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12-30-2007, 01:06 AM
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Ok, time for me to add my two cents to the mix, so here it goes....

I've been watching the GLI for several years now and I can't remember a better championship game than this one. It was sad that someone had to lose because both teams, especially the goalies played extremely well in this game. And a big congrats to Michigan on the win. Red was totally glowing after the game. Did anyone else see that?

If the GLI had an honorable mention to the All-Tourney team, then Rob Nolan would've gotten my vote. He made some fantastic saves in this game. I think Porter is going to have nightmares about that guy with all the chances that he (Porter) was denied on. Ditto for Jimmy Kerr with regard to Billy Sauer. I think Billy has done quite a bit of maturing as a player thus far this season and he's got the confidence to go with it and he showed that in the GLI. 87 combined saves in the GLI to post the double shutout is pretty amazing.

Let's also tip the hat to some unsung heroes in this game (and I'll get to MSU & PC in a moment)..

1) Louie Caporusso hasn't missed a beat returning to the lineup. I thought he was awesome in the GLI and same with Palushaj, who just seemed to make something happpen out there everytime he was on the ice.

2) Aside from Nolan, the two Tech players that I thought had a fantastic tourney were Tyler Shelast (are you NHL teams listening out there?!) and Geoff Kinrade. Both made the All-Tourney team and deservedly so. Kerr may be the glue that holds Tech together but Shelast is definitely the team's catalyst and the one who can get everyone going...and did! Kinrade did a fantastic job of shadowing Porter and Kolarik throughout the game, not an easy task.

Now for some observations on the PC-MSU game. First off, congrats to PC on getting third place. The wheels just seemed to fall off of MSU in the 3rd and PC broke it wide open. However, for those of you that missed it, Mike Ratchuk scored an unbelievable highlight reel goal for MSU. It was kind of similar to the Blake Wheeler game-winner against UND in last year's WCHA Final Five, except Ratchuk was trailing the play and decided to jump up almost at the last second. Anyway, it was just awesome....probbably the only real shining moment of the game for MSU. When PC was able to break the game open that's when they took over and just kept coming. MSU didn't help their cause either with some really bad turnovers.

Ratchuk was IMO the most impressive Spartan of the weekend. He played really well and his reads have gotten better and his positional play is more solid. He's also taking some smart risks too. His defensive partner, Jeff Petry was very impressive too.

For PC, the guys that get my vote for top performers are defensemen Cody Wild and Mark Fayne. They're not defensive partners but they were both impressive. On the Friars first goal, Wild made a great block in the PC zone and managed to get the puck up to Kyle MacKinnon going towards the MSU zone, creating an odd-man w/Rheault ending scoring the goal. Wild did get an assist but he was also the one that made it possible too. Fayne was just absolutely brutal out there at times. Played the body alot but also made some smart defensive plays and really did a good job of staying with Kennedy and Abdelkader. Again, no simple task.

BTW, in case anyone is wondering, the invited team to next year's GLI - North Dakota. Better circle it on your calendars! Should be another good one at the Joe.

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