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    Coach Brad Frost interview discussing the team's outlook for the season and this weekend's series vs. Mercyhurst:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiveholio View Post
    Sounds like dr.hook's kid got the Hook. Seems bitter at all the programs that probably turned them away. By the way most of those goalies come to them. If you show promise when you're young and you say I want to go there and get no money why wouldn't you at least entertain the idea? Have fun with your small network of bitter friends. Calling a spade a spade is all

    Wrong on all accounts. Funny though. Mr Hole that you think there is a ulterior motive here for some reason. No bitterness here what so ever. Heaven forbid someone says something about the Golden shower standard of hockey. Your "turn away" argument is always a good one to fall back on. Its an easy argument to make when you have nothing to add. Nope, none of these pay to play programs effected me in a negative way personally. In fact no skin in the game here. If you think the recruiting system doesn't need fixing, well than I am wasting time and energy here, but its a fun discussion anyways. As far as the goalie situation. How can anyone look at their decisions objectively and think that they haven't had issues these past few years. Some of the issue they are having is because they have been taking very young players... period. To much kool-aid Mr Hole. As far as Scobee, she is lucky to have a good team in front of her. But the goalie position and depth over all is the trouble spot on that team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puckdrop14 View Post
    I believe that we will all see soon enough that Scobee is not an average goalie. She might just be the difference in a few W’s against top ranked teams. She’s a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.hook View Post
    This is a stretch. I know most of these girls of the so called 5'8" and above... On tippy toes maybe. Scobee... yea right. But rounding up is in all sports.

    Also, Maybe the U should stop the practice of grabbing kids when there just out of diapers. But I suppose the 8th grader that just committed is pretty old for their standards, changing their practice, probably not... This is why the goalie situation is in constant flux. They wouldn't have to go and steel a goalie that is average at best, from a conference that wasn't very strong, for a stop gap to make up for their recruiting mistakes. By the way, what very young goalie got cut this year from the USA program they recruited? Again, recruiting goalies to young is not a good thing for anyone. They just haven't learned that yet. With near a half a dozen on the roster, you would think they wouldn't have to keep looking... The U is why the NCAA (and rightly so) are changing the recruiting policies in the near future. The U is using different avenues to circumvent the rules. (Local summer feeder programs for year around recruiting regardless of age and rules ) They really never stop talking to any recruit, even during the no communication periods. Its interesting to mention, even with all these "gray" area violations over these past few years. They still dont have much to show for it. This year could be different however. They are fielding a pretty strong team thanks to Os and HP network of very close friends. Calling a spade a spade is all.
    Oddly enough Frost has been arguing for a few years now for NCAA rules setting a minimum age for recruiting. It might help you around here if you took a little time to learn anything at all about the situation before you comment and make yourself look like a whiny little moron.

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    Gophers took game one 4-2 against a pretty good, very fast, Mercyhurst squad. They had what is becoming a standard slow start and the LAkers jumped out to a 1-0 lead. MN came back and held a 4-1 lead until Mercyhurst got a late PP goal to make it 4-2. They pulled their goalie with a minute left but could not notch another one. The Lakers hustled very hard and had some quality chances but Gulstein was solid. Minnesota showed they have a lot of kids that have not played together much and missed some great chances by missing passes by inches. It was very entertaining and well played on both sides I thought.
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    After an even (and sloppy) 1st period in which the Gophers' fell behind 0-1 they began to play much better in the 2nd and got noticeably more dominant in the 3rd, building a 4-1 lead before surrendering a late goal to make it a 4-2 final. The Gophers' improved play as the game went along was primarily due to two factors:

    (a) their (four line) depth at the forward position (they just kept coming and attacking), and maybe more importantly
    (b) the changes made in the forward lines which resulted in much better chemistry and play-making, most noticeably in the revised first line (Kelly Pannek + the two Potomak sisters, Sarah and Amy).

    But make no mistake about it, Mercyhurst is an excellent team and they gave Minnesota all they could handle. The Gophers better be ready for the rematch tomorrow afternoon.
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    Mercyhurst employed a nice trap that took advantage of some mistakes and indecision on the Gophers part, especially in the first period. A lot of line combinations were tried by Minnesota and I think that after they settled in with the first line as Pannek with the Potomak sisters and the second line as Wente with Zoom Boom and Schammel they had much better flow. Minnesota definitely left at least two goals on the table with passes that should have been on the mark but were just slightly off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    After an even (and sloppy) 1st period in which the Gophers' fell behind 0-1 they began to play much better in the 2nd and got noticeably more dominant in the 3rd, building a 4-1 lead before surrendering a late goal to make it a 4-2 final. The Gophers' improved play as the game went along was primarily due to two factors:

    (a) their (four line) depth at the forward position (they just kept coming and attacking), and maybe more importantly
    (b) the changes made in the forward lines which resulted in much better chemistry and play-making, most noticeably in the revised first line (Kelly Pannek + the two Potomak sisters, Sarah and Amy).

    But make no mistake about it, Mercyhurst is an excellent team and they gave Minnesota all they could handle. The Gophers better be ready for the rematch tomorrow afternoon.
    Yes to all this, but there was also way too much loose play at the blue line by the Gopher defensemen resulting in many near breakaways by the Lakers. On the plus side, the passing between the Potomak sisters and their very talented center is going to be a joy to watch this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ne7minder View Post
    Oddly enough Frost has been arguing for a few years now for NCAA rules setting a minimum age for recruiting. It might help you around here if you took a little time to learn anything at all about the situation before you comment and make yourself look like a whiny little moron.
    Listen Neverminder - Sticks and stones big guy. Ease it back a little... But hey, I suppose verbally committing 8th and 9th graders.. Sorry that makes them sound young. I mean 12 to 13 years old's is old enough in your book. I mean Frost looks to me he is blazing the path for the NCAA rule changes by his good examples for everyone. I bet you swallow that kool-aid often.


    Looks like the boys are having the same good habits

    https://www.twincities.com/2017/09/1...ts-to-gophers/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.hook View Post


    Listen Neverminder - Sticks and stones big guy. Ease it back a little... But hey, I suppose verbally committing 8th and 9th graders.. Sorry that makes them sound young. I mean 12 to 13 years old's is old enough in your book. I mean Frost looks to me he is blazing the path for the NCAA rule changes by his good examples for everyone. I bet you swallow that kool-aid often.


    Looks like the boys are having the same good habits

    https://www.twincities.com/2017/09/1...ts-to-gophers/
    Until they sign the NLI, they are fair game to be recruited in the commit/decommit/recommit game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.hook View Post


    Listen Neverminder - Sticks and stones big guy. Ease it back a little... But hey, I suppose verbally committing 8th and 9th graders.. Sorry that makes them sound young. I mean 12 to 13 years old's is old enough in your book. I mean Frost looks to me he is blazing the path for the NCAA rule changes by his good examples for everyone. I bet you swallow that kool-aid often.


    Looks like the boys are having the same good habits

    https://www.twincities.com/2017/09/1...ts-to-gophers/
    I think a lot of college sports fans, not just college hockey fans, would be in agreement that the recruitment process is out of control. However, to make it like it's the Minnesota women's staff who is to blame sure does make it seem like you have an axe to grind. I know you "told" us you don't but your posting tells a different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
    I think a lot of college sports fans, not just college hockey fans, would be in agreement that the recruitment process is out of control. However, to make it like it's the Minnesota women's staff who is to blame sure does make it seem like you have an axe to grind. I know you "told" us you don't but your posting tells a different story.
    Yes recruiting happens early & changes are coming. In Minnesota’s defense, Wisconsin has actually been the early bird the last few years- offering 8th graders. As with all things hockey, Minnesota is just different. The top in state girls are earmarked early on (some would say too early) and Minnesota, Mankato, UMD coaches know who they are and start the conversations early because they can. Most of these girls want to stay in state so what’s the difference if they commit as freshmen or as juniors? It’s not going to change their minds. Minnesota is competing with UW and all of the other top programs to get elite commits so they’re just doing what everyone else is doing, legally. Until the rules change it would be reckless not to.

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    Heard it on the audio broadcast so I'll credit it to play-by-play guy...The pots and pan(s) line. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
    Heard it on the audio broadcast so I'll credit it to play-by-play guy...The pots and pan(s) line. I like it.
    I LOVE that

    I was stunned tonight, I still think Mercyhurst is a very good team, too good to lose 5-zip, they have a lot of talent. Maybe the Gophers are better than I expected.

    Favorite goal of the night (and it was a tough choice) was Pannek stealing the puck, feeding AP who shot through defenders to get a pass off to SP who scored what seems to be her signature goal, dragging a blanket of defenders along close to the net and finding a hole in the goalie.

    FOund this via twitter - you have to sit through a commercial first but it shows a lot of highlights
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    I liked what Sydney Scobee had to say after Saturday's game:

    "It's absolutely amazing to get the shut out," Scobee said. "Playing for this team is a dream, and playing in front of my family and friends is amazing. And with the team in front of me, I'm so confident. They work so well with me. We're always talking with each other, we're always saying we have each other's backs, and honestly it's a lot of confidence between all of us. The team is great in front of me, so they make it really easy."

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    Congrats to Patti Marshall on being named the WCHA Defenseman of the Week!

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    Dan Hamann (Voice of Gopher Women's Hockey) interviews Sarah Potomak before the Gophers' 5-0 win over Mercyhurst this past weekend.

    Dan Hamann: Welcome back to Gopher Women's Hockey, as today my player interview will be with redshirted junior, Sarah Potomak. Sarah last year took the year off to be centralized with the Canadian National Team, and first of all, welcome back to campus! It has seemed like an eternity since we have seen you here. What's it been like since you got back?

    Sarah Potomak: Thanks, it's been really fun. Being here with Amy and my roommates has been a blast, and being back with the girls, it feels like I've been gone a long time, but at the same time it feels like I never left. I felt like yesterday we all picked right back up where we left off last time.

    DH: For the first time in college, you got to be paired up on the same line with your sister, Amy; it was magical almost. How long has it been since you've got to play with Amy on the same line, or even in the same game and what was that experience like last night?

    SP: I think the last time we played together was on Team Canada for a couple games, but it was really fun. Amy and I have a lot of chemistry, as well as with Kelly from my sophomore year; we all just kind-of gel really well together.

    DH: You mentioned Kelly there, officially dubbed the "Pots and Pan line," and you guys were fantastic. What is it about Kelly and you that makes it so magical?

    SP: Kelly is a really special player. She makes everyone around her better. She can slow down the game and make really nice plays, and we just gel together really well. I know where she is on the ice, and I think she feels the same way.

    DH: Good to have that first win under your belt in your first game. Started out a little shaky, but after the second period, it seemed like everyone caught their stride.

    SP: Yeah, I think so. The first game, especially the first period, is always a little nerve-wracking, but after the first period, we all kind-of figured it out a little bit, and when he (Coach Frost) changed the lines up a bit, it set off a spark and we came out flying.

    DH: Last year I got the chance to talk with your sister, Amy, and we talked about the experience with Team Canada, and I'm sure it was quite an honor, but it also had to be awfully tough getting the talk saying you won't be on the Olympic team. How did you react initially to the news?

    SP: I was pretty devastated. My dad came out that same day and we drove back home together. It was nice, I was surrounded by my family for six months after, so that helped me a lot and got me back up on my feet. But now that I'm here, it's like another fresh start for hopefully the next four years.

    DH: Did you want to stay away from the game for a while after the news? I know a lot of people would probably be in that same situation.

    SP: Yeah, I think so. I was coaching little kids, so I was kind-of still in the game, just in a different role, but it was nice to take a step back. I worked my whole life for that, so this was the first time I took a break to reset.

    DH: How about school wise? Were you able to do anything as far as keeping up with school work here at the University or other schoolwork that you were able to do? Now that you finally had some time to yourself, I'm sure there was a lot you could accomplish.

    SP: Yeah, I took some Canadian courses, so when I come back I don't have to take a year to take any Canadian history or anything like that, so it was nice to get that done.

    DH: And why was it so important that you had to take those?

    SP: If I want to go back and teach in Canada, you need to have taken those courses.

    DH: What about that profession draws you to becoming a teacher?

    SP: I think I've always known that I wanted to be a teacher. There's something about kids that I just love being around and inspiring them. Every time I go into a classroom, I have an absolute blast and I really connect with kids. I want to do something fun for a career, so that's what I've chosen to do.

    DH: Obviously I think coaching would be in your future as well?

    SP: Yeah, hopefully. With teaching, there's a lot of flexibility to do other things, so coaching is definitely another option.

    DH: I think another option for you is definitely playing professional hockey, which a decade ago wouldn't have been a possibility. Have you given that any thought?

    SP: Yes, it's really cool to see how fast the game has taken off with the professional leagues. There are a lot of options. Hopefully by the time I graduate, we could maybe get it down to one league, but there are a lot of options. When I get there, I'll see where I want to go.

    DH: How did you keep yourself in shape during your time off? I know if it were me, I'd be sitting on the couch, eating junk food and drinking soda. How did you use that time to stay in shape?

    SP: After I got cut, I think I sat on the couch and ate soda and junk food for about a couple weeks, but after that I realized I needed to get back into shape. Working out was a way to get my mind off of things and keep myself active. I did a lot of running, which I really like to do.

    DH: How about game-shape? Were there any pick up games that you were able to get into?

    SP: Yeah, I did some drop in hockey with my dad and my brothers and Amy, so that was really fun. Then I had the August camp, which really helped me get in game-shape for this upcoming season.

    DH: What would be your number one goal for this year once you get settled back in for the season?

    SP: The biggest one would be to win a national championship, which is everyone's goal, but individually, I think just enjoying it. I think that is something I learned a lot from Team Canada is to just enjoy every moment, so that's what I'm going to be doing.
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    Gorgeous steal by Amy Potomak.

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    This past weekend was the first time I have seen Amy play ( made an early exit the prior weekend) other than online (which doesn’t tell you a lot). I suppose it could be argued any first year player is going to look good with Pannek & S Potomak. Amy appeared to me to be a complete player, as good on D, maybe better, as on O. There is a noticeable difference in the two sisters, it seems to me that Sarah is a Cadillac ATS-V coupe, whereas Amy is an F-150. But not your neighbors F-150 that is used to commute to work with an empty bed, more like one from Monster Jam. IMO, Sarah would have fit in better with Rob Stauber’s version of Team USA than Team Canada, meanwhile Amy seems to have come from the same mold that created all the other Canadian players. Note that Emily Clark made Team Canada, and also seems to have come from that same mold. Yet, what Gopher fan would swap S Potomak for Clark? Thank you for asking, but no thanks. I don’t want two F-150’s in my garage, I’d rather have an F-150 and a Cadillac.
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    Bit the FloHockey bullet, and am hoping for a high quality broadcast tonight and tomorrow. And of course even more importantly, I'm hoping for a total team effort from our ladies.
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