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Got any complaints/issues/praise/hope for the off-season? Dump it here..... And GO GREEN!
Thank you, Denicos.
I think they should do better next season. Score more goals, give up less. Who's with me!??!?!?!?!?!
I'm not the happiest camper that there are only 6 teams.
Are we going to play each school 8 times a year? If so, that will get boring. Kind of like how the Wings play C-bus 10 times or the Tigers play Cleveland 20 times. It just gets old.
Are we still going to play Ferris St, LSSU, NMU, WMU, etc?
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
The dozen freshman become sophomores and we have a heck of a goalie. Better to break in the new conference next year than this yr.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
I went to two games this season and man...they looked awful. Incredibly slow, couldn't pass and didn't know how to set up good shots at all.
I think they can only do better next year. The attendance was actually very solid at both games I attended but the hockey quality was low.
I believe 4 times a year. There will be a very healthy number of non-conference games as well which is the only thing I like about this besides seeing Minny at Munn more.
Hopefully they defend the vampire cup.
"As far as the downvotes. It's a gnat biting an lion"
-- A member of tRCMB Justice League, taking the internet WAY WAY too seriously.
20-game Big Ten season....home-and-home with each of the other conference programs (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan). That will be a larger non-conference slate for Michigan State than what we've typically played while in the CCHA and it'll be interesting to see who we schedule. The better teams from the CCHA are going either to Hockey East (Notre Dame) or the new NCAC (Miami, Western Michigan), and the remnants of the CCHA and the old WCHA will reform under that WCHA banner as a lesser conference in the sport (think Atlantic Hockey or ECAC). The non-conference slate will have to adapt to that reality.......
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
Yeah, the toughest part about the non-conference scheduling is we won't find a lot of big name teams that want to only come to MSU to play without a return visit the following year. That's fine and all, but the hockey team needs around 20 home games to continue being a self-sustaining program. This year MSU played 36 games not including the 6 playoff games. If MSU plays 20 Big Ten games (10 home games), plus the 2 GLI games, that leaves them with 14 other non-conference games and they need around 10 of them to be home games. They'll need to find 3 schools every year to come to East Lansing without getting a return trip and then 2 schools where they could play a home and home series (EL one year, on the road the next).
I also don't remember the rules for sure. I believe the the maximum number of games is 34, but MSU gets to play 36 because they get 2 extra for making the trip to Alaska (something I don't see them doing again any time soon). That might leave them with only 12 non-conference games to schedule (not counting the GLI games). It'll be very interesting to see who is on the schedule next year besides the 5 Big Ten teams.
And if the good Lord’s willin’,
I’m a keep on chillin’,
refillin’ and flyin’ high
As for the team itself, they were so young this year. Walrod and Forfar were solid role players for this team and a steady influence from a leadership standpoint, but I think other guys will make up the 27 points (8 goals) they provided this year. Berry, Sorenson, DeBlouw, and Wolfe all return another year old, another year in the off-season training program at MSU. Both goalies should be back. Hildebrand gave up 2 goals or less in 19 of the 29 games he played this year. He faced a ton of shots (over 30 in 15/27 games where he played the whole game). The .928 save percentage should be good enough in college hockey if the defense gives up fewer shots and the offense scores a few more goals.
I also thought Yanakeff played well down the stretch at times, but he still seems inconsistent to me. 34 saves and only one goal against in a win @Alaska followed by 31 saves but 4 goals against the next night (that's just from final stats, no idea how the team played in front of him either night) Just an example though. I'd expect both to get some playing time again next year, but Hildebrand probably starts more games in the long run, especially with a year of conditioning under his belt. I thought he was a little tired by the end of the year.
I'm excited for Rhett Holland to return from his shoulder injury. I thought he'd be a big part of the MSU defensemen this year, but he was injured early in the year and never returned. Hopefully he's able to qualify for a medical redshirt after only playing 3 games.
20-game conference schedule. We play everybody four times. 14-16 non-conference games, depending on exemptions.
No word on non-conference games yet, except this: GLI and a non-conference series at Michigan Tech on Nov. 8 and 9.
I wonder if what we'll see more of is a 2-game home-and-away against teams where you can play twice easily in one weekend - Notre Dame, Ferris State, Western Michigan, Bowling Green. Then add some 2-year deals for home-and-home 2-game series with teams a bit further out - Northern Michigan, Lake State, Miami, Michigan Tech. We could also cooperate with Michigan to bring in some teams from the ECAC or Atlantic Hockey to play 1-each against UM and MSU. There are options, but it will tip some thinking from Anastos and Hollis....
Absolutely. I have a feeling it'll all work out and actually be pretty enjoyable for the fan base if they bring in some teams we don't always see in East Lansing (even teams like Michigan Tech), but only time will tell. Definitely going to take some work from the athletic department
In my perfect world, MSU would sign lifetime home-and-homes with Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Lake State and Western. Obviously MSU would get one game at Munn each year from ND, BGSU and WMU, and MSU would trade home ice with LSSU each season.
Also, to an extent, what you're proposing has been rumored before. I recall reading back in 2006 or 2007 that MSU, UM and a third CCHA team would tour Boston and play BC, BU and Harvard (I think) over a long weekend. Just never came to fruition.
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The team should improve on passing and taking shots but it will be more difficult to gain more speed. Usually freshmen show their speed first and then other positives show later. In sports speed is hard to teach.
There is allegedly a "Hall of Fame" or "Coach's Classic" at Van Andel with Michigan State, Ferris State and two other teams, I am guessing, from Michigan.
Another rumor is MSU offered Northern Michigan one series in Marquette for two in East Lansing and Walt Kyle rejected it.
Good SNH. I like this thread already. It's good to reflect and I'm very sure Magnum TA is reflecting on the season or will do so shortly. All the players and coaches will likely have season-end interviews to discuss successes, failures, and how to improve. All of this will be based on TA's hockey coaching philosophy.
So, my concern is, how can we, as "persons of interest" in the Program, really know anything about MSU Hockey unless the sporting press corps asks the right questions about philosophy, goals, and the coaches' assessments of how they have done and what they need to do forward. So, here's the makings of some questions for the MSU Ice Hockey Press:
1. It's absolutely clear to me that Magnum TA knows what he is doing as head coach and I will bet he could articulate a philosophy of coaching and, specifically, coaching this college hockey team. For example, does he think it's best to build a team that wins with offense or defense? Is his goal to win more than they lose? Win a NC? Or to build the student athletes into men or prepare as many players as possible for the professional hockey as soon as possible, and if we win, fine?
2. The summer training program is brutal and not only physically prepares the players but has a bonding element to it as well. How does that fit into his philosophy?
3. Is there still such a thing as Spartan Hockey? If so, what is it? If not, why not?
3. Unlike his predecessor, we don't see the team playing many different styles at various times during the season and you don't appear to be matching players, lines, or D-pairs to the other team. How much have or will you depend on different styles of play, different back and forechecking schemes, and what new winkles should we look for in this regard next season? For example, with all the guys on Miami who are leaders in CCHA scoring, did we make any efforts to match up defensively with their scorers?
4. Can you comment on each of the new recruits arriving next fall and what do you think each will bring to the team? What needs does the team have and will you be recruiting to those needs.
5. Does he expect MSU to continue to be a regular at the Great Lakes CHT or will that change?
Just a partial list. I'd like TA to give somebody like PaulM or Neil Koepke a sitdown for two hours and talk about this stuff.
Who is magnum ta?
You've got a short memory, sleepy01. Is the 01 your IQ score? I mean that.
What I don't like about the Big Ten schedule is the conference tournament. While most conferences will have five and up to eight possible tournament games, the B1G will only have two to three.
I was hoping for two rounds, best-of-three on-campus and then a neutral site championship game.
My other wish is that BTN vastly improves hockey coverage with in-game updates, scores, interviews, announcers, and broadcasting more than two games a week. The intermission shows with 75% basketball coverage also need to stop. If you're going to break up our beloved conferences, give hockey the exposure it deserves.
I'm excited to watch this thread turn into a pissing match!
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If those game will be airing on BTN it will help. I think trading a home game for some TV press and money might be enough for them to take the deal. The B1G conference could really help College Hockey grow in popularity.
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Sounds like MSU football most years from like 1969 to 2009
"Is his goal to win more than they lose?"
That's where I stopped reading.
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