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Hammer
10-24-2015, 03:45 PM
Sorry. Nothing comes to mind for a thread title.

Okay, let's see. Lots of freshmen. Lots of top-line scoring. Lots of goaltenders. Lots of size.

I don't know what's going to happen this season. I know the coaching staff really likes this freshman class. I liked what I saw from the goaltenders. I think I'm going to like our results this season. It's just a matter of how much I'm going to like it. No predictions. I want to see what we've got in live action first.

Our original top line of Thompson-Brothers-McCloy returns, as well as a nice chunk of our defensive corps. The only concern is just how well the freshmen jell, with the first weekend being a road trip to one of our favorite places to play, at MSOE. But all in all, in the end, I think we'll be fine.

Let's go.

NorthernLite
10-28-2015, 04:52 PM
From what I can see, this season will once again hinge on head to head with SNC. The only question I have is who else has the grit to step up and challenge ? I think parody in the NCHA would benefit whoever represents in the tournament. Let's roll.
GO BULLDOGS !!!

Hammer
10-30-2015, 09:28 PM
MSOE 5
Adrian 1

From what I've been told, Kohn played an excellent game for MSOE. Period. No qualifications. Tip your hat to him.

First things first. The wheels aren't coming off. I didn't see the game, but I was given updates from someone who I trust very well. Apparently a goal went off the goaltender's back into the net, and there were 2 ENG's while we were on the power play late, trying to get back into the game. Fine. Adjust accordingly. But it's still a loss, we still only scored 1 goal, and we've still got things to sort through and adjustments to make.

We've been here before. We'll be fine. I'm pretty certain of that. We've got too much firepower for me to believe otherwise.

Hammer
10-31-2015, 06:44 PM
Adrian 5
MSOE 3

A better result. We've got things to work on (ahem...power play), and players to sort out. This is why I wish we opened with Northland again, like we have the past couple years. But this is the hand we were dealt, so here we go. We're gonna be fine.

One impression that I did get: MSOE is going to be better than we expected. They're going to be in the conversation for the top 4 teams in the league.

On another note, I listened to the MSOE play-by-play guy today, for the first time in years. A new guy from a few years ago. A very big improvement. That was enjoyable to listen to. Very professional. Good job.

bluevox
11-07-2015, 06:19 PM
Got to go to today's game. Either Adrian is really good or Northland is really bad. Probably a little of both. I don't think the 11-2 final score was indicative of the amount Adrian dominated play. Shots were 57-16 and Adrian missed the net on at least 30 more shots.

Hammer
11-07-2015, 06:32 PM
Both.

Northland is much improved, but still pretty bad. Adrian was picked to win their league.

Glad you came out today.

Hammer
11-07-2015, 10:12 PM
Adrian 5
Northland 1

Adrian 11
Northland 2

Simply put, Adrian handled their business this weekend. The Friday night affair was a great effort....for the first 20 minutes. After that the players tried to cruise. Northland made it a game on a 5x3 goal in the 2nd, but at no point did it feel like the game was in jeopardy.

This afternoon's game was a flat-out mauling. Adrian played a nice full 60 minutes instead of 20. The 11-2 score was indicative of the way the game went. The game was 1-1 at one point in the first, but it was 4-1 after one and 8-1 after two. It was also very nice to see Brent Sauve score a pair, and you could tell that his teammates wanted to get him the hat trick. It simply wasn't in the cards. Brent doesn't play very much, but he was tremendous today. I'm glad he was rewarded on the scoresheet.

Northland is improved. But they're still a bad team. They've got a goaltender in AJ Smith. But once we shelled him for six today, he was pulled, and fortunately for Northland's sake, the score wasn't as bad as it could have been. Given the other two goaltenders that played, this could have been a 15 goal day for Adrian.

Gametime
11-18-2015, 12:03 AM
Adrian visits US Under 18s Wednesday (11/25). This will be my first look at the Bulldogs this year. Looks like a new crop of freshmen are prepared to carry the torch. Interesting struggles early on so far, seems pretty standard after graduating a big class. Also seems to be some parity in the NCHA (maybe across the country?).

Anyone have an idea how USA is this year or how they've faired vs D1/D3 teams?

Hammer
11-25-2015, 06:49 PM
Adrian 1
U-18 0

End 1

Hammer
11-25-2015, 07:24 PM
1-1, end 2

Hammer
11-25-2015, 08:15 PM
U-18 4
Adrian 1

Talent took over in the 3rd.

Hammer
11-25-2015, 09:50 PM
One more thing before Thanksgiving.

Great game tonight...for about 45 minutes. Adrian got on the board in the 1st, then the U-18's tied it up late in the 2nd on a power play. They got another goal early in the 3rd, and then turned it on after that. That's going to happen in their own barn, given the talent over there. From what I saw tonight, they're not quite as good as they have been the past two years, but that's a hell of a bar to clear to start with.

UWSP goes there on Sunday afternoon, after they play us on Saturday night. If you can stream Sunday's tilt, it will be well worth your time to do so.

Wicked Wrister
11-26-2015, 10:02 AM
At first I was surprised at the score with Adrian losing 4-1. You'd think a group of older guys would hang with a bunch of high-schoolers better than that until you look at the NTDP U18 team's record. http://www.usahockeyntdp.com/page/show/1941138-under-18-team?subseason=

The U18 team is very good. They've beaten D1 teams Niagra, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Lake Superior State, and tied Notre Dame. They've beaten the National teams from Sweden, Czech, Finland and Switzerland. According to my math they're 7-3 in USHL games as well.

Stevens Point gets 'em in a few days. So I say props to Adrian; a loss to a really good team.

Adrian got 40 shots on them...they got 48 shots on Adrian. Was probably a fun game to watch.

NUProf
11-26-2015, 12:57 PM
At first I was surprised at the score with Adrian losing 4-1. You'd think a group of older guys would hang with a bunch of high-schoolers better than that until you look at the NTDP U18 team's record. http://www.usahockeyntdp.com/page/show/1941138-under-18-team?subseason=

The U18 team is very good. They've beaten D1 teams Niagra, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Lake Superior State, and tied Notre Dame. They've beaten the National teams from Sweden, Czech, Finland and Switzerland. According to my math they're 7-3 in USHL games as well.

Stevens Point gets 'em in a few days. So I say props to Adrian; a loss to a really good team.

Adrian got 40 shots on them...they got 48 shots on Adrian. Was probably a fun game to watch.

This is not your typical collection of high school students. Indeed, if the NHL chooses not to participate in the Olympics in 2018, some of these guys will form the core of the U.S. Olympic team.

Wicked Wrister
11-26-2015, 01:18 PM
Exactly...they're excellent players. They have some big guys, too. My son played with a bunch of the guys who've been on that team in the past and several are NHL draftees and a couple are actually playing in the show. As I said, good job Adrian.

altazo
11-26-2015, 11:02 PM
I think Adrian has played the U18 National team every year they have had a NCAA program. They know exactly what the U18's bring to the table...

Hammer
11-26-2015, 11:17 PM
Pretty close, although one year we played the Czech Republic's version of their U-18's instead.

The last couple years, all but one or two has been committed to a D-1 school. And I'm not talking a bunch of Atlantic Hockey schools, either. I'm talking the likes of Michigan, BC, BU, Minnesota, etc. High profile schools, if nothing else. Last night's goaltender is committed to BC, and his backup is headed to BU.

Two years ago they featured Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel. Not exactly Ann Arbor Pioneer High School we're talking about here.

Wicked Wrister
11-27-2015, 12:39 PM
I'm sure it's been amazing playing the NTDP.

So today you've got Stevens Point. It will give a little insight as to how the Adrian/St. Norbert rivalry stacks up. I have no idea who takes this game. Anyone have comments?

pete99race
11-27-2015, 12:44 PM
I'm sure it's been amazing playing the NTDP.

So today you've got Stevens Point. It will give a little insight as to how the Adrian/St. Norbert rivalry stacks up. I have no idea who takes this game. Anyone have comments?After seeing both teams this season, their strengths are similar in their forward lines, with that, I am thinking plenty of goals...
Adrian 5, Point 4..

Hammer
11-27-2015, 02:20 PM
I'm sure it's been amazing playing the NTDP.

So today you've got Stevens Point. It will give a little insight as to how the Adrian/St. Norbert rivalry stacks up. I have no idea who takes this game. Anyone have comments?

UWSP is tomorrow night. This series has always been a chippy, thump and bang type of series. There's never a dull moment when we play. Like always, if Adrian plays like they're capable, they win. If not, well, we'll address it then.