Michigan Hockey: Penn State at Michigan — Game 1 Recap
Bill Trainor and I talked after the game, and frankly he agreed. He said it best: Talent that isn’t working hard will get beat by a team of hard working players every time.
Penn State has nothing to lose and came in to Yost as if they played there all the time.
We didn’t match their intensity and once we got the lead, they increased theirs and we sat back.
First goal: Defensive mix-up and a lazy back check by Guptill.
Second goal: The PP goal was a case where Nagelvoort left a space on the short side post. It was a good shot, and the coverage wasn’t bad. The shorthanded goal was Guptill’s screw-up, he completely gave up on the player once he got stripped. He re-deemed himself with the go ahead goal, but for crise-sakes, two minutes left and they got bottled up in their own end because their senior d-men (Clare and Bennett) blindly reversed passes that got intercepted, then neither could clear when they had the chance. It was inexcusable to have a guy take a shot, unblocked, too.
Then in OT, they went for broke, turned it over (Bennett again) and got burned.
Tonight, one of two things will happen:
They’ll come out mad as a hornet and blow PSU out, or let this team hang around all game and get beat again.
I’m not going to make excuses, but having two regulars out of the lineup didn’t help the blue line. From the looks of it, Kevin Lohan wasn’t as sharp as he was before his injury, but it was good to see him out there. He gave the puck away a few times, but also started the play the resulted in the 3rd goal. Mike Chiasson is not in the lineup much, and we can see why. His defensive play is terrible.
Oh, and BTW … PSU played without two of their better d-men. They had two forwards playing defense. Talk about a joke.
It was also good to see Boo Nieves score. He has been snake-bit all season and was one of the better forwards last night.
Penn State and Michigan go at it again tonight.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — YostMeister
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