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huskyfan
03-09-2019, 08:30 PM
Got my playoff refund. I'm still disappointed at last weekend's results. I had gotten used to us not earning a sweep, but being swept? ugh.

Time for what is likely our last weekend of the season. Will we at least force a game 3?

I normally love watching the speed and skill of a Michigan vs. Minnesota game. This weekend I'm a bit meh on it. I still love Michigan hockey, it's just been a disappointing season.

I'm trying to convince husband to go with me to Bowling Green to watch Tech play instead.

Better you didn't go to Bowling Green.

huskyfan
03-09-2019, 08:31 PM
you are welcome to send your coach back to Tech ... ?

UMD21
03-09-2019, 10:57 PM
And interesting development tonight- Hughes got hurt late, but should play tonight. And just a quick peek on the MN thread- they somehow think he's going to play in New York later in the week, as that's where the Canucks play later in the week. If we lose, good luck, Quinn. Given the +- you gave us this season vs. last year, I can't say that I'll miss you much. Nice kid, for sure- but our team could not make up for him turning the puck over at bad times.
We were curious what Michigan fans thought of him in the WJC. Definitely felt like he was a liability on the ice. Every game I thought he’d adjust to the higher level of competition but he never did, kept trying to do too much and giving up costly turnovers. He’s obviously got talent since he got the playing time, but definitely needs puck discipline. Will be interesting how he transitions to NHL

alfablue
03-10-2019, 07:18 AM
We were curious what Michigan fans thought of him in the WJC. Definitely felt like he was a liability on the ice. Every game I thought he’d adjust to the higher level of competition but he never did, kept trying to do too much and giving up costly turnovers. He’s obviously got talent since he got the playing time, but definitely needs puck discipline. Will be interesting how he transitions to NHL

I know for sure, I speak for me, but reading other comments, I don't see many of us being too sad if Quinn leaves- he's been more of a liability than an asset to the team, and while most would just see that on the ice, it's also pretty stark in his stats- this year to last year, he did manage to score 4 more points, but the +- went from 14 to 0. And if you look at how many 1 goal games we were in, those mattered a LOT.

And I do realize that I have been posting about out lack of shooters, but when your team struggles with scoring, D becomes that much more important.

For opposing fans, he's a lot of fun- very dynamic and flowing, mostly great skills with the puck- but with wins on your team, it's not a bad kind of entertainment.

I also expect Will Lockwood to go pro- he may not be 100% ready, but he's ready enough. Good kid, tough, and is strong on the puck. He'll be missed a lot.

And with his injury, I wonder about Josh Norris- while he's not as obvious as Quinn, he was one of the few guys on the team that I thought could score. The injury goes two directions- did he develop enough without the ice time OR should he avoid another injury and go now? I kind of doubt he will be talked into leaving, but it's a possibility, for sure.

SteveO
03-10-2019, 08:05 AM
I know for sure, I speak for me, but reading other comments, I don't see many of us being too sad if Quinn leaves- he's been more of a liability than an asset to the team, and while most would just see that on the ice, it's also pretty stark in his stats- this year to last year, he did manage to score 4 more points, but the +- went from 14 to 0. And if you look at how many 1 goal games we were in, those mattered a LOT.

And I do realize that I have been posting about out lack of shooters, but when your team struggles with scoring, D becomes that much more important.

For opposing fans, he's a lot of fun- very dynamic and flowing, mostly great skills with the puck- but with wins on your team, it's not a bad kind of entertainment.

I also expect Will Lockwood to go pro- he may not be 100% ready, but he's ready enough. Good kid, tough, and is strong on the puck. He'll be missed a lot.

And with his injury, I wonder about Josh Norris- while he's not as obvious as Quinn, he was one of the few guys on the team that I thought could score. The injury goes two directions- did he develop enough without the ice time OR should he avoid another injury and go now? I kind of doubt he will be talked into leaving, but it's a possibility, for sure.

I watched about five Michigan games this season. Without a supporting cast on offense, no matter how good a defenseman is he can't keep carrying a team on his shoulders every night. Goaltending was also an issue this season. Losing Norris was a big loss.

Quinn is an outstanding player and guys like that excel more when they have better puck support. Not sure on Lockwood, he might stick around. I expect a better more experienced Mich. team as a contender next season.

umichjim
03-10-2019, 06:24 PM
Announced on Red Wing telecast that Quinn has signed three year deal with the Canucks.

QU/UM
03-10-2019, 07:09 PM
Quinn Hughes signed with Vancouver. No surprise, good luck young man!

UMD21
03-12-2019, 10:37 AM
How has your guys’ game attendance been? Sure you’ve noticed—Gopher attendance hurting is an understatement. I think Wisconsin is doing fine but they don’t have any close geographic rivalries. Michigan and MSU seem to be the best teams to compare attendance woes since you had plenty of in-state competition before. Wondering if it’s anadministration issue at Minnesota or if losing in-state competition hurts. Michigan is also closer to other B1G rivals where Minnesota just has a rivalry with WI.
Thoughts?

alfablue
03-12-2019, 02:30 PM
How has your guys’ game attendance been? Sure you’ve noticed—Gopher attendance hurting is an understatement. I think Wisconsin is doing fine but they don’t have any close geographic rivalries. Michigan and MSU seem to be the best teams to compare attendance woes since you had plenty of in-state competition before. Wondering if it’s anadministration issue at Minnesota or if losing in-state competition hurts. Michigan is also closer to other B1G rivals where Minnesota just has a rivalry with WI.
Thoughts?

For us, it's been pretty good- looks like our overall season average was 5628, where capacity looks to be a fixed 5800. The lowest was 5208 against Wisconsin on Nov 24- which would mean most students are long gone.

I suspect the playoff game would have been light, mostly because of communication issues with ticket holders- not everyone got notified to get the tickets. Given that we didn't get the two points required in Madison, it was a moot point.

Hockeybuckeye
03-19-2019, 09:03 PM
I was going through your thread for the season and I realized Streaker never posted once, in fact nothing for a year.
Does anyone know if something happened to him?

alfablue
03-20-2019, 06:26 AM
I was going through your thread for the season and I realized Streaker never posted once, in fact nothing for a year.
Does anyone know if something happened to him?

I thought I saw him a few times early in the season, as he sits near us. But we missed a bunch of games this year, too...

wolverineTrumpet
03-20-2019, 06:44 AM
I ran into streaker in the concourse at a game or two. He seemed to be doing ok. Perhaps he's moved on from the hockey message board, or just uninspired by this season's team.


In other news....is anyone else sad to see Rico got fired? Making fun of him is one of the things I miss from the CCHA. Sad to see the 'dynasty' end before it ever began.

Hockeybuckeye
03-20-2019, 06:50 AM
Well I'm glad to hear he's OK. To see him completely gone from forum I thought worse case scenario.

umichjim
04-02-2019, 03:44 PM
Very happy to hear Will Lockwood is returning for his senior season. Hope he can talk Josh Norris into returning, as well.

alfablue
04-04-2019, 08:28 AM
Very happy to hear Will Lockwood is returning for his senior season. Hope he can talk Josh Norris into returning, as well.

Wow, I did not expect that! Very good to hear that.

JoeZ
04-04-2019, 09:19 AM
The rumor is confirmed - Lockwood is returning

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/ice-hockey/michigans-leading-goal-scorer-will-lockwood-return-senior-year

alfablue
05-28-2019, 01:48 PM
This will come as a surprise- Norris is gone- https://mgoblue.com/news/2019/5/27/ice-hockey-norris-signs-pro-contract-with-nhls-ottawa-senators.aspx

I would have never thought he would go after missing so much of the season due to injury. Oh, well.

Sidthekid87
05-28-2019, 01:56 PM
This will come as a surprise- Norris is gone- https://mgoblue.com/news/2019/5/27/ice-hockey-norris-signs-pro-contract-with-nhls-ottawa-senators.aspx

I would have never thought he would go after missing so much of the season due to injury. Oh, well.

Norris is a solid player. Will be missed but Michigan will reload!

alfablue
06-06-2019, 01:40 PM
We have a 19-20 schedule- https://mgoblue.com/news/2019/6/5/eighteen-home-dates-highlight-michigans-2019-20-ice-hockey-schedule.aspx
https://mgoblue.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=1496

JoeZ
06-07-2019, 10:43 AM
We have a 19-20 schedule- https://mgoblue.com/news/2019/6/5/eighteen-home-dates-highlight-michigans-2019-20-ice-hockey-schedule.aspx
https://mgoblue.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=1496

I was just looking at it and came here to see if anyone had already posted it. That makes it time for SOMEONE (hint, hint) to start the 2019-20 Season thread.

I did notice that unlike the last few years there are NO dates where the Hockey Team and Football Team are both playing home games.