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  • Originally posted by Ryecheers View Post
    Your guys looked great against QPAC and NU earned/deserved respect. Small problem: By now other teams have enough tape on the New, New Hampshire that they have a better idea about how to defend against their offense. This past weekend, you had to deal with a PC team which is capable of boring the fans and opposition to sleep with their form of defense. If this were hoops, their style might be described as "taking the air out of the ball." Northeastern has to face PC twice next weekend after they have averaged 1 goal per game in league play (missing 3 top players). Good luck!
    Still it's nice to see the great start your guys have had. You're more than just a soccer school, as well as the most prolific (and literate) posters on this board.
    It's easier to coach a team on how to prevent goals, and much harder to coach a team on creating goals. Fact.

    Even in our US version of football, it's not hard to decipher the pattern of (1) offensive genius coach comes up with new scheme; (2) offensive scheme starts to spread to other teams/programs/levels; (3) defensive genius coach(es) get film and lots of opportunities to test their schemes to counter the attacking schemes, (4) defensive counter-schemes take root, which in turn (5) sends offensive geniuses back to the drawing board to hatch new wrinkles. Fill in "Chip Kelly" as "offensive genius" for a UNH slant to this theory. Sometimes rule changes are added to the mix, usually in favor of more offense/less defense. But the defense invariably catches up, one way or the other.

    The two toughest things to accomplish in team sports IMO are (1) to score a goal in soccer, and not far behind is (2) to score a goal in hockey when a team is set up to prevent goals. This is why post-season games are usually lower scoring than regular season games, even when talent on postseason teams is clearly higher than on non-postseason teams. Which, of course, begets the adage, "Defense wins championships".

    Ironically, Leaman won his only HC championship when he got the biggest slice of luck in recent D-1 hockey memory ...
    Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
    Montreal Expos Forever ...

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    • Coach Hubbard's Soccer 'Cats will face NJIT at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) night at The House That Blue Skies Built. NJIT pulled an upset and knocked out UVM in the AE quarterfinals, so the well-rested defending AE champs will face a decisive underdog in the semifinal. UNH (#11 nationally) probably doesn't need to win to get an NCAA invite, but you gotta think #16 UVM's invite would be in jeopardy if anyone other than UNH gets the autobid as AE tourney winners. If the weather is decent and work schedule cooperates, I'm hoping to be there ...
      Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
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      • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
        Coach Hubbard's Soccer 'Cats will face NJIT at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) night at The House That Blue Skies Built. NJIT pulled an upset and knocked out UVM in the AE quarterfinals, so the well-rested defending AE champs will face a decisive underdog in the semifinal. UNH (#10 nationally) probably doesn't need to win to get an NCAA invite, but you gotta think #16 UVM's invite would be in jeopardy if anyone other than UNH gets the autobid as AE tourney winners. If the weather is decent and work schedule cooperates, I'm hoping to be there ...
        Fixed your post! They just went to #10...and I'll catch the game online too cold to venture to the House That Blue Skies Built.

        Dan...today your Red Hawks play the America East winner California- they are on I believe an 8 game streak upsetting #2 UAlbany in that tourney...this was their last
        stint in the AE not sure where they are headed next season (FWIW dept).
        I'm just here for the hockey...

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        • Georgios Koliniatis scores only goal in NJIT game so that UNH now hosts the tourney championship game this Sunday at 2 pm.

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          • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
            Dan...today your Red Hawks play the America East winner California- they are on I believe an 8 game streak upsetting #2 UAlbany in that tourney...this was their last
            stint in the AE not sure where they are headed next season (FWIW dept).
            Smoked ‘em. Miami shuts out Cal for the second time this season, winning an NCAA Tournament game for the third straight year. None sweeter than that thumping of Maine in 2021…
            Live Free or Die!!
            Miami University '03

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            • Originally posted by Dan View Post

              Smoked ‘em. Miami shuts out Cal for the second time this season, winning an NCAA Tournament game for the third straight year. None sweeter than that thumping of Maine in 2021…
              Here, here! And it was Maine that spoiled UNH's great season in the AE qtrs...sigh.
              Last edited by HockeyRef; 11-09-2023, 08:36 AM.
              I'm just here for the hockey...

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              • Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
                Georgios Koliniatis scores only goal in NJIT game so that UNH now hosts the tourney championship game this Sunday at 2 pm.
                About 1,200 hardy (and loud) souls were on hand. Really wasn't a close match, despite the score, and after UNH scored midway through the first half, it never looked like NJIT had a road back into the contest. Only surprised that UNH didn't pad their margin, but they looked like the team that's "been there before" and were very comfortable playing in the cold conditions. For NJIT ... not so much, but they weren't supposed to be there.

                UNH men's soccer team beats NJIT 1-0, advances to tournament final (yahoo.com)

                It looks like Bryant (#19) will provide the opposition on Sunday afternoon in the league title game. UVM will be watching with a vested interest, and given how close they are to Bryant nationally, it's possible that even if Bryant loses Sunday, they may overtake UVM in securing an NCAA bid if they can keep it close, or force extra time. So UVM finds itself in the unenviable position of not only having to root for their archrivals, but also for their archrivals to hang a big crooked number on Bryant, as I don't see the NCAA taking 3 AE teams into the tourney. With only one loss this season (to Cornell, recently knocked out of Ivy League postseason), UNH has to think their slot is locked in - even with a loss - while Bryant has to see this as a win-or-go-home situation. UVM Soccer at least has an NCAA history, Bryant has none that I'm aware of in soccer, so if selectors are going to go with a second AE (at-large) bid, it's probably gonna be UVM unless Bryant really pushes (or beats) UNH. Should be interesting ...
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                • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                  About 1,200 hardy (and loud) souls were on hand. Really wasn't a close match, despite the score, and after UNH scored midway through the first half, it never looked like NJIT had a road back into the contest. Only surprised that UNH didn't pad their margin, but they looked like the team that's "been there before" and were very comfortable playing in the cold conditions. For NJIT ... not so much, but they weren't supposed to be there.

                  UNH men's soccer team beats NJIT 1-0, advances to tournament final (yahoo.com)

                  It looks like Bryant (#19) will provide the opposition on Sunday afternoon in the league title game. UVM will be watching with a vested interest, and given how close they are to Bryant nationally, it's possible that even if Bryant loses Sunday, they may overtake UVM in securing an NCAA bid if they can keep it close, or force extra time. So UVM finds itself in the unenviable position of not only having to root for their archrivals, but also for their archrivals to hang a big crooked number on Bryant, as I don't see the NCAA taking 3 AE teams into the tourney. With only one loss this season (to Cornell, recently knocked out of Ivy League postseason), UNH has to think their slot is locked in - even with a loss - while Bryant has to see this as a win-or-go-home situation. UVM Soccer at least has an NCAA history, Bryant has none that I'm aware of in soccer, so if selectors are going to go with a second AE (at-large) bid, it's probably gonna be UVM unless Bryant really pushes (or beats) UNH. Should be interesting ...
                  I was at a field hockey game last night (shocker) but I did watch alot of the game while doing so. Might go Sunday...I mean, what else is there to do this weekend
                  except watch some soccer and see UNH have a shot at a championship??

                  All eyes on the NU v PC series this weekend...to bring it back to hockey for a sec!
                  I'm just here for the hockey...

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                  • Tip o the cap to James VanRiemsdyk getting his 600th point (on an assist) against the Islanders. Congrats JvR! More where that
                    came from...
                    I'm just here for the hockey...

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                    • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
                      Tip o the cap to James VanRiemsdyk getting his 600th point (on an assist) against the Islanders. Congrats JvR! More where that
                      came from...
                      Two nice primary assists on the night. JVR seems to be fitting in well with the team, doing many of the little things right.
                      GO BLUE!

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                      • Jack Sadowski signed his NLI this week. There's still a few impact recruits out there and they should pounce now while their doing well>>JMHO.

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                        • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post

                          Two nice primary assists on the night. JVR seems to be fitting in well with the team, doing many of the little things right.
                          Good coaching.
                          Originally posted by BobbyBrady
                          Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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                          • Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

                            Good coaching.
                            I agree, as the Bruins with so many players lost during the offseason were not supposed to be any good this season. I always have believed that a championship team needs more depth than two top forward lines, depth that the Bruins had the last time that they won the SC. But what the Bruins did not have that season were two goalies splitting time in net, and the Bruins need to trade Ulmark for a top six forward or a first round draft pick ASAP.
                            Last edited by Snively65; 11-10-2023, 06:06 PM.

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                            • Maine takes down #1 BC, this season has certainly started interestingly.
                              GO BLUE!

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                              • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post
                                Maine takes down #1 BC, this season has certainly started interestingly.
                                With no UNH hockey to watch I caught most of that game. Was impressed Maine is def a legit team will be interesting to see what
                                BC does tonight. Seems like (as always) they are a youngish bunch, but, of course, talented as usual..

                                On another note I saw a pic of the team with their mentors and wow, that is some cast on Devlin's hand...looked pretty formidable
                                must have been a bad break. No telling when we will see him again!
                                I'm just here for the hockey...

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