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osualum86
02-04-2013, 07:25 PM
Well, here we are. Three weekends left in the regular season. Ohio State split at Bemidji and now faces an uphill battle to finish in the top four and get home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. This weekend they face undefeated and top-ranked Minnesota, who does not appear to have a weakness. It will be a big challenge to be competitive with the Gophers this weekend, but our coaching staff and kids will give it their all. I thought Minnesota had a great team last year and they actually appear to be even better this season. It will be a tough draw the next two weekends as the Buckeyes have to travel to North Dakota after this series to take on a surging North Dakota team before closing the season at home vs Minnesota State. Good luck to both teams and let's hope for injury-free games.

ARM
02-04-2013, 07:43 PM
Good luck to both teams and let's hope for injury-free games.Amen to that. The Gophers are as banged up as they've been at any time this season, and this isn't a good time of year to run out of bodies.

Especially because then Eeyore will say, "Told you so.":D

Eeyore
02-04-2013, 08:49 PM
Amen to that. The Gophers are as banged up as they've been at any time this season, and this isn't a good time of year to run out of bodies.

Especially because then Eeyore will say, "Told you so.":D

What makes you think I'm going to wait that long?

Looking forward to seeing the games this weekend.

Blackbeard
02-04-2013, 09:02 PM
Amen to that. The Gophers are as banged up as they've been at any time this season, and this isn't a good time of year to run out of bodies.

Funny that you should mention that. Not that I want to see this happen, I was thinking last week how UM's fortunes might start to change if they were to sustain 3 or 4 injuries to key players in the next week or so. Things can change in a hurry. Not that they have the same talent level, but UMD's horrendous start and worse than usual results at this point in the season is directly attributable to lots of injuries just prior to the season starting and the continuation of same for several weeks into the season.

pgb-ohio
02-04-2013, 09:09 PM
And for that matter, the Buckeyes' strong start this season can at least be partially attributed to having the Schmitt Twins both healthy and together on the ice from the beginning -- in contrast to last year.

WCHFan
02-04-2013, 09:59 PM
Amen to that. The Gophers are as banged up as they've been at any time this season, and this isn't a good time of year to run out of bodies.

Especially because then Eeyore will say, "Told you so.":D


Gophers banged up? Is Raty, Kessel, Brandt, Bozek, Bona, Ramsey, Terry, Brausen, lorence, Jalusuo, Stecklien, Kortum Etc. etc playing? Didn't they just beat UMD 6-2 5-0. Just means more ice time for Kessel and Brandt. Ouch! :)

Eeyore
02-04-2013, 10:44 PM
Gophers banged up? Is Raty, Kessel, Brandt, Bozek, Bona, Ramsey, Terry, Brausen, lorence, Jalusuo, Stecklien, Kortum Etc. etc playing? Didn't they just beat UMD 6-2 5-0. Just means more ice time for Kessel and Brandt. Ouch! :)

Kessel is the most obviously banged up player on the roster. She was just starting to really look right before she took a hit in Mankato. She's been off ever since, believe it or not.

ARM
02-04-2013, 11:41 PM
Kessel is the most obviously banged up player on the roster.Davie is pretty obviously banged up.

CrazyDave
02-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Kessel is the most obviously banged up player on the roster. She was just starting to really look right before she took a hit in Mankato. She's been off ever since, believe it or not.
If seven points against UMD are "off", I'm not sure if OSUAlum and PGB are going to want to see "on".

pgb-ohio
02-05-2013, 10:27 AM
Only in the sense that when an opposing player is scary-good, it can be, well, scary at times.:) But for all intents and purposes, this weekend is an everything to gain, nothing to lose situation for the Buckeyes. It's a chance to measure themselves against Amanda K. and the other Gopher stars.

If Gopher fans want to brace themselves for possible upsets by chatting up injuries, that's fine. I'm willing to call that appropriately humble.;)

D2D
02-05-2013, 10:29 AM
If Gopher fans want to brace themselves for possible upsets by chatting up injuries, that's fine. I'm willing to call that appropriately humble.;)

And that's appropriately gracious of you, pgb-ohio! ;)

osualum86
02-05-2013, 11:13 AM
If seven points against UMD are "off", I'm not sure if OSUAlum and PGB are going to want to see "on".

This! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

mnpokecheck
02-05-2013, 12:21 PM
If OSU can score like the best MN has faced (UND 2.25 goals/game avg vs MN) and defend like the best (UW 4.25 goals/game avg vs MN) they still loose by 2 .... :eek:.

D2D
02-05-2013, 05:53 PM
If OSU can score like the best MN has faced (UND 2.25 goals/game avg vs MN) and defend like the best (UW 4.25 goals/game avg vs MN) they still loose by 2 .... :eek:.

In other words you're saying that OSU doesn't have a shot? ;)

Hockey can be so unpredictable! Just about anything can happen in a single game, or even in a two game series for that matter.

Which team do folks think will be feeling the most pressure? And which team will be the more motivated?

Will OSU be lacking confidence? Will the Gophers be taking the Buckeyes for granted?

mnpokecheck
02-05-2013, 06:36 PM
In other words you're saying that OSU doesn't have a shot? ;)

Hockey can be so unpredictable! Just about anything can happen in a single game, or even in a two game series for that matter.

Which team do folks think will be feeling the most pressure? And which team will be the more motivated?

Will OSU be lacking confidence? Will the Gophers be taking the Buckeyes for granted?

I am amazed to see the depth of Minnesota's wins - no OT's, no 1 goal wins (vs WI empty net goal is closest). It's not easy to play well and play consistently in one end of the rink.....let alone both ends. In a single game anything can happen of course. But, no matter the end result, this is a very special team that future teams will be measured against and compared.

CrazyDave
02-06-2013, 07:35 AM
If seven points against UMD are "off", I'm not sure if OSUAlum and PGB are going to want to see "on".
Make it 8 points for Kessel against UMD. She was later credited with a second assist in the Friday game.

brookyone
02-06-2013, 11:08 AM
I'm not buying what I've been reading. If the Buckeyes show up and take the ice they have a chance. The Gophers are banged up from what I hear...with a few looking less than 100% themselves vs. UMD last weekend, IMO. Sure hope Davie is able to go. She's a big plus for Minnesota in several aspects.

Hope I can catch a game(s) video...I'll look into that. Don't recall ever watching a game in Columbus.

Edit: Scratch that...now I remember...Buckeye Vision.

CrazyDave
02-07-2013, 01:21 PM
Thought both sides of this series would enjoy this article from the Minnesota Daily.

Finnish teammates to meet as foes at OSU (http://www.mndaily.com/2013/02/07/finnish-teammates-meet-foes-osu)

D2D
02-07-2013, 02:13 PM
Thought both sides of this series would enjoy this article from the Minnesota Daily.

Finnish teammates to meet as foes at OSU (http://www.mndaily.com/2013/02/07/finnish-teammates-meet-foes-osu)

Thanks for posting the link! And to those who read it, don't forget to vote for Brad Frost in the poll question at the right! :)

pgb-ohio
02-07-2013, 04:54 PM
Just to show my goodwill, I cast a "provisional ballot" for Frost. But being that I'm not a registered voter in Minnesota, I suppose it will be disallowed. Wait a minute, does this constitute vote fraud?:eek:

In any case, it's nice to see that Frost is running second only to Lucia, meaning the two hockey coaches have the two top vote totals.:)

And yes, that is a nice write-up on the Team Finland teammates.