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owslachief
10-15-2012, 02:54 PM
OK so the results didn't paint a rosy picture over the weekend, but just to fill in the epic vacuum of space left by lack of MSUel fan activity here I'll do the "honors".

Icky. Now, to be fair, that's a talented bunch up there, and there's a fair bit of turnover here in East Lansing. I will say I saw some pretty good shifts despite all that - it's just that there's so much speed MSU couldn't handle the result is predictable - 10 penalties, 31 penalty minutes and a bunch of minutes one-man-down. There were times on Friday I thought MSU could've got a couple more goals with their pressure but it turns out their goalie is good, too. Saturday, no real flow, just some frustration and half the team packing it in for the next week.

On a positive note, there was a good 20 minutes put in by Fr. G Jake Hillebrand and he'll give us some needed relief / new looks this year should Yanekeff have some rough outings.

Also there are some glimpses of talent from the likes of freshmen Keller, Ferrantino, Bondra and DeBlouw. I thought we had a talented freshmen class last year and as sophomores they will produce - but I'm really optimistic about this year's newcomers.

This coming weekend things can settle down and the boys can work on some things - power play, communication on our own zone, burying chances, solidifying our lines and improving on defense - both D-men and forwards. I'd really like to see Rhett Holland in the lineup and how he can can provide sort of a change in culture back there.

Let MSU get a win or two under it's belt and who knows, maybe we can roll into Ann Arbor with some confidence and make some noise;)

Go Green!

MGoBlueHockey
10-15-2012, 03:29 PM
maybe we can roll into Ann Arbor with some confidence and make some noise;)

Not happening. Really don't see it with that performance they had against minnesota.

ski
10-15-2012, 03:39 PM
Not happening. Really don't see it with that performance they had against minnesota.

Who's to say your beatdown won't be worse?

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 05:04 PM
Not happening. Really don't see it with that performance they had against minnesota.

If only you guys weren't Minnesota or maybe if we were in fact, RIT... Oh well, there's always next year.

Also, you seem to spend A LOT of time concerned about MSU. You and the UMICH kid.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 05:18 PM
Anyways, I think we're better than that. Everybody probably thinks we're sub-bowling green level right now but I don't.

I was surprised by Saturday's results seeing as how we seemed to get it under much better control after the first period of friday. Friday we managed to look pretty good at times and it was encouraging. Saturday was...a bummer. All of those penalties didn't help things, though.

Also, I know he was put in some tough situations, but Yanakeff needs to make saves. 4 goals on 10 shots in the first period saturday and 3 on 13 friday will never cut it. Not nearly all of those goals were of the "nothing he could do about it" variety. We knew that it was going to be tough to win but when we're down by 3 before our new guys can even settle down, then things are gonna snowball.

I actually do like our team. I think we will end up being pretty decent as long as the Defense can hold their own. I like our freshman.

Also, something of interest is that Mackenzie MacEachern or h owever you spell it is currently the 3rd highest point scorer in the USHL. Hopefully canada doesn't lure him away.

streaker
10-15-2012, 06:13 PM
Also, you seem to spend A LOT of time concerned about MSU. You and the UMICH kid.

Funny, which is why you were woofing about RIT beating Michigan in their thread. It's how the green and white roll, though. Surprised some of your players didn't tweet about it.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 06:54 PM
Funny, which is why you were woofing about RIT beating Michigan in their thread. It's how the green and white roll, though. Surprised some of your players didn't tweet about it.

I guess if you consider one congratulatory comment that includes the fact that I enjoy seeing you guys lose both "woofing" and "spending a lot of time concerned about UM", then alright. I'm not the one traipsing about your season and series threads.

MGoBlueHockey
10-15-2012, 08:45 PM
If only you guys weren't Minnesota or maybe if we were in fact, RIT... Oh well, there's always next year.

Also, you seem to spend A LOT of time concerned about MSU. You and the UMICH kid.

Funny. You take pride in something another team did because your team can't do it. You call me concerned, and then you bring up RIT. Just like how it was in football in 2007. It's perfect for a meme. "Mocks Michigan for losing to app state; loses to Michigan"

Also, did you happen to see what happened the next night against RIT? Same with western. Lost to St. Lawrence, beat them the next night. Michigan and western are the top two teams in the state of Michigan. If getting your jollies off to teams who are superior to yours losing the first game of a long season, then have at it. :rolleyes:

Spartanforlife4
10-15-2012, 09:27 PM
I will sadly be missing the Niagara series. But it's for a good cause: I'll be in AA to cheer on the football team.

Greyeagle
10-15-2012, 09:35 PM
I'll be in AA to cheer on the football team.

The loss to Iowa was that bad? :eek:
Oooohhhh, Ann Arbor. ;)

Posted this in the game thread but thought I'd throw it here to: Saw a few things from MSU that impressed me and one play in particular stood out to me: On Saturday one MSU forward (can't remember the number) dropped in front of a slapper from (I think) Alt with ~ 6 or 7 left in the game. He very easily could have bypassed blocking the shot but he didn't and the Spartan players on the bench all got up and slapped their sticks in appreciation. Gutsy kid.

Good luck the rest of the way.

streaker
10-15-2012, 10:52 PM
I guess if you consider one congratulatory comment that includes the fact that I enjoy seeing you guys lose both "woofing" and "spending a lot of time concerned about UM", then alright. I'm not the one traipsing about your season and series threads.

Thank you for using the word "traipsing". We'd call it lurking otherwise, which is acceptable in a Michigan opponent's thread? I never said you spent a lot of time, you just chose to toss in a dig- in which I replied that we'll see what happens in Minnesota. The scores said it all, I never brought it back up. Offering congratulatory comments is one thing, taking an opportunity is another. No different than your football team's scrubs woofing on twitter about the Bama score and Rose bowl talk and...then you guys laying three giant eggs at home. It's Sparty being Sparty.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 10:57 PM
Funny. You take pride in something another team did because your team can't do it. You call me concerned, and then you bring up RIT. Just like how it was in football in 2007. It's perfect for a meme. "Mocks Michigan for losing to app state; loses to Michigan"


I am pretty sure not a year has gone by that MSU hasn't beaten Michigan except for that 2008 season. In fact, I am pretty sure the records are pretty close to .500 the last 10 years or so.

Nevertheless, I don't really give much of a **** to argue about such things you. You really hate MSU and that's fine. I don't really care and will pretty much just be discussing MSU or Niagara this week. Plus, you just seem like a pretty obnoxious person.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 11:09 PM
Thank you for using the word "traipsing". We'd call it lurking otherwise, which is acceptable in a Michigan opponent's thread? I never said you spent a lot of time, you just chose to toss in a dig-in which I replied that we'll see what happens in Minnesota. The scores said it all, I never brought it back up. Offering congratulatory comments is one thing, taking an opportunity is another. No different than your football team's scrubs woofing on twitter about the Bama score and Rose bowl talk and...then you guys laying three giant eggs at home. It's Sparty being Sparty.

Right.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 11:25 PM
The loss to Iowa was that bad? :eek:
Oooohhhh, Ann Arbor. ;)

Posted this in the game thread but thought I'd throw it here to: Saw a few things from MSU that impressed me and one play in particular stood out to me: On Saturday one MSU forward (can't remember the number) dropped in front of a slapper from (I think) Alt with ~ 6 or 7 left in the game. He very easily could have bypassed blocking the shot but he didn't and the Spartan players on the bench all got up and slapped their sticks in appreciation. Gutsy kid.

Good luck the rest of the way.

I had switched to the Tigers game for much of that time so thanks for the observation. Back in my playing days, laying down and blocking a shot was one of the more satisfying things you could do. The team definitely does love it and it fires people up.

Minnesota will be really, really tough this year. This upcoming weekend will tell us quite a bit more about MSU, but I think this past weekend had more to do with Minny being very good rather than MSU being bad. It might take a bit to get going with all of our freshman, but I think in the end, this will look like a powerful statement by a national title favorite.

Pirateasaurus
10-15-2012, 11:32 PM
I'd really like to see Rhett Holland in the lineup and how he can can provide sort of a change in culture back there.




Oh, i forgot to mention this. I thought he had a pretty rough game against Windsor. Seemed to have a tough time making decisions compared to the other defensemen. Probably why he was not in the lineup this weekend. He is a big, tough body though and if I would like to see him get another chance to make some plays in a game.

bluevox
10-16-2012, 05:50 AM
Looks like one of the former Spartans is out for the season.

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2012/10/amerkssabres-lose-tropp-for-season-with-knee-injury.html

As a Wolverine fan, I can't say I liked the kid, but you never want to see someone hurt.

owslachief
10-16-2012, 07:20 AM
Oh, i forgot to mention this. I thought he had a pretty rough game against Windsor. Seemed to have a tough time making decisions compared to the other defensemen. Probably why he was not in the lineup this weekend. He is a big, tough body though and if I would like to see him get another chance to make some plays in a game.

Saw the same thing, which is why I wasn't shocked at all he didn't dress for UMTC. He didn't play a lot of minutes against Windsor, either. U never really know how they'll take to this level, regardless of the build-up given by their coach (or draft status). Let's hope it's an external distraction here that he can overcome, has a great practice week and conquers the learning curve.

owslachief
10-16-2012, 07:25 AM
http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2012/10/amerkssabres-lose-tropp-for-season-with-knee-injury.html

Thanks. It's occurred to me there are a few Spartans (I never say former, with rare exceptions ;)), that we need to think about despite how one feels about what side (owners / players) you take. Can't be a fun Fall right now, especially with injury on top of it all.

MGoBlueHockey
10-16-2012, 07:53 AM
I am pretty sure not a year has gone by that MSU hasn't beaten Michigan except for that 2008 season. In fact, I am pretty sure the records are pretty close to .500 the last 10 years or so.

Nevertheless, I don't really give much of a **** to argue about such things you. You really hate MSU and that's fine. I don't really care and will pretty much just be discussing MSU or Niagara this week. Plus, you just seem like a pretty obnoxious person.

Michigan beat them in 2007. Classic example of state fans having selective memory right there. You'll all be saying "it's time for basketball season" after Saturday when Michigan whips their ***.

owslachief
10-16-2012, 08:20 AM
Michigan beat them in 2007.

So? MSU beat and tied UM in the Fall of that year. What's your point?

I love your inane drivel, kid. If our guys have a tough go of it this fall, at least I can look forward to your (albeit dopey) entertainment value. DON'T DISAPPOINT ME! If you ever drift toward Boring, I may have to put you on ignore.