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  • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

    Originally posted by NU Pastime View Post
    Well with this team anything less than a win is disappointing, especially when letting up a shorthanded goal, but that was a good game. Babson's defense definitely lived up to the hype. I felt like the Cadets controlled the game but the Beavers had the better chances. A lot of shots from the perimeter for Norwich, including Smith's (most deserving) game-tying blast.
    Except for giving up the SHG, I gthought the Cadets played pretty well. Definitely had the bulk of the 3rd period opportunities. For me the feed was okay, except for the freeze-frame thing that was going on. No way to synch with George - it was interesting that the Babson audio kept going through the screen freezes. Not a bad game given the fact that for most purposes (except for seeding and possible Pool C implications) it was a meaningless game for the Cadets and a big letdown after last weekend's two big wins.
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    • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

      Originally posted by NUProf View Post
      Except for giving up the SHG, I gthought the Cadets played pretty well. Definitely had the bulk of the 3rd period opportunities. For me the feed was okay, except for the freeze-frame thing that was going on. No way to synch with George - it was interesting that the Babson audio kept going through the screen freezes. Not a bad game given the fact that for most purposes (except for seeding and possible Pool C implications) it was a meaningless game for the Cadets and a big letdown after last weekend's two big wins.
      Originally posted by NU Pastime View Post
      Well with this team anything less than a win is disappointing, especially when letting up a shorthanded goal, but that was a good game. Babson's defense definitely lived up to the hype. I felt like the Cadets controlled the game but the Beavers had the better chances. A lot of shots from the perimeter for Norwich, including Smith's (most deserving) game-tying blast.
      Honestly tying Babson might have weirdly been the best result for Norwich's NCAA resume. Babson has a shot at being an NCAA ranked team with that tie. A loss would really have hurt their chances but a tie is good for both teams I think. Norwich has a decent shot at being 2-0-2 vs. ranked teams if Endicott, Williams and Babson are ranked.
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      • Originally posted by PrezdeJohnson09 View Post
        Honestly tying Babson might have weirdly been the best result for Norwich's NCAA resume. Babson has a shot at being an NCAA ranked team with that tie. A loss would really have hurt their chances but a tie is good for both teams I think. Norwich has a decent shot at being 2-0-2 vs. ranked teams if Endicott, Williams and Babson are ranked.
        Root for Plattsburgh too ... especially tonite against Oswego ... Cardinals are coming on strong and could be a ranked team too when all is said and done.

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        • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

          Originally posted by PuckVoice View Post
          Root for Plattsburgh too ... especially tonite against Oswego ... Cardinals are coming on strong and could be a ranked team too when all is said and done.
          I don't think you can get Prez to do that. His support for NU is more at the mercenary level.

          Me, on the other hand with no connection to Os at all and a grudging admiration for Slickhair, will embrace that 100%.
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          • Originally posted by NUProf View Post
            I don't think you can get Prez to do that. His support for NU is more at the mercenary level.

            Me, on the other hand with no connection to Os at all and a grudging admiration for Slickhair, will embrace that 100%.
            2-1 Plattsburgh ... Endicott also won again but Williams lost to Wesleyan.

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            • One of the stronger efforts of the season at UMB ... great to come out of there with a win ... strong 3 point weekend over all!

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              • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                Originally posted by PrezdeJohnson09 View Post
                Honestly tying Babson might have weirdly been the best result for Norwich's NCAA resume. Babson has a shot at being an NCAA ranked team with that tie. A loss would really have hurt their chances but a tie is good for both teams I think. Norwich has a decent shot at being 2-0-2 vs. ranked teams if Endicott, Williams and Babson are ranked.
                This is an interesting point. Right now Babson, Williams, and Concordia are all getting a handful of points in the polls. Endicott is already ranked. And we should expect Plattsburgh to make a big jump after last night's win and on their current streak. Norwich is a combined 4-0-2 against those teams. I seriously doubt all will end up ranked, but Babson and Plattsburgh are definitely trending that way, and who knows what's going to happen in the NESCAC.
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                • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                  Originally posted by NU Pastime View Post
                  This is an interesting point. Right now Babson, Williams, and Concordia are all getting a handful of points in the polls. Endicott is already ranked. And we should expect Plattsburgh to make a big jump after last night's win and on their current streak. Norwich is a combined 4-0-2 against those teams. I seriously doubt all will end up ranked, but Babson and Plattsburgh are definitely trending that way, and who knows what's going to happen in the NESCAC.
                  Remember the current polls mean nothing...actually right now no one is ranked. The first "secret" rankings that count (NCAA) are this Tuesday (I Think). The first publicized rankings come out on the 14th. We will not have any idea until then.


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                  • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                    Originally posted by Birdwatcher View Post
                    Remember the current polls mean nothing...actually right now no one is ranked. The first "secret" rankings that count (NCAA) are this Tuesday (I Think). The first publicized rankings come out on the 14th. We will not have any idea until then.
                    True. But I think the current polls do give an idea. Of course the real poll won't match perfectly, but it won't be drastically different either.
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                    • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                      Originally posted by NU Pastime View Post
                      True. But I think the current polls do give an idea. Of course the real poll won't match perfectly, but it won't be drastically different either.
                      If I remember correctly also, the once ranked always ranked went away.....this would mean the only ranking that matters is the last one !


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                      • Originally posted by Birdwatcher View Post
                        If I remember correctly also, the once ranked always ranked went away.....this would mean the only ranking that matters is the last one !
                        Correct. Given their record, I would imagine Plattsburgh needs to sustain this unbeaten streak all the way through the SUNYAC semifinals at least in order to be ranked, but that's just a guess at this point.
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                        • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                          The Blue Line Club posted a great video yesterday. Keeping us entertained.

                          https://www.facebook.com/NorwichBLUE...7/?pnref=story
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                          • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                            Pretty routine game. I was impressed with the St. Mike's goalie who seemed to make a lot of good saves. Don't know who was counting shots, but there is no way the St. Mike's outshot NU in that game. If anything, the scorers down graded the STM goalie's performance by slanting the SOG count in favor to STM.
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                            • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                              Originally posted by NUProf View Post
                              Pretty routine game. I was impressed with the St. Mike's goalie who seemed to make a lot of good saves. Don't know who was counting shots, but there is no way the St. Mike's outshot NU in that game. If anything, the scorers down graded the STM goalie's performance by slanting the SOG count in favor to STM.
                              We were there, and without any SOG being posted on their scoreboard it was hard to keep track, but I sincerely doubt that the Ice Knights outshot the Cadets.
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                              • Re: Norwich 2016-17 Season Thread: ISO first NEHC title

                                Originally posted by NU Pastime View Post
                                The Blue Line Club posted a great video yesterday. Keeping us entertained.

                                https://www.facebook.com/NorwichBLUE...7/?pnref=story
                                Great video....to compliment another strong win today over St. Michaels as the Cadets cap a great regular season... with more to come.

                                Ever since moving to New England, in ‘94 and becoming re-engaged with NU hockey I've been lucky to see some great NU teams and equally great players like Bellemare, Accoin, McLean, Cotnoir and many more.

                                But this year’s Norwich team just seems extra special. Maybe it's because they (as a group) to have risen so eagerly to the challenge following last year’s club which had struggled. Even many of the early season NU fan comments on USCHOL’s Fan Forum confirmed that some fans had a wait and see attitude. And why not? After all who wouldn’t be nervous after seeing such a sure victory slip away so easily in the waning moments of that first Skidmore game?

                                Since then, Norwich has proved itself again and again with only a few bumps along the way. And while the club has it standouts like Will, Tyler, Cody and others --this team’s real strength seems more about a team rather than individual performances. Their speed, passing, offense, defense, goal tending, power plays and just plain teamwork have all come together. Actually my only remaining concern was how tough NU might be against more physical clubs. Those doubts vanished last weekend when I saw another one of those “almost” too chippy games that always occur when UMass and Norwich meet. But instead seeing Will Pelltier stalked and hunted down...three Beacons took clean hits leaving all three limping off the ice. But more importantly not one penalty was assessed against NU. These Cadets have all the toughness they need but..... they still have "more season" ahead of them.

                                Statically the weakest team in our conference is the University of Southern Maine. Those guys darn near played NU to a standstill only a month ago...just as they have other NEHC teams…including Skidmore today. USM just does not toss in the towel. And actually throughout the rest of the NHC pack, its pretty clear that parity is the rule and not the exception. Going forward none of the conference games will be a cake walk--and this club knows it.

                                And as an aside.... that seems to be happening throughout DIII Hockey. In an item published on USCHOL, Wisconsin Eau Claire coach Matt Loen was asked about the thing that has surprised him most about this college hockey season and he said it was the parity within the DIII Hockey. He pointed out that a total of 32 teams have won 12 or more games. Only one, No. 1 Norwich, has 20 wins. There were 35 teams with 12 or more wins last season, including 10 with at least 20 wins. He added, “There are no easy games. Anyone can win on a given night. It’s something that could impact how teams are selected for the tournament.”

                                So thanks NU Hockey for giving us such a great season and just keep grinding away…one game at a time…and who knows where it will take you. Good luck
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