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  • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    LOLOL ... UConn Hockey ... rising power in Hockey East ... Luce Canaan, highest paid coach in HEA history ... what an absolute con man and fraud, playing in a brand new rink that (at least on TV) looks like it has all the warmth, passion and color of a WW2 concentration camp.

    Quick questions: when did UConn start playing their home games in a library?!? Was anyone there???

    Well done, MS7 & Company. Let's finish exposing the fraud that is UConn Hockey on Sunday LOLOLOL ...
    I love your hatred of everything Luce Canaan!
    GO BLUE!

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    • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

      Shades of C-H-C even, fifty (50) or so years ago.

      Funniest part (to me anyway) was when the NESN crew were talking about how that outburst had "silenced" the home fans. As if the home fans had even been heard for the two periods-plus of game time before those goals LOLOLOL

      UConn = Hoops School (and a #1 Hoops school to boot TBF). Now as to Football and Hockey ... not so much ...
      Yeah they were silenced alright...one guy in particular near me who eventually turned against the players a few boos could be heard.

      So like I said lots of trips to the XL and this is the first W I've seen down this way...ever. And a resounding W to boot.

      Ok..back to reality gotta do it all over again Sunday (Mr.HR's input )
      I'm just here for the hockey...

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      • I came to check in on the game tonight.

        Am I the only one who finds it sad that the main article was debating the over/under of the game? I hate how it seems all sport coverage has become about gambling.

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        • Originally posted by phb View Post
          I came to check in on the game tonight.

          Am I the only one who finds it sad that the main article was debating the over/under of the game? I hate how it seems all sport coverage has become about gambling.
          True.

          But the linesmaker nailed the number.
          UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"

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          • So that ink on MS7's new contract must still be wet, eh ? :-) (good job beating those weasels)
            I believe in equality of effort. In life, in hockey in everything.

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            • Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
              e.cat, check out the SOG differential at Toscano Family Ice Forum tonight. SOG’s rule! :-)
              Doubled up at 40/20. Gotta love it Snively65. That was quite the game. Who wudda thunk it?
              UNH Hockey: You can check out any time you like but you can never leave!

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              • Originally posted by acs64 View Post
                So that ink on MS7's new contract must still be wet, eh ? :-) (good job beating those weasels)
                Larry, Larry, Larry ... please, go easy on the poor little weasels ... I mean, what've they done to deserve your scorn?!?




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                • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post

                  Yeah they were silenced alright...one guy in particular near me who eventually turned against the players a few boos could be heard.

                  So like I said lots of trips to the XL and this is the first W I've seen down this way...ever. And a resounding W to boot.

                  Ok..back to reality gotta do it all over again Sunday (Mr.HR's input )
                  This!!! I'm with Mr. HR.

                  Credit to Coach Souza for goaltender management and a nice portal addition. Hellsten is #1 nationally GAA, #5 save %, tied for 8th with two shut outs. Hopefully he decides to stay for his senior season.
                  Last edited by Darius; 01-20-2024, 11:24 AM.
                  I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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                  • Big game in hand tilt today. Also the two next weekend. These are standings difference makers. Losses hurt the PWR.

                    edit: I'll be watching football primarily. Glad the game is on NESN for quick commercial channel flipping which is my #1 problem with streaming. Won't work next week when the UVM games are ESPN+ and my primary watching will be BU/BC.

                    Go 'cats!
                    Last edited by Darius; 01-21-2024, 08:57 AM.
                    I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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                    • I attended Falcons 8-4 win over Mercyhurst at the Bentley Arena late Saturday afternoon and got to see Will Margel taking regular shifts on the third line for the Lakers. Will’s game stats were 0 SOG, -1, and 2 pen mins for hooking in the third when the score was still 6-4. Will’s stats for the season are 20 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, -8, 6 pen mins. The Lakers are ninth in the AHA standings, although they do have several games in hand over four teams above them. Why cannot we get skaters like Will Margel? Oh ……. wait ……

                      In five AHA games yesterday, a total of 50 goals were scored. Do you think that the 10 GPG average is a result of great shooting? Or lousy goaltending? In followup to Darius’ note about Hellsten’s rankings, is anyone sorry that Dave Fessenden moved on to take his fifth year at Canisius? His stats there this season are 17 games, 3.13 GAA, 0.896 SV%, 5-9-3, 6 pen mins, but he did not backstop the 6-4 loss to Niagara yesterday.

                      UNH sandwiched at 12th in PWR between PC above and UMassywassy below. Big game at the Whitt this afternoon (sell out?), but I sadly do not have access to TV/NESN today.
                      Last edited by Snively65; 01-21-2024, 11:05 AM. Reason: Typo

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                      • Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
                        I attended Falcons 8-4 win over Mercyhurst at the Bentley Arena late Saturday afternoon and got to see Will Margel taking regular shifts on the third line for the Lakers. Will’s game stats were 0 SOG, -1, and 2 pen mins for hooking in the third when the score was still 6-4. Will’s stats for the season are 20 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, -8, 6 pen mins. The Lakers are ninth in the AHA standings, although they do have several games in hand over four teams above them. Why cannot we get skaters like Will Margel? Oh ……. wait ……

                        In five AHA games yesterday, a total of 50 goals were scored. Do you think that the 10 GPG average is a result of great shooting? Or lousy goaltending? In followup to Darius’ note about Hellsten’s rankings, is anyone sorry that Dave Fessenden moved on to take his fifth year at Canisius? His stats there this season are 17 games, 3.13 GAA, 0.896 SV%, 5-9-3, 6 pen mins, but he did not backstop the 6-4 loss to Niagara yesterday.

                        UNH sandwiched at 12th in PWR between PC above and UMassywassy below. Big game at the Whitt this afternoon (sell out?), but I sadly do not have access to TV/NESN today.
                        Possibly another compliment due to Coach Souza’s for his recent goal tender and portal management. Even if just luck, as one of my best friends has re-quoted for years, "I'd rather be
                        lucky than good."
                        I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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                        • Off topic, but something’s up at the U: https://www.fosters.com/story/news/l...k/72267672007/
                          Last edited by Darius; 01-21-2024, 01:18 PM.
                          I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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                          • Originally posted by Darius View Post
                            Credit to Coach Souza for goaltender management and a nice portal addition. Hellsten is #1 nationally GAA, #5 save %, tied for 8th with two shut outs. Hopefully he decides to stay for his senior season.
                            Me too. So here's the lay of the land ... Hellsten turns 24 in a week-and-a-half, and enjoys undrafted status, so his options are literally as wide open as they can possibly be. He's an undersized goalie too - think Tirone, with a Swedish accent - so the NHL teams that have taken flyers on larger goalies (as in Mucinex now, and Robinson in the recent past) in the middle-to-late rounds will have overlooked him all along, at least until this season at UNH. FWIW ... if you look back at Hellsten's numbers in Swedish juniors, his save pct.'s have mostly been north of .900, while with Mucinex - both with USNDP and UNH - his figures have all been sub .900.

                            In hindsight, Fessenden - an undrafted big goalie who was almost 25 when he left UNH after last season - had save percentages on either side of the .900 mark for his entire juniors and college career, which will no doubt transition to the best 'Coast offer that arrives on his doorstep in a few weeks' time. UNH definitely got the best they could reasonably have expected from him, but when faced with the option of bringing him back to Durham again this season, MS7 obviously chose to bet on himself being able to either upgrade via regular reliance on Mucinex and/or to find the next guy in the portal. He hit paydirt with Hellsten, and the growing sample size points to it not being a fluke.

                            Let's assume that MS7 is going to ride Hellsten to the end, so long as his performance holds up, barring injury, etc. The less Mucinex plays, the more likely it is HE will be in the portal this offseason, which ups the ante on making sure Hellsten is coming back next season. SO much of this will rest upon whether Coach Souza is let go, or gets some sort of extension - ANY extension is probably good news for Hellsten, and knowing the starting goalie job at UNH will be his if/when he returns for his senior season. Given his emergence this season, there may be pro interest, especially as goalies are generally seen to be "late bloomers" by NHL scouts, but if Hellsten were to return, he will push the (already) late start to his pro career back to age 25. If it's with a growing and even more competitive UNH team next season ... it may be worth it, as his play will attract even more eyeballs from more organizations, and if one wants to sign him and start him at AHL level, he wins the gamble.

                            Of course, if Souza does not return next season, it's quite possible that both goalies move on in their careers, and MS7's replacement will start with a clean slate in the position. OR Hellsten again decides to gamble on himself, likes Durham enough to stay one more season, and gives the new guy a solid defensive base to build around.

                            As a guy coaching for his next contract, MS7 couldn't have played it better with his goalies. Kudos. But as the guy who has just earned that next deal - be it for one, two or even three seasons - he'd better take care to avoid the scenario where he's bringing back a wagon of a team BUT has just lost his two goalies - especially the #1 guy. Unless of course, the forced "re-set" sees Souza find the next Hellsten(s) in another program's discarded treasure.

                            Up to this point, the two major transfer successes of the Souza Era have been Gildon and Hellsten. With all due respect to the rest, it's been re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

                            Now ... just put Luce down out behind the barn, like the dirty dog he is, and we can really get this party started ...
                            Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                            Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                            • Originally posted by Darius View Post
                              Off topic, but something’s up at the U: https://www.highereddive.com/news/un...illion/704839/
                              I suspect this is gonna be a national story for the next several years (generation?), as the public's perception of the value and purpose of a college education has been changed, largely due to the radical liberal element in academia getting a little too far out of touch (see Harvard, etc.) and that unfortunately will probably have a knock-on effect at far less radical institutions (like UNH). Costs have been climbing too quickly, way too long, and cutbacks are inevitable. Hopefully with the schools who have built out and capitalized those improvements, they'll be able to stop or slow growth of that kind of spending, and make tuitions more affordable for would-be students.

                              Someday, and I hope to live to see the day ... one or more of the colleges/universities will come up with a package of curriculum, qualified staff, and finances to basically be able to "guarantee" their graduates employment in their field of major study. The school(s) that can accomplish this small feat will be rewarded, while the so-called elite privates can continue to wander down their paths to irrelevance and financial ruin. It's only a matter of time ...
                              Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                              Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                              • https://newhampshirebulletin.com/202...f-cuts-at-unh/

                                Commentary from a UNH Professor’s Union VP so clearly biased. It is just as clear that the natives are restless.
                                I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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