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    Quote Originally Posted by KillmeNow View Post
    Yeah, you obviously don't pay much attention. Not to college hockey in general or to the Gophers.


    Go ahead, genius, look at the Top TWENTY ranked teams this year, there isn't a Blue Blood school ranked ahead of Minnesota, who is in 20th place, so not a single blue blood school among the Top 19 teams right now.


    And your remark about being 4th in our own state? lol Not hard when SCSU, UMD & Mankato are all ranked among the Top 4 in the country right now.


    And finally, UMn's gone 5-1 in their last 6 games, the loss being only a 1 goal loss, outscoring their opponents 22-13, with all 6 games being vs a Top 16 ranked team, 4 of the 6 games being vs Top 8 ranked teams. Those are the types of teams UMn would have to play in the 1st and 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. If they get to the FF, consider that they never lost to UMD in their 2 games vs them this year and only lost to Mankato, in Mankato by 1 goal.


    Throughout the whole season, Minnesota's only 2 losses to Top 8 ranked teams, were vs Mankato, otherwise they went 5-0-3 vs the rest of their Top 8 ranked opponents, outscoring them 30-18.


    So? How is it they play so well vs Highly ranked teams and yet still rank so lowly? I'm not sure if Gopher players only get fired up to play good teams, or maybe those good teams take the Gophers too lightly, same as we seem to take our lowliest opponents who we have let beat us far too often.


    But like has been said by another, its a new 1st year coach, maybe you should give him another season or two?
    I would like to add that a lot of it has to do with work ethic, smart play and effort. The freshman were typically Lucia's best players, then they got into some lazy hockey habits. The current team has a good deal of talent, but they still get into those spells of watching, not moving their feet and making stupid passes. Motzko has the reputation of having hard working teams so the hope is the players will continue to develop as we reload with new freshman classes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemy2u View Post
    I would like to add that a lot of it has to do with work ethic, smart play and effort. The freshman were typically Lucia's best players, then they got into some lazy hockey habits. The current team has a good deal of talent, but they still get into those spells of watching, not moving their feet and making stupid passes. Motzko has the reputation of having hard working teams so the hope is the players will continue to develop as we reload with new freshman classes.
    Huge bingo on this. Not sure why Lucia didn't grab hold of his upper class-men on their bad habits. You would think that this would affect the team's chemistry. Perhaps Lucia got more lazy as time went along as well.

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