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    Quote Originally Posted by bluffrinkrat View Post
    This weekend by the Gophers has been the poorest case of an actual letdown that I've ever seen in over 60 years of following hockey at any level, including peewees.
    I think I will express my concerns of a letdown before every remaining series.
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    OSU was the slightly better team for the first 25 minutes today, and then the Gophers found a hole and buried them. This was an impressive weekend.

    Potomak the Elder didn't have a goal, but this was the best she's played in quite a while.

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    Every time I see the Gophers play, I am thoroughly impressed. All of Minnesota's skaters are really good players, but the Heise/Potomak/Potomak line stood out to me the most. It's one thing to assemble a roster like the Gophers have, but it's another to put the pieces together the way they did this weekend. OSU is reeling (so a sweep isn't that surprising), but give Frost huge props for for pushing the right buttons to score back to back blowouts on the road in a conference where even the bad teams don't usually get skated out of the building the way OSU did this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    OSU was the slightly better team for the first 25 minutes today, and then the Gophers found a hole and buried them. This was an impressive weekend.

    Potomak the Elder didn't have a goal, but this was the best she's played in quite a while.
    What happened at the start of the 2nd period? I came back to the video stream a few seconds late, there were three seconds gone off the clock, everyone was standing around the center circle looking a bit bewildered, and then an OSU player was taken to the penalty box. What was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertearle View Post
    What happened at the start of the 2nd period? I came back to the video stream a few seconds late, there were three seconds gone off the clock, everyone was standing around the center circle looking a bit bewildered, and then an OSU player was taken to the penalty box. What was that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Potomak the Elder didn't have a goal, but this was the best she's played in quite a while.
    To me she looks rejuvenated, most likely because she's been reunited with her younger sister.
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    On 10/23/18 after their first 8 games the Gopher's power play scoring percentage was at .148 and their opponents .294. It would have been a long season if the power play had continued at those rates. But, after going 5 for 7 and holding Ohio State to 0 for 7 this weekend the Gophers are now at .253 and their opponents .137. The proper order in the universe has returned.
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    So for those who watched the games this weekend, how was the Minnesota blue line? Did OSU attempt to pressure them, and how well did they handle it? And if lack of scoring starts at the back end, did abundance of scoring start at the back end as well?
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    So for those who watched the games this weekend, how was the Minnesota blue line? Did OSU attempt to pressure them, and how well did they handle it? And if lack of scoring starts at the back end, did abundance of scoring start at the back end as well?
    They were a bit shaky for the first couple of minutes of the first and second periods on Friday. Other than that, they were great. And, yes, being able to move get the puck out of their own end cleanly was quite a boon to the scoring.

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    So for those who watched the games this weekend, how was the Minnesota blue line? Did OSU attempt to pressure them, and how well did they handle it? And if lack of scoring starts at the back end, did abundance of scoring start at the back end as well?
    I am thinking that perhaps the reason people think there is a "problem" is that the opponents today are more skilled. Thinking back, Rachel Ramsey especially, but also others, the Gopher D would simply skate up the middle out of the zone if the outlet pass was covered (and sometimes when it wasn't). Most teams just didn't have the talent to apply pressure like they can today.
    If you recall, really the only teams applying pressure were WI & UND. In fact, that is how UND defeated and ended the streak, from forechecking pressure turning over the puck and converting it into a goal. several in fact. I'd have to look at the box score but I believe 3 of their 4 goals were scored this way. WI pretty much made a hero out of Leveille the first time they faced her by totally dominating the Gophers primarily from forechecking pressure but only scoring one goal. I have never seen a Gopher team so happy to leave the ice after the first period that game. The Gophers eventually won 2-1.
    Yes, they have more difficulty escaping the zone today, but IMO it is not necessarily a problem with the D, it is primarily because of the opponents.
    Sometimes you have to give the opponent credit.

    let's also remember, Marshall is the most experienced, and she is a junior. There are two freshmen, and two sophomores. Skarzynski, despite being a senior is little more than a sophomore from experience since she played F the last part of the first two years, and not at all I can remember last year (at D).

    more pressure=more mistakes or bad decisions, so if you are comparing this years blueline to 3, 4, 5 years or more, IMO, it's the opponent, not necessarily that they are making more mistakes or bad decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    To me she looks rejuvenated, most likely because she's been reunited with her younger sister.
    Alternatively, she did have a 20 foot lead on a breakaway before being caught at the end of the first game. One of the few times I saw a buckeye backcheck.

    I suspect its confidence with her. It can be frustrating watching others succeed when you are not getting any bounces.

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    I suspect its confidence with her. It can be frustrating watching others succeed when you are not getting any bounces.
    or is it simply that Team Canada and Team USA do not develop hockey players, the players must fit the system (probably not as true of the 2018 USA team)?
    I have data to support such an argument, but given the recent fiasco's involving data, I'm holding off until the season is over.
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    Alternatively, she did have a 20 foot lead on a breakaway before being caught at the end of the first game. One of the few times I saw a buckeye backcheck.
    The pass came in behind her and she was trying to catch it on her backhand, so I wouldn't read too much into this.

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    Johnson Named to USA Rivalry Series Coaching Staff

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    This part is confusing: "Now in his 14th season on the University of Minnesota coaching staff,...He previously spent six seasons coaching at Bethel University from 2004-10"

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    This part is confusing: "Now in his 14th season on the University of Minnesota coaching staff,...He previously spent six seasons coaching at Bethel University from 2004-10"
    I'm sure it's right, but maybe not, as I count that he's in his 13th season on the Gophers' staff. Not a huge deal, and I'm probably wrong - maybe ARM can correct the error?

    1. 1999-2000
    2. 2000-2001
    3. 2001-2002
    4. 2002-2003
    5. 2003-2004
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    6. 2010-2011
    7. 2011-2012
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    12. 2017-2018
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    Not sure where the discrepancy may lie, as I come with 13 years with the Gophers, not 14. (?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    I'm sure it's right, but maybe not, as I count that he's in his 13th season on the Gophers' staff. Not a huge deal, and I'm probably wrong - maybe ARM can correct the error?

    1. 1999-2000
    2. 2000-2001
    3. 2001-2002
    4. 2002-2003
    5. 2003-2004
    (then coached at Bethel from 2004-2010)
    6. 2010-2011
    7. 2011-2012
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    10. 2015-2016
    11. 2016-2017
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    13. 2018-2019

    Not sure where the discrepancy may lie, as I come with 13 years with the Gophers, not 14. (?)
    You're correct otherwise, but you skipped 14-15 in your list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    You're correct otherwise, but you skipped 14-15 in your list.
    Duh!
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    Gophers now second in the PW, right behind pesky St. Anselm However, it's not where you are at during the season that matters, but where you are at in the end!

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    I talked to a longtime Gopher season ticket holder of women's sports (hockey, volleyball and basketball) and rare fan forum poster (the walker) this afternoon and he was talking about Brad Frost and the success he had last week with his new lines. He said Frost is "the mad chemist of line formulas." I replied that I hope the current formula stays stable for the rest of the year now. I've always thought the Potomaks should be on the same line, just like those twins that were here briefly. Almost like twin chemistry?
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