Niagara Takes Minnesota To The Brink

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Head coach Jason Lammers: "I loved out compete. I thought we were excellent and in some ways I thought we were better than they were. […] I think our guys are disappointed right now but there's a lot of confidence and a lot of hope."
Great effort by NU hanging with UM for the 60 minutes. However, NU's "OT bug" seems to have reared it's ugly head once again. NU did outplay Minny in the last 10-12 mins of the game, should have won.

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Ok, I read the Purple Eagles recap twice and I saw no mention of when in overtime, or how the Golphers scored. Personally, I would love the NU recaps of games to give statistics. Seems like a good effort against a team already playing its 3rd game of the season. NU needs to learn howto win the close games this season to have the year we all wish for.
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Gophers hockey opens home schedule with overtime victory
Sammy Walker scored 46 seconds into extra period on a 2-on-1 rush.
By Randy Johnson Star Tribune OCTOBER 19, 2019

http://www.startribune.com/gophers-hock ... 563421142/


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Gallery: The University of Minnesota's Jack Perbix (25) can't get a shot past Niagara University goaltender Brian Wilson (33) during the first period Friday.

The University of Minnesota's Jack Perbix (25) can't get a shot past Niagara University goaltender Brian Wilson (33) during the first period Friday.
DAVID JOLES – STAR TRIBUNE

The 99th edition of the Gophers men’s hockey team introduced itself to the home crowd Friday night, and as first impressions go, a gritty win is better than a pretty loss.

Sophomore forward Sammy Walker beat Niagara goalie Brian Wilson on a 2-on-1 rush 46 seconds into overtime, giving Minnesota a 3-2 victory in its home opener at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

In front an announced crowd of 7,294, the Gophers showed resiliency by rallying from a 1-0 deficit after two periods to take a 2-1 lead in the third. Niagara tied it 2-2 with 11:55 left in regulation, but Walker quickly sent the fans home happy with his second goal of the season.

“We dodged a bullet,” Gophers coach Bob Motzko said of his team, which struggled with turnovers all night. “… We’re a little frustrated with how we played.”

Minnesota’s athletic department is trying to enhance the experience at Mariucci and attract more fans by cutting ticket prices in most areas and making beer and wine available throughout the venue. Those moves and others didn’t lead to a huge crowd — the arena was about 40% full Friday — and the Gophers’ opponent wasn’t one of college hockey’s blue bloods nor did it have a large local appeal. What can draw crowds is a team that contends nationally, and the Gophers, with 11 freshmen on their roster, will have to grow into that.

Count Friday night’s result, which was ragged at times, as a step forward.

“They played a very conservative, very intelligent hockey game,” Motzko said of Niagara, which was playing its first game and was picked to finish second in Atlantic Hockey. “They weren’t going to beat themselves.”

The Gophers overcame the Purple Eagles by getting third-period goals from Sampo Ranta and Jonny Sorenson 1:03 apart and 25 saves from junior goalie Jack LaFontaine, who rebounded after giving up the tying goal 8:05 into the third by making eight saves in the final 10 minutes of regulation. “He was really good when we needed him to be good,” Motzko said.

The game was scoreless until Niagara’s Jack Billings, after a Gophers turnover, took a pass alone by the side of the net and beat LaFontaine with 23 seconds left in the second period.

Minnesota responded with Ranta’s tip-in goal off Robbie Stucker’s shot from the point at 5:53 of the third period. Sorenson, a freshman, made it 2-1 at 6:58 by converting a rebound off Ben Meyers’ shot.

Though Cam Cook tied it for Niagara at 8:05, the Gophers quickly played their trump card in overtime.

Walker collected the puck at center ice and had Nathan Burke on his left on a 2-on-1 rush. The speedy Edina native saw the defenseman commit to Burke, so he blasted the shot past Wilson.

“When I saw him, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s going to be a goal,’ ” Ranta said of Walker.

Said Walker: “The ‘D’ was taking away the pass, so I just shot it.”

And with that shot came a victory and a sense of relief.

“We gave them something to cheer about,” Motzko said of the fans. “It was kind of the hard way, but we gave them something to cheer about.”
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Coach said "guys played well".
Let's see how they get started and finish tonight.
We have much improved conditioning and nutrition programs.
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Eagle wrote:Minnesota’s athletic department is trying to enhance the experience at Mariucci and attract more fans by cutting ticket prices in most areas and making beer and wine available throughout the venue. Those moves and others didn’t lead to a huge crowd — the arena was about 40% full Friday — and the Gophers’ opponent wasn’t one of college hockey’s blue bloods nor did it have a large local appeal. What can draw crowds is a team that contends nationally, and the Gophers, with 11 freshmen on their roster, will have to grow into that.
Maybe I am a little picky right now, however this whole article about the game was a bit obnoxious to ME . Bottom line is that Niagara , 20 year old program with 4 NCAA appearances played toe to toe to the mighty Gophers for 60 plus minutes. Bulletin Board Material for me.

P.s. I see the reporter used my post about resiliency, only for the Gophs :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Lammers: "I thought we were excellent and in some ways I thought we were better than they were. […] I think our guys are disappointed right now but there's a lot of confidence and a lot of hope."

Tonight: NU 4, Minny 3

Why is there no box score on PE.com. ? The reporting and game coverage on PE.com is atrocious!
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The Box was there on pe.com along with a game recap with a few quotes from the coach. I still don't understand why NSN didn't do a season preview with the coach as they did in previous years. I agree though, "intensive" marketing doesn't seem like a priority. Usually , there are team previews with both the Buff News and Gazette featuring interviews with the staff and players. NADA ..
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Todays BuffNews had no mention whatsoever of the Hockey Game. Hopefully this week with home schedule starting they will give NU (and CC) some ink
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UMN website says hockey arena has 10k capacity including club and suites. Article states some 7300+ in attendance.
I'll have some of that gate on a weekend when UMN football is on the east coast playing Rutgers club team.
Look forward to positive posts as our programs get underway.
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efkay2u wrote:
Eagle wrote:Minnesota’s athletic department is trying to enhance the experience at Mariucci and attract more fans by cutting ticket prices in most areas and making beer and wine available throughout the venue. Those moves and others didn’t lead to a huge crowd — the arena was about 40% full Friday — and the Gophers’ opponent wasn’t one of college hockey’s blue bloods nor did it have a large local appeal. What can draw crowds is a team that contends nationally, and the Gophers, with 11 freshmen on their roster, will have to grow into that.
Maybe I am a little picky right now, however this whole article about the game was a bit obnoxious to ME . Bottom line is that Niagara , 20 year old program with 4 NCAA appearances played toe to toe to the mighty Gophers for 60 plus minutes. Bulletin Board Material for me.

P.s. I see the reporter used my post about resiliency, only for the Gophs :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Welcome to the Goofer syndrome that those of us in Minnesota that cheer for other in-state teams have to put up with.....
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