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Thread: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    I think expectations were too high for this team coming into the season, having lost 10 seniors (thank you, Captain Obvious).

    There's probably going to be a few more disappointments along the way. Hopefully the team can develop and grow and get hit at the end of the season. At the start of the season I said this team was a Frozen Four contender, but they're far from that right now.

    Also, perhaps a stupid and uneducated observation, but does anyone else think that this team can be a bit too patient and methodical at times? Especially on power plays, seems like a lot of time is spent skating around the perimeter waiting for the perfect set-up as opposed to getting pucks to the net. This was really evident against Hobart with 1 shot on goal during the 5 minute major in overtime.
    I've seen reset years a number of times during the McShane era - for whatever reason we seem to have gotten into almost a 4 - year cycle with freshmen classes aging to become outstanding senior classes, to be replaced by freshman classes, etc. It seems that when we get into the freshman mode, the Power Play is overly patient, especially in 5 x 3 situations and with major penalties. Nobody wants to make mistakes, and thus nobody makes the big play. I've seen it lots of times. The good news is that ultimately they mature and with lots of experience working together when they get to years three and four, they become really good. I think patience is a good plan. I've seen it before. It will take time to get all the pieces in place, and by the end of the season the hiccups may be gone. What really matters is the play in the NEHC and the NEHC playoffs. Don't write them off, but don't be surprised if there are some games that make you scratch your head, too.
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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Quote Originally Posted by PrezdeJohnson09 View Post
    Did you get that from my story?
    Actually got it from your story last year and then added a tie and a win.

    I was hoping you'd add it in your story, because one can never say it enough!
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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    I've watched a few games this season via streaming... unfortunately I missed the Primelink.

    However, we have seen this pattern before. In many ways, it reminds me of what we frequently see with the New England Patriots. The team looks less than what we are accustomed to early in the season but as the season progresses and they continue to practice and have regular season games the cohesion and teamwork get better and better and towards the tail end of the regular season the team is performing well and does well in the post-season. In Bill we trust.

    No need to panic. In Mike we trust.

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Norwich vs Castleton tonight. Who is doing the NSN broadcast? Didn't George and Jack Healey do it together in the past or am I making it up???
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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    I don’t know what I enjoy more, Norwich winning or Castleton losing😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrbFlint View Post
    I don’t know what I enjoy more, Norwich winning or Castleton losing😁
    Part of me wants this to become an actual big rivalry. But then I realize that in order for that to happen it'd require Castleton to win a couple games every few years, and then I correct myself.

    I missed most of tonight's game. Didn't get home til the start of the third, then had date night with the wife. Thought I was pretty smart by starting the NSN stream and pausing it before I left the house, but it blacked out and asked me for a password right when the Cadets were killing off the 5-on-3.

    But, from what I did see of the first half of the third I have two observations.

    1. Even though they didn't score, I thought their powerplay looked much better. In other words, looked a lot more aggressive. They seemed to be trying to get more pucks on goal, although Castleton blocked a lot of them, as opposed to skating around the perimeter.

    2. On the flip side, still way too many penalties. And bad penalties at that (holding in the corner off a face off). And what's worse, I think Prez mentioned it in the scores thread, but a lot of these penalties are by seniors. Seems like Salvucci is averaging one a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    Part of me wants this to become an actual big rivalry. But then I realize that in order for that to happen it'd require Castleton to win a couple games every few years, and then I correct myself.

    I missed most of tonight's game. Didn't get home til the start of the third, then had date night with the wife. Thought I was pretty smart by starting the NSN stream and pausing it before I left the house, but it blacked out and asked me for a password right when the Cadets were killing off the 5-on-3.

    But, from what I did see of the first half of the third I have two observations.

    1. Even though they didn't score, I thought their powerplay looked much better. In other words, looked a lot more aggressive. They seemed to be trying to get more pucks on goal, although Castleton blocked a lot of them, as opposed to skating around the perimeter.

    2. On the flip side, still way too many penalties. And bad penalties at that (holding in the corner off a face off). And what's worse, I think Prez mentioned it in the scores thread, but a lot of these penalties are by seniors. Seems like Salvucci is averaging one a game.
    I believe that’s why Kevin has an “A” on his sweater and not a “C”. Excellent player, but just doesn’t have the temperament, or play disciplined enough, to wear the “C”. He definitely plays with an edge, but it often costs him.

    I’m with you on the real rivalry thing, but I still remember the butt-end to the throat at the final horn (2011?), among other castleton lowlights, so I get much joy from their losses

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrbFlint View Post
    I believe that’s why Kevin has an “A” on his sweater and not a “C”. Excellent player, but just doesn’t have the temperament, or play disciplined enough, to wear the “C”. He definitely plays with an edge, but it often costs him.

    I’m with you on the real rivalry thing, but I still remember the butt-end to the throat at the final horn (2011?), among other castleton lowlights, so I get much joy from their losses
    For the record, the lowercase “c” in “castleton” is intentional

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    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    Part of me wants this to become an actual big rivalry. But then I realize that in order for that to happen it'd require Castleton to win a couple games every few years, and then I correct myself.

    I missed most of tonight's game. Didn't get home til the start of the third, then had date night with the wife. Thought I was pretty smart by starting the NSN stream and pausing it before I left the house, but it blacked out and asked me for a password right when the Cadets were killing off the 5-on-3.

    But, from what I did see of the first half of the third I have two observations.

    1. Even though they didn't score, I thought their powerplay looked much better. In other words, looked a lot more aggressive. They seemed to be trying to get more pucks on goal, although Castleton blocked a lot of them, as opposed to skating around the perimeter.

    2. On the flip side, still way too many penalties. And bad penalties at that (holding in the corner off a face off). And what's worse, I think Prez mentioned it in the scores thread, but a lot of these penalties are by seniors. Seems like Salvucci is averaging one a game.
    Salvucci, Brandrup and Evangelista all with penalties. Including a 10’to evangelista.

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    I’ll hold my tongue and keep to just talking Norwich here but I was very happy to see McShane giving the refs a bit of an earful after the handshake line.

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Quote Originally Posted by PrezdeJohnson09 View Post
    Salvucci, Brandrup and Evangelista all with penalties. Including a 10’to evangelista.
    Looking at stats: Games Played/Penalties taken/Penalty minutes

    Salvucci: 9/9/18
    Brandrup: 10/5/10
    Evangelista: 10/5/18



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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    Looking at stats: Games Played/Penalties taken/Penalty minutes

    Salvucci: 9/9/18
    Brandrup: 10/5/10
    Evangelista: 10/5/18
    When PIM > 2*number of penalties, you've don something bad.

    As for castleton state college, they have become a rogue outfit, and that didn't seem to end with the departure of Mr. Todd.
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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Is Evangelista out against the spartans this Friday, due to his penalty last Friday?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Real Georgia Peach View Post
    Is Evangelista out against the spartans this Friday, due to his penalty last Friday?
    He did not get a game DQ ... His status Friday will be up to Coach McShane.

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    I some times think that Kevin is a lot stronger than most, so when he hits things happen and he gets called for it a lot. He almost could be playing for D1. I am looking for a really big stand out year by him. I was thinking he would be this years Pelitier(hope).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    I some times think that Kevin is a lot stronger than most, so when he hits things happen and he gets called for it a lot. He almost could be playing for D1. I am looking for a really big stand out year by him. I was thinking he would be this years Pelitier(hope).
    He’s a lot more Niezgoda than Pelletier. Not a bad thing by any stretch.

    Methinks Coby Downs will be the next Pelletier, if there is one any time soon...

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Cory still calling them castleton State makes me happy

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    Unlucky 5 minute major to Brandrup, hope NCAA can do something about that DQ..I think everyone in the arena other than the refs could see that was just unlucky timing.

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    Re: Norwich 2017-18 Season Thread: Defending the Crown

    I enjoyed seeing the alternate home uniforms tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    I enjoyed seeing the alternate home uniforms tonight.
    Haha.

    Hot take: the grey camos are hideous. I like the greenish camos much better. I wish we wore the whites more consistently. I would love to see the camo come out once or twice a year, tops

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