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gopher wes
10-28-2010, 11:59 AM
I think Kangas gets a start this weekend. It would be a pretty shotty message to send to your senior goaltender who is also a captain if he didn't get a start. If Patterson plays well and Kangas sucks (I say sucks loosely because not all of Kangas' stuggles have been his fault) again it may be a different story. I would think it might raise some eybrows if the defense plays well in front of Patterson again and not Kangas.

ScoobyDoo
10-28-2010, 12:05 PM
I'd like to see a nice 4 game run here to put them back in contention (4-0). 3-1 would be tolerable. 2-2 would just be the same old crap. And 1-3 or 0-4 the next four would be the end of the line.

Driftryder
10-28-2010, 12:08 PM
I think Kangas gets a start this weekend. It would be a pretty shotty message to send to your senior goaltender who is also a captain if he didn't get a start.

For me I don't really care what message it sends as long as there is one goalie who steps up and makes some saves they shouldn't along with the "easy" saves, they should play. If Patterson starts Friday looks good and wins I would start him Saturday as well and that's nothing against Kangas I think he's a good goalie but we should ride the hot hand. We'll see I guess.

gopher wes
10-28-2010, 12:22 PM
For me I don't really care what message it sends as long as there is one goalie who steps up and makes some saves they shouldn't along with the "easy" saves, they should play. If Patterson starts Friday looks good and wins I would start him Saturday as well and that's nothing against Kangas I think he's a good goalie but we should ride the hot hand. We'll see I guess.
I think these two should split time. Period. Lucia has tried riding Kangas. It hasn't worked. Although some have pointed out that Patterson hasn't proven to be spectacular during his time at the U, I think he has shown enough to deserve to split time. I just can't see sitting your senior, captain goalie. I would agree with you that I don't care much about what message the players are getting. Especially at this point with how poorly they have played. But, I think everyone here would agree that we are going to need a confident Kangas during this season if the Gophers want to compete at all. I think splitting time sends enough of a "message" to Kangas to know that he has to clean up his game and attitude (especially since I heard he was openly showing his displeasure to the coaches after being pulled the other night, but I didn't personally see it). I would think if Kangas or Patterson gets hot down the stretch, it would be better ride them at that point rather than now.

dave29
10-28-2010, 01:01 PM
Coach Ron Jeremy shows his players the wrong video, it turns out to be his greatest hits from his porn days and not the Gopher game tape. As a result CC players now think autofellatio is something worth practicing for and forget about the games.

Gophers sweep

Let's not forget that Lucia was Owens mentor. So who knows what goes on in the gopher locker room. :D ;)

Koho
10-28-2010, 01:35 PM
If CC gets 60+ shots on Friday and Patterson gets a 1-0 win, with 40 of those coming from within 10 feet and on odd man rushes, maybe Lucia should give him Saturday night as a reward. Otherwise, this early in the year, you don't take out your senior goalie who has proven himself since his freshman year because the other goalie has 2 good games. It's a long season, and Kangas has proven himself in playoff situations. You want him sharp when the end of the year comes around. I'm fine with spitting weekends, as long as Patterson continues to play well.

What really is important isn't who is in goal, but whether Lucia can motivate the players to play a full game like they did for the first 2 periods on Sunday.

Koho
10-28-2010, 01:42 PM
We really need Fairchild to snap out of his funk that goes all the way back to last season. The fact that he was an early pick last year to be a Hobey candidate is mind boggling.

From what I remembered of his Sophmore season, I was not that surprised to see his name on the INCH list that following summer/Fall. Towards the end of that year, he looked like he was ready to take over. I can't understand how a player can regress that much in an offseason. (Pretty common to see players that never reach their potential, but to go backwards is more rare. Although I will say he has made gains in defensive play.) Ness has leapt way over him as the main offensive threat from the blueline. It sure would be fun to see Fairchild step up to show some of that potential again and have both he and Ness providing that excitement. Let's hope both of them continue to gain confidence with each series. They both have the tools, they just have to use them.

gopher wes
10-28-2010, 02:27 PM
From what I remembered of his Sophmore season, I was not that surprised to see his name on the INCH list that following summer/Fall. Towards the end of that year, he looked like he was ready to take over. I can't understand how a player can regress that much in an offseason. (Pretty common to see players that never reach their potential, but to go backwards is more rare. Although I will say he has made gains in defensive play.) Ness has leapt way over him as the main offensive threat from the blueline. It sure would be fun to see Fairchild step up to show some of that potential again and have both he and Ness providing that excitement. Let's hope both of them continue to gain confidence with each series. They both have the tools, they just have to use them.
Did you say Ness and offensive threat in the same sentence? It would be less preposterous to have said Wehrs in that statement. Wehrs has more points and a goal so far this season as compared to Ness' two assists. Yes, I know it is early. I remember when Fairchild used to have that wicked wrister from the point that always seemed to find its way to the back of the net. I agree with your points on Cade, but Ness.....not so much.

I also agree with what you said regarding the goalie situation. That is pretty much my thought process at this point as well.

state of hockey
10-28-2010, 02:39 PM
Ness is a much better puck mover than Wehrs. I am not going to cry when he graduates.

gopher wes
10-28-2010, 02:47 PM
Ness is a much better puck mover than Wehrs. I am not going to cry when he graduates.
Are talking about Ness or Wehrs with the graduating comment? I assume you mean Wehrs, but I have felt the same about Ness.

I am not going to argue with you that Ness is better than Wehrs in many facets of the game. I was just using Wehrs to prove my point that I think it is almost laughable to call Ness and offensive threat.

ScoobyDoo
10-28-2010, 02:48 PM
Are talking about Ness or Wehrs with the graduating comment? I assume you mean Wehrs, but I have felt the same about Ness.

I am not going to argue with you that Ness is better than Wehrs in many facets of the game. I was just using Wehrs to prove my point that I think it is almost laughable to call Ness and offensive threat.

It's laughable to call any defensemen on the Gopher squad an offensive threat. Or a defensive threat for that matter.

HarleyMC
10-28-2010, 03:15 PM
Ness is a much better puck mover than Wehrs. I am not going to cry when he graduates.

Wehrs gave up that errant pass in the transition zone that allowed UNO to storm in, break the tie and go up 5-4 to win it, right after the Gophers had just come back to tie it. That was a killer defensive blunder that still leaves a bad taste. They had a few of those last season too. Makes me long for the days when Gopher passing was really fun to watch and phenomenally crisp and accurate tape to tape.

gopher wes
10-28-2010, 04:16 PM
It's laughable to call any defensemen on the Gopher squad an offensive threat. Or a defensive threat for that matter.
Word

Tiggsy
10-28-2010, 04:57 PM
What really is important isn't who is in goal, but whether Lucia can motivate the players to play a full game like they did for the first 2 periods on Sunday.

Motivate for a full game like they did for 2 periods? O.o So they forgot games last 3 periods? I hope Lucia can do better then that and include some clock reading skills to know the clock will hit zero a couple of times before the game is over. :D

mahogma
10-28-2010, 06:33 PM
They're brothers who spell their last name differently?:confused: Now that's unusual!

Unusual,but not unprecedented. In the 1960's,Bill Munsey played halfback for the Gophers, while his brother,Chuck Muncie,played halfback for Cal Berkley.

burd
10-28-2010, 07:56 PM
Makes me long for the days when Gopher passing was really fun to watch and phenomenally crisp and accurate tape to tape.

You remember a fiction. They've always been sucky--just luckier. And you were probably drunker. I suffered the same affliction (the Kelly green version), until therapy set me free.

Koho
10-28-2010, 08:06 PM
Full game didn't mean 60 minutes. I should have said "complete game", as in hitting, backchecking, forechecking, offense and defense; doing most things correctly.

Koho
10-28-2010, 08:16 PM
Did you say Ness and offensive threat in the same sentence? It would be less preposterous to have said Wehrs in that statement. Wehrs has more points and a goal so far this season as compared to Ness' two assists. Yes, I know it is early. I remember when Fairchild used to have that wicked wrister from the point that always seemed to find its way to the back of the net. I agree with your points on Cade, but Ness.....not so much.

I also agree with what you said regarding the goalie situation. That is pretty much my thought process at this point as well.

I do not expect Ness to score lots of goals. That wasn't his MO in HS either. And that isn't the only way to messure offensive contribution. What he did in HS was make everyone else around him better offensively. He was an expert at pulling 2 to three guys to him and then dishing to a guy left wide open after carrying the puck the length of the ice untouched. Offense starts from the time you get the puck in your own end and start moving it up the ice. It isn't just who buries the puck at the end. If the North Stars don't have guys who can get the puck to him, Dino C doesn't get nearly the goals he scored. Watch Ness. He went from a guy who occasionally skated to center ice before passing, to a guy this year who is carrying it into the offensive zone and creating chances. He also is showing much more poise on the PP that should translate into more PP points for the team. He is starting to pull defenders to himself and away from others. When you can skate around one player, another will have to pick you up. Most of his points will be assists. But he will make everyone around him better this year if he continues to gain confidence.

If you want to look at it simply, and only goals matter, than Ness is not a big threat.

And Wehrs is looking better offensively this year than last, but I still put my money on Ness at this point for contributing the most.

Slap Shot
10-28-2010, 10:24 PM
It's laughable to call any defensemen on the Gopher squad an offensive threat.

Holl will be when he gets more regular time.

The Rube
10-29-2010, 12:24 AM
If CC gets 60+ shots on Friday and Patterson gets a 1-0 win, with 40 of those coming from within 10 feet and on odd man rushes, maybe Lucia should give him Saturday night as a reward. Otherwise, this early in the year, you don't take out your senior goalie who has proven himself since his freshman year because the other goalie has 2 good games. It's a long season, and Kangas has proven himself in playoff situations. You want him sharp when the end of the year comes around. I'm fine with spitting weekends, as long as Patterson continues to play well.

What really is important isn't who is in goal, but whether Lucia can motivate the players to play a full game like they did for the first 2 periods on Sunday.

This. The only difference that I saw/have heard is the better D in front of Patterson. Kangas' numbers are terrible this year, but 60-70% of the GA is solely on the D. It's unreal. But the Kangas haters don't see it that way. Now, don't get me wrong, I like Patty. But to throw Kangas under the bus because of his "numbers" is ignorant.