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The last series of the 1st half. A sweep is badly needed. tOSU sits last in the B1G with 2 points. Both games on BTN this weekend.

December 8, 2023

5:30 pm

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December 9, 2023

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Final GPL podcast of 2023 on Weds @9:30 with special guest Paul Caponigri 

 

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No let downs. No playing down to our opponent. Just go in to Columbus and get two solid wins, keep everyone healthy, get some guys feeling good about their game again, and then get home for the break. Nothing fancy, just take care of business. 


   
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Yeah ideally they won’t look like they’re skating in mud for much of the weekend and take better care of the puck. They do that and they should be fine.


   
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Next 4 series very important.

 

2x@OSU

2xCC

2xRobert Morris

2xOSU

 

Don’t want to be dramatic but this stretch can make or break the season.

After this stretch every other opponent will be in NCAA contention and if we split shouldn’t have too much of a Pairwise impact.


   
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A couple of things I would like to see this weekend. 

-- After the Gophers score, don't give up a goal in the next couple of minutes.

-- Close has been good, but would like to see him stop more breakaways.

-- Come out and control the game from the drop of the puck. Be able to feel good and gain confidence.

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Posted by: @boninthebear

Next 4 series very important.

 

2x@OSU

2xCC

2xRobert Morris

2xOSU

 

Don’t want to be dramatic but this stretch can make or break the season.

After this stretch every other opponent will be in NCAA contention and if we split shouldn’t have too much of a Pairwise impact.

yup. Go through this stretch 8-0 or 7-1 and the record looks much nicer and you give yourself some cushion. Losses here are going to hurt us in the PWR substantially more

 


   
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Posted by: @frozen4champs

A couple of things I would like to see this weekend. 

-- After the Gophers score, don't give up a goal in the next couple of minutes.

-- Close has been good, but would like to see him stop more breakaways.

-- Come out and control the game from the drop of the puck. Be able to feel good and gain confidence.

 

I cringe every time the opposing team gets a breakaway.   During a game or in a shootout - his kryptonite it seems. 

 


   
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I think asking them to go 7-1 in this stretch is a bit much. I just don't understand the expectations some have for this current team at this current time.


   
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I think asking them to go 7-1 in this stretch is a bit much. I just don't understand the expectations some have for this current team at this current time.

OSU has scored 9 goals in 8 Big Ten games, RMU is the 2nd worst team in the PWR and CC has beaten no one. They have to start putting it together at some point or they’re going to get on the wrong side of the bubble with the games getting more difficult to get sweeps and make up ground. This team absolutely has the talent to take 7/8 games in this stretch. They’re 4-2-2 in their last 8. This first set is the biggest as I think they’re going to be much better after the reset at the break. I’m just more bullish they’re good enough to do it and assert they are going to be there at the end of the year. If they don’t get to the 7-1 mark the season won’t be over, they’re just going to make it harder on themselves though I think there’s too many older guys to let this team go out without having another chance at it. 

 


   
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Posted by: @upnorthkid

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I think asking them to go 7-1 in this stretch is a bit much. I just don't understand the expectations some have for this current team at this current time.

OSU has scored 9 goals in 8 Big Ten games, RMU is the 2nd worst team in the PWR and CC has beaten no one. They have to start putting it together at some point or they’re going to get on the wrong side of the bubble with the games getting more difficult to get sweeps and make up ground. This team absolutely has the talent to take 7/8 games in this stretch. They’re 4-2-2 in their last 8. This first set is the biggest as I think they’re going to be much better after the reset at the break. I’m just more bullish they’re good enough to do it and assert they are going to be there at the end of the year. If they don’t get to the 7-1 mark the season won’t be over, they’re just going to make it harder on themselves though I think there’s too many older guys to let this team go out without having another chance at it. 

 

 

Fully agree.  My belief is the majority have been unfairly hard on the results to date.  Every loss or tie has been to a team that has a high probability of making the NCAA tournament.

That being said, the next 8 games are against opponents not in the aforementioned category of performance.  Not catastrophic but anything more than 1-2 losses will be very disappointing.  There are no gimmes in college hockey, the boys need to compete.

 


   
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I am not one of the ones that has been hard on prior results, but stretches of 7-1 or 8-0 are pretty rare regardless of the competition.


   
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I'll hop on that wagon too.  This PARTICULAR stretch of 8 games, expecting 7-1 from this team isn't unreasonable.  More to the point, anything less than 6-2 in this stretch would likely be disastrous to the Gophers for an at-large bid, absent coming out of that stretch and only losing a couple more games all year.


   
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7-1 or better. 


   
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Posted by: @frozen4champs

A couple of things I would like to see this weekend. 

-- After the Gophers score, don't give up a goal in the next couple of minutes.

-- Close has been good, but would like to see him stop more breakaways.

-- Come out and control the game from the drop of the puck. Be able to feel good and gain confidence.

Maybe don’t give up breakaways?

 


   
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Posted by: @frozen4champs

A couple of things I would like to see this weekend. 

-- After the Gophers score, don't give up a goal in the next couple of minutes.

-- Close has been good, but would like to see him stop more breakaways.

-- Come out and control the game from the drop of the puck. Be able to feel good and gain confidence.

Maybe don’t give up breakaways?

 

Seems like breakaways just aren't Close's forte, just like he's not great in shootouts. 

 


   
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fwiw OSU and CC are 25th and 26th respectively in RPI.


   
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Posted by: @slap-shot

fwiw OSU and CC are 25th and 26th respectively in RPI.

RPI is driven 75% by SOS so yes that would make sense given the conferences they play in

 


   
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Has anyone seen OSU play so far this year?  Curious how much their struggles have to do with losing Dobby to the pros and how much are other factors.

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Posted by: @boninthebear

Next 4 series very important.

 

2x@OSU

2xCC

2xRobert Morris

2xOSU

 

Don’t want to be dramatic but this stretch can make or break the season.

After this stretch every other opponent will be in NCAA contention and if we split shouldn’t have too much of a Pairwise impact.

 

On Paper  8-0     But we all know the game is played on ice not paper

 


   
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Posted by: @thinkbui

Has anyone seen OSU play so far this year?  Curious how much their struggles have to do with losing Dobby to the pros and how much are other factors.

They are one of the few college hockey teams without a single Minnesotan on the roster... so they suck

 


   
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Posted by: @chill-kessel

Posted by: @thinkbui

Has anyone seen OSU play so far this year?  Curious how much their struggles have to do with losing Dobby to the pros and how much are other factors.

They are one of the few college hockey teams without a single Minnesotan on the roster... so they suck

 

Did anyone else notice the tv announcer Saturday say Connor Kurth is one of several Minnesotans on this team? 

 


   

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Several is a strong word. There are only 23.


   
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Posted by: @norm

Posted by: @chill-kessel

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Has anyone seen OSU play so far this year?  Curious how much their struggles have to do with losing Dobby to the pros and how much are other factors.

They are one of the few college hockey teams without a single Minnesotan on the roster... so they suck

 

Did anyone else notice the tv announcer Saturday say Connor Kurth is one of several Minnesotans on this team? 

 

Garrett Pinoniemi too. Who else am I missing?

 


   
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Posted by: @norm

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Has anyone seen OSU play so far this year?  Curious how much their struggles have to do with losing Dobby to the pros and how much are other factors.

They are one of the few college hockey teams without a single Minnesotan on the roster... so they suck

 

Did anyone else notice the tv announcer Saturday say Connor Kurth is one of several Minnesotans on this team? 

 

Garrett Pinoniemi too. Who else am I missing?

 

 

Not sure. I think that Chesley kid. Might be a few more. 

 


   
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At Bob's weekly presser, he said he is breaking up the "best line" this week in order to get others going. So expect some new looks. The Nevers-Farm Kid-Brodzy line will stay in tact. 

Jess's question of the week to Bob-- Are you asking what Pitlick is eating so he can share that with others?

Jess then asks Pitlick what he is having for breakfast as well...

 

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Must sweep to stay on pace for a 20 win regular season. Go Gophers!!


   
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I think asking them to go 7-1 in this stretch is a bit much. I just don't understand the expectations some have for this current team at this current time.

I expect they will win it all in St. Paul Laughing Out Loud  

 


   
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Curious who others think Bob is referring to when he says best line? Outside of the Nelson line, he's already been juggling basically the whole season so far. 


   
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Curious who others think Bob is referring to when he says best line? Outside of the Nelson line, he's already been juggling basically the whole season so far. 

Pitlick-Moore-Kurth

 


   
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@gopherpete 

Safe bet is the one with Pitlick on it


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https://kstp.com/minnesota-sports/gopher-mens-hockey-set-to-close-out-first-half-at-last-placed-ohio-state/

Technology can place a camera in the tip of a pen but nobody seems to have figured out how to turn the volume up when the press asks questions. Woof.

 


   
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@frozen4champs I would guess "BEST" would mean total points??


   
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@frozen4champs I would guess "BEST" would mean total points??

Per Vegoe on the podcast, it appears that the new line will be Pitlick-Moore-Snuggy. So that means Lamb-Huglen-Kurth will be together unless Bob moves Clark up. 

 

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Posted by: @frozen4champs

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@frozen4champs I would guess "BEST" would mean total points??

Per Vegoe on the podcast, it appears that the new line will be Pitlick-Moore-Snuggy. So that means Lamb-Huglen-Kurth will be together unless Bob moves Clark up. 

 

I like the combo. Should be a series our offensive guys should have the opportunity to get going and make some momentum to carry into the Christmas break

 


   
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Gophers just need to take it to them for a full 3 periods each night and good things will happen. 


   
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Scoring the first goal is huge this weekend. Don’t give a struggling team any hope. If OSU gets down a couple they’ll subconsciously start to think “here we go again.”


   
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Posted by: @upnorthkid

Posted by: @frozen4champs

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@frozen4champs I would guess "BEST" would mean total points??

Per Vegoe on the podcast, it appears that the new line will be Pitlick-Moore-Snuggy. So that means Lamb-Huglen-Kurth will be together unless Bob moves Clark up. 

 

I like the combo. Should be a series our offensive guys should have the opportunity to get going and make some momentum to carry into the Christmas break

 

Swap Clark and Huglen, c’mon!

 


   
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Is John Mitts in the doghouse? Seems like he plays hard when he's out there.


   
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Is John Mitts in the doghouse? Seems like he plays hard when he's out there.

Never heard him thrown under the bus for anything. He's a worker that does what he's coached to do from what I can tell.

 


   
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Is John Mitts in the doghouse? Seems like he plays hard when he's out there.

Never heard him thrown under the bus for anything. He's a worker that does what he's coached to do from what I can tell.

 

Vegoe is there a reason Pino makes the lineup every night? What are we missing 

 


   

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Even a pregame show tonight! Nice story on the Pitlicks.


   
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What an awful basketball arena OSU plays in…no atmosphere & NO FANS. Yikes…Gotta be tough getting your mojo going there after playing games at Mariucci, Amsoil or tRalph. 


   
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Snuggerud 1-0.

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Thiesing 1-1.

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How does this team give up so many goals right after scoring themselves? I’ve never seen anything like it.


   
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You can’t make this sh&t up.


   
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Close needs to stay in net, and stop the fancy plays


   
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You could hear Bob on the tv say “tell our goalie to stop playing the F-ing puck” 


   
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