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MavHockey14
10-07-2012, 09:09 AM
Tonight officially kicks off the Mike Hastings era of Maverick Hockey.

Here's Shane's article from this morning's free press: http://mankatofreepress.com/sports/x1149575739/Hastings-has-coached-with-the-best

I will be at tonight's game and give a breakdown of what I see, etc.

Looking forward to this season..it has the potential to be a fun one!

MavHockey14
10-07-2012, 09:19 PM
7-1 win tonight. SOG were 65-10.

I know it''s early and it was exhibition, but the last two periods especially, they Mavs played really well. They're talented. Leitner is a stud.

MavsFan
10-07-2012, 11:50 PM
A lot of fun. Not much of a crowd, but I guess that an exhibition game at the same time as a Vikings game, it was to be expected.

MavsFan
10-08-2012, 12:26 AM
By the way, the Civic Center better get its act together. At the first intermission tonight, within five minutes they were out of hot dogs, hot pretzels, and cheeseburgers. This was a 5:00 game, where most people probably wouldn't have dinner before coming (too early) and wouldn't want to wait until after (too late.) And it's not like it was an unexpectedly large crowd. Announced was about 1200, but there was nowhere near that actually in the building. We were able to hold my grandson off with some popcorn until they had more food ready for the second intermission, but it was really not excusable.

MavHockey14
10-08-2012, 10:49 AM
A lot of fun. Not much of a crowd, but I guess that an exhibition game at the same time as a Vikings game, it was to be expected.

I bet that was close to actual attendance. I'd like to say I'm surprised by your concession troubles but the staff at the Arena has been a joke from day one.

I forgot to say.. Blueger is young..a little raw but highly talented.

MavsFan
10-08-2012, 11:55 AM
Blueger made some very nice passes that weren't converted, but he seems to have a good sense for where the opportunities are.

Red Cows
10-08-2012, 12:57 PM
Ugh, I note that the Purple Cows were 1-8 on the power play against an over-matched opponent.

Hastings was in charge of UNO's horrific power play here. UNO only had 25 power play goals last season in 146 attempts (worst in the WCHA).

Hastings walks on water here in Omaha and he has some major street cred. That said, it will be interesting to see if you guys have as dyslexic a power play as we have had under his tutelage as your season goes on.

A power play hallmark was the utterly ridiculous amount of dump and chase that went on, a lot of the time, for no discernible reason. Battles that UNO didn't win very much. Seriously, I am not making this up--more often than not, UNO looked better on offense, short-handed, than they did on the power play last season, a comment buttressed by the fact that UNO was 2nd in the nation in shorties last season with 10 goals scored.

You've been warned. I don't seem to recall his Lancer's teams having this problem, though. For the most part, those teams were so good it might not have mattered much, anyway.

MavHockey14
10-08-2012, 01:10 PM
Ugh, I note that the Purple Cows were 1-8 on the power play against an over-matched opponent.

Hastings was in charge of UNO's horrific power play here. UNO only had 25 power play goals last season in 146 attempts (worst in the WCHA).

Hastings walks on water here in Omaha and he has some major street cred. That said, it will be interesting to see if you guys have as dyslexic a power play as we have had under his tutelage as your season goes on.

A power play hallmark was the utterly ridiculous amount of dump and chase that went on, a lot of the time, for no discernible reason. Battles that UNO didn't win very much. Seriously, I am not making this up--more often than not, UNO looked better on offense, short-handed, than they did on the power play last season, a comment buttressed by the fact that UNO was 2nd in the nation in shorties last season with 10 goals scored.

You've been warned. I don't seem to recall his Lancer's teams having this problem, though. For the most part, those teams were so good it might not have mattered much, anyway.

Definitely wasn't a problem last night, just couldn't finish at all last night. It'll be interesting to keep note of this.

MavsFan
10-08-2012, 01:30 PM
Definitely wasn't a problem last night, just couldn't finish at all last night. It'll be interesting to keep note of this.Yeah, that was my sense. They were generating the opportunities, as witnessed by 29 shots on goal in the third period. He hasn't had much time with the guys yet, so I'm sure that installing a power play was not the first priority.

MavHockey14
10-08-2012, 02:05 PM
From Shane's PucKato blog:


Looking at the Mavs: Forwards
The following is a glance at Minnesota State's forwards for the 2012-13 season. Today focuses on the forwards.

Minnesota State returns its top four scoring forwards from a year ago in Matt Leitner, Jean Paul LaFontaine, Eriah Hayes and Zach Lehrke. Last season, Leitner, LaFontaine and Hayes played together most of the season and were an excellent group, but that trio was broken up for Sunday's exhibition game.

With the talented Leitner centering Chase Grant and freshman Bryce Gervais, and the underrated Lehrke taking the spot between LaFontaine (an all-WCHA rookie team pick last year) and Hayes, the Mavericks look like they have some real offensive depth up front.

"We've got four lines that all can put the puck in the net," Leitner said after his four-point game against Lethbridge. "As a team we feel we can throw anybody out there."

Having Grant back from a season lost to injury certainly helps (he had 20 points as a freshman in '10-11), and this year's rookie class of Gervais, Teddy Blueger, Brett Knowles and Dylan Margonari has been highly touted since they signed their NLIs last November. Gervais had a three-point game in the exhibition, and Blueger, a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer, showed some flash, including a pretty no-look pass to set up a power play goal. But it was the lesser-hyped Margonari who turned some heads, as he showed some speed and a pretty shot for a goal before leaving the game with a minor injury.

The 6-4, 210-pound Hayes is playing for his senior season as well as for what's to follow (he'll be a free agent); everything points to him being be motivated by both prospects. Johnny McInnis took a big step forward last year, earning and then keeping a spot as a solid two-way player. J.P. Burkemper has shown promise in the past when he's been healthy (he was held out Sunday to rest a minor injury).

Coach Mike Hastings said on Sunday that, when healthy, the Mavericks have enough depth to play four lines. Who will fill in the lineup? The Lethbridge game began with Margonari, Max Gaede and senior Eli Zuck on the fourth line, with Mankato native Corey Leivermann, Charlie Thauwald and Taylor Herndon not getting in the game until the second period.

Minnesota State forwards (2011-12 stats)
Matt Leitner, so. (38 games, 11-1829)
Jean-Paul LaFontaine, so. (38 games, 13-1528)
Eriah Hayes, sr. (36 games, 13-1124)
Zach Lehrke, jr. (35 games, 13-1023)
Johnny McInnis, jr. (37 games, 8-715)
Eli Zuck, sr. (35 games, 4-1014)
Max Gaede, so. (30 games, 3-47)
J.P. Burkemper, jr. (17 games, 2-35)
Corey Leivermann, jr. (21 games, 1-01)
Charlie Thauwald, so. (7 games, 0-11)
Chase Grant, so. (5 games, 0-00)*
Teddy Blueger, fr.
Bryce Gervais, fr.
Taylor Herndon, fr.
Brett Knowles, fr.
Dylan Margonari, fr.

* = medical redshirt

Gervais looked really good last night. He played with great passion and he has a great shot; he looks like a natural goal scorer.

Bale
10-08-2012, 04:45 PM
Yeah, that was my sense. They were generating the opportunities, as witnessed by 29 shots on goal in the third period. He hasn't had much time with the guys yet, so I'm sure that installing a power play was not the first priority.

Maybe not the first priority, but it was more than a little odd seeing a different power play system than the last 10 years. There was a lot more passing behind and in front of the net and men set up in the goalie's vision rather than just passing it around the top hoping a defender got out of position. Frankly, it was refreshing to me.

MavHockey14
10-08-2012, 04:51 PM
Maybe not the first priority, but it was more than a little odd seeing a different power play system than the last 10 years. There was a lot more passing behind and in front of the net and men set up in the goalie's vision rather than just passing it around the top hoping a defender got out of position. Frankly, it was refreshing to me.

I agree. It was probably implemented during the summer and spring meetings.

It was kind of a hybrid version of the Upsidedown Umbrella.

gfmorris
10-08-2012, 11:00 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing y'all on our ice yet again. We're glad that y'all could keep the date.

GFM

Iwearpurple
10-08-2012, 11:47 PM
Ugh, I note that the Purple Cows were 1-8 on the power play against an over-matched opponent.

Hastings was in charge of UNO's horrific power play here. UNO only had 25 power play goals last season in 146 attempts (worst in the WCHA).

Hastings walks on water here in Omaha and he has some major street cred. That said, it will be interesting to see if you guys have as dyslexic a power play as we have had under his tutelage as your season goes on.

A power play hallmark was the utterly ridiculous amount of dump and chase that went on, a lot of the time, for no discernible reason. Battles that UNO didn't win very much. Seriously, I am not making this up--more often than not, UNO looked better on offense, short-handed, than they did on the power play last season, a comment buttressed by the fact that UNO was 2nd in the nation in shorties last season with 10 goals scored.

You've been warned. I don't seem to recall his Lancer's teams having this problem, though. For the most part, those teams were so good it might not have mattered much, anyway.

What I do know is that with Mike Hastings behind our bench, we are better that with Troy Jutting (and I liked Jutting).

MavHockey14
10-08-2012, 11:48 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing y'all on our ice yet again. We're glad that y'all could keep the date.

GFM

We are as well, sir! Now if we can just get you guys into the nWCHA!

Red Cows
10-09-2012, 12:55 AM
What I do know is that with Mike Hastings behind our bench, we are better that with Troy Jutting (and I liked Jutting).

Jutting was the Mav coach the UNO announcers talked to tonight between the 1st and 2nd period of our exhibition game with Lethbridge. Coach Blais watched the game from the press box right next to UNO's announcer's box tonight, for some reason. He actually sounded like a more gravelly version of Blais. He sounds very old time hockey.

Hastings is a winner. I actually think he'll probably be a better head coach than assistant. You guys could have done a whole lot worse. Maybe Jutting will be a better assistant than head coach for us.

MavHockey14
10-09-2012, 01:59 AM
Jutting was the Mav coach the UNO announcers talked to tonight between the 1st and 2nd period of our exhibition game with Lethbridge. Coach Blais watched the game from the press box right next to UNO's announcer's box tonight, for some reason. He actually sounded like a more gravelly version of Blais. He sounds very old time hockey.

Hastings is a winner. I actually think he'll probably be a better head coach than assistant. You guys could have done a whole lot worse. Maybe Jutting will be a better assistant than head coach for us.

Jutting smokes two packs a day, hence the voice.:p Jutting is a pretty solid recruiter. He's gotten a few pretty good finds and has great relations with Shattuck St. Mary's Prep in Faribault, MN.

Outside of Guentzel, I think Hastings was the best available to fill a head coaching spot. He's got a chance to finish strong in the old WCHA and help us move into the upper echelon of the reformed league for many years to come.

goldy_331
10-09-2012, 06:58 AM
We are as well, sir! Now if we can just get you guys into the nWCHA!

Are you two boys going to get a room together in Huntsville for the weekend? Then you could consummate this little love fest. :p

MavHockey14
10-09-2012, 12:22 PM
Are you two boys going to get a room together in Huntsville for the weekend? Then you could consummate this little love fest. :p

I do apologize, old man, for wanting the conference your greedy school is leaving to pick up a program that would fit relatively well and virtually solidify the saving of the program.;)

gfmorris
10-09-2012, 03:15 PM
I do apologize, old man, for wanting the conference your greedy school is leaving to pick up a program that would fit relatively well and virtually solidify the saving of the program.;)

Indeed.

GFM <-- thought this was to be a mutually-appreciative platonic fan alliance, at least until the Chargers get in and I get to hate Mankato again.