Special teams was also crucial in tonights win as the penalty kill was perfect, denying all 4 of Michigan's chances with the man advantage. And even tallying a shorthanded goal for good measure. I think we're really seeing the value of Tyler Morley come through if you haven't seen it already. What I see in Tyler is a hard worker that finishes every play. He skates hard until the whistle blows every time. Not just some of the time. And when Taranto got that shot on goal, Morley could have retreated. He could have made the change, gotten off the ice for some fresh legs to finish the PK. He could have played back and made the safe play to counter Michigan's next rush. But no, he pressured and got to the loose puck before anybody else could touch it and jammed it home. And that shorty turned into the game winner as Michigan was able to get one with the extra attacker.
Overall a good game for the Nanooks tonight. Perhaps a bit of a concern defensively, but a roller coaster of a game, you couldn't expect that Michigan wouldn't at least keep it close no matter how many goals were scored. But the Nanooks made the most of their opportunities tonight and held on for the win, which was the most important thing. Tomorrow will be the chance for the sweep, and to possibly move up to tie for 6th with Ferris State, who lost to OSU.
Also as if tonight couldn't get any better, Tyler Currier gave away a 3-2 lead over number one Minnesota in Mariucci Arena earlier tonight. With Minnesota player engaged along the boards, Currier came up and clocked a Minnesota player from behind and was tossed out of the game with about 4 minutes left. Giving Minnesota a 5 minute major power play. Minnesota didn't just tie it, they pulled ahead and won 4-3. I watched it. And I laughed for about 5 minutes afterwards.