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Monday marks the eight-year anniversary of Holy Cross upsetting the Gophers men's hockey team in the NCAA hockey tournament.
Gophers fans would love to forget this game ever happened. But per this tweeted photo from Paul Merrill -- at least that's where we saw it -- there is one vehicle in this state dedicated to making sure the memory lives on. It doesn't look like Photoshop to us, but what do we know? Love it or hate it, that's dedication.
Ouch. Never forget 3-24-06, MN sports fans. pic.twitter.com/T2T7Ze24eS— Paul Merrill (@StuffaboutMpls) March 20, 2014
If you are headed out to either the NCHC or Big Ten tournaments this weekend, be safe. We heartily suggest Gophers fans and UND fans meet somewhere between Xcel Energy Center and Target Center to have a drink, some laughs and quite possibly some verbal abuse.
But some of us -- including your humble proprietor -- were treated to exactly that on Saturday morning. As the U.S. and Russia skated in a preliminary round game 34 years after the Miracle on Ice, we could sense the momentum building toward a memorable finish. That said, we couldn't even quite recall what the international overtime rules were for a non-medal round game. Would they skate to a tie? Would there be endless overtime? Hard to say.
It could have been a moot point if not for the greatest of breaks, of course, for the Americans: the net being a centimeter or two off its moorings for what would have been a third period go-head goal for Russia. Instead, it was overturned in a review. The world wouldn't know as much about former Warroad star T.J. Oshie right now if not for that, but that's the beauty of sports. Heroes are born from oddities.
And honestly, the disallowed goal was just the beginning of the oddity. At the end of the five-minute overtime, we were treated to a shootout. But if your main guidepost for shootouts is watching the NHL, the Olympic rules certainly have one huge quirk.
We all know now, of course, that after the three-round shootout, it was knotted at one goal each. The surprise to some of us is what happened next: Oshie took the next round -- the first sudden death round -- for the U.S. after scoring the only goal of the regular round. And then he took another round. And another. And another. And another.
It is the goofiest, oddest rule that allows the same shooter to keep going in the sudden death as long as it is still tied. It really makes zero sense. But it was beautiful all the same because it was something we had never seen before.
Remembe when you listen to this that the time was 1963 -- 50 years ago -- and the parlance of the era was a little different.
That said, please do enjoy former President JFK express his displeasure about Team USA Hockey losing 17-2 to Sweden in the World Hockey Championships. It's part of some previously unreleased audio recordings from his presidency, and it is terrific.
And as usual, check your smoke detector batteries as the Wolves' season begins.
The NCHC, the new league formed after the creation of Big Ten hockey and featuring six former members of the WCHA, announced Thursday it will use shootouts to add an extra point to conference games tied after a five-minute OT session.
“The conference office and our member institutions are committed to engaging our fans in ways that provide them excitement in our home venues,” said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton. “The use of a shootout at the conclusion of our standard overtime to determine an extra point within conference standings will make for an exciting race to determine the NCHC regular season champion. We are confident our passionate fans will enjoy this aspect of the game in similar ways to how it is embraced in the National Hockey League.”
All NCHC regular-season conference match-ups will feature a shootout should the game end in a tie at the conclusion of a five-minute overtime period. Any game that uses a shootout will be officially recorded as a tie within the overall record of each team. The Pairwise ranking will be calculated knowing the game was officially recorded as a tie.
The shootout will feature three shooters pre-selected by each team following the conclusion of overtime. The team that scores the most goals among the three shooters will be declared the winner. Should the shootout be tied at the conclusion of the initial three shooters, a sudden- death round with one shooter from each team will commence until a winner is declared. Goaltenders will remain on the same ends of the ice for the shootout as they were for the five-minute overtime period.
The Division-III MIAC also recently adopted a shootout system.
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