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Sons of Vaval
10-21-2012, 02:01 PM
First time poster, but long time reader.

I know full well that I may be having conversations with myself on this board as I don't think any other Holy Cross fans post here, but so be it.

HC is a basketball school, first and foremost, then comes football, and then baseball and hockey are somewhere after that.

It frustrates me as a fan and close follower of the program that the administration and powers that be don't put the extra funding and support behind the Holy Cross hockey brand.

1) Didn't jump at the opportunity to join the ECAC (incredible perplexing to me, since the main reason for the formation of the Patriot League was to compete against "like minded institutions", but instead of competing against Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, etc., HC would rather play in Springfield against AIC on a Friday night. Mind boggling.)

2) Didn't capitalize on the 2006 win versus Minnesota in terms of added funding, a new/expanded arena, influx of scholarships right away, etc.

3) Didn't make a concerted effort to join the Hockey East this past year. Guarantee that if HC committed themselves to build a new arena, the Hockey East would have taken them instead of UConn.

About the only thing HC has done right is extend Paul Pearl's contract. He's one of the best in college hockey.

Anyways, enough rambling. Just needed to get that off the old chest.

Great start to the year soundly defeating AIC 6-2, and then a nice win over Clarkson 3-1.

Would be nice to sweep Army and UConn next weekend to be 4-0 heading out to Colorado Springs.

Hope that others will join my ramblings of Holy Cross hockey here. I don't want it to be myself going back and forth after every game!

Sons of Vaval
10-23-2012, 10:55 PM
Picked up one measly vote in this week's top 20 to check in at #38 overall...I'll take it.

Need to have a four point weekend (home against Army and UConn) prior to the trek out to Colorado Springs.

Air Force, by the way, picked up four votes. Kind of surprising to me since they were smoked by Denver and Colorado College. Suppose that their ties against Alaska and Anchorage are carrying some decent weight.

LTsatch
10-23-2012, 10:59 PM
Enjoy your thread!

Snively65
10-23-2012, 11:03 PM
Hey, SoV. I am sure Bentley folks will post on your thread from time to time. Hope to get out to Hart on the 9th. I think that the Bentley - Holy Cross rivalry is the best in Atlantic Hockey. Please feel invited to post on our thread.

Sons of Vaval
10-23-2012, 11:25 PM
Enjoy your thread!

Ugh, was really enjoying the musings with myself. You just had to ruin it, eh?


Hey, SoV. I am sure Bentley folks will post on your thread from time to time. Hope to get out to Hart on the 9th. I think that the Bentley - Holy Cross rivalry is the best in Atlantic Hockey. Please feel invited to post on our thread.

Thanks. It has developed into a nice rivalry, indeed. From HC fans' perspective, I think there has been a bit of a rivalry that has developed with RIT in recent years too.

willythekid
10-24-2012, 12:34 AM
North Dakota fans approve of this thread...

RSTuthill
10-24-2012, 10:08 AM
Considering that the plan for the past 15 years was to get UConn, with its bigtime name in sports, into HE, I doubt the was anything that HC could have done. And they knew it, which was why they didn't make the effort.

So, with that statement as background, let the trash talking prior to Friday night begin. Have to think HC is favored, but you never know ....

Sons of Vaval
10-24-2012, 10:18 AM
Considering that the plan for the past 15 years was to get UConn, with its bigtime name in sports, into HE, I doubt the was anything that HC could have done. And they knew it, which was why they didn't make the effort.


Was that the plan? I wasn't aware. 15 years ago Connecticut wasn't a Division 1 program.

RSTuthill
10-24-2012, 11:50 AM
Correction. UConn was always a D-1 program, as was HC. Prior to 1997 (15 years ago) they played an ECAC East D-3 schedule, however, and abided by D-3 (and D-1) rules despite not having access to the NCAA D-3 tournament (because they were D-1). Go figure. In 1997, the MAAC hockey league was formed. Even in those days it was talked about that UConn would eventually move to HE after their FBS level football team became established. At the time, such talk seemed preposterous. Now, not so much.

Sons of Vaval
10-24-2012, 12:22 PM
Ah okay. So, I guess it was D-1 in name only.

RSTuthill
10-24-2012, 12:56 PM
Ah okay. So, I guess it was D-1 in name only.
Yeah, but because they had to adhere to D-1 rules too, it was more restrictive. For instance a SA can transfer to a D-3 school and play immediately the next season. In D-1, the SA has to wait a year. A lot of stuff like that made the D-1 schools want a better situation. When the MAAC formed, it allowed a lot of schools to keep their hockey programs and yet play on a level rink with each other.

Sons of Vaval
10-26-2012, 08:01 PM
2-1 HC with just under 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. Both goalies have played exceptionally well this evening.

Sons of Vaval
10-26-2012, 08:10 PM
Good win for Holy Cross topping Connecticut 2-1.

Kyle Fletcher had the game winner with a little over 5 minutes left.

3-0 on the young season. Next up: Army, who is getting absolutely housed by Penn State tonight (5-0 early in the 3rd period).

Matt Ginn has been tremendous in goal this year giving up just 4 goals in 3 games. He has turned away 97 of 101 shots.

TWEET
10-27-2012, 12:32 PM
Nice win for the Crusaders over Uconn last night. Great to see local product Castan Sommer score his
first collegiate goal. Ginn has looked great in net so far. Who'd have thought tonight's game with Army
would be a battle for first place?

TWEET
11-04-2012, 11:11 AM
Why am I seeing postings on the fan forum that are being posted in the future? Oh yah the forum clock has not been reset to standard time yet.

I'm more than a little concerned by this recent trend of the Crusaders winning close games on Friday only to get blown out on Saturday. Need to find a way to finish off the weekend if we want to be a championship contender.

Sons of Vaval
11-11-2012, 01:17 PM
Great weekend for Holy Cross with wins against Bentley (4-3) and Sacred Heart (6-3).

With RIT seeming a little down this year, it would be great to take 3 or 4 points against the Tigers this weekend at home. A nice rivalry has developed between these two squads, and RIT always brings a very strong fan base to Worcester. May have to make the drive up to the Woo for one of the games.

blazer777
11-14-2012, 01:05 PM
Great weekend for Holy Cross with wins against Bentley (4-3) and Sacred Heart (6-3).

With RIT seeming a little down this year, it would be great to take 3 or 4 points against the Tigers this weekend at home. A nice rivalry has developed between these two squads, and RIT always brings a very strong fan base to Worcester. May have to make the drive up to the Woo for one of the games.



Going to take in both games this weekend, what's the rink like as far as creature comforts? Going to need a parka?

Sons of Vaval
11-14-2012, 01:23 PM
Going to take in both games this weekend, what's the rink like as far as creature comforts? Going to need a parka?

You'll need nothing more than your best flannel shirt. The bright orange jerseys that RIT fans have worn in the past seem to have done the trick for them. The further you sit up in the stands, the warmer it is. When you get near the glass, that's when it gets a bit cooler.

blazer777
11-14-2012, 03:31 PM
You'll need nothing more than your best flannel shirt. The bright orange jerseys that RIT fans have worn in the past seem to have done the trick for them. The further you sit up in the stands, the warmer it is. When you get near the glass, that's when it gets a bit cooler.

Well, that's a problem, I just sent the flannel to the cleaners! :D

Time to break the orange.