Gopher Hockey Final Five Recap vs Colorado College Tigers – 3-22-2013

Gopher hockey begins their last WCHA Final Five and matches up against a Colorado College Tigers team that seems to have found the glass slipper since the playoffs started. They upset Denver in the first round taking the series to a decisive 3rd game and winning 4-3. Then they upset a North Dakota team that always plays their best hockey at this time of the season winning 4-3 in overtime! Can they keep it going tonight against a Gopher hockey team that struggled a bit to beat Bemidji State? Will the Gophers come out hard and get some Xcel Energy from the crowd? Will the Tigers be able to stay in the game like they did against UND? Tigers goalie Joe Howe will have to keep up his great play of late to steal another one to get to the championship game and keep the Tigers NCAA tournament hopes alive!

Previous Match-ups in the 2012-13 season:

Line Chart – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Kyle Rau-7 – Nick Bjugstad-27 – Christian Isackson-26
Sam Warning-11 – Erik Haula-19 – Zach Budish-24
AJ Michaelson-15 – Nate Condon-16 – Justin Holl-12
Tom Serratore-14 – Travis Boyd-22 – Seth Ambroz-17
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Jake Parenteau-6 – Nate Schmidt-29
Seth Helgeson-4 – Ben Marshall-10
Mike Reilly-5 – Mark Alt-20
Goalie
Adam Wilcox-32
Mike Shibrowski-1

Scratches: G-Matt LaPrade-30, D-Brady Skjei-2, F-Ryan Reilly-9, F-Christian Horn-18, F-Jared Larson-23
Injured: F-Connor Reilly-21, G-Ryan Coyne-31

Line Chart – Colorado College Tigers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Alexander Krushelnyski-16 – Rylan Schwartz-13 – Charlie Taft-17
Archie Skalbeck-12 – Scott Winkler-25 – William Rapuzzi-27
Hunter Fejes-11 – F-Jordan Digiando – Andrew Hamburg-15
Peter Maric-22 – Jeff Collett-21 – Jared Hanson-24
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Peter Stoykewych-6 – Mike Boivin-28
Aaron Harstad-5 – Eamonn McDermott-7
Ian Young-20 – Joe Marciano-4
Goalie
Joe Howe-31
Josh Thorimbert-39

Scratches/Injured: G-Courtney Lockwood-29, D-Russell Finch-2, D-Micheal King-3, F-Scott Wamsganz, F-Cody Bradley-10, F-Michael Morin-19

Some changes to the lineups for the Gophers and the Tigers since the last time these teams played each other. Sam Warning gets back in the lineup and Brady Skjei gets scratched as The Don goes with Jake Parenteau with Nate Schmidt in the #1 defensive pairing. That also moves Nate Condon back to centering the 3rd line between AJ Michaelson & Justin Holl making the 4th line Travis Boyd centering Tom Serratore & Seth Ambroz.

The Tigers have moved Alexander Krushelnyski and Charlie Taft up to the 1st line and Archie Skalbeck and William Rapuzzi down to the 2nd line since the Gophers played them way back in early December.

Let’s DROP THE CLUTTERPUCK!!!

1st Period

  • The Gophers have good energy to begin the game but it will take a lot to get this confident Colorado College team to break.
  • At 4:22 of the 1st period – A shot from the point from Mark Alt is stopped in front of the net by Tigers defenseman Mike Boivin. Charlie Taft was going out to defend Alt so he breaks through the neutral zone for a breakaway pass but Mike Reilly gets a piece of it and Alexander Krushelnyski picks up the loose puck, moves to the outside around Mark Alt and heads in the left center of the Gopher zone. Alt turns and is still in position to defend Krushelnyski  but he poke checks and lunges to the outside and Krushelnyski holds the puck back to avoid the poke check then puts the puck between Alt’s legs and takes a shot. Adam Wilcox makes the save but that’s a great move by Krushelnyski!
  • At 6:22 – Scott Winkler gets a pass in the neutral zone right as he’s entering the Gopher zone and takes a shot on goal. Jake Parenteau went down to one knee to block the shot. The shot gets through, Adam Wilcox makes the save but leaves a rebound and Winkler has the step on Parenteau to get to it first but Parenteau dives and knocks the puck away with his stick. Great play to get to that second shot and deflect it away!
  • At the 8:00 mark, Ben Marshall goes back to get a dumped in puck and Alexander Krushelnyski gets to him as he’s getting to the puck and Marshall hits the boards pretty hard. Seth Helgeson picks up the puck, goes around his own net and skates up the right side of the ice through the neutral zone, moves to the right around Mike Boivin and goes to the net. He has a bad angle going to the net but he makes a nice little backhand pass to AJ Michaelson for a one-time try. Joe Howe makes the save but that was a heck of a play from Helgeson.
    • That’s the most impressive play I’ve even seen Seth Helgeson make! WOW!
      • He went coast-to-coast and made a nice pass creating a scoring chance! What the…?
  • At 10:08 - Kyle Rau dumps the puck into the left corner and skates in with speed on the forecheck to throw a body check on Aaron Harstad. Harstad is able to play the puck around the left corner but Christian Isackson is the first one there. He cycles to Nick Bjugstad who goes beneath the goal line then passes to Kyle Rau for a one-timer to Isackson in the slot but Rylan Schwartz is there to block the shot!
  • Seth Ambroz just had a shift where he couldn’t complete a pass to save his life. He tried like 4 passes and all of them were off-target or hard to handle.
  • PENALTY – Peter Stoykewych for Hooking on Christian Isackson at 16:37 of the 1st period - Christian Isackson takes the puck in the left of the Tiger zone and carries it all the way around the boards with Peter Stoykewych trailing him the whole way. He’s leaning on him and sticking his stick in front of him and hooked him a couple times and finally makes Isackson go down and will sit for a couple minutes because of it!
    • He probably hooked him twice. The 1st time the official let it go but not the 2nd.
    • He also has his arm on him the whole way.
      • I don’t think that matters but I think officials do.
  • Not sure if its bad ice or how much its been used the last couple days but the puck is bouncing all over the place! It won’t settle down, bouncing over stick and having an affect on the game!

2nd Period

  • Doug McLeod says, “If you’re not familiar Minnesota’s style…Kyle Rau has a cannon from long range and he’s not afraid to use it. He’s going to maybe tone it down a little in the playoffs, I don’t know, but he loves to unload that thing and it creates the problem that even when he gets ready and looks like he’s going slap it, will he or won’t he, you gotta be ready both ways if you’re the defending team!” What?
    • The man is losing it! I will assume he means Nate Schmidt but I don’t want to try to understand what he’s thinking! That seems dangerous!
  • GOAL! – Rylan Schwartz from Peter Stoykewych & Eamonn McDermott at 0:59 of the 2nd period - Peter Stoykewych gets a d-to-d pass from Eamonn McDermott at the right of the Tiger zone to get around Nick Bjugstad and he skates it up the right boards. Christian Isackson comes to him near the red line so he passes to his left to Rylan Schwartz coming up the right center of the neutral zone. Schwartz skates into the Gopher zone and in on Jake Parenteau. Parenteau gives a little too much gap so he’s able to pull the puck back into a good shooting position and fire a shot into the upper left corner of the net past Adam Wilcox. TIGERS 1-0!!!
    • Parenteau gave him too much space and went down to block the shot.
      • That also blocks his goalie’s view of the shot.
      • Gap control is huge for defense!
        • Forwards need time and space to be effective! Take that away from them by closing in on them.
          • You should be able to reach them with your stick at the blue line!
            • Use the blue line as another defender!
        • A lot of defenseman worry about getting beat and that’s why they give such a big gap! That doesn’t work!
          • You should still be able to get in his way or at least angle him off so his shooting/passing angle is tough
    • Schwartz doesn’t even follow through all the way with his shot and it hits the upper left corner!
      • Also, when Parenteau goes down, Schwartz pulls the puck back using him as a screen and changing the angle of the shot!
      • That was a Snipe!
  • GOAL! – Charlie Taft from Alexander Krushelnyski & Eamonn McDermott at 4:24 of the 2nd period - A forecheck in the left corner of the Gopher zone results in Alexander Krushelnyski passing the puck back near the middle of the blue line. Eamonn McDermott has to skate in to get the puck and quickly turn around to his right on his backhand to avoid Kyle Rau. Christian Isackson is right there when he turns around so McDermott just makes a backhand pass up the middle to Krushelnyski, who has to turn to catch the pass and then turn a little more to shoot the puck. The shot is blocked by Mark Alt, drops to the ice and Alt picks it up and starts to skate up ice out of the zone but the puck is bouncing the whole way and gets away from Alt so Krushelnyski taps the puck away and up to Charlie Taft at the top of the slot. Taft gets it on his forehand as he’s turning around, makes a quick little move to the backhand and back to his forehand and skates to the outside of Mike Reilly, takes a shot from just to the inside of the right face-off dot and it goes through the five-hole of Adam Wilcox! TIGERS 2-0!!!
    • A turnover in your own zone is a killer!
      • Your team is breaking out and all heading one way and then a bouncing puck gets away from you and now everyone’s going the wrong way!
    • Mike Reilly played the puck when he should’ve played the body!
      • This caused him to be in a bad position to stop the play.
        • Taft was turning around and was on his backhand so you have to figure that most players are going to favor their forehand in that situation.
        • Plus, Taft had no speed as he was in the process of turning around because he had just gotten a loose puck so Reilly could very easily have just taken the body or used his body to get between Taft and the puck, taken the puck and cleared the zone.
  • PENALTY – Seth Helgeson for Cross-Checking on Hunter Fejes at 5:00 of the 2nd period - Just Seth Helgeson being physical and going overboard by continually pushing.
    • It wasn’t a cross-check as his stick wasn’t in both hands but it was easily a roughing call!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Joe Howe on Nick Bjugstad at 5:15 of the 2nd period - Off a face-off to the right of Adam Wilcox, Nick Bjugstad wins the face-off back to Nate Schmidt coming off the half wall and Schmidt sends it around the boards. Kyle Rau is the first to the puck as it comes around the corner and he chips it up the middle as Bjugstad is breaking and with Bjugstad’s speed, he’s able to break away from Mike Boivin to come in on Joe Howe all alone. He makes a quick move and shoots low glove side buy Howe is there to make the save.
    • The never really settled down again.
      • I don’t know how much that played into Bjugstad’s shot though.
      • Boivin got back and made it so Bjugstad had to make a quick decision and shot!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Adam Wilcox on William Rapuzzi at 6:15 of the 2nd period - After a puck bounces over Mike Boivin’s stick to clear the zone, Tom Serratore forechecks him back into his own zone making him turn back then goes for a change. Problem is Jake Parenteau also went for a change and being its the 2nd period, it’s the far change so that leaves William Rapuzzi open for a blue line to blue line pass and he gets a mini-breakaway. Rapuzzi goes in and takes a shot basically into the chest of Adam Wilcox so he makes the save but leaves a rebound and Rapuzzi gets a 2nd chance but Wilcox makes that save and freezes the puck.
    • Bad change on a penalty kill but I’m sure Parenteau didn’t know Serratore would peel off and change there.
  • PENALTY – Eamonn McDermott for Interference on Sam Warning at 9:43 of the 2nd period - Sam Warning dumps the puck in and tries to get around Eamonn McDermott and McDermott gets in his way AND knocks him down and now he gets to sit in the Bin of Sin for a couple minutes and think about it!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Adam Wilcox on Archie Skalbeck at 14:18 of the 2nd period - Off a face-off to Joe Howe’s left, Scott Winkler wins it back to Aaron Harstad in front of the net and he chips ‘er deep off the glass getting past Nate Schmidt at the right point. William Rapuzzi gets on his horse and beats out an icing call. Seth Helgeson was playing left defenseman and the puck went down Schmidt’s side. Archie Skalbeck is barely trailing the play behind Nate Schmidt so Helgeson pursues Rapuzzi in the corner and he decides to take the body allowing to make a blind centering pass right in front of the net to Archie Skalbeck for a one-timer that he just redirects at the middle of the net. Adam Wilcox read the play and made the save!
    • Seth Helgeson makes the right read to go to the puck because he was going to get to Rapuzzi before Schmidt but he didn’t get his stick down towards the puck taking the body instead and the puck gets through.
      • I’m all for taking the body but if you can get your stick on the puck and at least knock it away, do it!
        • You can continue and still throw a body check after you’ve knocked the puck away!
        • Don’t have blinders on and just think about throwing a big hit!
    • Schmidt doesn’t stay with Archie Skalbeck and doesn’t get down to block the pass from coming through!
      • Get the puck or the man! One or the other! Neither doesn’t work very well!
    • Give William Rapuzzi credit for looking back to see where his teammate was and where he was going so he could throw the puck to the front of the net!
  • PENALTY – Christian Isackson for Interference on Rylan Schwartz at 19:00 of the 2nd period - The puck is chipped out to center ice and Seth Helgeson is there to catch it, drop it to the ice and dump it back in. He dumps the puck in but puts it on goal for some reason. Joe Howe saves it and it rebounds to Aaron Harstad and he chips it off the glass. The puck hits one of the stanchions holding the glass together and bounces out to center ice. Seth Helgeson stops, reacting to the deflected puck, but he’s too far away to get to it. This helps the Tigers break out and Rylan Schwartz sees the chance to go to the net on a 3-on-2. Christian Isackson follows him and as Schwartz gets to the net, he gets too much of him and knocks him down with the puck nowhere around them so he gets a 2-minute minor for Interference! Welcome to the Bin of Sin!!!
    • Why do you shoot the puck on goal from center ice if your Seth Helgeson?
      • Put it in the corner so your forwards a chance to get in on the forecheck and make something happen.
      • The idea of dumping the puck is to make the other team go get it so don’t “give” it to the goalie so he can start the break out, even if it is with a rebound.
    • Good job by Rylan Schwartz to go to the net hard!
      • Force the opponent to defend you even if you don’t have the puck!!!

3rd Period

  • GREAT SAVE – Adam Wilcox on Rylan Schwartz at 1:00 of the 3rd period - A one-timer on the power play from Rylan Schwartz at the top of the right face-off circle is tipped on the way to the net but Adam Wilcox makes a great reaction and gets the toe of his right leg on it! WOW!
  • MAJOR PENALTY! – Joe Marciano for Cross-Checking on Tom Serratore at 4:50 of the 3rd period - Tom Serratore gets the puck from Seth Ambroz behind the Tigers net and skates around the right corner (Joe Howe’s left). He’s being pursued/defended by Joe Marciano. Serratore gets around the corner and delays or starts to stop to turn around and gets pummeled and goes head first into the boards!
    • They call it a cross-check but again, he didn’t have both hands on his stick so it’s not a cross-check!
    • It’s definitely a penalty and I agree with it being a major with the force Tom Serratore was sent into the boards! WOW!
    • This could be the break* the Gophers need to get back into this game!
      • The Tigers penalty kill has been good during their winning streak though.
  • Nothing doing during the whole 5 minutes of the power play!
    • The Gopher only had one shot on goal on a major penalty! Ouch!
    • When a team doesn’t score on a 5-minute power play, they usually end up losing that game!
  • The Gophers pull the goalie with 3:12 remaining in hopes of getting something going!
    • One goal can change how a team plays so let’s see if they can get anything going here!
  • Nope! Nothing! Great game by the Tigers and they will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in tomorrow night’s WCHA Final Five Championship Game!

Final Score

Minnesota Gophers 0, Colorado College Tigers 2

The Gophers didn’t come out like a team that wanted to win tonight! They were outworked and just didn’t look ready for this game! Colorado College had nothing to lose knowing if they lose any game from here on out, they are done for the season! This is why the playoffs are hard! Nobody wants their season to end! or their career to end! Go out and play every game like it’s your last game because you never know what’s going to happen! The Gophers knew they were in the NCAA tournament already, being the #1 ranked team in the nation, but that means nothing if they don’t play like the #1 team in the nation! Disappointing effort from Gopher hockey!!! Hopefully they learn from it!

Gopher Hockey Recap from GopherSports.com – Minnesota Falls to Colorado College at WCHA Final Five
Gopher Hockey Box Score from GopherSports.com – Minnesota-Colorado College Stats
Gopher Hockey Recap from CCTigers.com – Broadmoor Trophy one win away!

In other WCHA College Hockey action tonight,

  • Wisconsin won vs St. Cloud State 4-1

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Gopher Hockey Playoff Notes vs Bemidji State Beavers – 3-16-2013

The Minnesota Gopher Hockey team escaped with a win last night so how will they come out tonight? How will Bemidji State come out after playing a very solid game last night? Will either team make adjustments after such a close game? It’s always difficult to end a team’s season so expect a very competitive game!

Line Chart – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Kyle Rau-7 – Nick Bjugstad-27 – Christian Isackson-26
Nate Condon-16 – Erik Haula-19 – Zach Budish-24
Tom Serratore-14 – Travis Boyd-22 – Seth Ambroz-17
Jake Parenteau-6 – AJ Michaelson-15 – Justin Holl-12
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Brady Skjei-2 – Nate Schmidt-29
Seth Helgeson-4 – Ben Marshall-10
Mike Reilly-5 – Mark Alt-20
Goalie
Adam Wilcox-32
Mike Shibrowski-1

Scratches: G-Matt LaPrade-30, F-Ryan Reilly-9, F-Christian Horn-18, F-Jared Larson-23
Injured: F-Connor Reilly-21, G-Ryan Coyne-31, F-Sam Warning-11

Line Chart – Bemidji State Beavers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Jordan George-28 – Aaron McLeod-14 – Ben Kinne-9
Brance Orban-7 – Jeff Jubinville-12 – Phil Brewer-29
Radoslav Illo-18 – Cory Ward-13 – Danny Mattson-16
Markus Gerbrandt-23 – Mitch Cain-27 – Brad Robbins-17
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Jake Areshenko-8 – Brady Wacker-25
Matt Prapavessis-22 – Graeme McCormack-11
Sam Rendle-20 – Sam Windle-15
Goalie
Andrew Walsh-30
Mathieu Dugas-35

Scratches/Injured: G-Reid Mimmack-1, D-James Hansen-3, D-Matt Carlson-5, D-Kyle Brodie-26, F-David Boehm-4, F-Tyler Tosunian-19, F-Matt Hartmann-21

Looks like identical lineups for both teams. No reason for changes from a close game. Sam Warning is still out because of injury. Apparently he was injured in practice during the week and is week-to-week at this point. That’s a tough loss for the Gophers. Warning has been tremendous this season!

Let’s DROP THE CLUTTERPUCK!!!

1st Period

  • Nice job of putting the graphic up during the play blocking the majority of the bottom half of the screen. That’s brilliant, FSN! Brilliant!
  • Seem to be late on the graphics tonight! Did someone important show up late or something?
  • Nate Schmidt skates in and has an opportunity to shoot with Travis Boyd near and he decides to give it to Boyd for him to shoot!
    • Ummm…NO! I’ll pick the Schmidt slapper over pretty much anyone else on the Gophers. Knock the Schmidt out of it!
      • Maybe Bjugstad’s one-timer? Maybe!
  • “The Gophers, when Kyle Rau tallies at least a scoring point, are 22-1-1! He had two scoring points last night, a goal and an assist!” – FSN announcer Doug McLeod
    • What the hell is a scoring point, Doug McLeod?
    • Can you have a different kind of point in a hockey game?
      • There’s goals and assists! Ginos & Apples! What other points are there?
      • A point of +/-?
        • No! That would be a stat!
      • A hit, a takeaway, a blocked shot, a save, a win, a loss, a goal against, a goal for, a shot?
        • Let’s see…no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and…uhhh….NO!
    • What the hell is he talking about?
  • PENALTY – Nick Bjugstad for Boarding on Phil Brewer at 16:18 of the 1st period - Phil Brewer has the puck at the left half-wall and Nick Bjugstad pushes him into the boards and the official calls him for boarding.
    • A borderline call, maybe. Not sure if it should be called in a playoff game or not? It’s debatable. I could go either way on it.
    • It was a somewhat dangerous spot to push a guy but he wasn’t facing the boards and he didn’t turn late so it appears Bjugstad is just a strong kid and able to push guys off the puck. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a penalty though.
  • GOAL! (POWER PLAY) – Jordan George from Ben Kinne & Radoslav Illo at 16:49 of the 1st period - The Beavers are working the puck around on the power play at the top of the zone trying to get Adam Wilcox moving by going cross-ice and setting up a one-timer. Matt Prapavessis fakes a slap shot at the center of the blue line and passes it back to Radoslav Illo at the top of the right face-off circle for a low one-timer slap shot. Wilcox makes the save but the puck drops right next to his right leg pad. Ben Kinne tries to jam it in (or through) Wilcox but its stopped and the puck comes right back out. Kinne tries again but this time the puck goes off the toe of his stick, goes through Nate Schmidt’s legs and Jordan George is there to pick up the loose puck and put it in the open net. BEAVERS 1-0!!!
    • Adam Wilcox has to control that rebound!
    • Travis Boyd and Tom Serratore were doing fine covering the point but then Boyd goes from Prapavessis to Illo forcing Serratore to switch but then Boyd gives Illo too much space by going back to the middle. That caused both Serratore and Boyd to be in the middle at the same time when Prapavessis faked the shot.
      • Not sure if Boyd called for a switch or is just trying to do too much.
      • From the replay, it looks like Boyd was just following the puck which is usually bad for the kill.
        • Need to have all four penalty killers working together to cover the whole area.

2nd Period

  • FSN really bothers me with missing face-offs and live action by showing the bench and replays and not getting back to live quick enough.
    • A gopher shot hit the post and an icing happens somewhat soon after it but FSN shows Ben Marshall on the bench for like 15 seconds and then goes to a replay and you can here the puck being dropped while they are still showing the replay!
      • Why does it take that long to get to the replay?
  • Brady Skjei receives a pass from Nick Bjugstad at the right point. He has to catch it and then shoot so it gets blocked but he gets it back and skates in behind the goal line, around the goal and comes around the net on his backhand and just flicks it low!
    • That’s a great scoring chance but you have to try to get the puck high there.
      • Skjei didn’t come around the net with much speed so Andrew Walsh was already there blocking the low part of the net.
    • Work on those backhands so you can get it up high really quickly for those in close scoring chances!
      • Work on every part of your backhand if you ask me! UNLEASH THE BACKHAND!
        • Passing
        • Shooting
        • Handling the puck
        • Strength
        • Accuracy
  •  GOAL! – Corey Ward from Sam Rendle & Sam Windle at 9:27 of the 2nd period - Sam Windle floats the puck through the neutral trying to get it to Radoslav Illo but Christian Isackson gets his glove on it but not full possession. The puck lands near the Gopher bench. A bouncing puck eludes Isackson & Illo gets possession at the red line, turns up ice and passes to Danny Mattson at the left of the Gopher blue line. He gets by a Ben Marshall poke check, skates to the wall and turns toward the goal only to be met by Kyle Rau but he’s able to pull the puck back and pass it cross-ice to Sam Windle. Windle makes a one-time pass to Sam Rendle and he catches and takes a low snap shot. Corey Ward had driven the net as soon as the Beavers entered the zone but turned towards the left boards when Mattson was met by Rau. He got back to the net, fighting through the defense of Seth Helgeson to get his stick on the shot and deflecting it over Adam Wilcox’ left pad and it’s BEAVERS 2-0!!!
    • The Gopher defense wasn’t horrible on this play but there are a few things that could’ve helped.
      • The transition was ok but Nick Bjugstad and Christian Isackson get too low in their own zone and don’t cover the defense that are trailing the play.
        • Isackson chases Radoslav Illo when he should just hand him off to Ben Marshall and go defend the point. His guy was who shot the puck.
          • He gets out to him and goes down to block the shot which is good but it looks like he had time to get his stick in front of the puck and deflect it from ever hitting the net.
        • Bjugstad gets to his man but wasn’t close enough to him to make a play on the pass and because he wasn’t close enough to him, that allowed him to be open for a pass.
      • Seth Helgeson does an ok job of defending Corey Ward but he doesn’t get the most important part of him and that’s his stick.
        • Credit Ward for battling through the check to get his stick in the shooting lane!
  • PENALTY – Jordan George for Tripping on Mike Reilly at 15:26 of the 2nd period - Mark Alt pinched and is in the right corner and makes a centering pass but nobody is there except Jordan George. He turns and starts skating out of his zone and the Gophers only have Mike Reilly back on defense. Erik Haula quickly back checks and gets to George before he leaves the zone making him lose the puck. The puck goes far enough forward for Mike Reilly to pick it up and skate back into his own zone. He has George forechecking him now so Reilly fakes a move one way then goes the other way and George gets his stick in Reilly’s skates tripping him up and getting a visit to the penalty box for it.
  • GOAL (POWER PLAY) – Nick Bjugstad from Kyle Rau & Erik Haula at 15:33 of the 2nd period - Nick Bjugstad wins the face-off back to Erik Haula at the right point. Haula skates down the right boards taking a look at what his options are and passes to Kyle Rau below the goal line in the right corner. Rau takes the puck to the net as soon as he gets it then makes a move around the stick of Jake Areshenko and then passes it to Nick Bjugstad, who had skated around to the left face-off dot after winning the face-off at the right face-off dot, and he has nothing but an open net to shoot at and the Gophers get on the board! GOPHERS 1-2!!!
    • Hard to say the defense played that wrong.
      • Maybe Areshenko can get down to try to block Rau from getting to the net or blocking the passing lane but it’s easy to second-guess now.
    • Just a great aggressive play by Kyle Rau!
      • He sees Nick Bjugstad open and gets him the puck when the defense thought he was just going to go to the net with it!
  • GOAL! – Jeff Jubinville from Phil Brewer & Brance Orban at 15:47 of the 2nd period - It takes the Beavers all of 14 seconds to get their 2-goal lead back! The Gophers win the ensuing face-off and Nate Schmidt takes it down the right boards and tries to pass to Travis Boyd but the puck hits Sam Rendle in the skates and deflects back towards the boards. Brance Orban is the first to get there. Tom Serratore stayed back at the blue line when Nate Schmidt pinched so he forces Orban to make a play and Orban makes a cross-ice pass to Phil Brewer coming up the right of the neutral zone. Jake Parenteau reads the play and tries to intercept the pass but doesn’t get his stick on it. That send Brewer in all alone on Adam Wilcox. He tries to five-hole but Wilcox has it covered but the puck rebounds back out in the slot and Jeff Jubinville gets to it and flips it up into the right corner over the glove of Adam Wilcox and its BEAVERS 3-1!!!
    • Jeff Jubinville was one of the furthest guys back in the zone when the puck was turned over. He was at his own goal line and got on his horse and drove the net and got there for the rebound and a big goal for the Beavers!
      • He passed every Gopher except Nate Schmidt on the way to the net!
      • Schmidt was on his horse and got there to disrupt the shot of Brewer.
      • Tom Serratore had Jubinville but Jubinville battled through it to get to the puck!
    • I think a couple Gopher players hesitated when it looked like Jake Parenteau might intercept the pass.
    • Should Jake Parenteau try to intercept the pass as the last guy back?
      • It’s easy to say no after they give up a goal because of it but if he does intercept it than the Gophers might get a scoring chance so….that’s Hockey!!!
      • He probably doesn’t try that if the Gophers aren’t down by a goal!
  • GOAL! – Nate Condon from Erik Haula & Zach Budish at 18:54 of the 2nd period - The puck is  deep in the Gopher zone. Zach Budish gets it in the right corner but loses in on the rail. Danny Mattson gets to it and tries to pass it back to Radoslav Illo near the right point but since the puck is on the rail, his pass goes in the air and Illo has to knock it down. It gets past him a little bit so Erik Haula tries to get to it and go up ice but Illo reaches back and quickly tries to dump it back in the zone. Zach Budish has now moved up the boards so he’s there to stop the puck from going deep into the zone and passes to Erik Haula at center ice. Haula, skating across the red line, catches the pass and basically leaves it for Nate Condon who’s coming up the center of the ice. Haula then turns up ice and follows Condon into the zone. Condon gets over the blue line and drops the puck to Haula and drives the net. Haula gets the puck and is looking to take a shot. Sam Windle is playing back on defense so he stops to try to keep Haula from shooting but Haula pulls the puck in to change the angle of the shot and gets it to go through Windle’s legs. Condon driving the net makes defenseman Jake Areshenko go with him clogging the view of Andrew Walsh and the shooting lane and the puck ends up hitting Condon in the right leg deflecting through Walsh’s five-hole and slowly going over the goal line & its GOPHERS 2-3!!!
    • Danny Mattson should probably try to keep the puck deep rather than throw it back towards the blue line in the air. Keep the puck deep! You have a 2-goal lead!
      • Don’t help your opponent break out of their zone by sending the puck back towards your end!
    • The Beaver defense had a pretty big gap giving Erik Haula the time and space to get a shot off.
    • Simply getting the shot off with Nate Condon driving the net turned that play into a goal!
      • Don’t make the game too difficult! Do the little things like driving to the net, shooting the puck and keeping the puck deep!
    • Huge goal late in the 2nd period to get the Gophers within one goal!
      • Late Goals Are Money!!!
  • PENALTY – Matt Prapavessis for Interference on Kyle Rau at 19:44 of the 2nd period - With the Gophers feeling some momentum, they sustain some offense in the Beaver zone and Seth Helgeson dumps the puck to the right corner. Kyle Rau was in front of the net with Matt Prapvessis and he tries to get around him to get to the puck and Prapavessis gets his stick up high and ends up knocking Rau down getting an interference call with only 16 seconds left in the period.
    • Kyle Rau appears to go down pretty easy there but looking at the replay, he was in awkward place with Prapavessis arm and stick up around his head area.
      • I’m not saying he’s innocent, I’m just saying don’t be so quick to judge until you see the whole play.
      • He’s been moving his feet and making things happen in the playoffs.

3rd Period

  • The Gophers have come out with a lot of energy in the 3rd period playing with confidence and a sense of urgency and purpose to tie this game up!
  • Travis Boyd steals a pass from Matt Prapavessis, goes to the net and gets taken down by Prapavessis but no call is made by the “WCHA Officials.”
    • Clear trip as Prapavessis chopped down at Boyd’s stick then hits his skate and Boyd goes down! That is usually called tripping but….this is the playoffs? I don’t know!
  • GOAL! – AJ Michaelson from Erik Haula & Zach Budish at 7:38 of the 3rd period - Nate Schmidt skates the puck into the center of the Beaver zone with Zach Budish on the left boards and Erik Haula on his right. All five Beaver players go to Schmidt so he dumps it into the left corner. Budish gets to the puck just before Graeme McCormack but there’s a battle for it along the back boards. Erik Haula had come in on Schmidt’s right and skated around the net, past Budish & McCormack to the left half-wall. Budish comes out with the puck and passes it to Haula. The pass was in the air and off the boards so Haula has to control the pass and just takes a shot on goal. The puck was on edge so it kind of knuckles on Andrew Walsh and he leaves a juicy rebound that AJ Michaelson picks up, moves to his backhand and puts in the open net. The game is TIED AT 3!!!
    • More puck-watching by the Beavers on defense!
      • Both Phil Brewer and Radoslav Illo are in front of the net just standing there. They both see the shot from Erik Haula and neither of them move to get to a possible rebound until they see it. That’s too late, boys!
        • AJ Michaelson had just come off the bench on a line change for Nate Condon.
        • Brewer turned his head but just kept standing there like Michaelson was another teammates player to cover.
          • Confusion on who Brewer should be covering? He’s a wing, his center was on the left point and Illo isn’t usually on his line.
            • I have to believe that Brewer thinks he’s covering one of the d but he was still just watching the puck.
        • McCormack has to win a battle! Get better position on Budish because he’s a big, strong forward!
          • He had the inside line on the puck, probably could’ve gotten his stick on it before Budish and he had his skate right next to the puck but he focused on Budish, not the puck!
            • Hard to win a battle for the puck if you don’t know where it is!
        • Matt Prapavessis was covering Haula but slowed down to take a whack at Budish when he came out with the puck. That left Haula open and with enough time to control the pass and just get a shot off.
          • If you can’t get to the player you’re defending/covering, at the very least take an angle that will block the shot or get in the shooting lane or get your stick on the shot.
          • or….get back to the front of the net! Clear rebounds! Get a body on someone!
      • More talk on the defense would’ve helped so everyone knows who they have to cover.
      • Andrew Walsh would probably like that one back since he left a juicy rebound.
  • GOAL! – Ben Marshall UNASSISTED at 19:07 of the 3rd period - Nate Condon tries to skate the puck in the left of the Beaver zone and gets by Sam Windle and the puck is cleared to the neutral zone. It’s picked up by Ben Marshall by the Gopher bench and he sees the Beavers making a line change so he sees an opportunity to make a play. He has a step on Corey Ward and the defenseman don’t have enough speed going backwards so he goes in at the center of the blue line going to the right, gets around Jake Areshenko and heads in on Andrew Walsh on his backhand and fires for the five-hole and scores with 58 seconds left in regulation!!! GOPHERS 4-3!!!
    • That’s Ben Marshall being Ben Marshall!!! That is how you GOPHER IT!!!
    • I see Ben Marshall saying to himself, “Are they really changing right now? I’m Ben Marshall!!! THIS IS MY TIME!!!”
    • DONE!!!
    • Bad change? Maybe because it was 3 players at the same time but…
    • As a defenseman, if there’s only one player coming at you on offense and he has no help, you take the body and forget about the puck!
      • Could Jake Areshenko have taken the body on Ben Marshall there and stopped the scoring chance?
        • Bottom line is the odds are better for taking the body than the puck in that situation! Even if he gets only a piece of him, he disrupts the play and with teammates coming that’s all he has to do. His teammates can pick up the loose change!
  • Bemidji State tries to dump it in off a tip to get the puck deep and it goes to Nate Schmidt and he snaps it out of the zone but it goes for an icing! Face-off in the Gopher zone to Adam Wilcox’ left with 1.6 seconds left!
    • Corey Ward tries to slap the face-off at the net but it goes wide and this one is over!

FINAL SCORE
Minnesota Gophers 5, Bemidji State Beavers 1

The Gophers may have escaped this game as well since they were trailing 2-0 halfway through the game! Yes, it’s the playoffs and the Beavers had a good game plan but should they have trouble beating the Beavers? or is that just playoff hockey? Is it better for a team to have to battle to win a couple close games early in the playoffs or to easily win a couple games? or does it matter either way just as long as you get the win? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Gopher Hockey Recap from GopherSports.comMarshall’s Late Goal Sends Gophers to WCHA Final Five
Gopher Hockey Box Score from GopherSports.comMinnesota-BSU Stats
Gopher Hockey Recap from BSUBeavers.comBeavers fall, 4-3, to Minnesota to end season

In other WCHA College Hockey action tonight,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”
* Colorado College won @ Denver 2-1
* Nebraska-Omaha won @ Minnesota State 2-1
* St. Cloud State won vs Alaska-Anchorage 5-1
* Michigan Tech won @ North Dakota 2-1
* Wisconsin won vs Minnesota-Duluth 4-1

In other College Hockey action,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”
* Quinnipiac won vs Cornell 10-0
* After losing 3-2 in Game 1, the Bobcats took their anger out on Cornell in Game 2! WOW!

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Gopher Hockey Playoff Notes vs Bemidji State Beavers – 3-15-2013

The Minnesota Gopher hockey team begins the playoffs tonight for the last time as a member of the WCHA and it ends with something new. The Gophers will matchup with the Bemidji State Beavers in the playoffs for the first time ever. The Gophers have the task of trying to beat a team 4 times in a row and sweeping an opponent in a season. That’s not easy to do especially in the playoffs and when it will be 4 consecutive games against that opponent.

Line Chart – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Kyle Rau-7 – Nick Bjugstad-27 – Christian Isackson-26
Nate Condon-16 – Erik Haula-19 – Zach Budish-24
Tom Serratore-14 – Travis Boyd-22 – Seth Ambroz-17
Jake Parenteau-6 – AJ Michaelson-15 – Justin Holl-12
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Brady Skjei-2 – Nate Schmidt-29
Seth Helgeson-4 – Ben Marshall-10
Mike Reilly-5 – Mark Alt-20
Goalie
Adam Wilcox-32
Mike Shibrowski-1

Scratches: G-Matt LaPrade-30, D-Jake Parenteau-6, F-Ryan Reilly-9, F-Christian Horn-18, F-Jared Larson-23
Injured: F-Connor Reilly-21, G-Ryan Coyne-31, F-Sam Warning-11

Line Chart – Bemidji State Beavers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Jordan George-28 – Aaron McLeod-14 – Ben Kinne-9
Brance Orban-7 – Jeff Jubinville-12 – Phil Brewer-29
Radoslav Illo-18 – Cory Ward-13 – Danny Mattson-16
Markus Gerbrandt-23 – Mitch Cain-27 – Brad Robbins-17
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Jake Areshenko-8 – Brady Wacker-25
Matt Prapavessis-22 – Graeme McCormack-11
Sam Rendle-20 – Sam Windle-15
Goalie
Andrew Walsh-30
Mathieu Dugas-35

Scratches/Injured: G-Reid Mimmack-1, D-James Hansen-3, D-Matt Carlson-5, D-Kyle Brodie-26, F-David Boehm-4, F-Tyler Tosunian-19, F-Matt Hartmann-21

Sam Warning is out of the lineup due to an injury. No word on what happened. That sets off a domino effect of line changes for the Gophers moving Christian Isackson up to the 1st line right wing, Nate Condon to the 2nd line left wing, Tom Serratore to the 3rd line left wing, AJ Michaelson to the 4th line center & Jake Parenteau to the 4th line left wing! WOW!

Let’s DROP THE CLUTTERPUCK!!!

1st Period

  • The Gophers have come out with a ton of energy shooting the puck from anywhere & everywhere and dominate the first few minutes of the period! That’s not surprising with a home playoff game!
  • PENALTY – Too Many Beavers On The Ice at 3:08 of the 1st period - In the madness of trying to keep up with the Gophers energy, the Beavers accidentally get 6 players on the ice for a good 15 seconds or so and finally get called for too many men!
    • Looking back at the play, two Beaver players come off the ice and three go on! Obvious miscommunication in the frenzy of the moment.
    • Speaking of Too Many Men On the Ice, I was often called for Too Much Man on The Ice in almost every game I played! BOOM!
  • The Gophers don’t get much going on the power play save for a mini-breakaway by Nick Bjugstad that ends in a backhander from the slot.
  • A face-off win back to Mike Reilly and a fanned pass results in a breakaway for Ben Kinne but Adam Wilcox makes the save blocking the five hole attempt.
  • Bemidji State has weathered the storm of the first 5 minutes, killed a penalty and sit comfortably in a scoreless game. Exactly how they want this game to go.
  • Give credit to Justin Holl for this whole season! It can’t be easy to be a defenseman and be told/asked to play forward for the majority of the season and to play as good as he has all season long. That speaks to the type of
    player he is. You have to be a smart player to make a switch like that
    at the division 1 level.
  • I don’t know about you but the Twitter interactive thing with Jenny doesn’t work for me. If you’re watching the game, do you really care what some person on
    Twitter has tweeted about a question they made up before the game?

    • Especially when the question has nothing to do with the game. It’s usually a question about the season or which player this or which player this?
    • You’d think they could do something better with that time.
    • I love Twitter but it is what it is. It’s not meant for interacting with the announcers. They have enough to do.
  • Gophers give up a scoring chance but Zach Budish makes a good play to take a away the shot attempt.
    • Gophers had 4 of their players below the dots guarding 1 Beaver player.

2nd Period

  • Gophers still getting chances but Bemidji is doing a great job clogging up the front of the net and clearing rebounds.
  • Mark Alt gets a chance to shoot and hesitates. SHOOT THE PUCK! Don’t wait!
    • All that does is give the defense and the goalie a chance to set up for the shot or get in front of it to block it.
      • That’s what happened! The shot was deflected by the forward defending Alt.
  • A quick whistle from the official confuses Doug McLeod and he says, “It’s a Goal!”
    • The official pointed to the net or the goalie and then to the face-off dot.
  • Tom Chorske mentions that “it’s too bad that Herb Brooks is not with us anymore.”
    • It does make you wonder if hockey would be different if he were still alive. Herb Brooks had a mind for the game like no other and just knew how to push the right buttons to get players to play the right way.
      • AGAIN!
      • PLAY YOUR GAME!
            • What would Herb Brooks think of the game today?
              • What would he do about the hits to the head?
              • Would there be a Herb Brooks helmet? or a Herb Brooks system on how to check & how to take a check?
              • Would he like the state of hockey as it is?
              • Would he be happy with the growth of hockey in Minnesota and the United States?
              • I could see him being in charge of USA Hockey or at least some part of it! That would’ve been AWESOME!
              • Herbies!
  • GOAL! – Ben Marshall from Kyle Rau at 6:56 of the 2nd period - Kyle Rau gets the puck in his own zone and takes it up the left boards. He has Aaron McLeod alongside him so as soon as he gets to the Beaver blue line, he dumps it past Sam Windle then skates around him and beats him to the puck. Rau turns to go behind the net but makes a pass back up the middle just as he gets near the net. Windle gets his stick on the pass but not enough and the puck slowly goes up the slot where Ben Marshall sees it and takes a one-timer snap shot that goes off the left post and deflects into the right part of the net! GOPHERS 1-0!!!
    • Kyle Rau made that whole play happen with his speed and because he never stopped skating and/or moving his feet!
    • Aaron McLeod did nothing good on that play.
      • He reaches in an attempt to disrupt Rau along the boards.
      • He then coasts as Rau skates hard to the puck.
      • Then he watches
        the puck and doesn’t look for someone to pick up since there’s two
        defenseman that can defend Rau if he goes behind the net or turns back
        to the left corner.
      • Then when the pass goes in front of the net, he ends up screening his goaltender on the play. NOT GOOD!
    • FSN has a great angle from behind the net that shows you everything you need to know about the play.
      • It shows every Bemidji State player watching the puck and not picking up a man!
      • That goal was basically scored by three Gophers while five Beavers watched it happen!
      • One Gopher player changed while it was happening!
        • And lost a +1! Damn!
    • You’re first thought as a back checking forward should be to find the trailer on the play.
    • TALK! Tell your teammates what’s going on, who to cover, where to go!
    • One of the defenseman should be able to tell the forward to pick up the trailer or just yell “FIND SOMEONE!”
    • I think it’s appropriate that the Gopher hockey team scores while Herb Brooks is being talked about!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Adam Wilcox on Jordan George at 14:06 of the 2nd period - After the Gophers have a solid 45 seconds of pressure in the Beaver zone where they get at least 3 good scoring chances, Ben Marshall fakes a shot & tries to go d-to-d but George gets his stick on it deflecting it back to Ben Kinne. Kinne chips the puck up to George for a breakaway and he tries to go five-hole on Adam Wilcox but he makes the save almost sliding into the net but keeping the puck out.

3rd Period

  • GREAT SAVE! – Andrew Walsh on Nick Bjugstad at 6:14 of the 3rd period - After almost having too many Gophers on the ice, Nate Schmidt gets the puck at his own left half-wall and sees Nick Bjugstad breaking through the neutral zone & hits him with a tape-to-tape pass for a breakaway in on Andrew Walsh. He tries to go under his catcher arm/glove but Walsh makes the save.
  • I don’t like these passes across the ice in the offensive zone back to the points. Just asking for a breakaway chance for Bemidji State.
    • Like That!!! Nice back check by Justin Holl breaking up a scoring chance!
  • PENALTY – Radoslav Illo for Hooking on Seth Ambroz at 14:14 of the 3rd period - After Seth Ambroz gets his shot blocked, he takes another whack at it and it bounces towards the net. A clearing attempt fails and the loose puck comes back to Ambroz and as he turns away from Radoslav Illo, he gets his stick lifted and the stick gets under Ambroz’ arm and holds him up getting a hooking call from the official.
  • GOAL! – Brance Orban from Radoslav Illo & Jeff Jubinville at 19:22 of the 3rd period - With the net empty, Sam Rendle dumps the puck down the left wall trying to wrap it around the left corner. Adam Wilcox goes to stop it behind the net but the puck hits a end boards and Ben Marshall is able to chip the puck back to the boards off the glass. Then he skates past the puck and Phil Brewer is able to get body position on the puck. Erik Haula & Jeff Jubinville join the puck battle and Jubinville knocks it loss towards the face-off dot where Radoslav Illo takes a swing at it but has the shot deflected by Nate Condon’s stick. The puck bounces up in the air and fools Seth Helgeson so he misses it and the puck goes through his legs. Brance Orban is there to get to it before Adam Wilcox and he pulls off a beautiful toe drag, moves it to his backhand and shoots it past Wilcox and the game is TIED AT 1!!!

  • At first I thought Seth Helgeson played that badly but he was fooled by the puck bouncing up in the air and it’s hard to blame him for that.
  • A lot of crazy bounces happened on that play! Or should that be dirty?
    • Weird bounce off the end boards!
    • Weird bounce off the glass!
    • Deflection of Radoslav Illo’s shot that makes the puck bounce up in the air!
    • The puck bouncing in the air fools Seth Helgeson getting through his legs.
    • That surprises
      Adam Wilcox and he goes down expecting a shot but Brance Orban knowing
      he has time makes the toe drag move than goes to his backhand for the
      game-tying goal!
  • GREAT presence of mind from Orban knowing he had the time to make that play! WOW!

Overtime

  • What do you do in overtime, folks?
    • YOU SHOOT THE PUCK!!! ANY CHANCE YOU GET!!! SHOOT IT! FROM ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE!!!
    • The puck wants to go in the net! That’s its home! Is it too good for its HOME!!!?
  • The Gophers are chasing and watching, reacting to what they see instead of what they read! Read the play! Anticipate! Don’t watch!
  • The Beavers get a few good chances and one golden chance to score as Cory Ward was sitting back door but the puck gets past his stick and he barely misses a chance to end the game! WOW!
  • Mark Alt makes a move on the blue line, goes around the defender and takes a shot that’s deflected wide and hits off the glass behind the net and bounces back in front of the net and Seth Ambroz barely misses it! OHHHH!!!
  • After Bemidji State ices the puck, Head Coach Tom Serratore decides to take his timeout to get his players some rest!
  • GOAL! – Kyle Rau from Nate Schmidt & Christian Isackson at 13:18 of Overtime - A face-off to Andrew Walsh’s left is won by Nick Bjugstad back to Nate Schmidt at the right point. He skates down the blue line a couple strides and takes a shot with Kyle Rau in front of the net. Schmidt’s shot is blocked by Jake Areshenko and the puck falls near Kyle Rau’s feet so he tries to shoot but that shot is blocked by Areshenko again. The puck goes right back to Rau’s stick and he shoots again and this time it goes in just to the right of Andrew Walsh and over his leg pad! GOPHERS WIN 2-1!!!

FINAL SCORE
Minnesota Gophers 2, Bemidji State Beavers 1 in Overtime

The Gophers escape Game 1, winning in Overtime off the stick of Kyle Rau! He was tremendous tonight as was Adam Wilcox. Give credit to Bemidji State and Andrew Walsh for playing a great game and giving themselves a chance to win! You can’t ask for much more from your team than that! We’ll see you tomorrow night for Game 2! Same Gopher Time! Same Gopher Channel! Hopefully, Sam Gopher Outcome! That would be 7pm on FSN if you didn’t know!

Gopher Hockey Recap from GopherSports.comRau Gives Gophers Series Lead in 2-1 Overtime Victory
Gopher Hockey Box Score from GopherSports.comMinnesota-BSU Stats
Gopher Hockey Recap from BSUBeavers.comWalsh stops 49; Minnesota takes game 1 in overtime, 2-1

In other WCHA College Hockey action tonight,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”

  • Denver won vs Colorado College 5-3
  • Minnesota State won vs Nebraska-Omaha 4-3 in OT
  • St. Cloud State won vs Alaska-Anchorage 6-1
  • North Dakota won vs Michigan Tech 5-3
  • Wisconsin won vs Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

In other College Hockey action,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”

  • Michigan State won @ Miami 3-0
  • Cornell won @ Quinnipiac 3-2
    • The #1 team in the nation lost Game 1 in their 1st round matchup in the ECAC Tournament

The playoffs are underway and we have reached March Madness for College Hockey!!! Grestest time of the year for hockey fans! College hockey playoffs followed by the NHL Playoffs!!! You want some of the ‘PUCK!!!?

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Gopher Hockey Notes at Bemidji State Beavers – 3-9-2013

Gopher Hockey has reached the end of an era! Tonight will be the last regular season game for the Minnesota Gophers as part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. How will they end the season with another game against the Bemidji State Beavers after the Beavers gave the Gophers everything they could handle last night.

Line Chart – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing

Kyle Rau-7 – Nick Bjugstad-27 – Nate Condon-16
Sam Warning-11 – Erik Haula-19 – Zach Budish-24
AJ Michaelson-15 – Travis Boyd-22 – Seth Ambroz-17
Tom Serratore-14 – Christian Isackson-26 – Justin Holl-12
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Brady Skjei-2 – Nate Schmidt-29
Seth Helgeson-4 – Ben Marshall-10
Jake Parenteau-6 – Mark Alt-20
Goalie
Adam Wilcox-32
Mike Shibrowski-1

Scratches: G-Matt LaPrade-30, D-Mike Reilly-5, F-Ryan Reilly-9, F-Christian Horn-18, F-Jared Larson-23
Injured: F-Connor Reilly-21, G-Ryan Coyne-31

Line Chart – Bemidji State Beavers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Jordan George-28 – Aaron McLeod-14 – Ben Kinne-9
Brance Orban-7 – Jeff Jubinville-12 – Phil Brewer-29
Radoslav Illo-18 – Cory Ward-13 – Danny Mattson-16
Markus Gerbrandt-23 – Mitch Cain-27 – Tyler Tosunian-19
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Jake Areshenko-8 – Brady Wacker-25
Matt Prapavessis-22 – Graeme McCormack-11
Sam Rendle-20 – Sam Windle-15
Goalie
Mathieu Dugas-35
Andrew Walsh-30

Scratches/Injured: G-Reid Mimmack-1, D-James Hansen-3, D-Matt Carlson-5, D-Kyle Brodie-26, F-David Boehm-4, F-Brad Robbins-17, F-Matt Hartmann-21

Only one change for team as Jake Parenteau comes in for Mike Reilly on defense for the Gophers and Tyler Tosunian replaces Brad Robbins as the 4th line right wing for the Beavers.

Let’s DROP THE CLUTTERPUCK!!!

1st Period

* I like those Bemidji State jerseys! The alternates always go over big with the fan base! A nice shield on the front like the New York Rangers have with a beige/off-white primary color with white, green, white stripe on the bottom and on the sleeves.
* The Gophers need to come out fast and keep the Beavers from believing they can stay in the game.
* GOAL! – Erik Haula from Kyle Rau & Ben Marshall at 4:03 of the 1st period - A Zach Budish shot/dump goes wide left around the left corner from the right point to the left half-wall where Seth Helgeson dumps it back into the left corner. Sam Warning peels off for a change while Erik Haula keeps possession of the puck as he skates around the left corner to the left half-wall and passes it down to Zach Budish along the boards in the left corner. Budish sees Kyle Rau coming into the zone off a line change and passes it to him at the top of the left face-off circle for a wide open shot that hits hard off the inside of the left goal post and rebounds to the right below the right face-off dot. Ben Marshall had moved in from the right point to be an option on offense so he quickly gets to the puck for a quick shot on goal that Mathieu Dugas saves off his left shoulder. The puck goes behind the goal line to Kyle Rau and he sees Erik Haula open in the slot for a one-time shot that goes low left past the outstretched pad of Dugas! GOPHERS 1-0!!!
* Mathieu Dugas didn’t have much chance on that and he almost made the save.
* The Beavers were watching and reacting instead of reading and reacting.
* Read the play! Don’t watch it!
* You will not be able to react quick enough to what happens. You have to read the play and anticipate where the puck will go.
* When Haula & Budish had the puck on the left boards, there were 4 Bemidji State players at the wall within like 20 feet of each other. 4 players covering 3 players! That can’t happen on defense!
* GREAT SAVE! – Adam Wilcox on Radoslav Illo at 11:40 of the 1st period - Kyle Rau gets stripped of the puck as he tries to go around Radoslav Illo at the red line. A nifty poke check creates a loose puck that Ben Marshall comes up to get at the blue line but Illo pokes it past him as well and he gets a breakaway coming in the left of the zone. He shoots low glove side just above the leg pad of Adam Wilcox but he still stops it with his glove than freezes it quickly to keep the game 1-0!
* Ben Marshall thinks he’s going to get to the puck quicker than Illo but he probably should be taking the body there.
* Illo had nobody else with him so take the body and one of your teammates will get the puck.
* GOAL! – Nick Bjugstad from Christian Isackson & Kyle Rau at 14:42 of the 1st period - Aaron McLeod dumps the puck around the right boards and Adam Wilcox goes behind the net to stop the puck for his defense. A miscommunication between Wilcox and Nate Schmidt creates a loose puck and Jordan George sees an opportunity but Brady Skjei quickly picks up the loose puck and throws it around the corner to Nick Bjugstad. Aaron McLeod goes in to make a play on the puck on Bjugstad at the boards but Bjugstad passes it to Kyle Rau breaking out through the middle of the Gopher zone. Rau almost runs into Christian Isackson, loses control of the puck. Jake Areshenko tries to poke check the puck away and takes Rau out of the play but the puck gets past him leaving a 2-on-1 with Isackson coming up the right side with Bjugstad on his left coming in on Brady Wacker. Wacker tries to take away the pass but Christian gets the puck over his stick to Bjugstad. Bjugstad sets up for a one-timer but has to catch the pass and then shoot it upper left over Mathieu Dugas glove. GOPHERS 2-0!!!
* If Aaron McLeod takes the body on Bjugstad, a 3-on-2 doesn’t happen.
* If Jake Areshenko doesn’t take the body on Kyle Rau, a 2-on-1 doesn’t happen.
* You have to know when to take the body!
* Brady Wacker tried to take the shot and the pass away from Christian Isackson but he took the shot away more by forcing a bad angle.
* I think you’d rather Christian Isackson shoot then Nick Bjugstad but maybe that’s just me!
* The back checkers stop skating and watch as Bjugstad takes the shot! Why?
* If you want to watch the game, you can sit in the stands!
* That’s Nick Bjugstad’s 20th goal of the season!

2nd Period
* GOAL! – Matt Prapavessi from Jordan George & Matt Carlson/Ben Kinne at 1:55 of the 2nd period - A breakaway by Nick Bjugstad is saved by Mathieu Dugas and turns into a 3-on-3 after Matt Carlson & Ben Kinne get the puck away from Bjugstad on the left boards (the goalie’s right). Jordan George comes up the right side, Ben Kinne drives the middle & Aaron McLeod in on the left. Matt Prapavessis is trailing the play and receives a pass from Jordan George for a one-timer that he blasts past Adam Wilcox. BEAVERS 1-2!!!
* Adam Wilcox was screened on the play by Aaron McLeod and Seth Ambroz.
* Not much the defense or the goalie can do about that.
* Forwards need to back check and pick up the trailer on the play!
* PENALTY – Tom Serratore for High-Sticking on Brady Wacker at 6:37 of the 2nd period - Tom Serratore on the forecheck reacts to gets poke checked by Brady Wacker and tries to clear the stick but swings a little high and hits Wacker in the head! TWOOOOO MINUTES!!!
* His name is Wacker so….
* Sam Windle has a twin brother who plays baseball for the Minnesota Gophers. Tom Windle threw a 9-inning no-hitter last night. It was the first 9-inning no-hitter in Minnesota Gopher history!
* GOAL! – Zach Budish from Erik Haula & Jake Parenteau at 14:26 of the 2nd period - A face-off to Mathieu Dugas’ right is won by Erik Haula back to Jake Parenteau at the left point. Parenteau skates walks the blue line a little before he goes D-to-D to the Mark Alt. Alt has trouble controlling the pass but he quickly corrals the puck and passes it back to Parenteau. Parenteau moves to his left to get some space and shoots a high shot that hits Dugas high in the chest and drops down to the ice. Sam Rendle attempts to clear the puck but it hits Erik Haula and comes down in his feet. He’s able to get it to his stick so he moves it to his backhand going towards the right corner (Dugas’ left) and takes a shot on the net. The puck goes off Mathieu Dugas’ right pad and rebounds behind Budish but he’s able to get to it quickly on his backhand and put it in the open net. GOPHERS 3-1!!!
* Great job by Jake Parenteau to get the puck on net and great job by Zach Budish, Erik Haula and Sam Warning by creating havoc in front of the net.
* That cause Mathieu Dugas to not see the puck as well as he would’ve liked so he wasn’t able to catch Parenteau’s shot giving up a juicy rebound in front of the net.
* Unfortunately for Sam Rendle, he misses on his attempt to clear the rebound.
* Maybe not the best way to clear it by just trying to take a wicked swing at the puck though.
* First, he didn’t know where anyone was and he tried the turnaround swing at the puck so he only gets a piece of it and it hits Haula.
* A turnaround swing is an element of panic. Slow down and try to make the right play.
* He had a little more time than he thought and a teammate near him so they should’ve been able to control the puck and get it out of the zone.
* Gotta know where everyone is!
* You have to make sure you defend the man and more importantly, make sure you defend his stick so he can’t get to the puck with it.
* This can be tricky because you can get a penalty for holding or interference if you’re not paying attention (or at least facing) to the play and the location of the puck.
* PENALTIES – Seth Helgeson for Interference on Aaron McLeod & Ben Kinne for Tripping on Justin Holl at 16:01 of the 2nd period - Seth Helgeson gets a little too rough trying to keep Aaron McLeod from getting to the front of the net and knocks him down. Then as the puck is going to be touched (and the play whistled down) by Justin Holl, Ben Kinne goes for the poke check and ends up hitting Holl’s skate, tripping him and evening up the call! 4-on-4 hockey!!!
* Very rare to see two penalties called on the same play, especially involving 4 different players. That was a crazy play!

3rd Period
* A misguided pass from Christian Isackson from the corner of his own zone right in front of his own net quickly turns into a scoring chance for the Beavers but Adam Wilcox makes the save and keeps the game at 3-1!
* GOAL! – Jake Parenteau from Erik Haula & Sam Warning at 14:03 of the 3rd period – Jake Parenteau is comes out to the right of his own net (to Wilcox’ right) and makes a backhand pass back against the boards behind the net to Mark Alt but Alt either wasn’t ready for it or had yet to get in position for it and it was a bad pass. So Alt doesn’t get to it right away and the loose puck goes around the left corner to the half-wall. Alt tries to push it along the boards and falls down. Radoslav Illo comes into the play trying to play the puck towards the net but instead the puck hits Erik Haula and he tries to quickly play it up to Sam Warning up the left boards but it hits another Beaver player and bounces towards the center of the blue line. Zach Budish gets to the puck and passes it to Sam Warning who is now heading up the left boards and with his speed he gets alongside Sam Rendle and tries to make a pass to Erik Haula who’s driving the net. The pass hits Rendle in the skates and goes back towards the boards and Warning had turned to avoid the hit by Rendle and gets the puck on his backhand and tries to make the pass to the front of the net. Haula had seen the puck hit Rendle’s skates so he took a sharp left turn towards the boards and still catches the pass from Warning. Now Haula is skating back towards the left point and he sees Jake Parenteau at the right point so he hits him with a backhand sauce pass. Parenteau has the time and space to take the puck to just outside the face-off dot and, with Zach Budish planted in front of the net screening Mathieu Dugas, has the chance to pick a spot where to shoot the puck. He choose the upper right corner and hits it, popping the water bottle up off the top of the net and its GOPHERS 4-1!!!
* Loose pucks are what you want when you’re on the forecheck but the Beavers just aren’t getting the bounces tonight!
* The puck hits Haula, then Haula’s pass hits a Cory Ward and bounces to where two Gopher players are basically waiting for the puck.
* That being said, you still have to play good transition hockey and that all starts with picking up a man when you are back checking.
*  * So many goals happen off of bad coverage off a turnover and the team that lost the puck panics and doesn’t find a man and just end up watching the puck while the offense roams free getting open for a play.
*  * That’s a lot for a goalie to deal with! HELP HIM OUT!!!
* All five Beaver players are watching the puck while Jake Parenteau gets open and is able to skate in and take a shot.
* Nobody picks up Budish so he can plant himself in front of Mathieu Dugas keeping him from seeing the puck and the shot. Extremely difficult to make a save when you can’t see the shot!
*  * Move Budish out of your goalies line of sight! Move him towards the corners of the net so he blocks that shot from hitting the near corners!
* When Haula turns back towards the blue line, there’s four Beaver players on the right side of the Beaver zone and there’s only Haula and Warning there so two Gopher players have the puck with four Beaver players defending them or at least in the area since they weren’t really doing a lot of defending.
*  * That’s a dream for any offense! “Hey, leave our guys open, will ya? Thanks!”
* Your defenseman made the offense turn back to the blue line and they still got a scoring chance and a goal out of it because nobody picked up the trailer on the play.
* * Get your head on a swivel! Find a player and cover them!
* That’s infuriating! WOW!
* GOAL! – Christian Isackson from Nick Bjugstad & Mark Alt at 19:59 of the 3rd period -
Mark Alt plays the puck off the left boards from behind his own goal line to Christian Isackson (or near him) at the left boards just inside the blue line. Isackson is facing his own zone so he just tries to play it to the boards and maybe get it out of the zone. Alt kept skating, picks up the loose puck and sees Nick Bjugstad at the center of the neutral zone (or hears him as he slapped his stick on the ice (Beaver Tail?)) and gets him the puck. Bjugstad has the speed to get past Matt Carlson but Carlson gets enough of the puck to make it roll up on edge and mess up Bjugstad a little bit. He tried to go backhand but Mathieu Dugas was there to make the save. Dugas slid out to the right of the crease to make the save but he doesn’t know where the puck is so it trickles out of his equipment right to Bjugstad, who turned after he went past the net. He quickly threw the puck in front of the net. Dugas got a piece of the centering pass and slowed it down so the puck is just laying in the slot. Isackson was trailing the play and he picks up the puck moving to the right, waits to get clear of Jeff Jubinville, who’s trying to block the net, and shoots the puck into the empty as time expires! GOPHERS 5-1!!!
* WOW! What a crazy way to finish the game!
* More of the same for the Beavers in transition!
* Three guys watching the puck so when it comes through Dugas’ pads on the centering pass and they miss it, they turn not knowing where to be to stop the goal!
* Christian Isackson will now be the answer to the question, “Who scored the last regular season goal for the Gophers when they were in the WCHA?”
* You can add, “What was special or strange about the goal?” and talk about the time the goal was scored – 19:59 of the 3rd period!
* How many people told Christian not to wait to the last second to score a goal?
* That’s it! This Gopher hockey regular season is over! On to the Playoffs!!!

FINAL SCORE
Minnesota Gophers 5, Bemidji State Beavers 1
That’s a little more of what you expect from a top-rated Gopher hockey team taking on a struggling Beaver hockey team. It took the Gophers a while to take the game over but they eventually did take over the game and head into the playoffs with some momentum and hopefully realize they can’t take any team lightly from here on out playing their game and taking it to their opponents! We’ll see you next weekend at the Same Gopher Time, Same Gopher Channel! That’s FSN at 7pm on Friday night if you didn’t know! Bring the Clutter!

Gopher Hockey Recap from GopherSports.comGophers Earn Share of MacNaughton Cup with 5-1 Win
Gopher Hockey Box Score from GopherSports.comMinnesota-BSU Stats
Gopher Hockey Recap from .com – BSUBeavers.comMinnesota outlasts Bemidji State in 2012-13 season finale

In other WCHA College Hockey action tonight and Sunday,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”
Minnesota State won vs North Dakota 2-1 in OT,
Colorado College won @ Michigan Tech 4-3,
Minnesota-Duluth won vs Nebraska-Omaha 6-0
Wisconsin won vs St. Cloud State 3-2
and
Denver won vs Alaska-Anchorage 6-1

With St. Cloud State losing and the Gophers winning, that means there’s a tie for the MacNaughton Cup! CONGRATS to the Huskies & the Gophers on great seasons! St. Cloud does have the tiebreakers to have the #1 seed in the playoffs though.

Here’s the WCHA playoff match ups for next weekend:

#1 St. Cloud State vs #12 Alaska-Anchorage
#2 Minnesota vs #11 Bemidji State
#3 North Dakota vs #10 Michigan Tech
#4 Wisconsin vs #9 Minnesota-Duluth
#5 Denver vs #8 Colorado College
#6 Minnesota-State vs #7 Nebraska-Omaha

Note: Teams are reseeded after the first round.

Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs!

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Gopher Hockey Notes at Bemidji State Beavers – 3-8-2013

Gopher hockey enters the last weekend of the regular season with a chance to win the McNaughton Cup and finish the season on top of their last season in the WCHA Conference. Bemidji State has had a rough season with only 6 victories (5 in the WCHA.) Going into overtime in 11 games, losing 3 and tying 8, its probably safe to say they are sick of free hockey! With only 67 goals scored (49 in WCHA play) through 32 games and their top scorer only having 21 points, obviously they are having trouble on offense. They can’t change the past so I’m sure they will come out tonight with a ton of energy and try to play spoiler!

Line Chart – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Kyle Rau-7 – Nick Bjugstad-27 – Christian Isackson-26
F-Sam Warning-11 – Erik Haula-19 – Zach Budish-24
Nate Condon-16 – Travis Boyd-22 – Seth Ambroz-17
Tom Serratore-14 – AJ Michaelson-15 – Justin Holl-12
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Brady Skjei-2 – Nate Schmidt-29
Seth Helgeson-4 – Ben Marshall-10
Mike Reilly-5 – Mark Alt-20
Goalie
Mike Shibrowski-1

Scratches: G-Matt LaPrade-30, D-Jake Parenteau-6, F-Ryan Reilly-9, F-Christian Horn-18, F-Jared Larson-23

Injured: F-Connor Reilly-21, G-Ryan Coyne-31

Line Chart – Bemidji State Beavers

Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Jordan George-28 – Aaron McLeod-14 – Ben Kinne-9
Brance Orban-7 – Jeff Jubinville-12 – Phil Brewer-29
Radoslav Illo-18 – Cory Ward-13 – Danny Mattson-16
Markus Gerbrandt-23 – Mitch Cain-27 – Brad Robbins-17
Left Defenseman – Right Defenseman
Jake Areshenko-8 – Brady Wacker-25
Matt Prapavessis-22 – Graeme McCormack-11
Sam Rendle-20 – Sam Windle-15
Goalie
Andrew Walsh-30
Mathieu Dugas-35

Scratches/Injured: G-Reid Mimmack-1, D-James Hansen-3, D-Matt Carlson-5, D-Kyle Brodie-26, F-David Boehm-4, F-Tyler Tosunian-19, F-Matt Hartmann-21

Christian Isackson on the top line again! That moves Nate Condon to wing on the 3rd line and AJ Michaelson back to center on the 4th line.

Let’s DROP THE CLUTTERPUCK!!!

1st Period

  • Gophers vs Beavers! Maybe they should use a wooden puck for this game!!!
  • Holy Crap! FSN actually put up the line charts for both teams before the opening face-off!
  • The Battle of Serratore – Part II – Uncle Tom vs Gopher Tom!!! This time…IT’S PERSONAL!!!
  • Bemidji State with a lot of jump to start the game! Not surprising playing the #2 team in the nation and an in-state rival AND in front of their fans!
    • They’re going to need to keep that energy going all game long to get the W!
  • GOAL! Ben Marshall from Nate Condon & Seth Helgeson at 5:08 of the 1st period - Ben Marshall pinches on a loose puck at the right half-wall taking a shot that gets deflected into and around the left corner. Seth Helgeson gets to it first and dumps it back around the left corner to Nate Condon who skates to the left half-wall and makes a backhand pass to Ben Marshall at the top of the left face-off dot and he quickly catches and shoots a low shot that appears to hit Andrew Walsh’s goalie stick and gets through the five-hole and its GOPHERS 1-0!!!
    • Forward Markus Gerbrandt & Defenseman Brady Wacker were alone in front of the net while the players they should be covering were able to get free.
      • Wacker’s man is probably Nate Condon and Gerbrandt is covering Ben Marshall but Gerbrandt is way too low to make a play on Marshall  especially if Wacker is already in front of the net.
      • You have to read the play! Reacting to what you see if usually too late!
    • I’m sure the mobility and offensive skill of the Gopher defense was covered in the Bemidji State game plan but it wasn’t there on that play.
  • GOAL! – Matt Prapavessis from Ben Kinne & Jake Areshenko at 9:22 of the 1st period - A soft pass by Mark Alt from behind the net forces Mike Reilly to wait for the puck in the right corner with his back turned to the play and allows the forecheck to create a turnover below the goal line. Reilly’s pass attempt is deflected back towards the net and he has to haul down Jordan George (Delayed Penalty). Ben Kinne gets the loose puck in the left corner, turns toward the left boards and wraps the puck back around the left corner to George. He skates towards the left corner and passes to Kinne, who has cut to the net, then makes a pass back to Jake Areshenko for a slap shot that hits Mike Reilly in the leg and bounces to Matt Prapavessis for a backhand shot into the net! Adam Wilcox never had a chance to save that and we are TIED AT 1!!!
    • Sometimes you need the Prapavessis to score a goal!
      • Proper Vessis! What is the proper vessis? Maybe that’s why its been so hard for the Beavers to score goals this season!
  • PENALTY! – Mike Reilly for Hooking on Jordan George at 9:22 of the 1st period - Gotta love the rule where a team still gets a power play on a delayed penalty! Doesn’t that seem to defeat the purpose of a delayed penalty! You gain the advantage on a delayed penalty by being able to get the “extra guy” on the ice and the whistle being blown if the opponent touches the puck.
    • I’d love to hear the explanation of this rule now and when it was being discussed about becoming a rule.
  • PENALTY! – Sam Rendle for Tripping on Travis Boyd at 12:16 of the 1st period - Sam Rendle is defending Travis Boyd in the right corner and gets his stick between Boyd’s legs tripping him up and getting a reservation for a 2-minute stay in the Sin Bin!
    • “Welcome to the Sin Bin! Is there anything you’d like to confess? What are you GUILTY OF?”
    • Be careful where you put your stick! Between the legs is not a good place for it! Careful with those phrase, boys and girls!
  • WTF Thought! – FSN shows across the top of the screen that they are showing the Minnesota Twins Spring Training game on their sister station FSN+!
    • I’m always amazed when a program I’m watching will tell me about another program on another channel. What kind of sense does that make?
      • “Hey, thanks for coming! If you didn’t know, you could go here and you might have more fun! Just saying’!”
    • I realize they are promoting their baseball coverage but why would you want a viewer to go to a different channel if they are watching the one YOU ARE BROADCASTING ALREADY?
      • That’s like going out on a date and having your date point out other people to you.
        • “Hey, did you see her? She’s good-looking!”
  • PENALTY! Danny Mattson for Hooking on Travis Boyd at 20:00 of the 1st period - At the end of the period, the Gophers softly dump the puck around the left corner and goalie Andrew Walsh goes behind his net to get it and sends it around the right corner. Seth Ambroz gets to it and takes a quick shot trying to score on the open net. Walsh gets back to make the save and the rebound goes out of the zone. Travis Boyd was going to the net as Ambroz shot the puck and he was hooked by Danny Mattson so the official punched his ticket to the Bin of Sin! There will be a Gopher power play to start the 2nd period!

2nd Period

  • Always nice to start a period on the power play as you get the fresh ice to work with!
  • PENALTY – Aaron McLeod for High-Sticking on Erik Haula at 0:28 of the 2nd period - Jake Areshenko attempts to clear the zone around the right boards from the left corner and the puck is deflected up and towards the right half-wall. Erik Haula is coming in from the point to get it and Aaron McLeod, trying to play the puck with his stick, ends up hitting Haula instead.
    • 5-on-3 for a minute and 32 seconds!
  • GOAL! (POWER PLAY) – Nick Bjugstad from Erik Haula & Christian Isackson at 2:21 of the 2nd period - With not much working on the 5-on-3 except the penalty kill, Christian Isackson, at the right half-wall, passes the puck to Erik Haula at the right point. Haula skates to the middle of the blue line and passes it to Nick Bjugstad at the left face-off dot. Bjugstad catches the pass, takes a stride towards the middle and shoots all in one motion and beats Andrew Walsh with a shot that goes upper right! GOPHERS 2-1!!!
    • I’m not sure Nick Bjugstad even looked before he shot the puck he shot it so quick.
      • He had a defender in front of him that might’ve hindered Andrew Walsh from seeing the shot.
  • Bemidji State is doing a great job of keeping this game close giving them a chance to steal a victory!
  • Nate Schmidt just made great play in his defensive zone by looking for a player to cover instead of watching the puck.
    • He quickly took a look and went to cover the man while staying aware of where the puck was. Scouts will notice that!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Andrew Walsh on Nick Bjugstad at 15:51 of the 2nd period - Mike Reilly brings the puck up on a 2-on-2 with Kyle Rau to his left and as he gets across the blue line, he sees Nick Bjugstad joining the rush on the left side and makes a pass to him that Bjugstad one-times and Andrew Walsh saves it with his blocker!
    • That shot was low but high enough to get over the goalie’s leg pad so Walsh had the presence of mind to get his blocker in the right spot to make the save keeping the game at a 1-goal deficit!
  • GOAL! Cory Ward from Brady Wacker & Danny Mattson at 18:17 of the 2nd period - A low slap shot from Brady Wacker is saved by Adam Wilcox but he has to stretch out his right leg to make the save leaving a rebound available for Cory Ward. Ben Marshall is trying to keep Ward from getting to the puck by hooking him but he’s able to battle through it and get the puck to go in the net. TIED AT 2!!!
    • It ends up going off his shin pad so the goal is under review to see if the puck was kicked in.
  • Nate Schmidt takes a slap shot from Radislav Illo right to the midsection and he goes down right away! He gets up but he’s in some pain! WOW!
    • Justin Holl gets a shift on D because of Marshall being in the Bin of Sin and Schmidt being in pain!
  • PENALTY – Ben Marshall for Hooking on at 18:17 of the 2nd period – 
    • Twice in one game a team gets a penalty at the same time as a goal is scored! Hard to believe that’s happened before.
    • So if they score on the delayed penalty and the penalty was taken on the player who scored the goal, should that be a penalty? NO! DUMB!

3rd Period

  • GOAL! – Cory Ward from Radoslav Illo at 2:30 of the 3rd period - A 3-on-2 develops with Radoslav Illo coming up the left side with Cory Ward in the middle and ? on the right. Zach Budish had Ward covered in the neutral zone but lets him go for some reason. Nate Schmidt played Illo and Brady Skjei was playing the player on the right so he was late getting to Ward when he got the puck allowing Ward a pretty clear shot on Adam Wilcox and he beat him just over his glove going upper right and its BEAVERS 3-2!!!
    • Brady Skjei played that pretty good because Zach Budish should’ve kept back checking instead of letting Ward go.
      • Make it a 3-on-3 instead of a 3-on-2!
  • GREAT SAVE! – Adam Wilcox on Jordan George at 4:30 of the 3rd period - After  a Kyle Rau dump on goal, Andrew Walsh throws the puck behind his net to Matt Prapavessis and he makes a pass to the far blue line to a breaking Jordan George for a breakaway. He makes a couple moves and finally goes to his backhand but Adam Wilcox gives him nothing to shoot at and makes the save and keeps the deficit at one goal!
  • GOAL! – Justin Holl from AJ Michaelson at 7:27 of the 3rd period - A Brady Skjei dump in around the left corner lets AJ Michaelson get on his horse on the forecheck. He gets to the defenseman, lifts his stick, takes the puck around the right corner and sees Justin Holl coming down the center of the zone. The right-handed shooting Holl gets the pass on his forehand but its somewhat behind him so he has to turn to skate backwards and ends up just turning around and shooting it from his backhand and puts it through the five-hole of Andrew Walsh so the game is TIED AT 3!!!
    • Michaelson made the pass where he had to but Justin Holl getting the pass and kind of turning/spinning to receive it and get the shot made the play!
    • I see so many players turning from their backhand to their forehands to shoot but you don’t see many players turn from their forehand to their backhand.
      • That probably surprised Andrew Walsh a little bit.
      • UNLEASH THE BACKHAND!!!
  • Travis Boyd falls or is taken down in the right corner and you over hear someone in the crowd say, “He Tackled Him!”
  • An Icing is called and Kyle Rau clearly would’ve gotten to the puck first! Silly Linesman! You’ll never get your Orange Bars!
  • PENALTY – Sam Rendle for Tripping on at 14:23 of the 3rd period - Sam Warning is heading into the right side of the Beaver Zone with speed and Sam Rendle takes a couple whacks at him. One of the whack attempts hits the right toe of Warning’s skate and he goes down!
    • Big opportunity for the Gopher Power Play here!
  • GOAL! (POWER PLAY) – Nick Bjugstad from Nate Schmidt & Kyle Rau at 14:54 of the 3rd period - Nick Bjugstad, Nate Schmidt and Erik Haula pass between each other and move around with Schmidt at the middle of the point, Haula at the right circle and Bjugstad at the left circle. Haula and Schmidt switch and Haula sends a pass to Schmidt for a one-timer from the right circle that is saved and rebounds to the back wall. Kyle Rau is there and quickly passes it to Schmidt and he passes across the zone to Bjugstad at the left face-off dot. Bjugstad catches the pass, corrals the puck and takes a slap shot that goes upper right over the glove of Andrew Walsh. GOPHERS 4-3!!!
    • Nick Bjugstad went with a half backswing on the slapper to get the shot off quicker! The kid can just bring it with every shot!
      • It helps that his uncle played in the NHL and has a shooting school I’m sure!
      • Another 2-goal game for Nick Bjugstad!

FINAL SCORE
Minnesota Gophers 4, Bemidji State Beavers 3

The Gopher hockey team battled through another tough fight from an in-state opponent to get the W! They need to be ready for another battle tomorrow night as they play their last regular season game in the WCHA! That game will air on FSN+ at 7pm! We’ll see you then!

Gopher Hockey Recap from GopherSports.com – Minnesota Clinches Home Ice with 4-3 Win Over Bemidji State
Gopher Hockey Box Score from GopherSports.com – Minnesota-BSU Stats
Gopher Hockey Recap from .com – BSUBeavers.com – Bjugstad scores twice on the power play to lift Minnesota over BSU, 4-3

In other WCHA College Hockey action tonight,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”
Denver won vs Alaska-Anchorage 7-1,
North Dakota won @ Minnesota State 4-3,
Michigan Tech won vs Colorado College 2-0,
Minnesota-Duluth won vs Nebraska-Omaha 5-4
and
St. Cloud State won @ Wisconsin 4-2

In other College Hockey action,
Home=”vs”, Away=”@”
Michigan State won @ Alaska 2-1 – 2012 Minnesota Wild round 3rd-round pick John Draeger had the 2nd assist on Michigan State’s 1st goal – He now has 1 goal & 8 assists in 37 games played as a freshman for the Spartans

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