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Hey, my half-melted cable modem is working again!
You just watch. Those turds will somehow do it and I will want to puke.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
Running myself back up to speed, at least.
Here's some information that you probably already know: Spartans trail Miami 3-1 after a pair. SOG: 29-9 MU.
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Third period is underway. Spartans trail 3-1.
SOG are 32-11 MU.
3-1 RedHawks, now about 10:00 left in the third.
MU goal. 4-1. Former MSU commitment Czarnik from the left side of the rink with a backhander.
3:54 left, still 4-1 MU. SOG: 34-17 RedHawks.
Let's hope tomorrow's game is much better and I can make plans to go to JLA next weekend.
UM beats WMU and I die a little on the inside.
97 seconds left. Still 4-1 RedHawks.
No legs tonight. Got dominated.
"Those fingers in my hair; That sly come-hither stare; That strips my conscience bare. It's witchcraft." Sinatra
That's it. RedHawks force a series-deciding game three tomorrow night at Cady Arena. 4-1 MU.
SOG: 37-17 MU.
MSU needs to win tomorrow to continue its season. If MSU does win, it's off to Detroit. RedHawks will go to the NCAAs regardless.
That said, I will thank MSU hockey for giving me something to do on Sunday nights for two consecutive weeks now.
I guess State has already won its game for the weekend and is resting on its laurels.
At 24 losses, the 2012-'13 Spartan hockey team is now one loss worse than the 2008-'09 Spartan hockey team. The 2012-'13 team has four more wins than the 2008-'09 team, however.
So does this mean that the current team sucks more or less or equal to the 2008-9 team and what does this bode for next year?
As the road team in a #1 vs. #11 series, you hit the weekend hoping to get to a 3rd game. Miami is the better team, but it's now one game to keep playing. Legs will be tired and we saw last weekend both road teams get wins in the third game (Bowling Green at Lake State, MSU at Alaska).
That said, Notre Dame moves on with their sweep of BG and they're no doubt trying to play their way to the Grand Rapids regional. Ferris State drops the 2nd game and now has Ohio State in Columbus for a deciding game three with both teams playing for their seasons. And Michigan, well, they came into this season expected to win the CCHA, fell apart along the way, and seem to have figured things out. Not a team anyone wants to play after taking Western out in two in Kalamazoo. Michigan is playing every game now to keep the season going as their only path to the NCAA is by winning the CCHA tourney. Western, on the other hand, may have seen their season end. They're a bubble team, at best....
As always, go State!
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
Next year? The playoff run is making me feel a bit more optimistic, but I don't see MSU finishing past fourth or fifth in B1G play. It will be a much better team, however.
If you witnessed that 2008 season then you would know that this team is definitely better. The Overall record may only reflect a minor improvement but this team is far more competitive. The offense just hasn't been there in many very winnable games.
And remember, Miami is the best team in the CCHA and this will be going to sunday winner take all game. We are in a fine position right now.
EDIT: And because I was curious, I looked up the stats.
2008/09: 61 goals for and 118 against.
2012/13: 86 goals for and 111 against.
Yeah, if you think this year was tough...
The following season saw a significant improvement, though. I honestly believe we will be much improved next year, as well.
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this year is no doubt easier to watch than 08/09 was. still not a great hockey team but it looks like we're making some improvements. We could very well be much improved next year, but I still think we're going to be competing to try and not be the last team that finishes above PSU. That B1G schedule will be brutally tough
Here's my analysis for next season, from another thread. Good reason to be optimistic and all the incoming forwards are proven offensively. But I gotta agree with Big Fella, the B1G Hockey conference is going to be brutal, but I also think it's going to be fabulous hockey and very intense. No nights off.
SCum and MSU currently occupy the last two spots in the CCHA. Who would have predicted it? Next season, the first for The B1G Hockey Confe
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I wish I could share your optimism about the Big Ten next season. In the long-run, I think it'll be a good move, especially if there are a couple more programs to take it to an 8-team conference. But off the bat, we essentially add Wisconsin, Minnesota and Penn State to replace the likes of Notre Dame, Miami, Western Michigan, etc. Right now, there is more of a rivalry with the CCHA programs, certainly more passion, and the feel of it being a big game when Wisconsin, Penn State, or Ohio State is at the Munn is going to take some time. I continue to think much of next season will be dependent on the non-conference slate, which needs to help this team develop while providing a schedule that earns Pairwise attention.
As for on-ice, this is a very young team. State will be better simply because of physical maturity, if nothing else. Anastos seems to get off-season conditioning more than Comley and that's become a much bigger part of the game. There are some incoming players who appear to address needs, but it's always a crapshoot to see who can step in and make that jump to college hockey right off the bat. We do have solid goaltending coming back, so a few less goals given up, and a few more scored....we'll be better. But I honestly didn't think we'd be this "bad" this year, but I also didn't think we'd be as competitive as we were in TA's first year. Throw both out and what you've got is a true rebuilding.
In my view, the expectations for next season should be reasonable - competitive, week in and week out, .500 record, top-four finish in the new Big Ten, hit the post-season with an outside chance at the NCAA, continue to represent the university with pride, no off-ice incidents, keep academics in order. The new hockey landscape is going to make it difficult to get a handle on teams and post-season chances next year. I'll be curious to see the full schedule when it's released as it'll tip the thinking of coaches and ADs about how that needs to play out.......
A follow up on MacKenzie MacEachern, below. Unfortunately, still feeling the effects of a concussion last November, but there is no doubt this kid is highly, highly talented. I don't think he's likely to jump OHL, but you never know. Even though he slowed down after the injury, he's playing and, over all, has 18 points in 39 games played. Holding his own.
JT Stenglein has 53 points in 43 games, with three USHL teams this season. While we can wonder why three USHL teams in one season, I can't wait to see this guy on campus next season. Maybe somebody knows the circumstances about why he was traded twice and pass this information on to us. We can hope it's not emotional maturity related issues.
Joe Cox is a super two way player that I've seen in action twice this season. We're going to love this guy's style of play, a little like Berry in that he's got a motor that never quits, but is really a hell of a back- and forechecker who knows how to hit. He's got 18 goals and 17 assists this season in 57 games, with a +4 (dramatic turn around in +/- from last season so you wonder how he's the player he is this season, with such a loathsome +/- last, goaltending at Muskegon? Dough know.).
Then there's MacEachern's teammate on the Chicago Steel, Tom Ebbing, who has also committed to State for next season. He's got 25 points in 49 games and a so so +/-, but from all accounts is a solid player with a lot of upside as a scorer. He got a lot of interest from a lot of programs, including Ohio State, but went with the Spartans.
These are our forwards coming in. It looks like we recently got a commit from Chris Knudson, a D-man from Witchita Falls of the NAHL. But our defenders next season will be an experienced, solid crew. We're good there, I think.
Statistics of J.T. Stenglein, a hockey player from Greece, NY born July 11, 1993 who was active from 2010 to 2013.
Statistics of Joseph Cox, a hockey player from Chelsea, MI born January 07, 1994 who was active from 2011 to 2013.
Statistics of Thomas Ebbing, a hockey player from Troy, MI born September 28, 1994 who was active from 2012 to 2013.
Statistics of Mackenzie MacEachern, a hockey player from Troy, MI born March 09, 1994 who was active from 2012 to 2013.
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Well, we tend to fear the unknown, but that's one thing about a six team league. After a very short while, there are no secrets. We also tend to put the Gopher and Badger programs on a pedestal, with some justification. But let's be real. They lose games. They are beatable.
As I said in my linked piece, however, they will likely contend for the one and two spots in the new B1G and SCum, OSU, and State will battle for third. Although they have gotten really good fast, PSU will still occupy the sixth spot. If they don't, yea, it may be MSU. If that happens, shame on us. But you really have to have a low opinion of what Magnum TA is doing with this Program to think that way.
Unlike you, Heathens, I've never really regularly been fired about an MSU verus Western series, until the last couple of years. Although the Westerns, Ferrises, Northerns, Lake States, and BGSUs of the CCHA certainly took advantage of our unjustifiably smug attitude toward their programs over the years, this isn't how I see the B1G unfolding. There will be no nights off in the new B1G. You will take someone for granted at your peril.
This may turn out to be the envy of college hockey leagues in which familiarity will breed contempt among these teams. More than our Program will be looking over its shoulder at PSU. More than our Program will be looking to distance itself from OSU and SCum. And everybody else is going to be looking to knock off Minney and Wiskey. Need I say MSU isn't going to let SCum lay rubber on our backs to climb in the standings?
This whole thing has potential to brew up some great hockey once some of the good ol' venom from the past, from rivalries, and pride are allowed to steep.
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