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  • davyd83
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Originally posted by aygwm2 View Post
    I was at the game tonight and we really didn't turn it on offensively until the 3rd. At one point, still in the 2nd, it was 20+ sog for WMU and 2 for NMU (and we didn't have many chances either)--then the 'Cats turned it around.

    NMU is strong defensively--as tough as Western for sure. We just seemed to have a difficult time controlling the puck in our offensive zone--credit the WMU D of course. The 3rd period was in my end and NMU created some chances, but couldn't bury it--Slubowski was solid.

    I'm usually not one to call out the refs, but tonight they seemed like homers. Then they had make-up calls against WMU near the mid-point of the 2nd. The calls on Follmer and Seckel in the 3rd seemed bogus to me.

    The Ludwig call early in the game seemed overboard to me. It was a fierce open-ice check to a player with the puck and maybe during the progression of the check his arm or elbow went to the head--I was there live so I haven't seen the hit more than that one time. If anything I would have said a 2 minute for elbowing. It was an aggressive check to stop a breakaway. The guys I was with all thought it wasn't worth a 5 and a game misconduct. Whoever the WMU player was that took the check got right back up, I'm pretty sure. I'd like to hear what anyone else thought.

    But penalties didn't really disrupt the game too much. Neither team could manufacture many scoring chances and the defenses for both teams were stifling.

    Where is our offense--it didn't really show up until the 3rd?
    When it happened, I thought the 5 minute major, in fact any call, was BS. Thought it was just a good hard, CLEAN hit. But after talking with coaches and others who reviewed it on video, the call was legit.

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  • noremorse1
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    Originally posted by aygwm2 View Post
    I was at the game tonight and we really didn't turn it on offensively until the 3rd. At one point, still in the 2nd, it was 20+ sog for WMU and 2 for NMU (and we didn't have many chances either)--then the 'Cats turned it around.

    NMU is strong defensively--as tough as Western for sure. We just seemed to have a difficult time controlling the puck in our offensive zone--credit the WMU D of course. The 3rd period was in my end and NMU created some chances, but couldn't bury it--Slubowski was solid.

    I'm usually not one to call out the refs, but tonight they seemed like homers. Then they had make-up calls against WMU near the mid-point of the 2nd. The calls on Follmer and Seckel in the 3rd seemed bogus to me.

    The Ludwig call early in the game seemed overboard to me. It was a fierce open-ice check to a player with the puck and maybe during the progression of the check his arm or elbow went to the head--I was there live so I haven't seen the hit more than that one time. If anything I would have said a 2 minute for elbowing. It was an aggressive check to stop a breakaway. The guys I was with all thought it wasn't worth a 5 and a game misconduct. Whoever the WMU player was that took the check got right back up, I'm pretty sure. I'd like to hear what anyone else thought.

    But penalties didn't really disrupt the game too much. Neither team could manufacture many scoring chances and the defenses for both teams were stifling.

    Where is our offense--it didn't really show up until the 3rd?
    I over reacted when the 5:00 penalty was called. I agree it also should have just been a 2:00. I think the Refs were just being ****** bags since.... OMG... the players helmet came off. CCHA refs suck. They have always been criticized by other leagues and we know why.

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  • aygwm2
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    I was at the game tonight and we really didn't turn it on offensively until the 3rd. At one point, still in the 2nd, it was 20+ sog for WMU and 2 for NMU (and we didn't have many chances either)--then the 'Cats turned it around.

    NMU is strong defensively--as tough as Western for sure. We just seemed to have a difficult time controlling the puck in our offensive zone--credit the WMU D of course. The 3rd period was in my end and NMU created some chances, but couldn't bury it--Slubowski was solid.

    I'm usually not one to call out the refs, but tonight they seemed like homers. Then they had make-up calls against WMU near the mid-point of the 2nd. The calls on Follmer and Seckel in the 3rd seemed bogus to me.

    The Ludwig call early in the game seemed overboard to me. It was a fierce open-ice check to a player with the puck and maybe during the progression of the check his arm or elbow went to the head--I was there live so I haven't seen the hit more than that one time. If anything I would have said a 2 minute for elbowing. It was an aggressive check to stop a breakaway. The guys I was with all thought it wasn't worth a 5 and a game misconduct. Whoever the WMU player was that took the check got right back up, I'm pretty sure. I'd like to hear what anyone else thought.

    But penalties didn't really disrupt the game too much. Neither team could manufacture many scoring chances and the defenses for both teams were stifling.

    Where is our offense--it didn't really show up until the 3rd?

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  • broncos24
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    Originally posted by noremorse1 View Post
    NMU did much better in the last two periods and were perfect on the PK all night. If I were a WMU fan I would be wondering why, with so many SOG, they could only pull off one goal. Anyhow... I am hopeful that NMU does not have a weekend like this for a long time. Kudos to the goalie for keeping it close.
    We don't have to wonder. We have one good to great line and 3 lines of okay to decent.

    We lack elite forwards and if you shut down the Balisy-Berschbach-Walters line, we won't score more than 1 goal.

    Thankfully, most nights, our Defense is outstanding
    Last edited by broncos24; 12-01-2012, 09:24 PM.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    NMU did much better in the last two periods and were perfect on the PK all night. If I were a WMU fan I would be wondering why, with so many SOG, they could only pull off one goal. Anyhow... I am hopeful that NMU does not have a weekend like this for a long time. Kudos to the goalie for keeping it close.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    I have to give it to the goalie though. He has been doing a great job. He vast majority of the game is being spent in front of his net.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Not even out of the 1st and again with the penalties... stupid, stupid penalties. Way to go Ludwig. They have one of the worst PK in the country and their offense struggles to put up SOG. *face palm*

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  • NMUFAN
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    4-2 final. 39-12 shots on goal. Guess which team had 12.

    I've never been a believer of more shots automatically means more goals. I'll take quality scoring chances over 50 random shots any day. But 12 shots over 60 minutes is embarrassing. Unfortunately this isn't the first road game that shots on goal for NMU is abysmal. It seems to happen far too often. Looking at the rest of college hockey, no one else seems to have this offensive difficulty on the road. Do they have a different approach to offense when on the road? I know you have to pay extra attention to defensive assignments in a hostile environment but holy smokes.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Well... you cant win a game with only 4 shots on goal a period. Actually, in this case, they could have. A mistake by the goalie on a PP and stupid penalties cost NMU the win. It is amazing that they had 2 goals with so few SOG. Walt needs to end the suspension ASAP. The Cats offense is on life support right now.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Another too many men on the ice penalty? You gotta be kidding me. Walt is going to tear the locker room apart after this game.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Absolute stupidity with the penalties. NMU is struggling... they go on the PK and then they cause a very stupid penalty to make it 5 - 3. Stupid.

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  • noremorse1
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    NMU has hung in there after 1 period... but NMU IS getting smashed on shots on goal. Hopefully they pick up the pace here in the 2nd and 3rd. WMUs defense is shutting NMU down.

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  • RaceBoarder
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Originally posted by NMUFAN View Post
    Good news for NMU. After being listed as doubtful all week, Vigier is in the lineup. Thanks to Davyd's tweet of the Cat's lineup for that info.


    Even so, with Northern's anemic road offense I believe Western needs only two goals each night to assure a sweep.
    I hope I'm wrong.
    Well, getting him back is a start.... Just gotta see how this goes....

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  • NMUFAN
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Good news for NMU. After being listed as doubtful all week, Vigier is in the lineup. Thanks to Davyd's tweet of the Cat's lineup for that info.


    Even so, with Northern's anemic road offense I believe Western needs only two goals each night to assure a sweep.
    I hope I'm wrong.

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  • broncos24
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    Re: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan: Battle of the Compass...

    Originally posted by noremorse1 View Post
    Well... tonight is game 1. The Cats will need to look to their goal tender tonight to have a great game. Western has a very potent offense... and are on their ice. Also, as I have said many times this season, they need to get the puck to the net. Shots! Shots! Shots!
    Potent would be the last word I would use to describe our offense. We pepper a lot of shots on net, especially at home, but we don't score many goals. In our 5 home games thus far, we're averaging 2.8 goals on 37.8 shots.

    Nothing groundbreaking here, but these games will be decided by on which WMU defense shows up. In 6 wins, we're giving up 1.33 goals/game on 24 shots. In our 3 losses and 1 tie, we're giving up 4 goals/game on 29 shots.

    I think WMU takes 4 of 6 points, or all 6 points, simply because at home, our defense is suffocating. 5 home games, 1.6 goals/game on 17.8 shots.

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