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Mike Rane
11-25-2012, 04:31 PM
Was looking to make the trip up there for the UND series. Couple things: Do games sell out? I don't wanna buy tix ahead of time due to the possibility of weather/lake effect snow. Also, where do the visiting fans sit?

FadeToBlack&Gold
11-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Was looking to make the trip up there for the UND series. Couple things: Do games sell out? I don't wanna buy tix ahead of time due to the possibility of weather/lake effect snow. Also, where do the visiting fans sit?

Not usually, and for that weekend (the first of Tech's Christmas break), definitely not. Visitors usually sit in Sections F, G, and H, which is the end at which UND will shoot for Periods 1 & 3.

Flashy Man
11-26-2012, 11:05 AM
Anybody catch the Mel Pearson show?

mtu_huskies
11-26-2012, 11:59 AM
Does anyone know if Reid Sturos has signed a LOI?



Mel Pearson show summary for 11-26, Mel was on the phone:

Good Holiday with Family, had some good practices too in last couple of days
Worked on PP and special teams, diff line combos and Dman pairings
Wanted to keep game sharp, forecheck and defensive zone coverage, we used our time very well this last week

Dirk asked Mel to touch on guys that have been in and out of lineup, Gordic and Hietila etc:
Milos banged up a little, but he's fine, been practicing
Hietila has been in, done a nice job, we have some depth and are okay with plugging guys in that havne't played as much
Holmberg has looked good in practice
Hyland played on Saturday, got thrown in 9 games into season, Muckalt had him playing in OT, defensively played well, offensive instincts realy good on Sat in Bemidji. He's older Freshmen, little more comfortable putting him, but still have to see him play at this level.
D. Sova - will have X-ray on Thursday, hopefully could start practicing a week from today, broken wrist is in a spot that doesn't heal very fast, maybe WI, but UND may be more realistic, has been skating everyday

Mel touched on recruits that signed LOIs during early signing period:
Early signing period is 2nd Wed of Nov, other signing period is in April
Sent out 8 LOIs, kids can defer if they don't feel ready to commit for Fall, got 8 LOIs back, not sure if all 8 will come in this fall
Had 3 Dmen, 5 Forwards - will also look for 3rd Goalie to replace Genoe
We've also had kids verbal that for whatever reason can't sign LOI and will wait until April period

Recruits - Dmen:
Mark Evan Auk - Port Huron of NAHL, offensive Dman, can come in play PP/special teams, first year of NAHL, has offers to finish season in USHL, not sure if he will stay in NAHL, needs to decide that with his family

Marcus Ericsson - USHL, mobile Dman from Sweden, strong kid, skates well, plays with edge, projected as a real solid top 4 Dman on our team

Chris Leibringer - from Saginaw, in USHL, smaller 5'10", 185 lbs, works hard, talented, will help on PP, may lead Muskegon in Pts and +/- right now

Dirk commented a good mix of Dman types, all three skate well and coudl play on PP
Mark might be the guy that needs another year, younger, only a senior in HS, will get stronger
But they all have things you can't teach, offensive instincts and skating

Recruits-Forwards:
Tyler Heinonen - been a verbal for awhile, Delano HS, in USHL, slow start last year, but 2nd half last year picked it up, 20 goals as rookie in USHL is good, good start this year, leading Muskegon in scoring, he'll add offense, good size, gets around sheet well, can get quicker, he likes to score, shoots to score, likely be top shot guy, doesn't pass up shots

Jake Jackson - Tartan HS - watched him in Elite league this fall, excited about him, can really skate, outstanding speed, plays hard, nice touch around net, he'll be a scorer, candidate for Mr. Hockey, we'll see how his season goes, could be next fall, most kids need a year of Juniors, he'll have to sit down after season

Joel L'Esperance - Brighton, MI - USHL, big/strong kid, offensive instinct, slow start this year, young 1995 birthday, he's finding his way in USHL, a lot of upside/potential, he can add size/power forward, good instinct, Mel's told he's missing the net a lot right now, once he gets comfortable he'll put up numbers. Joel was invited to select festival last summer, had a good summer there. Real excited for him to get here.

Mike Neville - Woodbridge, Ontario, Mel's had success recruiting in Woodbridge, plays for St. Mike, strong Ontario Junior HL, captain of Hockey East for World Junior A hky tourney, good leader, doesn't put up a lot of numbers, strong skater, creates turnovers, he can finish, will add a role player that we need. Dirk - "Who is he similar to?" Maybe like a Rix, not as good skater as Rix, but more polished offensively than Rix.

Dylan Steman - Maple Grove HS, now in USHL, good start, Whitten just saw him this weekend, played outstanding, good speed/motor, he'll play a lot of situations, add offense, good 2 way player/athlete, will be good solid all around player Has a good chance to be here next year, but will see how things go this year.

Will revist all guys and end of season and want all guys to be over ready when they get here, to contribute.

Dirk - "What's goalie situation, when we have 2 scholarship guys already?"
Still early, we know we need another, we'll watch Jamie and Copley, in no rush, not going to verbal anyone in next few weeks. We have a list of kids, some scholarship, and some that wouldn't be. There's not much difference, have seen kids like Hunwick at MI that was brought in on no money. We want the best goalie we can get for the situation, weather it's on scholarship or not. Both Jamie and Pheonix will be good/solid they need time to develop.



They reviwed the WCHA & non-conf results from last weekend


Questions for Mel:

WI has gone to a trap, can it be succesful for them with the big ice sheet?
Yes it can be, they have more of a 1-1-3 forechecking system. It's been around a little bit, they're trying to always have 3 guys back and let 2 guys forecheck. When they're not scoring goals and they're behind, tough to come back from.


On Friday night against Minnesota tech was skating out of the zone pretty well, on Saturday we were more chipping it out of the zoen and dumping the puck in the zone, is this becuase of Tech or Minnesota forced Tech to do it.
Some of both, they didn't give our guys much time and out guys had to chip it up and let the Forwards make plays.


Walker Hyland, will he continue to be in the lineup?
He had a real good game, he's earned himself another look, yes should crack thie lineup this weekend.
Other Forwards, would like to get Holmberg in sometime, Likteigh hasn't played much, but has shown his speed in practice. A. Pietila showed he can play agsint UNO, we have depth but can only dress 18 skaters. Tommy Brown has continued to look good, has not said anythign about not playing, he competes and skates so well, would like to get him in as well at defense.


On UMD Series:
They're a scary team, they know how to play, have a lot of speed and grit.
Still trying to find identity after losing scoring from last year.
They're trying to find a goalie kind of like us.
Two important home games.
We have 7 games left until xmas break, would like to make a strong push.
Bergmen on D, good player, high hockey IQ.



Need to get Furne, J. Johnstone & Gordic scoring.
Goalie this week is up in the air, has a good idea but doesn't want to say yet.
But then Mel did say Genoe has played strong and has earned another start (sounded like it's Genoe). Hope he can take the ball and run like Robinson last year. All goalies improving, Jamie has made big strides, want to get him in a game soon, COpley has worked on a few thing with Steve, goaltending will be a strong point down the road.



Blue Line Luncheon will be on Friday, noon, Continental Fire Company. Suggest anyone in downtown area to walk over and talk a little hockey.

Mel will be there with an assitant. They will talk about recruits and answer any questions.

Mel's final note:
Paul Kirtu(sp?) has been a big supporter of Michigan Tech hockey, his brother passed away this past weekend unexpectedly. They both traveled all over to watch MTU hockey for years. Paul and Peter were up for Hall of Fame weekend. Condolences to Paul Kirtu.

manurespreader
11-26-2012, 12:10 PM
Anybody catch the Mel Pearson show?

yes, good quotes about our signees.This took about 2/3 of the show. Mentioned all 8 by name and gave a synopsis of them. I think he is very high on Jackson, and a couple more. He said it's yet to be determined how many will be in Houghton next year but it sounded like he expects most of them though a couple are on the bubble. Said he wanted them to be over ready and to be able to contribute right away rather than having to develop in order to just play.
Said he thought UMD was a quality opponent that was still getting things worked out with losing all their guys, and that as they do they will be better. He said he expected some very entertaining games this week. He was asked who would start in goal and didn't give a definitive answer, but I'm guessing Genoe. he did say all the goalies have gotten much better recently. He also said they were looking for a goalie to replace Genoe and come in as a number three guy for next year. they are not in a hurry to sign one but have their eyes on several.

Dirk talked about some games last week specifically the Wisconsin series, and he said they have been hurt by circumstances and he expected them to improve. He said they are also getting used to a new fore-check system, a 1-1-3.

He was asked if Hyland would play again this week and I believe he said yes, sova being another couple of weeks out. He also said that Brown, Licktieg and Heitila have done well in practice and will get in soon. He said they got a lot done on some areas that needed practice during the bye week, and mentioned how he hopes they make a push between now and christmas as they have a lot of league games coming up. I hope that too, it critical if you ask me, to get back to 500 before the GLI, if we want a chance to be in the mix come march.

also from my perspective, Mankato is way better than people are giving them credit for, and I wonder if they still play the trap or if that is gone with jutting. One thing seems certain though, you better bring your A game every night in this league if you want to win.

Maybe I shouldn't be, but I'm surprised with st cloud being as good as they are. I was also surprised with the beating Michigan took in nyc this last week.

Shirtless Guy
11-26-2012, 01:30 PM
It's Paul Kerttu, and he and his brother are/were great guys. Talked to them on many occasions about Tech Hockey. As for the recruits, Reid Sturos has not signed an NLI. Should be interesting to see how that shakes out. As for the other 8 mentioned, my guess is 2 of the defenseman and 3 of the forwards come in next year with the rest getting deferred a year.

aparch
11-26-2012, 02:37 PM
I was also surprised with the beating Michigan took in nyc this last week.
Michigan is beatable. Maybe it has something to do with Mel leaving; this just isn't the typical Michigan teams of years past.

But, there is still the stigma of Michigan being a B1G team and "all they do is win." They also step up the goon factor when they get frustrated.

FadeToBlack&Gold
11-26-2012, 03:00 PM
They also step up the goon factor when they get frustrated.

Every team does that when the losses start piling up. :p

I'm guessing the early departures and never-shows have finally caught up with them a bit. They have to start freshmen goalies for the first time in awhile after Hunwick stepped up to bail them out of some close games for a couple of seasons. So far it's looking like they're going to have the season Notre Dame did last year, but I'd never put it past Red to turn a potential dud into a tourney team by the end of the season.

But, let's get back to the business of beating Duluth this weekend.

bigblue_dl
11-26-2012, 03:32 PM
Why are we talking about the Ugly Helmets? Who gives a flying **** about their ****ty *** team?

JohnsonsJerseys
11-26-2012, 03:53 PM
Pretty excited about my latest addition and wanted to share so here goes...

Recently added this to our historical collection and I am pleased to share it here so that all fans of the Huskies may enjoy it. It is a ring from the 1964-65 national championship team. More than a decade went into tracking this down and trying to obtain it, but it was worth the effort to preserve this great piece of Michigan Tech Hockey history. (There was also a plaque originally with the ring, but the search goes on for that item.)
Go Tech! Go Huskies!
Ryan J

Click on the image to view the full sized version in a new window.
<a target=_blank href="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu00_65ring.jpg"><img width=800 src="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu00_65ring.jpg"></a>

manurespreader
11-26-2012, 05:09 PM
Pretty excited about my latest addition and wanted to share so here goes...

Recently added this to our historical collection and I am pleased to share it here so that all fans of the Huskies may enjoy it. It is a ring from the 1964-65 national championship team. More than a decade went into tracking this down and trying to obtain it, but it was worth the effort to preserve this great piece of Michigan Tech Hockey history. (There was also a plaque originally with the ring, but the search goes on for that item.)
Go Tech! Go Huskies!
Ryan J

Click on the image to view the full sized version in a new window.
<a target=_blank href="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu00_65ring.jpg"><img width=800 src="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu00_65ring.jpg"></a>

That is awesome.!!!

I'm hopeful about this weekend, but not super confident. I assume a ton of Duluth fans will show up and the rink will be full. I'm sure they are anxious to get back at it.

Biddco
11-26-2012, 05:17 PM
That is awesome.!!!

I'm hopeful about this weekend, but not super confident. I assume a ton of Duluth fans will show up and the rink will be full. I'm sure they are anxious to get back at it.

UMD has a fan bus going. You should be confident. We cannot score.

JohnsonsJerseys
11-26-2012, 05:21 PM
You should be confident. We cannot score.
Rivers don't rise until the spring. No need to sandbag now...
... Unless you're in Grand Forks. I don't know why they even take them down.
;)
Ryan J

Biddco
11-26-2012, 05:58 PM
Rivers don't rise until the spring. No need to sandbag now...
... Unless you're in Grand Forks. I don't know why they even take them down.
;)
Ryan J
Well we are 1-6-2 in our last nine...

JohnsonsJerseys
11-26-2012, 06:40 PM
Well we are 1-6-2 in our last nine...
That's usually when Tech would tradationally beat the #1 ranked team in the country.
Beware of sleeping (Bull)dogs.
Ryan J

Biddco
11-26-2012, 09:13 PM
That's usually when Tech would tradationally beat the #1 ranked team in the country.
Beware of sleeping (Bull)dogs.
Ryan JTo my knowledge UMD doesn't do that sort of thing.

bigblue_dl
11-27-2012, 07:58 AM
To my knowledge UMD doesn't do that sort of thing.Luckily for you, tech is far from being the #1 team in the country.

eye4talent
11-27-2012, 08:42 AM
Does anyone know if Reid Sturos has signed a LOI?


I wouldn't sign either if they rescinded my offer.

FadeToBlack&Gold
11-27-2012, 09:06 AM
Yeah, it's likely Sturos is not coming to Tech at this point. They've recruited so many of "their" forwards that I don't see room for a Russell recruit who took three years to crack the lineup in a Tier I Jr. league. Most likely he's been told that he can come, but would have to walk-on and earn the scholarship money Russell promised him. So he's holding out for another offer now.

Classic "over-recruiting" scenario that happens quite often in college sports during a new coach's first couple of years.

bigblue_dl
11-27-2012, 09:11 AM
Yeah, it's likely Sturos is not coming to Tech at this point. They've recruited so many of "their" forwards that I don't see room for a Russell recruit who took three years to crack the lineup in a Tier I Jr. league. Most likely he's been told that he can come, but would have to walk-on and earn the scholarship money Russell promised him. So he's holding out for another offer now.

Classic "over-recruiting" scenario that happens quite often in college sports during a new coach's first couple of years.He'll be Atlantic Hockey bound.