>The Unbearable Lightness of Losing
tUMD… oh, wait, that game hasn’t been played yet
So, this is what losing feels like. I’d forgotten. Isn’t it funny to read how excited the Gopher fans are!? They’re all saying it’s their best game of the year. Well, it was the worst Bulldog game that I’ve seen, and the Gophers looked like a trainwreck on the power play and at other times, and they still only beat us by a goal. What a sad state of affairs in Gopher Nation.
Someone mentioned something to me that I think is worth repeating. tDogs needed to lose that game. If they had come back to win it after playing two terrible horrible no good very bad periods of play, it would only reinforce the whole ten feet tall and bulletproof nothin’s gonna stop us now attitude. They’ve gotta, you know, try. The whole game. If they had played like they did against Denver on Saturday night the Gophers would not have sniffed the net.
The Gophers actually put the puck in the net four times and the Bulldogs three, but Mike Hoeffel’s goal was waved off for a high stick (he is apparently unable to control his stick… he had a goal waved off against tUMD last year and he also hit Kenny Reiter in the face with his stick in the 3rd period, which set up Justin Faulk’s power play wicked slappah.) MCON scored but it was waved off as it was a kick in. It’s frustrating because the puck was on its way in anyway, but whatever. It’s not like it happened with 2 seconds left and cost us the game or something. Fontaine failing to put a puck in an essentially open net with seconds left in the game DID cost us a tie and a chance for a win, though. But, again, a consistent effort was ultimately what cost us the game, not anything that the Gophers did or didn’t do or the refs did or didn’t do.
tUMD will be without Dylan Olsen, assuming he can get a flight out of MSP and be on his way to kicking ass and taking names at the WJC tryouts. With Bergman out with an injury and Olsen gone, tUMD will have 4 regular defencemen: Monkey, Faulk, Lamb and Olson. They will also have two irregular defencemen, some combination of Huttel, Palm and Kishel. Probably Huttel and Kishel, but who knows? This is not ideal but if tUMD can put the puck in the net like they should and if the Gophers quit diving (unlikely), then all will be right again in the world. Well, not entirely, because we still have a loss to a far inferior team. It’ll probably hurt our PWR severely.
tUMD football is awesome, though! They gutted out a win against some directional something school and are going to the D2 National Championship!! The only good thing about the hockey game getting canceled was getting to see this game! I wish I’d been there in person though. So much excitement!
Ready for some Sunday hockey and a big Bulldog win!
Wins until we reach last season’s total: 7
Points until we reach last season’s total: 14
Jack Connolly: 24!!!
JT Brown: 16
Mike Seidel: 6
Brady Lamb: 4
Drew Olson: 1
JT Brown: 16
Justin Faulk: 14!!!
Joe Basaraba: 1
Justin Fontaine (UNACCEPTABLE)
Travis Oleksuk (ALSO UNACCEPTABLE)