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NMU8405
10-12-2009, 08:08 PM
So, we are going to split with Miami yet get swept by Ohio State?

boot_walt_kyle
10-12-2009, 09:45 PM
Yes, I think we will split with Miami and get swept by Ohio St. That's really not that far-fetched of a prediction.

Kujo/NMU Hockey
10-12-2009, 09:54 PM
Anyone know why Billy Smith didn't play this weekend? Injury?

Not sure, but I'm sure someone has the answer on this board.

LETS GO CATS!!!!

NMU8405
10-12-2009, 09:55 PM
Yes, I think we will split with Miami and get swept by Ohio St. That's really not that far-fetched of a prediction.

Any insight to this prediction?

KC8NIY
10-12-2009, 09:58 PM
Honestly, BWK's prediction does have some merit to it. I don't see those results as unlikely in the slightest. There's room for a few more wins, or a few more losses. Splitting with a top program and getting swept by a mid-lower tier happens quite often. You see it all the time when teams get psyched to play the big series and have a letdown the following week.

I still take issue with the fact that anything less than a NCAA appearance is a failure which should have Kyle looking for another job. Contrasting my above opinion, that makes little sense to me.

hockeybando
10-12-2009, 10:10 PM
Please stop quoting bwk. I have him on ignore so I don't have to read his annoying posts.

NMUFAN
10-13-2009, 08:21 AM
Not sure, but I'm sure someone has the answer on this board.

LETS GO CATS!!!!

Last night on the radio Walt did mention that the bye week was helpful to Smith so he can have more time to mend. He didn't give any details though.

Wildpantswilly
10-13-2009, 11:18 AM
Just want to put my season projections out there for all to see. I didn't include any ties plus shootouts, it's just win/loss

Oct. 9 Michigan Tech - L
Oct. 11 Minnesota-Duluth - W
OCT. 23 BEMIDJI STATE - L
OCT. 24 BEMIDJI STATE - W
OCT. 30 MIAMI - W
OCT. 31 MIAMI - L
Nov. 6 Ohio State - L
Nov. 7 Ohio State - L
Nov. 14 Notre Dame - L
Nov. 15 Notre Dame - L
NOV. 20 NEBRASKA-OMAHA - W
NOV. 21 NEBRASKA-OMAHA - W
Nov. 27 Alaska - L
Nov. 28 Alaska - W
DEC. 4 MICHIGAN STATE - W
DEC. 5 MICHIGAN STATE - L
Dec. 11 Lake Superior State - W
Dec. 12 Lake Superior State - W
DEC. 18 MICHIGAN TECH - W
Jan. 2 Clarkson - W
Jan. 3 Bowling Green/Minnesota - L
Jan. 12 Michigan Tech - W
JAN. 15 BOWLING GREEN - W
JAN. 16 BOWLING GREEN - W
Jan. 22 Nebraska-Omaha - L
Jan. 23 Nebraska-Omaha - L
JAN. 29 ALASKA - W
JAN. 30 ALASKA - L
Feb. 5 Ferris State - L
Feb. 6 Ferris State - W
FEB. 12 WESTERN MICHIGAN - W
FEB. 13 WESTERN MICHIGAN - W
Feb. 19 Michigan - L
Feb. 20 Michigan - L
FEB. 26 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE - L
FEB. 27 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE - W

19 - 18 regular season record, just missing an at-large bid once again.

You have us losing to LSCC, Alaska, and MSU at home, and getting swept by Michigan, Notre Dame, and Michigan away, and splitting with Ferris. These picks have little to no merit, out record will be at least 5 games better than this.

boot_walt_kyle
10-13-2009, 03:26 PM
You have us losing to LSCC, Alaska, and MSU at home, and getting swept by Michigan, Notre Dame, and Michigan away, and splitting with Ferris. These picks have little to no merit, out record will be at least 5 games better than this.

Yeah, your right. There is absolutely no way that NMU would ever lose to Lake State, Alaska or MSU in the Berry. We mind as well just look at the preseason coaches poll, pretend NMU is ranked 2nd and then not pick upsets. They could very well lose a game to each of those teams at home. Also, I don't see what is so wrong about predicting sweeps on the road to nationally ranked teams, sometimes sweeps happen.

You act like I predicted a 10 win season for the Cats this year. I think that I was pretty generous in my predictions and would like to see what kind of predictions you have that come up with NMU winning 24-25 regular season games this year. Some people just can't help being delusional homers

boot_walt_kyle
10-13-2009, 03:34 PM
Any insight to this prediction?

NMU will play strong at the Berry and sneak out a close win over Miami, then they will head out on the road and fall just short in two close games. Nothing too unusual, just the type of thing that happens when you have a decent NCAA team playing a good team at home and then another decent team on the road.

How do you feel the team will fare over those 4 games?

NMU8405
10-13-2009, 04:40 PM
NMU will play strong at the Berry and sneak out a close win over Miami, then they will head out on the road and fall just short in two close games. Nothing too unusual, just the type of thing that happens when you have a decent NCAA team playing a good team at home and then another decent team on the road.

How do you feel the team will fare over those 4 games?

Im not sure how they will do against Miami. Miami had to fight for wins against St. Cloud last week, and they head to Durham NH to play New Hampshire. A little more battle tested? Maybe. A little worn down? Maybe? We did play them extremely well in Miami last year, and if my memory serves me right we played a hell of two games against them two years ago. If there is one team I feel we can consistantly compete with, its Miami.

As for The Ohio State...they came into this season with loftly expectations after, I think, overacheiving last season. tOSU has lost to Western Ontario (ex) and got swept by Quinnipiac (who could have a huge year out in Atlantic Hockey). We traditionally do not preform well at Ohio State, but the lack of home ice support only helps NMU.

NoClu
10-13-2009, 04:57 PM
NOV. 20 NEBRASKA-OMAHA - W
NOV. 21 NEBRASKA-OMAHA - W

Jan. 22 Nebraska-Omaha - L
Jan. 23 Nebraska-Omaha - L



I have to disagree here (and with virtually all that bwk says on this message board). After all, the Spirit Phone is up for grabs, I'm coming to Marquette to cheer on the Mav's, and it's our last season together.

UNO goes out with a Bang, Boom, Bada-Bing and returns the trophy to Omaha...

Nov. 20 NMU - Win
Nov. 21 UNO - Win

Jan. 22 UNO - Win
Jan. 23 UNO - Win

nmupiccdiva
10-13-2009, 05:10 PM
I have to disagree here (and with virtually all that bwk says on this message board). After all, the Spirit Phone is up for grabs, I'm coming to Marquette to cheer on the Mav's, and it's our last season together.

UNO goes out with a Bang, Boom, Bada-Bing and returns the trophy to Omaha...

Nov. 20 NMU - Win
Nov. 21 UNO - Win

Jan. 22 UNO - Win
Jan. 23 UNO - Win

:( This makes me sad. I never made the trip to Omaha, but I always enjoyed the series in Marquette.

aparch
10-13-2009, 08:02 PM
NoClu:

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

:D

NoClu
10-13-2009, 08:06 PM
:) Hope to see you both in November.

Steve C.

davyd83
10-13-2009, 08:34 PM
Let"s take a look at " delusional."

2007-08 BWK says "fire Walt!" NMU doesn't. Cats go to the Joe.
2008-09 BWK says "fire Walt!" NMU doesn't. Cats go to the Joe.

Keep the streak alive!

Now most knowledgeable observers strongly agree that without Kyle, NMUs success rate looks more like Tech or Lake State than the 6 trips to the Joe in 7 years and the best winning percentage of any non D-IA school in the CCHA or WCHA over that time. Of course it's highly unlikely that BWK has actually conversed with any individual who has any real knowledge of the sport, it's landscape or inner workings to give his rants any credence. Some of the suggestion have included replacing the coach with an up and coming assistant or a D-III promotion. Sure, do that and spend a few years while he gets his feet wet winning 12, 14, 16 games a year. What an improvement! Hey, Dean Blais was available! But where do you find another $300,000.00 for salaries, assistants, recriting and improved travel which such a hire would require? Not one of the "fire" group can even come up with a plausible alternative that would be likely to improve the program within the confines of the school's budget, location and status. NMU gets more from it's resources than any other comparable program. Those who really do know what they are talking about agree, from the NHL, throughout college hockey, minor pro and junior hockey as well. The best man for the job is already here.

nmupiccdiva
10-13-2009, 08:44 PM
Let"s take a look at " delusional."

2007-08 BWK says "fire Walt!" NMU doesn't. Cats go to the Joe.
2008-09 BWK says "fire Walt!" NMU doesn't. Cats go to the Joe.

Keep the streak alive!

Now most knowledgeable observers strongly agree that without Kyle, NMUs success rate looks more like Tech or Lake State than the 6 trips to the Joe in 7 years and the best winning percentage of any non D-IA school in the CCHA or WCHA over that time. Of course it's highly unlikely that BWK has actually conversed with any individual who has any real knowledge of the sport, it's landscape or inner workings to give his rants any credence. Some of the suggestion have included replacing the coach with an up and coming assistant or a D-III promotion. Sure, do that and spend a few years while he gets his feet wet winning 12, 14, 16 games a year. What an improvement! Hey, Dean Blais was available! But where do you find another $300,000.00 for salaries, assistants, recriting and improved travel which such a hire would require? Not one of the "fire" group can even come up with a plausible alternative that would be likely to improve the program within the confines of the school's budget, location and status. NMU gets more from it's resources than any other comparable program. Those who really do know what they are talking about agree, from the NHL, throughout college hockey, minor pro and junior hockey as well. The best man for the job is already here.

"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to davyd83 again." Awesome, man. Simply awesome post.

Billy Blanks
10-13-2009, 08:52 PM
Yes!!!!

Let's keep going to the JOE and finishing in 3rd place every year because there is no alternative and we all accept it!!!

10 years since we've made it to the NCAA's !!!! Yippee!!!! We "almost" made it!! Good Job Boys!!!

Whoo hoo!!!!!

Three cheers for mediocrity!!!!

FadeToBlack&Gold
10-13-2009, 08:58 PM
"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to davyd83 again." Awesome, man. Simply awesome post.

I got him for you.

davyd83
10-13-2009, 09:16 PM
BWK, please use your vast expertise to show us the way to improve the program. Simply firing the coach will not accomplish that and may well send the program in the other direction. Mediocrity? I guess when compared to Michigan or Minnesota or Notre Dame. Now how is it that these schools and others like usually finish above NMU nationally? Is it better coaching? Did Rick Comley all of a sudden morph into a better coach at State? Now compare NMU to other western schools of its I'll. Now the results are far from mediocre. Change does not assure improvement. It only quiets your keyboard til the new guy loses three in a row and you start blasting the administration for hiring him.

And that's all I have to say about that.