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bose301s
11-30-2012, 10:24 PM
People keep blaming this on the refs, how about the fact that we dug ourselves a 4-0 hole in the first 9 minutes of the game. We can't do anything about the refs but we can so something about coming out and playing like a limp noodle, I still put more blame on the way we started the game than on the refs for this loss.

bose301s
11-30-2012, 10:25 PM
goaltending. never saw that problem coming.Also defense, those 2 are the key right now.

FadeToBlack&Gold
11-30-2012, 10:42 PM
People keep blaming this on the refs, how about the fact that we dug ourselves a 4-0 hole in the first 9 minutes of the game.

"That's what's great about sports...this is what the greatest thing about sports is...you play to win the game........Hello?!...You Play. To Win. The Game...you don't play to just play it!...that's the great thing about sports!"

Their lack of games last weekend compared to Duluth, and lack of intensity, showed. In brutal fashion.

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-01-2012, 08:56 PM
It's becoming increasingly clear that after last year's overachievement, we've put expectations for this year's team too high.

manurespreader
12-01-2012, 08:58 PM
Watching the game tonight holmberg was fair. I thought Gordic was not that great, and the third defensive pairing was not very good either.

Our top guys need to stay out of the box and we need to be better on special teams. Duluth had a lot more movement than we did. Late in the game we were better. We were unable to roll four lines because we were in the box so much.

Big game tuesday!

mtu_huskies
12-01-2012, 08:59 PM
I only got home in time for OT, rought weekend to only get 1 point

Mel's postgame thoughts:
There's a good tie and not a good tie, this is classified as a good tie
Down 4-2 a lot of teams pack it in, they showed their resiliency these last two night
It's tough on the coach, Mel's aging quickly
Our PK was our achiles heal
On our penalties: we have depth but didn't get to is it due to special teams
Have to cut down on neutral zone penalties
We sat Eick and Pietila tonight who kill penalties, we missed it, but have to put others in those situations
Genoe made some good saves in 2nd when things could've gotten out of hand, he battled, we need to give him more help
Seigo goal, huge goal, drew up play, and it went mostly to plan, nice wrist shot
Ref didn't realize we pulled the goalie and blew the play dead with skaters on the ice, ref apologized after the game
1-4 on PP, we had good chances, had good movement and control, need to continue to work on
Quick turnaround against NMU, tryign to get a lot of people involved with upcoming games

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-01-2012, 09:04 PM
We have to beat NMU going into next weekend's roadtrip to Madison. Northern's coming back from a tough weekend in Kalamazoo on short notice.

redwing61
12-02-2012, 07:45 AM
Evan Anderson has been tearing it up since he was traded from Penticton (where he had 3 assists in 18 games) to Salmon Arm. He has 6 goals and 6 assists in 10 games since joining the Silverbacks...including an overtime goal last night against Penticton, naturally. It will be interesting to see whether he can maintain this scoring pace the rest of the season.

Huskiefan906
12-02-2012, 03:01 PM
Will Phillips start at NMU. Mel said we are going there to play to win.
I expect to see Lickteig on the big sheet.

UpNorthHockey
12-03-2012, 10:27 AM
It's becoming increasingly clear that after last year's overachievement, we've put expectations for this year's team too high.

Very true. Also shows what a big role Robinson, Olson and Baker played. However, we played a tough early stretch and we still have a lot of potential. We've seen that Copley can play a great game and if the Juniors start scoring like they did last year, we could still pull out a season similar to last year.

eye4talent
12-03-2012, 11:26 AM
Will Phillips start at NMU. Mel said we are going there to play to win.
I expect to see Lickteig on the big sheet.

i sure hope you're going there to win Mel. last year Northern kicked Tech's *** all over the rink. beat them to every loose puck and physicially dominated Tech.

manurespreader
12-03-2012, 04:46 PM
I doubt that we will get kicked all over the rink like last year. More likely it will be a very close game with lots of penalties. I do agree though, a number of line up changes.
I really didn't like the way duluth played this week and I hope we get into a different type of game than that. I guess we'll see.

I also thought Sandelin was really not interested in that interview saturday night. Wasn't the classiest thing in the world. I'd be really po'ed if I was the writers in that one.

Biddco
12-03-2012, 07:34 PM
I doubt that we will get kicked all over the rink like last year. More likely it will be a very close game with lots of penalties. I do agree though, a number of line up changes.
I really didn't like the way duluth played this week and I hope we get into a different type of game than that. I guess we'll see.

I also thought Sandelin was really not interested in that interview saturday night. Wasn't the classiest thing in the world. I'd be really po'ed if I was the writers in that one.what kind of game did you not like UMD playing? What about Sandy?

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-03-2012, 09:48 PM
I also thought Sandelin was really not interested in that interview saturday night. Wasn't the classiest thing in the world. I'd be really po'ed if I was the writers in that one.

UMD may have been heading right back to Duluth after the Saturday game. If so, I can't blame the guy too much for trying to cut any postgame chats short, especially when his team blew a lead.

Biddco
12-04-2012, 06:49 AM
UMD may have been heading right back to Duluth after the Saturday game. If so, I can't blame the guy too much for trying to cut any postgame chats short, especially when his team blew a lead.

They did head home after the game. As almost all teams do.

mtu_huskies
12-04-2012, 09:21 AM
I was going to post that the prelim US World Juniors roster would be announced this morning. I see it's already been anounced and Blake Pietila is on it.


i sure hope you're going there to win Mel. last year Northern kicked Tech's *** all over the rink. beat them to every loose puck and physicially dominated Tech. I think that was the game Mel regrets because he let some players head straight home after the game and they may have mentally already been on the holiday break.


Mel Pearson show summary from 12/3:
On Friday night:
Bad start, concered about that because of 2 games in 3 weeks,
A couple bad bounces on 1st goal, they jumped us on 2nd goal, 3rd goal unacceptable, can't give that goal up

Dirk wanted to touch on Genoe:
If he's having trouble handling the puck, why keep handling it? One 3rd goal, he made the right read to play the puck, UMD would've been first to the puck, on taht one should always go forward because he's so far towards the blue line, going back, bad things can happen

The last few weeks we've gotten down early, after weeks off. This week on Friday he had a special mtg right when guys got to the rink, to stree urgency, it didn't work.
It's not like we weren't ready, a few bounces and we were down 3-0
Dirk pointed out Mel was very concerned about a slow start Friday, talked abotu it off-air, blue luncheon, pregame interview etc, tried diff things leading up to the game and on gameday
UMD came in dealing with adversity, anytime you give them a spark, that spark carried through all weekend, disapointed we opened that door early on Friday
Remember they're 2 years removed from a championship, we're 2 years removed from winning 4 games, can still see small glimmers of that on both sides
Not much between two teams, a testament of how far we've come
Our depth was better than theirs, but we took too many penalties to use it, bad offensive zone penalties
Some calls were ticky tack, all the penalties took us out of our game
Good goal by Kero, right before that we were in danger of being down 5-0 but Genoe made a great save, this made it 1-4
Hietila goal, good quick shot
D. Johnstone goal makes it 3-4, he's played extremely well, simplified things and played more honest game, north-south, he's skating well and all in to the game,
We took over the play, generated chances, on the PP, but then we get a penalty
Mel questioned that call, their bench had a big say in that, they called a slash, tough call, and the way we couldn't kill a penalty, big call
Score looks worse than the game was, half way through 3rd, we had most of the momentum, and then a coupld calls went against us
Mel called supervisor, should've have been called, not a chippy game, they shouldn't have been called, that's reffing, we have to kill penalties, we didn't
0-5 on PP, lot of good things, Petan great chance when games was 4-3, Petan handles the puck, gave the gaolie just enough time to get over


On Saturday games:
Austin Farley for UMD had big weekend, very good for freshmen for UMD, we tried to recruit him out of Chicago, but UMD had been on him for a few years already
D. Johnstone gets Tech's first goal, didn't handle the puck, quick shot, huge goal, real tight game on Saturday, not much space, lot of checking
JJ gets the PP goal, great play by Petan, they've got some great chemistry
Our best period was 3rd, but everytime we took a penalty had no confidence, just tryign to hold on
Jujhars penalties- not upset with him at all, yes, he has to learn, but he's playign so hard, maybe a little over agressive, a coupl week ones, talked about one with him that he can't do
JJ had 8 min in box on Friday (served 2 many men), 1 on Saturday
Blake Pietila took some tough penalties this weekend, blake has to realize when he has to let up a little bit too, he's strong and in the corner, someone may go down, told refs don't call penalties because one guy is stronger
Pietila gets the next goal, talked alot about getting the puck to the net, good things will happen, Petan got it to the net, Blake puts it in
We pull goalie, they call too many men accidently, turned out it didn't matter, but Mel's seen it happen, ref went straight to the penalty box, he said he's never done that and apologized
Seigo ties the game with 50 seconds left, good patience, nice low stick side shot
This felt like a good tie


Questions for Mel:

With 1/3 of the season done, where is the team compared to what you thought?
About where he thought we'd be, maybe thought we'd have a few more wins. Knew goaltending could be an issue, thought defense would be better as a group. Overall, happy, not ecstatic. Keep in mind big picture of where this program is going. We're in teh thick of things, looking at 2nd half could make some hay.

What areas has the team improved the most on?
Our offense, we were ranked 18th/19th, good after loosing McLeod, Baker, Olson. Younger players have stepped in. Genoe has emerged a little, had some inconsistencies.

One area we need to be better at?
Defensively, last year GAA under 3. This year up in that category, combination of PK, defense and goaltending. Can't give up this many goals.

Will we practice today (Monday)?
Yes, we were spent on Saturday, can see it in locker room, haven't seen that this year. Concernead about energy. Light skate today, nice sweat, this NMU game looked great on the schedule this summer, but with two big games at UW coming up, want enough energy.


How do you coach players when refs don't call penalties consistently?
Will deal with adversity. Have to overcome that and deal with that. Mel has to watch himself, doesn't want himself to lose control and team to follow suit and get more woried abour reffing than playign the game.


How do you decide Dman pairing?
Watch practice, who looks good with each other. Want a pair who can be real good defensively. All 3 coaches, especially Whitten give input.


Any NMU memories as player? Last game Mel played against them, was a 3rd place NCAA tourney game at DECC in Duluth. We beat NMU, Mel's last game as player at Tech.


NMU Tuesday night, they play well at home. They've had a tought schedule, dealing with a few injuries. Their goalie has played well, gives them a chance every night.
Walt does a good job, always has his team ready to play. Our first game of year on Olympic sheet, different game on there. They doe a nice job on PK, pack it in and play a tight box.


On Badgers:
Great college hockey town. UW storied program, big setting. They had a good weekend against DU, got a few players back. They've played a lot better than their record. They'll present a different challenge. Wont give up much defensively. Both goaltenders playing well.
Two big games, we're tied with them in standings.

Huge games next 2 weeks, NMU, UW, UND. Need to find a way to go 4-1. If we do what we need to do, need better goaltending & PK.

aparch
12-04-2012, 11:54 AM
...NMU Tuesday night, they play well at home. ... They do a nice job on PK, pack it in and play a tight box.*Whew* Glad Mel has been looking at last year's game tape and doesn't have any footage of NMU from this season. We're currently 52nd in the nation for Penalty Kill at 76.1%. Only related teams worse are Alaska Anchorage at 54th (75.5), Bowling Green at 55th (75.4), Colorado College, 56th (75.0), and well, you guys at 58th (74.1%).

A far cry from where our PK was last season where it finished Nationally at 5th best with a kill rate of 86%.

geezer
12-04-2012, 12:01 PM
you guys at 58th (74.1%).

defense and goaltending have been disappointing for Tech so far. Look for freshman Jamie Phillips to get his first start tonight and some bench players to step in for significant minutes ahead of the WI series. Looking for high energy from those guys who want to earn more ice time.
Gazette preview (https://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/527877/Northern-not-focus-of--weird--week-Inside-the-Huskies.html?nav=5062)

mtu_huskies
12-04-2012, 01:08 PM
Yeah, plenty of stuff in the Gazette article.

- Aaron Pietila and Tommy Brown will likely play tonight
- Jamie Phillips likely in net
- Sova's wrist not healing as fast, likely out until Christmas
- Hyland likely play with Brown, Fillion is battling back problems

eye4talent
12-04-2012, 04:51 PM
I was going to post that the prelim US World Juniors roster would be announced this morning. I see it's already been anounced and Blake Pietila is on it.




write up on the preliminary roster.

http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2012/12/04/u-s-national-junior-team-preliminary-roster-forwards/#more-5482

Blake Pietila LW Michigan Tech He might be a first-line winger for the Huskies, but on the junior team, hell be expected to crash and bang on the fourth line. I dont know that there is anyone among the left wings that has the same defensive capabilities as Pietila. He is terrific on the forecheck and along the boards. Pietila has a great compete level which is why I think hes a near lock for inclusion on the final roster. You need guys that do some of the dirty work to win at this tournament and Pietila has proven in the past he can do just that. As an added bonus, hes scored eight goals this year as a sophomore, so hes not inept offensively. New Jersey Devils