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  • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
    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.
    I could not watch much this weekend due to personal obligations, but I think you are right that poor team defense has been a component and the goalies have been hung out to dry for the majority of the goals. The TU article didn't probe the details of the goaltending deficiency, but I think Coach Smith might have been reacting to some goals conceded in prior weeks from above the top of the faceoff circle where the goaltender had a clear view of the shooter.

    Your observation about Muzzatti is an interesting one. Hopefully the coaching staff is diagnosing that and encouraging him to be more assertive. The team needs a spark to up the intensity level. The north-south play you describe might be that catalyst.

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    • Originally posted by DavidNardolillo View Post

      I could not watch much this weekend due to personal obligations, but I think you are right that poor team defense has been a component and the goalies have been hung out to dry for the majority of the goals. The TU article didn't probe the details of the goaltending deficiency, but I think Coach Smith might have been reacting to some goals conceded in prior weeks from above the top of the faceoff circle where the goaltender had a clear view of the shooter.

      Your observation about Muzzatti is an interesting one. Hopefully the coaching staff is diagnosing that and encouraging him to be more assertive. The team needs a spark to up the intensity level. The north-south play you describe might be that catalyst.
      DN: it must be hard for him to become too assertive as it appears he is smitten with the Luke Curadi problem. Any time someone runs into him or you hear a loud noise near the boards, the ref puts his arm up and calls him for a penalty. it is certainly not his fault he is 6'6" and his shoulders are head high against many opponents. But I have seen him shaking his head after some calls when he has barely touch someone or had them run into him and he gets 2 or even 5 in the box. I do agree, however, that he has to use that size advantage a bit better than we have seen so far this season.
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      • Originally posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post

        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.
        Have always felt that hockey is truly a team sport and perhaps the part of the game that shows it best (or worst in our case) is defense. Sometimes one offensive player can have a huge impact in scoring but it takes more than one defense man to be able to protect against an opponent. As you mention, it takes team defense and has to include all the pairings of defense and some good defensive work from forwards coming back to cover. We are failing miserable in that regard. I don't think we can fault any single player or pair of players. It is all 5 players on the ice at any given time. I had said before the season even started that we will go only as far as our special teams and defense will allow and as of now, I am amazed that we even have been able to win the 2 league games that we did. Obviously I cannot offer any sort of solution and can only hope our coaching staff can.
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        • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

          DN: it must be hard for him to become too assertive as it appears he is smitten with the Luke Curadi problem. Any time someone runs into him or you hear a loud noise near the boards, the ref puts his arm up and calls him for a penalty. it is certainly not his fault he is 6'6" and his shoulders are head high against many opponents. But I have seen him shaking his head after some calls when he has barely touch someone or had them run into him and he gets 2 or even 5 in the box. I do agree, however, that he has to use that size advantage a bit better than we have seen so far this season.
          You're totally right. Addamo had the same problem 2 seasons ago

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          • Good interview on 1045 today. Actual substance. Coach Smith called the special teams and power play specifically "atrocious". He seemed happy that they split on the road but wanted to get the sweep. He also mentioned Watson will be out for an extended period of time and will be relying on Cherepak a lot while he's out. They talked about some specific players like Tinling and Muzzatti. He thinks Tinling has played well but been snakebit. He thinks Muzzatti keeps playing better and better

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            • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

              DN: it must be hard for him to become too assertive as it appears he is smitten with the Luke Curadi problem. Any time someone runs into him or you hear a loud noise near the boards, the ref puts his arm up and calls him for a penalty. it is certainly not his fault he is 6'6" and his shoulders are head high against many opponents. But I have seen him shaking his head after some calls when he has barely touch someone or had them run into him and he gets 2 or even 5 in the box. I do agree, however, that he has to use that size advantage a bit better than we have seen so far this season.
              That's a great point, but maybe he'll get the benefit of the doubt from the referees when he does it carrying the puck!

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              • Originally posted by DavidNardolillo View Post

                That's a great point, but maybe he'll get the benefit of the doubt from the referees when he does it carrying the puck!
                We almost never get the benefit of the doubt from the refs.
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                • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

                  DN: it must be hard for him to become too assertive as it appears he is smitten with the Luke Curadi problem. Any time someone runs into him or you hear a loud noise near the boards, the ref puts his arm up and calls him for a penalty. it is certainly not his fault he is 6'6" and his shoulders are head high against many opponents. But I have seen him shaking his head after some calls when he has barely touch someone or had them run into him and he gets 2 or even 5 in the box. I do agree, however, that he has to use that size advantage a bit better than we have seen so far this season.
                  I agree, but he also has to recognize the issue and be smart about it. He picked up a boarding call in the SLU game that I thought was ridiculous. He gave a nudge (the kind of mini-crosscheck or shove to the back that you see dozens of times in any game without penalty) to a guy about 3 feet from the boards near the blue line and I thought the response was a bit over-dramatic but the ref bought it. However, it was also completely unnecessary. The puck had been dumped behind the net and that SLU player was not a threat. Muzzati is just going to have to adjust or he's going to draw that call repeatedly throughout the year.

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                  • Originally posted by sezenack View Post
                    Good interview on 1045 today. Actual substance. Coach Smith called the special teams and power play specifically "atrocious". He seemed happy that they split on the road but wanted to get the sweep. He also mentioned Watson will be out for an extended period of time and will be relying on Cherepak a lot while he's out. They talked about some specific players like Tinling and Muzzatti. He thinks Tinling has played well but been snakebit. He thinks Muzzatti keeps playing better and better
                    Does the station post recordings anymore? I usually can't listen to the radio live at work.

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                    • Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post

                      We almost never get the benefit of the doubt from the refs.
                      And i thought I was the only one who felt that way!
                      Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                      • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

                        I agree, but he also has to recognize the issue and be smart about it. He picked up a boarding call in the SLU game that I thought was ridiculous. He gave a nudge (the kind of mini-crosscheck or shove to the back that you see dozens of times in any game without penalty) to a guy about 3 feet from the boards near the blue line and I thought the response was a bit over-dramatic but the ref bought it. However, it was also completely unnecessary. The puck had been dumped behind the net and that SLU player was not a threat. Muzzati is just going to have to adjust or he's going to draw that call repeatedly throughout the year.
                        if he is forced to change his style of play in any way, he will simply not be effective. He is a big boy (and the reason Nashville picked him for the NHL) and if he has to 'pull his punches', he will not be the same player that we saw last year or that the NHL is looking for. I would suggest just the opposite. I think if he is going to be called for something anyway, make it count. If that elbow makes contact, then allow it to be a really good one. Perhaps that would be the only way for players to avoid him and make them pull back from the contact. i do not want to see him intentionally hurt any one or take 5 minute boarding penalties but if he finishes his checks, his reputation will precede him and many players would rather avoid getting blasted off their skates and perhaps would instead give him a little extra room to not suffer that contact. Over the 60+ years of following RPI hockey I have seen a lot of bigger boys play for the Cherry and White and once they become a bit hesitant of contact, they lose whatever edge or effectiveness they had.
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                        • Originally posted by DrDemento View Post

                          DN: it must be hard for him to become too assertive as it appears he is smitten with the Luke Curadi problem. Any time someone runs into him or you hear a loud noise near the boards, the ref puts his arm up and calls him for a penalty. it is certainly not his fault he is 6'6" and his shoulders are head high against many opponents. But I have seen him shaking his head after some calls when he has barely touch someone or had them run into him and he gets 2 or even 5 in the box. I do agree, however, that he has to use that size advantage a bit better than we have seen so far this season.
                          I should clarify that my Muzzatti comments were centered more on when he is carrying the puck and or when RPI is entering the zone. He is young and I'm sure still getting used to his strength and size. I had similar views when Zalewski was in Troy...he was a different player on offense when he bore down and went to the front of the net..
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                          • For the football fans - RPI plays pretty much a perfect offensive game to beat Widener 49-21 in a post season ECAC bowl game. We could have had more points as we had a first and goal on the 1 yard line with over 1 minute to play but simply took a knee to end the game. We now have won 12 ECAC post season games (I believe out of a total of 14). We end the season with a 8-3 record. Great job boys!
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                            • Agree with comments here by Dr. D and Slappahs. Patience is the key with Muzzati...patience on his part (jumping from NCAA too soon would be a mistake) and on the coaches' part, and on the fans' part. I see him as being a high quality NHL player but in the meantime I hope we get to see him develop as a leader for the Engineers.

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                              • Originally posted by hab View Post
                                Agree with comments here by Dr. D and Slappahs. Patience is the key with Muzzati...patience on his part (jumping from NCAA too soon would be a mistake) and on the coaches' part, and on the fans' part. I see him as being a high quality NHL player but in the meantime I hope we get to see him develop as a leader for the Engineers.
                                I fear that if this team does not change its ways, that Muzzati will be playing elsewhere.
                                He continues to put up decent numbers but that will only make it more likely that his NHL team would want him where he could continue to grow.
                                There is a lot riding on the rest of this season for him.
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