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osualum86
08-28-2012, 09:45 PM
Let's get some discussion going! What are everyone's expectations for this season? We certainly lost some offensive firepower but I think Coach Handrahan has this program going in the right direction and we have the talent to keep moving forward. Should be an interesting season. There will be question marks, to be sure, but I think we have the personnel to have a decent season. Looking forward to everyone's thoughts! See you at the games! Go Bucks!

EastFan1
08-28-2012, 11:14 PM
7th place

pgb-ohio
08-29-2012, 01:24 AM
We lost a tremendous Senior Class last spring, particularly in terms of scoring. To expect anything other than a rebuilding year is probably unfair. But to casually predict the worst season in program history, with no discussion whatsoever, seems unfair as well. ;)

I'd allow that gaining home ice for the playoffs looks like a tall order this season. The stars will likely be better aligned in 2013-14, an Olympic year. But I certainly expect to see a hardworking Buckeye team on the ice; a team to be proud of. We shall see.

PurpleEagle4ever
08-29-2012, 09:28 AM
I'm a huge fan of all three coaches on staff! They're my favorite team in the WCHA, but I'm a little bias...

EastFan1
08-29-2012, 11:13 AM
But to casually predict the worst season in program history, with no discussion whatsoever, seems unfair as well. ;)

It wasn't casual. OSU lost half their goals, returns the least amount of scoring in the WCHA except SCSU and didn't have a 90% netminder last year. Maybe some superstar frosh or transfer comes in and changes things?

WCHFan
08-29-2012, 12:13 PM
East... You can that about most teams.

Let me say that ther Bucks played well without Spooner and Mac last year against top ranked WI. Of course they will need better tending and someone to pick up the scoring.

Sometimes girls will want to get the puck to the stars too much. I think they will be a hard working team and be around a .500 team or better. Saying that I feel they will finish in the usual 4-5 slot. I have heard they are working hard already and will be in great condition. Good luck Bucks!

EastFan1
08-29-2012, 04:45 PM
East... You can say that about most teams.

If you mean most teams graduate half of their scoring, you are way off. Maybe a handful in all four conferences.

WCHFan
08-29-2012, 08:28 PM
What I guess I mean is that Most teams lose KEY players and have question marks. Like lets say WI who loses I don't know a TON and BSU who loses GREAT goalie and TOP defender which to me could be a lot worse than losing half your scoring or even the Gophs who lose a TON of scoring and a couple of top defenders not to mention could lose AK for half the season. And UMD who loses their top 1st line player, a few other solid players and Goalie which is huge. Then you have SCSU who scored what 40 goals all year. And MSU who I just don't get why they don't get better. That is just in the WCHA. What I also mentioned that when OSU missed those top scorers they played top teams close.

And let's see if I recall Mercy, Dart, Prov, Corn, Maine all lose a ton of scoring.

So a team might not have to win games by scoring 5 or 6 goals a game. I do think most WCHA teams can score 3 a game so hard to say a team will finish 7th. Not saying they will be top 3 but if they get good goaltending from the jr goalies Knapp who was very good as a FR and Steffes who was very good as a FR which is possible they will finish 4-5. I'm a hockey fan and OSU is one of my favorite teams. Just feel sometimes a team with 18 solid players is better than 15and two super stars. I've seen it many times those 13 watching or not working as hard or forcing a pass to the top player. Watch Hokey score 25 goals this year and someone else follow Kuehl, Tarr, Semenza etc.

It will be a fun interesting season. And if they finish 7th that will be ok. I just don't think they will. Can't wait for the season to start.

osualum86
08-30-2012, 05:41 PM
We lost a tremendous Senior Class last spring, particularly in terms of scoring. To expect anything other than a rebuilding year is probably unfair. But to casually predict the worst season in program history, with no discussion whatsoever, seems unfair as well. ;)

I'd allow that gaining home ice for the playoffs looks like a tall order this season. The stars will likely be better aligned in 2013-14, an Olympic year. But I certainly expect to see a hardworking Buckeye team on the ice; a team to be proud of. We shall see.

I actually think we are going to finish in the middle of the pack somewhere. I don't see us getting home ice, but I don't see us in the cellar either. Yes, we lost a lot of scoring, but we have kids back who know how to put the puck in the back of the net, and we only lost two defensemen. I am sure this team is working very hard right now and will continue to work hard. My post may have come across as thinking the team will finish in the top four and get home ice. I don't think that is going to happen this season, but as Coach Handrahan continues to bring in talented recruiting classes, the rebuilding seasons will be exception rather than the rule. I certainly think he has us moving in the right direction.

brookyone
08-31-2012, 04:20 PM
I think the Buckeyes contend strongly for the fifth spot...at the least. Watch out for them pesky Beavers.

osualum86
08-31-2012, 10:37 PM
Brooky, I know you are not a Bemidji fan (obviously), but who are they going to have in net to replace Zuzana? They lost a world class goalie in Tomchikova.

brookyone
08-31-2012, 11:43 PM
Brooky, I know you are not a Bemidji fan (obviously), but who are they going to have in net to replace Zuzana? They lost a world class goalie in Tomchikova.
I'm expecting the transfer to get a fair look and possibly be their #1. Not anticipating anyone steps in and equals Tomcikova. They could have goaltending strength similar / equal to OSU though...I'm thinking. Can't say I know much about their goalies and fair to call it a question mark after losing Zuzana I guess. Maybe someone can enlighten us on the freshman from Ontario? Steve Sertich teams are pretty reliable when it comes to a consistent work their butts off effort. I expect that again from the Beavers in 2012-2013.

Beavers might actually be my 2nd favorite team because of their typical effort.

CanHockGuy
09-01-2012, 08:19 AM
Curious...who said that stuff that you have at the bottom of your posts--the political stuff?

ARM
09-01-2012, 09:51 AM
I'd say the quote has its roots in "Unforgiven" starring Clint.

CanHockGuy
09-01-2012, 12:08 PM
I'd say the quote has its roots in "Unforgiven" starring Clint.

I was hoping for something else but knew it was a stretch. :)

frozenfeet
09-01-2012, 01:58 PM
Beavers might actually be my 2nd favorite team because of their typical effort.

that... and because they have never presented a real threat against your squirrels:;)

ARM
09-01-2012, 02:46 PM
that... and because they have never presented a real threat against your squirrels:;)Last season at 1-2-1 for a 0.375 winning percentage, BSU actually had the best winning percentage head-to-head of Minnesota opponents. Plus, we're more ground-dwelling rodents (gophers, chipmunks).

osualum86
09-03-2012, 07:51 PM
I was curious about East's contention that we didn't have a 90% goalie coming back, but that is correct. Lisa Steffes led us at .894 and Chelsea Knapp was at .885. Still, I believe they are both solid goaltenders and will improve on those numbers this season. They will have a number of experienced defenders in front of them to help those numbers. The biggest question will be the goal scoring, but I believe we have a number of kids who will pick up the slack. I know it's huge that Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh will not be suiting up for our Buckeyes this season, but I think this season it will be 'scoring by committee,' which isn't a bad thing because then teams will not be able to focus on a couple players. I look for Hokey Langan to have a big senior season, among others.

EastFan1
09-03-2012, 10:37 PM
I was curious about East's contention that we didn't have a 90% goalie coming back, but that is correct. Lisa Steffes led us at .894 and Chelsea Knapp was at .885. Still, I believe they are both solid goaltenders and will improve on those numbers this season. They will have a number of experienced defenders in front of them to help those numbers. The biggest question will be the goal scoring, but I believe we have a number of kids who will pick up the slack. I know it's huge that Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh will not be suiting up for our Buckeyes this season, but I think this season it will be 'scoring by committee,' which isn't a bad thing because then teams will not be able to focus on a couple players. I look for Hokey Langan to have a big senior season, among others.

Goaltending should be less of a concern. Put it this way, BSU and OSU had about the same offensive firepower last year (99 goals to 101 goals), but BSU gave up 30 less goals. Didn't really matter. Overall records and conference records nearly identical.

pgb-ohio
09-04-2012, 11:43 AM
It wasn't casual.Would you have preferred the term 'snarky'?:p I was just asking for some evidence or reasoning, as in ANY evidence or reasoning. :) I appreciate that you provided that in your follow-up posts.


OSU lost half their goals, returns the least amount of scoring in the WCHA except SCSU and didn't have a 90% netminder last year.Another legitimate concern is special teams. The graduated players occupied most of the roles on the PP and PK.

We're not in denial here. We know the Women's WCHA is always an extremely tall mountain to climb. And with the turnover we've had, we're pretty much starting out at the base of the mountain this particular year. But I'm not going give up on the season before the first puck is even dropped.


Maybe some superstar frosh or transfer comes in and changes things?Don't have much info on the new players, but I'm certainly looking forward to seeing them play.