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Middle Street
04-05-2014, 09:45 AM
Lowell will be a middle of the pack team normally with the occasional strong season or two. I don't see how Lowell can out recruit the BC and BUs of the world to consistently be at the top.

I don't disagree, but is it unrealistic to think they could be a program like UNH? The school seems committed to making sure they hockey program is successful. One example being they bought the Tsongas center and renovated it.

Onion Man
04-05-2014, 09:47 AM
I bust balls but it is good to see a team that has never really seen success do well and push the Goliaths.

There is no reason why Lowell can't be on the same level as UNH or Maine

Cross Check
04-05-2014, 11:20 AM
Wow has this been a rough go for UML with the early departures. Kinda reminds of BC after 2001 when Kolanos, Kobasew, and Orpik all left early.

UMLFan
04-05-2014, 11:31 AM
And in goal for the Riverhawks, Kevin Boyle...eeek

UMA 2012-2013: 8-10-2 (2.73 GAA/.897 SV)
UMA 2011-2012: 8-7-4 (3.00 GAA/.895 SV)

:eek:

Let's hope that goalie recruit Smith comes in early as if not, your rotation is Boyle and Robbins next year.
You can't just look at the stats with Boyle, I think it's unfair to him. Remember the defense that he had in front of him. Yikes.

UMLFan
04-05-2014, 11:34 AM
I just posted this on FB, and it applies here as well.

One of the tough things about college sports is understanding that you will lose good players early, if your team starts to get attention. Junior Scott Wilson, Soph Christian Folin and now Soph Connor Hellebuyck all leave early to sign contracts with NHL squads. It's both good and bad for Lowell. Tough for next season, but getting a reputation that coming to Lowell will give you a chance to play in the NHL ... is awesome. Best of luck guys, you represented Lowell very well at the college level, I hope you do the same at the next level.

John_Fuller
04-05-2014, 11:48 AM
You can't just look at the stats with Boyle, I think it's unfair to him. Remember the defense that he had in front of him. Yikes.

Monty's right here; Boyle is a serviceable HE goalie that will have most of a respectable defense in front of him this season. I'm not expecting anywhere close to Hellebuyck numbers from him but there is much more depth in front of him here at Lowell that was ever in front of him in Amherst. Certainly, I can see him around .910/2.5, which will put a team in contention for a home ice spot. On paper, this team went from defending it's HE crown once again to probably batting for a final home-ice spot within a week. Then again, in a parody-filled league, nothing would surprise me. The 11 other teams still have plently of question marks, just like Lowell now has as a result of this past week.

At the same time, to say that there would not be a noticeable blip in Lowell record next year would be fool-hearty. I'm sure there are going to be fans that already have or will jump into the Merrimack and the expected "Lowell's run is done" talk from the college hockey establishment is in high gear. If Bazin and his 2014-2015 team can pull anything even remotely close to the success he had enjoyed over the past three seasons, you can chalk him in the book as legend status for Lowell coaches and elite status nationally. Obtaining home ice would do it for me with no established goaltender starting the season.

Arguably, some will say he's already there in three seasons no matter what happens. The point that has been made couldn't be truer, we will see how good of a coach Bazin is and something tells me we are going to be surprised like we have been over the past three years.

sterlippo1
04-05-2014, 11:52 AM
I bust balls but it is good to see a team that has never really seen success do well and push the Goliaths.

There is no reason why Lowell can't be on the same level as UNH or Maine

You are a ball buster but I agree. :-) The school is rising fast, the facility is great , the administration supports the program and it has had great recent success. Should be a heck of a lot easier for UML to recruit now and stay close to the top if not on top

UMLFan
04-05-2014, 11:55 AM
Then again, in a parody-filled league, nothing would surprise me.
I know that's not what you meant, but this still amused me. :)

jcarter7669
04-05-2014, 12:39 PM
Congratulations to Conner and the best of luck with the Jets.
http://viewfrom123.com/2014/04/connor-hellebuyck-jets-from-umass-lowell-early/

That sucks for Lowell Fans but it's great for Conner. It really says something about the kid, as it is not very often that a goaltender leaves early... teams don't want them, even excellent goalies play the full four years and toil in the AHL for a while. So the fact that they want him in the system ASAP says a lot about what we already knew... he's a great netminder.

On a similar note, I like UVM's chances when we play next year.

One final thought, Boyle may just need a shot, look at Witt's numbers before this year...

as a Soph he played 8 games with a 3.98 GAA and an .889 sv %
as a Junior he played 1 game with a 4.86 GAA and an .850 sv%
as a Senior he puts the team on his back and carries them to a first round bye and nearly a trip to the Garden.

maybe he's a diamond in the rough...

CollegeHockeyRinkReport
04-05-2014, 12:42 PM
As Mike McMahon first indicated on twitter, I have gotten confirmation that Jeff Smith will head to Lowell in August, per BCHL source. Here's my article on his commitment with quotes from his jr coach. He'll be a good one

http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/college-hockey-recruiting-ncaa/2013/12/11/5202500/powell-river-kings-goalie-jeff-smith-commits-to-umass-lowell-hockey-east-norm-bazin-bchl

UMLFan
04-05-2014, 02:16 PM
maybe he's a diamond in the rough...
I'll be curious to see how much revenge plays into his mind. He's got to be ****ed at UMass, and wants to prove that he can play at the Hockey East level.

Edit to add: For the first time in years, we really don't know who the captain/assistants will be next year. I'm assuming Kamrass will be one.

CleggyofUML
04-05-2014, 03:02 PM
In brighter news, former Riverhawk Chad Ruhwedel had his first NHL point last night.

ScottK
04-05-2014, 05:21 PM
Edit to add: For the first time in years, we really don't know who the captain/assistants will be next year. I'm assuming Kamrass will be one.

The captain wasn't announced until the golf tournament last year.

UMLFan
04-06-2014, 07:34 AM
The captain wasn't announced until the golf tournament last year.
My apologies. Didn't mean timing wise. Just that for the first time in a while, we don't have a clear cut leader in the clubhouse. Unless there's another Holmstrom on the way? :)

boblav1
04-06-2014, 10:17 PM
Former River Hawk Chad Ruhwedel had to leave the game tonight after taking a hit to his head by Zac Rinaldo of the Flyer's. Hopefully he's ok.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RdX6QJM1Z2M

Middle Street
04-07-2014, 09:23 AM
Former River Hawk Chad Ruhwedel had to leave the game tonight after taking a hit to his head by Zac Rinaldo of the Flyer's. Hopefully he's ok.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RdX6QJM1Z2M

That's a tough break for Chad. Rinaldo is one of those guys that plays on the edge. It will be interesting to see how many games he gets suspended for.

Patronick
04-07-2014, 10:04 AM
That's a tough break for Chad. Rinaldo is one of those guys that plays on the edge. It will be interesting to see how many games he gets suspended for.

If "playing on the edge" is another phrase for "gutless cheap-shotting puke", then yes. Yes he is.

WisemanFromUmass-Lowell
04-07-2014, 10:23 AM
I may be in the minority here but perhaps, as a long-timer, I have a bit of a different perspective.

In short, I see these current departures as a blip in the screen. Very different from years past from when the team has made a run and then lost a key player or few (Morris, Roloson, etc.) In those years, I never had any sort of confidence level that the program could hit another "high point" anytime soon after. I thought those years were lucky anomalies. I feel completely different now. I feel the school is very invested in the program (and those of us that remember President Hogan remember how bad it used to be), they have a facility and a program that they have now learned how to market properly, an excellent coach who is an alum and now some success. I think this becomes far more sustainable than many of you think. I think this is now an environment where people will want to play. Will they be able to out-recruit BC? Probably not -- but I'll bet they'll win the occasional recruiting battle with them. (BU's another story -- I really believe that program will see a couple more less-than-stellar years as a result of the coaching turnover).

So long story short: I really like where this program is and feel more confident about the success of the SYSTEM that's been created than I ever have......

Patronick
04-07-2014, 10:36 AM
I may be in the minority here but perhaps, as a long-timer, I have a bit of a different perspective.

In short, I see these current departures as a blip in the screen. Very different from years past from when the team has made a run and then lost a key player or few (Morris, Roloson, etc.) In those years, I never had any sort of confidence level that the program could hit another "high point" anytime soon after. I thought those years were lucky anomalies. I feel completely different now. I feel the school is very invested in the program (and those of us that remember President Hogan remember how bad it used to be), they have a facility and a program that they have now learned how to market properly, an excellent coach who is an alum and now some success. I think this becomes far more sustainable than many of you think. I think this is now an environment where people will want to play. Will they be able to out-recruit BC? Probably not -- but I'll bet they'll win the occasional recruiting battle with them. (BU's another story -- I really believe that program will see a couple more less-than-stellar years as a result of the coaching turnover).

So long story short: I really like where this program is and feel more confident about the success of the SYSTEM that's been created than I ever have......

I agree with you. I think most Lowell fans agree with you, it's just losing so many good players in one fell swoop is a shock to the system. I have faith in what Bazin is doing and while they might not be a position to defend their two-time Hockey East Championship, they're going to be ok for the future.

Perspective comes with time, and it's only been a week :)

Middle Street
04-07-2014, 10:45 AM
If "playing on the edge" is another phrase for "gutless cheap-shotting puke", then yes. Yes he is.

You're right, I was being too politically correct. I didn't like his game before that hit, and I like it even less now.