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TimU
11-08-2015, 07:08 AM
OK, I'll start it! Catchy title, eh?

I wish I'd done this yesterday, so we didn't have to start this off right after the team laid a giant . . . well, let's say egg. :eek: Hats off to RPI's goalie, who was the #1 star of the game. He was put in a difficult spot and played great. Other than that, there aren't many nice things to say about the game. As Mike already said, these points could end up being important. There are a lot of good teams in our league, and everybody is going to pick up some Ls. We definitely can't expect the team to basically run the table on the Ivies like last year. Clarkson's next, and we all know the long-term history of THAT matchup. Then we get Quinnipiac, followed by a trip to Lynah and Starr, then Harvard and Clarkson again. The team could play significantly better than it did last night over that stretch, and still be in a pretty big hole when the calendar changes.

The good news is, I think everyone would agree that this team is easy to root for, and has already shown it's capable of lots of success in the ECAC and beyond. And what an offense. If the PP comes around . . .

Anyway, it's too bad to have this kind of lesson in league play, but at least it's early. Lots of great hockey and big wins are still out there. First things first: beat Clarkson!

saintsdad
11-08-2015, 09:35 AM
Thank you for the new thread TimU! Don't think anyone could sum up our situation better than you just did.

Saints#1
11-08-2015, 09:45 AM
OK, I'll start it! Catchy title, eh?

I wish I'd done this yesterday, so we didn't have to start this off right after the team laid a giant . . . well, let's say egg. :eek: Hats off to RPI's goalie, who was the #1 star of the game. He was put in a difficult spot and played great. Other than that, there aren't many nice things to say about the game. As Mike already said, these points could end up being important. There are a lot of good teams in our league, and everybody is going to pick up some Ls. We definitely can't expect the team to basically run the table on the Ivies like last year. Clarkson's next, and we all know the long-term history of THAT matchup. Then we get Quinnipiac, followed by a trip to Lynah and Starr, then Harvard and Clarkson again. The team could play significantly better than it did last night over that stretch, and still be in a pretty big hole when the calendar changes.

The good news is, I think everyone would agree that this team is easy to root for, and has already shown it's capable of lots of success in the ECAC and beyond. And what an offense. If the PP comes around . . .

Anyway, it's too bad to have this kind of lesson in league play, but at least it's early. Lots of great hockey and big wins are still out there. First things first: beat Clarkson!

Simple but perfect title TimU! ;)

That lost definitely stunk! There are a lot of things that needs to be worked on from nearly every position, but there are also a lot of things to be excited about. You've well highlighted the negatives, some positives are the offense has continued to score goals. We skate hard, pass the puck well and (for the most part) have been capitalizing on our chances when we get them.

You're right, it is an extremely tough stretch of our schedule coming up. This is the start of the mid-point of the season where the past few years we have consistently hit a mid-season wall and started a losing streak. I really hope we can break that trend this season. This stretch is starting with our arch rival at home, which oddly enough is a team we have had little success against at our own home. The later part of that last sentence is incredibly frustrating so I hope a good week of practice will work out the kinks and we can be ready Friday for a very important game. We need to turn Appleton Arena into the house of horrors it used to be for Clarkson, so hopefully they will be well prepared and can bring the energy and effort needed to beat your rival. It's not always about X' and O's and position this and position that when you play a rivalry game. Sometimes pure effort and the ability to just want it a little more is the difference when you have a team like Clarkson who almost always manages to amp up their level of play significantly when they play us, especially in our own barn.

saintsdad
11-08-2015, 09:56 AM
the offense has continued to score goals.
And the goals we scored last night were works of art-especially Smolcynski's.

critsports
11-10-2015, 01:10 AM
One of our old friends was given a great honor tonight. Congratulations Bob McKenzie.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/bob-mckenzie-accepts-2015-elmer-ferguson-award~745605

joecct
11-10-2015, 02:58 PM
This is one of the two (hopefully 3) weekends where we don't root for each other. The verbal jousting will be good natured and we'll be eating burgers together for the pregame

We'll be (t)ing it up in the chat room starting about 6:45 on Friday. As usual, if you're not at the game, you're welcome to stop in.

Saints#1
11-12-2015, 08:22 AM
This is one of the two (hopefully 3) weekends where we don't root for each other. The verbal jousting will be good natured and we'll be eating burgers together for the pregame

We'll be (t)ing it up in the chat room starting about 6:45 on Friday. As usual, if you're not at the game, you're welcome to stop in.

Agreed! I am far from a Clarkson fan (obviously!) but I will very casually root for them to make Lake Placid this year just for the fun of the larger crowds and local support. I have met some extremely obnoxious Clarkson fans in years past, but also many decent people who are fun to talk to about the rivalry and they always manage to keep it good natured. Best of luck to you guys the rest of the season ... Immediately after we dispatch of you guys Friday night though of course! ;)

Saints#1
11-12-2015, 09:15 AM
Well, this is completely irrelevant to hockey, but I saw this article this morning about something that happened in the last SLU football game last week against Hobart. I guess the officiating was so bad that it cost us the game directly on the last play of the game when the winning touchdown was scored. The game plays video was sent to the league officials and the entire officiating staff was suspended for the remainder of the season. Also, they can't work another game that SLU is apart of for next season as well! Wow!! :eek:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/sports/college-football-officiating-crew-suspended-after-calls-in-st-lawrence-game-video-20151112

Muskieman
11-12-2015, 04:51 PM
Well, this is completely irrelevant to hockey, but I saw this article this morning about something that happened in the last SLU football game last week against Hobart. I guess the officiating was so bad that it cost us the game directly on the last play of the game when the winning touchdown was scored. The game plays video was sent to the league officials and the entire officiating staff was suspended for the remainder of the season. Also, they can't work another game that SLU is apart of for next season as well! Wow!! :eek:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/sports/college-football-officiating-crew-suspended-after-calls-in-st-lawrence-game-video-20151112

Interesting read regarding the football. It was very painful to listen to the end of that game; the loss made us 1-25 against Hobart since 1990.

On another note and recognizing that the number of games played is relatively small, incoming SLU goalie recruit Ryan Wischow is leading the entire USHL in GAA as of this writing. He plays for the Fargo Force, is 5-4-0, has played in 11 games with 1 shutout, and has a 1.85 GAA and a 0.929 save %. That's impressive.

This will make JOECCT laugh ..... Ryan's favorite food is hamburgers:).

BEAT CLARKSON!

Saints#1
11-13-2015, 07:45 AM
Interesting read regarding the football. It was very painful to listen to the end of that game; the loss made us 1-25 against Hobart since 1990.

On another note and recognizing that the number of games played is relatively small, incoming SLU goalie recruit Ryan Wischow is leading the entire USHL in GAA as of this writing. He plays for the Fargo Force, is 5-4-0, has played in 11 games with 1 shutout, and has a 1.85 GAA and a 0.929 save %. That's impressive.

This will make JOECCT laugh ..... Ryan's favorite food is hamburgers:).

BEAT CLARKSON!

Wow, good to hear about the new goalie. We certainly won't be lacking in talented and capable goalies for the next few years, that's for sure! ;)

Tonight's game is going to be one hell of a battle (it always is against Clarkson, regardless of our records at the time). I hope we can pull this one off as we need it. Plus, we more than owe them, that is for sure!

BEAT CLARKSON!!!

vicb
11-13-2015, 01:31 PM
<span style="text-transform: uppercase">LGT LGT LGT</span> :)

joecct
11-13-2015, 07:43 PM
<img src="https://thepurpleenglishteacher.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/burgers.jpg"></img>

TimU
11-13-2015, 08:37 PM
I'm guessing neither team feels like they brought their best game tonight, but SLU can feel great about this one. Battled hard, had a great PK, capitalized on limited chances, and finished strong. Good win against a good team. 2 huge points and a perfect response to last Saturday.

Speaking of which, check out what RPI did tonight. Again.

hockeyplayer1015
11-13-2015, 09:36 PM
I'm guessing neither team feels like they brought their best game tonight, but SLU can feel great about this one. Battled hard, had a great PK, capitalized on limited chances, and finished strong. Good win against a good team. 2 huge points and a perfect response to last Saturday.

Speaking of which, check out what RPI did tonight. Again.

Outstanding defensive effort all around for the good guys tonight. Hayton had to stop a couple good chances for Clarkson, and the pipe helped on 1 or 2, but otherwise Clarkson never felt dangerous to me.

Fantastic response and statement, going to need to amplify that quite a bit for the game in Hamden next weekend though.

critsports
11-13-2015, 10:00 PM
<span style="text-transform: uppercase">LGT LGT LGT</span> :)


<img src="https://thepurpleenglishteacher.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/burgers.jpg"></img>

Gotta say........between you two guys we could almost, (but not quite) feel some affinity for the team down the road. Only when you are not playing us however.

critsports
11-13-2015, 10:05 PM
Outstanding defensive effort all around for the good guys tonight. Hayton had to stop a couple good chances for Clarkson, and the pipe helped on 1 or 2, but otherwise Clarkson never felt dangerous to me.

Fantastic response and statement, going to need to amplify that quite a bit for the game in Hamden next weekend though.

Agree 100% Brandon. They never felt dangerous to me either. In fact (without seeing the stats) if you asked me what the shots on goal were during the game, i would have guessed 32-22 us....not the other way around. Our pipe and their pipe cancelled out......I felt we totally kept them out of the dangerous shooting areas, forced most stuff way wide and their shots were well seen by Hayton and from far away.

The 5 on 3 kill was great. Other than at the very end Clarkson never got set up or even controlled the puck for that matter. Both teams PP looked worse than the penalty kills looked good.

I can't believe that RPI gets out shot 45 something to 19 and wins another game in OT.

GoldenBear
11-14-2015, 01:41 PM
Great win at home last night, Hayton was the man as usual. If we could get our power play to even 10% we would be lights out. PP needs to be completely scrapped and started over fresh, it is just painful to watch. Was joking around at one point last night that we wished it was like football and we could decline penalties...the PP is that bad. The Saints are scary good in just about every other phase and have the potential to do some serious damage this year.

Saints#1
11-15-2015, 03:22 PM
Totally agree with everything posted so far. Friday night was a great effort defensively and we capitalized on our chances when we had them and that's the difference. Well, that and Hayton was solid as always. Nice to get the mini Appleton Arena slump against Clarkson off our backs. Now maybe we can get that place turned back into the house of horrors it was in the early to mid 2000's for Clarkson. Now it's on to Princeton and Quinnipiac this coming week. A good hard week of practice, with a focus on improving the incredibly dismal power play is what appears to be in order. We can't overlook Princeton, despite their record, they always give a great effort and if someone isn't paying attention and playing their best they can surprise some teams (ourselves included). Look at last year when they tied us at Princeton. Quinnipiac will be tough, as they always are, but we have been known to play them hard up there and hopefully they will be focused and ready to give it their very best shot against them. Keep at it boys, the tough part of the schedule is upon us now and we need to be full speed ahead! Let's Go Saints!!

joecct
11-20-2015, 12:32 PM
Enjoy the weekend and watch out for the protesters tonight.

I'll be ducking them tomorrow.

Saints#1
11-20-2015, 08:24 PM
Nice effort tonight for the guys. It was one we should win and we maintained our focus and got the job done. It could have been easy to overlook Princeton and focus on the Quinnipiac game tomorrow night, but as the guys know, Princeton can sneak up on you and they certainly are no slouch. Hayton made some nice saves and really seems to be focused and in a zone these last two games. We will need him to be strong tomorrow night as well. Nice win Saints!