Glad to see it. Pour it on.
I honestly expected more push back from the Wolverines tonight, but Michigan came out flat and stayed that way for much of the game. As the Wolverines' season ticked down to the end, Pearson looked visibly stunned on the Michigan bench as the Gophers aggressively won puck battles, transitioned well and controlled play with crisp passing all game reminiscent of old-time Gopher hockey. In what may have been the final home game at Mariucci for 9 seniors (and maybe Pitlick), they were relentless and left it all on the ice tonight.
Rem Pitlick had another signature game with two goals (21). Pitlick now leads the B1G in PPG and G. Sheehy is tied with Hirose (MSU) for 1st in pts. Together the scoring tandem of Pitlick/Sheehy was red hot impressive and with other lines contributing like they have, there's a reason to believe. With their second sweep in a row on home ice, and 7-1 in their last 8, the Gophers are playing their best hockey of the season at the right time.
They're two more wins from entering the NCAA tournament. Can they pull it off? If favored ND wins over MSU, the Gophers are off to South Bend for a single elimination next week. The Gophers swept ND in South Bend earlier this season 5-1 and 2-1.
Holy cow what happened to all the fans at Mariucci? I turned it there at intermission of the Duluth-St Cloud game and it was literally 80% empty. I mean, I understand that their attendance has fallen in recent years but it was like virtually completely empty.
SteveO, do fans buy tickets and just not go? I don't quite understand that. Why buy tickets if you're not gonna go? Seems like a waste of money, no?
Of course that doesn't apply to Friday's game. That one was available on FSD+, but was arbitrarily blacked out here. Making things a little worse, DirecTV didn't even own up to the blackout. They just displayed the DirecTV logo on FSD+. Our version of the channel guide had only a TBA message.
This kind of inconsistency has been going on for some time. If there was an actual reason behind the hit-and-miss coverage, I'd be willing to consider it with an open mind. But which games are offered and which games are blocked just seems utterly arbitrary...
Be that as it may, Congratulations to the Gophers on the series win.
Last edited by pgb-ohio; 03-09-2019 at 11:40 PM.
Iím thrilled about the win but I was really bothered by Michigan not pulling their goalie. I just donít get it. Give it a shot at least. It doesnít matter if you lose 4-1 or 5-1. I just felt like the coaches owed it to their seniors to at least give it a shot. I didnít like that.
It makes no sense to abandon season ticket holders and make them pay for playoff tickets, when they're already paying an exorbitant extra cost cloaked as a "donation" scheme. But that's the finance dept. trying to manage their debt schedule without regard to perceptive marketing. Granted there were other factors that hindered attendance this weekend, but overall that was horrible marketing. That's an embarrassment to a historical program, the coaches, and the players.
Last edited by SteveO; 03-10-2019 at 07:52 AM.
Treat customers like sh-t, lose your business.
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So if MN were to win next week, along with Penn State (or Wis), the Championship would be in MN. Right?
I am not expecting two more wins, but it sure seems more feasible now than it did two months ago.
And is Reedy going to give up one of his goals in the stats and give it to McLaughlin for making that save on McLaughlin's shot?
Last edited by Koho; 03-10-2019 at 09:16 AM.
I don't follow the Gophers like I used to. Kiddo plays out east and they've already punched their ticket to the NCAA's. Yet a lot is being made out of attendance this weekend at Mooch. No doubt, it was more than surprising. I just really like Motzko telling his players to go salute those who are here. Players can't do a **** thing about attendance or marketing or ticket prices. All they can do is play. When they are on the ice, they judge the community support by looking into the stands. If you are a player, you almost have to say, "screw these people". Lets do it for ourselves and those who are here. May sound harsh to the Gopher faithful watching from the Lazy-Boy......yet if I'm on that ice, that's what I'm thinking. Nice Job Motz......
So if they pull off the win this weekend, would people rather play Ped State at home, or Ohio on the Road?
Never really developed a taste for tequila. Kind of hard to understand how you make a drink out of something that sharp, inhospitable. Now, bourbon is easy to understand.
Tastes like a warm summer day. -Raylan Givens
As far as attendance goes, the two women's games at Ridder drew 5,063 vs just 3,746 for the two men's games at Mariucci. Like the men, season ticket holders for the women had to pay to attend their league playoff games, albeit at a much more reasonable cost. But the lopsided difference in attendance between the two programs on the same weekend has to be a first in the 20 years the women have been playing.
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It's an extra energy injection playing before a raucous crowd of crazed hometown hockey fans. But I don't think the players faulted those who chose to be at a once a year event like the MSHS hockey tourney or the WCHA women's championship. These guys have all played before small crowds before, so it's really no big deal. Once the game starts, getting that W is all they care about.
I agree, it was pretty classy for Motzko to stop the players at the bench gate and ask them to turn around to salute the student section. They were loud on Sat. as were the "faithful few" scattered throughout Mariucci.
Itís the only sport that doesnít salute the fans after each game. Get out, sing the alma mater, and youíll get it back double.
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