Chris is Ok. You don't want to get into debates in the political forums of this board with him unless you're ready for a really heavy dose of his snark, but he knows hockey and is a good writer. I always think he has good insight into the world junior tournaments, as well as the prospects for college players moving forward into the NHL. Seems like lately he has been covering more of the women's game, which I suppose is a positive given the scant coverage given to it. However, I think it has cut into his writing on the men's college game.
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Everyone knows Lambert is just a wannabe Jack Edwards. He's easy to ignore.
Dilks is fine in small doses, but there are times where he's clearly saying something just for clicks. That Tweet was an obvious one (and him being a Mankato homer is also part of that).
WCHA needs a "3 Strikes" rule, IMO - you earn 3 suspensions in your playing career, then you sit for at least 5 games.
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Interesting that the coach hasn’t received much flack for continuing to play Saulnier. It’s not like his “playing style” is a mystery.
The kid puts up points, the coach would be dumb to not play him just on that basis. Don't get me wrong: You'd hope that the coach would sit him for a week or two, in addition to the league suspension, to prove a point: You cannot play like that. But it's obvious the kid doesn't learn from sitting.
Just wait until he's done at UAH and he moves onto the pros. If he makes it to the AHL or NHL level, he'll learn quick what happens if you pull the **** he pulls. I'm not condoning someone beating the tar out of somebody else, on or off the ice, but when you know there can't really be any retaliation against you, you may feel braver in doing so.
Also, while I haven't seen the play that caused the suspension, a lot of you are saying that the refs should've called a DQ on the ice. I know that, as fans, we tend to say that the refs suck, or are biased, but man this year it seems like the reffing crews we have out our way have missed a lot of calls, and have made some really really bad calls. It's a thankless job for sure, and people make mistakes, but it certainly feels like the league forgot to run the refs through a refresher course in the offseason.
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It's always interesting when these types of comments are made because it's usually based on one or two games in which the reffing has been shaky. The numbers, frankly, don't bear out that opinion. MSU is the 3rd most penalized team in the conference. I'm not sure how that translates into MSU being given too many gifts. I suspect the bad reffing in the Saturday night MSU/MTU game is stuck in your craw (and, by the way, I don't blame you for that as it was atrocious).
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I've also noticed the odd camera choices at BG home games by the technical director at the video board. I think this is because these positions, like the announcers, are all being manned by BGSU students this year. In past years some of the WCHA.tv feeds from BG were of the cable broadcasts on BCSN. This meant that you obviously had paid professionals handling these job functions. I have not noticed any BCSN broadcasts on WCHA.tv this year. The have all been by BG or WBGU..........their person on the video board needs some more seasoning that is apparent.Watching the Bowling Green feed on WCHA.tv. I will say they have a nice crisp, clear feed. But they need to work on which camera to use. They are relying way to much on the low corner cameras and not utilizing the high center ice one enough. Low corners are nice for when there is some action in the corners, but not wjen a team is zipping the puck around on offense or when the puck is at the other end oc the ice. It leads to an almost nausious feeling as the camera has to move so much and so fast.
Thus the big rub with paying for WCHA.tv.....many of the league schools broadcasts are from student interns who are just learning the ropes and the broadcast quality varies greatly from school to school.
It is nice to have the various camera angles and everything, but they have to be used properly to have a quality broadcast.
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