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    Why did I see the game without a fee last night, but tonite they are charging??

    Doesn't look good. Down 4-1 presently....
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    It is always disappointing when the season comes to an end, but there is a great amount of hope for next season. Hopefully Point comes back, we will have a good team coming back and hopefully find some scoring

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    Quote Originally Posted by red133883 View Post
    It is always disappointing when the season comes to an end, but there is a great amount of hope for next season. Hopefully Point comes back, we will have a good team coming back and hopefully find some scoring
    Totally agree.
    I am proud of the entire team this year, including the staff. Tonight wasnít their best night, but they didnít give up. Win together, lose together. The better team is advancing; same with Harvard (and Denver and Saint Cloud) tonight. I will cheer for Clarkson at Lake Placid; in fact, (I will cheer for) anybody but Cornell. I will then follow Minnesota if they are seeded in one of the three Eastern Regionals, and then it is on to Saint Paul. Lots of great college hockey still to be played and seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iowabasedtraveler View Post
    Totally agree.
    I am proud of the entire team this year, including the staff. Tonight wasnít their best night, but they didnít give up. Win together, lose together. The better team is advancing; same with Harvard (and Denver and Saint Cloud) tonight. I will cheer for Clarkson at Lake Placid; in fact, (I will cheer for) anybody but Cornell. I will then follow Minnesota if they are seeded in one of the three Eastern Regionals, and then it is on to Saint Paul. Lots of great college hockey still to be played and seen.
    There's a high chance that Cornell will play Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA. How come you're cheering for anybody but Cornell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButter View Post
    There's a high chance that Cornell will play Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA. How come you're cheering for anybody but Cornell?
    Cornell v. Minnesota... Is there any way both teams can lose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButter View Post
    There's a high chance that Cornell will play Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA. How come you're cheering for anybody but Cornell?
    Life-long fan of Colgate, so I have never cared for rival Cornell (from afar). Then, this year, being back in upstate New York and seeing CornelI at home and away, I have really come to dislike their band (crude), their fans (rude) and their rink (dank). Just not a fan of their program.
    As for Minnesota, a good friend from Fairbanks, who is also a Minnesota grad, is flying in this week. Since my beloved Colgate and Omaha are done for the season, I imagine that we will follow Minnesota in their Eastern Regional (Allentown, Bridgeport or Worcester). If they are seeded in Sioux Falls, I imagine that we will just head to Allentown. Then we will head to Saint Paul for our annual Frozen Four adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post
    Cornell v. Minnesota... Is there any way both teams can lose?

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    Thanks to the seniors for their sacrifices & work these past 4 years in putting it all on the ice. And thanks to the coaches and staff for exceeding expectations this season. Picked for last and winding up 6th....and winning our first round home series is something to be proud of, despite the last game. We have a good nucleus of players coming back and hopefully some frosh that can lend a hand in the scoring dept. And hopefully Colton will stay put.

    It's always sad to see the season end...I'll have withdrawal symptoms for days ( and no Rangers team to rely on). But the LP Four of Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Clarkson should prove to be ultra competitive. It would be great if Princeton could make it all the way to the top and give our team something to emulate next year. It is proven that a turnaround within 3-4 years can be done!

    As for Minnesota.....I'm rooting for Minneapolis.....the city. Hope the weather is OK there so our womens team can land, beat Wisconsin, and win that NCAA Championship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sshablak View Post
    Most prices double ECAC weekend in Placid, $400 a night is not uncommon.
    I reserved a hotel room for about $144 for Friday night after taxes back on November 19th. This was when we had a 4-1-1 league record after 6 games. Unfortunately, I have now cancelled this reservation since Colgate won't be playing there this weekend

    But like I said yesterday, this was overall a good season. We earned 17 wins after only getting just 9 last season, and we also earned and won a home playoff series for the first time since 2015. It's still a long way away, but with only 2 seniors (Peterson and Panowyk) seeing regular playing time this season, we should hopefully bring back the majority of this team next season, and get ourselves a top-4 finish and that trip back to Lake Placid. Our Goal is to Score more.

    Best of luck to Evan Peterson, Mike Panowyk, Sebastian Weberg, Zac Hamilton, and Bruce Racine in their future endeavors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    Our Goal is to Score more.
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    Does anyone think this will happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magoo View Post
    Does anyone think this will happen?
    We need Shabby to do an in-depth analysis of the incoming recruits to see if more scoring might be their strength...
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    Magoo makes a good point...better-than-expected season and DV and his staff deserve credit for getting the most out of this specific team...much more discipline in our own end - good coverage, active sticks, shot blocking, etc. - with the kids giving their best...no argument here...on the other hand (the turd in the punch bowl) we in no way underachieved, we had a goalie that is one of the top 3 or 4 in DI hockey, we bought into a system that give us the best chance to win with the talent available...and yet we finish at .500. I've been monitoring the incoming kids and see the same type as in previous years, but no McManns nor Cosgroves...I turned last night's game OFF at 2-0...couldn't take it anymore and, against a puck possession team like Clarkson we won 20 out of 63 face offs. I really hope I'm dead wrong, but it's hard to see much improvement next year, even if Point stays...goal scoring would have to increase by at least 25% (2.1/game to 2.6/game) for us to be legitimately competitive against the better teams in the country. Again, good coaching, recruiting in need of improvement...

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    Hopefully we can get some more offense from the defense next year. Austin and Cosgrove show great promise, and they can help improve the PP and lead to more goals. I liked what I saw from McKechney. It remains to be seen how much upside our freshman/sophomore forwards have.

    Barring early defections (Ryan Donato?), the teams above us in the standings, and Princeton, have good players returning next year. So it wonít be easy to get to the top 4, even with an improved offense.

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    Before I get to the bulk of my end of season commentary I wanted to clarify that we finished tied for 5th in the ECAC not 6th. Which is a testament to the hard work of both the kids on the team and the coaching staff.

    However . . .

    I think if you honestly appraise the state of Colgate hockey, this is a high water mark for our program as currently constructed not a sign of tangible progress.

    First of all, there is the Point factor. He was so unbelievably good that I think it distorts our true place in the firmament. Stated another way, where does this yearís team finish without Point? I think bottom four without a doubt. And thatís not just idle speculation; look at our record when he didnít play: 1-5-1 with a goals against of about 3.5. Or viewed through a different lens, go back to the two Princeton games, both Point starts. We tied 0-0 and won 4-0 with Point making over 70 saves in the two games. What was the likely result of those games with another goalie?

    But we will almost certainly have Point next year, people will say (with which I agree). Fair enough. That said, as amazing as he was this year, even if he is great again he will probably move back toward the mean. What is more likely statistically speaking, that he improves on 1.76 GAA/.944 save percentage or regresses from that? And what happens if he regresses (even nominally)?

    Or ask another question: what is more likely, that Point regresses or we suddenly start miraculously minting 15 goal scorers? Are any players on our current roster going to make a huge jump? McKechney maybe? Anyone else? Iím not seeing it. And to his credit, Panowyk put together a solid season so donít discount his loss to graduation; I think he was one of our better forwards over the past two months.

    But what about incoming recruits?!? Iíve been paying attention to them all season. I have some hope for Jeffrey Stewart who has put together a nice season in Surrey in the BCHL (and who has improved his point totals three years in a row, a good sign). Maybe hope we hit with Griffin Lunn? Heís averaged half a point a game in the USHL which is pretty solid. And we nailed our USHL recruit this year in Nick Austin (who produced little at the USHL level) so maybe we strike lightning twice?

    So, that gives us two possibly decent recruits. Certainly not upper echelon talent like an Austin Smith or a Spink twin . . . or even a McMann. As for the other potential recruits, I canít tell if Arnaud Vachon from Brooks in the AJHL is coming this year or next. But either way, his drop in goal scoring from last year to this is concerning. Jack Hoey? Is he going to come directly from Choate and start producing big time offense? There are a couple of offensive defensemen in the pipeline (Brendan Scanlin from Brooks and Liam Watson-Braun from Prince George in the BCHL) but they are scheduled Ď19-Ď20 recruits.

    When I look at the totality of it, I just donít see bushels of goals in our future.

    And as if this is not all bad enough, donít forget that both Yale and Quinnipiac were down this year. I would reckon they are both likely to be better next season. And Princeton looks to be potentially ascendant. I would not be looking so much at moving into the top four as much as desperately trying to remain in the middle four; itís not going to be easy.

    Lastly, several people have said that this was ďa good seasonĒ. To that point I will certainly concede that the team played hard, was well coached and exceeded expectations. However, I would posit that if .500 denotes ďa good seasonĒ we have our goals all wrong. Do we think Yale and Quinnipiac who both had similar records to us think they had ďgood seasonsĒ? Simply being better than our predicted finish of last does not in and of itself denote a good season. Look at the overall makeup of our team. Is it one that we think is poised to become a perennial top four contender? Or are we more likely to slip back into oblivion.

    I will close with a point I feel like I make every season. And here Iíll just let the numbers speak for themselves:

    In DVís first 13 years:
    8 winning seasons, 5 losing ones. 28 games over .500.

    In DVís next 12 years:
    3 winning seasons, 6 losing ones, 3 .500 ones. 41 games under .500.

    Is this good enough?
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    Marmot, hard to top your excellent and very objective analysis...I might also note one or two more things...this is somewhat of a "down" year for the ECAC (IF we had beaten Clarkson is game #3 on Sunday night the league was potentially looking at ONE NCAA bid) and I would expect some improvement next year. And Gate Radio was, of course, correct in stating that we are a young team. But several other ECAC teams are very young as well, most notably Yale. If my info is correct Jack Hoey arrives on campus next year (Yale apparently wanted him as well, but typically wanted him to do a year or two in the USHL). Gallant is very young (DOB 5/2000) so he's probably at least one year away (and maybe two). Vachon's #s have stagnated this year (arrival 2019?). Stewart and Lunn look like they will help. But the bottom line remains pretty much the same: scoring, scoring, scoring. You simply can't expect a .940 save percentage next year on a barrage of shots...

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    For those looking ahead, here's what next season's league schedule looks like so far:


    Nov. 2 Brown
    Nov. 3 Yale

    Nov. 16 Princeton
    Nov. 17 Quinnipiac

    Nov. 30 @Harvard
    Dec. 1 @Dartmouth

    Jan. 4 @Quinnipiac
    Jan. 5 @Princeton

    Jan. 18 Dartmouth
    Jan. 19 Harvard

    Feb. 1 @RPI
    Feb. 2 @Union
    Feb. 8 St. Lawrence
    Feb. 9 Clarkson
    Feb. 15 @Yale
    Feb. 16 @Brown
    Feb. 22 Union
    Feb. 23 RPI
    Mar. 1 @Clarkson
    Mar. 2 @St. Lawrence


    As always, the games vs. Cornell are TBD. Hopefully they're at the end of January and not in November.

    For OOC opponents (not confirmed, this is based on recent OOC opponents reciprocating home/away series):
    -UNH (home x2)
    -Western Michigan (home x2)
    -Canisius (home x1)
    -Niagara (away x1)
    -6 other games/opponents TBD
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    Not a shocker but Point was named a Hobey top 10 finalist!!!!

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    congrats to Colton...he deserves it...as far as playing our traveling partner goes, since we're 4-22-7 in our last 33 games against Cornell I really couldn't care less when we play them...two points out of four would be just fine...

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    Point got the most votes of all ten candidates from coaches and balloters.
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    Point also named second team All-ECAC.

    And Austin named to the ECAC all rookie team.

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