Hockey goalies: the last line of defense, not the first

So, it seems like Brian Deutsch has joined the merry gang of knuckleheads who are far too quick to blame some of the recent Gopher hockey pratfalls on Alex Kangas. Stop a tiny black object travelling 80-plus mph, over, under, off of and through sticks and bodies. Simple. How about putting more blame on the players responsible for letting those pucks get through? For the last four years, the Minnesota Gopher menâÄôs hockey teamâÄôs defense has been an extension of the offense where points have become more valued on the blueline than preventing the other team from scoring game winners. Yes, I, too, was not thrilled with the goal Kangas let up to WisconsinâÄôs Jamie McBain on Friday night, although that was more of a flaw in current goaltending theory than just the decision making of Kangas. I would agree that Kangas has not been as dominant as last season. Last season, Kangas bailed out a defense that often did not deserve to be rescued. This season he has not been quite as successful, and instead of demanding our defense finally get its act together and help Kangas the way he has too often helped them, fans have done the opposite. Goalies are supposed to be the last line of defense, not the first. Paul Noonan University student