Thursday, February 02, 2006

A silver lining? I think not!

Danny Irmen named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

On Friday, the Fargo, N.D., native recorded his second career hat trick to lead the Golden Gophers to a 5-4 win over the Badgers. Irmen scored UM’s first, fourth and fifth goals to notch his third three-point game and second game-winning goal of the season. With his hat trick, Irmen became the 54th Golden Gopher in school history to score 50 or more career goals. On the night, he led all players with seven shots and was an impressive +4.

On Saturday, Irmen added two assists (on UM’s first and second goals) to help Minnesota to a 3-1 win over Bucky. With his helper on Ben Gordon’s goal in the third period, Irmen now has four assists on game-winning goals. With his two assists, he earned his ninth multi-point game in 19 games played this season. For the night, he had two shots and was a +2. For the weekend, Irmen had nine shots and led the team as a +6. All of his points on the weekend came during 5-on-5 situations.

Not much of a silver lining in this cloud. Irmen who has be the best player on the ice for the POI is expected to be out for 3-5 weeks with a 3rd degree shoulder seperation. I can tell you FROM EXPERIENCE, he will not be the same player once he gets back on the ice. I had the same injury while playing Junior B's and it is the MOST painful, nagging injury I have ever sustained.

Let's just hope tDON gives him time off to heal and that Danny's takes his time and get's healthy for the Final 5 and NCAA's.

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