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  • #31
    Don’t be confused by the 4-1 score. Game was very similar to last night. I actually thought Michigan had fewer Grade A chances tonight. Harvard missed the net all night which was odd. Gibson, who was great all weekend, gave up a bad angle goal on Michigan #3 goal and that was it.

    A couple of thoughts:
    - never seen Harvard miss the net so much. So much high and wide.
    - freshman really struggled all weekend. Thought both Healy and Miller and Tresca (though less so) looked small and struggled with the physicality. Was not ECAC hockey
    - Gibson was great. Clear #1 on this team
    - laferriere needs to work on skating. Struggled to create chances against Michigan’s speed
    - Karpa needs to work on shot. So many over the net and wide

    i thought Harvard played great overall and this weekend will serve them well. On to Lynah. LFG!



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    • #32
      Good win last night at Lynah. As the game wore on, the skill and speed of Harvard was undeniable. Cornell had 1 SOG in 3rd and were completely outclassed once the OT started with more space. You have to wonder when Cornell will start to recruit more speed and skill?

      Let’s hope for no letdown against Colgate
      Last edited by bothman; 12-03-2022, 01:47 PM.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by bothman View Post
        Good win last night at Lynah. As the game wore on, the skill and speed of Harvard was undeniable. Cornell had 1 SOG in 3rd and were completely outclassed once the OT started with more space. You have to wonder when circle will start to recruit more speed and skill?

        Let’s hope for no letdown against Colgate
        Agree with your assessment. If Laferriere buries his break-in chance in the first period, the game doesn't go to OT. I think Schaefer knew that his only chance to win was to turn the game into a tractor pull and have four men back in his D zone at all times. Cornell did hold us to our lowest shot total of the year so far, but their offense is nothing to write home about and Schaefer's strategy is more about playing not to lose.

        Also noticed that Teddy shortened the bench quite a bit in the third period as well as holding Healey and Langenbrunner out for much of that period. The team might be fatigued heading into Colgate tonight as a result. Caught a bit of the Colgate-Dartmouth game. We need to pay attention to Manderville of Colgate. If that name rings a bell, his dad played for Cornell.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Skate79 View Post

          Agree with your assessment. If Laferriere buries his break-in chance in the first period, the game doesn't go to OT. I think Schaefer knew that his only chance to win was to turn the game into a tractor pull and have four men back in his D zone at all times. Cornell did hold us to our lowest shot total of the year so far, but their offense is nothing to write home about and Schaefer's strategy is more about playing not to lose.

          Also noticed that Teddy shortened the bench quite a bit in the third period as well as holding Healey and Langenbrunner out for much of that period. The team might be fatigued heading into Colgate tonight as a result. Caught a bit of the Colgate-Dartmouth game. We need to pay attention to Manderville of Colgate. If that name rings a bell, his dad played for Cornell.
          Agree. Frosh up and down as expected. Tresca, Healy struggling a bit. Miller and Healy have to put on some more muscle. last game before a long break. May see mullahy guven that Gibson got dinged up last night.


          Farinacci hopefully back and ge interesting to see how that changes up lines.





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          • #35
            Well, last night was a disaster. The team stopped skating after Hejduk made it 3-1. That and the stupid penalties (will the coaching staff please step up and address this??) let Colgate back in the game. Also, and I know this is excuse-making, but the team has been on the road for three weeks and this was the last game before exams. I believe they stopped skating because they a). thought they had the game won at 3-1 and b). they were thinking about going home and the forthcoming exams. I expect a far different result in Cambridge.

            Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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            • #36
              Yup. Defense was so sloppy and the offensive cohesion was not there. And kudos to Colgate for making us pay. Break is coming at a good time. What do u think the lines will look like when Farinacci comes back?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by bothman View Post
                Yup. Defense was so sloppy and the offensive cohesion was not there. And kudos to Colgate for making us pay. Break is coming at a good time. What do u think the lines will look like when Farinacci comes back?
                Was thinking about line combinations just yesterday. Here’s my take:

                Farrell-Coronato-Miller
                Gaffney-Farinacci-Laferierre
                Karpa-Tresca-Hejduk
                Deveaux-Shore-Wong

                The reason I drop Wong to the fourth line is that Hejduk provides more of a scoring threat. Wong is a more physical player and I think he gives the fourth line some more grit and physicality.


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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Skate79 View Post

                  Was thinking about line combinations just yesterday. Here’s my take:

                  Farrell-Coronato-Miller
                  Gaffney-Farinacci-Laferierre
                  Karpa-Tresca-Hejduk
                  Deveaux-Shore-Wong

                  The reason I drop Wong to the fourth line is that Hejduk provides more of a scoring threat. Wong is a more physical player and I think he gives the fourth line some more grit and physicality.

                  You have 15 NHL draft picks which is more than any team in recent history….you can put anyone anywhere in your lineup.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by ICECAT1811 View Post

                    You have 15 NHL draft picks which is more than any team in recent history….you can put anyone anywhere in your lineup.
                    Not necessarily true. The Jersey boys line is much better with Farinacci than Karpa. And I think if Abruzzese had stayed in school, the first line would be even stronger. Nothing against Joe Miller or any of the freshman but they are still acclimating to the ECAC and college hockey in general.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Skate79 View Post

                      Not necessarily true. The Jersey boys line is much better with Farinacci than Karpa. And I think if Abruzzese had stayed in school, the first line would be even stronger. Nothing against Joe Miller or any of the freshman but they are still acclimating to the ECAC and college hockey in general.
                      Ok I don’t follow Harvard so I can’t speak of the chemistry on your squad…..my point was simple…YOU HAVE 15 NHL DRAFT PICKS

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by ICECAT1811 View Post

                        Ok I don’t follow Harvard so I can’t speak of the chemistry on your squad…..my point was simple…YOU HAVE 15 NHL DRAFT PICKS
                        Most of those who were drafted were not first or second-round picks. As such, I don't place much stock in the number of players who were drafted. Yes, it's an honor but not a lock for college hockey program success.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Skate79 View Post

                          Most of those who were drafted were not first or second-round picks. As such, I don't place much stock in the number of players who were drafted. Yes, it's an honor but not a lock for college hockey program success.
                          Good point……if the rosters with the most NHL draft picks lead to NCAA titles…..Minnesota, BU or North Dakota would win every year

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by ICECAT1811 View Post

                            Good point……if the rosters with the most NHL draft picks lead to NCAA titles…..Minnesota, BU or North Dakota would win every year
                            You could add Michigan or BC to that list as well. Most of the high end kids like Matty Beniers never stay more than one or two years so continuity in roster building takes a hit.

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                            • #44
                              Harvard losing to BU tonight was 100% the right outcome. BU probably should have won this game by 2 or 3 goals.

                              a couple of thoughts:
                              - Gibson was tremendous. Kept Harvard in the game for the first 2 periods.
                              - Harvard D was atrocious. Sat back, created no cohesion with forwards, were satisfied with poke checks as opposed to playing body or moving feet, allowed BU to take and establish the offensive zone at will. Let’s hope this was the Xmas malaise
                              - Harvard could have stolen a point and I think they would have had donato not played the same 3 players at the end of OT who were clearly gassed. Farrell had nothing left to give
                              - Harvard really misses Farinacci. Karpa has not progressed as I thought he would this year thus far, and I assume Farinacci slides into the 2C role when he returns and hopefully Karpa can put some mojo into that 3rd line
                              - Harvard depth is really an issue. Farinacci will help, but the 3rd and 4th lines are really struggling to generate anything. Upper echelon teams have at least 3 lines and this is a real challenge for Harvard right now. I almost wonder if donato should mix up both lines.

                              onto northeastern who is really struggling.
                              Last edited by bothman; 12-31-2022, 09:53 AM.

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                              • #45
                                Solid win against northeastern. Like the switches, though not sure of performance driven or injury driven.

                                I hope donato employs a sit if do not perform orientation. Karpa and Aucoin did not dress today. Like the line changes. Princeton and Quincy await!

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