Monday, December 11, 2006

Don't Nobody Worry 'Bout Me

So, MEg is a lazy midget, and I get to do this again. Well, number 1 came and went, and reactions are mixed. There were times when it looked like the Mighty Mites were left on the ice (See Game 1, period 2), and times where you could almost feel a Husky comeback, but wait, the Gophers scored again.

All in all, it was a well fought series with little to complain about other than the lack of points. In all honesty, this weekend could have been a murdering, but Michael-Lee Teslak, Rob Nolan, and a (mostly) stellar defense kept the Gophers to under 30 shots, continuing a long streak. There wasn't really much of anything exciting to take out of the weekend, save seeing some absolutely amazing displays of passing and teamwork from #1.

Probably the highlight of the week for the Husky faithful, though, was Evan Kaufman getting a crash course in "heads up hockey" from Mike Batovanja, except for the fact that another Gopher goal was scored a few seconds later.

On a positive note, though, the Huskies didn't commit many major farces. Our lovely zebra this weekend tried his best to destroy any chance of offensive play for the Huskies (including Eli Vlaisavlejvich using his magical mind powers to trip Kyle Okposo on a breakaway from beyond his reach and Jordan Foote cross-checking himself in the facemask), but nothing could stop Kellen Briggs (see picture above) from being a sieve, coming out of his Gopher hole as a penalty expired and falling, allowing Jake Wilkens to find the only goal Friday.

This weekend will be a difficult one to predict, as the Huskies travel to Grand Forks to confront the Fighting Sioux, obviously too wrapped up in fighting the NCAA in the courtroom to bother with hockey. They gave up two games to the Badgers, and haven't been playing very well in general.

Chris Conner continued his NHL play with his second game, this time a 4-3 ot win vs. the Phoenix Coyotes. Conner had a few good opportunites in the second and third periods, but registered only 5 shots on goal. His status is uncertain for the Tuesday game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Stars stars Brendan Morrow, Mike Modano and Eric Lindros's injuries are on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully he will continue to show his worth to the Dallas coaching staff and have the opporunity to continue playing for the Stars.

Well, its been a long weekend, and only one to go before the Huskies get a short break prior to the Great Lakes Invitational. I think its safe to say despite the losses, at least we didn't lose to Holy Cross.

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