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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:32:02 PM   
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They sat back for two periods and let inferior talent take it to them with predictable results. Now it's all about going offense. Time to turn the tables on them hard.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:35:28 PM  1 votes
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Sit back and play defense the whole period and you are playing with fire and we just got burned.

Not sure that was intentional. We haven't done anything since the first 10 minutes of the game.

They were so worried about getting burned by the neutral zone trap that they didn't try to push it on offense. They spent two periods playing to not lose instead of playing to win.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:40:10 PM   
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Sit back and play defense the whole period and you are playing with fire and we just got burned.

Not sure that was intentional. We haven't done anything since the first 10 minutes of the game.

They were so worried about getting burned by the neutral zone trap that they didn't try to push it on offense. They spent two periods playing to not lose instead of playing to win.

Yup, nailed it!
Almost like watching the Yeo Wild teams.....

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:44:32 PM   
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Make them walk home.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:45:34 PM   
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Minnesota sports is such a kick in the nuts at almost all levels.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:45:48 PM   
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Lovely. Didn't show up.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:47:27 PM   
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Pathetic effort. Just rolled over on the ice and farted.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:48:47 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:50:41 PM   
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All that stuff about the fan advantage blah blah blah...doesn't matter. We were awful. Made the Vikings SB appearances look inspired.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:52:18 PM   
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That was a disappointing end to what otherwise was a great season of Gophers hockey.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:53:00 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

I think Quinnipiac was just the better team. We weren't intentionally not attacking....we couldn't make it happen.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:53:53 PM   
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Minnesota sports is such a kick in the nuts at almost all levels.


I feel you, and I only support two Minnesota teams! Still hurts, just the same.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:59:00 PM  1 votes
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

They were so worried about the other team's game that they didn't play their own.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 9:59:01 PM   
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That final goal reminds me of Holy Cross, but at least it was too a much better team.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:01:28 PM   
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That final goal reminds me of Holy Cross, but at least it was too a much better team.

No consolation there. The Gophers have at least twice as much talent as Quinnipiac. No excuse for that effort.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:02:07 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

They were so worried about the other team's game that they didn't play their own.


Yep. If they just stuck to last game’s script they would’ve walked away with an easy win. It was almost bizarre how borderline scared they looked for stretches tonight.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:03:18 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

They were so worried about the other team's game that they didn't play their own.


Yep. If they just stuck to last game’s script they would’ve walked away with an easy win. It was almost bizarre how borderline scared they looked for stretches tonight.

Motzko didn't have them ready.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:05:09 PM   
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When we went up 2-0 instead of kicking it up a notch like we have done all season we went into a shell. I have no idea why, but that is what really killed us.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:05:48 PM   
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The only consolation is that Brock Faber will immediately upgrade the Wild's blue line.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:06:35 PM  1 votes
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When we went up 2-0 instead of kicking it up a notch like we have done all season we went into a shell. I have no idea why, but that is what really killed us.

Play to not lose and you lose.

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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:08:02 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

They were so worried about the other team's game that they didn't play their own.


Yep. If they just stuck to last game’s script they would’ve walked away with an easy win. It was almost bizarre how borderline scared they looked for stretches tonight.

Motzko didn't have them ready.


I wonder if he changed the scheme up after their first score? We looked different after that, and couldn’t get back on track.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/8/2023 10:20:30 PM   
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That was disappointing. Giving up way too much ice and not pressing cost us the game.

They were so worried about the other team's game that they didn't play their own.


Yep. If they just stuck to last game’s script they would’ve walked away with an easy win. It was almost bizarre how borderline scared they looked for stretches tonight.

Motzko didn't have them ready.


I wonder if he changed the scheme up after their first score? We looked different after that, and couldn’t get back on track.

It was like once we got the lead Bob wanted to show we can play their defensive style too. Backfired big time by playing right into their game.
I would have rather gone down playing Gopher hockey instead...
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/9/2023 9:33:07 AM   
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Going into a shell and, to use a soccer term, “park the bus”….was clearly a mistake. That being said, FO’s and 2 soft goals, killed us.
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/9/2023 11:20:25 AM   
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Admittedly I haven't watched as much Gopher hockey this year as most but I didn't even recognize that team last night. Despite the 2 soft goals and not being able to buy a freaking FO they played timid and conservatively most of the game. The few times they had breakouts, or 2-1s, 3-2s they more often than not didn't even take a shot, but rather rifled a cross-ice pass to their mate who would've needed a golf range net to handle that pass, let alone do anything with it. So many non-shots, kept looking for someone, maybe Santa Claus, cause they sure weren't confident in shooting.

I knew as soon as they posted the Gopher win/loss record when leading after 1, leading after 2 periods we'd lose for sure. No way a Minnesota team could break a jinx like that, we create jinxes, not break them.

/sulking in disappointment
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RE: Gopher Hockey - 4/9/2023 11:52:08 AM   
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Looks like it's time to move on......

Wild sign Brock Faber: Could former University of Minnesota defenseman play now?

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 6: Brock Faber #14 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers skates against the Boston University Terriers during game one of the 2023 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Frozen Four Championship Semifinal at the Amaile Arena on April 6, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. The Golden Gophers won 6-2. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Wild have signed University of Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday. Here’s what you need to know:

The three-year deal is worth $2.775 million ($925,000 a year in the NHL, prorated this season), sources familiar with the negotiations told The Athletic.
Faber will immediately burn through the first year of his NHL deal as he joins the Wild and flies with the team to Chicago for Monday’s game.
The Kings drafted Faber with the No. 45 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft before trading him to the Wild in 2022.
Faber is a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to two All-Big Ten First Teams.
Details on Faber’s contract
Faber gets three $92,500 signing bonuses, and according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations, he can receive up to $250,000 in performance bonuses each year.

That means, in 2023-24 or 2024-25, if he achieves ONE of 10 goals, 25 assists, 40 points, top-four in ice time among Wild defensemen (minimum 42 games), top-3 in plus-minus among defensemen (minimum 42 games), 0.49 points per game (minimum 42 games), top-2 among defensemen in blocked shots, All-Rookie Team, All-Star selection, All-Star MVP, he’d get $250,000. — Russo

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

Will Faber make his NHL debut in any of the final three regular-season games?
While Faber hasn’t been promised a game, it wouldn’t be surprising. If the Wild don’t have a chance to win the Central (their recent 0-2-1 streak and the fact Colorado and Dallas won’t stop winning has impeded that hope), it would make sense to start resting defensemen. After losing center Joel Eriksson Ek last week to a leg injury that has sidelined him week to week, the Wild have to be worried about possible injuries to top-4 defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba.

Faber’s parents are expected to attend Tuesday’s home game against Winnipeg, so perhaps that’s a tell. Or at a minimum, debuting him in the regular-season finale in Nashville on Thursday makes a lot of sense. He is eligible to play in the playoffs if needed. — Russo

What could Faber add to the Wild long term?
With Dumba a pending unrestricted free agent and expected to be at the end of the line of his long tenure in Minnesota, the Wild appear to be banking on Faber, a Maple Grove, Minn., native, to make the team out of training camp in the fall and assume Dumba’s role to the right of longtime defense partner, Brodin.

Faber is an elite defender, world-class skater and competitive leader who captained the Gophers his junior season and has vast big-game experience in the Olympics and winning gold in the World Junior Championship. He started to pick up his offensive production this past season and the Wild hope to continue to develop that facet of his game. — Russo

Backstory
Faber’s collegiate career ended Saturday in the Gophers’ overtime loss to Quinnipiac in the national championship game.

The Wild acquired Faber last summer in a trade for Kevin Fiala and a first-round pick (they took Liam Ohgren at No. 19 in 2022).

Faber, 20, scored a career-high 27 points in 38 games, collected a plus-29 rating and won his second straight Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honor and third All-Big Ten.

He landed at 3:30 a.m. from Tampa, will burn the first year of his three-year contract and be on the Wild’s charter at 3:30 p.m. to Chicago Midway to begin getting acclimated to the team. The Wild play the Blackhawks on Monday night at United Center.

Required reading
Brock Faber, the Frozen Four and a shot at a Minnesota ‘dream come true’ before joining the Wild
Wild can finally move on from Fiala after trade for ‘tougher than snot’ Faber, draft pick
In Joel Eriksson Ek’s absence, ‘it’s time for other guys to step in’ as Wild ramp up for playoffs
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