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sshablak
09-26-2016, 02:19 PM
With the new rink and the Spink bros legacy gone it feels kind of like we're starting from the beginning again. Last year was a disaster, we again will be very young, laden with frosh and sophs. With ten recruits bodies won't be a problem this year but where will the scoring come from. Goaltending should be strong with Finn and six four draft pick Colton Point pressuring for the starting nod. Let's get this started, the new rink is absolutely beautiful, was there yesterday for the girls exhibition.

still an empty net
09-26-2016, 05:21 PM
Last year was a big disappointed and it really sucked the way they lost at Dartmouth. I was really hoping to see them move on to the next week even if they were to get shut out there.

The biggest question this years has to evolve around the goaltender. Finn has regressed since winning over the job as a freshman. He wasn't even a top 50 goalie last year and it cost us. Now we have Colton Point coming in who moved up a year. Do you think DV would put him in net against Army to start the new year? I can't imagine he would put him in net the next week against BU for his first game.

This year we do not have much expectations as we are projected around 10/11 in the league, if Point can adjust to the college game and gets the starts early we may see a team finish in the top 8, otherwise look for something similar to last year. Obviously we will need some guys to step up and start scoring as well. I'll have my eye on Dauda and Pano early to see if they can spark the Offense.

CU13
09-27-2016, 05:30 PM
Happy to see that Joey Mormina is an Asst. Coach with Mercyhurst. Good for him! Also happy to see that Mike Borkowski is with the Detroit organization and the Spinks with the Nashville organization. Best of luck to all!!!
The word on the street is that the freshmen are really good and the team chemistry is great......and the new facility is "lights out." As Shabby said - it's a new beginning. I truly believe we will surprise a LOT of people. Can't wait for Saturday!! GO 'GATE!!!

ColSkate65
09-27-2016, 07:35 PM
Just checking in. Great to have the new thread going, Shabby. Looking forward to the big weekend and the dedication of "our" arena.

sshablak
09-28-2016, 07:12 AM
Looking forward to seeing Bobby McMann who was MVP of the AJHL last year with thirty six goals.

Rainman
09-28-2016, 07:33 AM
Also checking in for the 2016-17 season, with my 2,222nd post on this forum. Until 2 days ago (when this thread was started), I was a bit concerned that some of the other posters were trying to hold onto Starr as long as possible. Yes, we have history in that building, but it's time to welcome our new home with open arms.

Last year was an unmitigated disaster, there's no sugarcoating it. We suffered from lack of depth all season because apparently we only chose to recruit the same number of bodies that joined the team in 2011. This year, I believe we have 9 incoming freshmen while losing only 5. However, all the five players lost to graduation cannot be replaced overnight. One of them (Kevin Lough) was a regular on defense, while the other 4 were our top 4 scorers from last season. We have significant question marks on offense going into the season. Similar to the start of the 2012-13 season, this will probably be "goal scoring by committee". On defense, we should be much improved. Last season we only had 7 defensemen on the roster, 3 of them freshmen that regularly saw playing time. This season we return 6 of those blueliners, and welcome 3 more to the group - for a total of nine! We should be a much better team defensively than last season.

At the goaltender position, we return Charlie Finn. Yes, there are posters that think he's regressed since his freshman campaign in 2013-14, but the defense we had in front of him last year hung him out to dry at times. Also, we bring in Dallas Stars draft pick Colton Point, who will certainly push Finn for playing time (and hopefully keep him sharp). I think both goaltenders will see some regular playing time this season, but come February, one of them will claim the starting job. This will prepare Point to (hopefully) be the regular starter from 2017-2020.

Lastly, we were picked ELEVENTH in the coaches poll, just ONE point ahead of Princeton????? That's almost last place! :mad::( I can't see us finishing THAT low, but there will most likely be some growing pains in October and November. I'm confident the new rink will give us some sort of home-ice advantage. Every team in the ECAC has question marks, it's a matter of how each team addresses them. I was fortunate enough to snag a ticket for Saturday's historic event, and I am beyond excited to see our new home for Colgate hockey. Go 'Gate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FlagDUDE08
09-28-2016, 08:38 AM
Lastly, we were picked ELEVENTH in the coaches poll, just ONE point ahead of Princeton????? That's almost last place! :mad::( I can't see us finishing THAT low, but there will most likely be some growing pains in October and November.

To be fair, it's not very often in the preseason poll that a team will stray more than 2 spots away from where they finished the previous year.

still an empty net
09-28-2016, 10:37 AM
To be fair, it's not very often in the preseason poll that a team will stray more than 2 spots away from where they finished the previous year.

Do you think the first uscho poll is similar in this logic? 3/4 in the frozen four last year in the top 4 and BC the one team that isn't is 5th. Some of these teams had a lot of losses to graduation and pro signings. I was hard pressed not to believe BU was not number one with four first round draft picks and one second round pick. That is an insane amount of talent going there with the numerous different leagues players can choose from up north or in Europe. Usually if a team gets one in the first two rounds it is solid but they pulled in a crazy class. I met one of their top recruiters and *** coach at the Frozen Four in Boston (Albie) he talked to me for awhile about college hockey in general, great guy. I'm not surprised at all he is able to get top talent to BU.

Back to Colgate, Army was picked to finish 4th in the AH and I believe was tied at 41 with Colgate in the PWR at the end of the year so this is no walk in the park opener.

turk181
09-28-2016, 02:51 PM
uscho has BC 5th yet in the HE Coaches Poll they’re 6th. No Polls till February :D

Gotter
09-28-2016, 03:02 PM
Thanks for the new thread, Shabby. Hoping to visit the new rink sometime early in the new year!

TchrBill
09-28-2016, 03:33 PM
Nice thread and title, shabby. Bought season tix for the first time...Seat #13!

Rare to have a frosh goalie take over the reigns from a senior at 'Gate, but why else bring him in a year early? There are freshmen who make immediate impacts in other leagues. I say go for it and see how he does in the non-league schedule. Not usually a believer of home advantage, but here's hoping we have some added juice to beat Army in our new digs!

red133883
09-28-2016, 07:19 PM
I think you bring in the goalie so that when Finn leaves he already has a year under his belt. It is Finns job to lose I think, but it could easily go to Point.

Gate83
09-28-2016, 07:53 PM
Shabby, see you Saturday. Assume you're making a full day of it? Nice title for the string, looking forward to the season!

sshablak
09-29-2016, 08:18 AM
Going to be a long day, good thing I'm a pro.:D

College_Hockey_Fan
09-29-2016, 09:01 AM
Saturday is going to be pretty happening in Hamilton, to say the least! Looking forward to exploring the new rink. For any who have gained a tour or attended the women's exhibition game...wondering how the sight lines are compared to Starr?

We always enjoyed sitting in Section 3, close to the bench and the side that 'Gate shoots twice. I liked how at Starr, the first row was up on the glass, but you were still elevated and could catch the play (and many pucks at times) without being blocked too low.

My plan for '65 is to try and be 4 rows up to get that view I liked at Starr. I've attended games at RIT, who have a beautiful rink but when your seats are on the ice, you miss a lot. We'll be section 12 Saturday. With the new Student Section end cap, I'm hoping to equally be entertained by an energetic group.

sshablak
09-29-2016, 10:08 AM
The sight lines are way better. There are seven rows around most of the rink, they are steeper than Starr so they're higher but closer to the glass, you're right on top of the play. Plus there's about two feet from your seat to the seat in front of you, lot's of room for your legs. Just lot's of room everywhere. You'll love it. The two endzones look thru netting, I personally can't watch thru that.

sshablak
09-29-2016, 10:10 AM
A heads up, the seats are soldout for Saturday, but now there's SRO so for anybody going don't think you can't get in.

FlagDUDE08
09-29-2016, 10:32 AM
A heads up, the seats are soldout for Saturday, but now there's SRO so for anybody going don't think you can't get in.

Glad to hear SRO is happening. Are said tickets also going to be available generally, or only in cases where seats are gone? Some of us prefer to stand, and I don't know how narrow the seats are (the ones at Compton where Notre Dame plays are REALLY narrow, SRO is preferred)...

Tater
09-29-2016, 07:26 PM
As a BU fan who is travelling to Colgate and is looking forward to seeing a new rink, it is beautiful, but surprised on how small it is. What is the seating capacity and how does it compare to the previous rink? I know there isn't a huge population in the area, but was there any talk about it being too small?

ColSkate65
09-29-2016, 08:05 PM
As a BU fan who is travelling to Colgate and is looking forward to seeing a new rink, it is beautiful, but surprised on how small it is. What is the seating capacity and how does it compare to the previous rink? I know there isn't a huge population in the area, but was there any talk about it being too small?

I think Shabby knows the figures on that. Shabby, can you chime in?