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Scott
10-05-2012, 11:59 PM
DROP THE PUCK!!

Time to put last season behind us....Saturday's game against St. Francis Xavier may only be an exhibition game, but I'm looking forward to seeing the 2012-2013 edition of the Blue and White.

LET'S GO CATS!!!! :D:cool:

Saetia22
10-06-2012, 12:28 PM
Excited for tonight. I hope we have some pleasant surprises, such as a freshman on the third line or something. Will be interesting what the lines are, I hope that we are allowed to play 5 lines the whole game again, as we did last year. Still pretty clueless about what the lines will actually be.

Dropkicknh
10-07-2012, 09:24 AM
This is the first time Ive ever posted on here, but I've had season tickets the last couple years and have been following the UNH boards for that time. Keeping in mind it was just an exhibition and I don't know the quality of STFX I was actually impressed last night with the team speed UNH showed. Defensemen outrunning opposing forwards to neutralize odd man rushes, and our forwards beating their defense and getting into the zone relatively clean. They won a lot of puck battles along the boards as well. There will be a lot more to learn next week when the games count but overall I left the Whit pleased with the effort. I'm also convinced Umile tells the opposing coach in these exhibitions to rough up the team and start fights since this is two years in a row it's happened, and ejections from exhibitions don't cause suspensions in the reg season (learned from Henrion last year).

WIrinkrat
10-07-2012, 09:30 AM
I'm also convinced Umile tells the opposing coach in these exhibitions to rough up the team and start fights since this is two years in a row it's happened, and ejections from exhibitions don't cause suspensions in the reg season (learned from Henrion last year).

Not true. Just as in the regular season a Game Misconduct = no suspension and a Game Disqualification = suspension.

GoUNH
10-07-2012, 10:37 AM
The last 3 exhibition games have been vs teams that play goon hockey. At the very least its entertaining and evokes emotion from the crowd.
Goals aside, TVR was a machine last night, I look for him to have a huge season.
Pesche looks like he can play. Good skater, handles the puck well.
Im not sure if UNH was exceptionally fast last night, or if St. X was very slow. We'll find out next weekend.

hockey east fan
10-07-2012, 10:45 AM
The last 3 exhibition games have been vs teams that play goon hockey. At the very least its entertaining and evokes emotion from the crowd.
Goals aside, TVR was a machine last night, I look for him to have a huge season.
Pesche looks like he can play. Good skater, handles the puck well.
Im not sure if UNH was exceptionally fast last night, or if St. X was very slow. We'll find out next weekend. Thought they looked so so last night.They need improvment in the defensive zone,that's for sure...I though Camper looked very good,kid was all over the ice.Was dissapointed most the freshmen didn't play.It will be interesting on who will crack the starting lineup Friday.

GoUNH
10-07-2012, 12:09 PM
Thought they looked so so last night.They need improvment in the defensive zone,that's for sure...I though Camper looked very good,kid was all over the ice.Was dissapointed most the freshmen didn't play.It will be interesting on who will crack the starting lineup Friday.
Camper was flying last night.

C-H-C
10-07-2012, 02:11 PM
"UNH Defeats St Francis Xavier 5-2 in Exhibition Game" (http://unhhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/unh-defeats-st-francis-xavier-5-2-in.html)

wildcatdc
10-07-2012, 06:09 PM
Fired up for Friday. Headed up from DC for the opener. Since I spend half my life in Minnesota these days, I'm looking forward to a little trash talk this week with SCSU fans!!!

Scott
10-08-2012, 05:41 PM
NOTE: It was announced on the UNH Athletics website today that all Friday night home games will be moved to 7:30 PM to allow extra time for fans to arrive, starting with this Friday's game vs SCSU:

Link (http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2012-13/releases/20121008y1785o)

UNHhockey29
10-08-2012, 06:30 PM
NOTE: It was announced on the UNH Athletics website today that all Friday night home games will be moved to 7:30 PM to allow extra time for fans to arrive, starting with this Friday's game vs SCSU:

Link (http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2012-13/releases/20121008y1785o)
I like this idea. All hockey east schools should do that.

boblav1
10-08-2012, 11:30 PM
I like this idea. All hockey east schools should do that.
Agree, i believe Merrimack has also moved their Friday games to 7:30 pm.

New Hampshire 'Cats Fan
10-09-2012, 03:05 AM
I was causally looking at the men's hockey schedule and noticed that all of the home games televised on WBIN, which stream the unhwildcats.tv coverage, are now also airing on Fox College Sports. This is awesome for the 'Cats as it allows for a lot more national TV coverage!

http://unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2012-13/schedule

DLG
10-09-2012, 09:26 AM
Agree, i believe Merrimack has also moved their Friday games to 7:30 pm.

Also BU has moved Friday games to 7:30

JB
10-09-2012, 01:09 PM
I was causally looking at the men's hockey schedule and noticed that all of the home games televised on WBIN, which stream the unhwildcats.tv coverage, are now also airing on Fox College Sports. This is awesome for the 'Cats as it allows for a lot more national TV coverage!

http://unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2012-13/schedule

Interesting... did you note it is FOX College sports but the SCSU game is Pacific as opposed to the rest that are Atlantic.

The 7:30 Friday start time is nice, I now work 80 minutes from Durham in good traffic + weather. Many times last year I arrived 5 minutes into the game.

JB
10-09-2012, 01:33 PM
As for the team... I am still worried about scoring; I think it will need to be by committee. I worry that every goal is going to be a lot of grinding. I just don’t see any snipers.

DeSmith looked the same as last year, big and calm. Wyer looked like a guy who hasn't seen much ice time, not bad but rusty. With Wyer playing 96 minutes last year and needing surgery on his hip (?) is that a potential "red shirt"

First time I can remember at UNH where I see the D ahead of the Forwards talent wise. I think UNH may have one of the deepest groups of D-men I can remember. UNH is typically pretty light back there and I just like what I see (in 1 exhibition game). TvR looked fantastic in all zones, controlling play, if he plays that well all year it was nice watching him, he’s gone. Pesce didn't look like a freshman out there and that was nice to see. Big group too, only Kostolansky is under 6 feet, I noted during the game neither Pesce nor Quast looked that small next to Knodel.

On the power play there was a man in front of the net basically all the time. Plan seemed simple “let TVR shoot”. Also UNH looked like they were not staying way outside and brought the puck closer to the net. Hope with the coaches involved they don't mess it up, seems UNH has a hard time with the guy in front of the net concept.

Forwards - bummed not to see Freshman play, I think UNH will need them. I know the exhibition is partially to get everybody going again after the summer, but I would want to see unknowns out there as part of an eval. I think the growth in Downing and Thrush are going to be keys to scoring goals.

UNH looked fast and it was nice to see the X-men beat Northeastern 4-3. But I am concerned that on big ice UNH looked faster and better than they actually are going to be.

Happy Hockey is back.

New Hampshire 'Cats Fan
10-09-2012, 02:02 PM
Interesting... did you notice it is FOX College sports but the SCSU game is Pacific as opposed to the rest that are Atlantic.

I did notice that both the SCSU and BU games were Fox College sports (Pacific), while a majority were Atlantic. Fox College Sports has three networks designated by region (i.e., Pacific, Central, and Atlantic). However, I think these "regional listings" are in name only, and they put games on these channels with time slot openings...as the latter part of the Fox College Sports listings on the schedule do not even have a regional specification yet.

C-H-C
10-11-2012, 09:02 PM
Jack Parker's take on UNH (from the Union Leader):


“They were terrific at the end, and we had everything we could do to get by them,” said BU coach Jack Parker at Hockey East's Media Day. “We're not the same team they played in the playoffs, and they're almost the same team.”

Parker said he picked UNH second behind Boston College in the preseason coaches' poll. UNH was the consensus fourth pick, behind UMass-Lowell and BU.

“I think their early problems were in goal, and they weren't quite as competitive as they should be because of that,” Parker said. “Once they shored that up, the rest of the guys pulled up their bootstraps and they went real hard at the end of the year”

Snively65
10-12-2012, 11:44 AM
Jack Parker's take on UNH (from the Union Leader):


“They were terrific at the end, and we had everything we could do to get by them,” said BU coach Jack Parker at Hockey East's Media Day. “We're not the same team they played in the playoffs, and they're almost the same team.”

Parker said he picked UNH second behind Boston College in the preseason coaches' poll. UNH was the consensus fourth pick, behind UMass-Lowell and BU.

“I think their early problems were in goal, and they weren't quite as competitive as they should be because of that,” Parker said. “Once they shored that up, the rest of the guys pulled up their bootstraps and they went real hard at the end of the year”


So, first Jerry York sandbags UNH by picking us to finish #1, now Jack Parker piles on. :rolleyes:

Bag-Oh-Donuts
10-12-2012, 01:04 PM
Just because...

Forwards - No significant departures from last year. Sure, Stevie Moses was fast, he could fly, etc., etc., etc. But he was all feet and no hands. Why was he in such a hurry to get to the opposing goal when he had so much trouble when he got there? More than 1/3 of his 22 goals came in just two games. So, more ice time and more shots for players who know that 'SNOG, shots-nearly-on-goal' is not a meaningful statistic.

Defense - Experienced, TVR going to next level, no player wearing #4 (still haunted by blind back passes)

Goaltending - solid and consistent from the start.

Opening weekend: With all due (dis)respect for the value of preseason polls, looks like UNH and SCSU are considered to be about equal. Both are picked to finish 4th in respective coaches conference polls and, when compared directly, each compiles nearly the same number of points in national rankings. On neutral ice you'd expect a split but two at home makes me think UNH should get at least 3 points this weekend.
(USCHO.com, Oct 8, 2012: Others receiving votes: Colorado College 101, Air Force 93, New Hampshire 64, St. Cloud State 62, Ohio State 20)

Prediction: In the regular season two years ago UNH won 19 games (17 in conference) and scored 119 goals. Last year they scored 99 goals in the regular season. Can this team score 20 more goals (and, especially early on, allow a few less)? I'm optimistically thinking yes.

16 - 9 - 2 in conference
19 - 10 - 5 overall

By the way, here's a statistical oddity...

In '09-'10 (Bobby Butler Sr year) UNH played a total of 39 games, scored 131 goals, had 225 assists = 356 total
In '10-'11 (Paul Thompson Sr year) UNH played a total of 39 games, scored 131 goals, had 225 assists = 356 total