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MavHockey14
03-24-2013, 11:36 PM
Well, a tough draw for the Mavericks, but I don't know if it's worse than playing BC or at UNH.

Minnesota State needs to get healthy and should be well rested after a loss to Wisconsin in which their team defense and goaltending, two staples of this team, looked horrendous.

No idea what to expect. Go Mavericks!

MUnRPI
03-24-2013, 11:43 PM
Well, a tough draw for the RedHawks, but I don't know if it's worse than playing BC or at UNH.

Miami needs to get healthy and should be well rested after a loss to Michigan in which their team defense and goaltending, two staples of this team, looked horrendous.

No idea what to expect. Go RedHawks!

fyp

klbaum1077
03-24-2013, 11:55 PM
Welcome to Toledo to both of your schools and Good Luck this weekend. See you downtown on Saturday afternoon.

MavHockey14
03-24-2013, 11:59 PM
Welcome to Toledo to both of your schools and Good Luck this weekend. See you downtown on Saturday afternoon.

Hoping to actually make the trip. Not sure if I should drive it on Friday, fly for expensive prices, or fly for cheap to Chicago and rent a car.

redhawk95
03-25-2013, 06:51 AM
Another "one and done" for Miami I'm sure. The program believes the regular season is what matters. MSU will have a good chance to make it to Pittsburgh because I would expect Miami will roll over as typical in this tournament.

MUhawks628
03-25-2013, 07:12 AM
As you can see, we are feeling very optimistic about this post-season :)

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 07:59 AM
As you can see, we are feeling very optimistic about this post-season :)

Hopefully your players are feeling the exact same way! ;)

crossjcek
03-25-2013, 08:10 AM
Both teams got throttled in the conf tournament. SHOULD be a good game.
Tempted to drive the 11.5 hours to see this one in person but everyone (very few) I have talked with so far is staying home and don't see myself doing the trip solo.

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 10:15 AM
Both teams got throttled in the conf tournament. SHOULD be a good game.
Tempted to drive the 11.5 hours to see this one in person but everyone (very few) I have talked with so far is staying home and don't see myself doing the trip solo.

I tried suggesting a bus trip to some MSU people at the viewing party last night. Not sure it's gonna gain any ground or anything..

MUhawks628
03-25-2013, 10:23 AM
I tried suggesting a bus trip to some MSU people at the viewing party last night. Not sure it's gonna gain any ground or anything..

Have to imagine attendance is going to be pretty brutal. Quite a hike for Minnesota folks and Miami/Notre Dame don't exactly bring hordes of fans on the road. Once you factor in Easter weekend, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Well, moreso of a disaster than the average Midwest regional attendance usually is.

I'm really a little ray of sunshine this morning...

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 10:55 AM
Have to imagine attendance is going to be pretty brutal. Quite a hike for Minnesota folks and Miami/Notre Dame don't exactly bring hordes of fans on the road. Once you factor in Easter weekend, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Well, moreso of a disaster than the average Midwest regional attendance usually is.

I'm really a little ray of sunshine this morning...

I totally agree. Flights are crazy expensive due to the fact it's short notice and Easter weekend as well.

I don't know a ton about Miami outside of the fact they're young, quick, and Czarnak is a stud.

streaker
03-25-2013, 11:07 AM
I totally agree. Flights are crazy expensive due to the fact it's short notice and Easter weekend as well.

I don't know a ton about Miami outside of the fact they're young, quick, and Czarnak is a stud.

Take it from this Michigan fan- the team that the Wolverines dismantled is nothing like the team that won the regular season CCHA title.

The goaltenders are both phenomenal and the defensive system that they play really aids that. They are an all or nothing team, though- can pound 4-5 goals one night and zero the next. Plenty of talent, but most of it is young. Czarnik, Barber, McKenzie are the big guns. Plenty of depth, great speed. Like the Irish, if you get behind those teams it is quite a feat to come back.

MUhawks628
03-25-2013, 11:20 AM
I totally agree. Flights are crazy expensive due to the fact it's short notice and Easter weekend as well.

I don't know a ton about Miami outside of the fact they're young, quick, and Czarnak is a stud.

Young, quick, and very energetic, but prone to forgetting how to score goals. Czarnik and Barber have carried the offense all season to varied results as we've been shutout on seven different occasions. Our secondary scoring has started to perk up a little down the stretch. Jimmy Mullin, who seemed to be in Rico's doghouse for the first half of the year, has been playing very well the last month or so.

For such a young team (18 underclassmen) they have been remarkably steady, and statistically one of the best defenses in the country. The wild card is the offense.

It will be interesting to see who is in net this weekend. Ryan McKay looked nothing like himself out there against Michigan, now some of that was a function of the generally poor play in front of him, but you have to wonder if he's been worn down a little after taking the reins from our usual rotation a few weeks back. Jay Williams is an extremely viable option in net, but benching McKay and his video game numbers (well I haven't looked at what happened after the Michigan game :o) would be a bold move to say the least.

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 11:26 AM
Sounds like an intriguing matchup. The Mavericks have been solid in all facets of the game this season. Before last week's debacle, they were 8th in team defense, 9th in scoring, and 4th on the PP. Their penalty kill is 25th or so.

Stephon Williams has been the difference maker this year. The freshman has had outstanding numbers this year and the team has excelled since he took over in November. He looked nothing like himself last week, and he'll hopefully return to form Saturday.

RedhawkBandMan
03-25-2013, 08:08 PM
Have Miami and Minnesota State ever played before?

MUhawks628
03-25-2013, 08:13 PM
Have Miami and Minnesota State ever played before?

I did read this earlier today. I believe Miami is 1-0-1, with a game sometime in the 90's and once at the Ohio hockey classic in 2004.

mu2010
03-25-2013, 08:38 PM
Hopefully the large contingent of Notre Dame and Miami families in the Toledo area will help with attendance. I have been hearing advertisements on the radio and saw a few billboards, but Easter weekend is a tough sell.

If Miami wins the first night I will be giving up my Wings v Blackhawks ticket in order to see the game Sunday.

Hockeybuckeye
03-25-2013, 08:52 PM
After the wins last weekend in Detroit I don't doubt the ND fans will show and I would HOPE weather permitting a stong contingent makes the 2 1/2 hr drive up from Oxford. I met Miami fans who came from quite a distance last weekend so why not this weekend? And don't give me an excuse of the shellacking Michigan gave them. Win or lose they're YOUR team and they need you there for them!

MavHockey14
03-25-2013, 09:14 PM
I know that the Mavericks and Redhawks skated to a 3-3 tie in 2004, the Mavericks won in a shootout for tournament purposes.

From what I've heard, the Mavericks will have everyone that was banged up last week back except for Zuck. Things aren't looking great for him to play this week. Win twice, and you may see him back in the lineup. I suspect the lines we'll see this weekend will similiar to what follows:

Grant-Leitner-Gervais
Margonari-Blueger-Hayes
Knowles-LaFontaine-McInnis
Herndon-Lehrke-Gaede

Jutzi-Nelson
Elbrecht-Mosey----->Could see Buchanan in for Mosey, but he struggled mightily in St. Paul.
Stern-Palmquist


Williams
Cook

redhawk95
03-25-2013, 09:25 PM
I know that the Mavericks and Redhawks skated to a 3-3 tie in 2004, the Mavericks won in a shootout for tournament purposes.

From what I've heard, the Mavericks will have everyone that was banged up last week back except for Zuck. Things aren't looking great for him to play this week. Win twice, and you may see him back in the lineup. I suspect the lines we'll see this weekend will similiar to what follows:

Grant-Leitner-Gervais
Margonari-Blueger-Hayes
Knowles-LaFontaine-McInnis
Herndon-Lehrke-Gaede

Jutzi-Nelson
Elbrecht-Mosey----->Could see Buchanan in for Mosey, but he struggled mightily in St. Paul.
Stern-Palmquist


Williams
Cook

The Mavericks look very deep, particularly at center. I see few ways Miami wins this game. MSU will be hungry and can score. Miami possesses neither quality. I posted a few more musings on the blog.

http://redskinwarriors.com/2013/03/25/miami-v-minnesota-state-ncaa-tournament-round-1/