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mtu_huskies
01-03-2012, 05:02 PM
For those that haven't had time to listen to the Mel Pearson show yet this week:

Mel was in studio and it now starts at 8:30ET and is 45 min long

GLI Against MSU:
We outshot them 7-0 early, and a penalty took wind out of sails
They scored and that set the tone for the first period
Good game, a lot of shots, not as many grade A chances as you would've liked
Palmosano got to see most of the shots, and he stopped them, need traffic and rebounds, need to battle in tough areas
Scoring is tough to teach, it's more natural, we're going back to basics to look for dirty goals
Josh didn't have a chance on either MSU goal
When you're not scoring, every little mistake is critical
Steve Shields informed Mel we've been in every game in the 3rd period, we're there, but need to take the next step
On 5x3 goal, Furne nice shots, he's a goal scorer, nice pass from D. Johnstone
Thought we might score on PP, good third period, MSU got some chances later one when we were pressing
Not getting the bounces we were getting earlier in the year, have to hang in there
NHL Scouts and other coaches told Mel our team was working very hard, just not finishing around the net
Have said it before, need to learn how to win in tight games against good teams, it's coming

Tommy Brown: Wanted to get Tommy in, find out where he's at
He had a good game, godo skater, has confidence, will give it his all
Good solid game, needs to build on that
He sat Saturday, concerned about conditioning for back to back games, same concern for C. Pietila
Jimmy played Friday and did a real good job
First time we've had everybody eligable and healthy to play, made some decision more difficult


Friday against BC:
Played a real good game, right there, 1-1 in third period
Carried play in 3rd period, allowed only 8 attempted shots on net, best period of tournament
BC PP Goal was quick, we've been playing from behind too much last few games
Rix's goal was some puck luck just inside blueline, Rix can shoot the puck, Mel is on Rix and McLeod, they can burry the puck, want to see it in a game
Blake Pietila 5 shots on goal in game, stepped up his game
Heartbreaking to have disallowed goal, whole team frustrated
Baker said it hit in his midesection, ref in bad position to see where it hits, he makes initial no-goal call, need good evidence to overrule, no good camera angles
Mel feels it should've been called a goal, then review to see if it can be overturned
BC's 2nd goal. Robinson would like to have it back, we were playign well, BC comes down and scores from a bad angle
Told kids to hold your heads high, played a good game against a really good hockey team

In Calumet this weekend, intrasquad game at the armory. 5:00 warmup, 5:15 puck drop, probably 25 min halfs
Keep the guys active, let people up in Calumet see the hockey team
Back when Mel played, they did it every year
Will sign some autographs after the game
It'll be good for some guys that are trying hard in pratcie, but not cracking the lineup to get some game experience, get to see Fillion play too
Mel will probably stay to watch the Calumet game, looking forward to it and hope people in Calumet will support the game
The player are excited, winners maybe wont have to skate as much on Monday, want to make it competative

Questions from listeners:

How did he like line combinations at GLI? Liked them, generated scoring opportunities. Chad Pietila looked good and will only get better. Tanner wasn't 100%, but he played well.
Really Like Rix-McLeod on a line, good work ethic and hustle. Lines will continue to be tweaked.

Jimmy Davis - He did make a turnover on Friday. Overall he had a good game, he's come a long way. He'll continue to get better.

Justin Fillion - Haven't seen him yet. He'll practice all week and next week. Something like a Seigo, offensive defensemen. It'll be interesting to see how he adjusts, could take time or could take right off.

Any new recuirt comments? Only on kids that have signed, picked up a few since signing date. Excited aboug the group. Good hockey players and good students. Jujhar and Alex Petan are top 7 in scoring in BCHL.
They've done well, once kids sign and commit want them to continue to try to be best player in the league. Phoenix has played well lately, Shields can't wait to get a hold of him.

Goals are at a premium lately, what has changed? Can't force it, need to have instincts. We'll do simple things, changing shooting angle, taking a step across the net. Need to do battle drills in front of the net. The offense will come.

Seems like a long time since we've been at home, need to reestablish our home ice presence.

As always, Dirk wants email questions, dj@themix93.com anytime during the week.

JOHN SCOTT ROCKS
01-03-2012, 05:18 PM
Several battles now for the lineup
Who do the fans like to see in the lineup going forward

1 open spot
Defense
Cecere / Brown / Davis or Fillion

Forward 2 spots open

C. Pietila / McCadden / Holmberg
A. Pietila / Lickteig / Reddick

C.Pietila bumped McCloud to the fourth line so unless this changes I would guess he's not battling for a spot. I would guess there is one open spot on forward. As far as D goes it sounds like the expectation is for Fillion to assume a full time spot if he's capable. My guess is that beside Seigo, the rest will be open for sitting occasionally to give the remaining some game time here or there.

geezer
01-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Scoring is tough to teach, it's more natural, we're going back to basics to look for dirty goals
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Goals are at a premium lately, what has changed? Can't force it, need to have instincts. We'll do simple things, changing shooting angle, taking a step across the net. Need to do battle drills in front of the net. The offense will come.

I'm reminded of a conversation I had in November with someone who was on the Tech roster with Mel back in the day (and is out of the area, nothing to do with the team since). He said Mel would never dazzle you with his skill or speed, but was an "instigator" and always had a knack for being in the right position to get his stick on the puck. I got the impression of Mel as a player who PO'd a lot of the opposing players and knew how to score those dirty goals.

manurespreader
01-03-2012, 05:32 PM
C.Pietila bumped McCloud to the fourth line so unless this changes I would guess he's not battling for a spot. I would guess there is one open spot on forward. As far as D goes it sounds like the expectation is for Fillion to assume a full time spot if he's capable. My guess is that beside Seigo, the rest will be open for sitting occasionally to give the remaining some game time here or there.
My personal opinion but Reddick played well on friday, I think we will see him a lot, especially away at big ice teams.In fact the forth line played really well on friday. Chad played ok friday, not that great thursday. I think he will get a solid look and has a spot for a few games anyway. I'd guess McCadden will be in at times too, given his skill on faceoffs. I'd like to see Lickteig get better because he has a ton of talent but defensively he's not doing it. On defense it's hard to say but sounds like Fillion will be pretty good. Brown was average I thought on friday. I think he was minus one for the game.Davis was good and will be a great player down the line.
Overall will depend on the rink and the circumstances.

JOHN SCOTT ROCKS
01-03-2012, 05:40 PM
Tyler Heinonen has not been in the lineup for Muskegon in the USHL for nearly a month. Does anyone know whether he is injured, traded or is it a coaches choice?

hurt, back at home healing I believe. Is now listed as 2013 on Heisenberg.

JOHN SCOTT ROCKS
01-03-2012, 05:45 PM
My guess is that there will be some players that won't be invited to "camp."

Jay Pietila who tried out this year is has taken a term off and is playing for the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL. Will likely be back in camp next year (or the following year?)

Flashy Man
01-03-2012, 06:07 PM
Jay Pietila who tried out this year is has taken a term off and is playing for the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL. Will likely be back in camp next year (or the following year?)

So with the Winter Classic coming to the Detroit metro next season....should the GLI move outdoors to revive some of the charm? For just the next season of course.

The Troll mtu86
01-04-2012, 05:39 AM
Hearing rumors?......Or starting rumors?

It would be a great

bigblue_dl
01-04-2012, 07:31 AM
So with the Winter Classic coming to the Detroit metro next season....should the GLI move outdoors to revive some of the charm? For just the next season of course.Yeah, outdoor hockey would be great, because it wasn't pouring rain more than half the time we were in Detroit or anything. ;)

Flashy Man
01-04-2012, 07:53 AM
Hearing rumors?......Or starting rumors?

It would be a great

Merely speculating.

The Troll mtu86
01-04-2012, 06:30 PM
hmmm.......looks more like lobbying.

Flashy Man
01-04-2012, 06:38 PM
hmmm.......looks more like lobbying.

The odd thing is the athletic department retweeted my story on THG today... Not sure what to make of that.

manurespreader
01-04-2012, 07:25 PM
Trouble is it's not just one game, it's four. If it rains I'm not thrilled about being outside for 8 hours, if it's freezing, same. I agree that we could use some marketing boosts. But could it be that a resurgent Tech team will bring better attendance, I bet so.I saw more Tech fans there than I have in years. At least on thursday. Many were quite old. like 65, or so.

Flashy Man
01-04-2012, 07:28 PM
Trouble is it's not just one game, it's four. If it rains I'm not thrilled about being outside for 8 hours, if it's freezing, same. I agree that we could use some marketing boosts. But could it be that a resurgent Tech team will bring better attendance, I bet so.I saw more Tech fans there than I have in years. At least on thursday. Many were quite old. like 65, or so.

An idea floated is that only the 3rd Place and Championship games be played outdoors.

mtu_huskies
01-04-2012, 07:30 PM
Just curious, does anyone know what changed that Tech now posts game highlights, has a Tech Hockey facebook page with player interviews, pics and announcements, the Mel Pearson show etc? Is it just because Mel is now in town or did someone behind the scenes took a social media class? We're finally in the 21st century!

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-04-2012, 07:31 PM
Some extra Tech fans came out of the woodwork, but outside of the championship game (Michigan vs. Michigan State, duh), it was easily the most pathetic attendance in GLI history, even compared to the last five years or so.

aparch
01-04-2012, 07:31 PM
Even if you did all four games, the only scheduling conflict would be the actual Winter Classic game. Just move the dates for the games, or use JLA as the backup venue. Wasn't it Boston that hosted the Winter Classic, two mens college games, a womens college game, the NHL alumni skate, NHL practices, and family skates?

Holding even the Championship game or 3rd/Championship day would be easy.

Flashy Man
01-04-2012, 07:32 PM
Just curious, does anyone know what changed that Tech now posts game highlights, has a Tech Hockey facebook page with player interviews, pics and announcements, the Mel Pearson show etc? Is it just because Mel is now in town or did someone behind the scenes took a social media class? We're finally in the 21st century!

Part of the reason for starting THG was to push the athletic department to do better, so I'm hoping that had a bit to it. I do know the video coordinator has a good part to do with it.

JohnsonsJerseys
01-04-2012, 07:57 PM
Now that Mel knows his players he'll probably spell it out for a few of them in March so they have time to consider pursuing other opportunities. I'm sure everyone involved finds that preferable to cuts.
Or it serves as off-season motivation for the fouth-liners and the guys wearing shirts and ties during the games this season...


Phoenix has played well lately, Shields can't wait to get a hold of him.
This caught my eye. Has Mel talked him into at least one more season on staff?

Ryan J

FadeToBlack&Gold
01-04-2012, 07:58 PM
Rumor was that Pearson wanted a two-year commitment out of Shields from the start, despite the earlier report that he was only going to be around for a year.