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mtu_huskies
12-05-2011, 01:02 PM
The Mel Pearson show is already posted for those that missed it. Wes and crew are getting a lot better at posting it pretty quickly.

Edit: I see of course we dropped out of the Top 20, basically down to 27th

Notes from Mel Pearson show:
Haven't practiced 5x3 much, but did this past week and looked good, maybe relaxed too much in game
Both PP units have different systems
Still need to learn to win close games
Need to manage the puck better in the 3rd period
Maybe a little fatigue in the 3rd on Saturday

Kicked in goal - Fri was frustrating, word was that he did kick it, but kicked it into Josh, and Josh's arm knocked the puck in
Mel felt it hit Josh and it just went it
The initial call was waived off, there needs to be substatial evidence to change, Mel didnt' like the interpretation

How is the team compared to where you thought we'd be at this time:
Have to get better in some areas, experience and learning how to win is still a big issue
Mel would like a few more wins
Keven Pates of Duluth Tribune pointed out to Mel, last time after 14 games Tech was above .500 was '84-85

Will Chad Pietila be available for GLI:
yes, may not be in game shape
He'll add some offense and experience to our team
Dirk - Will he play in GLI? Hard to say, depends how team does in next three games

Is rivalry with NMU the same as when Mel played?
More intense now, as it was a new rivalry at that time, NMU started in '76.

Why more penalties overall this weekend?
Hard play, for the most part happy with our team, did get a little undisciplined Sat.

Should Jimmy Davis have played juniors?
No, he's doing well, Mel probably should've played him Sat this weekend.
We're bringing him along slower than maybe we should.
Hard to adjust to playign D in college hockey.

Minnesota up next:
Probably more talent on team than Duluth
Looking forward to playing another good team
Mariucci is a great college rink
UMD/Min very similar, talented good skating forwards, good goaltending
Tommy Brown eligable to play, so he'll be back, hard decisions on who to take with us
Reminder Sat game is 9PM ET
Great opportunity to show we can go on road and beat a good hockey team

aparch
12-05-2011, 01:19 PM
There is a rivalry between NMU and MTU? :rolleyes: Pretty sure the last time this series was relevant (from the Northern side) was 2006. I know as a fan I tried to keep the rivalry alive longer, but there just isn't anything there. NMU looks as it as a crappy NC matchup where we want to leave with a W and no one injured. MTU pays a little extra to have the ambulance circle the arena with the siren because "there will be blood inside."

I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-05-2011, 01:28 PM
MTU pays a little extra to have the ambulance circle the arena with the siren because "there will be blood inside."

I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.

Huh?

The only things I can recall being "maimed" in the last five years are Teslak's knee, Jordan Foote's dignity, and Brian Stewart's credibility.

JohnsonsJerseys
12-05-2011, 01:31 PM
I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.

You may want to run a fact checker over that statement.
Besides, how can you be down on MTU? We got you back into the WCHA and saved you from going independant like UAH. You've seen how well that worked out for them...
;)
Ryan J

geezer
12-05-2011, 01:52 PM
There is a rivalry between NMU and MTU? :rolleyes: Pretty sure the last time this series was relevant (from the Northern side) was 2006. I know as a fan I tried to keep the rivalry alive longer, but there just isn't anything there. NMU looks as it as a crappy NC matchup where we want to leave with a W and no one injured. MTU pays a little extra to have the ambulance circle the arena with the siren because "there will be blood inside."

I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.

What is this all about? Are we still angry about getting beat last year? And who maimed a player or drew blood in the arena or whatever?

Flashy Man
12-05-2011, 02:14 PM
I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.

The award has nothing to do with maiming anybody. It's an award for the top player for Tech from the year's series.

2003-04—Colin Murphy
2004-05—Colin Murphy
2005-06—Jake Wilkens
2006-07—Mike Batovanja
2007-08—Jimmy Kerr
2008-09—Josh Robinson
2009-10—Brett Olson
2010-11—Deron Cousens

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-05-2011, 02:34 PM
It's also hardly the 'top' or 'most prestigious' award, as evidenced by the fact that Jimmy Kerr won it the year we went 0-2-1 against NMU.

Shirtless Guy
12-05-2011, 03:32 PM
There is a rivalry between NMU and MTU? :rolleyes: Pretty sure the last time this series was relevant (from the Northern side) was 2006. I know as a fan I tried to keep the rivalry alive longer, but there just isn't anything there. NMU looks as it as a crappy NC matchup where we want to leave with a W and no one injured. MTU pays a little extra to have the ambulance circle the arena with the siren because "there will be blood inside."

I refuse to give any respect to a program who's top player award is given to whoever "maimes" a player of a nearby university who isn't in the same conference.While this entire post is probably a joke and is just complete crap, I do look forward to the days when this series has some teeth to it with conference points on the line.

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-05-2011, 03:44 PM
While this entire post is probably a joke and is just complete crap, I do look forward to the days when this series has some teeth to it with conference points on the line.

Just about sums it up.

huskyfan
12-05-2011, 05:45 PM
here kitty kitty kitty

Twitch Boy
12-05-2011, 05:53 PM
That weekend never happened. That weekend never happened. That weekend never happened.

Guess I'll have to up my dosage.

Beer Pong Horn
12-05-2011, 09:42 PM
That weekend never happened. That weekend never happened. That weekend never happened.

Guess I'll have to up my dosage.

What do you care? You have the power of Angry Birds now, you never need to pay attention to Michigan Tech again. ;)

JohnsonsJerseys
12-05-2011, 10:04 PM
As if the wreck that college hockey has become wasn't enough for this year, now the NHL announced its new alignment with FOUR CONFERENCES. (No that's not a typo). Four CONFERENCES with either 7 or 8 teams. You play all teams in the other three conferences twice (one home and one road) and then every other team in your conference 5 or 6 times depending on how many teams you have. That part I can almost buy. You get to see every team at least once at home. But here is the kicker...

The top four teams in every conference make the playoff regardless of how many points you have compared to other conferences AND you play IN conference for the first two round of the Stanley Cup. Gary Bettman needs to be fitted with some cement shoes and dumped of the end of a short pier. How much does he have to tweak hockey???
:mad: :mad: :mad:

Ryan J

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-05-2011, 10:43 PM
First, the vote was 26-4, so clearly the plan was not being rammed down the owner's throats by Herr Bettman.

Second, to their credit, this does keep the first two rounds of the playoffs within a fair traveling/time zone distance for pretty much everyone. No more early visits to Phoenix, Anaheim, and San Jose for the Wings.

Third, the schedule is finally balanced. Everyone will play each other at least twice every season, which is an improvement for the Original Six teams.

I'm all for giving Herr Bettman some healthy verbal abuse, but I don't believe this is quite as awful as everyone thinks. Yes, you're going to get cases where the #5 team in the Norris Conference is half a dozen points ahead of the #4 team in the Adams Conference, but that's just tough ****; #5 Norris should've won more games. If it turns out to be a major problem, they can always tweak the playoff selection format again.

The Rube
12-05-2011, 10:51 PM
First, the vote was 26-4, so clearly the plan was not being rammed down the owner's throats by Herr Bettman.

Second, to their credit, this does keep the first two rounds of the playoffs within a fair traveling/time zone distance for pretty much everyone. No more early visits to Phoenix, Anaheim, and San Jose for the Wings.

Third, the schedule is finally balanced. Everyone will play each other at least twice every season, which is an improvement for the Original Six teams.

I'm all for giving Herr Bettman some healthy verbal abuse, but I don't believe this is quite as awful as everyone thinks. Yes, you're going to get cases where the #5 team in the Norris Conference is half a dozen points ahead of the #4 team in the Adams Conference, but that's just tough ****; #5 Norris should've won more games. If it turns out to be a major problem, they can always tweak the playoff selection format again.

I just have a prob with the playoff format/four conferences. 2 Conf, 2 Div each. Keep the "same" playoff format as now. Done. Easy as apple pie. Nope. Gotta mess it up.

Beer Pong Horn
12-05-2011, 11:09 PM
I just have a prob with the playoff format/four conferences. 2 Conf, 2 Div each. Keep the "same" playoff format as now. Done. Easy as apple pie. Nope. Gotta mess it up.

I can get behind Brent's idea. Rather than straight 1-4 from each division though, I'd send division champions & runners-up plus 4 wild cards from each conference. Still 16 teams in playoffs, just a bit more excitement at the end.

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-05-2011, 11:15 PM
I can get behind Brent's idea. Rather than straight 1-4 from each division though, I'd send division champions & runners-up plus 4 wild cards from each conference. Still 16 teams in playoffs, just a bit more excitement at the end.

I actually think we'll be seeing that eventually, once enough owners have whined about their traditional market team getting screwed by some sub.-500 sunbelt turd who sneaks in as a 4-seed in another, weaker conference.

Beer Pong Horn
12-05-2011, 11:25 PM
I actually think we'll be seeing that eventually, once enough owners have whined about their traditional market team getting screwed by some sub.-500 sunbelt turd who sneaks in as a 4-seed in another, weaker conference.

Meanwhile, Hammer just brought up the "opposite of contraction" word in the Board of Governors thread. Say hello to the Hamilton Moneygrab?

JohnsonsJerseys
12-05-2011, 11:39 PM
Meanwhile, Hammer just brought up the "opposite of contraction" word in the Board of Governors thread. Say hello to the Hamilton Moneygrab?

I don't have a problem with a team in Hamilton, as long as it gets moved in from somewhere else - not a new franchise.
Ryan J

mtu_huskies
12-06-2011, 02:06 PM
Bump off Page 2

Some Lucia/Pearson info from the StarTribune blog.


Gophers coach Don Lucia said new Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson was a good hire with a good understanding of the school in Houghton, Mich., because he played for the Huskies

"Mel and I go way back," said Lucia on his weekly radio show Monday on 1500ESPN. "We graduated from high school the same year. He was at Edina, I was at Grand Rapids, so we played each other every year in high school."

Pearson was born in Vancouver, but his family moved to Edina when he was a youth.

"[After high school,] he went to Tech and I was at Notre Dame," Lucia said, "so we played every year through my four years of college. And, obviously, butted heads many times when he was [coaching] at Michigan and I was at CC [Colorado College] and then here. Mel is a good guy. It was a great hire on their part.

"Mel had been waiting -- I told Mel if he was waiting for Red [Berenson] to retire [at Michigan], you are going to retire before Red does. You better take a head job if that is what you want to do."

Pearson played for Michigan Tech from 1977-81. He was a forward. He was a Huskies assistant before joining Berenson's staff at Michigan in 1988. In 1999-2000, he became the Wolverines' associate head coach.

Lucia said Pearson has a good situation at Tech.

"The [Huskies] were absolutely devastated by injuries last year. ... Mel is playing a bit more high tempo," Lucia said. "They are much more skilled. ... Last year they were minus-25 in specialty teams, that is almost a goal a game and that is a big difference. And now they are a plus-1. So that is a major turnaround."

The Huskies have scored 15 power plays goals and given up 14.

"They are scoring a lot more goals," Lucia said. "They have two returning goaltenders from last year's team and they are off to a great start. ... They've got three balanced lines. They have some incoming freshman that are scoring and helping them."

Lucia said when he was in the WCHA, one of his favorite road trips was to Michigan Tech.

"The [hockey] community was a little more active back then," Lucia said. "Their rink was packed. It was a very difficult place to play. But it was a fun weekend of hockey when you went up there. They had it going, obviously [in] the '70s. They played the 'U' for three straight national titles in '75, '75, '76. And even up to 1981, they were in the Frozen Four that year as well."

Lucia said things will change for Michigan Tech in the WCHA in two years when the conference is re-shaped: "What you will see with the WCHA in a few years is how competitive it is going to be from top to bottom. Some of those teams, whether it be Ferris State or Northern Michigan, and Lake Superior State, some of those teams which will be coming into the league are having great years.

"You will see real good balance in the league in a few years. And there is no reason that Michigan Tech can't look at itself and say, 'We are like everybody else. ]They are all pretty much Division II schools.] We should be able to compete with anybody in this new league.' "

* Lucia said the Gophers have been remarkably healthy so far except for forward Christian Isackson being out because of an infection (he played in two of the past three games) and defenseman Blake Thompson being out with mononucleosis.

Isackson has played in only four of 16 games, Thompson in two