10 March 2007

State of Hockey Indeed

Let's see - The Gophers walked over Alaska-Anchorage 6-2 last night, which, honestly, is like the Yankees beating the Royals but it was a thumping that'll likely be repeated tonight.

In the high school tournament, Duluth Marshall defeated defending Class A champs St. Thomas Academy 3-2 in the second OT frame. Dano Jacques had the trick, including the goal that sent it to OT, and the eventual game-winner.

In Class AA, Grand Rapids were up 3-0 on Burnsville in the third, let 'em back in to tie it up, then dispatched them 4-3 in OT. I always love it when teams come down from the iron range and take care of buisness with the giant metro-area school.

By the way, they had 19,006 in the Xcel Energy Center last night for semi-final high school games, about 2K more than they announced in Columbus last night (vs. Dallas) and about 5K more than in Washington (vs. Carolina), never mind how many really showed for up either.

All this action almost made us miss the fact that the Wild owned the Sabres last night. Playing the 2nd in 2 nights, they hung 4 even-strength goals on Ryan Miller and 1 on Ty Conklin while the Wild were shorthanded 5-on-3. Certianly not top form from the Eastern Conference leaders, but a great win 5-1 win for the Wild and Josh Harding, the #3 netminder.

1 comment:

Scotty said...

Some of the stranger Wild games I have been at were in Phoenix, AZ. Last year ,when we were living in the desert ,we went to as many Coyotes games we could. The last Coyotes/Wild game had just about the same number of Wild jerseys in the stands as the Coyotes....in fact we went to a Coyotes/Red Wing game and what I saw was mainly Red Wing, Wild and Bruins jerseys.....weird.