>By Hook or By Crook
Well, hello there. Have we all recovered from the weirdest hockey game I’ve seen in a long time?
Let’s discuss while it’s still fresh in my mind. First of all, the game was on TV! Glorious. Since the Gopher broadcast team is afraid to go to Houghton, FSN-North showed the UMD game! How exciting and awesome for us!
I assumed tUMD would give up an early goal and was pleasantly surprised when I received a text from my friend Corrin that it was already 1-0! On a Mike Seidel goal! Team Coug of course did not start him in fantasy hockey.
Then, terribleness. Wisconsin scored to tie the game, I didn’t see the goal either. Then three minutes later they scored again, and then five minutes later they scored again and Kenny was yanked. I gotta say, the replays showed they were pretty brutal goals. Yikes.
tUMD had a power play opportunity to open the second and did not convert, but then Mike Seidel had his second goal of the night at the 2:07 mark! Exciting! I’m so happy for Mike. He is really a hard worker and has a lot of skill and if it weren’t for the chemistry of that second line he’d have a good chance at playing on there.
Justin Fontaine scored to tie the game three minutes later, and Eaves yanked Gudmanson. Travis Oleksuk scored 17 seconds later for the Bulldogs to take the lead. Schmidt cashed in on a PP to make it 5-3, and rounding out the scoring in the second, Jordy Murray got a PPG. Then he was promptly called “Brady” by the commentator during his intermission interview. It could have been worse, they could have called him “Sarah.”
Not a whole heck of a lot happened in the third period, although Wisconsin’s PP is pretty dangerous, and they pulled Bennett and scored 18 seconds after they pulled him. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. And then I totally crashed. Why, oh why, did we let three guys that close to the net to get a whack at the puck? There were way too many people in there and the puck just found its way in there on a bounce or a tip or something.
Wisconsin had the advantage for the beginning of the overtime and then (just as Chuck commented in the UW chat room that UW was dominating) tUMD got some great chances and then some penalties were called and the remainder of the game was 4 on 4. tUMD had the puck in the zone and a UW player made a play on the puck. Mike Connolly dove for the puck, got a stick on it, and at the same time tripped the UW player. Dylan Olsen got the puck to Travis Oleksuk who put it five-hole on Bennett and it trickled into the net and the ‘Dogs won.
Or so it would seem. But the referees wanted to review the goal. For… no apparent reason other than they realized that the alleged trip (although a couple of people who are not Bulldogs fans have said that perhaps it was a good non-call because he did play the puck, I don’t know the rules well enough to try to make a case for it, and I would certainly have lost my mind if this had happened the other way) had led directly to the goal.
There is no way they could have waved that goal off without invoking some bizarro rule like “intent to blow.” I wonder if perhaps they were thinking they could use that but realized that way, way too much time had elapsed. I don’t know what they could possibly have been doing, but they finally, finally, finally called it a goal and the game was official.
So, not only was the #1 ranking NOT a curse in the end, it was actually a freaking good luck horse shoe four leaf clover rabbit’s foot pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Congratulations, boys. Now go out and win a no-doubter tomorrow night.
Wins until we reach last season’s total: 9!
Points until we reach last season’s total: 18!
Jack Connolly: 19!!!
JT Brown: 14!!!
Mike Seidel: 5!!!
Brady Lamb: 4
Drew Olson: 1!!! (Yeah! So glad to see you on the board, Drew!)
JT Brown: 14!!!
Justin Faulk: 10
Joe Basaraba: 1