Let's get the W tonight, last time we will play Alaska in the regular season. Starting lineup for the night Copp-Treais-Hyman, Trouba-Merrill, Janecyk.
Michigan-Alaska: Open Thread
Let's Go Blue! Plz beat Alaska.
Going for a split at home, just to get back to a 7th place tie with them. /sigh
Edit: TV = FSD+
DAMMIT! PPG them, 1-0.
Just like i said last night, Michigan as a team is affected by their goaltending situation. Again, tonight, first good shot, and goal. They need to addres this in the offseason, cannot go into next year with Racine and Rutledge as the goaltenders.
That does not help either, that they cannot do anything on the PP. Last night they had 4 PP's, scored zero, and gave up one. This is just one of those years, one that this program has not seen in 20 + years.
Recruiting in NCAA hockey requires a team to get after players very early. There are no elite uncommitted goalies for the 13-14 season.
Or are you listening to the radio or LiveStats?
I listen to every game on the radio. The BGSU game last week was the only game I've seen all year.
I really wish there was a way to buy a "Wolverine Network" or something similar, to see hockey games not picked up by BTN or other non-revenue events. I'd be down to pay a fee to catch 15 hockey games and 20 softball games, maybe with lacrosse and WBB or something else mixed in if it could be priced reasonably.
They could even make it a joint venture with MSU or OSU or something. There's more than enough programming there to make it worth ten bucks a month or something, depending on your interests. They already have to have camera crews at a lot of those games (or at least have the equiptment sitting there). Connect it with the broadcast departments at each school and it's an academic draw as well.
email to DB last year asking for this. I got a response back and he (or his aides) said they were looking at "all possibilities" whatever that means.
I offered to pay 10/month for MgoTV.
Turn it on and they score lammmmme
What was that 2 shots on a power play? Not good
Guys....Brian Wiseman coached the 75% of 3rd period last night....
Get rid of that damn goal horn. Michigan has been nothing like they used to be since it was put in (last season).
We can't score on the powerplay so if Alaska keeps going to the box, we won't score tonight. Sneaky Nanooks.
HOLLY MOTHERUKING DOOIADSFKMAsdlkndsclkancd
FUCK! SHIT! SONOFABITCH!
I have never seen Michigan this bad in hockey, very sad year.
they were worse in my college days but started turning it around with roberts and felsner. too bad the streak is going to end. very impressive run indeed.
No breaks for Michigan
Yeah, they showed a clip of the AK goalie behind the net and losing the puck to a M player who came in at the side of the net. He had an open net, but taking two touches gave the goalie time to get his stick down on the ice from behind the net and make the save.
I want to cry.
There's no crying in
PLEASE JUST SCORE ON A PP!
Just awful. 0/6 on the powerplay tonight.
But Mike Knuble ('91-94) has been invited to Wings camp.
Can we refuse this penalty?
Finally a PP goal! Trouba!
THAT'S WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT. TROOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUBAAAAAA
Please win this game guys. Please. The season last year was turned around in the saturday night game against alaska.
they're not bad on an individual level, but they come together to make a terrible team
Lol awesome crowd sign that says Feed the Trouba. Inside joke with the team. They always tweet about how is an animal out there & "Trouba kills deer with his bare hands and eats them raw".
We need to score next. Too many times this season we've been looking up from the wrong end of a multi-goal deficit.
This is what pisses me off about the board. I know hockey is down this year, but there shouldn't be replies on ESPN headline post ( nfl playoffs OT) than relevant Michigan sports. Go Blue!
is far less popular than the NFL playoffs. The other thing is that many people are unable to get FSD, but can get Fox and CBS. Also, like you said, the team isn't doing a whole lot to get fans excited this season. In addition, the game was at Yost, so a lot of people who do follow the team closely aren't replying because they're cheering in person.
And that hockey in general isn't as popular as other sports...Michigan basketball is probably more popular even when they're outside the Top 25 and M hockey is playing like it typically has over the last 20 years.
GODDAMMIT!! 3-1 them.
Fuck. Fuck. Motherfuck.
They actually played half decent, but Janecyk is just not good enough.
argh. back to true grit and the packers game.
...thank goodness the wings are about to start. This team is atrocious.
Red needs to fire his whole staff and recruit like hell for next year.
Nothing to do with coaching besides the loss of Pearson. Leadership is non existent in that locker room.
...Trouba for IND CTH ELBOWING. ...get the elbowing, of course, but rest: huh?
something something contact to the head.
More likely incidental. Intentional would be a major and you get tossed.
Trouba reached up to grab the puck, found a guy in his face, got his arms out to protect himself, and, well, he's tall.
So they can defend a 5-on-3 better than full strength? Ugh....
not since the days of warren sharples do I remember us being this bad. . .
i havent had many opportunities to watch this years team play (they arent on tv too often in my area) but after watching tonight im torn between dissapointment and disgust. goaltending is atrocious, passes are sloppy, missed goals on open nets, the list can go on for awhile. its an embarrasment to see these guys sporting the block m right now. really miss hunwick out there, but its not just goaltending thats a problem. really hope something/someone lights a fire under them and they start living up to the great tradition of hockey at yost.
Historic bad? Yeesh.
Worst team I can remember since coming back to Michigan in fall 1996. I think it's worst team since Red got here
1942-3: 1-10-2 (4th losing season in a row, following 5-14-1, 2-14-1, & 2-14-2)
1972-3: 6-27-1 (worst post WWII record)
You know the drill, relive the nightmare. Quick recap here http://centericehockey.us/content/alaska-recap
Now this feels more like a typical fan experience with most of the teams I follow!
Seriously. I think we would split the series with Alabama-Huntsville. It keeps getting worse every week
knows a guy on the team. I talked to him today and we ended up talking about hockey's disappointing year. He said his friend just said that nobody knows what's wrong. I mean, you watch the game and everything is going wrong, obviously, but there's just nobody with any answers, in the locker room. They know they're all playing poorly, they just don't know how to explain it or fix it. I actually thought the team played fairly hard tonight. It felt like they were expending a lot of effort, at least, just nothing happened right, they still weren't winning enough battles or races or doing much of anything right. It's just sad all around.
As for the goalies... I just feel especially bad for them. Rutlege was suppposed to be the guy and just wasn't getting it done. Given his time and numbers on the NTDP, he's probably the most talented of the group, but obviously something is way wrong, confidence or whatever, so they're trying to start a guy who was recruited as a last minute stop-gap back-up or a walk-on third string goalie and it's going predictably badly. Hunwick doesn't come along every day, that's why he's such a good story. These guys are getting a lot of heat and probably feel horrible and their performances aren't great for the most part, but they're being thrust into a role that they were never really supposed to be in. A portion of the blame rests with them, but it's hard to be upset, becuase they're just overmatched.
The only comfort is that knowing Red, next season will probably be his best coaching job ever. It's hard to wait and this season is hard to watch, but sometimes things just don't go well.
The only thing that's actually new is the recruiting class, which is probably the most talente since at least Patches' class. They lack a goalie, unfortunately, and the two new D-men won't be as good as Merrill or Trouba, but the forwards are pretty top-notch and the defenseman are still fairly well-regarded. Assuming of course that massive defections don't take place, which is always a fear.
But mostly, I'm just talking about Red. I promise he's not a bad coach and I also promise he's more upset with this whole losing thing than the rest of us put together. Red isn't one to go out on the bottom, or without a fight. I'm sure he's coaching as hard as he can this season, but I'm also sure that next season he will be better. It's not like they need to rebuild, just soul-search a lot. New player-leadership next year may make all the difference. I'm looking at Copp and Hyman, because they're the ones doing work, consistently, this season, though I suppose we'll see. Beyond that, the players likely aren't overly fond of losing either and will likely put in a little extra effort in the summer.
Really the only thing is that we need either a miracle goalie recruit or one of GE current goalie to make a miracle turn-around. But a good team playing in front of them will help that quite a bit.
Bad years happen. Notre Dame has had a few under Jeff Jackson, even Jerry York has had them at BC. Not this bad, but I suppose we're overdue. One bad, even one historically bad season, isn't cause for wailing and gnashing of teeth for the next decade. Maybe next year will suck too, I can't see the future, but I think it will be more of what we're used to. We're also playing in the Big Ten, which, if it existed this year would be ridiculously weak, with Minnesota having wrapped up the title by thanksgiving. That kind of schedule probably won't hurt our record.
I need a thunder buddy to get through this season. Every time I see the team break out the puck into the offensive zone, I get afraid they are going to turn the puck over and lead to a odd man rush the opposite direction.
Great time even though we lost. I love the intimate setting. I look forward to seeing that place when state comes in.
From the Daily:
"Yost was Alaska’s last frontier. John Zarling, a former professor at Alaska and Fairbanks resident, flew down to Chicago then drove to Ann Arbor. It was the third time he has made the trip. But this one felt a little different.
To him, the arena has lost its vicious bite. He described the atmosphere as less hostile than on either of his two other trips to Ann Arbor. But that didn’t make the history-making sweep of the Wolverines any less sweet to the Michigan Tech graduate."
Granted, this year's team is just not that good. But how can we get Yost to be as intimidating of a venue to play in as it was 10-15 years ago? Any suggestions (purely atmospheric; not related to putting a better team on the ice)?
Could the renovations be blamed for the lost in bite?