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11-17-2012, 10:32 PM
This is for Diehard from the other thread.
The Scapa distillery went bankrupt a few years ago and was bought by the Chivas Brothers. It's right down the street from Highland Park, in Kirkwall, where you can get tours. The Chivas Brothers make part of the production available to the public as single malt and the rest they use in their blended whisky, Chivas Regal. If you ever get to Orkney it's worth a visit.

11-17-2012, 11:05 PM
Tech looked great at times this weekend, and terrible at other times, luckily enough good to get the sweep. Its nice to be able to watch them on TV.

I was working right next door to the Chivas Regal plant last week. As for tours, my favorite was the Auchentoshan tour, but then, I have no idea what the context of the conversation is from the snippet I saw in the previous post.

The Rube
11-17-2012, 11:09 PM
If you ever get to Orkney it's worth a visit.

Orkney Skull Splitter: best wee heavy/Scotch ale I ever had. Ever.

11-17-2012, 11:35 PM
After the sweep, we're entitled to this:

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11-19-2012, 07:47 AM
Still a happy hockey camper!


11-19-2012, 09:51 AM
Mel Pearson show summary:

They reviewed the goals in the series:
Overall Jujhar made big strides since beginning of season, good to get 2 goals Friday
Genoa had an outstanding game Friday, there's one he'd like to have back, but made key saves
Game winning goal, Petan at a very shallow angle with open net, good shift by that line, they were out there by awhile, Petan puts it in
Tech 3-5 on PP, worked on PP during bye week

On Saturday:
Outshoot BSU 15-4 in 1st, we were ready to play
On Petan's disallowed goal, on highlight tape, from that angle it looks like Petan bumps the goalie, from another angle, Siego's shot hits goalie, and puck is in crease, when it's in crease, it'a anyone's puck, it's fair game
Seigo's goal, Seigo overall looked good, made fewer mistakes, as a Dman you'll always make mistakes, Kero outbattled, got loose puck, nice pass by Johnstone and nice shot by Seigo
Two diff games in 3rd, for 1st half, good solid road game, gave up a couple chances, and then Davis took a holding penalty, we got a PP after taht but didn't do much with it
In OT, we looked fresh, they looked tired, eventhough we basically only played 2 lines in OT, real good 5 min overtime
BSU not happy with OT goal, Mel has watched this goal 20 times, Jujhar's stick is no where near BSU Dman's feet, BSU guy lost his edge, great non-call, Jujhar takes the puck and passes to Blake
Good for Blake, he doesn't miss, they were on Blake all weekend
Bemidji had 8 seniors in their lineup Sat, compared to our 1 upfront and 2 on D
Genoe starting to put together a couple good games

Questions for Mel:

How many non-conference games will we have in new WCHA?
28 league games, 2 at GLI allowed 34, plus Alaska exemption, probably 6 non-conference not including, GLI.

Are you finding other schools will do 1 for 1 deals (1 trip to to their rink for 1 trip to Houghton) or 2 for 1, Mel is finding some of both.
MSU is coming here next year, Duluth is coming up here, not much to say about the other downstate MI school until contract is done. A lot of good non-conference games.

Why have we been so good in OT?
5 of 6 have been succesful, we play to win. Not sure exactly, but we do play to win.

What is difference from Friday to Saturday's PP?
That's the PP, sometimes puck bounces the right way, they just didnt' go in. We work at it. Overall like our PP, middle pack in WCHA, top half in the nation.

Did Genoe do enough to earn the #1 spot going into weekend against UMD?
Yes. He played well, earned it, hasn't had many back to back chances and he did well. It'll be an ongoing battle.

Walker Hyland played Saturday, why did he play, injury or wanted to see him?
We had one guy that didn't play well Friday, so Hyland was in Saturday, assitant coaches have said Hyland has looked good in practice, we waited for the right time to get him in. He's got good offensive instinct, needs to work on defensive side. He looked comfortable.

We have 3 NHL draft picks, how often do NHL teams call to check on them?
Some call, not all, but some call in about quarterly to check in. We do see their scouts on the road at times. There were quite a few scouts in Bemidji, Mel talked to them. Talked to them about some of our free agents, which worries Mel. Want to see guys like Kero and D. Johsntone get through 4 years at Tech. Dirk pointed out Ottawa, FL and Montreal reps were there among other NHL scouts.

Blake Hietila, how did he play, will we see more of him?
Yes, he played well, we'll see more of Hietila. He was in for Gordic, Gordic's shoulder popped out, he could've played Sat, but let him rest. We've played everyone except one guy so far this year. We've got depth and some good competition.

Recruits question, what can you tell us about signings?
We have a few in, Mel checked at 6:30 AM when they got back in town Sunday morning. They've gotten a few more but still waiting on a few, should have about 6, and will announce them all at once. Next Monday Mel will have coaches with him to talk about recruits.

WCHA standings - every night is tough in WCHA, it'll be a good fight to finish, Du maybe playing better than anyone, We've played some of the top teams. Like where we are, and we have some home games startig in a few weeks. 2 huge wins puts us back in contention for home ice.

UMD tied and lost in Grand Forks last weekend. UMD will host SCSU this weekend. We'll get a better feel for where we stand after this weekend when teams get to the same number of games played.

Guys will get 2 days off for Thanksgiving.

When you get a couple big wins, wish we could keep playing, but we'll use this week to start getting ready for UMD.

11-19-2012, 03:25 PM
What is up with those Bemidji uniforms from Saturday night? And aren't we on to Movember now. I think BCA wear pink month was October but nobody told this guy. I guess BSU just wants to be like Mankato, or the NY Rangers. Or maybe they are the Iron Rangers? Must be a MN jersey thing. At least the BSU version doesn't make me gag with the color combination.
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11-19-2012, 03:37 PM
What does Tech have in common with both Michigan and Michigan State?
4 wins and 6 losses.
(I hope Blake doesn't make World Juniors).

11-19-2012, 03:58 PM
What does Tech have in common with both Michigan and Michigan State?
4 wins and 6 losses.
(I hope Blake doesn't make World Juniors).

As much as I want to see a Tech player at Juniors... Man do I want a GLI banner.

11-19-2012, 06:53 PM
I was impressed with Walker Hyland's play last weekend. I hope he gets more ice time, because I think he deserves it. Play him over Davis,

11-19-2012, 07:44 PM
I was impressed with Walker Hyland's play last weekend. I hope he gets more ice time, because I think he deserves it. Play him over Davis,
Was Davis bad? also, I'm pretty sure Blake P will go to world juniors, and next year I think juhar will go for the canadians. It's a loss but you have to remember most likely Michigan will lose someone as well. Maybe that big defenseman.

Shirtless Guy
11-19-2012, 08:02 PM
It would be pretty amazing for Michigan tech to losing a Canadian to world jrs.

Flashy Man
11-20-2012, 08:44 AM
Was Davis bad?

His penalty was rather unnecessary on Saturday. The puck was moving out of the zone, when he held a Bemidji player. But, I would say Fillion might be weaker this season.

11-20-2012, 07:54 PM
JJ : WCHA rookie of the Week!

The Troll mtu86
11-22-2012, 09:40 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

11-24-2012, 05:05 PM
I hate bye weeks, makes everything more boring.

11-24-2012, 06:30 PM
I missed this week's DMG article (http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/527706/Bemidji-wins-were-a-must-Inside-the-Huskies.html?nav=5062) until now. Sounds like Pearson breathed a lot easier this week. :)

"I don't think I can really say enough how important it really is. You don't even think about what the alternative was. We needed those wins," he said. "We didn't talk about that a lot as a team, how bad we needed it or where we were in the standings or anything like that. We talked about the preparation and the things we needed to do to be successful - but without a doubt it was a huge weekend."


But, strangely enough, you know what it wasn't? A huge difference on the ice from the Nebraska-Omaha series.

"I don't think a lot other than the critical saves at key times, and our special teams played better," Pearson said. "I thought we competed against Omaha well. They found a way to win and we didn't, and in Bemidji we did. That's why I tried to explain we were playing well."

But that message resonates a lot clearer after consecutive wins than five straight losses.

"I was really happy and proud and pleased to see how our true character showed up and how we worked and stayed with it," Pearson said. "They're buying in and to get rewarded is huge, too. If you don't you start second-guessing things, but I think it was critical we found a way to win those games."

11-24-2012, 07:00 PM
I hate bye weeks, makes everything more boring.

Welcome to my world. UAA has had two already!! Arg!!

11-24-2012, 07:12 PM
I don't mind the byes. Still plenty of hockey to watch, with much less stress. I'm flipping between the Minnesota-Vermont game and the BSU-UAA game right now. Later I'm going to have to check out that Notre Dame-USC foosball game.

11-24-2012, 07:16 PM
I'm actually happy to get some knocked out this month. We've got seven games between now and Christmas. It's worse if you've got two bye weekends down in the stretch in February and March, IMHO. Thankfully, our only off weekend after January is Feb. 22/23.