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  • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
    They played hard not well.
    Other than BC I think this has been the case in the second half.

    I would feel better about Maine if it was the new guys carrying them instead of Ostman, Breen, Poisson, etc. I’m def very happy with the effort but Barr is going to have to do a better job finding guys who can score moving forward. Having bottom six guys who can score five goals a year instead of one or two makes a huge difference.
    Originally posted by BobbyBrady
    Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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    • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

      I don’t think so because after last night Maine is basically locked in somewhere between 7th and 9th. I can see Maine finishing 8th and playing Umass in the first round. It’s hard for me to decide which team out of UNH, BC, and Umass is the best matchup. You can make arguments for and against all of them.
      None of those teams deserve an NCAA berth.

      Screw the concept of participation awards.

      Why even have a RS if everyone is eligible to begin with?

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      • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

        Their tanks are empty. Not as conditioned as I thought.
        I thought they were all over UNH the last 25 minutes of the game but the UNH goaltender took up too much room and you have to get him moving to open up some net. All you have to see is the shootout to see Maine can't get any goaltender moving.

        I don't ever remember Maine being particularly good in shoot outs, always had good goaltenders who weren't made for shootouts and for some reason shooters who weren't good at them either. maybe its selective memory???

        This team is better than we thought they would be but still still not a contender. Like to see them finish strong in Regular season, win a home playoff game and then whatever happens I'm good with it. Barr needs to bring in some offense and I'm sure he is trying.

        Good to see UNH sellout a few games anyway. Hockey East is better when Maine and UNH are good, Both teams travel well and will fill Boston if they ever get good enough to be contenders again.
        I swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.

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        • What a pathetic shootout performance by Maine each night!! Hard to believe they won one against NU back in October! Stephenson demonstrated how to do it last night. Skill and patience.

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          • Originally posted by walrus View Post

            I thought they were all over UNH the last 25 minutes of the game but the UNH goaltender took up too much room and you have to get him moving to open up some net. All you have to see is the shootout to see Maine can't get any goaltender moving.

            This team is better than we thought they would be but still still not a contender. Like to see them finish strong in Regular season, win a home playoff game and then whatever happens I'm good with it. Barr needs to bring in some offense and I'm sure he is trying.

            Good to see UNH sellout a few games anyway. Hockey East is better when Maine and UNH are good, Both teams travel well and will fill Boston if they ever get good enough to be contenders again.

            Yeah the 2nd half of the third period Maine gave it all they had and put UNH on their heals. The thing I saw was Maine took alot of initial shots during the 3rd that hit sticks or easy stops for the goalie when they had chances if they looked to pass. Its like they had tunnel vision or wanted to just brute force the puck in the net. With the SO it looked to me like they were just worn out from giving it +100% during the 3rd, just couldn't make any puck moves to get the goalie moving, same with two of the three for UNH.

            The team is surely better and heading in the right direction. They have good speed, good defensive sticks, play well on the forecheck and a boat load of work ethic. They have improved alot with clearing the defensive zone. For offense other than grinding on the boards and shooting from the points they are missing that ability to move the puck with clean passes to open players in the offensive and neutral zones. It will need to come in time with recruiting, if it doesn't middle of the pack is where we will be.

            The next four games will be interesting. It could as easily go 0-4 as 2-2. Dont see 4-0 as being realistic at all. BC and UMA are good teams regardless of their lackluster performance so far this year.

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            • I was in awe of the UNH crowd last night. Have they drawn like that all season? Does Maine really get them to turn out like that? I'm sure that Hockey East is secretly rooting for Maine and UNH to get back to Boston.....$$$

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              • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

                Other than BC I think this has been the case in the second half.

                I would feel better about Maine if it was the new guys carrying them instead of Ostman, Breen, Poisson, etc. I’m def very happy with the effort but Barr is going to have to do a better job finding guys who can score moving forward. Having bottom six guys who can score five goals a year instead of one or two makes a huge difference.
                If you listen to Barr he is and has clearly been frustrated with the lack of scoring from unnamed players and how certain players are mostly getting the points.
                I won't be surprised to see a few of the new current players off the roster next year.
                Bottom line with Barr is the minimum expectations are everyone on that roster will be giving it 100% at every practice and getting on the ice for additional skill building.
                The next is, is this work improving their game to become a contributor.
                Barr doesn't appear to be the type to hang onto someone who is not going to become the contributor as needed.

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                • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post
                  I was in awe of the UNH crowd last night. Have they drawn like that all season? Does Maine really get them to turn out like that? I'm sure that Hockey East is secretly rooting for Maine and UNH to get back to Boston.....$$$
                  I have some friends who are "in the know" and have seen a lot of UNH hockey this year. They told me that the place was kind of a ghost town every game all season before this weekend. So yes, I would say Maine gets them to show out like that. It was a pretty electric crowd on Saturday, I'll give them credit for that.

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                  • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post
                    I was in awe of the UNH crowd last night. Have they drawn like that all season? Does Maine really get them to turn out like that? I'm sure that Hockey East is secretly rooting for Maine and UNH to get back to Boston.....$$$
                    First back to back sell out since 2013 and guess who was the guest? UMaine. Heard that last night on telecast
                    I swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.

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                    • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post
                      I was in awe of the UNH crowd last night. Have they drawn like that all season? Does Maine really get them to turn out like that? I'm sure that Hockey East is secretly rooting for Maine and UNH to get back to Boston.....$$$
                      With Commish Nigel formerly being the assistant UNH AD, I'm not thinking it's very "secret" anymore.

                      Pretty much every program in HEA has now had their "up" times and their "down" times over almost 40 years of league history now, and the data couldn't be any clearer, based on attendance figures, HEA fares best financially when UMaine and UNH pair up with at least one (preferably two) of the Boston schools in the Hockey East tourney.

                      It looked like UNH made a conscientious effort to bust out attendance this weekend, and hopefully someone noticed that when you act like you've got a quality product to sell, there are people out there who will show up.
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                      • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                        With Commish Nigel formerly being the assistant UNH AD, I'm not thinking it's very "secret" anymore.

                        Pretty much every program in HEA has now had their "up" times and their "down" times over almost 40 years of league history now, and the data couldn't be any clearer, based on attendance figures, HEA fares best financially when UMaine and UNH pair up with at least one (preferably two) of the Boston schools in the Hockey East tourney.

                        It looked like UNH made a conscientious effort to bust out attendance this weekend, and hopefully someone noticed that when you act like you've got a quality product to sell, there are people out there who will show up.
                        Even with all the changes, additions, good times and bad times.....Maine, UNH, BC and BU is still the "classic" HE Final 4.

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                        • Originally posted by amkirby10 View Post

                          I have some friends who are "in the know" and have seen a lot of UNH hockey this year. They told me that the place was kind of a ghost town every game all season before this weekend. So yes, I would say Maine gets them to show out like that. It was a pretty electric crowd on Saturday, I'll give them credit for that.
                          I go to just about every home game and I would not call it a 'ghost town'. Especially since they've been doing better this season. Now, if these fans 'in the know' were regulars from the 'hey day' seasons when Mike Souza, Hadar, etc played and UNH won HE / were regulars in the NCAA's...then yeah, you could say that- the building was full every single game in those days. I mean there were wait lists for season tix so I'm told. Still, it was awesome to see the 'Whitt to capacity and that doesn't happen often but when the BBears are in town, it makes a difference. I was impressed with the amount of Maine fans and their enthusiasm all weekend. They would start their own cheers and at times definitely 'out cheered' the UNH faithful! Your goal tender was the difference and I know we got out of this weekend with 4 very hard earned points.

                          Good luck the rest of the way...and someone in this thread said HE is better when UNH and Maine are better; am thinking that is so true!
                          Last edited by HockeyRef; 02-19-2023, 05:53 PM.
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                          • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

                            Didn’t Yeats have one as well?
                            According to the media guide the game on 1/5/01 was 0-0 and played at the Whit but when Morris got his shutout and I mentioned it I had several fans tell me that game was in Manchester. Scott Darling also posted a 1-0 shutout win in Manchester 2/7/09.

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                            • Originally posted by ticapnews View Post

                              According to the media guide the game on 1/5/01 was 0-0 and played at the Whit but when Morris got his shutout and I mentioned it I had several fans tell me that game was in Manchester. Scott Darling also posted a 1-0 shutout win in Manchester 2/7/09.
                              Verizon didn’t open until the fall of 2001 so the game was definitely at the whittemore center.
                              Originally posted by BobbyBrady
                              Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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                              • Gotta say really like the skills of Brezeale and Sirota back on the blue line. Mobile, shifty and physical those two are hard to handle. When was the last D with Brezeales skill ?
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