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  • Originally posted by jericho View Post

    we’ll do Saturday. I know it’s Schenectady, but I can’t get childcare for Friday. We do have a new student who has expressed interest in traveling with the team, he will debut with me on Saturday. We don’t want to put him on a game by himself, especially an away game. Hopefully he works out and travels. The student we had last year graduated, so he’s touch and go but still in the area. If you know of anyone, send them our way!
    I know of someone. System won't allow me to send private messages. Any way to reach you off-list?

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    • Originally posted by vicious View Post

      I know of someone. System won't allow me to send private messages. Any way to reach you off-list?
      email me. Dergue@alum.RPI.edu
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      • Preview for Union weekend!
        https://open.substack.com/pub/thefie...utm_medium=web

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        • Originally posted by CMcGarvey View Post
          We will soon know which team progressed more since exhibition game - RPI or Union?

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          • Originally posted by Engineers View Post

            Oh good so wyland asked how we’re looking between the pipes? Haha
            Here's the interview with Smith. Also with Union's Josh Hauge.
            https://1045theteam.com/who-will-win...-rpi-or-union/

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            • 3-1 rpi after 1. Team looks much sharper!

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              • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
                3-1 rpi after 1. Team looks much sharper!
                Good timing, because even though the good guys won, that was the best they looked. I must admit to being a bit disappointed. I thought Doc was too concerned about the D because they had faced some of the best offensive teams in the country. I was wrong. Tonight was a series of defensive breakdowns that resulted in a win only because Union's may have been worse. The last Union goal (or I think it was the last one), where Watson was incredibly late getting across the crease epitomized our defensive play. Watching the replay, he was late because he had to lean the other way to see around the huge Union a** blocking his view. If we don't do a better job of clearing around the net (particularly net front and players on the back door) it's going to be a very long season. Don't get me started on special teams.................

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                • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

                  Good timing, because even though the good guys won, that was the best they looked. I must admit to being a bit disappointed. I thought Doc was too concerned about the D because they had faced some of the best offensive teams in the country. I was wrong. Tonight was a series of defensive breakdowns that resulted in a win only because Union's may have been worse. The last Union goal (or I think it was the last one), where Watson was incredibly late getting across the crease epitomized our defensive play. Watching the replay, he was late because he had to lean the other way to see around the huge Union a** blocking his view. If we don't do a better job of clearing around the net (particularly net front and players on the back door) it's going to be a very long season. Don't get me started on special teams.................
                  Very disappointing game. Like you said good guys won but the special teams and defensive breakdowns are going to sink this team. Payant is the real deal tho. He’s very good. He should start over Beaton going forward. Beaton hasn’t produced much past 2 years.

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                  • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

                    Good timing, because even though the good guys won, that was the best they looked. I must admit to being a bit disappointed. I thought Doc was too concerned about the D because they had faced some of the best offensive teams in the country. I was wrong. Tonight was a series of defensive breakdowns that resulted in a win only because Union's may have been worse. The last Union goal (or I think it was the last one), where Watson was incredibly late getting across the crease epitomized our defensive play. Watching the replay, he was late because he had to lean the other way to see around the huge Union a** blocking his view. If we don't do a better job of clearing around the net (particularly net front and players on the back door) it's going to be a very long season. Don't get me started on special teams.................
                    Totally agree. Those defense optional games out of the 60's, 70's and even 80's with a score like this just won't get it done these days.

                    Even more stunning than the score was the fact that their tiny barn had some 250 empty seats. Not even conceivable some four decades ago when the rivalry resumed. Until recently, if you didn't get your ticket by the time the leaves started turning and falling, then you were not going to any early November Schenectady game.

                    Why? Surely the more recent lack of success of both of these programs plays at least some part. However (and as noted AT THE TIME by guess which poster), being one of the mere eight to shut down their programs entirely for what eventually proved to be a year and a half was a grievous error that would take years to ever overcome. Again, and as noted at the time, that was simply too long and people once passionately interested in these programs understandably lost their interest and just moved on to doing other things instead.

                    Lastly, be very wary of some eye popping attendance figure listed for the Saturday game in the bigger barn at least until it is compared to the actual fannies in seats. Last year there were a couple of listed attendance figures at this venue that were very highly suspect. Until proven otherwise, do not believe those kind of numbers will happen for real with PAID FOR AND ACTUALLY USED tickets anytime in the foreseeable future.

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                    • We are all the way up to 42 in the Pairwise. :-)
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                      • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

                        Good timing, because even though the good guys won, that was the best they looked. I must admit to being a bit disappointed. I thought Doc was too concerned about the D because they had faced some of the best offensive teams in the country. I was wrong. Tonight was a series of defensive breakdowns that resulted in a win only because Union's may have been worse. The last Union goal (or I think it was the last one), where Watson was incredibly late getting across the crease epitomized our defensive play. Watching the replay, he was late because he had to lean the other way to see around the huge Union a** blocking his view. If we don't do a better job of clearing around the net (particularly net front and players on the back door) it's going to be a very long season. Don't get me started on special teams.................
                        As you hinted, cannot blame Watson for almost any of the goals against but he was slow getting across on that one. Union was able to get behind our net, out fight for the puck and center to an unguarded player more times than any team deserves. Defense is going to have to clear the lanes for the sake of goalie visibility much better. The first 4 games were admittedly against high level talent, but it was obvious that the poor defensive play made the games even more one sided than they would have been. it continued last night. And totally agree, do not get me started on special teams play. We had the most inept power play while at the same time allowing Union to look like the best team in the country whenever they had the man advantage. If we stay out of the box tonight (and the refs do not see a phantom 5 minute major against us), we might have an easier time of it. Our offense is showing some real promise and Payant is the real deal with Kelly Askew like speed.
                        My concern is still the defense and of course the anemic special teams. But there was a lot of offensive bright spots last night and we will need that type of performance again tonight.
                        Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                        • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

                          As you hinted, cannot blame Watson for almost any of the goals against but he was slow getting across on that one. Union was able to get behind our net, out fight for the puck and center to an unguarded player more times than any team deserves. Defense is going to have to clear the lanes for the sake of goalie visibility much better. The first 4 games were admittedly against high level talent, but it was obvious that the poor defensive play made the games even more one sided than they would have been. it continued last night. And totally agree, do not get me started on special teams play. We had the most inept power play while at the same time allowing Union to look like the best team in the country whenever they had the man advantage. If we stay out of the box tonight (and the refs do not see a phantom 5 minute major against us), we might have an easier time of it. Our offense is showing some real promise and Payant is the real deal with Kelly Askew like speed.
                          My concern is still the defense and of course the anemic special teams. But there was a lot of offensive bright spots last night and we will need that type of performance again tonight.
                          Defense and special teams are a real problem currently. Union pushed around after the 1st period. Particularly below the dots. This payant kid is unbelievable. You have to see this kid skate. It’s unbelievable how fast he is. No bull**** he’s faster than melanson, Brackett, askew. Not just fast north-south but East-west he might be faster. He needs 2 strides and he’s gone. Like blow past 3 defenders gone. I have no idea who was recruiting him but we hit a home run with him. He put up 4 points last night. He can shoot the puck as well. Very talented young man.

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                          • The team was fine until Union pushed back.
                            It seemed like we sat back every time we had a three goal lead. We cannot allow any team to come back because of our complacency.
                            I liked Payant from the first time I saw him. The puck seems to follow him and he knows what to do with it when it finds him.
                            I still can't see a penalty that caused a 5 minute major to our player. No call during play and 5 minutes after review that showed very little to overturn the call on the ice.
                            And why wasn't the Union player disqualified after his major? Even the Union broadcasters were stunned by that one.
                            Anyway, it was good to get a win, now lets get serious.
                            Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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                            • Originally posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post
                              The team was fine until Union pushed back.
                              It seemed like we sat back every time we had a three goal lead. We cannot allow any team to come back because of our complacency.
                              I liked Payant from the first time I saw him. The puck seems to follow him and he knows what to do with it when it finds him.
                              I still can't see a penalty that caused a 5 minute major to our player. No call during play and 5 minutes after review that showed very little to overturn the call on the ice.
                              And why wasn't the Union player disqualified after his major? Even the Union broadcasters were stunned by that one.
                              Anyway, it was good to get a win, now let’s get serious.
                              Payant wastes little time with the puck. He’s a sniper! Neutral zone had him 3.5* man were they wrong. His skating is 5* and he can shoot the puck.

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                              • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
                                Defense and special teams are a real problem currently. Union pushed around after the 1st period. Particularly below the dots. This payant kid is unbelievable. You have to see this kid skate. It’s unbelievable how fast he is. No bull**** he’s faster than melanson, Brackett, askew. Not just fast north-south but East-west he might be faster. He needs 2 strides and he’s gone. Like blow past 3 defenders gone. I have no idea who was recruiting him but we hit a home run with him. He put up 4 points last night. He can shoot the puck as well. Very talented young man.
                                Absolutely agree. i have used Askew as the standard for skating speed for many years and Payant is at least that fast and as you mention, perhaps more so in all directions. What is even more important, he stays on his feet and can handle the puck at that top speed. Saw Melanson in high school for years, he was very quick and could back up a defense as well as anyone. We have had several very fast skaters in Troy but only a very few who also had the scorer's touch (Tapper sure comes to mind). Let us hope the coaching staff can find the best ways to utilize Payant's speed with proper line mates, or on some of the special team play. i recall that Askew was often used short handed to fore check and drive the opposition to distraction and often on the point on the power play as the 4th forward but acting like a defenseman to get back quickly and guard against short handed attempts against.
                                Should also mention that also on this team with good speed and quickness is Hotsen who can also do some damage. As i have posted before, our offense does not seem to be the problem (we scored 6 yesterday before Muzzatti, our biggest threat, was even on the score sheet I believe).
                                Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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