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    This WCHA tourney is wide open. Tech has to realize there are no playoff points awarded for out shooting the other team.
    Bemidji has to wonder with a 1 seed, the reward is a very scrappy , feisty NMU team.
    I think in our series, the clamp down on defense first has to be the game plan against LSSU, safe transition and bury your chances as they are presented. The new lines are balanced, the team is ready for a run, just need to make sure the pedal is to the metal for 60 minutes, starting defensively.

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    I went to the ASu vs USNTDP game last night. Here's my thoughts on ASU.
    They are fast, especially the forwards. they play the heavy game, a la BG or UND. They try very hard to transition you and catch you on the wrong side of the puck. The whole system is designed to get an odd man rush and even from inside their own end they are always looking to break you down quickly. The defense is big generally, though they do have some smaller guys but they do not get involved all that much and the bigger defense do a good imitation of large traffic cones. So they can be turned. They are pretty physical, especially in the corners. They have guys who can shoot it. They had two goals last night into a 3 in sq spot, high stick side,.... from the blue line.
    On the PK, they use a 1 1 2, and pressure the puck pretty hard, all the time. they especially like to pressure the point and cover the man who is most likely to provide puck support. thus getting an odd man rush back the other way. They do not cover down low nearly as well but still pressure the puck.
    on the pp, they use an umbrella plus two in the slot, one high, one low. So there is not guys off to the sides and one guy in front.One of the umbrella guys will come down on the weak side sometimes but generally not. they leave the back door uncovered for the most part. if the play gets down low the defensemen will move tighter and be just above the top of the face-off circles. They use 4 forwards and one defenseman in the pp.

    this game was not a fun game to watch. There was an incident in the third period where ASU did what the ntdp coaches considered a dirty, unnecessary hit along the boards with asu up 4-1. This incensed the ntdp coaches, as it was an exhibition game after all, and a big brouhaha ensued with coaches screaming at each other and the ASU coaches almost leaving the bench. Honestly it was the worst display of non sportsmanship I have ever seen. Ever. Shortly afterwards, there was a scrum in front of the ASU goal which resulted in quite the brawl. Bigger than you generally see by a lot. I left at that time, but i'm not sure there was a handshake line.
    ASU reminded me of a good ECHL team in the way they played. The ntdp players were just so young and still growing into themselves. Size wise they were no match for asu, but they had a lot of skill and speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    I went to the ASu vs USNTDP game last night. Here's my thoughts on ASU...
    With the most recent Coyotes rink deal falling through, I think the whole ASU program is on thin ice. Clearly no conference wants to sign them up without a real rink and they don't have one on the horizon. The Coyotes are rumored to have been looking at existing rinks in the Northwest (Portland, Seattle) leaving ASU hanging. I get the feeling if they don't have a rink plan, at least on paper by the end of next season, ASU's D-I program may be closing up shop before it ever gets rolling. They are clearly a case of a university being so eager to spend their donation and put a team on the ice, they plowed ahead without having a solid plan of how to KEEP the team on the ice beyond the first couple seasons. Yes, the buzz can carry you for a couple seasons, but eventually the fans (not sure how many there really are) are going to get tired of seeing their D-I team always on the road or when they are at home playing D-II/III schools ever week after Jan 1st every season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    For a team that has such a great Pk, we didn't get it done this weekend. they were able to dominate on the pp. And I wonder if Wintjes will play again, Redmond has been marginal the last several weeks.
    No Tech did not get it done on the pk. But I would guess that if one looks there would be a common theme on who is out when they get scored on, seems like it is always the same guys. Out of position, inactive sticks, getting memorized by the puck, not in shooting lanes, too afraid to sacrifice the body....just a hunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    With the most recent Coyotes rink deal falling through, I think the whole ASU program is on thin ice. Clearly no conference wants to sign them up without a real rink and they don't have one on the horizon. The Coyotes are rumored to have been looking at existing rinks in the Northwest (Portland, Seattle) leaving ASU hanging. I get the feeling if they don't have a rink plan, at least on paper by the end of next season, ASU's D-I program may be closing up shop before it ever gets rolling. They are clearly a case of a university being so eager to spend their donation and put a team on the ice, they plowed ahead without having a solid plan of how to KEEP the team on the ice beyond the first couple seasons. Yes, the buzz can carry you for a couple seasons, but eventually the fans (not sure how many there really are) are going to get tired of seeing their D-I team always on the road or when they are at home playing D-II/III schools ever week after Jan 1st every season.
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    I disagree with that. I think they will be around. They weren't getting what they wanted from the Coyotes but they have other options. I think they will have a rink in about 3 years, maybe a bit less. The question is, what league will they go to a the time . Is the NCHC going to take them along with Mankato? That's my guess. I don't see UND going to the b1g, or anybody else going to the b1g. I know there are other teams looking around, but it's expensive to get done. They endowed the money that was given them, so for now they are ok money wise. If this continues maybe not, but for now they are ok. It's a big school with lots and lots of cash.

    And i also forgot to mention in my previous post. They run a 1 2 2 forecheck, though it's not like ours, and sometimes, though rarely, go to a 2 1 2. they are aggressive on the puck in the 2 1 2. it helped them, but they didn't stay in it very long. Once they were able to convert a couple of goals they went back to a neutral zone type of game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    I think they will have a rink in about 3 years, maybe a bit less.
    I think this was discussed a while back in the ASU thread, but honestly given that they don't even have a site picked or any kind of plan yet, I would say they are 3+ seasons away. You're going to spend two seasons (minimum) in construction unless you're building a cookie-cutter pole barn rink and at least a year putting plans together.
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    Why are we discussing ASU in the Tech thread?
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    We're trading Bemidji to the NCHC for the rights to ASU and an expansion team to be named later hoping to secure 7 of the bottom 10 positions in the PWR next season. BSU is clearly too good for the WCHA, they need to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    We're trading Bemidji to the NCHC for the rights to ASU and an expansion team to be named later hoping to secure 7 of the bottom 10 positions in the PWR next season. BSU is clearly too good for the WCHA, they need to go.

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    I had to laugh at this, that is a good one!

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    I was finally able to watch the games today. Why was Dirk not announcing the game on the wcha tv feed Saturday night?

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    I was finally able to watch the games today. Why was Dirk not announcing the game on the wcha tv feed Saturday night?
    I assume the games were on TV6 so they simulcast the tv feed.

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    I assume the games were on TV6 so they simulcast the tv feed.
    They both were

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    I assume the games were on TV6 so they simulcast the tv feed.
    and that's a first, previously they still used the radio feed when TV was in the building. Dirk and Tiger did make a cameo in the second period on the TV broadcast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
    and that's a first, previously they still used the radio feed when TV was in the building. Dirk and Tiger did make a cameo in the second period on the TV broadcast.
    I was actually disappointed they did that, I much prefer Dirk to pretty much anyone, I honestly think he's the best in the business.
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    For those that didn't catch the Mel Pearson show yet, a few notes:
    Mel was really harping on a couple of NMU goals that got through and should've been blocked, need to commit to it if we want to advance in the playoffs
    There will be good seats available with it being Spring Break
    Ray Brice is fine - but tough to throw him in only playing 3 shifts so far
    Baltus - paperwork for redshirt has already started to see if we can get another year - he's open to coming back if eligible
    Steman made some progress but had setbacks and is done for the year
    They thought a lot about starting WIntjes on Saturday - but wanted to put best team out there, and there was a possibility of playing NMU again, so didn't want to give them confidence. Knew we'd eventually get Wintjes in the game.

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    I was actually disappointed they did that, I much prefer Dirk to pretty much anyone, I honestly think he's the best in the business.
    And that color guy... I tell ya...
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but it's 45 dollars additional to the WCHA to watch the playoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong but it's 45 dollars additional to the WCHA to watch the playoffs.
    Not if you bought the all season all team package, but yes if you bought a team specific package, it didn't include playoffs.

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    The single team season pass for 89.99 includes playoffs, do not give them more money for poor product.

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    No one should give the WCHA another dime for their WCHA TV garbage until all of the schools are actually able to produce a decent product. Some of these schools need to figure out they're not playing club hockey.
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