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  • IMHO Ever since their coach came there Duluth dives. I thought the kid just fell on his own and Brian just happened to be there. The refs did not do a great job if you ask me. But we've had trouble scoring all year so nothing new there.
    I was proud of how our guys played and proud to be a husky.
    MTU: Three time NCAA champions.

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

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    • A thoroughly underwhelming finish to what started as a very promising second half of the season. I give Joe two more years to figure out player development and the mental game, or else I'll be ready to go coach shopping. I'll see you chuckleheads in October for my first season wearing a wedding ring, assuming my better half doesn't wise up and leave me beforehand. Who knows, maybe before then Putin will have cancelled Earth with a nuclear war and spared us from sitting through our inevitable first-ever loss to the Tommies. Peace.

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      • Originally posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
        Congratulations to Colin Kronforst on winning the award for biggest overreaction on a penalty call in an NCAA tournament game. Barely a 2, calls it a 5 and a game. And that came just after Parrottino got hit in the head with no penalty.
        Definitely a 2. But I agree the 5 and game misconduct was not warranted.

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        • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
          A thoroughly underwhelming finish to what started as a very promising second half of the season. I give Joe two more years to figure out player development and the mental game, or else I'll be ready to go coach shopping. I'll see you chuckleheads in October for my first season wearing a wedding ring, assuming my better half doesn't wise up and leave me beforehand. Who knows, maybe before then Putin will have cancelled Earth with a nuclear war and spared us from sitting through our inevitable first-ever loss to the Tommies. Peace.
          This team is who we knew they were. Solid hockey players/team who struggled to score.

          Joe just took a team to the NCAA tourney. I don't know how one only gives him only more 2 years. I think the scoring or lack there is more on players than coaches. A coach's job is to put the player in a position to succeed. We can measure this by scoring chances for and against. Two metrics the Huskies do very well at. It is up to the player to beat the goalie as the coach can't take the shot. There are some things (skills) players are responsible for and need to work on. A coach teaches structure and how to think about the game. They can give players tips of form and skills, but it is up to the player to practice and engrain them into their subconscious.

          That said, Joe is responsible for the players he recruits and should tweak his recruiting preferences to get some guys who can score consistently at the expense of some D.

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          • Originally posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
            Congratulations to Colin Kronforst on winning the award for biggest overreaction on a penalty call in an NCAA tournament game. Barely a 2, calls it a 5 and a game. And that came just after Parrottino got hit in the head with no penalty.

            Didn't Duluth spend the whole game in the IceBreaker diving and flopping all over the ice? Here we go again.
            When I saw that call I knew it was B1G officials.
            Originally posted by West Texas Wolverine
            wT, your wisdom is as boundless as the volume of your cheering.



            Arenas visited:
            7 B1G
            7 CCHA (all except St Thomas)
            6 NCH (UNO, NoDak, DU, Miami, SCSU, WMU)
            5 Hockey East (BU, BC, UNH, Lowell, Vermont)
            5 ECAC (RPI, Union, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, Clarkson)
            2 AHA (Mercyhurst, RIT)
            2 Alaskan

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            • I always wait a day or two before sharing final thoughts on our last game of the season so here goes...
              1. To advance in the NCAA Tourney, you need to play three solid periods from the opening whistle to the final horn. Every team you face will be a top team. Tech struggled to beat below average teams down the stretch (Ferris, St Thomas, etc) so a loss to Duluth is not shocking. In my opinion, Tech wasn't ready to go at the opening faceoff. They played well enough to win in the 2nd and 3rd, but 2/3 of a good game doesn't cut it this time of year.
              2. Tech does not have the offensive skill on the roster to overcome errors. If Tech had a chance to win this game it was going to be a 2-1 game with Blake standing on his head as others have mentioned. As it turns out, Tech lost their biggest offensive weapon less than four minutes into the game and didn't even score one goal. So how many Blake gave up doesn't even matter. You would have hoped he could have made a HUGE save on the second goal when his team needed it but it didn't happen. Again if you don't score any goals, it doesn't matter what happens in net, you will lose EVERY time.
              3. To advance in the NCAA Tourney, you cannot have unforced errors. The second goal falls squarely in this category and then see point #2 about no scoring.
              4. I think Tech's biggest weakness is that they do not yet have a true winning mentality. They do not expect to win. They seem to hope they will win if they play hard. They seem to play to the level of their opponent. How else can you play Mankato to a pair of one goal games one weekend and stink up the rink against teams like Ferris, St Thomas, Michigan State, etc. You need to bury those teams in the first period every time you play them and don't give them even a sniff that they are in the game. Especially when... (see point #2)
              5. What does Tech need to improve on next year? See point #2.
              North Dakota has already signed their first player out of the portal for next season. There is no off-season for the top programs, so let's hope we're already working towards being better for opening night 2022-23.
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              • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
                A thoroughly underwhelming finish to what started as a very promising second half of the season. I give Joe two more years to figure out player development and the mental game, or else I'll be ready to go coach shopping.
                Compared to last season, this year was pretty decent. We were the best men's hockey team in the UP, we were consistently ranked in the top 20, and we made the tournament. It was tough luck drawing UMD in the first round. Our season was similar to North Dakota's. We probably ended up being the 14th best team in the country. So, will the trend continue upward next year?

                "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet"
                Abe Lincoln

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                • Can we get John Scott as an assistant coach? Or the Hanson brothers?
                  Last edited by Burnt Orange Husky; 03-27-2022, 06:29 PM.
                  "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet"
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                  • Originally posted by Burnt Orange Husky View Post
                    Compared to last season, this year was pretty decent. We were the best men's hockey team in the UP, we were consistently ranked in the top 20, and we made the tournament. It was tough luck drawing UMD in the first round. Our season was similar to North Dakota's. We probably ended up being the 14th best team in the country. So, will the trend continue upward next year?
                    Agreed. There are many programs in much worse shape.

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                    • You know what was absent from the joe show this week? any talk of future players, portal, anything like that. I do like our returning players a lot and I think several guys who have been on the edges are ready to be major contributors, however replacing all those lost goals will be a challenge. I'd like to see us be a bit more offensive from a systems point of view. I think our system hurts us sometimes.
                      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
                        You know what was absent from the joe show this week? any talk of future players, portal, anything like that. I do like our returning players a lot and I think several guys who have been on the edges are ready to be major contributors, however replacing all those lost goals will be a challenge. I'd like to see us be a bit more offensive from a systems point of view. I think our system hurts us sometimes.
                        I'm not a hockey X's and O's guy, but outside of parking a big body in front of the net and getting more natural centers, what more can scheme do? Tech has been getting shots/scoring chances. I suspect their conversion rate on scoring chances wasn't very good. What does Joe say, he expects goalies to let in 1 out of 7 scoring chances and the team to convert on 1 out of 5? I wouldn't be surprised to see the team averaging converting 1 out of every 9 or 10. Tech has had a history of making average goalies look like Richter candidates. Tech needs more players who hit their passes and can consistently beat a goalie.

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                        • Originally posted by manurespreader View Post
                          You know what was absent from the joe show this week? any talk of future players, portal, anything like that. I do like our returning players a lot and I think several guys who have been on the edges are ready to be major contributors, however replacing all those lost goals will be a challenge. I'd like to see us be a bit more offensive from a systems point of view. I think our system hurts us sometimes.
                          With the restrictions on what Joe can comment on, it's hard to talk about specific players. A general comment isn't really going to tell us much (we're looking for more size, we're looking for more skill. etc.) but maybe WHERE they're recruiting would be insightful. Tyler Shelast was supposed to have much more of an influence with western Canada, is that paying off? Has southern Ontario dried up for abundant D-1 talent like it used to produce?

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                          • I find it odd that some teams other than us, can get top players out of Michigan. UMass does it, Blasi does it, it can be done. We get very few except for the Brighton connection. I agree that recruiting is the name of the game. I also wonder if a skill player with great hands is also a hard skill guy joe talks about all the time. It also would be nice to pick up a few more draft picks.
                            Having said all that Quinnipiac get a lot of guys out of the BCHL and they are doing great.
                            I will totally admit mel's job got a lot easier when he moved.
                            MTU: Three time NCAA champions.

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

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                            • Originally posted by John J. MacInnes View Post

                              With the restrictions on what Joe can comment on, it's hard to talk about specific players. A general comment isn't really going to tell us much (we're looking for more size, we're looking for more skill. etc.) but maybe WHERE they're recruiting would be insightful. Tyler Shelast was supposed to have much more of an influence with western Canada, is that paying off? Has southern Ontario dried up for abundant D-1 talent like it used to produce?
                              I think a lot of the talented players out of southern Ontario go to play in the BCHL these days. There is still some talent in the OJHL, but not as much as there used to be.

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                              • Eric Gotz has entered the transfer portal.

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