In retrospect I'm glad this stinker wasn't on TV. I'd be even more pissed if I had actually seen Merrill get stripped of the puck for that goal.
Michigan hockey vs. Bowling Green open thread
Lose one now, let Red rip them a new one tonight, cram film down their throats all day tomorrow, win by 6 tomorrow night, and ride the wave into March.
Kick in the pants = good
Losing the one seed = blinding rage
Ferris in a shootout with WMU, so FSU has the point they needed. For CCHA championship purposes (only), this game did not matter.
up for how we lost this game, BGSU is terrible and this should have never happened.
All i can say is that we need to beat the living shit out of them tomorrow, like a 6-0 ass kicking. And i will still be pissed about this game.
I was just listening on the radio stream rather than actually watching. Easier to be detached from a frustrating night of hockey. Unfortunately, as Brian has pointed out, that's the way this team is this year. Let's just hope they find that fire again down the stretch...
western wins the shootout and is now tied with Michigan in 2nd place at 47 points.
Michigan must win tomorrow to clinch home ice. western has to play at ferris.
I don't think western will beat them.
I want to see a 5 goal win tomorrow by Michigan. I rather Michigan get their loss out now the more I think about it, but to me, the goal is to win the conference. Then if Michigan can win the conference tournament, great but if they win the conference they'll be more than fine for the NCAA Tournament. And obviously the ultimate goal, the National Championship.
Please win tomorrow Michigan.
Right now notre dame leads state 1-0. The game is on CBSS. state is trying to hold onto their first round bye. Hope notre dame beats them.
notre dame is one game from being .500. No way in hell they make the NCAA Tournament unless they pull a 2009-10 Michigan and win the conference tournament.
northern right now is kicking lake state's ass. Doesn't really matter.
When I feel bad about tonight, I think about how bad the 5 hockey fans ohio actually has must feel. They have won ONE game in the 2012 calendar year. They went from running away with the conference and pretty much locking up a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to sliding down the toilet in the standings and probably won't make the NCAA Tournament.
RIGHT NOW (10:04 pm) Pairwise...
We are in a tie for 3rd with BU...thanks to Ferris tieing WMU according to the NCAA (shoot outs only count for the CCHA). Our RPI only dropped to 3rd
SHOULD OF LEFT HIM SUSPENDED!! JUST LEAVE EARLY AND GO PRO!! ITS CLEAR HE DOESNT WANT TOBE THERE!!
he is very good and is one of the main reasons this team has been playing lights out since he got back.
until the Northern series...this is the third straight game Merrill has played a complete stinker. I would love to know his +/- over the last three games.
Box scores show it's a cumulative -1.
Or you can overreact.
Notre Dame now up 2-0 over MSU with 10 to go.
I have a gut feeling that Michigan is going to come out tomorrow and take bowling green to the shed.
This was not Michigan Hockey tonight. Absolutely wasn't. I expect Michigan to come and belt those SOBs tomorrow and secure home ice. If both Michigan and western win tomorrow, they will be tied at 50 points but Michigan would win the tiebreaker and get the 2 seed because they would have more conference wins than western.
I am a very recent graduate of BG, and if I take anything away from their below average athletics, it's that their hockey program will play their ass off against ranked opponents. Tonight personally came as a shock to me. I expected them to get slaughtered by Michigan. Coach Bergeron gets these guys excited for these types of games. Although they are last in the conference, they somehow show up and play their asses off during these types of games. Since tomorrow is senior night, expect a similar effort. These guys play hard when a ranked opponent comes into town.Bergeron will expect and motivate a similar effort tomorrow night from the Falcons. It's a proud program, a proud fanbase, and a school looking for big wins. If BG beats Michigan again, that makes the season for them. Sad, I'm sure for most of you. But for BG, beating Notre Dame and Michigan (possibly twice) in the same season is absolutely huge.
My interests are torn. I remain as neutral as possible. This is difficult.
Go BG/Go Blue!
Absolutely abysmal performance by the defense. They had a ton of doorstep chances they failed to capitlize on that I can't believe we gave up to a team as bad as them. We also flubbed some great oppurtunities of our own, and what do you know, one Hunwick screw-up followed by a completely unacceptable turnover later and we've blown the game.
That pick on Merrill is the type of thing that gets pros sent to the minors for a while. We're not talking about a BG player doing his best Datsyuk impression, we're talking about a complete lack of attention and effort by him and he should be absolutely ashamed.
I hope and am relatively confident Red ripped them a new one in the locker room. If so, I predict we will make them look like a high school team tomorrow, and I hope they will use tonight as a lesson not to give less than 100% going into playoff season.
Seriously. We played like garbage (from what it sounds) and lost to an inferior team. This is an educational tool for our young men. It doesn't matter how much the coaches tell them they have to play their hardest to win. An embarrassing loss like this puts it back in perspective for the players.
I hate losing out on a league title, but if this helps us out in some intangible way in 4 weeks, then it's all good.
Anyone else think Merrill might be on his way out? It seems like he's been playing super unfocused the last weekend or two. I'm wondering if he's mentally checked out. Just a theory but it's very uncharacteristic for him to get torched on goals against teams like Northern and flippin BGSU. wtf?
But he's only been back for like 2 months and I think Merrill's the kind of kid that would focus on what he's doing regardless on if he was planning on leaving or not. It definitely wouldn't surprise me if he left after the season, but I think he still wants to win NOW and is doing/going to do everything he can to win a few championships this season. The whole D has been "uncharacteristic" lately, it's not like Merrill has been the only culprit, just the most obvious. I think it's probably something to do with lack of focus, but probably more based on feelings of we're a lot better than you and relaxation than anything else. That, or the entire D-corp is suffering from an unholy terror of a flu bug.
I think we have to give it another week or so, see if he doesn't get back on track, or more especially if the rest of the D cleans it up a bit, but he's still making sloppy mistakes, then maybe this has more truth. But I'm more inclined to think it's just general laxity, with special emphasis on Merrill because he has the farthest to fall and he's the best to he's most susceptible to loosening up a bit.
Unprepared and unfocused, two states-of-mind that will be death in the NCAA tourney.