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HuskyNation
12-30-2011, 01:33 PM
Tech just doesn't have the skill it seems to get the puck, out from along the boards and in the corners, to the front of the net.

I disagree. It is will, drive, ice awareness and determination. Skill doesn't necessarily enter the equation into any of that. Personal will power, work ethic, and strength however have everything to do with it.

The lack of use of the points and the slot area against State was more of the issue. Tech could have had 45 grade-A shot on goal opportunities as opposed to 8 grade-A opps on 45 shots.

stuckinwi
12-30-2011, 02:05 PM
I disagree. It is will, drive, ice awareness and determination. Skill doesn't necessarily enter the equation into any of that. Personal will power, work ethic, and strength however have everything to do with it.

The lack of use of the points and the slot area against State was more of the issue. Tech could have had 45 grade-A shot on goal opportunities as opposed to 8 grade-A opps on 45 shots.

I'm looking at the bright side here... a tech team with enough puck possession to get 45 in a game is a good thing! That itself is something I'm glad to see.

Twitch Boy
12-30-2011, 05:47 PM
Once again:

I'd happily take 2-36-0 if the two wins came at GLI.

mtu_huskies
12-30-2011, 05:50 PM
Shoot, so close to tieing it up too. Of course we'd need some luck to beat BC but we didn't get it with that no goal.


Mel's postgame thoughts:
We got better as game went on
Took early penalty, and it put us on our heals
Proud of a our hockey team,
Tough to have the call go against us,
Went toe to toe with #3 ranked hockey team
Didn't get a lot of puck luck, carried some play in the 3rd
Sure Josh would like to have the 2nd goal back
Feel bad for the guys, they put in a gutsy effort, no clear shot of no goal

bose301s
12-30-2011, 05:52 PM
Le sigh, yet another GLI fail. 32 years of them and counting...

They need a crying smilie here, now is the perfect time to use it.

huskyfan
12-30-2011, 06:02 PM
pass the prozac. its a sad day for Tech fans.

Burnt Orange Husky
12-30-2011, 06:13 PM
I feel our winning season slipping away. I sure hope the recruiting is going well. Would someone who was at the games tell us what the mood was like at the arena?

Crowdedbrain
12-30-2011, 07:27 PM
I feel our winning season slipping away. I sure hope the recruiting is going well. Would someone who was at the games tell us what the mood was like at the arena?


The whole place was rooting for Tech and came undone with the tying goal. The refs were thoroughly boo'd. Air of disappointment from there out..

Biddco
12-30-2011, 08:19 PM
pass the prozac. its a sad day for Tech fans.Too much koolaid means a hangover!

huskyfan
12-30-2011, 10:01 PM
when Mel Pearson looks in a mirror does he see Jamie Russell?

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-30-2011, 10:08 PM
when Mel Pearson looks in a mirror does he see Jamie Russell?

Funny you should ask. Sounds like Jamie is still pretty bitter about getting fired. :rolleyes:

giwan
12-30-2011, 11:06 PM
Funny you should ask. Sounds like Jamie is still pretty bitter about getting fired. :rolleyes:

Care to expound?

manurespreader
12-30-2011, 11:16 PM
a lot of positive tonight. they played a lot better without the puck and jordan baker backchecked hard enough to catch his man just as he got the puck 20 ft in front of our net and stopped hm from shooting. Yahoo!

also the defense, which has been giving up a lot of odd man rushes did not give up a single one to a very good team. Our new line combinations are doing better. The Johnstone's played better and so did chad and blake. I liked rix also. So I think they learned a lot and continue to get better and though they didn't win tonight they will win some games against tough competition the second half. It was tough to lose but they are better than they were for sure.

Beer Pong Horn
12-30-2011, 11:33 PM
Care to expound?

What he said. Is the sarcastic :rolleyes: directed at posters or at Jamie? (Or The Institution?)


a lot of positive tonight. they played a lot better without the puck and jordan baker backchecked hard enough to catch his man just as he got the puck 20 ft in front of our net and stopped hm from shooting. Yahoo!

also the defense, which has been giving up a lot of odd man rushes did not give up a single one to a very good team. Our new line combinations are doing better. The Johnstone's played better and so did chad and blake. I liked rix also. So I think they learned a lot and continue to get better and though they didn't win tonight they will win some games against tough competition the second half. It was tough to lose but they are better than they were for sure.

Good to hear. Even Mel was careful not to promise miracles this year, however much we want to see them. He has a lot of losing to go before he sees his first NCAA team in Houghton, which makes sense - take a look at Blais' experience in Omaha for something comparable.

stuckinwi
12-30-2011, 11:48 PM
What he said. Is the sarcastic :rolleyes: directed at posters or at Jamie? (Or The Institution?)



Good to hear. Even Mel was careful not to promise miracles this year, however much we want to see them. He has a lot of losing to go before he sees his first NCAA team in Houghton, which makes sense - take a look at Blais' experience in Omaha for something comparable.

Speaking of Blais... There is a massive fail right now.. Not even making the medal round...

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-30-2011, 11:53 PM
I'd rather not give specifics until I have 100% of the details and context. My knowledge is second-hand.

Like Flashy said in the elevator on our way back up from the Olympia Club, this tournament was like an AC/DC song - "It's a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n' roll"

JohnDobler
12-31-2011, 12:21 AM
Despite Tech not winning and the difficulty of navigating the Joe on crutches, I enjoyed the tournament. Tech put in a good effort against BC and the championship game was a pretty good watch.

The Troll mtu86
12-31-2011, 08:21 AM
No moral victories this year, right?

It was a better played game. A more entertaining game for sure and tech did at times during the third period control the play.

May they find a way to "will" themselves to a few more victories in the second half of the season.

aparch
12-31-2011, 11:28 AM
Apparently Chicago has taught John Scott to be like SEARS. A softer side:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GUT0NMAkjc

Burnt Orange Husky
12-31-2011, 12:08 PM
Interesting GLI statistics courtesy of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Invitational). In the 35 times Mel has been a player or a coach at GLI, he's finished fourth only five times:
- MTU asst coach: 1985, 1986, 1987
- U of M asst coach: 2000
- MTU head coach: 2011

He's been with the Champion 17 times.

MTU has finished fourth 9 of the last 11 tournaments.

MTU is third in titles going 9 - 12 - 10 - 16 in 47 years.

IMHO, the GLI was more fun before they invited MSU every year. It's a more interesting tourney with two visiting teams instead of just one.