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geezer
11-05-2012, 09:05 AM
Mel is extremely upbeat and optimistic on the radio show right now. Not sure if in denial, drunk, or way smarter than me about the state of the team. Claims they are doing quite a bit better than last year in spite of the losses.

manurespreader
11-05-2012, 09:39 AM
No offense, but I watched those games. That UNO squad looked strong. I think you are wrong in this assumption. MTU also look very lackluster.

Maybe, but for them to be top half who you gonna boot out of there?. St Cloud, UND? UMN?, I don't see it. UNO is big defensively, but those big guys have weaknesses, we just didn't take advantage of them. Heck if they can't beat Bemidji at home I don't see them beating good teams. I think they are a mid pack team that will be fortunate to be top half, dean blais or not.


Yup, we've bottom fed ourselves right into the NCHC next season right along side of DU, our bottom feeding brethren along with whom we've signed a contract with the NBC Sports Network:


that's all well and good, but you have been drinking some serious cool aid my friend if you think your team will be better off next season. You will have a lot less post season money coming in, you will have a much more expensive travel budget, and you will get minimal revenue from the tv deal. So overall maybe you could explain how moving leagues is benefiting you. You certainly will not get more wins, and you will not have a better shot at post season play.

You could argue that tv gets you some recruiting advantage but that's disputed by the guys doing the recruiting, so i'm not seeing it.

I'd agree on one thing, we enjoyed playing against you, wins or not.

Flashy Man
11-05-2012, 09:50 AM
Will Tech Hockey Guide be posting any ofthe video or recordings from this weekend? I was hoping to hear the postgame interview from Saturday to hear Mel's demeanor

They can be found in out weekend wrap-ups.
http://www.techhockeyguide.com/2012/11/weekend-wrap-up-huskies-drop-pair-to-nebraska-omaha/

Just click the playlist button on the bottom of the player.

eye4talent
11-05-2012, 10:12 AM
http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20121018/SPORTS/310180012/Auk-making-transition-look-easy

They are finally starting to build from the back end out. In a few years, Tech's d-corp is shaping up to be among the most solid it's been in many, many years based on the quality of D they recruiting. That's when they will become legitimate contenders.

i agree. building from the back end out. starting with this year's freshmen goalies. seems as though the forum is freaking out about a couple of losses. nobody said rebuilding was going to be easy. i'd like to see them bring is some D with size too, similiar to what they saw with UNO's defensemen this weekend.

Shirtless Guy
11-05-2012, 10:25 AM
i agree. building from the back end out. starting with this year's freshmen goalies. seems as though the forum is freaking out about a couple of losses. nobody said rebuilding was going to be easy. i'd like to see them bring is some D with size too, similiar to what they saw with UNO's defensemen this weekend.The good news is we're getting away from the 5'9" defensemen, everyone that is committed, except Leibinger is at least 6' and some of these recruits are pretty young an likely could end up 6'3" or more before they get to Houghton.

UpNorthHockey
11-05-2012, 10:57 AM
No offense, but I watched those games. That UNO squad looked strong. I think you are wrong in this assumption. MTU also look very lackluster.
I picked UNO and Tech to both track high this season. I see both teams as about equal with Tech being the stronger of the two by a hair based on having more scoring ability.
So far, the team is not playing consistently. If the Tech team that beat the Gophers showed up over the weekend, UNO would have lost.
I think the team needs a bit more emotional maturity....they looked positively dismayed by UNO's toughness....almost like they weren't expecting it.
UNO clearly has it together and is squeezing more performance out of their guys than we are.
This Tech team has the potential to make the top third, but it's looking like a much longer shot after dropping 5 in a row.
Next series will really tell the tale of this team.

eye4talent
11-05-2012, 12:00 PM
The good news is we're getting away from the 5'9" defensemen, everyone that is committed, except Leibinger is at least 6' and some of these recruits are pretty young an likely could end up 6'3" or more before they get to Houghton.

good point. i'm sure a few of them will grow.

geezer
11-05-2012, 12:05 PM
One other thing from my limited viewing: JJ Khaira is a big athletic beast. When the flow of the game starts to click for him more, he's going to be very scary for the bad guys and a joy for Tech fans. Hopefully that happens before the end of 2012.

stuckinwi
11-05-2012, 12:10 PM
One other thing from my limited viewing: JJ Khaira is a big athletic beast. When the flow of the game starts to click for him more, he's going to be very scary for the bad guys and a joy for Tech fans. Hopefully that happens before the end of 2012.

Eick has been far more impressive to me. Chris Conner like speed and exciting play.

geezer
11-05-2012, 12:20 PM
yeah, there is some talent among the freshmen. Unfortunately there are some growing pains to put up with. I saw one play where Eick skated it all the way in to the offensive zone, circled the net, and randomly shot it back out of the zone. I was like, what the frankfurter, Eick, do you want my vote or not.

bigblue_dl
11-05-2012, 12:27 PM
Eick has been more impressive in what I've seen so far, but Khaira has a much, much higher ceiling than Eick, IMO. He's also the type of player that will take a little bit of time to get acclimated to the WCHA, which I think most of us knew going into this season.

Shirtless Guy
11-05-2012, 12:32 PM
Eick has been more impressive in what I've seen so far, but Khaira has a much, much higher ceiling than Eick, IMO. He's also the type of player that will take a little bit of time to get acclimated to the WCHA, which I think most of us knew going into this season.If Eick can figure out the offensive part of his game, how to score and setup his teammates, he will far exceed any expectations I had for him. I thought he would be solid 4th line guy that used his speed to mess with the other team and frustrate them on the PK. If he can find a way to finish, it could become a deadly combination for the Huskies...but yes, Khaira has the highest ceiling of the frosh.

komquat
11-05-2012, 12:42 PM
If Eick can figure out the offensive part of his game, how to score and setup his teammates, he will far exceed any expectations I had for him. I thought he would be solid 4th line guy that used his speed to mess with the other team and frustrate them on the PK. If he can find a way to finish, it could become a deadly combination for the Huskies...but yes, Khaira has the highest ceiling of the frosh.

I think some folks are forgetting about Petan... When career is over, he will most likely be top goal scorer for this freshman group. Kid can flat out shoot the puck.

geezer
11-05-2012, 12:54 PM
I think some folks are forgetting about Petan... When career is over, he will most likely be top goal scorer for this freshman group. Kid can flat out shoot the puck.

He's very good, but with the knowledge that he has peaked athletically. Isn't he an old man compared to these other freshmen?

eye4talent
11-05-2012, 01:06 PM
And it's official, Mark Evan Auk commits to Michigan Tech today while on a campus visit. I think it's a good pickup at his age, he should be in USHL next year and seems to be another high ceiling kid.


write up on the new commit.

http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=6761

mtu_huskies
11-05-2012, 03:24 PM
Mel is extremely upbeat and optimistic on the radio show right now. Not sure if in denial, drunk, or way smarter than me about the state of the team. Claims they are doing quite a bit better than last year in spite of the losses.

I was surprised too, overall pretty optimistic.



Mel Pearson show summary:

Dirk welcomed questions be sent to dj@themix93.com

Tough weekend, we're here to win hockey games, after watching both games again, we did a lot of good things, we're right there, a bounce/timely goal or save we might win 2 games
The negative part is we're not getting it done, we have to and we will
Told team we are dealing with adversity, it's how you deal with it, we have to look at it, be positive, move forward
Sat had 7 grade A chances in first period, jut not scoring to create seperation, so when we give up a goal it's magnified, they'll go in eventually

Why not more success agains a team like UNO?
The last 3 weekends, have played 3 diff teams, UMN up and down ice, try to make plays, not as good defense and goaltending, took advantage of that, put pressure on them
At DU, they play very defensive game, best goaltending, they sit back, have to be patient, have to score on PP against DU
UNO hardest working team of 3, they come after you with pressure, not much time/space with puck, mabe best defense in league, all big guys, they take up space
Can't force the puck going in, sometimes you get bounces, sometimes you don't
For example, on 3 of UNO's sat goals, shot from half wall went in, 3rd goal, not much of a play, sneeks in, 4th goal, reboudn right back out to UNO and shot goes in

We were ready against DU and UNO, outshooting DU both games, played well
We're not giving our freshmen goalie much help by not scoring
Each team is very good, there's parity in college hockey, have to be ready every night
We changed our forecheck against UNO, they try to get puck out as fast as possible, doesn't make sense to send 2 gusy in

Overall playing better, but in some key areas we're not, PP goals, maybe goaltending we had Robinson last year
Dirk pointed out schedule harder than last year
That's probably the best we've played through 5 periods in a long time, just not getting the goals

They reviewed goals from Friday's game:
They came after us right away Friday
Raubenheimer/Fillion battle, he got some room on Fillion, remarkable play falling down slides the puck in
Good goal by Kero, he's pressing a little bit, maybe shooting when he shouldn't and vice versa, but good goal for him
PP at the end of a game, give up SHG, tough goal to give up, even before that B. Pietila had a chance all alone in the slot
lose the faceoff, 2x2, Tanner looks down at the puck, UNO blows by and tough goal to give up
We were better team last 2 periods, had opportunities, but didn't put them in
Very disapointed in locker room, victory snatched out of your hands, not a systems break down, simple break down 1x1, taught to play the man instead of puck
We played hard and well enough to win game

On Saturday:
We scored 1st, D. Johnstones 1st of season, real big goal, usually good when we have lead
We got some great chances besides this in 1st, 7 or 8 Grade A chances, they had shots advantage but we outchanced them 8-1 Grade A chances
We had a good 2nd period, but they scored 4 goals, we had good attempts around the net
Didn't like UNO's 2nd and 3rd goals, Copley is trying hard, just getting some tough bounces
When we're not scoring, every goal they score is more inflated
Mel rewatched the game yesterday, if we play like we do, fix a few things and score, we'll be fine
B. Pietila good putback to make it 2-2, thought we would be fine
UNO PP goal, we had a chance to clear puck, plenty of time, didn't get it out, they kept it and they got a goal
Don't like how we reacted after that, he a Forward back because a Dman had played in the rush, Forward misplayed it, Robenheimer gets the rebound and scores, 2 goal lead, big goal for UNO
Decided to pull goalie early, 4 min left to get offensive pressure, but they score
Petan goal made it 5-3, we battled to the end
Give our team credit, they battled and fought hard, two solid efforts, the guys are doing a lot of good things,
played well defensively, didn't give them much utnil 3rd period Saturday

2 ways to look at this bye weekend, we're struggling, so good time to get away and work on a few things, with no game, no concern about the guys being tired
Otherside is we want to keep laying and get out of this funk
This will be a good week, 2 extra days of practice this week

Questions:
Last year when we played UNO, they were one of the better teams we played, how are they similar or different from last year?
Similar hard work ethic, aggresive. Last year they treid to make better plays, this year they simplified it, not tryign to amek plays but limit how much their defensmen handle the pucks, same system overall.


We all had high expectations after UMN, and still had high expectations after DU, what to say
Easiest time to get down is when the team is down. This is the time to stay positive, we're playing extremely well, we're playing better this year than at this point last year even though record is opposite. A lot of good things going on, good players/kids, hang in there. It's a long season.

Last week Genoe did not go to DU, how does it affect a player and his practicing?
We talked to Kevin, told him to work hard and be ready. Goalie situation is still open. Kevin was ready this weekend, nic job Friday, Saturday in relief he played extremely well. Need to stay in touch with all players, let them know where they stand.


Was sitting Gould and Furne injury or change in lineup?
Change in lineup, Furne was leading goal scorer last year, there are things he needs to do to play well. Thought with UNO wanted to see other players. A. Pietila did a good job, Hietila did a real nice job for first ever game at Tech.
We were better team for two periods, but couldn't score and gave up a couple we should've had.


Mel's thoughts on Jujhar's penalty wwhile we were on PP?
We talked about that JJ knew it right away. We did a good job on the weekend overall, 2 penalties Friday, 3 Saturday, did good overall. Everyone knows on power play can't take penalties.

How do we right the ship on the PP?
Keep working. Made some tweaks Saturday that created opportunities. No Furne on Sat so inserted someone new, 1-3 on PP Saturdya, Simplify it and get pucks to the net.

What was coaching staffs thoughts on faceoffs on weekend?
Much better on Saturday. We spent time on it this week. JJ was 13-4 on Saturday, we'll spend more time this week on it. We got some opportunities off the faceoff, just didn't cash in.

on GLI, cancelling of events at Comerica park with Tech and other teams, will be inside.
Mel's disapointed, big event. He's been part of 3 outdoor games, it would've been special. Feel bad for Seniors, it's a produce of NHL lockout. 29th and 30th inside at Joe Louis, hopefully will get opportunity next year. You never know, but hopefully it will happen a year from now.



We're playign good hockey, just a few things keeping us from wins.
Not scoring, you can't give up goals, so when a bad goal goes in, it's magnified.
Until we start scoring, need to be perfect, we're not right now
Need to get the PP going.
Will work on traffic in front of the net, battling down load.
It's not all broken, we have a flat tire, we need to fix that and we'll be fine.
When we don't score on PP, other team gets confident and takes penalties. We have to be better, we're middle fo the pack in nation on PP, want to be top 10% on PP and PK.
Mel's not alarmed, fans shouldn't be alarmed, it's a journey not a sprint. We're making progress, May not see it in W/L

bose301s
11-05-2012, 03:35 PM
I trust Mel, he definitely knows what he is doing and has proven that over his long career. Even with that said I want some of what he is smoking ;)

Overall it's easier for the fans to concentrate on W/L as we don't see the day to day progress of the team and the behind the scenes work effort etc. I would think our final record will get closer to .500 but probably more like last years rather than breaking that .500 hump which I think a lot of us thought we would do at the beginning of the season.

huskyfan
11-05-2012, 03:50 PM
its certainly disappointing, but I do think the team looks as good as I've seen them. they are still young and doing some silly stuff. Eick is fast fast fast. Petan too. yes, think Chris Conner. goaltending ... in Steve Shields we shall trust. hopefully the worst is over and we will be racking up points soon.

Shirtless Guy
11-05-2012, 04:26 PM
The bad news is the Huskies are 2-6-0 and we hoped/expected for more through this tough early schedule. While the Huskies longest losing streak was only 4 games last year, we have gone 2-6 over an eight game stretch (around GLI last year), we also went 2-5-1 after tying duluth before the big victory saturday and we also ended the regular season 1-5-2 before sweeping CC in Colorado Springs. The Huskies need to rebound and find a way to beat BSU in Bemidji...I don't think they've done that yet. Also of note, 3 times last year, the Huskies had 12+ days without game. The first game after an idle weekend the Huskies are 0-2 on the "road" (@Anchorage, @GLI) and 1-0 at home (vs UAA).

bose301s
11-05-2012, 07:58 PM
So I've said this in the game chats but I am posting here to see what anyone else has to say. According to the radio broadcasts University Images has replica and authentic versions of the new jerseys for sale. I emailed University Images before I heard tha ads and asked them and they claim to only have replica jerseys. I personally want an authentic jersey, the exact same as the players wear with the tie down in the back and everything. So, for anyone who has been to the store this fall, do they have authentic jerseys or only replica?