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2Bladedskates
02-05-2016, 04:37 PM
Per Twitter looks like Kessel makes her return. A very good Gopher team just got a whole lot better.

CrazyDave
02-05-2016, 04:50 PM
See the Gopher thread for tonight's official forward lines.

FredsDeadFriend
02-05-2016, 05:00 PM
No matter how she does tonight, this is awesome! Love it when someone who was thought to be out of the game, can come back. Even if her comeback doesn't help the Gophers, it gives the US Olympic team some hope.

brookyone
02-05-2016, 05:58 PM
More media vehicles outside Ridder. #8 first on the ice for pre-game warm up.

Ted Knight
02-05-2016, 08:20 PM
2 helpers so far...She will end up with more points than the first line of 50% of the teams out there. good for her.

Ciscokid
02-05-2016, 08:49 PM
Awesome player, wishing her the best!

D2D
02-05-2016, 09:35 PM
Named the No. 1 Star of the Game tonight...:cool:

ne7minder
02-05-2016, 10:01 PM
Named the No. 1 Star of the Game tonight...:cool:

I felt Lev deserved that, she made some unbelievable saved & crush NDs hopes. Kessel looked OK and did get 2 helpers so I would have swapped the two

ARM
02-05-2016, 10:07 PM
I felt Lev deserved that, she made some unbelievable saved & crush NDs hopes. Kessel looked OK and did get 2 helpers so I would have swapped the twoWhich is why you don't get to vote. ;) Leveille played great; no argument. But Kessel brought the magic into the building, and you have to appreciate that.

Timothy A
02-05-2016, 10:14 PM
So how many minutes did she play and how did she look?

bluffrinkrat
02-05-2016, 10:42 PM
Both Amandas played great and Amanda K's smile when she came out to wave to the crowd after being named the 1st star of the game was radiant.

Eeyore
02-05-2016, 10:57 PM
So how many minutes did she play and how did she look?

She took regular shifts with Brandt and Cameranesi. Sophie Skarzynski took her place a few times during the first two periods, though she also played at least one shift for Cameranesi. Kessel was out on the penalty kill and played all 14 seconds of power play time that the Gophers had.

As I said above, I was pleasantly surprised about how well she played her first game in two years. She didn't dominate, but she was definitely noticeable, and one of the UND defensemen almost had her pocket picked at the top of the circle. Kessel didn't shy away from action in the corners and along the boards. In all, I think she'll be a very good addition to the team even if she doesn't reach the level she was at in 2013. She needs to build up her stamina, and I have no idea how long that will take.

And adding her won't exactly hurt a power play already clicking at 48%. They've now converted all three chances they've had in the last three games.

Eeyore
02-05-2016, 11:09 PM
Both Amandas played great and Amanda K's smile when she came out to wave to the crowd after being named the 1st star of the game was radiant.

It couldn't have been bigger than the one when she came out for introductions unless she's a gug.

D2D
02-06-2016, 08:41 AM
She also helped put the Gopher women on the front page of the Star Tribune's sports section this morning, which is pretty rare:

Kessel's two assists in return help Gophers defeat North Dakota 3-0
http://www.startribune.com/kessel-s-two-assists-in-return-help-gophers-defeat-north-dakota-3-0/367887451/#1

ne7minder
02-06-2016, 09:23 AM
Which is why you don't get to vote. ;) Leveille played great; no argument. But Kessel brought the magic into the building, and you have to appreciate that.

I thought 'stars of the game' went to players according to their contribution to the win not attendance. Yes, 8 brought magic & I recognize that, I still think that it was 29 saved this from being a lot closer or worse. It was also her best work this year, if she sustains that for the rest of the season I may have to alter my predictions for the championship!

ARM
02-06-2016, 09:28 AM
I thought 'stars of the game' went to players according to their contribution to the win not attendance.Exactly. Kessel gets my vote for #1 star. I'm not disputing Lev's contributions at all, but I don't see it as a close call, so let's agree to disagree. :)

ne7minder
02-06-2016, 09:30 AM
So how many minutes did she play and how did she look?

I can't add much to what eeyore said below except to comment that there was no fear in her play - she went hard into the corners and didn't shy from contact. It scared the h-e-double-l outta me but raised my admiration for the woman more than I thought possible. I expected some tentativeness given her situation but she played as if that never happened.

5mn_Major
02-06-2016, 09:32 AM
Agree with most sentiment. Kessel looked good. I'm cool with her getting top billing although I probably saw Cameranesi more often.

Based on a tiny sample size, I wonder if the next few games see Kessel being an assist machine. I would guess its going to take awhile for her to get the go-to-the net killer instinct back.

ne7minder
02-06-2016, 09:39 AM
Exactly. Kessel gets my vote for #1 star. I'm not disputing Lev's contributions at all, but I don't see it as a close call, so let's agree to disagree. :)

I admit to not being close to in your league at evaluating play so I defer to you. Maybe the build up made me expect too much, maybe it's that I have seen her have a bigger impact on games (which I admit may be unfair given her situation), or maybe it is my affinity for goaltenders. But this is all part of the fun of being a fan of GWH, we can argue about a triviality like who had a bigger impact on the game which does not matter in the scheme of things when there are so many deserving candidates.

2Bladedskates
02-06-2016, 12:20 PM
Nice interview with Frost on Hockey Day and Amanda Kessel. He broke down their power play and how much she helps. LOL! They are clicking at 48% and would be scary sick if they got any better!!