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techcodemonkey
12-12-2010, 12:47 PM
If the over/under was set to 7 or 8, then I might pick the over, but with an over/under at 10....i'd pick the under every day, I think this team will finish at 8 wins (and that's being incredibly optimistic)

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-12-2010, 03:28 PM
We will be lucky to finish with eight wins.

manurespreader
12-12-2010, 06:00 PM
from what I've heard next years class is supposed to be even better that this years.

Glad to hear it. from Heisenberg's list it is iffy, and fairly small. Another class like this one would be terrific news.

Shirtless Guy
12-12-2010, 06:21 PM
Glad to hear it. from Heisenberg's list it is iffy, and fairly small. Another class like this one would be terrific news.Its going to be small because the senior class is small...

mtu_huskies
12-12-2010, 06:45 PM
Its going to be small because the senior class is small...

That's one thing Jamie has never been able to do. I think he's always wanted to even out the class sizes, but things just haven't gone his way.

Shirtless Guy
12-12-2010, 06:49 PM
That's one thing Jamie has never been able to do. I think he's always wanted to even out the class sizes, but things just haven't gone his way.Its darn near impossible to do when they get as lopsided as they are...

oldish husky
12-13-2010, 01:43 PM
That's one thing Jamie has never been able to do. I think he's always wanted to even out the class sizes, but things just haven't gone his way.

It's hard to get even class sized when players give up and leave early. You just end up with perpetually young teams. I've said it before, I don't mind loses to good WCHA teams as long as the effort is there. I think NMU will be tough this weekend because Olsen is still out, but playing on the road with a small crowd could be good. Keeps the team together on the road, without the 6th man in the arena.

Maybe the freshmen having a good time and playing hard Friday speaks to their understanding that this has to be there team starting now, as was suggested in a post last week.

bigblue_dl
12-13-2010, 01:53 PM
We will be lucky to finish with eight wins.
5 wins, 6 at the most. After that I say that Coach Russell will be gone, not that I'm saying that I agree with that decision.

manurespreader
12-13-2010, 07:51 PM
So here is my general question of the week.
It seems like other teams, ( read cc, uno, etc) are pretty good 2 on 1 against us and we have given up our share of odd man rush goals. However when it's our turn on these rushes, we flub it away and rarely get a quality shot.We don't seem to move the puck well like cc did or we don't shoot well like uno did.
So my question is, what can we do to get more scoring on our opportunities. I think we get enough opportunities, but can't seem to get them home somehow.

MTUHatTrick84
12-13-2010, 08:40 PM
So here is my general question of the week.
It seems like other teams, ( read cc, uno, etc) are pretty good 2 on 1 against us and we have given up our share of odd man rush goals. However when it's our turn on these rushes, we flub it away and rarely get a quality shot.We don't seem to move the puck well like cc did or we don't shoot well like uno did.
So my question is, what can we do to get more scoring on our opportunities. I think we get enough opportunities, but can't seem to get them home somehow.

It seems to me that practice and game experience are the only two ways to improve on anything. Our young players are still developing, and so while they may be adjusted to the speed of the game at this level, they haven't had enough experience to be able to do everything they want to do at that speed.

We had some young players lighting it up early, but then other teams start matching them against better defenders. The players must mature in kind to rise to a level of production against the top-line D.

As far as practice goes, that is where line chemistry and connection develop. The more time you spend working with your line, the more you know the other players strengths and tendencies. For example, the strongest line we had in recent memory was the Conner-Murphy-Desmet line, and they were together for a long time and those players were never out of the lineup. You start to throw injuries into the mix, it results in constant line changes, and nobody plays together enough to generate the chemistry that would result in crisp passes and timing. In theory, every line should be playing the same system and the same decisions should always be made in a given situation regardless of who is in what position, but each player has their own style and nuances, and thus the system varies between players. Also, if a player is playing on a new line or a new position, then they might not have enough experience to make the automatic choice or they have to think half a second longer, and that throws off timing.

So, practice hard. Have continuity of lines. And get our freshmen WCHA game speed experience and more work against top line defensemen. And then we will score again.

It all comes back to injuries, again. Injuries disrupt the chemistry, limit practice time, destroy line continuity, and force younger players to play roles in which they are not quite ready to play yet.

And we have a culture of injuries. I am not sure how that works, but after 3 years of the same thing, we have a culture.

mtu_huskies
12-13-2010, 11:34 PM
A couple roster updates, Schooley has been removed from the Tech website Roster.


The USNTDP U-18 roster, Blake Pietila's is one of three on the roster that doesn't appear to be committed to a team at this time. The currently losing streak and uncertainty at the coaching position can't be helping Tech's cause.

Shirtless Guy
12-14-2010, 12:21 AM
A couple roster updates, Schooley has been removed from the Tech website Roster.


The USNTDP U-18 roster, Blake Pietila's is one of three on the roster that doesn't appear to be committed to a team at this time. The currently losing streak and uncertainty at the coaching position can't be helping Tech's cause.schooley quit

bigblue_dl
12-14-2010, 08:24 AM
This team is a trainwreck. Not quite a Vikings-esk trainwreck, but there is still half the season left.

crazytechfan
12-14-2010, 12:26 PM
This team is a trainwreck. Not quite a Vikings-esk trainwreck, but there is still half the season left.
...for us to be sure that the roof doesn't cave in...

bigblue_dl
12-14-2010, 12:56 PM
...for us to be sure that the roof doesn't cave in...
Thats too easy. It will end up being a catostrophic failure of the ice refrigeration system. Then we'll have to decide between playing the final series with UND at the Berry, or at Houghton County.

Dirty
12-14-2010, 01:10 PM
Thats too easy. It will end up being a catostrophic failure of the ice refrigeration system. Then we'll have to decide between playing the final series with UND at the Berry, or at Houghton County.

Why not just move the games to the Ralph? Tech will be there the next weekend any way.

crazypotatoes
12-14-2010, 01:12 PM
Thats too easy. It will end up being a catostrophic failure of the ice refrigeration system. Then we'll have to decide between playing the final series with UND at the Berry, or at Houghton County.Screw that, I'd say play it at the Dee. It'd be crazy in there.

Yager
12-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Why not just move the games to the Ralph? Tech will be there the next weekend any way.
We could just play Bye U instead. We'll lose that, too.

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Why not just move the games to the Ralph? Tech will be there the next weekend any way.

Because the hockey team, bad as they are, shouldn't be punished by having to spend an entire week in Grand Forks helping to fill sandbags.

Dirty
12-14-2010, 01:21 PM
Because the hockey team, bad as they are, shouldn't be punished by having to spend an entire week in Grand Forks helping to fill sandbags.

Why not? They might actually succeed at something for once.