More notes on Michigan’s disappointing 5-2 loss to the Falcons:
--In his return, Jack Johnson was on the ice for 4 of BGSU’s goals, and both of Michigan’s.
--Matt Hunwick took 3 penalties. All of them resulted in PPGs for the Falcons, including two that put the game out of reach after Michigan had made it 3-1. I’ve heard from a couple of different people that he was benched for much of the third period. Not really what you want to see out of one of your captains. That’s very Scott Matzka.
--Michigan gave up 3 short-handed breakaways during the game. This has been a disturbing trend for a team that coming into the weekend had given up 6 SHGs in their last 12 games. The goalies stopped all three, but the coaches can’t be happy about that, even if they were pinching more than usual due to the score.
--Bowling Green tallied 49 shots on goal. It’s very possible that the scoring staff at BGSU was more generous with the shot totals than most rinks, but 49 is still waaay too many to be giving up. Our defense has been comically bad for the last 2 months or so.
--I’ve also heard that the coaches may finally be coming around to the idea of splitting up Jack Johnson and Matt Hunwick. The duo was on the ice for the first goal, and a bad pinch led to an odd-man rush and a goal. On the second goal, they were out there again and Michigan had (guess what??) a turnover in their own end.
--The last time Michigan lost 4 consecutive road games? The last year we didn’t make the tournament. Nice omen.
--On the bright side, Chad Kolarik is still rolling. He has 4 multi-point games in his last six and has tallied 9 points in that time.
We’re just playing stupid, stupid hockey right now. 14-9-1 (9-6-1) is not a record I expect out of a Michigan hockey team. With 2 more against Sparty this week (who we haven’t beaten in 5 tries), that .500 mark in conference could be getting closer and closer. I still haven’t given up on this season. Two years ago, Denver finished 5th in the WCHA and lost in the first round of their conference tournament. We have the talent to make a run, they just have to get back to playing like they were at the start of the season. All it takes is getting hot for 4 games. It’s doable.