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rdf8585
01-10-2015, 04:00 PM
Are Gingras & Pontarelli hurt or healthy scratches?

Gingras has been sick. Pontarelli has an upper-body injury.

rdf8585
01-10-2015, 04:41 PM
Tonight's lines:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Line charts for tonight&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ECACHockey?src=hash">#ECACHockey</a> matchup between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnionHockey?src=hash">#UnionHockey</a> and #15 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QUHockey?src=hash">#QUHockey</a>... Stevens in goal for Union. <a href="http://t.co/2Xjbirh98X">pic.twitter.com/2Xjbirh98X</a></p>&mdash; Union Hockey Blog (@UnionHockeyBlog) <a href="https://twitter.com/UnionHockeyBlog/status/554041088688672768">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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UFan
01-10-2015, 07:45 PM
Those dump and chase are so hard to watch when the only result is the other team getting the puck... We have to find a way to get past the blue line without dumping the puck... Another 10 minutes or so and it'll be over... phew... Gotta feel bad for Stevens, he made all the save he could.
Q played very well, no chance for us to beat them. Speed, skill and team play was way above ours.
Next week end will be better !

UFan
01-10-2015, 08:05 PM
WOW, much closer than expected... what happened in the last 10 minutes ? WE WANTED IT MORE !!

UnionFan4Life
01-10-2015, 08:26 PM
Too bad we didn't wake up until the last 5 minutes of the game

Miami Ice
01-11-2015, 09:42 AM
One decent win...Yale; two "decent" ties...H & BU..."ugh" when looking at whom we have beat and lost to. The hope last night was for a an auspicious kickoff to second half league play. No cigar. The intangible that separates the best from the rest seems elusive thus far. It is nasty playing catch up. We hear about "Union Hockey." Yes, it is great stuff. The legacy of last season will remain indelible. It's back to scratching and clawing in an incredibly competitive league.

Kepler
01-11-2015, 10:18 AM
It's back to scratching and clawing in an incredibly competitive league.

Just as happened with the last "dynasty," Yale, and the one before that, Cornell, and the one before that. Circle of life. The Union-Cornell game next weekend will be a battle of frustrated teams.

johnk
01-11-2015, 10:56 AM
EASY-AC

If the selection where made today, the ECAC would send 1 team to NCAA tournament, Harvard. This assumes Harvard wins the league and wins the tournament. In looking at the top 15 teams, and the competition they face vs. the coming competition in the ECAC, I cannot see any ECAC teams climbing fast enough to make it into the top 15. As a matter of fact, our teams could go in the opposite direction. Back in the days of the EASY-AC conventional wisdom was .... the way to make it to the NCAAs was through easier league play, building up a resume and / or winning the tournament. Those fans and coaches that still believe this are in for a big disappointment this year.

I am not disappointed in the Dutchmen (24) by the way. We are about where I expected us to be at this point.

Teams like St. Cloud are only 7-10 but tied with us (25) in the pairwise. A tough non-conference schedule and some wins. Now, if they nail some league wins they might make it. Robert Morris is there too (26) at 12-4-4. The AHA is just not competitive enough. No AHA team is going to make it on its own. You have to look at non-conference games with the same level of criticality as conference games if you expect to still be standing in March. The Union, Yale, Colgate, Cornell, Q coaches all know this because they have said as much. You have to schedule and win some quality non-conference games BEFORE league play or run the table in league play and if you think you are going to do it this year in the ECAC .... you need to get back on your meds.

This year with the tournament in Boston, it would be nice to have the ECAC present and accounted for. I hope that whatever ECAC team(s) make it to the NCAAs they go deep. I am just not optimistic. We may be heading back to the EASY-AC. If we are, its our own doing. As a league, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Our non-conference record in December was horrible and put us down with the AHA folks in out of conference winning percentage.

Maybe 2015-2016.
One week later and now the ECAC has 4 teams in the top 15 PWR. Handful of games left against Hockey East and half of the conference schedule left so a lot can happen. Do not go sour on the league yet.

Dutchman
01-11-2015, 06:31 PM
Against Q
Colin made 15 saves but gave up 4 goals and left in period 2
Sak came in midway in period 2 to make 14 saves gave up no goals the rest of the way.

Q post game comments
http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/sports/mice/2014-15/releases/20150110pcd3o3

Against SH
Sak made 21 saves and gave up 1 goal

Against BU
Sak made 33 saves and gave up 3 goals

Against Yale
Sak made 28 saves and gave up 1 goal.

IMO we give up nothing when Sak is in there. I also believe that there is an upside to his potential. What do you think?

Dutchman
01-12-2015, 06:33 AM
One week later and now the ECAC has 4 teams in the top 15 PWR. Handful of games left against Hockey East and half of the conference schedule left so a lot can happen. Do not go sour on the league yet.

I hope you are right and it's not time to despair. The ECAC is now in 4th place (45-46-9) and close to dropping back to 5th place, behind the BIG10 and only ahead of the AHA. We now have a losing record against every league except the AHA. Teams contending for those 4 slots we now have and that are just outside of the 15th place are Minnesota, Denver, Michigan, BC and St. Cloud. I also don't see those non-ECAC teams in the top 15 suddenly collapsing. Time will tell.

TchrBill
01-12-2015, 02:02 PM
The Union-Cornell game next weekend will be a battle of frustrated teams.

Is Union really that frustrated? I think they are having a very good season. The Dutchmen have been in the national spotlight for the last 4 years and can play with anyone. Anything less than last year's national title is a letdown. If this is a "rebuilding" year for Union, they are still more competitive than most. They have great fan support at home and as one of the 'newer' ECAC members, your program has come a long way.

Glad Colgate was able to play Union tough last season, but not looking forward to playing you Saturday. Dutchman, I noticed you picked the Raiders to win. I will pick the opposite b/c Colgate has no quality wins this season and despite a mild winning streak, they are a bit inconsistent. My guess is we both hope we are wrong!

As mentioned, would be great to have 4 ECAC teams stay in the PWR...if not 5, so feel free to win after Saturday ;-)

jericho
01-12-2015, 07:20 PM
Kevin Shier has left the Dutchmen to go back to Canada.

Dutchman
01-12-2015, 07:57 PM
Kevin Shier has left the Dutchmen to go back to Canada.

This is what jericho, from RPI, wrote on the RPI site

"Kevin Shier has left the Dutchmen. This is Bennett's response: “Yesterday,” Bennett, sounding angry, said when asked of his meeting with Shier. “He told me yesterday. Back on the streets of Ontario and you can put that in there (the story).” When pressed for more, Bennett continued, "You better stop asking me questions about it before I knock you out, just like I did to Kevin. :D"

This is what Schott wrote
http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2015/jan/12/shier-leaves-union-hockey-team/

RPI SUCKS 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnl8fueYiBE

UnionFan4Life
01-12-2015, 08:40 PM
Sad news about Shier, he had a promising future. I wonder if it had to due with the lack of playing time?

jericho
01-12-2015, 08:40 PM
So here's what you're internet tough guy put on my rep: "Hey Jericho ..... You are a ****ing ******* !!!!!" Nice language. Good luck the rest of this season, you're going to need it.

Dutchman
01-12-2015, 08:49 PM
Sad news about Shier, he had a promising future. I wonder if it had to due with the lack of playing time?

Looks like he saw action in 13 games thus far which is a lot more than 3 of the Juniors.

UFan
01-13-2015, 06:43 AM
Looks like he saw action in 13 games thus far which is a lot more than 3 of the Juniors.
Too bad for him... Leaving the team and the school... ???? He's going to find a better program and a better school at the same time, in the middle of the year ? :confused: His choice. Good luck to him, hope it works out.
Let's see who steps up to replace him !

Ralph Baer
01-13-2015, 08:08 AM
Too bad for him... Leaving the team and the school... ???? He's going to find a better program and a better school at the same time, in the middle of the year ? :confused: His choice. Good luck to him, hope it works out.
Let's see who steps up to replace him !

He could go to a Canadian college. Although I don't know their rule, I suspect that he could play as soon as he gets there.

rdf8585
01-13-2015, 01:00 PM
I spoke with Kevin Shier today, and he talked about his decision to leave Union and what comes next:

http://t.co/QxtuTbAoF5

Dutchman
01-13-2015, 01:59 PM
I spoke with Kevin Shier today, and he talked about his decision to leave Union and what comes next:
http://t.co/QxtuTbAoF5

Ryan - Thanks for posting this ....