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gomsuman
03-07-2016, 10:23 AM
I am not sure what team I watched play this weekend. But my goodness, MSU finally played 6 straight periods of relatively good hockey. I thought the compete level was finally there by not just a few players, but the entire team, and what a huge difference that makes. If MSU continues this play they may actually have a chance of winning the BIG ten tournament :eek:

I do think the play of the defensemen as a group has really been much better since the dumpster fire that was the middle of the season. They have limited the silly turnovers to 1-2 a game and don't leave hildebrand out to dry quite so often. Also, I agree Osburn will be the next stud offensive defensemen for MSU.

owslachief
03-07-2016, 11:49 AM
I am not sure what team I watched play this weekend. But my goodness, MSU finally played 6 straight periods of relatively good hockey. I thought the compete level was finally there by not just a few players, but the entire team, and what a huge difference that makes. If MSU continues this play they may actually have a chance of winning the BIG ten tournament :eek:

I do think the play of the defensemen as a group has really been much better since the dumpster fire that was the middle of the season. They have limited the silly turnovers to 1-2 a game and don't leave hildebrand out to dry quite so often. Also, I agree Osburn will be the next stud offensive defensemen for MSU.

I have not seen a performance like that from this program for a long, long time. I have to admit that for nearly all 120 minutes, Spartans showed me something this weekend. Everything from November til now looked like a team sleepwalking.

There was a fierceness, purpose and confidence that's been lacking (did you see the open-ice hits?). How long will we see this, I wonder?

gomsuman
03-07-2016, 12:48 PM
I have not seen a performance like that from this program for a long, long time. I have to admit that for nearly all 120 minutes, Spartans showed me something this weekend. Everything from November til now looked like a team sleepwalking.

There was a fierceness, purpose and confidence that's been lacking (did you see the open-ice hits?). How long will we see this, I wonder?

Hopefully at least two more weeks. With the BIG ten this year MSU has just a good a chance to win the tournament as any team if they put up the kind of effort they did this weekend.

It does make you wonder what was keeping this team from playing like this all year!? I know confidence is a fickle thing in college sports, hockey in particular, but that can't be the whole reason. Minnesota didn't even look like it belonged on the ice with MSU at times on Saturday which, looking at each teams overall record, is crazy to say.

Decatur Spartan
03-07-2016, 02:24 PM
Well, the Buckeyes are coming off a sweep of um. MSU split with Minny. Going to be a interesting next week-end. Now, if R. Holland can keep from drawing 5min majors and other assorted boneheaded plays.........He reminds me of Jeff Harding. But not the talent side of things. Harding could at least score.....sometimes.

And I hope tCHHCoMSU didn't get another extension of his (over priced) contract.

klbaum1077
03-07-2016, 03:09 PM
Well, the Buckeyes are coming off a sweep of um. MSU split with Minny. Going to be a interesting next week-end. Now, if R. Holland can keep from drawing 5min majors and other assorted boneheaded plays.........He reminds me of Jeff Harding. But not the talent side of things. Harding could at least score.....sometimes.

And I hope tCHHCoMSU didn't get another extension of his (over priced) contract.

Should he a interesting 3 game series considering they will meet twice this weekend and then the 1st round on Thursday in Minneapolis. Ohio state has struggled at Muhn the last few times I believe. Michigan state played very tough on Columbus back in January. Ohio state will have to match the Spartans intensity.

aallenpollreisz
03-07-2016, 04:53 PM
Holland is essentially Brandon Gentile at this stage, but with a bit more talent and 10 pounds heavier. I really hate how the kid has transitioned into a straight-up goon - and not a very good one, for that matter.

Pirateasaur
03-07-2016, 05:17 PM
It does make you wonder what was keeping this team from playing like this all year!? I know confidence is a fickle thing in college sports, hockey in particular, but that can't be the whole reason. Minnesota didn't even look like it belonged on the ice with MSU at times on Saturday which, looking at each teams overall record, is crazy to say.

I honestly just think that there isn't as much separating the B1G teams as we think, except for Michigan. Sure, OSU just swept them but **** happens in hockey. Minnesota isn't as good as they usually are and PSU is pretty
decent but nothing special.

I do think this MSU team could have been better than most of the year indicated. Perhaps the losses to the defense really sank them.

I am hoping some freshman can come in and fill in admirably. Skating 5 D much of the year will not do it for any D-1 team. Maybe a couple of the incoming forwards can have a quick impact.

I really hope MacEachern sticks around. I honestly think we should be better next year, but how much better? I don't know. I don't expect any miracles, though.

Decatur Spartan
03-07-2016, 06:00 PM
I feel, it would be downright embarrassing, to win the B10 tourney, and go to the dance with such an appalling record.

Spartanforlife4
03-07-2016, 06:36 PM
I feel, it would be downright embarrassing, to win the B10 tourney, and go to the dance with such an appalling record.

Probably. But a tourney berth is a tourney berth.

aallenpollreisz
03-07-2016, 08:13 PM
I feel, it would be downright embarrassing, to win the B10 tourney, and go to the dance with such an appalling record.I wouldn't. A tournament bid is a tournament bid, and we would have earned it, per league rules, fair-and-square. That said, it would expose a pretty big flaw in the whole B1G tournament system that should be corrected.

If the league ever gets to eight teams, the six-team format should remain. Top six make it in and the regular season champion hosts on their ice. (We can thank Barry Alvarez for nixing the campus sites part of that plan years ago, which would have made the whole postseason tournament a lot more interesting and better-attended. Michigan and Michigan State won't travel to Xcel. Minnesota and Wisconsin won't travel to JLA, which we saw last year. Penn State probably can't travel to either because of travel concerns. Ohio State probably won't travel anywhere regardless, but that fanbase would probably be a bit more interested in watching their team play for a championship if they didn't have to leave Columbus.)

I'll step off my soapbox now.

Decatur Spartan
03-09-2016, 09:18 PM
I wouldn't. A tournament bid is a tournament bid, and we would have earned it, per league rules, fair-and-square. That said, it would expose a pretty big flaw in the whole B1G tournament system that should be corrected.

If the league ever gets to eight teams, the six-team format should remain. Top six make it in and the regular season champion hosts on their ice. (We can thank Barry Alvarez for nixing the campus sites part of that plan years ago, which would have made the whole postseason tournament a lot more interesting and better-attended. Michigan and Michigan State won't travel to Xcel. Minnesota and Wisconsin won't travel to JLA, which we saw last year. Penn State probably can't travel to either because of travel concerns. Ohio State probably won't travel anywhere regardless, but that fanbase would probably be a bit more interested in watching their team play for a championship if they didn't have to leave Columbus.)

I'll step off my soapbox now.

Yes they will have gotten in by the rules. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. An embarrassment to my idea of sport. My opinion.

If the league gets to eight teams, I would have 4 first round campus sites. Then a Championship site. Your right on the travel/attendance problems We aren't going to travel West. Y'all aren't going to travel East. PSU and OSU won't travel at all.

aallenpollreisz
03-11-2016, 09:36 PM
Holy crud. Four goals given up in the second and another overtime loss, this time with under 30 seconds left. Well, so much for being over that stuff.

Pirateasaur
03-13-2016, 03:29 PM
Well, another season at Munn is down and this year was obviously not good and at times excruciating. With that said, last night was quite a bit of fun and had Friday turned out better it would have been the most exciting weekend of hockey at Munn in quite a while. Both games had good pace and could have tilted either way at a single bounce. I know we didn't technically "win" last night but seeing as how all we were playing for was pride and sending the seniors out with some good feels, I'd say it was a great success. Hildebrand, fluke goal not withstanding, was fantastic and shutting them out in the shootout was a fitting conclusion for a great career. Nate Phillips got in the game and will end his Spartan career with a save% of .1000. It was a sellout crowd(I think?). It's always nice to leave Munn for the final time happy.

gomsuman
03-14-2016, 02:29 PM
Announced today: Jake Hildebrand Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Zach Osburn makes the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Michigan dominated most other awards and teams as expected.

TalonsUpPuckDown
03-14-2016, 05:27 PM
Michigan and Michigan State won't travel to Xcel. Minnesota and Wisconsin won't travel to JLA, which we saw last year. Penn State probably can't travel to either because of travel concerns. Ohio State probably won't travel anywhere regardless, but that fanbase would probably be a bit more interested in watching their team play for a championship if they didn't have to leave Columbus.)

I hear Chicago has facilities that might work out. The Cheeseheads would have to hold their noses dealing with all the Flatlanders, but Madison is closer to Chicago than the Twin Cities. Not much of a drive for UM/MSU and as mentioned above, PSU and OSU would be bonus material no matter the site. You'd think with the B1G HQ in Chicagoland that strings could be pulled to land the United Center.

Just a thought...

John J. MacInnes
03-14-2016, 05:45 PM
I hear Chicago has facilities that might work out. The Cheeseheads would have to hold their noses dealing with all the Flatlanders, but Madison is closer to Chicago than the Twin Cities. Not much of a drive for UM/MSU and as mentioned above, PSU and OSU would be bonus material no matter the site. You'd think with the B1G HQ in Chicagoland that strings could be pulled to land the United Center.

Just a thought...

Too big.

But the Allstate Arena (the old Rosemont Horizon) also has a history with the Big Ten, and doesn't have two conflicting tenants like the UC.

Decatur Spartan
03-14-2016, 06:44 PM
And with nine freshmen arriving in the fall of 2016, it looks like a rebuilding year for tCHHCoMSU. Yup, any bets on another contract extension?

Pirateasaur
03-15-2016, 01:01 AM
And with nine freshmen arriving in the fall of 2016, it looks like a rebuilding year for tCHHCoMSU. Yup, any bets on another contract extension?

I honestly do not think we will have a worse season, unless maybe if Maceachern and any other unexpected departures take place. I can't confidently say we will be much better, though.

I do not know what sort of non-con schedule we have but I hope it's a little friendlier. I imagine a trip out to NoDak is in order.

Decatur Spartan
03-15-2016, 10:12 AM
I honestly do not think we will have a worse season, unless maybe if Maceachern and any other unexpected departures take place. I can't confidently say we will be much better, though.

I do not know what sort of non-con schedule we have but I hope it's a little friendlier. I imagine a trip out to NoDak is in order.

My concern is Goaltending. And Defense. And Offense. And Special Teams..... And maybe another 10-12 win season.

gomsuman
03-15-2016, 11:01 AM
My concern is Goaltending. And Defense. And Offense. And Special Teams..... And maybe another 10-12 win season.

Honestly my only concern is being young. Talent-wise I think we are actually not losing much this year besides Hildebrand and Deblouw... Everybody else is pretty easy to replace (just average players). Losing Ferrantino may be tough on the leadership side but I'm sorry, on any other team he would be an ideal 3rd-4th line guy.

P.S.- Osburn is going to be the next Krug. That guy can flat out play offense from the defenseman position. Still a little bit of a liability on D and in our own zone but he will figure that out by next year.

Also does anybody know the rules on redshirting? Does Minney still qualify for one? Otherwise, I still can't figure out why he hasn't played...