TROUBA LOWERS THE BOOM

Here’s the video of Jacob Trouba destroying Northern Michigan forward Reed Seckel Friday night…

Seckel must have one of the hardest heads in the league to not end up with a concussion. From what I was told, he stayed up Friday night waiting for the headaches to start and they never did. Doctors ran him through all the tests and he passed them all, so he was cleared for Saturday’s game. Glad he is okay because I thought they were going to have to stretcher him off the ice when I first saw the hit.

As for whether or not it was a clean hit, as I said after that game and as Red Berenson reiterated on Inside Michigan Hockey this week, five years ago it’s a clean hit. In today’s game, it’s not a clean hit. It’s a dangerous hit. The NCAA has cracked down on contact to the head. Just check out the Points of Emphasis section of the rule book, which is entirely devoted to contact to the head (it starts on Page 11).

“To make this rule clearer, any time a player targets the head or neck area of an opponent, it must be a major penalty and a game misconduct penalty at a minimum.”

Trouba’s shoulder + Seckel’s head = game over.

The onus these days is on the player making the hit, not the player playing with his head down getting caught looking.  Based on the rule, it was a no brainer call to give Trouba major and game disqualification.  We’re lucky it wasn’t more than that, though I agree with The Mining Journal’s Matt Wellens that Seckel returning Saturday night might have prevented any further disciplinary action against Trouba by the CCHA.

These kind of hits aren’t new for Trouba, either.  Check out the hit he made as an 11 year old (fast forward to 1:50):

That poor kid.  It’s almost identical to the Seckel hit.

INSIDE MICHIGAN HOCKEY

Speaking of the aforementioned Inside Michigan Hockey, here is this week’s episode:

RUTLEDGE GETS STARTING NOD

Per the official Michigan hockey Twitter account, freshman goalie Jared Rutledge will get the start in net tomorrow night.

When asked about freshman goalie Steve Racine’s weekend at Northern Michigan on Inside Michigan Hockey, Berenson said, “Not good. Too many goals against. Too many goals that he can save.”

Berenson also faulted the forwards for not playing well defensively, which is where I felt more of the blame laid.

I thought Friday night NMU was scoring at will on the power play with defensive breakdowns leading to players standing around the net wide open putting the puck in. I don’t think Racine played as bad as Red made it out to be for that game. He was especially sharp in the third period and shootout. Saturday the overall feeling I had was Racine didn’t play as well and he gave up a few rebound goals. However, if you watch Inside Michigan Hockey, you’ll see one clip where an NMU player got the puck all alone in front and deked Racine out of his jock strap and put it in the net. That kind of defensive breakdown is what happened all weekend.

I’m in the process of downloading Saturday’s loss to NMU and will try to put together a highlight package.

MEET THE SPARTANS

I’ll try to get a preview of this weekend’s games against the Spartans up Friday morning.  What you need to know right now—Michigan is tied for 1st in the nation in scoring with 4.43 goals per game.  Michigan is tied for 50th (!) in the nation in defense allowing 3.43 goals per game.  That’s, like, not good.

MHNet’s Geoff Chiles will be live at Yost Ice Arena Friday night bringing you all the action, and I think he might try making it to Munn Ice Arena following Saturday’s football game to cover the game, too.