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huskyfan
02-06-2012, 09:45 PM
Russell for Commish!

giwan
02-06-2012, 10:41 PM
MICHIGAN TECH'S ROBINSON AND PIETILA NAMED RED BARON® WCHA MEN'S PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Or was that last week? :)

FadeToBlack&Gold
02-06-2012, 10:47 PM
THG was already on this, but Phoenix Copley has been traded to the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Shirtless Guy
02-06-2012, 10:50 PM
THG was already on this, but Phoenix Copley has been traded to the Des Moines Buccaneers.Yeah, kinda wierd. I was in the process of lining up an interview with the head coach of the Tri-City Storm. Got a call about 20 hours ago saying that Copley would be traded. Now I have to try and go through PR of the Buccaneers to do the interview. I did get quotes from Coach Hauge today but the rest of this just got more difficult.

FadeToBlack&Gold
02-06-2012, 10:53 PM
Looks like Pheonix had a tough January, and lost the starting job to Adam Wilcox's hot streak/experience, so they opted to trade him for a possible future goalie while he still had value.

mtu_huskies
02-07-2012, 01:59 PM
From today's INCH column:


What We’re Watching: Is Michigan Tech the streakiest-scoring—and goal-allowing—team in college hockey? Based on recent results, the Huskies are in the midst of a trend that may warrant a closer look. After a little poking around, here’s what caught our eye:

Jan. 13 vs. Alaska Anchorage: The Seawolves score the game’s first goal. The Huskies then reel off five straight en route to a 6-2 win.

Jan. 14 vs. Alaska Anchorage: Tech scores three times in the game’s first 10 minutes. UAA scores the next four to take a 4-3 lead with 15:19 left in regulation, but the Huskies score the last three to win, 6-4.

Jan. 21 at Northern Michigan: The Wildcats score two goals in a 42-second span of the first period, but the Huskies score two power-play goals less than two minutes apart in the second. Alas, NMU scores three unanswered goals for a 5-2 victory.

Jan. 27 at Minnesota Duluth: Top-ranked UMD scores four goals in a 10-minute span of the first period. Tech counters by scoring four times over a 20-minute stretch of the second and third periods, salvaging a 4-4 tie.

Jan. 28 at Minnesota Duluth: The Huskies score four goals in the first period on their way to a 5-0 whitewash of the Bullodgs. That’s nine straight unanswered goals for MTU.

Feb. 3 at Minnesota State: The Mavs score three goals over a six-minute arc of the first period; the Huskies respond by tying the game with three straight of their own. Minnesota State earns a 5-3 win with two third-period goals.

Feb. 4 at Minnesota State: The hosts take a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, but Tech takes command by scoring six first-period goals and cruise to a 7-3 win.

Biddco
02-07-2012, 02:06 PM
Alleged words of a nameless former coach: "$275,000 is a lot of money for no GLI wins"

Or something...:rolleyes:Someone bitter after being fired?! Good lord!

Flashy Man
02-07-2012, 02:28 PM
Someone bitter after being fired?! Good lord!

Considering it cost about $1,000,000 for one GLI game win over the previous 8 years, Mel has about 4 years to match or exceed that.

geezer
02-07-2012, 02:41 PM
Leaving aside the debate over whether eight years should be enough to install new "systems" of play, guys like Bryce Reddick and Josh Robinson who are seeing enormous improvements in their senior seasons after 3 years of stagnation is evidence enough to me that coaching changes were overdue. Perhaps changes in offensive & goalie assistant coaches would have been enough, but Jamie simply wasn't willing to do that. It was all or nothing.

Biddco
02-07-2012, 02:47 PM
Considering it cost about $1,000,000 for one GLI game win over the previous 8 years, Mel has about 4 years to match or exceed that.Whew good. I'm not going to hold my breath.

HuskyNation
02-07-2012, 02:47 PM
Did you see this midget: http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2012/2/3/2768665/linkorama discussion of Jamie Russell.

It's definitely a good and valid point. I just think that Jamie and staff was reluctant to open up and attack after Murphy, Conner and Shelast were all gone. I'm sure the injuries had something to do with it, but you have to try to attack on a regular basis. Sitting back and taking all that punishment might keep you in games, but the war of attrition will catch up with you before too long. And it did.

It's a shame that he's not getting the opportunity that Mel is right now, but I also don't think that Jamie would be having the same success as Mel right now with the same guys. I like Jamie and think he is a good coach, but the fresh start was needed. For the players and the program.

Shirtless Guy
02-07-2012, 04:19 PM
What do you think about Minnesota? I can't really see them interested in meeting any of the UP schools at the Resch, but I also don't see them entirely giving up on Tech (can't speak to NMU, and I doubt they'd ever consent to a Soo trip.)With the recently announced plans for the "Minnesota Beanpot" where the Gophers will use 8 of their non-conference games to play the other 4 Minnesota schools, i don't see much left there unless MTU is willing to play Mariucci without a return trip. Minnesota is likely to have 20 conference game, 8 games vs MN schools, 2 bought home games, and 4 games against other teams, those teams are probably UND, DU, BC, BU, Miami, etc...not MTU.

Shirtless Guy
02-07-2012, 04:22 PM
Today is the fifth installment of Future Huskies where we have an in depth question and answer session with one of the committed recruits to get to know more about their decision to play for Michigan Tech and what they will bring to the Huskies. Today we have quotes from the MTU staff and the Head Coach of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Kevin Willison. Walker Hyland is featured in today's installment. He is offensively minded defenseman that currently plays in the BCHL and will join the Huskies next season.
Future Huskies: Walker Hyland http://dlvr.it/19hzsZ

manurespreader
02-07-2012, 04:48 PM
With the recently announced plans for the "Minnesota Beanpot" where the Gophers will use 8 of their non-conference games to play the other 4 Minnesota schools, i don't see much left there unless MTU is willing to play Mariucci without a return trip. Minnesota is likely to have 20 conference game, 8 games vs MN schools, 2 bought home games, and 4 games against other teams, those teams are probably UND, DU, BC, BU, Miami, etc...not MTU.

ok, I agree on minnesota, but I'm going to speculate that we do get 2 vs wisconsin, which we only do every other year and alternate that with michigan or msu, 2 gli, and 2 vs Duluth. So that leaves two games to play out east vs somebody or 4 if we get two exemptions. am I right here?

Beer Pong Horn
02-07-2012, 05:00 PM
ok, I agree on minnesota, but I'm going to speculate that we do get 2 vs wisconsin, which we only do every other year and alternate that with michigan or msu, 2 gli, and 2 vs Duluth. So that leaves two games to play out east vs somebody or 4 if we get two exemptions. am I right here?

We'll probably get the Alaska exemption every year from 2013 until the next reshuffle. I doubt we get two of them unless the NCAA rules favorably though.

I'd be very surprised if we ever played Michigan or MSU outside of the GLI or the NCAA (eventually). St. Cloud or UND is more likely, along with a random eastern school.

Shirtless Guy
02-07-2012, 05:20 PM
We'll probably get the Alaska exemption every year from 2013 until the next reshuffle. I doubt we get two of them unless the NCAA rules favorably though.

I'd be very surprised if we ever played Michigan or MSU outside of the GLI or the NCAA (eventually). St. Cloud or UND is more likely, along with a random eastern school.I have a feeling Michigan and or Michigan State will make a trip to MacInnes at least once in the next 5 years, most likely Michigan.

melmac
02-07-2012, 05:54 PM
With the recently announced plans for the "Minnesota Beanpot" where the Gophers will use 8 of their non-conference games to play the other 4 Minnesota schools, i don't see much left there unless MTU is willing to play Mariucci without a return trip. Minnesota is likely to have 20 conference game, 8 games vs MN schools, 2 bought home games, and 4 games against other teams, those teams are probably UND, DU, BC, BU, Miami, etc...not MTU.

Gawd, that's depressing... :(

Although, it probably will lead to a more harmonious home life. :)

JOHN SCOTT ROCKS
02-07-2012, 06:39 PM
Alleged words of a nameless former coach: "$275,000 is a lot of money for no GLI wins"

Or something...:rolleyes:

If you do the math, with the increase in ticket prices and the increase in average attendance, Tech will make up the $190K in salary and make a profit this year; that doesn't even include the increase in parking and concessions from the increase in attendance. Pretty good investment that pays off the first year.

From a player last year in October "it already feels like a long season"

From a player this year in October "having a blast playing for the most positive coach he's ever played for".

It didn't happen soon enough IMO but I'd say it all has worked out pretty well.

On another note in a hypothetical situation that Tech got invited to join the NCHC after this year, I'd decline.

Flashy Man
02-07-2012, 06:50 PM
If you do the math, with the increase in ticket prices and the increase in average attendance, Tech will make up the $190K in salary and make a profit this year; that doesn't even include the increase in parking and concessions from the increase in attendance. Pretty good investment that pays off the first year.

From a player last year in October "it already feels like a long season"

From a player this year in October "having a blast playing for the most positive coach he's ever played for".

It didn't happen soon enough IMO but I'd say it all has worked out pretty well.

On another note in a hypothetical situation that Tech got invited to join the NCHC after this year, I'd decline.

Based on just the 433 more tickets they are selling on average, Tech stands to earn about $100k more.

manurespreader
02-07-2012, 07:15 PM
not to mention the marginal revenue of possible additional home game, increased jersey sales, etc.
Even if it loses money it's a good deal in my opinion.