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state of hockey
10-03-2011, 01:26 PM
Are there Sacred Heart fans? If so, share some info with us about your team!

The Gophers just defeated UBC 3-0, which means absolutely squat. Time to get the season underway!

SanTropez
10-03-2011, 04:10 PM
Gophers Sweep

D2D
10-03-2011, 06:03 PM
Gophers Sweep

If they don't it will be very embarrassing:

http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/m-hockey/2011-12/releases/201109205o114a

SanTropez
10-03-2011, 06:08 PM
If they don't it will be very embarrassing:

http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/m-hockey/2011-12/releases/201109205o114a

Nice... they actually have a web site, do they have fans?

UNHHurstFan
10-03-2011, 08:10 PM
Are there Sacred Heart fans? If so, share some info with us about your team!

The Gophers just defeated UBC 3-0, which means absolutely squat. Time to get the season underway!

I'm an AHA fan, not specifically a Sacred Heart fan but do get to see them once or twice a year. They typically are a very blue collar team, a bit undersized but are quick and will battle you anywhere on the ice all game long. Steve Legatto, when he is on, can keep them in a game against most teams. The Gophers should handle them but will have to work for it.

mahogma
10-03-2011, 09:33 PM
If they don't it will be very embarrassing:

http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/m-hockey/2011-12/releases/201109205o114a

Aren't embarrassing losses a Gopher trademark?:)

Snively65
10-03-2011, 09:42 PM
Aren't embarrassing losses a Gopher trademark?:)

Hmmm, was it not an AHA team, the Holy Cross Crusaders, that beat the Golphers in a first playoff round in Grand Forks a few years ago?

The Pioneers are one of three or four Div 1 teams without a rink on campus, along with Bentley, which will be playing two in Ann Arbor this coming weekend.

goldy_331
10-04-2011, 08:14 AM
Aren't embarrassing losses a Gopher trademark?:)

The last few years, it certainly has been. Lost a playoff series at home last season to UAA for Crist's sake. :rolleyes:

JDUBBS1280
10-04-2011, 09:38 AM
Obviously, a must sweep for Minnesota. After reading the above pre-season highlight on Sacred Heart (SH), the first thing that came to my mind is that this is going to probably be a very fast paced game. Sounds like SH has a lot of team speed, and so do the Gophers. Being at Mariucci, there should be a lot of space for these guys to use that speed. Can't wait for the puck to drop :)

SanTropez
10-04-2011, 10:20 AM
Hmmm, was it not an AHA team, the Holy Cross Crusaders, that beat the Golphers in a first playoff round in Grand Forks a few years ago?

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Yeah... when it comes to Holy Cross shirts Sioux fans have that market cornered.

mahogma
10-04-2011, 11:30 AM
Obviously, a must sweep for Minnesota. After reading the above pre-season highlight on Sacred Heart (SH), the first thing that came to my mind is that this is going to probably be a very fast paced game. Sounds like SH has a lot of team speed, and so do the Gophers. Being at Mariucci, there should be a lot of space for these guys to use that speed. Can't wait for the puck to drop :)


As always (in October),I remain cautiously optimistic.

Driftryder
10-04-2011, 12:00 PM
Preview from Gophersports



In The Beginning...
Minnesota enters its 91st season of collegiate hockey with a 1627-928-170 record. The Gophers were 16-14-6 a year ago and had their season end in the first round of the WCHA playoffs after placing fifth in the WCHA regular season with a 13-10-5 record. The Gophers return 19 players from last yearís team (including sophomore transfer Chris Student) and welcome seven freshmen and sophomore transfer Michael Shibrowski into the fold. Minnesota lost four of its top scorers from last season and sophomore Erik Haula (6g-18a) is the teamís leading returning scorer with 24 points.

Seniors Jake Hansen (11 goals) and captain Taylor Matson (10 goals) are the teamís top returning goalscorers. Sophomore Nick Bjugstad ended his freshman year with 16 points in his final 16 games. Senior goaltender Kent Patterson was named All-WCHA Second Team a year ago after recording the second-best save percentage in school history (.920) and the eighth-best goals-againse average (2.49).

Minnesota vs. Sacred Heart
Minnesota and Sacred Heart have never played one another. However, the teams did share a common opponent last year in Union. Sacred Heart fell to Union 9-0 and 7-3 on the road on Oct. 8-9. The Gophers were felled by the No. 12 Dutchmen 3-2 in overtime in the Mariucci Classic on Dec. 31. Minnesota and Sacred Heart have one common opponent this year. Sacred Heart faces Niagara in a home-and-home series on Nov. 26-27. The Gophers host Niagara on Dec. 30 in the Mariucci Classic.


About the Pioneers
Sacred Heart won their lone exhibition game 5-4 last Sunday against Ryerson. In a game that featured 68 penalty minutes, the Pioneers got goals from Matt Gingera, Tye Lewis, Alex Stuart, Eric Delong and Drew George. Gingera is Sacred Heartís leading scorer. The senior led the Pioneers with 21 goals last year, which is the third most ever in a single season at Sacred Heart. Gingera enters this year with 76 career points (44g-32a). Junior Steven Legatto started 27 games in net last year for the Pioneers. He had an .887 save percentage and 4.67 goals against average for the season, but made 40 or more saves in five games and 30 or more in 19 games. He stopped 21 of 24 shots in two periods against Ryerson. Freshman Andrew Bodnarchuk could also see action between the pipes this weekend. He earned the win against Ryerson after turning aside 10 of 11 shots in the third period.

Welcome Back Mike
There is a new, yet familiar face, on the Gopher bench this season. After three years away, former Minnesota player and assistant coach Mike Guentzel rejoined the Gopher staff on July 13, 2011, as Associate Head Coach. Guentzel, who played defense for Minnesota from 1981-85 and served as an assistant coach for the Gophers from 1994-08, comes back to the Maroon and Gold staff after one year as an assistant coach at Nebraska Omaha during the 2010-11 season. From 2009-10 he was the head coach and general manager of the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers, and he was an assistant coach at Colorado College from 2008-09. Guentzel helped lead the Gophers to back-to-back national championships, to five NCAA Frozen Fours and to 11 NCAA tournament appearances during his previous tenure as a member of Minnesotaís staff. The Gophers won more than 350 games, four WCHA playoff championships and three regular season championships with Guentzel on the bench. He coached two Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners, 13 All-Americans and 23 eventual National Hockey League players.


New Opponents
Minnesota will face two opponents it has never played against in 2011-12. One of them is Sacred Heart, who the Gophers play this weekend to open the season. Sacred Heart plays in Atlantic Hockey and the Gophers are 6-2-1 all-time against teams from Atlantic Hockey. The other team who Minnesota will face this year that it has never played is Vermont of Hockey East. Vermont comes to Mariucci Arena for games on Oct. 21 and 23. The Maroon and Gold are 80-47-7 all-time against Hockey East opponents. Vermont is the only team in Hockey East that Minnesota has never played.

JDUBBS1280
10-04-2011, 12:04 PM
As always (in October),I remain cautiously optimistic.

Me too.

JDUBBS1280
10-04-2011, 12:04 PM
Preview from Gophersports

Thanks Drift!

state of hockey
10-04-2011, 04:10 PM
It surprises me that Minnesota has never played Vermont.

JDUBBS1280
10-04-2011, 04:24 PM
It surprises me that Minnesota has never played Vermont.

That surprised me too. There can't be many programs left that we haven't played.

goldy_331
10-04-2011, 06:06 PM
Yikes, the Sacred Heart home attendance last season was under 6,000 for 15 games.:eek: The Gophs get more than that for a bad game.

SanTropez
10-04-2011, 08:22 PM
Yikes, the Sacred Heart home attendance last season was under 6,000 for 15 games.:eek: The Gophs get more than that for a bad game.

Minnesota High School games get better than that.

goldy_331
10-04-2011, 08:32 PM
Minnesota High School games get better than that.

Their average was 384! I've seen peewee games with more fans than that!

D2D
10-04-2011, 09:09 PM
Hmmm, was it not an AHA team, the Holy Cross Crusaders, that beat the Golphers in a first playoff round in Grand Forks a few years ago?

Yes, but I don't recall Holy Cross being picked to finish 11th out of 12th in the AHA that year. The Gophers on the other hand are picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the much stronger WCHA. But if you want to compare this year's Sacred Heart squad to that Holy Cross NCAA team that pulled the big upset over the Gophers, I'd like to hear the rationale.