Compare that to Chris Conner, Colin Murphy, Brett Engelhardt,... with Cam Ellsworth in net.
Just because most of us don't like Marv, current coach of the skunk bears, doesn't mean we can deny the job he did at Tech.
Joe walked into a much better situation than both. Granted Beef left a hole in net, the on ice leaders left, had several "no touchy no touchy" players, several holes on D, and he had to clean up the recruit list, but that is not that bad. Overall we had a good team and solid recruits and were in a much better position than we had been at in years. Joe and staff did a hell of a job. I give them a lot of credit.
Last edited by Lost_Husky; 06-06-2018 at 01:20 PM.
The NCAA has shown no interest in getting involved. The only thing that interests me at this point is that possibility of a WCHA-ECAC-AHC interlock. Shirtless and I have traded emails over getting the WCHA's PWR up across the board, and the funny thing is that you either open it way up and hope for puck luck (as previously noted ... sorry, not going to scroll back to see who, but I'll rep you in a bit!), or decrease/eliminate them. I don't think that's worked well for the WCHA or AHC, which are definitely the two leagues most in need of help. It's an interesting thought experiment to take those two conferences' NC play and replace any NCHC/B17/HEA games with WCHA/AHC games and see what happens. (You could make some estimates using KRACH as a proxy for how those teams would fare.)
while 'a win' really solves the problem, there may be some strategy to be be had via some kind of mathematical model... hmmm... me like!
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Last edited by davyd83; 06-08-2018 at 10:45 AM.
Yes Mel was able to produce a 5th place finish in the oWCHA and earned coach of the year. IMO, he had to actually coach to make that happen.
Two perception things, #1 Russel walked into a Tech team that was showing some signs of life, relative. Sertich retired. He wasn't fired or resigned. Tech wasn't in last place in the WCHA. #2 As an external fan who didn't live on message boards, that last year with Russell and the problematic coaching search, felt like the life was sucked out of the program. Again, it is a perception thing.
The point, no matter how good the situation could or could not appear, work has to be done in order to succeed.
Last edited by Lost_Husky; 06-08-2018 at 11:29 AM.
"The top three worst things I've seen in hockey? The invention of the trap. The invention of the morning skate. And the invention of the extremely ugly uniform."
Russell had potential, but due to circumstances he flamed out. Can we just agree on that?
Mel had his share of help, but did drag the program out of the cellar and into a level of respectability not seen since MacInnes.
Joe did his best after the chaos of last summer, and the mid-season struggles. I won't say he set a new bar for expectations, but he definitely exceeded them for a first-year coach.
Michigan Tech: "Working with scraps and guys from places so remote that Houghton seems like a metropolis"
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