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  • Pirateasaur
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    Originally posted by gomsuman View Post
    Well I will take that weekend against a good Notre Dame team on the road. I didn't get to watch any of it but it seemed at least in the shot department we hung in there both nights and probably should have won outright on Saturday.
    Winning the shootout feels like it makes all the difference. Friday night was a humbling for sure, it looks like. But yes, it looks like this team is still putting pucks on net, which is good, but we just don’t have the pure scorers capable taking advantage of opportunities consistently. As a result, shots/goal ratio is pretty bad.

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  • gomsuman
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    Well I will take that weekend against a good Notre Dame team on the road. I didn't get to watch any of it but it seemed at least in the shot department we hung in there both nights and probably should have won outright on Saturday.

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  • Pirateasaur
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    Originally posted by wsummers View Post
    After 6 games…
    The team is playing a high energy style that is very enjoyable to watch.
    Goaltending - looks like St Cyr will get most of the games this year. Charleston got the Saturday game and confirmed St Cyr is the better choice in this system.
    Defense - MSU has 9 that could play and typically has used 7. They are much more aggressive in carrying the puck into the offensive zone and taking shots.
    Forward - interestingly no goals so far for Davidson or Middendorf and only one for Tucker. The best line has been the Dorwart, Russell, and Joshua line.
    Special teams - PK has been decent. PP prior to Saturday was poor. It will be interesting to see if Saturday was a fluke or an indication of things to come.

    This is a team that is continuing to improve. I think they have a good chance to take a game at ND this weekend.
    Agreed on the emphasis on offense. The only drawback I have seen is that we do seem to give up a slightly worrying number of breakaways due to aggressive D. Usually, St. Cyr has bailed us out so far.

    I’ll give Nightingale a lot of credit in that he seems to be squeezing offensive juice out of a roster I didn’t think had any. Even games we don’t score much we still possess the puck nicely and get shots to the net.

    We’ll see how the B1G schedule goes. I still think we’ll probably end up no better than .500 which would be pretty great, really.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    When Jagger Joshua gets a hat trick, I hope your panic room is well stocked because the world is coming to an end.

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  • wsummers
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    After 6 games…
    The team is playing a high energy style that is very enjoyable to watch.
    Goaltending - looks like St Cyr will get most of the games this year. Charleston got the Saturday game and confirmed St Cyr is the better choice in this system.
    Defense - MSU has 9 that could play and typically has used 7. They are much more aggressive in carrying the puck into the offensive zone and taking shots.
    Forward - interestingly no goals so far for Davidson or Middendorf and only one for Tucker. The best line has been the Dorwart, Russell, and Joshua line.
    Special teams - PK has been decent. PP prior to Saturday was poor. It will be interesting to see if Saturday was a fluke or an indication of things to come.

    This is a team that is continuing to improve. I think they have a good chance to take a game at ND this weekend.

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  • aallenpollreisz
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    Granted, we didn't play top-tier talent over the weekend, but it was nice to put eight on the scoreboard for the first time in ages. (2013, I think?)

    Probably our toughest challenge of the early season against Notre Dame this weekend. It'd sure be great to at least come home with at least a split.

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  • Ed Trefzger
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    Associate head coach Jared DeMichiel was recognized as one of five inductees into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame this morning. It was great to see him here in Rochester, especially sporting an orange tie.

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  • Pirateasaur
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    Originally posted by aallenpollreisz View Post
    So, does anybody know what the situation is with the Spartan Brass?

    I wasn't at the rink Thursday, but they were absent for the home opener and tonight's game.
    They were there Thursday.

    But the home opener was the night of Midnight Madness at Breslin so I bet they were there. Yesterday was the homecoming parade and stuff so they probably were doing something for that as well.

    If the brass has anything basketball or football related to attend they’re gonna be there instead of hockey.

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  • Pirateasaur
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    Originally posted by aallenpollreisz View Post
    We never draw on Thursdays.

    Even the good Comley teams never brought in good crowds on Thursdays. I recall a one-loss MSU team playing against a one-loss Miami team in front of, like, 4,500 people on a Thursday night in 2007. Pretty sure both teams were ranked in the top five at the time, too.

    Really, the AD should do everything it can to not schedule games on Thursdays. (This would have been a fantastic weekend for another home-and-home.)

    Speaking of Comley, I'm really happy fences are attempting to be mended. The end wasn't great, and it probably was time for him to leave when he entered "retirement," but his stint here should be respected more.

    Was he Ron Mason? No. Did he win? For the most part. Did he deserve to be punished by some alumni and some members of this fanbase for not being Ron Mason? Absolutely not.
    If I had his resume and got canned for a hire like Anastos, I’d probably be pretty insulted.

    I agree it was time to move on but we’d probably have been better keeping Comley considering how it all ended up working out.

    Last night ended up being crazy exciting. Our 3rd period was excellent. I really felt like for a lot of the period we might pull the comeback off and I can’t recall the last time I’ve had that feeling for MSU hockey.

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  • aallenpollreisz
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    So, does anybody know what the situation is with the Spartan Brass?

    I wasn't at the rink Thursday, but they were absent for the home opener and tonight's game.

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  • aallenpollreisz
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    Originally posted by Pirateasaur View Post
    Also, dismal attendance last night, yeesh. I guess everyone’s got better things going on on Thursday nights.
    We never draw on Thursdays.

    Even the good Comley teams never brought in good crowds on Thursdays. I recall a one-loss MSU team playing against a one-loss Miami team in front of, like, 4,500 people on a Thursday night in 2007. Pretty sure both teams were ranked in the top five at the time, too.

    Really, the AD should do everything it can to not schedule games on Thursdays. (This would have been a fantastic weekend for another home-and-home.)

    Speaking of Comley, I'm really happy fences are attempting to be mended. The end wasn't great, and it probably was time for him to leave when he entered "retirement," but his stint here should be respected more.

    Was he Ron Mason? No. Did he win? For the most part. Did he deserve to be punished by some alumni and some members of this fanbase for not being Ron Mason? Absolutely not.

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  • gomsuman
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    Originally posted by Pirateasaur View Post
    Another strong performance and a good win against what is probably a solid Lowell squad.

    Nightingale has almost immediately made an impact in the team’s play. We seem to play more aggressive and instinctual with the puck and we’re very pesky in the neutral zone on the backcheck. We look quite a bit faster, although speed is very hard to teach so I’m pleasantly surprised.

    I think tonight will be a tough game. We really started running them around in that first period but Lowell stabilized the last 40 minutes and things were much more even.

    The refs need to calm down. Way too many penalties which really messes up the flow of the game. Let the boys play, I proclaim.

    Also, dismal attendance last night, yeesh. I guess everyone’s got better things going on on Thursday nights.
    I decided to watch the BIG+ stream last night from the comfort of my office chair. I chalk up lack of attendance to an oppenent who not many outside the hockey world recognize and the thursday evening. I'm hopeful tonight is better attended, especially with the honoring of the 2007 team, although you also are competing with high school football.

    The team does look faster and that 3 goals in 3 1/2 minutes stretch was something I haven't seen in quite some time from an MSU team. Let's see if the team can keep up the pressure tonight.. will be a telling game I think. If they can sweep this series my hopes are high that MSU can compete in the middle of the BIG this year.

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  • Pirateasaur
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    Another strong performance and a good win against what is probably a solid Lowell squad.

    Nightingale has almost immediately made an impact in the team’s play. We seem to play more aggressive and instinctual with the puck and we’re very pesky in the neutral zone on the backcheck. We look quite a bit faster, although speed is very hard to teach so I’m pleasantly surprised.

    I think tonight will be a tough game. We really started running them around in that first period but Lowell stabilized the last 40 minutes and things were much more even.

    The refs need to calm down. Way too many penalties which really messes up the flow of the game. Let the boys play, I proclaim.

    Also, dismal attendance last night, yeesh. I guess everyone’s got better things going on on Thursday nights.

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  • Pirateasaur
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    Originally posted by wsummers View Post

    Yes, this MSU team plays faster and takes a lot of shots (think Penn State). I’m hoping we can find some offense against a good defensive team. Having our top 6 dmen playing for the first time this year helps….now if we can get more than a goal or two we should be able to take a game. I have to work Thursday night, but plan to be there on Friday.
    I’ve personally watched all 3 games we’ve played and have been quite pleased with the team’s performance each night, especially down in BG. What is missing is translating more shots and puck control into actual goals.

    I assume UMASS Lowell will be a step up from BG or the U18 team so I hope the team’s improvements continue to reveal themselves.

    Also, as I mentioned, I made the trip down to Bowling Green and had such a good time. I loved that old barn of theirs and the classic feel of the atmosphere.

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  • wsummers
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    Originally posted by gomsuman View Post
    Predictions for the Thursday-Friday series with Umass-Lowell? I'm hopeful for at least a split. This years team seems to be faster and more willing to shoot than any team Danton Cole had. I might make the drive to watch Thursday's game in person.
    Yes, this MSU team plays faster and takes a lot of shots (think Penn State). I’m hoping we can find some offense against a good defensive team. Having our top 6 dmen playing for the first time this year helps….now if we can get more than a goal or two we should be able to take a game. I have to work Thursday night, but plan to be there on Friday.
    Last edited by wsummers; 10-13-2022, 10:03 AM.

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