I didn't see the game, but getting caught in your own zone on any kind of repeated basis is enough to send many coaches looking for the line blender.
same the best sport for last eh Brian?
I was at both games and I thought Friday they looked shakey at best after the 1st 10mins. Sure, penaties were 5-1 at one point, but that was a tight game and a tight series overall. I'd really like the chance to get down to BG this weekend.
I thought the third pairing wasn't that bad on Friday night. It only got bad on Saturday because Kevin Clare suffered an injury that required Red to play both Serville and Chaisson, which I don't think we have seen since Merrill has come back. I didn't think it'd be that big of a loss, but Kevin Clare is clearly a step up from the other two. As long as Clare is back, there is no way Red will roll the top four significantly more often. Also, Travis Lynch was out on Saturday, and Rohrkemper was in for him. Another injury?
I thought Rohrkemper was in because it was senior night, and I thought he was a senior (I knew he is a year older than me, and he graduated from high school in '07. Then after the game I looked and realized he is still a junior, since he spent two years in the USHL.
So long story short, I don't know why Rohrkemper was in and Travis Lynch out. It might just be Red trying to get Jeff in--he hasn't played much at all this year, and he may be needed for the tournament. He did manage to score a goal in the national championship game last year.
Yes, it has been a rough 12 years. But this trend dates back to the early to mid 90s. Michigan has always been dominant. Lake State did the deed several times in the early 90s. Remember the Maine OT debacle. UM finally broke through in Cincinnati vs. CC. Then the next year UND breaks our hearts in Milwaukee with probably best team UM has had over the last 20 years. Unexpected Frozen Four win over BC notwithstanding, it has been a maddening 20 years of UM tournament hockey ... but as always, better to "enjoy" the agonizing ride then to not be playing at all.
I'm with you on that. But Brian's words ring true: too many Senior Night flags, not enough banners hanging in Yost. I think we all expected AT LEAST two more NC's the past decade-plus. We certainly had the talent to do it.
As it does to a lot of people inside Yost, hockey means more to me than football, mostly because I remember my first game there as a kid in 1998. There was just something about Michigan Hockey that felt unique, passionate, reserved for those hardcore, chosen few sitting inside the old barn.
I guess that's why the disappointments have been so magnified. Every year, before hockey season starts, I hope and pray that THIS YEAR WILL BE THE YEAR we finally win another National Championship. 2012? We have as good a chance as anyone.
Actually, it was Boston University who beat us in Milwaukee, with the BU band playing "On Wisconsin." That spoiled a much-anticipated matchup between Michigan and North Dakota in the final.
But you're right, it's been 20+ years of mostly frustration, at least at the very end. Although there have been a lot of great wins too. I think you need outstanding goaltending, and while we've had some good ones, we haven't had a truly dominating goaltender since Turco, until now. That's why we were so close last year.
Here's hoping we can pull it off in Tampa.
I saw it coming as he started to hunker down in the corner with two northern's descending on him and I just yelled "NO MAC!". I mean he should've just passed the puck to the guy who scored the goal so he could at least get a quasi-assist for it. I really don't understand what his gameplan was there.
And agreed on college hockey playoffs, it's brutal. Even wins feel like barely soul crushing averted loses. I feel like I lose a year off my life for every loss and three years off for every win
It's obviously way too early to play the TUC cliff game, but I think that the UMD comparison flips if Wisconsin falls off the TUC cliff (and that could happen, they've been terrible in the WCHA and still have to play @Bemidji and @Minnesota. If they fall out, UMD loses a win and a tie in the TUC, which will make the TUC comparison an exact tie (although Michigan will have 2x the TUC games). RPI breaks the 1-1 tie and Michigan get the comparison.
Note1: Both teams will play more TUC games and so it's not really worth breaking this down at this point.
Note2: Common opponents are ND and WMU. UMD is 3-1 against them, but M split both series. Best case scenario, M gets ND in the CCHA quarters and goes 2-0 and WMU in either the semi's or the finals bringing the COp up to 5-2 which won't get it done. M can't catch UMD in COp.
I haven't been to a hockey game in ages, so take this with an elk-sized lick of salt....but I thought the ice looked bad Saturday. Did anyone else think this? Seemed like the puck was bouncing and rolling sometimes when it should have been sliding. I wondered if that was why our guys looked kinda off.
Obviously lousy ice hurts both teams, but I think you'd notice it more with a better team.