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Harry Cleverly
01-09-2014, 12:52 PM
"Quinning" has gone over 1,000. Time for a new thread, and hopefully new results. Let's go!

Harry Cleverly
01-09-2014, 01:10 PM
After the first few games of the season, which looked pretty promising, David Quinn stated that we 'wouldn't recognize this team' in a few months once it got more experience.
He is right, we don't recognize it. It has only gotten worse as the season has gone along.

The last five games have resulted in a loss and a tie to Merrimack, the only Hockey East team that was below us in the standings.
A loss to neighboring Bentley, whom a lot of people didn't realize had a D1 hockey team.
A loss to a bad Harvard team.
A loss to a very bad Dartmouth team, that has played without it starting goalie and four forwards, including its top two centers.

Just what is going on here?
The performances are listless and without emotion. And the goaltenders, who helped to carry the team through the early going, are besieged.

Quinn said in last night's pregame show that the team has been playing without emotion, energy and enthusiasm. That it had been addressed collectively and in some cases, individually. Okay, the first step to solving a problem is recognizing it.
So what happened again last night? It was only more of the same.
Where is the confidence? Where is the enthusiasm? Where is the fight?

The most telling thing for me came after Dartmouth's fifth goal was under review, with 5-6 minutes left in the third period. The delay, which eventually wiped out the goal, must have take three to four minutes.
During that entire time - the ENTIRE TIME - Quinn, Greeley and Hasanan leaned on the glass behind the bench and at no time said a single word to any player. No coaching. No admonishing. No motivating. Nothing!
Only Buddy Powers said anything to any of the players, and it wasn't a lot.

Then later in the game, after a time out, Maguire needed to be called back before going back in goal, because either he hadn't been told when to come out, or was unsure of what he had been told.

There is no emotion on the ice. There is no emotion on the bench. Coincidence?

Quinn doesn't need to be Jack Parker. If that is not his personality to get fired up, so be it. But if the embers are burning inside, he has got to occasionally show some life and let them out.

Harry Cleverly
01-09-2014, 01:19 PM
We recognize that this team is not deep, especially at forward.
Constantly changing the lines doesn't help, particularly because there are some guys that can't play, as well as some that aren't playing well.

Lawrence, a freshman walk-on, on the first line last night?
Kurker, a 2nd Round NHL draft choice, on the fourth line of a thin team?

Why not actually try Kurker with some of his more skilled teammates and see if that gets some production out of him? It might get him over the hump and jumpstart his college career.
Lawrence is a nice find, but he not going to more than a role player this year.

There are enough forwards to come up with two good lines, and ride them.
Come up with a checking third line, and the fourth line should only play when absolutely necessary.

I'd also avoid playing Somerby and MacAfee together until they can regain their confidence.

Harry Cleverly
01-09-2014, 01:26 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2014
BU-Maine moved up to 3 p.m. start time
By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

With an iffy forecast looming, puck drop for BU-Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday has been moved up to 3 p.m., Hockey East announced Thursday. UMass-Lowell and Northeastern will play at noon.

"The games, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., were moved to an earlier time due to expected rain in the Fenway area on Saturday," the release said. "According to Fenway Sports Managementís professional weather service, Telvent DTN, moderate rain is expected to reach the Fenway neighborhood sometime in the early evening, and is expected to continue throughout the night."

claver2010
01-09-2014, 03:00 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2014
BU-Maine moved up to 3 p.m. start time
By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

With an iffy forecast looming, puck drop for BU-Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday has been moved up to 3 p.m., Hockey East announced Thursday. UMass-Lowell and Northeastern will play at noon.

"The games, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., were moved to an earlier time due to expected rain in the Fenway area on Saturday," the release said. "According to Fenway Sports Management’s professional weather service, Telvent DTN, moderate rain is expected to reach the Fenway neighborhood sometime in the early evening, and is expected to continue throughout the night."

Sounds like a great time!

defkit
01-09-2014, 03:43 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2014
BU-Maine moved up to 3 p.m. start time
By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

With an iffy forecast looming, puck drop for BU-Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday has been moved up to 3 p.m., Hockey East announced Thursday. UMass-Lowell and Northeastern will play at noon.

"The games, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., were moved to an earlier time due to expected rain in the Fenway area on Saturday," the release said. "According to Fenway Sports Managementís professional weather service, Telvent DTN, moderate rain is expected to reach the Fenway neighborhood sometime in the early evening, and is expected to continue throughout the night."

Calling Crash Davis.....this one just got a little tougher to execute. :D

Bomber
01-09-2014, 05:51 PM
Calling Crash Davis.....this one just got a little tougher to execute. :D

#ThumpsUp

brassbonanza
01-09-2014, 06:55 PM
Windy with morning showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

Good thing they moved the game to the afternoon.

BU2K
01-09-2014, 06:58 PM
Windy with morning showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

Good thing they moved the game to the afternoon.

If they could get their hands on a large circus tent...

Redd10
01-09-2014, 07:04 PM
Windy with morning showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

Good thing they moved the game to the afternoon.

Setting the over/under for combined attendance at 8,000

Redd10
01-09-2014, 07:07 PM
We recognize that this team is not deep, especially at forward.
Constantly changing the lines doesn't help, particularly because there are some guys that can't play, as well as some that aren't playing well.

Lawrence, a freshman walk-on, on the first line last night?
Kurker, a 2nd Round NHL draft choice, on the fourth line of a thin team?

Why not actually try Kurker with some of his more skilled teammates and see if that gets some production out of him? It might get him over the hump and jumpstart his college career.
Lawrence is a nice find, but he not going to more than a role player this year.

There are enough forwards to come up with two good lines, and ride them.
Come up with a checking third line, and the fourth line should only play when absolutely necessary.

I'd also avoid playing Somerby and MacAfee together until they can regain their confidence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDAmPIq29ro

Bomber
01-09-2014, 07:52 PM
http://youtu.be/mYXGOviafig

defkit
01-09-2014, 07:55 PM
http://youtu.be/mYXGOviafig

Well done! How did we ever survive without YouTube?

BUPhD
01-09-2014, 10:34 PM
We're so bad this year the gods weep upon us. :(

DaveStPaul
01-09-2014, 11:47 PM
http://youtu.be/mYXGOviafig

BU Hockey 2013-14: We Got Ourselves a Natural Disaster!

pirate
01-10-2014, 10:46 AM
Windy with morning showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

Good thing they moved the game to the afternoon.

I have the solution, start playing hockey indoors. Find a way to have ice inside the building, maybe some kind of refrigeration setup and then they can play hockey all the time, even in a crazy place like Florida or Arizona.

I suspect a poll of potential attendees would suggest to move the game to the garden or some other place where they might have already discovered the rink with a roof concept. It is all the rage in Europe.

Bomber
01-10-2014, 11:53 AM
BU Hockey 2013-14: We Got Ourselves a Natural Disaster!

:)

ericredaxe
01-10-2014, 12:15 PM
On the bright side, beer is still $8.03

So at least we have that going for us.

That was for a "premium" beer right?

ericredaxe
01-10-2014, 12:22 PM
Agree with a lot of the comments here. BU has no confidence and they're getting killed with listless and unfocused play because of it. I don't mind if players with little talent aren't making a difference, but O'Regan, Hohmann, Gretzky, etc look lost out there.

Quinn needs to pull these guys aside and tell them to just go out there, have fun, and that he's going to use the rest of the year to try different line combos and pairings to see what works for next year. Maybe somebody surprises you, but perhaps the random punishments handed out over the last several years is causing players to not want to make a mistake for fear of getting benched. With a young team, they should be making mistakes and learning from them. This is a far different team than I saw at the beginning of the year in terms of effort.

??? :confused: I"m not sure I'm following your logic here… the team was giving full effort earlier this year, but somehow halfway through the year they stopped trying as hard for fear of making mistakes because of benching etc handed out one, two and three years ago under a different coach who may or may not have had different discipline policies????

ericredaxe
01-10-2014, 12:29 PM
By the way the hourly forecast is looking sweeter and sweeter each time I check! The "showers" are supposed to turn to "rain" right about 12:00 tomorrow.