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Ralph Baer
02-05-2019, 02:33 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Proud to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Union College! I want to say thank you to my family, God, teammates, and coaches for supporting me along the way. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dutchmen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dutchmen</a> <a href="https://t.co/fU6xiYSPlz">pic.twitter.com/fU6xiYSPlz</a></p>&mdash; Caden Villegas (@_villy13_) <a href="https://twitter.com/_villy13_/status/1092861250369929218?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Dutchman
02-05-2019, 11:07 PM
To suggest that "the team does not appear that they really care" is an insult. What does appear is the author's ignorance. These are elite and proud athletes we are talking about. Mojo can be elusive for a team. Expectations are always high for the erstwhile national champions, who have left many scratching their heads this season. This year's edition of Union hockey has frustrated everyone. Sure, expectations have not been met thus far. Maybe they will; maybe they will not. But the essence of team sports begins with caring.

Bad choice of words on my part. My apologies. What I was trying to communicate was that this team, IMO, is not playing with a level of intensity as subjectively measured by who gets to the open puck first, number of blocked shots, and time spent standing around. What has worried me the most is, IMO, the failure of the team to improve as a team as the year has progressed. While I also believe they care, I don't think they are hungry enough. I hope I am wrong.

Miami Ice
02-08-2019, 09:43 AM
The Dutchmen need to plug the dike this weekend.

YouSeeAlum
02-08-2019, 09:59 PM
Another loss, although a close one. I was thinking about driving an hour tomorrow to Dartmouth, not so sure now. I don't like seeing losing.

ecachawkeyfan
02-09-2019, 12:18 AM
Not much analsyis needed here. The last thing Union wanted to do was give the country's top PP unit chances to strike.

Harvard had four power plays.... and scored all four times in what turned out to be a 5-3 loss for Union.

Dutchman
02-09-2019, 01:31 AM
Harvard is really very good. I have seen them play 3 times this year at Bright.

Skate79
02-09-2019, 10:10 AM
Harvard is really very good. I have seen them play 3 times this year at Bright.

Well, we're really good on the PP, that's for sure. 5 on 5, that's another matter. We've had 'issues' on D this year. Lackey on the other hand keeps improving which is a good sign.

You guys are a good team. No shame in losing to a team that has the country's best PP. I think you will be a tough out in the playoffs assuming your goaltending holds up. Other than Cornell and Quinny, the ECAC is wide open this year.

BIG Green
02-09-2019, 10:17 AM
Well, we're really good on the PP, that's for sure. 5 on 5, that's another matter. We've had 'issues' on D this year. Lackey on the other hand keeps improving which is a good sign.

You guys are a good team. No shame in losing to a team that has the country's best PP. I think you will be a tough out in the playoffs assuming your goaltending holds up. Other than Cornell and Quinny, the ECAC is wide open this year.

100% agreed Skate! PP is second to none with all-world Fox QBing it. I am well aware as they torched the BG in the first this year with 5 or 6 PP goals. They get looks that no other team gets with BG, of course, Fox has a lot to do with it. Just being objective here, your backend is very turnover prone I think just like to defend in D zone allowing some "easy" goals. Either you guys are still very good and BG is still looking up at you, culture, talent, standings, etc

Dutchman
02-10-2019, 09:28 AM
While 'Hope springs eternal in the human breast", and we continue to cheer on our Dutchmen, the reality is that even if we sweep our remaining 6 games, we will most likely not get an ECAC bye. Moreover, its a higher probability that we continue to split weekend play ending with three more wins and end up in the bottom half of the league and out of range for the NCAA unless we win the league tournament.

YouSeeAlum
02-10-2019, 01:11 PM
I was at the game. Green dominated most of the first, 0-0. Lackluster game overall for UC, Green isn't very good. Dutch came together in the third, but unfortunately they aren't going anywhere, still sitting at 20 in the PW.

Dutchman
02-10-2019, 09:41 PM
Last year from January 1 to the end of regular season play, we were 11-3-1. Princeton handed us two loses in the tournament so for the second half, we ended up 11-5-1.
We lost Scarfo, our leading scorer but really a rugged defensive player and two starting defensemen. We returned just about all of our scoring and added some firepower. With all that experience and a large number of seniors, we came out of the box strong. Our record before January 1 this year was 9-4-4 but that included 2 loses to RPI, one loss to Princeton and one loss to Yale. We defeated some very strong NC opponents. Our ties were against weak opponents. We could have easily been 14-2-1.

Since January of 2019 we are 5-5-1. In league play we have dropped to the bottom half of the league. The experience that gave us an edge in the first half is gone as opposing teams are now well integrated. We will not see Qpac freshmen missing coverage assignment letting us make easy goals. Maybe Hanson will not be able to steal a game for us.

Dartmouth was uninspiring. That first goal of ours came off a Dartmouth players stick.

Next year will be rebuilding. Maybe the new freshmen will have something to prove.

Dutchman
02-10-2019, 10:11 PM
I was at the game. Green dominated most of the first, 0-0. Lackluster game overall for UC, Green isn't very good. Dutch came together in the third, but unfortunately they aren't going anywhere, still sitting at 20 in the PW.

This late in the year the pairwise is not going to move very much. The exception are the ivy league teams. Because they play fewer games, if they lose a few they will drop like a lead balloon. We saw this with Yale in 2012/2013.

Dutchman
02-11-2019, 09:03 PM
If Cornell, Clarkson, Harvard and Qpac continue their winning ways, we might be able to squeeze 4 into the NCAAs. That would be, I believe, a first since the ECAC/HE split.

Dutchman
02-13-2019, 02:27 PM
Borrowed from the facebook fan site"

Pride is defined as 1 : a reasonable and justifiable feeling of being worthwhile : self-respect. 2 : a feeling of being better than others. 3 : a sense of pleasure that comes from some act or possession: Parents take pride in their children's progress. 4 : someone or something that makes someone proud. In Boston we are proud of our amazing professional athletic teams who keep winning championships. The Patriots were too proud to be called "over the hill" by some upstart team. The Patriot defense was too proud to be called "weak" so they shutout the second highest scoring team in professional football. When we Dutchmen face a team that has previously "wiped the floor" with us, we should be proud enough to return the favor. I have just not seen this. We lost two in a row against RPI, and then settled for a tie. Brown "wiped the floor" with us in Pittsburgh and then beat us in Schenectady. Where is the pride in this team? Will this team go quietly into the night or scratch and claw their way back into contention? I saw Harvard play Clarkson in Cambridge. 60+ minutes of intense hockey with bone crunching hits by both teams and back and forth. Neither team took a single minute off. No letup. Not a single penalty. Harvard in overtime. While our 2014/2015 team had a losing record, they fought like hell in the playoffs. They had a lot of pride. I just don't think this team has anything to prove to themselves or anyone else. I don't think they are hungry. You cannot coach this into a team. "The King has no clothes". Someone needs to wake this team up. If they want to go quietly into the night that is fine, but that is NOT how the past 10 years of Dutchmen hockey teams have performed. Our hard earned reputation for the past 10 years was that of a team that was ALWAYS very hard to beat. We never quite. What's it going to be?

Dutchman
02-14-2019, 09:26 AM
Union hockey heads to the finish line
Only six games left in ECAC regular season
By Tim Wilkin Published 5:51 pm EST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Union-heads-to-the-finish-line-13614635.php

QUAlum2004
02-15-2019, 09:13 AM
Weekend Preview: Union/RPI


http://www.bobcatshockeyblog.com/2019/02/weekend-preview-unionrpi.html

QUAlum2004
02-16-2019, 12:09 AM
Thoughts and observations from Quinnipiac's 1-1 tie against Union


http://www.bobcatshockeyblog.com/2019/02/thoughts-and-observations-from_16.html

Dutchman
02-16-2019, 05:48 AM
Thoughts and observations from Quinnipiac's 1-1 tie against Union
https://www.bobcatshockeyblog.com/2019/02/thoughts-and-observations-from_16.html

" - The ice at Messa Rink was really terrible all night. Pucks weren't being controlled like they usually are and they were bouncing over sticks multiple times. Its pretty unacceptable for the ice of a Division I hockey team especially one that has won a national championship in the past five years to be as bad as it was tonight."

Yep, you got that right.

Dutchman
02-16-2019, 11:59 PM
Still at #20 in the pairwise and still at 7th in the ECAC. I firmly believe that our program is where it is because of our outstanding coaches. That being said, our consistently horrible power play and penalty kill is on them. They own it. We could have easily lost to Princeton. How many short handed goals have we give up this year?

Dutchmen16
02-17-2019, 02:09 AM
Still at #20 in the pairwise and still at 7th in the ECAC. I firmly believe that our program is where it is because of our outstanding coaches. That being said, our consistently horrible power play and penalty kill is on them. They own it. We could have easily lost to Princeton. How many short handed goals have we give up this year?


Still at #20 in the pairwise and still at 7th in the ECAC. I firmly believe that our program is where it is because of our outstanding coaches. That being said, our consistently horrible power play and penalty kill is on them. They own it. We could have easily lost to Princeton. How many short handed goals have we give up this year?

This has been an interesting team. 2 years ago I circled this year as our year to contend, win the league, and make an NCAA run. Last year was a pleasant surprise and I believe they overachieved. They didn't lose much and I figured they should be as successful or likely better this year. But that hasn't happened. And it's very strange to me. Like Dutchmen said I'm not sure how much we have improved throughout the year, compared to the other teams. We seem to have effort and I think in most games we can play 5v5 with anyone. But our special teams stinks and it seems we lack a true finisher like Vecchione, S Foo, Jooris, Carr, etc. I think we get the puck to good positions sometimes, but nobody has the belief to shoot it and when the puck does make it to real scoring positions nobody can actually put the puck in the net. Some of that I believe is a bit lower top end scoring then we have had in the past and some of that may just be poor luck. But either way we need to stop missing the net/putting it in the goalies chest when we have good opportunities if we want to move forward this year.

On the bright side, I think at our best we can play a hockey game from end to end with most teams in the country. Atleast as far as scoring chances and puck possession (again finishing chances is a downfall). Look at the @Harvard game. I think we outplayed them 5v5 (out scored them 3-0 too). I think for most of the game we deserved a win. But we took 4 penalties and had 4 terrible kills (credit their PP also). 8 (or less) bad minutes cost us an otherwise fairly strong 52 minutes. And such seems to be the same for many of our games. RPI at times union, quinnipiac two nights ago, the list goes on: Decent puck control, some good scoring chances but yet no one can finish with any consistency and we give up a few good chances to other teams due to occasional breakdowns and they always seem to finish.

It's a frustrating team. And I think some pieces are there. Just look at plenty of our wins vs good teams. I'm cautiously optimistic that when the games start to count in the playoffs that we can play with anyone. I hope we can be last years Princeton and put everything together at the right time. I believe we can be. I just hope they either get the luck or confidence to start finishing their chances.

And lastly, as far as some folks saying they blame the coaches for not getting this team straightened out, I believe this team would be worse without the strong coaching we have. I think we are extremely lucky to have the staff we have and I have a lot of trust in the recruiting and coaching. I think we are lucky to have this staff and they are always focused on being on being as good as they can be at the end of the year even if that means some occasional bumps in the road along the way. I believe Rick and Jason in particular could be coaching at a lot of different schools or organizations if they wanted to and they are part of the reason Union has maintained such a high level of play after their championship and we are lucky to have them.