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Mike Hutter
03-23-2013, 08:59 PM
Getting close to the cut-off point of 1000 posts, so let's continue here with Part II until it is time for 2013-2014. I am still enjoying 2012-2013.

kdiff77
03-23-2013, 09:01 PM
We could've had an offseason thread, but I suppose this will do the job.

MarkEagleUSA
03-23-2013, 09:11 PM
Congrats to Brown. Played an awesome game tonight. Stayed with Union and gave them all they could handle. Nice run to finish the season. Nothing at all to be ashamed of. See you next season.

DarthBruno
03-24-2013, 11:41 AM
Congrats to Brown. Played an awesome game tonight. Stayed with Union and gave them all they could handle. Nice run to finish the season. Nothing at all to be ashamed of. See you next season.

You get my vote for classiest non-Brown commentator on Brown threads. Thanks for the support, and see you next year!

- Darth

MarkEagleUSA
03-24-2013, 12:08 PM
You get my vote for classiest non-Brown commentator on Brown threads. Thanks for the support, and see you next year!Classy is not a word I would use to describe myself, but thank you anyway! :o

Mike Hutter
03-24-2013, 12:57 PM
Good article on Brown in CHN:

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2013/03/24_bear-ing_its_all.php

Onion Man
03-24-2013, 04:35 PM
Great run. As disappointing as the Union game was, this is a team that appears to be heading in the right direction. Regardless, it's a tough pill to swallow knowing how close they came to hosting the regional at the Dunk. This summer can't end fast enough

kdiff77
03-24-2013, 04:49 PM
I hope next year will be more progress, and not any sort of regression. I'd like to keep moving up the standings and push for an NCAA bid, even if we don't win the Whitelaw Cup.

I'm with Onion Man- this is going to be the longest seven months ever.

Onion Man
03-24-2013, 05:53 PM
I hope next year will be more progress, and not any sort of regression. I'd like to keep moving up the standings and push for an NCAA bid, even if we don't win the Whitelaw Cup.

I'm with Onion Man- this is going to be the longest seven months ever.

I think anything less than a NCAA bid will be disappointing. It's clear judging by the size of the recruits coming in (some big boys) that Brown is going to try and play physical with the likes of Yale and Union. Pryzbek could be worth the price of admission on his own. Forget seven months, drop the puck already!!

kdiff77
03-24-2013, 06:02 PM
I think anything less than a NCAA bid will be disappointing. It's clear judging by the size of the recruits coming in (some big boys) that Brown is going to try and play physical with the likes of Yale and Union. Pryzbek could be worth the price of admission on his own. Forget seven months, drop the puck already!!

That should be a good compliment to our smaller forwards (Lorito, Naclerio, Lappin, Lamacchia, Juola). I'm excited to see Hathaway and Robertson as seniors. Also excited to see Nate Widman and Kyle Quick as parts of what should be one of the stingiest defensive units in the league.

The goaltending situation will be interesting, though not necessarily in a good way. Is there any way Borelli can get a 5th year, since he didn't play at all in 2011-12? (Half-kidding)

I hope we make the NCAAs next year, but I don't think it'll be a disappointment if we don't. Keep in mind, despite our amazing playoff run, we were still a seven seed this year, and finished the regular season a game under .500.

kdiff77
03-24-2013, 06:04 PM
Also: here's hoping Ryan Jacobson can get back to his freshman self. Before he got injured, he went through a sophomore slump this year.

ColSkate65
03-24-2013, 06:24 PM
Kudos to you guys on a great end-of-season run. Too bad about the last game, but you've obviously turned a corner with your program and will be giving us fits next season :( See you then.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-24-2013, 06:27 PM
Great season from Brown. Really gave Union all we could handle. I am confident that Brown will be a top team in the ECAC in the coming years. Really, really hoping Union ends up in your backyard of Providence. I'm ready to make all hotel/travel arrangements if that's the case (and I will likely be coming back here to ask you guys for advice on what to do while in town).

Euler18
03-25-2013, 08:33 AM
Brown fell a bit short of the goal to win an ECAC championship, but the program has been transformed over the past four years from the laughing stock of the college hockey into one that is respected for playing a skilled, intense, fast-paced, physical but clean game. It took five years for Bob Gaudet to take a Brown squad from last place to the ECAC championship game (coincidentally, losing by the same 3-1 score). It's taken Brendan Whittet four years. Brown has now made two trips to the ECAC Final Four under Whittet, finishing third in 2010 and second in 2013. It would not be surprising if Brown won it all next year. We're a bit ahead of schedule.

It's easy to forget how young this year's team is. Three of the top four scorers are freshmen or sophomores, including the top line of Matt Lorito (22-15-37), Mark Naclerio (6-17-23) and Nick Lappin (7-3-20). Freshman Brandon Pfeil (2-10-12) had a solid season at defense, and, in a limited capacity, freshman Joe Prescott (4-1-5) showed the potential to become a dependable goal scorer. Sophomore Matt Harlow (6-9-15) improved consistently throughout the season, and is poised to become of the most reliable forwards on this team. There's no reason to doubt that sophomore Ryan Jacobsen (4-6-10), whose season was cut short by a major injury, will return to the form he displayed as a freshman.

Four years ago no one could have predicted that the future of Brown hockey would look so bright.

eXcSports
03-25-2013, 08:55 AM
Mike Rubin sends his thoughts along on the season. He sent this to me last night and asked if I could post. Good read with a humorous look in the footnotes for you.

http://excalibursportspage.com/2013/03/25/thanks-for-the-ride/

Mike Hutter
03-25-2013, 09:45 AM
Ken Schotts has the post-game interview with brendan in his column, linked below.

http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2013/mar/24/union-brown-ecac-hockey-championship-game-postgame/

UnionHockeyManiac
03-26-2013, 02:13 PM
Great season from Brown. Really gave Union all we could handle. I am confident that Brown will be a top team in the ECAC in the coming years. Really, really hoping Union ends up in your backyard of Providence. I'm ready to make all hotel/travel arrangements if that's the case (and I will likely be coming back here to ask you guys for advice on what to do while in town).

Well, I'm heading to Providence for the first time this weekend. Our game is at 9:00 on Saturday so I will probably just arrive in the afternoon and then leave on Sunday afternoon or evening (depending on the result of our game against BC). Where would you all recommend staying? I'd like to stay near The Dunkin Donuts Center and near Ri Ra Pub, where Union is having a pre-game reception. I'm considering The Omni and The Hilton, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Know of any discount codes or promotions?

Thanks!

eXcSports
03-26-2013, 02:39 PM
Well, I'm heading to Providence for the first time this weekend. Our game is at 9:00 on Saturday so I will probably just arrive in the afternoon and then leave on Sunday afternoon or evening (depending on the result of our game against BC). Where would you all recommend staying? I'd like to stay near The Dunkin Donuts Center and near Ri Ra Pub, where Union is having a pre-game reception. I'm considering The Omni and The Hilton, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Know of any discount codes or promotions?

Thanks!

There's a hotel right next to the Dunk. It's a good one. Can't remember if it's a Holiday Inn or a Mariott though. I thought it's a Holiday Inn.

kdiff77
03-26-2013, 02:42 PM
Well, I'm heading to Providence for the first time this weekend. Our game is at 9:00 on Saturday so I will probably just arrive in the afternoon and then leave on Sunday afternoon or evening (depending on the result of our game against BC). Where would you all recommend staying? I'd like to stay near The Dunkin Donuts Center and near Ri Ra Pub, where Union is having a pre-game reception. I'm considering The Omni and The Hilton, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Know of any discount codes or promotions?

Thanks!

The Marriott Courtyard is in the same plaza as Ri Ra; perhaps you should look into that. I don't know what their rates are like, but it's just two blocks from the Dunk and is essentially in the middle of downtown. The Hilton is a little further away from that area. I don't know what your budget is like, but the Westin is connected to the Dunk via the RI Convention Center, and the Biltmore is just a couple blocks away. Those are two of the more expensive places in the area.

I'm not sure what it'll be like this weekend, but before PC basketball games, every bar in the downtown area is PACKED and it's really fun. I'd recommend Trinity Brewhouse or the Union Station Brewery as good places to go for really good food. Bar Louie, right next to Ri Ra, is also great, but the service can be a little slow. These places are all incredibly crowded on Friars' gameday, but they should be considerably less so for this weekend, as the teams all play at different times.

If you have some down time, head up College Hill and check out Brown's campus! :) It's beautiful, and there are some good hole-in-the-wall eateries on Thayer Street if you're looking for a quick bite to eat. Loui's Family Restaurant on Brook Street is where all the Brown students go for breakfast food if that interests you. It's one of the best diners in the area, but it closes at 3:00 p.m.

Have fun! We'll be pulling for you guys.

kdiff77
03-26-2013, 02:45 PM
One more thing: the best view in the city can be found at Prospect Park, which is close to the Brown campus. It's something to check out if you like scenery. The sun setting over the city always looks amazing.