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JohnsonsJerseys
11-11-2014, 12:08 AM
Michigan Tech Recruit Jacob Olson has switched his commitment to Harvard

Tech Nation: #AreYouWithUs Jacob?
Jacob: No, and where do I send my notice of de-committing to?
Tech Nation: You can send it to the hockey offices. Don't worry, at Tech we're informal so it's cool to end your sentences with a preposition. However you won't get away with that at Harvard...

Tech really is changing. Not only are we winning games, but now we're like a real hockey school where we sometimes lose recruits to lesser known programs because the other school is a better academic option for the player. Man this is all happening crazy fast. When do we get our first big time scandal?

Ryan J

UMICH
11-11-2014, 12:23 AM
Tech Nation: #AreYouWithUs Jacob?
Jacob: No, and where do I send my notice of de-committing to?
Tech Nation: You can send it to the hockey offices. Don't worry, at Tech we're informal so it's cool to end your sentences with a proposition. However you won't get away with that at Harvard...

Tech really is changing. Not only are we winning games, but now we're like a real hockey school where we sometimes lose recruits to lesser known programs because the other school is a better academic option for the player. Man this is all happening crazy fast. When do we get our first big time scandal?

Ryan J

Anyone else notice the extreme irony in that comment?

manurespreader
11-11-2014, 07:48 AM
Anyone else notice the extreme irony in that comment?

Totally. Open mouth, insert foot, chew vigorously.

mtu_huskies
11-11-2014, 07:52 AM
Michigan Tech Recruit Jacob Olson has switched his commitment to Harvard

There's more to it I'm sure, but I'm guessing he wanted to play next year but Mel usually wants kids to play one year of USHL even if they stay through their senior year of high school.

bigblue_dl
11-11-2014, 07:56 AM
So here is my little and uninformed critique of the long range plan for the Mac. It was partially released by shirtless a couple of years ago. According to what he said, there are no plans for additional permanent seats. instead an area for Temporary seats would be put up, and only for bigger games. Most of the time the seating capacity would stay the same.

I'm against that. I think if the attendance is really going to be in the neighborhood of 3000+, you need at least 500 additional permanent seats, plus an area for some folding chairs on top of that. I'd also like to see the bathrooms expanded, which I think the plan does, as well as significantly enhanced food service, and a mirror image of the suites on the west end, placed on the east wall as well.

I believe in many cases, even with 500 additional seats, those will be filled and another 1000 standees admitted.
I can see this happening, several times per year.

1. when a big time program comes to houghton, one weekend per year.
2. during carnival.
3. during visits by teams close to us in the standings,
4. NMU games
5. any home playoff contests.

so overall that could be up to 10 games where we see significantly more than 3000.

I don't think 500 additional seats is that big a deal, except that it will require a re write of the plan.


Comments?
Sounds good to me. But I would add, if we're adding 500-1000 seats, I would like to see them built as "club level". Nicer seats, more amenities, etc. I like the idea of putting in 5 or so rows of seats below the concourse on the west side of the arena, cantilevered out of the existing wall, towards the ice. Then push out the east end wall, put something similar on that end as on the west end. Actually, How cool would it be to have a bar/grill on that side of the arena, overlooking the ice, with 3 rows of drink rails looking over the ice. It will never happen, but it would be **** sweet.

mtu_huskies
11-11-2014, 07:58 AM
Summary of the Mel Pearson show for those that missed it.


Mel Pearson Show summary for 11-10:

Didn't play overly well Sat, but found a way to grind it out. Good for our guys.
2nd period Sat, we got away form game plan. Trying to do way too much ourselves, and in areas we haven't, that opened up their transition game.
New UAA would be better Saturday, in talking to UAA, there hasn't been a lot of pace in their games/opponents, so got more used to it after playing Fri.
It was a special weekend with '65 team here, great honor for all that were inducted, Tom Bissett, solid individual
Great much of guys the '65 team, had met a few, having them together fun to see, Al Holm told our guys, we're all here this weekend - Don't lose!
The jerseys we gave the '65 guys are neat, current players presented the jerseys to the alums, neat that Jeri MacInnes could be here, mother of MTU Hockey
Classy of UAA to be out there for ceremony, Mel told them that, side note by Mel: we have to get our banners redone, bigger/bolder

On Friday:
Great 1st period, a few pipes, concerned at how we'd handle it after UM weekend, let down will happen, very concerned, credit to players, they practiced well and came out good
1-0 PPG Heinonen, UAA did a good job on PK, but noticed they give the guy near the crease room, Heinonen banged it home
PKers were good all weekend, they have a couple 5 min majors, guys stayed in shot loanes
2-0 Gould, went straight in, can say that's a great goal, spin around and shoot it up high
Good for Gould, has played well this fall, came back quicker, Shelast has done a real good job with our guys, can see the benefit with Gould, quicker this year
He's a junior, he's put a little more commitment into game/conditioning, giving himself a chance before he's even on ice. Want good pace to the game. He can shoot the puck as good as anyone on our team, see it in practice.
We'll need him, our main guys wont score ever night. Will need Neville, Heinonen, Gould, L'Esperance, Baltus etc.
Evan Anderson: been out with mono, hasn't skated with our team since first few days with coaches
Mason Blacklock: didn't do anything last 1.5 months of summer, knees, dr. told him to stay off them, just starting to get in shape
Shutout for Jamie, played well, they had maybe 7 scoring chances, we had 18
Had a moment the puck did go in, UAA moves his arm forwards and catches puck, goal waved off, Mel saw overhead, new rule in college hockey, can't interfere with goalie even outside crease, wanted to make sure refs understood that

On Saturday:
1st 8 mins similar to Friday, ready to play, haven't played from behind since 1st weekend
Felt good about our team when we came out playing well
1-0 Hanna, good quick shot, might've grazed a UAA player
PP shortly after, looked out of sync, made a few adjustments, but credit to UAA, they were aggressive and we weren't ready for that, work ethic on PP wasn't as good as it needs to be
Told Coach Shawhan, some nights you just don't have offensive creativity, looked like that Sat
Petan off for roughing, this is where game changes, we were in control before that, plus Leibinger's penalty too, contact to the head
We'll look at penalties today, told video guy to get all the penalties, don't like the penalties we're taking, can't keep doing this against good teams, Leibinger has to learn
Down to 5 Dmen, hard to do it Saturday after hard game Friday, after that we weren't the same
Saw some mistakes later in game due to mental fatigue, those majors hurt us. 2nd/3rd period were changed because of the penalty in 1st.
Ever consider brining a forward to play 6th Dspot after Leibinger out? Definately, but didn't. Didn't feel we had anyone we were ready to throw back there, will practice guys back there.
2-0, Petan, good play by Alex, a lot of bodies in front, Sturos right on top of goalie taking away his vision, these guys shoot puck hard, hurts to get hit, credit to Reid playing in front of net
Gillies penalty in neutral zone, while we're on PP, Dirk didn't agree with 5 min, new rule is get away from blind side hit, Alex hits him from behind, not to the head, Mel to get confirmation if this was correct implementation of rule
5 min major then, any momentum we had is gone, we have to manage game better, understand when you can hit a guy
2-1, Brown PPG, we did a real good job on that PK but puck found its way in
Pietila tripping, 10 min misconduct, good call, good penalty, we were frustrated, we'll have to learn to play within rules, UAA is on edge of holding you in zone, can be frustrating, told refs to lets us skate, it's within rules, need to keep our heads and play through it
3-1, Heinonen ENG, last year he had 2 all year, he's played hard and played well, Mel's got faith in these players, on ice in last min of game
Hats off to our players, didn't give up scoring chance when they pulled goalie
Jamie 26 saves, playing well, moments they had chances, Allen came in on breakaway after turnover, Jamie stayed with him
Great win, they're a tough team, they were 4-0-1 at one point, hard to sweep teams, we found a way
Good for our players, they've kept their heads on straight

They discussed WCHA:
Bemidji might've played toughest schedule, UND, Minnesota, UAF, Mankato

Questions for Mel:
When was full mask rule instituted in college hockey?
1st 3 years, Mel had no face protection, and senior year it was a full masks. so 1980-81, wish we could wear half shields, only league at our level for full face shield.

How do you keep guys from letting polls, PWR from going to their heads?
They'll see it, but we try to concentrate on standard of play and things we need to work on better.
We've got a lot to prove every week, one game at a time. We discuss it, we don't hide it. Mel had the poll on a piece of paper and tore it up infront of team. That's really what it's worth.

Does Mel plan on starting Jamie until he looses, and when does he get a breather?
Yes, plan to continue to play Jamie. At UM they played one goalie a lot, Turco, Shields etc. It's a good formula, it's only 2 games week. He can get a day off in practice if needed.

Does Mel like L'Esperance on Wing or Center?
He's played wing, because of our centers. He can play Center, but like big body on wing. Less responsibility on wing in our system. Can be hard for Freshmen playing low in defensive zone, Steman can handle that, better skater/quicker.

Would you like to see major penalties reviewed to make sure the call is right?
They should, want the call to be right. We don't play that many games, don't want to kick a guy out for bad call.

Reminder, back home the week after against Mankato. Get your tickets. Thanks to fans for supporting the team. Only 4 home games before Christmas, get your tickets. Real good forwards, had great games with them in Mankato.
Sanford center can be loud, they'll be ready. They skate well. We've played teams that have good pace, UM, Ferris. We have to be prepared.
Like the attitude of our team. Like our PP/PK. Have to play the game, and get some bounces.

mtu_huskies
11-11-2014, 07:59 AM
Also - was that our first time wearing the cream throw back uniforms from last year's GLI? I didn't realize that was a jersey option this year, I like them.

Broseph Stalin
11-11-2014, 08:13 AM
Tech Nation: #AreYouWithUsMan this is all happening crazy fast. When do we get our first big time scandal?

Ryan J

John Scott tried to run some people over with his SUV once. Does that count? He's still awesome by the way.

bigblue_dl
11-11-2014, 08:24 AM
Thinking more about the Bar/Grill idea. I think the biggest hurdle is convincing the University that it is a good idea, mostly because you'd have to sell booze to make it work. You would have a small bar area inside, with big windows overloooking the ice. Inside you'd have 4-5 high tables, and a bar top, with a small kitchen (nothing fancy, just a deep frier and a grill for burgers and such). Outside the bar, towards the ice, you'd have a 3-tiered drink rail, with bar stools, it would be like a patio outside the bar, only it would be tiered, and overlooking the ice. Partner with a local restaurant or bar, to sponsor it and run it. Think "The Library at the Mac" or "Joey's at the Mac", etc.

John J. MacInnes
11-11-2014, 08:25 AM
Also - was that our first time wearing the cream throw back uniforms from last year's GLI? I didn't realize that was a jersey option this year, I like them.

They wore the 1962 throwback at home last season against Ferris in the 3-0 loss. That made Saturday's game technically the first time the Huskies won a game in that jersey, at least in the eyes of the NCAA. Tech tied MSU in the GLI (advancing in the shootout) then lost to WMU in the final in the only other two times they've donned that look.

manurespreader
11-11-2014, 08:44 AM
Thinking more about the Bar/Grill idea. I think the biggest hurdle is convincing the University that it is a good idea, mostly because you'd have to sell booze to make it work. You would have a small bar area inside, with big windows overloooking the ice. Inside you'd have 4-5 high tables, and a bar top, with a small kitchen (nothing fancy, just a deep frier and a grill for burgers and such). Outside the bar, towards the ice, you'd have a 3-tiered drink rail, with bar stools, it would be like a patio outside the bar, only it would be tiered, and overlooking the ice. Partner with a local restaurant or bar, to sponsor it and run it. Think "The Library at the Mac" or "Joey's at the Mac", etc.

BTW Wisconsin has announced that they will be selling alcohol at the Kohl, but only to gold level donors.

Having said that, I'd be real happy just with permanent seats and more suites. I think the whole thing needs to put on the front burner with some fan input. Even at that, it might take 2 or 3 years to get the project done.

JF_Gophers
11-11-2014, 08:50 AM
So is Tech going to run the table or do you see a loss somewhere on the schedule? WCHA crown seems like a lock!

bigblue_dl
11-11-2014, 08:53 AM
So is Tech going to run the table or do you see a loss somewhere on the schedule? WCHA crown seems like a lock!
I don't see a loss anywhere on there. Watch out '69-'70 Cornell.

manurespreader
11-11-2014, 08:56 AM
So is Tech going to run the table or do you see a loss somewhere on the schedule? WCHA crown seems like a lock!

On the off chance you might be really asking another question, looks to me like we split with Mankato, and with Duluth, both between now and christmas, and we might let down and lose one this weekend too, who knows.
Will minny sweep Duluth?

bigblue_dl
11-11-2014, 08:58 AM
BTW Wisconsin has announced that they will be selling alcohol at the Kohl, but only to gold level donors.

That might be more because they need alcohol to be able to sit through more than a period and a half of the kind of product the Badgers are putting on the ice these days. They're like Tech circa 2009 bad.

JF_Gophers
11-11-2014, 08:59 AM
On the off chance you might be really asking another question, looks to me like we split with Mankato, and with Duluth, both between now and christmas, and we might let down and lose one this weekend too, who knows.
Will minny sweep Duluth?

It's not will they sweep, it's by how much? :D

I was really asking if they had a game ppl thought they were likely to lose. It is an odd question. Usually you'd be searching for a win (like WI).

bigblue_dl
11-11-2014, 09:05 AM
It's not will they sweep, it's by how much? :D

I was really asking if they had a game ppl thought they were likely to lose. It is an odd question. Usually you'd be searching for a win (like WI).
To be serious for a second, I see a split this week @Bemidji, I think Bemidji is better than their record shows. They've played a brutal schedule. And I see a split against Mankato at home, Mankato is good enough to steal one in Houghton. I don't see Tech losing to UMD, or Huntsville, so that would put them at 14-2 going into the GLI.

John J. MacInnes
11-11-2014, 09:06 AM
Good stuff - a feature on your 4th string goalie might not initially catch your eye, but when you find out he served a tour in Afghanistan that changes things immediately. Well produced and classy. Thanks Matt and all veterans for your service.

http://michigantechhuskies.com/sports/mice/2014-15/videos/20141111-8tq9lv7q#.VGIk1fzWC-0.facebook

manurespreader
11-11-2014, 09:25 AM
Good stuff - a feature on your 4th string goalie might not initially catch your eye, but when you find out he served a tour in Afghanistan that changes things immediately. Well produced and classy. Thanks Matt and all veterans for your service.

http://michigantechhuskies.com/sports/mice/2014-15/videos/20141111-8tq9lv7q#.VGIk1fzWC-0.facebook

Good piece. There are guys who contribute but never play. Thanks to all of them, they make the team better.

And btw, Close Air Support... one of the most fun things you can do in an airplane. Only thing better is Mig cap.... with real migs.

huskyfan
11-11-2014, 09:27 AM
Good stuff - a feature on your 4th string goalie might not initially catch your eye, but when you find out he served a tour in Afghanistan that changes things immediately. Well produced and classy. Thanks Matt and all veterans for your service.

http://michigantechhuskies.com/sports/mice/2014-15/videos/20141111-8tq9lv7q#.VGIk1fzWC-0.facebook

really good stuff! hats off to Matt! Thank you!

no, we will lose some games. I could see splits with Bemidji, Mankato and Duluth. but winning GLI. the NMU games will be something else!