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Decatur Spartan
11-11-2016, 07:49 AM
Thursday Night at Munn: 4-1 FSU.
MSU is averaging 2.12 goals a game. Leading scorer's each have three goals. Goals against is 3.88.
Take away the Princeton game, Averaging 1.57 goals a game. And giving up 4.14. PP is anemic, 1/7 last night. PK has its moments, but gave up 3 on four kills last night.
Mr. Hollis: How much longer must we wallow in the mud at the bottom of College Hockey?

aallenpollreisz
11-11-2016, 09:13 AM
I think, at this stage, it's pretty clear we're going to stay in the mud until Anastos figures it out or retires/resigns.

Pirateasaur
11-11-2016, 10:05 AM
Last night was extraordinarily disappointing. You could see that we were a better team. FSU is not fast, they are not skilled, they did not possess the puck, and they are not particularly physical. What they did do well was put bodies and sticks into shooting/passing lanes all night, especially on the PK. Their PK was legit very sound positionally and schematically. Their goaltender played well, too.

The 2nd period was the sloppiest I have seen in a while. Bobbled pucks, passes into skates or through our sticks, missed defensive assignments, you name it. These things constantly killed our momentum. The team's coming through the neutral zone together with speed, cross ice pass behind the target and bam, everyone has to hit the brakes. When we stopped killing our selves, we control play. We just can't score. Those 2 quick power play goals on the 5 on 3 and the ensuing 5 on 4 really seemed to suck the air out of our team.

The previously mentioned "Minney plays too low" issue was textbook taken advantage of on 2 of their goals.

This game felt like a big step back. FSU is not a good team.

Joe Cox did prove my "forwards can't play defense" theory incorrect with two nice stops on an incoming forward, though.

I am just going to take heart that for most of the 1st and 3rd periods I was frustrated simply for the fact that we were clearly better than our opponent.

gomsuman
11-11-2016, 10:25 AM
Joe Cox did prove my "forwards can't play defense" theory incorrect with two nice stops on an incoming forward, though.

I am just going to take heart that for most of the 1st and 3rd periods I was frustrated simply for the fact that we were clearly better than our opponent.

Yes he played defense alright but I think he really struggled with the whole offensive part on the powerplay. No offense to the captain but he never has been an offensive powerhouse.. I have way more confidence in one of the freshman defensemen on the point then him.

I agree this one was really frustrating to watch just because we were clearly the more talented team. To Ferris' credit they play extremely sound hockey on the defensive end and had a pretty darn good goalie, but that is nothing new in a Bob Daniels team.

UMICH
11-11-2016, 01:48 PM
Thursday Night at Munn: 4-1 FSU.
MSU is averaging 2.12 goals a game. Leading scorer's each have three goals. Goals against is 3.88.
Take away the Princeton game, Averaging 1.57 goals a game. And giving up 4.14. PP is anemic, 1/7 last night. PK has its moments, but gave up 3 on four kills last night.
Mr. Hollis: How much longer must we wallow in the mud at the bottom of College Hockey?

Hey, you have as many wins as the Football team.

owslachief
11-11-2016, 02:07 PM
Last night was extraordinarily disappointing. You could see that we were a better team. FSU is not fast, they are not skilled, they did not possess the puck, and they are not particularly physical. What they did do well was put bodies and sticks into shooting/passing lanes all night, especially on the PK. Their PK was legit very sound positionally and schematically. Their goaltender played well, too.

The 2nd period was the sloppiest I have seen in a while. Bobbled pucks, passes into skates or through our sticks, missed defensive assignments, you name it. These things constantly killed our momentum. The team's coming through the neutral zone together with speed, cross ice pass behind the target and bam, everyone has to hit the brakes. When we stopped killing our selves, we control play. We just can't score. Those 2 quick power play goals on the 5 on 3 and the ensuing 5 on 4 really seemed to suck the air out of our team.

The previously mentioned "Minney plays too low" issue was textbook taken advantage of on 2 of their goals.

This game felt like a big step back. FSU is not a good team.

Joe Cox did prove my "forwards can't play defense" theory incorrect with two nice stops on an incoming forward, though.

I am just going to take heart that for most of the 1st and 3rd periods I was frustrated simply for the fact that we were clearly better than our opponent.

I came away from that first period wondering how this team could actually be down 1-0. I felt like 5-on-5, MSU did everything better than FSU except finishing at the net. Yes - our power play was anemic. But for the most part I have no problem with the hustle we showed through the game. Just need goal-scorers ... plain and simple.

Seems this team (and blame it on youth) gets a couple power play goals against and the shoulders begin to sag. But even one of our junior players had a lapse - there's no way Gatt should allowed Rutkowski to sit right there at the net for that 3rd goal. That's the 3rd goal of the game, and as the saying goes it's the most important.

To Ferris State's credit, they're suddenly riding a hot goaltender, AND they forecheck like nobody's done that to us before. That's a physical team and it extends to defense too, where they come right out to you on the power play. Now, when your power play is manila and you're not moving ... they can do that.

Spartanforlife4
11-11-2016, 03:50 PM
Sharp jerseys last night. Look like I'll have to add another one to my signature.

owslachief
11-11-2016, 09:52 PM
Sharp jerseys last night. Look like I'll have to add another one to my signature.
Oh yes. Glad someone mentioned that. Those were beauteous.

Decatur Spartan
11-12-2016, 04:14 PM
Hey, you have as many wins as the Football team.

Not any more!

Decatur Spartan
11-12-2016, 04:15 PM
Hey Y'all.......Volley Ball is 22-5.

Decatur Spartan
11-12-2016, 04:17 PM
I think, at this stage, it's pretty clear we're going to stay in the mud until Anastos figures it out or retires/resigns.
Agreed. I don't think Mr. Hollis has what it takes to get rid of TA.

Dirty Dream No. 2
11-12-2016, 06:58 PM
Agreed. I don't think Mr. Hollis has what it takes to get rid of TA.

You mean like stones?

Dirty Dream No. 2
11-12-2016, 07:27 PM
MSU vs. Ferris--the Mid Michigan toilet bowl!

Decatur Spartan
11-13-2016, 06:30 AM
You mean like stones?
Yup.

Pirateasaur
11-13-2016, 04:01 PM
Well, we pulled out a comeback to keep me from stepping off the ledge. Good win, really. We tend to struggle at Ewigleben and I can't remember the last time we overcame more than a single goal deficit to win a game. I believe we have a bye week and it's always great to go into one of those feeling good. A slumping NoDak is up next. Slumping, sure, but I would bet they are a Denver quality opponent.

owslachief
11-13-2016, 09:43 PM
Well, we pulled out a comeback to keep me from stepping off the ledge. Good win, really. We tend to struggle at Ewigleben and I can't remember the last time we overcame more than a single goal deficit to win a game. I believe we have a bye week and it's always great to go into one of those feeling good. A slumping NoDak is up next. Slumping, sure, but I would bet they are a Denver quality opponent.
The third period showed MSU to be really a different team than I've seen so far this year. To me the key was MSU's power play - not for what it produced (it didn't produce a single goal in the third), but for the effect it had on FSU. It produced some good chances, involved the best puck movement of the year and got FSU on its heals ... and clearly wore them down. I thought Smith was going to frustrate this team - until Cox broke through.

Decatur Spartan
11-22-2016, 10:23 PM
On a positive note for at least one MSU Hockey Team, the Tier II team (think JVish) beat scUM last Friday night 4-1. Goalie had 39 saves on 40 shots! Takes them to 6-3 on the season. As opposed to the Varsity's 3-6 record.
And and to keep the thread on track: Volley Ball lost in 5 sets last night to #2 Minn, to fall to 23-6 on the season after beating scUM Wednesday night 3-1. They could do some good stuff in the NCAA Tournament.

owslachief
11-23-2016, 03:48 PM
I thought the play at Ford Theater last night was uneven. The guy yelling in Latin was a bit over-the-top.

Spartanforlife4
11-25-2016, 10:15 PM
That was pretty neat.

Pirateasaur
11-25-2016, 10:40 PM
That was pretty neat.

Did not expect to pull a win from NoDak. Anything more out of this weekend is glorious.