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    Re: Michigan State 2019-2020 Season Thread

    They definitely call that ďgoaltending.Ē

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    I know Cole likes to split weekend starters, but I think you have to go with Lethemon again tonight. He's at .972 in starts if you take out the NMU game, which would be #1 in the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    I know Cole likes to split weekend starters, but I think you have to go with Lethemon again tonight. He's at .972 in starts if you take out the NMU game, which would be #1 in the country.
    I totally agree, I think you stay with the hot hand in Lethemon. But I'll be very surprised if Cole doesn't give the nod to DeRidder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLHockeyMom View Post
    I totally agree, I think you stay with the hot hand in Lethemon. But I'll be very surprised if Cole doesn't give the nod to DeRidder.
    Lethemon is starting, would be silly if he wasn't

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    Well 6 goals given up to PSU total on the weekend isnít bad!

    For real, though, it sounds like we actually played a pretty good game last night. PSU just got all of their puck luck in a single night instead of spreading it over 2 games. I only listened to the 3rd period due to watching that absolutely catastrophic football game but itís hard to find much to complain about. 5 goals in Lethemon isnít great but like I said earlier, it sounds like PSU got a few nice bounces around the net that went our way Friday.

    Powerplay produced again. It took me a little while to come around but I think we have a capable team this season. Capable enough to climb out of the B1G basement, at least.

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    Good start to the weekend last night. Men, women, and hockey all came up with big road wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Good start to the weekend last night. Men, women, and hockey all came up with big road wins.
    I thought we played excellent the last 30 minutes or so. It felt like we flipped a switch once UM took that 3-1 lead.

    My body is ready for a sweep. Weííd be 3-1 in BiG play which would almost certainly be our best start. Hell, even if we lose, 2-2 might still be our best start.

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    Powerplay also looked great. 1 for 2 with 8 shots on goal. The first few weeks were rough so it is a big positive that we can still get it done on the PP without Hirose running it.
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    PP is going to the be the biggest asset to this team. Looks like itís accounted for half the goals going back to the Cornell series.

    Itís a good thing the PK faced a struggling Michigan PP, because once again there were some incredibly careless and undisciplined penalties. You just canít be going to the box for a retaliatory slash or cross checking a guy whoís already down and out of the play.

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    Re: Michigan State 2019-2020 Season Thread

    There have been quite a few 1-0-1 weekends, but it looks to be almost ten years to the day since the last sweep of Michigan. November 13-14 of 2009 was the last one. Also the same year as the last GLI title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    There have been quite a few 1-0-1 weekends, but it looks to be almost ten years to the day since the last sweep of Michigan. November 13-14 of 2009 was the last one. Also the same year as the last GLI title.
    Wow. I had no idea it had been so long. I guess itís been longer than that since weíve had anything better than a mediocre-poor team.

    But last night was a defensive and goaltending clinic, particularly in the third period. There were a couple stretches in the 2nd where Michigan started really pushing but Lethemon held strong. The penalty kill was perfect all weekend.

    Where I think this team has made a noticeable stride is defensively as well as our Dís ability to control and move the puck. The lineup every night on Defense has been the same and theyíve been great from top to bottom. Rosberg and Cesana have been particularly fantastic in my opinion.

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    Re: Michigan State 2019-2020 Season Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Please. Keep. Winning.
    You as well. MSU has the worst record in the top 15 of the Pairwise, held up in part because non-con opponents are something like 20-6-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    You as well. MSU has the worst record in the top 15 of the Pairwise, held up in part because non-con opponents are something like 20-6-2.
    Our schedule has indeed been very tough. Strong opponents and a lot of road games. It unfortunately doesnít get any easier. Next is Notre Dame, who is not only excellent, but has had us absolutely snake bitten in recent years.

    Sometimes I wish we could schedule more like PSU and rack up wins against tomato cans. I guess if you have a good team then the experience could pay off but in previous years it only seemed to set us behind in the W column.

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    Re: Michigan State 2019-2020 Season Thread

    Great series this past weekend. Having a more balanced scoring attack this year should hopefully result in a few more wins. I like our chances to finish in the top 4 in the Big Ten this year. Will be tough but I think this team has the parts to do it.

    Also has anybody on here know of any commits signing? I have not seen anything official from the team yet but perhaps they are still figuring out who is going to sign this year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomsuman View Post
    Also has anybody on here know of any commits signing? I have not seen anything official from the team yet but perhaps they are still figuring out who is going to sign this year..
    I've seen nothing on the obvious suspect twitters (MSU Hockey; Neutral Zone scouting service; various junior league accounts). I imagine the coaching staff is going through a similar process as last season, when they kept everything pretty close to the vest. I do note from Heisenberg's list that we have no '99 birth year commits that would logically have to come in for 2020-21, so that's not illuminating. The only certainty is that it should be a larger class given 9 graduating seniors (including 2 goalies) and the small incoming class for this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomsuman View Post
    Also has anybody on here know of any commits signing? I have not seen anything official from the team yet but perhaps they are still figuring out who is going to sign this year..
    Iíve seen two so far. Aiden Gallacher was posted last week on twitter and Kristof Papp yesterday on Instagram...I assume there will be 2-3 more now with the rest in the spring based on their performance this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsummers View Post
    Iíve seen two so far. Aiden Gallacher was posted last week on twitter and Kristof Papp yesterday on Instagram...I assume there will be 2-3 more now with the rest in the spring based on their performance this year.
    Glad to see Papp sign. Heís had good production in the USHL so hopefully he has some much needed offensive ability.

    As for who else we will take, I have no idea. We have way more ďcommitsĒ than spots and half the time those players never even end up at MSU for one reason or another. Sometimes I feel like I donít even hear about an incoming freshman until theyíre all announced a few months before the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirateasaur View Post
    Glad to see Papp sign. He’s had good production in the USHL so hopefully he has some much needed offensive ability.

    As for who else we will take, I have no idea. We have way more “commits” than spots and half the time those players never even end up at MSU for one reason or another. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even hear about an incoming freshman until they’re all announced a few months before the season.
    The Papp signing is encouraging because his production is on a very challenged team. When looking at other logical adds, it appears we have a wealth of dmen which is good since we're losing a minimum of 4 (only 2 of whom play, but you need to plan for injuries). And Gallacher looks to be more than ready, so that signing also bodes well. You could also say that about Powell Connor. That having been said, the F pipeline for next season is a bit underwhelming. Work to be done there.
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    Re: Michigan State 2019-2020 Season Thread

    Oh wow, look at this. Right on cue :
    https://msuspartans.com/news/2019/11...r-2020-21.aspx

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