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  • I was also going to mention, only taking 2 PIM is a nice change of pace, hopefully that can continue. This is going to take time, and changes in team identity and strategy are already apparent, this team is in the right direction.

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    • Originally posted by Runsub5 View Post
      Nice to see Maine play with discipline. It's been awhile since Maine played 60 minutes of hockey with only 2 penalty minutes.
      The old-timers on the USCHO boards will probably recognize the term "Skating Mother Teresa's", which was (rightfully) used to describe a "soft" rival program to the south, which rarely (if ever) seemed to rival Walshy's teams in the intensity and grit categories (and usually lost).

      So now there's a 1-0 home loss to Sacred frickin' Heart, with only 2 PIM's. Listen, I get the discipline thing, it's important, and I'm positive that Coach Barr will put the rest of the pieces to the puzzle together over the next 2-3 seasons ... but my lord, you guys do now own the SMT tag. Congrats.
      Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
      Montreal Expos Forever ...

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      • So you’re saying if they spent some time in the box last night somehow that would’ve led to two goals? I dont get it

        Maine Hockey: I want to believe
        43-21-4 (.662) in games I attended over 4 years as a student
        104-47-14 (.669) in that time
        3x FROZEN FOUR

        11-20-2 in games I've attended since. (2-2-1 under Red)

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        • Chuck you remind me a little of a girl I know…. If she’s not *****in or whining about sonething she’s totally unhappy. I get you’re trying to ruffle a few feathers (or bear fur as it were) but damn man those days are bygone…. Give it up, UHN will forever be the true SMT’s
          I believe in equality of effort. In life, in hockey in everything.

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          • The Hebert-Suthers-JSS line was easily the best Maine put on the ice last night. Had a few times where they flat out dominated in the offensive zone, sucks they couldn't put one in the net. Breazeale is not a top-pairing guy on deeper teams but he makes some good passes to start the breakout, he will be pretty fun to watch all year I think.

            I was really impressed with Theissen, especially in the third period when Maine was cheating a bit trying to get more offensive chances. He made some big saves all night and deserved a better fate than having to take that loss.

            The powerplay is still an issue and I don't see that changing until Barr brings in more talent. Watching this team trying to get sustained possession in the offensive zone on the man advantage is going to be painful all season. Even 5x5 Maine spent a lot of time overpassing the puck instead of generating shot volume which is better suited for a team that will need to clean up some ugly rebounds to score.
            Last edited by tylerzx2002; 10-23-2021, 11:16 AM.

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            • I don’t get the logic behind continually dressing the same lethargic defence as last year. We need some sort of puck moving capabilities. Is Dunn hurt? He’s shows a lot more promise than any of our older guys. I thought a new coach would encourage more of an offensive system. Not 1-0 losses to sacred heart.

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              • Originally posted by djs298 View Post
                I don’t get the logic behind continually dressing the same lethargic defence as last year. We need some sort of puck moving capabilities. Is Dunn hurt? He’s shows a lot more promise than any of our older guys. I thought a new coach would encourage more of an offensive system. Not 1-0 losses to sacred heart.
                Dunn? Are you kidding me, he offers nothing. The D had little trouble moving the puck. The top pair on Sirota and Breazeale are fantastic. Spicer had several great offensive chances, he is no longer babysitting JD and his selfish and unpredictable play like he did for the last two seasons. If Simon can keep out of the box I like the blue line a lot.

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                • Did we watch different games? We gave up five breakaways and had Thiessen stand on his head. As a group they offer next to no offence and it’s one of the major reasons our PP is consistently horrible.

                  Originally posted by oilen View Post

                  Dunn? Are you kidding me, he offers nothing. The D had little trouble moving the puck. The top pair on Sirota and Breazeale are fantastic. Spicer had several great offensive chances, he is no longer babysitting JD and his selfish and unpredictable play like he did for the last two seasons. If Simon can keep out of the box I like the blue line a lot.

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                  • Originally posted by djs298 View Post
                    Did we watch different games? We gave up five breakaways and had Thiessen stand on his head. As a group they offer next to no offence and it’s one of the major reasons our PP is consistently horrible.
                    Maine spent most of the third period with the defense taking more chances to get a goal so naturally you're going to get beat more going the other way. Thiessen came up big a lot to keep the game close. Still not really sure if Dunn would have made a noticeable difference there but the defense wasn't the problem last night.

                    Certainly looked like the forwards had trouble breaking through into the O-zone for most of the game. Outside of the third line, none of the other three really could sustain any offensive pressure. Sacred Heart had no trouble retrieving those pucks and getting them back out of the zone.

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                    • It’s hard to believe a game at hone against Sacred Heart would be must win but here we are. I just want to see some desperation and the guys fight like hell tonight.
                      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 really question the wisdom of having one of your two paid assistants with zero experience in American college hockey. He probably has helped with recruiting, even though Alfie is the one on the road, but maybe next year Ben needs to go in a different direction. It would be nice to have a dman on the staff so you have every position covered.

                        I said this after the Omaha series, something is really off right now. This isn’t a great Maine team by any means but no way should they be getting shutout by Sacred Heart at home.
                        Its a little too early to pull the alarm wouldnt you say. My panic date is Feb 2026 or 2027.

                        But, behind successful coaches and teams are great assistants. (Barr, Grant, etc). Barr will have to watch that as time goes on.

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                        • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

                          Its a little too early to pull the alarm wouldnt you say. My panic date is Feb 2026 or 2027.

                          But, behind successful coaches and teams are great assistants. (Barr, Grant, etc). Barr will have to watch that as time goes on.
                          I suspect we’ll know within a couple years whether he is going to work out. Not based on win-loss but on recruiting and how players develop.
                          Originally posted by BobbyBrady
                          Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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                          • Hey, the game is on early today.

                            Oh.

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                            • Big 5x3 powerplay for Maine upcoming.

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                              • Yuck. I don’t think I’ve seen a worse weekend of Maine hockey.
                                Originally posted by BobbyBrady
                                Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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