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irishfan85
03-17-2011, 10:35 PM
Looks like with a BC win over NU, this thread title becomes "official."

gscott13
03-17-2011, 11:03 PM
there's about 17 too many "ifs" in this scenario, but after tonights results in the wcha, maine still could get to 15th if the following happens:

Atlantic Hockey
Semifinal #2: Air Force defeats Holy Cross
Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Connecticut
Championship game: Air Force defeats RIT
CCHA
Semifinal #2: Miami defeats Notre Dame
Semifinal #1: Michigan defeats Western Michigan
Championship game: Michigan defeats Miami
Consolation game: Notre Dame defeats Western Michigan
ECAC
Semifinal #2: Cornell defeats Dartmouth
Semifinal #1: Yale defeats Colgate
Championship game: Yale defeats Cornell
Consolation game: Dartmouth defeats Colgate
Hockey East
Semifinal #2: Merrimack defeats New Hampshire
Semifinal #1: Northeastern defeats Boston College
Championship game: Merrimack defeats Northeastern
WCHA
Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Bemidji State
Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Colorado College
Championship game: North Dakota defeats Denver

MEFANinLA
03-18-2011, 01:20 AM
Looks like with a BC win over NU, this thread title becomes "official."
This season was officially done when timmay didn't resign over the summer and the same will happen next year if they don't fire him!!! U Maine has to figure out if it wants its hockey team to be a winner or just another "also ran" like all its other sports....there is no leadership at any level!!! Get a real AD, get a real coach and it can be salvaged and start going in the right direction....effort, passion and determination will go a long way in righting the ship!!!

Ma#1ne Hky
03-18-2011, 04:08 AM
This season was officially done when timmay didn't resign over the summer and the same will happen next year if they don't fire him!!! U Maine has to figure out if it wants its hockey team to be a winner or just another "also ran" like all its other sports....there is no leadership at any level!!! Get a real AD, get a real coach and it can be salvaged and start going in the right direction....effort, passion and determination will go a long way in righting the ship!!! "IF" Maine does not hire a GOOD AD this summer then Maine Hockey and all other sports programs at UM are done in terms of winning and playing for Championships. This AD hire this summer makes or breaks a long time tradition for Maine Hockey....pretty SAD that this is the way it has come down to in the last 6 years....

Ma#1ne Hky
03-18-2011, 04:10 AM
I think that may have changed. Yes I heard the same...rumors mind you...but thats why I put it out there a few post back.

Ma#1ne Hky
03-18-2011, 04:14 AM
Jerry York won the Hockey East Coach of the Year...a Good man and a good choice,but not this year...the Award should have gone to Merrimacks Dennehey,hands down...imo.

Runsub5
03-18-2011, 08:23 AM
Gustav Nyquist named top 10 for the Hobey Baker....first Maine guy to do that twice since? Steve Kariya?

Also named Hockey East first-team...which was Atkinson-Thompson-Nyquist-Dumoulin-Kessel-Muse. Those are the five I would have picked, FWIW.

Only two other players repeated for Maine as a Hobey Baker finalist. David Capuano and Jean-Yves Roy.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-18-2011, 08:42 AM
Jerry York won the Hockey East Coach of the Year...a Good man and a good choice,but not this year...the Award should have gone to Merrimacks Dennehey,hands down...imo.

I disagree. York should have won it ahead of Dennehy if it were just those two but I think Whitehead should have won it this year. He's a proven winner. Look at all those Frozen Fours! I mean, Maine finished 5th AND swept North Dakota... That's pretty good and has to count for something!

BoSox3066
03-18-2011, 09:21 AM
I'd have to look it up but I wonder how often the coach of the year just goes to the regular season winner? Either that or the coaches chose to show their displeasure with Merrimack's gonnery with this vote. Not trying to be a troll, but they had to have a reason for not voting for Dennehy and that about all I can think of.

maineiac37
03-18-2011, 12:38 PM
It is somewhat sad when the toughest kid (by far...really no close second either) on your hockey team has to be the smallest kid. Yes, Diamond led the Hockey East in PIM's (and 2nd in NCAA as of last night) but any objective observer would undoubedly see that a large portion of these are due to being singled out by "soft-call" refs. When Sullivan gets poked after the whistle, Diamond is there. Shemansky gets decked from behind (a hit that if made my Joey himself, he would have been thrown out...and who knows, maybe even suspended a week later), Diamond is the only guy in blue to skate across the rink and get in the guilty party's face. Loose puck in front of opposing net, Diamond is the only one who feels the need to leave his feet and take a beating. And the list goes on Without talking negatively about anyone in particular, it is obvious to anyone who watched the Black Bears this (disappointing) season that Diamond is the only player that is even aware that there is a front of the net. On any other team this is the work that is done by the biggest, less skilled guys (i.e. Bigos, Blood, Gyrba etc). But to those who might disagree, yes J. Diamond does take dumb penalties at times. He is a young player who still has to learn that there is a time and place for everything. But being a Black Bear fan for 16 years, I hope he doesnt change too much. No one wants to root for a team that doesnt even have 1 guy the opposing team doesnt like playing against.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-18-2011, 01:03 PM
I'd have to look it up but I wonder how often the coach of the year just goes to the regular season winner? Either that or the coaches chose to show their displeasure with Merrimack's gonnery with this vote. Not trying to be a troll, but they had to have a reason for not voting for Dennehy and that about all I can think of.

I can think of one good reason for not voting Dennehy. He coaches in the same league as Jerry York.

BoSox3066
03-18-2011, 01:17 PM
I can think of one good reason for not voting Dennehy. He coaches in the same league as Jerry York.

York is tremendous; glad he won and not trying to say otherwise. Did not realize it was first time in 15 years a team won 20 league games. Still, when the coaches vote, theyre not thinking of the York legend or the last decade. So there had to be something that pushed them. Just thinking out loud that Merrimack's style doesnt win it any friends. I find it hilarious that the Mack fans are stressed out about this.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-18-2011, 01:30 PM
York is tremendous; glad he won and not trying to say otherwise. Did not realize it was first time in 15 years a team won 20 league games. Still, when the coaches vote, theyre not thinking of the York legend or the last decade. So there had to be something that pushed them. Just thinking out loud that Merrimack's style doesnt win it any friends. I find it hilarious that the Mack fans are stressed out about this.

Well, that's purely speculative whether they felt the need to NOT vote Dennehy. I really think they see the way Jerry runs his program and admire it, there's no whining, no berating officials, etc and gave it to him with the first place finish. Maybe they feel there is more to the award than the results; like the way the coaches go about getting those results? I don't know. I'll just throw that out there too.

But... if they did feel the need to pick someone other than Dennehy you make a great point. There is no hiding the fact that Merrimack is (still) a thug team and perhaps that goes through the minds of the voters.

walrus
03-18-2011, 01:44 PM
I can think of one good reason for not voting Dennehy. He coaches in the same league as Jerry York.

York is the best coach in the league, probably the nation, maybe of all time. He should win every year but he doesn't because his teams are stacked but they're stacked because of him. I've never understaood how he doesn't win every year. That said Dennehy had a great year and deserves some accolades for the year MC has had.

rufus
03-18-2011, 02:47 PM
Maybe TIMMAY becomes the new AD? Promoted up and out so you can hire a new coach?

But then, TIMMAY's the one hiring the new coach. Quite the conundrum.

sandiegoblkbr
03-18-2011, 03:15 PM
I think that may have changed.

If it has changed then it must be because the political climate in DC doesn't lend itself to a nice cushy $200K+ gig in the foreseeable future for Mr. Abbott. Who can blame him for seeking the permanent AD poistion at UMaine if this is the case? As Blake James proved........you don't even have to have the brains of a baboon to do the job. And with little to no pressure to succeed........you really just have to smile, attend public functions and sporting events, and let your PR dept. write up lame press releases for the lame Maine media known as the BDN and PPH. Also, I'm guessing that Cosgrove and the donors that fund football are pushing for Abbott who is very football friendly.

rufus
03-18-2011, 04:36 PM
I thought this wasn't the place for politics?

sandiegoblkbr
03-18-2011, 05:26 PM
I thought this wasn't the place for politics?

What is Steve Abbott's background???

Ma#1ne Hky
03-18-2011, 05:44 PM
It is somewhat sad when the toughest kid (by far...really no close second either) on your hockey team has to be the smallest kid. Yes, Diamond led the Hockey East in PIM's (and 2nd in NCAA as of last night) but any objective observer would undoubedly see that a large portion of these are due to being singled out by "soft-call" refs. When Sullivan gets poked after the whistle, Diamond is there. Shemansky gets decked from behind (a hit that if made my Joey himself, he would have been thrown out...and who knows, maybe even suspended a week later), Diamond is the only guy in blue to skate across the rink and get in the guilty party's face. Loose puck in front of opposing net, Diamond is the only one who feels the need to leave his feet and take a beating. And the list goes on Without talking negatively about anyone in particular, it is obvious to anyone who watched the Black Bears this (disappointing) season that Diamond is the only player that is even aware that there is a front of the net. On any other team this is the work that is done by the biggest, less skilled guys (i.e. Bigos, Blood, Gyrba etc). But to those who might disagree, yes J. Diamond does take dumb penalties at times. He is a young player who still has to learn that there is a time and place for everything. But being a Black Bear fan for 16 years, I hope he doesnt change too much. No one wants to root for a team that doesnt even have 1 guy the opposing team doesnt like playing against. Well said and Diamond is a heart & soul type player that Maine needs more of...now if he can temper his penaltys and turn it into a asset and bait the other team into dumb penalty's. Go #39...!

Ma#1ne Hky
03-18-2011, 05:47 PM
York is the best coach in the league, probably the nation, maybe of all time. He should win every year but he doesn't because his teams are stacked but they're stacked because of him. I've never understaood how he doesn't win every year. That said Dennehy had a great year and deserves some accolades for the year MC has had. He is a GREAT Coach...now,tommorrow and when he enters the College Hockey Hall of Fame....but this year Dennehey did a amazing job for Merrimack and has helped that team/area pickup some interest in there program...which makes Hockey East even stronger each year.