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  • #31
    I wouldn’t call him a sieve. The 4th goal they let the Harvard player go end-to-end virtually untouched. It was practically a breakaway. The 2nd goal, a PP goal with the shooter alone in the slot. The first goal looked a little soft but Hrabel might’ve been screened.

    I can’t remember the 3rd goal any longer. The 5th was bad, but he might have been sleeping because nearly all of the 3rd period was played in the Harvard end until that dumb penalty at the end that nearly cost them the win.

    Hrabel should be fine. It’s the occasional sloppy play in their own end of that needs to be cleaned up, along with the dumb penalties. That said, I bet Brady gets the start on Friday.
    Last edited by Jack Hanson; 11-29-2023, 09:33 AM.

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    • #32
      C'mon. Vermont? 1-1-1. UMASS is still a work in progress.

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      • #33
        There are no easy wins in HE this season. It would help the cause if they would cut back on the brain dead penalties. Two for embellishing?

        It’s on to UAA. A sweep would greatly help with their post season aspirations.

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        • #34
          The big OOC games are going to be against Cornell and then probably ASU. If they can win those games, then their prospects look good. They better play well against UAA.

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          • #35
            Nice couple of wins this weekend against UAA, but I hate to see a team lose 11-2. Must have been a long trip that first day. A couple of OOC games coming up that are very important. If they can win both, they will have set themselves up as they head into the HE part of their schedule.

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            • #36
              I agree that Anchorage didn’t deserve that 11-2 drubbing. Obviously the insane travel involved in getting to Amherst is not an excuse (and I saw nothing in any post game media coverage that used it as one) but it was the reason it went down that way. Anchorage has beaten Lowell, Wisconsin, and another Big 10 school already this year. They are a tough, proud team and that team showed up the next evening.

              Worse part of the lopsided score was that it might have given the Minutemen the notion that they possessed BC/BU/Michigan type of offensive firepower. They don’t.

              But that second game also revealed that the Minutemen are also a very tough team.

              I’m looking forward to the second half. The post Christmas tournaments are going to be make or break for the prospects of a huge HEA presence in the NCAA’s. The Minutemen will be without Hrabel and Locmelis for their Christmas tournament but otherwise at full strength.
              Last edited by Jack Hanson; 12-13-2023, 06:10 PM.

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              • #37
                Watching the highlights of the Czech-Slovakia WJC game. Hrabel gave up a lot of soft goals. His glove looked particularly weak. Hope he gets it out of his system before he returns.

                Hard to tell how Locmelis played since Sweden smoked Latvia.

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                • #38
                  It is way too early but UMass does have a realistic goal to make the NCAA's being one of 6 Hockey East schools in the top 11 PWR at #9. All it takes is to get into the top 16 PWR without any autobids pushing out those on the fence. Usually, a couple of teams get bumped and the PWR of 13 or 14 gets one in. That being said UMass hosts the regional in Springfield and should they qualify, they would automatically be placed there in whatever seed they fall. That certainly should be a motivator for them.

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                  • #39
                    0-1-1 showing at the Adirondack tournament was very disappointing.

                    This was an opportunity for Cole Brady to make his case for more playing time. He blew it. He’ll never be more than a backup.

                    He’s not been helped by some loose play by his defensemen. Owen Murray remains a liability.

                    And then there are the dumb penalties. Some of this is on Carvel. No excuse for blowing a 2 goal lead against a mid level ECAC team.

                    They only have 4 games in January, it’s going to be a long month. They are going to need a couple of weekend sweeps and take a couple of the 5 games vs BC and Maine in February if they want an invitation to the NCAA’s.
                    Last edited by Jack Hanson; 01-02-2024, 10:03 AM.

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                    • #40
                      It was a decent day at the World Juniors for our two UMass representatives. Dans Locmelis scored 2 nifty goals in the Latvia loss to the US. And Hrabal stopped 30 of 32 shots in Czechia’s win over Canada.

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                      • #41
                        Just keeps going downhill. What once started out as a promising season is heading in the wrong direction. Carvy needs to wake up and get his boys playing right.

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                        • #42
                          Yup another disappointing result. They are better than last season but not improved enough to move up and out of the third tier they were in last year.

                          Can’t blame Cole Brady for this one. He was solid, including the shootout. But defensive lapses and untimely penalties killed them again.

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                          • #43
                            Yup another disappointing result … skip … Yup another disappointing result … skip … Yup another disappointing result

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                            • #44
                              The slow ride down the RPI continues.

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                              • #45
                                The Minutemen play the residents of the HEA cellar on Saturday. It’s an absolute must win game. Unfortunately for the good guys, there is no difference between the cellar and the place where they currently reside. I hope I’m wrong but the betting man says the Huskies take care of business in their historic barn.

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