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kdiff77
11-21-2015, 08:13 PM
Cornell is Cornell-ing: Brown is controlling the pace of the game, but Cornell is blocking shots and relying on great goaltending. They capitalized on the one good chance they've had.

Not much else to say except keep plugging away. One of these is bound to go in, right?

Our first line has been absolutely dominant.

kdiff77
11-21-2015, 09:03 PM
If we play like that every game, we will win more than we lose. We were the better team for 95% of the game. The hockey gods reward teams who play proactively - even if it takes a while to come to fruition!

Cornell's goalie is excellent, but other than that, they have no business sniffing the top-20. A three point weekend while scoring ONE goal?? Give me a break!

bruno
11-21-2015, 11:12 PM
If we play like that every game, we will win more than we lose. We were the better team for 95% of the game. The hockey gods reward teams who play proactively - even if it takes a while to come to fruition!

Cornell's goalie is excellent, but other than that, they have no business sniffing the top-20. A three point weekend while scoring ONE goal?? Give me a break!


Tough loss for the Bears tonight, but they could not find a way to beat the Big Red's junior Mitch Gillam. Coupled with last nite's 1-1 draw with Colgate -- still another outstanding performance by the Raiders' junior Charlie Finn (it seems like he has backstopped Colgate to at least five victories over Brown in his career to date), Bruno is simply not producing enough goal production to support the terrific performances turned in by goaltender Tim Ernst, particularly this weekend. Brown outshot Cornell (27-16) and skated well all evening, but seemed to be stymied somewhat by the imposing size of the Big Red defensemen. Early on, it seems to me that Brown's offense is missing a key playmaker and his name is Matt Lorito '15. The current forwards are very skilled and work well together, but they have been unable, thus far, to successfully finish off enough power play opportunities or promising offensive zone chances to produce a winning margin.

On to Belfast and another crack at Finn on neutral ice.


P.S. Brown likely minimized its prospects for a victory over Colgate last night by incurring FIVE penalties in the first period and surrendering the Raiders' only score on their fourth power play of the opening stanza. Primarily as a result of the ten penalty minutes, the Bears were outshot 41-32 in the game.

bruno
11-21-2015, 11:38 PM
Cornell is Cornell-ing: Brown is controlling the pace of the game, but Cornell is blocking shots and relying on great goaltending. They capitalized on the one good chance they've had.

Right you are, kdiff. The one time that Cornell was able to jam the crease area in front of Brown junior goaltender Tim Ernst with four players resulted in the Big Red's lone and winning goal tonight.

Kepler
11-21-2015, 11:51 PM
Cornell is Cornell-ing: Brown is controlling the pace of the game, but Cornell is blocking shots and relying on great goaltending. They capitalized on the one good chance they've had.

Not much else to say except keep plugging away. One of these is bound to go in, right?

Our first line has been absolutely dominant.

IMO that was Gillam's finest performance in his career. He was on from the very first chance and never wavered.

Brown played beautifully, denying us good chances and putting together some excellent chances. You just happened to run into a very good goaltender on his best night ever. This was by far the most toothless Cornell has looked all season, including losing by a whisper to Q, and Brown's three-zone execution accomplished that. If you play like that every night you will have a solid season and perhaps go deep into the post-season.

kdiff77
11-22-2015, 01:43 AM
Bruno - I agree that we seemed to be missing a piece offensively this weekend. I'd like to see them try Willman on the first line for a couple games. I think he's too fast for Lafferty and Bird. They're certainly not slow, but at times they can't keep up with him. He could be the final piece that the first line needs to score consistently (not that they haven't been doing so already).

Marchin is a very impressive player and has played well alongside Lappin and Naclerio, so I don't think we would mitigate the effectiveness of the second line by "demoting" him. If anything, he might be a better fit with Lafferty and Bird. Willman needs linemates who can better read his lightning-quick movements.

Joe Prescott has no business playing on the third line, and Rossi has no place in this lineup. The latter didn't play a minute in the third and Whittet had to mix and match the lines. Why dress him at all? And why is Tim Lappin rotting away on the fourth line? He's far too talented.

I think we should roll with:

N. Lappin-Naclerio-Willman
Bird-Lafferty-Marchin
Brink-Corcoran-T. Lappin
Pryzbek-Middleton-Prescott

The top three lines should be able to consistently maintain possession, while the fourth is your classic heavyweight line - but they can also chip in offensively, and Middleton is a good defensive player, as well.

Kepler - Gillam was tremendous. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Brown controlled the game, as I was kind of expecting Cornell to put its foot on the gas after not scoring the night before. But they didn't even have to, because their goaltender was unflappable. He had perfect positioning all night and looked confident even when blocked by traffic. He's certainly capable of stealing you guys some games, even when the rest of the team doesn't play particularly well.

All in all, the results weren't there for Brown this weekend, but the process certainly was. Ernst looks like a very solid starter at the moment, while the defense is immensely improved over the first couple weeks of the season. The offense was dominant in spurts against Colgate and then controlled the entire game against Cornell, but only came up with a single goal to show for it. If we keep generating large numbers of quality scoring chances each game, the goals will come.

This team is miles ahead of last year. Even when they don't win, at least it's exciting to watch.

Mike Hutter
11-22-2015, 08:47 PM
[QUOTE=kdiff77;6229010]I think we should roll with:

N. Lappin-Naclerio-Willman
Bird-Lafferty-Marchin
Brink-Corcoran-T. Lappin
Pryzbek-Middleton-Prescott

What is going on with Pryzbek? DNP for both games this weekend. Is he in Brendan's dog house? He was starting to show his promise this year.

Mike Hutter
11-22-2015, 08:56 PM
As a follow-up to Bruno's comment, note that Matt Lorito is the leading scorer for the Albany Devils, 14th league-wide, and 4th among all rookies - http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=top_scorers&season_id=51&tournament_id=0&division_id=-1

Go-UML
11-22-2015, 10:29 PM
I created a thread for the trip over the pond should any want to chime in on anything.

http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?114095-2015-Friendship-Four-Brown-Colgate-Mass-Lowell-Northeastern

kdiff77
11-22-2015, 11:54 PM
[QUOTE=kdiff77;6229010]I think we should roll with:

N. Lappin-Naclerio-Willman
Bird-Lafferty-Marchin
Brink-Corcoran-T. Lappin
Pryzbek-Middleton-Prescott

What is going on with Pryzbek? DNP for both games this weekend. Is he in Brendan's dog house? He was starting to show his promise this year.

He played on Saturday, on the third line. Unfortunately, Brink sat in his stead while Rossi remained in the lineup for reasons unbeknownst to me. I don't see why Pryzbek and Brink can't be in the same lineup, but that's just me.

Euler18
11-23-2015, 10:29 AM
Below is the television schedule for the Belfast Friendship Tour:

Brown's opening game v Colgate will be broadcast live on Friday, November 27th at 11am ET on NESN and TSN nationally in Canada. It may also be on Time Warner in NY. A rebroadcast will occur at 6pm on NESN.

The Consolation and Finals will be broadcast live on NESN Plus on Saturday, November 28th at 11am ET and 2:15pm ET.

Packing for the trip.

Best to all.

Go-UML
11-23-2015, 01:15 PM
Below is the television schedule for the Belfast Friendship Tour:

Brown's opening game v Colgate will be broadcast live on Friday, November 27th at 11am ET on NESN and TSN nationally in Canada. It may also be on Time Warner in NY. A rebroadcast will occur at 6pm on NESN.

The Consolation and Finals will be broadcast live on NESN Plus on Saturday, November 28th at 11am ET and 2:15pm ET.

Packing for the trip.

Best to all.I believe a rebroadcast of Saturday's action will be on NESH (regular) later in the day.

Kane88
11-24-2015, 02:15 PM
be interesting to see what the staff decides on for line combinations this weekend. Have to assume Ernst will be in net.

Mike Hutter
11-24-2015, 05:13 PM
be interesting to see what the staff decides on for line combinations this weekend. Have to assume Ernst will be in net.

I like Kdiff's suggest about Willman playing with Naclerio and Lappin. Speaking of Lappin it is interesting to note he has 0 penalties so far, quite the difference from the start last season., and his aggressiveness on the ice has not lessened

Mike Hutter
11-25-2015, 01:47 PM
Euler:

Have you arrived? How about posts - "Euler's Excellent Adventure" - regarding what you are seeing hockey-wise?

kdiff77
11-27-2015, 12:15 PM
Wow. The first line is incredible. They have three goals in the second period. Marchin has two, Naclerio scored a gorgeous goal and Lappin has two assists.

kdiff77
11-27-2015, 12:23 PM
Marchin now has a hat trick. What a period for that line!

BrunoFan00
11-27-2015, 12:30 PM
Marchin now has a hat trick. What a period for that line!

Marchin looks great - he has established himself in front of the goal as a legitimate presence. I disagreed with the line shakeup proposed a couple weeks ago, for no reason other than I like the Power Forward and scoring instincts that Marchin has. At the same time, there is something about Willman-Lafferty-Bird that reminds of something Dartmouth did several years ago with three studs of the same year, same line (the Mike Maduro line) that became downright unstoppable due to chemistry and talen.

With two in the book here against Colgate, the key, in my opinion, will be not allowing anything silly in the first 3-4 minutes of the period that could get Colgate thinking they can claw back in this one. Good opportunity for Brown to see if it has learned anything since the Dartmouth game.

I'm not sure if this is a boy, this team is pretty good game, a boy, Colgate just isn't very good game, or a boy, we have a shot at being decent if we play well on a nightly basis game. Either way, have to set the DVR and watch the third period later. I'll be scoreboard watching for the early afternoon.

kdiff77
11-27-2015, 01:34 PM
This was a thorough and dominant performance. The only concern I have is that we might be a little top-heavy, since only the first line is scoring consistently. But they were absolutely sensational today.

BF00, I think I'll have to retract my prior statement about Marchin playing on the second line. He fits in extremely well with Naclerio and Lappin.

Meanwhile, Tim Ernst has only given up two goals in the last three games. That's great!

bruno
11-27-2015, 02:16 PM
This was a thorough and dominant performance. The only concern I have is that we might be a little top-heavy, since only the first line is scoring consistently. But they were absolutely sensational today.

200' x 100'

Too bad there aren't any olympic size ice sheets in the ECAC. Perhaps the Bears should schedule more out-of-conference games at UNH, Minnesota and Notre Dame.

What a spectacular victory, particularly after last weekend's 1-1 draw vs. Colgate at Meehan. And bringing home two vital ECAC points adds a significant bonus to the Belfast trip.

Moreover, the schedule's biggest plus may be that Brown will never again have to set foot in the Raiders' Starr Rink and can make the western NY road trip a one-game visit to Lynah Rink this season for another crack at Cornell.