Michigan Hockey Opener vs RIT - Game Thread

Submitted by bacon1431 on October 11th, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Michigan hockey is back!! Great thing about collegiate sports is you don't have to worry about strikes and lockouts.

Things to watch tonight:

- Goalie situation. Rutledge was shaky (which makes sense being a frosh and recently recovering from injury) in the exhibition. Will be interesting to see how he handles the nerves of his first official game.

- Blue line play - Merill is out for a while. Still fairly confident about the first two lines, third will be a question mark. But I see potential there. We'll see

- Forwards off to a quick start - Guptill is supposed to be one of our big scorers this year, so it'd be great to see him off to a great start. Interested to see who will be the supplemental scorers this year as well.

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Go Blue!!!

Comments

BlueBadger

October 11th, 2012 at 10:02 PM ^

This is what we get for avoiding losing to a cupcake in football. The big ten is cursed. Yeah, I know, Big ten hockey starts next year. I think it's true anyway. crap.

bacon1431

October 11th, 2012 at 10:03 PM ^

Need a quick memory to get a win tomorrow night! Not how JR wanted to start his career. No, he shouldn't have given up 5 goals. But our forwards had many chances that should have been goals as well. Yes, it seems hilarious to complain about 4 goals, but with a true freshman goalie that is learning on the go, we need all the goals we can get.

Wolverine Devotee

October 11th, 2012 at 10:19 PM ^

Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

I want Racine to start tomorrow. 5 goals given up to an AHA team isn't acceptable. And from what I heard in the broadcast, they weren't good goals either.

Give Racine a shot. Only 2 more games to figure out this goaltender situation before conference play starts.

bklein09

October 11th, 2012 at 10:20 PM ^

I wonder how much the weird schedule played into the let down tonight. Tomorrow will be our 3rd game in four days. After not playing a live opponent in months. 

Whoever set up this schedule did a terrible job. Homecoming or not.

lhglrkwg

October 11th, 2012 at 10:21 PM ^

Getting outscored to finish the game 5-1 by a so-so Atlantic Hockey team in Yost is crap. I know Rutledge is a freshman, but the D is supposed to be solid

turd ferguson

October 11th, 2012 at 11:33 PM ^

Not having any idea what happened and reading down a thread like this leads you onto a pretty miserable emotional roller coaster.  The top of the thread implied a very different outcome from where this ended.

TheLuckyNumberM

October 12th, 2012 at 5:29 AM ^

So if football loses to the best team in the MAC, thats ok?

In the end, this was a wake up call. Rutledge isn't ready for the competition (jesus, this happened AT Yost. I could almost forgive a collapse like this on the road, but seriously?). Our defense looked shaky way too often, and a couple of our bigger name forwards need to answer back tomorrow. I realize that no.3 is too high for us, but if we even want to be single digit ranked going into the conference schedule, Red better get the boys organized...

larfretz44

October 12th, 2012 at 11:21 AM ^

Really though, you've got to give RIT credit. To come back from 3-0 and 4-2 to a perennial powerhouse? Regardless of being in the AHA, they have beaten big name teams in the short amount of time in Division I. Denver and UNH in the 2010 NCAA tourney, they've beaten Minnesota and they beat two nationally ranked teams last year to win the Catamount cup, by shutting out Ferris State, who went to the national championship, and Lake Superior State. They also beat nationally ranked Cornell two years ago. RIT has been in Division I for 7 years and has defeated a ranked opponent in each of those years, which says a lot, because being in the AHA, they don't get a chance to play many. Respect.