I could stick around for a bit if Logan Lambdin (#71) can work with Patrick Khoderenko (#55) like that (beauteous goal) or Haag can play with that kind of fire. Not bad for just one coach's practice overall.
We didn't win, but we certainly should have. I was pleased with most aspects of our play and disappointed in others. I worry that we saw some indications of problems that have plagued us for years, namely lack of Powerplay productivity and lack of scoring touch. We tied this game because we couldn't bury our chances. I know that happens in hockey but after witnessing this problem for years, I will be convinced it isn't an issue when it's no longer consistently an issue. Also, I do not know the stats on faceoffs but it did feel like we lost quite a few.
On the other hand, we possessed the puck a lot tonight and passed fairly well, besides some expected sloppiness. We looked solid on defense and limited Toronto to very few scoring chances.They are quite lucky they scored at all, let alone 2.
I thought Appleton and Haag both looked to play with a fair bit of speed and fire. Let's hope that keeps up. I thought some of the freshman showed pretty well so maybe we've got some pieces to work with.
With that all being said, I would wager that Toronto is the worst team we'll see this year by a fair margin. As a result, I could not accurately peg how we looked in comparison to previous seasons. I do think we looked a little better than I expected but I'm not sure that will get it done when Denver comes to town in a few weeks.
Last edited by Pirateasaur; 10-02-2016 at 08:55 PM.
Do we have three jersey sets now, or did we literally wear practice jerseys today?
Edit: oh, we do have 3. The normal Spartan head ones, the delicious script throwbacks and new alts that were announced a few weeks back. Tonight's jerseys looked like practice ones unless we changed out Spartan head uniform design. I'd be fine with that since I never liked those.
Last edited by Pirateasaur; 10-02-2016 at 09:39 PM.
Overall I think MSU ended up winning more faceoffs than lost.
And you are correct, that was quite a bad CIS team MSU played. Give us UWO and Minney and Lethemon would have faced more than a dozen shots.
Last edited by owslachief; 10-02-2016 at 10:40 PM.
Gotta say that I'm impressed with how you guys are dealing with the reality of your program. Much better than the football fans who still can't accept the FACT that Rich Clod coaching at Michigan for three years helped sparty get in-state talent.
Will you guys play defense this year? Or is this just same ol scUM hockey--all flash, no substance? I have to admit, thought, that's quite the country club Red has built in Ann Arbor. I don't know how he does it.
posted some hideous new home jerseys on Twitter not too long ago with "SPARTANS" and a number on the front.
It would be worth questioning the AD again if we replaced our great script jerseys with those.
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