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streaker
12-04-2013, 07:34 AM
if Tomkins was healthy in net we may well have had the wins.

And if Devin Gardner converted a two point conversion, your football team wouldn't be undefeated. :rolleyes:

Puck Buck
12-04-2013, 02:54 PM
Wondering aloud why we continue to have to wait weeks beyond the end of the signing period for any news about which recruits signed with us. It is an issue that has extended for as long as I can remember and has spanned the past three head coaches. I wonder if there is a constant in the department that doesnt give a **** if we get any news about the program.

Puck Buck
12-04-2013, 04:23 PM
Tomkins goals against came in his first two starts, Davis' goals against came in his fourth and fifth starts. He did well and I'm thankful he was on the roster, but he's a back-up goalie and not a starter.

well maybe this guy is...or maybe he is the new backup to Tomkins or something. Regardless, he is joining the team:



http://ushl-dubuque.stats.pointstreak.com/playerpage.html?playerid=5211958&seasonid=9358

klbaum1077
12-04-2013, 05:37 PM
well maybe this guy is...or maybe he is the new backup to Tomkins or something. Regardless, he is joining the team:




http://ushl-dubuque.stats.pointstreak.com/playerpage.html?playerid=5211958&seasonid=9358

When Is he joining the team now or in January?

Puck Buck
12-04-2013, 05:54 PM
When Is he joining the team now or in January?

Later this month

http://www.dubuquefightingsaints.com/slideshow_story.php?sid=935

GreyGhost
12-05-2013, 01:00 PM
They were looking to have Olson be the starter and when he fizzled they went with Tomkins who had to gain confidence in the net. He did and has been very solid since. Not realistic to hold the early season games against him as early on our D was a sieve and the past couple of series they've been pretty solid so you can't really critique one players early season performance without pointing the finger at everyone.

I respect everyone's opinion, which is why I asked for your thoughts. My question now is that Tomkins has been out of net for so long, if he does come back, does that help us or hurt us going into B1G play when it really counts?

GreyGhost
12-05-2013, 01:10 PM
Though Davis has done well you can tell he's not at the level Tomkins is and if Tomkins was healthy in net we may well have had the wins.

You guys can say all you want about Davis, some have even laid the blame of *ichigan loss to him. That's nonsense. Penalty shot Friday night? Our goalies have not been tested in a shootout this season and this kid came thru for us.

How many rebounding opportunities did we give up in front of Nagelvoort and Racine this weekend with NO ONE in front of the net? Yet I hear no one complaining about offense. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it does NOT sit squarely on this kids shoulders.

GreyGhost
12-05-2013, 01:34 PM
Tomkins goals against came in his first two starts, Davis' goals against came in his fourth and fifth starts. He did well and I'm thankful he was on the roster, but he's a back-up goalie and not a starter.

Didn't Tomkins only play 4 games? Your logic is flawed. Tomkins was tested in Miami after Olsen ditched but he has not been tested in B1G play, which is where we need the experience and confidence in a goalie heading into the next few months.

GreyGhost
12-05-2013, 03:35 PM
I'm not going to be negative, but focus on the positive:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Steve Rohlik, head coach of the Ohio State men's hockey team, announced the signing of five outstanding players to National Letters of Intent. Goalie Christian Frey is expected to enroll in Ohio State for spring semester and be eligible to play for the squad beginning with its series against Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29. Forwards Nick Jones, Luke Stork and Matthew Weis and defenseman Janik Möser are all expected to join the Ohio State program in Fall 2014.

"We are excited about adding these five student-athletes to our program," Steve Rohlik, in his first season as Ohio State's head coach, said. "We believe each has the skills and character necessary to strengthen and grow Buckeye hockey."

Christian Frey
G, 5-10, 180
Arlington, Texas
Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

In his second year with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League ... will skate with the team through its Dec. 14 contest ... has posted 2.08 goals-against average and. 918 save percentage, along with a 9-3-1 record, so far this year ... shutouts in each of his first two games of 2013-14 and won first seven games ... led the Saints to a bronze medal at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia ... played for the Tri-City Storm to start 2012-13 and was 2-4-1, with a 3.73 goals-against average and .895 save percentage ... ended last season with Dubuque and was 7-2-2, notching a 2.54 goals-against average and .897 save percentage; squad won USHL Clark Cup ... split time with Tri-City and Des Moines in 2011-12; playing 15 games with Des Moines (3.15 gaa, .892 sv%) and two with Tri-City (2.41 gaa, .938 sv%) ... has 2.78 goals-against average and .903 save percentage, with a 22-16-4 record, in his USHL career.






Nick Jones
F, 5-11, 174
Edmonton, Alberta
Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
In second full year with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League ... second on team and 10th in the AJHL with 32 points, including 15 goals (seven on the power play) and 17 assists, through first 23 games of 2013-14 ... played for Canada West in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, posting three goals and five points to tie for second in scoring on the team as the squad reached semifinals ... skated in 48 regular-season games for the Crusaders in 2012-13 and had 24 points, including 11 goals and 13 assists ... also skated in eight postseason games in '13 ... came up through Knights of Columbus organization.

Janik Möser
D, 5-11, 181
Mannheim, Germany
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

In his first season in the United States Hockey League, skating for the Muskegon Lumberjacks ... six assists through the first 24 games ... Germany native and played for Jungadler Mannheim U18 in 2011-12 and 2012-13 ... 30 points in 33 games (12 goals, 18 assists) in his last year with the organization ... had 13 points in 32 games in 2011-12 ... played for Germany in the 2012 and 2013 World Under-18 Championships ... listed on NHL Central Scouting Preliminary 2014 North American Ones to Watch list.

Luke Stork
F, 6-0, 185
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

In his second full season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League ... has 11 points, including nine goals (five power-play tallies), through first 21 games of the season ... 30 points, with 12 goals and 18 assists, in 64 games in 2012-13 ... also saw action in nine postseason games as the Phantoms reached the USHL Eastern Conference semifinals ... skated in two games for Youngstown in 2011-12 ... listed on NHL Central Scouting Preliminary 2014 North American Ones to Watch list ... played in the Pittsburgh Hornets organization before moving on to the USHL.

Matthew Weis
F, 5-11, 186
Madison, N.J.
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

In his second season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League ... has 14 points, with 10 assists in his first 12 games of 2013-14 ... 40 points, with 13 goals (seven power play, three gamewinners) and 27 assists, in 56 games in 2012-13 ... spent 2011-12 splitting time between the Corpus Christi IceRays in the NAHL and the Gamblers ... skated in 33 games for the Gamblers in 2011-12, posting six goals and nine assists ... played in 12 postseason games as the Gamblers won the 2012 Clark Cup Championship ... had 18 points in 25 games for the IceRays in 2011-12 ... played for Team USA Under-18 Team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

klbaum1077
12-05-2013, 04:28 PM
I thought Davis did a great job in the games he played. He did give up 3 soft goals in the 2 games against Michigan. I think we will see Tomkins play once he is healthy now the real question is who becomes the back up Davis or the Kid they are bringing in?

klbaum1077
12-05-2013, 04:35 PM
Didn't Tomkins only play 4 games? Your logic is flawed. Tomkins was tested in Miami after Olsen ditched but he has not been tested in B1G play, which is where we need the experience and confidence in a goalie heading into the next few months.

Tomkins played 5 full games and the early part of his 6th before getting hurt. He gave up 6 to miami 4 to BG but played very well in the next 3 full games against BG, and Duluth twice. I think he gives the team the best chance to win going forward but if he falters we now know Davis can do the job.

MGoBlueHockey
12-05-2013, 04:51 PM
Are there any plans yet to get your team a hockey-specific arena instead of sharing with the basketball arena?

klbaum1077
12-05-2013, 05:09 PM
Are there any plans yet to get your team a hockey-specific arena instead of sharing with the basketball arena?

Not that we know of but we all can hope.

osualum86
12-05-2013, 05:30 PM
Are there any plans yet to get your team a hockey-specific arena instead of sharing with the basketball arena?

You just had to get us going, didn't you?!? :D

As Klbaum1077 indicated, nothing is set in stone, but we hope to have a hockey-only facility at some point in the next 5-10 years as our hockey facilities are killing both programs (men's and women's). There has been a lot of talk about tearing down aging St. John Arena. If and when that happens, the OSU Ice Rink and the French Field House will go down with it because all the infrastructure for those buildings is contained in St. John Arena (underneath it, I am told). When those buildings are razed, they will need to build a new ice arena for the women, and I am hopeful they just build a 6,000 - 8,000 seat arena so both the men's and women's teams can play there. I believe 6,000 is the smallest they should make it. Anything less than 6,000 would be shortchanging the programs, fans, and the ability to have other events in the building (ie. IIHF Women's World Championships, to name one). The thing that frustrates me and others is everytime they get closer to doing this, something else comes up that knocks a new hockey arena farther down the totem pole. A few years ago, it was a multi-million-dollar boathouse for our rowing team. Earlier this year, they had to put a new bajillion-dollar scoreboard at the baseball stadium. Next, they'll probably do the expansion at Ohio Stadium. Seems like there is always something ahead of hockey facilities here. :rolleyes:

GreyGhost
12-05-2013, 05:38 PM
You just had to get us going, didn't you?!? :D

As Klbaum1077 indicated, nothing is set in stone, but we hope to have a hockey-only facility at some point in the next 5-10 years as our hockey facilities are killing both programs (men's and women's). There has been a lot of talk about tearing down aging St. John Arena. If and when that happens, the OSU Ice Rink and the French Field House will go down with it because all the infrastructure for those buildings is contained in St. John Arena (underneath it, I am told). When those buildings are razed, they will need to build a new ice arena for the women, and I am hopeful they just build a 6,000 - 8,000 seat arena so both the men's and women's teams can play there. I believe 6,000 is the smallest they should make it. Anything less than 6,000 would be shortchanging the programs, fans, and the ability to have other events in the building (ie. IIHF Women's World Championships, to name one). The thing that frustrates me and others is everytime they get closer to doing this, something else comes up that knocks a new hockey arena farther down the totem pole. A few years ago, it was a multi-million-dollar boathouse for our rowing team. Earlier this year, they had to put a new bajillion-dollar scoreboard at the baseball stadium. Next, they'll probably do the expansion at Ohio Stadium. Seems like there is always something ahead of hockey facilities here. :rolleyes:

We've regurgitated this time and time again. We just need a donor with $109M like Penn State had! Let's put the word out.

Hockeybuckeye
12-05-2013, 11:03 PM
On a more relevant note, what do you guys think will happen over the holiday break? We seemed to start being a consistent and competitive team going into the break but we never seem to retain our strengths over break. Will Coach Rohlik break the trend or will we start to su*k again when the break's over?

Draighlicht
12-06-2013, 11:08 AM
On a more relevant note, what do you guys think will happen over the holiday break? We seemed to start being a consistent and competitive team going into the break but we never seem to retain our strengths over break. Will Coach Rohlik break the trend or will we start to su*k again when the break's over?
We have a two game home series with Mercyhurst to start the second half and then two at home with MSU. That's four games where excuses won't be acceptable so we should know immediately which way the team is going.

Draighlicht
12-06-2013, 11:09 AM
We've regurgitated this time and time again. We just need a donor with $109M like Penn State had! Let's put the word out.
I got $2 bucks riding on the mega million tonight. I'll let you know.

osualum86
12-06-2013, 12:09 PM
On a more relevant note, what do you guys think will happen over the holiday break? We seemed to start being a consistent and competitive team going into the break but we never seem to retain our strengths over break. Will Coach Rohlik break the trend or will we start to su*k again when the break's over?

It's funny we all mention the coaches breaking the trend, but these second half performances are really up to the players and what they do during those two or three weeks when they are on break. As Draighlicht said, we'll find out right away what kind of second half we are going to have when we host Mercyhurst and Michigan State.

Hockeybuckeye
12-07-2013, 11:12 AM
Story in today's Dispatch on Coach Rohlik looking to strengthen the program's ties to the Jacket's organization.