Friday, February 22, 2008
THE COLDEST OF ALL WARS!
Meeeeeeechigan versus Michigan State.
You know i had to do it.
Last month around this time Michigan lost three out of four points to the Michigan State Spartans in a hard fought down and dirty hockey rivalry series. Both teams would get lucky that they came away with points. Michigan State got the lone goal of the Friday game on a shot that bounced off of Mark Mitera's stick for the Spartans first win at Yost in four years, and i'm still mad about it. Fortunately for the Wolverines, the Spartans would return Mitera's favor as one of their defensemen batted the puck into his own net with his HAND! That game would end in a 2-2 tie.
Since then Michigan tied Northern twice, whereas MSU has gone 3-3 with losses coming against UNO and a sweep by Northern. Michigan is coming off a very high note compared to State. They took three out of four against Miami. Both teams however are currently coming off of sweeps of CCHA bottom feeders in Lake Superior State and Western Michigan.
There are two major psychological advantages for Michigan going into this game. The first is the revenge factor; Michigan doesn't like to lose at home when they do it really pisses them off (pardon my french). The Wolverines are the number 1 team in the nation and the only team they've played so far this year that they haven't beaten is MSU their biggest rival. Secondly, the Wolverines are two points away from their first CCHA regular season title since 2005, i know that it hasn't been a long time for the team necessarily, but with the considerably low expectation level the media gave them at the beginning of the year due to the departures of T.J. Hensick, Jack Johnson, Andrew Cogliano and Matt Hunwick. Michigan's relative youth compared to the other CCHA elite teams is a big motivator when it comes to playing them. The fact that no one knew what level the large freshmen class would be at has proven to be a pleasant surprise for those in A2.
Michigan needs only two point against this Michigan State team, and i think they'll get at least two. If that's all they get, i'm hoping that it's at the Joe on saturday, because me and my mom will be there cheering on the maize and blue and doing our favorite dance. The moose.
P.S. i don't have any of the youtube videos saved to my computer unfortunately, please just click the links.