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  • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

    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

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    • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

      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

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      • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

        After that choke, I almost wish this team would finish last, for the embarrassment of it.

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        • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

          I think they ought to not show up tomorrow and just forfeit. I mean why bother.
          MTU: Three time NCAA champions.

          It never get's easier, you just go faster. -Greg Lemond

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          • Originally posted by manurespreader View Post
            I think they ought to not show up tomorrow and just forfeit. I mean why bother.
            Yaaaaaaaa what he says
            Huskys all the way

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            • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

              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

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              • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                I don't care if they won the total goal series, if they can't sweep UAA, they shouldn't get the **** trophy.
                Having a clear conscience just means you have a bad memory or you had a boring weekend.

                RIP - Kirby

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                • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                  What are the expectations now? Where do yous see us finishing now?
                  Huskys all the way

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                  • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                    Originally posted by Thecalkid View Post
                    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: Three time NCAA champions.

                    It never get's easier, you just go faster. -Greg Lemond

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                    • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                      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

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                      • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                        Consider this table. It contains the average points per game played by class listed by their freshman year.

                        Last edited by Flashy Man; 02-13-2013, 12:32 PM.
                        Originally posted by SCSU Euro
                        What are you TALKING about? Best fans, best travelling, best insults nobody else understands, best talking in nerdy code. MTU rocks at like everything but winning hockey games.

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                        • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                          Looks like Nielson got cut by the hit and stayed out, but should be ok.

                          I love how Mel wasn't pleased by the fact we lost the third.

                          Such a good game to see. Need to keep it rolling.
                          MTU Hockey fan since I was carried to a game in 1986 - for those counting... that's a lot of depressing hockey. Still love it.

                          Surrounded by Badger Red in Wisconsin. Such an ugly color, but the beer and cheese are delicious...

                          2014-15 WCHA (*Regular season portion) Pick-em Champion (**Forgeting a Week Methodology)

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                          • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                            Good win tonight, not a lot of lineup changes for the mid-week game, D. Johnstone got the night off, C. Pietila and B. Hietila were in, Hyland the only non-regular back on D


                            Mel's postgame thoughts:
                            Things went in for us, important to have a good practice, had a real good practice yesterday
                            Copley played well too, 4-1 NMU on the PP and he made a few great saves
                            NMU has owned the WCHA a bit this year, good for us
                            Gave D. Johstone a break tonight, C. Pietila came in did a good job
                            Only negative, Carl Nielsen only played 2 mins of game, Dmen had to play a lot, but he'll be okay
                            Can't find somone that had a bad game
                            Only didn't like, they wont the third period
                            good to get Jamie Phillips in, he looked good
                            Carl got cut in 2 spots by the helmet when it got knocked off and it was bleeding pretty good, decided to keep him out and get stitches, he's fine
                            Good poise in front of the net, Milos, Kero,
                            good to see J. Johnstone get his 1st goal, real nice play to Furne, that line is starting to come on
                            Rix/Eick playing really well on another line, Hyland also playign well
                            Short turnaround, 2 big games, may take tomorrow off or short practice,
                            Big lead early helped, kept rolling lines, didn't overextend anyone too much

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                            • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                              Way to go Huskies. Now if it weren't for the unfortunate events of last Friday's game tech would be on a 4 game winning streak.

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                              • Re: '12-13 Michigan Tech Season Thread: Screw the Election, Let's Play Hockey!

                                *******http://dl.dropbox.com/u/91309/freshmen_conf.png********

                                WCHA Freshmen Classes by Points Per Game
                                Originally posted by SCSU Euro
                                What are you TALKING about? Best fans, best travelling, best insults nobody else understands, best talking in nerdy code. MTU rocks at like everything but winning hockey games.

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