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FiveHoleFrenzy
04-05-2019, 03:46 PM
Adding Wethington will be like adding a freshman version of Ramsey or Stecklein. I think that is where the impact from this class will come, unless there is some addition beyond those signed. If Shearen beats someone out and cracks the top nine, I wouldn't expect her to make a huge difference over what that displaced forward would have contributed. Obviously, it is great if she can add depth to the team. In goal, I'd expect the veterans will get most of the minutes.

The team will have to improve by all of those freshmen and sophomores from this year making continued strides.

Agree on Wethington who will be their best D recruit since Stecklein. Shearen is interesting in that when she was younger, she was a player that really stood out but has plateaued a bit as she has gotten older. Still possesses good speed and skill and has lots of U18 experience, so that could possibly slot her as a 3rd line candidate. Mikayla Paul, has the ability to challenge for the starting goaltender position, if healthy, so it should be an interesting competition next year between Gulstene, Scobee, and Pahl.

I think most GWH fans would agree that there is untapped potential in the two classes heading into next year.

pokechecker
04-06-2019, 12:02 PM
Top 10 Freshman Classes by scoring 2018-19
1-in addition, the Gophers Freshman class had 2 defensemen in Hengler and Ostertag who should be key players
2-Wisconsin, at #5, only had 3 freshmen
....................G....A......P
Minnesota.....44...82...126
Princeton......51...69...120
UMD.............43...72...115
Northeastern.38...61....99
Wisconsin......44...42....86
Colgate.........34...51....85
Yale..............30...51....81
BU................29...39...68
Harvard.........29...37...66
Maine............22...42...64

and if the freshman, as sophomores, put the puck in the net instead of striking pipe ...
over the last part of the season they all did it at least once, and in important games too ...

D2D
04-29-2019, 09:08 PM
Congrats to Gophers Associate Head Coach Joel Johnson on being named Head Coach of the USA Under-22 Women's Select Team. Their series vs. Canada will be held Aug. 15-18 in Lake Placid, New York.

https://gophersports.com/news/2019/4/29/womens-ice-hockey-johnson-tabbed-to-lead-us-womens-u-22-team.aspx

FiveHoleFrenzy
05-01-2019, 11:08 AM
Some defensmen tips the Gophers could use...I like the cold meat slide, Puckpoon and helicopter... (Sadly, I think I've seen them do a couple of these ;))

Blue Line Troubles... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJCkM21AIlg)

D2D
05-17-2019, 09:37 AM
A couple of interesting exhibition games on the (tentative) 2019-20 Schedule: 9/21 vs. the Toronto Aeros and 11/5 vs. Hamline. Also, how many of last year's Whitecap players will be on the ice for the 9/22 exhibition?

Tentative 2019-20 Schedule:
Sept. 21 – vs. Toronto Aeros (exhibition)
Sept. 22 – vs. Minnesota Whitecaps (exhibition)
Sept. 27-29 – vs. Colgate (non-conference)
Oct. 4-6 – at Minnesota State (WCHA opener)
Oct. 11-12 – at Robert Morris (non-conference)
Oct. 18-20 – vs. St. Cloud State
Oct. 25-27 – at Ohio State
Nov. 1-3 – vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 5 – vs. Hamline (exhibition)
Nov. 8-10 – bye (4 Nations Cup)
Nov. 15-17 – vs. Bemidji State
Nov. 22-24 – at Minnesota Duluth
Nov. 29-30 – Showcase at Nashville, TN
Game 1 vs. Boston College
Game 2 vs. Harvard
Dec. 7 – U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (at Dakotah Ice Center, Prior Lake)
vs. Minnesota State (non-conference)

-- Winter Holiday Break --

Jan. 4-5 – vs. Yale (non-conference)
Jan. 10-12 – at St. Cloud State
Jan. 17-19 – vs. Ohio State
Jan. 24-26 – at Wisconsin
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 – vs. Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 7-9 – at Bemidji State
Feb. 14-16 – bye
Feb. 21-23 – vs. Minnesota State

-- End of Regular Season --

Feb. 28-Mar. 1 – WCHA Quarterfinals
(best 2 of 3 at higher seeds)

March 7 & 8 – WCHA Final Faceoff
at Ridder Arena

D2D
05-17-2019, 11:43 PM
Congrats and good luck Taylor!

https://twitter.com/wayzatatrojans/status/1129386441128239105?s=21

Leather helmet
05-18-2019, 08:49 AM
Congrats and good luck Taylor!

https://twitter.com/wayzatatrojans/status/1129386441128239105?s=21

I had the chance to see Dean Williamson-coached teams up close when my daughter played youth hockey against Edina. While it is certainly true that those teams were loaded with talent, they were also exceptionally well-coached and had a very positive, drama-free atmosphere. I have no doubt that they will be successful at Wayzata.

FiveHoleFrenzy
05-26-2019, 01:36 AM
I guess Minnesota needed another goalie for next year as Olivia King (Brainerd/Little Falls) has signed on the dotted line with the Gophers. I wonder if any of the 4 goalies for next year can skate out and play forward? ;)

FiveHoleFrenzy
05-26-2019, 10:30 AM
Nice interview of King winning the 2019 goalie of the year award from YHH...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0JZF0GCgBc

Heard about this player from a parent of a girl in the Stillwater girls youth hockey program... And nice to see Sue Ring-Jarvi interviewed as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNo6Va8KSaw

Timothy A
05-27-2019, 07:41 PM
I guess Minnesota needed another goalie for next year as Olivia King (Brainerd/Little Falls) has signed on the dotted line with the Gophers. I wonder if any of the 4 goalies for next year can skate out and play forward? ;)

Play 2 G 1 D and 3. That might work out better for ya.

D2D
06-18-2019, 07:28 PM
Just four players coming in this season, two of whom are goaltenders.

Gophers Sign King for 2019-20
https://gophersports.com/news/2019/6/13/womens-ice-hockey-gophers-sign-king-for-2019-20.aspx

D2D
06-26-2019, 08:01 PM
The lineup for the 14th annual "Hockey Day Minnesota" is now set, and the Gophers will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in an outdoor game on Saturday, January 18th at Parade Stadium near downtown Minneapolis.

https://www.foxsports.com/north/story/hockey-day-minnesota-2020-details-announced-062619

Here's hoping for ideal outdoor hockey conditions!

bluffrinkrat
06-26-2019, 09:54 PM
The lineup for the 14th annual "Hockey Day Minnesota" is now set, and the Gophers will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in an outdoor game on Saturday, January 18th at Parade Stadium near downtown Minneapolis.

https://www.foxsports.com/north/story/hockey-day-minnesota-2020-details-announced-062619

Here's hoping for ideal outdoor hockey conditions!

I remember the Hockey City Classic in 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium. We were so frozen after the women's game that we gave away our tickets for the men's game that was played later that day. I thought Parade Stadium was torn down years ago and so I looked it up and saw that it was demolished in 1990, but the baseball field is called Parade Stadium and is now home to Augsburg University baseball. There is also a three-sheet Parade Ice Garden in the Parade Park athletic complex as per Wikipedia. If this is where they were playing we wouldn't have to worry about the weather, but it's an outdoor game so we'll dress warm.


https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/parade_ice_garden/

Timothy A
06-27-2019, 12:26 PM
Just four players coming in this season, two of whom are goaltenders.

Gophers Sign King for 2019-20
https://gophersports.com/news/2019/6/13/womens-ice-hockey-gophers-sign-king-for-2019-20.aspx

If you play 2 goalies at a time and 3 D you might have a chance.

FiveHoleFrenzy
06-27-2019, 03:58 PM
If you play 2 goalies at a time and 3 D you might have a chance.

That leaves one spot for a forward. Bring back Kessel...

pokechecker
06-28-2019, 07:20 AM
I remember the Hockey City Classic in 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium. We were so frozen after the women's game that we gave away our tickets for the men's game that was played later that day. I thought Parade Stadium was torn down years ago and so I looked it up and saw that it was demolished in 1990, but the baseball field is called Parade Stadium and is now home to Augsburg University baseball. There is also a three-sheet Parade Ice Garden in the Parade Park athletic complex as per Wikipedia. If this is where they were playing we wouldn't have to worry about the weather, but it's an outdoor game so we'll dress warm.


https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/parade_ice_garden/

You MUST have been cold and the person that bought the tickets even colder, there were no separate tickets, one ticket for both.
I bought my tickets from a guy who wanted to buy two tickets from a guy who had four and refused to sell them except as a block. He paid $20 bucks for them and I gave him $10 for two.
Yes, it was cold but that didn’t stop drunk guys from standing shirtless to watch the game. Those aluminum seats were brutal, since most people stood, even people with blankets or other forms of insulation had to stand.
Sweet Caroline ….
This is the only men’s game I’ve witnessed since boycotting the men’s game and their outrageous season ticket scheme since 2010. I said back then it will be a cold day in hell before I go to another of their games. It was.

Timothy A
06-28-2019, 07:34 AM
That leaves one spot for a forward. Bring back Kessel...

I'm sure there is some loophole Frosty can come up with to justify it. But if you only play 1 forward, she'd be your choice?

FiveHoleFrenzy
06-28-2019, 08:16 AM
I'm sure there is some loophole Frosty can come up with to justify it. But if you only play 1 forward, she'd be your choice?

Not necessarily, but thought it might get a reaction out of you...;)

Timothy A
06-28-2019, 12:16 PM
Not necessarily, but thought it might get a reaction out of you...;)

Quit baiting me into your thread. I don't like it in here. These tubes you live in are pretty tight for my gigantic liver to fit into.

FiveHoleFrenzy
06-29-2019, 09:55 PM
These tubes you live in are pretty tight for my gigantic liver to fit into.

Truth...