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Old Pio
10-20-2012, 11:39 PM
Looking forward to next week's final MTU regular season visit to Magness. The Huskies are off to a great start. My recommendation? Don't think about the altitude at all. Just forget about the altitude. Over the years, teams have complained that the altitude affected them. Personally, I think the altitude is over-rated. After all, the altitude is only 5,280 feet. I wouldn't give it another thought. ;)

huskyfan
10-21-2012, 08:43 AM
Looking forward to next week's final MTU regular season visit to Magness. The Huskies are off to a great start. My recommendation? Don't think about the altitude at all. Just forget about the altitude. Over the years, teams have complained that the altitude affected them. Personally, I think the altitude is over-rated. After all, the altitude is only 5,280 feet. I wouldn't give it another thought. ;)

it sure messed with Obama's head, huh?

luckily for us altitude has no effect on the tMel's powers

dubbie31
10-21-2012, 10:44 AM
Great Split by Tech this weekend. Definite darkhorse in the WCHA and they will be VERY dangerous...I see this team getting even better as the season progresses. Denver will have their hands full.

Also....Love the new unis! Simple, clean...love the old school look!

manurespreader
10-21-2012, 12:29 PM
Totally agree, Sova looked behind and had problems all night.
Minn was able to hold the blue line consistently, almost exclusively on their left point. I don't know what exactly they were doing to stop the breakout so effectively on that side of the ice, but whatever it was we had a lot of trouble with it. Also totally agree we chased A LOT!. When we got the game to a real strong up and down tempo we were much better. Our passing could be a lot better, and we need to win more faceoffs especially on the pp and pk.

Eick seemed to do fine, but had several near breaks and one total break and probably should have passed the puck instead of shot most of the time. the pressure he puts on was amazing.

I'd like to see Brown, especially against a smaller team, as Minny was quite big size wise.

Also Rau is spoiled and whined about everything to the refs.

Lucia was playing games with the match ups both nights and got away with it the first part of the first game. Towards the end, mel wised up and didn't let him do it so much. We were not able to put pressure on the D the second night like we did the first.

Great series, hope we can improve on the weak areas. Chad Pietila looked especially good.Khaira had his moments but Defensively his whole line was a liability, He'll be a lot better the second half.

Flashy Man
10-21-2012, 12:53 PM
Eick seemed to do fine, but had several near breaks and one total break and probably should have passed the puck instead of shot most of the time. the pressure he puts on was amazing.

Mel has said in the past Eick had a pass first mentality, I believe he's trying to get him to believe more in his shooting.

MeanEgirl
10-21-2012, 07:04 PM
Hi...long time reader, first time poster (in months). :p

I just came here to comment on two guys, but let's make it 3.

Eick- oh my. Love what I'm seeing from him...only 3 and 4 games into his career. And it's only gonna get better!

Rix- great to see him scoring. Hoping for more! If it becomes excessive, I might have to trade for for him on my fantasy team.

And most importantly...

I hope Alt wasn't too miserable this weekend in his least favorite town. Lucky for him, he won't need to come back. Tool.

bigblue_dl
10-21-2012, 08:18 PM
I was very impressed with what I saw this weekend. I think the 2 biggest takeaways that I had: Tech is faster than I have ever seen them, especially Eick. And the fan support was excellent, with the building as packed as I have ever seen it on Saturday night. If this team keeps up this kind of play, they will win alot of games, and that building is going to be crazy and full all year.

The Troll mtu86
10-21-2012, 08:23 PM
Eick was certainly fun to watch. He needs to shoot a little more though....And MeanEgirl, thank you for selling me the winning ticket for the jersey raffle on Friday night. If I'd of known you had the lucky touch, all of these years, I wouldn't have wasted my money buying tickets from anybody else. :)

FadeToBlack&Gold
10-21-2012, 08:32 PM
Our "offensive" defensemen, Seigo and Sweeney, are -4 after this weekend, and only have one assist each. Seigo, especially, needs to step it up. Sova too, who is 1-1-2 and even, but has too many early penalty minutes for an upperclassman.

Meanwhile, our "defensive" defensemen, Stebner and Nielsen, are both +6 with 0-3-3 and 1-1-2 lines, respectively. A very strong start for a pair who aren't supposed to rack up a lot of points.

bigblue_dl
10-21-2012, 08:48 PM
I'm watching Friday night's game on DVR, and wow, Tech really does look good. :eek:

The Rube
10-21-2012, 09:32 PM
A big thanks to all the MTU fans for a fun weekend. Many of the rookie road trippers mentioned that they want to head back sometime for a random game if MN doesn't travel there again.

davyd83
10-21-2012, 09:44 PM
I've gotta say the new white sweaters are sharp and the UP on the shoulder is an outstanding touch, but those classic golds are awesome. Nicely done MTU, a huge improvement!

bigblue_dl
10-21-2012, 09:50 PM
The Gophers announcers, the new guy who's name I don't know and Gorg, are very complimentary of Tech during this Friday game I DVR'd. The "fan question of the day" was "what other teams will be there at the end of the year, fighting with the Gophers for the WCHA championship", to which they responded "I think you're seeing one here tonight in the white sweaters". Apparently they didn't ask MarK Alt his opinion beforehand.

bigblue_dl
10-21-2012, 09:57 PM
(Still watching the Friday game on DVR)

It was probably lost in the well-deserved hype over the Petan goal, but wow, what a sweet no-look, behind-the-back pass by Kero on B. Pietila's goal at the end of the 2nd. It wasn't that long ago that it was a struggle for Tech to connect on any kind of pass.

GB Puck Fan
10-22-2012, 08:43 AM
Sorry, I did a quick search but couldn't find an answer. Why did McCadden leave Tech? I see he landed at SNC.

manurespreader
10-22-2012, 09:12 AM
A couple more comments. The first game was well refereed. I thought a lot of things could have been called but weren't and it didn't affect the game. Saturday they were a lot stricter and we took the brunt of the penalties. So overall the refs were good. I saw two instances of missed calls by the linesmen, but that didn't affect the game.

Chd Pietila really impressed me, reminded me of Darwin Mott.

I had a nice long chat with the Tech video people during the tailgate saturday. Good info on our feed etc, looks like we will get a whole new studio as part of the new scoreboard. This will make the quality of our feed a lot better. Right now there's a switching unit that is the biggest problem. (Shirtless, was nice to meet you.)

FadeToBlack&Gold
10-22-2012, 09:17 AM
Sorry, I did a quick search but couldn't find an answer. Why did McCadden leave Tech? I see he landed at SNC.

Mel Pearson, back in May: "Personal reasons. He was not cut."

With the recruits we had coming in, I think he probably saw he wasn't going to get a lot of playing time if he stayed. He went from playing in all 38 games and posting 8 points in Russell's last year, to only 23 GP and 3 points in Pearson's first year (though a lot of that freshman playing time had to do with injuries). I don't think he was a fit for Pearson's system where every line is expected to skate and attack. Glad he landed with a good D3 team.

JohnsonsJerseys
10-22-2012, 10:26 AM
....And MeanEgirl, thank you for selling me the winning ticket for the jersey raffle on Friday night.

Did the team find some additional jerseys in the storage room to raffle? I had heard they might raffle new blank jerseys as an alternative.
Ryan J

Shirtless Guy
10-22-2012, 10:27 AM
Did the team find some additional jerseys in the storage room to raffle? I had heard they might raffle new blank jerseys as an alternative.
Ryan JSaturday was either a 35 anniversary GLI jersey or a new white depending on whether they sold all the tickets...don't know if they sold all the tickets.

mtu_huskies
10-22-2012, 10:56 AM
I was also impressed with Eick. I had thought Mel was playing his recruits like Eick, because they were his guys and fit his system, but the freshmen Forwards look great and are earning their playing time.



Notes from Mel Pearson show:

They reviewed last weekend and the goals:
Blake Hietila did skate for warmups Saturday, can dress an extra guy for warumps, wanted to see if D Johnstone (sick) and J Johnstone were good to go after warmups
Great job on Petan goal, not often you see Mich Tech on Sports Center Top 10
PP goal for our 2nd goal, we got a little relaxed on PP, need to be more uptempo
Saw Eick's speed this weekend, several rushes down the ice for him to show his speed
Outshoot UMN 13-8 in 2nd period Friday
Good for Copley to get W, ws in a tough situation at LSSU team played okay in front of him, good game by him

Saturday: They stepped it up a notch, similar to us on Friday, UMN didn't score on some of their better chances, good job by Copley
C. Pietila's Sat goal, good patience and great close in to the goalie
Killed a lot of penalties in 2nd, got us out of good rotation on ice, takes a lot of energy
We were right there on Saturday, needed a bounce, good hard fought game, MN 0-5 on PP on the night
Can't ask our team to play any harder, they laid it all out there.
Attendance: 3400 on Friday 3887 on Saturday, they did a great job of showing up, can't thank them enough, gives us home ice advantage


They talked about a couple of the guys that haven't been playing, but I missed the first two.

On Likteig: He played in 1st game of season, great speed and can kill penalties, overall we have real good depth, our 4th line is pretty good, hard to take someone off that line

ON PP, wasn't a systems issues, just our intensity, didn't get many opportunities, currently we have diff people from each of our top 3 lines, so end up putting someone that's tired out there after PK, may change that up a bit

Is MN going to be the best team we see this year? Liekly be one of the top 3 teams we play, UND and Mich are the other two Mel has in mind.

Will MN fall in the polls? They'll be top 5, teams will lose, BC and Mich already have losses, they'll likely be top 3.

When will we know if Blake makes the World Juniors? There will be a camp, and then they make decisions early Dec. Blake has a good shot, they aren't looking for him to score like we do, but more of a checking shutdown forward on World Juniors.

How do you weigh good play on Friday vs. getting fresh legs when deciding who plays Saturday? Put a lot of stock on Friday night. We need to get a lot of our players used to playing back to back because can't travel with a ton of players. But fresh legs are considered when deciding who plays Saturday.

It seems we got beat on faceoffs, is that a concern? Friday night we got our clocks cleaned. Better on Saturday, we will be working on that.

UMN sat back in more of a defensive trap on Saturday late in 3rd and do you call that a trap? Kind of, a lot of players try to make something happen themselves, instead of working with each other to beat the defense.


Questions are always welcome at dj@themix93.com


On DU:
They won both games last weekend, they can score goals.

A little surprising, they lost 3 good scorers, but looking at last weekend they can score.

They have all three goaltenders back, most Dmen.

Joey Leleggia, really good, maybe best defensemen, we'll have to watch him
Nick Shore had 3 goals and an assist against Air Force
We need to play better without the puck, need to force the play and force them into mistakes
It's an NHL rink, elevation is only an excuse, have to play the game
Win and tie last year, plus a great game with them at Final Five last year
Expecting 2 hard fought games
Britain and Murray played, Finish goaltneder is suspended so far, they have best goaltending in the league
Need to get D. Johnstone and J. Johnstone going, 0 goals so far, not overly concerned, but may tweak lines to make our team better
How much video does Mel and team watch? Mel watches a lot of video, we pick 3-4 things we want to show the team, short videos, any video longer than 3 mins their minds start to drift


Always want to win 2 games, but very proud of our guys

Real big thank you to the fans, can't emphasize how important that is when we're at home, wants fans to keep coming out

Partial playback of the show is at 5:30ET on 920 AM