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Dutchman
11-01-2014, 04:46 AM
The next 5 are at home

The RPI chant at the end of the match "Overrated" was correct, at this point in time, and RPI was underrated at this point in time. They have great goal-tending and a solid defense.

We have the makings of an excellent team .... but it is a work in progress ..... the freshmen have to develop and the seniors have to lead.

Miami Ice
11-01-2014, 06:14 AM
The afterglow of last season was extinguished last night in Troy, N.Y. The Dutchmen are mortal. The new season commences tonight. Humiliation can work two ways. For RPI, after last weekend, it has been inspirational. Will it be fo Union as well?

Nottme
11-01-2014, 06:18 AM
No excuses, Union looked bad and RPI looked nothing like a 1-5 team going into last nights game. Hats off to them. Also, RPI TV is the best, quality is so much better than the pay video services.

Dutchman
11-01-2014, 09:13 AM
The afterglow of last season was extinguished last night in Troy, N.Y. The Dutchmen are mortal. The new season commences tonight. Humiliation can work two ways. For RPI, after last weekend, it has been inspirational. Will it be for Union as well?

Well put. IMO We won those first 5 games because Colin Stevens played "lights out". We were substituting Colin Stevens for playing defense. Goaltenders are suppose to keep you in a game, not single handedly win it by themselves. RB sent up the warning flags that the model was unsustainable and we found that out last night. Bentley, an offensive minded team, sweep RPI because they came to play deliberate defense first. RPI has a good defense and good goalies. They are not going to give up a lot of goals.

Hokydad
11-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Union will win tonight, will be top 4 in league at the end, rpi 8-10. that was rpi's stanley cup. good for them

Vaportrail
11-01-2014, 12:48 PM
I think it's time for Connor Light to get into the lineup, we could use a defensive d-man.

Light is very different from the defensemen who have brought Union success: while he can really skate, he'd rather go through you than go around you. He was vicious at Phillips Andover. Don't know why he chose Union because he's definitely not the offense-first "contain" defenseman Bennett seems to prefer. Seems more of a Cornell type kid.

UnionFan4Life
11-01-2014, 03:05 PM
Light is very different from the defensemen who have brought Union success: while he can really skate, he'd rather go through you than go around you. He was vicious at Phillips Andover. Don't know why he chose Union because he's definitely not the offense-first "contain" defenseman Bennett seems to prefer. Seems more of a Cornell type kid.
We just gave up 6 goals, he seems like an ideal solution right about now.

rdf8585
11-01-2014, 04:10 PM
Light is very different from the defensemen who have brought Union success: while he can really skate, he'd rather go through you than go around you. He was vicious at Phillips Andover. Don't know why he chose Union because he's definitely not the offense-first "contain" defenseman Bennett seems to prefer. Seems more of a Cornell type kid.

Funny you should say that. Cornell was one of the other schools that he spoke to during the recruiting process.

rdf8585
11-01-2014, 04:10 PM
Saturday lines:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cruice, DiPauli and Hynes in for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnionHockey?src=hash">#UnionHockey</a> tonight vs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RPIHockey?src=hash">#RPIHockey</a>. Bennett, Shier and Pontarelli sit. <a href="http://t.co/lITbGqNMPG">pic.twitter.com/lITbGqNMPG</a></p>&mdash; Union Hockey Blog (@UnionHockeyBlog) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnionHockeyBlog/status/528654164432543745">November 1, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Dutchman
11-01-2014, 09:10 PM
I actually liked what I saw tonight. We lost but if we bring it to every game going forward, improve our power play, improve the play of our six defensemen and improve every game, we will do well. I saw parts of Dartmouth and Harvard. They are physically two of the biggest teams in the ECAC and all of College Hockey. Dartmouth has the experience, Harvard has the talent, but we have 8 games under our belt. That gives us the advantage.

UnionFan4Life
11-01-2014, 09:13 PM
God Bless you Taylor for passing the puck in front of the net. The loss is 100% his fault.

Hockeyfirst
11-01-2014, 11:01 PM
God Bless you Taylor for passing the puck in front of the net. The loss is 100% his fault.

In a game where offense consists of one goal, it's a little tough to blame loss on a goaltender or defensive error. Especially when Taylor is in 3rd with 7 points as dman.

FlagDUDE08
11-02-2014, 06:08 AM
In a game where offense consists of one goal, it's a little tough to blame loss on a goaltender or defensive error. Especially when Taylor is in 3rd with 7 points as dman.

Also considering Union had very clear chances in overtime.

FiveHole12
11-02-2014, 06:28 AM
Union will win tonight,
Ho hum.

Dutchman
11-02-2014, 07:00 AM
Each year we start out with talent that is not all that different from other teams and certainly less than the BC's and the Minnesota's. The reason we have collected the hardware from the past three years is that the coaches and players have joined together to develop the talent. Its a team sport. Every team is different. Every team has and develops its own character. We have faced adversity before. It builds character. It all depends on how we respond.

We are 5-3 but could easily be 1-7 where it not for Stevens. He is an example of the upperclassmen carrying the team on their (his) back until the freshmen get integrated. With a little help I think he could have had three shutouts. He needs more of his fellow upperclassmen to step up in a consistent fashion.

I picked the Dutchmen to finished 6th in the ECAC because they lost 5 great seniors, lots of speed, two All-Americans (first team) defensemen, great leadership, etc. and had to integrate 6-8 freshmen.

Now its a race to see who will get better ... faster.

After last night, despite the lose, I am much more optimistic.

Ralph Baer
11-02-2014, 07:14 AM
Each year we start out with talent that is not all that different from other teams and certainly less than the BC's and the Minnesota's. The reason we have collected the hardware from the past three years is that the coaches and players have joined together to develop the talent. Its a team sport. Every team is different. Every team has and develops its own character. We have faced adversity before. It builds character. It all depends on how we respond.

We are 5-3 but could easily be 1-7 where it not for Stevens. He is an example of the upperclassmen carrying the team on their (his) back until the freshmen get integrated. With a little help I think he could have had three shutouts. He needs more of his fellow upperclassmen to step up in a consistent fashion.

I picked the Dutchmen to finished 6th in the ECAC because they lost 5 great seniors, lots of speed, two All-Americans (first team) defensemen, great leadership, etc. and had to integrate 6-8 freshmen.

Now its a race to see who will get better ... faster.

After last night, despite the lose, I am much more optimistic.

FWIW, RPI played 5 freshmen (out of 7 on the roster) in each game, and they scored 4 of the 8 goals.

JMO but the difference between RPI and Union on Saturday was in the goal where Kasdorf greatly outplayed Stevens. This was needed since Union bested RPI on all of the other stats, especially faceoffs which was a disaster for RPI. Also JMO, but had Kasdorf not been injured in the second game of RPI's season a year ago, RPI might have come close to their preseason ranking. Diebold is a good goalie but he doesn't win games as Kasdorf can. I add that Alec Dillon, who is expected to arrive next season, may be even better than Kasdorf.

Wholin1
11-02-2014, 08:10 AM
Also considering Union had very clear chances in overtime.
I agree that it's not fair to call out one player even though Jeff acknowledged his blunder and took responsibility. Vecchione had a great chance to win it in OT but Kasdorf made a fantastic save.

RPI rose to the challenge this weekend and earned the sweep. So far as Union is concerned, they brought it in full last night but to no avail.

There are obviously areas that need to be cleaned up like taking care of the puck, the power play and errant passes. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that we will look back at this weekend as the low point of the season, as we progress from here. It won't be an overnight process but it will happen.

ibanezist00
11-02-2014, 08:24 AM
I agree that it's not fair to call out one player even though Jeff acknowledged his blunder and took responsibility. Vecchione had a great chance to win it in OT but Kasdorf made a fantastic save.

RPI rose to the challenge this weekend and earned the sweep. So far as Union is concerned, they brought it in full last night but to no avail.

There are obviously areas that need to be cleaned up like taking care of the puck, the power play and errant passes. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that we will look back at this weekend as the low point of the season, as we progress from here. It won't be an overnight process but it will happen.

Agreed 100%. The game Saturday could have gone either way.

Dutchman
11-02-2014, 09:22 AM
JMO but the difference between RPI and Union on Saturday was in the goal where Kasdorf greatly outplayed Stevens

No question that Kasdorf is a great goalie ..... and that RPI has good defense. This year the ECAC has lots of very good goalies. However, thus far this year he does not even show up in the top 39 goalies (GAA) but I am sure he will ...

Goaltending Leaders
(Minimum 33% of team's total minutes needed to qualify)
Rk Name GP W-L-T MIN GA SV SV% GAA
1 Dalton Izyk, So, Robert Morris 4 4-0-0 239:49 3 128 .977 0.7506
2 Mathias Dahlstr�m, Jr, Northern Michigan 6 5-0-1 364:43 5 132 .964 0.8226
3 Mitch Gillam, So, Cornell 1 0-0-1 65:00 1 38 .974 0.9231
4 Matt O'Connor, Jr, Boston University 4 3-1-0 238:47 5 115 .958 1.2564
5 Charlie Finn, So, Colgate 8 6-2-0 475:04 10 179 .947 1.2630
6 Jamie Phillips, Jr, Michigan Tech 6 6-0-0 359:18 8 157 .952 1.3359
7 Tyler Steel, So, Brown 2 1-0-0 87:21 2 38 .950 1.3738
8 Ryan Massa, Sr, Nebraska-Omaha 5 4-0-1 304:59 7 138 .952 1.3771
9 Brody Hoffman, Jr, Vermont 4 3-0-1 244:42 6 89 .937 1.4712
10 Cal Petersen, Fr, Notre Dame 5 3-1-1 304:18 8 152 .950 1.5774
11 Evan Cowley, So, Denver 6 4-2-0 348:26 10 151 .938 1.7220
12 Tim Ernst, So, Brown 1 1-0-0 32:39 1 16 .941 1.8377
13 Colin Stevens, Sr, Union 7 5-2-0 390:35 12 186 .939 1.8434
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34 Kyle Hayton, Fr, St. Lawrence 8 4-3-1 489:11 18 276 .939 2.2078
35 Michael Bitzer, Fr, Bemidji State 3 2-1-0 180:00 7 78 .918 2.3333
36 Parker Gahagen, So, Army 5 2-2-1 303:20 12 158 .929 2.3736
37 Rob Nichols, So, Connecticut 6 1-3-2 344:49 14 185 .930 2.4361
38 Sean Cahill, Sr, Alaska 4 2-2-0 244:19 10 126 .926 2.4558
39 Matt Ginn, Sr, Holy Cross 8 2-4-2 484:45 20 240 .923 2.4755


Read more: http://www.uscho.com/stats/overall/division-i-men/2014-2015/#ixzz3HvOmiCsb

and he is at 30th (lowest reported) in save percentage

17 Colin Stevens, Sr, Union 7 .939
Kyle Hayton, Fr, St. Lawrence 8 .939
19 Evan Cowley, So, Denver 6 .938
20 Brody Hoffman, Jr, Vermont 4 .937
21 Carmine Guerriero, So, Alabama-Huntsville 4 .936
22 Matthew Skoff, Jr, Penn State 8 .932
23 Zane McIntyre, Jr, North Dakota 7 .931
24 Rob Nichols, So, Connecticut 6 .930
25 Parker Gahagen, So, Army 5 .929
Thatcher Demko, So, Boston College 6 .929
27 Tommy Burke, Jr, Bowling Green 3 .928
28 Sean Cahill, Sr, Alaska 4 .926
Terry Shafer, Jr, Robert Morris 4 .926
30 Jason Kasdorf, Jr, Rensselaer 7 .924

Read more: http://www.uscho.com/stats/overall/division-i-men/2014-2015/#ixzz3HvN37rhI

A good test for him will be this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.

jmhusker
11-02-2014, 09:46 AM
No question that Kasdorf is a great goalie ..... and that RPI has good defense. This year the ECAC has lots of very good goalies. However, thus far this year he does not even show up in the top 39 goalies (GAA) but I am sure he will ...

A good test for him will be this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.
Still too early to look at stats for me. Some of those goalies haven't played much, some haven't played anyone good yet and no one has played enough to keep one bad outing from killing their averages.

I think it's safe to say Kasdorf will move up but it will be more a case of him staying where he is in save % while everyone else comes down to earth. GAA... could take a while to improve but again, there are others that are benefiting from small sample sizes.

I expect this weekend to be just a bump in the road for Union. Who knows if it will ignite RPI onto something. It would be nice to meet a 4th time in Lake Placid this year.