Ahh mi scusi, mi scusi!
Our move got pushed up a week, so with packing and whatnot, I've had no time to think about hockey, let alone recap the wins from the past weekend.
I did manage to take in Friday night's game at Yost, and it was so good to be back in that old barn. There was a chant in the third period that a group of students were doing that kept ending in "You just suck", but it wasn't the goalie-->sieve-->funnel-->vacuum chant. Someone out there has to know. I was amused, even if I couldn't hear what was being said. I was a big fan of the "Bork, Bork, Bork" sign to go with the Swedish flags.
I'm not going to have a chance to watch Saturday night's game. Our TV is getting moved tomorrow and we're swapping out our Dish Network receivers on Saturday, so my copy of it will be going bye bye. I've heard the officiating was horrendous (shocking). And I heard it from someone who is normally really level-headed about that type of thing. I guess Omaha fans have a beef about our GWG, and Michigan fans have a beef about the constant 5 on 3s against them. I didn't see either for myself.
Really nice to see everyone chipping in offensively. Rust's line was just fantastic Friday night, Glendening has been lighting the lamp like crazy, Lebler, Czarnik...even Burlon from back on the blueline. It's a very good sign heading into the postseason. Now we just gotta get Louie putting the puck in the net again.
I was happy to find out that Hogan had the flu Friday night because that was as bad as he's ever looked between the pipes. He was dropping rebounds that he usually smothers, he gave up a goal after turning the puck over, another goal was terrible though I can't recall what happened. But it sounds like he's got a legit excuse. It was great to see Billy Sauer get another shot in net at Yost, and it was nice to hear the fans give him a well-deserved ovation. He may end up with one of the strangest legacies of any player to come through our program, but I have to respect anyone who has fought through as much adversity as Sauer has fought through in his career. I've criticized him more than my fair share, but I'll wish that kid nothing but the best going forward. He's been really mature about this season, and it can't be easy for him.
Mitera more than likely won't play this weekend but it sounds as if he could potentially go next weekend against FSU. Talk about a boost, getting your best player back for the stretch run.
That's all I've got. No 10 Things this week, due to a lack of time. We're 5 points ahead of OSU with 4 games to play. So a split means they can't catch us. We've locked up a bye in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs. OSU is in a fierce battle with Alaska for the final bye. Alaska is one point ahead, but they've got just two games remaining. OSU has four, but they're against Michigan and Miami. They badly need points if they want to avoid playing in the first round. They're 11-9-4-3 in CCHA play and have 72 goals for and 70 against.
After winning 11 games in a row, they've gone 2-4-3 (not counting shootouts) over their past nine.
Sophomore Dustin Carlson has gone most of the way in net, with a 16-7-3 record, a 2.26 goals against and a .924 save percentage. Joe Palmer has fallen off the face of the Earth, and I officially apologize to Ken Holland for ripping him for drafting Daniel Larsson instead. If I haven't already. Zac Dalpe leads in goals with 13 and John Albert leads in points with 33.
Tomorrow's game is on the Big Ten Network and Saturday's will air on CBS College Sports. I'm not sure what I'll be doing in terms of coverage. I may be able to Slingbox tomorrow's game if I'm not too busy moving stuff. Saturday's game will depend on if my satellite dish gets installed without a hitch. I love Dish Network, but they're majorly on my poop-list right now, so I'm not counting on it.