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  • UMICH
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    Oh it will be, I just hope Michigan pulls at least a point. 3 would be great but we'll see.

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by streaker View Post
    So, what is their excuse today? M-i-n-n-e-s-o-t-a has immense talent, too but they got swept because of consistent defensive failures, not "opportunism". Very similar teams, similar weaknesses and talent, but neither look like good NCAA tourney teams right now, although Michigan is 10-2 in their last 12. Both can compete offensively with the best teams out there. We'll see.
    Can't disagree, except Michigan WAS very opportunistic in taking advantage of Minnesota's numerous defensive failures. Goaltending, which until very recently had been a strong point, was also an issue tonight. Hopefully the rematch series in mid-February will still be relevant for the home team.

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  • streaker
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    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    I think you see it correctly. Another observation: both teams' biggest weakness is carelessly turning the puck over at inopportune times. Last night Michigan's "uncanny knack for opportunism" was the difference.
    So, what is their excuse today? M-i-n-n-e-s-o-t-a has immense talent, too but they got swept because of consistent defensive failures, not "opportunism". Very similar teams, similar weaknesses and talent, but neither look like good NCAA tourney teams right now, although Michigan is 10-2 in their last 12. Both can compete offensively with the best teams out there. We'll see.

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  • UMICH
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    This is entertaining, I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing?

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Similar but not the same. Both teams play serious, full on up tempo...and that's what we both like about it. But I see Minnesota as pure puck possession, fast forward, defensive integration...and Michigan as superior individual efforts with an uncanny knack for opportunism.
    I think you see it correctly. Another observation: both teams' biggest weakness is carelessly turning the puck over at inopportune times. Last night Michigan's "uncanny knack for opportunism" was the difference.

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  • 5mn_Major
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    Re: Minnesota @ Michigan: 1/9 & 1/10

    Originally posted by alfablue View Post
    Which is why many of us really like it when Minnesota comes to down. Fun as heck to watch, and the same play that we try to do.
    Similar but not the same. Both teams play serious, full on up tempo...and that's what we both like about it. But I see Minnesota as pure puck possession, fast forward, defensive integration...and Michigan as superior individual efforts with an uncanny knack for opportunism.

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  • alfablue
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    Originally posted by HarleyMC View Post
    Very tough 4-3 loss for the Gophers to swallow in OT. But as in recent outings, their woes tonight were more self inflicted than anything else. The matchup lived up to the hype with both teams coming out of the gate flying and showcasing their own brand of racehorse style hockey. The Gophers played an excellent passing, puck possession game for good stretches of the 1st and 3rd periods and IMO looked like the overall better team tonight.
    Which is why many of us really like it when Minnesota comes to down. Fun as heck to watch, and the same play that we try to do. Where the Gophers could pass and posses, Michigan was 1" off much of the night- between passes being missed and pucks not staying on sticks.

    It may have been you (as I'm too lazy to look back) who predicted that Michigan would block a lot of shots- man oh man you were right. The two GLI games where be blocked a ton of shots was kind of new this year, and didn't expect to see it continue. Even with all of those blocks, the shot differential was clearly in the Gophers favor.

    What's fun about that kind of game is when each team takes their opportunity dominating in the offensive zone, and everyone is on edge about a potential goal.

    One odd thing I saw- there were times that I thought each team was going to take a penalty or two- because it looked like they had skates of lead. Thankfully, the game was mostly played very cleanly. Funny how the speed of the game gives you a perception that someone is going slowly. I'm glad that the "slow" times had no impact.
    Last edited by alfablue; 01-10-2015, 09:07 AM.

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  • state of hockey
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    Michigan should be embarrassed. Should have won by three.

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  • HarleyMC
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    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    The forwards also misfired on several would-be goals very close in, including a couple of attempted wrap-arounds when there was a teammate wide open right in front.
    The wraps were too slow and obvious, and the misfires were into bodies. I see a lot of guys shooting with their head down which you learn NOT to do in Shooting 101. This team shoots random shots in the general direction of the net and is not in the habit of picking their spot, it's as simple as that. Reminds me of 2009...the dark days.

    If we lose tomorrow and BC, Denver, Yale, Quinnipiac and Colgate win or any significant combo thereof...the Gophers may find themselves outside the PWR bubble and with the weak schedule of B1G teams this half that's called let's play double jeopardy. I'll take "Can the Gophers make the NCAA playoffs?" for $50, Alex.

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by HarleyMC
    But once again the Golden Gophers shot themselves in the foot with incredibly poor shot accuracy, D lapses around the net, and costly turnovers. There were a plethora of errant shots that either went wide or ended up in Racine's breadbasket.
    The forwards also misfired on several would-be goals very close in, including a couple of attempted wrap-arounds when there was a teammate wide open right in front.

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  • HarleyMC
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    Very tough 4-3 loss for the Gophers to swallow in OT. But as in recent outings, their woes tonight were more self inflicted than anything else. The matchup lived up to the hype with both teams coming out of the gate flying and showcasing their own brand of racehorse style hockey. The Gophers played an excellent passing, puck possession game for good stretches of the 1st and 3rd periods and IMO looked like the overall better team tonight.

    But once again the Golden Gophers shot themselves in the foot with incredibly poor shot accuracy, D lapses around the net, and costly turnovers. There were a plethora of errant shots that either went wide or ended up in Racine's breadbasket. In the 2nd, the Gophers attempted 28 shots, but only 7 landed on net. Turnovers and D lapses allowed Larkin, Hyman and Selman behind the D and inside for close range goals on Wilcox. And on the offensive side, key players contributed but it wasn't enough with only one 5 x 5 goal. The scoring woes for Ambroz, Cammarata and Fasching continued, who have only scored a combined 1 G in the last 11 games.

    I hate to rip into Lettieri because he skated hard tonight, but his attempt to block the GWG in OT by going down on one leg instead of committing his body was pathetic. A hal******* effort like that always begs the question, "How badly do you want to win this game?". The Gophers showed good speed, skill, and tape to tape passing; but made too many mistakes, while missing the net again far too often tonight. That translates into a MUST needed win tomorrow or the Gophers will be teetering on the edge of the PWR bubble.

    Originally posted by UMICH View Post
    Too bad he wrote it while on 'schrooms...
    Don't partake of the forest goodies...try again?
    Last edited by HarleyMC; 01-09-2015, 10:40 PM.

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  • Greyeagle
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    Originally posted by wolverineTrumpet View Post
    if any of you i spoke with at intermission are looking for other places for good beer (other than jolly pumpkin, arbor brewing and grizzly peak) wolverine brewing on stadium has great brews. A good lunch with good beer can be found in Ypsilanti at either the Wurst Bar or Red Rock.
    Saw you on TV.
    I booed.

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  • wolverineTrumpet
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    if any of you i spoke with at intermission are looking for other places for good beer (other than jolly pumpkin, arbor brewing and grizzly peak) wolverine brewing on stadium has great brews. A good lunch with good beer can be found in Ypsilanti at either the Wurst Bar or Red Rock.

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  • Bonin21
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    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    Nice to have our entire D-Corps back!
    Too bad pretty much all of them suck this year.

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  • UMICH
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    Originally posted by HarleyMC View Post
    How's this...satisfied??

    University of Michigan

    A respectable institution located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The school mascot is a large variety of weasel known as the wolverine, and the school colors are corn and blue. This institution is characterized by students that truly believe that everyone hates them because they're jealous of their extreme intellectual superiority and athletic talent.

    However outside of their "lovely" city/campus/slum, these elitist d0uche bags don't realize that everyone really hates them because (drumroll please)... they are elitist d0uche bags. These students are also characterized by their unfriendly attitude towards outsiders that will ultimately condemn them to a horrible fate of only befriending other fellow U of Mich. cohorts.

    Throughout the rest of the state of Michigan, and for that matter the rest of the United States, those who affiliate themselves with U of Mich. are generally looked upon with disdain, pity, or outright disgust because of these unfounded self-righteous attitudes. Their non-student fan base is notorious for having a large amount of red-neck hicks too stupid to get into ANY institution of higher learning, and a student fan base famous for booing their own teams in times of trouble. At times, supporters and students of U of Mich. can become so delusional as to believe that their institution is an Ivy League school, thus inspiring chuckles of patronizing pity from everyone who knows better.

    If one has the unfortunate luck of having to meet with a Wolverine supporter or student, one should disregard their truly pointless and pompous speeches about the superiority of this institution, and instead hand them a flashlight in order to help them in their quest of removing their big heads from their rectum.
    Too bad he wrote it while on 'schrooms...

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