We have seen a consistent uptick in recruiting since the new arena was announced, and built. But teams with fewer (and often later round) draft picks were far more successful playing in the old arena than what has happened in the CFIA. Game attendance had been declining precipitously until this season when it seems to have leveled off or improved slightly. The place was packed most nights the first season and into the second. But crowds (often far below the official boxscore) are much smaller now than in 2012 or 2013. When the box said there were 5000 people in the place in 2013, there were 5000 people there. Last season there were boxscores that said 4500 showed up and there may have been 2500 actually in the building. As I have been posting for years now (and it isn't just at Notre Dame) boxscores are not necessarily tickets sold or tickets scanned. They are often complete lies. The newness of the building and recent success fueled big crowds and sellouts. But it isn't new anymore, and after winning NCAA games in 3 of the final 5 seasons in the old building, the team has yet to win one in the five completed seasons in the CFIA.
I simply miss the intimacy of the old building, the effort the team gave there more often than not, and how people showed up there because there was a hockey game. It's one of the reasons college sports used to be (and in some places in some sports) so much more fun than pro sports.
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Frozen Four - 2013
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Edit: Timmy was a fine coach but a very poor recruiter. He got some decent players here and there but not nearly enough and there was no margin for error.
Since you asked the question though, I would say I'm satisfied with what is most important to the program right now which is recruiting. I will also add I've been very happy with this year's freshmen class as well. I wish Maine had more wins this year but to be honest if Maine had say four or five more what difference would it really make? I've missed three of the worst performances this year so that might cloud my opinion some. I still think Maine is on the right track, it is just taking longer than a lot of people would like.
I am no longer optimistic that Red is the correct person to build back the program to something more than at best 50℅ win/loss seasons.
So in two years if things are about the same, not breaking 15 wins and no succes in HE tourney then what?
Like a few others i like what i saw in some of the freshmen class, and we havent see a couple of them yet. A few of the sophmores and juniors are respectable. For Red alot is riding on the next freshmen class, this will provide him the team through his contract to show what he can do.
If Tim had recruited a goalie, if Scott Darling hadn't had demons or if Tim could've figured out how to not blow a lead by over coaching at the end of games he's still be here.
Very poor recruiter my ***. He screwed it up at the end but lets at least be intellectually honest about it.
Pearson is definitely a top line forward. He has scored twice as many goals as Shore did his first year and is only one short of what Gus did his first year. Red's best recruits still haven't arrived yet.
Did you watch Shore or Gus play? On skating alone theres not a kid on this team this year in their universe.
Abbott didnt look like a world beater immediately, he developed, so maybe one of these guys has that as a ceiling?
So what are Black Bear fans thoughts about this weekend?
Merrimack seems to have found its stride. Their top line (Gustaffson, Seney and Tavernier) are playing extremely well lately, and goalie Delia is healthy and playing with a lot of confidence. Offense is still a concern (they only have 4 more goals than ME in league play), but they have been good at shutting down the opposition, and they are generally pretty tough at home.
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