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22 November 2008

>tUMD 2, Ref Whiners 2

First of all, as a sister, I am offended that tying is considered “sister-kissing.” There’s nothing wrong with family affection. I mean, we’re not talking about a tonsil scraping here, but just a nice peck on the cheek. Not that I have kissed my brother since I was probably 4 years old or possibly younger, but I am by no means the yardstick by which people should measure themselves. I am barely taller than a yardstick, for crying out loud.

Last night was a bit of a challenge for me. I was doing okay until something really annoying and un-hockey related set me off. I was staaaaaaaaaaaaaaarving and I had ordered a pizza that was taking forever. It finally arrived right before Travis Oleksuk’s penalty, and The Aaaahj went down to get it. Then the phone rang and EVENTUALLY after a few minutes of stoner-talk, I was able to ascertain it was the pizza delivery man-child, telling me he had grabbed the wrong order and would be back in “five minutes.” So I had to run back downstairs and grab the Aaaahj DURING A PENALTY KILL and then he wasn’t there because he’d gone to the other entrance to the apartment to see if the man-child was there. I RAN back to the apartment and OF COURSE UND had scored and I kicked the door in frustration.

Things escalated.

Then Jacky got kicked out of the game for a check from behind. I threw my cell phone across the room. Not just because of my Jacky, but also because I lost faith that we would come back. I’m sorry, guys. I never should have done that. First tUMD had a great 2 on 1 scoring chance, but in order to break up the 2 on 1, Chris VandeVelde (who has a capital letter in the middle of their name? LOSERS!) took out Andrew Carroll and they both went crashing into the net.

I never cease to be amazed by the North Dakota fanbase. This game was televised, so we all had a great look at the play and I know there was at least one replay. It was the only thing that Vandevelde could do and the right play to make, but IT WAS A PENALTY. And UND fans thought it should be on tUMD. Yes, on a 2 on 1 scoring chance we are going to take a penalty for… trying to score on your team? But, Ben Blood punching Trent Palm repeatedly in the head is something to be lauded and praised. I expect a parade for him thrown once they return to Grand Forks. (P.S. Welcome back Trent, but could you please tone down the penalties?)

It has been my experience that the more someone knows about the game of hockey, the less they complain about the officiating of individual games. That’s all I’ll say on that note.

Fortunately, on the ensuing power play, we scored to tie the game! I almost had a heart attack when they reviewed the goal. The longer they deliberated about Josh’s goal, the more I panicked. And Bruce and Rik weren’t helping matters. I knew it was a goal (bless you, Channel 13!) but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be waved off. We’ve already experienced that this season.

Some people have commented that tUMD fans acted like we won the game while UND fans acted like we lost, implying that somehow tUMD is bad and our fans are so pathetic we’re happy with a tie. I disagree. Obviously our fans were a lot more excited because we were the last team to score, and we were facing a loss with under 2 minutes left in the game. I’m happy with a tie if it means we got a point when we were facing none; what sane person wouldn’t be? Oh… I suppose sane would be the operative word here.

All in all, good job to tUMD for never quitting and really hustling in that 3rd period, despite playing the second game in a row down 2 players (if you recall, Cody Danberg and Mike Connolly were both asked to leave the Saturday night game against UW). And Kyle Schmidt, I hope you got a lot of painkillers. How about sending me a photo of your busted cage?

The Numbers
Wins until we equal last season’s total: 8
Points until we equal last season’s total: 18! (Okay, creeping along.)

My Guys
MacGregor Sharp: 14! (Yay!!! Off notice!!)
Jack Connolly: 7 (Argh. Don’t wanna talk about it.)
Michael Gergen: 5
Rob Bordson: 0

Mike Connolly: 10
Jack Connolly: 7
Scott Kishel: 0
Brady Lamb: 0
Travis Oleksuk: 0 (But! Cracked the lineup! And took the penalty that led to the 2nd goal!)
David Grun: 0

On Notice (Step up, guys!):
Drew Akins
Rob Bordson
Jay Cascalenda
Jack Connolly
Jordan Fulton
Matt Greer
Kyle Schmidt
Alex Stalock

Goals Only
Andrew Carroll
Cody Danberg
Nick Kemp
Mike Montgomery
Trent Palm

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 November 2008 10:05 pm

    >If Patrick Kane were to comment on last nights game he would of cried, “UMD just got two lucky bounces, UND outplayed them the whole game. No team deserves to win when they get outplayed during the game, and are on the verge of losing with 3 minutes left in the game.” (followed up with some tears). You don’t need to look it up I already did. ps If the WCHA had implemented the shootout this year who gets the 2 pts last night?

  2. 22 November 2008 10:16 pm

    >Good thing we didn’t get outplayed, then. And that Patrick Kane has nothing to do with tUMD.tUMD would have won. We have already won a shoot-out this year.

  3. 22 November 2008 10:16 pm

    >And it’s WOULD HAVE, not WOULD OF. Please use proper grammar on my site.

  4. 23 November 2008 7:12 am

    >It has been my experience that the more someone knows about the game of hockey, the less they complain about the officiating of individual games. That’s all I’ll say on that note.So that’s why you were complaining about the refs in the USCHO game thread last night…it all makes sense now!


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