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Brown09
12-23-2012, 01:46 PM
Brown only has two defensemen recruited for next season - Cameron Romoff of Portland (EJHL) and Aleksi Rossi of Waterloo (USHL). Both are due to arrive at Brown next year and are not future recruits. That means next year Brown will have a full complement of D skaters. They also have a goalie in Tyler Steel out of the BCHL and a future recruit for 2014 in the form of Conor Maher. SO the future is very bright. I've followed Maher for a while since he's out of Marshfield, and he's developed into a very solid netminder. So while this year things look bleak, the future is very bright.

Actually Brown will have three incoming defensemen in 2013. In addition to the Romoff and Rossi, there's Tyler Wood, whose father Randy was a star at Yale and played in the NHL. Nate Widman and Kyle Quick are expected to make a full recovery from their surgeries.

Among the forward recruits, expect Zach Pryzbeck and Davey Middleton to play immediately -- provided, of course, that Northeastern doesn't interfere... :-)

However, the current situation at defense isn't good: a total of six defensemen, including a sophomore who hasn't played a varsity game yet (Tang), an inconsistent sophomore (DeConsylis), and a mistake-prone senior (Crowley).

The Zlax45
12-23-2012, 05:24 PM
The changing format heading into next year with the addition of ND is fact. They will switch to playing each team twice in home-home format. So a BC-BU weekend will feature one game at BC and one game at BU. the exceptions are trips to Vermont, Notre Dame, and Maine.

It takes a format where they played the 9 other schools 3 times (for 27 conference games) and makes it so they'll play each of the 10 other schools twice (for 20). That's factual.

I'm not sure what's happening when UConn goes. They haven't announced that. Also not sure why BC would come to brown. Everything I said was speculatory

They are going to just go to 22 conference games when UConn comes in...no reason for a change from that.

Humanoid
12-26-2012, 11:44 AM
They are going to just go to 22 conference games when UConn comes in...no reason for a change from that.

I assumed that's what they'd do, but I didn't want to say since I didn't know for sure. I know they're butchering the playoffs and including all 12 teams instead of the way it is now where bottom two don't get in (cry cry cry. I was hoping they'd do a different format or something!).

In any event - Brown is going to have some work cut out for itself in the UConn tournament. UConn has a porous defense, but their goalie is substantially better than Holy Cross. Bartus is a solid netminder who can win games. That's even if that's who they draw in the second game. If they play AIC - that team's pretty awful, which from my understanding doesn't bode well for Brown. They've played down to that level before and lost. Still, Meisner is supposed to be this great, grand goalie, but IMHO he looks better because his team in front of him really is just that bad. They can go from a 2-1 lead to a 8-2 loss in about 15 minutes of game time.

Don't know anything about Minnesota State, which would help since, you know, we know Brown's playing them.

Humanoid
12-29-2012, 07:31 PM
Brown drops to Mankato, 3-1. once again the ugly PK unit rears its ugly head and gives up a PP goal, which is just plain ugly. Take back that goal, and Brown has themselves a different outcome. The fact that Naclerio scored on the PP helps soften the blow, but there are major issues with Brown right now. The offense didn't generate enough, and I don't think Borelli played horrible, but still, there's too many non-serviceable guys.

Anyone at the game with some insight?

kdiff77
12-29-2012, 09:29 PM
I wasn't there, but watched online. Some notes:

-Borelli was apparently playing with the flu, so kudos to him for even suiting up. DeFilippo had some issue with his knee, so he wasn't going to start.
-Forget the PP goal (though it sucks that we gave yet another one up), if that stupid first period goal that hit the glass, bounced over the crossbar, off Borelli's glove and into the net had taken even a slightly different deflection, it would have been a 1-1 game in the third. Fluky goals happen, but I'd rather give one up that the other team earned.
-Both teams played a solid, physical game and the refs were letting EVERYTHING go- which was nice, because it was not a dirty game by any means.
-The shot statistics are misleading. We had the puck in their zone for the majority of the second and third periods, but couldn't get anything through to the net because their defense just clogged every single shooting lane. Their goalie also had terrific positioning, though he didn't do anything flashy. The only goal came on a shorthanded 2-on-1.
-Greg Tang and Jake Goldberg both did a fine job filling in on defense. I can't imagine why Tang has never played before, as he looked very composed and played smartly. Goldberg did not look like a guy who had played forward for two years, as he played a stay-at-home role and never looked to rush the puck.
-Though we lost, I loved the fight Brown showed. They never gave up, and the last two minutes or so were spent desperately trying to claw their way into overtime. It was to no avail, but the effort was most certainly there.

We get AIC tomorrow, and though they beat us last year, we should pretty clearly beat them by a few goals. They lost to UConn 7-2 tonight, so we should easily dispatch of them. I hope Whittet's message to the team is something completely different (we can't afford to get cocky), but we should sweep the floor with these guys.

BrunoFan00
12-30-2012, 08:08 AM
I wasn't there, but watched online. Some notes:

-Borelli was apparently playing with the flu, so kudos to him for even suiting up. DeFilippo had some issue with his knee, so he wasn't going to start.
-Forget the PP goal (though it sucks that we gave yet another one up), if that stupid first period goal that hit the glass, bounced over the crossbar, off Borelli's glove and into the net had taken even a slightly different deflection, it would have been a 1-1 game in the third. Fluky goals happen, but I'd rather give one up that the other team earned.
-Both teams played a solid, physical game and the refs were letting EVERYTHING go- which was nice, because it was not a dirty game by any means.
-The shot statistics are misleading. We had the puck in their zone for the majority of the second and third periods, but couldn't get anything through to the net because their defense just clogged every single shooting lane. Their goalie also had terrific positioning, though he didn't do anything flashy. The only goal came on a shorthanded 2-on-1.
-Greg Tang and Jake Goldberg both did a fine job filling in on defense. I can't imagine why Tang has never played before, as he looked very composed and played smartly. Goldberg did not look like a guy who had played forward for two years, as he played a stay-at-home role and never looked to rush the puck.
-Though we lost, I loved the fight Brown showed. They never gave up, and the last two minutes or so were spent desperately trying to claw their way into overtime. It was to no avail, but the effort was most certainly there.

We get AIC tomorrow, and though they beat us last year, we should pretty clearly beat them by a few goals. They lost to UConn 7-2 tonight, so we should easily dispatch of them. I hope Whittet's message to the team is something completely different (we can't afford to get cocky), but we should sweep the floor with these guys.

I was there, and the above assessment is pretty close. Yes, both teams played a clean, physical brand, and the refs let them play; the calls were all warranted (truthfully, I didn't see the Zaires penalty, but the game was well-called, so I assume it was there).

Goldberg and Tang played well; there were a couple of times where Tang looked out of place, or tentative, but I assume that happens when you haven't seen the ice for a live game in two years. I specifically recall a couple of rushes with Wahl where Wahl decided to keep the puck rather than give to Tang - that's a confidence in a linemate, I think.

Goldberg looked good. I don't think he will make people remember McMonagle when he made the switch, but he can give the team minutes. I was impressed late in the third to see Goldberg with Pfeil - a freshman whose value went up exponentially now that DeConcylis is temporarily sidelined.

While AIC is a team Brown should realistically beat, and score against, they did beat Quinnipiac earlier this year in Hamden, and we played insanely flat against them last year. I didn't think Brown was particularly intense until the last ten minutes of the game against Minnesota State - yes, carried play at times, but nothing particularly memorable. Thus, the first ten minutes against AIC will be quite telling. My concern is that it ends up like the Holy Cross game - come out flying, give up a fluky goal, and now you're down against a team that should realistically be getting throttled.

This is a game for guys like Harlow, Hathaway, Hourihan, and Jacobson, none of whom has played particularly good hockey or been visible on the attack, to get into a groove and do something offensively. Somebody besides Matt Lorito has to score goals, otherwise this will be a long second half of the year.

DarthBruno
12-30-2012, 03:18 PM
I'm curious -- especially given the title of this thread.

What would it take for Brown hockey to REALLY become a winning team? --An exciting, reasonably consistent team with some flashy firepower on offense and a rock-solid D that can contribute to scoring as well as bottle up the competition? And a Danis-level goalie?

How do we get there? Is it hopeless? I've watched Brown hockey faithfully for decades, but sometimes I feel we're all fooling ourselves that we'll ever again have a team like Toomey's in the mid 1970s, or the one Damian Prescott skated on.

Coaches come and go, and with a few exceptions, the Bears are inconsistent and disappointing most of the time. I am touched by the earnest belief of fans on this board that the glory days are just around the corner. But I've been hearing it for 30 years. I'm getting beyond cynical. And that's sad.

Personally, I don't feel see a lot of institutional support for traditionally big-ticket sports at Brown... Yes, we have great programs in this or that smaller sport, and Phil Estes has managed to stay in the top half of the league most years with his football program.

But I would like to have a stretch of really excellent hockey teams at Brown. Teams that fill Meehan again and go to the playoffs every year and even occasionally get a crack at the Final Four. Can that happen? Why not?

How do we convince the best players to come here? How do we find THE coach who lifts their skills and teamwork to the highest level? What is the magic formula? Share your wish list! Within the recruiting and season restraints of the Ivy League, what should Brown's New Year's resolutions be when it comes to ramping up men's hockey once and for all?

Humanoid
12-30-2012, 09:41 PM
A couple of thoughts on today's big win over AIC:

- I know it needs to be tempered because AIC is such a horrible team, but this is the type of win Brown needs against a team like AIC. When you're playing a team with a defense that takes essentially entire periods off, you have to be able to score and score with lethal efficiency. When they give you a 5 and 10 power play, you have to score on them. Brown took care of business in an extremely efficient way, and while AIC is a terrible team, winning 7-2 is exactly the outcome that leaves you satisfied in watching the game.

- Great to see Pfeil picking up four points and Prescott picking up multiple goals. All except for like 3 guys in the Brown lineup got into the act, and that's a huge positive for a team that's had trouble finding other people to score points.

- Sometimes a game like this is exactly what a team needs to kickstart its heart (if you'll allow me the phrase from when Brown came out to that song a number of years.... somewhere Nikki Sixx is smiling at the irony that the Brown team that came out to that song was fairly dead). They've gotten through the part of the season where the guys dropped like flies, and now they'll have a chance to work out some new lineup combos when they scrimmage the Russian Red Stars. I wouldn't be shocked to see Brown really go crazy in that game before heading up to Clarkson and St. Lawrence, which is exactly the road trip Brown could possibly want right now. If they take some good points up in the north country, they all of a sudden come back on a roll.

- One thing that is really great for Brown is the fact that AIC only had 27 shots. I remember the Holy Cross game earlier this year where Brown outshot them by a 2:1 margin, yet HC beat Brown's defense with its forwards. Brown limited shot selection. Yes, AIC's team is horrendous, but the forwards have a couple of guys with skating ability. LImiting shot selection and limiting the amount of looks on Borelli is the first step towards overcompensating for what's been a disastrous goaltending campaign.

- If it wasn't before, this weekend is officially making it so it's Borelli's job to lose now. A little bit of open competition never hurt, but I think if Brown can keep the shot totals between 25-30 with its patchwork defense, then we can all be ELATED at the performance by the players and coaching staff. This is going to be a masterpiece of a coaching job if they can piece together a defense that can stop some teams and eke out some wins down the stretch.

- I'm going to Northeastern on Saturday for Bentley-NU. I think it would be a great idea to sit behind the NU bench with a Brown university hoodie on. Or would that be too forward?

BrunoFan00
12-30-2012, 10:19 PM
A couple of thoughts on today's big win over AIC:

- I know it needs to be tempered because AIC is such a horrible team, but this is the type of win Brown needs against a team like AIC. When you're playing a team with a defense that takes essentially entire periods off, you have to be able to score and score with lethal efficiency. When they give you a 5 and 10 power play, you have to score on them. Brown took care of business in an extremely efficient way, and while AIC is a terrible team, winning 7-2 is exactly the outcome that leaves you satisfied in watching the game.

- Great to see Pfeil picking up four points and Prescott picking up multiple goals. All except for like 3 guys in the Brown lineup got into the act, and that's a huge positive for a team that's had trouble finding other people to score points.

- Sometimes a game like this is exactly what a team needs to kickstart its heart (if you'll allow me the phrase from when Brown came out to that song a number of years.... somewhere Nikki Sixx is smiling at the irony that the Brown team that came out to that song was fairly dead). They've gotten through the part of the season where the guys dropped like flies, and now they'll have a chance to work out some new lineup combos when they scrimmage the Russian Red Stars. I wouldn't be shocked to see Brown really go crazy in that game before heading up to Clarkson and St. Lawrence, which is exactly the road trip Brown could possibly want right now. If they take some good points up in the north country, they all of a sudden come back on a roll.

- One thing that is really great for Brown is the fact that AIC only had 27 shots. I remember the Holy Cross game earlier this year where Brown outshot them by a 2:1 margin, yet HC beat Brown's defense with its forwards. Brown limited shot selection. Yes, AIC's team is horrendous, but the forwards have a couple of guys with skating ability. LImiting shot selection and limiting the amount of looks on Borelli is the first step towards overcompensating for what's been a disastrous goaltending campaign.

- If it wasn't before, this weekend is officially making it so it's Borelli's job to lose now. A little bit of open competition never hurt, but I think if Brown can keep the shot totals between 25-30 with its patchwork defense, then we can all be ELATED at the performance by the players and coaching staff. This is going to be a masterpiece of a coaching job if they can piece together a defense that can stop some teams and eke out some wins down the stretch.

- I'm going to Northeastern on Saturday for Bentley-NU. I think it would be a great idea to sit behind the NU bench with a Brown university hoodie on. Or would that be too forward?

Truthfully, it's hard to get too excited about a 7-2 win, simply because AIC was THAT bad. Their goalie was immobile, their defense slow, and their offense disorganized. The first goal was a result of a turnover that gift-wrapped the puck in front of Borelli. The second goal came after one of the Bear defensemen hopped off for a change and AIC sprung for a 2-on-1 break.

Pfeil and Prescott looked good, and Harlow probably played his most complete game. Hathaway, while not on the scoresheet, had a couple of great shifts, one of which led to Prescott's first goal of the game.

Borelli is the starter moving forward, without a doubt, as he gutted out this weekend - he definitely didn't look 100% today. Given Brown's holes on defense, and relative lack of consistency in back, limiting opponents to 20-25 shots and keeping pucks where the goalies can see them may be Brown's only shot at consistent victories.

I can only imagine where this team would be if Quick and Widman were healthy and the turncoats had ended up in Providence instead of the South End of Boston. Not that it matters at this point.

Humanoid, if you end up at Matthews, I'm sure you can think of some colorful things to yell from the stands. But try not to hurt anyone's feelings. Ha.

And as an FYI: the Kickstart my Heart entry music was for the 2003 squad, captained by Korbl and featuring Robinson, Haggett, Danis, et al, certainly one of Brown's best entries of the past decade.

Finally, the Bears will not see a team as bad as AIC the rest of the way, this much we know. So getting a confidence booster in time for an exhibition and a layoff heading into the league stretch run was just what the doctor ordered. For that, we are thankful for their obliging us.

kdiff77
12-30-2012, 11:58 PM
That 2003 team went 10-2-5 at home. Maybe we should bring back Kickstart My Heart; apparently it turned Meehan into a fortress.

Humanoid
12-31-2012, 09:23 AM
That 2003 team went 10-2-5 at home. Maybe we should bring back Kickstart My Heart; apparently it turned Meehan into a fortress.

I think I mixed it up with the team that came out to Invisible Touch by Genesis. That might've been the last year of Roger Grillo.

kdiff77
12-31-2012, 01:24 PM
Well, that team was certainly invisible on the ice. So it's fitting.

Mike Hutter
01-01-2013, 11:35 AM
Reading the comments on the Yale thread regarding Yale's game against the Russian team indicate that Brown has another game as with AIC to get ready for the Clarkson/StL weekend. BTW, How did Tang and Goldberg fare against AIC? Is DeConcilyis out for awhile?

kdiff77
01-01-2013, 04:01 PM
Reading the comments on the Yale thread regarding Yale's game against the Russian team indicate that Brown has another game as with AIC to get ready for the Clarkson/StL weekend. BTW, How did Tang and Goldberg fare against AIC? Is DeConcilyis out for awhile?

Tang and Goldberg were a lot less noticeable against AIC, but I suppose that means they didn't screw up at all. I'm hoping they can provide 10 minutes or so a game going forward.

Haven't heard any news on DeConcylis; Euler? Bruno? Anyone?

BrunoFan00
01-01-2013, 04:22 PM
Tang and Goldberg were a lot less noticeable against AIC, but I suppose that means they didn't screw up at all. I'm hoping they can provide 10 minutes or so a game going forward.

Haven't heard any news on DeConcylis; Euler? Bruno? Anyone?

I actually thought Goldberg played well against AIC. He had a pretty assist on Lamacchia's goal, and carried the puck well when asked. Honeslty, the defensemen that played poorly against AIC, comparatively speaking, we're Robertson and Wahl.

I would be surprised to see DeConcylis go against the Russians, but expect him back for the trip north.

Euler18
01-01-2013, 08:55 PM
I've watched Brown hockey faithfully for decades, but sometimes I feel we're all fooling ourselves that we'll ever again have a team like Toomey's in the mid 1970s, or the one Damian Prescott skated on.

Two quick comments:

1. Re. Dick Toomey's teams: Toomey was, I believe, a great coach. But he also benefited from looser standards in Brown's Admissions Office and in Ivy League sports in general. Remember that there was no Academic Index.

2. In the 1996-97 season Damian Prescott scored 20 goals, but the team finished last and didn't make the playoffs. (At that time, ten out of twelve teams made the playoffs.) In 1997-98 Prescott scored 25 goals, the team finished fourth in the league, but was eliminated by Princeton in the quarterfinals.

Brown09
01-01-2013, 09:05 PM
A short profile of Brown recruit Kyle Kramer, from the Nanaimo Clippers: an agitator with scoring touch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tO9sedReIk

Brown09
01-01-2013, 09:16 PM
A couple of videos featuring Brown recruit Davey Middleton (Cedar Rapids Roughriders):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RktqOYyb6-k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsS3ToxwijE

Brown09
01-01-2013, 09:21 PM
A video interview with Brown recruit Tyler Steel, from the Merritt Centennials:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HzguhLyodA

And a story on Steel on "The World of Junior Hockey":

http://theworldofjuniorhockey.blogspot.com/2012/10/cents-goaltender-tyler-steel-commits-to.html

Humanoid
01-01-2013, 10:20 PM
Two quick comments:

1. Re. Dick Toomey's teams: Toomey was, I believe, a great coach. But he also benefited from looser standards in Brown's Admissions Office and in Ivy League sports in general. Remember that there was no Academic Index.

2. In the 1996-97 season Damian Prescott scored 20 goals, but the team finished last and didn't make the playoffs. (At that time, ten out of twelve teams made the playoffs.) In 1997-98 Prescott scored 25 goals, the team finished fourth in the league, but was eliminated by Princeton in the quarterfinals.

Remember that in Brendan's first year, Brown was 0-7-1 following a loss to Bentley at home before Thanksgiving. Then a water cooler reportedly got thrown, and Brown went 13-13-3 the rest of the way. They were also 5-12-1 at some point and finished the year 8-8-1. So while Prescott was fantastic, I'd much rather take a team with that type of heart any day of the week. I really believe that Brown has the potential to put everything kind of back together in the second half of the year.

We will know more about this team after the Clarkson/SLU trip. If they come back with 2-4 points, then I think we can say that they are appearing to turn the corner. The question then becomes if they can actually do it.