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|Michigan Hockey: Ferris State Preview|
|#7 Ferris State (6-0-0) at #4 Michigan (4-1-1)|
|10/27/11: 7:35 pm (Comcast)|
|10/28/11: 7:35pm (Not televised)|
It's hard to get an idea of how good ferris really is. Looking at the stats they are in the same category as the nations elite, but watching game film I did not come away impressed. Led by Juniors Travis Quellette and Kyle Bonis, the Bulldogs have a solid group of forwards. Don't get me wrong these guys can play, but what I saw from the film was the inability to finish plays. Time after time I watched a Ferris forward stickhandle through miami defenders, or make the perfect pass only to miss the net. A lot of the goals scored were due to Miami being shorthanded or being to slow, or a shot from Bolivia. That being said we still have to respect the team who is 15th in team offense because they do have a lot of skill. The other thing that they bring is ridiculous special teams, coming in with the 9th best PP in the country (9-36). Eventually the herculean stats they are putting up have to come back to earth, but I don't think this weekend is when it happens.
First thing that we can say is wow, talking about unsustainable numbers it only gets crazier from here. This is the classic hardhat and lunch pail group; they don't score, make mistakes, or spend a lot of time in the box. What they do is lead the nation in team defense (.83 PPG) and contribute to a PK unit that is 2nd nationally (27-28). They are physical, fast, and great at passing. I would be willing to bet that we don't see a group this good for the rest of the year.
And at last we reach the goalies, who are also putting up numbers that are insane and not sustainable, why couldn't we play them in two weeks? They dominate, statistically Motte is the nations leading goaltender, Nelson is 6th and since they split the games we will see both.
What happened? I'm not really sure what happened last weekend but I do know this, in the first game Michigan showed how much talent they actually have. It is not easy to stay in a game when you get called for seven penalties and lose your goalie, but they fought back and made it a game. In the second game they showed their youth, getting off to a fast start and letting the lead slip. I hope it was a fluke, NMU was charged up and the breaks didn't go our way, lets leave it at that and move on to the next one.
|Phil Di Giuseppe||3-2-5||15||+5||4|
Yes we can still score, so far the offense is having no problem putting up points. They check in at 3rd in the nation in team offense. Lindsay Sparks is 14th in the nation in PPG, A.J. Treais is 42nd and David Wohlberg is 50th. Elsewhere on the roster Phil Di Giuseppe continues to be awesome and Kevin Lynch is sitting the doghouse. I'm not sure what is wrong but he currently has a 0-0-0 line with a -1 and 8 PIMS. Travis Lynch (W-43, L-30) and Zach Hyman (W-40, L-25) are the teams best options in the face off circle.
This was the group that I knew was going to have a hard time coming into the year. At times during the early games they made mistakes but nothing happened because they were playing Bentley. NMU exposed the youth in our blueliners in embarrassing fashion. I spent the whole game yelling “OMG he's behind you!” It's a hockey game not a horror movie. Serville is having a rough time adjusting and Chiasson is becoming our best defender.
The goalies are still the same as they were last week. Hunwick gave up three goals in the 2nd game but the defense was way to soft, his heroics were the reason NMU didn't score 5 or 6. This is not the first time Hunwick has let his anger get the best of him and both times it has cost us the game, but I would like to forget about game one and so would Adam Janecyk.
I predicted a sweep last week and it didn't really go my way. We know what we are, young and talented. It will be interesting to see which ferris team shows up, an NCAA elite ferris or a down to earth ferris. If we can jump on them early they might come down a little faster, or this just could be the greatest FSU team ever. I'm going to go with a split, and hopefully they prove me wrong in a good way
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I'm hoping for a sweep, but expecting a split as well. Hopefully we play disciplined and score first. Although you can never know what to expect from a team this young.
split, no doubt.
we arent playing on a friday so the sweep is inevitable.
Doghouse, indeed. More penalty minutes than points. BUT, he did score last saturday to give Michigan a 3-2 lead late in the second period. One point on the season will not cut it. In fairness to KL, he is playing with a chronic back problem. Not the easist thing in the world.
Good point about Serville, although he wasn't as brutal this weekend. He's my candidate for sitting out when Merrill returns. (Karma, Karma, Kar...)