A trip to GR2ville......
whilst reading the dribble on USCHO and skipping over every other post on GPL (every other post about is about "tFATBOY" drinking, again bring back the IGNORE function on GPL) I decided to look into fUMD's stats. 2-2-2 overall. Goals scored in their last four games (which they are 1-2-1) 2 in each game. Their leading scorer is a D-man. As a matter of fact, in the top 10 point getters for fUMD 4 play the blue line. The team is fairly young and I'm sure they will be pumped for the Rodents return to the DUMP errr.......aaaaa DECC. I had a chance to catch them on FSNA when they were playing "the new state of hockey", I know it was early but they were sloppy in their own zone and try a ton of LONG passes. Mind you TNSoH is not a offensive machine and they managed a tie and a win. Next was DU. A mere shadow of who they were and they managed a split.
As for the Goof's. The last four games have been nothing short of flawless hockey. Can this keep up? Not sure. But compared to last years team, this squad gets it for team play, physicality (is that a word?) and pure drive. I re-watched that Saturday nights tilt with CC. They were relentless in their pursuit of the puck. It didn't matter where or who, somebody was on them. Have they been challenged this year. NO not really. Maine was the first game AHOLE!
They will be challenged this weekend. I look for the fUMD players to do a lot of chasing and end up getting a bunch of dumb penalties. You can forget the "small" rink advantage you claim to have. This just gives them less room to skate you down, paste you to the boards, take the puck and stuff it behind the JBSU rejects back.
Close game Friday. 5-3. Blowout Saturday. 6-1 Goof's break the DUMP's hex and send fUMD towards another, I repeat another, bottom of the pack finish.
New and Notes:
Goof's junior defenseman Alex Goligoski (Grand Rapids, Minn.) was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and freshman forward Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn.) was named WCHA Rookie of the Week, following the Gopher’s two-game sweep of Colorado College at MECCA last weekend. Goligoski tallied four-points on the weekend, while Okposo scored three goals in the 8-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday night.
The Goof's lead the all-time series against fUMD with a 122-66-11 (.641) record in a series dating back to 1952. In Duluth, the Goof's are 50-38-4 (.565), including a 5-6-1 under Don Lucia. They went 2-1-1 vs. fUMD last season, going 0-1-1 in Duluth before wrapping up the regular season with two shutouts of the dogs at MECCA. Six of the last seven games have been decided by two goals or less. The Goof's have not won in Duluth since a 5-4 victory on Feb. 21, 2003. The Goof's have not had a road sweep in Duluth since Feb. 4-5, 2000.
Head to head stats:
Goals per game: Goof's 5.14/fUMD 3.00
Power Play: Goof's 25%/fUMD 28.9%
Penalty Kill: Goof's 92.5%/fUMD 86%
Goal Allowed a game: Goof's 1.57/fUMD 3.00
Shots/game: Goof's 38.4/fUMD 34
Shot allowed/game Goof's 19.3/fUMD 26.7
Top scorers: Goof's Bariball (6-5--11) fUMD Niskanen (2-9--11)
Goaltending: Goof's Briggs 1.00 .951/Frazee 1.60 .914/fUMD Stalock 2.76 .893
14 game road unbeaten streak 11-0-3
Bariball 7 game scoring streak
Goli 6 game scoring streak
Gordo 3 game scoring streak
Wheeler 2 game scoring streak