This Saturday’s game against Michigan State will air on Fox Sports Detroit at 8 p.m. ET. I will have the Cover It Live chat rolling here, so if you don’t go to the game, please join us here!
COMLEY TO RETIRE
Speaking of those Spartans, if you missed the big news yesterday on my Twitter feed, Michigan State head coach Rick Comley announced he will retire at the end of the season. So this Saturday’s game could be his last against the Wolverines.
Comley is in his ninth season as head coach of Michigan State and 38th season overall. He sits fourth on the all-time coaching wins list with 774 victories behind the bench and is one of only two coaches to claim national championships at two different schools—Northern Michigan University in 1991 and Michigan State in 2007.
Since taking over the Spartans, Comley’s teams have seen a high point of winning the 2007 NCAA championship to a low point of, well, several over the past few years since winning it all. The past two seasons his teams have gone 10-23-5 and 19-13-6, and this season the Spartans are 10-12-4 overall and sit in 10th place in the CCHA.
I mentioned to some friends that I wasn’t surprised by this. Back at The Big Chill at the Big House post-game press conference, after his team was soundly defeated 5-0, Comley’s presser was rather, hmm…depressing? When he and the two Spartan players took the podium to answer questions and the media relations person says you can now ask questions and a room full of 50 journalists is dead silent for 10 seconds and they have to ask again, “Anyone?” Yeah, it didn’t get off to a good start. But when questions about the game and his team finally started coming his way, Comley just didn’t sound like he had much in the way of answers for his team’s poor play and listening to him it certainly sounded like some of the fight had gone out of him. On the inside I started to wonder if this might be it for him.
So now what remains to be seen is if this Saturday’s game will be his last against the Wolverines. I jokingly wondered with Tim at Yost Built whether Comley will go out Ron Mason-style by losing his last game ever at Yost (MSU lost to Colorado College at Yost in the Midwest Regional) and getting an “Oooohhhh C-YA!” from the crowd as he walked off the ice. Tim also mentioned there was a Ron Mason bobblehead in one of the urinals at Yost during that game, but his roll of film didn’t turn out. Okay, so I don’t think we’ll see a Comley bobblehead in the same manner, but the only chance we’ll find out is if Michigan and Michigan State somehow face each other in the CCHA playoffs at Yost.
HOGAN NO GO
A few weeks ago I tweeted that Hogan was interviewed during intermission of a game at Yost and said he wanted to be dressed for a game in two weeks. The Michigan Daily’s Michael Florek tweeted during the Red Berenson Show last night that coach says Hogan will not play this weekend. I guess that means he won’t be dressed, either.
HAPPY FUN BALL
During a scrum following a Michigan goal against Alaska. a fan threw an orange ball out on to the ice, which Alaska goalie Scott Greenham shot back in to the stands. The students threw the ball back on the ice and the following ensued…
DOUBLE WHAMMY IN MONTREAL
In a matter of seconds against Buffalo a week ago, the Canadiens lost both former Wolverines Mike Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty. Cammalleri got pushed in to the boards and separated his shoulder and could be out for several weeks.
Forty-five seconds after his injury, Pacioretty was stationed in front of the goalie and was on the receiving end of a James Wisniewski slap shot to the ribs. Pacioretty left the game and was stretchered to the ambulance for a ride to the hospital after having trouble breathing. Thought to be sidelined for up to a month, amazingly Pacioretty returned in Montreal’s next game three days later and posted a goal and assist. The next game he netted two more goals. He was held scoreless in last night’s loss to Philadelphia, but he’s definitely showing some character by playing through this injury.
Speaking of Patch, did you know he could do a 57 inch box jump? Neither did I…
KOLARIK, SUMMERS MAKE DEBUT, EBBETT RECALLED
On January 20 former Wolverine standouts Chad Kolarik and Chris Summers made their NHL debuts.
Kolarik took the ice in the New York Rangers 4-1 loss to Carolina. He recorded an assist and four shots on goal and impressed enough to get an extended stay. Since that game Kolarik has not registered any points or shots on goal and has pretty much seen fourth line minutes.
Summers saw 13 minutes of ice time in his first game, a 2-0 win over Los Angeles. He took one penalty and had no points in the game but played decent from reports of the game. His second game didn’t go well. In a rematch against Los Angeles two days later, Summers had another penalty, no points, and finished the night with a -3 rating in a 4-3 loss to the Kings. He was a scratch for the Coyotes game last night.
While Summers sat out last night’s game, one player making his return to the NHL was former Michigan captain Andrew Ebbett. He saw 10 minutes of ice time and had zeros across the board statistically. It was his first game with Phoenix since October 30.
HENSICK NAMED TO AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Former Michigan star T.J. Hensick was named to the AHL All-Star Classic. Hensick recently returned to Peoria (AHL) after a brief NHL stint with St. Louis. A late addition to the All-Star game, interestingly one of the players he’s replacing is former Wolverine Max Pacioretty since he’s still with Montreal.
Hensick ranks 19th overall in AHL scoring with 39 points, which leads the Rivermen. He has 11 goals and a team high 28 assists in 34 games.
TROUBLE FOR KOMISAREK
Celebrity gossip website TMZ.com reported a few days ago about an incident at an L.A. nightclub in which former Michigan defenseman Mike Komisarek allegedly punched a woman. L.A. police and the NHL are both investigating the accusation. Komisarek has had no comment on the situation.
MAX DOMI SCORES SIX
I talked about Michigan recruiting target Max Domi the other week. YouTuber 95dmf posted a video of a recent game in which Domi scored six goals. Goals #3 and #5 are NICE!