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Ralph Baer
04-24-2014, 12:28 AM
I'll be shocked if they get 5.5 out of 14. :eek:

Always the optimist. :)

Ralph Baer
04-24-2014, 12:29 AM
Today is 24 April 2014. There are 163 days until RPI's next game.


This is based upon 4 October 2014 for the start of next season.

FlagDUDE08
04-24-2014, 07:22 AM
Always the optimist. :)

Hey now, splitting with Denver IS optimism.

engineerhockeyfan
04-24-2014, 11:23 AM
Official schedule release http://www.rpiathletics.com/news/2014/4/22/MHOCK_0422142920.aspx (article with link to schedule)

The one constant since Appert took over, is the difficult OOC schedule. This should be taken into consideration when we continue the Appert/Fridgen debate.
Normally I would agree with a tough schedule making us a better team, however, we now seem to take losing for granted instead of hating it.
This culture has to change.
To bring up another subject, maybe with Haggerty and Zalewski gone, Laliberte will take to scoring goals instead of passing up every opportunity. We are going to need all the goals we can get from him this season.

johnk
04-24-2014, 12:16 PM
Everyone is stating how tough the NC schedule is. I guess I am missing it.

5 NC home games:
None against NCAA tourney teams
2 against Atlantic Hockey's 2nd place team
2 against the last place team from the NCHC
1 against the 9th place team in Hockey East

Away: 7 games 3 against NCAA tourney teams
3 against HE - 4th place team, 7th place team and newcomer UConn
2 against NCHC 6th place team in 8 team league.
2 against 3rd place Big 10 team in 6 team league.

Neutral: 1 or 2 NCAA tourney teams
Union and either Big Ten Champ (NCAA runner-up) or NCHC 5th place team.

Overall some big names on the schedule but not exactly a stellar crew based on last years results. I also personally think that a tough schedule has absolutely nothing to do with building a contending team.

jmhusker
04-24-2014, 12:31 PM
Everyone is stating how tough the NC schedule is. I guess I am missing it.

Overall some big names on the schedule but not exactly a stellar crew based on last years results. I also personally think that a tough schedule has absolutely nothing to do with building a contending team.
I should think it helps with recruiting. The more big name teams he plays against the more likely that an undrafted kid gets noticed by the scouts.

FreshFish
04-24-2014, 12:57 PM
I also personally think that a tough schedule has absolutely nothing to do with building a contending team.

See 2011: our success during the OOC portion of the schedule helped us qualify for the tournament that year, did it not?

I'd suggest that there is a partial correlation but not a causation. You don't merely need a tough schedule, you also have to perform during that portion of the schedule as well.

johnk
04-24-2014, 02:09 PM
See 2011: our success during the OOC portion of the schedule helped us qualify for the tournament that year, did it not?

I'd suggest that there is a partial correlation but not a causation. You don't merely need a tough schedule, you also have to perform during that portion of the schedule as well.

I guess my wording was not clear. What I am trying to emphasize is that an overly tough schedule has nothing to do with preparing your team. It obviously does help with the PWR.

AspyDad
04-24-2014, 03:20 PM
Everyone is stating how tough the NC schedule is. I guess I am missing it.

5 NC home games:
None against NCAA tourney teams
2 against Atlantic Hockey's 2nd place team
2 against the last place team from the NCHC
1 against the 9th place team in Hockey East

Away: 7 games 3 against NCAA tourney teams
3 against HE - 4th place team, 7th place team and newcomer UConn
2 against NCHC 6th place team in 8 team league.
2 against 3rd place Big 10 team in 6 team league.

Neutral: 1 or 2 NCAA tourney teams
Union and either Big Ten Champ (NCAA runner-up) or NCHC 5th place team.

Overall some big names on the schedule but not exactly a stellar crew based on last years results. I also personally think that a tough schedule has absolutely nothing to do with building a contending team.

Bet you it's a tougher schedule than Mongo plays.

Ralph Baer
04-24-2014, 04:06 PM
I am trying to decide which weekend to go to Troy next season. Does anyone know when Parents Weekend is so that I can avoid it?

johnk
04-24-2014, 04:22 PM
Bet you it's a tougher schedule than Mongo plays.

About the same.

2 at Notre Dame
2 Home - St. Cloud
2 Home - Maine
1 Home UNH
1 At BU
1 RPI at T/U
2 at tourney with Yale, QU and UConn

AspyDad
04-24-2014, 04:45 PM
About the same.

2 at Notre Dame
2 Home - St. Cloud
2 Home - Maine
1 Home UNH
1 At BU
1 RPI at T/U
2 at tourney with Yale, QU and UConn

Denver
Michigan
UNH
BU
Miami

Ice breaker we will get 2 out of 3 of these following powerhouses Gophers, ND. Minn. Duluth.

FlagDUDE08
04-24-2014, 05:57 PM
I am trying to decide which weekend to go to Troy next season. Does anyone know when Parents Weekend is so that I can avoid it?

Likely during the Bentley series, although it's possible we could be away during Parents' Weekend (the Denver series).

LTsatch
04-24-2014, 07:13 PM
About the same.

2 at Notre Dame
2 Home - St. Cloud
2 Home - Maine
1 Home UNH
1 At BU
1 RPI at T/U
2 at tourney with Yale, QU and UConn

Replace Yale with Sacred Heart, Yale is not in that tourney until the 15-16 season. Makes that OOC a little easier if U catches SHU instead of Yale.

johnk
04-24-2014, 07:28 PM
Denver
Michigan
UNH
BU
Miami

Ice breaker we will get 2 out of 3 of these following powerhouses Gophers, ND. Minn. Duluth.

Right. I have Notre Dame as one of the road games and either Minn or UMD as the other neutral site game. Have fun at banquet.

Ralph Baer
04-25-2014, 01:17 AM
Today is 25 April 2014. There are 162 days until RPI's next game.


This is based upon 4 October 2014 for the start of next season.

FreshFish
04-25-2014, 08:30 AM
I guess my wording was not clear. What I am trying to emphasize is that an overly tough schedule has nothing to do with preparing your team.

Hmm...."nothing" is perhaps a bit strong, however I do agree with your general sentiment.

It is a mixed bag at best. One might argue that if you have a "tough" schedule and your team plays well, it could boost their confidence: "Hey, if we can hang with these guys we can hang with anyone." For example, the elite women's basketball teams often practice against men, or practice 5 vs 7, things like that. The thinking being, "if we can beat men in practice we can certainly beat women in games!" Or "if we can beat a pressing defense of 7 players against us to score in practice, we can certainly beat a pressing defense of only 5 against us in a game!"

On the other hand, if you have a "tough" schedule and get banged up or injured, what good is that? or if you struggle to play well, you also can get down: "what was the point of traveling halfway across the country early in the season, before we really have jelled as a unit, just to get trampled?" "Maybe we should play teams 'at our own level' early in the season first, so that we can work out the kinks in our game before conference play begins."

If you want to have a "tough" opponent, I wonder if you could arrange a joint practice with a local pro team? probably against the rules though.

JCrawford
04-25-2014, 03:20 PM
I am trying to decide which weekend to go to Troy next season. Does anyone know when Parents Weekend is so that I can avoid it?

Looks like October 24-26 (https://www.google.com/search?q=RPI+family+weekend+2014) (Bentley weekend)

Ralph Baer
04-25-2014, 04:47 PM
Looks like October 24-26 (https://www.google.com/search?q=RPI+family+weekend+2014) (Bentley weekend)

Thanks

Ralph Baer
04-25-2014, 06:36 PM
Good luck to Ben Barr as he auditions for the HC vacancy @ LSSU.

He didn't get the job http://www.uscho.com/2014/04/25/sources-whitten-tabbed-to-replace-roque-at-lake-superior-state/.