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  • How it's not 6-1. I get ityou can't be on for every game etc but def not playing with an ounce of team work or urgency...looks like the team who played Dartmouth. Behind every play not skating ok that's enough negative...
    Here we go 'Cats!!

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    • Welp found a way...here we go 3 v3 goooo 'Cats!
      Here we go 'Cats!!

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      • Keeping it real...a 4 point weekend....but gotta be able to handle hard hits. The break will be a good thing.

        Later 'Cat fans...
        Here we go 'Cats!!

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        • Originally posted by After the Whistle View Post
          Is there a hockey fan left out here besides HR? I love music and understand all the administration banter, but we had endless AD and HC talk with a dose or two of mask mania. They win 5 in a row and hockey crickets. This is a low scoring respectable team.
          I was thinking the same thing ... I'm genuinely pleased with the team's recent uptick, but it seems like lots of our regulars are keeping their powder dry - maybe it is because of having been burned by premature positivity in the past? Sure, I've admitted to that myself, I get it. Anyway, all the team can do is continue to play better and better, churn out the results, and the rest of the stuff will eventually fall into place. Heck, if Men's Soccer can generate some legitimate buzz across the street and outdraw Football when the weather got cold, no reason Hockey can't do the same ... is there?

          Without beating the drum too often to the point of monotony ... I think it's times like these when UNH's media indifference (take a departing bow, BS+4momos) shows up in a bad way. Fact is, a lot of old-timers have been away from the fray for so long, it's going to take an extended run of consistent winning hockey, and meaningful postseasons, to draw their attention back. And the sad fact is, more than a few old-timers just "won't be coming down for breakfast", even if UNH never loses another game. Which is what can happen if your program competitively disappears for too long.

          Back on game issues ... isn't the Evans kid who scored for UConn in OT the same Evans kid our recruiting gurus were pushing on here for UNH to recruit a couple of years ago?
          Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
          Montreal Expos Forever ...

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          • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
            How it's not 6-1. I get it you can't be on for every game etc but def not playing with an ounce of team work or urgency...looks like the team who played Dartmouth. Behind every play not skating ok that's enough negative...
            What's encouraging is, despite playing poorly for most of the game, UNH found a way to get a point on the road despite trailing well into the 3rd period, at a place where they haven't had much success in recent seasons. That's usually the trait of good teams, not also-rans, so it's another good sign.

            Having an off-weekend, and two weeks between games at this point, however, is not what you want to see now. It'll be a challenge to see UNH picking up where it's left off (5-0-1), and I worry there will be another "Dartmouth dud" performance against Merrimack two weeks from now, making it hard to continue the forward momentum we've seen throughout January.

            There are 9 games left on the RS schedule, and in six of those (based on recent form), UNH should be clear favorites. Even in the three games with UMass Lowell, two of those will be home games. UNH has crawled up over the .500 mark overall, and with a strong finish to the league season, there's no reason to think a long-awaited mid-March trip to Boston isn't within reach ...
            Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
            Montreal Expos Forever ...

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            • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
              I was thinking the same thing ... I'm genuinely pleased with the team's recent uptick, but it seems like lots of our regulars are keeping their powder dry - maybe it is because of having been burned by premature positivity in the past? Sure, I've admitted to that myself, I get it. Anyway, all the team can do is continue to play better and better, churn out the results, and the rest of the stuff will eventually fall into place.
              A couple of points, to me its always not just where you are now, but how it bodes for the future, i.e., are you building (recruiting) or are you not. So, does UNH playing better, more like I expected this offseason (I thought they were about 6th, battling with U.Conn), excite me? (From April 13th). I guess.

              So, preaseason Hockey East 21-22 rankings
              1.BC
              2.BU
              3.Northeastern
              4.Providence
              5a.U.Mass
              5b.U.Conn
              7.UNH
              8.U.Mass-Lowell
              9.Merrimack
              10.Maine
              11.Vermont
              And from August
              Overall, I saw I had them for 5th or 6th with U.Conn, ahead of U.Mass. That probably needs revision, but that's their upside. On the downside, they should outpace the 9/10/11 spots for Maine, Merrimack and Vermont, but one can't say UNH is so superior to them that you don't have to worry. Apart from the talent level, UNH was very weak on the puck, and on sticking to players on D. Too many quick turnovers with open guys shooting at Robinson. As much as I hate the "win every game 0-0 mentality," that must be UNH's goal this year.
              OK, so BC has flamed out. I always get UMass Lowell wrong by underestimating Bazin's ability to squeeze talent.

              Let me phrase it as neutrally as possible - Hockey East is pretty bad this year. UNH is the Xenith of the first rebuild with 11 seniors or 5th year guys. Hoping to climb to the middle of the league (6th). Being excited by that is hard to do unless it signals something to future generations that UNH is on the "upswing."

              Back on game issues ... isn't the Evans kid who scored for UConn in OT the same Evans kid our recruiting gurus were pushing on here for UNH to recruit a couple of years ago?
              Nope. Hockey East will have a Johnny Evans for 8 years once ours matriculates to UNH next year. That said, my pushing for him (and Ardanaz) a couple of years ago seems like a miss. He hasn't panned out quite as expected, but hopefully he can translate it to the same degree as their Johnny Evans. (i was also just reviewing my love for Dartmouth's Jack Cameron, who seems OK but not a world beater). Things I try and keep in mind when I evaluate others' misses.
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              On what this means for the future, here's an early look at next year's lineup

              Sr.Tyler Ward-----------Sr.Harrison Blaisdell--------So.Robert Cronin
              So.Liam Devlin---------Fr.Stiven Sardarian---------Fr.Kristap Skrastins
              So.Will Margel----------Sr.Chase Stevenson--------Fr.John Evans
              Fr.CyLeclerc-------------Fr.Jake Dunlop-------------Jr.Cam Gendron
              Jr.Carsen Richels-------Fr.Morgan Winters----------Jr.Nick Cafarelli
              So.Connor Sweeney----Sr.Joe Hankinson

              So.Alex Gagne-----------Jr.Luke Reid
              Sr.Kalle Eriksson---------Fr.Damien Carfagna
              Fr.Nick Ardanaz----------So.Colton Huard
              Jr.Nikolas Jensen--------Fr.Cade Penney

              Fr.Tyler Muszelik----------Sr.David Fessenden------------Jr.Jeremy Forman
              The Umile legacy:
              14-15 8th place,
              15-16 10th place
              16-17 10th place
              17-18 11th place
              18-19 8th place
              19-20 9th place
              20-21 10th place
              21-22 9th place

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              • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post

                A couple of points, to me its always not just where you are now, but how it bodes for the future, i.e., are you building (recruiting) or are you not. So, does UNH playing better, more like I expected this offseason (I thought they were about 6th, battling with U.Conn), excite me?

                Let me phrase it as neutrally as possible - Hockey East is pretty bad this year. UNH is the Xenith of the first rebuild with 11 seniors or 5th year guys. Hoping to climb to the middle of the league (6th). Being excited by that is hard to do unless it signals something to future generations that UNH is on the "upswing."
                This.

                EDIT: Remember when we used to worry guys were only going to stick around for two or three seasons? Now we look at many of them and say "Gawd, I hope he isn't on the five year plan."
                Last edited by Felger; 01-23-2022, 01:14 PM.
                UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"

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                • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post

                  A couple of points, to me its always not just where you are now, but how it bodes for the future, i.e., are you building (recruiting) or are you not. So, does UNH playing better, more like I expected this offseason (I thought they were about 6th, battling with U.Conn), excite me? (From April 13th). I guess.



                  And from August


                  OK, so BC has flamed out. I always get UMass Lowell wrong by underestimating Bazin's ability to squeeze talent.

                  Let me phrase it as neutrally as possible - Hockey East is pretty bad this year. UNH is the Xenith of the first rebuild with 11 seniors or 5th year guys. Hoping to climb to the middle of the league (6th). Being excited by that is hard to do unless it signals something to future generations that UNH is on the "upswing."



                  Nope. Hockey East will have a Johnny Evans for 8 years once ours matriculates to UNH next year. That said, my pushing for him (and Ardanaz) a couple of years ago seems like a miss. He hasn't panned out quite as expected, but hopefully he can translate it to the same degree as their Johnny Evans. (i was also just reviewing my love for Dartmouth's Jack Cameron, who seems OK but not a world beater). Things I try and keep in mind when I evaluate others' misses.
                  ​​​​​​
                  On what this means for the future, here's an early look at next year's lineup

                  Sr.Tyler Ward-----------Sr.Harrison Blaisdell--------So.Robert Cronin
                  So.Liam Devlin---------Fr.Stiven Sardarian---------Fr.Kristap Skrastins
                  So.Will Margel----------Sr.Chase Stevenson--------Fr.John Evans
                  Fr.CyLeclerc-------------Fr.Jake Dunlop-------------Jr.Cam Gendron
                  Jr.Carsen Richels-------Fr.Morgan Winters----------Jr.Nick Cafarelli
                  So.Connor Sweeney----Sr.Joe Hankinson

                  So.Alex Gagne-----------Jr.Luke Reid
                  Sr.Kalle Eriksson---------Fr.Damien Carfagna
                  Fr.Nick Ardanaz----------So.Colton Huard
                  Jr.Nikolas Jensen--------Fr.Cade Penney

                  Fr.Tyler Muszelik----------Sr.David Fessenden------------Jr.Jeremy Forman
                  Looks young....at least there will be some experience coming back? Looking for the Crookshanks ...no reflection on these guys there's decent talent here.

                  Chuck as to your comment on the lay off agree that its tough to keep the 'train a rolling' MC is sooo hot right now and playing there is never easy (which is usually the excuse for if/when we lose there). Or...this could be a good time to work on some things. I'd be practicing on a shortened rink coz everything goes to goal in those games.

                  No excuses Wildcats it's now or never!!!
                  Here we go 'Cats!!

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                  • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
                    I'd be practicing on a shortened rink coz everything goes to goal in those games.
                    Souza said they are shortening our rink this offseason

                    The Umile legacy:
                    14-15 8th place,
                    15-16 10th place
                    16-17 10th place
                    17-18 11th place
                    18-19 8th place
                    19-20 9th place
                    20-21 10th place
                    21-22 9th place

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                    • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
                      Chuck as to your comment on the lay off agree that its tough to keep the 'train a rolling' MC is sooo hot right now and playing there is never easy (which is usually the excuse for if/when we lose there). Or...this could be a good time to work on some things. I'd be practicing on a shortened rink coz everything goes to goal in those games.
                      UNH hasn't lost a game in nearly a month. So, Merrimack is playing well, too. Yippee for them. That's a good test, if you ask me, and may offer insights. If I told you UNH would come back from Hartford without a regulation loss, I would have thought you'd be pretty stoked. Keep in mind, this is still Merrimack, 'Ref. Scotty Borek's Warriors. UNH is supposed to be ... worried?!?

                      If UNH can't beat Merrimack, then *maybe* this is indeed just a mirage. Know what I mean?

                      If UNH is going to have even the slightest chance of getting to Boston, these are must-win games.

                      So let's play the games, and find out. Then we can finish up with Luce, and go from there ...
                      Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                      Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                      • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
                        Souza said they are shortening our rink this offseason
                        Just when I was on the verge of giving MS7 a vote of confidence, you drop this on us. Thanks ... ;-)
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                        Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                        • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                          UNH hasn't lost a game in nearly a month. So, Merrimack is playing well, too. Yippee for them. That's a good test, if you ask me, and may offer insights. If I told you UNH would come back from Hartford without a regulation loss, I would have thought you'd be pretty stoked. Keep in mind, this is still Merrimack, 'Ref. Scotty Borek's Warriors. UNH is supposed to be ... worried?!?

                          If UNH can't beat Merrimack, then *maybe* this is indeed just a mirage. Know what I mean?

                          If UNH is going to have even the slightest chance of getting to Boston, these are must-win games.

                          So let's play the games, and find out. Then we can finish up with Luce, and go from there ...
                          Hey I get your points Chuck and don't mean to negate the positives of late. I truly believe we can beat MC and anyone e else in the league. We would have swept the Huskies had we been on our game and had adjusted to the aggressive play from the get go. Yep...thats why we "play the games" Full steam ahead!!!

                          Ps tell that "MC is still MC" to Providence and UML....we'd KILL to be 14th in PWR....now wouldn't we? Sigh....But I believe we could be there. If they can...we can. Just gotta 'shrink the rink' hahahahaha

                          Pss...can't wait to see how MC does via UConn Tuesday...
                          Last edited by HockeyRef; 01-23-2022, 03:48 PM.
                          Here we go 'Cats!!

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                          • Chuck, have agree that we have perhaps lost those old stalwart fans. In addition to being longtime fans they are also not as willing to make the trek to Durham to lose to “them”. We also don’t need a two week break. Perhaps we can find a game that won’t count but keeps us playing.
                            Students back across the land, and you have to wonder if we will be seeing lots of roster issues going forward.
                            And say it ain’t true about the rink. Not sure where Watcher heard this. Marty’s last hurrah? I worry most about my seat. Not looking for an isle in front of me during the game.

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                            • For Watcher, in your future lines projections, are just being optimistic with Ward returning? I could make a strong argument for that. I love it when you post this projection. It is a favorite of mine and a create them from time to time. While not picking at yours, I can see this coming mid year but it is very freshmen heavy for UNH to start the year. But give them credit, they certainly have given this years group more opportunities than usual and I think they will benefit from it.

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                              • https://www.collegehockeynews.com/im...rs-2022-14.mp3

                                at 34:43

                                "Nobody ever says anything about St.Cloud of U.Mass, but its one less thing people can go after us for in recruiting."

                                The Umile legacy:
                                14-15 8th place,
                                15-16 10th place
                                16-17 10th place
                                17-18 11th place
                                18-19 8th place
                                19-20 9th place
                                20-21 10th place
                                21-22 9th place

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