Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Andy Miele wins the Hobey Baker! Takes it over Cam Atkinson and Matt Frattin (of NoDak).
This may seem ridiculous to some, but it is real. Anyone who has played high-level hockey is well aware of the hockey gods. They reward piety. Piety in the form of being a "beauty". A beauty is a hockey player who is pious. The opposite of being a beauty is being soft.
If we want to win tomorrow, I ask that all Mgobloggers do their part in appeasing the hockey Gods. Please do some or all of the following.
- Get a tin chewing tobacco, finish it all tonight.
- In between lippers, get on the liquor hard. Whiskey is best.
- If you go out with friends, the one who makes the biggest idiot of himself is the biggest beauty....passing out before midnight, getting kicked out of drinking establishments, and being slapped by girls are all pious acts.
- If you are at a bar, find the hottest girl in there and tell her to her face that you've seen better looking bitches at Michael Vick's house. If her boyfriend intervenes, turn to her and say "you can do better", then walk away. Extra points if the boyfriend gets so mad the bouncers make him leave.
- Get one of your friends so drunk he can't tell the difference between girls who are attractive and ones who are ugly. Introduce him to the biggest donkey at the bar and hopefully they hit it off. When he turns to you and says "man i'm drunk I can't tell, shes pretty hot right?" Just nod confidently and assure him that she is "at least a hard 7, nothing to be ashamed of." Do nothing to stop him. This will provide constant jokes for years to come.
- Drunk dial every ex-girlfriend on your contact list with nothing in particular to say, just let the liquor do the talking.
- If nothing fun is going on, or your friends are being soft: sitting at home alone and finishing a bottle of whiskey, a tin of chewing tobacco, and playing video games/watching trailer park boys is entirely acceptable.
Extra points if:
- You have to work early tomorrow and you still make it in
- You have an encounter with the police and get off with nothing but a warning
- You don't realize where you are when you wake up.
- You can get the girl out of your house within 5 minutes of her waking up and without ever learning her name. (give her cab money if she needs it though.)
Gents, these are longstanding traditions passed down to me from some great hockey players, and some current ones from all levels, including the NHL. Let us all do our part. The night is young. Best of luck.
We will never beat UMD ever. We should not even show up. They are from the WCHA (so right there, duh) but also their powerplay is the #1 powerplay ever.
The Xcel center will be a home game for UMD. Everyone will be chanting "Go Bulldogs!!". They will win 60-0...if we're lucky
So, as wins continue to pile up this year along with Red's overall record, I continue to wonder what number he'll end on, and where he'll end up overall in coaching wins.
Currently Red is 6th in overall wins and 3rd among active coaches (snicker* Comley * snicker) with 728 (soon to be 729) overall wins through 2011. Although it is unlikely that he will catch York or Parker or be able to pass Mason's massive 924, there is a good chance next year he will move in to 5th place (745) all time and possibly 4th (783) the year after that.
More impressive to me, than the overall number, is the way in which he obtained that many victories. The coaches ahead of Red each have had at least 10 more years to accumulate wins. This means that Red has been winning games at Michigan at an incredible rate every year.
Overall, Red has averaged 27 wins a year during his tenure at the helm of Michigan's ice hockey program. To put that in perspective, only 3 other teams, not named Michigan, reached that win number this year. And he is AVERAGING this number of wins every year!
If you look past his first years where he rebuilt the program and start from the 90-91 season his average wins jumps to an astounding 29.6 wins per year. Again, this is his AVERAGE wins/ yr.
In this remarkable run by a gritty team, I just wanted to step back and admire the remarkable run we've had with Red.
Thank's Coach. Here's to many more years of great hockey!
“Okay, boys. We have a one score lead. I want you to run up the middle three times and punt. We’ll play solid prevent, and then we’ll do it again, and again.”
As fans, we remember this as the most irritating trait of Coach Carr. His endless focus on reducing variance and stalling his way to wins was infuriating. We recall the many games against Tressel and our bowl opponents that this strategy cost us. We remember punting from the 40 on 3rd and 2. We remember that fourth quarter field goal when M was up only 3 that we just knew would come back to bite us.
What we forget is that in the years Lloyd had a satisfactory defense, it worked. It worked to the tune of an 88% winning percentage. It worked to the tune of 5 Big Ten titles and a National Championship. And it didn’t work because Lloyd was lucky. It worked because he knew exactly what he was doing. I mean, seriously, I assume that nobody who knows anything about college football would ever question whether Lloyd Carr had a plan. At times, certain coaches seem to be winging it, throwing things out there just to try to find a magic formula. Not Lloyd Carr. Even during losses, he was always in control.
Last night, the ghost of his coaching career possessed Red Berensen. Shawn Hunwick stopped 40 shots, and Michigan spent the final two periods of the game playing prevent. Defensemen flew all over the ice, clogging lanes and disrupting flow. When Michigan did obtain the puck, we made three rushes up the middle and punted, clearing the puck from about center ice and setting up the defense again and again.
“Make that lead hold up, boys! Drive them crazy!”
Just like a Lloyd coached game, UND had chances, and plenty of them. But what they got very little of was the break away, one on that makes goalies around the world wet themselves. Most of their good chances erupted from a pile of bodies, more of which were Maize and Blue than Green and White. But it was always in a pile of chaos that’s hard to take advantage of.
“We’re gonna out-execute them. No mistakes. Do it right every time.”
As fans, like so many Lloyd coached games we watched, a lead felt an awful lot like a deficit until a kid named Scooter buried an empty netter with 35 second to play. We spent most of the night screaming at the TV, “Cmon! Get it going on O! Get some shots! Generate some pressure!”
Red knew though, as Lloyd did, better than us. UND was, and is, an offensive juggernaut that will make you pay for your mistakes. But discipline, quality play and the refusal to make any of those mistakes will drive your opponent crazy. They continue to push, waiting for that moment when you dedicate four to their end and they can put out a two on one break. Don’t give it to them.
Does it always work? No. Can you do it with just anybody? No. You need a star, too; someone to make a play when variance does overwhelm discipline. It’s important to recognize those stars. They’re the guys that make Lloyd and Red’s brilliance work. Lloyd had Charles Woodson. Red has Shawn Hunwick.
But that’s all part of the plan. Play clean. Play smart. Execute. Get your stars in position to pick up the slack and win the big ones. Stymie everyone. Be solid. Be stoic. Be brave. Be Michigan, and you will be a champion.
We Salute You, Coach.