As I mentioned in my previous post, I will donate $5 to the Northern Lakes Food Bank for every Bulldog goal this weekend. There is no limit on this donation nor are there any other contingencies.
According to the Northern Lakes Food Bank website, “for $1.00 we can distribute approximately 5 meals to children, senior citizens and working families.” That’s powerful. Every Bulldog goal can provide 25 meals. We can now assume all people frantically yelling “Shooooooooooooooot!” this weekend simply want me to make more donations.
This also means every save made by Frank Slubowski, Lukas Hafner, Sam Bloomberg, Julie Friend, Jacqueline Audet, or Katie Fitzgerald means 25 people don’t get a meal. TWENTY FIVE PEOPLE GO HUNGRY PER SAVE. THINK ABOUT THAT, BIG SLUBOWSKI.
I want to ask you all to participate in some way, as well. Bloggers, media, Bulldogs fans, enemy fans, neutral fans, spambots, people looking for shirtless player pictures, anyone who happens upon this post: can you make your own pledge?
It doesn’t have to be $5. It could be $1 per goal, or 1 can of soup. It doesn’t have to be Bulldog goals; you can base it upon your own team (UAH fans, you should probably pick a team that can actually score). Heck, it doesn’t have to be hockey. You could pledge $5 per call that completely screws over the Vikings. (That might plunge us all into bankruptcy.) You could pledge $0.01 per dorky thing Bruce Ciskie says during play-by-play this weekend. That would mean more pennies than are in your average wishing well. You could donate a toy to Toys for Tots for every Bulldog win this weekend. You could just make a donation not tied to anything. You could just bring an extra teddy bear for the Teddy Bear Toss on Friday.
It also doesn’t have to be the Northern Lakes Food Bank, but try to keep your donation local. I was inspired to this pledge by folks in my community who helped me when I was in need; now it’s my turn to help my neighbors.
Retweet (hashtag: #TopShelfToFoodShelf), reblog, spread the word, and let me know if you’re making a pledge of your own! I’d love for this to catch on, but if it doesn’t, there’s always next year.
tUMD 2, Bad Boyz 4/tUMD 1, Bad Boyz 5
tUMD 5, BU 6/tUMD 2, BU 4 (the less said about the second game against Russia, the better)
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Hello, comrades. What a strange week it has been! It snowed a lot, which we all know, unless living underground in a secret nuclear fallout shelter.
I mention the snow, not because it’s noteworthy, but because it’s relevant to the whole weekend. For you see, I live on a street which is not plowed in a timely fashion. So, Tuesday, I missed classes (street not plowed). Wednesday, classes were cancelled. Thursday, I missed classes (street not re-plowed). Friday, I got plowed in, spent an hour shoveling, waited for the bus in double-digit-below temperatures, attended some of my classes, and then took the bus back home to shovel some more, because it had been six weeks since I’d seen a Bulldog hockey game and I wasn’t going to miss it. I moved a lot of snow through my sheer determination, but time was working against me, and I decided I’d cleared enough to wedge my way out of my driveway.
For the first time ever, I was wrong. Well, technically not wrong. I probably COULD have gotten out of the driveway, had someone been standing behind my car directing me how to back out, but instead, I got my front tires buried and was completely blocking the street. I dug desperately at the snow and ice underneath my car and surrounding my tires, but I couldn’t get it going. And of course cars were seeing me, backing up, and probably cursing my name to the heavens as they found another way to wherever they were going.
FINALLY, three women stopped their car, helped me dig out, pushed my car, and got me back into the driveway. My heart grew three sizes that day.
So, I feel compelled to do good deeds. I hope you do too. First up on my list is a donation to Northern Lakes Food Bank, coming on payday. $5 per Bulldog goal this weekend, both teams combined. I’ll do another post to remind everyone of this. If you can join me in making any kind of similar pledge, even if it’s $1 or 1 can of soup, please do.
Back on topic: I finished digging my car out and made it to the game, frozen solid, by the beginning of the second period. I was pretty pumped! Even though they were out of porketta dogs. I had a wild rice brat instead, which has a better bun. Justin Crandall scored a PPG and all was right in the world.
Two absolutely hideous breakdowns in sanity led to two completely unnecessary St. Cloud goals. I feel massive amounts of secondhand embarrassment and shame for the two players who had these breakdowns in sanity… and firsthand embarrassment and shame for myself for what happened the next night.
Saturday, because I hadn’t frozen myself enough, I went to Bentleyville with my family. It was cold. But, dinosaurs! And also Count von Count. It is really pretty there, and I might go again if it is warmer, so I can roast some marshmallows.
And then the embarrassment and shame. Did ANYTHING good happen in Saturday’s game? Did ANYTHING good happen on Saturday at all? tUMD men got swept, tUMD women got swept, tUMD volleyball lost in the playoffs to the hated Concordia. Somehow Biddco managed to praise this weekend, and he had it worse than I did, because he had to spend the weekend with St. Cloud fans. Yargh.
We waited six weeks, SIX WEEKS, between home games, and we come back and get this garbage? Unpleasant, to say the least. Disappointing. Unacceptable.
This upcoming series is a must-sweep, I am going to have to say for both teams. For the men, it’s not because of any future implications, because I don’t have sky high expectations for this season, but because last weekend was such a disappointment. For the women, because I do have somewhat high expectations for the team. Come on folks, I know you’re better than that. Guys, take out all the frustration you had better be feeling on Western Michigan. Women, do what the men couldn’t do and take out the Huskies. Score in bunches, in torrents, in blitzkriegs. And if you don’t score? PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO HUNGRY! How’s that for motivation?
tUMD 3, Buttmidji 0/tUMD 0, Buttmidji 1
tUMD 1, Kid Brother 6/tUMD 6, Kid Brother 2
On Fridays games, I have very little comment. For the women’s game, I simply missed it because I was working. There are only so many ways to say Kayla Black is amazing. The Stauber-Morin defensive pairing is fantastic. Emma had a shorthanded goal.
For the men’s game, pretend I just vomited on this page. I have no interest in hearing that it “didn’t feel like a 6-1 game.” IT WAS A 6-1 GAME. SHUT UP. I DON’T CARE IF GOOD THINGS WERE DONE. I HAD TO MENTALLY ROOT FOR WISCONSIN IN FOOTBALL SO THAT GOPHER FANS WOULD NOT REACH A NEW LEVEL OF INSUFFERABILITY. DID YOU READ THAT? I HAD TO ROOT FOR WISCONSIN. Didn’t feel like a 6-1 game, my butt. I know everyone gets up for the Bulldogs because we’re a powerhouse and it’s a big deal to beat us, but come on, we gotta be ready for that.
Saturday, I was SO hoping for tUMD to get a sweep and to get back to their winning ways. Instead Buttmidji scored a dagger with 15 seconds left, for the only goal of the game. Pretend I vomited on the page again.
Today I watched the game! That’s right, I was able to enjoy, from start to finish, a Bulldog hockey game! And by enjoy, I do mean enjoy! Although I was at times confused and thought I was watching some sort of diving match starring Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching, and I think Justin Kloos but I’m not sure. All those baby rodents are the same soft little doughboys. I mean, an All-Star diving match for those guys against Robbie Earl, Ryan Lasch, JP Lamoureux and… well, Kyle Rau would have been a hotly contested, neck-and-neck event.
Killing a 5×3 seems to be the key to winning games, but I’m not going to recommend we go out of our way to seek out those situations. But tUMD’s first goal came just as we got one player back. Basaraba jumped into the play and he and Dom Toninato combined for a beauty of a goal. Dom has some serious skill… and you realize that also means he was out in a critical penalty-killing role, right? Parise, this team is going to be a force in a few years’s time, with all the experience the freshmen are getting in key roles. Tony Cameranesi scored the only even strength goal of the night. Wouldn’t it be nice if Dani had made the smart choice and chosen tUMD as well? I hope she cheered for her brother tonight. tUMD got their own 5×3 later on, when the Goofies took 2 penalties 3 seconds apart. They never showed what the second penalty was for, but who cares? Justin Crandall scored like 6 seconds later. The Goofies got 2 more power plays and failed hard on both of them. And then the game ended. No, wait. That was the first period.
The Goofs finally scored on the 800th power play they were given, and it was cute how they thought they were in the game. So sweet. tUMD continued their power play goal bonanza with goals from Austin Farley (who did a jersey pop, which made the Gopher fans clutch their pearls and moan about classlessness, then immediately rationalize Wheeler’s jersey pop, in a glorious display of cognitive dissonance) and Kyle Osterberg. Poor Man’s Stalock got the hook, Ben Marshall (one of the most generic Gopher players ever, so forgettable, just like Sam Warning. I actually sometimes think there’s just one Ben Warning, because these guys are so unremarkable) ran McNeely and paid for it with an ejection (which NotFrank called a “game disqualification,” which is so annoying. That is a different, and more severe penalty, and Captain Hair Dye should know that), though he managed to get A&Dubs ejected too. tUMD still got a PP out of it, which carried over into the third period, and Justin Crandall got another goal.
The Goof Troop got a power play goal in the third on a gift of a PP (as most of them were), and it was again adorable how they celebrated it like it was actually meaningful in the game. But, I get it. It’s a big deal to score against Big Brother, so not-Jonny Brodzinski should probably keep that puck and sleep with it under his pillow.
And now next week the men have a bye, which made me VERY ANGRY. I am SICK of missing out on hockey. They will be back in action at AMSoil Arena the weekend after, if they and we can remember where AMSoil Arena is. The women play Team Commie on Tuesday, but I work and can’t go, and then they play Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday. I hope to attend Friday night, but I can’t be sure I’ll have recovered from the jacked up work schedule I have Friday. (Midnight to 11 am. I will probably keel over.) I NEED SOME HOCKEY.
Sorry. It’s been awhile. I’ve been working hard! Both at school and… um, work. Which is the real problem, since I’ve been missing a lot of the games.
You can read my usual TDG Diatribe here. I do love that I am asked back for these Q and As simply to troll the readers of the blog. I am not sure if anyone on the Gophers’s end gives a crap about these games since their football team has won a few games. So cute! Here in the Northland, hockey is #1, and we don’t put it on Sundays. So sad for our little sister school.
So, I really hope to get back into recapping. Breaks in blogging from time to time are good because I’m not just regurgitating the same tired old tropes everyone else is writing. Unfortunately, I really feel disconnected from the game right now, and that sucks. Here I am, living in Duluth, and I’m not writing furiously like never before? (I mean, I am furious at time, but not in that same sense.) I guess Twitter has made me lazy. And no home games in FOREVER. That is super annoying.
Ok, that was just a quick check-in, I’ve got nothing else for you right now. I hope I’ll be recapping a big sweepity sweep on Sunday!
53 wins is enough. Let’s do this, Bulldogs.
*Why yes, I am fully aware of the irony here. Apparently only men are allowed to be motivational on YouTube.
So, this weekend, tUMD women host the UMTC women. The Gophers have not lost since February 17, 2012. This has to stop. Friday, it has to stop.
It’s not going to be an easy task, I’ll grant you that. Our games against the Gophers last year weren’t the best, although we did do something most teams couldn’t do: we actually led in one of the games. After a disappointing weekend in Grand Forks, I think our women are primed to work out some of that frustration on the unsuspecting Gophers, and I think they have as good a shot as any to take the Gophers down.
I’m going on Friday, and due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m going to the game by myself. (I am working on Saturday.) I don’t really want to go to the game by myself. So, here’s the deal: I will buy your ticket to Friday’s game. Sit with me, cheer with me, support our Bulldogs, all for free! With the added bonus of being at a hockey game with me! Because who doesn’t want that?! (Note: this isn’t compensated by tUMD athletics or by any sponsor, this is just me not wanting to sit alone at a hockey game, and also hoping to drum up some additional support for the team.)
Don’t roll your eyes at me, don’t scoff at women’s hockey for being “slow” or for not being physical enough. Just come to the game with me, with an open mind, and have some fun.
Also, if you already purchased a ticket to the game, are a student and get in free, or are just uncomfortable taking a free ticket for some unfathomable reason, I still would like to sit with someone at the game.
So, shoot me an email (runwiththedogs at hotmail dot com) or a tweet or a carrier pigeon and take me up on my offer!
tUMD 2, WCHA Proles 1/tUMD 1, WCHA Proles 1
tUMD 3, Formerly Racist Mascots 4/tUMD 3, Formerly Racist Mascots 3
Hello, the shoot-out is a problem.
Glad I got that out in the open. It was the Bryant McKinnie in the room. Supposedly Duluth drinking water is the best in Minnesota, but perhaps there’s something in the water that affects hand-eye coordination, or one-on-one saveability, or something that would explain why neither of our beloved hockey teams can win a freaking shootout. Or score a goal in a shootout. Really. It’s a massive disaster.
tUMD women were in Grand Forks this weekend, and I was really hoping they’d get wins 351 and 352 in order for Minister of Truth Brad Schlossman to whine some more about how tUMD is trolling the NCAA or something. Unfortunately in both games tUMD was leading, only to let the games slip away. They will be back home against the Gophers, who still haven’t lost, and I think it’s about time that streak comes to an end. Especially since the faux-fascination with the Gopher women has ended, now that their mediocre men’s team and disastrous football team are playing again. Thanks for providing your fans with a little vignette of victory before they abandoned you for the teams about whom they actually care, Gopher women. Sorry your fans are such jerks, but now you know what the rest of us already knew.
tUMD men hosted Michigan Tech in their first games in separate conferences in almost half a century. These games will not go down in the annals of history as good, skilled, entertaining, up-tempo hockey games. Both games saw tUMD struggle to score once, then let Tech back into the game late. On Friday, the Dogs were able to strike again and seal the deal, but Saturday, even with an overtime power play, tDogs couldn’t bring home the sweep. Dom Toninato was lost halfway through the game to some sort of assuredly bogus penalty (which I didn’t even remotely see, but have I ever let that get in the way?) and the Dogs did kill that penalty, as well as all Michigan Tech penalties, masterfully. The only special teams problems were the SHG from Tech on Friday (as a result of Tech going from two players in the box to one, just as the puck went by the penalty box) and the inability to convert on the two-man advantage. tDogs did get one PPG this weekend, so at least the special teams net was even.
Sorry for the lateness of this recap, as well as the condensedness of it, but you can blame that on Biddco. Why? Because.