(L to R) Frank Slubowski, Nick Pisellini, Kris Moore. Courtesy: Jonathan Gruenke/Kalamazoo Gazette
Before we break down who should be in goal Friday night when the Broncos head to Ferris State (cough cough Frank Slubowski), first I’d like to have a word about this win/tie/shootout business in the CCHA.
Last week, Western Michigan (and cough, cough Slubowski) beat Notre Dame in a shootout, 3-2. However, according to the CCHA, the final score was a tie: Broncos 2, Irish 2, with WMU gaining an extra point in the standings for winning the shootout.
Yes! You in the front row in the Jimmy John’s stain.
Yeah, uh, Western put more pucks in Notre Dame’s net in the shootout than Notre Dame put in Western’s, right?
And by virtue of this, Western received an extra point in the standings.
Would you agree that two standings points is greater than one standings point?
Well, of course.
OK, so if both teams “tied” — which, by definition, means they accomplished identical tasks — why did Western receive two standings points and Notre Dame only one?
Well, because Western won the shootout.
Because they won the shootout.
Say that word again.
Hey, you said it.
On second thought, it’s kind of a waste of time to predict whether Andy Murray will start Slubowski or Nick Pisellini this weekend. For starters (heh), they have almost identical numbers. And the team hasn’t played in 10 days, so we’re kind of back to square one in terms of any momentum Slubowski might have derived from the Notre Dame win. Then again, Murray doesn’t believe in momentum:
“There’s two words that are the most over-used in sports. There’s momentum and there’s confidence,” Murray told the Kalamazoo Gazette. “You’re only as good as your next shift so there’s no such thing as momentum. Confidence isn’t something you pull off a tree. You either play good and feel good, or you play lousy and feel lousy.”
(Prediction: Slubowski eventually wins the permanent job this year because he’s more consistent in his technique and, it appears at least, more confident in his mind.)
RIGHT THIS WAY, GENTLEMEN…
Another game at Lawson Arena on Saturday, another round of NHL scouts and executives who will be in attendance to see thoroughbred defenseman Danny DeKeyser for their own eyes. Dave Poulin, the former Notre Dame head coach who is now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Vice President of Hockey Operations, will saddle up alongside co-worker Claude Loiselle, Toronto’s Assistant General Manager. Apparently, Leafs President and GM Brian Burke liked what he saw last week.
The recently-retired Craig Conroy, now a scout for the Calgary Flames, will also be there. But forget scouting — Conroy should do radio. Maybe he can fly in early and do The Rocker Morning Show.