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DrDemento
01-12-2013, 09:59 AM
I guess we watched different games then. I saw an RPI team which for **** near all of the game had an outstanding forecheck, rolled 3 lines that were hard to play against,blocked a ton of shots (Q announcers said this repeatedly) and a goaltender, as you noted, who made all of the saves he should have and a few that he flat out stole. The number of shorty and odd man bids we generated in and of itself was impressive and a change for the better for RPI, lest we forget, we're usually on the other end of those scenarios. You also failed to mention that RPI also hit at least 2 pipes, including Bubela late in the 3rd which could've won it. All of this done against a red-hot team.

Knocking a freshman D skating in what, his 5th career D1 game against a top team? Weak. Perspective... try some.

Wicked-I saw what you did-mostly. i still saw far too many odd man situations against us and far too many open men close in who just missed or mishandled a puck. Overall I thought it was one of our best efforts against admittedly a very good opportunistic team. At least i went to bed thinking we could have won this one, they could have won this one. I felt the same after BU. This game had 12 penalties called so perhaps 20 minutes of special teams play. And normally that spells disaster for us. It didn't, which is good. But it almost did a couple times-and that is still not good. We are improving-but we do not bury pucks enough so that we afford to give up any soft or easy goals against. I liked what i saw last night-and I have several times this season. But i still haven't developed the confidence in this team and feel they can play consistently well for a full 60-65 minutes without having those little lapses that seem to hurt us and cost us games.

DrDemento
01-12-2013, 09:42 PM
OK finally home from Princeton with a few things-First meeting up with the posters and other alums was just great. We have one of the best fan bases in the nation and some really great guys. Quick sendout to Flagdude-You made a big hit-especially with Jenny who loves her men with long hair;). Great to put faces with the names. Waite-always great to see you. Just sorry some others were not able to make it.
Now the game-we were the better team tonight. We just played one horrible first period. Princeton always comes out fast at home and today was no different. They had jump, we had none. It seemed like we left our legs on the bus. Bryce played very well-and the PP goal against he had no prayer on. Perfect pass across diagonally and no one picked the guy up near the net. As bad as we played the first period-that's how good we played the second. We absolutely dominated. I figured we outshot them 8 to 1 or more. We scored once-probably scored a second one as everyone around us(including PU fans) felt the puck was in well before Dumas(I think he was the one) blew his whistle claiming he lost sight of the puck. It was not reviewed-for reasons unknown. That goal would have been the difference. We did put one other one in about 1/2 second after the period ended and that was indeed the correct call. No complaints. The combination of Kotyra and Dumas called very little-they let an unbelievable amount of interference and holding go-some on us-but moreso on PU in that second period when we were just absolutely in control. Third period we also were by far the better team. We just could not finish-we had the chances-we played great defense-it just seemed we were snake bitten. Finally-we had to pull Merriam and I must say we are the worst team once we pull the goalie. We are better even strength than we are with a 6th man on the ice. I do not know if that is something you can really practice-but we are just totally ineffective at putting any pressure on and we just cannot keep the puck in the offensive zone. I did think we were a bit lazy getting back when PU scored the first empty net goal-perhaps we did finally tire in those waning moments.
The good-we have a lot of talent out there. When we get things together we are a very tough nosed hard hitting team that can really skate. The bad-left with that empty feeling-we did everything you need to win-we took few penalties, we outshot them badly (I don't think Merriam had to make 5 saves in the last 40 minutes and none of them were tough) and we had several good chances-yet we still found that we played just well enough to lose. And losing is just a crappy feeling.
Still a good time with friends-the place was crowded (and warm for a change) and RPI fans probably outnumbered the locals. Had dinner with friends from Montreal and Toronto after the game and we all agreed-this team could put it all together and be a lot of trouble for others to play as the season continues. SA has this team close to where they need to be.

ServinisScores
01-12-2013, 09:56 PM
DrD - It's a real treat to relive all the 85 memories through your posts. So many details I remember after reading your recollections. Would love to make the trip to meet you and the rest of the crew. I have a scrapbook from that year which has almost all of the games. I'm sure that would be a hoot to read through. Seems almost hard to believe some of us lived through the previous year (in pain) and saw the team win the whole enchilada the year after. My family decided to make the trip to the Garden in person, after holding out for Lake Placid the year before and getting denied, and didn't go to Detroit. Don't remember watching the semifinal except for the sports highlights, which were replayed over and over and over.....

...as for tonight, too bad they dropped a stink bomb in the first period. We do seem to play well enough to lose. And it does seem they should stick to not pulling the goalie - it's clear they don't practice it, or can't get a rhythm when they pull him. Maybe this weekend is the one they gel for 2 games and get all 4... lets go Red!

hawthr
01-12-2013, 10:12 PM
I know a few people had asked for it, and since I wanted a reason to avoid cleaning my house, I've amassed the referee data for all games refereed by ECAC officials during Coach Appert's tenure. You can find the detailed attachment here (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27996070/Referee%20Records.xls). Many interesting things pop out of the data (for example, we have a winning record in games officiated by Hicks, surprisingly, and John Murphy is a bad omen, not surprisingly). Listed below are the two summaries (of those officials we have seen 3 or more times) of RPI's winning percentage, and the average number of penalty minutes assessed to RPI per game by referee.

Winning Percentage by Referee, 2006-2013

Referee Games Officiated RPI Win Percentage
Dave Hansen 3 0.8333
Jean-Yves Roy 5 0.7000
Dan Murphy 3 0.6667
Derek Wahl 8 0.6250
Eric Ernst 9 0.6111
Bryan Hicks 15 0.5667
Alex Dell 22 0.5455
Eugene Binda Jr 3 0.5000
Frank Murphy 4 0.5000
Jeff Zelasko 4 0.5000
Scott Hansen 4 0.5000
Tim Kotyra 22 0.4545
Nick Litterio 10 0.4500
Mike Baker 17 0.4412
Andy O'Brien 23 0.4348
Scott Whittemore 15 0.4333
Chip McDonald 32 0.4063
Bob Ritchie 14 0.3929
Harry Dumas 9 0.3889
Joe Carusone 18 0.3889
Peter Feola 26 0.3846
Pete Torgerson 4 0.3750
Bob St. Lawrence 15 0.3667
John Murphy 26 0.3462
Chris Ciamaga 6 0.3333
Tom Steinel Jr 3 0.3333
Jack Millea 6 0.2500
Kevin Graber 6 0.1667
Mark Riley 3 0.0000
Referee Average 0.4446

Average Penalty Minutes Assessed to RPI per Game by Referee, 2006-2013

Referee Avg Minutes per Game
Jack Millea 27.17
Eugene Binda Jr 23.00
Mark Riley 21.33
Bob Ritchie 19.86
Tim Kotyra 19.14
Frank Murphy 18.50
Dave Hansen 18.33
Scott Whittemore 17.67
Harry Dumas 17.56
Peter Feola 17.27
Bryan Hicks 17.07
Mike Baker 16.76
John Murphy 16.50
Nick Litterio 16.20
Joe Carusone 16.17
Jeff Zelasko 15.75
Kevin Graber 15.50
Alex Dell 14.68
Chip McDonald 14.50
Jean-Yves Roy 13.80
Pete Torgerson 13.00
Scott Hansen 13.00
Chris Ciamaga 12.50
Derek Wahl 11.38
Tom Steinel Jr 11.33
Andy O'Brien 10.96
Eric Ernst 10.00
Bob St. Lawrence 9.80
Dan Murphy 9.33
Referee Average 15.79

FlagDUDE08
01-12-2013, 10:31 PM
Got back in one piece, and here are my thoughts:

1. Despite how awful Kotyra and Dumas(s) were, at the end of the day, we had a clear chance to tie it up, and we couldn't do it. I know we hear so much from Coach Appert about how refereeing is not the reason we lose games, and if he said it tonight, he is spot on. Sure, there was a slash on the first PU goal, interference on the second, not to mention the whistle happy Dumas(s), but none of that mattered in the third.
2. I'm starting to feel bad for Brock Higgs. That kid just can't buy a goal this year. He's a really talented player, and I'm not just saying this because they can drive 100 miles to kick my ***. He was the one with the break in the third. Of course, now that I say this, he'll probably get a hat trick next week...
3. Pennsylvanians can't drive. Remind me next time I go to Princeton (if ever) to take 17 around.

Ralph Baer
01-13-2013, 04:00 AM
Does anyone else think that Princeton shouldn't be allowed to start Saturday league games at 4 PM? These are always against a team that had to get there from Connecticut. I assume that RPI drove there after the Friday game, as opposed to Saturday morning, but even so, it has to give them a significant advantage.

MarkEagleUSA
01-13-2013, 04:12 AM
Does anyone else think that Princeton shouldn't be allowed to start Saturday league games at 4 PM?Aren't those 4:00 starts (also done sometimes by the North Country teams) to accomodate travel after the games due to the outlying locations?

Ralph Baer
01-13-2013, 05:37 AM
Aren't those 4:00 starts (also done sometimes by the North Country teams) to accomodate travel after the games due to the outlying locations?

I don't recall us ever having an early game in the North Country. Neither has any early home league games on their schedule this season.

I know that some games are early to accommodate TV, but RPI's game at PU wasn't on TV.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 07:12 AM
Does anyone else think that Princeton shouldn't be allowed to start Saturday league games at 4 PM? These are always against a team that had to get there from Connecticut. I assume that RPI drove there after the Friday game, as opposed to Saturday morning, but even so, it has to give them a significant advantage.

Right on the button Ralph. Having watched Princeton at home at least a couple times each year for the past 37 years you are definitely on to something. Last night they did exactly what they try to do every home game and especially the early starts. They come out fast-forecheck with 2 and 3 forewards and just try to overwhelm you and score in the first period. If they can get a lead (and especially more than 1 goal) they play a more restrained defensive game. It doesn't always work for them-but it is their style and has been through the several coaches they have had that we have seen. We just could not put enough pucks in the right spots last night. I know we grossly out shot them-but that doesn't tell the entire story. We took an enormous number of shots from the points that were blocked, we took a ton of shots that went wide by a few feet, and their senior goaltender made one or two highlight saves.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 07:14 AM
Got back in one piece, and here are my thoughts:

1. Despite how awful Kotyra and Dumas(s) were, at the end of the day, we had a clear chance to tie it up, and we couldn't do it. I know we hear so much from Coach Appert about how refereeing is not the reason we lose games, and if he said it tonight, he is spot on. Sure, there was a slash on the first PU goal, interference on the second, not to mention the whistle happy Dumas(s), but none of that mattered in the third.
2. I'm starting to feel bad for Brock Higgs. That kid just can't buy a goal this year. He's a really talented player, and I'm not just saying this because they can drive 100 miles to kick my ***. He was the one with the break in the third. Of course, now that I say this, he'll probably get a hat trick next week...
3. Pennsylvanians can't drive. Remind me next time I go to Princeton (if ever) to take 17 around.

Jen and I always thought NJ drivers were the worst-until we travel through Pennsylvania-you have it exactly right.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 07:16 AM
I don't recall us ever having an early game in the North Country. Neither has any early home league games on their schedule this season.

I know that some games are early to accommodate TV, but RPI's game at PU wasn't on TV.

Some of their (PU) games are scheduled early to not interfere with home Basketball games (which is by far has been their bigger draw on campus).

fr joe
01-13-2013, 09:15 AM
Hockey will always play second fiddle to bouncyball in Old Nassau.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 09:38 AM
All 5 goals last night were scored directly in front of us. Yet much of the action in the third period was at the other end. Just a bit odd.

Ralph Baer
01-13-2013, 09:38 AM
Hockey will always play second fiddle to bouncyball in Old Nassau.

True, but it isn't as if a lot of people attend their hockey games anyway, and fewer probably go to both.

FlagDUDE08
01-13-2013, 09:44 AM
Jen and I always thought NJ drivers were the worst-until we travel through Pennsylvania-you have it exactly right.

I haven't had much of a problem with NJ drivers, actually.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 09:45 AM
True, but it isn't as if a lot of people attend their hockey games anyway, and fewer probably go to both.

We have found that many of the people who come to Baker rink are fromt he visiting schools (much like yesterday). The others are some Princeton students (not all that many usually) and a great number of people who attended neither school playing. Many of the folks are just from the area and have kids who play hockey and this is their chance to bring them toa game whee they can see some fast paced hockey up close. Yesterday was supposedly a sello ut-the box office had a big sign that it was standing room only. Yet there were emplty seats all over the place. Fairly common there. The only times we find the rink full are for RPI, Cornell, and Harvard.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 09:50 AM
I haven't had much of a problem with NJ drivers, actually.

When we are driving up through the Adirondacks people actually wave you in front of them. Down here on the Jersey shore, they also wave-but they do it with one finger.:mad:

FlagDUDE08
01-13-2013, 10:28 AM
When we are driving up through the Adirondacks people actually wave you in front of them. Down here on the Jersey shore, they also wave-but they do it with one finger.:mad:

Maybe it's just me, but you give the guy room to do what he needs to do, and they don't give you any problems. The moron I had to deal with on I-380 would drive at my speed in my blind spot at about the speed limit, when he passes me and goes to pass someone else, he drops to about 10-15 MPH BELOW the speed limit and takes forever to pass, then when I pass both he's right back to my blind spot, and this is all with zero visibility due to heavy fog.

Like I said, they don't know how to drive. And if they do, they know how to be idiots.

DrDemento
01-13-2013, 10:31 AM
Maybe it's just me, but you give the guy room to do what he needs to do, and they don't give you any problems. The moron I had to deal with on I-380 would drive at my speed in my blind spot at about the speed limit, when he passes me and goes to pass someone else, he drops to about 10-15 MPH BELOW the speed limit and takes forever to pass, then when I pass both he's right back to my blind spot, and this is all with zero visibility due to heavy fog.

Like I said, they don't know how to drive. And if they do, they know how to be idiots.

We see it so often down here. You are 100% correct-either they do not know how to drive or they are just selfish and do not care about anyone else on the road.

FlagDUDE08
01-13-2013, 10:40 AM
We see it so often down here. You are 100% correct-either they do not know how to drive or they are just selfish and do not care about anyone else on the road.

They commonly turn left from the right lane or right from the left lane, too. Probably the latter. Either way, it's annoying.