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  • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Interesting and timely article in today's Fosters/Seacoastonline.com, hidden behind the paywall from non-subscribers:

    Mike Souza hopes to remain UNH men's hockey coach

    Souza is quoted frequently, while AD Allison Rich mostly avoids comment since it's a personnel matter for the U.

    His deal is confirmed to expire as of 4/30/24. Rich sounds pleased with how things are going "this year".

    The next 60-90 days of on-ice UNH results are gonna have long-term implications, for sure.

    If I had to guess ... I'd say MS7 reached out to the author to get this started, trying to set the narrative.
    This game is why he doesn’t have an extension. 57 in the parwise and this team is nowhere ready to play.

    welcome back to post break UNH hockey.

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    • OMGGGGGG...Seriously UNH? ....This is not the first game they've started and played like this...3 penalties?

      ....but do go on about an extension. Harrumph.
      I'm just here for the hockey...

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      • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
        OMGGGGGG...Seriously UNH? ....This is not the first game they've started and played like this...3 penalties?

        ....but do go on about an extension. Harrumph.
        I think reality is coming through with the first 2 months a mirage.

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        • Originally posted by norbert View Post

          I think reality is coming through with the first 2 months a mirage.
          Was talking to another fan between periods and they said that it's the typical after break game..and even when they were a top team this was the norm. Well those other teams might have had the luxury to.afford the Pairwise hit...we can't. But that fan has a point and just when I had forgotten our Union mess of last season. Oh well.

          Regardless of this teams past with games after the break I expected alot more but kudos to Army who did what they had to do and deserved that win.
          If the announcers are correct, this was the first time an Army hockey team has beat a ranked team? I don't know if that's a fact or not, but tonight,
          that is just what happened...

          On another note glad to see Devlin get one first game back. Just dawned me no Winters tonight?

          Last edited by HockeyRef; 12-29-2023, 08:47 PM.
          I'm just here for the hockey...

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          • Originally posted by jeteye1717 View Post
            As we await this evening's resumption of Wildcat hockey at Army, perhaps some of you might have missed this bit of "College Hockey News" speculation as to who'll be selected for NC$$ Tournament play and where they might be slotted come late March:

            https://www.collegehockeynews.com/ne...oint-Check.php

            UNH is currently a solid 11th in the current PWR (2 more comparisons won than Western Michigan at #12), yet the author excludes them from his hypothetical National Tournament bracket, a telling commentary on how he expects the remainder of their season to unfold. He predicts all 4 teams ranked lower in spots 12-15 to continue playing well, perhaps moving up/down a bit, yet all qualifying for the Tournament, all that is but #11 UNH. Given how they've finished the last few years it's not a totally unrealistic projection, but boy - I hope this becomes Whitt locker room bulletin board material ...
            Yup, “…… Whitt locker room bulletin board material …..” for sure. At least UNH won both SOG (45-14) and FOW (43-25). While Army jumped in PWR from 59th to 51st, UNH dropped in PWR from 11th to 13th. Is Hellsten hurt? If not, why was he not in net? Hoping that the CHN writer is wrong.

            Last edited by Snively65; 12-30-2023, 03:16 AM. Reason: Typo

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            • Interesting stats from this debacle er game...(pulled from CHN)

              UNH outshot Army 45 to 14 (guess the Black Knights made them count)

              Faceoffs: UNH 43 Army 25

              PPG: UNH 2 Army 2

              Blocked Shots: UNH 4 Army 26 (gulp)

              I mean, I will give it to the 'Cats for their effort in trying to come back but when you go down 3 zip (unless you're BU or someone like that) it's an
              uphill climb and UNH chased that game all night. Yeah just did not play well...I'd like to give their goal tender more credit but it wasn't like we made it
              that tough for him most of the night.

              Ho hum...
              Last edited by HockeyRef; 12-29-2023, 10:07 PM.
              I'm just here for the hockey...

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              • Originally posted by jeteye1717 View Post
                As we await this evening's resumption of Wildcat hockey at Army, perhaps some of you might have missed this bit of "College Hockey News" speculation as to who'll be selected for NC$$ Tournament play and where they might be slotted come late March:

                https://www.collegehockeynews.com/ne...oint-Check.php

                UNH is currently a solid 11th in the current PWR (2 more comparisons won than Western Michigan at #12), yet the author excludes them from his hypothetical National Tournament bracket, a telling commentary on how he expects the remainder of their season to unfold. He predicts all 4 teams ranked lower in spots 12-15 to continue playing well, perhaps moving up/down a bit, yet all qualifying for the Tournament, all that is but #11 UNH. Given how they've finished the last few years it's not a totally unrealistic projection, but boy - I hope this becomes Whitt locker room bulletin board material ...
                Well something has to get this team back on some kind of track. Or...are we just not the team that can indeed make the run (hey, I'm talking Garden so everyone relax lol)??
                I know this game tonight is not the be all end all...but what they do next is huge. And, if I'm driving almost to NYC tomorrow, I'm expecting a W ha!

                As per the CHN speculation of how everyone else is going to do 'cept us that's not too surprising given the recent 'history'. I'm holding on to the idea despite my
                whining tonight that this team has the ability but they can't play like this and if we are being 100% honest, even with Devlin out or in the line up, this is how we
                have been playing since RIT.

                As they often say this post will prob not age well, but, I'm trying.
                I'm just here for the hockey...

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                • Hadn't been to a UNH game in a long time but I had a sip of Kool Aid and the location was convenient. D-1 caliber goaltending and more disciplined play (fewer penalties) and UNH wins in a laugher. Army was just barely holding it together all game.

                  On the positive side, Tate Rink was sold out(!) and UNH fans traveled well.

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                  • I remember one of these "back from break" games probably 25 or so years ago, traveling to Dartmouth in a rare "whole family" hockey event (Mrs. WIS isn't a big hockey fan, but the kids talked her into it). Of course, Dartmouth won going away, and I believe it was Conklin who let in what was a pedestrian clear-in attempt in what is probably the most embarrassing goal allowed I can ever recall him giving up. Sounds like our boy Mucinex just had "one of those games" tonight? One would expect Hellsten to get the nod in the next game.

                    This is a UNH team that can't afford to give away winnable games like this. Maybe MS7 going to the media was bad karma ...
                    Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                    Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                    • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
                      I remember one of these "back from break" games probably 25 or so years ago, traveling to Dartmouth in a rare "whole family" hockey event (Mrs. WIS isn't a big hockey fan, but the kids talked her into it). Of course, Dartmouth won going away, and I believe it was Conklin who let in what was a pedestrian clear-in attempt in what is probably the most embarrassing goal allowed I can ever recall him giving up. Sounds like our boy Mucinex just had "one of those games" tonight? One would expect Hellsten to get the nod in the next game.

                      This is a UNH team that can't afford to give away winnable games like this. Maybe MS7 going to the media was bad karma ...
                      Pretty sure that is the game where Conklin was so disgusted with his performance that he walked back to the team hotel in the snow rather than taking the bus. Maybe Mucinex should have had to walk to Connecticut last night.

                      As far as most embarassing goal, gotta think this one bothers him more:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwlvOmIe3XE
                      UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"

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                      • UNH goalie stats:

                        Tyler Muszelik, So, 4-3-0, 3.44 gaa- 71st in Div 1, 0.869 sv% - 76th in Div 1

                        Jakob Hellsten, Sr, 4-2-1, 1.83 gaa -3rd in Div 1, 0.918 sv% - 15th in Div 1

                        And, for comparison with David Fessenden, Gr, now at Canisius: 3-7-3, 3.25 gaa - 64th in Div 1, 0.892 sv% - 70th


                        My take: Despite MS7 professing to the MSM (Al Pike) that he wants to remain HC at UNH beyond this season, he sure had a bizarre approach to that desire in his goalie choice last night at Army. I realize that the five goals (2 PPGs) that Muszelik gave up last night hurt his stats noted above, but his stats were only marginally better before the game, although I am too lazy to back-calculate. Last season, MS7 was stuck with two mediocre goalies, but this season MS7 seems to have lucked his way into a competent goalie in Hellsten via the Portal. I suspect that Hellsten would not have given up those two even-strength goals on six shots in the first period last night, if not stopping the PPG early in the second that followed over a minute of 5 on 3 PK. Take away those two goals in the first by Army, and UNH heads into the third tied 2-2 rather than down 4-2.

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                        • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post

                          Well something has to get this team back on some kind of track. Or...are we just not the team that can indeed make the run (hey, I'm talking Garden so everyone relax lol)??
                          I know this game tonight is not the be all end all...but what they do next is huge. And, if I'm driving almost to NYC tomorrow, I'm expecting a W ha!

                          As per the CHN speculation of how everyone else is going to do 'cept us that's not too surprising given the recent 'history'. I'm holding on to the idea despite my
                          whining tonight that this team has the ability but they can't play like this and if we are being 100% honest, even with Devlin out or in the line up, this is how we
                          have been playing since RIT.

                          As they often say this post will prob not age well, but, I'm trying.
                          I don’t think there is a track to get onto. Let’s look back the last 2 months. Barely survived and got a win at RIT with a magical play in game #2.

                          Trip to Alfond where they got man handled in a poor display of effort. Beat RPI 1-0, which was a team that is currently 54th. This isn’t a blip it is a team playing as expected.

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                          • If we lose tonight at Sacred Heart and then split with Princeton, we will be 9-7-1 to end the first half.

                            Then, if we go 8-9-0 in our remaining 17 HEA games, we will be 17-16-1 going into the MBPBEGAM game, which we might get to play at home against Yukon, UVM, Mac, UML, or NU (all bad teams so far). Win the MBPBEGAM game, and then lose the next two in the first HEA round, MS7 finishes the season at 18-8-1, his second non-losing record since becoming HC. Good enough for a contract extension? I hope not.

                            On the other hand, if MS7 stops shooting himself in the foot and plays Hellsten in net the rest of the way, the Cats just might end the regular season with a winning record, even if they still miss Boston and the NCAA’s. Good enough for a contract extension? I hope not.

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                            • Snives, I gotta reluctantly agree with you, MS7 is on the way to squandering their far-better-than-anyone-imagined start to the season, and if we are heading down the .500 track with a "good" MS7 team - plus an early out in the conference tourney - there's really no stress built into making that a tough decision for the AD. MS7 makes Bill Herrion look like freakin' Red Auerbach by comparison. I hope Souza's "charm offensive" isn't going to his head, and he's actually thinking AD Rich is falling for it hook, line and sinker.

                              There's some weird parallel if MS7's BS brigade jumps the shark at Bobby V's new arena. Talk about kindred spirits ...
                              Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                              Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                              • Interesting lineup changes tonight. Let’s see if it brings a spark or more of the same.

                                this needs to be a 5-1/6-2 type of win to bring some life back. Though Sacred Heart beat Army 6-1 so let’s see how that fairs

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