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    Looks like we Gopher fans will get "The Brick" off Andover's top line, while "Slimy" will be headed to Minnesota State Mankato. Meanwhile Minnesota Duluth will have the services of another "Gabby" from Andover, namely speedster Gabby Krause. The three of them form quite the first line, which others on the team have come to call the "Purple Derples".

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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Looks like we Gopher fans will get "The Brick" off Andover's top line...
    That's a good fit, given the "brick by brick" slogans that UM teams have used. I think that volleyball still uses a brick wall motif on its jerseys.
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    "Watching her team’s overtime loss to Brainerd/Little Falls in the state tournament semifinals, a game in which Andover outshot the Warriors 40-23, taught Nelson “we can’t be perimeter players,’’ she said. “We have to crash the net. We can’t try to do just fancy plays. We have to get dirty.”

    something the team subject of this thread should embrace

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    Shearen is not dressed for today's game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Shearen is not dressed for today's game.
    # 18 was for Bemidji. If you get the equivalent of 1/3 a minor penalty it will probably happen again. There needs to be an additional deterrent for major penalties in the last 2 minutes of a game. As it stands now Majors are essentially less than minors. Just shook my head seeing her on the ice today.

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    Moved from the scores thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
    There is a lot more I could say but at this point playing the way they did and coming away with 4 pts on the weekend seems fortunate.
    Again, I disagree. That felt about right. The Gophers looked really good for two periods yesterday and held on for a win. They didn't look as good on Friday, and got a tie.

    UMD came out and played really hard. If either of these teams should be asking themselves questions right now, it isn't the Gophers. The Bulldogs need to explain how the team I watched this weekend got swept by the Bemidji team I watched last weekend, and only came away with one point against Ohio State. Duluth can be really good, but apparently doesn't come close to their potential on a regular basis. Crowell should also ask the Minnesota State Police to put out an APB for a gold medal winning goalie, because there appears to be one missing.

    Minnesota's effort level wasn't there for the first two periods on Friday, but that wasn't an issue the rest of the weekend. They lost races to the puck that they shouldn't have, including letting UMD negate several icings they shouldn't have been close to. The other problem on Friday was lazy passing. There were a bunch that the Gophers just put nothing on, handing them to a Bulldog. And the drop passing was horrific, leading to a lot of really bad turnovers. That didn't come up much on Saturday.

    There have been a few periods lately, one against Wisconsin and one against Bemidji, where Minnesota couldn't get the puck out of their defensive end, but also didn't let the opponent get the puck off the boards and gave up very few quality scoring chances. That's what the first half of yesterday's third period looked like, and then the Bulldogs started getting those chances. It wasn't a lack of effort. If anything, it was players trying to do too much. It felt like the Gophers panicked a bit and started overpursuing to one side. UMD had a lot of success getting a player completely free on the weak side. That's how they scored their extra attacker goal, and it's what led to Boreen's penalty. UMD had several other chances on similar plays that they couldn't convert. This is not something I've noticed the Gophers having a problem with before, so I suspect that Duluth was doing something to create the openings.

    Sydney Scobee was tremendous this weekend. You wanted to take style points away from her yesterday, but considering how much of the third period she spent with 4-5 bodies within a couple feet of her crease, she looked great. She didn't lose sight of the puck in traffic. There were three times on the weekend when Bulldogs moved the puck quickly from side to side and Scobee stone cold stole goals from them. I'm pretty sure she got into their heads, and in the final period tried to make perfect shots into mostly empty nets to keep from being robbed again.

    The third line had a great series. The one thing that's been consistently missing this year is scoring from Skaja/Oden/Borren. That's changing over the last couple of weeks, and if they continue to put the puck in the net, this is a very dangerous team. Boreen had several quality chances, including a breakaway that forced Rooney to make a nice pad save.

    If you want concerns, I have three.

    Wethington is playing like she thinks she can do anything she wants. She has the potential to be that kind of Bozek/Stecklein defenseman, but she's not there yet. She gets into trouble carrying the puck when a pass would serve better.

    The #6/#13 defensive pairing is becoming concerning, especially the latter. Hengler was on the ice for three of the UMD goals on the weekend, and the second on Friday was largely on her as she broke out of the zone as the Bulldogs were forcing a turnover, leaving Ostertag trying to corral two players at once. She's out of position a lot. I mostly think it's a matter of taking a deep breath and slowing things down.

    Lastly, the Gophers just aren't drawing any penalties. Some of that is the officiating; there's no way that the Gophers committed four times as many infractions as the Bulldogs yesterday, and they missed Sarah Potomak getting elbowed in the head on Friday. But, outside of Bemidji going full on goon towards the end of the second game in that series, they've had a total of ten power plays in the last seven games, half of them in just one game. I'm not sure what's going on. Maybe it is entirely a matter of the refs not calling anything. But it would be nice to fix it and force the other team to make trips to the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Lastly, the Gophers just aren't drawing any penalties. Some of that is the officiating;... Maybe it is entirely a matter of the refs not calling anything.
    In conference-only games so far, teams are averaging 28.4 power-play opportunities; Minnesota has had 27. Times on the PK is also - obviously - a 28.4 times average; Minnesota has 26 PKs. The median on PPs is 28, the median for PKs is 26.

    (Per the stats at the WCHA web page. And yes, some teams have played only 10 games while others have played 12. I didn't bother to go to "per game" on any of that.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Gophers pull it out but faded badly in the 3rd, getting outshot 2-19, but only give up one. All in all a good weekend (results wise) for the visitors.
    The Gophers were doing fine through the first half of the third. Nothing was happening, the minutes were ticking down, and UMD wasn't getting any good scoring chances. Then Hanrahan got busy, and between penalties and Rooney being pulled for an EA, UM was down a skater 70% of the time the rest of the way. The same kids play the minutes, UMD gets all of the momentum, and it looks like the Gophers are doing worse than they really are.

    The final goal? Our fifth-year senior fell asleep defensively. Her job is to protect the weak side, and she can't get caught puck watching and let that D get so far below her before she even notices the threat. She has been playing great this month, but even the best players make mistakes.

    We have been rather lousy about finishing into an empty net of late, and maybe she was thinking about that. But up two that late, who cares about the empty net. Zum got too worried about the empty net as well just before the UMD timeout and got stripped from behind. Get the puck to the red line and get it deep. If you get a chance to shoot, fine, but it is more important to get the puck 200 feet from your goal whenever you have the chance. It's hard for UMD to score while it has to execute a cautious breakout.

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    In conference-only games so far, teams are averaging 28.4 power-play opportunities; Minnesota has had 27. Times on the PK is also - obviously - a 28.4 times average; Minnesota has 26 PKs. The median on PPs is 28, the median for PKs is 26.
    Minnesota possesses the puck much more than the average team in the WCHA, so it is odd than their opponents would be called for fewer than average infractions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertearle View Post
    In conference-only games so far, teams are averaging 28.4 power-play opportunities; Minnesota has had 27. Times on the PK is also - obviously - a 28.4 times average; Minnesota has 26 PKs. The median on PPs is 28, the median for PKs is 26.

    (Per the stats at the WCHA web page. And yes, some teams have played only 10 games while others have played 12. I didn't bother to go to "per game" on any of that.)
    Aside from what ARM said, the Gophers' distribution is really skewed. In twelve WCHA games, their opponents have been called for 29 penalties (not including the misconduct on Paige Beebe). Eighteen of those 29 came in two series: nine each against MSU-Mankato and Bemidji State. And BSU worked really hard to accumulate those calls. Add in five penalties to St. Cloud State, and opponents in the top half of the league have been called for two minutes of infractions per game when they play Minnesota.

    Contrast that to Wisconsin, who have had three more power plays in two fewer games (and not adjusting for differing numbers of games played here is gross malpractice). And they've been much more usefully distributed, with twelve penalties called against top four opponents in only four games. And the Badgers have had only one game without a power play, as opposed to the 11 period 0-fer Minnesota went on against OSU and Wisconsin.

    Again, I'm not sure why Gopher opponents have been called for so few infractions. Some of it is definitely the officiating. Yesterday was egregious, but not as much as the Wisconsin series. Some of it may be the play, though I'm not sue what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    (and not adjusting for differing numbers of games played here is gross malpractice). .
    Not really; just general laziness or disinterest. "Gross malpractice" might have included not mentioning it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Yesterday was egregious, but not as much as the Wisconsin series.
    I was okay with how the UW series was officiated. The referees clearly had a desire to stay out of the way in terms of making calls and let the teams work it out. By and large, they succeeded in that. As opposed to down the stretch yesterday, where one referee looked like she wanted to call a different game than had been called for the first ~ 50 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    I was okay with how the UW series was officiated. The referees clearly had a desire to stay out of the way in terms of making calls and let the teams work it out. By and large, they succeeded in that. As opposed to down the stretch yesterday, where one referee looked like she wanted to call a different game than had been called for the first ~ 50 minutes.
    There's "a desire to stay out of the way" and then there's "indistinguishable from comatose."

    Down the stretch yesterday, I thought the call against Boreen was necessary, the call against Wethington was idiotic, and I didn't see the one against Wente.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Moved from the scores thread: Again, I disagree.
    I would wonder what was wrong if you didn't disagree...

    Admittedly, I wear my feelings on my sleeve during the games and it is driven by extremely high expectations for the Gophers.

    That third line you mention did do very well this weekend, but there were a couple of times where they were put in some difficult situations due to poor decisions made by some of the defensemen you mentioned which resulted in icing and they were not able to get off the ice. UMD took advantage of that and matched up their top line against them.

    What you say about UMD is correct. You see them play as well as they did against the Gophers and you wonder how they got swept by Bemidji? You also wonder if they would have swept this weekend if, as you mentioned, Rooney had played like she is capable of?

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    The gophers getting few power play opportunities in conference play is starting to feel like it was a blessing in disguise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nowheresville View Post
    The gophers getting few power play opportunities in conference play is starting to feel like it was a blessing in disguise.
    Honestly, BC's power play has given up more great shorthanded chances. They've just been luckier that none of them have gone in.

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    Zumwinkle has fanned on or shanked an astonishing number of shots today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    Zumwinkle has fanned on or shanked an astonishing number of shots today.
    Yeah...Something's off with her today. It was interesting that bc let her shoot as much as she did as most WCHA team try to take that away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
    Yeah...Something's off with her today. It was interesting that bc let her shot as much as she did as most WCHA team try to take that away.
    BC gave her so much time and space on the power play that she might have been better settling the puck for a wrist shot rather than blasting a one-timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Eeyore View Post
    BC gave her so much time and space on the power play that she might have been better settling the puck for a wrist shot rather than blasting a one-timer.
    BC employed the rope a dope tactic by Muhammad Ali

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    Nice to see Boreen get her first of the year.

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