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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    1. You've already mentioned this multiple times.
    2. I haven't seen anyone suggesting he should be fired. One person questioning if Lucia was really that bad and if Motzko was really an improvement isn't the same as someone asking for him to be fired (at least that is what I remember). Even on GPL where there are a couple people who typically can't see any positive, I don't recall reading anyone suggesting this.
    1. Some people don't read back.
    2. The underlined is a very fair assessment, but it has been more than one person, whether it be FB, Twitter, here, GPL, etc. Some are out there. Note: I don't do GopherHole. From what I hear, they make Twitter look smart.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

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    Not sure I agree with that assessment. I think Friday's game was the best effort the Gophs have put forth in a while, maybe for the season. There were a number of times I noticed OSU forechecking hard where it took a number of passes clicking in a row and hustle by every player on the ice just to escape their zone, or the neutral zone. OSU wasn't sitting back. And when OSU possessed the puck, I saw a Gopher team where every player was pressing, often creating a turnover. I didn't see much of the standing around and reaching for pucks or leaving the third guy uncovered in the slot that has plagued this team for stretches of most games this season. They were winning puck battles based on hustle, not on OSU standing around. Nothing was easy that they did.

    Saturday wasn't quite the same effort and I think OSU did have more urgency, but for the first half of the game, I still feel like the Gophs pressured well. But they did start to go more into a defensive shell as the game went on and they got the big lead. Don't know how many times I saw a Gopher player in the third gain possession in their end, have time to hit a player with a pass, but instead just lob it out of the zone to get a clear. They started trying not to lose, rather than trying to win. They made their shots count though. That is the way hockey is. I fell like last weekend, while they didn't give the effort to get a win, the games still weren't as lopsided as the scores, but PSU just were hitting the shots those nights and MN wasn't.

    So I think more players than Robson deserve credit for these wins. I still think that, while maybe not a top 10 team talent-wise, this team is more skilled than their record indicates and can play with any team in the country if they put forth an effort like they did on Friday night.
    Like I said I really can't comment too much on the Friday game, I only saw part of the third period. So I was just speculating, 2 shots in 20 minutes (in the 2nd) is absolutely atrocious though and indicates to me that something was off for OSU that game, to say the least. That's not to say the gophers couldn't have been doing things well but that's ridiculous and this team isn't that good at shot suppression generally speaking. Their goalie fell over on one of the goals too, that certainly didn't hurt our cause.

    Saturday I agree with everything you said, earlier on they were creating odd man situations with the stretch pass and getting guys behind the D. That certainly wasn't happening as much later on and yeah, they packed it in at which point they basically just relied on Robson to make a bunch of spectacular saves at the end to preserve the W. That's not to say that he's the only person who deserves credit for the result but he was the main reason they won Saturday.

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Quote Originally Posted by trixR4kids View Post
    Like I said I really can't comment too much on the Friday game, I only saw part of the third period. So I was just speculating, 2 shots in 20 minutes (in the 2nd) is absolutely atrocious though and indicates to me that something was off for OSU that game, to say the least. That's not to say the gophers couldn't have been doing things well but that's ridiculous and this team isn't that good at shot suppression generally speaking. Their goalie fell over on one of the goals too, that certainly didn't hurt our cause.

    Saturday I agree with everything you said, earlier on they were creating odd man situations with the stretch pass and getting guys behind the D. That certainly wasn't happening as much later on and yeah, they packed it in at which point they basically just relied on Robson to make a bunch of spectacular saves at the end to preserve the W. That's not to say that he's the only person who deserves credit for the result but he was the main reason they won Saturday.
    A little puck luck on Sat. too with Robson missing the glove save on Jobst's shot and hitting the crossbar with under 1 min. left. But 3 GA and 43 saves by Robson (.935) was one of his best outings this season.

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