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    Re: MSU Spartan Hockey - Episode VII - A New Hope

    It sounds like MSU kept their poise after an obscenely quick 3rd period goal and two empty power plays, scored, and then poured it on. Woody actually lost his voice a little.

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    Entertaining game. Even though the crowd was sparse, it was engaged and much louder than expected. Team looked much better than last year at this time..Hirosi line was especially impressive and could have scored a couple more goals.

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    Wasn't able to see the game, but getting a quick start and then being able to bounce back twice is a good sign. Not a good sign is giving up a lead twice, but even having the lead that many times to blow is an improvement over last year. Not sure if Lawson is the place it once was, but getting a win there tonight would be huge.
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    I had nearly forgotten what it felt like to leave Munn after an exciting victory. The last time I witnessed MSU win a game was Princeton last October and before that, Wisconsin in December 2015. There were a few wins that I missed in those years but that is a stunningly sad statistic. Unthinkable, even near the end of Comley's tenure when morale was at an all time low(until the end of the Anastos era)

    I have quite a few thoughts about the game:
    I really like what I saw. I saw a team with far more offensive flair than I anticipated and can move and possess the puck better than prior years. You can't truly predict what this team would be capable of had Anastos stuck around but his teams did not create scoring chance and pour pressure on like this team has in what few games we've seen. I especially like how strong our third periods have been. Once Scarsella tied it up we poured it on. You could feel the game winner coming. When's the last time any of us could say that?

    With that being said, the Powerplay is still a work in progress. We did score one(technically 2 but their goalie was pulled) but most of our time on the PP was spent fetching it deep in our own zone after WMU threw it down ice. Our PK looked fantastic, and even dangerous. We had several scoring opportunities short-handed including a 3on1. Ironically, this actually led to WMU's first goal as it came back the other way with 3 of our players caught deep.

    The Hirose-Khodorenko-Lewandowski line is fantastic. I also like the Sanford-Apap-Kamer combination which is something I certainly never would have predicted before the season. In fact, every line has their moments and pulls their weight. That is a great sign.

    Hirose did get knocked around out there at times. He may have to put some beef on those bones if he wants to make a career our of Hockey. He's got some moves, though. ****.

    Lethemon played fine, not great. Their 3rd and 4th goals i'm sure he'd like to have back but he made some big saves as well.

    We were getting murdered in the faceoff circle the first 30 minutes. They were 18-6 WMU at one point and it was a big problem. It ended something like 32-26 MSU. That made a huge difference for us.

    Congrats to Scarsella on his first goal. I think that shot really caught Blacker by surprise. He seems to have found a regular spot in the lineup which is interesting since he was most frequently the odd man out last year. He must have had a great summer.

    Crowd was alright. I was hoping for more parade/Midnght madness runoff but apparently that doesn't happen.

    Lastly, I am excited to report that the proper stick salute might be back. They did not play it in time as the team raised their sticks and began getting off the ice but Shadows then began playing. My hope is that this is the final nail in the coffin of this program's dark ages.

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    Well, I didn't expect to complete a sweep at Lawson but I was hoping for a bit of a better performance offensively. Cole did not seem concerned or dissatisfied with the guys afterwards so neither am I.

    Maybe LSSU will still be tired after chasing Denver around for 6 periods in the thin air. I haven't seen shots that lopsided since our 2008 squad squared off with Wisconsin and Miami.

    That was more of a joke but the more I think of it the more it might play a small factor in our series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirateasaur View Post
    Well, I didn't expect to complete a sweep at Lawson but I was hoping for a bit of a better performance offensively. Cole did not seem concerned or dissatisfied with the guys afterwards so neither am I.

    Maybe LSSU will still be tired after chasing Denver around for 6 periods in the thin air. I haven't seen shots that lopsided since our 2008 squad squared off with Wisconsin and Miami.

    That was more of a joke but the more I think of it the more it might play a small factor in our series.
    Ah yes. Was that the game against MU when MSU was outshot like 40-11 and won the game there? We had some good luck vs. Miami in the later Comley years when the shot clock was lopsided the other way

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    New dman for 2018 is Jordan Wishman
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    Quote Originally Posted by owslachief View Post
    Ah yes. Was that the game against MU when MSU was outshot like 40-11 and won the game there? We had some good luck vs. Miami in the later Comley years when the shot clock was lopsided the other way
    I got curious as to what I was remembering and against Wisconsin we lost 3-1 and were outshot 53-12. There was one game against Miami where we lost 6-1 and were outshot 60-13. Looks like the night before we won 4-1, though!

    I feel as though no team knew how to beat the hell out of MSU like Miami in the last decade. They'd still probably pound us despite their struggles in recent years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirateasaur View Post
    I got curious as to what I was remembering and against Wisconsin we lost 3-1 and were outshot 53-12. There was one game against Miami where we lost 6-1 and were outshot 60-13. Looks like the night before we won 4-1, though!
    We won 4-1, Palmissano had the night of his life, and it was his last win before Comley made his big announcement. The 6-1 was the big writing on the wall I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsummers View Post
    New dman for 2018 is Jordan Wishman
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    This is a good pick-up. I could almost swear this guy was once a Michigan recruit (or relative of one).

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    Yeesh, LSSU got outshot 120-29 last weekend.

    I don't want to count on much, especially since even Denver didn't get the sweep last week, but if we could take two that would provide some confidence heading into Minneapolis.
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    It's easy to get ahead of ourselves (and heaven knows I've been guilty of that a few times), but I'm encouraged by the comments I've seen here regarding the first two weekends. I'm also hearing from those who've been around the program a long time who are pretty much saying the same things. "Eye-opening" and "haven't seen this for few years" are part of the recurring theme.

    So I'm pretty juiced for this weekend. Also for the pre-Halloween festive atmosphere. Kinda on that theme, I wonder if "Munnsters" could be a nice name for the student section. Or maybe DC Comics - but then that could get legally tricky.

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    With either 2 or 3 fewer games than the rest of the league, the Khoderenko-Hirose-Lewandowski line represents three spots all tied for 7th in overall B1G scoring.

    Belated congratulations to Mitch Lewandowski, whose 4-point night in his 3rd game as a freshman helped him earn Big 10's #1 star honors last weekend.

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    Quick look at the stats through 4 games.. I see MSU is 25% on the power play. What an improvement from last year. Could be a huge difference if it keeps around 20% or higher all year.

    PK is at 78.9% which isn't great but I expect improvement in that area as the year goes on with such a young team...
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    Quote Originally Posted by owslachief View Post
    It's easy to get ahead of ourselves (and heaven knows I've been guilty of that a few times), but I'm encouraged by the comments I've seen here regarding the first two weekends. I'm also hearing from those who've been around the program a long time who are pretty much saying the same things. "Eye-opening" and "haven't seen this for few years" are part of the recurring theme.

    So I'm pretty juiced for this weekend. Also for the pre-Halloween festive atmosphere. Kinda on that theme, I wonder if "Munnsters" could be a nice name for the student section. Or maybe DC Comics - but then that could get legally tricky.
    I think that things are looking up for sure but I'm trying to keep in my mind that competition from at least a few B1G teams will be quite a bit stiffer than BG and WMU. i'm gonna take the same approach I am with the football team and just enjoy improvement and hopefully a few more wins than the last couple years. Maybe the hockey team will surpass expectations like the football team?

    I think LSSU will be tougher than the box score with Denver might indicate. They kept up just fine with NMU and MTU who appear to be decent teams. Plus, they're largely the same squad that embarrassed us a year ago.

    The students can be The Cole Train. I don't much care for jazz, though.
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    I think that things are looking up for sure but I'm trying to keep in my mind that competition from at least a few B1G teams will be quite a bit stiffer than BG and WMU. i'm gonna take the same approach I am with the football team and just enjoy improvement and hopefully a few more wins than the last couple years. Maybe the hockey team will surpass expectations like the football team?

    I think LSSU will be tougher than the box score with Denver might indicate. They kept up just fine with NMU and MTU who appear to be decent teams. Plus, they're largely the same squad that embarrassed us a year ago.

    The students can be The Cole Train. I don't much care for jazz, though.
    Cole Train . Could be wee obtuse for the average 20-year old, but you never know ... MSU does have an accomplished jazz program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owslachief View Post
    Cole Train . Could be wee obtuse for the average 20-year old, but you never know ... MSU does have an accomplished jazz program.
    If they watched "Mr. Holland's Opus," they'll be good.

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    Heeeyy yet another win we can enjoy in person. I believe we have surpassed last season's impressive home win total of 2. Ties it if you count the U-18 game.

    Pretty solid performance. Felt like the ice was tilted our way just about all night. I wonder if LSSU had some heavy legs from that trip out west and the bus ride as we beat them to the puck much of the night. Credit to them for still fighting until the very end because it would have been easy to pack it in once we went up 4-0 and I don't feel MSU necessarily dropped their guard or anything. I suspect the Lakers will have better jump tomorrow so we best come out ready to match their intensity.

    PP didn't score but got some good looks and controlled the puck well. PK was fine, really. LSSU unfortunately managed to pop a couple at the very end of two of them.

    I previously mentioned the Kamer-Apap-Sanford line as playing well but I thought they had a pretty rough night. Did not threaten much offensively and got hemmed in the defensive zone on several occasions. They must be better tomorrow night if we want that sweep.

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    I also like the look of the power play, albeit short of breaking through. But there's plenty of pressure there and it begins with puck movement and good rotation.

    It was not a pretty start with some inexplicable turnovers, including probably the worst one I've ever seen Osburn commit - nearly in MSU's own crease - but #31 cleaned them up. Incredibly, MSU only faced 5 shots while working to right the ship and hit their stride.

    But the rest of the game was basically all Spartans. Some unfortunate penalties - including the first one in period 3 that essentially gave LSSU and it's 35% power-play a two-fer: A bouncing puck leading to a goal and an immediate man-advantage for goal #2. Then - understandably for a young team - we somewhat went into shell mode and survived the last few minutes of the game.

    So, facing a team that gave up 120 shots last weekend, Spartans unsurprisingly got their chances and thankfully buried enough of them. Great to see Jake Smith get his first. Esteves looked really good on an all-freshman line, was active and had 3 shots.

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    How was that for some fun? Two delayed penalty goals, I think two PP goals, and overall good puck movement. It's crazy how much better we are at simply passing the puck and keeping it in the zone. No more skips over sticks or just plain off-the-mark passes. Oh, and first sweep in a year and a half!

    LSSU's goalie gave up a lot of rebounds. I'm starting to see how Denver put up 129 over two days.

    Only downside of tonight was the third period. I'm not sure if the team let up, or Cole told them to take a little easier so it wouldn't get chippy, but it didn't have that same intensity as the first two periods. And the 5 on 3 could have been better. Worked the puck around but didn't get off a quality shot. Odd contrast to the regular PP, so maybe it's just a matter of not practicing enough?

    Wait, one more downside. The Lake State fan who screamed one word phrases in a shrill voice. NET! SKATE! GO!

    Next week will be an interesting test. By far the most talented team we'll face, but they haven't set the world on fire. A couple TV games next week, too!
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