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ColSkate65
03-22-2014, 09:11 PM
First period was all Colgate; just too bad we couldn't light the lamp. From then on the OT game last night showed. Not as much jump by our side and some passing mistakes. Just couldn't seem to maintain the pace we had in the first.

As many have alluded to, no reason to hang heads. We have come a long way as a team and a program.... in just this one year. DV deservedly won the COTY award for a great leadership job, and we have another game on the schedule. A lot to be proud of with this bunch of guys.

Shabby and Rainman: look forward to your analysis of the weekend in LP and thoughts on both games, the atmosphere, etc.

Got 6, Want More
03-22-2014, 09:42 PM
Congrats Colgate! Would like to have seen you win today, but still a great ECAC tourney for you guys and let's hope you can do some damage in the NCAA's. Still quite an accomplished season but there is more work to do. Let's hope for a final that is the repeat of tonights final in LP. I think in the end, Colgate ran out of steam after the 2 OT's on Friday and Union is just really good

Make us proud at the Dance. Just remember, Harvard didn't win the ECAC's in 1989 either, but they were able to live a trophy a couple of weeks later. Here's to the same fate for you guys.

Saints#1
03-22-2014, 09:55 PM
Make us proud at the Dance. Just remember, Harvard didn't win the ECAC's in 1989 either, but they were able to live a trophy a couple of weeks later. Here's to the same fate for you guys.

Sounds like Yale last year ;)

kwik
03-22-2014, 10:00 PM
It looks like it'll be a trip to Cincinnati to play Ferris St., who we are certainly familiar with. Wisconsin-Vermont should be the other game, and that is certainly a fair bracket, I think.

Rainman
03-22-2014, 11:38 PM
It looks like it'll be a trip to Cincinnati to play Ferris St., who we are certainly familiar with. Wisconsin-Vermont should be the other game, and that is certainly a fair bracket, I think.

Ugh, I don't like this. A team we've already played 3 times, and we get shipped out west when the other ECAC teams get to stay east. I'd rather we play a team we haven't faced yet, as I like the element of surprise. Worse, I won't be able to go, since it'll be Friday-Saturday and a lot of travel and $$$ (plus I don't want to take more time off from work). If it is Cincinnati against the Bulldogs, I hope we draw the late game.

Dutchman
03-23-2014, 06:44 AM
Good luck in Cincinnati, if that is where you play you next game and hope to see you again in Philadelphia. Benett repeated what he said after our first loss to you in November, "That’s an excellent hockey team over there in Colgate .....”

Rainman
03-23-2014, 08:38 AM
Okay, now that I've gotten some rest, it's time for my analysis of both games this weekend:

Friday

Nothing much to say about the first period of this game. I thought both teams (Colgate and Quinnipiac) were getting a feel for the wider sheet of ice and maybe waiting for one team to make a mistake. Then the second period. The dreaded second period. Maybe it was the long change, but even with our success in 2014, we seem to struggle during second periods. Quinnipiac gets a mini-breakaway during 4-on-4 play and scores. Then they score a PPG and it's 2-0, and I'm starting to think "here we go again". But then we get a garbage goal to make it 2-1 and we're back in the game! And immediately after that, the refs call a penalty on us! Part of me thought they were trying to screw us over! Quinnipiac got 6 power play opportunities while we only got 3, and one of them wasn't even a full two minutes!

Not going to talk much about the 3rd period and the overtimes. We all know what happened. I will say that we did have more of the scoring opportunities in the first OT though. Other posters mentioned on this thread that we were rolling four lines but Quinnpiac wasn't. Maybe that's why we eventually won the game! But watching the bonus sessions ... I was so dizzy and my heart was pounding, wondering if we would win or lose. Then in the second OT, I see the puck hit the back of the twine and I start jumping up and down. I've seen double OT wins in 2008, 2011, and now 2014. Perhaps I'm a good-luck charm?

Saturday

It was uncharted territory, not only for the team, but for head coach Don Vaughan. And I'm just going to say it right now, the dreaded 2nd period torched us. It was our worst 20 minutes since the Jan. 31 game at Brown. We skated with the Dutchmen in the 1st and 3rd periods. In fact, we outshot them 16-5 in the first period but couldn't score! Then in the 2nd period we're outshot 18-8, and go down 3-0. We did a better job staying out of the box, taking only 2 penalties, but Union scores on one of them just 9 seconds into the power play! Perhaps the OT sessions last night caught up to us in the 2nd period. At least the team didn't quit. We scored twice in the 3rd and hopefully it's positive momentum going into our NCAA Tournament game. Stuck around to see the trophy presentation, and noticed that our team stayed on the ice for it, showing that they're not sore losers. But of course, I would have preferred to see us win. Both games combined, we went 0 for 7 on the power play and only killed 6 of 8 penalties. Maybe it was the wider sheet of ice, but we'll need to have special teams success if we're going to have NCAA Tournament success.

I never went to any of the Atlantic City championship games, but I gotta say, I really enjoyed the trip up to Lake Placid. It felt like a vacation getaway. There were signs all over the village that said "Welcome ECAC Hockey Fans". The ECAC tournament belongs here. Not in Albany or Atlantic City. Yes, it wasn't easy getting there. In fact, it snowed sporadically during the day on Saturday! But we traveled well. In both of our games, I think we had just as many fans in attendance as Cornell did on Friday night. In fact, we outnumbered the Quinnipiac fans on Friday! Saturday it was more 50-50. But seeing that we didn't win it all this year, it gives me an excuse to go back there next year!

NCAA Selection Show is at noon on ESPNU. I will be watching. Will you?

blemberg
03-23-2014, 11:12 AM
Yeahhhhhh COLGATE. NCAAs here we come. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

UnionHockeyManiac
03-23-2014, 11:42 AM
Just wanted to congratulate Colgate on a great season so far. Hope we'll see you again in Philly!

red133883
03-23-2014, 11:43 AM
Well it is official, Ferris State in Cincinatti at 430. I am ok with this as we were able to stay away from BC and Minnesota (were we to win).

I like playing Ferris as we have played them well. Woulda been nice getting a completely new team but happy just to get an invite, remember that with a minute to go on Friday we were on the outside looking in.

Now we are one good weekend from Philly (same boat as every team left)

hattrick16
03-23-2014, 11:48 AM
Again? ...can't you guys just leave us alone.

ColSkate65
03-23-2014, 12:17 PM
FWIW Dep't: I know the committee has to do what it has to do, and the pairwise tells no lies, but I have trouble with QU and Union being in the same bracket. Would rather have seen ECAC teams spread out to bring more of a national look to the field. By switching Mass-Lowell and QU (#6 & #7) there wouldn't be that much change in terms of strength (or PWR) and fans would have no trouble getting to Worcester or Bridgeport. I'd just like to see an ECAC team on the other side of the bracket so they don't eliminate each other before Phillie. Just my 2 sense.

hockeyenthusiast
03-23-2014, 01:18 PM
We get the early game. Interesting.

red133883
03-23-2014, 01:44 PM
We get the early game. Interesting.

My only guess is that they gave Wisconsin the choice. The other #1 seeds have the early games

hockeyenthusiast
03-23-2014, 02:02 PM
My only guess is that they gave Wisconsin the choice. The other #1 seeds have the early games

I think it's a TV matter. We get the early game cause it's on ESPN3, while they want North Dakota vs. Wisconsin on ESPNU. Can't complain too much, as I do get ESPN3.

Rainman
03-23-2014, 05:05 PM
So yeah, I'd rather play a team we haven't faced at all this season, but at least we're in the national tournament.

1988
03-23-2014, 05:45 PM
Congrats on making the NCAA's.

hockeyenthusiast
03-23-2014, 06:01 PM
I think ours is a pretty even regional. I think any of the four teams can make it to the Frozen Four.

red133883
03-23-2014, 06:44 PM
Everyone is in the same boat with a record of 0-0. I agree, this regional is wide open. I think Bridgeport is an open regional as well, although Union is there and they are playing good hockey. The two brackets no one wanted to be in was St. Paul and Worcester, there would have to be a monumental upset in either of those brackets to come out of those regions.

As always these games are going to come down to us playing smart hockey and minimizing the dumb penalties, and of course Finn. Some of the saves he made on Friday were insane and desperately needed.

In October who would have thought we would still be talking hockey after the ecac playoffs? This is exciting

hockeyenthusiast
03-23-2014, 07:18 PM
Everyone is in the same boat with a record of 0-0. I agree, this regional is wide open. I think Bridgeport is an open regional as well, although Union is there and they are playing good hockey. The two brackets no one wanted to be in was St. Paul and Worcester, there would have to be a monumental upset in either of those brackets to come out of those regions.

As always these games are going to come down to us playing smart hockey and minimizing the dumb penalties, and of course Finn. Some of the saves he made on Friday were insane and desperately needed.

In October who would have thought we would still be talking hockey after the ecac playoffs? This is exciting

The first highlighted part is true. Especially for the 2nd period. That's where we tend to lose the games we lose. The 2nd highlighted point almost cost us the tournament bid, and in my opinion, cost us a championship this weekend.