Saturday, January 26, 2008

No. 3 CC 0, Michigan Tech 2 (end of 1st)

Welp, that was not the start CC was looking for. Just 78 seconds into the game, Michigan Tech's Jordan Foote redirected a pass from Bennett Royer off his skate and past goaltender Richard Bachman's right foot. CC failed to convert on two power plays. Then, at 13:56, Michigan Tech converted on its only power play of the period. Defenseman Drew Dobson's diagonal pass from the top of the right circle met center Peter Rouleau in stride. With Bachman all to himself, Rouleau backhanded the puck into the net to make the score 2-0.

Three things are costing CC right now:
1. Possession. The Tigers haven't connected more than two passes all game. Part of it is that the Huskies are breaking up passes with their sticks and bodies. Part of it is that CC's sticks look a little stiff.
2. Breakdowns. Whereas CC hasn't had but one odd-man rush, Michigan Tech has been doing a nice job of generating numbers-up offense out of the neutral zone.
3. Tempo. It belongs to Michigan Tech right now.

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