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  • Felger
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    Originally posted by WNTKPROD View Post
    UNH has a definite advantage in the last four games - all on home ice against two weaker teams
    I have referred to the closing stretch of the UNH schedule as "a layup drill" and believe that not taking the RS title would be a failure....however I must also point out that UNH has not won a game at the Whitt since the Denver Broncos were still alive in the playoffs...

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  • WNTKPROD
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    UNH has a definite advantage in the last four games - all on home ice against two weaker teams

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  • Darius
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    Originally posted by C-H-C View Post
    Every Hockey East team has now played 23 conference games and (1) UNH has allowed the fewest goals and (2) Casey DeSmith has the best GAA, Save% and Win%.
    Defense wins championships.

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  • goblue
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    Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Although I agree with the idea of "winning something different this season", I don't think that happens by downplaying the importance of the next two weeks. As I said over the weekend, UNH is not a team that can simply "flick the switch" once the tourney(s) arrives. They need to show that they know where that "switch" is in the first place, and although I felt Sunday's tie was a lost opportunity, fate has again been kind to them, with the Merrimack and BC losses, and once again UNH is sitting in the so-called "catbird's seat", with everything totally within their own control, AND with the easiest schedule of the top six teams (not even close).

    It's not that winning an 8th HE Regular Season title is a "make or break" proposition. But this team needs to prove - NOT to us, but to THEMSELVES - that they can find another gear and win games when they have to win games. That is what tourney play is all about, after all ... so why not ramp up to the tourney(s) with a very manageable four (4) game run-in homestand against teams in the bottom half of the standings? Demand that your players prove to themselves that they can win when they need to, and take that into the postseason with you. Compete with urgency, prove some points, and get the mindset where it needs to be.

    Let's face it, everyone ... not only is HE wide open this year, but with all due respect to the folks in Hamden, when Quinnipiac is the top-ranked team in the country, not only is the HE Tourney within reach, but so is "something different". Opportunity is knocking. Let's see if UNH wants to knock down that door ...
    I completely agree. Play each game to win, and make it a habit. As I've said before, you have to be hot, lucky, or both to win it all. Let's start with hot (which, quite frankly, we haven't been for a while now. There's no time like the present.) And as to 1982's point about UMass and Maine, sure, they'll be playing for their lives, but who won't be, come tourney time? Play with that mindset now. By the time we get to that point, I hope that UNH will be playing hungry hockey rather than scared hockey.

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  • JB
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    Originally posted by unh1982 View Post
    I see it the other way both umass and maine will be fighting for there lives , to try and secure a spot in playoffs . i think they oppose en even more difficult out .
    So you think hard charging Lowell would be easier? I dont agree any of the top 6 would be harder.

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  • unh1982
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    Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Although I agree with the idea of "winning something different this season", I don't think that happens by downplaying the importance of the next two weeks. As I said over the weekend, UNH is not a team that can simply "flick the switch" once the tourney(s) arrives. They need to show that they know where that "switch" is in the first place, and although I felt Sunday's tie was a lost opportunity, fate has again been kind to them, with the Merrimack and BC losses, and once again UNH is sitting in the so-called "catbird's seat", with everything totally within their own control, AND with the easiest schedule of the top six teams (not even close).

    It's not that winning an 8th HE Regular Season title is a "make or break" proposition. But this team needs to prove - NOT to us, but to THEMSELVES - that they can find another gear and win games when they have to win games. That is what tourney play is all about, after all ... so why not ramp up to the tourney(s) with a very manageable four (4) game run-in homestand against teams in the bottom half of the standings? Demand that your players prove to themselves that they can win when they need to, and take that into the postseason with you. Compete with urgency, prove some points, and get the mindset where it needs to be.

    Let's face it, everyone ... not only is HE wide open this year, but with all due respect to the folks in Hamden, when Quinnipiac is the top-ranked team in the country, not only is the HE Tourney within reach, but so is "something different". Opportunity is knocking. Let's see if UNH wants to knock down that door ...
    I see it the other way both umass and maine will be fighting for there lives , to try and secure a spot in playoffs . i think they oppose en even more difficult out .

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  • Chuck Murray
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    Originally posted by UNH09 View Post
    I would hope some different guys get on the ice in the next two weeks. Dick needs to see the big picture, we have a couple of HE regular season titles, lets win something different this season.
    Although I agree with the idea of "winning something different this season", I don't think that happens by downplaying the importance of the next two weeks. As I said over the weekend, UNH is not a team that can simply "flick the switch" once the tourney(s) arrives. They need to show that they know where that "switch" is in the first place, and although I felt Sunday's tie was a lost opportunity, fate has again been kind to them, with the Merrimack and BC losses, and once again UNH is sitting in the so-called "catbird's seat", with everything totally within their own control, AND with the easiest schedule of the top six teams (not even close).

    It's not that winning an 8th HE Regular Season title is a "make or break" proposition. But this team needs to prove - NOT to us, but to THEMSELVES - that they can find another gear and win games when they have to win games. That is what tourney play is all about, after all ... so why not ramp up to the tourney(s) with a very manageable four (4) game run-in homestand against teams in the bottom half of the standings? Demand that your players prove to themselves that they can win when they need to, and take that into the postseason with you. Compete with urgency, prove some points, and get the mindset where it needs to be.

    Let's face it, everyone ... not only is HE wide open this year, but with all due respect to the folks in Hamden, when Quinnipiac is the top-ranked team in the country, not only is the HE Tourney within reach, but so is "something different". Opportunity is knocking. Let's see if UNH wants to knock down that door ...

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  • e.cat
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    Originally posted by J.D. View Post
    Looks to me like you guys have the inside track on first place and the #1 seed in manchester.
    We'll need all the help we can get to beat you guys.

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  • UNH09
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    Originally posted by JB View Post
    I have no issue with the physical stuff and Vermont danced close to the line and over it regularly. However Walls could go to the box on basically every check. Finishes high with the hands on just about every hit, and that is roughing. Needs to keep the hands down and finish with the shoulder. I am surpirse he in particular didn't get more calls against him on the weekend.

    Also surprised Umile didn't change up the lines with fresh bodies on Saturday. UNH has depth this year and needs to use it.
    I would hope some different guys get on the ice in the next two weeks. Dick needs to see the big picture, we have a couple of HE regular season titles, lets win something different this season.

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  • JB
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    Originally posted by UNH09 View Post
    Face it, Hockey East has become the thug league. Jack Parker kicks a kid off his team weekly, and the play at the Gutt was not clean to say the least. The SMT's better be ready.
    I have no issue with the physical stuff and Vermont danced close to the line and over it regularly. However Walls could go to the box on basically every check. Finishes high with the hands on just about every hit, and that is roughing. Needs to keep the hands down and finish with the shoulder. I am surpirse he in particular didn't get more calls against him on the weekend.

    Also surprised Umile didn't change up the lines with fresh bodies on Saturday. UNH has depth this year and needs to use it.

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  • J.D.
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    Looks to me like you guys have the inside track on first place and the #1 seed in manchester.

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  • unh1982
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    unh just moved ahead of Boston coll. in power rankings now 4th , unh doesnt playing any tucs over next two weeks , if unh loses a game does there power go down , or do we have to wait till the playoffs or even hockey east quarters when they will play a tuc.

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  • Piels25
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    Things just got a lot more interesting with Lowell's win at BC (4-2) and BU's win vs. Merrimack tonight (5-2).

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  • C-H-C
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    Every Hockey East team has now played 23 conference games and (1) UNH has allowed the fewest goals and (2) Casey DeSmith has the best GAA, Save% and Win%.
    Last edited by C-H-C; 02-26-2013, 08:57 PM.

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  • goblue
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    Originally posted by Nick Papagiorgio View Post
    While that generally would be a good policy, this year I disagree with this notion.

    This year is THE YEAR! NCAA CHAMPS!
    Hey Nickpa, one of these years your otherwise provocative and groundless prediction will prove true. You will be hailed as a visionary. Pigs will fly. (OK, I'm lying about the last two.) But thank you for your interest in our program.

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