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Driftryder
10-08-2012, 12:48 PM
The Gophers open the regular season at Mariucci Arena this weekend, they host soon to be conference foes Michigan State for 2 nonconference games. Fridays game is at 6:00PM and Saturday is at 8:00PM, they are both on FSN.

The Gophers spanked lowly Lethbridge 7-0 Saturday night in an exhibition game while Michigan State plays Windsor tonight in an exhibition game.


Go

gopher wes
10-08-2012, 12:56 PM
So effing excited!! Is it Friday yet?!

jerryj
10-08-2012, 01:24 PM
i said last year after getting beaten rather convincingly at michigan state that id like to see how the matchup plays out on an olympic sheet. here is the U's chance. gotta get some early out-of-conference wins so they dont have the same pairwise problem as last year. and a bit of an early start on a new rivalry..

gopher wes
10-08-2012, 02:00 PM
Agreed, great way to prepare for a new rivalry with BTHC starts and you know a bunch of these guys have a bad taste in their mouths after MSU took "3pts" from the Gophers last year.

Driftryder
10-08-2012, 02:17 PM
Yeah it should be a good series, looking forward to it.

Michigan State fans: Can you give us some info on your squad this year, are they young or old or a good mixture? What are the strengths and weaknesses heading into the season?

Pirateasaurus
10-08-2012, 02:35 PM
Yeah it should be a good series, looking forward to it.

Michigan State fans: Can you give us some info on your squad this year, are they young or old or a good mixture? What are the strengths and weaknesses heading into the season?

Our team is quite young this year. I believe 10 incoming freshman along with two transfers. They appear to be a pretty cool blend of size and skill which I think was sorely needed, especially size on the blueline. There are a couple of big questions marks, mostly on defense. Actually that is really the only big questions mark, I guess. We only have 2 returning defenders and one of them was out the second half of the year with a concussion last season. Also, Torey Krug, our captain and one of the CCHA's best defensemen opted to forego his senior year and jumped to the NHL. We brought in 2 transfers to help take some pressure off of our freshman but nobody really knows what to expect. Defense might be an absolute adventure this season, at least until our guys get their feet wet.

Our offense should be able to put up points this year. Plenty of new faces but some pretty good talent returning and not nearly as inexperienced as the defense. Seriously, this weekend is gonna be wild back there.

Goaltending should be quite good. Yanakeff is solid with plenty of experience splitting starts the last couple years. He started to take over near the end of last year.

Without having seen us play yet, it's a little harder to pin this stuff down. While Windsor isn't going to be a great indicator of how good we are, it will be useful to see the guys play a bit. Perhaps later tonight we will be able to shed some more light on our team.

But not to sandbag or anything, I am not expecting a win out there. Minny will have far too much firepower aimed at our inexperienced defense.

Driftryder
10-08-2012, 02:52 PM
Our team is quite young this year. I believe 10 incoming freshman along with two transfers. They appear to be a pretty cool blend of size and skill which I think was sorely needed, especially size on the blueline. There are a couple of big questions marks, mostly on defense. Actually that is really the only big questions mark, I guess. We only have 2 returning defenders and one of them was out the second half of the year with a concussion last season. Also, Torey Krug, our captain and one of the CCHA's best defensemen opted to forego his senior year and jumped to the NHL. We brought in 2 transfers to help take some pressure off of our freshman but nobody really knows what to expect. Defense might be an absolute adventure this season, at least until our guys get their feet wet.

Our offense should be able to put up points this year. Plenty of new faces but some pretty good talent returning and not nearly as inexperienced as the defense. Seriously, this weekend is gonna be wild back there.

Goaltending should be quite good. Yanakeff is solid with plenty of experience splitting starts the last couple years. He started to take over near the end of last year.

Without having seen us play yet, it's a little harder to pin this stuff down. While Windsor isn't going to be a great indicator of how good we are, it will be useful to see the guys play a bit. Perhaps later tonight we will be able to shed some more light on our team.

But not to sandbag or anything, I am not expecting a win out there. Minny will have far too much firepower aimed at our inexperienced defense.

Yeah it's tough to know exactly what the team is going to be like without seeing them play yet. Even after our game against Lethbridge (who were awful) it still doesn't give you the full picture of what kind of team we will have. Goaltending for us will be the big ? with a Freshman and a Junior who hasn't played much at all, our D should be strong this year with everyone returning, as well as pretty balanced scoring throughout our lineup.

Tiggsy
10-08-2012, 02:58 PM
Being #1 makes me think every series, especially early, could be trap games. We should be good but how will it all come together when it starts to count in the records. Goalies often need to stand on their head to contain such a high powered offense, but it has happened. I'm very anxious to see the combinations on the ice and how well they work together. Also how Shiby and Wilcox stand up to a better challenge that may actually keep them awake for the entire game. :)

SanTropez
10-08-2012, 05:25 PM
Can't wait, let's go Gophers!

Koho
10-08-2012, 10:15 PM
What are the times, again?

D2D
10-08-2012, 11:30 PM
What are the times, again?

Friday: 6pm
Saturday: 8pm

The Rube
10-09-2012, 01:38 AM
MN sweeps. There is no doubt.

goldy_331
10-09-2012, 08:02 AM
Friday: 6pm
Saturday: 8pm

Glad of those times. Just got the bantam schedule for the month and the kid's got a practice from 5:10-6:10 so we can scramble and make the game at 8, 7 and he would miss the game as I'd take someone else.

Tiggsy
10-09-2012, 09:29 AM
Is it just me or is the facebook countdown to the game starting to get a little annoying? They started it much too high.

gopher wes
10-09-2012, 09:38 AM
Is it just me or is the facebook countdown to the game starting to get a little annoying? They started it much too high.
I've loved every day of it!

D2D
10-09-2012, 12:25 PM
According to this writer Michigan State will finish 5th in the CCHA's last season:

http://www.uscho.com/2012/10/09/in-terms-of-competition-level-ccha-going-out-on-a-high-note/

goldy_331
10-09-2012, 12:39 PM
Is it just me or is the facebook countdown to the game starting to get a little annoying? They started it much too high.

Yep, just you. :p

Tiggsy
10-09-2012, 02:10 PM
Yep, just you. :p

Woo hoo! I'm #1!.... wait...that's not good so nevermind. :p :D

It's like the old saying "a watched pot never boils." The countdown has been making me watch the hell out of that pot for over 3 weeks so it's taking waaaaaay too long. Just drop the puck already!

Slap Shot
10-09-2012, 05:59 PM
Friday cannot come soon enough. The Gophers better be ready to put all the predictions behind and skate hard against MSU or it could be a long weekend. I'm not yet ready to go Brent/Jacques on the bit.

Pirateasaurus
10-09-2012, 06:02 PM
I don't know where all the MSU posters have went. There used to be more of us.

Anyways, as expected, we set Windsor's hams ablaze last night. Also as expected, things were a bit sloppy for a while and there were a good amount of miscues but overall the new guys performed well and the veterans look pretty good. Outshot them 48-14 and we looked unstoppable in the 3rd period. Windsor appeared to be gassed or to have lost their resolve after going down 5 goals. This actually doesn't give me more confidence for this weekend because i quite doubt that Windsor would be able to hang with any decent NCAA team. While our young D played pretty well and didn't allow much to go on in our own end, but this weekend will be a big step up in game speed.

Michigan plays Windsor tonight. I am a little curious to see how that goes even though i fully expect M to throttle them because they looked dead the last 15 minutes of last night. Also, you know, not helped with Michigan probably being way better than them and all.