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RossiRules
01-11-2013, 09:51 PM
LOL, Pond will lead the league in penalty minutes if he does not clean up his game. I am sorry, but there is not an NHL player in that class, some talent? yes, who may steal a game here and there but don't expect a top 4 or 5 team next year. UNH, BU, BC, PC and ND will all be light years ahead of us. BTW, if you look across the Fens or up to Chestnut Hill or over to South Bend you will face the hard truth that we are just where we will always be ..which is nowhere, far from even a Beanpot in every other decade and anything but an occasional NCAA birth but once in a blue moon, and that's the reality of it. Also, tonightís pathetic split on home ice was really last rites of this season, which is over, it should be a wake up call to the alumni who should demand more form its administration. We managed just one point in a must win game in which Maine skated far better than us for 2 periods, a single point against a last place team with no quality players and a good goalie itís pathetic.

That really bad last place Maine team that got off >40 shots against us! So, best of luck JM! Say whatever you want but the team was far better and had more hope under Cronin and if you think otherwise your head is up your ***. JM never gets this team out of better than 6th or 7th place in his finest hour and he too will be gone in 3 to 5 years and we will start the same process with some new schmuck who canít do anything with the program. BTW, Croninís recruits were far and away better then this class of kids. You are all fooling yourselves.

northeastern
01-11-2013, 11:14 PM
As Jekyll & Hyde as he is.. Rawlings played well tonight. Gave us a chance for the 'W'. We missed Karlsson.. that would have made a difference. Roy was a bit off his gm but still managed our lone goal.

Also, 'D' played much better.. did their job for the most part. It was nice to have Cornell back. A lot of the Maine shots, Rawlings got a good look & early. We had our chances to put this one away - game of inches.

This season.. it is what it is. No expectations.. one gm at a time from here on out. :)

WDR357
01-11-2013, 11:21 PM
LOL, Pond will lead the league in penalty minutes if he does not clean up his game. I am sorry, but there is not an NHL player in that class, some talent? yes, who may steal a game here and there but don't expect a top 4 or 5 team next year. UNH, BU, BC, PC and ND will all be light years ahead of us. BTW, if you look across the Fens or up to Chestnut Hill or over to South Bend you will face the hard truth that we are just where we will always be ..which is nowhere, far from even a Beanpot in every other decade and anything but an occasional NCAA birth but once in a blue moon, and that's the reality of it. Also, tonight’s pathetic split on home ice was really last rites of this season, which is over, it should be a wake up call to the alumni who should demand more form its administration. We managed just one point in a must win game in which Maine skated far better than us for 2 periods, a single point against a last place team with no quality players and a good goalie it’s pathetic.

That really bad last place Maine team that got off >40 shots against us! So, best of luck JM! Say whatever you want but the team was far better and had more hope under Cronin and if you think otherwise your head is up your ***. JM never gets this team out of better than 6th or 7th place in his finest hour and he too will be gone in 3 to 5 years and we will start the same process with some new schmuck who can’t do anything with the program. BTW, Cronin’s recruits were far and away better then this class of kids. You are all fooling yourselves.
I see your point about NU fans sometimes fooling themselves. Occasionally there will be a comment on diehard about so and so maybe going to play pro hockey and I wonder if the poster realizes it'll be the SPHL or CHL that particular player goes to. The talent level needs to be upgraded, no kidding. The group for next year actually isn't all that bad based on their performances this year. I could see Szmatula, Benning, Stevens and Hedges all playing regular minutes right away. How bad could that be when you consider Sap, Vermeesch, Vrolyk and Ellement are the only regular skaters who we can plan on graduating. I actually think Vrolyk has had a solid year for a third liner. Would be nice if there were two other third liners that could put in 8-10 goals as that's what it takes from your third line to win in HE. If Szmatula turns out to just be a late bloomer as it looks like right now, we could have a diamond in the rough that the other Boston teams never have to look for. And hey, the D-Men absolutely couldn't be any worse next year.

I've been traveling a ton so I haven't been able to go to a game since November. Hopefully, having been away, I'll notice differences in at least some player's games once I get to a game. Assuming one of the goalies can play consistently, next years team should be a little better. Yeah I'm not happy about another team possibly missing the HE playoffs but as frustrating as it is, I'd rather be positive than point out all the missed opportunities for getting stud players. Cronin, Johansen, Gaudraeu, Gilles, Haar and Oleksiak aren't walking thru that door and everyone needs to S T F U about it and move on. They did.

steve66
01-12-2013, 12:41 PM
LOL, Pond will lead the league in penalty minutes if he does not clean up his game. I am sorry, but there is not an NHL player in that class, some talent? yes, who may steal a game here and there but don't expect a top 4 or 5 team next year. UNH, BU, BC, PC and ND will all be light years ahead of us. BTW, if you look across the Fens or up to Chestnut Hill or over to South Bend you will face the hard truth that we are just where we will always be ..which is nowhere, far from even a Beanpot in every other decade and anything but an occasional NCAA birth but once in a blue moon, and that's the reality of it. Also, tonightís pathetic split on home ice was really last rites of this season, which is over, it should be a wake up call to the alumni who should demand more form its administration. We managed just one point in a must win game in which Maine skated far better than us for 2 periods, a single point against a last place team with no quality players and a good goalie itís pathetic.

That really bad last place Maine team that got off >40 shots against us! So, best of luck JM! Say whatever you want but the team was far better and had more hope under Cronin and if you think otherwise your head is up your ***. JM never gets this team out of better than 6th or 7th place in his finest hour and he too will be gone in 3 to 5 years and we will start the same process with some new schmuck who canít do anything with the program. BTW, Croninís recruits were far and away better then this class of kids. You are all fooling yourselves.

NHL talent??? How many guys in the past 70 years has NU put in the NHL? Chris Nilan is the most prolific NU alumni and he was there to fight. So that point is nuts. I liked Cronin, take a look at his stats, 1 NCAA appearance, 1 HE semi finals, 1 home ice in playoffs. That all hapened in 1 season. What was the other 5 years? Bunch of finish's in 6th or worse. That has been NU from day 1. There was some success in the 80's but stack that up against our NCAA neighbors and they are considered down years for them.

You say that with JM there will be just the occasional NCAA trip. Look at the banner at Mathews, that is NU. 1982, 1988, 1995, 2009, occasional visit is being generous. That is a blind squirrel. The team this year sucks!!! With Darcy, with Manno they sucked! Its going to take time to rebuild, Cronin may have been on the verge of laying some stability here. But his last season here to me was a huge disappointment. That team lost at home to Bentley as well, finished in 6th place. They ended on a nice note, but they underachieved.

WDR357
01-12-2013, 03:16 PM
I would say Dan McGillis was far better than Nilan and Cronin made two HE semi-finals. Just a few small corrections.

Sully75
01-12-2013, 11:38 PM
Steve. Reality time: NU had nothing to sell when Nilan & McGillis roamed the arena. They do now. Cronin rattled enuf cages to get some upgrades...maybe not BU-BC-UNH quality....but sellable. The NU brand is good enuf to get Oleksiak, Gaudrea,u, Gillies & Bitetto caliber recruits. It doesn't matter who the coach is...if NU rolled out the Goalie talent that BU BC, UNH and Maine (used to do it).....Cronin's last 2 years would have been consistent w Thiessens last season. U Can Not Win wout goaltending. CR is not good. If he were at PC and NU had Gillies....flip flop the records. BTW...I would guess that Cronin's last 4 years produced an aggregate winning overall & HE record that would have only been behind BC, BU & UNH for those years. Can u imagine that record w a better G? NU needs a goalie like BT to win...and guess what. Everyone else does, including BU & BC. If they had CR....they may not finish where NU does...but they not in home ice.

steve66
01-13-2013, 08:23 PM
Steve. Reality time: NU had nothing to sell when Nilan & McGillis roamed the arena. They do now. Cronin rattled enuf cages to get some upgrades...maybe not BU-BC-UNH quality....but sellable. The NU brand is good enuf to get Oleksiak, Gaudrea,u, Gillies & Bitetto caliber recruits. It doesn't matter who the coach is...if NU rolled out the Goalie talent that BU BC, UNH and Maine (used to do it).....Cronin's last 2 years would have been consistent w Thiessens last season. U Can Not Win wout goaltending. CR is not good. If he were at PC and NU had Gillies....flip flop the records. BTW...I would guess that Cronin's last 4 years produced an aggregate winning overall & HE record that would have only been behind BC, BU & UNH for those years. Can u imagine that record w a better G? NU needs a goalie like BT to win...and guess what. Everyone else does, including BU & BC. If they had CR....they may not finish where NU does...but they not in home ice.

I agree with you 100%, Rawlings sucks. They should have told Gillies that he was going to start. Looks like next year they are going with Witt, and Mountain

Happy Husky
01-13-2013, 09:17 PM
I agree with you 100%, Rawlings sucks. They should have told Gillies that he was going to start. Looks like next year they are going with Witt, and Mountain

Great point Steve,can you,or anyone tell me why someone couldnt have told Gillies he would be the starter,are there politics here that we don't know about,It's a no-brainer on paper,but why don't things like this happen where the man that's gonna put up the numbers gets the shot?

DieHardDog
01-13-2013, 09:53 PM
I agree with you 100%, Rawlings sucks. They should have told Gillies that he was going to start. Looks like next year they are going with Witt, and Mountain

Mountain is a senior.

northeastern
01-14-2013, 10:45 AM
The team this year sucks!!! With Darcy, with Manno they sucked! Its going to take time to rebuild..

.. don't forget the coaching. no free passes.

Craig P.
01-14-2013, 11:11 AM
Great point Steve,can you,or anyone tell me why someone couldnt have told Gillies he would be the starter

Was the issue who would start, or was the issue not having a scholarship available?

Huskies01
01-14-2013, 11:34 AM
Mountain is a senior.

That is up for debate as he may have a red-shirt year since he did not play in one of them. He could back for one more. And based on the fact they have not signed a goalie for next year, i would think he is.

Happy Husky Victory!
01-14-2013, 12:55 PM
How can it not be priority #1 to find a solid regular goaltender for next year. This is obviously THE biggest problem for the team currently. I just don't believe that the coaching staff havent scouted and are close to getting a good goalie for next season.

Ryecheers
01-14-2013, 04:35 PM
How can it not be priority #1 to find a solid regular goaltender for next year. This is obviously THE biggest problem for the team currently. I just don't believe that the coaching staff havent scouted and are close to getting a good goalie for next season.

In addition to Witt and possibly Mountain, we have Derrick Roy, Kevin's older brother. We have only seen him play in the exhibition game against St. X where he looked like he belonged. Only the coaching stagg can tell how much he has benefitted from red-shirting this year and from the exposure he has received. The coaches know how important goaltending is. If they don't believe that they have a D1 keeper, they will get one. As far as I can tell, they have pretty much completed next year's class without adding a goalie.

Happy Husky Victory!
01-14-2013, 06:53 PM
The coaches know how important goaltending is. If they don't believe that they have a D1 keeper, they will get one.

Problem is, they currently think they have a legitimate D1 goaltender in Chris Rawlings. :eek: Scary.

Northeastern2016
01-14-2013, 08:53 PM
Problem is, they currently think they have a legitimate D1 goaltender in Chris Rawlings. :eek: Scary.

I get to Matthews early every game to see warmups, and Rawlings scares me even when he's warming up sometimes. Not a great feeling to have right before a game.

I thought the Maine game was better that we've been playing lately, particularly on the defensive end. Loved seeing the play of Lauwers and Manson (other than his whiff on the offensive end...easy goal, should have had that.) Very physical, it's nice to have some sort of presence in the defensive end with those two.

northeastern
01-18-2013, 09:12 PM
I'm watching the Harvard- Yale gm & when the Eli were (are) up by 3 goals.. their HC is still actively coaching the bench.. constantly.

I switch to the NU gm.. crickets from JM. JM standing still watching as NU is (was) up by 3 goals. Then up by 2.. then up by 1.. then tie gm.. then he realizes.. wow, i had better call a timeout. Bit of coaching now might be a good idea to settle things..

Nothing will change.. regardless of team hustle, unless he does. Learning on the job continues..

BrocktonNU
01-18-2013, 09:29 PM
That had to feel good for Saponari. Ugly third but it's always good to beat BU.

northeastern
01-18-2013, 09:51 PM
Barring the usual suspects.. we suck. After gm got to 5-3 NU.. how many of you had that gm tied, before Vinny put it away..
..not going to fly tomorrow night..for that matter any other time this season..

RossiRules
01-18-2013, 10:50 PM
I paid $140 bucks for 4 seats at the glass row 1 in sec 111. I had a great time giving crap to BU kids 25 years younger than me and having actual beers in the concessions. However, we folded like a tent in the 3rd and gave up 3 goals in 5 minutes! That’s unacceptable. Roy, Vinny and Cody are the real deal of course, and all are quite offensively talented and that’s great, but it's our D, all 3 lines, are very suspect. Also, noteworthy, in every game since the the Harvard game Rawlings looks lost between the pipes, he really didn’t have a great save all night.

So, “yes” happy of course, with 2 points but this was not text book hockey by any means. We got lucky against a BU team that played poorly and had only slighter worse goal tending than us. We were lucky to escape with 2 points. Did the game look slow on TV? It looked slow to me at the glass and my son and his friends thought he same thing after watching the Providence v Lowell game on Thursday night this one looked 1/2 speed. We will need to play much better tomorrow.

I can’t go tomorrow because my son has a varsity game at 6pm . So I gave away my 4 season tix to 4 of my non NU co-op students, from south of the Mason Dixon line, who now live in Boston but have never been to Matthews. You guys be loud tomorrow night! I will see if I can't record the GoNU cast to the DVR.