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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    I was trying to decide if this belongs on today's game thread or on the recruit thread. I tossed a coin, and it landed on its edge, so I am posting it here.

    I strongly suspect that RPI recruit Reid Leibold will be at this evening's game. he is playing at the Salt Dome as I type this and will be playing tomorrow at 11:15 AM at tHFH. Since Union is not home this weekend, conceivably the entire Northwood Junior team will be at tHFH.
    I would expect them to be there also. I’m sure they would be in their Team warm-ups so for those that don’t know Liebold wears #26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    He's back in the USHL because there's a transfer rule where you must "sit out" for a year and use your redshirt if you have it, but that does not prohibit them from playing juniors. We haven't seen that with some of the more recent ones because there's no wait when you go D-I to D-III, or you receive a diploma and enter graduate school at another institution.

    If you happened to watch Emil closely, he had great positioning offensively, always finding an opening. Just a little trouble with the finish through a redirect, but that comes with practice. Best recruit since Pirri isn't that tough to argue, although Zalewski seemed a bit more well-rounded, and Haggerty was just as good offensively. Kid has a great future, and I wouldn't be surprised to see quite a bit from him, even if his training comes from elsewhere.
    Hi Dude, thanks for the explanation. I appreciate your analysis, but a player who has “great positioning” is not a guy who makes things happen on ice, and is a stretch to be considered a top 6 forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turk181 View Post
    I would expect them to be there also. I’m sure they would be in their Team warm-ups so for those that don’t know Liebold wears #26.
    I hope that number doesn't mean that he decided that he liked Union better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ServinisScores View Post
    Hi Dude, thanks for the explanation. I appreciate your analysis, but a player who has “great positioning” is not a guy who makes things happen on ice, and is a stretch to be considered a top 6 forward.

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    Positioning to where you're open brings good scoring chances. I'll give you that it's for naught if you can't finish, which is what I've been hoping we'd work on for the past few years, but to generate those opportunities is why they run the offensive motions the way they do. He may not have yet been the top 6, but I think he can crack it wherever he chooses to play out his college career. Confidence is tough when you're a .200 team, and it's probably going to hurt him if he can't figure out how to keep it when the chips are down, similar to what we're seeing with Chase Perry and what we're evidently seeing with C****r.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turk181 View Post
    I would expect them to be there also. I’m sure they would be in their Team warm-ups so for those that don’t know Liebold wears #26.

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    RPI is now 6-0 and more importantly, in the Liberty League 2-0. We have 2 games that we should win (fingers crossed) and then the Union game to finish the regular season. RPI will undoubted get a post season game but to get into the NCAA field we will have to either run the table (unless each team has as many losses as we do and we had beaten them head to head). Not sure if this team has all the pieces that the 2003 team that almost got to the finals of the NCAA, but nice to have a winner in Troy. Now, if our boys on the ice can get going, this could be a fun time!!
    I would think that if RPI manages to beat both Rochester and St. Lawrence (and they certainly have to be strong favorites to do that), then they can finish no worse than 4-1 in the league. Since Union has already lost twice, 4-1 would leave RPI tied with either Hobart or Ithaca, and they've beaten both of them.

    So it would seem that the Liberty League championship is all but a sure thing. Unless the Liberty League no longer has an automatic bid, it's hard to see how RPI could fail to get into the NCAA field.

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    I wasn’t as unhappy as others tonight because I thought the boys played better tonight against an admittedly mediocre at best UConn team. We have a number of such teams in our lesgue and we will beat some if we just keep making incremental improvement. We had a fair number of chances but while their guy picked the corner brilliantly on the game winning goal most of our ricocheted off the glass. As Mike Addesa once said about another Steve Stoyanovich 100 mph rocket over the net, “We need fewer oohs and ahs and more cheers.”

    Now for the potential bummer. After the game I heard a guy say Lacka has a broken arm. Has anyone heard confirmation or, hopefully, a more optimistic story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpi82 View Post
    I wasn’t as unhappy as others tonight because I thought the boys played better tonight against an admittedly mediocre at best UConn team. We have a number of such teams in our lesgue and we will beat some if we just keep making incremental improvement. We had a fair number of chances but while their guy picked the corner brilliantly on the game winning goal most of our ricocheted off the glass. As Mike Addesa once said about another Steve Stoyanovich 100 mph rocket over the net, “We need fewer oohs and ahs and more cheers.”

    Now for the potential bummer. After the game I heard a guy say Lacka has a broken arm. Has anyone heard confirmation or, hopefully, a more optimistic story?
    I too wasn't as pessimistic as some of the others. The PK was very good. And the team had some very good chances in the third period.
    I just wish that some of those chances wound up on net.
    If we are going to score this year, it will have to come from the freshmen and Sophs. The upperclassmen have already proved that they cannot score goals.
    The team does continue to improve its play, but if we continue to score one goal a game, it will be a very long season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waite21 View Post
    I would think that if RPI manages to beat both Rochester and St. Lawrence (and they certainly have to be strong favorites to do that), then they can finish no worse than 4-1 in the league. Since Union has already lost twice, 4-1 would leave RPI tied with either Hobart or Ithaca, and they've beaten both of them.

    So it would seem that the Liberty League championship is all but a sure thing. Unless the Liberty League no longer has an automatic bid, it's hard to see how RPI could fail to get into the NCAA field.
    I caught the end of the broadcast and believe they said two victories = NCAAs. Since it’s an established league with a new member coming in to get back to the magic number of teams (7) for an auto-bid perhaps they got a temporary waiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    Somebody needs to ask the question, why does it take a goal against to get some urgency out of these guys. If they played the first fifty minutes like they played the last ten, this might have been a different finish.
    Of course, we didn't fill up the net in those last ten minutes. Just sayin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waite21 View Post
    I would think that if RPI manages to beat both Rochester and St. Lawrence (and they certainly have to be strong favorites to do that), then they can finish no worse than 4-1 in the league. Since Union has already lost twice, 4-1 would leave RPI tied with either Hobart or Ithaca, and they've beaten both of them.

    So it would seem that the Liberty League championship is all but a sure thing. Unless the Liberty League no longer has an automatic bid, it's hard to see how RPI could fail to get into the NCAA field.
    I caught the end of the broadcast and believe they said two victories = NCAAs. Since it’s an established league with a new member coming in to get back to the magic number of teams (7) for an auto-bid perhaps they got a temporary waiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engineerhockeyfan View Post
    Somebody needs to ask the question, why does it take a goal against to get some urgency out of these guys. If they played the first fifty minutes like they played the last ten, this might have been a different finish.
    Of course, we didn't fill up the net in those last ten minutes. Just sayin.
    That “sense of urgency” came with a price as the game opened up and we could just as easily given up another goal or two as well. I don’t think the team lacks drive - the coaching staff apparently believes that with the players they have (and maybe it’s Smith’s preferred style) that their best chance of winning is to play a structured game that restricts chances on both sides with the hope that incremental offensive improvements from such a young team will turn some games like last night into 2-1 or 3-2 victories.

    BTW, I was really pleased with our stick work on defense last night (lifting or pinning sticks to break up plays). Unfortunately, they did the same to us with many promising plays going for naught as the forward’s stick was impeded.
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    My rose colored glasses got a bit fogged over last night. I did not see the positives that others claimed they saw. Awful early in the season but next weekend will tell me all I need to know. if we cannot get fired up for a home and home with Union, then we have very little to look forward to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waite21 View Post
    I would think that if RPI manages to beat both Rochester and St. Lawrence (and they certainly have to be strong favorites to do that), then they can finish no worse than 4-1 in the league. Since Union has already lost twice, 4-1 would leave RPI tied with either Hobart or Ithaca, and they've beaten both of them.

    So it would seem that the Liberty League championship is all but a sure thing. Unless the Liberty League no longer has an automatic bid, it's hard to see how RPI could fail to get into the NCAA field.
    When i had posted I was still waiting for the rest of the Saturday scores. Needed to see that every team was pinned with a loss. SLU had to lose and did handily. We have had seasons where we beat the best teams but lost to a bottom team so I am not counting my chickens just yet. But we have SLU and Rochester who on paper (but the game is played on the field) we should handle. The union game is last and at home. Would love to beat them also as going undefeated will most certainly give us a far better seed in the tournament than having one loss. Would also love to beat them, simply because it is Union and we get the shoes for another year.
    Will be interesting to see the Division III poll on Monday. We were 19th but just about everyone above us won also. I would like to hope that the voters give us a bit of credit for beating both Ithaca and Hobart as each had been ranked (or close to being ranked) at some time this year. For what it is worth, I still think Ithaca is probably the better team and we have been out gained in yardage most weeks. But we have been able to find a way to win for 6 consecutive games. I would love that to translate onto the ice but have yet to see it.
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    I know that Lacka, the only player to score for RPI in the two games against UMass, was injured in the second of those two games and I hear there is a rumor that the injury is a broken arm, so it may be quite a while before he's ready to return.

    I'm wondering about Daniel DiGrande. He scored a goal against UPEI and, if I recall correctly, had another shot that beat the goalie but hit the post. The thing I liked about him was that after he scored his goal, he didn't go into a wild and crazy freshman-type oh-my-God-I-can't-believe-what-I-just-did demonstration. Looked to me as though he acted as if this was something he'd done before and expected to do again in the future.

    Admittedly, UPEI did not count as an NCAA opponent, but if we're looking for somebody who can put the puck in the net, I would think a guy who's actually done it - any time, against anybody - might be a good guy to start with.

    However, from what I can see in the statistics, DiGrande played only the first game against UMass. Didn't play the second game against UMass, didn't play against UConn.

    Is anyone aware of any injury, rumored or otherwise, affecting DiGrande to the point that he is physically unable to perform?

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