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  • RENCEB
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    Well that ended quicker than expected. Too bad. 4-4-2 in their last 2 with 2 winnable games at home against UVM. After a dreadful 1-7 start, they righted the ship somewhat. Holoway graduates but they don't lose much beyond that. Fosmark, Walsh and Jeffries showed some offensive skill, and Carlile, Uens and Vinnell could be a very solid D core. Borgiel looks like he'll be your starter in net next year, but goaltending is not their strong suit. That needs to be better. Is it unreasonable to expect that they will be in the 5/6/7 range next range next year?

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  • RENCEB
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    Best win of the season. Stayed out of the box (1 penalty), and love that they carried the play in the 3rd and did not try and sit on the lead. 4 game unbeaten streak. Well done!!

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  • Bradz
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    Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

    I'm guessing Coach Borek ordered the King Cut prime rib for dinner today after completing a weird season "sweep" over his former employers, what with MC earning points from all four meetings with UNH this season. Hey, kudos to you guys, I was calling for a regulation win in Saturday's game, but never expected it would be a comfortable 4 goal win for the home team.

    "Durham, we have a problem ... "
    I keep forgetting to thank you UNH folks for all the gifts you provided and the PP practice we really needed.

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  • Chuck Murray
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    Originally posted by RENCEB View Post
    and there you have "....could be even worse" for UNH. Nice weekend for MC. Scored some goals, great effort on the powerplay. I'll take 2-0-2 against UNH ANY season.
    I'm guessing Coach Borek ordered the King Cut prime rib for dinner today after completing a weird season "sweep" over his former employers, what with MC earning points from all four meetings with UNH this season. Hey, kudos to you guys, I was calling for a regulation win in Saturday's game, but never expected it would be a comfortable 4 goal win for the home team.

    "Durham, we have a problem ... "

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  • RENCEB
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    Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    This thread reminds me that as bad as things are at UNH, they could be even worse.
    and there you have "....could be even worse" for UNH. Nice weekend for MC. Scored some goals, great effort on the powerplay. I'll take 2-0-2 against UNH ANY season.

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  • Bradz
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    Originally posted by FLHockeyMom View Post

    Per Mike McMahon:

    Merrimack will be without Ben Brar and Alex Jefferies, who are both out with injuries. We’re working on getting a status of both players moving forward.
    Stuff happens.....

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  • Bradz
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    Oh well...maybe year four will be better.

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  • FLHockeyMom
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    Originally posted by RENCEB View Post
    5-1 loss to PC today at Lawler. Outscored 17-4 over last 3 games. I noticed the Alex Jefferies was not in the line-up. Anyone know why?
    Per Mike McMahon:

    Merrimack will be without Ben Brar and Alex Jefferies, who are both out with injuries. We’re working on getting a status of both players moving forward.

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  • RENCEB
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    5-1 loss to PC today at Lawler. Outscored 17-4 over last 3 games. I noticed the Alex Jefferies was not in the line-up. Anyone know why?

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  • Chuck Murray
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    Originally posted by Bradz View Post
    That is the kind of HC/AC relationship the Warriors need, neither can walk into a room thinking they are the smartest person in the room, the sales pitch always starts with the AC and the HC closes. Maybe Merrimack’s future is brighter than I suspect but only time will tell. It would be pretty hard for Borek to find a Keefe clone the way things have been going.
    As pointed out in my last post, you get a unique AC/HC situation like that maybe once a generation or so. Too often your hot-shot AC is lusting after his first HC post, and whether it's in another program OR as the successor to his current boss HC, by definition it's breaking up the pairing that's working so well in the first place.

    An example of the scenario of the ambitious AC who does want to run his own show is what UNH had a generation ago with McCloskey doing to recruiting for Umile. As long as that lasted, UNH was formidable, and competing pretty closely with the Walsh/Standbrook juggernaut. And once Walshy passed, IF McCloskey had continued in his AC role for the UNH Men, that success likely would have continued unabated. But McCloskey wanted a HC job, and took the UNH Women's job, which worked out pretty well for the better part of a decade. Until the man tells me otherwise face-to-face, I will always believe McCloskey felt he would coach the Women's team until Umile retired, and then slide over to run the Men's team.

    Unfortunately, Umile decided to continue past his sell-by date, which probably annoyed McCloskey to some degree, there was slippage and then frustration as a result, and McCloskey got booted at the first opportune moment, ending that scenario. The guy who had replaced him as head recruiter for the UNH Men (some guy named Borek, you guys ever hear of him?) couldn't match what McCloskey had done, but was kept on board even longer, and he too probably had a belief that he would be the nect UNH HC when Umile retired. That didn't work out the way he hoped, either.

    If you have a guy like Standbrook who is content to do the hard work on recruiting, and does a top notch job at it, then you are generally set for the long run - and your HC is a very lucky guy indeed. If Keefe is content to be "Standbrook" under Madigan's "Walshy" then Northeastern is set for the long run. If Keefe gets antsy and moves, Madigan will be OK for a few years working through Keefe's recruiting inventory, sure, but what happens after that? Unless he can find the "next Keefe" then he's probably on the road to retirement a few years earlier than he'd like to be.

    Long story short - if you can get such an HC/AC team in place where both are happy in what they do, and both do it well, then you're probably set for a long time. But ... easier said than done.

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  • Bradz
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    Originally posted by Split-N View Post

    At the risk of oversimplifying, Keefe finds the talent and Madigan closes the deals (it is said in NU circles that Madigan could sell refrigerators to eskimos). It is very much a collaborative effort both on and off the bench and it is widely assumed that Keefe is HC-in-waiting.
    That is the kind of HC/AC relationship the Warriors need, neither can walk into a room thinking they are the smartest person in the room, the sales pitch always starts with the AC and the HC closes. Maybe Merrimack’s future is brighter than I suspect but only time will tell. It would be pretty hard for Borek to find a Keefe clone the way things have been going.

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  • Chuck Murray
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    Originally posted by Split-N View Post
    At the risk of oversimplifying, Keefe finds the talent and Madigan closes the deals (it is said in NU circles that Madigan could sell refrigerators to eskimos). It is very much a collaborative effort both on and off the bench and it is widely assumed that Keefe is HC-in-waiting.
    Just as the Walshy-Standbrook team used to operate a generation ago up in Orono.

    Except Standbrook knew his strengths and limitations, and never pursued the HC job post-Walshy.

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  • Split-N
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    Originally posted by RENCEB View Post

    ...Northeastern continues to excel, and I have to believe that he is the one bringing in the stud recruits every year, not Madigan...
    At the risk of oversimplifying, Keefe finds the talent and Madigan closes the deals (it is said in NU circles that Madigan could sell refrigerators to eskimos). It is very much a collaborative effort both on and off the bench and it is widely assumed that Keefe is HC-in-waiting.

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  • Chuck Murray
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    You gotta think if Keefe is ever going to leave NU, it'll be for something more compelling than MC or present-day UNH. Might have been a different story a decade or so ago at UNH, but Keefe wasn't "Keefe" yet, and Blue Skies was still wed to Umile at the time. And in the end, it's often all about the timing. Maybe Carr gets the call the next time the MC job opens up?

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  • Bradz
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    Originally posted by RENCEB View Post

    You've always wished for the best for Merrimack (unless of course they are playing your beloved 'Cats!); kinda like UNH's little brother!

    I went back and looked at the "finalists" for the position, and if Jerry Keefe REALLY was one of the finalists, then it was a swing and a miss to not get him. Northeastern continues to excel, and I have to believe that he is the one bringing in the stud recruits every year, not Madigan. Not that he necessarily would have been able to bring that same level of recruit to Merrimack, but it would have been a good opportunity to make a real change. And as Bradz indicated, looks like Curtis Carr is doing okay at Bowling Green. It's just frustrating when the best I can hope for them is to achieve mediocrity.
    If I remember correctly Keefe pulled out early perhaps sensing something. I also thought he would be a great choice he has always been a leader and an honest recruiter with an eye. I think it would be hard for him to move though when you consider his great relationship with Madigan and their success. When this season is over it will be interesting to see what the administration does with both the men’s and women’s programs it could be a little too much UNH influence.

    It will also be interesting to see if Borek himself makes any changes should he still have a job.

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