Since our Dish Network installation was an epic fail, I didn't get to see any of the game tonight. I returned from moving boxes just in time to fire up Slingbox and see a grainy shot of the game-winning goal. My immediate reaction was, "Wow. He totally kicked that in." Keep in mind, this is seeing a replay for a split-second on a grainy picture. The text message I got immediately after confirmed it. The thread at The Wolverine was further confirmation.
And yet somehow Langseth managed to stuff it up again. For the second time in about a month, Michigan lost a hockey game 3-2 when they had a goal waived off due to a premature whistle, and the opponent had a kicked-in goal allowed. That's pretty impressive, Pio.
This really is the worst replay system ever. I didn't think it was possible, but it seems like CCHA refs get replay rulings correct less frequently than their Big Ten Football counterparts. They're handicapped by the fact that they aren't allowed to use all the angles at their disposal, but how do you keep missing the puck getting kicked in in the first place?
That's all I saw of the game. I guess the defense had some major lapses and Hogie gave up some soft rebounds. Failing to score on a 2-minute 5-on-3 probably didn't help matters either.
So in splitting with OSU, we lose the ability to control our own destiny for second place heading into the final weekend of the season. Miami got another shootout point (awesome), so they're two ahead with two games to play. Without looking into the numbers, we still seem to be in really good shape to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
At some point, I'll actually be able to start seeing games again...