If I'd written this with 4 mintues left in the game it would be substantially different. But I didn't. So here it is. With that preamble I'm sure you'll guess I'm going to talk about the end of the game first. Chris Crowell comes across and puts a clean hit on Carman. Turns around and finds himself bum rushed by Seth Hegelson. And Crowell gets the misconduct? Helgelson gets nothing but a roughing?
It wasn't the first time during the third period that a 3rd Gopher player bum rushed a Seawolf player after a clean hit. Just minutes before on a Gopher 5 on 3 power play when the physical stuff started there were two Gopher players that were defacto third men in. There was a focus all night by the announcers on Gopher players sticking up for each other. A WCHA review of the last 5 minutes of this game is definitely in order. Helgeson should be tossed. And maybe a couple of other Gophers too. I have no doubt that such a thing won't happen though.
So since it won't, I'm left to hope that some Seawolves decide on Sunday that they're going to show those Minnesota boys how men take care of business. I'd bet Shyiak warns them against doing so. I wouldn't if I was the coach. Lucia encouraged his players in between the 1st and 2nd to goon it up. I honestly can't think of a reason that the Seawolves shouldn't give them a serious taste of the same thing. Now for some game recap.
This game wasn't necessarily over when Daniel Naslund passed the puck to Tony Lucia during a Seawolves power play and never had a hope of catching him before he buried a shortie. Daniel's skating is brutally substandard. I don't want to ever say something like that. I can only hope he is in the middle of some growth spurt and still finding his new legs. Because if he isn't, I'm not sure he should be playing Division 1 hockey. I'm pretty sure that's the harshest thing I've ever said about a Seawolves players skills. Sorry Daniel. I hope he finds a way to overcome it. He's got a good set of hands.
The game wasn't necessarily over when Wehrs scored on a wrist shot at 14:49 of the 2nd. Bryce Christianson got a piece of of it. It was a soft goal. But being down 3-1 didn't put it out of reach necessarily. The 4th goal at 16:26 ended the game; I think the play should have been whistled dead before it got scored but whatever I guess. After it the Seawolves just weren't as interested in playing.
Refs can miss a call here and there and for most of the night (other than the end of the game) they did an ok job. Early in the third, once again the Seawolves power play gave up a shortie. This one though via an assist from the referee. Tony Lucia clearly hooked Curtis Leinweber just inside the Gopher blueline and rushed up the ice for a 2 on 1 and his second shortie of the night. From there on out it wasn't really a hockey game. I had to laugh later listening to the omg carping from Doug and Rug about how a waved off near goal for the Gophers should have been reviewed.
So anyway, in some sense you could rationalize that it was really a 3-1 loss instead of a 5-1 loss. Such distinctions really don't matter on fucking bit though. It was a loss. I don't know if the day off will be a good thing or not. Hopefully, it gives the guys time to reflect and redouble their efforts.
I don't think they played badly but the overwhelming focus on defense never gave them much of chance to get anything going up the ice. I'm not sure what happened to making the other team go 200ft. It changed to deny them opportunities in the last 75ft? I don't know. It was perhaps a lot to hope for the Seawolves to be able to overcome. The Gophers were hadn't won a game yet this year. They were damned hungry for it.
That's it; before I say anything else I'll regret saying. I won't be hosting a chat on Sunday or doing any sort of preview. I won't be writing tomorrow. I'll post a recap after the Sunday game. And after that don't expect anything until Wednesday. Seriously, I've got plans. I won't be writing.
Let me again say I'm sorry for screwing up the chat room thing earlier today. Stuff happens sometimes.