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RSTuthill
03-31-2014, 01:53 PM
Well, the Huskies sports scene is dominated currently by the little matter of beating Florida for the second time this year -- this time in the Final Four -- and whether or not the UConn Women can again hold serve tonight and possibly next weekend.

But let's talk college hockey instead. Can we get some predictions for a RS finish next year by the Huskies?

I'll start it off and invite the wrath, ridicule, and flames of established HE observers and predict 10th. As soon as the HE cognoscenti read this, I am sure that the laughs will be heard from Orono to South Bend. Yes, with league points there for the taking, the Huskies will no longer be seeing any back-up goaltenders and fifth lines. The opposition will be playing for real. But let's see what happens.

unh1982
03-31-2014, 02:22 PM
Well, the Huskies sports scene is dominated currently by the little matter of beating Florida for the second time this year -- this time in the Final Four -- and whether or not the UConn Women can again hold serve tonight and possibly next weekend.

But let's talk college hockey instead. Can we get some predictions for a RS finish next year by the Huskies?

I'll start it off and invite the wrath, ridicule, and flames of established HE observers and predict 10th. As soon as the HE cognoscenti read this, I am sure that the laughs will be heard from Orono to South Bend. Yes, with league points there for the taking, the Huskies will no longer be seeing any back-up goaltenders and fifth lines. The opposition will be playing for real. But let's see what happens.

Tied with Mack . But welcome aboard and here's to your team adding to new rivalries

RSTuthill
03-31-2014, 02:33 PM
Tied with Mack . But welcome aboard and here's to your team adding to new rivalries
Thanks. Should be fun. And we UConn fans will be eager to get to the HE venues for the bigtime experience. So that should be fun too.

Erix_The_Red
03-31-2014, 03:03 PM
And I'm excited to see Maine play closer to me more often (assuming they get their act together on the road).

Jon
03-31-2014, 03:07 PM
Thanks. Should be fun. And we UConn fans will be eager to get to the HE venues for the bigtime experience. So that should be fun too.

You should make yourself at home and angrily deride either UVM or UML in one of those delightful tete-a-tetes they have every season.

That always goes well.
I always assumed that when HE went to 12 teams, they'd have travel partners like the ECAC. That's probably not the case since nothing is near South Bend, Burlington or Orono.

RSTuthill
03-31-2014, 04:09 PM
You should make yourself at home and angrily deride either UVM or UML in one of those delightful tete-a-tetes they have every season.

That always goes well.
Grew up in a UVM family and son went to Union during the Sneddon era. So that is not a likely avenue. And UML graciously came to our tournament as well as scheduled us during the RS. UM-A likewise. Providence had the good grace to lose to us this year despite taking something like 50+ shots. So no go there.

I don't think we're gonna fit in too well in HE. We don't really trash talk about other teams. We have a tendency to wring our hands about our own team's lack of consistency and get overly excited when the Huskies upset someone. When the latter happens, we immediately raise the bar and demand that it happen every time. I am probably one of the worst in that regard.

The Zlax45
03-31-2014, 05:16 PM
10th will be a successful season for UConn...I was impressed with your squad in the PC game as the kids played hard and took advantage of the chances they got!

RSTuthill
03-31-2014, 07:26 PM
10th will be a successful season for UConn...I was impressed with your squad in the PC game as the kids played hard and took advantage of the chances they got!
Totally agree.

LTsatch
03-31-2014, 07:57 PM
Any more rink news?

The Zlax45
03-31-2014, 07:58 PM
Any more rink news?

I believe they are playing all hockey east games in Hartford

LTsatch
03-31-2014, 08:03 PM
Was wondering more about a new on campus facility.

RSTuthill
03-31-2014, 09:08 PM
Was wondering more about a new on campus facility.
Others here know more than me, but sooner rather than later is what we are hearing. Advantages to both XL and Storrs. More restaurants/bars downtown but the barn will be too big for awhile.

HockeyRef
03-31-2014, 09:15 PM
Welcome to HE Huskies! Looking forward to seeing the UConn v UNH matchups...anyone know the schedule yet for next year for this? See ya at the Lake 'Whitt! :D

J.D.
03-31-2014, 09:17 PM
what went wrong with the huskies down the stretch this year?

CleggyofUML
03-31-2014, 10:17 PM
Welcome to Hockey East guys! I have a feeling that you guys will be one of the sleeper teams that will sneak up and pull off upsets and climb the ladder quietly. Either way can't wait to see you guys over at the Tsongas!

joegrav
03-31-2014, 10:38 PM
You've got a great coach. Don't think it will take you long to be consistently better than, for instance, UMass-Amherst. And based on what we saw this year I think UConn could probably be even with Merrimack pretty quickly, though maybe Merrimack rebuilds.

The XL Center will always be too big. Even if UConn hockey becomes a huge thing, it will never fill an AHL arena consistently - big time Eastern college hockey crowds are 6k, 7k, 8k tops. But I am looking forward to attending games there and getting the downtown vibe, and soaking in some Whalers history (plus I'm sure plenty of BC alums in CT will make the trip, which will be fun :))

If UConn builds a nice on-campus facility and hangs on to Cavanaugh they can be a decent factor in hEA long term.

lmg6841
04-01-2014, 09:45 AM
Good luck UConn, you guys are in store for some trial by fire. We'll miss beating up on you and ending your season. - xo RIT

RSTuthill
04-01-2014, 09:56 AM
what went wrong with the huskies down the stretch this year?
Ya know, I was spending too much time skiing to get out to Freitas during the stretch run. But what was posted, and I suppose is now the conventional wisdom, is that the power play fell apart for whatever reason. And they just did not play well in front of their senior goalkeeper Matt Grogan who had them in every game he played. Oddly enough, they won almost every game with freshman Robby Nichols in net. So I dunno, maybe a division between the scholarship players and the non-scholarship players? In any event, the consistency went to heck and they started leaving points on the table. It was disappointing to say the least. But that was then. This is now. They gotta hill to climb and they ain't gonna get there unless they are all pulling in the same direction.

Jim
04-01-2014, 11:17 AM
Grew up in a UVM family and son went to Union during the Sneddon era. So that is not a likely avenue. And UML graciously came to our tournament as well as scheduled us during the RS. UM-A likewise. Providence had the good grace to lose to us this year despite taking something like 50+ shots. So no go there.

I don't think we're gonna fit in too well in HE. We don't really trash talk about other teams. We have a tendency to wring our hands about our own team's lack of consistency and get overly excited when the Huskies upset someone. When the latter happens, we immediately raise the bar and demand that it happen every time. I am probably one of the worst in that regard.
Though, We'll be happy to talk trash about other teams once we have a bit of success. This is pretty exciting for those of us who have followed UConn hockey since the outdoor rink days. I never quite got the excitment of events like Frozen Fenway. I was thrilled when UConn finally moved its games inside!

Jim
04-01-2014, 11:24 AM
Was wondering more about a new on campus facility.Word I heard is that the siting study is underway and will be completed Juneish. Right now the leading location is X-lot (northwest campus area)where the new student rec center will be located, though that is more speculation and could change based on the study. Rumor is the first puck will be dropped there to open the 2016-17 season. Until then HEA games at the XL, some non-league events at Freitas. I agree with Dick, for what its worth. 10th place next year.