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>The Ties That Bind

13 January 2008

>I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but we tie a lot. I mean, whatever, it’s better than losing a lot, but it’s not as good as winning a lot.

I guess I picked the right game to go to. I kind of enjoy watching the game at home (although I wish it was on television and not on B2, which is dark and has annoying announcers, like that moron chick that was interviewing Grawler and Kemper), because I don’t have to worry if my flailing is going to injure the old lady next to me, or that I’m going to scream something embarrassing, or that I’m going to weep uncontrollably if we lose. It also means if I want to, I can sit around watching the game in my underwear (not saying that I did, just that I could!). I suppose I could do that at a game if I wanted to, but I’d probably be kicked out, and the team would be distracted (what with all the vomiting and such). I spent most of the game IMing LGM, which was VERY stressful because her television was ahead of my B2 feed, which was ahead of the KDAL audio I had streaming. I made her promise not to say anything until I knew there was or wasn’t a goal, but it still made me very, very nervous. We did manage to agree that Steve Rohlik is hott.

I’m a little frustrated with the tie. We had some great chances to win, including a GIFT FROM ABOVE powerplay in overtime. We had some extended periods deep in the Mankato zone, and there were some times I thought FOR SURE the puck HAD to somehow make its way into the net, but it just wasn’t meant to be. It was great to get two goals in such quick succession, but I was hoping we would build on that and dominate the game. Even when it was 2-1, I thought we still could hold on, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

However, I must point out, a lesser goaltender would have given up a lot of those chances that Mike Zacharias managed to stop. I don’t like to use the “we ran into a hot goaltender” excuse, but I just don’t think that Zacharias gets enough props. Overall, his GAA is 1.94 with a 93 save% and a 58.8 win%. In league play, he has a 2.00 GAA, 93 save% and .455 win%. Considering that he’s in the top 4 in the conference in the statistics he has more control over (save percentage and GAA) despite Mankato’s 9th place seat in the WCHA (though 1 point out of 6th-8th, as I’m sure LGM would point out if I hadn’t) shows that he is a talented goaltender, and I guess it’s not as bad as tying, say, Frazee.

Wins Until We Surpass Last Year’s Total: 2 (Will be taken care of after next weekend!)
Points Until We Surpass Last Year’s Total: 4! (Ditto!)

My Guys:
MacGregor Sharp: 12! (Takes the lead!)
Matt McKnight: 11
Michael Gergen: 10
Mike Curry: 2

Justin Fontaine: 8!
Cody Danberg: 6!
Kyle Schmidt: 6!
Rob Bordson: 3!
Mike Montgomery: 1
Chad Huttel: 1
Evan Oberg: 0

On Notice:
Evan Oberg
Jay Cascalenda
Matt Greer
Alex Stalock
Drew Akins
Mike Curry
Matt McKnight

Goals only
Trent Palm
Travis Gawryletz
Jason Garrison
Andrew Carroll
Michael Gergen
Justin Fontaine

13 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 January 2008 8:56 am

    >A three point weekend is a nice result against anyone in this league. At least you didn’t have the creepy floating tiger head to give you a headache.

  2. 13 January 2008 3:53 pm

    >Thanks for giving Zach props! You’re right..if it wasn’t for him the games would have been WAY different! Hopefully my Mavs start to realize that and help the poor guy out.I’ll take a tie but of course a win would have been better. Sadly though, with the way the Mavs were playing a win wasn’t even close to earned. UGG!!Also, yes…that PP in OT was a gift from god because it was the biggest BS call of the night…from across the damn rink. Stupid WCHA refs. You know it was bad when the homer announcers even say something!! Oh well….

  3. 13 January 2008 11:04 pm

    >Where is the Cardinal interview?

  4. 14 January 2008 6:04 am

    >I know! I’m waiting on that too! This is the most highly anticipated Gauntlet for me in the past two years!

  5. 14 January 2008 6:54 pm

    >We want the interview, we want the interview! 😀 FHGIs it Wednesday yet?

  6. 14 January 2008 7:22 pm

    >Let’s go while were young.tGarden is for wussbags

  7. 14 January 2008 7:54 pm

    >Beersong, you keep talking like that about the Garden and we are going to have issues this weekend! 😉 FHGWhere is the interview already???

  8. 14 January 2008 8:20 pm

    >Why the hell is everyone so whipped up about my interview? Like most things I have a hand in, it will likely disappoint!

  9. 14 January 2008 8:21 pm

    >I want to know where this Beersong guy was last Friday when I was at the DECC and Grandma’s!! Turns out we have a friend in common, Mark…the ex Champ. I noticed that on the last e-mail Mark sent us all.Also, poop on the new Champ. I tried to hunt him down to get a pic taken with him to e-mail Mark and had no luck. New Champ sucks!!

  10. 14 January 2008 8:26 pm

    >We know you are a dissapointment Cardinal, but at least now it will be on paper as well! 😀 FHG

  11. 14 January 2008 9:01 pm

    >Pot Kettle

  12. 15 January 2008 2:23 am

    >Where is the Cardinal interview? ETA?

  13. 15 January 2008 2:28 am

    >lgm: beersong never goes to Grandma’s on Friday night ‘cuz he sucks. Apparently Saturday is the night to go. And that *&^%ing place doesn’t even open until 5 on Thursday… WHAT THE HELL?!! I was very disappointed when we stopped there on our way to UND around 1 or so to find that they were closed. I was REALLY looking forward to a strawberry banana kamikaze pitcher! …I’m still pissed about that. That ruined the weekend as much as the Sioux sweeping my team.And HURRY UP, RWD! I wanna see this Gauntlet!!And I agree with FHG… beersong, you shouldn’t speak that way of the Garden. It’s the only reason why Duluth doesn’t COMPLETELY suck.


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