PDA

View Full Version : Brown Hockey 2012-2013:Climbing the ECAC Ladder



Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 [42] 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

hawkeytown
03-16-2013, 07:57 AM
What a fun ride this turned into. Time to sweep the leg tonight and move on!

Did Roy score the game winner?

BrunoFan00
03-16-2013, 09:10 AM
Some thoughts from the greater Providence/Massachusetts area:

1. I'm convinced that if I had made the trip that Brown loses 4-1 and we're lamenting the near-end of another season. I have never, in about 20 games at Houston Field House, seen a win, or so it seems. Even in the 2010 playoff series, I was there only on Friday (which I believe was a win) but missed the penultimate game three. Work precluded me from making the drive on Friday, and so if it comes to a third game, I'm staying home.

2. Even if the Bears lose out, they're assured of a .500 season for the first time since 2004-05, a season when Haggett was among the top centermen in the league, Mike Meech put together a solid senior campaign, and Brian Ihnachak hadn't fallen from grace - and Brown's freshman class of Hurley, Prough, and McNary hadn't fallen victim to the hard years to follow. For a team picked to finish 12th by everyone - and that had no clear-cut #1 goalie, a ravaged defense, and nearly 100 man-games to injury - they've given us our money's worth.

3. Somewhere on the RPI thread, a poster commented that this is a bad team with a good goalie, which was backed up by a Yale team. Part of me agrees in that Borelli has given the Bears far more than we could have ever asked, but there's also a part that completely disagrees. This is a team in the strongest sense of the word. A guy like Zaires is moved off the wing to center in the playoffs, and Matt Lorito has surged. A freshman wins four huge faceoffs in the final two minutes of a one goal, series-clinching victory. And a Jake Goldberg moves from forward to defense and emerges as a legimitate #3 pointman, contributing both behind the blue line and on special teams. So bad team? I would contend the exact opposite - that this team's successes are built on the very essence of the team concept, where everyone plays his role, does his job, and relies on the other to do the same.

4. Mike Juola has a game winner in the playoffs. Jake Goldberg has a game winner in the playoffs. Anyone else have that on their card in November?

5. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but the last time Brown was in this place, in 2010 and last year against Quinnipiac (on the road with a 1-0 lead), the first periods were unmitigated disasters. Last year, the Q struck 2 minutes in; Yale scored 26 seconds in in the second game in 2010 en route to cruising to victory, and RPI scored 12 minutes or so in. In those periods, Brown was outscored something like 8-0. They need to be ready to face a highly-seeded team that does not want its season to end, because RPI is out of the NCAA conversation without this series. And I'm sure they know it.

6. To the point on Keith Allain getting a COY nod over Brendan Whittet, I would ask Yale fans where the Bulldogs would be without 95 man-games, let's say to Obuchowski (top frosh D), Fallen (top returning soph D), and an assortment of injuries to Laganiere (power forward), Young, Ruffolo, etc. And a decommitment of the top recruit (I guess Wilson?) I'm not trying to take anything away from Yale's season, and I'm obviously biased, but it doesn't seem like the nominations take context into consideration.

7. It's one game, and I'm certainly not punching any tickets for Atlantic City just yet. (ASIDE: Who thought putting the playoff final there was a good idea? It's five hours from nowhere, there isn't a campus within eyeshot, the city itself is not exactly appealing, and the games are 4 and 7 on Friday. Moronic). But either way I speak for a lot of people in saying this ride has been more than we could have asked.

8. The hubris is Hamden is something. After the loss last night, Rand Pecknold called his team a "great hockey team that just ran into a hot goalie." Can't imagine many coaches calling their team "great," particularly after a home loss to the #9 seed, when supposedly the #1 team in the land.

9. Be ready for the first period tonight. Seth Appert will have team ready, and any residual rust from a week layover will be gone, and the Bears must be ready for it.

Mike Hutter
03-16-2013, 09:45 AM
I would have to disagree on the week off not hurting our guys. Don't get me wrong - Brown played a great game, but the one RPI played was not even remotely like what we've been accustomed to seeing the past couple months. It was probably the worst execution I've seen since November. Blind passes to nobody, ill-advised passes through the slot dozens of times over the course of the game, inability to move the puck up ice for long stretches even when seemingly unpressured...it was a polar opposite from what's been the norm in 2013 so far.

It was weird because there would be short flashes of what we're used to seeing and the result would be a stretch of pressure in Brown's zone where we seemingly had all the momentum, then all of a sudden the next pass would be nowhere near its target and go out of the zone and we'd be back to square one for the next five minutes.

I was impressed by the speed and forechecking of a lot of the Brown players and noticed Whittet does a great job of getting the right guys out on the ice once he gains the zone. In multiple instances 2-3 guys changed on the fly while the puck was tied up on the boards in the RPI end in order to get the matchups he wanted, which led to RPI getting pinned in their own end repeatedly. The RPI defensive pair of Leboeuf and Bradley was dominated by your guys all night and it seemed hardly a shift went by where they didn't end up pinned in their defensive zone for way too long.

I thought Borelli played very well and Kasdorf played OK but not up to the level he's been at recently. He looked a bit like a freshman playing his first playoff game (surprise surprise). His positioning was off, he was moving around the crease way more than usual and gave up a lot of rebounds (which is often the case but seemed to be moreso tonight).

The GWG still has me ticked off as it was set up not only by a trip of Bubela in the Brown end which let them take the puck, but also what appeared to be an icing by the Bears which was waved off. Two things that would have at a minimum set up an offensive zone faceoff if not a power play for the Engineers, and instead RPI finds the puck in the back of its own net. The answer there for our guys is to not put themselves in a situation where a call or non-call is going to potentially decide the game late in the third. Brown took the hand they were dealt and capitalized to walk away with a win while RPI blew most of he chances they had. It happens. How they bounce back will be very telling.

Time to try and get caught up on sleep missed while traveling for work this week. Will be interesting to see how the two teams play tomorrow compared to tonight.

Can't disagree with a lot you said. Thinking back with your comments about LeBouef and Bradley, you are right. Leonard was your best Dman and L and B were clearly a few steps behind. I still don't think RPI was "rusty". Their passes into the slot were consistently well done, Brown couldn't stop them and but no score. May be rust in finishing but certainly not in starting.The odds are that RPI will start scoring on them unless Brown stops them.

Close call on the no-call you mention. But I do think a trip was in order on Brown when RPI was attacking in the final two minutes. Clearly, the refs had put away the whistles. For what it's worth, I believe the refs overall called a good game and there were certainly no calls that should have been made against RPI.

ncaasuperfan
03-16-2013, 12:53 PM
Why is Lamacchia not playing? Is he injured?

kdiff77
03-16-2013, 01:48 PM
Why is Lamacchia not playing? Is he injured?

He had a mediocre season and Whittet has been favoring more physical guys like Senecal lately. Brown has enough undersized forwards in Lorito, Naclerio, and Lappin, and there was really no set role for Lamacchia on this team. I'd expect to see him bounce back next year, but this year has been pretty disappointing for him.

ncaasuperfan
03-16-2013, 06:05 PM
He had a mediocre season and Whittet has been favoring more physical guys like Senecal lately. Brown has enough undersized forwards in Lorito, Naclerio, and Lappin, and there was really no set role for Lamacchia on this team. I'd expect to see him bounce back next year, but this year has been pretty disappointing for him.

I have to disagree with your views on Lamacchia. You mentioned. Lorito Nclero Lappin and I would add Lamacchia are their skilled players even though they are not their biggest players. Speed and skill is what college hockey is known for and those four have it, I would also add Hathaway and Ryan of course in that group also. I only have stats to go by so I curiously went back to confirm your comments with his individual stats. Only 9 points we probably expected more I agree but a mediocre season not so. 2nd in power play points, 2 nd in most shots on net behind Lorito, 1st in points on penalty kill, a plus in points for,2nd in face off percentage behind Nclero . Did we expect more points yes but to say mediocre season no. Size sure, but the guys u mentioned don't contribute offensively and you can't always count on Borelli to save the team. We will surely miss Borelli to bad Brown didn't know what they had in him until his last few months of his college career. Lets go Brown let's sweep tonight.

DarthBruno
03-16-2013, 08:48 PM
Losing Robertson to a trumped-up 5-minute major was the coup de grace for Brown tonight. We basically have negative depth on D. RPI ran all over us once our best D-man was out.

RPI played with energy and focus at both ends of the ice. Congrats to them. Onward to Sunday's game!

Mike Hutter
03-16-2013, 09:15 PM
Ugly game tonight.Brown dominated first five minutes of game, and that was it. RPI outplayed Brown for the rest of the game in every aspect.

Brendan has his Herb Brooks material by showing the cheap hit by RPI's #14 to the team. Whistle blows, Brown player by the boards behind goal, and 14 runs him into the boards, knocking the Brown player down. NO WHISTLE!! Brendan was furious. #14 may have thought he was going to teach Brown a lesson, b ut I am thinking it will backfire, with that cheap hit providing bruno the incentive to take it to RPI tomorrow night.

REDaero91
03-17-2013, 01:25 PM
Ugly game tonight.Brown dominated first five minutes of game, and that was it. RPI outplayed Brown for the rest of the game in every aspect.

Brendan has his Herb Brooks material by showing the cheap hit by RPI's #14 to the team. Whistle blows, Brown player by the boards behind goal, and 14 runs him into the boards, knocking the Brown player down. NO WHISTLE!! Brendan was furious. #14 may have thought he was going to teach Brown a lesson, but I am thinking it will backfire, with that cheap hit providing bruno the incentive to take it to RPI tomorrow night.
From where I was sitting that looked like an accident-#14 was crashing the net, and when DeFilippo covered the puck, he couldn't stop and tripped over his glove, crashing into the Brown player. It looked like he was really hurt, and I hope he's okay, but I don't think that was intentional. I wish the referees had called a closer game-someone was going to be seriously injured. I hope tonight isn't more of the same.

kdiff77
03-17-2013, 08:17 PM
Two more wins.

steven22
03-17-2013, 08:24 PM
Nice to see Brown have a big weekend! Good Luck next weekend.

Dutchfan
03-17-2013, 08:24 PM
Congrats Brown! See you on the boardwalk!

Jon
03-17-2013, 08:44 PM
Break up Bruno!

Euler18
03-17-2013, 08:47 PM
GREAT WIN BY THE BROWN BEARS! ON TO ATLANTIC CITY

This is as gritty and resilient a team as I've ever seen. They overcame "decommitments" and season-ending injuries to three key players (plus other less publicized ones); they used no excuses; they played on and kept improving. Picked to finish dead last, they finished seventh, and four points from a first round bye. They've won 15 games so far. This week they'll be getting ready for the program's second trip to the ECAC Final Four over the past four seasons. Great coaching job by Brendan Whittet, Mark White, and Mike Souza. Great leadership by Dennis Robertson.

Brown09
03-17-2013, 08:52 PM
Two more wins.

Or maybe six more wins? Who knows? :-)

Kevin Roy, keep rollerblading on Huntington Avenue.

Jerry Keefe, keep eating your poached eggs.

Carmine Scarpaglia
03-17-2013, 08:55 PM
Great job Brown.

BrunoFan00
03-17-2013, 09:02 PM
Two trips to the ECAC Final Four in four years. Pinch me.

In all seriousness, I was following the live feed and stats, texting with some friends, going back and forth on Facebook, etc. for the better part of the last two hours with my heart in my throat, my heart rate speeding to WAY too high for a Sunday night when I'd like to wind down before a work week, and dinner making a legitimate attempt to exit my system any way possible. I don't know how the Bears hung on - and it seemed like they hung on, with RPI bringing the house, hook, link and sinker.

I'm happy my dinner stayed down (or in).

I'm not happy the next games are in Atlantic City and not Albany, Lake Placid, Hartford, Worcester, Providence, New York City... anywhere remotely close to where Brown fans could have a fighting chance of getting there.

I'm happy Matt Lorito got to goal #20 - first Brown player since 1997-98 to eclipse that mark, a dubious streak that finally comes to a close. I'm happy Jake Goldberg scores again, and a freshman, Nick Lappin, gets the eventual game winner.

I'm happy the Bears stuck to the system and kept the pucks where Anthony Borelli could see them.

I'm not happy the Bears gave up two goals in the final three minutes of the second, but I'm happy that it didn't sink them.

I'm happy that the athletic department hired Brendan Whittet. Happy may be the understatement of the year.

I'm not happy that the voters didn't recognize him as a COY finalist. But I'm happy that it is consistent with the lack of respect Brown has gotten over the year. And I'm also happy that Brown is starting to generate a little bit more of a buzz.

I'm happy that this team has made progress with limited contributions from a resilient senior class. I'm happy those seniors have stepped up when they've needed to.

Finally, I'm happy that this team (not any one individual) is two victories from an ultimate prize that has eluded this program.

kdiff77
03-17-2013, 09:05 PM
I'm not happy the next games are in Atlantic City and not Albany, Lake Placid, Hartford, Worcester, Providence, New York City... anywhere remotely close to where Brown fans could have a fighting chance of getting there.


Seriously. If there was any chance that I could get down there next week, I'd be there. But I don't think I can.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-17-2013, 09:06 PM
Congratulations to Brown!

See U in AC! Do you think a lot of fans will make the trip down?

ncaasuperfan
03-17-2013, 09:13 PM
Big Congrats to the Brown players and staff. Its an exciting time to be a bruno fan

Great to see Borelli have a great bounce back game after Saturday. He has been fun to watch.