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crazy_guy_in_section_1
10-17-2009, 10:45 AM
I wonder if we are going to see more of Mike Johnson, and soon? He was great last night. I think Jackson will have to give him the next start. Of the three, he's done the most to earn one. Better effort last night all the way around, but still a way to go.

I believe we have found Notre Dame's new starting goalie.... I think Jackson needs to juggle the players around and switch around what goalie is 1st 2nd & 3rd string goalie....

quiddlet
10-17-2009, 03:27 PM
So I know I'll be rooting against ND on Tuesday... but for now:

Go Irish, beat Trojans!

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
10-18-2009, 10:11 PM
This work in progress will have its mettle tested Tuesday as the Irish travel to Agganis to face the defending national champs.

Some of the things I like from this young season thus far for the Irish are their shots on goal. They're averaging better than 38 shots/game thus far. I love their 1.75 GA after 4 games. I also like their PP and PK in the early goings. Their PP is a very respectable 20.8% while their PK is a stingy 94.7%. I also like that the PPG's are spread out amongst 5 different players already. They are getting more disciplined in their play, as their penalties/game has diminished to a more ND-like 6.5 infractions a game. Their +/- as a team is -11, but if I recall correctly, I believe it was in the hole in October of last season, too.

Some of the things I still don't like would include their GF/game. While they are taking tons of shots, they are averaging still only 2.25 GF/game. That number is growing, but I'm impatient...

I like that they have 12 guys on the scoresheet so far, led by Kevin Deeth, who's averaging a point a game. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Mike Johnson will start in goal for ND Tuesday. He looked to be the most steady of the three and has perfect numbers in his one game. And why not start a freshman in net against the defending national champs? They and the runner-up both started freshmen goalies in the title game last April. And let's not forget the freshman goalie in net when we played for the NC...

BU has played only one game that counts this season: a loss to UMass. They have a win and a tie in their 2 exhibition games. In that loss, BU went 33% on the PP and were perfect on the PK. If you take into consideration their 2 warm-up games, the Terriers are a robust 25% on the PP. They aren't quite as good on the PK in the 3 outings at 82.4%.

In the 3 games, they are averaging 2.33 GF and 2.33 GA. BU has 5 guys on the scoresheet for the game that counts. They're led by Alex Chiasson, who scored the 2 goals in that game against UMass with 4 players adding assists. Other biggies to watch for are David Warsofsky, Kevin Shattenkirk, Erik Gryba and Nick Bonino.

Kieran Millan should be in net for them although he shared time in net with Adam Kraus in their 2 exhibitions. In the game that counts, his numbers weren't that great with a GA of 3.08 and a save % of .885. Last season, Millan had a great GA of 1.94 coupled with a fantastic save % of .921. Grant Rollheiser saw time in about 1/4 of BU's games last season and his numbers were decent with a GA of 2.13 and a save % of .897.

Let's make this trip to and from Beantown a happy one.

Progress has little to do with speed and much to do with direction.

crazy_guy_in_section_1
10-20-2009, 11:49 AM
...people dont seem to write in here as much as other years!


...Anywho!

Tonight you all can watch ND take on BU on ESPNU at 7:00!

Go IRISH!

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
10-20-2009, 02:08 PM
...people dont seem to write in here as much as other years!


Oh my... I'm in trouble if I'm thinking the same things as you are! :D

Seriously though... I wonder why this seems to be the case...

Heading home after a very good day for my students. Let's hope for a very good night for Irish hockey players!

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
10-20-2009, 08:29 PM
Now that was more like it.

No...that was more like it! :D

Way to go Brad Phillips! Career high in saves. And some of those were pretty nice saves in some pretty heavy traffic, except for the 2 breakaways where he forced the shooter to make one move too many. More importantly, the team played in front of him! That makes shutout #2 for him. I have to admit, when they announced that he was in net, I was nervous. I guess I have to work on my hockey faith. Gotta keep that mustard seed closer at hand...

While I question most of the penalties (for both teams), I can take solace in the fact that ND scored on the PP and was perfect on the PK.

Kudos to Billy Maday for getting the GWG. And secondary kudos go to Ben Ryan and Calle Ridderwall (<3) for adding some insurance. Kyle Palmieri (off the post), Christiaan Minella (working the puck free for Ben Ryan) and Kevin Deeth (for being the face off god) are also to be commended.

There were a few blunders (bad calls aside), but in the end, they didn't come back to haunt them. Really the only problem I had was the announcers being on their knees (and I don't mean to genuflect...ahem) where BU and Coach Parker were concerned.

Way to go, boys. Now let's finish off the teams on Commonwealth Ave. this Friday with a big win for the home crowd.

Edit: Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the exhausting play in front of Phillips in the 3rd. What was that? 3 1/2 minutes straight of playing defense?! I was tired just watching them, but they held on and played tough. Gotta love grit.

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
10-20-2009, 08:30 PM
Can you say BU was totally over rated...

No. Give them time to sort things out (a la ND). They have some killers on their team.

mcfarljd
10-20-2009, 08:42 PM
Can you say BU was totally over rated... loved hearing the chant after our 2 goals... Way to go Irish! ....

That's a little much after losing games to Huntsville and Providence at home. Apparently you are a crazy guy if you think that they had the right to call them overrated. But yes, congrats Irish, good win, thanks for beating them for us considering what, well, everyone knows what happened in April.

slurpees
10-20-2009, 08:47 PM
No. Give them time to sort things out (a la ND). They have some killers on their team.

we have loads of talent on our team and lots of playmakers, but absolutely no one who can finish and put the puck in the net. lots of credit to ND tonight for getting in the way of shots and passes - solid play all around for most of the game.

crazy_guy_in_section_1
10-20-2009, 08:56 PM
That's a little much after losing games to Huntsville and Providence at home. Apparently you are a crazy guy if you think that they had the right to call them overrated. But yes, congrats Irish, good win, thanks for beating them for us considering what, well, everyone knows what happened in April.

They do call me the crazy guy from section one! Apparently you have never met me or seen me at a game.


Remember when we came back last year after being a national champ finalist and we lost, remember how the other fans chanted over rated to us? So its not ok for us to chant it to them....

ok....

mcfarljd
10-20-2009, 09:01 PM
They do call me the crazy guy from section one! Apparently you have never met me or seen me at a game.


Remember when we came back last year after being a national champ finalist and we lost, remember how the other fans chanted over rated to us? So its not ok for us to chant it to them....

ok....

There are a few acceptable times to chant "overrated" in my personal philosophy, neither of which fall into the category of tonights game. If you were unranked (say you were a team from Alabama?), and beat a team that was slated to finish towards the top of the CCHA, that would be a good time to effectively use the chant. If you are two similarly ranked teams, both at the top of your leagues, I don't think there is much to gain in the overrated chant, because they should have known that BU isn't really that overrated. They may not be clicking on all cylinders just yet, but this is only their second game. Now if BG had went in there and beat them, hell everyone on the board would have been with you on saying that. But the Irish (Michigan, and Miami for that matter), have too much talent and expectations to be able to call a team overrated.

crazy_guy_in_section_1
10-20-2009, 09:07 PM
Agreed.... but it was still a heck of a game! Go IRISH!

owslachief
10-20-2009, 09:08 PM
That was impressive.

mcfarljd
10-20-2009, 09:10 PM
Agreed.... but it was still a heck of a game! Go IRISH!

Yea definitely was a quality win, and will help your PWR later in the season. Surprised Phillips was the man out there myself. Rebounds with a solid outing, and some offensive, and defensive help in front of him. Look forward to our matchup in Oxford in a few weeks.

redhawkman10
10-20-2009, 10:04 PM
Guys, great win on the road tonight! Very impressive, even with the couple blips on the radar early you showed tonight why you were picked so highly.

It wasn't pretty a lot of the time, but great way to grind it out and earn a hard fought victory on the road. CCHA is fairing very well against hockey east in the early going so far, keep it up!

redeagle
10-21-2009, 12:20 PM
Well done Irish. It was an odd game to watch--lots of stuff happening in the third, that's for sure. The league is off to a decent start and that will help down the road. Does it seem like the Miami people are very happy with your win. :)

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
10-21-2009, 02:39 PM
Alright. Back to business.

I can't wait til all the teams have several games under their belts so statistics are more relevant...

BC, like BU prior to that game, has played only one game that counts. They, like BU, have also played 2 exhibition games. Like BU, BC comes into this match having lost their game that counts. BC is an extremely young team. They have only 7 upperclassmen.

BC played UVM Sunday and gave up 4 goals while scoring 1, courtesy of junior Joe Whitney. In that contest, their PP went 0-fer and their PK worked 83.3% of the time. However, if you take into consideration their exhibition games also, their PP is 4% while their PK sits at 85%.

BC returns 6 of their top 10 scorers from last season. Their guns to watch include Whitney, Cam Atkinson, Barry Almeida, Chris Kreider, Matt Lombardi and Carl Sneep.

John Muse shared time in net in the 2 exhibition games, but is their starter. He had surgery in the off-season on his hip and, according to Coach York, is not quite at 100% yet. In the game that counts, he's got a GA of 4 and a save % of .800. Last season, his GA was 2.72 with a save % of .904.

ND comes out Friday averaging 2.4 GF (ick). However, their GA is a tasty 1.4, thanks to 2 shutouts. Their PP is a respectable 20%. Their PK is great in the early goings at 96.3%. ND is a pretty age/experience-balanced team, unlike BC.

ND is led by the usual suspects: Ben Ryan, Billy Maday (both with 5 points), Kevin Deeth and Calle Ridderwall (4 points each). I would love to see Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan get back on the score sheet Friday. Goal. Assist. I don't care. Nick Larson came oh so close last night, so it would be nice to see him score again.

I would assume last night shut up people like me about the goalie question marks. I'm guessing that Brad Phillips will get the start, but isn't it nice to know that no matter who starts, they have experience and wins? Phillips has a GA of 2.01 and a save % of .936. Here's to continued good play in front of him for those skating out.

The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that one can succeed.

SteveF
10-21-2009, 03:29 PM
worse ND teams have beaten far better BC teams, so just be nice to us this time. here's to an injury free game and a successful season for the irish in the ccha.

and thanks for beating BU. hilarious (and phillips is on my fantasy team)

mwade
10-21-2009, 06:49 PM
Mini gallery from last night - http://hockeyphotography.com/blog/2009/10/notre-dame-at-boston-university/

IrishHockeyFan
10-22-2009, 10:22 AM
Mini gallery from last night - http://hockeyphotography.com/blog/2009/10/notre-dame-at-boston-university/

Mini? That's a lot of photos for a mini gallery...:) Some good ones in there too.

After the BU game, I'm still a little concerned with the team's lack of offensive cohesiveness. Its coming around, but its coming around a lot slower than I would have expected. Especially considering this team was playing its fifth game against a team playing just its second. It took the better part of two periods, but once they scored they more resembled the team I am used to seeing.

With BC playing just one official game, I would once again expect this team to look a lot more seasoned than the Eagles, so we'll see.

It was nice to see Philips look so good in net. He looked as if he was playing without a lot of confidence earlier and against BU he looked like he knew he could win, he looked loose like he did in his freshmen auditions 2 years back, and he looked a little quicker than the first two games. Got to give him time to get back into actual game shape. Yes, he's "recovered" from the knee injury (he wouldn't be playing otherwise), but he still needs a handful games or so to really feel like he's back, I'm guessing. He still needs a little more rebound control, but if you remember, he looked a little like that two years ago, and I think the defense did a better job then of helping him out in front. My guess is this team is well suited in goal. I have no worries there.