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Turk_Sanderson
11-22-2017, 10:43 PM
I sympathize a bit about no game this weekend but itís mostly because Iím home.

However, scheduling isnít an easy thing to do.

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That being said... what does the future non-conf lol like? Any details or does norm keep that to himself?

I just hope Arizona State is out of the picture

Anyone else remember the year Lowell tried to host a holiday tournament in 99-00? I think the UCONN game was actually the last time I went to a game before I transferred back to go ULowell later in the decade. IIRC Lowell put up 10+ goals on UCONN

They should try that again

boblav1
11-22-2017, 11:14 PM
I just hope Arizona State is out of the picture

I would imagine the Hawks are done with ASU, Omaha, Clarkson & St Lawrence after this season unless they have an agreement for more than a home and home. I thought Denver still owed Lowell a visit? I wonder if they'll continue to play AIC and Bentley on a regular basis?

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

leswp1
11-23-2017, 06:20 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

For selfish reasons I am glad there is no game this weekend. First time in years we have Thanksgiving where mr les is home on Thanksgiving morning.

Also- we have been pretty banged up. A little down time can't hurt that.

UML Puck Hawk
11-23-2017, 07:10 AM
I would imagine the Hawks are done with ASU, Omaha, Clarkson & St Lawrence after this season unless they have an agreement for more than a home and home. I thought Denver still owed Lowell a visit? I wonder if they'll continue to play AIC and Bentley on a regular basis?

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I heard when Denver changed coaches that deal went away (we got paid off)

Turk_Sanderson
11-23-2017, 10:43 AM
I heard when Denver changed coaches that deal went away (we got paid off)

What is Jim Montgomery so salty about? They came out east this year to play BC/BU

Happy Thanksgiving!

boblav1
11-23-2017, 07:53 PM
What is Jim Montgomery so salty about? They came out east this year to play BC/BU

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm surprised Montgomery has yet to have Maine on the schedule. This is his fifth season at Denver.

NESN and NESN Plus will be broadcasting the Friendship Four games live this weekend.

Fri. - (NESN)
10:00 am - Clarkson vs RPI
2:00 pm - Providence vs Maine

Sat. - (NESN Plus)
10:00 am - TBD
2:00 pm - TBD

ScottK
11-24-2017, 09:55 AM
There are 20 games left in the regular season and 13 of those 20 are against teams currently ranked 43rd or worse in the Pairwise, with 7 of those games against teams currently ranked in the bottom 5 of the Pairwise. The schedule is certainly set up for a nice 2nd half as long as they take care of business.

Turk_Sanderson
11-26-2017, 11:33 AM
There are 20 games left in the regular season and 13 of those 20 are against teams currently ranked 43rd or worse in the Pairwise, with 7 of those games against teams currently ranked in the bottom 5 of the Pairwise. The schedule is certainly set up for a nice 2nd half as long as they take care of business.

I look at it like this

They can only afford to lose or tie 5-6 more games.

They need to sweep UVM, Umass, and Merrimack on the HE side. Which should be the expectation.

Bentley, Almost In College, St. Lawrence, and the AZ State series I would think my assumption of wins would be valid.

1 against Harvard 2 against BU 3 games against BC 2 against Providence

At worst they can go 6-2 maybe 5-3 in these matchups

I still think given Hockey East's poor showing in Out of Conference play might force us into a situation like 2015 where we have 20 wins but have to win the HE tourney to get in.

Middle Street
11-26-2017, 01:47 PM
I look at it like this

They can only afford to lose or tie 5-6 more games.

They need to sweep UVM, Umass, and Merrimack on the HE side. Which should be the expectation.

Bentley, Almost In College, St. Lawrence, and the AZ State series I would think my assumption of wins would be valid.

1 against Harvard 2 against BU 3 games against BC 2 against Providence

At worst they can go 6-2 maybe 5-3 in these matchups

I still think given Hockey East's poor showing in Out of Conference play might force us into a situation like 2015 where we have 20 wins but have to win the HE tourney to get in.

Lowell's OOC record is good thus far. They have only one loss against a team currently #9 in the PWR, and they even have a win against a team currently the #2. This is along with some additional HE OOC wins is this weekend had them jump from the 20's to #17 this weekend after having not played a game. The HE OOC record leaves little room for error though. Any losses against the OOC teams that remain could seriously hurt them.

Also Umass is going to be a tough out this year. They just swept Q.

I think they are in good shape at this point in the season, especially given the slow start. This Bentley game worries me though. I have a feeling it may be similar to that game against AIC a couple years back where they just barely win it.

kevin41182
11-28-2017, 07:11 AM
I dont know if this has already been discussed in this thread but, how do we feel about the goaltending situation? Obviously Tyler Wall has not been performing up to expectations but does starting Hernberg help in the long run?

Middle Street
11-28-2017, 08:29 AM
I dont know if this has already been discussed in this thread but, how do we feel about the goaltending situation? Obviously Tyler Wall has not been performing up to expectations but does starting Hernberg help in the long run?
Welcome to the forum!

I mentioned in the recruiting thread that I think there is risk Tyler will transfer at the end of the season if he can't turn it around and earn playing time. That said, hopefully he knows he hasn't played well enough to deserve the starts, and he stays committed to the program.

Also, there's just no way Hernberg can sustain his current save % of .946. That number is going to come down some, but hopefully not tonight! :)

ScottK
11-28-2017, 10:33 AM
Welcome to the forum!

I mentioned in the recruiting thread that I think there is risk Tyler will transfer at the end of the season if he can't turn it around and earn playing time. That said, hopefully he knows he hasn't played well enough to deserve the starts, and he stays committed to the program.

Also, there's just no way Hernberg can sustain his current save % of .946. That number is going to come down some, but hopefully not tonight! :)

Transferring would be the worst thing that Wall could do. If he transfers, he has to sit out a year, something the Rangers obviously would not want for his development.

Middle Street
11-28-2017, 11:09 AM
Transferring would be the worst thing that Wall could do. If he transfers, he has to sit out a year, something the Rangers obviously would not want for his development.

Transfers still practice with their new team and he would then have 2 years of eligibility left. The alternative could be sitting behind Hernberg next season again and then only having 1 year left. That's a lot of assumptions though. He could still win the job back this season or next.

kevin41182
11-28-2017, 11:10 AM
Transferring would be the worst thing that Wall could do. If he transfers, he has to sit out a year, something the Rangers obviously would not want for his development.

Who knows maybe Wall will get the start tonight knowing as Bentley should be a win either way.

Patman
11-28-2017, 01:17 PM
Who knows maybe Wall will get the start tonight knowing as Bentley should be a win either way.

Unless half of Bentley has dengue fever I wouldnít assume that at all

boblav1
11-28-2017, 02:38 PM
Who knows maybe Wall will get the start tonight knowing as Bentley should be a win either way.

Hopefully the Hawks continue their strong play tonight. They can't afford to look past any team.

Patman
11-28-2017, 08:13 PM
Unless half of Bentley has dengue fever I wouldnít assume that at all

whattayaknow, they didn't have dengue

Turk_Sanderson
11-28-2017, 08:40 PM
I spoke to soon after the 6-0 Maine loss

THAT was the most demoralizing loss of the season

boblav1
11-28-2017, 10:06 PM
I spoke to soon after the 6-0 Maine loss

THAT was the most demoralizing loss of the season

It never fails, you let a team hang around and you get burned in the end. Congratulations to Bentley on the win.

I thought the Hawks had finally figured out what it takes to be successful. The lack of urgency / killer instinct is frustrating. Where's the team leadership? Depending on how things go the rest of the way this loss could cost them in March.

http://www.goriverhawks.com/news/2017/11/28/mens-ice-hockey-no-18-river-hawks-fall-to-bentley-in-overtime-3-2.aspx

Middle Street
11-28-2017, 10:33 PM
Huge step backwards tonight. I said earlier I thought this team was in good shape, but now I am wondering if they will win 17-18 games. Given what we've seen, would anyone be surprised if they drop games against UMass and Arizona State?

I was particularly disappointed to see the team go 0/5 on the PP tonight.

Lots of time off now to work on things before BU.