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sshablak
09-28-2018, 11:03 AM
This is difficult, your guess is as good as mine. Two new forwards, three frosh goalies(of which one is a walkon) and a below average offense returning. I would say the defense is Colgate's strongest asset but we need to score more goals. Point stole six or seven games last year so if one of these goalies doesn't perform well we will definitely be a bottom four team. So basically we have the same team back sans Point, what does everyone else think ?

GreenBear
09-28-2018, 11:13 AM
I totally agree with you. It depends on how well your goalies can immediately step in and succeed at the NCAA level (like Charlie Finn did, for example) and whether or not your new additions can resolve the lack of offense.

If yes to both and perhaps one, Colgate will open the playoffs at home.
If not, the Raiders will likely be hanging around the 9-10 spot.

Rainman
10-01-2018, 08:42 AM
Happy 1st day of October. That only means one thing: the return of hockey season!

However, there's no sugarcoating it here - we were blindsided on July 1st, when Colton Point decided to go pro. Despite Colgate having a 99% graduation rate among student athletes, we've now fallen victim to the "early departure" bug for the 4th time in the past 6 years. In each of the 2 seasons following a player leaving with eligibility remaining (2012-13 and 2015-16), we've only managed to record 6 league wins and finished in 11th or 10th place. So I'm hoping history doesn't repeat itself this season.

But what DOES bode well for us is that all of our defensemen from last season will be returning! So hopefully it can take some pressure off whoever's between the pipes for us. I echo GreenBear's post - if one of these goalies can play just as well as Charlie Finn did as a freshman in 2013-14, it will go a long way towards determining whether or not we have a playoff series at home.

However - for the 3rd season we seem to have a "goal scoring by committee" situation at hand. Since the graduations of the Spink twins, Mike Borkowski, and Darcy Murphy in 2016, we've sputtered on offense. I would really like to see our senior and junior forwards step it up this season. I'm looking at you, Hunter Racine, Adam Dauda, Bobby McMann, John Snodgrass, Jared Cockrell, Ben Sharf, and Tyler Penner.

My life has gotten a bit busier recently, but I'm hoping to make it to a few games this season. Go 'Gate.

TheGreenCoat
10-01-2018, 09:43 AM
good, dispassionate analysis by Rainman...but one point...Lunn and Stewart are coming in and like decent adds to the forwards...again, though, I see no real uptick in recruiting assets. I desperately hope I'm wrong...

ColSkate65
10-01-2018, 04:53 PM
A topic we bandy about each year: almost two months without hockey at '65 Arena, from mid-November to almost mid-January. We seem to face this predicament every season. When will the schedulers get with the program? There's no better way to kill off a fan base than having a dry spell in the middle of a season.

Rainman
10-02-2018, 08:08 AM
A topic we bandy about each year: almost two months without hockey at '65 Arena, from mid-November to almost mid-January.

Keep in mind there is a break in the schedule in December each year for final exams. Then the students are on break until mid-January.

Meanwhile, what do you guys think of the ECAC's partnership with ESPN+? On one hand, it means no more free streaming of home games, but on the other hand, $4.99 per month also gets you all other league games, and all ECAC tournament games in March.
https://www.ecachockey.com/women/2018-19/News/20181001_-_ESPN_Release

Gate83
10-02-2018, 11:07 AM
Meanwhile, what do you guys think of the ECAC's partnership with ESPN+? On one hand, it means no more free streaming of home games, but on the other hand, $4.99 per month also gets you all other league games, and all ECAC tournament games in March.
https://www.ecachockey.com/women/2018-19/News/20181001_-_ESPN_Release

Since I'm already an ESPN+ subscriber, I love it. Always hated paying the Ivy League for their games and paying for the playoffs never seemed right. Given that those costs go away, seems like a good deal even for those who don't already have ESPN+ in place.

sshablak
10-03-2018, 07:15 AM
The price is right, production is key, the toughest task for me is listening to homer announcers that are just horrible, hard to listen to, I guess they still come with the deal.

lugnut92
10-03-2018, 12:49 PM
Just popping in to advertise the ECAC Pick the Standings contest (http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?135007-ECAC-Pick-The-Standings-2018-2019) again. It's a super simple game that takes like 1 minute of thought to play. Entrance is allowed through the first ECAC matches at the end of the month, but feel free to make a guess now and revise later. Thanks!

iowabasedtraveler
10-03-2018, 05:05 PM
I am getting excited about the Colgate hockey season, as I booked my tickets today for the Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, series at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I have seen Michigan State, then-defending national champion Providence and Nebraska - Omaha all play at the Steve Cady Arena in the past. It is a fantastic facility on a beautiful campus in a great college town. Can't wait... and Go 'Gate.
P.S. - If anyone needs a ride out from upstate New York (and back), feel free to contact me at iowabasedtraveler@yahoo.com. I also booked myself a room at the Baymont Hotel in Oxford today.

ColSkate65
10-06-2018, 05:58 PM
I am getting excited about the Colgate hockey season, as I booked my tickets today for the Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, series at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I have seen Michigan State, then-defending national champion Providence and Nebraska - Omaha all play at the Steve Cady Arena in the past. It is a fantastic facility on a beautiful campus in a great college town. Can't wait... and Go 'Gate.
P.S. - If anyone needs a ride out from upstate New York (and back), feel free to contact me at iowabasedtraveler@yahoo.com. I also booked myself a room at the Baymont Hotel in Oxford today.

Iowa, I hope your excitement is catching. From the initial look, the season looks challenging at best. Hope for the best.....

ColSkate65
10-07-2018, 05:19 PM
Anyone know how we looked in today's exhibition game with Guelph?

Gate93
10-07-2018, 06:59 PM
Wasn't at the game but there are at least a few positives to take away from the stat sheet:

1) our two newest skater friends were in a hurry to make nice - a goal by Stewart assisted by Lunn at 0:51 of the first is not a bad introduction even if it doesn't really count;
2) the names we are going to need to hear if we are going to be competitive this year: Dauda, McCann, Cosgrove, Pancetta (at least) all showed up in good places at good times;
3) No evidence we got chippy in the third taking only a single penalty and limiting Guelph to only 4 shots (and none on the power play); and
4) Our newest friend, really is a friend - welcome to Will Friend, our goalie #3 - played ISL hockey at Governors

Hopefully somebody spent an afternoon preparing a report for us

CU13
10-07-2018, 10:19 PM
I was at the game and I was impressed with the effort and speed of the team in the first period. Things progressed in the second....probably Guelph's period and then the boys came back in the third. We had scoring from a freshman, a sophomore, two juniors and a senior....with a bunch of assists. The goalies looked good. I think the overall feeling for me was that the boys were on fire most of the game. Guelph is a good team. I am looking forward to the UNH series next weekend. Go 'Gate!

iowabasedtraveler
10-10-2018, 10:26 AM
I totally agree with CU13. I really appreciated the teamís effort, especially that of Adam Dauda. It has to have been a confidence booster, especially for the goalies. I was also at the New Hampshire series last year and I hope the veterans (staff and players) learned some valuable lessons from what turned out to be a pointless weekend on the road.
On a separate front, I attended last Fridayís BGSU win at Mercyhurst and I just read that BGSU beat Western Michigan last night in Kalamazoo. Bowling Green could be tough this year in the WCHA.

TheValleyRaider
10-10-2018, 05:54 PM
Happy to see the season about to begin. Definitely hurt to see Point leaving, but wishing him the best in Dallas.

As for the team in front of us, I don't have anything different or insightful to add. The defense needs to be the team's strength (especially early), the offense needs to find more goals, and one of the goalies needs to seize the reins.

The offense is certainly capable of generating goals, but only got to 4+ six times last year. When I do get to watch games (which isn't too often), McMann has usually stood out in a good way, a guy who maybe could lead the way offensively. One or two guys taking a step forward with him could put us right in the mix for a home series.

Bulk of this roster is sophomores and juniors, which suggests to me that if they can improve as the season goes along, it could set up nicely for 2019-20 (don't want to look too far forward, there's a whole season in front of us!).

Will watch when I can from deep in the heart. Go 'Gate! :)

lugnut92
10-11-2018, 09:51 AM
Plugging the ECAC Pick the Standings contest (http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?135007-ECAC-Pick-The-Standings-2018-2019) again. All you have to do is guess what the final standings will be! Entries close in a couple weeks when the puck drops on the conference slate. Thanks!

ColSkate65
10-11-2018, 03:32 PM
Off topic, but anyone going to the Cornell FB game on Saturday, it's at 12 Noon. FYI.`

Gotter
10-12-2018, 01:06 PM
Howdy all. I defer to your insights and predictions, as I haven't kept up with recruiting or seen the team in person since a couple years ago. Plan to lurk here in the thread this season as usual. Go 'gate!!

Gotter
10-12-2018, 01:08 PM
p.s. Does anyone else's mobile view of the uscho.com home page exclude the Fan Forum link? I can only see it when in desktop view. Seems like a glitch that should be addressed...