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northeastern
01-07-2017, 07:18 PM
ruck very suspect on rebounds tonight. one in the crease, one a mistake on his own clearing puck up the middle right to a waiting uvm player in the slot. not focused.. takes the momentum away the forwards trying to create.
God help us.

northeastern
01-07-2017, 08:37 PM
4-3 UVM.. second time this season we've lost to them by a goal. Seems like we have the forwards to compete with some of the better ranked teams,just do not have the strength in goal. After the 1 goal loss/es to Providence, BC, Yale, UVM (twice)..the question mark in goaltending continue. Hopefully with Nolan coming back & just through trial by fire at this point.. can make a go of it.

Split-N
01-07-2017, 09:47 PM
)...the question mark in goaltending continue....

There is no longer a question mark in goal and hasn't been for some time. Forwards can play with anyone and defense is better than what took us to a championship last year. Goaltending has regressed and is the story of the season so far. Ruck is a nice kid and I feel bad for him but there's no way to sugarcoat his numbers.

Let the Countdown to Cayden begin.

PPGuru
01-07-2017, 10:21 PM
Highlights are up on www.hockeyeastonline.com if you're interested in seeing them.

northeastern
01-08-2017, 09:19 AM
On a positive note..
big congrats to Matt Benning on his first NHL goal with the Edmonton Oilers last night..
way to go Matt!

Richard
01-09-2017, 11:00 AM
Can't believe this is the situation they are in again. Pretty much in last place when you factor in that all teams have games at hand with them. I am really disappointed in this, I was HOPFUL that with the momentum that they had picked up from last year that maybe they could start to build some consistency, instead they have continued down the same road that they usually trave making last year look like a fluke rather than something to come. I never bought the preseason #2 in HE, but 1 league win on Jan 9th. I know they have injuries, but if they truely a top 5 team in HE they should be able to win more than 1 league game. I know Ruck has been bad, and a bad goalie can be tough to overcome. but they are wasting a great season from ZAR, Sykura, and Gaudette. So frustrating.

Split-N
01-09-2017, 12:35 PM
Can't believe this is the situation they are in again...I know they have injuries, but if they truely a top 5 team in HE they should be able to win more than 1 league game. I know Ruck has been bad, and a bad goalie can be tough to overcome. but they are wasting a great season from ZAR, Sykura, and Gaudette. So frustrating.

Agree with the beginning and end of this truncated quote but I maintain the goaltending situation has been impossible--not just tough--to overcome. And you need look no further than the statistics tab on the HEA website to figure out why. For starters, Ruck is sporting a .887 save percentage with 59 goals against and a 3.16 GAA. Next lowest in save percentage is Drew Vogler (Mack) who checks at .902; next lowest in goals against and GAA is Rob McGovern (Maine) with 48/2.98. In relative terms, the gap between Ruck and the next poorest performers is statistically significant.

At the other end of the spectrum, Oettinger (BU) has a .930 save percentage with 31 goals against and a 1.94 GAA; next is Wall (UML) at .927/33/1.95. Expressed another way, NU needs to score almost 5 goals per game to have a reasonable shot at winning. Easier said than done by any HEA team.

Personally, I think the NU forwards match up well with top teams while the D is arguably better than the one that helped bring home the HEA championship last year. I wish I had a magic fix.

northeastern
01-09-2017, 01:54 PM
with just 1 HE win.. some of the blame does lie with the coaching staff in that they either were not prepared to use in any gms or have not a adequate back up goaltending situation or confidence to use in place of what we have.. just seems typical barring last season. hope nolan's return and/ or ruck's improvement (if any) can salvage some, down the stretch.

Richard
01-09-2017, 02:02 PM
What we saw last season was a goa;lie who played very well, kind of hard to blame the coaches that this kid has completely fallen on his face. He played Theut against ND, whi not give him another shot?

Agganis
01-09-2017, 02:06 PM
What we saw last season was a goa;lie who played very well, kind of hard to blame the coaches that this kid has completely fallen on his face. He played Theut against ND, whi not give him another shot?

Ruck was a well below average starting goalie nationally last year, he is just much worse this year.

northeastern
01-09-2017, 02:19 PM
He played Theut against ND, whi not give him another shot?

..have asked this myself. must be something they know.. cant figure this one out.

Richard
01-09-2017, 02:43 PM
Ruck was a well below average starting goalie nationally last year, he is just much worse this year.

Well below? Couldn't have been well below to win 21 out of 23.

Gr8Sk8M8
01-09-2017, 03:24 PM
There is no longer a question mark in goal


He should have been yanked after his "centering" pass...

Gr8Sk8M8
01-09-2017, 03:25 PM
Well below? Couldn't have been well below to win 21 out of 23.

Just ignore the BU Troll...

Agganis
01-09-2017, 03:30 PM
Well below? Couldn't have been well below to win 21 out of 23.

He was very hot in January and February, which covered the majority of the winning streak (he was a top 10 goalie in that span), but for the entire season he had the 45th best save% among qualified goalies. Given that there are only 60 teams, that is well below average.

beanstalk
01-09-2017, 04:06 PM
Agree with the beginning and end of this truncated quote but I maintain the goaltending situation has been impossible--not just tough--to overcome. And you need look no further than the statistics tab on the HEA website to figure out why. For starters, Ruck is sporting a .887 save percentage with 59 goals against and a 3.16 GAA. Next lowest in save percentage is Drew Vogler (Mack) who checks at .902; next lowest in goals against and GAA is Rob McGovern (Maine) with 48/2.98. In relative terms, the gap between Ruck and the next poorest performers is statistically significant.

At the other end of the spectrum, Oettinger (BU) has a .930 save percentage with 31 goals against and a 1.94 GAA; next is Wall (UML) at .927/33/1.95. Expressed another way, NU needs to score almost 5 goals per game to have a reasonable shot at winning. Easier said than done by any HEA team.

Personally, I think the NU forwards match up well with top teams while the D is arguably better than the one that helped bring home the HEA championship last year. I wish I had a magic fix.

While Ruck has not been good, the D has arguably been worse. Williams has been horrendous this year on D and has not provided much on the offensive end either, considering that he is on the PP unit. In all of the hoopla of an 8-2 victory over Clarkson, nobody mentioned how badly Williams was beat on the 2 goals that Clarkson managed to score (go back and watch if you have the heart). He has been getting beat like that all season. Others have mentioned Cockerill's troubles on D, but I guess we are willing to live with it given his offensive production; however, he hasn't made Ruck's job any easier. Davies has a nice stick and looks great with the puck, but he loses guys by the net all of the time, as though he has no peripheral vision. For my money, the only two D-men who have been good in the D zone are Owens and Shea. The same 6 D-men have played together uninterrupted for 16 straight games and they have not improved as a unit at all. Ruck has been bad, but he hasn't gotten much help up front.

Gr8Sk8M8
01-09-2017, 04:14 PM
While Ruck has not been good, the D has arguably been worse. Williams has been horrendous this year on D and has not provided much on the offensive end either, considering that he is on the PP unit. In all of the hoopla of an 8-2 victory over Clarkson, nobody mentioned how badly Williams was beat on the 2 goals that Clarkson managed to score (go back and watch if you have the heart). He has been getting beat like that all season. Others have mentioned Cockerill's troubles on D, but I guess we are willing to live with it given his offensive production; however, he hasn't made Ruck's job any easier. Davies has a nice stick and looks great with the puck, but he loses guys by the net all of the time, as though he has no peripheral vision. For my money, the only two D-men who have been good in the D zone are Owens and Shea. The same 6 D-men have played together uninterrupted for 16 straight games and they have not improved as a unit at all. Ruck has been bad, but he hasn't gotten much help up front.

No one has been harder on Cockerill than I have going all the way back to his being recruited...but I have to say, he has settled down and is not trying to do too much and his play has improved...I agree about Shea and Williams but point out the fact that Williams really did not have that great of a year last year until the playoffs...absolutely disagree about Owens...he'd have to get better to be just bad...Davies had a rough game @ UVM...a lot of giveaways...

Ruck has been horrible...any goalie who cannot control rebounds to the point of making a conscious decision to poke the puck into the slot instead of diving on top of it, really does not deserve to be in net...no matter how bad those who are below him on depth chart are...

BTW, there are rumors - not good - about Pecararo...anyone know if he's registered? I can't get an answer out of anyone...

northeastern
01-09-2017, 04:53 PM
All i want is for us to be a competitive program.. last yr was great.. then comes another season and we are struggling for league wins (again).. Why can't we just be competitive..

Honestly Madigan & co.. just get it together already.. build a program yr in.. build it for the long term (this should have already been happening).. does not have to be this dramatic yr in yr out..

TheRevengeance
01-09-2017, 05:08 PM
BTW, there are rumors - not good - about Pecararo...anyone know if he's registered? I can't get an answer out of anyone...

He tweeted about classes today, so one would assume he's in them.

NU_Husky
01-09-2017, 06:30 PM
Well below? Couldn't have been well below to win 21 out of 23.

Backing up Agganis on this one. Last year against the bottom half of the conference, Ruck saved 92.6%. Top half was 89.3. Those are including playoff games. Against NCAA teams he was 88.9%, agains non-NCAA he was 93.1%. He played well against an awful schedule, the offense was clicking, so the wins came. A fellow blogger did the math, last year's second half strength of schedule was .231. Compared to .579 in the first half. Even as a very biased NU fan, it's easy to see how a run like the one we had could have happened. Taking nothing away from winning 4 straight vs ND/BC/Lowell. But to get to that point, not exactly the stiffest competition.

But overall of 90.9, conference SV% of 90.8, and the numbers getting worse against good teams- he was definitely a below average goalie.