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    Drury makes World Junior team
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    Harvard with a solid 4-1 win against Arizona State and goes for the sweep this afternoon. Great to regroup after a tough 4 game losing streak. Also good to see Austin Wong in the line-up and score Harvard's first goal. This is a kid who is going to bring goal scoring and grit (and depth to the 3rd line).

    RJ Murphy is still out and Drury is at the World Juniors (Barring an unexpected setback, I don't expect Drury to play next weekend against Quinny and Princeton).

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    Well, the way it ended up will feel like a loss, but in the end, it's a tie and Harvard picks up 3 quality points on the road. This is a young team that is still finding itself, but this is something to build on. Started the weekend at 22 in the PWR and are now at 18.

    Quinny and Princeton next weekend on the road. 3 points would be superb. Drury is unlikely next weekend, but let's hop RJ Murphy is back.

    I would assume that Donato becomes the 13th forward when Harvard fully healthy.
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    Stick a fork in this team as I watch them play at Princeton. They are downright bad. Zero accountability and almost unwatchable.

    Shore - offensive zone penalty, bad coverage in zone, canít hit net
    Rathbone - lazy, hero hockey and got toasted on Princeton SHG on just a dumb miscue
    Bowlby - invisible
    Gornet - terrible angle on SHG as he gave up too much of far side

    Against a better team, Harvard would have given up 5 goals in the 2nd period.

    Why does Donato not sit guys who are not accountable and play this way? Not sure I have seen a team regress in so many facets. Harvard is 1-5-2 in last 8 and not a single line change or sit a guy for a game who plays lazy hockey?
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    Re: Harvard Crimson 2019-2020 All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by bothman View Post
    Stick a fork in this team as I watch them play at Princeton. They are downright bad. Zero accountability and almost unwatchable.

    Shore - offensive zone penalty, bad coverage in zone, canít hit net
    Rathbone - lazy, hero hockey and got toasted on Princeton SHG on just a dumb miscue
    Bowlby - invisible
    Gornet - terrible angle on SHG as he gave up too much of far side

    Against a better team, Harvard would have given up 5 goals in the 2nd period.

    Why does Donato not sit guys who are not accountable and play this way? Not sure I have seen a team regress in so many facets. Harvard is 1-5-2 in last 8 and not a single line change or sit a guy for a game who plays lazy hockey?
    I don't have any answers to your questions. They played a great first period last night, then went to sleep the rest of the game. Too much individual play especially by Rathbone. He completely blew that play that led to the shortie. And yes, Gornet took a bad angle. I go back to the BC game and the breakdowns that took place after we grabbed the lead. We haven't been the same since. Team needs a kick in the pants ... sooner rather than later. Or we'll find ourselves playing the first round of the ECACs on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate79 View Post
    They played a great first period last night, then went to sleep the rest of the game.
    They did that against us on Friday as well. A totally different team in each period. They also seemed to be out of gas by the third which I thought was uncharacteristic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkEagleUSA View Post
    They did that against us on Friday as well. A totally different team in each period. They also seemed to be out of gas by the third which I thought was uncharacteristic.
    That is uncharacteristic of the team. Usually we are well conditioned.

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    Hope the boys can get it together this weekend.

    In the meantime, below is a link to a 1969 SI article on former BC great Tim Sheehy, older brother
    of Neil ( Harvard '83 ). Tim played for Snooks Kelley who didn't need no stinkin' Canadians on his BC teams back then... but in Tim's case he made an exception. Tim was an immense talent who went on to huge success at BC and the Olympics. Eventually he made it to the NHL for a while. Both Tim and Neil were born in Canada but raised in MN so they came to hold dual citizenship. Neil was a talent at Harvard, and a highly colorful character. He was one of those guys better suited to the NHL game of that era. He quickly carved out an enforcer role for the Flames, and later the Whalers and Caps. He was a beast, but he was also a solid defenseman. One note of trivia about Neil: He is one of two NHL players who wore the number 0 before the NHL banned that #. Very cool.

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    Congrats to Colin Blackwell, who scored his first NHL goal last night. Really happy for him, a nice kid whose Harvard career was shortened by concussion issues. Glad to see him healthy and that he has played in the NHL, he was a hustling player who played hard every night.

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    Harvard looked good tonight, but gosh darn, Yale is awful. What is going on over there?

    And Yaleís goalie will no doubt get suspended.

    Love the new line combinations. About time!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bothman View Post
    Harvard looked good tonight, but gosh darn, Yale is awful. What is going on over there?

    And Yaleís goalie will no doubt get suspended.

    Love the new line combinations. About time!!
    I didnít see the game. What did Yaleís goalie do that would merit a suspension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaRing View Post
    Hope the boys can get it together this weekend.

    In the meantime, below is a link to a 1969 SI article on former BC great Tim Sheehy, older brother
    of Neil ( Harvard '83 ). Tim played for Snooks Kelley who didn't need no stinkin' Canadians on his BC teams back then... but in Tim's case he made an exception. Tim was an immense talent who went on to huge success at BC and the Olympics. Eventually he made it to the NHL for a while. Both Tim and Neil were born in Canada but raised in MN so they came to hold dual citizenship. Neil was a talent at Harvard, and a highly colorful character. He was one of those guys better suited to the NHL game of that era. He quickly carved out an enforcer role for the Flames, and later the Whalers and Caps. He was a beast, but he was also a solid defenseman. One note of trivia about Neil: He is one of two NHL players who wore the number 0 before the NHL banned that #. Very cool.

    https://www.si.com/vault/1969/01/20/...DSd7tYiVc2LyE4
    Another bit of trivia regarding Neil Sheehy. He started his career as a center if you can believe it. Played a few games before Bill Cleary decided he was better suited as a D-man. Career changing move. Same thing with Don Sweeney only Sweeney started as a left winger before shifting to D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bothman View Post
    Harvard looked good tonight, but gosh darn, Yale is awful. What is going on over there?

    And Yale’s goalie will no doubt get suspended.

    Love the new line combinations. About time!!
    Agree on all counts. Yale blows. They may be the worst team in the ECAC. Or the East for that matter. But you had to love how we came out with fire and passion and played until the final whistle. We went after them and forechecked them to death. Best game so far this season despite the weak opposition.

    Congrats to Jack Drury on his hat trick - the first line was immense. They never stopped buzzing Yale's D and got some quality looks. I too like the new lines. More speed and hard on the forecheck.

    I tuned out after the Crimson made it 7-0 (geez, RJ Murphy may never have an easier goal in his life!!) so I didn't see the fracas with the Yale goalie. I can't really blame him however. You'd be frustrated too if your team left you high and dry.

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    Congrats to Colin Blackwell, who scored his first NHL goal last night. Really happy for him, a nice kid whose Harvard career was shortened by concussion issues. Glad to see him healthy and that he has played in the NHL, he was a hustling player who played hard every night.
    Feel the same way. Glad he is getting a shot to play. I was at the Preds-Bruins game before Christmas and Connor Clifton of the Bruins gave him a wicked smack behind the Bruins net. I'm guessing it was a bit of payback for the hit Colin put on Connor's twin brother in the ECAC playoffs. Hockey players have long memories.

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    Re: Harvard Crimson 2019-2020 All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Never seen a Harvard class (not all matriculating next year) show up this visibly and this high in NHL's midterm rankings:

    Sean Farrell (Forward) - 53
    Ian Moore (Defenseman) - 57
    Alex Laferriere (Forward) - 68
    Kyle Aucoin (Defenseman) - 127
    Ryan Tverberg (Forward) - 122
    Trevor Kuntar (Forward) - 135
    Mason Langenbrunner (Defenseman) - 161
    Christian Jimenez (Defenseman) - 172

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    Quote Originally Posted by bothman View Post
    Never seen a Harvard class (not all matriculating next year) show up this visibly and this high in NHL's midterm rankings:

    Sean Farrell (Forward) - 53
    Ian Moore (Defenseman) - 57
    Alex Laferriere (Forward) - 68
    Kyle Aucoin (Defenseman) - 127
    Ryan Tverberg (Forward) - 122
    Trevor Kuntar (Forward) - 135
    Mason Langenbrunner (Defenseman) - 161
    Christian Jimenez (Defenseman) - 172
    A lot of familiar names in there.

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    I'm not sure if anyone saw last night's game but the hit on Reilly Walsh was premeditated and deliberate. And for there not to be a penalty, a game misconduct and quite possibly a suspension is the height of hypocrisy. The officials took almost ten minutes to review and then call nothing? And Jack Donato gets a boarding call a few minutes later when the Clarkson player turtled. Unbelievable. Of course, consider who coaches Clarkson and you have your answer. Jones was a cheap shot artist when he played for Cornell and nothing has changed since.

    If I'm the Harvard Coaching staff, I'm calling for a review and a suspension for the Clarkson player. I don't know how Walsh is doing but seeing him stagger to get up told you all you need to know.

    I've lost complete faith in the ECAC as a conference. It's a sick joke. No player is safe, at least with these officials in charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate79 View Post
    Jones was a cheap shot artist when he played for Cornell and nothing has changed since.
    LOL. That's one of the silliest things I've ever read on USCHO.

    F&F should be fun. Both teams have to worry about overlooking their Friday opponents. Dartmouth is our only loss. Colgate is good this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate79 View Post
    I'm not sure if anyone saw last night's game but the hit on Reilly Walsh was premeditated and deliberate. And for there not to be a penalty, a game misconduct and quite possibly a suspension is the height of hypocrisy. The officials took almost ten minutes to review and then call nothing? And Jack Donato gets a boarding call a few minutes later when the Clarkson player turtled. Unbelievable. Of course, consider who coaches Clarkson and you have your answer. Jones was a cheap shot artist when he played for Cornell and nothing has changed since.

    If I'm the Harvard Coaching staff, I'm calling for a review and a suspension for the Clarkson player. I don't know how Walsh is doing but seeing him stagger to get up told you all you need to know.

    I've lost complete faith in the ECAC as a conference. It's a sick joke. No player is safe, at least with these officials in charge.
    I was shocked that the Clarkson player was not ejected. I thought it was a hit to the head and a dangerous one at that. But the officials and announcers felt differently.

    This Harvard team is likely done:
    - Strange coaching decisions all year - not mixing up lines during 1-5-2 stretch, not sitting players (Gregoire, Donato) after taking dumb penalties
    - Gotta question the team leadership here which usually is counted on to right the ship in these situations
    - Clarkson was such a winnable game; Why have last minute D call up playing major PK mins in 1st period against Clarkson?
    - Harvardís upperclassmen are really struggling (Walsh, Badini, Bowlby, Krusko, Gregoire, Donato, etc). This is a 2 class team at this point.

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    Re: Harvard Crimson 2019-2020 All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by Skate79 View Post
    I'm not sure if anyone saw last night's game but the hit on Reilly Walsh was premeditated and deliberate. And for there not to be a penalty, a game misconduct and quite possibly a suspension is the height of hypocrisy. The officials took almost ten minutes to review and then call nothing? And Jack Donato gets a boarding call a few minutes later when the Clarkson player turtled. Unbelievable. Of course, consider who coaches Clarkson and you have your answer. Jones was a cheap shot artist when he played for Cornell and nothing has changed since.

    If I'm the Harvard Coaching staff, I'm calling for a review and a suspension for the Clarkson player. I don't know how Walsh is doing but seeing him stagger to get up told you all you need to know.

    I've lost complete faith in the ECAC as a conference. It's a sick joke. No player is safe, at least with these officials in charge.
    Watching the game it appeared that Clarkson was a lot more physical than Harvard and a lot of Harvard players got pushed to the ice along the boards with no calls.
    I have no knowledge of the Clarkson coach's history so can't comment on that. The ECAC recently replaced Paul Stewart as head of officials with someone else. Until this year, at almost every game, either Paul Stewart or his assistant, Don Garcia were in the stands and would go down to the officials room between periods to talk with officials.

    I have noticed that they seem to have stopped doing replays of goals and the calls on the Landry scoreboard. Maybe ECAC pressure or maybe the sports marketing people want to reserve the board for ads for Basketball tickets, renting the sadly defunct Boynton Lounge etc.

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