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  • They needed that. Onto Monday …

    It Happened!!!!

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    • Originally posted by joen05 View Post

      I think that there might have been some sort of conversation with the ref - to me it looked like the NU player on the far left was appealing for it. I'm biased, but I also think it was inconsequential to the play.
      Yeah, I went back and watched the recording of the game. He was like two feet from the bench. Even Colby Cohen (and yeah, I know he's a BU guy) said "I don't know what they expect him to do, wait until the guy jumps onto the bench?" That was just ridiculous...almost as if they were looking for it. Reminds me of the 1977 Final Four (not called "Frozen Four" yet)...in the semis against Michigan, BU had a late PP and was going to pull Craig to get a two-man advantage. The ref actually skated over to Parker and said "Make sure he doesn't leave the bench early." So what happens? He whistles BU for too many men. It was like it was predetermined. Michigan wins, 6-5.

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      • An overall good win to get back into a positive mindset. And we are still #3 in the PWR.

        - Good to see both Jacks have good games. Harvey certainly seemed like he was at another level, though for the second game in a row, he failed to score on a breakaway.
        - Not a smart penalty by Hughes late in the game. I get that he wanted the Hat Trick, but that doesn't give you license to just keep backing all the way into the goalie. I'm sure Caron and Pandolfo were pretty perturbed by that one.
        - We need to shake up the PP. When Lane is just playing catch with Macklin and Quinn, we are killing our own PP. If four passes later you are in the exact situation you were 15 seconds ago, what have you accomplished? And I agree that goalies are ready for the Macklin one-timer.
        - Lane and Macklin both had terrible giveaways that Caron bailed the team out on. I've been saying since last years playoffs that teams are going to learn how to defend Lane's jukes. He needs to start moving into keeping it simple mode, at least in our own end. Save the juking for the offensive zone and power plays.
        - Willander has regressed, though I expect him to bounce back. There are many plays where he seems to underestimate the opponents speed and ability to close in on the puck, turning what should be a clear win for the puck into an even battle or a loss of possession.

        Some thoughts going back to the prior games:
        - Fowler is an elite goalie who has a shot at making the NHL. It shows. Caron is a very good goalie who can by all means backstop us all the way to the FF. But to me, BC gets the edge there.
        - BC also gets the edge on high-end forward talent. Gauthier and the three first round freshman are simply impossible for any team to match. However, when Tuch, Peterson, Lachance, Kaplan and Stevens are on their possession game, Greene is on his game, and Zabaneh actually buries a shot or two, I think our depth helps balance the forward situation out.
        BU Hockey: The trophy case is once again growing

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        • Originally posted by chickod View Post

          Yeah, I went back and watched the recording of the game. He was like two feet from the bench. Even Colby Cohen (and yeah, I know he's a BU guy) said "I don't know what they expect him to do, wait until the guy jumps onto the bench?" That was just ridiculous...almost as if they were looking for it. Reminds me of the 1977 Final Four (not called "Frozen Four" yet)...in the semis against Michigan, BU had a late PP and was going to pull Craig to get a two-man advantage. The ref actually skated over to Parker and said "Make sure he doesn't leave the bench early." So what happens? He whistles BU for too many men. It was like it was predetermined. Michigan wins, 6-5.
          Enough, already. Hutson got caught trying to grab an unfair edge. Allowing him a two foot head start is like giving an average player a five foot jump, especially in open ice where he can skate freely. BU got away with it in the previous game. At worst, it’s evened out. Whining won’t change a thing. Let’s hope both teams can settle the matter in the Beanpot final.

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          • Originally posted by BU93 View Post

            I like giving this a try as well.
            Not playing Harvey has been the biggest coaching mistake imo and have mentioned it in the past . He is super skilled and young I get it but let him learn in game conditions he would be further ahead right now.

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            • Caron had to be Superman again due to some really bad decision making. I’m not sure what Lane Hutson was thinking taking the puck when pressured right out in front of your goaltender. Use the net when pressured there. If Caron wasn’t on top of his game, , that would have been another high scoring shootout in all likelihood.

              Offensively, I am thankful the puck went in the net again for us. Hopefully the stretch is over where it wasn’t. While I like M. Celebrini scoring lots of goals, I really like it when others have great nights - that will probably determine how far we go. Need 1 or 2 forwards every night to be the hot ones. Lane Hutson is not breaking free as much as he was able to last year, and it’s showing on how often he coughs up the puck. He is still great and will get his share of points. If he gets free he should shoot early rather than later. it just seems different from last year.

              Harvey looks really good, at least offensively. He has great instincts to get free for a pass and anticipation to get some steals. I haven’t really focused on him defensively in our own zone, but he can clearly take the puck from you and go. He’s been stoned a few times on breakaways and rang some iron but I’m sure he’ll start putting some in.

              Monday should be interesting. Hoping Fowler is just average, otherwise it will take a special effort. I just found out he grew up playing until he was 12 or so in the rink I play in here in Florida. I kind of suspected it since he is from Melbourne, FL.

              Time to win some hardware!

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              • Originally posted by defkit View Post
                An overall good win to get back into a positive mindset. And we are still #3 in the PWR.

                - Good to see both Jacks have good games. Harvey certainly seemed like he was at another level, though for the second game in a row, he failed to score on a breakaway.
                - Not a smart penalty by Hughes late in the game. I get that he wanted the Hat Trick, but that doesn't give you license to just keep backing all the way into the goalie. I'm sure Caron and Pandolfo were pretty perturbed by that one.
                - We need to shake up the PP. When Lane is just playing catch with Macklin and Quinn, we are killing our own PP. If four passes later you are in the exact situation you were 15 seconds ago, what have you accomplished? And I agree that goalies are ready for the Macklin one-timer.
                - Lane and Macklin both had terrible giveaways that Caron bailed the team out on. I've been saying since last years playoffs that teams are going to learn how to defend Lane's jukes. He needs to start moving into keeping it simple mode, at least in our own end. Save the juking for the offensive zone and power plays.
                Absolutely this is true I think he lulls his own team to sleep out there a lot of wasted time skating in circles and when he coughs it up at the blue line there is no one there to cover. H

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                • Originally posted by Jofa View Post

                  Not playing Harvey has been the biggest coaching mistake imo and have mentioned it in the past . He is super skilled and young I get it but let him learn in game conditions he would be further ahead right now.
                  This has been an issue brought up here previously. Harvey was a 2nd Team USHL All-Star last year so it was surprising that he didn’t get on the ice much during the first semester. Looks like he’s playing like he belongs now and hopefully he’ll start converting on some of these breakaways.

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                  • Originally posted by Jofa View Post

                    Not playing Harvey has been the biggest coaching mistake imo and have mentioned it in the past . He is super skilled and young I get it but let him learn in game conditions he would be further ahead right now.
                    Have to disagree. He looked out of place in most of the games that I saw him in. Similar to Braden Doyle - seemed like the jump to D-1 was too much, at least for now. So they have mostly let him adjust to things in practice while getting bigger and stronger) and it appears to me that the strategy has paid off (granted it was just one game). In the days where the Pairwise means every game is important, you can't afford to have a guy in the line-up that is going to hurt your chances of winning.
                    BU Hockey: The trophy case is once again growing

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                    • Originally posted by defkit View Post

                      Have to disagree. He looked out of place in most of the games that I saw him in. Similar to Braden Doyle - seemed like the jump to D-1 was too much, at least for now. So they have mostly let him adjust to things in practice while getting bigger and stronger) and it appears to me that the strategy has paid off (granted it was just one game). In the days where the Pairwise means every game is important, you can't afford to have a guy in the line-up that is going to hurt your chances of winning.
                      Fair point. Trust in the coaches. I sure like the way he looks now. Does everyone realize this guy is 20 and turns 21 on 3/31?

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                      • Here's the question re: Harvey in the lineup - once Kaplan comes back, who sits? The lines from Friday:

                        Hughes-Macklin-Harvey
                        Tuch-Greene-Hutson
                        Wilmer-Zabaneh-Peterson
                        Lachance-Stevens-Grimes

                        Other than Harvey, the only one there you can consider not dressing is Grimes.

                        I doubt Jay goes the route of dressing a 13th F instead of a 7th D.
                        ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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                        • Originally posted by brassbonanza View Post
                          Here's the question re: Harvey in the lineup - once Kaplan comes back, who sits? The lines from Friday:

                          Hughes-Macklin-Harvey
                          Tuch-Greene-Hutson
                          Wilmer-Zabaneh-Peterson
                          Lachance-Stevens-Grimes

                          Other than Harvey, the only one there you can consider not dressing is Grimes.

                          I doubt Jay goes the route of dressing a 13th F instead of a 7th D.
                          Grimes is a no brainer I don’t get him at all especially since you have big bodies in Lachance and Stevens. Quite honestly I don’t love Kaplan or Zabaneh much I think they are net negative on many nights. Harvey needs to be play with skilled top liners you could move Kaplan down to 4 and send Grimes to the press box

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                          • Hopefully the team has talked about hitting the net more. BU has a bunch of forwards who are not only not producing, they’re also breaking the other team out of the zone for scoring chances

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                            • Originally posted by Jofa View Post
                              . Quite honestly I don’t love Kaplan or Zabaneh much I think they are net negative on many nights.
                              Nick sniped two goals on Friday night. He also turned it on late last season. He's the fastest skater on the team (And might just be the fastest skater in Hockey East) - Let's not throw him in the trash heap right now.

                              BU Hockey: HIT THE NET!
                              It Happened!!!!

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                              • So far so good.

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