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Greg Ambrose
12-22-2016, 04:37 PM
I sure am glad you are better at recognizing weak leagues and not specific teams! Lest I would have been "sorely disappointed" at Ford Field in 2010!! :D

Whose the best team in HE this year? BC, correct? How does this team stack up to, you said it, the 2010 team which was a wagon? Not very well I would guess, but you tell me.

scoreboard
12-22-2016, 04:37 PM
A "lighthearted" comment no doubt?

Not really....

Greg Ambrose
12-22-2016, 04:45 PM
Honestly, why is Marty dumbing down the OOC schedules for BB and hockey? There is only a downside to doing this as shown by this years hockey results. It's one thing to lose to North Dakota 5-1. Losing to Bentley by the same score is not a positive in the recruiting effort.

You're a big fan, you should know why. Pretty obvious to me and most others who populate this board.

scoreboard
12-22-2016, 04:50 PM
You're a big fan, you should know why. Pretty obvious to me and most others who populate this board.

Run out of prune juice??? I know the answer. I just find it incredulous that he is doing it. BTW, Nick from BC owns you....😀

E.J. Smith
12-22-2016, 06:04 PM
Top college picks for hockey for one thing; the competition to land the best out there has to be enormous and the players have more than just a few 'hockey schools' to choose from as the sport has grown has it not? Avenues to get to the college game, avenues to play elsewhere instead of college; this is what I am referring to. Not all roads lead to UNH hockey as they once might have. (See below)

Those of you who have been with this for eons; you tell me why we landed players 10/20 years ago that we don't today. It can't ALL be the coaches fault... The impression I've gotten reading this board for the 3 plus years I have was that top, highly sought players once FLOCKED to UNH...not so anymore and while the downward spiral has been slow (?) it has picked up exponentially in the past 4/5 years having not been "Regional Ready"....

I'll end by saying I will be the first to tell you that my knowledge of this kind of thing is not extensive and I am not pretending otherwise. I base this on what I've gleaned by reading about recruiting and how it goes down these days as opposed to the past. Sorry you won't get much more than that from me, and as always, I welcome the info/education. ;)Dan got here sooner and with a more complete answer but I'll echo the part about for every Union/UML that has risen there's a CC (Peter Sejna) and Maine that has fallen off.

sonar
12-22-2016, 06:17 PM
Honestly, why is Marty dumbing down the OOC schedules for BB and hockey? There is only a downside to doing this as shown by this years hockey results. It's one thing to lose to North Dakota 5-1. Losing to Bentley by the same score is not a positive in the recruiting effort.

Word on the street is that a few Patriot and Ivy basketball teams bailed out at the last moment .... and fill-ins had to be found??

scoreboard
12-22-2016, 06:26 PM
Word on the street is that a few Patriot and Ivy basketball teams bailed out at the last moment .... and fill-ins had to be found??

That would make sense of the BB schedule.

Felger
12-22-2016, 06:30 PM
Good job Felger. That made me laugh. Does DW have a hockey team? If they do I bet they will be on the schedule next year.

I don't know what I found more comical Wednesday night. The UNH-DW game, or the fact that Boston College hosted a game at the Mohegan Sun Arena:eek:

Greg Ambrose
12-22-2016, 07:39 PM
Run out of prune juice??? I know the answer. I just find it incredulous that he is doing it. BTW, Nick from BC owns you....😀

I thought you did. BTW, you gonna be at the Whit when they come of the bus next Friday? Make sure you give props to DU.

scoreboard
12-22-2016, 09:01 PM
I thought you did. BTW, you gonna be at the Whit when they come of the bus next Friday? Make sure you give props to DU.

Your comprehension level on my posts is not good. Go back and look at them. I'm not impressed with the team as of now. My first game at Snively was in 1972.

Scott
12-22-2016, 09:13 PM
Gawd, this thread makes me laugh every day!! I haven't seen this many cases of "one-upsmanship" since the gaudy 90's!! :p :eek: ;)

And since I've been hitting the sauce a bit early tonight....(;))....A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!!

Enjoy some demented yuletide humor from Denis Leary......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4G_qTwgzmk

HockeyRef
12-22-2016, 09:35 PM
Gawd, this thread makes me laugh every day!! I haven't seen this many cases of "one-upsmanship" since the gaudy 90's!! :p :eek: ;)

And since I've been hitting the sauce a bit early tonight....(;))....A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!!

Enjoy some demented yuletide humor from Denis Leary......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4G_qTwgzmk

Hahaha same to you and yours Scott! Yep the board has been rockin'..
Been worth the price of admission to be sure! 😉

Chuck Murray
12-22-2016, 11:03 PM
I don't know what I found more comical Wednesday night. The UNH-DW game, or the fact that Boston College hosted a game at the Mohegan Sun Arena:eek:

Someone at The Heights must've dug deep into the WIS playbook for inspiration, and recalled how Da Godfaddah was largely set at the former Wonderland Greyhound Park (RIP). Doesn't Flutie have his own place at the converted greyhound-to-casino site down in Plainfield or wherever? The CHB's just can't help themselves, it's in their blood.

Dan
12-23-2016, 11:51 AM
http://www.si.com/olympics/2016/12/21/win-losing-book-ralph-cox-1980-olympics-miracle-on-ice

HockeyRef
12-23-2016, 12:57 PM
http://www.si.com/olympics/2016/12/21/win-losing-book-ralph-cox-1980-olympics-miracle-on-ice

Ralph speaks about his life regarding his experiences with Herb Brooks. Thanks for this history lesson for me Dan!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_LH_87HGQk&list=PLijTHyKnlr4Xhie1vzyuz6x4vSjvH-ZEu

Felger
12-23-2016, 05:17 PM
Word on the street is that a few Patriot and Ivy basketball teams bailed out at the last moment .... and fill-ins had to be found??

I read that as well and perhaps that is the case. However the reality is that the basketball team played two D-III opponents last season, as well as two D-III foes the year before that. (Fact, not opinion.:D)

Far be it for me to accuse anyone in the Field House of being disingenuous.:rolleyes: Just pointing out that the schedule this season is not that much of an anomaly from the last two.

My bigger concern is that they are going to get fat on this junk food over the holidays and not be ready for conference play after the first of the year.

HockeyRef
12-25-2016, 12:09 AM
Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!!! 😉 (You all know this is just a joke line from the movie Home Alone ). See ya Friday!!!

Nick Papagiorgio
12-27-2016, 10:12 AM
Whose the best team in HE this year? BC, correct? How does this team stack up to, you said it, the 2010 team which was a wagon? Not very well I would guess, but you tell me.

When this year's team has played some important games I'll let you know.

But I like that you think this is the way to measure a league's strength; kind of played to the point I made in the last post no? Maybe a little too much egg-nog this holiday season? :D

norbert
12-29-2016, 09:31 AM
I hear you Snively - but just as there were better options last season (in my opinion) than Correale as long as the line is producing Umile won't consider making a change. And one could easily argue that he's right not to. I might argue that.

I do however think this team needs more scoring to compete with the better teams they'll see in the second half - and just like last year - more scoring depth. Right now the second line just isn't doing the job. If I was going to make a change to the first line - I'd drop McNicholas down in hopes his playmaking ability would jumpstart Vela. Grasso has played center, but the likely candidate to get McNicholas' spot would be Blackburn.

I think the much more likely scenario, however, is the first line stays intact. So, I'd like to see them jumble the remaining groups. I think a second line of Grasso, Vela and Blackburn should be experimented with. If Vela can get going and Grasso/Blackburn continue to adjust and perform that could be a good group.

I'd love to see a third line of Eiserman, Nazarian and Hill. I think this would be a fast group that plays with an edge, can be physical and provide some occasional pop.

Mille/BVR/Cefalu/Sacco/Fregona can mix and match on the fourth line...

With the real schedule approaching scoring is going to become more of a problem. My prediction is that TK endures the same fate that Poturalski suffered last year, cleaned up against the weaker schedule and then disappeared.

While not the best player, I believe Hill deserves more credit and opportunity to have a more on-ice leadership role. Though he has taken a few dumb penalties over the years, he is consistent with both the forecheck and backcheck, while not being afraid to get into the dirty areas. I'd give him a shot with TK on the first line along with a bigger body like Vela or Eiserman. My sanity could be questioned but looking at the Blackhawks, first line is Hartman (rookie), Toews, and Motte (rookie).

With the remaining schedule (17 games), I think 5-10-2 is as realistic as it gets. I would continue the effort to win games but see if you can find line combinations that work for the future. But in true DU fashion, I can not imagine he experiments and continues with the same old.

ClOuD 9
12-29-2016, 07:24 PM
2,167 seats left in the lower bowl about 24 hours before puck drop - upper deck not being sold.
What... is... the... point...?
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(blue dots available, grey sold)