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  • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

    Chiming in on the poor quality hockey the cats are playing......
    We've seen line changes, guys in and out of lineup, bad defensive play (not the norm for past UVM teams...), lack of hustle/backchecking, lots of missed scoring chances, and fair to decent goaltending. Is there a lack of accountability on the players?
    I guess I should be ok with the 'let Colton shoot all the pucks' mentality (he is the best chance we have to score), but UVM teams always been better with a team first/play the system approach as far as I know. Even when we had a few superstars.
    I DO believe the kids should have more individual freedom (READ CREATIVITY), but that only seems to work WHEN there is a good base system/structure.

    I don't know what happened between last year and this year for this much disparity, but I'm sure it's not all on the coaches, or all on the recruits, but the coaching decides the style of play I think.....or do the recruits decide the style of play.....?
    Chicken or Egg I guess.

    Still Cheering though, and a New Year brings a new beginning.

    Go Cats Go!

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    • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

      Blogpost taking a look at Sneddon's last 2+ years and offering some options for who could replace him. Shamelessly stole some from a list someone (VTALUM I think) posted in this thread.

      https://thevermonthockeyblog.wordpre...-sneddon-file/
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      • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
        Blogpost taking a look at Sneddon's last 2+ years and offering some options for who could replace him. Shamelessly stole some from a list someone (VTALUM I think) posted in this thread.

        https://thevermonthockeyblog.wordpre...-sneddon-file/
        This is a great article. Sucks that this season has come apart to the point where our main topic of discussion is a coaching change, but hey that's what it is.

        As for the replacement ideas, I don't see any chance we get Ducharme. He seems like his next step is AHL or as an assistant in the NHL. Also I don't think a high school coach could cut it in Hockey East. Rolston would be awesome. What about one of Quinn's assistants at BU? No doubt they can recruit.

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        • Originally posted by Play$Maker View Post
          Right now nothing will change till end of season; Sneddon will be given a graceful exit. My concern between now and then is we are going to lose more key players and recruits! Tell me why one of our best shooters was scratched last night??? Unless Bowen is injured how does he sit. Vlad might as well red-shirt the rest of this year now. Colton is going to leave for sure unless there is something on the horizon that shows leadership hope. This team on paper is so much better - EXCEPT in the coaching positions- get rid of all 3 of them....

          #FireSneddon
          In fairness Colton was probably gonna leave anyway, but the point is well taken

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          • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

            Originally posted by CatClass08 View Post
            This is a great article. Sucks that this season has come apart to the point where our main topic of discussion is a coaching change, but hey that's what it is.

            As for the replacement ideas, I don't see any chance we get Ducharme. He seems like his next step is AHL or as an assistant in the NHL. Also I don't think a high school coach could cut it in Hockey East. Rolston would be awesome. What about one of Quinn's assistants at BU? No doubt they can recruit.
            Yeah, they're just ideas with varying degrees of realism or risk. But hey, if I'm going to say "these are problems," I may as well offer possible solutions.

            With Ducharme, there's always the chance his stock plummets if Canada flops in the WJC medal round. I see a lot of people blaming him for not playing Makar more at WJC and blaming him for taking Comtois (whose dirty hit changed the game yesterday) over guys like Glass and Tippett. I agree it's a long shot, but it's worth a shot, right?

            Do agree HS coaches won't cut it in HE, I was largely spitballing guys who have a past with UVM, plus Rolston and Ellsworth whose names came up a lot this summer. Maybe Ryan Papaioannou from Brooks in the AJHL? We've taken how many recruits from there, why not add the coach too lol

            WRT Quinn's BU assistants, I'm unsure. Yeah they can recruit, but BU gets caught up in playing pond hockey a lot where they try to just out-skill the other team. That might be more on Quinn though.
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            • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

              As for tonight. Lines aren't out, but Ted Ryan says Harmon's starting and the Russian Rocket is debuting.
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              • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                As for tonight. Lines aren't out, but Ted Ryan says Harmon's starting and the Russian Rocket is debuting.
                Glad to see Harmon get the start. He needs to play some.

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                • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                  Line blender in full effect:

                  Alvaro/Colton/O'Neil
                  Misley/Coughlin/Esposito
                  Blanleil/Darrar/Privitera
                  Frechette/Dzhioshvili/Petruzzelli

                  MOD/Massie
                  Evers/Grant
                  Phillips/Thomas

                  Harmon
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                  • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                    Blogpost taking a look at Sneddon's last 2+ years and offering some options for who could replace him. Shamelessly stole some from a list someone (VTALUM I think) posted in this thread.

                    https://thevermonthockeyblog.wordpre...-sneddon-file/
                    Just read this. Agree with the other commenter -- great article!

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                    • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                      Line blender in full effect:

                      Alvaro/Colton/O'Neil
                      Misley/Coughlin/Esposito
                      Blanleil/Darrar/Privitera
                      Frechette/Dzhioshvili/Petruzzelli

                      MOD/Massie


                      Evers/Grant
                      Phillips/Thomas

                      Harmon
                      Is Bowen injured?? Excited to see Vlad skate in a real game but...Saint Lawrence just drove off with our trophy so....blah.

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                      • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                        Originally posted by VTALUM View Post
                        Is Bowen injured?? Excited to see Vlad skate in a real game but...Saint Lawrence just drove off with our trophy so....blah.
                        Sneddon said midweek everyone was healthy and accounted for
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                        • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                          Sneddon said midweek everyone was healthy and accounted for
                          So Brian Bowen is a healthy scratch...huh. Vlad looks good anyway. A few of these it’s who dress every game do basically nothing on the ice.

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                            Originally posted by VTALUM View Post
                            So Brian Bowen is a healthy scratch...huh. Vlad looks good anyway. A few of these it’s who dress every game do basically nothing on the ice.
                            I'm listening on the radio and it sounds like Vlad and Frechette are playing well
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                            • Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                              I'm listening on the radio and it sounds like Vlad and Frechette are playing well
                              Vlad really looked good. His linemates weren’t at his level. UVM out-chanced Harvard but couldn’t finish, I’d guess...8-10 quality chances on the doorstep. Wait, did Kaufman not dress?

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                              • Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                                Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                                Yeah, they're just ideas with varying degrees of realism or risk. But hey, if I'm going to say "these are problems," I may as well offer possible solutions.

                                With Ducharme, there's always the chance his stock plummets if Canada flops in the WJC medal round. I see a lot of people blaming him for not playing Makar more at WJC and blaming him for taking Comtois (whose dirty hit changed the game yesterday) over guys like Glass and Tippett. I agree it's a long shot, but it's worth a shot, right?

                                Do agree HS coaches won't cut it in HE, I was largely spitballing guys who have a past with UVM, plus Rolston and Ellsworth whose names came up a lot this summer. Maybe Ryan Papaioannou from Brooks in the AJHL? We've taken how many recruits from there, why not add the coach too lol

                                WRT Quinn's BU assistants, I'm unsure. Yeah they can recruit, but BU gets caught up in playing pond hockey a lot where they try to just out-skill the other team. That might be more on Quinn though.
                                I also want to let you know that was a great job on the article! Ducharme worth the call as you say if he says no its okay but the call need to be made glad you took the Rolston idea to me he is going to be a top target for lots of programs and players like kids with experience in the pro game and even if he been out of college for a while has worked with the age group and at higher levels other schools have made it work and he'd be a great choice! Douclon and Fingerhut aren't going to be considered great at their level though for sure - the junior guy that gets the consideration be someone like Mark Carlson from Cedar Rapid of USHL
                                Maybe someone else like Don Granato who is an assistant with Blackhawks right now his brother is HC of Wisconsin and team USA where he was an assistant also was Head of USA U17-18 team and his niece is on UVM women team.

                                Left the game early and googled more hockey names sad this might be the highlight of the season! what do you take over/under team wins 3 more games whole year?@ if someone makes one of those online petitions to fire Sneddon Ill gladly sign it

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