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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I wish sooooo badly that you weren't joking, I want to go to North Korea so badly
    Who says I was joking? (In truth, I was able to work from home and save us both the trip, but I still can't get to Conte Tuesday night.)

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    Before the BC onslaught tonight it must be said that this past weekend the Crimson played four relatively strong consecutive periods against two ranked teams, starting in the third against Colgate, where they reversed the first period SOG disparity, and throughout the Cornell game. Still too many errant passes, still too many low probability shots, still too many PK “clears” to the blue line, but also still a short bench playing two pretty intense games. I think Stone pulled Larcom in the Cornell game not so much for the goals allowed (hard to tell with streaming, especially with no replay) as for the opportunity to see the freshman Dutton under pressure, and she looked just fine. There is a program here.

    Speaking of streaming, the Colgate guy took the familiar play-by-play approach known as TALK ABOUT ANYTHING EXCEPT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE ICE, ESPECIALLY PENALTIES to new heights. The Cornell guy, on the other hand, was excellent, even knowing the names of the opposition players! Despite the Ivy League blowing its own horn during every break (just who do they think is watching these games?) the Ivy Digital Network does seem to be making some progress.








    On to BC!
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    " Despite the Ivy League blowing its own horn during every break (just who do they think is watching these games?)"

    Maybe they think they aren't getting enough 17 year olds to apply these days and are trying to drum up applicants? (LOL)








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    If Colgate is a #4 team then Harvard looked like a #5 team for 52:50, trailing 1-0. Then all hell broke loose. Don’t ask me how 1-0 became 2-0 became 3-0 became 4-0. I was down at the other end, anticipating a pulled goalie and the tying score in the waning seconds of the game, just as with Cornell the day before. Still . . . I would not want to be BU Tuesday night.

    Between periods this weekend at Bright, and presumably elsewhere, they showed a short video dramatization of a player going through a concussion protocol, ending with his return to the ice. It was my first introduction to the Headway Foundation, started by Jo Pucci and other concussion sufferers, including her sister.

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    Scroll down for the “New Tough” video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdtime's . . . View Post
    If Colgate is a #4 team then Harvard looked like a #5 team for 52:50, trailing 1-0. Then all hell broke loose. Don’t ask me how 1-0 became 2-0 became 3-0 became 4-0. I was down at the other end, anticipating a pulled goalie and the tying score in the waning seconds of the game, just as with Cornell the day before. Still . . . I would not want to be BU Tuesday night.

    Between periods this weekend at Bright, and presumably elsewhere, they showed a short video dramatization of a player going through a concussion protocol, ending with his return to the ice. It was my first introduction to the Headway Foundation, started by Jo Pucci and other concussion sufferers, including her sister.

    http://headwayfoundation.com/

    Scroll down for the “New Tough” video.
    Thanks for posting the information on Jo Pucci's Foundation. She is a wonderful person and I wish her and her sister all the best.

    Even though I'm not supposed to post here, I'll share my thoughts and take my chances. Colgate has been coming on for the past two seasons. What I saw was a Crimson team that struggled to create offense and was chasing the puck for a good portion of the game. There were long stretches where Harvard simply could not get out of their own zone. I don't care much for rankings but I do know that Colgate is that good and will be a force in the playoffs.

    As for the Crimson, the amount of injuries and defections from the program have left them with a short bench. This isn't a new phenomenon. They have been dealing with this for several years and it has caught up to them in the past two seasons. They do have more talent this year and perhaps with a couple of strong recruiting classes, better health and having everyone on the same page and committed to the program, they will return to the top four of the ECAC again. A lot of 'ifs' but certainly reasonable.

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    As for the Crimson, the amount of injuries and defections from the program have left them with a short bench. This isn't a new phenomenon. They have been dealing with this for several years and it has caught up to them in the past two seasons. They do have more talent this year and perhaps with a couple of strong recruiting classes, better health and having everyone on the same page and committed to the program, they will return to the top four of the ECAC again. A lot of 'ifs' but certainly reasonable.
    I don’t know anything about defections or needing to get on the same page or being committed, but injuries have certainly been a problem, which makes it tough to get in any sort of a groove, though they seem to be skating their tails off. Consider this season an extended boot camp, with BC as the drill instructor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdtime's . . . View Post
    I don’t know anything about defections or needing to get on the same page or being committed, but injuries have certainly been a problem, which makes it tough to get in any sort of a groove, though they seem to be skating their tails off. Consider this season an extended boot camp, with BC as the drill instructor.
    I've don't claim to know anything about hockey but this program needs a coaching change. It's easy to see when players are not playing for their coach...that's what I'm seeing.
    It's a shame because there is some real talent there.

    It's time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiet Riot View Post
    I've don't claim to know anything about hockey but this program needs a coaching change. It's easy to see when players are not playing for their coach...that's what I'm seeing.
    It's a shame because there is some real talent there.

    It's time
    Well, I can’t claim to know a whole lot about hockey myself, certainly not enough to know that 13, 14 or 15 mostly young skaters and 2 young goalies who are facing the most talented ECAC in years are not “playing for their coach.”

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    Well, I can’t claim to know a whole lot about hockey myself, certainly not enough to know that 13, 14 or 15 mostly young skaters and 2 young goalies who are facing the most talented ECAC in years are not “playing for their coach.”
    It's true and it's time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiet Riot View Post
    It's true and it's time
    I vote for Lee-J

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    Shout out to the seniors for their dedication and hard work. Congrats and best wishes going forward. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Karly Heffernan and Lexie Laing who have been injured and unable to play. Not sure if Karly has any eligibility left or if she was in school but I'm guessing she is done in May. Just a shame they both couldn't finish up this year on the ice as well. Here's hoping for great health and a bright future for both.

    Harvard is back in the playoffs thanks to today's win over RPI. They won't make it past the first round but it's better than missing out entirely.

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    Former Harvard hockey player scores 100% of the Unified Korean Team's goal production....

    You heard that right and yea, it's Randi Griffin '10 (or thereabouts) who scored the team's lone goal. Qualified to play on the team due to her mother's Korean origin, she has been playing in Korea for four years now while putting her doctoral studies in evolutionary anthropology at Duke on hold. You may remember her last-minute goal-scoring heroics in crucial games at the end of her senior year.

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    Not sure, but (1) Heffernan is in the junior class, hasn't played at all the past two years, but has still been listed on the roster and (2) Zarzecki to OSU is the only defection I can recall at the moment (I suspect that M. Parker to BU may have been due to an Ivy rule regarding grad students with remaining NCAA eligibility). Are there others?

    We all remember Ling Ling Lok who dropped the sport after the third game of her first year, but that was a very long time ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate79 View Post
    Shout out to the seniors for their dedication and hard work. Congrats and best wishes going forward. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Karly Heffernan and Lexie Laing who have been injured and unable to play. Not sure if Karly has any eligibility left or if she was in school but I'm guessing she is done in May. Just a shame they both couldn't finish up this year on the ice as well. Here's hoping for great health and a bright future for both.

    Harvard is back in the playoffs thanks to today's win over RPI. They won't make it past the first round but it's better than missing out entirely.
    I am under the impression that Lexie Laing withdrew so that she could come back and play next season. I doubt she would give up a year of eligibility unless there was no other option available (NCAA rules limitation or career-ending injury) - not in her family's DNA....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson Rink View Post
    Not sure, but (1) Heffernan is in the junior class, hasn't played at all the past two years, but has still been listed on the roster and (2) Zarzecki to OSU is the only defection I can recall at the moment (I suspect that M. Parker to BU may have been due to an Ivy rule regarding grad students with remaining NCAA eligibility). Are there others?

    We all remember Ling Ling Lok who dropped the sport after the third game of her first year, but that was a very long time ago
    This is Karly's senior year. Whether she plays or not, she graduates in May if she is registered and attending classes. I'm not sure about her eligibility going forward but her injuries must be pretty serious for her not to be able to play for two years. I doubt we will see her next year.

    Regarding the players other than Zarzecki who have left, they include Kyra Colbert and Val Turgeon who quit this year. In addition to not having Lexie Laing and Karly due to injuries, add Dani K who has missed significant time in the past two seasons and never got a chance to realize her potential. Add it up and the Crimson's depth was shredded. That makes tonight's win over SLU even more impressive.

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