Let's Go Blue! Beat Western, win the Gongshow! Hopefully the guys got a good rest after going to 2OT to beat BG. Fortunately, the second OT was very short.
7:35 PM ET on FSD (or FCSA elsewhere, per justingoblue)
I'm very excited for this game and hope that the boys come out and take care of business.
Let's head into the tourney with as much momentum as possible!!!
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That was still a lot of hockey they played. Western is good, we'll see what happens.
Too bad the best Goalie in the CCHA isn't playing, now that would be exciting.
Does anyone know a location of a stream for those of us living outside of FSD territory?
Please tell me there is some way to watch online
I cannot FREAKING believe that I can't watch this game.
Help me hockey team..you are my only hope
looking forward to watching Michigan win some hardware
Hopefully they can pull it off tonight. Beer, great weather, girlfriend and championship hockey. Couldn't ask for a whole lot more.
Justingoblue is very smooth with such a post above.
That would be well played, but I'm fairly sure she only does when I bug her about it. I will proceed to show her this exchange, though, so maybe it will be worth something.
are annoying me already... Go Blue! Kick Westerns Ass
Burn the goddam boats, Fergodsakes.
The JLA DJ is notoriously bad, but sounds like the fact it's St. Patrick's Day is going to make it even worse.
Pretty weak turnout, too.
Sort of the same story as last night. They're not aggressively going after chances. Going for the extra pass. Holding the puck a hair too long. It's the difference between getting shut out and putting up 3 or 4.
hockey is ridiculously exhausting, and they went past eleven last night (and damn near eighty minutes of play), only to be back at JLA sometime around three today.
There's a reason every coach on an episode of NHL36 is concerned with minutes played in the first game; imagine being a defenseman with forty minutes played last night. That's probably giving and receiving more than two-dozen hits, more shots taken than that, not to mention the emotional investment involved. It's not easy to bounce back immediately.
we can beat them on depth. WMU wasn't sitting in a day spa yesterday, either; as they have to go deeper into their bench we should gain an advantage.
Still, the adrenaline is there and there's no question a Berenson team wants to win a championship.
I've heard meth is a great option.
I got about 30 seconds, which included the Western goal but that was it. Anyone have an update?
Western early in the second.
Half the time ccha refs just make shit up...
on phone. deveon smith just committed! per Sarah hughes on twitter.
These WMU students are garbage.
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, 2-0 them, PPG.
Keep us all updated please
Shit damn fart
Fah-q western. Wtf is going on?!
No joy on the PP for us.
Edit: just over 5.5 min left in 2nd.
They've got a hot goalie, a defensive scheme that is frustratingly good at blocking lanes and protecting their zone, we look tired and hesitant... Just not looking like our night so far.
3-0 WMU. Not good
3-0 now, 2 min left.
1:01, hooking them, we're on PP.
End of 2nd, 3-0 them, 59s left on our PP.
Wha? Guptill in the box. 4-on-4 to start the 3rd.
This will light a fire under them for the NCAA playoffs.
Hockey is such a psychological/momentum driven game, a good old fashion ass kicking can provide a productive reminder of what it takes to win it all.
How did I miss that Guptill penalty at the 20:00 mark? Can't catch a break tonight.
Full strength. We need an early goal to get us going.
Come on now.
chill out, man. There are sixteen minutes left and we're on a power play. No reason we can't mount a comeback.
And to think he said he'd seen enough...
Broncos too many men.
Fuck, Moffie called for holding. Weak.
you cannot close your fingers around a jersey. Out of all the things to do, that's one of the easier things for a referee to see. Come on, guys...
Obvious clean play is obvious, but going knee on knee f'ing hurts. Hope he's okay.
Edit: that's an absolutely atrocious call. Look for an extension or a dragging motion, neither exists. Total horseshit.
A major penalty? Really? That's absolutely absurd.
I'm not saying in any way that the kneeing call was correct, but since the referee saw "knee" and that the WMU player went to the locker room, that's the decision for the major right there (which would be correct if, you know, it was actually a penalty).
Again, I don't see the kneeing, but I can see the logic for the major if they were going to call anything.
WTF, Merrill called for a major penalty. Knee on knee hit, but it didn't look intentional.
I think an interference penalty is probably in order there for Merril, but I really, really hate results-based officiating. You can't bump something to a major just because a guy got hurt.
I love that the rulebook requires bumping a penalty based on injury. The problem was the referee identifying a rules infraction, I definitely want to keep injury disincentives to a maximum.
Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown.
Major over, 9 min left.
Pretty sure Bennett just broke a wrist. Gah.
WMU going to the box, U-M player down, not sure who.
It's time for you to step away from the keyboard.
Bennett with the injured wrist, Slater to the box. It really would be a testament to the incompetence of the CCHA refs if they manage to lose control of the conference championship game.
5 min for Slater.
Moffie!!! 3-2 them
I know I want more fucking goals. Hail!
WE WANT MOAR GOALS!!!
LOL, it's gonna be a photo finish, Lois.
Family guy. Indian casino episode.
Love how the announcing team didn't realize 5-minute majors don't cancel out when a goal is scored.
Here we go! Send these boys home!
Bennett is on the ice right now, by the way. Good news.
3 min to go.
Yeesh. Couldn't ask for a better handful of chances than those.
That's terrible. Treais won that race. Hate the CCHA.
CCHA officiating, ladies and gentlemen. Never been better.
1:50 to go.
1 min left, Hunwick to the bench.
And then no icing the other way. Guess that's our parting gift. Guh.
The chase was close enough to call it off. It was a legit no-call, for once.
I went back and watched it again, and you're right, the WMU guy was at least even and probably ahead. Just really, really frustrating because they'd gotten it wrong so shortly before. I think that play as much as any (besides the third goal, where Bennett got out-hustled) showed how tired Michigan's legs were tonight.
7s, offsides on us. D'oh.
This weekend sucks
Because Western's guy was going to beat ours to the puck. Which is the reason the icing call on us about two minutes earlier was bullshit. Gongshow took over the third period.
Bummer. Too little too late tonight. Would have been nice to see this urgency two hours ago.
Red will light a sufficient fire under their collective asses, as he tends to do, and it's on to next weekend.
Sigh. Comeback started too late.
F U REFS!
we lost, but back in November, we werent even going to get in the tournament. Now we're going to be a number 1 seed.
GD IT! Toss me a beer I'm getting my third wind.
Just one more year of the gongshow. I cannot wait for thr B1G. Watching the ccha die a slow death is painful, but good riddance.
Union beat Harvard, and BC/North Dakota victories look likely. I'm pretty confident that puts us in Green Bay, playing Cornell. It will be interesting to see how they place the 2's and 3's because Minnesota will have to be placed out of position (they are the last 2, but will likely be seeded as the first two). If the committee preserves the 8-9, 7-10, 6-11, 5-12 structure, I have the following:
Michigan - Cornell
Ferris - Denver
North Dakota - WMU
Minnesota - BU
Union - MSU
Miami - Mass.-Lowell
BC - Air Force
Duluth - Maine
Completely agree that the officiating was horrible both ways. But get over it you arrogant ass, WMU was the better team tonight and deserved the win.
One of the worst fucking weekends.
It's been 25 years let them enjoy it
I'm not hating on Western. They won fair and square and probably outplayed us (I didn't get to see the whole game). But it sucks whenever you lose in the CCHA Championship. Along with the loss to Ohio and Lax losing a winnable game, it's one of the worst fucking weekends.
At least Smith committing makes the weekend a little better.
but they were tired. Need to rest and step up their game for the tournament. A hockey NC would be nice to say the least.
I demand a hockey NC, for MEEEEEE.
And for Hunwick, and the kids, but you know, mostly for MEEEE.
Man, am I still sore about the basketball game.
I cannot believe the CCHA sent McInchak and Wilkins to work the final. That abortion of a crew was so bad, it pissed off Planned Parenthood.
Kind of inappropriate, no?
Yeah, probably. I went for the one-liner. And missed badly.
It's buried at the end of an open thread and everyone's drunk and somewhere between sad and angry, anyway.
Also already done by a Ferris fan over at USCHO, so... One of the two of you is stealing material.
it was vulgar but appropriately describes the ccha.
I'm just glad everyone in the conference found new homes, all in one piece.
That could have been a real mess.
Both major penalties were unconscionable calls. Merrill should not even have received a penalty, and Slater should have been given 2-boarding. The only reason Slater's was a 5 was to make up for the butcher job they gave Merrill.
And how do you give Merrill 5 for kneeing and NOT take him out the game? It's like they knew they were screwing him at the time, but they weren't going to screw him as badly by not ejecting him. *shakes head*
Nothing we can do now but correct our mistakes and get ready for the next one
Michigan was gassed, the reffing was gong-ish, and Michigan made a nice push at the end, but Western was the better team. No biggie, though; conference tournament performance is not indicative of future results. See last season, for example.
worse officials CCHA or NCAA tournament?
Given their history, the two CCHA referees are far worse, especially Wilkins. I've seen and heard his work up close, at Adrian games. He's been flat-out unprofessional at times.
But for your nightly "cool story bro:"
I can't believe Paula is still writing. You would have thought she would have run out of crayons by now. I haven't read her stuff in about 10 years.
no kidding. She really cannot hold back her sparty bias. She will respond to you too if you tweet her. However, make sure you make the replies cryptic or she will block you on twitter. She really loves trying to solve a puzzle.
I do have some things to say. Western can take this win and their four-seed and stuff it straight up their wide asses. Don't moon our teams bus in front of your kids (http://bit.ly/yh630A) and don't you ever for a second think that your team or Juggalo fans will ever be better than yours. YOU ARE THE GODDAMN CHEAP IMMITATION CRAB IN MY SEAFOOD UDON AND GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD RIDDANCE ONCE WE FORM THE B1G.
Very disappointed. Not in the team, not at all. They fought back and gave a big fuck you to the Gongshow refs who called a 5 minute major. Scoring that goal was a big fuck you to them.
It just really makes me shake my head knowing that these shyster refs who don't deserve to call a D3 Womens game, much less a D1 Conference Playoff game played a part in the score. This isn't just this game, this shit has been going on all year long. It's actually pretty disturbing. I feel very disturbed.
That is why, I am making a sign and bringing it to JLA next year (if Michigan makes it) that will read "CCHA Refs! Enjoy unemployment! signed, B1G teams leaving CCHA".
It just really disgusts me. I had seats right behind the net and watched constant tripping, checking from behind etc going on with western and they did not call one. Right in front of them.
I know it's easy to bitch about the refs after a loss, but this shit has to come to an end. Even when Michigan wins I still want to run the refs out of town with a burning torch.
I think Michigan being tired had to do a lot with them not having any offense in the first two periods. That game last night ended close to midnight while western's game ended before 7pm. western has a good goalie, but Michigan slapped them around like a 1950s housewife back in November to the tune of a 5-2 win.
Just hoping this team gets a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and can make it to the Frozen Four. Hoping and praying for some magic to happen like in 1998.
The road to Tampa and the chase for #10 begins now. I want nothing more than to send Shawn Hunwick off with a NCAA National Championship. I believe in this team and program, because I have seen them have magic runs before.
Quick point of clarification: Michigan will get a #1 seed (#2 overall in the tournament to BC), and is likely headed to Green Bay.
The brackets will be announced tomorrow at Noon on ESPNU.Most opinions I've read state that Michigan will open with Cornell.
but we got outplayed until about the 9 minute mark left in the 3rd when we finally scored the SHG. We were sleepwalking the rest of the night.
I'd be furious at the freakin 5 minute major they gave Jonny for...? except that it's the only thing that really got us back in the game. We nearly stole it but Western earned it.
EDIT: One thing I will complain about though is this: We should have gotten the early game yesterday. Screw your TV ratings CCHA. Do you really think a match-up between two MAC schools and Michigan versus a MAC school is going to be significantly different? Thanks for the screw over. Good riddance
I just ran into two of Michigan's players at an event in town and they seemed in perfectly good spirits. Let WMU enjoy their once-in-blue-moon CCHA title; our eyes are on Green Bay & beyond.