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  • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
    Seth definitely brought in talent. How many NHL picks did he bring in? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him behind the bench in the NHL soon.
    Seth brought in some top players. However, his win-loss record didn't reflect that, and the successful seasons during that time came when he had a goaltender that wound up logging NHL minutes (York, Kasdorf). Historical debates on this board show that reasonable people can disagree what conclusions may be drawn about him and RPI at that time.

    I am glad Seth is enjoying success on the pro level; always a good guy, I think he's grown as a coach.

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    • Originally posted by DavidNardolillo View Post
      Some sad news this week that people may have already heard, but the obituary was only published this morning. Bill Anslow, who works the penalty boxes/scoring table as an off-ice official at HFH, and had done so for a number of years, passed away earlier this week. Really nice person and I always enjoyed chatting with him pre-game at HFH.

      Obit here:https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries...ry?id=53569585
      May Bill rest in peace. Condolences to his family :-(

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      • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
        Seth definitely brought in talent. How many NHL picks did he bring in? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him behind the bench in the NHL soon.
        I agree...but I hope he's not in any hurry to jump to the NHL. That's a meat grinder world ...as Woodcroft just found out. Seth has done a great job and clearly has the support of the Sabres brass. It's worth noting that they've stacked a lot of young talent in Rochester with Seth's assignment being development....but he's won a ton of games while doing so. Losing his AC Michael Peca to the Rangers is a blow ....I was surprised BUF didn't elevate him to the Sabres as an AC...which may have been why he departed for greener pastures.
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        • Originally posted by vicious View Post

          I made the trip to Appleton. SLU lost Friday to Union and came out flying last night. SLU started their backup goalie, Grant Adams, who's only appearance this season was a month ago (a loss to UVM). They dominated the first 10 minutes of the game and Cherepak made save after save to keep it scoreless. When RPI finally get the puck into the SLU zone, Adams seemed caught off guard and gave up the 2 quick goals. Then SLU pulled Adams and put in Kraws, their #1 guy. He gave up a quick goal to make 3-0 but shut the door the rest of the night.

          On the offensive side, SLU was faster and won a lot of battles for the puck. Gavars is a special player. RPI's effort was good but SLU gave them all they could handle. Defensively, this was an improvement from prior weeks. More blocked shots, more breaking up plays, and just overall smarter play on defense. The real weakness is special teams - SLU 3/5 on the PP. PK is down to 70% and power play is second-worst in the country, behind only Yale, which has yet to score a PPG this season. Cherepak was solid. So, some positives but still some areas that need big improvements, and soon.

          This was my first trip to Appleton. Fun place to watch a game. A classic old barn, even with the $10 million renovation a few years ago.
          I attended both north country games as well. I agree with your thoughts, but would add that SLU out-efforted RPI for the 2nd half of the game. They got in the Engineers head and the team had no answer....we were not a hard team to play against...they were living rent free in front of our net. That's a leadership thing --attitude and effort --that needs to get solved in the locker room (not something the coach can fix). Chrepak played REALLY well Friday night, he moves very well and is positionally very sound. He needs to clean up his rebound control and he definitely was fighting with the glove on Saturday night. But overall I like him and he seems very calm and mentally ready to play at this level.
          ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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          • With all our complaining, mine included, we are 2-2 in the ECAC and so far as the standings go are in the middle of the pack. Wonder where we might be if our special teams and team defense was playing even partially well? We have a couple weeks now to figure some of this out. The numbers posted by RPI Fan for Life are simply appalling and have probably never been worse since perhaps 1965 yet we are a .500 ECAC team that just had a chance at a North Country trip sweep. This may be my first bit of optimism this season but I am trying to look for anything positive at this stage. or perhaps I am just desperately trying to get in the holiday spirit?
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            • Originally posted by RPI fan 4 life View Post
              Was looking at the stats according to USCHO. And some of the numbers are downright appalling:
              Out of 64 teams…
              Team Offense 35th (middle of the pack)
              Team Defense T-62nd (with Army)
              Power Play percentage 64th (dead last)
              Penalty Kill percentage 57th (and dropping)
              Goaltending- Cherepak 71st, Watson 80th (out of 81)

              How this team managed to win 2 games is astounding.
              Or as Charlie Brown once said to Lucy, tell your statistics to shut up…
              But Army is part of the Department of Defense. ;-)

              More seriously, I wonder if Cherepak has become number one. He played well in both games.
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              • Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post
                More seriously, I wonder if Cherepak has become number one. He played well in both games.
                In the Times Union article I posted last week, Coach Smith indicated he was not satisfied with the goaltending. And with Watson out for an indefinite period (at least as of last week), it's Cherepak's job.

                “I would like our goaltending to be better so there is competition there” Smith said. “It is more than wins and losses. Right now, not real relevant but Watson is injured, still to be determined how long. Right now, it is Cherepak and (Brett) Miller. I don’t know when he got hurt but he told me after the game something wasn’t right.”

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                • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post

                  I agree...but I hope he's not in any hurry to jump to the NHL. That's a meat grinder world ...as Woodcroft just found out. Seth has done a great job and clearly has the support of the Sabres brass. It's worth noting that they've stacked a lot of young talent in Rochester with Seth's assignment being development....but he's won a ton of games while doing so. Losing his AC Michael Peca to the Rangers is a blow ....I was surprised BUF didn't elevate him to the Sabres as an AC...which may have been why he departed for greener pastures.
                  Yeah it’s a meat grinder 4sure. He might just stay in Rochester and develop young talent for them.
                  Seth is well liked inside sabres brass. He’s developed some really good players for sabres. He’s done his job well! Amazing what happens when you have full support.

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                  • Originally posted by DavidNardolillo View Post

                    Seth brought in some top players. However, his win-loss record didn't reflect that, and the successful seasons during that time came when he had a goaltender that wound up logging NHL minutes (York, Kasdorf). Historical debates on this board show that reasonable people can disagree what conclusions may be drawn about him and RPI at that time.

                    I am glad Seth is enjoying success on the pro level; always a good guy, I think he's grown as a coach.
                    Seth is a good guy. He’s grown as a coach being in good organization getting full support. Good for him!

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                    • Originally posted by RPI fan 4 life View Post
                      Was looking at the stats according to USCHO. And some of the numbers are downright appalling:
                      Out of 64 teams…
                      Team Offense 35th (middle of the pack)
                      Team Defense T-62nd (with Army)
                      Power Play percentage 64th (dead last)
                      Penalty Kill percentage 57th (and dropping)
                      Goaltending- Cherepak 71st, Watson 80th (out of 81)

                      How this team managed to win 2 games is astounding.
                      Or as Charlie Brown once said to Lucy, tell your statistics to shut up…
                      Jesus Christ that’s ridiculous. All this with a veteran team. We’ll get your tin foil hats on boys we’re in for a wild ride i guess.

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                      • For those who follow the football team. Apparently the season is not quite over as we will be hosting Widener this Saturday in Troy in a post season Bowl game. Glad to see as our boys deserve one more game to try to obtain one more victory this season after finishing up with two losses. I have no information about Widener except that they were also a 7-3 team and we have had no common opponents this year.
                        Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                        • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post
                          For those who follow the football team. Apparently the season is not quite over as we will be hosting Widener this Saturday in Troy in a post season Bowl game. Glad to see as our boys deserve one more game to try to obtain one more victory this season after finishing up with two losses. I have no information about Widener except that they were also a 7-3 team and we have had no common opponents this year.
                          Weirdest damned pairings (Brockport at Carnegie Mellon, Utica at Hobart, Merchant Marine at Washington and Jefferson and Widener at RPI) I have ever seen at least on what appear to be sensible "seedings" based on won lost records with ties broken by strength of schedule. It appears the committee simply paired "seeds" one and two, then three and four, then five and six, then seven (RPI) and eight against each other with the lower "seed" always traveling. Looks like they punished the higher achievers with a tougher game and rewarded lower achievers with easier games. What sense does that make???

                          Were these weird pairings done to save money?? Nope!!! The way they did it results in 1,040 miles traveled lasting a total of 16 hours (longest trip 6:20) requiring three overnight of hotels and meals for a traveling party of 70 or so.

                          Instead, pairing Brockport at Carnegie Mellon (same), Washington and Jefferson at Hobart (or vice versa), Widener at Merchant Marine (or vice versa) and RPI AT Utica (or vice versa) would have only resulted in 860 miles traveled lasting a total of 13 hours (longest trip 5:00) requiring only two overnight of hotels and meals for a traveling party of 70 or so.

                          Point is if any of these guys on this committee are in the financial planning and advising business, absolutely do not hire them to handle your money!!!

                          Other than that point I have no reason to complain as I get another game just 4 miles from my home. Needless to say, I saw no logical way that could ever happen.

                          As for the game itself, we get an opponent from a much lower ranked conference (13th while the Liberty League is 6th out of 28). Personnel wise they only average 2.9 per carry on the ground against our good but not great against good teams run defense that allows 3.3 per carry. Passing wise, their all year starter only completes under 52% of his passes in a lesser league while RPI's learning on the job freshman QB is just under 60% in the Liberty League.

                          While games are played by people on fields and not on paper or computers, this does appear to be a made to order opponent that a win should be expected against assuming the home team is motivated for what is generally considered a secondary bowl.



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                          • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post
                            For those who follow the football team. Apparently the season is not quite over as we will be hosting Widener this Saturday in Troy in a post season Bowl game. Glad to see as our boys deserve one more game to try to obtain one more victory this season after finishing up with two losses. I have no information about Widener except that they were also a 7-3 team and we have had no common opponents this year.
                            For those who remember Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Widener is his alma mater. The school was known as Pennsylvania Military College when he started out in the early '70's, but changed its name to Widener while he was there. They were a football powerhouse in those days, but haven't been as successful in recent years.

                            As long as I'm talking about football from 50 years ago or so, I'll comment that watching the live stream Saturday was the first time I'd seen a game at Union College since my student days. Back then, Union's field was called Alexander Field. They had bleachers on both sides of the field, but the front row of the bleachers on the visitors' side was only about two yards from the sideline. I don't think anybody ran a play toward that sideline all game long. Perhaps they had a gentleman's agreement to prevent anyone pushed out of bounds from crashing into the bleachers.

                            Apparently Union has addressed that problem. Now they have no bleachers at all on the visitors' side. Fans on that side stand on a ridge behind yellow police tape.

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                            • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post
                              With all our complaining, mine included, we are 2-2 in the ECAC and so far as the standings go are in the middle of the pack. Wonder where we might be if our special teams and team defense was playing even partially well? We have a couple weeks now to figure some of this out. The numbers posted by RPI Fan for Life are simply appalling and have probably never been worse since perhaps 1965 yet we are a .500 ECAC team that just had a chance at a North Country trip sweep. This may be my first bit of optimism this season but I am trying to look for anything positive at this stage. or perhaps I am just desperately trying to get in the holiday spirit?
                              Doc, I think that you are looking at this through cherry colored glasses. Don't feel bad, I have done just that for the last thirty years.
                              We will get better when the players get serious about defense. I have never seen a team with no defensive minded players like this one.
                              We have no one we can rely on in our defensive zone, and we have no one we can put out there on the penalty kill that actually kills penalties.
                              I hope we can make the adjustment before the new year and maybe then we will be able to compete with the top half of the league.
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                              • Originally posted by DavidNardolillo View Post

                                In the Times Union article I posted last week, Coach Smith indicated he was not satisfied with the goaltending. And with Watson out for an indefinite period (at least as of last week), it's Cherepak's job.
                                I honestly wouldn't know how to properly access our goaltending....there were large chunks of the SLU game especially where there was simply NO team defense....much like the Union series, there were several opponents in front of our net with nary a sign of a cherry colored helmet. That needs to change ASAP or it won't matter if there's pillowcases in net for RPI.

                                On another note, Muzzatti is often the biggest player on the ice, but he does not skate like he is, at least not last weekend. He had several opportunities to take pucks down the middle of the ice entering the zone, but chose to throttle back and swing wide. If he starts playing with an edge with a stronger north-south game he WILL a) draw more penalties and b) bury more pucks......just my opinion.
                                ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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