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crazy_guy_in_section_1
11-12-2009, 06:12 PM
Our deppest sincere to the lefty smith family!


Also a reminder the game on Saturday was changed to 5:05!

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-14-2009, 08:11 PM
%&$@.

I'm struggling to find positives. Riley Sheahan had a great game. Kevin Nugent, the younger, had a pretty decent game. Ian Cole played a great first 2 periods. Teddy Ruth is back.

Unfortunately, I'm not struggling to find negatives. Passing still blows. Unless they intend to pass at each others' skates. The players need to loosen their grip on their sticks. That puck bounced off sticks like it was a rubber ball. Soft hands, boys. And what's up with getting beat to the puck?! Not only did Northern win nearly every battle, but ND looked tired. Exhausted, actually. I don't like women's hockey. Please, for my sake, lay a body on a Wildcat tomorrow. If Northern scores a goal tomorrow like their 3rd goal tonight, don't even bother dressing a goalie.

Last year when ND lost 2 in a row, they went on a 20-game unbeaten streak. Here's to possibilities. Got that mustard seed right here.

crazy_guy_in_section_1
11-14-2009, 09:11 PM
Come on boys... Get it together!

IrishHockeyFan
11-14-2009, 11:15 PM
Don't know how long this poor play can continue until we need to start getting more worried. I keep thinking the team will pull out of it, it is just a matter of time. Now that Teddy Ruth is back they've crossed one big hurdle, but you couldn't tell it tonight. For the first time all year I thought the effort didn't come through. The frustration is really beginning to dictate their play, and I saw a few heads down tonight. This team right now is definitely missing something. By next week we should know if it was just a missing Ruth, or if there is a lot more to it. The opponent next week has been playing just about as well as anyone, and a lot better than most of us expected. And we still have to get by a Northern team that pretty thoroughly outworked Notre Dame tomorrow afternoon. Enough of "knowing" these guys can play better. Just go out and do it.

yuenight_for_IRISHICER
11-15-2009, 05:47 PM
it still could be better...
but Kudos to Billy for the triple contribution tonight:)

The 1-minute-2-GA things need to be stopped...

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-15-2009, 06:32 PM
Hope your ankle is healing nicely, yuenight...

Better. Not perfect. But better.

We're still getting beat to the puck and outworked, but there was some life in the team tonight. Especially Billy Maday. Those two quick, demoralizing goals could have given ND the excuse to quit, but they did a nice job clawing their way back. Kudos to Brad Phillips for saving his best saves for the shootout.

Did anyone else notice in the OT when ND got whistled for an icing with a tad over a minute left, the refs missed who was on the ice? Hey, if they're not with it enough to note that, who am I to holler out that Teddy Ruth was supposed to stay out there?! :rolleyes:

Train hard this week, boys. MSU comes early and they're scary so far.

IrishHockeyFan
11-16-2009, 03:38 PM
Well at least there were decent stretches of play where the team resembled something we are familiar with. Puck possession was much better at times, and coming back from down 2-0 took some heart and effort. Philips was solid, although you hate to see a guy give up goals on consecutive shots, especially so early in a period. But he bounced back quite well from that, and the first goal had a lot of shared responsibility anyway. It looked like all five Irish skaters had the same brain cramp and allowed Kaunisto to skate in all alone after picking up that loose puck. Philips was especially strong in the third period too I thought.

Still quite dissatisfied with how they looked much of the game skating 5-on-5 as both goals came when Northern had 4 on the ice. Still fairly confident it will come around. But the freeking sooner the better.

And in case anyone missed the news, Michigan State actually looks like Michigan State again. They're scoring and playing with a whole lot more purpose than last year. Duplicating last years success will be difficult, to say the least. So there is no time like the present to get it all figured out. It'll take firing on all cylinders to beat these guys. 2 goals a game may not cut it unless the Irish play perfect games from the MSU blueline back to ours. I think MSU is playing the best hockey going right now, and had anyone thought they'd be playing half this good before the season started, they would have a lot more than 1 first place vote in the USCHO poll. Success this weekend will infuse the boys with a shot of confidence that should carry over for quite a while, because it will be proof positive they have regained their stride. Go get 'em Irish.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-17-2009, 11:37 AM
As I sit here smiling at my victory in traffic court yesterday (got all 3 tickets thrown out, complete with chuckle from the lawyer who dismissed them), I figure my good fortune has to be a good omen.

*Remember that the games are in E. Lansing Thursday and in Ft. Wayne Sunday afternoon*

ND is a mediocre 5-5-2. The telling stat is that they are -23 as a team. Eesh. Scoring a few more 5 X 5 will help that. Make that...scoring a lot more... ND averages just 2.25 goals for/game (good...or bad...for 50th in the country). The flipside is great in that they give up only 1.92 goals against/game (that puts them tied for 6th of the 58 D1 teams). Hey, at least there's room for improvement! :o

MSU is proving that last year was definitely a terrible aberration. They are 9-2-1 with a goals for of 3.33/game (16th of the 58 D1 teams). They give up 2.08 goals/game (9th in the country). MSU is +47 as a team.

ND is led by Ben Ryan with 10 points. He's followed by Calle Ridderwall, Billy Maday and Kyle Lawson (each with 9 points), Kevin Deeth (8) and Riley Sheahan (7). Ridderwall leads the team with 4 PPG's. ND has 8 guys who've scored their 14 PPG's. ND is 20.9% on the PP. They are 89.3% on the PK, having given up 6 PPG's. They average a respectable 5.5 penalties/game.

MSU is led by Corey Tropp with 16 points. He also leads the team in PPG's with 5. He's followed by Derek Grant (12 points and 4 PPG's), Jeff Petry (10 points, all but one of which are assists), Andrew Rowe (9) and Dustin Gazley (8). MSU has 6 guys who've scored on their 15 PPG's. MSU is 21.7% on the PP and 83.1% on the PK, while giving up 13 PPG's. They average 7 penalties/game

Who will be in goal for ND is anyone's guess. I still think Mike Johnson is more solid, but Brad Phillips might be coming on. Johnson is 3-2-0 with a save % of .941 and a GA of 1.61. Phillips is 1-3-2 with a save % of .926 and a GA of 2.12. Coach Jackson has never been a 2-goalie guy, but until one of them clearly shows the gumption to be #1, he is playing the role of one.

MSU should start Drew Palmisano for both games. ND lit him up last year at home, but apparently, he's moved out of Jeff Lerg's shadow. He's 7-1-1 with a save % of .937 and a GA of 1.76.

ND is 4-3-1 when scoring 1st. MSU is 7-1-1 when potting the first goal. There's the key. Keep them off the scoreboard, at least until you can score... ND's 2nd and 3rd periods are the worst for D. They've given up 18 of their 23 goals against in the last 40 minutes of games. (Apparently, they aren't familiar with the line from the movie "Miracle" about the "...legs feed the wolves...") MSU's best O is during the 2nd period. Nearly half of their goals come in the middle 20.

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. Let's go, boys.

yuenight_for_IRISHICER
11-18-2009, 03:01 PM
Thanks JJFP, it's getting better:) luckily/sadly it's the kind of injury I'm familiar with... And did the SOW help the healing? It's a mystery but I'd rather believe the answer is yes.

MSU seems scaring right now... I wish this is THE game we have all been waiting for that suddenly everything began to go straight.

I just took a lot of time to make this... just bored in the studio...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/4115137303_4b13bdc93b.jpg

STATEdude3
11-18-2009, 04:15 PM
Hey guys...good luck this weekend. This is a very important series for both teams this weekend. MSU has the chance to take control of the CCHA by beating a team that was expected to finish ahead of them; Notre Dame on the other hand has a chance to jump back to respectability. There have been some exciting games played between these teams over the last few years. I hope this weekend fits that same mold.

I am considering making the trip to Fort Wayne Sunday. I assume that showing up without tickets should be no problem. But can anyone throw out a couple suggestions for parking and pregame meal? I am realtively versed with the Ft. Wayne area, but I have not been to an event at the collusseum. Thanks a bunch!

yuenight_for_IRISHICER
11-18-2009, 04:27 PM
I saw the Thursday game would be on Comcast. Is there anywhere the game would be streamed online?

IrishHockeyFan
11-18-2009, 04:34 PM
Hey guys...good luck this weekend. This is a very important series for both teams this weekend. MSU has the chance to take control of the CCHA by beating a team that was expected to finish ahead of them; Notre Dame on the other hand has a chance to jump back to respectability. There have been some exciting games played between these teams over the last few years. I hope this weekend fits that same mold.

I am considering making the trip to Fort Wayne Sunday. I assume that showing up without tickets should be no problem. But can anyone throw out a couple suggestions for parking and pregame meal? I am realtively versed with the Ft. Wayne area, but I have not been to an event at the collusseum. Thanks a bunch!

Couldn't agree more with the assessment of what's at stake for both squads. I look for Notre Dame to play a little better than they have been, but with the way MSU is playing, "a little better" may be far from enough for Notre Dame to have much success.

Parking around the Coliseum is ample, and I have not had any recent trouble parking there for any events. This is about the third game Notre Dame has played there in recent years, and even the one against UM that drew pretty well, I don't believe parking was an issue. I believe you can access the lots heading east or west on Coliseum Blvd, or from Parnell Avenue. Lots of chain type food stuff around the coliseum area. There is a small Fort Wayne only (at least I believe its just local) Italian place right across from the coliseum on Parnell that is pretty good.

owslachief
11-18-2009, 05:24 PM
Couldn't agree more with the assessment of what's at stake for both squads. I look for Notre Dame to play a little better than they have been, but with the way MSU is playing, "a little better" may be far from enough for Notre Dame to have much success.

Parking around the Coliseum is ample, and I have not had any recent trouble parking there for any events. This is about the third game Notre Dame has played there in recent years, and even the one against UM that drew pretty well, I don't believe parking was an issue. I believe you can access the lots heading east or west on Coliseum Blvd, or from Parnell Avenue. Lots of chain type food stuff around the coliseum area. There is a small Fort Wayne only (at least I believe its just local) Italian place right across from the coliseum on Parnell that is pretty good.

Notre Dame will have a five-point weekend against MSU as the Irish school the Spartans in puck possession and body checks. They are WAY better than their 5 wins indicate.

Spartans are good, but have been playing a bit over their heads.

IrishHockeyFan
11-18-2009, 05:39 PM
Notre Dame will have a five-point weekend against MSU as the Irish school the Spartans in puck possession and body checks. They are WAY better than their 5 wins indicate.

Spartans are good, but have been playing a bit over their heads.

Isn't it funny how we look at our own teams and each others? While Notre Dame has the talent to have a better than .500 record, as the football coach around here likes to say, you are what you are. And right now we're not playing anything like the machine Jeff Jackson has us used to seeing. Lots of turnovers, too much individual play, and just enough mistakes at just the wrong times. I really don't know how much over their heads your Spartans are playing, but I think the next few weekends will tell you guys a lot. Can you beat an underachieving Notre Dame, can you dominate a couple of CCHA teams with losing records, can you have more success than recently in the CHS? I am impressed with them so far, that's for sure. One thing we haven't seen since Amo was coaching your team I think is Notre Dame right now holds a 4 game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against MSU. Should be an interesting series. I look for a split. It seems about right.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-19-2009, 06:30 AM
I just took a lot of time to make this... just bored in the studio...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/4115137303_4b13bdc93b.jpg

Calle! :rolleyes: :) :D


Isn't it funny how we look at our own teams and each others?

I think owslachief is trying that reverse psychology. ;) From experience in the early goings, that ploy doesn't work... :rolleyes:

However, if he turns out to be correct, he can search me out and I'll buy him the first round! :o

crazy_guy_in_section_1
11-19-2009, 10:59 AM
So who do you all think will start in goal tonight?




...and in case I dont get on before tonight!

Go IRISH Beat SPARATANS!

Pirateasaurus
11-19-2009, 11:20 AM
I was wondering why nobody was talking about the series but it was going in in here the whole time! But yeah, we're looking good...But i think Notre Dame will bring its best hockey of the year this weekend, probably starting tonight. I have a feeling we might struggle a bit with a big strong, puck possession team like ND. I think a split is a safe prediction. I was also thinking that last weekend, though:)


Ya gotta lose sometime though, right?

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-19-2009, 01:49 PM
So who do you all think will start in goal tonight?


Phillips and Johnson should split. I'm going with Phillips tonight, but the decision wasn't even made til this morning's practice.


Ya gotta lose sometime though, right?

God, I hope you start tonight.

crazy_guy_in_section_1
11-19-2009, 01:54 PM
If Phillips does start tonight and wins do you think they will pull him out of there on sunday or leave him?

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
11-19-2009, 02:21 PM
If Phillips does start tonight and wins do you think they will pull him out of there on sunday or leave him?

My guess would be yes. Coach Jackson earlier this week was still unconvinced as to who would be the top guy, so I can't see one game changing that. Otherwise, he would have left Johnson in after his first win...