Monday, March 21, 2005

Tyler Hirsch, a Gopher breakdown

EDIT: For all other Gopher fans like Roby who have trouble with this internet thing, the download is here.

While it may be shocking, I do have a heart when it comes to Gophers. Tyler Hirsch is a heck of a hockey player that seemed to lose it at the end of the game after Friday's 3-0 loss to CC. I am currently scowering the net for the video and when I get it will use my discretion as to wether or not it is suitable to post. To me it sounds kind of like a funny temper tantrum, but the comments of Gopher head coach Lucia make it seem somewhat more serious. We hope not.

After the game, Tyler Hirsch appeared to act out some ritual to exorcise the lack of scoring that plagued his Gopher teammates after Friday's 3-0 loss to the Tigers. It was the first shutout against Minnesota in 82 games, dating back to a 4-0 loss to Maine on Oct 10, 2003.

Standing at center ice after the teams had left for the locker rooms, Hirsch motioned to the maintenance crew to shut the Zamboni doors. He obtained a puck and skated in on the empty net, taking a slapshot from 10 feet and then driving the net into the boards with his body.

He skated to center ice, laid his stick down and went to the locker room.

"It was bizarre — let's leave it at that," said Minnesota coach Don Lucia.

Needless to say, the college hockey community is abuzz, and the thread at USCHO is extremely busy and very protective of the young man.

Updates to follow because I am fascinated by this story.