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kdiff77
01-11-2013, 11:12 AM
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Some quick thoughts and notes before the trip to the North Country this weekend.

kdiff77
01-11-2013, 09:23 PM
I wasn't able to watch Brown's 3-2 victory of Clarkson tonight, but it looks like Borelli had another strong night and it's good to see Jacobsen get back to his scoring ways that have been missing all season. If there was ANY doubt about Borelli being the starter going forward, it's been erased. He still hasn't allowed more than two goals in a game and has a 3-1-3 record. Sorry, Marco.

kdiff77
01-11-2013, 09:27 PM
Another point of importance: we were perfect (1-1, but still) on the power play, and gave up precisely ZERO shorthanded opportunities. That's right- a Brown hockey team didn't take a penalty throughout the course of a 60 minute game. And we won. Shocking, I know.

BrunoFan00
01-11-2013, 10:45 PM
Another point of importance: we were perfect (1-1, but still) on the power play, and gave up precisely ZERO shorthanded opportunities. That's right- a Brown hockey team didn't take a penalty throughout the course of a 60 minute game. And we won. Shocking, I know.

Brown didn't take many penalties at the UConn tournament either. They had one in the third that led to a PP goal for Minnesota State, but against AIC I can't recall any. Truthfully, the Bears can't afford too many penalties, particularly by their D-men, considering their lack of depth.

I'm curious if they rolled out six D and all four lines in the third period, or if there was a shortened bench. Either way, I'm hoping to catch some of tomorrow's game from afar, even though that means listening to the SLU call. May have to be LiveStats!

vicb
01-12-2013, 08:38 AM
Another point of importance: we were perfect (1-1, but still) on the power play, and gave up precisely ZERO shorthanded opportunities. That's right- a Brown hockey team didn't take a penalty throughout the course of a 60 minute game. And we won. Shocking, I know.

I watched the game over the internet and the zero penalties on Brown and only one on Clarkson was a farce. But I will say, for once the officials called a game consistently through out, they basically called nothing. Granted there were not a lot of plays that called for penalties.

Borelli played well for Brown but the first Clarkson goal was definitely a sieve shot from the circle that went in off his glove.

Last but not least Brown scored the game winner late in period 2 when they made a late line change and then the officials do not allow Clarkson (the home team) the last change. Not saying it would have made a difference but there is no way the officials should have not allowed Clarkson to make the last line change and put fresh players on the ice to counter Browns fresh players.

It was a good win for Brown and they deserved the win. Congrats.

BrunoFan00
01-16-2013, 09:42 AM
Bad news:

Though we already knew Marco was out with injury, Matt Wahl will be out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to a report this week in the Projo.

Who steps up? Is this is the proverbial straw? How much adversity can this team take? On the cusp of contending for home playoffs, as usual, but it's going to be a matter of points - and the Bears need wins to contend. Otherwise, it's another swing on the road.

On a positive note, Matt Lorito keeps filling the goal. Hope he can stay healthy!

Who is next to play D? Siers? Drolet? Senecal? Robertson or bust for 51 minutes a game?!

Humanoid
01-16-2013, 11:51 AM
Bad news:

Though we already knew Marco was out with injury, Matt Wahl will be out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to a report this week in the Projo.

Who steps up? Is this is the proverbial straw? How much adversity can this team take? On the cusp of contending for home playoffs, as usual, but it's going to be a matter of points - and the Bears need wins to contend. Otherwise, it's another swing on the road.

On a positive note, Matt Lorito keeps filling the goal. Hope he can stay healthy!

Who is next to play D? Siers? Drolet? Senecal? Robertson or bust for 51 minutes a game?!

If they don't move Drolet back, Whittet might need to come out of retirement and play himself. Or they'll have to dip onto the club team like they did with the goalie situation. This is bad.

Robertson is almost assuredly going to be an iron man and quadruple shift from here on out. Maybe when Marco is healthy, they can take the third goalie and skate him as a defensemen. It worked for the Mighty Ducks in D3 - you know, the one where Gordon Bombay wasn't the coach.

kdiff77
01-16-2013, 06:52 PM
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Some thoughts on what could be an incredibly brutal stretch, especially considering our key injuries.

kdiff77
01-17-2013, 04:11 PM
Mark Divver reported on Twitter that Crowley could be out this weekend, and that Borelli has missed the past two practices with the flu.

Clearly, we've somehow invoked the wrath of the hockey gods, and they're not taking it easy on us.

Mike Hutter
01-17-2013, 06:10 PM
Big weekend coming up. Time to break the Dartmouth w streak? Outplay Harvard again but win? The injury report does not bode well. How much time can Robertson realistically log? But even with all of the injuries Brown has had, Brendan has had the team in every game except PC. I see a W over Harvard and as well a W over Dartmouth. Interestingly, Ken Schott has Brown over Harvard but a 4-2 L against Dartmouth. He surely is aware of the injuries but obviously sees something in Brown.
http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2013/jan/17/ecac-hockey-faceoff-selections-2012-13-week-15/

kdiff77
01-18-2013, 04:54 PM
Jesus. This is just absurd now.

Borelli is out tonight with the flu, so Marco DeFilippo will be essentially playing through the pain of whatever knee injury he has sustained so that we don't have to start our club team third-stringer. Chris Zaires is out for the game because of a lower body injury that occurred in practice yesterday. Crowley will play, contrary to previous information, but will do so battling an upper body injury.

We could be in heaps of trouble against a really terrific Dartmouth team.

Humanoid
01-19-2013, 11:24 AM
Jesus. This is just absurd now.

Borelli is out tonight with the flu, so Marco DeFilippo will be essentially playing through the pain of whatever knee injury he has sustained so that we don't have to start our club team third-stringer. Chris Zaires is out for the game because of a lower body injury that occurred in practice yesterday. Crowley will play, contrary to previous information, but will do so battling an upper body injury.

We could be in heaps of trouble against a really terrific Dartmouth team.

I think Brown is showing some extreme resilience the likes of which we've never seen. Yes, they lost last night, but I think when you look at this team, Brendan is doing his best job of coaching these guys up that any of us might see in recent past or future history. He has virtually no skaters left that are healthy, and he's getting the most out of his team. Consider this:

1) Before the season started, this team was supposed to have Wonder Boy playing alongside Quick, Lidman, and Baby Wonder Boy in net. They were supposed to enter the season with 3 goalies, a solid slate of defense, and at least three lines of decent skaters. Brandon Pfeil was maybe going to crack the second d-pairing, but for the most part he would be expected to play third pairing or just sit back and cycle in when needed, otherwise playing in a rotation with Panziris and Crowley or De Concilis. Because of everything that's happened, Pfeil is a top pairing guy because Wahl is out. The fact that Brown's defense is as patchworked as it is means they have to play completely disciplined and not make ANY mistakes. At some point, the lack of horses haunts them, but the fact that they're not as bad as some of the results plaguing teams like AIC or Alabama-Huntsville is a testament to the coaches coaching the players they brought in.

2) If anyone's worried about playing time, I don't think they have to worry about it anymore.

3) How's this for stats - against Dartmouth, Brown took 2 minor penalties. Against SLU, they took 6. Against Clarkson - zero. In all three games, the other team has been penalized more than Brown. That's some MAJOR discipline that not only do they not take DUMB penalties, they simply don't take any penalties. Does that mean Bruno's playing ultra-conservative? Probably. I'm willing to bet there are a couple bangers on this team that can't bang because they can't run the risk of a penalty. But the adjustment in play is, for what it's worth, pretty good.

4) When I think of Brown this year, I think of Jack Lengyll's theory regarding Marshall football when he was training a bunch of freshmen, basketball players, baseball players, and never-would-be's on his football team. Obviously I'm not comparing Brown's injuries to the tragedy of the Marshall plane crash, but this is what I mean. When Coach Lengyll asssembled his team, he wanted to run the offense of the times - a Power I, 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense. He realized that his offensive linemen could be manhandled by the coaching staff and realized the Power I wasn't going to work. The movie We are Marshall depicts something that actually happened - he took his playbook and stood in front of a chalk board and said, "Well Power I - can't run it, can't do it. Gotta change our thinking" and drops the playbook in the trash. He goes up to WVU and learns an entire new offense over 2 days. I'm willing to bet Brendan Whittet looked at his team, took his playbook, put it in drawer of his desk, and said, "Ok. Now what." It's tough to do, and Brown's going to LOSE A LOT. But at the same time, the fact that they're competitive is a testament to how hard this team is working to begin with.

kdiff77
01-19-2013, 12:41 PM
Humanoid, I completely agree with everything you said. This team has been remarkably steady in the face of almost comical amounts of adversity and injuries.

As for last night's game: typical Brown-Dartmouth. We can never seem to beat the Green. Marco DeFilippo proved beyond all doubt that he'll never be a starter-quality (though he deserves props for playing through the knee injury). The offense was definitely missing Chris Zaires, and the defense showed how perilously thin it is at the moment.

With that said, we can beat Harvard this afternoon. They're nothing special, and we should have at least tied them in Cambridge.

kdiff77
01-19-2013, 03:53 PM
Kick start my heart is back! Time to step it up.

BrunoFan00
01-19-2013, 10:45 PM
Humanoid, I completely agree with everything you said. This team has been remarkably steady in the face of almost comical amounts of adversity and injuries.

As for last night's game: typical Brown-Dartmouth. We can never seem to beat the Green. Marco DeFilippo proved beyond all doubt that he'll never be a starter-quality (though he deserves props for playing through the knee injury). The offense was definitely missing Chris Zaires, and the defense showed how perilously thin it is at the moment.

With that said, we can beat Harvard this afternoon. They're nothing special, and we should have at least tied them in Cambridge.

Some thoughts after this weekend:

1. Very proud that Brendan Whittet is our coach. This team has bought in, hook, line and sinker. They outskated Dartmouth for long periods of the game, and two mistakes cost them the game, as the Bears beat themselves. To bounce back against Harvard and dominate the Crimson was impressive. I like that this team has not used the "if only we had..." as an excuse, whether related to injury, defection, etc.

2. I've sang his praises before, but Jeffrey Ryan was awesome this weekend, terrific tonight with an absolute laser beam of a shot and great, consistent energy.

3. Matt Lorito is making everyone around him better,

4. Brandon Pfeil has made the transition from would-be 5th defenseman to top pairing guy seamlessly. He is playing with a ton of confidence and gave the Bears terrific shifts down the stretch, particularly after it looked like Robertson got a stinger after crashing into the boards.

5. Mark Naclerio is getting better every week.

On to Cornell and Colgate. I'm refusing to get too high after today, but in front of a great crowd, the Bears were completely dominant.

Mike Hutter
01-19-2013, 11:15 PM
After watching and listening to tgames on the 'Net, finally got to see team play Saturday. Impressive win.

Couple of comments:

1. Meehan was rocking 1700+. The quality of play seems to improve when there is a home crowd. When school starts, I hope the AD does something to get some students into Meehan for the remaining home games.

2. Bruno's freshmen class is solid. Best group I have seen in a long time.


3. Pfeil is the real deal. I thought he played very well. When skating with Robertson, the two were dominating H. Speaking about Dmen, Coach did a good job in rotating the 5 Dmen throughout the game. Hard to believe Goldberg is a recent convert to D as he played quite well and had some good shots on goal.

4. Borelli looks like a keeper. D cleared all the rebounds and helped him a lot. The first goal he had no chance on with the breakaway - I missed the start of the rush and don't know who slipped up- and the second goal was the result of very good passing which left him with no chance. While some might say his lateral quickness is not good, I would disagree.

5. While Siers did not get a lot of minutes (and none in third I believe), he contributed when Blackwell started playing physical in front of Brown's net. Siers stepped in, Blackwell couln't move him and the chippiness stopped.

6. Lorito is the real deal. tremendous vision on the ice and makes no mistakes. With his 3 assists he truly makes everyone better.

7. Passion. This team never stopped playing. Every loose puck was challenged, every time H came over the blue line there was a body waiting.

While I believe this team can advance in the playoffs, I keep looking forward to next year. With Robertson, Wahl, Quick, Nate and Dec coming back, D looks really solid; Lorito, jacobsen, hathaway and others will produce goals. I trust Coach has found a goalie and a sniper for next year's class and Brown is set.

kdiff77
01-20-2013, 10:48 AM
Hathaway had his best game in a Brown uniform yesterday. He was flying all over the ice, and his line (with Lorito and Jacobsen) was dominating almost every time they hit the ice. I can only remember seeing them in the defensive zone for an extended period of time once, and it came late in the third.

Hutter, you didn't even mention Brandon Pfeil in your list of returning defensemen. So, yeah, we're going to be in terrific shape in that front next year. We'll just need to find some stud of a goalie and our defense will be rock solid.


I don't know if anyone saw my previous post, but Brown entered the ice to "Kick Start My Heart" before the opening puck drop. It worked like a charm, as we played the best we have all season. Clearly, someone on this thread has sway with whoever controls the sound selection. :)

kdiff77
01-20-2013, 10:49 AM
Also: does anyone know why Harvard pulled Traber during a late PP but then put him back in with a minute to go? My friend and I were extremely puzzled.

Skate79
01-20-2013, 10:55 AM
Also: does anyone know why Harvard pulled Traber during a late PP but then put him back in with a minute to go? My friend and I were extremely puzzled.

With a power play, you can pull your goalie to get a two man advantage and have a better chance of scoring and making the final score more respectable. Once the PP is finished, it doesn't do you much good to keep the net empty when you are down by several goals. Game is essentially over. At least that is the rationale that most coaches use when explaining why they do it.

Mike Hutter
01-20-2013, 08:50 PM
Hathaway had his best game in a Brown uniform yesterday. He was flying all over the ice, and his line (with Lorito and Jacobsen) was dominating almost every time they hit the ice. I can only remember seeing them in the defensive zone for an extended period of time once, and it came late in the third.

Hutter, you didn't even mention Brandon Pfeil in your list of returning defensemen. So, yeah, we're going to be in terrific shape in that front next year. We'll just need to find some stud of a goalie and our defense will be rock solid.


I don't know if anyone saw my previous post, but Brown entered the ice to "Kick Start My Heart" before the opening puck drop. It worked like a charm, as we played the best we have all season. Clearly, someone on this thread has sway with whoever controls the sound selection. :)

Who does control the music selections?

I would fully agree with your assessment of the Lorito/Jacobsen/Hathaway line. I was focused almost exclusively when that line was on the ice on Lorito and clearly Hathaway benefited from his presence. Also, Jeff Ryan and Chris Zaires played well together. Have they been playing together in the past? Ryan's goal was an absolute laser.

On to Colgate and Cornell. I had taped the U -Colgate game and I think Brown matches up well with Colgate. Hopefully that Starr jinx can be beaten