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sterlippo1
03-17-2012, 03:28 PM
i hope he plays, if you're gonna win, you want to beat the opponent at their best but heck, his replacement on the PP scored, didnt he?

chickod
03-17-2012, 03:39 PM
I think BC's depth is going to be tough for Maine. Sullivan looked shaky last night at times vs. BU. I have to think there will be some revenge on the Eagles' minds after the sweep in Orono, too. Anyways, Maine will be back in the NCAAs no matter what which I think is good overall for college hockey. Hopefully Abbott is ok for next weekend.

No shakier than Milner who let in two horrendous goals early before he settled down. Don't think you'll see any of that from either player tonight.

walrus
03-17-2012, 03:40 PM
Elbow only made contact because Abbot lost an edge. Yes, the elbow made contact but it was accidental.
It was contact to the head with an elbow, if a stick hits a player in the face accidentally is it a penalty?

chickod
03-17-2012, 03:40 PM
i hope he plays, if you're gonna win, you want to beat the opponent at their best but heck, his replacement on the PP scored, didnt he?

Yeah, that was on that horrendous "clearing pass" up the middle by Clendenning that got picked off...

chickod
03-17-2012, 03:42 PM
BC by 3 easy.

You're on drugs...

amherstblackbear
03-17-2012, 03:43 PM
You're on drugs...

You're right.


It'll be at least 4. :(

CenMEBlackBearFan
03-17-2012, 04:02 PM
Certainly want Maine to win tonite but we know tonite is just for bragging rites. Whatever happens I just hope we don't have to face BC next week.
I'm sorry but Maine owns the Gaahden fan wise, now called Alfond South. BU had 2 sections of fans and the band, we had the rest!
Assume BC will have more fans that BU, but u guys are another mile out of town:p
Now that is why I think no matter what Maine stays in the east next week. I cannot believe the NCAA would allow the best traveled team to go out west and lose out on a big ticket sale in the East. Time will tell, what time tomorrow is regional announcement and what channel?
GO BLUE!

Hoover
03-17-2012, 04:10 PM
Now that is why I think no matter what Maine stays in the east next week. I cannot believe the NCAA would allow the best traveled team to go out west and lose out on a big ticket sale in the East.

I agree......if there's a way to do it without having a big impact on bracket integrity it makes sense to have Maine in either Worcester or Bridgeport.

Onion Man
03-17-2012, 04:29 PM
They won't accommodate Maine if it means having an interconference matchup in the first round. The NCAA seems to have that rule written in stone for some reason

sandiegoblkbr
03-17-2012, 04:34 PM
They won't accommodate Maine if it means having an interconference matchup in the first round. The NCAA seems to have that rule written in stone for some reason

Why would there be??? All of the Eastern teams are spread out seed wise (1 BC, 1/2 Union, 1/2 Maine, 2/3 BU, 3/4 Lowell, 4 Cornell/Harvard)

Sweeper
03-17-2012, 04:35 PM
Elbow only made contact because Abbot lost an edge. Yes, the elbow made contact but it was accidental.

go watch the replay on HE and you know this is false. He hits Spencer in the head which looks like it flash ko's him.

Onion Man
03-17-2012, 04:40 PM
Why would there be??? All of the Eastern teams are spread out seed wise (1 BC, 1/2 Union, 1/2 Maine, 2/3 BU, 3/4 Lowell, 4 Cornell/Harvard)

I could see Maine in Bridgeport, but BU looks pegged for Worcester for a potential matchup vs. BC. Landing in Bridgeport in that bracket would be a very good one for Maine (Union is the top dog = paper tiger like Yale* last year)

BCeagle
03-17-2012, 05:07 PM
I think BC's depth is going to be tough for Maine. Sullivan looked shaky last night at times vs. BU. I have to think there will be some revenge on the Eagles' minds after the sweep in Orono, too. Anyways, Maine will be back in the NCAAs no matter what which I think is good overall for college hockey. Hopefully Abbott is ok for next weekend.

BC has to stay out of the box and capitalize on their chances. As everybody knows, Maine's PP is deadly and BC has to play their best game to win tonight. Good luck to the seniors!

chickod
03-17-2012, 05:49 PM
I could see Maine in Bridgeport, but BU looks pegged for Worcester for a potential matchup vs. BC. Landing in Bridgeport in that bracket would be a very good one for Maine (Union is the top dog = paper tiger like Yale* last year)

Well, actually, Maine can do a lot towards controlling their own destiny by winning tonight. I believe a win will keep them ahead of BU, which is what they need. Right now, the top four teams are two in the East and two in the West. So it's easy to seed...BC in Worcester and Union in Bridgeport. It's the 5 through 8 spots that will decide the #2 seeds. Typically the 3s and 4s get sent out, so if Maine can hold onto the 5-8 spot they will be a #2 seed either in Worcester or Bridgeport. If they slip to 9-12 they will drop to a 3 seed and potentially get sent out West and BU will stay in the East. THAT much is controlled by them. As for the Worcester vs Bridgeport, THAT can be "switched" if the committee sees that it will help the attendance (and Worcester is two hours closer to Orono than Bridgeport). But if Maine goes West, it's a moot point.

So tonight may be for "bragging rights," but it's an important game for Maine unless they want to go West. Of course, you can't control what the other teams do, so as the late Al Davis said, "Just win, baby!"

sonar
03-17-2012, 05:52 PM
As a 1962 UMaine graduate (and somewhat of an athlete) I hope they do well tonight because .... I also consider myself well informed about ice hockey recruiting .... and with the loss of this years senior class .... the upcoming years are at minimum questionable ..... and maximally abysmal. .... But then who knows about these things .... and a hello to "walrus" ... a voice of reason, perhaps wisdom on this board.

amherstblackbear
03-17-2012, 05:58 PM
If you watch the game, Sonar, keep an eye out for some of Maine's young players, like Parker. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised with the team next year.

It's not obvious where all the points will come from, but team defense and goaltending should continue to improve -- and I'm not sure how many of us saw Abbott as a Hobey finalist 3-4 years ago.

Whether it's Mangene, Anthoine, Parker, Swavely, Cerretani, one of the new guys for Fall 12 . . . I bet at least one or two players step up. I doubt Maine's offense falls back quite as far as you suggest.

sandiegoblkbr
03-17-2012, 06:09 PM
Well, actually, Maine can do a lot towards controlling their own destiny by winning tonight. I believe a win will keep them ahead of BU, which is what they need. Right now, the top four teams are two in the East and two in the West. So it's easy to seed...BC in Worcester and Union in Bridgeport. It's the 5 through 8 spots that will decide the #2 seeds. Typically the 3s and 4s get sent out, so if Maine can hold onto the 5-8 spot they will be a #2 seed either in Worcester or Bridgeport. If they slip to 9-12 they will drop to a 3 seed and potentially get sent out West and BU will stay in the East. THAT much is controlled by them. As for the Worcester vs Bridgeport, THAT can be "switched" if the committee sees that it will help the attendance (and Worcester is two hours closer to Orono than Bridgeport). But if Maine goes West, it's a moot point.

So tonight may be for "bragging rights," but it's an important game for Maine unless they want to go West. Of course, you can't control what the other teams do, so as the late Al Davis said, "Just win, baby!"

I don't think that Maine will go West either way........#2/#3 in Bridgeport does not make a difference because #2/#3 in Bridgeport will be a Western team.

acs64
03-17-2012, 06:12 PM
You're on drugs...

Are you talking like right now or back in my cawledge dayz?

sandiegoblkbr
03-17-2012, 06:15 PM
As a 1962 UMaine graduate (and somewhat of an athlete) I hope they do well tonight because .... I also consider myself well informed about ice hockey recruiting .... and with the loss of this years senior class .... the upcoming years are at minimum questionable ..... and maximally abysmal. .... But then who knows about these things .... and a hello to "walrus" ... a voice of reason, perhaps wisdom on this board.

Disagree with you here. Maine may lose some valuable experience........but I think that they upgrade long term on D and possibly on O. Sullivan will be back with the possible addition of Morris as well. Diamond, Mangene, Beattie, Anthoine......as well as this year's solid freshmen Parker, Higgins, and Rutt. Add to that a legit blue chipper in Shore. Not too bad on paper really.

amherstblackbear
03-17-2012, 06:18 PM
Parker's got wheels and he hustles. Mangene has developed into a really nice offensive threat, starting from a roughly similar position.