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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff77 View Post
    Also just saw that Will Scherer will leave Brown and return to juniors. I cannot fathom why he only played two games this year. He's one of our most talented defenders. Another example of the coaching staff not "getting" it.
    Will's stats after three semesters at Brown: 17 games, 0 goals, 1 assist.

    Evidently Will wanted more ice time. He'll get that in juniors. I believe he'll still have three full years of college eligibility.

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    FYI, Sherer landed in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euler18 View Post
    Will's stats after three semesters at Brown: 17 games, 0 goals, 1 assist.

    Evidently Will wanted more ice time. He'll get that in juniors. I believe he'll still have three full years of college eligibility.
    Fair, but our other defenders (with the exception of Gottlieb) aren't exactly lighting up the scoresheet either. I liked Scherer's two-way game. He was adept in his own zone but could also move the puck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff77 View Post
    Fair, but our other defenders (with the exception of Gottlieb) aren't exactly lighting up the scoresheet either. I liked Scherer's two-way game. He was adept in his own zone but could also move the puck.
    Those are pretty global stats. I would prefer to judge on the total game statistics. The current system of focusing only on offense is a huge part of the issue. We show no discipline defensively, and it really doesn't matter how many goals you score if you give up more. What happened to gritty, tough and physical Brown hockey. Players have no idea why some players get time and others don't get time. Will leaving the team must be a huge morale issue, he is good player. He deserved better as does Tyler Wood.

    Tonight lines are out and the coaches have switched it up again. You can't win when you can't stick to a game plan. The first line needs to be broken up to raise the offensive level on other lines and decrease the defensive issues on that line.

    It appears overall performance and consistent effort has no impact on playing time, The erratic nature of lines, poor coaching to the penalty issues and erratic playing time is of concern. The coaches don't appear to be using overall game statistics in informing playing time or lines. It feels like they are playing for next year, they should be worried how the program is viewed for current players and potential future players.

    I hope for the best tonight, but worry it will be more the same. Poor discipline, error prone defense and goal tending. I certainly hope I am wrong.

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    I think your worries are warranted. How patient will the AD be with the current situation?

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    Waited a couple of days to Post this Mike (). 3 more wins & he ties former Engineer net minder Neil Little........ Yann Danis reached a pair of career milestones on Saturday night while backstopping the St. Johnís IceCaps to victory. http://theahl.com/double-milestones-for-danis

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    Quote Originally Posted by turk181 View Post
    Waited a couple of days to Post this Mike (). 3 more wins & he ties former Engineer net minder Neil Little........ Yann Danis reached a pair of career milestones on Saturday night while backstopping the St. Johnís IceCaps to victory. http://theahl.com/double-milestones-for-danis
    Thanks for the Update. Hadn't focused on the AHL for awhile, Harry Z, Bobby Farnham, Garnet Hathaway, and Nick Lappin in the NHL. Yann is like the Energizer Bunny, keeps on playing at a high level. Great representative for Brown hockey. Back to the Albany Devils with Lappin sent down. BTW, I trust you are like me, hoping for our team to turn the corner and start playing at the level our talent would indicate. It would be great to see RPI and Brown again in the ECAC first round at Meehan with Brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hutter View Post
    Thanks for the Update. Hadn't focused on the AHL for awhile, Harry Z, Bobby Farnham, Garnet Hathaway, and Nick Lappin in the NHL. Yann is like the Energizer Bunny, keeps on playing at a high level. Great representative for Brown hockey. Back to the Albany Devils with Lappin sent down. BTW, I trust you are like me, hoping for our team to turn the corner and start playing at the level our talent would indicate. It would be great to see RPI and Brown again in the ECAC first round at Meehan with Brown.
    Farnham was sent down the same day as Lappin. I don’t expect any kind of push from RPI. Both will be on the road as 12th or 11th place teams......well, at least RPI will.

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    Don't know what to say about this weekend. A few weeks ago I thought we could take Dartmouth but after the Clarkson game and Dartmouth play last week in the Capital District I'm not ready to say Brown can win. As to Dartmouth's game against Union, I watched the game on the local cable TV station and I was impressed with Dartmouth's play. A disciplined and scrappy team which played U even until it ran out of gas. I was the opposite as to Harvard as I thought we had no chance. But Harvard was terrible against RPI (uninspired play thinking RPI would be a push-over), not good at all against Union, and then was demolished last night by Dartmouth. Brown may have a chance.

    Brown simply is not as bad as it record indicates. Mistakes are always leading to goals - Sound familiar? - and the team can't seem to avoid them. Maybe this weekend it can?While we have a capable scoring line, teams will simply focus on that line and with no secondary scoring that does not bode well for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hutter View Post
    Don't know what to say about this weekend. A few weeks ago I thought we could take Dartmouth but after the Clarkson game and Dartmouth play last week in the Capital District I'm not ready to say Brown can win. As to Dartmouth's game against Union, I watched the game on the local cable TV station and I was impressed with Dartmouth's play. A disciplined and scrappy team which played U even until it ran out of gas. I was the opposite as to Harvard as I thought we had no chance. But Harvard was terrible against RPI (uninspired play thinking RPI would be a push-over), not good at all against Union, and then was demolished last night by Dartmouth. Brown may have a chance.

    Brown simply is not as bad as it record indicates. Mistakes are always leading to goals - Sound familiar? - and the team can't seem to avoid them. Maybe this weekend it can?While we have a capable scoring line, teams will simply focus on that line and with no secondary scoring that does not bode well for us.
    Well you could probably tell from my post on the Dartmouth thread that I certainly was not expecting outcome of last nights Dartmouth vs Harvard game. Now having seen Harvard once with a sample size of 1 and with all due respect...how could a team fall apart, even the great teams do not exhibit such wide degree of Jekyl and Hyde, thus I am not so sure about Harvard.
    You are spot on about the Dartmouth vs Union game. It was a really tight game not indicative of the final score. Two key elements played into that: PP/PK teams and Union has a couple of players that can impact games in Foo and Sak.

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    I'm watching a replay of the past weekend game between Army and Mercyhurst. Interesting that Army's coach Brian Riley, Brown '82, is opposing a team on which his two sons play. And earlier this week I was watching the local prep school hockey team, Albany Academy, a strong team, placing a lot of players on D1 rosters, which is coached by Brian's nephew. The Riley's are quite the hockey family.

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    Re: Brown Hockey 2016-17: The Importance of Being Ernst

    Kdiff: Did you make it to the Harvard game? Anything good to report?

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    Tonight's game at Dartmouth should be interesting. If the team that appeared for D last night shows up, Brown has a good chance to take a W. Big Green, what happened last night against Yale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hutter View Post
    Tonight's game at Dartmouth should be interesting. If the team that appeared for D last night shows up, Brown has a good chance to take a W. Big Green, what happened last night against Yale?
    Mike Hutter, you are correct! Which Dartmouth team will show up, the one that spanked Harvard or the one that got spanked by Yale. As for Yale, they were by far the better team. I would say bad D zone coverage and goaltending were the root causes although that was NOT the sole reason for the loss...it was a total team effort that looked tired and uninspired. It should be very interesting tonight and would expect some lineup changes. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hutter View Post
    Kdiff: Did you make it to the Harvard game? Anything good to report?
    I did make it to the game. Nieto was excellent in goal. First goal was a weird fluke bounce off a defender, the second was tipped off a shot from the point. Third was an empty-netter.

    Other than that, not a whole lot of positives. The talent disparity between the two teams wasn't substantial, but Harvard had the clear and obvious tactical edge. We made a lot of simple mistakes and were often out of position in all three zones. This is a coaching deficiency, plain and simple.

    At this point, I fear the program will never ascend without high-level changes. There is plenty of talent on this team, but it rarely develops and players often look lost on the ice and unaware of appropriate situational reactions. I'm very frustrated with the state of this program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG Green View Post
    Mike Hutter, you are correct! Which Dartmouth team will show up, the one that spanked Harvard or the one that got spanked by Yale. As for Yale, they were by far the better team. I would say bad D zone coverage and goaltending were the root causes although that was NOT the sole reason for the loss...it was a total team effort that looked tired and uninspired. It should be very interesting tonight and would expect some lineup changes. Good Luck!
    It seems like no matter where the teams are in the standings, Dartmouth simply always has Brown's number! I don't expect this to change in Hanover. Perhaps in Providence next month!

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    Although disappointing on our end, congrats on a great comeback victory. I do not know what was said or done after the first period but whatever it was, it definitely worked as Brown controlled play mostly thereafter. Willman was the best player on the ice last night.

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    I'm happy to be proven wrong! The team grew up to an extent last night, as it faced adverse conditions and managed to prevail. Nieto had an excellent weekend overall.

    BIG Green, I have often felt as though Max Willman is the best player on the ice throughout his career, but it doesn't always translate to goals. Glad to see he had himself a nice night on the scoresheet. Now we need to get Tommy Marchin scoring consistently. The Corcoran-Lafferty line was also silent this weekend, which is worriesome.

    If Nieto can keep up the good work, this team has enough talent to be a tough out down the stretch. I am still very concerned about our apparent lack of a defensive structure and our overreliance on cycling the puck in the offensive zone, but goaltending and opportunistic offense is a good blueprint for success at this level (see the 2012-13 season for reference).

    We're not far out of a home ice spot. I think that's a good goal to set for the rest of the season.

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    Re: Brown Hockey 2016-17: The Importance of Being Ernst

    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff77 View Post
    I'm happy to be proven wrong! The team grew up to an extent last night, as it faced adverse conditions and managed to prevail. Nieto had an excellent weekend overall. BIG Green, I have often felt as though Max Willman is the best player on the ice throughout his career, but it doesn't always translate to goals. Glad to see he had himself a nice night on the scoresheet. Now we need to get Tommy Marchin scoring consistently. The Corcoran-Lafferty line was also silent this weekend, which is worriesome.
    If Nieto can keep up the good work, this team has enough talent to be a tough out down the stretch. I am still very concerned about our apparent lack of a defensive structure and our overreliance on cycling the puck in the offensive zone, but goaltending and opportunistic offense is a good blueprint for success at this level (see the 2012-13 season for reference).

    We're not far out of a home ice spot. I think that's a good goal to set for the rest of the season.
    Fully agree with you on the talent. I also am starting to believe we can get home ice for the first round. It looks like RPI, Princeton, Colgate, Dartmouth and Brown will be fighting it out for 8th place. I like our chances. Now, how does Brendan get Marchin untracked. Weekend games with Yale will be a good test.

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    Fully agree with you on the talent. I also am starting to believe we can get home ice for the first round. It looks like RPI, Princeton, Colgate, Dartmouth and Brown will be fighting it out for 8th place. I like our chances. Now, how does Brendan get Marchin untracked. Weekend games with Yale will be a good test.
    Yale is rounding into form - they're 4-1-2 since the start of 2017, with the only loss coming against Providence (the same team that just swept Lowell). Next weekend could be very tough for us if we don't get good goaltending and can't dictate the pace of the games. We're 4-2-1 when outshooting opponents and 0-11 when being outshot. That says everything you need to know about this team.

    Looking ahead, Princeton fortunately appears to have cooled off in recent weeks. Quinnipiac is also in the midst of a rebuilding year. We could conceivably pick up points against either (or both) of these teams.

    Unfortunately, we still have games against Harvard and Cornell on the schedule, and there's almost no chance we'll take points from both Quinnipiac games (even one would be an accomplishment). If we can capitalize on our remaining games against lower-tier teams (namely Princeton and Colgate, as well as one more against a seemingly better Dartmouth team), we could find ourselves well-positioned for the playoffs.

    But these are all speculative scenarios, of course. It's fun to lay out the path to the playoffs, but the team now has to go out there and execute. If they can build on the Dartmouth game, they can make a run at home ice. Time will tell.

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