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bottomdweller
10-08-2012, 07:14 AM
Season kicks off on Friday. Might want to put the National Guard on notice, this could turn ugly real quick.

UMLFan
10-08-2012, 07:28 AM
Hopefully the only fireworks we see, aren't after the game...

UMLFan
10-09-2012, 08:38 AM
Any UVM fans want to comment? I know they had a pretty good result in their exhibition game. Who should we expect to see in goal? Any of you coming down to Lowell?

Patman
10-09-2012, 01:26 PM
Thinking this will be an easy rout for Lowell is a quick way to lose this one. While we looked good in spots Saturday, and while we won't see the same players because of the usual (smaller) roster size, there is no reason to be over-confident. Its clear we've got the similar type of make-up and personell that got us to 2nd place and an NCAA tourney trip. On the other hand, we took a few dumb penalties and weren't exactly crisp.

Hopefully the week has been productive.

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As heralded as Synitsyn is, I'd like to see him have a chance to fire on net... but I think its just a matter of time. I was surprised not to see him on the PP, but it does look like he needs some time to re-adjust to game-play and Houk looked pretty good... so maybe it'll be awhile until we see him out there... half a season or so.

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UVM will be looking to prove themselves. Just play smart and create breakdowns.

gochiefs
10-09-2012, 01:51 PM
Thinking this will be an easy rout for Lowell is a quick way to lose this one.

I agree. Let's not get too over confident that every game will be an easy one. This is the league opener for both teams
and everybody will be ready for it.

hawkeytown
10-09-2012, 02:07 PM
This match up scares the crap out of me for two reasons:
- Vermont wants to come out and make a statement (sort of like MC against Union last weekend). Last year was awful for UVM, and all of us know that feeling. Last year, Lowell came out to sweep Minnesota State to give Bazin his first two wins. UVM will be ready to make a splash, and what better way then against a projected top tier team.
- Lowell does not take this game too lightly. While I am sure that Bazin will have them ready, I am not used to us having a bulls-eye on our back.

Man - so much easier walking into a season with zero expectations... man was last year fun!

UMLFan
10-09-2012, 02:36 PM
Lowell has had a tradition of playing up or down to their opponents, depending obviously on who they're playing. Now, to be fair, that was mostly noticeable under the last regime. Let's see how Bazin gets them to react.

Patman
10-09-2012, 03:11 PM
Lowell has had a tradition of playing up or down to their opponents, depending obviously on who they're playing. Now, to be fair, that was mostly noticeable under the last regime. Let's see how Bazin gets them to react.

I think Bazin has a better handle on things. I trust he will have them mentally ready. So long as they believe that they are given nothing then they'll work hard.

catmandoo
10-09-2012, 03:42 PM
Thinking this will be an easy rout for Lowell is a quick way to lose this one. While we looked good in spots Saturday, and while we won't see the same players because of the usual (smaller) roster size, there is no reason to be over-confident. Its clear we've got the similar type of make-up and personell that got us to 2nd place and an NCAA tourney trip. On the other hand, we took a few dumb penalties and weren't exactly crisp.

Hopefully the week has been productive.

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As heralded as Synitsyn is, I'd like to see him have a chance to fire on net... but I think its just a matter of time. I was surprised not to see him on the PP, but it does look like he needs some time to re-adjust to game-play and Houk looked pretty good... so maybe it'll be awhile until we see him out there... half a season or so.

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UVM will be looking to prove themselves. Just play smart and create breakdowns.

I agree. Hockey East is a little bit tighter this year from 2-10 and its no like Lowell dominated UVM last year. I look for this game to be a tight one with an edge in the nets to Lowell. UVM is ALOT better than people think. I certainly appreciate the over confidence though. Green Bay is a great team on paper...lets find out on the field.

Go-UML
10-09-2012, 05:50 PM
Thinking this will be an easy rout for Lowell is a quick way to lose this one. While we looked good in spots Saturday, and while we won't see the same players because of the usual (smaller) roster size, there is no reason to be over-confident. Its clear we've got the similar type of make-up and personell that got us to 2nd place and an NCAA tourney trip. On the other hand, we took a few dumb penalties and weren't exactly crisp.

Hopefully the week has been productive.

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As heralded as Synitsyn is, I'd like to see him have a chance to fire on net... but I think its just a matter of time. I was surprised not to see him on the PP, but it does look like he needs some time to re-adjust to game-play and Houk looked pretty good... so maybe it'll be awhile until we see him out there... half a season or so.

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UVM will be looking to prove themselves. Just play smart and create breakdowns.Houk needs to play smarter. Three or four penalties in the exh game didn't thrill me.

Cat lover
10-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Holding off on opinions of the Cats until we see them play a few games, cant take too much from the Ex game as
the other team didnt play as hard as any HE team does. Did like some of what I saw from the Freshman forwards
while the goalies had too little to do to get any kind of look.

Would expect this game to be close at least till late 2nd period and if Vermont is close we will see if this team really
is in better shape than last year.

Mostly looking for a great effort and not as concerned about the results....for now at least.

Patronick
10-09-2012, 10:26 PM
While I appreciate the anti-jinxing and the sandbagging going on here, I'll be a bit more realistic.

Lowell wins by a FG walking away. Say, 4-1. Any other result with this squad would be a large disappointment.

John_Fuller
10-09-2012, 10:53 PM
Considering all of the pomp and circumstance that will be associated with opening night inside a full house and the "unveiling" of the first (and I hope is the start of many) additions to the banners inside the Tsongas Arena, my only goal is that they win the game. Be it by one, or by a touchdown, it really doesn't matter because it's two HE points. Coupled with the first big trip out West in some time, I'd like to see the Hawks take care of business and be loose for outbound ride.

Saturday was everything I expected...a lot of rust but some promising signs that they can and will deliver. Personally, I think Houk tried to do too much too soon and it cost him dearly. He seems like a much better player that was what displayed. Sinstyn could be a stud in this league, 1.5 years removed from hockey. Give him a few games and I think he will produce. McGrath also looked very promising as well.

Tony's right, Lowell should win this game on paper by a couple simply based on the goal-tending differences between the two teams. I'll go on the record with a 4-2 or 5-3 Lowell win, but I can understand some of the reservations, as there is a documented history with this team. As Bazin has control of the ship, I do have the feel it will be ancient history. Vermont did play with Lowell last year, especially when the Hawks let the foot off of the gas. I'll give a lot of credit to them in stealing that UVM game in BTV and making the TV game at Tsongas far more interesting that it should have been.

At the same time, if Lowell is able to execute, play to their level (ranking), and out shoots Vermont by double-digits or more, I can't fathom a scenario where the game goes into the books for the Catmounts unless their goalie has the night of nights.

bottomdweller
10-09-2012, 11:46 PM
Thinking this will be an easy rout for Lowell is a quick way to lose this one. While we looked good in spots Saturday, and while we won't see the same players because of the usual (smaller) roster size, there is no reason to be over-confident. Its clear we've got the similar type of make-up and personell that got us to 2nd place and an NCAA tourney trip. On the other hand, we took a few dumb penalties and weren't exactly crisp.


I agree. Let's not get too over confident that every game will be an easy one. This is the league opener for both teams
and everybody will be ready for it.

You guys realize that we don't actually play in the games right? And not for nothing, but if any Lowell fan thinks that they may lose their home opener to a team that is the clear pick for last (and yes, I know Lowell was picked 9th last year, but UVM doesn't have a new coach or a new system, or Scott Wilson and Doug Carr), they need to have a little more faith in this team.

bottomdweller
10-09-2012, 11:48 PM
Green Bay is a great team on paper...lets find out on the field. With the way the refs have been in the exhibition games, it looks like HE has some replacement officials out there.

UVM Cat in Texas
10-10-2012, 09:59 AM
Any UVM fans want to comment? I know they had a pretty good result in their exhibition game. Who should we expect to see in goal? Any of you coming down to Lowell?
Our goalie will likely be freshman Brody Hoffman. Here's a little blurb about him from the Burlington Free Press:

"Freshman goalie Brody Hoffman, 6-4, 195: Hoffman is big and when he’s on his angles, opposing shooters have a hard time seeing the net. He went 29-7-3 for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) with a 1.90 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. He’s never had a goalie-specific coach but working with UVM’s Terry Lovelette should bring out the best in him."

It was hard to tell much of anything about Hoffman from the exhibition against Concordia since he only faced a few shots in approximately one and a half periods of play. One of our posters, who was at the game, commented that he was impressed with how Hoffman played the puck and got it quickly onto the stick of a D-man who could clear the zone. This, of course, will be a much bigger test, and we'll know a lot more about him after the game.

Our other freshman goalie, Billy Faust, apparently lives in the L.A. area. During the streaming video telecast of the Concordia game, they were saying that Faust had been working out during the summer with members of the L.A. Kings and other NHL players who also live in the area. That's got to be great experience for a young goalie and was a pretty cool thing to hear. Faust also played last Saturday and gave up Concordia's only goal while also facing a limited number of shots.

UVM Cat in Texas
10-10-2012, 10:24 AM
Just wanted to let all you Lowell fans know that I appreciate your generally respectful attitude about UVM in this thread. In years past, your comments might have been more like "We're gonna hammer those pansies and they're gonna go home cryin like babies." I think we're going to be much improved this year and should be able to keep this game competitive. While we might not win, I think it's certainly possible, and y'all seem to be able to recognize that too. I'm really looking forward to Friday and finding out more about our guys as they compete against a very good Lowell team. Good luck to you guys.

Martin St. Louis Fan
10-10-2012, 10:34 AM
Just wanted to let all you Lowell fans know that I appreciate your generally respectful attitude about UVM in this thread. In years past, your comments might have been more like "We're gonna hammer those pansies and they're gonna go home cryin like babies." I think we're going to be much improved this year and should be able to keep this game competitive. While we might not win, I think it's certainly possible, and y'all seem to be able to recognize that too. I'm really looking forward to Friday and finding out more about our guys as they compete against a very good Lowell team. Good luck to you guys.

I agree..................I always knew there were many more respectful UML fans. The tools just squeak louder, but not smarter.

snipeshow10
10-10-2012, 11:17 AM
The fact that Lowell is highly rated going into the season, every game will be under a microscope. In the scheme of things, Lowell should win this game. Taking care of games like this is what makes good teams great. It doesn't matter that it's the home opener or if Rowdy is alive after Sneddon ran him down, Lowell should come out with 2 points. No game in Hockey East is ever a cakewalk and I do think most people have miscast UVM as being one of the worst teams in league history, but there's no reason to be scared. Lowell is better in every aspect of the game. Respect your opponent, play hard and get the job done. It seems Norm has reinforced that idea and hopefully the team has bought in. Can't wait for Friday.

UMLFan
10-10-2012, 12:07 PM
The fact that Lowell is highly rated going into the season, every game will be under a microscope. In the scheme of things, Lowell should win this game. Taking care of games like this is what makes good teams great. It doesn't matter that it's the home opener or if Rowdy is alive after Sneddon ran him down, Lowell should come out with 2 points. No game in Hockey East is ever a cakewalk and I do think most people have miscast UVM as being one of the worst teams in league history, but there's no reason to be scared. Lowell is better in every aspect of the game. Respect your opponent, play hard and get the job done. It seems Norm has reinforced that idea and hopefully the team has bought in. Can't wait for Friday.Very well said.