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Biddco
02-07-2013, 01:18 PM
And he's a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award, does anyone know how many
Finalists there is?Nice inside information! He is a candidate for Mr. Hockey.

bigblue_dl
02-07-2013, 03:26 PM
He's had a good run, but now is the time when he'll get hit by the Besse steamroller. :p
I see no way how Besse doesn't win Mr. Hockey. And that is partially because of the Championship game last year, which shouldn't count, but I guarantee that a 5 goal Championship Game performance isn't going to be far from the voters' minds.

Shirtless Guy
02-07-2013, 03:38 PM
He's had a good run, but now is the time when he'll get hit by the Besse steamroller. :p
I see no way how Besse doesn't win Mr. Hockey. And that is partially because of the Championship game last year, which shouldn't count, but I guarantee that a 5 goal Championship Game performance isn't going to be far from the voters' minds.I don't think there is much doubt that Jackson is not the favorite to win but to have a finalist is pretty impressive, not to mention get a commitment from a MNHS player that made central scouting.

huskyfan
02-07-2013, 07:40 PM
am I confused? I thought the John Scott / Ryan Hale fight took place under Sertich. the one that took place after the final whistle. Hale pushed Scott and Scott went after him. blood on the ice, Hale's face was a mess, the whole deal. the reason I remember, is Sertich said they counted the punches and Scott had landed 11, Hale 0.
or was there another fight with Hale?

manurespreader
02-07-2013, 07:44 PM
You know not to bypass HF's post, but the number one story of this years team is Michael Licktieg if you ask me. Very happy to see him doing so well.

Shirtless Guy
02-07-2013, 11:06 PM
So I went to the St Thomas vs Tartan game tonight to see Jake Jackson play. STA is probably the best team in the state but Jackson was the best player on the ice tonight, He Singlehandedly was the reason for 2 of Tartan's 4 goals and assisted on another. I can see why he made Central Scouting and is a finalist for Mr Hockey. His game reminds me a lot of Petan. Very impressed with him tonight. Oh, Tsrtan managed to play STA to a 4-4 tie after trailing 3-1.

MinnesotaNorthStar
02-07-2013, 11:15 PM
am I confused? I thought the John Scott / Ryan Hale fight took place under Sertich. the one that took place after the final whistle. Hale pushed Scott and Scott went after him. blood on the ice, Hale's face was a mess, the whole deal. the reason I remember, is Sertich said they counted the punches and Scott had landed 11, Hale 0.
or was there another fight with Hale?There was only one Scott/Hale fight, that I remember. The way Tim described it on the radio was that Ryan Hale pretty much got demolished.

bigblue_dl
02-08-2013, 12:08 AM
There was only one Scott/Hale fight, that I remember. The way Tim described it on the radio was that Ryan Hale pretty much got demolished.It was during my freshman year, I believe. I know it was under Russell, because i saw that fight live, and Russell's first year was my freshman year.

Was with Shirtless at the HS game tonight. Jake Jackson is pretty good at hockey. I have tasked Shirtless with finding a replay of his goal, its worth sharing.

bigblue_dl
02-08-2013, 10:42 AM
http://www.meridix.com/mbp/hockey/index.php?liveid=msbnchannel1&recordid=36527

I suggest watching at 69:10, and at 130:25(stick with it through the next faceoff), #21 is Jake Jackson and this is against possibly the best team in the State

Shirtless Guy
02-08-2013, 10:51 AM
http://www.meridix.com/mbp/hockey/index.php?liveid=msbnchannel1&recordid=36527

I suggest watching at 69:10, and at 130:25(stick with it through the next faceoff), #21 is Jake Jackson and this is against possibly the best team in the Statefound the PPA that starts at about 37:50, sweet move by Jackson to setup the first Tartan goal.

mtu_huskies
02-08-2013, 04:23 PM
Check out the In the crease episode if you haven't, Likteig and Gould do a tour of Winter Carnival statues and interview people

Notes from Stephen Anderson on twitter:
Whitten was at Blue Line luncheon because Mel was doing a noon-pre game skate, little different routine with no classes
Mel's 54th birthday is today

Lines as posted by Stephen Anderson:
Furne-J. Johnstone-Gordic
B. Pietila-Kero-Lickteig
D. Johnstone-Khaira-Petan
Eick-Rix-A. Pietila

Seigo-Sweeney
Fillion-Sova
Stebner-Nielsen

mtu_huskies
02-08-2013, 09:42 PM
Just brutal loss

Mel's postgame thoughts:
Tough loss
Got off to a real good start, good start to 2nd, had 2 goal lead in 3rd, worst lead in hockey
We didn't score on chances, we had chances to put them away but didn't
Gave up a couple bad goals at the end
Real tough loss, we have to learn to play with the lead, what we need to do to be successful
Gundersen the difference in the game, came in played well
Talked a lot about defense this week, guys were cheating too much, we were on the wrong side of the puck
Have to bounce back tomorrow
Had good pressure on last PK of night, they got 3x1 in front of the net
Good PP, good shots/screens
UAA battled back last week against CC, they did it again tonight
Copley- part of being a freshmen, can't get too high when it's good, can't get too low either, need to continue to grow
We let this one slip away, have to come back tomorrow

FadeToBlack&Gold
02-08-2013, 09:46 PM
After that choke, I almost wish this team would finish last, for the embarrassment of it.

manurespreader
02-08-2013, 09:49 PM
I think they ought to not show up tomorrow and just forfeit. I mean why bother.

Thecalkid
02-08-2013, 09:53 PM
I think they ought to not show up tomorrow and just forfeit. I mean why bother.

Yaaaaaaaa what he says

mtu_huskies
02-09-2013, 07:42 PM
Tech 6 UAA 1

Mel's postgame thoughts:
Really happy for players, it was heart breaking last night, bounced back well
Good 1st period, we were ready to play
Best players played well, but role playes played well, great to see Eick get a goal
Blake and Tanner, JJ all played well even though not on score sheet as much
copley, good bounce back game after a tough couple goals last night
Copley made a copule subtle saves that kept us up, good overall performance
Need that every night, excited to move on for Northern on Tuesday
Lot of odd man rushes tonight, still not scoring on our best chances, Blake hit the post, a little snakebitten right now
Would like to see secondary scoring, good to have Milos producing, that junior line is coming on
Furne played hard, moving his feet, playing stronger, couple good shots
Jamie Phillips got some playing time, he's worked hard in practice, hasn't had much of an opportunity, have confidence in him, he'll be good
he looked good in there
Light skate on Monday, will look at lineup to get some guys into the game with so many games in 9 days
Great crowds, a lot of goals, thanks to the community for support

bigblue_dl
02-09-2013, 09:59 PM
I don't care if they won the total goal series, if they can't sweep UAA, they shouldn't get the **** trophy.

Thecalkid
02-09-2013, 10:27 PM
What are the expectations now? Where do yous see us finishing now?

manurespreader
02-10-2013, 09:29 AM
What are the expectations now? Where do yous see us finishing now?
It might be that flashy was right, That loss helped them play better going forward. Still those points would have put us 1 point out of 9th and 2 out of 8th. so looking at the schedules of the various teams it's not out of the realm of possibility to see us 8th and going to Denver or Mankato for the playoffs. We need splits the rest of the way though which will be tough. We'll have to keep getting better and get some luck.

mtu_huskies
02-11-2013, 09:53 AM
Mel Pearson show summary for 2-11, Mel was on the phone:
Real good weekend of hockey, real tough loss Friday, for 55 min we were better team, we did not finish well
Overall real happy with how we played
Dirk - one of toughest losses in awhile Mel - most important is to put it behind us and move forward, can't change the past
Out staff didn't dwell on the game, disapointed as coaches, one of Mel's toughest losses he's ever had, can't get too low or too high when we win, got the team ready for Sat
Credit to our players too, put their disapointment behind them, had a real good game Saturday

On Friday's game:
A. Pietila goal - great shot by Aaron, amazing how many good saves goalies can make, have to get traffic in front of goalie at our level and NHL too
Furne scores from Gordic and Sweeney, up 2-0, UAA calls TO, wanted to use back of the net in this weekend, buy some time and force goalie to look over his shoulder
UAA goal, Bailey beat Seigo to score
Seigo goal, waited for a screen to setup, JJ screened the goalie, great shot, well placed wrist shot, up 3-1
Gordic goal, PP goal, Kero found a lane, J. Johnstone and Gordic did a nice job in front of the net
UAA's been down quite a bit, including last weekend against CC, always battling to get back into it, PP goal got them back in the game, 4-2 going into 3rd
UAA's 3 gaols in 3rd, we started playing on the wrong side of the puck, they drew a penalty, have to kill penalties especially in the 3rd, tough PP goal to give up 4-3
17:51, UAA freshmen scores on harmless looking shot, misplayed by Copley, Copley would stop that 9.9 times out of 10, we had opportunities to put the game away before that and didn't
UAA cranked it up and scores to win, hit UAA guy high and into the net, refs didn't think there wan anything to review with the goal, looking back, it would be real hard to determine how high it hit or who
Mel told his wife he lost a championship game in OT a few years ago and this loss was much harder to take than the Friday night loss

On Saturdays game:
uAA had the momentum, our guys came out and played one of our best games of the year
Hyland first career goal, PP was good to start the weekend, tough day of practice on Wed, so skipped PP on practice schedule, stepped away form it started 3-3 on PP for the weekend, Gordic screen
Gould from Blake Pietila, 2-0
Gordic, up 3-0, on top of rebound, Rix on that line because J. Johnstone had an equipment issue, nice line rush, Frune shot, Gordic found the rebound
Furne played really hard this weekend, he's moving his feet, engaged in other players, backchecking, Milos, J. Johnstone, Furne, really good weekend for us
UAA scores, but we didn't let off the gas, Pheonix stopped a few chances right after that
Petan from D. Johnstone, Hyland, - 4-1, perfecly placed pass from D. Johnstone, those two have been on odd-man rushes the last few games, create it with speed/skill
There's a time to pass and a time to shoot on those rushes, have to take what the opposition gives you
Eick scores to make it 5-1, first career goal, happy for Eick, he's such a hard worker, good team guy, excited for him, gets chances because of speed
Petan back door, 6-1, usually burries those chances around the net
Shots Tech 43 UAA 25
Jamie Phillips got 9 mins of play, he's worked hard in practice, limited time in net, with out 5 games in 9 days, wanted to get Copley some rest

Questions for Mel, as always email dj@themix93.com

When he took over the program what was his 5 year plan, can he compete for a nation championship at Tech?
1st and foremost need to win the conference regular season, that's our goal. Number 2 is playoff championship to get an NCAA birth. Once in the NCAA anything can happen. We can do that at Michgian Tech, the way the game is you can recruit and get the right pieces at Michigan Tech. Our team played hard against MN and beat them, beat a good Western MI team, UNO etc.
Obviously feel we can compete with the best teams, need to be more consitent. Want to get in NCAA tournament, anything can happen there. No question the goal is a national championship.
It's easy to sit here and say we can do it, but it's tough to do. That's our goal.

What is used to determine the players in teh lineup, it seems liek some players struggle and make the lineup each week. Others score and don't get consistent play.
A lot goes into our lineup, we talk as a staff a lot about our lineup. Some of it's chemistry, some is matchups, some have more "money int eh bank" have proven they can have success even if they're on tough times at the moment. It's not necessarily who's scoring goals.
For example, Copley had a tough Friday, would've been easy to start someone else, take everythign into account, that young mane needs to be able to respond after a tough game. Everyone on our team has played except one young guy that's had a lot of injuries, Patrick Anderson.
Fan only get to see glimpses of games, we see practice and what's going on.
Dirk - Also some hunches goes into for example, Likteig, who hasn't played a tone with old coaching staff or this staff, and in UNO he scores game winner.
Mel - No question, he can skate/shoot and playing a fast team like UNO. Road is diff than home, don't have last change, so try to balance lines, want a grinder with 2 guys that can score. UNO put top 3 scoresr on one line and they didn't have a good night.
At the end of the day have to put our best foot forward and give Tech the best chance to win.
Sometimes throw Rix with Furne/Gordic, other lineup changes, learned taht from Berenson and watching Mike Babcock over the years

On NMU game:
They've done very well in non-conference games, swept SCSU, WI, struggling a bit in CCHA play
Walk does a nice job, they play hard, they don't beat themselves, have to find a way to beat them, push the pace and put pressure on them
Tough start in Marquette, after 1st period we were the better team
They have a good goalie, big kid that takes up a lot of the net, need to get him moving
Big game for us, we don't have much time to get ready for it, we'll have short practice today
Phillips was in that last NMU game, played pretty well, they bombarded us prety early, but he stood tall
Physical game, they play with an edge, have to be ready for that

On Mankato:
Sweep UMD, Hastings has this team playing well, they've got talent, really impressed with their younger players
Had a lot of injuries and lost a lot of tough games, on bit of a roll
We'll have our hadns full, we did go down there last year and beat them once
Should be a real good series, it will be an uptempt goame, their freshmen goaltender has been good
Like how we play on the road,
Will it be another tough decision for who to take on this trip, Mel - it always is, have to juggle Tuesday players as well, need to have energy to play Friday/Sat after TUesday, will sprinkle some other guys in lineup

Comment on Milos and the kissing of the queen, did he take any ribbing from the team?
maybe, how awkard was that, very nice yougn lady, congrats to her, sort of a funny moment, one of our goals to win the WC trophy and we did that

Jim Markam passed away, sympathy to him, great guy and hockey mind, big part of Michigan Tech, thoughts