Sunday, December 28, 2008

At Least We Swept NMU Last Weekend

I can't remember EVER being so disgusted at GLI. I think yesterday's game was the WORST I've seen my team play all season and I've seen some pretty bad stuff out of them. Well hey, at least it wasn't televised... because it would've been a COMPLETE embarrassment. Hell, it already was. I really don't even know what to say about it. The powerplay was typical for this team... with most of them being spent in the neutral end or our own end. As usual, the team couldn't get anything going. I don't think the Huskies had more than 2 or 3 scoring chances the entire game. I know my guys can play a hell of a lot better than they did last night... and I expect that they will tonight against the Sioux.

A NATURAL HAT TRICK scored against us in like the first ten minutes?! What a bunch of crap. I'd like to know what happened to Robo last night. I don't fault him at all for the third goal since he had a UM player on top of him. FOUR goals against on TWO saves?! That's not the Robo I know. Hopefully we can put that terrible showing behind us and never let it happen again. Should be interesting to see who gets the nod tonight.

Bleh, I don't even know what else to say. I haven't been this disgusted with my team since the BSU series. Get it together, Michigan Tech. >=(

Oh, here's one, or rather the only, positive from last night: Our penalty kill was 100% successful. At least we got SOME luck last night.

Shut out six times and counting............

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

WCHA Players of the Week - Schwarz and Robo

Two out of three ain't bad. From here:

WCHA Defensive Player of the Week • John Schwarz, Sr., D, Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech University’s John Schwarz, who helped key a strong defensive effort while helping the Huskies to a home-and-home non-conference sweep over Upper Peninsula rival Northern Michigan last weekend, has been named Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Dec. 23-29.

A 6-3, 215-pound senior from Calgary, Alberta, Schwarz and his Michigan Tech teammates held the Wildcats to just one goal in the two-game series while winning 2-1 in Houghton last Friday (Dec. 19) and 1-0 in Marquette last Saturday (Dec. 20). The Huskies blanked NMU on all seven of their power-play chances in recording their first sweep of the 2008-09 season and first over the Wildcats since 1994. Playing a lead role on the blueline, Schwarz was credited with six blocked shots on the weekend and also earned a +1 plus/minus rating.

Schwarz, who serves as team captain for the Huskies, has contributed a goal and nine assists for 10 points over his 108-game collegiate career at MTU.

WCHA Rookie of the Week • Josh Robinson, Fr., G, Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech University goaltender Josh Robinson, who yielded just one goal in a two-game, home-and-home victory sweep over Northern Michigan last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for Dec. 23-29.

A 6-0, 185-pound freshman from Frankenmuth, Mich., Robinson started back-to-back games in the same weekend for the first time in his collegiate career, stopping 56 of 57 shots on goal in the series for a .982 saves percentage and posting five shutout periods. Robinson stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal in a 2-1 triumph last Friday (Dec. 19) in Houghton and then came back last Saturday (Dec. 20) in Marquette to post a 20-save shutout as Michigan Tech prevailed by a 1-0 count. The two wins stretched Michigan Tech’s unbeaten streak to three games at 2-0-1 and enabled them to post their first sweep of Northern Michigan since 1994.

On the 2008-09 season, Robinson sports a 2.33 goals-against average over 488:45 of action between the pipes to rank fifth among WCHA goaltenders overall and owns a .902 saves percentage and 3-4-1 record.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Taste of Something New

At long last! The greatness that I have been waiting for all season long has surfaced. Moments like these are why I am such a die-hard Michigan Tech fan. They are far and few in between, but when they occur, they're extra special and put me (and my fellow Tech fans) on Cloud 9 for days or longer. It's kind of like me golfing: I'll get one nice hit every nine holes that will keep me coming back to that game.

Well, we have finally swept Northern Michigan. I've only been following Michigan Tech since the 03-04 season and the last time the good guys swept was back in '94. Ah, the Jamie Ram days.

I must say... the underclassmen are AMAZING. While things are pretty rough this season, especially because of injuries, I'm a lot more optimistic about the future than I may have EVER been. The next two or three seasons are going to be pretty good.

But let's talk about this past weekend.

Both games we scored the first goal, including Friday's ever-so-RARE first period goal. In fact, it's only our FOURTH first period goal this season. I think the team should spend more time focusing on the first period during practices. For sure.

On Friday, especially in the second half of the game, NMU completely took over. As a fan in the stands at the rival game, when we have a one goal lead and the other team is completely dominating the game, it gets a little scary. Why does my team stop playing offense?? I'm sure our goaltender Josh Robinson wonders the same thing... but we'll get back to him in a minute.

So we swept NMU... and to that Coach Kyle said, "They absolutely deserve the wins. They did a great job and were able to score on opportunities when we weren’t. They were solid defensively on both ends of the ice and they beat us.” ... and to Coach Kyle I say... what a load of crap. Eighteen shots against in a single period on Friday? We only had 12 shots the WHOLE GAME on Saturday. We scored 3 times the whole weekend. The winner in this whole thing is Josh Robinson. HE deserved the wins. Michigan Tech was not the clearcut victor if you watched the games. I believe it was a mediocre effort for both teams.

Moving on...

Jordan Baker. Oh man, watching him this past weekend, I couldn't help but think of Chris Conner. He had some crazy moves to keep the puck away from the STD-infested Wildcats. Jordan had but one assist on the weekend, but he currently leads our team in goals and points. And if you watch him play, that fact is not all too surprising. We've got two beautiful seasons left of him. For such a small stature, he's such a physical presense on the ice. He had some massive Batty-like hits this weekend. I hope to see much more of that this season.

OH HEY! How about that Peter Rohn guy?! He might even be shorter than Mr. Baker, but he's definitely one of the hardest working guys on the ice. Much more to come on Little Peter later... including an overdue questionnaire. But for now, keep in mind that since he has been playing in games for the Huskies, we have not lost a game yet....

So for fun, I should comment on NMU goaltender Brian Stewart. Wow, what a TOOL. Although, this is not something new to me. He is the ROBBIE EARL of goaltenders. If you breathe too hard on him, he will flop all over the ice as if he has been shot. I swear, I thought he died about 4 times this past weekend. If I were an NMU fan, I would be EMBARRASSED about the terrible acting that Stewart does on the ice night in and night out. CUT THE CRAP. Just play HOCKEY. Your stupid games aren't fooling anyone, you idiot.

On the opposite end of the goaltender spectrum, we have Michigan Tech goalie Josh Robinson. What a guy! Yep, that's right, readers. My players wear halos on their heads 24/7. ;) Anyway, Josh Robinson, or Robo as he will be referred to from now on, is HOT right now between the pipes. He let only one goal in this weekend on 56 shots. He had a chunk of that goal, but not enough to stop it. After this past weekend, Robo now has an overall save percentage of 90%, the only Michigan Tech goalie that can say that right now. He also picked up his first career shutout as a Michigan Tech Husky on Saturday... I asked him how he felt after helping his team sweep NMU:
"It was very exciting. Northern is our biggest rival and anytime you get a win, it's a special one; but when you sweep, it's an extra special weekend."
Not only did Josh get his first career shut out and help his team to sweep the Wildcats, but he will go down in the record books as the first goaltender from Michigan Tech to have shut out NMU! Here are his thoughts on that:
"It's pretty cool being able to be the first Michigan Tech goalie to shutout Northern. I don't think any of us knew that it had never been done until Marksy told me after the game. I'm excited that I was able to get my first shutout this weekend and it just adds a little more to it being against Northern."

Well, it was quite the exciting weekend, but it's over... and the team is only looking ahead to the GLI right now. We'll be starting out with a rematch of last year's championship game against Michigan. Michigan is sitting in the middle of the CCHA right now. Hopefully we can pull through and take another shot at the championship game on Sunday. After all, this is OUR tournament, dammit. It's too bad that Michigan State has to be there this season though. They may prove to be a bigger cupcake than any of the invites to UMN's yearly crappy holiday tournament that they can't even win.

I'm going to go ahead and take a guess that Robo's getting the nod for Saturday at GLI. This is HUGE for him, as his hometome of Frankenmuth, MI is only a short distance away. I asked Josh about the GLI and who's coming to watch him. Here's what he said:

"Well, the GLI is actually very close to my hometown of Frankenmuth. The Joe is only an hour an a half from my house too. I'm expecting to have quite a few people in the stands for the games. My list of people that are coming is pretty long so here it goes.... Mom and Dad, Brother, possible my grandparents, my goalie coach from back home and his son... and I have quite a few friends who go to State and Michigan who will be there cheering against me haha. Obviously, my goal is to win the GLI and have our banner flying all year in the Joe."
Well, Josh... I hope you make your goal this season (and that you get new friends... like people who DON'T go to MSUcks). It is probably best achieved by letting in very few goals and making your team score more of them. It's going be hard to win a tournament by scoring only three goals all weekend. The rest of the Huskies need to step up and do their part.

Monday, December 15, 2008

DECC the Halls

...That wasn't so bad. We didn't win, but we didn't get swept by UMD! Nor did we get shut out! I'm going to say what I've been saying all along... my team looks fine... they just can't finish. Nothing really new to report there.

Our goal on Friday was a beaut. More should go down like that. Everything was set up so nicely and it went as it should've. Baker was fed a great pass that was able to tip in and up past Stalock. This happened right in front of me and made me very happy. The goal on Saturday... eh, it was down in the other end. I didn't get a good view of it at all. Studly freshman BRETT OLSON got our second goal of the weekend, his third of his career. Good stuff.

Get this... BOTH of the goals that Michigan Tech scored this weekend were powerplay goals! We have GOT to be pushing 8 or 9% on power plays now! Oh! I just looked it up... we're at 8.7% overall and 8.1% in the conference. Not too shabby!

Let's see... other comments I have.... Oh, dear team: STAY OUT OF THE FRICKIN' BOX. We had TWO 5x3 goals scored against this weekend. If we did away with both of those, we may just have won on Saturday with our piddly one goal. Plus, whenever we go down 2 men, it gives me a heart attack. And then when the other team inevitably scores, I get more pissy than I do for even strength goals against us. So uh... let's play smarter hockey and limit ourselves to ONE Husky in the penalty box at a time. Thanks.

So there's NMU weekend coming right up. Oh boy. This is going to be some great hockey.... or not. Neither team is really making much of any waves in their respective conferences. Tech is going to need to set things straight this weekend and make up for that crappy first game played against NMU earlier this season. If we don't get at least one win this weekend, I'm going to be EXTREMELY upset. I worked yesterday during the great blizzard of '08 and for 11.5 hours today so I can take Friday off to watch my team WIN a game against the pukes from STDU.

Friday, December 05, 2008

A Stupid Format for a Stupid Game

From the first picture... to the second....

What's going on??

Why are we so despised by the hockey gods?

To sum up this game -

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Numbers and Other Stuff

This past weekend goes to the Mavericks.

4 hours of PTO.

728 miles.

2 games.

4 3 Husky-scored goals.

2 more losses.

ZERO points.

Boo to all that... except the Husky goals part. Although a larger number would've been better. Am I wearing the gold and black goggles? I thought they played alright this past weekend. Many may disagree with me. I do have one complaint though: PASSING. I swear by it, if this team can fix that issue, things will start happening! That's a pretty big problem to have. It can and does screw up all aspects of the Husky game. For example: the power play! That's obviously one of the areas of concern. One of the things I notice about all the teams we play -- their passing is so much cleaner than ours. And what do you know! The opponent wins more games than we do.

I believe my team does have the talent it takes to win games. That's very optimistic talk coming from someone like myself; I like to be negative more often than positive. We get the chances. Anyone who watches Michigan Tech hockey will agree with me -- the chances are there. The bounces just normally don't go our way, or else we get Mason who "intended" to blow the whistle right before we score so he'll take away all of our legit goals in a game. Yeah, I said it. But there were two amazing things that happened this past weekend that rarely happen to this team, it seems. First, the Mavericks got a goal taken away from them. It's usually always us that something like that happens to. I must say, it's a great feeling being on the other side once. And secondly, we got a bounce. I can't remember exactly what happened, but Maverick assistant captain Blake Freisen helped to put a puck in his own net. It crossed the goal line ever so slowly. Just awesome.

Even with two lucky things happening to us last weekend, we just couldn't win. THIS is the weekend to start turning things... against those stupid Beavers at Bemidji State... those WCHA-member wannabes. The hell with that! The Huskies need to shut them down this weekend and show the college hockey world that the Beavers are not worthy of being in the WCHA. We need to SWEEP them this weekend, just like what happened the last time these teams met. If we lose one or both games this weekend, I'm going to be pretty steamed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

UMN Recap; Looking Ahead to MSUM at Home

One point out of the weekend. Considering that we got that one point from the now #1 Gophers, it isn't such a bad deal. We were able to salvage a tie on Saturday and ALMOST won it at the last second. Special thanks to Jay Barriball for missing two WIDE OPEN nets. More thanks to Robby Nolan for playing a great game--a great series--this weekend. Robby made some amazing saves that I haven't seen out of him in like two years. He deserves much kudos for the great job he did this past weekend.
Sunday's game... what a bummer that was. Michigan Tech was outplaying Minnesota in every way. It took two stupid penalties to turn the game around in only an instant. Despite the game being turned around so quickly, the Huskies kept at it. They had SO MANY great opportunities, but Kangas stood tall. In the end, Tech got 38 shots through to Kangas, but Kangas chose that day to have his first career shut out. That jerk.
Tech outplayed the Gophers on Sunday and the Gophers are lucky to have gotten their two points. I am SO PROUD of my team for all of their effort and heart put out there this weekend. We didn't get the results, but I can't be TOO upset with how great they played.
My thoughts on my team--they have the talent, they just need a little more luck to go with that. OH! And how about Johnny Kivisto's CLANKING of the crossbar? Oh man... that was so close. If the net was only a half inch taller, that would've been a goal. So yes, more luck and the ability to finish.
So, this weekend we have the Mavericks at home. Last season, the Mavericks were the only team that Michigan Tech swept at home. Can we repeat the sweep this season? With Zacharias in goal for the Mavs, it's a tall order. Having seen Zacharias play the Sioux earlier this season, he's one tough cookie. And as for the rest of the team, I've only seen them play one game this season, but from what I have seen, their passing is nice... much better than Tech's. This might prove to be a pain this weekend.
And lastly, I just have a few things to say to the players -
1) WIN. I hate driving through the state of Wisconsin all the way to Michigan Tech to see my team lose to a bunch of pansies in purple.... or ANYONE for that matter.
2) STOP taking STUPID penalties! Play SMART! We no longer have Chris Conner playing on our team, so typically good things do not come from us being a man or two short.
...Um, I guess that's all I have for now. I thought I had more, but apparently not.
(Btw, Blogger is being EXTREMELY stupid and not registering my enters... so I made the first couple of words of each paragraphs a different color. Blogger sucks.)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Alright, I've done enough whining, time to face the cold, hard truth. The Huskies just finished taking it right up the ass in Madison, losing 0-6, including five, count 'em, FIVE Badger PP goals. Friday, Tech lost a 2-3 bout in which they tried to sneak back into the game when it was already too late.

Where do we go now? Onward to Minneapolis next weekend, to face a Gopher squad that completed a third period thumping of their own against New Hampshire, winning 6-2. One thing is for sure - play like that next weekend, and the Gophers will have zero problem torching us faster than one of my grandpa's gasoline-soaked bonfires. As I pack my bags, I can only prepare for the worst and hope the Huskies prove me dead wrong.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

UAA Recap; UW Preview

Ok, so I've been slacking a bit this week... and this season. Cut me some slack. That reminds me, I still need to introduce you all to Peter Rohn. That'll come sometime this season.

So.... the UAA series. It seems so long ago now. I remember that we split the series. I also remember that we absolutely BIFFED it on all the minutes of 5-on-3. We've been extremely unsuccessful in that area this season. I can't even begin to tell you how many 5-on-3's for over a period of a minute that we've been given this season. We just can't do anything with it. By the way, "biffed" is one of the most awesome words ever.

The power play was rather successful this weekend (not the 5-on-3, obviously) ... at least more successful than normal for the Huskies. It was just one weekend though. We'll see if that trend continues.

What a recap, eh? Hey, I do what I can around here. Work keeps me busier than school. Oh, and on a side note, I'd just like to say that UAA fans are the most amazing fans that there are.

Now, onto this weekend... I'm looking forward to another fun weekend in the Kohl Center. The Badgers haven't been doing well lately. This is either because they've had a tough schedule or that they're stupid cheeseheads. Maybe a little bit of both. Either way, Michigan Tech needs to at least split this weekend... because taking a game in front of 14,000 angry fans is a VERY beautiful thing. Plus we could always use the WCHA points. Wisconsin doesn't need them.

And lastly... Go Huskies!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Teenage Angst

A wild Friday evening at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, filled with penalties and much whining by the U-18 Team. They supposedly have some of the best talent in junior hockey, but they sure as hell don't have the sportsmanship or class. I guess that's what happens when you put a bunch of prima donnas on the same squad.

Tech started strong out of the gate, picking up an early PP goal off a rebound that was buried by freshman Brett Olson, with assists from Alex Gagne and Deron Cousens.

John Kivisto made it 2-0 early in the second period with an awesome shot from the inside the top half of the left circle. Who knew the guy had it in him? Olson and Geoff Kinrade picked up assists on the play.

RPI recruit Jerry D'Amigo cut Tech's lead in half on a shot that evaded Robinson with just over five minutes left to play in the second, but the Huskies regained the two-goal lead when sophomore Eric Kattelus wristed a bullet over Haxwell's left shoulder. The goal again came on the powerplay, with assists from Drew Dobson and Eli Vlaisavljevich (yes, I looked up the spelling).

The third period scoring began with Gwilliam capping off Tech's scoring, apparently poking in a puck that Haxwell mishandled (my interpretation from what I could see sitting in Section N). That turned out to be the game-winner, when UNH commit Ryan Bourque scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to bring the U-18s within a goal, but not close enough.

Haxwell? He's not just a goaltender, he likes rough play too! He hauled down a Tech player (once again, I didn't see who it was from my end of the ice) and held him there for a good five seconds while the refs stared off into space and didn't call anything. Of course, a makeup call came a bit later on, but still, pretty funny shit. I'm sure Jerry York will approve of such play when he shows up at BC. (/sarcasm)

The game was a penalty-fest, with the high schoolers acting like a bunch of little pussies once they had dug themselves into a big hole, hacking it up all over the ice. Of course, Russell wisely did not allow the Huskies to throw any serious punches (for obvious reasons), though I was pretty sure Ryan Bunger would've been more than happy to rearrange BC commit Kenny Ryan's face, after he jumped on Bunger's back and started cheapshotting him without even taking his own helmet off.


Kids these days...

Anyway, exhibition hockey is finally over with, and next week we're hosting the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves for a pair of WCHA games in Houghton. UAA is 4-1-1 through their first six regular season games, including a 3-1 defeat of Maine, and a 3 pt. weekend at home against the Bulldogs of Duluth. This is shaping up to be a tough Anchorage squad that MTU should not take lightly, like they did last season. Coming out flying and playing a consistent, strong 60 minutes of hockey should be the goal for both nights.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To Our Injured Huskies

Over 20% of the team is out with injuries right now. That's um... that's a lot of guys that we need to be healthy instead of hurt. I wanted to do something special for them... maybe send a card or something, but we all know I'm too lazy for that. So I looked online for 'get well soon' images. As expected, there were teddy bears and balloons, roses and sunshines, other flowers and hearts. Then I found something that would be more likely to appeal to the team and that fits the situation a little better.

Before I get to that, here's a breakdown of the player outages that Michigan Tech is currently experiencing -

  • Schwarz: Up to 8 weeks, depending on how he heals
  • Angelow: Sounds like 2-4 more weeks
  • St. Louis: Not playing this weekend, sounds questionable for UAA
  • Reddick: 6-8 weeks
  • Licktieg: 4-6 months
  • Doriott: 2-4 weeks

(Special thanks to F2B&G for compiling that information since I'm too lazy to)

So to my injured guys, I leave you with this...

No, I don't know why her ass is throbbing, but that's not the issue here. Just listen to her, guys!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Pat, I'd Like To Buy A Goal..."

Make that multiple goals.

This weekend was not the greatest way to start conference play, but it could've been much worse. Indeed, the Huskies were swept by the #3 Colorado College Tigers, 2-0 and 4-2.

On Friday evening, the stellar play of senior goaltender Rob Nolan kept the Huskies alive for most of the game. He stopped 36 of 38 shots, including 18 shots alone in the 2nd period, making several outstanding saves. Unfortunately, the offense gave him absolutely no support after the first 10 minutes of the game, with the Tigers spending a majority of the time in the MTU zone. CC's Scott McCulloch capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway after poking the puck away from Deron Cousens at the blueline and skating it down the ice, deking right and beating Nolan five-hole with a backhand. That goal turned out to be the game winner. Alex Gagne fanned on what was probably the best opportunity all night for the Huskies to beat reigning WCHA Player/Rookie of the Year, CC sophomore goaltender Richard Bachman, taking just one second too long to shoot the puck.

Saturday evening, Tech started out slow, handing the Tigers a goal in the first five minutes of the game and beginning the parade to the sin bin that has become all too familiar with Husky teams as of late. Bachman robbed Ryan Bunger with a diving save on Tech's best offensive chance in the first period. Finally, in the second period, sophomore Jordan Baker got MTU on the board, poking the puck home in the midst of a crease fustercluck, with freshman Alex MacLeod picking up his first collegiate assist after scoring two PP markers last weekend, and sophomore Bennett Royer also grabbing his first assist of the year. Unfortunately, a mistake by the Tech defense early in the third allowed Bill Sweatt to capitalize on a pass from Eric Walsky, skating in behind the defenders and wristing a shot into the top-corner of the net over Nolan's left shoulder. Steve Schultz extended CC's lead to two goals with a PP marker about halfway through the third.

The Huskies called their TO and pulled Nolan with 2:31 to play in regulation. The move paid off when freshman Brett Olson scored his first collegiate goal, firing the puck through traffic and past Bachman with 21 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, CC iced the game with a long-range ENG that slipped into the empty net with about 2 seconds left on the clock, leading to the final score.

Overall, Tech played two tough road games against the pre-season favorite to repeat as WCHA champions. On Friday the offense failed to get anything going, and on Saturday the Tigers' talent simply prevailed. I'm looking forward to the Winter Carnival matchup slated between these two teams here in Houghton. Maybe all it'll take is a little of the Huskies Pep Band and the Misfits to get Bachman to cough up five goals again. ;)

The U-18 kids are in town next weekend, which should be a good exhibition tune-up to help ensure we don't completely embarass ourselves by not sweeping the Seawolves out of the MacInnes the following weekend. It'll also allow time for lingering injuries to do some healing before four straight WCHA series against Anchorage, Wee-sconsin, Arrogance!!1!11, and the Landcows.

Monday, October 13, 2008

"You Can't Always Get What You Want...

...but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need." ~Mick Jagger

First of all, props to Yager for the awesome photo.

So we wanted to sweep this weekend, but of course, we didn't. Red Light Robbie struck again, but thankfully the weekend wasn't a total waste of my time and money.

After Nolan's questionable performance on Friday night, Josh Robinson (or "Robo", as he apparently goes by in the locker room) got the nod on Saturday against the Lakers and notched his first collegiate W with a solid performance that included a few clutch saves to preserve the one-goal victory.

I am proud of this team though. Even after Rob began playing head games with himself right out of the gate, the Huskies in front of him never really gave up and it eventually paid off when they scored the final two goals of the evening; they needed that. They didn't whine about some pussy little finger injury in order to get a break (I'm looking at you Brian Stewart), and only took one penalty the whole night. They delivered big hits, battled hard in the corners, and deserved better than what they got.

A lot of the NMU fans I ran into on Friday were serious douchebags. No, I'm not talking about any of the Puckheads - they're the cool, diehard fans (even if I do hate their team). I'm referring to those drunk bandwagon 'fans' who only show up to rivalry games to antagonize the opposing fanbase and aren't really there to watch hockey. They would do better to stay out of the arena in the future.

Saturday night, Tech went up twice only to give up the tying goals thereafter. They overcame a nasty CFB on Geoff Kinrade towards the end of the second period that drew blood and sent him to the locker room for stitches, head bandages, and a fresh jersey. Kinner insisted on coming out to play the third and still battled out there, playing solid shifts. The Huskies peppered LSSU goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson with shots and finally, with about five minutes remaining in regulation, Jordan Baker banged home a rebound off a quick shorthanded rush led by Drew Dobson and the team never looked back.

With only a few exceptions, the LSSU fans I ran into were classy in spite of their team's loss and the fact that seven guys managed to turn their arena into MacInnes East. Of course, the fact that one particular group of them were relatives of Chris Conner may have had something to do with my impression. ;)

Also, it'd be awesome if there could be a battle of the LSSU band and the Huskies Pep Band sometime in the future, though I'm not sure exactly how it would go down since bands technically aren't allowed to play in opposing hockey arenas anymore, and I doubt the home team would want them there anyway in most cases. That banner above prompted one of their 'tones to come running over and tell us to bring our band next time, and we would have a throwdown. :D

The WCHA schedule gets rolling this weekend with a pair of games against the Tigers out in Colorado Springs. Jamie Russell seems to think the NMU debacle wasn't entirely Nolan's fault, so it's very likely that Robbie will get a chance to redeem himself on Friday evening, squaring off against reigning WCHA Player (and Rookie) of the Year, Richard Bachman. I'm sure the Tigers' offense will put up plenty of shots on the big ice, so if he's up to task, he should be able to get a rythym going. If not, look for Robo between the pipes on Saturday, with a chance for the Huskies to light up CC's backup Drew O'Connell.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A Preview of What's to Come?

Sigh. We lost our exhibition game to Toronto. Embarrassing.

Is this a preview of what's to come?? No. I'm sure Coach Russell was just seeing what a lot of the freshmen are made of. Goaltending was the difference in this game. Nolan turned in a .8125 save percentage for the night while Brownell, Toronto's goalie, was able to manage .976, despite our best efforts to lower that.

The Huskies were also not physical enough. There were a few hits, but not enough. We need someone to step up and act as a Batty. There just wasn't the jump in their skate stride like there should be!

The passing looked pretty sloppy at times. It was definitely frustrating to watch. Luckily it's only the beginning of the season. Luckily that game didn't count. There's some time left yet to get to where we should be.

And our powerplay? Ugh. There really isn't too much good to say about it. There were 2 times of a minute or more of 5 on 3, and we did NOTHING with it.

Hopefully we'll be looking a lot better next weekend. Key to beating NMU: FINISHING. Let's work on finding the back of the net!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Brett Olson

First of all, I'd like to thank Brett Olson for this entry. Without him, this wouldn't be possible. Not only did he answer my questions, but he has unknowingly provided me with a photo of him to use... because for whatever reason, his roster pic isn't up yet.

As usual, we'll get things started off with some words from Coach Russell. Coach thinks Brett "will be an impact player. [He is] already 21 but a late bloomer. Brett has some great leadership qualities."

I for one am very excited to see what Brett has to offer the Huskies, not only this season, but for the following three years also. If he's as good at hockey as he is doing interviews, it's going to be an amazing 4 years!

Position: Center
Last Team: Waterloo (USHL)
Hometown: Superior, WI
Birthday: 2/19/1987
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175 lbs

THB: Was there any other place you had your sites on… like… UMD?
Brett Olson (BO): Yes, there were other places that had been recruiting me. UMD was one of them. My goal was to play in the WCHA, so when the opportunity presented itself I felt that Michigan Tech would be a great fit. [I'm glad you picked us over Daloot. Especially since you were amazing at doing this interview!]

THB: What do you think about Houghton and Michigan Tech so far?
BO: I really like the Houghton area as well as Michigan Tech. The area is pretty similar to my hometown and not too far away. Michigan Tech is a great place to get an education and the campus isn't very big so it's easy to get around and the people are friendly as well as interesting.

THB: What are your expectations of your hockey coaching staff for this season?
BO: My expectations of the coaching staff are very positive. I like what they have done with the program over that last few years. Getting to know them and experience their insight for the game is something I look forward to being apart of. I expect they will push me and help me develop as a person and player.

THB: Do you have an unusual talent or interesting fact about you that you’d be willing to share with the Tech Hockey Blog readers?
BO: I guess I wouldn't say I have an unusual talent but an interesting fact might be that I have a chocolate lab back home and he doesn't play fetch. That's kind of weird, might be interesting.

THB: Did you watch a lot of the 2008 Summer Olympics?
BO: Yes, that's all I had on TV from when it started to the finish. I think it's probably the greatest event in the world and can't wait for the Winter Olympics next.

THB: How is dorm life treating you?
BO: Pretty good, but it's still early.

THB: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
BO: I have no idea. Maybe save it for a rainy day.

THB: What’s your favorite TV show?
BO: Everybody Loves Raymond. [Oh geez. Well at least you didn't say Will and Grace.]

THB: Compare your hometown of Duluth, MN to that of Houghton, MI.
BO: Actually, I'm from Superior, WI which is right across the bridge from Duluth. My hometown is about twice the size of Houghton and you don't have to walk up or downhill everywhere there. The outdoors are very similar and we are right on Lake Superior so there are a few similarities. [Hm. I guess I got some false information before I sent this out. PS, Duluth is way better than Superior. If I had known you were from Superior, I would've asked you another question... pertaining to deer... of the dead type.]

THB: What can you tell me about Mitch’s Misfits?
BO: From what I saw while I was on my visit up here a year ago they seem like a very energetic group and get into the game. It's nice to have fans like that.

THB: Do you ever spontaneously break out into movie quotes?
BO: Yes. [Apparently not Office Space ones though... even when being set up... :P]

THB: What is the greatest number of times in which you have skipped a rock?
BO: Maybe 8. I haven't skipped a rock in a long time.

THB: What team are you most excited about beating this season?
BO: UMD, because it's basically going back to my hometown.

THB: Tell us your feelings on the skating treadmill.
BO: I don't want to talk about the skating treadmill. [Aww... it isn't THAT bad now, is it? You may hate what it does to you, Brett... but the rest of the Tech fans love it.]

THB: What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
BO: Nothing, I have never had a Klondike Bar. [You know, I don't think I've ever had one either... but I would at least do a jumping jack or something for one. It's gotta be worth at least that.]

THB: What are your favorite websites to visit?
BO: YouTube and Hockey websites.

THB: Does the noise and energy level of your home crowd affect the way you play the game?
BO: I definitely think that noise and energy level can create a home-ice advantage and is always great to have on your side, but you have to be prepared to play the game how you play it every night anywhere.

THB: What was the best feeling you’ve ever had while playing hockey?
BO: I have two. Winning the Anderson Cup with my Jr. team the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL and winning the Wisconsin State Hockey Championship twice with my high school. [Um... Brett.. I think that adds up to three...]

THB: Do you like to play video games? If so, which ones?
BO: I'm not really a "gamer" but will play a game or two here and there.

THB: Do any of your other family members play hockey?
BO: Yes, both my younger sister and brother.

THB: Is there anything you’d like to say to all the Michigan Tech fans out there?
BO: I am looking forward to a successful season and excited to get underway. I know we have a very loyal, energetic, and knowledgeable fan base and can't wait to play in front of them. For Mitch's Misfits, don't be afraid to do a little homework on the teams coming in to play us. Find some dirt on the other guys; get into their heads. It can be pretty hilarious when the whole crowd is chirping guys on the other teams.

I've been doing these interviews for three years now... and this may be the best one I've ever gotten back. Thanks again, Brett!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Alex MacLeod

After a little break (and outage of Huskymail), we're now onto Alex MacLeod. I think Alex is this year's smartypants of the incoming class. He's possibly the next Eli Vlaisavljevich.

Coach Russell says that Alex is "a physical player. Nicknamed Mac." So without any further delay, I'll get some facts out there and then the interview!

Position: Wing
Last Team: Camrose (AJHL)
Hometown: Nelson, BC
Birthday: 5/4/87
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210 lbs

THB: What made you decide to want to bring your hockey career to Michigan Tech?
Alex MacLeod (AM): I chose MTU Hockey because it has a great tradition. [It has many great traditions, actually. We're looking to add "winning" back to the list too... Get it done, Mac!]

THB: How’s the college life going for you so far?
AM: I'm enjoying all the new experiences. It is a huge change, but a good one.

THB: Who is your biggest hockey influence?
AM: My Father. Always took me to the 6 AM practices and always pushed me to be my best. [It seems this year's incoming class have a bunch of great dads!]

THB: Are you any good at patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time?
AM: Simply horrendous. [It's okay... as long as you're good at other stuff on the ice.]

THB: Name one reason why you chose Michigan Tech over a school that was your second choice.
AM: MY other choices were all in the IVY league. I really didn't want to re-write the SAT's when I could come to a fantastic school and play for a great coach and school. [So it boils down to laziness? Fair enough. :)]

THB: What’s your favorite smell?
AM: WINNING!!! The smell in the air after winning is absolutely priceless... [I've never noticed the smell of winning. I'll pay attention to that this year.]

THB: Are you a good dancer?
AM: Do you know Chris Brown?? [This guy? Actually, no. Not until today.]

THB: Do you ever spontaneously break out into movie quotes?
AM: Anchorman occasionally, but Happy Gilmore all the time. [Fine choices indeed.]

THB: Who is your roommate this year?
AM: Bryce Reddick.

THB: How do you like the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena?
AM: UNREAL. I LOVE the Facilities we get to use day in and day out. I can't wait to see the place packed and Misfits bumpin'... [I'm a fan of that answer.]

THB: Can you name the only student section in Division I college hockey with their own gong?
AM: THE MISFITS??? [You're a freakin' genius!! Watch out, Eli! You may have some competition!!]

THB: Would you ever skydive?
AM: HELL YES. [You're a freakin'... crazy person! Insane.]

THB: What’s your major?
AM: Environmental Engineering.

THB: Tell me about one hockey-related goal that you have for yourself this season.
AM: I wanna be a regular player in the line-up. and lead the team in hits.

THB: Pick any of your fellow teammates. Give me one fact about them.
AM: Mikael Licktieg - Great tight turns. [I'll be watching for that this year!]

THB: What sub do you get at Subway?
AM: Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

THB: What is your least favorite NHL team?
AM: The Detroit Red Wings. [This is unfortunate. I love the hate though, so it's okay.]

THB: How do you mentally prepare yourself before a hockey game?
AM: I have a nap. I play Super Mario Brothers to get my hands going.

THB: How many WPM can you type?
AM: Probably about 2000. [Wow, Alex... that's uh... impressive!]

THB: Tell me how a home crowd can affect your game play.
AM: A home crowd pumps me up like no other. It gets all my juices going and I just go out there and I'm ready to fly.

THB: What would you like to say to all of the Michigan Tech fans out there?
AM: Let's make it happen!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Mikael Lickteig

Alright... it's on to Mikael Lickteig now. On Mikael, Coach Russell says that he's "a late addition to this recruiting class as Rohn's status was unclear." Crap, that reminds me... I still need to send Peter Rohn a survey. Doh!

Let's just focus on Mikael for now. He gave me an awesome interview... even though I interrogated him for an embarrassing past. I was probably the roughest on him of all the freshmen. He handled it well though.

Position: Forward
Last Team: Alexandria (NAHL)
Hometown: Little Falls, MN
Birthday: 5/4/87
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185 lbs

THB: What is your favorite type of pie?
Mikael Lickteig (ML): Strawberry.

THB: How long do you think you could last on the skating treadmill at a 10% incline going 7.5 MPH?
ML: Umm... a minute and thirty seconds.

THB: Did you enjoy playing Blueline Club’s Moonball Golf? Tell me about the three people you were assigned to.
ML: Yeah it was a lot of fun! Ross, Joel, and Scott were very cool to play with and pretty good golfers. They carried our team for sure. [Sure they did. I bet it was just Scott that carried the entire team. Joel and Ross didn't do crap!]

THB: What is the greatest number of times in which you have skipped a rock?
ML: I am going to say 12.

THB: What’s your favorite TV channel, not including ESPN?
ML: NHL Network or Comedy Central. [Very good choices. I should've figured NHL Network.]

THB: Of this year’s incoming class, who do you think will be the last one to return their survey to me all filled out?
ML: Ricky Dorriot. [Heh, well... surprisingly, Ricky was the first one to have his survey in. The last one: Mr. Olson. :) ]

THB: Specifically what part of this upcoming hockey season are you most looking forward to?
ML: Stepping out on to the ice in front of a packed crowd and hearing the band play.

THB: What Michigan Tech jersey is your favorite – the white, black or gold one?
ML: Gold.

THB: Who are you rooming with this year?
ML: Corson Cramer.

THB: What team are you most excited about beating this season?
ML: Easily the Gophers since I am a Minnesota boy, but St. Cloud State is a close second.

THB: How is the babe situation at Michigan Tech?
ML: Outlook for me is not looking to good as of now. [Don't worry, Mikael... that'll change soon I bet... :P]

THB: What’s your favorite card game?
ML: Omaha Hi/Lo. [We should play sometime. I can take all your money! Um... I mean... I've only played once or twice and I always lose...]

THB: How do you like your steak?
ML: Medium well.

THB: What is your fascination with Minnesota State University, Mankato? And by that, I mean… if you go to this site: and look along the right side at your player card. You might want to start explaining that…
ML: I honestly haven't looked at that in over a year and a half and impressed you found it. I have no idea why it says they are a favorite college of mine beside maybe they showed interest in me when I was still in high school. P.S. I deleted that profile now. [Alright... It's obviously gone now, but there was a player card on the side. One of the things it had on there was a place for Mikael to list his favorite teams. He listed MSUM, but NOT Michigan Tech. I obviously have to grill him for that.]

THB: Did that last question make you break out into a sweat at all?
ML: Actually yes a little...But I couldn't ask for a better fit than coming here to Michigan Tech. [Good... you're starting to recover your reputation. I think we should give him a second chance, Tech fans.]

THB: Let’s allow you a fresh start, shall we? I’ll ask you that question again. What are Mikael’s favorite colleges? (Feel free to answer with only one college if you’d like.)
ML: Michigan Tech of course!

THB: What has been your favorite lunch/dinner so far in the dorms?
ML: Chicken quesadillas. [Mmm! Those are good. Be sure to try the chili crispitos. Those are the BEST! Or Husky Melts. I miss dorm food!!]

THB: If you’re not lifting weights, skating or doing school work, what are
you probably doing?
ML: Hanging out with the guys or playing some NHL '09.

THB: Tell me about your best moment so far in your college career.
ML: Throwing on the Michigan Tech sweater for the first time for the team photo. We looked good! [Oh Mikael... your answers make me very happy. And the team photo better look good! I'm buying one from the Blueline Club!]

THB: Besides answering my questions, what is something that really annoys you?
ML: Waking up early. [I couldn't agree more.]

THB: Mikael, there are a ton of Michigan Tech fans out there… What would you like to say to all of them?
ML: Get ready for a great season as we have a good mix of players this year that are going to be making some noise in the WCHA and the rest of college hockey.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Seth Soley

Man have I been busy! Someone should start paying me for writing the THB. Drop me an email if you're interested. :)

But for now, I'd like everyone to get familiar with Seth Soley. Coach Russell says Seth is, "a true freshman. A big hunter and fisherman." If you ask me, Seth is just just a cool guy.. or at least seems like it (even though he's from Wisconsin). You decide for yourself!

Position: W
Last Team: Omaha (USHL)
Hometown: Elk Mound, WI
Birthday: 12/21/89
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs

THB: Why did you choose to come to Michigan Tech?
Seth Soley (SS): Because I really liked the coaches and thought I would get the most from Tech. [You are wise.]

THB: Are you proud to be from Wisconsin?
SS: Absolutely. Born and raised. [What is it with you people from Wisconsin and being so proud about it? That's just silly.]

THB: What did you think of running up and down Mont Ripley?
SS: I hated it. My legs were burning the entire time. [Have you been formally introduced with the skating treadmill yet?]

THB: Have you been checking out Michigan Tech football games?
SS: Just one but I liked what I saw. [You're a fan of the tight football pants too, eh? Can't say I blame ya! I kid, I kid.]

THB: Who is your biggest hockey influence?
SS: My father.

THB: Name at least one sport you’re not a fan of and tell me why.
SS: Basketball because I suck at it. [Well I'm glad you didn't answer this question with "hockey." I agree though... basketball does suck.]

THB: What’s your favorite fruit?
SS: Bananas. [Thanks for saying a fruit that I've heard of!]

THB: Name as many words as you can that rhyme with “best.”
SS: Test, pest, chest... [No "breast"?! Seriously? You were thinking it... just didn't want to type it. Fest... blessed... c'est --er, wait..]

THB: What is your favorite class so far in your college career… or at least the one you dislike the least?
SS: Favorite class is my perspectives class on leadership. [I'm sensing a future Michigan Tech Hockey captain in the making!]

THB: What is your personal goal in college hockey this season?
SS: To play in every game.

THB: What type(s) of music do enjoy listening to?
SS: everything!

THB: What road trip are you most looking forward to this season and why?
SS: Colorado because it’s beautiful there. [I agree... Colorado is beautiful. Has anyone informed you yet though that you'll be going to ANCHORAGE?]

THB: Which Husky veteran have you found to have the best sense of humor so far?
SS: Eli Vlaisavljevich. [Good call. He's a great guy for sure.]

THB: Are you ready for a Houghton winter?
SS: Oh yea, bring it on! [Ooh... now you're sounding cocky.

THB: How are you going to balance hockey practice, away games, home games AND being a student at Michigan Tech?
SS: Lots of study and rest to do my best. [Ha! I got you into that whole rhyming thing, didn't I? And good luck with balancing all that. It was tough for me just to balance being a student and a hockey fan at the same time.]

THB: Do you or have you ever read the Tech Hockey Blog?
SS: No I have not. [Good. Don't waste your time. It's a crappy site.]

THB: Describe your greatest hockey moment so far in your hockey career.
SS: Winning the Anderson and Clark cups in juniors.

THB: Do you always look both ways before crossing the road?
SS: Yes I do. [One of your fellow freshman Husky hockey players--I won't say who--but one of them could use your guidance!]

THB: Who is your favorite active NHL player?
SS: Sean Avery.

THB: How does the energy and noise level of your home crowd affect your game?
SS: It gets me really into the game if they are loud. [Well, prepare to be really OUT of the game when you visit Minnesota. I think most of those fans nap while at the game.]

THB: Is there anything you’d like to say to all the Michigan Tech fans out there?
SS: Let’s go get a championship!
[Er, I think that's something you should be saying to your teammates....]

Thanks for answering my questions, Seth!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Ricky Doriott

Yeah so... I took two days off instead of one. Oh well! I'll get back with the program now, then I should study for my FE exam.

Ah, Ricky, Ricky, Ricky. Tech fans, here's a guy to watch this season. Michigan Tech is going to transform him into quite the athlete. When asked about Ricky, Coach Russell said, "the conditioning of the athletes at this level was quite a shock for Ricky." Hmm. Well, here goes the usual:

Position: Defense
Last Team: N. Iowa (NAHL)/S. City (USHL)
Hometown: Blaine, MN
Birthday: 10/2/87
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 225 lbs

Tech Hockey Blog (THB): So Ricky, what is your secret to being so tall? Do you have advice for people, such as myself, who strive to one day be 5’4” and beyond?
Ricky Doriott (RD): Um, I don’t know what my secret is. It’s probably because I have tall parents. They are both above 6 feet. And some advice is to get on a stretcher. [I'll keep that in mind....]

THB: Are you a fighter, not a lover, on the ice?
RD: Um I am both. I love to smile all the time because it really upsets the other team. And then I like to get mad and I would love to fight… but I don’t know if Coach would be too happy unless we are playing Northern. [Well I think we know what to expect this year against NMU. If you really want to make them mad, skate within about 2' feet of that pansy Brian Stewart. He'll flop all over the ice as if he got hit by a train, then all hell will break lose. Be ready to rock!]

THB: What do you think of Houghton and Michigan Tech so far?
RD: It’s a lot different from what I’m use to but I like it a lot so far.

THB: What is your personal goal on the ice this season?
RD: I would like to play a lot and whoop the Gophers. [We all want that too.]

THB: How do you think the WCHA will compare to the NAHL?
RD: It will be a lot faster and a lot better competition and it will be intense. [Sounds about right... as you're starting to see already.]

THB: What size skate do you wear?
RD: 9 and ¾.

THB: Do you look both ways before crossing the road?
RD: Never. I just kind of walk on out and hope I don’t get hit. [That's one way to do it...]

THB: Are the Fighting Sioux really hostile and abusive?
RD: I don’t know yet… [Let me assure you that they are.]

THB: What can you tell me about Mitch’s Misfits?
RD: They sound really supportive and like a good group of people who can help us get into other teams’ heads. [You should teach Bryce all about this group. Seems like you have a good handle on your knowledge of them.]

THB: If Coach Russell and Chuck Norris got into a boxing match, in how many rounds would Coach Russell win?
RD: 1st round TKO. [No arguments there.]

THB: What’s your favorite class so far at Michigan Tech?
RD: Probably my social studies class because I love history.

THB: Can you juggle?
RD: No way.

THB: Do you take requests for people to beat up on the opposing teams?
RD: Yeah, I guess I could do that. [I will DEFINITELY be keeping you in mind this season.]

THB: How do you feel when you stand next to Jordan Baker?
RD: Very tall but he’s really tough so it evens out. [That's for sure. No offense, Ricky, but I bet Jordan could take you...]

THB: Tell me exactly how you feel about Northern Michigan University.
RD: I hate them already. [Excellent answer.]

THB: Do you sing in the shower?
RD: Not usually. [Lies!]

THB: Do you find Sarah Palin to be attractive?
RD: Don’t know her. [Umm... click here and get back to me on that.]

THB: Which road trip are you most excited about this upcoming season?
RD: Definitely Minnesota. [I'm looking forward to that one myself. It's the least amount of travel for me all season and I'll be hosting a swarm of Misfits.]

THB: How does the energy level and noise of a crowd affect your play on the ice?
RD: A lot. It helps you get pumped up and get mean. [Well I hope the Tech fans contribute a lot to your pumped-upness and meanness this season. They should.]

THB: Is there anything you’d like to tell all of the Michigan Tech fans out there?
RD: Be loud and get in the other teams’ heads.

Thanks, Ricky, for answering the questions for all of us!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Bryce Reddick

Next on the hot seat, freshman Bryce Reddick, son of this guy. Bryce has some hockey blood in him for sure. This year, he's hoping to keep it in him and do some good for Michigan Tech.

Coach Russell only had a couple of things to say on Bryce: "A true freshman. Not allowed to wear white skates here..." What the hell does that mean?! Must be a total inside thing. I'll get the THB Investigation Crew on the case. Hopefully they'll have a report for you later on that. (F2B&G: That's you.)

So without any further delay, I present to you... Bryce Reddick!


Position: Wing
Last Team: Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Birthday: 8/5/89
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs

Tech Hockey Blog (THB): So you were born in Manitoba, but then moved to Nevada? How old were you when you moved?
Bryce Reddick (BR [not to be confused with Bennett Royer]): I actually lived in many different places because my dad played in the NHL. Las Vegas used to be just our summer home so I can’t remember how old I was when we moved there full time. [I should probably do more thinking/research before I ask questions. Oh well. Made you talk lots! Ha! It was all a part of my plan.]

THB: Who inspired you to play hockey?
BR: My dad. [Somehow, this makes complete sense.]

THB: What made you want to come to Michigan Tech to spend your college hockey career?
BR: Well I lived in Michigan when I was younger and I wanted to come to a smaller school and I wanted to play for a school in the WCHA. [In Michigan, smaller school AND the in the WCHA? There can only be one! Thank god we're in the WCHA... That's our recruiting gold.]

THB: Were there any other places that you were looking at?
BR: Alaska-Anchorage and Duluth. [We're glad you chose Tech!]

THB: Are you proficient in the area of rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time?
BR: Haha, I have no idea. [Translation: he's terrible at it but doesn't want to admit it!]

THB: What is your favorite form of precipitation?
BR: I prefer just the sun. [You're going to be hating life here really soon. I hope you like the color gray...]

THB: What do you want to accomplish on the ice this season?
BR: To be in the lineup every game and help the team win anyway I can. [I approve!]

THB: How do you like the new seats in the MacInnes?
BR: I think they look really sharp.

THB: Which one of the veteran guys on the team will be your main mentor?
BR: Either Bennett Royer, Justin St. Louis, Geoff Kinrade or Jordan Baker. [All great role models!]

THB: Who is your favorite comedian?
BR: Will Ferrell.

THB: After being asked question number 5, did you try rubbing your tummy at patting your head at the same time? If not, did you think about doing it?
BR: Haha, no. [I still think you're avoiding it because you know you're bad at it.]

THB: If given the chance to skydive, would you do it?
BR: Nope. [Good. You're fairly sane.]

THB: What is your favorite part of Houghton/Michigan Tech?
BR: The small town.

THB: What do you think about the behind-the-scenes facilities at Michigan Tech, such as the locker room, skating treadmill, etc.?
BR: I think it’s unreal. [Oh, it's real, Bryce. You better believe it!]

THB: Besides answering my questions, what is something that really annoys you?
BR: People telling me I did something when I didn’t. [Or saying that you suck at patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time when you don't? Point taken. I'll be nice now.]

THB: Can you tell me anything about “Mitch’s Misfits?”
BR: Can’t say I can. [Oh man... What am I going to do with you, Bryce? You better be just being lazy... There is NO WAY you can't tell me SOMETHING, ANYTHING about Mitch's Misfits!]

THB: Where is your favorite place to be?
BR: Las Vegas because of the weather.

THB: If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?
BR: Nope.

THB: How much does the noise and energy level of a crowd impact your game play?
BR: I love it. The louder it gets the harder I want to go.

THB: Describe at least one experience that you’ve at so far at Michigan Tech that is unlike anything else in your life.
BR: Living in the dorms, haha.

THB: What would you like to tell all the Michigan Tech fans out there?
BR: It’s gonna be a great season, so come to as many games as possible!

Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions, Bryce! And do your research on Mitch's Misfits! Here's a link to help get you started: :)

And for tomorrow's Meet Your Freshmen 2008... I don't know yet who I'm going to pick. I'll probably take a day off.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Corson Cramer

Moving on in our Tour de Freshmen, we come to the other new guy who'll be fighting for time between the pipes, Corson Cramer.

According to Coach Russell, Corson is "the first player every to hail from Colorado and play at Tech." How about that! Michigan Tech recruiting is slowly taking over not only Canada, but the US, state by state. As usual, some facts on new guy, then the interview -

Position: Goalie
Last Team: Ohio (USHL)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Birthday: 10/15/88
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs

THB: Do you have any family ties to Michigan Tech?
Corson Cramer (CC): No.

THB: What is your favorite fruit?

CC: Lilikoi. [Who now?? Typical goalie... can't be normal!]

THB: What is your personal goal for this season?
CC: To gain experience and learn. [Good. I can promise you that you will make your goal this season.]

THB: What’s your favorite NHL team?
CC: Philadelphia Flyers. [I bet Michael-Lee Teslak would agree. Most likely.]

THB: Besides you, who is the coolest guy on the team?
CC: Rob Nolan. [I doubt that! I think there's some goalie bias going on here...]

THB: Can you rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time?
CC: Yes.

THB: Name a sport you dislike and tell me why.
CC: None; I appreciate most sports. [Even BASKETBALL?! Puh!]

THB: What size skate do you wear?
CC: 9 EE.

THB: Tell me what you think of Strength and Conditioning Coach Kyle Bangen.
CC: Kyle is a great trainer and pushes us hard.

THB: Do you think you could beat Coach Russell at a game of golf?
CC: No. [Come on, Corson! Where's your confidence at? I hope you have some this season on the ice! I think that's somewhat important for a goalie...]

THB: How did the camping trip go?
CC: It was fun. [Ok... we can leave it at that... Don't worry about sharing any details or random moments or anything... :P]

THB: Tell me how much you’re looking forward to this season.
CC: I am so excited for this upcoming season to start!

THB: What’s your favorite cartoon?
CC: Family Guy. [You have good taste. That's what I'm watching as I'm getting this thing published.]

THB: Which road trips are you most looking forward to?
CC: Colorado College and Denver University.

THB: Have you gotten to experience the atmosphere at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena before? If so, what did you think of it? If not, what are you expecting?
CC: No, I can't wait. [You won't be disappointed.]

THB: Tell me your feelings on Northern Michigan University.
CC: I want to beat them. [With what? I bet baseball bats work well.]

THB: Is that gold or yellow on the Michigan Tech jerseys?
CC: Gold. [Good. Just making sure!]

THB: What is or would be the perfect warm-up song to get you ready for competition?
CC: Everlong by the Foo Fighters. [Dear Ian Marks: please take note of this and get that song on the warm-up playlist. Thanks.]

THB: What is the greatest number of consecutive hours in which you have slept?

CC: 14 hours.

THB: Do the noise and energy levels of your home crowd really affect your game play?
CC: Yes. [Dear Michigan Tech Huskies fans: TAKE NOTE!!!]

THB: Is there anything that you’d like to say to all of the Michigan Tech fans out there?
CC: Come watch us play!

Right on. Thanks for answering questions for us, Corson!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Meet Your Freshmen 2008: Josh Robinson

It's just about hockey time! And like every year, the Tech Hockey Blog needs to introduce everyone to the newest Huskies. We're going to kick things off with Josh Robinson this year.

When I asked Coach Russell about Josh, he says that Josh is "a true freshman. [He] will push Robby for playing time."

Here is some basic info about Josh, then Q&A! [My comments are italicized and in square brackets like this!]

Position: Goalie
Last Team: Sioux City (USHL)
Hometown: Frankenmuth, MI
Birthday: 12/1/89
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175 lbs

THB: So, born in Wisconsin, I see… When did you make the move to the better state?
Josh Robinson (JR): I moved to Frankenmuth when I was around 3 years old.

THB: Are you a Wolverines or Spartans guy?
JR: My mom is an alumna at State so I am a Spartan fan. [Boo! Go Wolverines! :P]

THB: Why did you want to come to Michigan Tech?
JR: The reputation of the school and the hockey program. [Sure it wasn't for the girls?]

THB: What is your favorite NHL team?
JR: The Wings. [Good call!]

THB: What about least favorite NHL team?
JR: New Jersey Devils. [Another good call.]

THB: Are you any good at dancing?
JR: Absolutely not. [I bet you'll be doing a lot of that this year...]

THB: What is your favorite form of precipitation?
JR: Hail. [Hope you like snow too!]

THB: What is the worst hockey injury you’ve had?
JR: High ankle sprain [Ouch...]

THB: Do you have much experience with skating treadmills?
JR: I've used it once. [Hehe... you'll get plenty of experience with it in the upcoming weeks... and next four years.]

THB: How much does the crowd noise and energy affect your on-ice play?
JR: It pumps me up and keeps me in the game.

THB: What road trip are you most looking forward to this series?
JR: The Northern/Lake State trip.

THB: Which game this season will feel the best to win?
JR: The Final Five championship game / national championship game. [THAT is a FANTASTIC answer!! Now make it happen, Josh!]

THB: Besides answering my questions, what is something that really annoys you?
JR: Stupidness. [You must be annoyed a lot! There's a lot of that going on...]

THB: Do you believe that the North Dakota Fighting Sioux are hostile and abusive?
JR: No. [Well they are... and their fans suck too. Ha!]

THB: Will you be playing against any former teammates this season? Who and where do they play now?
JR: Yes, Matt Crandell, Michigan State; Anthony Mianai, Denver; Travis Oleksuk, Duluth; Ben Kinne, Bemidji, Joe Miller, Minnesota; Andrew Rowe, Dustin Gazley, Michigan State.... and more... [Too many Michigan State people!]

THB: What kind of music do you like?

JR: Anything but rap.

THB: Share an embarrassing moment you had in the past with the Tech Hockey Blog readers.
JR: I once lost my swimming trunks while tubing. [Nice! I hope you found them eventually.... or not.]

THB: Do you or have you read the Tech Hockey Blog?
JR: Yes. [Wow! That brings up my readers to a total of like 16 now! Excellent! And... note to self: Don't say anything bad about Josh Robinson.]

THB: What’s your golf handicap?
JR: Like 17ish.

THB: What would you like to tell all of the Michigan Tech fans out there?
JR: Texas $
[I couldn't have said it better myself, Josh!]