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Aerman
03-10-2017, 07:44 PM
3-1 after two. Can they? Could they? Shhhhhhhhhhh

wildcatdc
03-10-2017, 08:04 PM
3-1 after two. Can they? Could they? Shhhhhhhhhhh

7:11 left. Still 3-1!

Nice thread title, BTW.

e.cat
03-10-2017, 08:25 PM
3-1 after two. Can they? Could they? Shhhhhhhhhhh

Woulda, coulda, shoulda, dida!

Chuck Murray
03-10-2017, 08:42 PM
Nice thread title, BTW.

Agreed 100%. Short, sweet and sums it up perfectly.

HockeyRef
03-10-2017, 08:43 PM
3-1 after two. Can they? Could they? Shhhhhhhhhhh

They did!!!!! Wooooo! 3 wins in a row!

chickod
03-10-2017, 08:53 PM
So...continuing in the "is this possible" vein, if you win another that knocks Lowell out of the Garden and makes the seeding (assuming the other top seeds, who are all leading, win) this:
1. BU
2. BC
3. NICC
4. UNH

Which means...we (the Terriers) may be renewing acquaintances with the 'Cats next Friday night. Who'd have thunk it!!! :)

d.gerry
03-10-2017, 10:16 PM
First time this season UNH has won 3 in a row. Can they make it 4?

After the Whistle
03-11-2017, 09:11 AM
They did!!!!! Wooooo! 3 wins in a row!

Yes 3 in a row! And guess who had all 3 GWGs? You guessed it - PG, what a year.
Couple of thoughts for you and some praise. Great call on the return of the dudes. I was a little fearful that they would not be in shape. Worked out wonderfully!

When i say "black flies", you say, Nazarian, Grasso, Miller, Blackburn and Fregona. The last 3 games they have been so on with their backchecking and forechecking. Makes the other team crazy.

We consistently roll 4 lines which keeps everyone a bit fresher and ale to win some board and open ice battles.

And yes, we have had exceptional goal tenting.

Lowell is a systems team and after the first, they started getting it back. We will need to retain the energy and play ful ice or they will score more.

Mainehatlady
03-11-2017, 09:14 AM
First time this season UNH has won 3 in a row. Can they make it 4?

This fan hopes so. Team is playing with a passion that I haven't seen in such a long time.

GreenCat
03-11-2017, 09:55 AM
Hire Umille!! He is a genius! All joking aside nice win! Keep it going.

HockeyRef
03-11-2017, 10:36 AM
Yes 3 in a row! And guess who had all 3 GWGs? You guessed it - PG, what a year.
Couple of thoughts for you and some praise. Great call on the return of the dudes. I was a little fearful that they would not be in shape. Worked out wonderfully!

When i say "black flies", you say, Nazarian, Grasso, Miller, Blackburn and Fregona. The last 3 games they have been so on with their backchecking and forechecking. Makes the other team crazy.

We consistently roll 4 lines which keeps everyone a bit fresher and ale to win some board and open ice battles.



And yes, we have had exceptional goal tenting.

Lowell is a systems team and after the first, they started getting it back. We will need to retain the energy and play ful ice or they will score more.

I have to say...that after watching Friday's game at 'Mack I was a bit resigned to think we'd end up losing there (like last year) but then...the team played amazing despite the stats (just like last night). The difference IS the confidence level and the goal tending, plus what you say, the back checking that has been lacking for most of the season. I am thrilled for them and anything we get from here on is just more good stuff to build on. That being said...I also know that Normie B is going to have his boys more than ready for tonight. Keep on playing with the house money 'Cats!!! We'd love to help you spend it at the TD....Go 'Cats!!!!!

Felger
03-11-2017, 11:01 AM
For those who missed it, Coach Mad Again was up to his old antics in the postgame last night....

HockeyRef
03-11-2017, 11:31 AM
For those who missed it, Coach Mad Again was up to his old antics in the postgame last night....

Yup...and he did not disappoint 🙄

Darius
03-11-2017, 11:47 AM
...Great call on the return of the dudes...Listened on the radio, so really can't say, but on paper Eiserman, Vela, Hill has to be a pretty tough 4th line for any team to match up with. UML's 4th line had 1/3 of the team's SOG, one would think they may be more defensive minded tonight if UNH keep the lines intact.

Chuck Murray
03-11-2017, 11:00 PM
Another Sunday night elimination game in the Merrimack Valley tomorrow night. Count me in - go 'Cats!!

Things also looking decidedly up in The Quest. It's turned out to be a surprisingly fun March so far. :)

chickod
03-11-2017, 11:44 PM
For those who missed it, Coach Mad Again was up to his old antics in the postgame last night....

Tonight too. He actually cut his press conference off because he said he didn't want to "risk a suspension."

Chuck Murray
03-12-2017, 05:37 PM
Fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, as someone said on the series thread ... it ends in another "Umiliation".

Umiliation (you-MIL-ee-AY-shun): n, the act of ending a UNH Men's Hockey season in a cringingly poor, embarrassing way. See spit the bit, gack, choke-a-rama among many others.

Jarring in effect ... usually happens right at the precise point where the UNH faithful begin to believe in the team. Something goes awry - an event or series of events that most other teams can somehow find a way to stem the bleeding, and at least try to turn the tide. But in an acute state of Umiliation, UNH players are observed to fall into widespread panic, forget to follow the basics, lose their focus, compete level drops to negative numbers, and post-season elimination games - y'know, the one goal games that usually go down to the wire - are decided by lopsided margins - and the head coach stands catatonically still behind the bench, arms crossed, wishing himself invisible.

I'm still saying Coach is back to chase the NRN next season, but if this was it ... wow, how sadly fitting.

NCAA watcher
03-12-2017, 06:27 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Asked Dick Umile if he plans on returning next season. &quot;No comment.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) <a href="https://twitter.com/smclaughlin9/status/841057594122870784">March 12, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Presser this week? UNH needs to get the new staff in place quickly and finally hit the ground running and also make decisions on players on current roster.

deltabravo62
03-12-2017, 07:05 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Asked Dick Umile if he plans on returning next season. &quot;No comment.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) <a href="https://twitter.com/smclaughlin9/status/841057594122870784">March 12, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Presser this week? UNH needs to get the new staff in place quickly and finally hit the ground running and also make decisions on players on current roster.

Honest question, who would you see them cutting on the current roster and what do you see as possible/gettable replacements. If my count is correct we have have 4 departures and 8 arrivals for next season.

NCAA watcher
03-12-2017, 07:21 PM
Honest question, who would you see them cutting on the current roster and what do you see as possible/gettable replacements. If my count is correct we have have 4 departures and 8 arrivals for next season.

This will not be a "new boss" sending a message of cleaning house to send a signal. It's hard to send that message when you have been part of the stink the past two years.

I would not worry about the in/out numbers, as UNH has scholarship money that they have pocketed if my guess is correct. Typically you look at the fourth line and 6/7/8 defensemen and it includes pretty decently regarded kids early in their careers (unless you are a BC, which gives out lots of fulls, so fills the fourth line with lower quality kids like Shero). UNH was never top heaving in giving fulls -- if you recall, when Borek left, his supporters said one of his skills was getting lots of kids to take smaller deals. That means the second and third line players at UNH should each have partial deals, leaving lots of partial kids for the fourth line. However, UNH barely recruited the first two years after Borek left, and they played short handed all year. So the fourth liners Cefalu was a surprise recruited "walk on," Miller was an in-state low partial, and Nonis I presume was a favor to his dad, as was Sacco. None should be getting anything more than nominal scholarship money. That means there was unspent scholarship money this year. In addition, I think Boyd, with his health, may not be on the team. For "cutting" a players, I don't think they need to do so to free up money, but there are several who probably will be told that they are likely to be in the stands much of next season, while the new coach's kids -- Maass, Gildon and hopefully a late forward (Limoges) get the bulk of the playing time.



I'm more interested in who Souza hires as his two assistants. He's got a lot to learn and making a play for a Jerry Keefe/Daryn Yopyk sort would be interesting, though I don't think they would cast their lot with an unproven coach who they outrank. Does he go for a guy with strong resume trying to rehap his role in hockey -- Seth Appert? Leaman hired Steve Miller, Jackson hired Jamie Russell/Paul Pooley types? Does he have enough standing to hire a proven recruiter, even though that might be a threat to his own position). Wisconsin, for example (leaving aside that they hired a real proven coach -- Granato) also hired old hat former assistant/fired Ohio State coach Osiecki. Or does Souza goes with a comfortable UNH/Mass/GBL connections -- Mark White/Sean Collins/Mark Mowers even though they are equally inexperienced.