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gopher wes
11-14-2011, 09:32 AM
Is it Friday yet?!?! I cannot wait for this series! I have a half day Friday and I can't wait to get out of work and go hit the bars in cloud early! Gonna be a fun weekend!

I predict a 3pt weekend for the Gophers. I'd love to see them win at the hockey center, but I'm kinda thinking a 3-3 tie there on Friday and coming back to Mariucci with a 4-1 win on Saturday.

Pump It Up
11-14-2011, 09:46 AM
Is it Friday yet?!?!

No, we still have several more days of Brent and DL arguing over who is more lonely and/or pathetic.

goldy_331
11-14-2011, 09:48 AM
No, we still have several more days of Brent and DL arguing over who is more lonely and/or pathetic.

Oh, i think there is no contest here. DL is the more lonely while Brent is the more pathetic. ;)

Skeeterman
11-14-2011, 09:55 AM
Hard to get excited about playing these neer do wells. We pretty much own the goofers.

motox
11-14-2011, 10:05 AM
Good info and appreciated. Yeah, Bjugstad is an obvious one. Kid is huge, has great speed and skill to go along with it. Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't he finish high school a year early and start playing with the Gophers last year when he "should've" been a senior in high school? Unreal. Hearing of Schmidt's success is bittersweet with him being a St. Cloud kid and all. Would've been great seeing him in Cardinal and Black but when you're that highly touted at a young age you're going to get offers that are hard to pass up from big time programs.

As for the Huskies, they're at a little bit of a crossroads right now. Lee is gone for the season and the "heart and soul" captain Drew LeBlanc has a broken leg (happened against Wisco.) Fortunately one of the strengths for the Huskies is their depth. No one big line to focus on, especially now with Drew out as he was our leading scorer when the injury occurred and that top line was really starting to gel. Cam Reid (talented sophomore) has been moved from wing to center on that line with Jared Festler (IMO, best sniper on the team) on the wing and last weekend Brooks Bertsch was on the other side. Will be interesting to see if Bob sticks with Brooks or tries someone else, like Garrett Milan who in my mind could be compared to former Huskies like Lasch/Roe in terms of size and speed....whether that translates to points is yet to be seen. Most Husky fans will say that Hanowski-Dowd-Eddy is our top line now. They played awful last Friday night and were a combined -10, but they knew they played poorly and took ownership of it. Came back and had 2 of the 3 goals Saturday. Eddy started slow but is coming on, Dowd is an impressive sophomore that can make plays happen and Hanowski (the Bear) is putting pucks in the net like we expected him to when he came in. 3rd line of MacMillan-Thorson-Novak is starting to find their place. Thorson has a point in 5 of the last 6 games and Novak would be in the running for fastest guy in the league. 4th line of Oliver-Christian-Milan/Holka brings some energy.

Defense has been a pleasant surprise as that was the biggest question mark coming into the season. Freshmen Jarrod Rabey and Andrew Prochno (Minnetonka kid) have played much better than expected as freshmen. Prochno is very good with the puck and is paired with our best defensemen from last year, Sophomore Nick Jensen. Rabey is a BIG kid, listed at 6'1" and 238lbs....but he skates well, can move the puck, and has a big shot. Kevin Gravel (6'4" sophomore) has been solid on the blueline as well. You could see 3 freshmen on the blueline for the Huskies with Tim Daly getting more playing time. They're young and have definitely made some mistakes but overall have surprised on the upside.

At goalie, freshman Ryan Faragher has stepped in to fill the void Lee's injury caused. In his "surprise start" at UND he stood on his head and made 41 saves in a shutout. Since then he has played well giving the team a chance to win each game. He has continued to make some really impressive saves but has had a couple goals I'm sure he'd like back. He takes up a lot of the net being 6'2" and doesn't seem to lack confidence, which I like to see in a goalie.

Special teams have been boom or bust with bust being the case lately. Last weekend they were something like 0-10 on the PP and gave up TWO short-handed goals to the landcows. In order to beat the gophers the special teams play will need to be drastically improved over last weekend. Quick injury side note, Husky fans are also hopeful to see freshman David Morley at some point in the season. He came in with high expectations but has been sidelined from the start of the season with a concussion.

Before the season if you had told me two of the three captains in Lee and LeBlanc would be gone before the second weekend in November I would've said bottom half of the league no doubt. But with a goalie showing he can step up and a defense that is starting to come around I think this team can finish in the top half of the conference and contend for a bid to the NCAAs. There are still a lot of unknowns though. It's only been one weekend since Drew's injury and we'll know a lot more about this team being able to contend after this weekend. I'm sure other Husky fans can give a different perspective/info but this is my "optimistic" take at this point. Should be a great series.

motox
11-14-2011, 10:10 AM
Oh, i think there is no contest here. DL is the more lonely while Brent is the more pathetic. ;) :eek:

/thread

JDUBBS1280
11-14-2011, 10:29 AM
Hey Motox - Yes, Bjugstad did accelerate his graduation and came to the Gophers a year early. Also, I didn't see the LeBlanc injury, but I heard about it. Horrible to see. Heard it was a clean break and his career isn't in jeopardy though. Glad to hear that. Question for you. Who did he go into the boards with on the Badgers? Curious to know if it was Ramage because he took the legs out from under Condon this weekend and Condon went hard into the boards. Did he just lose an edge, or was there more involved?

Bronzebacks
11-14-2011, 10:32 AM
Hey Motox - Yes, Bjugstad did accelerate his graduation and came to the Gophers a year early. Also, I didn't see the LeBlanc injury, but I heard about it. Horrible to see. Heard it was a clean break and his career isn't in jeopardy though. Glad to hear that. Question for you. Who did he go into the boards with on the Badgers? Curious to know if it was Ramage because he took the legs out from under Condon this weekend and Condon went hard into the boards. Did he just lose an edge, or was there more involved?

LeBlanc just lost an edge. No dirty hit on the play. It was just a fluke.

JDUBBS1280
11-14-2011, 10:37 AM
LeBlanc just lost an edge. No dirty hit on the play. It was just a fluke.

Gotcha. Thanks.

Stauber1
11-14-2011, 10:44 AM
I don't think Lucia has directly addressed resting Patterson. Most of us expect Shibrowski to get some time in the holiday tournament or a non-conference game.


My mistake earlier, the holiday tournament isn't listed on USCHO's schedule.
So, I'd agree I only really expect to see Shibrowski in that. *maybe* at Mich St. on Saturday if the Gophers win Friday, and they head into that weekend with only, maybe, 1 more loss in the 6 games leading up to it.

I'll restate that I think it would be great if Shibrowski got some experience, but given that Lucia knows his team NEEDS to make the NCAA and the Final5, I don't expect there will be much monkeying with the line-up this year unless mandated by injuries.

gopher wes
11-14-2011, 10:48 AM
There is no holiday tournament this year. MN's only remaining non-con series is at Mich St over Thanksgiving. I wouldn't be shocked to see Patterson on the bench Saturday if the Gophers win Friday. That is, assuming MN continues winning and heads into that weekend with plenty of wins in the PWR bank.

Outside of that, MN plays Notre Dame a single game to kick off the second half after nearly a month off. I'd have to believe Patterson will play that.

Obviously, it would be good to get Shibrowski some time, just so he has a little experience should something happen to Patterson. But I think it is pretty well understood by the coaching staff that MN must make the NCAA's and the Final5 this year, so I doubt they will play around with the line-up too much. They need to win.
Uh, you may want to take another look at the Gophers' schedule if you don't think there is a holiday tourney this year.:confused:

http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/sched/minn-m-hockey-sched.html

motox
11-14-2011, 10:48 AM
Hey Motox - Yes, Bjugstad did accelerate his graduation and came to the Gophers a year early. Also, I didn't see the LeBlanc injury, but I heard about it. Horrible to see. Heard it was a clean break and his career isn't in jeopardy though. Glad to hear that.

It was one of those stomach turning moments when they showed it on TV as his leg was turned the wrong way. One of our announcers even said something to the effect of "that's just the padding getting bunched up." I was thinking what kind of messed up padding could that be? Then they played it a good 5 times over just in case the first time didn't send enough chills down our spine. Depending on how quickly he rehabs there is talk of Drew possibly coming back toward the end of the season. Personally I'd rather see a medical redshirt and have him back next year but not sure that's in the cards as he had the option to go pro this past year and decided to come back. Great kid on and off the ice.

gopher wes
11-14-2011, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the nice, long post about your team, motox. Appreciate the insight heading into the series!

goldy_331
11-14-2011, 10:50 AM
There is no holiday tournament this year.

So those are fake tickets they sent me fot Niagra and some other team on 12/30 and 12/31? :confused:

Driftryder
11-14-2011, 10:52 AM
Curious to know if it was Ramage because he took the legs out from under Condon this weekend and Condon went hard into the boards.

Yeah I was ticked the refs didn't call that, it was a blatant and dangerous trip.

Stauber1
11-14-2011, 10:52 AM
So those are fake tickets they sent me fot Niagra and some other team on 12/30 and 12/31? :confused:

Yeah, edited my post already. The games aren't listed on USCHO's schedule. My bad.

JDUBBS1280
11-14-2011, 10:57 AM
It was one of those stomach turning moments when they showed it on TV as his leg was turned the wrong way. One of our announcers even said something to the effect of "that's just the padding getting bunched up." I was thinking what kind of messed up padding could that be? Then they played it a good 5 times over just in case the first time didn't send enough chills down our spine. Depending on how quickly he rehabs there is talk of Drew possibly coming back toward the end of the season. Personally I'd rather see a medical redshirt and have him back next year but not sure that's in the cards as he had the option to go pro this past year and decided to come back. Great kid on and off the ice.

Would be great to see him come back this year. Especially considering he could have signed a pro offer. I watched your first game against NoDak and I was really impressed by him. Good to see you guys are persevering through the injuries and still playing well :)

JDUBBS1280
11-14-2011, 10:57 AM
Yeah I was ticked the refs didn't call that, it was a blatant and dangerous trip.

I was pretty ticked as well.

Dude Love
11-14-2011, 11:13 AM
ETA: dam multi-quote feature is still broke!

Yeah...that thing sucks.

Dude Love
11-14-2011, 11:15 AM
Oh, i think there is no contest here. DL is the more lonely while Brent is the more pathetic. ;)

See? Now THAT is comedy right there! :)