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    Seriously our D are just outside the blue paint on PK putting no pressure on UNH and they crash our net. W!F !
    I was yelling at the TV during that PK. My wife asked if UVM had scored and I said "No, they are about to give up a goal because the D is pretending they are goalies."

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    Funny, if you are talking about the game tying goal, I thought the exact opposite, but also was yelling at the screen. We were out so I was watching on the sly - didn't see replays so perhaps my account is inaccurate. After the called off goal, I saw UNH with low pressure and both our d at the goal line playing soft. Told my wife they were going to score. Cross crease pass, post to post save, of course the rebound goes to slot where there is no coverage. Can't play low AND give up that pass.

    As far as so many posts here about shot blocking in recent games, I get it having coached so many years. AGREE 100% with all of you that it is not the best way to go forever. But surely everyone remembers the puck chasing in our d zone for the first few months and how bad that was as an optic and on the score board. I am not a Sneddon apologist, but more experienced d were not coming. The d zone over matched them - and our forwards. Saying "go block shots" is more than the end. It is a means to beware of shooting and passing lanes. It is a means stay under control and in position. It is a means to gain discipline in the zone.

    Will that strategy consistently beat the top teams? Probably not. But think of the lower teams we lost to earlier in the season. At least now games are more controlled with some chance to win. We will see in the next two weekends. This year's team is this year's team. And I do not think the talent is out there to outplay better teams with skill as some here do. Not being disagreeable, just don't see it. Now that the boys are grinding, at least they have a chance most nights.

    Looking forward, think of the strides our Sophomore d man has made this year. I am optimistic that next season will be less about basic positioning and more about moving the puck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gocats View Post
    Funny, if you are talking about the game tying goal, I thought the exact opposite, but also was yelling at the screen. We were out so I was watching on the sly - didn't see replays so perhaps my account is inaccurate. After the called off goal, I saw UNH with low pressure and both our d at the goal line playing soft. Told my wife they were going to score. Cross crease pass, post to post save, of course the rebound goes to slot where there is no coverage. Can't play low AND give up that pass.

    As far as so many posts here about shot blocking in recent games, I get it having coached so many years. AGREE 100% with all of you that it is not the best way to go forever. But surely everyone remembers the puck chasing in our d zone for the first few months and how bad that was as an optic and on the score board. I am not a Sneddon apologist, but more experienced d were not coming. The d zone over matched them - and our forwards. Saying "go block shots" is more than the end. It is a means to beware of shooting and passing lanes. It is a means stay under control and in position. It is a means to gain discipline in the zone.

    Will that strategy consistently beat the top teams? Probably not. But think of the lower teams we lost to earlier in the season. At least now games are more controlled with some chance to win. We will see in the next two weekends. This year's team is this year's team. And I do not think the talent is out there to outplay better teams with skill as some here do. Not being disagreeable, just don't see it. Now that the boys are grinding, at least they have a chance most nights.

    Looking forward, think of the strides our Sophomore d man has made this year. I am optimistic that next season will be less about basic positioning and more about moving the puck.
    I dissagree with every other thought expressed above.

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    Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

    Quote Originally Posted by VTALUM View Post
    I dissagree with every other thought expressed above.
    Odds or evens? At least we're half way there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
    https://vtcynic.com/42456/sports/for...before-blades/

    Player profile on Ross Colton that the Cynic ran this week.
    Interesting how he feels about his coach. That is an important aspect of coaching that goes unrecognized and many coaches don't have that relationship. It isn't all about hockey, it is about education, life lessons, and maturation.

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    BC doing UVM a solid last night, we now have two games in hand on UMass who is one point behind us for home ice and has the tiebreaker. If we can even grab 2 of our last 4 we should be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
    BC doing UVM a solid last night, we now have two games in hand on UMass who is one point behind us for home ice and has the tiebreaker. If we can even grab 2 of our last 4 we should be safe.
    Given the competition, I'm thinking 3 out of 8 points in our last 4 games would be amazing!

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    Not thrilled about buying tickets for a home 'playoff' series if the team is below .500

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    Decent game overall. Not much to complain about and a lot of good play. Much better zone time play than the UNH game. A few mistakes and a lot of missed opportunities but good game overall. Where was this team all season? It must be that Sneddon is not changing the lines every game. Our announcers are great but I wish they were a bit more of homers.......:--)

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    I haven't shouted an expletive that loud since the Bonnies buzzer-beater against basketball. That one stung after we showed great fight to get back in it
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    Quote Originally Posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
    I haven't shouted an expletive that loud since the Bonnies buzzer-beater against basketball. That one stung after we showed great fight to get back in it
    I here ya!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
    I haven't shouted an expletive that loud since the Bonnies buzzer-beater against basketball. That one stung after we showed great fight to get back in it
    Overall I think we out played them and came up short. Frustrating breakdown around the net to allow the OT winner. NU was weak for the most part and we had way more chances that we did not capitalize on to win the game. Hopefully they bring the same intensity tomorrow night and can come away with a W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenCat View Post
    Overall I think we out played them and came up short. Frustrating breakdown around the net to allow the OT winner. NU was weak for the most part and we had way more chances that we did not capitalize on to win the game. Hopefully they bring the same intensity tomorrow night and can come away with a W.
    A couple silly penalties and a bad turnover. NU capitalized on our mistakes as any good team does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
    A couple silly penalties and a bad turnover. NU capitalized on our mistakes as any good team does.
    Aside from those penalties and that overtime bouncy puck...I thought it was a great game on both sides. I think Northeastern is better than their 12 ranking, and we outplayed them for much of the game. Lines are starting to click...imagine if they'd been playing together an additional 15 or so games!

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    ........and that first 5 minutes of course.

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    Northeastern will go nowhere this year. A bunch of thin skinned cry babies and a coach who promotes it. Great top line but again see previous statement.

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    0-2 weekend sucks. But at least good to see the better play compared to earlier in the year sustained for a weekend. Some mistakes against a talented team will lead to 0-2. Need to see continued improvement next weekend and into the playoffs. Need to continue to see improved D zone positioning from forwards and d. Need to continue to see the aggressive 3rd period O zone play for 60 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gocats View Post
    0-2 weekend sucks. But at least good to see the better play compared to earlier in the year sustained for a weekend. Some mistakes against a talented team will lead to 0-2. Need to see continued improvement next weekend and into the playoffs. Need to continue to see improved D zone positioning from forwards and d. Need to continue to see the aggressive 3rd period O zone play for 60 minutes.
    Agreed!!

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    It was an entertaining weekend of hockey in spite of the results. Nice to see some physical play instead of waving sticks at the puck. Coughlin did a great job of putting his stick on the ice and skating through the puck. Nice to see a competitive team and, with only 3 seniors next year, there is a nice foundation to build on. Treat next weekend as playoffs.

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