The Mack Report

Live WebChat for Nov. 15, 2012

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Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 8:14 pm
Feel free to start the chat before I arrive. I’ll jump on at about 9 p.m. ET and we’ll go until around 10.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 8:15 pm
Also, announced this on Twitter earlier today, but I’ll be back with the E-T in a smaller role starting tomorrow night at Conte Forum. As I said last week, I’ll be doing a lot more freelance work, and as it turns out, I’ll be freelancing for The Eagle Tribune covering a lot of Merrimack hockey.
huntsville lover

November 15, 2012 – 8:46 pm
what up
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 8:47 pm
Mike, watching ND Michigan?
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 8:47 pm
Goalies are standing on their heads right now
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:02 pm
Hey everyone.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:02 pm
Yup, watching ND-Michigan here.
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:03 pm
whats new mike
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:04 pm
So what the heck happened last weekend?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:05 pm
The last two weekends were a rollercoaster. Up vs. NU and down vs. BU and UConn. I think that’s partly a product of a young’ish team
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:06 pm
I don’t think the BU game was that much of a down
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:06 pm
whats everyones pick for frozen four? i know its realy
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:06 pm
I thought they threw the kitchen sink at BU in terms of pressure and forecheck. BU D men had no clue what to do with the puck.
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:07 pm
im saying 1 from wcha 2 from HE which seams to be the power conference this year and one from ccha
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:07 pm
I agree Ryan. Thought we played BU well.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:07 pm
I think that there were stretches in both games where both BU and UConn were winning more of the battles.
Paul M 68

November 15, 2012 – 9:08 pm
I agree with Ryan… The U Conn game was the letdown…like Mack didin’t want it.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:08 pm
I guess you could call it uncharacteristic.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:08 pm
Whatever they did on the forecheck, sending 2 guys constantly, they didn’t repeat that on Saturday.
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:09 pm
There were some line up changes on Saturday. I will be curious to see which crew is in this weekend.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:09 pm
It was smaller things than that. I don’t have numbers in front of me, but MC didn’t block nearly as many shots as they tend to. I thought BU won footraces to loose pucks, were the more dominant team on the boards. Part of that is that BU is just a really good team, too.
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:10 pm
do all refs suck
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:10 pm
I agree, the forecheck looked good. There were definitely pieces that you can take away from that game, and the BU game was definitely the better of the two last weekend, IMO, but I thought there were also stretches where it didn’t go so well, obviously.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:10 pm
I don’t think MC got a shot on goal from the point all weekend, definitely lost in that department.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:10 pm
Blocked shots that is.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:11 pm
BU and UConn out-blocked MC both nights. Something like 23-12 roughly both nights
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:11 pm
I agree with you Mike. The greatest challenge for the team this year is consistency. That might be the greatest challenge of the young team. They dominate for 2 periods, and let up for 5-10 minutes and give up goals.
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:12 pm
In 2nd period, BU had our boys back on their heels in the 2nd. They couldn’t get into play more less block shots. Showed fortitude to come back so hard in the 3rd.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:13 pm
That’s just the product of a young team. A lot of ups and downs.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:13 pm
Saturday was just flat all around.
Paul M 68

November 15, 2012 – 9:14 pm
It was apparent Coach was frustrated during post game interview after U Conn game.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:15 pm
I think he was right on saying that the game UConn played was a game MC used to play, and probably wouldn’t mind playing these days.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:15 pm
That was right on.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:16 pm
UConn beat MC the way MC used to beat the more talented teams. It had to have been like looking in the mirror for mC.
Paul M 68

November 15, 2012 – 9:16 pm
If I remember correctly, he referred to “Hockey For Dummies”. I googled it. The book does exist. lol
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:18 pm
where will huntsville land
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:18 pm
haha, that’s funny Paul
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:18 pm
Where will UAH land? Well they hope the WCHA
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:18 pm
People I’ve talked lead me to believe that Atlantic Hockey, although there is chatter, is a very unlikely spot for them.
TomG

November 15, 2012 – 9:19 pm
Myers started the season hot but has cooled off lately. I am hoping he can get back into a groove tomorrow night. I am hoping we an give BC everything they can handle.
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:19 pm
who do you guys think have the best following on college hockey?
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:20 pm
Myers is a good player. Points will come and go. I am hoping we start getting some secondary scoring.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:22 pm
Myers is a guy they’ll look towards.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:22 pm
Myers, Collins, Toomey, etc.
TomG

November 15, 2012 – 9:23 pm
Yea I was also expecting to see more out of Bates this year.
Guest_279

November 15, 2012 – 9:23 pm
What does MC need to do to beat BC tomorrow ?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:23 pm
Survive.
Guest_279

November 15, 2012 – 9:23 pm
haha
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:23 pm
BC is incredibly fast. They need to survive the flurries and take advantages of opportunities when they arise.
Paul M 68

November 15, 2012 – 9:24 pm
Tom I hope so too.I just think BC have too much talent. That said…if mack can play first to the puck and make no mistakes on transition from d to o, it will be a good game.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:24 pm
Like a boxing match against someone that might be faster and more skilled … stick and move, stick and move.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:24 pm
BC is going to pressure you everywhere and anywhere, and in all situations. So they need to play a complete game, especially on the road.
Guest_279

November 15, 2012 – 9:25 pm
In your opinion, is BC the best team in the country ?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:25 pm
One key stat about BC – they had 11 shorthanded goals last year … 11!!!
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:25 pm
Right now, yes, they are.
Matt

November 15, 2012 – 9:26 pm
Who gets the start in net?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:27 pm
My belief is it will be Marotta. The rotation will continue indefinitely, IMO. Until someone takes the job. Both guys have played well enough to earn more starts.
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:27 pm
best rivalry in college hockey? um vs und. bu vs bc.. um vs. uw
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:27 pm
BC-BU
sieve

November 15, 2012 – 9:27 pm
whose the best rivlary
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:29 pm
One thing to keep an eye on is player usage tomorrow.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:30 pm
For both teams, it’s their only game of the weekend, so coaches can empty the tank. If it’s late and close, we could see the benches shrink to two lines (on both sides). … Should make for an exciting final period.
Pete

November 15, 2012 – 9:30 pm
Any line predictions?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:33 pm
Just a guess on my part but ….
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:34 pm
Collins-Scotti-Toomey
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:34 pm
Hussar-Bates-Myers
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:34 pm
Mansfield-Bly-Bahe
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:35 pm
Sorry … probably Singleton-Bly-Mansfield
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:35 pm
Heffernan-Christie-Bahe
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:35 pm
Then McCarthy-Heywood, Ellis-Kolomatis, Wills-Bigos and Marotta
Matt

November 15, 2012 – 9:38 pm
Id like to see Bates on the powerplay. I feel that when he has been out there he has generated some scoring chances
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:38 pm
He’s quick and shifty. Hard player to defend.
Paul M 68

November 15, 2012 – 9:40 pm
Mike…you having problems staying in the chat? You’re like a blinking red light om my monitor.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:41 pm
Really? Not that I know of. Not sure why that’s happening.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:42 pm
Am I flashing for anyone else?
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:42 pm
Yes since before 9
TomG

November 15, 2012 – 9:42 pm
same
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:42 pm
Strange. I’ll have to look into that. I don’t see it. No clue why it’s happening. Thanks for the heads up.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:43 pm
Does anyone plan on making the trip to Chestnut Hill tomorrow?
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:44 pm
I’m debating it, is it at 7?
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:44 pm
Yes, 7
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:45 pm
Not a bad drive with nothing going on in the Fenway area. Storrow to Comm Ave. and shoot right down there. Not that bad.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:45 pm
These western teams definitely play a different style
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:45 pm
Important to remember that these are two of the best western schools, heck two of the best schools, period, in the nation

TomG

November 15, 2012 – 9:46 pm
I suspect your suggested lines will be pretty accurate. I know coach likes to spread the talent but I’d like to see heferrnan collins toomey on line one and myers bates and either Bly or singleton on line 2. Pack the first two lines and go for it.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:46 pm
I guess the only time i see these teams are on the national games, typically the top teams
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:47 pm
Bly does so many things well. He’s had more of a chance to shine offensively, but quietly, very quietly, he’s one of the most productive players on the ice night in and night out … at both ends.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:47 pm
I thought he played a great game Friday.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:48 pm
Bly was one I noticed constantly pressuring the BU D.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:48 pm
He’s one of the best faceoff men in the league, IMO. Great on the PK.
Matt

November 15, 2012 – 9:48 pm
That line might be one of the hardest working lines in Hockey East
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:49 pm
Absolutely.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:50 pm
Wow ND is pretty good
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:51 pm
Or lucky on that last goal…..
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:52 pm
Quick
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:54 pm
I could see MC giving up a shorty tomorrow night.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:54 pm
Just reading back on the earlier part of the chat.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:54 pm
Tynan is a terrific player. He assisted on their first goal and absolutely threaded a needle with a terrific pass through the D
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:56 pm
One thing I don’t get about the PP is how close to the blue line they work the puck.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:57 pm
They work it through the points. That big point shot, through traffic hoping for a tip or rebound, seems to be the play they try to use. Especially when Bigos is back there.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:57 pm
Although there were times last weekend, I think against UConn, that they used Bigos in front, too, it looked like.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:57 pm
There has to be a way for MC to get the puck into the middle of the ice when these teams pressure them so hard on the outside. I liked when they got it low when Heffernan score, got the 2 on 1 down low. I feel like there are opportunities for that because of how far out the PK comes against them.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:58 pm
Different teams have played it differently. Week by week almost. IIRC, NU was passive and stayed tighter in their box, allowed MC to rip the point shot.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:58 pm
BU applied more pressure.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:58 pm
Yeah for sure.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 9:59 pm
Better teams, better skaters, more pressure I guess
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:59 pm
Definitely part of it.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 9:59 pm
Expect to see a lot of pressure, all over the ice, tomorrow.
Ryan D

November 15, 2012 – 10:01 pm
I agree though, when they can get the shots through from the point they have success. Didn’t happen last weekend.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 10:02 pm
Exactly.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 10:02 pm
Alright folks, well that will do it for tonight.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 10:02 pm
Be sure to checkout the blog tomorrow. I’ll have a preview along with a Tale of the Tape. Of course, live coverage of the game tomorrow night as well.
Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon
November 15, 2012 – 10:03 pm
Thanks for checking in tonight everyone, and we’ll see you at the rink tomorrow.