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jcarter7669
10-07-2013, 08:59 AM
UVM begins their 50th season of hockey with two wins on the exhibition weekend!

Great weekend for the Cats, (heck the first weekend is great win or lose). A saturday night drubbing of Ottawa 7-0 followed by a 4-1 win over Acadia, freshman saw a lot of ice time, Brickley with a 5 point weekend and 7 powerplay goals :eek:

My thoughts :

The Cats were helped tremendously by playing seemingly the entire weekend on the power play. Both games were chippy and the refs were calling tight games. You can't help but pot a few power play goals when you have that many opportunities. That said, I was very impressed with Bruneteau and Hamilton on the power play. Bruneteau has always been the best d-man to run the power play but it seems that the coaching staff finally found him a partner. Hamilton can zip passes around and he isn't afraid to shoot. The two combined for 15 shots on goal over the weekend, many coming on the power play and being rewarded with 5 pts on the weekend. The power play has always been an issue, hopefully that can continue.

Pattyn chipped in another 4 pts from the blue line including 3 goals and jumped up in the play several times. Granted the competition was a step down but certainly nice to see the Defense put up some offense while also being defensively responsible.

In goal, Santaguida played 5 of 6 periods giving up 1 goal on 28 shots for a 0.964 S%. While many shots were low quality he faced some good shots and made the saves. While his puck handling outside the net seems to be lacking, he is definitely quick and agile. I would expect him to start this weekend at North Dakota considering Hoffman sat out this weekend and seems to be nursing an injury. Feeley looked good in his short stint as well.

Offensively the Cats looked a bit rusty, but were flying on the ice. Nice to see that type of hustle out of them and to see it continue through the weekend even after a very physical Saturday night. Brickley gets 5 pts on the weekend, hopefully he continues to be more offensive minded this season. He could have a break out year and the cats need him to score goals, not knock people's head off before heading to the penalty box. Bradley impressed me for the freshman, he seemed to have good speed, hustle and was right up in the play all the time battling for the puck. McKinney also was impressive IMO. I think there are 3-4 freshman that are going to see significant ice time on a regular basis this year and the Cat's should be cautiously optimistic about the season.

Lets pray the injury bug isn't going to get out of hand... Hoffman, Fallon, Reynolds are all big losses if they are out for any length of time. That said I think there is some depth on this team that can help mitigate the injuries.

As a side note there was two Matt Whites on the ice Saturday night...

GO CATS GO

jcarter7669
10-07-2013, 09:08 AM
Anyone know why Lenz got scratched today?

I believe Sneddon said in the post game wrap up he was out simply to give him some rest and get the other forwards some ice time. Nothing serious though...

4-1 win against Acadia without McCarthy, Lenz and Reynolds is a good sign. Yes they aren't the type of competition that we will see during the season, but for what it's worth they did put 3 on UNH the night before.



Hoffman is out for the weekend with an unspecified injury ... the word is it is precautionary rather than anything considered serious ... McCarthy and Reynolds were both hurt on the same play at different places on the ice. McCarthy came back later ... Reynolds ... who needed to be helped off the ice ...did not.

Some serious thuggery going on in the Ottawa game. I missed what happened to Reynolds as I was watching McCarthy, but it sure got the Cats worked up, especially Bruneteau. That's the closest I've seen to an on ice brawl in many years. I was half expecting to see Bruneteau get the boot.

pokecheckguy
10-07-2013, 10:58 AM
It is good to see them win, and I do hope Brickley's performance means he comes out and really ups his offense this year, but let's face it both of these teams were so bad that it is hard to really get excited. Good practice sessions, really. I'd consider a good weekend in North Dakota to be getting a tie one night. Won't be easy.

jcarter7669
10-07-2013, 11:11 AM
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It is good to see them win, and I do hope Brickley's performance means he comes out and really ups his offense this year, but let's face it both of these teams were so bad that it is hard to really get excited. Good practice sessions, really. I'd consider a good weekend in North Dakota to be getting a tie one night. Won't be easy.

Well in the past 6 years UVM is 3-3 on the exhibition weekend. The 3 years they won their exhibition game they were a combined 50-46-18, the 3 years they lost they went 31-62-16. So I'm glad they won.

Sure the teams are not at the level of HE teams... but look at it this way, it could be worse, we could have tied McGill.

jcarter7669
10-08-2013, 09:21 AM
ABC news did a 30 minute show on the Men's and Women's hockey teams.

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/the-catamount-country-hockey-countdown/d/story/kaGrXT7ptka4TK1v6DDH8A

It's interesting to me that on several occassions now Sneddon has talked about this class being large because he felt that the past few seasons the team just wasn't where they needed to be. It seems like they brought in a large group not only to replace the departing seniors but a chunk of the current players. That' s not new, it's what he has been saying for a while now, but in the interview he specifically mentions have "tough" conversations over the summer. Looking back on some of the early departures it makes a little more sense as to why Faust left and some of the others.

I certainly hope the plan pays dividends.

catmandoo
10-08-2013, 02:29 PM
ABC news did a 30 minute show on the Men's and Women's hockey teams.

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/the-catamount-country-hockey-countdown/d/story/kaGrXT7ptka4TK1v6DDH8A

It's interesting to me that on several occassions now Sneddon has talked about this class being large because he felt that the past few seasons the team just wasn't where they needed to be. It seems like they brought in a large group not only to replace the departing seniors but a chunk of the current players. That' s not new, it's what he has been saying for a while now, but in the interview he specifically mentions have "tough" conversations over the summer. Looking back on some of the early departures it makes a little more sense as to why Faust left and some of the others.

I certainly hope the plan pays dividends.

Hes not just talking about the ones that left but also about the ones that stayed. My guess is that its more of the same. He is always excited at the beginning of the year and always looking for greener grass at the end of the year instead of looking in the mirror. It started the year after his run with Stalberg to the frozen four. According to him its been bad players since then. Every year he has a whipping boy. I don't buy it yet. I hope I am proven wrong but I don't see much change yet.

UVM - Bruin
10-08-2013, 05:25 PM
Kyle Reynolds is out for the season with a knee injury. Big loss, especially with Fallon's health up in the air.

GreenCat
10-08-2013, 08:02 PM
Kyle Reynolds is out for the season with a knee injury. Big loss, especially with Fallon's health up in the air.

That is a bummer....especially in an exhibition game. Did anyone see what happened?

VermontFan
10-08-2013, 08:43 PM
That is a bummer....especially in an exhibition game. Did anyone see what happened?

Sneddon talks about the injury in the article below, sounds like a dirty hit by the Ottawa player.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20131008/SPORTS0102/310080024/1002/RSS03?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

I apologize in advance if the link doesn't work...In short, Sneddon was very candid about the hit, said that Reynolds was targeted, and that Kyle didn't have the puck when he was hit.

I wonder who takes his spot on the first line?

Also, Ted Ryan mentions that Hoffman won't be making the trip to North Dakota, so Santaguida will be in goal this weekend.

Cat lover
10-08-2013, 10:21 PM
Sounds like a cutless play when the player knows he wont have to play the other team again

I knew it had to be a cheap shot the way Brunateau acted as he is not usually that aggressive.

Starting to think the green and gold would be better than playing a team that really isnt anywhere
near the level of D1. Maybe a game versus Norwich or Middlebury would be better and at least those
teams would not pull any of this cheap shot crap.

GreenCat
10-09-2013, 12:08 AM
Sneddon talks about the injury in the article below, sounds like a dirty hit by the Ottawa player.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20131008/SPORTS0102/310080024/1002/RSS03?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

I apologize in advance if the link doesn't work...In short, Sneddon was very candid about the hit, said that Reynolds was targeted, and that Kyle didn't have the puck when he was hit.

I wonder who takes his spot on the first line?

Also, Ted Ryan mentions that Hoffman won't be making the trip to North Dakota, so Santaguida will be in goal this weekend.

Thanks for the link (works if you paste it in). That article also explains why Reynolds was not playing some games last year and when he did was not quite up to his freshman performance.

jcarter7669
10-09-2013, 08:31 AM
Here's a link on the Reynolds injury from WPTZ with an accompany video.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/53224009/ns/local_news-plattsburgh_ny/#.UlVCgxkRwb3

Tough loss to start the season. I would expect Fallon to make the trip to NoDak if at all able (even if he sees limited ice time), he will be needed.

I guess the bright side, if there is one, is that it's early enough in the season to allow him to red shirt.

jcarter7669
10-09-2013, 08:34 AM
Maybe a game versus Norwich or Middlebury would be better and at least those
teams would not pull any of this cheap shot crap.

I would like to see this. Year in and year out Middlebury, Norwich, Plattsburg St are all at the top of D-3. It seems that we have consistently the top D-3 teams, and I would think that these teams could provide as much competition as some of the Canadian schools. It would also draw a much larger crowd to the exhibition games with more fans within driving distance.

It is definitely something UVM should think about.

pokecheckguy
10-09-2013, 09:16 AM
Really too bad about Reynolds certainly doesn't help matters, but next man up. Freshman are supposed to be talented right? Let's see if Sneddon meant that. Definitely a dirty hit but it is kind of a get what you pay for scenario since these Canada schools have nothing to lose and are going to play that way doesn't make it right just saying and if UVM wants these exhibition games, Canada teams are the norm usually. Norwich did play Dartmouth last year and the year before and played them close. I asked someone who used to work for the athletic department why UVM doesn't do the same thing a while back and they basically said UVM won't because they are afraid of losing especially the last few years and want to be the premier team in the state not giving the teams like Norwich, Midd, P-State, or even Castleton credit. Person made it sound like that comes from the top and not the coaches. Pretty silly because it would get more people interested even doing what the basketball teams do and play St. Mike's is better and generates more attention.

4th liner
10-09-2013, 10:08 AM
Sounds like a cutless play when the player knows he wont have to play the other team again
Starting to think the green and gold would be better than playing a team that really isnt anywhere
near the level of D1. Maybe a game versus Norwich or Middlebury would be better and at least those
teams would not pull any of this cheap shot crap.

Not sure about the fear of competition angle, but might not the respective D1and D3 start dates figure into it? I don't believe D3s are formally practicing yet. Norwich and Dartmouth better chance, I believe, because don't Ivies also start later that national D-1 start date? By time D3s are on ice, most D1 teams are into regular season schedule. If that's correct, there aren't many exhibition opportunities outside Canadian teams. Just a theory.

VTinNY
10-09-2013, 12:13 PM
Not sure about the fear of competition angle, but might not the respective D1and D3 start dates figure into it? I don't believe D3s are formally practicing yet. Norwich and Dartmouth better chance, I believe, because don't Ivies also start later that national D-1 start date? By time D3s are on ice, most D1 teams are into regular season schedule. If that's correct, there aren't many exhibition opportunities outside Canadian teams. Just a theory.Correct, D-3s don't start until November and in Middlebury's case relatively late November, so that really isn't an option. Even the Ivies don't start practicing until mid-late October. But do agree that the CIS teams are potential meatgrinders. Their players really have nothing to lose by gooning it up and a lot of these games get ugly. There are a couple CIS schools that are pretty good and usually don't have to get nasty, but often is tough to figure the "wheat from the chaff". IMO better to just scrimmage and figure things out in the OOC games.

catmandoo
10-09-2013, 12:47 PM
Correct, D-3s don't start until November and in Middlebury's case relatively late November, so that really isn't an option. Even the Ivies don't start practicing until mid-late October. But do agree that the CIS teams are potential meatgrinders. Their players really have nothing to lose by gooning it up and a lot of these games get ugly. There are a couple CIS schools that are pretty good and usually don't have to get nasty, but often is tough to figure the "wheat from the chaff". IMO better to just scrimmage and figure things out in the OOC games.

Wow terrible loss for the Cats! He was a player that I was expecting to make a big leap this year. Agree time for one of the freshman to step up.

UVM Cat in Texas
10-09-2013, 06:21 PM
I'm really almost depressed about the injury to Reynolds. What a way to begin the season! Hate to whine, but we just can't seem to catch a break. It's gonna take a really special team to overcome something like this and, unfortunately, I don't think we're there yet. Trying my best to stay positive, but I'm a glass half empty person by nature and this is bummin me out.

FWIW, when I was attending UVM in the mid to late eighties, we used to begin every season w/ a home game against Norwich. Not sure why that ended.

Cat lover
10-09-2013, 10:44 PM
I'm really almost depressed about the injury to Reynolds. What a way to begin the season! Hate to whine, but we just can't seem to catch a break. It's gonna take a really special team to overcome something like this and, unfortunately, I don't think we're there yet. Trying my best to stay positive, but I'm a glass half empty person by nature and this is bummin me out.

FWIW, when I was attending UVM in the mid to late eighties, we used to begin every season w/ a home game against Norwich. Not sure why that ended.

The difference was we used to start the season much later. I looked at my old yearbooks(yea remember those) and the last time we played Middlebury was 1992, and Norwich 1991 and Plattsburg 1985.

The first game those years were Oct 24, Oct 25 and Nov 2 while this years we started Oct 5th.

PuckVoice
10-09-2013, 11:00 PM
The difference was we used to start the season much later. I looked at my old yearbooks(yea remember those) and the last time we played Middlebury was 1992, and Norwich 1991 and Plattsburg 1985.

The first game those years were Oct 24, Oct 25 and Nov 2 while this years we started Oct 5th.

Norwich, Castleton and Plattsburgh can't begin official practices until October 15th and (new Rule) no games until November 1st ... The last two years Norwich played Dartmouth and Quebec Three Rivers in late October ... but they can't do that anymore do to the later first game date.
Middlebury doesn't begin practice until November 1st with first game November 15th.

Reynolds loss is a big one but despite what happened I don't think you can throw all the Canadian schools out with the dishwater. For the most part games with Canadian schools have been clean.

As an alternative what about playing a game every year with the Under 18's?