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The weekend that was: Week 19

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Friday, February 11

Brown 1 at Clarkson 4

The Golden Knights didn’t score on either of two power plays, but they did keep Bruno off the board on eight Bears advantages to grit out the victory. Frosh Allan McPherson and Will Frederick scored for ‘Tech, as did seniors Scott Freeman and Tom Pizzo as junior Paul Karpowich stopped 28 shots. Junior Bobby Farnham scored for Brown in support of junior Mike Clemente (25 saves on 28 shots) as Brown dropped its fifth straight; the win snapped Clarkson’s own four-game L-slide.

Colgate 2 at Rensselaer 1 (ot)

Thanks to a third-period equalizer by junior Austin Smith and the OT game-winner by classmate Kevin McNamara, the Raiders attained consecutive wins for the first time all season. Freshman Eric Mihalik stopped 18 of 19 in the victory, including a mere two saves on two shots in the second period: The Raiders put 13 shots in the direction of sophomore Bryce Merriam in what was ultimately a scoreless middle frame. The loss snapped a seven-game unbeaten run (6-0-1) for the Engineers.

Cornell 0 at Union 4

Freshman Daniel Carr’s power-play goal only 170 seconds into the action stood up as the game-winner, as Union held the Big Red to only nine shots on goal in the entire game. Sophomore Keith Kinkaid’s third shutout of the year was an undemanding one from that point of view, especially after rookie Matt Hatch’s first of two goals on the night put the Dutch ahead 2-0 only 3:02 after Carr’s tie-breaker. Kevin Sullivan became the third freshman to beat junior Mike Garman (32 saves) with a goal in the third period, as Cornell’s six-game unbeaten run (4-0-2) came to an end in Schenectady.

Princeton 4 at Harvard 4 (ot)

The Crimson trailed three times, but came back quickly each time in a wild back-and-forth contest. Juniors Daniel Moriarty and Alex Killorn and senior Chris Huxley scored power-play goals for Harvard, while sophomore Conor Morrison also tallied for the home side; sophomore Rob Kleebaum and senior Mike Kramer each scored twice for Princeton as the Tigers failed to secure the two points. Princeton freshman Sean Bonar and Harvard senior Kyle Richter each finished with 29 saves on 33 shots.

Quinnipiac 1 at Dartmouth 3

Second-period goals by sophomore Alex Goodship and junior Nick Walsh put the Big Green on top for good Friday night, and junior Paul Lee’s empty-netter wrapped up win No. 12 for junior James Mello (21 saves). Rookie Connor Jones scored the Bobcats’ lone goal, which wasn’t enough for sophomore Eric Hartzell (25 saves) or Quinnipiac as what had been a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) transitioned into a four-game winless slide (0-2-2).

Yale 2 at St. Lawrence 3

Sophomore Sean Flanagan lit the lamp just 68 seconds into the contest, setting the pace for the upset. Seniors Nick Pitsikoulis and Aaron Bogosian helped the Saints salt it away for junior goalie Robby Moss (31 saves), as goals by Bulldogs sophomores Andrew Miller and Antoine Laganiere weren’t enough to keep Yale from its third loss in five games (2-3-0). Senior Ryan Rondeau made seven saves each period for 21 overall.

Saturday, February 12

Cornell 3 at Rensselaer 2 (ot)

The Engineers fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to force overtime, but ultimately suffered their first sweep of the season when senior Joe Devin beat Merriam (20 saves) 3:32 into the extra session. Soph Vince Mihalek scored his first career goal, junior Sean Collins notched one as well, and rookie Andy Iles made 30 saves for the Big Red, which has now won four of five and is 5-1-2 in its last eight. Senior Chase Polacek and junior Alex Angers-Goulet scored for the ‘Tute in the penalty-marred contest in which the officials required a security escort off the ice after the final horn.

Princeton 1 at Dartmouth 4

Senior Adam Estoclet and sophomore Dustin Walsh scored 15 seconds apart in the first period, and rookie Matt Lindblad scored twice to lead the Big Green over the Tigers in Hanover. Mello (29 saves) out-dueled Bonar (30 saves), and helped Dartmouth hold on by backstopping five successful penalty kills. Kramer scored again for Princeton – his 12th of the year – but it wasn’t nearly enough, as the Tigers lost their third game in their last four (0-3-1).

Brown 5 at St. Lawrence 1

Senior David Brownschidle lit the lamp 46 seconds into the game, and it was all Brown from there as Bruno added three more goals in the next 24 minutes and cruised on Clemente’s 33 saves. St. Lawrence went 0/6 on the power play and got its only goal from Bogosian when the score was already 4-0; Moss (21 saves) was pulled in favor of freshman Matt Weninger (10 saves) after four goals and 28 minutes of action. Rookies Garnet Hathaway and Mark Hourihan, sophomore Chris Zaires, and junior Jeff Buvinow also contributed goals for Brown, which ended a five-game losing slide.

Colgate 3 at Union 6

Colgate had its brief two-game winning streak snapped in frustrating fashion, surrendering a 2-0 second-period lead by allowing five straight Union strikes. Senior Adam Presizniuk scored twice for the Dutchmen, and was boosted by goals by rookies Josh Jooris and Daniel Carr, and both Simpsons: sophomore Wayne and senior John. Kinkaid made 24 saves in Union’s seventh straight win and 11th of 12 (11-1-0), while Mihalik’s 30 stops and goals by McNamara, senior Brian Day and sophomore Thomas Larkin couldn’t stem UC’s surge.

Yale 6 at Clarkson 3

Five straight Blue strikes in 20 minutes of action doomed the Golden Knights, and Yale junior Brian O’Neill’s hat trick put him back into the team lead in overall goals (15). Senior Brendan Mason scored twice for the Elis, and junior Chad Ziegler potted one as well in support of Rondeau (22 stops). Freshman Jarrett Burton, junior Julien Cayer and the senior Freeman scored for the Knights, who also had to play two ‘keepers against the feisty Bulldogs: Karpowich got the hook after five goals, 16 saves and 30:39; junior Richie LaVeau wrapped up with 15 stops and one goal against.

Monday, February 14

Harvard vs. Boston University

The Crimson surrendered three power-play goals on six BU advantages, but it ultimately put an end to a four-game winless slide (0-3-1) thanks to senior Ryan Carroll’s 45 saves and a late goal by senior Michael Del Mauro. Classmate Alex Killorn scored twice for the Ivy, which also needed strikes by sophomore Danny Biega and junior Ryan Grimshaw to eke out the consolation-game win.

Tuesday, February 15

Clarkson plays at St. Lawrence tonight: That rumble you hear is Route 11 getting all shook up.

In retrospect…

Last week: 5-6-1. Ugh.

Season record: 121-57-20 (.662)

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  • Anon

    The officials required a security escort out of Houston Field House after the Cornell RPI game? that is a tantalizing comment, can you expand?

    • FD8

      It has been expanded well enough on the RPI season thread within the forums. In short: Don’t make a hostile crowd feel like they were hosed, especially when the event involves small throwable giveaways.

      • Guest

        the Without a Peer blog has more information.

        • Anon

          Wow, that ECAC guy sounds like he is feeling a bit defensive if you believe the eyewitness accounts!

          I wonder how much of this stems back to the Union game in November, when Appert played video at the press conference….

          and he does have a good point about the call on Foss…how do you commit interference if you check the guy with the puck?

  • Skennys2145

    I just checked the box score for the game- Cornell had 35 penalty minutes compared to RPI’s 24.
    RPI had a 2 man advantage in the second period and a 5 minute major advantage in the third/ OT.
    Sounds like Cornell fans should have been the angry ones!

    • Guest

      It’s not just the total penalty minutes, you’d have to have seen some of it….three of the calls were totally bizarre, I have the game on tape from NHL network broadcast and on one play the Cornell player dragged the RPI player down at center ice while the ref from behind the goal called the RPI player for interference….because of that ref’s vantage point, he could not see the Cornell player grabbing Brutlag’s jersey….and then to call interference on someone when he checks the player with the puck?

      RPI did blow it on the 5 on 3, no doubt.

      • correction

        Correction: I mis-typed above: it was a classic soccer play, the other player is going past you, so you grab that player’s jersey and pull him into you and then you fall down and the other player gets called for a foul. You see it all the time in soccer; it was the first time i’ve ever seen it in college hockey though. Nice play by the Cornell player, it worked and it turned the game around for them.

  • Guest

    Harvard, who is terrible, knocks off perennial ranked power BU in the Beanpot? EZAC no more. I think any ECAC team should be respected out of conference at this point.

  • Support the Stripes

    Is it me or does Seth Appert seem to cry foul on the officials everytime RPI loses a game? It must a big a giant red conspiracy against RPI. The guy needs to get a hold of himself. And for every game he seems to have a compliant on, he gets a make up call. The Union/RPI game at RPI was a joke. A major penalty called with 2 minutes left against Union and then another minor penalty called in OT against Union. Didn’t hear Nate Leaman say a word. Appert needs to zip it. Officials make mistakes and they make good calls too. He should blame his players when he loses.

    • Bystander

      The Phil Jackson school of mind games?

      actually it is not “every” time it is only when the call is egregiously bad and backed up by videotape evidence.

      If the league could use these as training sessions to help the refs improve it would create a different attitude all around, instead the league is ‘never criticize the officials ever no matter what.’

    • burgie12

      Leaman did complain, noting the extreme difference in the number of powerplays that Union and Rensselaer received (You should check out the first part of this video by Schott: http://www.dailygazette.com/videos/2010/nov/13/559/). And, you’ll note that there are many games that RPI loses / ties / throws away where he complements the opposing team or states that his team did not play well. For example, Appert had no negative comments about the officials after the loss to Colgate or the loss to Cornell in Ithaca, the Engineers’ two most recent losses. (I could probably go further, but since you’re cherry-picking data, I will, too.)

      So, your sweeping generalizations are absolutely wrong and very unfounded.

  • Viking

    SLU is always tough.
    Good goal tending!

  • Blinky The Wonder Chimp

    It sure does send a message.  That Maine and Merrimack haven’t played anyone good yet.

    • Bruce Hall

      I guess that North Dakota team that beat BC 6-2 and were everything but outscored two nights in a row by Maine isn’t very good. 

      • Tim Holland

        Hey Bruce, it was actually Boston College that beat the North Dakota Fighting Sioux by the score of 6 to 2 at the Ice Breaker Tournament  played in Grand Forks. But, most hockey folks know to fear the Black Bears. Friday’s game should be a good test for both teams.

  • Anonymous

    Merrimack doesn’t really have to prove anything after last season.  

    • Blinky The Wonder Chimp

      Great point Mack83.  They won all those trophies last year.  Not!

  • Anonymous

    No, I was referring to all those times they beat teams like BC, and basically everyone else on their schedule.  That is part of the reason they are ranked 7th without having beaten “anyone good yet” this season.

  • Anonymous

    UMO is not a good team – just look at the goals they gave up to Providence, at home:  a short-handed goal, rebound goal, a 2 on 1 breakaway.  Their goals, on the other hand, are not goals that better teams like BC, BU and UNH are going to give up.  This weekend will put Maine right where they belong -

  • Tim Holland

    Looking at the Lowell River Hawks on Friday night, I was impressed. With a rookie coach and all those Freshmen, they played with passion and a sense of purpose. I think they will have some surprising wins this season. One of the goalies will emerge.

  • Jimboalpha

    Saturday’s game may be Maine’s game to lose, but coming off of a potential beatdown by the Eagles, I think they might manage to lose it. The cats are looking tight and winning games. I think UNH sweeps the weekend series. Thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    How could anyone possibly pick UMO to win any game.  Good grief they have been terrible, even in the games they’ve managed to win.  Giving up SH goals, 2-on-1 breaks, goalies leaving rebounds all over the place.  Not to mention their goals for have not exactly been “quality” – certainly not goals they’re gonna get against the better teams.  Fire Tim Whitehead.  He’s terrible!

  • SCSU Euro

    LeBlanc isn’t known for scoring goals?  He’s not Matt Frattin, but he did have 13 last year. 

  • Mr Hockey

    As a season ticket holder I’ve seen the Gophers look bad the last 3 years. Yes, it is early but this team is for real. They out played the Sioux all weekend and even killed off a 5:00 Sioux power play allowing only 4 shots. The BIG difference with this years Gophers is they have talented kids that want to wear the “M” on their chest. This team is better than everybody thinks. It has more depth than either of the back to back NCAA champion teams from 2002 & 2003!

  • Erikjt01

    After reading comments on this site and the Star Tribune, Sioux fans are in SUCH denial of the weaknesses of their team and the strength of the Gophers.  Sioux fans need to be reminded they don’t have the scoring power they’ve had in years past and can’t rely on that after their “typical” slow season start.  Your goaltender will need to have a performances like he did this weekend a majority of the time in order for them to win this year, and that wasn’t even enough this weekend.  People also need to be reminded they Gopher’s swept the defending national champion on the road already, and defending WCHA champs last weekend.  As Don said, “in order to be the man, you have to beat the man.”  As this young team gets more experience, look out. 

    • Blisteriii

      There are also writers at the Trib that call the U OF MN the NYY”s of college hockey……. can’t believe everything you rrrrrrread….

  • rodeotwigs

    the gophers can thank the bulldogs for being 9-1 instead of 7-3 and looking up at the ncaa champs in the wcha standings…i’m not convinced yet that they’re the real deal though they are improved definitely from recent years past

  • Mr Hockey

    erikjt01 I also read the Tribune daily and I wish the Sue fans would be honest with themselves. Since the new 20 read articles kicked in I can’t comment on there for a while, like not until December. It’s probably for the better that I can’t, reading Rinkpig and Goldenchoker comments daily is like reading the National Enquier!

  • CrazyHorse

    Guys enjoy your sweep.  No need to waste breath on Sue fans. Their team is basically no better than Alaska Anchorage despite the fact they always get to recruit players who rank high on the NHL Central Scouting ratings.  The last time they won, Rocco Grimaldi was in first grade (the first time, not his three later attempts).  They goon it up and constantly whine about Genoway getting hit, wahhhhhh, and they have a coach who doesn’t hold anyone accountable.  I say lifetime contract for Hakstool

  • The Man

    It’s humorous watching the NoDak fans implode on themselves. Their team is flat out bad this year and they are still in denial. Best case scenario, even with a late season tear, they finish 6th in WCHA. And that is a stretch. Minnesota is the real deal, not sure why nobody is giving them credit. Deepest team in college hockey with 3 strong lines and a 4th line that scored 2 of the 5 goals this weekend against NODak. And 2 of their 4th liners are out on the Penalty Kill, allowing top line to rest. They’re solid from top to bottom. And, they’ve already swept the National Champions UMD and another Frozen 4 team from last year NoDak. Still saying “Weak schedule” now? Name 1 other team that is 4-0 against Frozen 4/Nat’l Champs from last spring? I’ll be waiting…………..crickets………….crickets…..

    • Mr Hockey

      The Man, don’t you love it when you can put the Sue fans in a BOX!!?

    • Former Gopher

      they got sooo lucky against umd. win 5-4 (ot) and then another win 5-4?  gophs got out shot by 40 that weekend. not like they stomped the dogs. gophers are beatable. its early still

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBX3ZLT5XKNZDOL2YZHPVX27VI STEVEN P

        Whoever tracked SOG for the Bullpuppies should have their eyes checked. Quantity aside,my grand daughter could have stopped most of those blueline prayers.

        • Cole Gaines

          It’s early for sure. Kent Patterson got the Gopher’s the sweep. We’ll see what happens at the end of the year!

      • Mr Hockey

        Luck is what losers call it, winners find ways to get the job done ! The Gophers won’t get swept all season! You have to see the Gophers in person to gauge how good they are. They play on an Olympic ice sheet and when they go on the road to smaller rinks, they’re size and speed really stands out.

    • Anonymous

      Where exactly is this great implosion? The Sioux lost two tight road games to a team that is currently ranked #1 in the nation.  Aaron Dell was excellent in net, the defense held up well, while the offense finally started to show itself.

      How is 6th “a stretch” in the second week of November? Nothing is a stretch at this point.  The only people calling this team “flat out bad” are Gopher fans, hockey fans seem to think otherwise. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    • Simple stats – learn them

      So your arguement for this whole thread is that the Sioux are weak, but yet you use them as a reason to justify that the Gophers schedule isn’t week? I am a Sioux and Gophers fan as I went to both schools but honestly if you believe that sweeping the Sioux and the Bulldogs means that you are better than those teams were last season you must be out of your mind and I am wasting my time with these comments, because last time i checked UMD lost two of their top three scorers and UND lost 70% of their scoring both school replaced with freshman that are not ready to do what their predicesors did. You also say that the Sioux haven’t won since the Gophers won their back to back which is true but they did have 1997 and 2000 which is 2 and 5 years further back than the back to back of 02-03. Also how many frozen fours have the Gophers been to since the back to back 1? I believe the Sioux have been to 6, but keep living in the past. Also what is the Gophers record again UND in regionals since 2004? Oh yeah 0-3, would have been 0-4 but Holy Cross saved you from another loss. I hate to write this because I am a Gophers fan but it is the lowest common denominator fan like you that gets on my nerves, why do you rip other teams? Just cheer for yours because you are the bandwagon fan that reps when the Gophers are good and hids when they are not.

      • Mr Hockey

        The Bulldogs were not the best team last season! To say they were is idiotic, they got hot at the right time. Credit to them for doing so. I’m a Gopher fan and Michigan, CC, Notre Dame, BC & UND were all better than UMD.

        • Cole Gaines

          Really? So they beat Michigan and Notre Dame to win it and you call it a fluke! You’re an idiot.

          • Phoenixfyre1313

            any team can beat any other team in a one-game playoff.  A lucky bounce of the puck or a timely turnover can be the difference in a close game.  That doesn’t make them the better team.  Rarely does the best team win it all.  If you don’t know that, you’re the idiot!

        • gopher’s fan

          I’m a huge gopher fan and I myself cannot deny the fact that UND was the best team in the country last year. However, Duluth was a very good and they did what needed to be done to win the championship. Good for them, it was good to see one of the lower teams in the tournament make a run and win it all. I’m not saying that Duluth was bad, they were actually incredible throughout the season. Being a gopher fan looking at the teams in last year’s frozen four, I had a sick feeling of disgust in my gut that the Sioux were going to be national champions. As hard as it was to admit, they were the best last season. When Michigan beat them, because of some great work in the net, I was able to calm down a little. And of course, I cheered for Duluth while I was in Duluth staying with friends. It was good to see them get a championship. They may not have been the best team in the country but they did what was necessary to take home a national championship.

  • Hakstol’s 0 titles

    Susie fans sure talk a lot of smack for having a bad team and getting beat up & down the ice. *pats on head* Run along now, back to your insignificant wasteland while everyone else laughs at you.

  • Spanky

    The Gophers have been knows to peak to early under Lucia so lets see how they are after X-mas. That being said, after watchin UND this weekend, I think UND (finally) is going to have a below average team this year. There offense was bad and their golie is the only reason the the games where close. Its not like the Gophers have the best defensive core either, UND just looked plain bad.

  • Anonymous

    In regards to the Gopher’s opponent’s winning percentage, isn’t 11-17-4 good for a 0.406 winnng percentage?  That would put them in the middle of that pack.


    • Brian Halverson

      Thanks for catching my error there. I actually miscalculated on all of them which moved Minnesota up one spot ahead of CC. I’ve updated the post to reflect the correct information. Thanks again for pointing it out.

  • Paul

    @USCHO – “Minnesota is the new No. 1 team in the D-I men’s poll, and the surge in web traffic from that area is overwhelming.”

  • Mr Hockey

    GOPHERS #1, looks like more than just  Minnesota fans feel that way!!!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone like their crow boiled? Fried perhaps?

    We do this dance every year, the Sioux start slow, the hate-brigade marches on out of the woodwork with their cries of doom, gloom, and Gopher pride. “We’re the state of hockey!” they shout, “Hakstol doesn’t have any rings!” They continue on like this for a month or so, meanwhile Hakstol continues to work the team, develop talent, and refine their play.  Suddenly December rolls around, and Gopher Nation loses much of its voice, as the masses begin to quiet down in the face of the storied second half surge that has defined the Hakstol era.

    I’m not sure which game some of you were watching, but Ben Blood never seemed to leave the ice and was dominant in his own end.  Dell put in the sort of performance that won him the WCHA goaltending title last season, and Rocco Grimaldi made more than a few Gophers look silly.  Kristo looked solid, Parks is developing into a legitimate offensive threat, and Knight owned the faceoff circle. This team is finally starting to come into its own, and I’m going to kick back and laugh at the ignorance on display here once it does.

    • Chris

      Blood left the ice a lot, everytime he marched to the penalty box.

    • chickenstrip6

      I’ll admit that Knight owned the faceoff circle, but Ben Blood is an undisciplined goon, and although not bad, I wasn’t impressed with Kristo.  The only reason the games were close was because Dell played phenomenal; something he won’t continue to do every game.

      • Fan Man

        What could even make you think that Dell wont continue to play strong like that all year?  Thats like saying Petterson wont have another shut-out all year or that he will start to play like his predisesor Kan of Gas!!!

        • SUEH8TER


        • chickenstrip6

          thats true, dell sucked until he played the gophers.  GAA and save percentage weren’t even close to anything good, and getting swept by wisconsin? cmon, he had a good series against the gophs, and if he played that way all season, the sioux wouldn’t be as bad as they are.

    • Cgpotter

      I love how Blood goes after the guys that are 5′ 8′ and 160 lbs but wont get involved if the guy is 6 foot or larger. He is truely a goon.

  • Hobey Baker

    I just noticed in pic #65 of the slideshow that the linesman’s face is all bloody as he’s leaning in to drop the puck. One of the Sue’s tampons must have fell out and got him?

  • Vanderbiltjordan

    Long way to go.gopher should make tournythis year probably frozen four.Sioux aren’t terrible they will be around at end.they always are…



  • Rance

    it doesnt matter if blood rarely left the ice or grimaldi made several gophers look silly or whatever else ND did that folks think was terrific.  The fact is NoDak lost both games.  There are no style points or artistic exprression awards.  Score more goals than the other guys and you’re OK.  Finally, you play the teams the schedule says you play when the schedule says you play them.  Good luck to the UM in Wisconsin this weekend. 

  • Spidermonkey86

    UConn to HE is a great idea in theory only. No administrative support, no student support, no alumni support, and no arena.

    Unless the school wantsa to diverty funding from their Squeek Ball program and build a new arena up to HE standards, my gut tells me Quinipiac is HE bound 

  • Anonymous

    Missouri is Mizzou, and you are an i…..t!

  • Blisteriii

    I thought the Gophs won the national championship the way they were celebrating….. my mistake, they just swept a 15th ranked Sioux team for the first time in nearly 10 years….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBX3ZLT5XKNZDOL2YZHPVX27VI STEVEN P

    Wow,you must not be a Susan fan. Those poor folks wouldn’t know how to celebrate a national championship. Oh well,neither would their coach.

  • Mr Hockey

    Yep never see teams celebrate, it never happens in college football or basketball! The Sioux fans hvae nothing to talk about so they pick apart the Gophers. How many rings does the Hack have again as coach? crickets ..crickets.. crickets

  • Phoenixfyre1313

    really you have nothing better to complain about than excited players?   I guess that the next time North Dakota sweeps Minnesota, Wisconsin or St. Cloud at home we should all expect to see all the player on the bench and on the ice sit on their hands and look stoic about it.  How stupid!

  • Blisteriii

    They know more about national championships than the Gophs….nuff said

  • guest

    Considering the sioux won in 1980 when 5 of the top gophers players and the head coach were off winning a gold in the olympics! I’ll take that gold anyday over your ncaa title

  • Mr Hockey

    Still living in the past I see. Why don’t you start talking again when your Sue get above 500. The Gophers might have been bad the last few years but 9th place is flat out bad!!! The Sue aren’t even a TUC team! Can’t wait for the polls today!!!

  • Hobey Baker

    Not true. Gophers won in 2002 and 2003. I don’t see North Dakota on the list since then. Maybe your daddy knows more about a National Championship, ask him about it.

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty3451 Scott Welp

    Accusing Sioux fans of living in the past when you’re hanging onto a national championship won eight years ago. Does anyone else see the irony?

  • Joe

    Or BTHC. But I agree. It’s not “we’re going to cut hockey.” It’s more of a “OK, rich boosters, here’s how much we need before we accept an invite to go play with the big boys.”

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