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  • Piels25
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    Good analysis. But home-and-home this weekend is against Providence. I cannot imagine why the Cats would look ahead of the Friars, having been humiliated by them three weekends ago. I think that this weekend pretty much determines whether the Cats have shot at maintaining a position for home ice in Hockey East post-season, and just a win and a tie might not cut it either.
    Obviously not a good two games for the 'Cats, who now sit in a tie for 2nd in HEA with Merrimack at 24 pts and BC in first with 25, but both teams have a game in hand. Perhaps even worse is Providence now sits one point behind in 4th with 23 points and BU looms large in 5th with 21 pts and two games in hand.

    Crucial stretch for UNH coming up. Don't expect much out of them at Conte on Sunday as this is the time of the year BC starts rolling post-Beanpot. As noted by CollegeHockeyRinkReport, the 'Cats finish the season at UVM for two, and then four games at the Whitt with UMASS and Maine. Still a lot of hockey to be played between now and the HE playoffs, but UNH needs to snap out of this funk in a hurry. Squeezing at least a point out on Sunday would be a good start.

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  • sterlippo1
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    Originally posted by scoreboard View Post
    It is not looking good. On the plus side, if they drop to a #4 seed for NCAAs BC will not be in their regional.
    that's if BC holds on to a #1 . With 2 with red hot MC, 2 with PC, one with UML and a huge one sunday with you guys as our next 6 games, nothing is sewed up for BC at this point

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  • CollegeHockeyRinkReport
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    Originally posted by scoreboard View Post
    UNH has a 4-5-1 record for the second half in which they've only scored 24 goals. 11 of those goals came in two games in which their record is 1-1. I don't think running into a hot goalie is their problem. I Agree on the home ice issue.
    It is not looking good. On the plus side, if they drop to a #4 seed for NCAAs BC will not be in their regional.
    Keep in mind that UNH plays 7, 8 and 9 in the Hockey East standings after this weekend. I thought UNH has played well at times, but has been snake bitten.

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  • C-H-C
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    "#5 UNH Loses Season Series to Providence"

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  • scoreboard
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    Originally posted by Scott View Post
    Nice thought....too bad Gillies had to steal yet another game tonight.

    Home ice is in the HE playoffs is quickly becoming doubtful for the 'Cats if they can't figure out a way to win a game. I can't even remember when UNH didn't win at least one game in the regular season against PC. Sigh.......
    UNH has a 4-5-1 record for the second half in which they've only scored 24 goals. 11 of those goals came in two games in which their record is 1-1. I don't think running into a hot goalie is their problem. I Agree on the home ice issue.
    It is not looking good. On the plus side, if they drop to a #4 seed for NCAAs BC will not be in their regional.
    Last edited by scoreboard; 02-13-2013, 11:07 PM.

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Scott View Post
    Nice thought....too bad Gillies had to steal yet another game tonight.

    Home ice is in the HE playoffs is quickly becoming doubtful for the 'Cats if they can't figure out a way to win a game. I can't even remember when UNH didn't win at least one game in the regular season against PC. Sigh.......
    First time since 1998-1999 season, at least. UNH has not played PC in the HE tourney since 2006-07, which UNH won in two games for second year in a row at home. Perhaps this year UNH will be playing PC in the HE first round at Schneider; for joy.

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  • Scott
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2012-2013 Season Thread

    Originally posted by Felger View Post
    Just a reminder that a win tomorrow night puts UNH in first place
    Nice thought....too bad Gillies had to steal yet another game tonight.

    Home ice is in the HE playoffs is quickly becoming doubtful for the 'Cats if they can't figure out a way to win a game. I can't even remember when UNH didn't win at least one game in the regular season against PC. Sigh.......

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by Felger View Post
    Just a reminder that a win tomorrow night puts UNH in first place
    Go Cats!

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  • Felger
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    Originally posted by Chicken Little View Post
    Home ice for the Hockey East first round does not look like a sure thing at all unless their play improves.
    Just a reminder that a win tomorrow night puts UNH in first place

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  • C-H-C
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    "UNH Scrambles for Tie with Providence"

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  • [UNH]Rig
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    Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
    First UNH game that I have seen in person since Dartmouth over the holidays, and I was not at all impressed by the Cats play on Sunday, especially compared to the games that I saw them play against UML and BU last semester. How UNH could not score a goal or two in first 2-3 minutes of the game from right in front of Gillies was beyond me. For the rest of the first period, despite UNH dominating puck possession they could only muster feeble shots that Gillies smothered easily, leading to face offs in the zone that UNH lost again and again. I think that PC outplayed UNH in the second and third periods, getting much better quality shots on net than did UNH. None of the UNH players seemed to have the fortitude to set up anywhere near the PC net. During the OT when UNH did get control of the puck, they could not have been more spread out in the four corners of the PC zone, so not surprising that they only notched one shot in the extra frame. The UNH PK that was so effective the first part of the season has apparently caught up with them (33% PK in this one), so 3 goals is not going to cut it the rest of the way, even against the likes of UVM, UMass, and Maine. Home ice for the Hockey East first round does not look like a sure thing at all unless their play improves.
    I totally agree with the point of no one sticking to the front of the net. As for the PK, I tend to lean toward the law of averages catching up to them. The other thing with the PK is that on both the goals it looked like they had gotten caught in a diamond formation from their usual pressure box setup they have used all season. Maybe it is a new wrinkle, or they just got caught out of position. And I re-watched the game on the DVR, while doing some work, and realized that really the Thrush-Camper-Willows line only had Willows playing poorly, and the reason I say that is it seemed to start when his stick broke on that pass on the break out at the end of the second. So, I do retract that the whole line played bad, but he did have a poor third period and it was a lasting impression from watching it live. The team really needs to just get back to those little things of blocking a ton of shots like in the first half and going hard to the net and staying there when they actually setup. The team is capable, so there should be optimism. Really do need to strap in for some tough match ups coming up, and hopefully it starts at PC this week.

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  • Snively65
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    Originally posted by [UNH]Rig View Post
    Gillies should be at PC for 1 more year. I don't believe Gillies was all that hot, he was just allowed to see almost all the shots that came his way. Hardly was there a player down in front of the net. They were so willing to be there in the first half of the year, but not so much now. UNH needs to be concerned, and needs to get back to what they did well in the first half. The team defense has been mediocre at best for most of the second half. Last week Merrimack's Bates scored on the same blown coverage twice. If it wasn't for a few errant PC passes the story tonight would have been the same. It is all the little things that are adding up, and not in a positive for this team. The Willows-Camper-Thrush line, should have been sat on the bench for the 2nd and third. Unfortunately for Thrush he was stuck with 2 players who would have been better riding the pine all night. Particularly Willows who should not have been on the ice in the final 5 minutes. Maybe this is a bit of a harsh review, but as of right now if, I was an opponent I would be thinking this UNH squad is soft and doesn't want to get its hands dirty. Hopefully this all passes and this post can be deemed wrong at the end of the year.
    First UNH game that I have seen in person since Dartmouth over the holidays, and I was not at all impressed by the Cats play on Sunday, especially compared to the games that I saw them play against UML and BU last semester. How UNH could not score a goal or two in first 2-3 minutes of the game from right in front of Gillies was beyond me. For the rest of the first period, despite UNH dominating puck possession they could only muster feeble shots that Gillies smothered easily, leading to face offs in the zone that UNH lost again and again. I think that PC outplayed UNH in the second and third periods, getting much better quality shots on net than did UNH. None of the UNH players seemed to have the fortitude to set up anywhere near the PC net. During the OT when UNH did get control of the puck, they could not have been more spread out in the four corners of the PC zone, so not surprising that they only notched one shot in the extra frame. The UNH PK that was so effective the first part of the season has apparently caught up with them (33% PK in this one), so 3 goals is not going to cut it the rest of the way, even against the likes of UVM, UMass, and Maine. Home ice for the Hockey East first round does not look like a sure thing at all unless their play improves.

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  • [UNH]Rig
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    Originally posted by UNH09 View Post
    Lets go back to renaming this game goalie. Gillies was hot in net, tough to beat. Way to stick it out and grind out a point against a team certainly on the rise. I just hope the NHL takes notice and he leaves for the pros sooner rather than later. I thought the Cats played well overall today, especially with the extra days off. Sundays at the Whitt are real difficult for some reason over the years, and one where the snow impact hit even harder. Big weeks ahead, and they are full of bus rides. Cats don't return to Lake Whitt until March, hopefully the standings are somewhat similar.
    Gillies should be at PC for 1 more year. I don't believe Gillies was all that hot, he was just allowed to see almost all the shots that came his way. Hardly was there a player down in front of the net. They were so willing to be there in the first half of the year, but not so much now. UNH needs to be concerned, and needs to get back to what they did well in the first half. The team defense has been mediocre at best for most of the second half. Last week Merrimack's Bates scored on the same blown coverage twice. If it wasn't for a few errant PC passes the story tonight would have been the same. It is all the little things that are adding up, and not in a positive for this team. The Willows-Camper-Thrush line, should have been sat on the bench for the 2nd and third. Unfortunately for Thrush he was stuck with 2 players who would have been better riding the pine all night. Particularly Willows who should not have been on the ice in the final 5 minutes. Maybe this is a bit of a harsh review, but as of right now if, I was an opponent I would be thinking this UNH squad is soft and doesn't want to get its hands dirty. Hopefully this all passes and this post can be deemed wrong at the end of the year.

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  • scoreboard
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    Originally posted by C-H-C View Post
    From Alan Lesseps' column in the Union Leader:

    Austin Block on NCAA rankings and tournament pairings:

    "I don't personally look at that kind of stuff," he said. "We don't talk about that in the locker room. As far as I'm concerned we need to win every game and the rankings will take care of themselves. Obviously it's nice and we want to be as highly ranked as we can, but I don't think it really helps the mindset if you focus on stuff like that."
    They don't look at at the rankings or care about them? Doubtful, they were ranked #1 in early December and have slid downhill ever since. Pressure has never been UNH's friend.
    Last edited by scoreboard; 02-10-2013, 07:22 PM.

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  • UNH09
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    Lets go back to renaming this game goalie. Gillies was hot in net, tough to beat. Way to stick it out and grind out a point against a team certainly on the rise. I just hope the NHL takes notice and he leaves for the pros sooner rather than later. I thought the Cats played well overall today, especially with the extra days off. Sundays at the Whitt are real difficult for some reason over the years, and one where the snow impact hit even harder. Big weeks ahead, and they are full of bus rides. Cats don't return to Lake Whitt until March, hopefully the standings are somewhat similar.

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