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walrus
01-14-2019, 03:51 AM
Go Pats! :D

That was a fun game, makes that crap loss in miami loom large. Should be in Gillette next Sunday. It reminds me of the year Pats had to go to Denver and Denver ended up winning it all with a rubber armed Peyton. KC has a good QB but not the D Denver had. Be interesting to see what happens with Belicheck and a rookie QB and of course KCs coach.

umhockey91
01-14-2019, 07:29 AM
Friendly Maine fans, I'll be coming to visit your arena for the weekend of games against UMass (1/25, 1/26). I seek seating advice. My last (and only) time visiting Alfond (in 2008) I sat in the visitors' section, which was underneath the stands behind the goal. Since I couldn't see much of the game from those seats because the glass was scratched up and dirty, I am trying to find better seats this time. Since I'm coming all the way from Tucson AZ for this (via DC, where I'll be on business the week before the games) I figured I'd get seats in advance. :)

I'm considering either sections BB/CC or the opposite side NN/MM. Where would I get *less* flak for wearing a UMass sweater? I'm coming with two friends, both from UMass...

Thank-you for supporting Maine Hockey! Opposing fans are all we got left.:o

BobF
01-14-2019, 12:19 PM
I can't recall the last time I posted on this site about Maine Hockey. I always knew once my frustration turned to apathy that like many others it would be a turning point in how I follow, or elect not to follow, my alma mater's hockey team. However after last year I went into this season with hope. Finally Maine Hockey would be relevant again! I would tune in to games on the internet, I would look forward to reading Larry's reports, and maybe just maybe we'd experience a Black Bear sighting at the Garden and in the NC$$ tournament!

It did not take long for me to realize that instead of a building block, what we saw last year was a mirage. I now find out about Maine hockey scores from comments made by people who knew of my passion in the past. Living in NH I was certain the fortunes of Maine Hockey and UNH would be trending very differently with Maine heading to the top and the "Mildcats" to the cellar where we had dwelled for too long. Today I went to the Hockey East webpage and we are trailing UNH! And UMASS is 1st with a second year coach and a rich history of Jonathan Quick and nothing else! I love hockey, I love college hockey, but I have zero desire to watch Maine hockey play when it is abundantly clear that the fans deserve a better product, and the players deserve better leadership. Coach Gendron has a tremendous history as a recruiter, but it has not transcended as a Head Coach at Maine.

I'd like to start caring about Maine hockey again. The time is once again upon us to find someone who can lead Maine back to relevance!

maineblackbear
01-14-2019, 01:10 PM
[QUOTE=BobF;6747031]I can't recall the last time I posted on this site about Maine Hockey."


I have not posted here about hockey in four or five years-- my most recent post was about football, of course. I was one of the holdouts on Whitehead until his last year. Not sure why. I have been down on Red since game two or three of his second season when the team played very lackadaisy -- the team had no fire 200 minutes into a new season. He has recruited a lot of 2d and 3rd liners (some of whom aren't bad and would create incredible depth on a better squad) but he has steadily recruited stiffs on defense who have size but no mobility-- he got lucky with Swayman, so you got to give him credit for that) but there is no skater with as much ability as Swayman has in the net.

Bad penalties, inconsistent work ethic, players sick of being yelled at (I had a coach in juniors that would never teach, just yell at people who screwed up-- his favorite line "toughen up" so I say that to my kids when they spill water or something, "toughen up") Red was at one time an amazing recruiter and great teacher- he is mentioned in Paul Kariya's Hall of Fame induction speech for a reason, right? But as a head man, I think we have seen what he is going to do.

We need to roll the dice on a young person, and if it doesn't work, fire him after three years and get another. The program is what needs re-booting and it won't happen til the right guy is in charge.

Ma#1ne Hky
01-14-2019, 03:15 PM
I can't recall the last time I posted on this site about Maine Hockey. I always knew once my frustration turned to apathy that like many others it would be a turning point in how I follow, or elect not to follow, my alma mater's hockey team. However after last year I went into this season with hope. Finally Maine Hockey would be relevant again! I would tune in to games on the internet, I would look forward to reading Larry's reports, and maybe just maybe we'd experience a Black Bear sighting at the Garden and in the NC$$ tournament!

It did not take long for me to realize that instead of a building block, what we saw last year was a mirage. I now find out about Maine hockey scores from comments made by people who knew of my passion in the past. Living in NH I was certain the fortunes of Maine Hockey and UNH would be trending very differently with Maine heading to the top and the "Mildcats" to the cellar where we had dwelled for too long. Today I went to the Hockey East webpage and we are trailing UNH! And UMASS is 1st with a second year coach and a rich history of Jonathan Quick and nothing else! I love hockey, I love college hockey, but I have zero desire to watch Maine hockey play when it is abundantly clear that the fans deserve a better product, and the players deserve better leadership. Coach Gendron has a tremendous history as a recruiter, but it has not transcended as a Head Coach at Maine.

I'd like to start caring about Maine hockey again. The time is once again upon us to find someone who can lead Maine back to relevance!Glad that you posted and many/many feel the same way....

Ma#1ne Hky
01-14-2019, 03:16 PM
[QUOTE=BobF;6747031]I can't recall the last time I posted on this site about Maine Hockey."


I have not posted here about hockey in four or five years-- my most recent post was about football, of course. I was one of the holdouts on Whitehead until his last year. Not sure why. I have been down on Red since game two or three of his second season when the team played very lackadaisy -- the team had no fire 200 minutes into a new season. He has recruited a lot of 2d and 3rd liners (some of whom aren't bad and would create incredible depth on a better squad) but he has steadily recruited stiffs on defense who have size but no mobility-- he got lucky with Swayman, so you got to give him credit for that) but there is no skater with as much ability as Swayman has in the net.

Bad penalties, inconsistent work ethic, players sick of being yelled at (I had a coach in juniors that would never teach, just yell at people who screwed up-- his favorite line "toughen up" so I say that to my kids when they spill water or something, "toughen up") Red was at one time an amazing recruiter and great teacher- he is mentioned in Paul Kariya's Hall of Fame induction speech for a reason, right? But as a head man, I think we have seen what he is going to do.

We need to roll the dice on a young person, and if it doesn't work, fire him after three years and get another. The program is what needs re-booting and it won't happen til the right guy is in charge.Frustrating is the word....

Ma#1ne Hky
01-14-2019, 03:26 PM
Devin Shore traded by Dallas to Anaheim.

Mac910
01-14-2019, 06:11 PM
Devin Shore traded by Dallas to Anaheim.

I saw that, pretty even trade. Shore for Cogliano, veteran third liner to a probable playoff team for a younger third liner to a team on their way to collapse. I'm glad to see Shore carving out an NHL career for himself but I don't see him ever getting more than 50 points in a season.

DoubleA
01-14-2019, 09:44 PM
I saw that, pretty even trade. Shore for Cogliano, veteran third liner to a probable playoff team for a younger third liner to a team on their way to collapse. I'm glad to see Shore carving out an NHL career for himself but I don't see him ever getting more than 50 points in a season.
JR doing the Bruins wrap up on NBCSN. Just said Anaheim has lost 11 in a row. Good luck Devin. Could be a long couple of years.

ticapnews
01-15-2019, 08:21 AM
Friendly Maine fans, I'll be coming to visit your arena for the weekend of games against UMass (1/25, 1/26). I seek seating advice. My last (and only) time visiting Alfond (in 2008) I sat in the visitors' section, which was underneath the stands behind the goal. Since I couldn't see much of the game from those seats because the glass was scratched up and dirty, I am trying to find better seats this time. Since I'm coming all the way from Tucson AZ for this (via DC, where I'll be on business the week before the games) I figured I'd get seats in advance. :)

I'm considering either sections BB/CC or the opposite side NN/MM. Where would I get *less* flak for wearing a UMass sweater? I'm coming with two friends, both from UMass...

You shouldn't get any flak. Shawn Walsh was adamant that the Alfond crowd should make opposing players uncomfortable but treat their fans with respect. "Anyone willing to travel all the way to Orono to support college hockey is to be appreciated."


If I buy a UMaine hockey player so much as a hamburger it's an NCAA violation so I can only imagine what the NCAA will do to Clemson after yesterday.

Fishman'81
01-15-2019, 04:04 PM
Devin Shore traded by Dallas to Anaheim.

I'm bummed. Dallas was my NHL team with both Devin and Bish there. Shore will likely get more minutes with the Ducks though.

UVM Cat in Texas
01-15-2019, 04:21 PM
And UMASS is 1st with a second year coach and a rich history of Jonathan Quick and nothing else!
Small point, but Carvel is actually in his third season at UMass. Not an immediate turnaround, but still, what he's done there is amazing!

NorthMike
01-15-2019, 06:22 PM
I'm bummed. Dallas was my NHL team with both Devin and Bish there. Shore will likely get more minutes with the Ducks though.

Bish is having a good year again

Fishman'81
01-16-2019, 06:08 PM
Bish is having a good year again

He is. Been a really good NHL goalie for years. (I think the trapezoid thing that's kept him from going out to the blue line to play pucks has been key.)

amkirby10
01-16-2019, 06:36 PM
Decent period, I'd say.

amkirby10
01-16-2019, 07:25 PM
Now that was heck of a period. Play a solid 20 minutes and we'll grab two big conference points.

NorthMike
01-16-2019, 07:36 PM
Now that was heck of a period. Play a solid 20 minutes and we'll grab two big conference points.

Yeh, maine was all over them.
I dont understand why bc is struggling so this year

amkirby10
01-16-2019, 08:19 PM
Well hey, we should enjoy the big win, they earned it too. I just hope they didnt use up all of their scoring tonight.

Ma#1ne Hky
01-16-2019, 08:23 PM
Good win 2-night, but the question of the night...is BC that bad this year..?

Fishman'81
01-16-2019, 08:26 PM
Yeh, maine was all over them.
I dont understand why bc is struggling so this year

Nor do I. BC is as bad as Maine. Strange times we live in.