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jcase
12-06-2014, 11:51 PM
What a game!

Trinity is a veteran team with speed, hands and depth. Based on a very small sample-size, I thought they looked even better and deeper than Oswego.( And Heilbron showed why his season save% is north of .940... Did he EVER lose sight of the puck, even once?)

UC was a bit on it's heels early, but staged a tremendous push-back in the late-2nd and the 3rd. Three Grade-A's while killing the major was something to see. The game easily could have gone either way yet again, but it didn't. Utica missed a couple of open nets, hit a post, etc., and, as mentioned, Heilbron was brilliant.

Still, a great game to watch. Wells was really sharp and the guys in front of him played balls-out once they got into the flow. I'm not much into the concepts of "good losses" or "moral victories", but I wouldn't be surprised if UC actually took some momentum away from this game. Guess we'll see tonight.

And as far as the TBT..? What a fiasco. Would not be shocked if the W steps in and puts an end to it. I don't grasp why anyone thinks it's a good idea to allow people to throw s### on the ice under any circumstances, and last night illustrated that one just can't assume that 3,000 people with a license to do so are necessarily going to wait for the proscribed moment to let fly. I say collect them at the door or just wait for the game to be over.

Excellent game. Trinity's defensive scheme was textbook; stood UC up at the blueline, drove UC rushes towards the boards, and Heilbron stonewalled anything that got close. Pressure of the TBT was evident; sloppy passes, fanned shots, the players were obviously pressing to get the TB goal out of the way and on to the game but it wasn't meant to be.

norm1909
12-11-2014, 09:28 PM
Saved by the bell (http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/mmorutc1.d11) :eek:

Note Morrisville took 5 for 21 and Utica 4 for 8, both teams each scored 1 PPG.

Fishman'81
12-12-2014, 12:33 AM
OK, at .500 at the break... Not exactly what I'd hoped-for, but the ship seems to have been righted now, after enduring some sub-par goal-tending in the early going. (Speaking of, Wells has proven himself to be the clear #1 IMO, even if he got a brief case of the yips tonight after being victimized by that bad-bounce on a 3 on 1 early in the 3rd.)

The forwards continue to fly, and the D hasn't made me groan aloud all year long, which is a stunning development in recent years. And all that considering that Morrisville played a good game.

Call me Pollyanna, but I won't be shocked to see this team continue on their run, and maybe even garner home-ice in the W playoffs. From there, who knows what can happen. The very talented Freshman class is growing-up right before our eyes.

We're going to Plattsburgh for the NY's tourney if the weather doesn't preclude that trip. I'm not predicting anything there, but a couple of wins -if that happens- will turn this entire season around. I'm certainly not ruling-out that possibility.

Ozz
12-12-2014, 09:03 AM
Saved by the bell (http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/mmorutc1.d11) :eek:

Note Morrisville took 5 for 21 and Utica 4 for 8, both teams each scored 1 PPG.

There's something about a Matthew BEER scoring a goal in the Aud that just seems to make life better...

norm1909
12-12-2014, 09:44 AM
There's something about a Matthew BEER scoring a goal in the Aud that just seems to make like better...

+1 LOL!!

They had to be counting the minutes once the Beer run started, adding an assist too.

Fishman'81
01-02-2015, 11:10 PM
We got the weather we wanted so we made the drive. UC probably deserved a better fate than the sister-kisser v. Amherst (can't remember the last time I saw TWO EAGs scored in fewer than two minutes) but this is a very young team that's still learning how to close-out a game. After a constipated 1st, the game had a lot of flow and was fun to watch.

Still, a tie against a quality opponent such as Amherst isn't a disaster. After the shootout "loss", I commented to the Jeff's fan next to me that his guys won the booby-prize, and he ruefully agreed.

If Utica ever is invited back here, a few more of you might consider making the trip. It's about 3.5 hours from the Utica exit (cutting across on 67 from Amsterdam) but it's an easy drive. No traffic at all, and 87 above Glens Falls features beautiful scenery. Stafford is a great place to watch hockey, too.

Watched NEC after we dined. That team looks pretty good, despite being whitewashed by Platty. Not going to be a cakewalk tomorrow...

jcase
01-02-2015, 11:33 PM
If Utica ever is invited back here, a few more of you might consider making the trip.

I had planned to drive up and back tomorrow if UC-PS was the late game. Can't make the early game unfortunately. :(

Cards81
01-02-2015, 11:56 PM
For what it's worth, I though Utica was the better of the two teams and should have probably won this game. As a Plattsburgh fan, I was looking forward to playing the Pioneers for a change of pace. We have played Amherst and their suffocating defensive style quite a bit in recent years (without much success). Utica has some good-looking skill forwards but I thought they were just average in the back and took a few dumb penalties. Could be a solid team in a year or two.

Fishman'81
01-03-2015, 02:11 PM
Fair assessment, Cards...

This team is very young and is improving steadily, though. It was a "shoulda-woulda-coulda" game for UC and the outcome was disappointing, but once OT expired, I was fine with them losing the SO and drawing NEC. At least now they have a pretty fair shot at going home with a win, a tie, and a little more confidence.

As far as the championship goes, I predict Plattsburgh's speed will render the Jeffs' trapping game moot, much as Utica's speed (eventually) did yesterday. My bold prediction: PSU by 4-2 or 5-2.

Fishman'81
01-04-2015, 11:15 PM
UC looked good yesterday afternoon. I was surprised to see Simic get the start, but he wasn't challenged too often, and was perfect in net.

We hung-around for the 2nd game. What I took away from watching that (excellent) contest was that there's maybe a sheet of paper between Amherst, Plattsburgh and Utica, collectively, and I wouldn't know where to put it... Parity seems to reign in the East right now, at least with Norwich aside.

Birdwatcher
01-04-2015, 11:22 PM
UC looked good yesterday afternoon. I was surprised to see Simic get the start, but he wasn't challenged too often, and was perfect in net.

We hung-around for the 2nd game. What I took away from watching that (excellent) contest was that there's maybe a sheet of paper between Amherst, Plattsburgh and Utica, collectively, and I wouldn't know where to put it... Parity seems to reign in the East right now, at least with Norwich aside.
More light will be shed on that Tuesday night. At this point I agree, but time will tell.

PrezdeJohnson09
01-05-2015, 11:01 AM
UC looked good yesterday afternoon. I was surprised to see Simic get the start, but he wasn't challenged too often, and was perfect in net.

We hung-around for the 2nd game. What I took away from watching that (excellent) contest was that there's maybe a sheet of paper between Amherst, Plattsburgh and Utica, collectively, and I wouldn't know where to put it... Parity seems to reign in the East right now, at least with Norwich aside.

Outside of the Plattsburgh win, I don't think Norwich has done a whole lot to be considered ABOVE the rest of the Eastern contenders. I think the parity argument is very valid. We'll know a lot more about Norwich over the next week when they face Plattsburgh Tuesday and then host UMass-Boston and Babson this weekend.

Oswego, Plattsburgh, Utica, Norwich, Babson, UMass-Boston, Amherst, Trinity, Bowdoin, Hobart, Neumann all seem to be forming a tight upper echelon in the East this year. It wouldn't shock me to see any of those 11 represent the East in the FF in Minny.

bakdraft21
01-05-2015, 12:28 PM
Outside of the Plattsburgh win, I don't think Norwich has done a whole lot to be considered ABOVE the rest of the Eastern contenders. I think the parity argument is very valid. We'll know a lot more about Norwich over the next week when they face Plattsburgh Tuesday and then host UMass-Boston and Babson this weekend.

Oswego, Plattsburgh, Utica, Norwich, Babson, UMass-Boston, Amherst, Trinity, Bowdoin, Hobart, Neumann all seem to be forming a tight upper echelon in the East this year. It wouldn't shock me to see any of those 11 represent the East in the FF in Minny.agree its been about 12 games for most teams,and really not a clear frontrunner for a top spot,and norwich will get a few good tests coming up.

PSUChamps2001
01-05-2015, 01:24 PM
Outside of the Plattsburgh win, I don't think Norwich has done a whole lot to be considered ABOVE the rest of the Eastern contenders. I think the parity argument is very valid. We'll know a lot more about Norwich over the next week when they face Plattsburgh Tuesday and then host UMass-Boston and Babson this weekend.

Oswego, Plattsburgh, Utica, Norwich, Babson, UMass-Boston, Amherst, Trinity, Bowdoin, Hobart, Neumann all seem to be forming a tight upper echelon in the East this year. It wouldn't shock me to see any of those 11 represent the East in the FF in Minny.

With 4 and 5 loses already (3 ties for Utica and Naz each and 12 for the conference total), I'm not sure there will be enough seats at the dinner table for an ECAC West team unless someone can really run the table. Hobart has 2 HUGE road games coming up in Oswego and Geneseo. Toss in the last game of the first semester (loss to Trinity), they need to pick up at least 2 if not 3 points on the weekend. I don't foresee more than one ECAC West school being ranked with 3 of the 6 teams at .500 and no one above .690 winning % (average rank of 29th in winning %) already, so they won't be getting the "ECAC West Record vs Ranked Teams Help". So as far as someone from the ECAC West showing up in Minny, yes I'd be shocked. UMass-Boston took a decent hit on the chin losing to Conn College last night and can not afford to drop another one today with their already weak schedule. With the way the West has been winning, don't be shocked if we see a tighter split come NCAA in the West's favor. (as all the West fans yell 'Bout Time Eh!)

Norwich and Oswego are 2 great Eastern teams, but both very beatable. Babson lives and dies by Murray (just tied Plymouth State??), Bowdoin (maybe), Trin Trin (again maybe). Amherst is a system and were 90 seconds and 2" away from going 0-2 on the weekend. Plattsburgh needs a powerplay. I'd love to add some ECAC West teams in here, but I think they've dug themselves too deep of a hole and will probably continue to knock each other out one by one.

Fishman'81
01-06-2015, 12:59 PM
I agree with Champs on this one...:eek:

Unless somebody really tears up the conference schedule and wins the tournament, I don't see how the W gets a bid.

jconnor
01-06-2015, 02:11 PM
I agree with Champs on this one...:eek:

Unless somebody really tears up the conference schedule and wins the tournament, I don't see how the W gets a bid.

Yep, you can't argue with "Facts"

Fishman'81
01-09-2015, 05:36 PM
Doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be a W team that deserves a bid, on the basis of merit alone... ;)

OSU2010
01-10-2015, 12:43 AM
Doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be a W team that deserves a bid, on the basis of merit alone... ;)

hard to get a pool c with 5 lossses, i guess it all comes down to who the committee ranks

Fishman'81
01-17-2015, 11:18 PM
Another strong effort tonight. UC got a bit too defensive after (finally) scoring -the D wouldn't pinch an inch to keep the puck in the zone then- but the forwards kept after it and sealed the deal. UC definitely deserved the win, although I'll allow that Fleming was stellar for M'ville and had no chance on either goal.

7-1-1 in their last 9. Not too shabby. Might well be too late to contend for a bid (in fact, it probably is too late) but it's good to see this team playing so well. Too bad they haven't had goaltending such as they've had lately all year long.

Still, the conference schedule is favorable in terms of venue down the stretch, and I haven't abandoned hope for a shot at the PS.

jcase
01-18-2015, 01:19 AM
Another strong effort tonight. UC got a bit too defensive after (finally) scoring -the D wouldn't pinch an inch to keep the puck in the zone then- but the forwards kept after it and sealed the deal. UC definitely deserved the win, although I'll allow that Fleming was stellar for M'ville and had no chance on either goal.

7-1-1 in their last 9. Not too shabby. Might well be too late to contend for a bid (in fact, it probably is too late) but it's good to see this team playing so well. Too bad they haven't had goaltending such as they've had lately all year long.

Still, the conference schedule is favorable in terms of venue down the stretch, and I haven't abandoned hope for a shot at the PS.

Yes, the Pios are rolling indeed. Wells confidence level is soaring, he made some incredible stops to keep the game scoreless before LaFosse beat Fleming the only way he could with a beautiful shot off the pipe. A ECAC-West title is not out of the question if this level of play continues. First goal should be getting a home playoff game.