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  • Originally posted by sezenack View Post

    PS: It's worth noting that BC is now #1, PC is now #5 and Maine is now #13.
    Good point. It will be at least 3 years before we can compete with these programs. Look where Maine was just last year!! Quite the turn around in year 2.

    I've been lost since 1989. I got a breakaway on a frozen river and have been skating ever since.

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    • Originally posted by Engineers View Post

      I have absolutely no expectations with this coaching staff. The play to start the year has been terrible and honestly nobody should be surprised. I said it once before smith had one decent year only because they relied heavily on savory who played out of his mind. I understand why they fired appert but to replace him with this? Give me a break.
      Interesting stats from RPI site. 1st line - #19 - 7 points leads scoring (+/-) = -2. #9 (+/-) = -8, #12 (+/-) =-8 (highest on team). Maybe they always play against the top line.

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      • Originally posted by RPI67 View Post

        Interesting stats from RPI site. 1st line - #19 - 7 points leads scoring (+/-) = -2. #9 (+/-) = -8, #12 (+/-) =-8 (highest on team). Maybe they always play against the top line.
        The uncontested goals that Union was allowed to score should alarm everyone... Here's hoping they have an awakening in practice this week that there are two ends of the ice that require attention...
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        • Originally posted by sk8tronthepond View Post

          Good point. It will be at least 3 years before we can compete with these programs. Look where Maine was just last year!! Quite the turn around in year 2.
          Yeah I think you're probably right. At least in terms of competing consistently at that level. I believe this is year 3 of Barr, no? Anyways, looks like they were #31 in the pairwise last year, so it is definitely a very good jump for them! Good for them and Barr

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          • Originally posted by sezenack View Post
            That was a good team in general; I don't agree they were carried.
            I agree with this assessment of '19-20, especially as the team got stronger during the season. Savory was a difference maker, but the team play overall was good.

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            • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post
              Those are the two issues that jumped out at me. Union was extremely aggressive and showed no respect for our puck handlers. It was most apparent during the power plays, but it was true even up as well.
              This has been a recipe for success in defending RPI's power plays for many years over the last 15 or so. Some big struggles in years when you don't have puck-handling and offensive talents like Polacek, Bailen, etc.

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              • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
                The uncontested goals that Union was allowed to score should alarm everyone... Here's hoping they have an awakening in practice this week that there are two ends of the ice that require attention...
                Definitely a disconnect going on in the defensive zone play. Concerning given the number of returning players from last year.

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                • Originally posted by sezenack View Post

                  I think Reilly was the best player on that team, and the defense in front of Savory was really good in general. He didn't have to make very many difficult saves the second half of the season. They also scored a good amount in the second half of the year.

                  That was a good team in general; I don't agree they were carried. After that, 2021-22 was as good as it could have been given all the players they lost.
                  Last year was disappointing for sure, and this year has been so far to start.

                  It's been 6 games though against a really tough schedule; there's a lot of hockey left to play. The story on this team is nowhere close to being written, and I wouldn't give up on them quite yet.
                  PS: It's worth noting that BC is now #1, PC is now #5 and Maine is now #13.
                  Reilly was very good but I think the team played with more confidence knowing they had savory
                  Behind them if they made a mistake. The second half they scored more because they were taking more chances because savory was backstopping them. That’s not the whole picture but it’s a very big part of why they were good that year. Reilly was also a appert recruit. If savory wasn’t on the team that year would they have been that good? I don’t think so. Kudos to Dan jewell for finding savory.
                  I agree the schedule this year was brutal to start and most people didn’t think they would beat bc,pc maine but it’s the way they have been beaten. Team play has been really bad with a veteran team. The union series was ridiculous. I’m not giving up on them just yet but something has to change. This weekend will be a really tough.

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                  • Originally posted by sk8tronthepond View Post

                    Good point. It will be at least 3 years before we can compete with these programs. Look where Maine was just last year!! Quite the turn around in year 2.
                    It’s been 3 decades since they competed against those teams 3 years might be a stretch especially with this coaching staff. Maine is this good after year 3 because Ben Barr is an outstanding coach who can recruit with the best recruiters in the country. I do think with our new prez and AD will invest heavily with the hockey programs but it’s going to take time. This coaching staff has been inconsistent at best. I remember McElroy saying one of the big reason for letting appert go was because they haven’t been consistent. Well what do we call this now?

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                    • Times Union article on RPI going with a 5 player leadership group instead of captains. At the end, it mentions that Watson is injured and likely unavailable this weekend: https://www.timesunion.com/sports/ar...HP-latest-news

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                      • A little late with these for the week but cable company had us totally off line for 4 days doing some sort of maintenance which of course screwed everything up totally.

                        Odds for the games this weekend-
                        Football RPI is a 6.5 point underdog to Union
                        Girls Hockey - RPI is a 0.5 goal underdog to Brown
                        RPI is a 2.5 goal underdog to Yale ( the largest spread we have faced this year)
                        Boys Hockey - RPI is a 1.5 goal underdog to Clarkson
                        RPI is a 0.5 goal underdog to St Lawrence
                        Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                        • SLU Preview https://open.substack.com/pub/thefie...utm_medium=web

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                          • Did we seriously blow a 3 goal lead? Which how we were even up by 3 is miraculous considering how bad we were playing but nonetheless we then let slu score 6 straight? I mean after watching the game this is probably the worst rpi team I’ve seen on special teams. Happy we beat Clarkson Friday night I don’t know how they beat them considering how bad we are but happy we did. Special teams is brutally bad and that falls on the coaches. No getting around that. The defensive play is so bad it’s mind blowing.

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                            • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
                              Did we seriously blow a 3 goal lead? Which how we were even up by 3 is miraculous considering how bad we were playing but nonetheless we then let slu score 6 straight? I mean after watching the game this is probably the worst rpi team I’ve seen on special teams. Happy we beat Clarkson Friday night I don’t know how they beat them considering how bad we are but happy we did. Special teams is brutally bad and that falls on the coaches. No getting around that. The defensive play is so bad it’s mind blowing.
                              We got that 3 goal lead in about 1+ minute. Then had a full 40 minutes to just try to play even and we could not do it. 100% correct - special teams, defense and fundamentals have to be the responsibility of the coaches.
                              Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                              • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

                                We got that 3 goal lead in about 1+ minute. Then had a full 40 minutes to just try to play even and we could not do it. 100% correct - special teams, defense and fundamentals have to be the responsibility of the coaches.
                                After watching all of the games this season, I have come to the conclusion that we just don't have the personnel.
                                We don't have a single defensive minded player on this team. I would love to see the time of possession for all the games.
                                We are stuck in the defensive zone for most of the game, and we only get a couple of minutes in the offensive zone where we are lucky to get a shot off.
                                The offense suffers from having to spend most of their shifts defending.
                                The special teams are an embarrassment. I am sure that the coaching staff is frustrated, and the special teams performance is going to cost them their jobs.
                                Just the way it is.
                                Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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                                The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
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