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  • manurespreader
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    I agree 100%.

    My nomination for MVP is Michael Karow.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    Funny that if you were at the 8-1 win over NMU, you would have seen that Tech didn't play anywhere near their best game of the season to get that result. But look at it in isolation on the results page and most people point to that as the benchmark.

    This team has a lot of intangibles that don't show up on the scoreboard - things that can win games when you get to the business end of the schedule. I for one am quite happy that they haven't peaked or played their best game yet. It's all going to come down to matchups and who gets the breaks, and I believe this team has a chance to make more than a little noise yet this season.

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  • JohnsonsJerseys
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    I feel like Tech still lacks the necessary killer instinct, elite level mentality, winning attitude, etc (whatever you want to call it) that higher ranked team have built into their DNA. Too often Tech is trying to survive games against Ferris, StT, Michigan State, etc. If you can play a pair of 1 goal games against MSU, then you've set the bar at a certain level. Letting those lower ranked teams hang around in games and taking Tech to OT or even losses is not holding the bar at that high level. Tech needs to see those "must win" games on the schedule and just lick their chops at the chance to just dominate a team for the entire weekend from whistle to final horn. Clearly this year's team has potential, but they need to play at the level of that potential every minute. I don't know if it is lacking from the staff preparing the team to play like winners or simply the team not being able to find that level of compete every time their skates touch the ice. Regardless they need to find their highest level and maintain it for the rest of the season.

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  • Lost_Husky
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    Originally posted by RapidsCity View Post
    Inferior? Ferris didn’t get swept by Minnesota State.
    While Ferris is vastly improved from last years team, they were solidly #7 in the league. I don't know what it is, but their style of play frustrates us and shuts down our top line. Fortunately our depth came through.

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  • RapidsCity
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    Originally posted by HuskyDut View Post
    Note to the Huskies: there is no mercy rule in college hockey. When you have a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period against an inferior team, you do not get to stop playing (although it certainly appears you want to).
    Inferior? Ferris didn’t get swept by Minnesota State.

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  • Lost_Husky
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    Originally posted by oldish husky View Post

    I’m not sure if playoff status update at 9:45 last night was before or after the OT winner, but it says a loss drops us to 41% ncaa probability.
    Just checked and they have updated the odds. Tech has a 87% chance of making it.

    Let's go Tech! One more win and we are solidly in.
    Last edited by Lost_Husky; 03-07-2022, 01:46 PM.

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  • oldish husky
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    Originally posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
    Bumped up to 10th in the PairWise as of Sunday morning. That should mean the Huskies are now safely in the field for the NCAAs regardless of the semifinal result.
    I’m not sure if playoff status update at 9:45 last night was before or after the OT winner, but it says a loss drops us to 41% ncaa probability.

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  • HuskyDut
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    Originally posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
    Bumped up to 10th in the PairWise as of Sunday morning. That should mean the Huskies are now safely in the field for the NCAAs regardless of the semifinal result.
    Yes, and for that reason I will quit complaining. An at-large tourney selection, regardless of how pretty it may (or may not) look along the way, is a success.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    Bumped up to 10th in the PairWise as of Sunday morning. That should mean the Huskies are now safely in the field for the NCAAs regardless of the semifinal result.

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  • HuskyDut
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    Note to the Huskies: there is no mercy rule in college hockey. When you have a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period against an inferior team, you do not get to stop playing (although it certainly appears you want to).

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  • Redridge
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    I thought it was probably our best game/ effort this year. The game speed was really fast. At times we were chasing, but I still thought it was well played. If we can stay out of the box and shorten lines a bit, especially towards the end of the periods, we can keep it competitive and finish that last second shot tonight.

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  • JohnsonsJerseys
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    On the upside, after tonight we'll never have to play 3v3 again this season...

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    The goaltender duel was a draw last night. Pietila was hard done by for the one regulation goal, coming off a wicked deflection and giving him no chance. McKay's save on the extra attacker shot from Halonen in the 2nd period was one of his best of the season. The Mavs are really really good and in stretches they were almost unplayable, but the Huskies didn't blink. Can't imagine there are a lot of teams that would be happy to play against either one.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    Originally posted by Lost_Husky View Post
    It was nice to see them fight back, but giving up points to FSU... Not acceptable for a team that was in line for an autobid.
    To clarify - the only autobids are for playoff champions in each league. Every team in a league right now is still in line for an autobid.

    I ran the numbers on the weekend and only changed the two Tech-Ferris results to a pair of wins for the Huskies. That only moved Tech up to 10th, showing you how other results have such a big influence on positioning right now. Their RPI was .5598 and got just above SCSU, and RPI is the tiebreak in comparisons.

    The biggest influence right now that Tech is fighting is the lack of quality win bonus points. Only Quinnipiac has a lower QWB in the top 16 than MTU has, so a win or two against Mankato would be massive to get that bump. A sweep would actually reel in UMass on QWB points alone.

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  • Lost_Husky
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    Originally posted by Redridge View Post
    The NCAA playoffs are probably lost at this point. I just don’t understand why Joe can’t light a fire under this team. He said our backs were up against the wall… in the 3rd period. Our playoff hopes were against the wall after we got smoked by BG last week. And we still played 5 periods of “out of sync” hockey, as Dirk described it, against one of the worst teams in the country, before finally feeling compelled to come back and tie it. I honestly can’t watch anymore of this.
    That isn't a coaches thing. it is the players themselves that need to generate the energy. What could a coach say that the players don't already know? If the coaches need to pull the players along at this time of year, coaches need to re-evaluate who they recruit and players need to drop the athlete part and focus on being students. They had a normal week of R&R to get their heads back into things.

    It was nice to see them fight back, but giving up points to FSU... Not acceptable for a team that was in line for an bid.
    Last edited by Lost_Husky; 02-21-2022, 12:14 PM. Reason: Clarification ty JJM

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