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I Moved!

October 23, 2007

Hey i jsut wanted to let everyone know that i moved my blog to blogger because I like that much better. So anyone who wants to continue reading my coverage ( as best I can) of the Gophers Men’s Hockey team can find my new blog at:

http://www.go4rhockey.blogspot.com/

So go check it out. I already moved one post from here to there but i won’t move the others so if you liked a past one you should probley take it off here. Thanks for reading.

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Gophers VS Colorado College

February 23, 2007

tDon coached here obviously and they had and article about Tony and sort of about tDon too but here is the article that was in the Pioneer Press:

Lucia living a dream playing hockey at U
Gophers or Colorado College, he just wanted to play for his dad
BY BRUCE BROTHERS
Pioneer Press

This weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., will present the best of both worlds to Tony Lucia.

The oldest son of Gophers coach Don Lucia spent six years of his youth in Colorado Springs when his dad coached the Colorado College Tigers, but now he’s a freshman forward for the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team.

Tony left the Twin Cities on Thursday for his first trip back to the Springs as a collegian as the Gophers embark on a key two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against the Tigers.

“I get to live two dreams in one setting,” Tony Lucia said. “At one point, I wanted to play for Colorado and play in the World Arena, so getting to go back there will be fun for me. Just to compete in that atmosphere, it will be a little bit of mixed emotions for me. But it will be fun.”

Although No. 2-ranked Minnesota has clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the series against No. 14 CC will go a long way toward deciding whether the first-place Gophers win their second consecutive MacNaughton Cup. Six regular-season games remain.

Lucia, 19, who has six goals and six assists in 30 games for the Gophers, has grown up since his family moved to the Twin Cities from Colorado Springs nearly eight years ago. And he hasn’t stopped growing; the 6-footer is up from 175 pounds in September to about 190 now, he said.

He wanted to be a Tiger for the same reason he wanted to be a Gopher: because his dad was the coach.

But his father, a Notre Dame graduate, insisted Tony should look around.

Tony agreed, noting that he “wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough player” to land a spot on the Gophers.

He left Wayzata High School after his junior year to add games and experience with the Omaha Lancers of the U.S. Hockey League last season, and it worked. He produced 12 goals and 35 points in 53 games and demonstrated enough talent to play in the WCHA.

Late in the season, the father and son drove back and forth from the family home in Plymouth to the Viking Cup junior tryouts in Burnsville and discussed every facet of the equation.

“It was a pretty tough decision,” Tony said. “We had a big heart to heart.”

That was when the father turned recruiter and officially offered his son a spot on the Gophers.

“He knew we wanted him,” Don Lucia recalled. “I think he needed to hear it. It was weighing on him more than I knew.”

Tony was relieved, “but I still needed time for it to settle down, to let it soak in,” he said.

Several days later, the recruit informed the coach that he officially would become a member of the Gophers.

The transition from son to player has been much less complicated, other than perhaps a few moments on Jan. 28 when Tony walked into the house just after his father had finished watching videotapes of the Gophers’ 5-3 and 7-3 losses to North Dakota the previous two days.

“Bad timing, you know?” Tony recalled.

Tony, who has notched 11 of his 12 points in the past 19 games, is treated no differently by the other Gophers because of his lineage.

“Since Day 1, we just think of Tony as another teammate,” Gophers captain Mike Vannelli said. “He has done a good job. He has done nothing but work hard. He does everything he should.”

Agreed, said sophomore goaltender Jeff Frazee, adding, “We don’t really notice the relationship outside the rink.”

Tony keeps his roles separate, stays mostly on his own side of the generation gap and keeps his mouth shut.

“I’m just another player. If the coach doesn’t need to know,” he said with a smile, “he doesn’t need to know.”

I thought that was a ncie article and you people might want to read it. Anyways back to the series. Th Gophers swept CC with the score being 3-2 both nights. Thanks to some fluky goals by Evan Kauffman. Also something to note about the series was Ali Lucia being one of the repoters for FSN for the series it was intresting to see her interview tDon.

Friday: 3-2 Gophers
First Period
Scoring:
MINN Jay Barriball Mike Vannelli/ Ben Gordon
CC Chad Rau Brian Connelly/ Braydon Cox

Penalties:
CC: Jake Gannon Interference
Brandon Straub Hooking
MINN: Jim O’Brien Cross-Checking
Derek Peltier Obstructon-Hooking

Second Period
Scoring: None

Penalties:
MINN: Justin Bostrom Roughing
Kyle Okposo Tripping
CC: Anreas Vlassopoulos Obstruction-Holding

Third Period:
Scoring:
MINN Evan Kaufmann Jim O’Brien/ Derek Peltier
Evan Kaufmann R.J. Anderson/ Jim O’Brien
CC Billy Sweatt Braydon Cox

Penalties:
Minn: Derek Peltier Roughing
CC: Brandon Straub Interference
Billy Sweatt Roughing
Braydon Cox Holding the Stick

Saturday 3-2
Frist Period:
Scoring: None

Penalties
CC: Scott McCulloch Hooking
Jimmi Kilpatrick Hooking
Minn: Justin Bostrom Interference

Second Period
Scoring
MINN Mike Carmen Tony Lucia/ Jay Barriball
Ryan Stoa Kyle Okposo/ Blake Wheeler

Penalties
CC Adreas Vlassopoulos Slashing
Nate Prosser Unsportsmanlike Conduct
MINN Ben Gordon Hooking
Ryan Flynn Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Ryan Stoa Slashing

Third Period
CC Scott McCulloch Chad Rau/ Jimmi Kilpatrick
Mike Testwuide –
MINN Mike Carmen Jay Barriball/ R.J. Anderson

Penalties
MINN Mike Vannelli Tripping

Yes it was in a way a very odd series because of Jeff Frazee comign out of the net. In a way there was nothing wrong with Jeff’s move because that is what you are supposed to do as a goalie. You should come out and try to stop them because if you stay in the net you probley will get beat.

Wild or not so Wild?

December 28, 2006

Dude what the heck is up with the Wild? I mean come on this is the fricken NHL. I have seen highschool games better than the Redwings game i was watching tonight. They had it all going for them at the beginning of the season and now it is just blah. I am going to the game on New Years Eve and I really hope they don’t waste my time. I guess it would help if we had Gaborik back but still. One person cannot lead a team expecially a NHL team. Then again look at Sidney Crosby. The goaltending is pretty fricken bad I mean come on you are in the net for a reason make a flippin save for goodness sake. I was watching the last 5 mintues of the game and I was watching them reach for the puck and make lame passes and I’m like I saw better passes in my game tonight. I really wish they could start winning some games expecially on the road. You can’t be great at home and then suck on the road it doesn’t work that way. Come on Boys step it up! I want to see some serious action please!

Now to the gophers:

They play in the Dodge Holiday Classic this weekend and they will have to play with out Kyle Okposo, Ryan Stoa, Erik Johnson, Mike Carmen and Jeff Frazee. It’s going to suck butt that we won’t have Kyle but we have played with out him before so we will just have to step it up. I am excited to see the games thought because I want to see how well the other players step up while these five are gone. Hopefully it won’t get shoved back in our faces and we won’t get cocky like we did when we played Mankato. I want to see some of the 3rd and 4th liners play with the big boys! Anyways hopefully we can come out with a sweep of this thing and get ready for a difficult second half. I also hope the Wild will step it up and get back into the groove because there is a good chance Gabby ain’t coming back anytime soon.