Austin Goodman

The Pact – #24 – 3/31/14

The state of Michigan had a rough day on Sunday. Both the Spartans and Wolverines fell in the Elite Eight.

Faith fills in for Fino as the rest of the gang shares their thoughts on MSU’s heartbreaking defeat to No.7 UConn at Madison Square Garden.

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Opinion: The Sweet Sixteen and Onward

Per usual, the NCAA Tournament has brought happiness, sadness, upsets and glory, and we have only made it through the Round of 32.

Going into the Sweet Sixteen, there are no perfect brackets left and no one will win a $1 billion from the hands of Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert. But there is still basketball to be played.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #6 – 3/25/14

Octopi Hockeytown returns again with a happier tone than last week. The Red Wings took seven of eight points from four games in the past week, and look as though they will be able to make a solid playoff run.

Gustav Nyquist has seven points on the week, scoring six goals and recording one assist with a +8 rating.

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The Pact – #23 – 3/24/14

March Madness is upon us and The Pact has you covered.

MSU basketball is front and center with both men’s and women’s tournaments, as Spartan Nation has its eyes fixed on two national titles.

Fino, Faith and Austin open the show with an analysis of the men’s run thus far. Who has stepped up in the clutch, and who needs to show more? These three break it down.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #5 – 3/17/14

The Red Wings played two games since the last time Octopi Hockeytown aired. Austin Goodman is back again with more information on the Wings’ banged up team coming down the stretch.

The team got a big win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday evening. After letting up another third period goal to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout, fans were biting their fingernails in anticipation for the shootout. Fortunately, the game ended in favor of Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings after he netted a goal after freezing Oilers goaltender, Viktor Fasth.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #4 – 3/13/14

The Detroit Red Wings have played another week of hockey and with 18 games left this season, and the team is in need of major victories. This week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown will answer all questions and more!

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi, breaks down the past week of play starting off in New Jersey, then coming home for two, respectively historical nights and then finishing off the week in New York against Lundqvist and the Rangers.

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The Pact – #21 – 3/10/14

In the first show following spring break, MSU basketball is front and center. Both the men and women look to pick up their play before heading into the NCAA tournaments.

Fino, Faith and Lou discuss the recent struggles of the men’s team and give their predictions for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in the show’s first portion.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #3 – 3/4/14

Octopi Hockeytown is back for another episode. The 2014 Sochi Olympics came to a close with Canada winning the gold in men’s hockey for the second consecutive Olympic games, while the United States left Russia with no men’s ice hockey medals.

Austin Goodman, the host of Octopi Hockeytown, will discuss the Olympics, for what he promises will be the last time for at least the next four years. He will evaluate each medal-winning team’s performance and discuss what happened to the United States down the stretch.

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Octopi Hockeytown Special Olympics: Men’s & Women’s Medal Match Reviews & Previews

The women’s gold medal hockey game came down to the wire when Canada flipped the switch on the United States and forced overtime after trailing 2-0. The Canadians eventually went on to win with a goal on the power play in overtime.

The same fate came for the USA in men’s hockey, when Finland slaughtered the United States in a bronze medal game of epic proportions, but not in a good way. The USA could not find the scoreboard past Boston Bruins netminder and Finnish Olympian, Tukka Rask.

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Octopi Hockeytown Special Episode: Qualification Playoffs Review & Quarter Final Preview

Austin Goodman has deemed the Qualification Playoffs worthy of analysis in a special Olympic men’s hockey episode of Octopi Hockeytown.

Russia, Slovenia, Latvia and the Czech Republic all moved on to the next round of the 2014 men’s Olympic Hockey Tournament in Sochi leaving the tournament with eight remaining teams. Octopi will analytically break down each game; evaluating both statistical and nonstatistical events from the qualification round.

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The Pact – #18 – 2/18/14

This week on The Pact, the panel shifts their attention away from men’s basketball and on to the women’s basketball squad. Fino, Faith and Harry dissect the Spartans’ season thus far and look ahead to the team’s next few games against Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the second portion of the show, Fino moderates as Lou and Austin analyze the USA men’s hockey team and their chances in the Olympic tournament. The three panelists debate styles of play and give predictions on how the tournament will shake out.
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The Pact – #17 – 2/10/14

Hot off National Signing Day, The Pact jumps right into the Michigan State football recruiting pool.

Fino, Austin and Lou speak with Sean Scherer of 247Sports.com about MSU’s 2014 recruiting class, highlighted by the Malik McDowell situation. Scherer shares his thoughts on where the 5-star recruit will end up. Incoming defensive end, Enoch Smith Jr., calls in to the show and says his first hello to Spartan Nation.

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Lighting Strikes Wings Late

The Detroit Red Wings would have liked to accumulate two more points before they wrapped up play for the 2014 Winter Olympic break, but they couldn’t Saturday night. Ten Wings will go to Sochi after the loss to Tampa Bay and the rest will take a two week vacation.

The veterans gave the Red Wings a boost late in the first period when Daniel Alfredsson picked the corner of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop off of a pass from behind the net from the magic man. Pavel Datsyuk collected his 800th career point in 816 career games on the first period goal.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #2 – 2/5/14

So far, it has been interesting.

The Detroit Red Wings are fifth in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with 62 points in 56 games. They are currently in the last playoff spot of the regular season if the season were to end today. Austin talks about the Wings’ solid play that has helped them wind up in a spot where they can still compete to keep their playoff streak alive.

They go into their last two games before Sochi starting Thursday, against the Florida Panthers, and finishing up Friday against Tampa Bay. Austin Goodman breaks down past week’s play against Philadelphia, Washington and Vancouver.

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Strong Goaltending and Canucks’ Lack of Offense Helps Wings

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled as of late.

Its goal scoring and behind the bench presence has been far from exemplary this year. Head coach for the Canucks, John Tortorella, returned for his first game behind the bench in 15 games, after threatening and attacking another team’s players and staff in the locker room back in January.

Vancouver could not quite get a hold on the speedy Red Wings offense, giving the team many chances. Luckily for Tortorella’s team, Eddie Lack was not lacking any sort of confidence between the pipes. The backup goaltender stopped 29 of 30 shots from the Wings and did not give them much space to shoot into.

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The Pact – #16 – 2/3/14

Superbowl Sunday was a shock to most sports fans, including The Pact.  But one panelist made the right call, picking Seattle. Harry Jadun gets a chance to gloat on this edition of The Pact.

The show kicks off with Faith and Lou talking MSU basketball’s disappointing loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Gardens. Fino moderates as the two panelists debate what the team’s biggest issue is.

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Penalty Kill Struggles, Goal Scoring Frenzy in Capital

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.

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Howard and Hank Return in First of Home-and-Home with Washington

Shootouts have plagued Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings shooters this season. The team has lost eight of 12 shootouts along with three overtime losses.

Sitting three slots out of the wild card slot in the Eastern Conference, the team was looking for an answer from two essential elements returning to the lineup.

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