"I was just fortunate enough to get around the guy and throw it on net, and it went in," Serratore said.

Kyle Rau would put the icing on the cake with 24 seconds left - pocketing the empty netter to give Minnesota the 3-1 win. Bjugstad and senior Seth Helgeson earned assists - Helgeson's marking the alternate captain's second point of the season.

On the other end of the ice, Adam Wilcox made 16 saves in goal to improve 6-1-2 on the season. Despite the low shot numbers - Minnesota has now outshot opponents in 10-of-11 games this season - the rookie goaltender came up big when called upon. Joel Rumpel suffered the loss for Wisconsin (1-5-2, 1-3-2) to fall to 1-4-1 this year.

Minnesota continues the 2012-13 season next weekend with the team's first-ever trip to Vermont.

goldy_331
11-18-2012, 08:33 AM
@Charley_Walters: Gophers men's hockey has offered tenders to prep juniors Connor Hurley and Austin Pogansky, and sophomore Shane Gersich.

Hurley was at the Friday game.

mnstate0fhockey
11-18-2012, 09:19 AM
Hurley was at the Friday game.

I heard that. Awesome.