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ncaasuperfan
03-05-2013, 06:02 PM
Congratulations to the Brown Bears for a rewarding home ice finish. I have been following the bears all season, and although i don't get the opportunity to go to any games I have been following them through the internet

I have to agree with coach Whittets' comments with regards to Saturday nights game against Colgate. I also agree that the Bears actually played better against Cornell and all four lines were clicking well allowing the Bears to comfortably outshoot a very good Cornell squad. A few unfortunate turnovers and bad bounces resulted in Cornell's victory.

On the other hand as coach Whittet states the bears got quite a few lucky breaks in their goals for a change and Borelli had another outstanding game. The offence was not as sharp as the night before but the Bears faced a Colgate goalie that looked very shaky right from the start. Most of the goals were the result of a very unconfident goalie with two shots coming from outside the blueline, Harlow's going in and one hitting the post. Colgates offence was strong resulting in them having much better scoring opportunities with Borelli shutting them down and Colgate out shooting the bears

It was nice to see other players get on the score sheet even though as Whittet states they were guided by luck. It is my opinion that the bears need their skilled players to step up even more to be successful in the playoffs. In my opinion Lorito, Nclerio, Hathaway, Lappin, Zaire's, Harlow, and Lamacchia need to push even harder. It was nice to see Harlow catch some breaks. Both Harlow and Lamacchia have been quiet lately and seemed to be losing some confidence. Both players need to push themselves more for the team to be successful as both have a history of being top goal scorers. Lamacchia seems to be struggling to get some points but looking at team stats he is 2nd amongst forward with shots on goal, so he should catch some breaks. I anticipate the coaching staff will be trying to get the best out of these players. Because they know that they need all these guys.

In the upcoming Clarkson series the Bears need those players to push even harder. I agree with Meehan that skill from all four lines are necessary to succeed just like New Jersey. We must also acknowledge that Borelli is the main reason for our success and we need him to continue to be solid. His play has been a blessing for the bears in this run to the playoffs.

The bears power play has also been struggling for many games. Hopefully the coaches will find something that clicks. They have been tinkering with different options and nothing seems to be clicking. Power plays at any level need to be successful to any winning team. I liked the original powerplay with the 4 forwards and one defense, thought that they generated alot more scoring chances.

This group of kids never give up and in order to achieve success all have to contribute and you can't depend on freshman no matter how great to carry you over the top just look at Northeastern with you know who, that's right didn't even make playoffs. They need a big boost from their older guys to push them over these next obstacles. They should be proud of their achievement of home ice, but quickly forget about it and look forward to a good Clarkson team.

All in all I am pleased with the positives this year and look forward to more exciting moments to come.

Best of luck to the bears in the playoffs and lets hope we grab an ECAC Title.

Humanoid
03-06-2013, 12:35 PM
Found this playoff preview online for the Brown-Clarkson series.

http://excalibursportspage.com/2013/03/06/ecac-playoffs-clarkson-at-brown/

kdiff77
03-06-2013, 12:51 PM
Found this playoff preview online for the Brown-Clarkson series.

http://excalibursportspage.com/2013/03/06/ecac-playoffs-clarkson-at-brown/

What is he talking about? Clarkson never gave up 11 goals in a game.

vicb
03-06-2013, 12:53 PM
Found this playoff preview online for the Brown-Clarkson series.

http://excalibursportspage.com/2013/03/06/ecac-playoffs-clarkson-at-brown/

Not sure what season this guy is talking about. Clarkson did not give up 11 goals in a single game to Union this year (that was in 2010 :( ).
Clarkson did not beat Quinnipiac this year either but did lose a close 2-1 game in Hamden.

For Clarkson to win this one they have to have Lewis outplay Borelli in the nets and they have to stay out of the penalty box.

eXcSports
03-06-2013, 01:07 PM
Not sure what season this guy is talking about. Clarkson did not give up 11 goals in a single game to Union this year (that was in 2010 :( ).
Clarkson did not beat Quinnipiac this year either but did lose a close 2-1 game in Hamden.

For Clarkson to win this one they have to have Lewis outplay Borelli in the nets and they have to stay out of the penalty box.

Yeah I had to make an adjustment. This is why I can't write stuff at 2 AM anymore; stats and schedules get all glossy. I meant to say that this Clarkson team has the majority of their core being the same from last year save for Karpowich and Tremblay/Oakley. The Qpac thing and 11-goal game I just totally fanned on. It happens every now and then.

KFBS
03-06-2013, 05:07 PM
So there's two message boards floating around that I was really enjoying but they died off. One was about the Mt. Rushmore of a program and who would be on it.

Is there any doubt that Brendan Whittet gets on that after this season? Even if Brown goes two and out against Clarkson, he's gotten more out of this team than ever thought possible. Remember that this team, BEFORE injuries and BEFORE the season started (back when Roy was supposed to still be coming to Brown) was a UNANIMOUS choice to finish dead last.

Yann Danis, Brendan Whittet, Damian Prescott and Steve King.

If anyone says Roger Grillo, you're get a size 13 Humanoid boot in your you knows.

You might want to go back further than 1998 in your media guide.

Mike Hutter
03-06-2013, 05:40 PM
here is Ken Schotts' take on Brown/Clarkson.

http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2013/mar/05/college-hockey-slap-schotts-week-20-ecach-tourney-/

vicb: Will McPherson be playing this weekend?

Mike Hutter
03-06-2013, 05:42 PM
What is wrong with Sullivan? He's been slighting Brown for quite some time. Isn't he the same Brian Sullivan who used to attend games in person and was a diehard fan? It's a common enough name; I could be wrong.

The heck with him. I'd rather read KDiff's blog anyway. ;)

Here's your chance to go after Sullivan:

http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2013/mar/06/uschocom-writer-sullivan-talks-ecac-hockey-tourney/

vicb
03-06-2013, 06:40 PM
........
vicb: Will McPherson be playing this weekend?

I have not heard anything about his status.

MamaBear
03-06-2013, 09:40 PM
What about Curt Bennett? The Cat? Dick Toomey? James Fullerton?

In terms of recent players/coaches, I think you nailed it. But Brown has plenty of greats from long-gone eras who should be recognized. I think only Danis makes the list if we're talking all-time.

Love the way you think, kdiff... Fullerton's got to be Brown hockey's Vince Lombardi and The Cat was pure magic.

Euler18
03-07-2013, 11:40 AM
A TEAM LEADERSHIP COUNCIL? What's THAT?

For the sake of conversation, I can't resist posting this story about a peculiar institution at Bowdoin College: the "Leadership Council," comprised of the hockey captains, five additional players, and Assistant Coach Jamie Dumont, who advise Head Coach Terry Meagher on a number of matters, including, evidently, goaltender selection. The Meagher brothers starred on those great Boston University teams in the 1970s. What's the connection to Brown? Terry had an amazing game against Brown in the 1976 ECAC finals, and his brother Rick scored the winning goal against Brown in the 1975 ECAC semifinals, which featured one of the greatest displays of goaltending in a Brown uniform by Kevin McCabe. It's also been rumored that Terry was considered for the Brown head coaching job in the 1980s. Terry Meagher's cerebral approach to hockey is raher unique, and he isn't afraid to try new ideas, whether it's a three-back system or a council of team advisors. He must be doing something right. 498 career wins, two NESCAC championships and three trips to the NCAA tournament over the past four years, a consistently exciting (for this Bowdoin alumnus sometimes a bit TOO exciting), highly offensive product on the ice.

It's a short article and worthwhile reading.

http://www.pressherald.com/sports/solloway/the-coach-who-thrives-on-listening_2013-03-06.html

Brunofan
03-07-2013, 03:01 PM
Harry Z's latest:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/03/03/flyers-harry-zolnierczyk-suspended-four-games/1960579/

On my way to Providence yesterday, I was listening to the Flyers' game on NHL radio network. When Harry made the hit, the announcer said it was the hardest check he had seen in a long time. He added that it did not appear to be a dirty one.

When the suspension is over, I am looking forward to Volpatti v. Harry Z on March 31 on TV.

Hope he's not on the path to becoming another Matt Cooke. I'm surprised that the players or teams themselves don't police players like this out of the league who are always one shift away from ending someone's career.

Brunofan
03-07-2013, 03:43 PM
So there's two message boards floating around that I was really enjoying but they died off. One was about the Mt. Rushmore of a program and who would be on it.

Is there any doubt that Brendan Whittet gets on that after this season? Even if Brown goes two and out against Clarkson, he's gotten more out of this team than ever thought possible. Remember that this team, BEFORE injuries and BEFORE the season started (back when Roy was supposed to still be coming to Brown) was a UNANIMOUS choice to finish dead last.

Yann Danis, Brendan Whittet, Damian Prescott and Steve King.

If anyone says Roger Grillo, you're get a size 13 Humanoid boot in your you knows.

Must be a 90's grad with this list! Let's chalk up the very premature addition of Brendan to this list to the blinding euphoria of Brown getting a home playoff series!

vicb
03-07-2013, 07:23 PM
Less than 24 hours to get your picks in: http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?103798-ECAC-Pick-the-Playoffs-2013

BrunoFan00
03-07-2013, 09:19 PM
Must be a 90's grad with this list! Let's chalk up the very premature addition of Brendan to this list to the blinding euphoria of Brown getting a home playoff series!

Yeah, I'm not certain that Whittet gets on the list just yet. I'm not ready to anoint a coach who has brought the Bears to one ECAC Final Four and a 7th place finish ahead of a Fullerton or Toomey, and certainly not above Danis, Bennett, Bennett. Prescott had two good years, definitely not in my top five, never mind top four.

Mike Hutter
03-07-2013, 10:19 PM
Great news for Borelli, Lorito and Robertson as well as Brown!!

http://www.brownbears.com/sports/m-hockey/2012-13/releases/20130307h5wff7

Mike Hutter
03-08-2013, 11:54 AM
Taking a break from snowshoveling, I was on the Web and noted that Mark Divver is reporting Hathaway will be playing tonight. Great news. it will be interesting to see now Brendan's lines for this weekend. They all played well against Colgate.

kdiff77
03-08-2013, 02:37 PM
There's no chance the game will be postponed because of snow, is there? I don't know how the streets are around Meehan but certain areas got about a foot and a half.

jericho
03-08-2013, 03:09 PM
Hope he's not on the path to becoming another Matt Cooke. I'm surprised that the players or teams themselves don't police players like this out of the league who are always one shift away from ending someone's career.

Here's my Matt Cooke story:

My first full time job out of college, I was working for a local manufacturer of window treatments. We dealt with vendors from all over Canada and USA. One time, a woman from western Canada called me up to complain that her customer didn't think that his room darkening shades were dark enough. I told that I'll see what I can do with them as far as remaking them, but then she told me that her customer was world famous <strike> hack </strike>hockey player Matt Cooke of the Canucks. Then I told her that I wasn't a fan of his and he should worry about scoring goals instead of his sleep patterns. :D

turk181
03-08-2013, 04:12 PM
Harry Z allowed to play in the AHL (sent down today).... http://theahl.com/ahl-rules-on-zolnierczyk-eligibility-p182437