Empty netter. M up 5-3.
Men's Hockey vs. OSU @ 6:30 EST on BTN
DeBlois with empty netter, 5-3. Phew!
This game has been a mix of us scoring beautiful goals followed up by terrible depressing OSU goals. I just feel tired right now
Good win boys, well done.
But sheesh that was exhausting. In this season, I'll take it.
Do we own Ohio in hockey? I remember we swept them last year in Columbus when they were favored
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Always nice to beat Ohio!
But damn, only the 2nd road win of the season. Where was this kind of play earlier this season?
snow-angel and diving-off-the-roof into a snowbank goalie style, the good guys win!
BTW: My wife is right. Hockey is bat-shit crazy.
Always great to beat a rival. Might cost them home ice and possibly even a first round bye. Spoiler is pretty much all we can do right now.
Even in our worst season, we can still kick both state and ohio's ass.
Love it. SWEEP TOMORROW!!
isn't amazing how far Western has come in just 3-4 years. I remember them being in last place in the CCHA with some kind of appalling record then they get Blashill and they do a 180 and now their new coach is keeping the ball rolling (for now)
Not sure how he ended up at Western. Good for them, I hope they make a run at the national title.
No connections to WMU that I know of and a huge NHL background. I don't know how they got him, but somehow Murray ended up at WMU.
Like I mentioned earlier, he's doing some great recruiting over there. Right under State's nose from the team that Ron Mason works for, he goes and gets one of the top prospects in the USHL Fredrik Tiffels. The guy knows what he's doing.
They said something (I only caught half of it) about someone in the Blues organization, maybe a player or exec, was a Western alum and told Murray that he "needed to do this for [his] school" and that's how the connection was made
was even sweeter seeing it live. Michigan has talent. Hopefully we can rebound next year. I love beating Ohio's ass.
Was at the game, lots of Mich fans there. Nice job!
was nice. I might go tomorrow night.
In this strange season any road win is a big deal, but it's that much sweeter coming against them.
WMU's coach should be Berenson's successer.
I thought it said West Virginia...
I think he's a great coach but at some point I see him going back to the NHL.
I wonder if Red would have retired on top if we had won the national title in 2011. At that time, Mel was mentioned as Red's successor.
Brandon has said that he wants a guy with HC experience and it shows in almost all the hires that he has made. Bakich, Hoke, Kim Barnes Arico, Chaka Daley were all HC elsewhere before being hired. I don't think he would have hired Mel back then.
It's always nice to get a win against Ohio State. Recap here: http://centericehockey.us/content/ohio-state-recap
The more pain we inflict on Channel 10 Wall-to-wall Sports, the better. They were pretty jittery about the D after the Ohio-IU game earlier this year (football).
hasn't really (or at least statistically) been Michigan's weakness this year, but it's nice to see that Nieves and Trouba are #2 and 3 respectively in rookie scoring, in the conference. Only Boo from the entire team cracks the top-10 point getters in the CCHA, at #10 and it feels like Michigan isn't scoring that much, but overall, they lead the conference (as of this afternoon) with a 3.00 goals for/game, a little above Notre Dame at #2 and about .3 above Ferris State at #3. In just conference games, Notre Dame leads with 3.24, way above Michigan's 2.8 which is slightly above Miami's 2.76. I guess the scoring is just pretty balanced, instead of having a true superstar (though give Boo a year and I can easily see him filling that role).
As everybody has noticed, the defense and goaltending are atrocious. I guess that's just what it is. I think the team/coaches have kinda noticed/accepted that and dedicated themselves more to offense, trying to get it and keep it, in the opponents zone and minimize the time they need to play defense, even with taking some risks to do that.
Special teams are almost starting to look like what you'd expect from Michigan again. Especially with Trouba, the PP is absolutely deadly and the PK has started to step up. I'm not quite sure how one gives up a shorthanded goal, up 2, with 5 minutes left, on the road, but I guess this is (this year's) Michigan. I've never liked a forward on the point, I trust Red and I know Babs does it sometimes, but I just hate it. They have Moffie, Bennt and Trouba as some really offensively-gifted D-men and Merrill is a great PP quarterback. I know Moffie hasn't been so great this year, but I still don't see the need to use Treais on the point.
I don't know that I can say enough about Copp. He just does everything. I really hope he gets a letter next year, he does a lot of things really, really well. Doesn't have the top-level skill, but he's always making things happen, defensively and offensively. Only Trouba might also get that distinction and sometimes Trouba's version of "making things happen" on defense isn't good for Michigan... Nieves is also turning into something special and I think the team as a whole has brought it's level up some. With more imrovement and some luck, I could see them winning a first-round series. But if all that gives them is a date with Miami in Oxford for a best 2-of-3, I'm not hopeful of continuing beyond that.