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Ma#1ne Hky
11-18-2010, 03:06 AM
Not sure if anyone posted this yet but I thought this was an interesting quote from Tim Whitehead about the goaltending situation.

"Dave Alexander, our goalie coach, has done a fabulous job helping these young goalies gain some confidence and improve technically and move forward each week. Dan Sullivan has taken the front spot for now, but Shawn Sirman, who is vastly improved over last year, is pushing him. Martin Ouellette, who might be the most talented of the three, is the youngest and he is going to start challenging for ice time. What is exciting for us is that what was a weakness last year has really become a strength now. It is going to be a long season so I am sure that there will be some ups and downs with the goaltending. We are pleased with their attitude and focus. Their work ethic has been tremendous, improving each weekend. It’s not an accident; they are working hard to get better.”
-Tim Whitehead 10/16/10 Thanks for the UPDATE.

Maineiak
11-18-2010, 10:42 AM
Interesting Fan Feedback piece (http://new.bangordailynews.com/2010/11/17/sports/time-for-improvements-at-alfond-arena/) on the BDN. I actually think I know who this guy is...but there's nothing Earth shattering in there. Plus, he must not know about the RFP that was put out earlier this fall to address both seating and sound (but granted, not the sightlines) among other things.

walrus
11-18-2010, 10:49 AM
Interesting Fan Feedback piece (http://new.bangordailynews.com/2010/11/17/sports/time-for-improvements-at-alfond-arena/) on the BDN. I actually think I know who this guy is...but there's nothing Earth shattering in there. Plus, he must not know about the RFP that was put out earlier this fall to address both seating and sound (but granted, not the sightlines) among other things.

I read it earlier, while I agree that certain seats suck, saying we should look at Agganis for a blueprint is lacking in common sense. Agganis cost 150 million, the U can't afford a new toilet seat let alone the cost for the updates coming next summer. Thankfully Alfond can and is willing to donate the few million it takes for new ice, boards etc.

Maineiak
11-18-2010, 11:00 AM
I read it earlier, while I agree that certain seats suck, saying we should look at Agganis for a blueprint is lacking in common sense. Agganis cost 150 million, the U can't afford a new toilet seat let alone the cost for the updates coming next summer. Thankfully Alfond can and is willing to donate the few million it takes for new ice, boards etc.

And aren't our seats some of the cheapest in the league? I think I just saw a single-game Merrimack ticket costs close to $30!

Erix_The_Red
11-18-2010, 12:43 PM
If the Alfond every lost its barn-ness or the awesome acoustics of its roof, I'd weep.

Runsub5
11-19-2010, 08:30 AM
Maine's defense gives goal tending a big boost. Today's article by Larry.

http://new.bangordailynews.com/2010/11/18/sports/maine-defense-faces-challenge-vs-bc/

Maine fan at UNH
11-19-2010, 08:21 PM
That was absolutely miserable to watch. BC did a great job all around and Maine didn't adapt at all.

acs64
11-19-2010, 08:32 PM
Now we get to see whether this Maine coaching staff is worth a ....

acs64
11-19-2010, 08:49 PM
Now we get to see whether this Maine coaching staff is worth a ....

Howitz-ah
11-19-2010, 09:21 PM
That was absolutely miserable to watch. BC did a great job all around and Maine didn't adapt at all.

Yes. But as I pointed out previously - our strategy is to make as few adjustments as possible. Make sure our opponents know exactly what to prepare for, and never, ever stir your gameplan to keep the other team guessing. That's just plain cruel.

Our full proof plan now will be to exclusively play Sirman until he's burnt out.

That might be as quickly as this coming Saturday, but hey, it might be February! He did make 6 saves after the game was long decided so I'd say his hands are pretty hot. We won't know until we try it.

Afterall, we can't risk playing that Sullivan kid anytime soon. I mean, remember that ONE rough game he had against Boston College last...er...tonight? We'd be jeopardizing our chances if we played him again.

TIMMAY!

BoSox3066
11-19-2010, 10:06 PM
Maine stunk up the joint tonight which goes without saying.....Sullivan was aveage, if he matched Muse you're looking at 1-0 game. Maybe 2-0 but the shorty to Gibbons and the third goal were bad. Maine couldn't win draws and that was killer.....no forecheck at all. Missed Dimmen and O'Neill on the 5x3 badly. If Dimmen's out long term the PP's going to need to be completely retooled strategy wise. Yuck.

Runsub5
11-19-2010, 10:27 PM
According to radio reports Sullivan didn't play that badly. One of the goals (2nd?), was on a turnover when Sullivan left the net to play the puck and turned it over. Youthful mistake. Maine's power play efficiency continues to be a big problem. Just a bad game all around.

gscott13
11-19-2010, 10:35 PM
without having seen it, here are my thoughts...

first goal was while bc was on a 5 on 3 powerplay on a shot that was deflected... can't really fault him on that one...
second goal was on sullivan... tried to headman the puck and put right to gibbons...
third one sounded like a bad turnover by maine leading to a quick shot...
fourth - was again on the powerplay which imo cannot be blamed on a goaltender unless it is something egregious...

that said, give sirman the start on sunday and see how it goes... if he plays well, go with a rotation between the two... if he gets shelled, give ouellette a look

Carmine Scarpaglia
11-19-2010, 10:40 PM
According to radio reports Sullivan didn't play that badly. One of the goals (2nd?), was on a turnover when Sullivan left the net to play the puck and turned it over. Youthful mistake. Maine's power play efficiency continues to be a big problem. Just a bad game all around.

Any time you let the other team put the puck into an empty net that's bad. Maybe the Tom Atkinson goal was a soft one as he had a clear view of it seemingly and got a big piece of it but it still went in. He had no shot on the Carey goal and might not have seen the Mullane goal, which was a snipe inside the post with two Maine players screening him.

Maine did not look good tonight at all but it was kind of a strange game, Maine won a lot of battles in the first two periods but still didn't bring much offense to the table with that. Still, this game could have been much different if they had not hit two posts in the first plus the Nyquist penalty shot in the first, which was one of the worst penalty shots I've ever seen. Really, very few players stood out for Maine. A few times I noticed a guy once and realized he was playing tonight (Amestoy and Corkum come to mind) and that was the only time I noticed them. Nyquist was very quiet aside from the penalty shot. Diamond was active and had some nice moves near the BC net that got it into the crease before BC cleared it away. Flynn and House were very quiet as well.

We'll see what happens Sunday. Are the players planning on taking in the BC-UVA game or taking a free day around town?

gscott13
11-19-2010, 10:43 PM
We'll see what happens Sunday. Are the players planning on taking in the BC-UVA game or taking a free day around town?

i read something that said they would not be attending the game... probably watching film and practicing somewhere on saturday...

FiveHole12
11-19-2010, 10:45 PM
without having seen it, here are my thoughts...

first goal was while bc was on a 5 on 3 powerplay on a shot that was deflected... can't really fault him on that one...
second goal was on sullivan... tried to headman the puck and put right to gibbons...
third one sounded like a bad turnover by maine leading to a quick shot...
fourth - was again on the powerplay which imo cannot be blamed on a goaltender unless it is something egregious...
first goal: correct. hard crisp pass across the crease on the tape. No shot needed... make contact with the puck and it's a goal. Great pass. Not on Sully.
second goal: correct. on Sullivan.
third goal: save, rebound, save... err, trickle in through pads.
fourth goal: I don't think Suliivan ever saw it. Hard wrister.

gscott13
11-19-2010, 10:51 PM
third goal: save, rebound, save... err, trickle in through pads.


thanks... sounded from the maine broadcast that he picked off an attempted clear off of a rebound and put it in... i forgot that it squeaked through him

Carmine Scarpaglia
11-19-2010, 10:51 PM
third goal: save, rebound, save... err, trickle in through pads.


On the third goal, Atkinson's shot got blocked by the defenseman diving across but he slid past the play after he blocked it and it dropped right back onto Atkinson's stick who now had a shooting lane. Technically Sullivan never really made a save since the one shot went into the net eventually on the trickle. I still don't know if it went five hole or if it went under his right arm.

edit - video on bceagles is up. Definitely seems like the Atkinson goal was underneath his blocker arm and went in on the richochet. Mullane's goal is confirmed with 2 Maine players and 1 BC player screening Sullivan. Carey's goal might have been a tip of a backdoor pass that was not intended for him. I can't believe that Maine defenseman swept the puck away on Dumoulin's wide open net in the 3rd. Wow.

gscott13
11-19-2010, 11:04 PM
On the third goal, Atkinson's shot got blocked by the defenseman skating through but he overskated the play after he blocked it and it dropped right back onto Atkinson's stick who now had a shooting lane. Technically Sullivan never really made a save since the one shot went into the net eventually on the trickle. I still don't know if it went five hole or if it went under his right arm.

We'll have to see if the video is clear when BC puts it up on the website.

video is up on bc's site... d-man does block the shot and atkinson's second effort slips through... little bit of traffic in front on the rebound... looks like the puck may have jumped on nyquist as he went to his backhand on the penalty shot....

Carmine Scarpaglia
11-19-2010, 11:11 PM
video is up on bc's site... d-man does block the shot and atkinson's second effort slips through... little bit of traffic in front on the rebound... looks like the puck may have jumped on nyquist as he went to his backhand on the penalty shot....

His move wasn't all that bad, when he went to his first move he should have gone five-hole when he brought it back as he had Muse opened up a bit. Still not a great effort from Gus.