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  • rdf8585
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    In advance of the Union game on Saturday, I conducted a Q&A with associate head coach Mark White.

    Check it out here.

    He talks about Borelli, Lorito, Union, and more.
    Last edited by rdf8585; 02-13-2013, 05:08 PM.

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  • Humanoid
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    Ok here we go. Thoughts on last night's game.

    1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0 - your Humanoid youtube clip of the day.

    2) Anthony Borelli is waking up this morning 2nd in the nation in both GAA and save percentage. He's done this despite not playing in over a year. He just shut down Yale while channeling a performance reminiscnet of Clemente's in the playoffs three years ago (or whatever it was), and also some guy who may or may not have played at Brown in the mid-2000s. You know. That Yawn Dennis kid.

    3) Mike used a term last night on the air that I think was very astute when I was watching the game. He referred to Borelli as a performance and season that is looking an awful lot like Yann Danis. It's the first time I've heard a comparison to Yann since the first year he was gone with Adam D'Alba. Yann Danis is one of those players who comes along once in a lifetime and rewrites every record book. If we were purveyors of spirits, he would never have to purchase a drink in our establishment ever again. He's a folk hero, a ghost who's mythical presence has increased over time as Brown's sunk back into the lower echelon of the crust growing inside my toilet pipes. To make that comparison is something that cannot be taken lightly. But even if the shoe drops on Borelli's magical season, and even if Brown crash lands back to earth in the next few weekends, then we can still be pretty happy with the way the season's gone. For this year so far, Borelli has been nothing short of miraculous.

    4) If Borelli's been great, then the coaching staff needs immediate raises. They've turned Brown into a legitimate contender in a season where a) they had nothing, b) lost what they didn't have, and c) established a presence that rivals everything. I find it increasingly hard that a recruit would choose playing for Keith Allain over Brendan Whittet right now; Whittet has fire, passion, and a fierce commitment to his players that rivals anyone anywhere. Allain is...well... a jerk. I just want to know if he actually shook Brendan's hand last night or if he walked off the ice like he tends to do. I want to touch Brendan Whittet's suit coat to see if it will heal hockey lepers.

    5) If Brown wins a first round bye thi syear, I'm betting on the Cleveland Browns to win the Super Bowl tomorrow.

    6) I mean this sincerely when I say that there isn't a single team in this league that wants to play Brown in the playoffs. Brown could be a top four seed with the way they're playing, and if they crush either RPI or Union this weekend, then they're totally legtimiate. The only team that presents a true nightmare matchup right now is Dartmouth. They've hung and played with everyone. If Brown played Qpac in the playoffs at any given point, is there anybody who doesnt think that would be a fun series to watch?

    7) Not saying I'm making reservations for Providence in March/April, but I'm just sayin'. This Brown team could be capable of anything. They could win out, get a bye, do wahtever. At the same time, they could fall off the map and everything could catch up to them. So let's just appreciate this for what it is - a thing of freaking beauty.

    8) The priest was unamused when I asked him to put the ashes in the shape of a B on me this morning. Good think I'm not giving up hockey for lent.

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  • DarthBruno
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    Originally posted by burgie12 View Post
    Brown only controls their own destiny up to 5th place. And, they can still finish in 12th.
    Try as you might, you cannot dampen our joy this morning.

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  • DarthBruno
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    Originally posted by kdiff77 View Post
    I... He was often coasting or completely stationary, and sometimes would hang out in the neutral zone as his line mates forechecked behind the net. He rarely was of any use in the defensive zone. ... But, man, was he good with the puck on his stick.

    Hmmm, this sounds familiar. Go back a few years to Meehan. Can you spell Brian I-N-....? Oh, never mind.

    (I wanted BI to be the greatest, and his stick work and wrist shots were incredible in the O-zone, but he wasn't the whole package and often seemed not to have his heart in the game. No disrespect to him. Just struck by the similarity to kdiff's description of R-y above.)

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  • burgie12
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    Originally posted by Humanoid View Post
    [N]ow Brown can mathematically control its own destiny to go as high as 3rd in the ECAC standings if the cards break the right way.
    One of these things is not like the other.

    Brown only controls their own destiny up to 5th place.

    And, they can still finish in 12th.

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  • Humanoid
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    Huge win tonight, and now Brown can mathematically control its own destiny to go as high as 3rd in the ECAC standings if the cards break the right way. Can still fall as low as 11th though so I think they need to watch themselves at the same time.

    That's strictly a quick hit - more observations to come. Excuse me while I go play Powerball since I'm a Brown fan.

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  • kdiff77
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    Every game is huge, and the Bears clearly understand that. Well done. Again.

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  • Mike Hutter
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    Wow. Another great game. From Mike's broadcast it would appear that Danis, oops, Borelli, is in the nets!!

    RPI and Brown could be a classic this Friday night.

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  • Humanoid
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    Originally posted by kdiff77 View Post
    I don't think you guys are understanding what I'm saying. He was in the neutral zone while Northeastern was forechecking behind the Boston College goal. Instead of making himself open for a pass in front of the net or helping out down low, he was IN THE NEUTRAL ZONE. Unless NU was playing the neutral zone trap while trailing by two goals, and using their most skilled offensive player to implement said trap, Roy was clearly out of position.
    My mistake, I thought you were saying NU was on defense. The Wandering Forward is a common offense these days.

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  • LTsatch
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    Originally posted by kdiff77 View Post
    I don't think you guys are understanding what I'm saying. He was in the neutral zone while Northeastern was forechecking behind the Boston College goal. Instead of making himself open for a pass in front of the net or helping out down low, he was IN THE NEUTRAL ZONE. Unless NU was playing the neutral zone trap while trailing by two goals, and using their most skilled offensive player to implement said trap, Roy was clearly out of position.
    He was probably the sixth man on the ice and figured there were enough forwards in the zone already

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  • kdiff77
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    Originally posted by Humanoid View Post
    It's a system that's designed to create a quick breakout, and it's a system that's He Who Must Not Be Named has made his own. The lightning quick scorer, the one whoc an score from anywhere, gets a quick 2-line pass into the neutral zone and is either immediately behind the defense or immediately one-on-one with a guy he can undress pretty quickly. He's not required to play defense in that regard. It hangs the d out to dry a little bit but it works to create major breakouts.

    The difference is that a GOOD defensive team shuts that down in a blink, and if you watched BC, Gaudreau would occasionally backcheck instead of hanging out for breakouts. That's the problem with hockey sometimes; you don't teach the kids how to play defense. You need to win by locking down defensively instead of scoring eleventy billion goals.
    I don't think you guys are understanding what I'm saying. He was in the neutral zone while Northeastern was forechecking behind the Boston College goal. Instead of making himself open for a pass in front of the net or helping out down low, he was IN THE NEUTRAL ZONE. Unless NU was playing the neutral zone trap while trailing by two goals, and using their most skilled offensive player to implement said trap, Roy was clearly out of position.

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  • Humanoid
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    Originally posted by kdiff77 View Post
    He was floating in the neutral zone while his linemates were behind the opponent's net. So instead of hanging out in front, hoping for a loose puck to squirt free, he was drifting away behind the point. It was weird.
    It's a system that's designed to create a quick breakout, and it's a system that's He Who Must Not Be Named has made his own. The lightning quick scorer, the one whoc an score from anywhere, gets a quick 2-line pass into the neutral zone and is either immediately behind the defense or immediately one-on-one with a guy he can undress pretty quickly. He's not required to play defense in that regard. It hangs the d out to dry a little bit but it works to create major breakouts.

    The difference is that a GOOD defensive team shuts that down in a blink, and if you watched BC, Gaudreau would occasionally backcheck instead of hanging out for breakouts. That's the problem with hockey sometimes; you don't teach the kids how to play defense. You need to win by locking down defensively instead of scoring eleventy billion goals.

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  • kdiff77
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    Originally posted by turk181 View Post
    perhaps knowing his tremendous scoring abilities.....it's the coaches decision to keep him up in the neutral zone. If they wanted him down low I doubt the coaches would tolerate his, "cherry picking".
    He was floating in the neutral zone while his linemates were behind the opponent's net. So instead of hanging out in front, hoping for a loose puck to squirt free, he was drifting away behind the point. It was weird.

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  • turk181
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    Originally posted by kdiff77 View Post
    I agree. What I noticed yesterday, more than his immense skill, was his play off the pick (or lack thereof). The effort just wasn't there. He was often coasting or completely stationary, and sometimes would hang out in the neutral zone as his line mates forechecked behind the net. He rarely was of any use in the defensive zone.

    But, man, was he good with the puck on his stick.
    perhaps knowing his tremendous scoring abilities.....it's the coaches decision to keep him up in the neutral zone. If they wanted him down low I doubt the coaches would tolerate his, "cherry picking".

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  • kdiff77
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    Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    I doubt that he will stay at NU for more than two years. He probably would do the same if he had gone to Brown. I don't know if he could have had a lasting effect.
    I agree. What I noticed yesterday, more than his immense skill, was his play off the pick (or lack thereof). The effort just wasn't there. He was often coasting or completely stationary, and sometimes would hang out in the neutral zone as his line mates forechecked behind the net. He rarely was of any use in the defensive zone.

    But, man, was he good with the puck on his stick.

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