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  • kahunak
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    Another underwhelming win against Merrimack (but better than a loss)! This game against Maine should prove interesting. At UMASS, Maine ****ed off about losing to Northeastern, Barr returns. All interesting storylines but. I think UMASS flubs this one and the Black Bears go home with a win. If UMASS pulls this out, perhaps they are better than I've been giving them credit for. Hope they do it! GO UMASS!

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  • Jack Hanson
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    The Minutemen have played one game in the past three weeks. I’ve seen the sun more often than that, although not by much.

    They should be healthy and well rested. I have no idea how they are going to respond. Merrimack took care of them at Lawler last time they met. And I can’t tell if Maine is for real.

    I’m going out on a limb and predict they’ll take somewhere between 0 and 6 points. Hrabel will start in net, Vanroboy may be out with injury, and the rest who knows. Carvel mixes up the lines frequently.

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  • kahunak
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    Nice to beat Northeastern but in ho hum fashion. Where is the spark to put up signature wins? Squeaking out wins against the bottom of HE, doesn't inspire confidence when UMASS has to play BU and that other Boston school.

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  • kahunak
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    Originally posted by Jack Hanson View Post
    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.
    Hope you are wrong but I wouldn't be surprised if the Huskies prevail. Carvy needs to shake something up.

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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • kahunak
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    The slow ride down the RPI continues.

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  • Jack Hanson
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    Yup another disappointing result … skip … Yup another disappointing result … skip … Yup another disappointing result

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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • kahunak
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    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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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • BC/HE
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    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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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • Jack Hanson
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    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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  • kahunak
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    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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