December 14th, 2011
by goon

Here is the video from the third period of the Minnesota and MTU game. The Tech Hockey Guide has a good break down of the events and what happened Saturday Night.

There is two sides of every story and all week long we have heard how the Tech Huskies were the ones that were to blame but it sounds like after a spirited weekend of hockey the emotions of both teams took over.

Stephen Anderson , The Daily Mining Gazette — In a game that already had a major contact to the head penalty, five-minute high sticking call and a 10-minute misconduct, Tech defenseman Carl Nielsen exchanged blows with Minnesota’s Seth Helgeson, followed shortly after by a heated verbal exchange between Muckalt and Minnesota’s coaching staff.

“I’d prefer not to really discuss it. I got my point across,” Muckalt said, as evidenced by the video footage on USCHO.com’s WCHA blog (bit.ly/ubnW4p).

“Hockey is a passionate emotional game, and as coaches we stand up for our players and support our players. We’re proud of our players and really that’s all there is to it,” he added.

When asked whether it was something unsportsmanlike that Minnesota did to spur the exchange, Muckalt said, “That would be a safe bet, but at the end of the day, that’s in the past.”

What does this mean going forward? It means that every game is going to be contested and there are not give me’s in the WCHA this season. There aren’t going to be any breeze game against the bottom rung teams. You will not just be able to pencil in wins before the series have begun.

I haven’t seen this much parity in the league from 1-10 spots in a very long time and don’t expect it change this season. The second half of the season is going to be a war and the Gophers and Dogs can expect it from here on out.

I am not sure what it is but whatever reason the Denver Post Writers do not like Brad Malone, we get it, you don’t like him. I also am sure that the coaching staff will have a talk with Brad Malone about his performance in practice if he isn’t going 100 percent. My next question is; what’s the point of this blog post? Maybe I am missing something? This the same guy [Adrian Dater] that maligned Cal Clutterbuck, so maybe I am expecting to much from this guy.

In the video I see other players lagging as well. I just find it puzzling that there are 23+ guys at the Avalanche practice and the Denver Post happens to call out Malone.

A couple of things: Sacco stood there and watched everyone pretty closely it seemed like. The guys who lagged behind probably didn’t help themselves – and rookie Brad Malone was one. He was totally gassed and seemed to take his sweet time getting back to the end line after Sacco gave everyone a brief break. The rest of the team was there at the end line ready to go again, but Malone kind of glided on in while everyone waited. That was noticeable to some veteran hockey people watching in the stands, not just me. [All Things AV's]

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