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  • Chuck Murray
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    Originally posted by scoreboard View Post
    Zoofer, I usually like what you have to say. Given that, UNH has choked over the years. Do you believe that Maine, RPI, Minn-Duluth had bigger budgets than UNH? They have all won championships since UNH became relevant. Even tonite they are tied against one of the lowest ranked HE teams at home. Budgets aren't their problem. They don't, and haven't ever, had a killer attitude. See BC.
    I'd say this one is right on target. Budgets don't win games - players do. This isn't "Moneypuck", or that other stats-driven baseball foolishness. And excuses like "puck luck" or "bad ref calls" are just that - excuses. Winners don't make excuses or look for excuses. You make your own luck.

    And for those who might not think dropping a point last night is a big issue - after all, winning out *should* still gets you 7 points and the RS title - guess what ... the two teams you're looking up at right now are BC (most talented team in HE, with best recent big-game history), and UMass-Lowell, which is probably playing the best hockey in the country right now (see 4-2 win @ BC, and 4-0 shutout over Merrimack so far this week). Destiny is now out of UNH's hands, and even if UNH suddenly finds that elusive "killer instinct" and runs the table these next three games, the 'Cats could still end up with no better than a #3 seed, because ...

    * IF BC beats Providence at home tonight, they have two very winnable road games @ UVM next weekend. The only way I see them leaving Burlington without a full complement of 4 points next weekend is if they've managed to clinch top seed before the finale. Teams like BC generally know how to take care of their business in these situations. And obviously that's not good news for UNH's hopes for the top spot.

    * IF UMass-Lowell beats Merrimack in North Andover tonight, they will then face a Providence team that by then will likely be in 5th/6th place, and theoretically only playing for first-round home ice, whereas UML will be playing for what would be their first HE hardware in program history. Considering how they've turned things around over these last two-plus months, and the experience they gained last season, does anyone think Coach Bazin won't have the Riverhawks ready for any of those games? I know I'm not expecting UML to drop anything from here on out.

    And based on how UNH continues to play as the season winds down, the best you can hope for might be 3rd/4th seed and a home playoffs berth against either Providence (0-2-1), Merrimack (1-2-0) or BU (2-1-0). After struggling against the likes of UVM and UMass-Amherst?? Good luck with that, guys.

    For what it's worth ... the more I see them play, the more I'm still convinced UNH has overachieved this season, and the talent simply isn't there yet to get them to the next level. So it's hard to be too critical, especially when you do see the effort being put out there. Unfortunately, talent-wise they aren't quite there at the top of the league, and as a fallback, they also don't have enough tough, gritty types to set the tone, consistently win battles for the pucks in the corners and in front of the nets, etc. It's too bad a kid like Burke has been injured so often during his UNH career, as his physical presence does seem to lift them when he's out there. Yet again, DeSmith saved them a point last night. UMass-Amherst looked faster and more organized than UNH for long stretches of the game, and won battles for loose pucks way more than they should have. For tonight's game, UNH simply has to dig deep(er) and find a way to get 2 points, no matter what.

    I also want to say that I'm very pleased with the improved play from Eric Knodel, who I gave some fierce criticism to after the first BC game. Not even looking at his offensive production (which again last night was critical - goal and an assist), I'm increasingly impressed with his progress in his own end of the ice, not the least of which saw him "selling out" late in the game to break up a 2-on-1 UMA chance. Very decisive, committed and smart decision, earned huge respect points from me, and he seems to be more committed to taking the body, which given his size and reach should be an increasingly prominent feature in his overall game.

    Kudos also to freshmen Ryan Correale and Maxim Gaudreault, a pair of talented kids who scored points for also playing the body further up ice, without taking avoidable penalties. That bodes well for the future, and hopefully there are more in the UNH pipeline who are willing to play the same way.

    Now ... here's to hoping the 'Cats find that elusive next gear tonight, catch some breaks elsewhere, and see how things play out next weekend vs. UMaine.

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  • Onion Man
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    Originally posted by unh1982 View Post
    Unh however does or can play up to there potential when backs are against the wall, there against the wall ...win out and they are hockey east champs...
    Since they are a point behind Lowell and BC with no extra games to play, how can they win Hockey East by winning out? Don't they need UML or BC to lose a game?

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  • e.cat
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    Give credit to UMASS. That was a hard fought game last night. Both teams expended a lot of energy in regulation and were gassed in the OT. As I said earlier it wasn't going to be a cake walk for UNH in these games and that proved out last night. UNH does what they have to do and wins tonight though.

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  • e.cat
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    Originally posted by C-H-C View Post
    UNH could use some of Jacob Micflikier's scoring touch:


    What's up with those uni's? The designer must have had a bad LSD trip when designing those

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  • C-H-C
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    UNH could use some of Jacob Micflikier's scoring touch:


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  • wildcatdc
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    Originally posted by sterlippo1 View Post
    attendance 4805? what the heck is going on up there?
    Folks were resting up for today's big gymnastics quad meet.

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  • sterlippo1
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    attendance 4805? what the heck is going on up there?

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  • goblue
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    Originally posted by unh1982 View Post
    Unh however does or can play up to there potential when backs are against the wall, there against the wall ...win out and they are hockey east champs...so will have to put aside my negative attitude and have faith....its hard thou when there listless , having blown an opportunity .....but...that goal with 3 seconds left might pan out to being a good omen
    I see two ways to look at your last sentence fragment:

    1. Sure, scoring a goal with 3.7 secs left to tie the game means that this team can come back.
    Or,
    2. Why were their backs up against a wall to begin with? Playing for first place, on your home ice, against a team that beat you in OT earlier in the season? (yet another game in which their play was questioned.)

    Needing to tie the game with 3.7 secs left in a game is not a good strategy for success; it's a sign of desperation.

    BC, BU, UML, heck even Maine found a way to win tonight on their home ice. I was at the UML-MC game tonight, so I didn't watch the UNH game. My hoping for a better result led to the silly expectation of a better result. I hope that the game spins more in the Cats' favor on Saturday. And next weekend, there is a Maine teamm who at the moment is fighting for playoff survival. Those 2 games won't be automatic Ws for UNH.

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  • unh1982
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    Unh however does or can play up to there potential when backs are against the wall, there against the wall ...win out and they are hockey east champs...so will have to put aside my negative attitude and have faith....its hard thou when there listless , having blown an opportunity .....but...that goal with 3 seconds left might pan out to being a good omen
    Last edited by unh1982; 03-01-2013, 10:37 PM.

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  • unh1982
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    Ok, we have one of those 7 points.......now we just need to win the final three games.......so, DeSmith kept the Cats in the game tonight?
    New unh all too well, sad performance umas was the better team again.they have nothing to lose and out hustled our team.....i exspect better from unh otherwise they got no shot..the scary thing unh is a lock for ncaa.lol

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  • QUAlum2004
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    Originally posted by Felger View Post
    Pretty hard to...UMass is a REALLY bad team
    At least you didn't lose to a team like Harvard like we did tonight.

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  • Felger
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    Originally posted by UNH09 View Post
    Are we supposed to feel good about that sister kisser?
    Pretty hard to...UMass is a REALLY bad team

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  • UNH09
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    Ok, we have one of those 7 points.......now we just need to win the final three games.......so, DeSmith kept the Cats in the game tonight?
    Are we supposed to feel good about that sister kisser?

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by unh1982 View Post
    i agree with everything stated above , however I think maine might be a little better than there record indicates , but UNH should take7 out 8 points and win hockey east ... One could look at lowel 5 weeks ago , look at them now...
    Ok, we have one of those 7 points.......now we just need to win the final three games.......so, DeSmith kept the Cats in the game tonight?

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    make that "were tied"
    Ok, make that "tied again."

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