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Game Notes (11/14): Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN:


The “Border Battle” definitely lived up to the hype and a thoroughly entertaining one at that. So it was probably fitting that the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Badgers, who laid the big hurt last weekend on Michigan Tech, looked like they hadn’t missed a beat coming into tonight.

Meanwhile the Gophers, after a devastating weekend versus North Dakota last weekend, played some of their best hockey of the season (thus far) this evening.

The game had a little of everything. Scoring, hits, intensity and of course, the bad blood. The game was also missing some key players for both teams. The Gophers are still without the services of Dman Keith Ballard (COL), but is expected to be back in the lineup next week. Also missing is the sensational rookie, Ryan Potulny (PHI), who is expected to be out for at least the remainder of the regular season due to a knee injury. The Badgers were without the services of sophomore Dman Tom Gilbert (COL) who is nursing a shoulder injury.

The opening stanza featured little 5-on-5 play due to the sheer number of penalties that were assessed. There were 11 penalties assessed (all minors) in the 1st period alone. Minnesota had 6 while Wisconsin had 5. Both teams came out all fired up. The intensity and enthusiasm shown by both teams, particularly the Gophers, was evident for much of the game. The chippiness and the hate came out early and often. One of the things that was evident from the Gophers standpoint, was the line juggling that head coach Don Lucia had done going into the contest. He had sophomore phenom Tomas Vanek (BUF) playing along side two Gophers 4th liners in juniors Garrett Smaagaard and Jake Fleming. It would turnout to be the best line combination of the night.

The Gophers would open the scoting at the 10:15 mark. Sophomore Tyler Hirsch would get the goal on a Power Play that featured some very nice passing around the perimeter by the Gophers. As the passing continued, Hirsch moved in between the faceoff circles and fired the puck past Badgers netminder Brend Bruckler (PHI) that whistled just above Bruckler’s left pad. Senior Troy Riddle (STL) and returning sophomore Dman Chris Harrington picked up the assists. Near the end of the period, the Badgers really came out buzzing around the Gophers net and registered some excellent scoring chances.

The 2nd period saw the game slow and the Badgers nearly falling asleep. This was arguably the Gophers best period to date this season. They thoroughly dominated the Badgers for much of the period. Nowhere was that more evident in Wisconsin’s inability to win the one-on-one as well as puck possession battles. What made things even worse for the Badgers (especially Bruckler) was the lack of man-coverage and the amount of room the Gophers were given in the offensive zone. This became apparent in the Gophers 2nd goal at the 1:49 mark by Vanek. Garret Smaagaard retrieved the puck from the half boards, and on a high-risk passing play (cross ice thru traffic), successfully gets the puck through to a trailing Vanek, who then proceeds to fire a wicked wrist-shot that finds its way thru a Gopher defender’s legs and into the net, just above Bruckler’s glove. Smaagaard and junior Jake Fleming would get the assists. That made it 2-0 Minnesota.

However, the Badgers weren’t about to go quietly in their own house. With freshman Dman Jake Taylor (NYR) off for a holding penalty, the Badgers decided to seize an opportunity. At the 5:33 mark, they would strike pay dirt. Thanks to a nice play behind the net by freshman Robbie Earl. Fellow Badgers freshman Andrew Joudrey (WSH) corraled the puck from the corner and found an open Robbie Earl to pass to behind the net. Earl, who was parked at the goal line next near Briggs was attempting to make a pass thru the slot area that ends up bouncing off of Briggs’ pads and into the net. Joudrey and fellow freshman, Dman Jeff Likens would get the assists. The joy of Robbie Earl’s tally would be short-lived as the Gophers would answer less than two minutes later at the 7:12 mark. Tomas Vanek would score the 2nd of his two goals on the night on a Power Play. Just about 10 seconds earlier, Badgers netminder Bernd Bruckler had taken obstruction/holding call after tangling with Gophers sophomore Gino Guyer (DAL). After winning the faceoff in their own end, the Gophers on an odd-man rush raced towards the Badgers’ zone. Senior Matt Koalska (NSH) made a nice cross-ice pass to Vanek on a 2-on-3. Vanek then fired off rocket (with the quick release that he possesses) at the Badgers net, going top-shelf over Bruckler’s glove-side. Koalska and sophomore Andy Sertich (PIT) would be credited with the assist on the goal. The goal restored the Gophers 2-goal lead at 3-1.

Trailing 3-1 at home and going into the 3rd period, the Badgers needed to get their act together in a hurry, and in a hurry they did. Once again, the Gophers inability to keep opposing teams off the score sheet very early in a period would prove to be costly. Just 36 seconds in, the Badgers would start to climb back into the game, thanks to a fantastic individual effort by senior Dman Dan Boeser. The play began when Gophers netminder Kellen Briggs stopped a Badgers shot but failed to completely have possession of the puck. With the puck loose and a Gophers defender trying to make a clearing attempt that failed (thanks to a nice check by sophomore Ryan MacMurchy [STL]), Boeser picks up the loose puck and after unsuccessfully trying to find someone to pass to, decided to fire it in himself. He fired it from near the left faceoff circle. The puck then hit the stick of Gophers forward Matt Koalska, who was attempting to make a block with his stick, but instead the puck gets redirected and goes into the Gophers net. What the made the play so awesome was the amount of patience Boeser showed with the puck and the weave he had to do around the Gophers defenders prior to getting the shot off. The unassisted goal cut the Gophers lead to 3-2. With the goal saw the Badgers coming out with more determination and confidence. The Badgers went back to playing with the intensity that they played with in the 1st period. At the 4:18 mark, Ryan MacMurchy would tie the game for good. He picked up a rebound off the sideboards and in another great individual effort weaved thru traffic and flipped the puck over the glove-side shoulder of Bruckler.

The game remained tied at the end of regulation and in overtime, while there was no scoring, featured some excellent chances for both teams to get the game-winner.

The game featured some terrific one-on-one battles. Two of note were the ones between Badgers freshman phenom Dman Ryan Suter (NSH) on Tomas Vanek (and later Troy Riddle) and the Gophers sophomore Dman Chris Harrington on Badgers freshman Jake Dowell. Both were intense battles, particularly the Harrington/Dowell battle. There were many players for both teams that played very well tonight. Tomas Vanek for Minnesota and Ryan MacMurchy for Wisconsin played particularly well. Both showcased their talents very well in this game and were rewarded with goals as a result.

The “Border Battle” concludes tomorrow night at the Kohl Centre in Madison, Wisconsin and it should be another entertaining battle.

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Originally Posted by Oilers Chick
MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN:


The “Border Battle” definitely lived up to the hype and a thoroughly entertaining one at that. So it was probably fitting that the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Badgers, who laid the big hurt last weekend on Michigan Tech, looked like they hadn’t missed a beat coming into tonight.

Meanwhile the Gophers, after a devastating weekend versus North Dakota last weekend, played some of their best hockey of the season (thus far) this evening.

The game had a little of everything. Scoring, hits, intensity and of course, the bad blood. The game was also missing some key players for both teams. The Gophers are still without the services of Dman Keith Ballard (COL), but is expected to be back in the lineup next week. Also missing is the sensational rookie, Ryan Potulny (PHI), who is expected to be out for at least the remainder of the regular season due to a knee injury. The Badgers were without the services of sophomore Dman Tom Gilbert (COL) who is nursing a shoulder injury.

The opening stanza featured little 5-on-5 play due to the sheer number of penalties that were assessed. There were 11 penalties assessed (all minors) in the 1st period alone. Minnesota had 6 while Wisconsin had 5. Both teams came out all fired up. The intensity and enthusiasm shown by both teams, particularly the Gophers, was evident for much of the game. The chippiness and the hate came out early and often. One of the things that was evident from the Gophers standpoint, was the line juggling that head coach Don Lucia had done going into the contest. He had sophomore phenom Tomas Vanek (BUF) playing along side two Gophers 4th liners in juniors Garrett Smaagaard and Jake Fleming. It would turnout to be the best line combination of the night.

The Gophers would open the scoting at the 10:15 mark. Sophomore Tyler Hirsch would get the goal on a Power Play that featured some very nice passing around the perimeter by the Gophers. As the passing continued, Hirsch moved in between the faceoff circles and fired the puck past Badgers netminder Brend Bruckler (PHI) that whistled just above Bruckler’s left pad. Senior Troy Riddle (STL) and returning sophomore Dman Chris Harrington picked up the assists. Near the end of the period, the Badgers really came out buzzing around the Gophers net and registered some excellent scoring chances.

The 2nd period saw the game slow and the Badgers nearly falling asleep. This was arguably the Gophers best period to date this season. They thoroughly dominated the Badgers for much of the period. Nowhere was that more evident in Wisconsin’s inability to win the one-on-one as well as puck possession battles. What made things even worse for the Badgers (especially Bruckler) was the lack of man-coverage and the amount of room the Gophers were given in the offensive zone. This became apparent in the Gophers 2nd goal at the 1:49 mark by Vanek. Garret Smaagaard retrieved the puck from the half boards, and on a high-risk passing play (cross ice thru traffic), successfully gets the puck through to a trailing Vanek, who then proceeds to fire a wicked wrist-shot that finds its way thru a Gopher defender’s legs and into the net, just above Bruckler’s glove. Smaagaard and junior Jake Fleming would get the assists. That made it 2-0 Minnesota.

However, the Badgers weren’t about to go quietly in their own house. With freshman Dman Jake Taylor (NYR) off for a holding penalty, the Badgers decided to seize an opportunity. At the 5:33 mark, they would strike pay dirt. Thanks to a nice play behind the net by freshman Robbie Earl. Fellow Badgers freshman Andrew Joudrey (WSH) corraled the puck from the corner and found an open Robbie Earl to pass to behind the net. Earl, who was parked at the goal line next near Briggs was attempting to make a pass thru the slot area that ends up bouncing off of Briggs’ pads and into the net. Joudrey and fellow freshman, Dman Jeff Likens would get the assists. The joy of Robbie Earl’s tally would be short-lived as the Gophers would answer less than two minutes later at the 7:12 mark. Tomas Vanek would score the 2nd of his two goals on the night on a Power Play. Just about 10 seconds earlier, Badgers netminder Bernd Bruckler had taken obstruction/holding call after tangling with Gophers sophomore Gino Guyer (DAL). After winning the faceoff in their own end, the Gophers on an odd-man rush raced towards the Badgers’ zone. Senior Matt Koalska (NSH) made a nice cross-ice pass to Vanek on a 2-on-3. Vanek then fired off rocket (with the quick release that he possesses) at the Badgers net, going top-shelf over Bruckler’s glove-side. Koalska and sophomore Andy Sertich (PIT) would be credited with the assist on the goal. The goal restored the Gophers 2-goal lead at 3-1.

Trailing 3-1 at home and going into the 3rd period, the Badgers needed to get their act together in a hurry, and in a hurry they did. Once again, the Gophers inability to keep opposing teams off the score sheet very early in a period would prove to be costly. Just 36 seconds in, the Badgers would start to climb back into the game, thanks to a fantastic individual effort by senior Dman Dan Boeser. The play began when Gophers netminder Kellen Briggs stopped a Badgers shot but failed to completely have possession of the puck. With the puck loose and a Gophers defender trying to make a clearing attempt that failed (thanks to a nice check by sophomore Ryan MacMurchy [STL]), Boeser picks up the loose puck and after unsuccessfully trying to find someone to pass to, decided to fire it in himself. He fired it from near the left faceoff circle. The puck then hit the stick of Gophers forward Matt Koalska, who was attempting to make a block with his stick, but instead the puck gets redirected and goes into the Gophers net. What the made the play so awesome was the amount of patience Boeser showed with the puck and the weave he had to do around the Gophers defenders prior to getting the shot off. The unassisted goal cut the Gophers lead to 3-2. With the goal saw the Badgers coming out with more determination and confidence. The Badgers went back to playing with the intensity that they played with in the 1st period. At the 4:18 mark, Ryan MacMurchy would tie the game for good. He picked up a rebound off the sideboards and in another great individual effort weaved thru traffic and flipped the puck over the glove-side shoulder of Bruckler.

The game remained tied at the end of regulation and in overtime, while there was no scoring, featured some excellent chances for both teams to get the game-winner.

The game featured some terrific one-on-one battles. Two of note were the ones between Badgers freshman phenom Dman Ryan Suter (NSH) on Tomas Vanek (and later Troy Riddle) and the Gophers sophomore Dman Chris Harrington on Badgers freshman Jake Dowell. Both were intense battles, particularly the Harrington/Dowell battle. There were many players for both teams that played very well tonight. Tomas Vanek for Minnesota and Ryan MacMurchy for Wisconsin played particularly well. Both showcased their talents very well in this game and were rewarded with goals as a result.

The “Border Battle” concludes tomorrow night at the Kohl Centre in Madison, Wisconsin and it should be another entertaining battle.
Great review.Thanks alot.
What was your assesment of Ryan Suter on both the O side & on D?
Everything I have read about the kid seems to indicate hes a mirror image of his uncle. Hes not getting many points right now which is understandable given he is a freshman playing D.

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Nice! How has Sertich looked since his switch to defense?

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Wow did anyone see the Minn Wis saturday night game? That was a good one. Wisconsin came back, and won the game 4-3. The crowd was going nuts, what a great atmosphere! And the turnaround Wisconsin has had from last year to now is remarkable. Last year they sucked bad, but this year I've been impressed in the 3-4 games I've seen.

I can't do a whole report cause I flip back and forth between the Habs game and some of the BU/Merrimack game (which was lopsided bigtime)

I like Rene Bourque, he uses his size well. Has he been dratfed?

And Vanek is a goal scoring machine. I get most of all the Minn games last year and this year. Vanek does disappear at times, but man he can score. Great quick shot.

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Barry Tallackson seems to have been getting off to a slow start. After last years strong finish, I thought he'd be quick out of the gate. How has his play been so far?

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Barry Tallackson. Well picture Lindros at times monkeying with the puck getting it poked away and watchng him limp off the ice because someone stole his puck. Then he does nothing the rest of the game, until he gets the puck again only to have it taken away again. Now picture Lindros crash the net, take a d man with him, ram the goalie get in his head, draw a penalty, lay a crushing hit, take the puck deke a guy and shelf it. You never know what Barry is going to play. Can dominate but needs to do it more often.

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