Hockey Day Minnesota

Wow what a fun day of Hockey it was. The Lake of The Woods beat St. Paul Johnson 5-3 he he he he. It looked pretty chillly up there when i was watching it on T.V. My team played at the Excel Energy Center and tied SLP/Armstrong/Copper. YEah it sucked anyways the Gophers beat DEnver after losing to them the previouse night and the Wild lost in a shoot out to the Dallas stars. I’m going to recap the day fast. The Lake of the Woods game i didn’t see but I did see the Highlights and both teams havesome nice flashy players so hopefully they will go to a great college or something and have their skill reconized. The Wild game The Dallas starts struck first with a goal. Manny Fernandez gor hut. He sprained his Knee and Nick Backstrom came in and i think he did a great job. It went into the shoot out and Dallas scored first. the wild didn’t score until Koivu scored. Gabby didn’t score and neither did Wals or Dupuis or Roloston or Parish. I was hoping Mark Parish would because he is the Minnesota boy and it was hockey day Minnesota. anyways the gopher game. Ther gophers at one point had a 5-2 lead over Denver but DEnver evetully came back and the Gophers won 5-4. there were a lot of penalties and it was a very physical game. I jsut want to make a comment about two Gophers who are starting to stand out big time to me since they came back from Sweden. In my first post you will see how i didn’t think Erik Johnson was playing to his full potential. WEll let me take that back because he is on FIRE! Holy Crap. He has a wicked slap shot now and i am uterly impressed! He is playing way more physical and playing a lot smarter. He should have gone to the World Junior things in September. That’s a joke and no i am not stupid. Alos Jeff FRazee. This weekend thoI was a little confused with the way he made some saves but other than that he has been doing a nice job since he came back. Not taking anything away from Kellen who has played outstanding the whole season. I love that people are finally stepping up. Also DAvid Fisher is starting to come out of his shell too. I was impressed with him while everyone was in Sweden because he stood out a lot more than he did when everyone was here. Now he is standing out and making shots and great decisions while he is out on the ice. This second half of the season a lot of players are come up and rising to the challange and it is going to be exciting to watch the last couple months of the season. What was also cool about the game was Mike Vannelli getting a hat trick. People threw all these posters on too the ice and hats too. Tony Lucia was out on the ice shoving the stuff into the corner to help get it picked up faster. It was funny. All the guyz were really happy for Mike and he played a great series as always

Kyle Okposo Derek Peltier/ Erik Johson
Justin Bostrom David Fischer/ Tony Lucia
Mike Vannelli Mike Howe/ Ryan Flynn
Mike Vannelli Alex Goligoski/ Mike Carman
Mike Vannelli Tony Lucia/ Mike Carman

Blake Wheeler: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Mike Carman: Slashing
Ben Gordon: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Mike Vannelli: Slashing
R.J. Anderson: Slashing
Ben Gordon: Fighting (5)
Ben Gordon: Game Misconduct ( He aslo can’t play the first game of the ND series)
Jimmy O’Brien: Roughing
Blake Wheeler: Roughing
Alex Goligoski: Roughing
Alex Goligoski: 10-Minute Misconduct
Jim O’Brien: Charging
Mike Vannelli: Checking from Behind
Alex Goligoski: High Sticking
Mike Howe: Interference
Mike Howe: interference ( yes another)
Mike Carman: High-Sticking
Ryan Stoa: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Mike Vannelli: Elbowing

Keith Seabrook: Hooking
Andrew Thomas: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Brock Trotter: Cross-Checking
Chris Butler: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
J.P. Testwuide: Fighting (5)
J.P. Testwuide: Game Misconduct ( can’t play at all in the next series)
Mike Handza: Roughing
Adrian Veideman: Roughing
Steven Cook: Roughing
Steven Cook: 10-minute misconduct
Glenn Fisher: Slashing
Keith Seabrook: Tripping
Geoff Paukovich: Interference
Tom May: High Sticking
Ryan Dingle: High Sticking
Glenn Fischer: Slashing
Adrian Veideman: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Geoff Paukovich: Cross-Checking

WOW that took a good 7 minutes… anyways Ben Gordon will not be able to paly in the first game against North Dakota but he will be able to play the second game. that is if Lucia puts him out there.

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