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The Zlax45
01-15-2013, 12:20 AM
I mean, by process of elimination it's Goss...he's the only D left.

With the way the rest of the D-men have played, I thought Leaman maybe didn't want Goss to play since anyone is better then what Harvey has been giving PC.

cavbim
01-16-2013, 06:45 PM
The rest of the recruits are tougher to see what they have done: Rufo at Kua, Florentino for Sotheby's Kent, Aldworth at Cushing, Lee at Northwood, Reed at SSM and Pinho at St John's Prep

Ironically we grabbed another forward for the future today, Ryan Tait who is presently at Omaha in the USHL (his stats are 0-4-4, but he is 16 in that league). In looking him up he was at the same school, Shattuck as Truman Reed last year. So in the process I found Reed's numbers for this year. He has produced in 41 games 10 goals and 23 assists. Despite all that I am not convinced they won't hold him back a year, let him play in the USHL a year and then come to PC in '14.

cavbim
01-16-2013, 07:20 PM
We need some snipers and some D-men that can get the puck out of their end...Those two things are holding this team back...Who is going to step in the lineup for Hart the next couple of weeks?

In case you don't see the Journal Divver gave 3 options. Play Goss for the 1st time, play a kid who is not on the roster but a couple of years ago he was at Elmira (DIII) before transferring to PC, or since Accari is back play 13 forwards. My choice would be at least in Lowell would be go with 5 defensemen, play Mauerman on the power play point as he has been to save some minutes, and have protection for Accari. Then hope Gillies comes up big again. Saturday on the big ice not sure you can do that with just 5 dmen.

As far as recruiting the help for next year. As you can tell most teams are working on '14 and '15's classes and we seem to be also. I am convinced we have money with LaPlante deciding to leave before school began and with Cross leaving and I am thinking with Gillies most likely here another year (he metioned being on next year's WJC team as the #1 goalie) we hold Ellis up a year and get his money. On the defensive side I do think we need one more guy to step in next year. Florentino should be one and with time Reed should be the 2nd guy (then you have McKenzie and Monk for depth), but I've heard one school of thought is Reed would benefit from a year in the USHL, if that is the case I would think they would target a dman who is a little more highly regarded than McKenzie so you do upgrade since you are correct being unable to clear the puck is holding this team back.

I do think Cross' departure does open up possibity of looking to bring in another forward for next year. However it is getting late to get a real impact guy. He has signed late Mauerman, Demopoulos, Kevin Rooney, and McPharland, but all were from the viewpoint of scholarship offers low value. He may be looking to snag someone who decommits late. Beyond that I suspect he expects experience to pay off and get more goals out of the guys he has now. It is our special teams that are killing us, at full strength we play as well as anyone offensively (defense is another story)

Red Cows
01-16-2013, 09:56 PM
Ironically we grabbed another forward for the future today, Ryan Tait who is presently at Omaha in the USHL (his stats are 0-4-4, but he is 16 in that league). In looking him up he was at the same school, Shattuck as Truman Reed last year. So in the process I found Reed's numbers for this year. He has produced in 41 games 10 goals and 23 assists. Despite all that I am not convinced they won't hold him back a year, let him play in the USHL a year and then come to PC in '14.

I just returned from the Lancers game tonight where they defeated Cedar Rapids 5-2. Tait must have been pretty stoked today since he had his best game of the season tonight and notched a couple assists. Here are the local stories about him committing to Providence today:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130116/SPORTS/701179979/1001#lancers-tait-commits-to-providence-college

http://www.lancers.com/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientid=1996&leagueid=4581&page=67304

I don't want to be negative Nancy and burst anybody's bubble but Tait has arguably had the most nondescript season of any forward playing for the Lancers that has played in as many games this season as he has. He has the worst +/- number of any forward on the team this season, too. In fairness to him, he is only 16 (he doesn't turn 17 until June 1st, even), he isn't a very big guy, 5' 9", 165 lbs. (yet, maybe?), and he hasn't played very consistently on any particular line all season, although he has been out there a fair amount lately on a line with RPI commit Drew Melanson and Minnesota State recruit Luca Frigo. All those guys are negative on the year, as well, on a team with a 19-16-0 record.

It has definitely been an off-year for the Lancers, who are the Minnesota/BC/North Dakota/Michigan/BU, etc. of the USHL

He is definitely a work in progress, it would appear. I know he played really well in high school but he hasn't shown enough yet, IMHO, that I thought anybody would be offering him. A bit of a shocker.

He's been so nondescript that his even being offered was kind of a head scratcher for me and the guy I sat next to at the game tonight since we chatted about it when it was announced at the game.

The Zlax45
01-16-2013, 10:09 PM
I just returned from the Lancers game tonight where they defeated Cedar Rapids 5-2. Tait must have been pretty stoked today since he had his best game of the season tonight and notched a couple assists. Here are the local stories about him committing to Providence today:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20130116/SPORTS/701179979/1001#lancers-tait-commits-to-providence-college

http://www.lancers.com/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientid=1996&leagueid=4581&page=67304

I don't want to be negative Nancy and burst anybody's bubble but Tait has arguably had the most nondescript season of any forward playing for the Lancers that has played in as many games this season as he has. He has the worst +/- number of any forward on the team this season, too. In fairness to him, he is only 16 (he doesn't turn 17 until June 1st, even), he isn't a very big guy, 5' 9", 165 lbs. (yet, maybe?), and he hasn't played very consistently on any particular line all season, although he has been out there a fair amount lately on a line with RPI commit Drew Melanson and Minnesota State recruit Luca Frigo. All those guys are negative on the year, as well, on a team with a 19-16-0 record.

It has definitely been an off-year for the Lancers, who are the Minnesota/BC/North Dakota/Michigan/BU, etc. of the USHL

He is definitely a work in progress, it would appear. I know he played really well in high school but he hasn't shown enough yet, IMHO, that I thought anybody would be offering him. A bit of a shocker.

He's been so nondescript that his even being offered was kind of a head scratcher for me and the guy I sat next to at the game tonight since we chatted about it when it was announced at the game.

Thanks for the information from an honest observer....

cavbim
01-17-2013, 05:16 AM
Article on Jon Gillies from Portland Herald.


http://www.pressherald.com/sports/a-special-new-year-for-gillies_2013-01-17.html

purpleinnebraska
01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
"It has definitely been an off-year for the Lancers, who are the Minnesota/BC/North Dakota/Michigan/BU, etc. of the USHL"


Come on, Red Cows. They WERE the Minnesota of the USHL when Hastings was there. Now they're the LSSU of the USHL - We won titles a long time ago!

boblav1
01-17-2013, 10:18 AM
He's been so nondescript that his even being offered was kind of a head scratcher for me and the guy I sat next to at the game tonight since we chatted about it when it was announced at the game.
FYI - Back in September USHR put together a list of the USHL's Top 25 Uncommitted Players,Tait was ranked 14th. Here's what USHR had to say about him.

14. Ryan Tait, F, 6/1/96 (Omaha) 5-10/170 — Is as quick and shifty as they come. Can really turn on a dime. The Santa Clara, California native is more of a passer than a goal scorer. Darts in and out of holes very quickly. Has a couple of seasons to get bigger, stronger, and improve his shot. Played last season for Shattuck’s U16 team.

chrisP
01-17-2013, 12:38 PM
He is definitely a work in progress, it would appear. I know he played really well in high school but he hasn't shown enough yet, IMHO, that I thought anybody would be offering him. A bit of a shocker.

He's been so nondescript that his even being offered was kind of a head scratcher for me and the guy I sat next to at the game tonight since we chatted about it when it was announced at the game.

I believe this staff has done a good job of evaluating talent - so I'll trust the staff on this. In todays college hockey, if you see a kid you think can develop into a good college hockey player - you lock them up when you can. Getting young guys like Tait, Lee, and Lemos to commit early is something PC has to do. I look forward to seeing all these kids in 2015 or even 2016 playing for the Friars.

PcFriars13
01-17-2013, 04:49 PM
Guess they went with Goss.

The Freds
01-17-2013, 05:42 PM
Just a reminder, the game is being broadcast on the NBC Sports Network tonight.

Long live the alliance! Tomorrow!

Jon
01-17-2013, 05:51 PM
Benny tonight. Yee hah.

The Freds
01-17-2013, 07:13 PM
So is Benny watching a soap opera doing this replay? Five minutes to see the obvious?

PcFriars13
01-17-2013, 07:17 PM
The alliance?

Jon
01-17-2013, 07:54 PM
So is Benny watching a soap opera doing this replay? Five minutes to see the obvious?

That was no where near a goal.

Our defense needs to stop giving up the odd man rushes.

The Freds
01-17-2013, 08:14 PM
The alliance?

PC and Lowell fans on these boards have long joined in the alliance against the so-called big four when fans of BC, BU, UNH and Maine would not give due respect to the history of the PC and Lowell programs. It goes back about 10-12 years ago on USCHO.

Jon
01-17-2013, 08:42 PM
PC and Lowell fans on these boards have long joined in the alliance against the so-called big four when fans of BC, BU, UNH and Maine would not give due respect to the history of the PC and Lowell programs. It goes back about 10-12 years ago on USCHO.

According to UML fans, it goes back to 1985.

I like the fight in this team, tough loss or not.

czeckthebody
01-17-2013, 09:36 PM
I've seen PC play a few times this year, and I watched them tonight on TV.

They play very hard but they are a mediocre team with an unbelievable goalie.

They should have lost by 3 or 4 last week against UMASS and they should have lost by 3 or 4 tonight.

If ths goalie stays all four years (seems unlikely) and they add just three or four top-level skaters they could contend for the league title--Gillies is that good.

The Freds
01-17-2013, 09:51 PM
According to UML fans, it goes back to 1985.

I like the fight in this team, tough loss or not.

Back when PC and Lowell were the class of HEA

riverchief1
01-17-2013, 10:04 PM
[QUOTE=Jon;5601648]According to UML fans, it goes back to 1985.QUOTE]

Yes, that is correct at the very first HE Championship at Providence Civic Center where Terreri was "Extra-Terrerial" and PC won in 20T. Here's the brief synopsis from one who was in the middle of it...

Lowell upset UNH in quarterfinals to earn a spot vs. BC in the semi-finals. Lowell proceeds to get screwed by refs in BC game when they score what appears to be a goal to put Lowell up by 2 and seemingly on their way to HE championship game. However, refs call mystery penalty, goal taken away, BC ties Lowell, and then goes ahead to win 6-5. So naturally we're a little bit ticked sitting there (NOTE: this is also the origin of the Hockey East is Fixed cheer which we originated at that game). So with the final the next night being PC and BC, we decide we hate BC so much that we're going to have some fun during the championship game.

After losing to BU in consolation game the next night, we proceed to take our Lowell signs which we had hung for our game and flip them around to reveal new signs we had made earlier in the day, things like "Lowell Loves Friars" and "Beat BC" (I think we may have even had a giant Ken Hodge, Jr. report card since he was known for not getting the best grades at BC). Decked out in full Lowell garb, we proceed to march around the concourse with the signs chanting PC cheers and go right to the Providence student section and pretty much take it over. The PC fans particularly liked our "How's your grades Hodge, how's your grades...clap, clap" cheer.

So for the entire championship game, Lowell fans basically led the cheers for the entire Providence student section. In between periods, Providence fans are coming up to us, thanking us and so forth, noting that they didn't think anyone else hated BC as much as they did, etc. So we end up finding ourselves in the middle of this classic game that goes to 2OTs and when Providence wins, we're removing a section of glass and helping the Providence students through it and on to the ice. Had multiple offers inviting us all back to campus to celebrate but we were beat and just hit the road back to MA after the long night.

So that's the origins of "The Alliance" in a nutshell. If NESN ever shows this game again as they sometimes do, you can see a bunch of us in ULowell Chief garb in the midst of the Providence fans.