Tonight I decided to watch the 2nd and third period of the semifinal Duluth game to see how active the D men were in the offensive zone in those periods. (In the first post of this thread I outlined the first period)...
-yes runaroundsioux I can't sleep either...
So here is what I found. Actually even though I went into the whole analysis of last Friday's game wanting to check out how involved our D core was or was not offensively, I have to say what I found was quite astonishing. So much so that I'm starting to wonder if it was maybe by design?
During 5 on 5 play in the entirety of the game(all 60 min) we had a Defensmen posses the puck and then pass it in the zone a grand total of four times.
The first time, as I mentioned earlier, it was at the 7 min mark of the first and that possesion resulted in a goal.(I confirmed this tonight also by zooming and changing contast settings on my tv I was able to see the puck, I took a pic of it with my camera. I just need to download it to my pc to upload here...it was a goal)..
Here is what happens the rest of the way. Follow along to see what happens next time we have a D man pass the puck in the zone...
12:29 Thompson shot of a loose puck
11:00 two keep ins by D
8:20 passed to Stecher and he one timed it.
7:30 Duluth goes up with 3-1. At this point in the game North Dakota has only had one instance where they get in the zone, got it to a defenseman and he made a pass. And this resulted in a goal which did not count precisely one period earlier.
5:20 This is the second time in the game North Dakota got it to the defenseman and he move the puck around i.e. passed it. This resulted in a goal by Stecher!!!
...So yes folks that right, two offensive zone possesions and passes by our awesome D-core have occured in the entirety of 5 on 5 play up to this point in the game and they both have resulted in a goal....
4:40 Simonson pass to Poolman who shoots it. No d pass or skate..
3:05 d to d. Stecher shots. * first d to d pass in the game which DOESN'T result in a goal. Yes folks that is correct...
1:15 Asmus single possesion, shots it.
:15 Thompson single possesion. He Shoots it.
16:50 two keep ins by LaDue
15:40 Stecher joins the rush and turns it over.
11:00 Tonanado spears poolman and dives throwing up his hands. Lol...
7:10 one possesion, one pass to schmaltz . Announcer said they were buzzing..
4:32 D man keeps it in.
Thats all... game over....
Four times in the entire game our defenseman posses the puck and passes it. Two result in Goals while one other results in the announcer saying were "buzzing".
Here is what all of this says to me:
Get it to our D and we will destroy anyone in the tournament. Play to our strenghts and we will win.