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  • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
    Ken Schott's playoff preview article on the weekend series'. He mentions RPI's "awful season" and whether Smith could be in trouble, which is the first I've seen in writing. It certainly hasn't been mentioned on any TV or sports radio programs.

    https://www.dailygazette.com/sports/...6NDyTgB5RJtHxc
    RPI gets blown out tomorrow I think it will be talked about more.

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    • Originally posted by Engineers View Post
      RPI gets blown out tomorrow I think it will be talked about more.
      The only advantage we have is single elimination. There is no shot we beat them in 3, but if luck is on our side like it was in November, we have a chance in one. That being said, I think everyone knows that it would likely be the biggest upset in the ECAC postseason if RPI wins.

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      • Originally posted by RPI Hockey Guy View Post

        The only advantage we have is single elimination. There is no shot we beat them in 3, but if luck is on our side like it was in November, we have a chance in one. That being said, I think everyone knows that it would likely be the biggest upset in the ECAC postseason if RPI wins.
        Very true. I certainly hope they pull off the upset but I just don’t see it.

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        • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
          Ken Schott's playoff preview article on the weekend series'. He mentions RPI's "awful season" and whether Smith could be in trouble, which is the first I've seen in writing. It certainly hasn't been mentioned on any TV or sports radio programs.

          https://www.dailygazette.com/sports/...6NDyTgB5RJtHxc
          It's interesting to read that this is the first year we've finished in last since my senior year. Going into that year things weren't very promising and the Poly needed a writer to cover the team. A couple of my friends were on the editorial board and they asked me to sign on and take the assignment starting a few games into the year. I had fun, but it was a truly brutal season. The only good news was the addition of scholarships and and a sense that there was an increasingly bright pipeline of recruits. I remember being in the lobby of the Huntington Hotel in Boston and the coaches were huddled in a corner closing the deal with a prospect. It didn't mean a lot to me at the time (we didn't have Twitter to reveal new recruits or Ralph tracking their every move), but it was John Carter.

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          • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

            It's interesting to read that this is the first year we've finished in last since my senior year. Going into that year things weren't very promising and the Poly needed a writer to cover the team. A couple of my friends were on the editorial board and they asked me to sign on and take the assignment starting a few games into the year. I had fun, but it was a truly brutal season. The only good news was the addition of scholarships and and a sense that there was an increasingly bright pipeline of recruits. I remember being in the lobby of the Huntington Hotel in Boston and the coaches were huddled in a corner closing the deal with a prospect. It didn't mean a lot to me at the time (we didn't have Twitter to reveal new recruits or Ralph tracking their every move), but it was John Carter.
            Thank you - for reminding me that we have had times in the past when we were able to turn things around quickly. I don't expect a Carter or a Servinis or an Oates coming just yet but at least we can dream a bit.
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            • Originally posted by rpi82 View Post
              It didn't mean a lot to me at the time (we didn't have Twitter to reveal new recruits or Ralph tracking their every move), but it was John Carter.
              Thank you for sharing this. John Carter is my *all-time favorite* RPI player! Also a very friendly person around young players at the RPI summer hockey camps.

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              • Just watched a very entertaining game UMass vs. UMaine. Benny's squad took the close win 2-1 and in doing so clinched 3rd place in HE. Benny's postgame (no smiling) comments...."not satisfied...more work to do.... things to clean up in our execution..."

                Anyone who thinks that McElroy and company didn't completely botch the HC hire needs to have a psych exam...Sorry, but I can't sugar coat it any more.....I'm out of patience.
                ""Ralph is the Chuck Norris of this board. Ralph doesnt sleep he just waits." - fishcore12

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                • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
                  Just watched a very entertaining game UMass vs. UMaine. Benny's squad took the close win 2-1 and in doing so clinched 3rd place in HE. Benny's postgame (no smiling) comments...."not satisfied...more work to do.... things to clean up in our execution..."

                  Anyone who thinks that McElroy and company didn't completely botch the HC hire needs to have a psych exam...Sorry, but I can't sugar coat it any more.....I'm out of patience.
                  Oh a complete botch job. They missed by 5 miles. Dave’s record amounts to being in the loss column about 70% of the time. Imagine being wrong 70% of the time at your job. Completely ridiculous.

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                  • Originally posted by Wicked Slappaahs View Post
                    Just watched a very entertaining game UMass vs. UMaine. Benny's squad took the close win 2-1 and in doing so clinched 3rd place in HE. Benny's postgame (no smiling) comments...."not satisfied...more work to do.... things to clean up in our execution..."

                    Anyone who thinks that McElroy and company didn't completely botch the HC hire needs to have a psych exam...Sorry, but I can't sugar coat it any more.....I'm out of patience.
                    Agree with this 110%. It is quite frustrating to have some on this thread go through the tortured logic that Benny might not have been able to translate his success here. Barr has won everywhere, end of story. He would have been 1000% better than what is here now.
                    "Rick not want to be know as tough guy, Rick want to be known as team guy" Rick "Mongo" Bennett

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                    • Originally posted by Engineers View Post

                      Why doesn’t it seem likely Ralph if I may ask. This year has been a disaster to put it mildly. I can’t imagine any head coach would feel comfortable going into another year with a staff that has allowed 4+ goals a game, worst pk in the nation, one of the worst teams in the country. Last I checked RPI is ahead of 9 teams for pairwise. Last place in a pretty weak ecac. Has been average on offense. Outside of 3/4 recruits the pipeline looks weak. If Dave is to keep his job which I believe he should be fired I can’t imagine he rolls with this staff. Nearly coaching malpractice on his part. All successful programs have very good assistants.
                      Gut feeling.

                      I do think that there are more than 3 or 4 good recruits in the pipeline, none great, but it matters where one draws the line. OTOH I don't think that any will have the impact next season that Hotson is having this season. Caron and Kyrkostas may on offense.
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                      • Originally posted by RPI Hockey Guy View Post

                        The only advantage we have is single elimination. There is no shot we beat them in 3, but if luck is on our side like it was in November, we have a chance in one. That being said, I think everyone knows that it would likely be the biggest upset in the ECAC postseason if RPI wins.
                        Watson is a goalie that with any support at all could steal a game but I don't see where that support comes from !!!
                        What was the Guy who discovered milk doing to the cow ????????...Or for that matter how bout the fist Guy to drink it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                        • Lads are skating hard, winning battles. Good start so far.
                          RPI 2010 ECACHL Champions

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                          • Originally posted by RPI Hockey Guy View Post

                            The only advantage we have is single elimination. There is no shot we beat them in 3, but if luck is on our side like it was in November, we have a chance in one. That being said, I think everyone knows that it would likely be the biggest upset in the ECAC postseason if RPI wins.
                            Cheering for RPI to upset Clarkson.

                            But I would argue that if RPI wins one game over Clarkson it would not be the biggest upset in the ECAC postseason. It may be your biggest upset but not the biggest in the league.

                            Remember 2011 when #12 Colgate (4 win regular season) came back from being down 1 game to 0 to defeat #5 RPI (11 win regular season) in overtime in game 3. And then Colgate defeated #1 Union (17 win) in overtime in game 3 after being down 1 game to 0.

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                            • The Cardiac Kids but so what? A win is a win! They looked great for 55 minutes of the game, quick feet, fighting for possessions, chippy when they needed to be and Watson making saves without giving up troublesome rebounds. The last 5 minutes the wheels definitely almost fell off but the grit that sometimes has shown up this season showed up in the playoffs at the best time. Onward!
                              RPI 2010 ECACHL Champions

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                              • Majority of that game was really good. Watson big when they needed him late. Always nice to end Clarksons season!

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