Notre Dame & State of the Team Thoughts

by: Jeff Oftos on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 11 comments! | Post your comment

…I’ve never seen a Jeff Jackson team in person, but it’s easy to see why this guy has had a lot of success in the past and why he’s having it currently. His team is so well coached defensively – players are in perfect position almost all the time and there seemed to be two guys on every loose puck in their zone. When the Irish went up 3 – 1 late in the second period, it was pretty much lights out with the way the Gophers have been playing.

…As impressed as I was with Jeff Jackson – the rest of the Notre Dame staff can get bent. Just a total bunch of babies that threw a huge tantrum in the press box after Ambroz’s penalty wasn’t called a major and game. Look at the replay, idiots, it wasn’t even a penalty!

…Skill wise – this Gopher team is pretty decent. But for half of the game they couldn’t figure out how to beat Notre Dame through the neutral zone. Their passing was awful and for awhile I was questioning their battle level. They seemed fairly disinterested and the crowd felt it as it was very, very quiet in the building. The players and coaches confirmed that after the game. They focused all week on starting off the first 10 minutes well - but they were totally flat and that is a major issue right now. This is a totally different team than the one that started the year.

…I talked out loud several times before the season started that this Gopher team was good enough for a top 3 finish in the league. But their play since sweeping the team formerly known as Sue has me questioning what is happening with this team. It reminds me of four years ago. The team shot out of the gate with Ryan Stoa back from his ACL injury and Jordan Schroeder going nuts his freshman year. But it ended with no NCAA trip and things haven’t been the same since. I’m worried about next weekend – UND is playing a lot better than when they visited here and we are not.

…This loss puts us at 4 – 4 – 1 in our non-conference schedule. The Gophers were already hurting vs. the CCHA after the loss/tie against Michigan State. So while this dings our RPI, I don’t think this hurts too bad. But we’ll see in a couple of months. The WCHA has been so bad non-conference wise this season, it’s more important that the team keeps winning each weekend. A win next weekend is a must….

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