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This week we look at the scoring from our weekend series verses MSU. This will look a little different because none of our goals came on a powerplay and we really had nothing from a set offense. This is also going to be much longer than the previous breakdowns.
We start out with Di Giuseppe on the right boards and Treais coming over the blueline on a transition opportunity.
PDG and Treais fan out keeping the trailer out of the play.
Because Di Giuseppe is left handed the Spartans have to respect his shot. The defensemen has his stick in his left hand to block the shooting lane, but not the passing lane. Yanakeff is so far over that any kind of one timer is going in.
Deblois goes down fighting for a puck near the corner boards, it's collected by the blueliner and sent back down.
Kevin Lynch gathers in the corner and sends a pass towards a pinching Lee Moffie
Although the pass is broken up Travis Lynch fights through three Spartans and gets to the net.
Yanakeff is in position to make a save but Lynch gives the extra handle and makes him stand up.
Here we have Crandle fighting with Glendening in the corner, Buttery is coming across the crease and Berry is pinching down.
With all three defenders near the corner the cutting lane is perfect for Treais, Berry is too close to the puck and Reimer is too far away.
It's a nice shot but Yanakeff makes a great save, because the Spartans are falling over trying to catch A.J. n oone is there for rebound control.
Here is where we use our wise oldtimer hockey player phrases. This is for all you young hockey players out there who are watching. Good things happen when you go to the net. Deblois sends it in from the side boards and takes a check from Chelios.
Kevin Lynch is still skating into Spartan ice, while Chelios and the other Spartan have stopped.
Crandle tries to block the puck with his body but he takes a bad angle on the puck and it goes right between his legs. Kevin Lynch, who had not given up on the play gets an early Christmas present.
BC's OT winner last night vs. Boston Univ in the finals of the Beanpot had a negative impact on UM's pairwise standing. The win allowed BC to move ahead of UM in the RPI - which broke a tie with Michigan and thus won a comparison. Long story short, UM is tied for 5th with UMass-Lowell for 5th (a #2 Seed in NCAA's).
Bottom line, take care of business vs. NMU this weekend and the RPI should raise back up. If you are interested, here is the current Pairwise Ranking.
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1. Ferris State (32)
2. Boston University (31)
3. Minnesota-Duluth (29)
4. Michigan (28)
5. Boston College (28)
6. Mass.-Lowell (28)
7. Maine (25)
8. Denver (25)
9. Merrimack (24)
10. Northern Michigan (22)
11. Union (22)
12. Michigan State (21)
13. Minnesota (21)
14. Ohio State (19)
15. Miami (18)
16. Atlantic Hockey Champ
1. Ferris State
16. Atlantic Hockey Champ
2. Boston University
10. Northern Michigan
14. Ohio State
5. Boston College
12. Michigan State
13. Minnesota (host)
The first four teams out are North Dakota, Cornell, Notre Dame and Western Michigan. I went straight bracket integrity this week which resulted a higher seed UMD being sent out east even with a regional in their own state. Keeping them in St. Paul would mean an all WCHA matchup and with the Gophers there are they reallly needed? Putting them in Green Bay would result in the highest 1 playing the highest 4 (Ferris vs Minnesota in St. Paul) and the lowest 1 playing the lowest 4 (Michigan vs Atlantic Hockey Champ in Bridgeport).
Hockey at the Joe tonight. 7:35 on FSN. Hopefully we can grab the split tonight after the disappointing game in Munn last night. Also, feel free to talk about anything you may be sipping on tonight. I think I'm going bourbon and ginger ale.