It is time to face the evil. Tomorrow night the UAA Seawolves take on America's Team. They are the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys combined. When one thinks of college hockey; one thinks of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and that upside down W. Seriously, what font has an M with queerly splayed legs? An "M" has straight legs everywhere on Yahweh's green earth except in Minnesota.
Lucia is Sauron, the Roman Emperor, Xerxes, Longshanks, the Borg, Dick Cheney and yes ... the Grinch; he is embodiment of whatever evil nasty opponent you can think of. I bet he is from Iceland.
It's always sweet to beat the Gophs. Ask any of the WCHA teams that have swept them recently. Their burgers and fries tasted better all week after downing the ugly M's. Defeating evil is like that. This weekend perhaps the biggest prize that awaits the Seawolves is confidence. This is a team that has concrete recent examples of how the best efforts pay off. Both of the last Saturday wins came with the adversity of some of the leading scorers sitting on the bench. But "THE TEAM" pulled together and doubled their efforts. The players have to know that if they play as a team then they can impose their will on their opponent. Win two against Minnesota and I see a team that will have the confidence to beat anyone. And with only 6 games remaining before the playoffs that sort of confidence could mean the difference between disappointment and making lots of noise.
I'm sure the players are excited to get at it. They're deep in enemy territory at the grandest of the grand locations for our sport. There is no other weekend or venue this (or any other) year where a team like the Seawolves can make the big statement they can make this weekend. It can be a coming out statement. Win these games and I guarantee that college hockey fans all over the country will take notice. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of fans just waiting to adopt the Seawolves as their sweetheart. Beating the Gophers will be the consummating event.
You should already know that Wisconsin fans are pulling for the Seawolves. UND fans are always obsessed with seeing the Gophers lose. SCSU fans are Gopher Junior fans by default so they won't be happy with Seawolf victories; which should be more motivation to beat them eh? I know some Duluth folks would be thrilled with 2 UAA wins. The 2 CC fans should be pulling for UAA since it will help them in the standings. There's also a sort of amorphous alignment between DU and UAA fans which should mean DU fans will cheer UAA's wins this weekend. MTU fans too. So you see ... the rest of the WCHA are pulling for the Seawolves.
Destiny awaits. It is only by taking ones fate in ones hands that the sweet nectar of victory can be had.
"Destiny awaits. It is only by taking ones fate in ones hands that the sweet nectar of victory can be had."
Great writing Donald. It's amazing how many WCHA (and other) fans are "adopting" and cheering for UAA these days!
Aw shucks ma'am ... thank ya kindly.
I am a Golden Gopher fan and I LOVE the fact that all of the wcha bloggers make such a big deal about everything the Gophers do! Other than the fact that you come off as having a chip on your shoulder (and have a heavy anti-Gopher bias), it is very entertaining. Keep it up!
P.S. It is a treat to watch the younger predominantly Minnesotan team compete against the older skaters from Canada and elsewhere!
Charlie: I just saw this exact quote on Goon's World. Do you just copy and paste on every WCHA related blog no matter what the content? Sorry, but I'm too lazy to actually check.
GO SIOUX!!! And fuckin' A, go UAA!!!
Skate like the wind and bring those Golden goofers down hard. This is your chance to make a bold statement. This team has the talent to beat U of M. Go Seawolves Go!!!!
Any Idea which UAA players sit for their suspension this weekend? Is Grant making the trip? Are we expecting Both Goalies to get a start this weekend?
No ideas on who/when with regard to suspensions.
Reading Shyiak's mind tells me both goalies play this weekend.
If Grant has a separated shoulder I wouldn't think he'd go on the trip.
Reg Simon did the coaches show tonight, and he was asked about the suspensions and injuries, but he didn't tip his hand. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Vidmar is one.
Best of luck this weekend Seawolves!! YOu have proven that you can win WITH or WITHOUT the leading scorers. Go out there and do what you do best.....skate, play tough and competitively and bring home a win. GO SEAWOLVES!! BEAT THE GOPHERS!
Just Remember... This is supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Gophers, and for a little while they were the best team in the country... pretty impressive if you ask me.
this weekend is exciting to say the least. i want to see how our boys will play. this weekend is huge for us for stated reasons. if we step up this weekend we will make noise in the first round and more. this weekend will show me whats in store for next season and down the road
save percentage of .900 or better=success=win!!!!!!!!!!
Bryce's save percentage has to be up to almost .900 isn't it? He's been over that amount in his last two games.
Well, 1 point for both teams. That was an awesome game for Bryce.
Bryce played amazing. One point is good, three will be better.
CLARK PLAYED LIKE HIS LIFE WAS ON THE LINE. GREAT JOB BYRCE. NEVER QUIT AND WE WILL TAKE HOME 3 PTS.
Bryce has a save percentage of .940 over his last three starts. Maybe were looking at the next aces goalie with j.p. BTW the seawolves have a 8-0-3 record with a save percentage of .900 or better.
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