If you recall the Kendall Classic, Michigan scored at will against ACC, and last night, in the Nanooks' best Seawolves impression, was no different. The Nanooks weren't going to stop Michigan, and nobody stepped up to change that.
I was fooled for about the first 15 minutes of the first period that the Nanooks were in control of the flow of the game. Then all of a sudden, 3 goals in about 90 seconds from Michigan on Greenham sealed the deal.
Michigan solved Greenham by making him quickly move side to side. How does a team adjust to that? STAY IN THE CENTER. Plug the passing lanes and shut the back door. Defensive break downs were the tale behind the tape, and adding to the frustration...penalties.
The least penalized team in the country, averaging 8.6 PIMs before last night, have averaged 14.667 penalty minutes in the first 3 games after the holiday break, with 22 last night... Taranto has been getting himself in to trouble lately, last night he had 3 minors and along with Dustin Molle (who spent 4 minutes in the box last night), is the most penalized player on the team.
Penalties aside, the Nanooks allowed 4 even strength, pitiful goals, to the boys from Ann Arbor.
To say the least, last night was a game they'd better forget. They need to get their heads back in the game, and put out a much better effort than we saw last night. Hopefully they're a little angry too, and they can use it to their advantage.