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cavbim
11-18-2018, 08:41 AM
Very good question. The last 4 games the friars allowed few shots on goal, but Hawkey is not stopping them. Hope this is a temporary slump.

Hawkey always seems to have funk last 2 years then suddenly bounce back. Itís why he never gets in the conversation for post season awards.

As far as last night. Merrimack lost top 4 guys last year. Borek hasnít caught a break with recruits who were suppose to come in. He appears to have chosen to blow up and build back up. He is using his shotgun recruiting approach so jury will be out for a couple of years. Till then they have grit but have a ways to go

Providence actually seemed very sloppy even controlling much of play. A shorty against on a real bad pass and then in reality another shorty just as penalty expired. Got bottled on a bit. Hawkey did look way off none of goals looked like sure goals

Nice touch st end where each Friar gave Borek a hug

The Zlax45
11-18-2018, 08:52 PM
Hawkey always seems to have funk last 2 years then suddenly bounce back. It’s why he never gets in the conversation for post season awards.

As far as last night. Merrimack lost top 4 guys last year. Borek hasn’t caught a break with recruits who were suppose to come in. He appears to have chosen to blow up and build back up. He is using his shotgun recruiting approach so jury will be out for a couple of years. Till then they have grit but have a ways to go

Providence actually seemed very sloppy even controlling much of play. A shorty against on a real bad pass and then in reality another shorty just as penalty expired. Got bottled on a bit. Hawkey did look way off none of goals looked like sure goals

Nice touch st end where each Friar gave Borek a hug

I disagree with you on Hawkey as the defense was atrocious last night. The backhanded short handed goal was a ridiculous shot going in the opposite direction of where it was shot from.

The 4 on 3 goal was a wrist shot from 15-20 feet away with no-one in front of him.

The PC defense throughout the night was giving up too many high quality scoring chances and Hawkey couldn't make a big save last night but he was far from the problem. The problem with this team is the same as last year that they give up too many high level scoring chances and was the reason PC was sitting home instead of in the Frozen Four last year. I still think that will be what will break their backs when the season ends.

Jon
11-19-2018, 04:52 PM
Well, that back pass thing needs to be deep sixed. I agree that Hawkey gave up some goals he would certainly like to have back. Cav is correct that he does go through these rough patches.

7-3-1 is pretty great, all things considered. Would have liked one of those two UMASS games to have gone different.

Jon
11-20-2018, 02:58 PM
Also, I'm sorry, but hasn't the problem with PC hockey in the past seven years been how the offense disappears in the playoffs? All of the really irritating playoff losses (UML and Union in 14', UNH in 15', UML and tUMD in 16', Notre Dame and Harvard in 17', and BU and Notre Dame in 18') involved PC scoring 1 or 0 goals.
that would be the most likely culprit.

The Zlax45
11-21-2018, 12:01 AM
Also, I'm sorry, but hasn't the problem with PC hockey in the past seven years been how the offense disappears in the playoffs? All of the really irritating playoff losses (UML and Union in 14', UNH in 15', UML and tUMD in 16', Notre Dame and Harvard in 17', and BU and Notre Dame in 18') involved PC scoring 1 or 0 goals.
that would be the most likely culprit.

True but the lack of a back check on that Notre Dame winner is a reminder of bad defensive coverage in my mind. ;-)

PC right now has the best freshman scorer in the country and they need to have him continue to dominate on the offensive end while Jay O'Brien needs to play up to his draft level (yes he has been injured) while ether upper classmen need to become consistent.

73PCFriar
11-23-2018, 06:49 AM
Friars head to Hayden's home town this weekend for a big 2 game set against Denver that will go a long way to helping their Pairwise standing. Not expecting a sweep by them but would hope a split, losing both would not be what the doctor ordered. Defense play (including forwards) will need to be better than last Saturday and hopefully Hayden is better too. Playing in front of friends and family can sometimes be tough but maybe it help him to put up a couple of great games.

Friars can't afford any injuries with basically no depth on front or back line so hopefully they make it through the weekend without any.

PC91
11-23-2018, 02:59 PM
Friars head to Hayden's home town this weekend for a big 2 game set against Denver that will go a long way to helping their Pairwise standing. Not expecting a sweep by them but would hope a split, losing both would not be what the doctor ordered. Defense play (including forwards) will need to be better than last Saturday and hopefully Hayden is better too. Playing in front of friends and family can sometimes be tough but maybe it help him to put up a couple of great games.

Friars can't afford any injuries with basically no depth on front or back line so hopefully they make it through the weekend without any.

Toughest weekend of the year for the Friars. A split would be huge as Denver is solid at home and has a very strong team again this season!!!
I think the best shot for the Friars to steal a game this weekend is tonight. Denver has a very good record on the second night after playing their opponent the night before.

Dan
11-23-2018, 03:44 PM
As a DU season ticket holder - I'm not sure we know much of anything about DU just yet. They raced out to a 5-0-1 start, but against the likes of Air Force, Alaska, Huntsville and a solid-Western Michigan team...

Since then they're 1-3-0 against the iron of college hockey, St Cloud and Minn-Duluth, getting outplayed for long stretches and also looking like they completely belonged for periods of time. If anything, all this may indicate they're simply a good but not great team. And that's not unexpected with all they've lost or how young they are at key positions and with critical contributors...

They've been relentless on pucks since I've been out here and they play strong team defense, transition pucks and work hard in the O zone. Essentially what I think of when I think of PC as a UNH fan. So it should be quite a weekend and a good test for both teams.

Will be interesting to see how DU bounces back after carrying play for 40 minutes against UMD, en route to a 3-0 lead after two (and having shutout UMD for the first five periods of the weekend), before allowing three third period goals and losing in the first minute of OT, last time out...

Cooley, the goalie has played very well - He stole last Friday's game against the Bulldogs - but he was recruited to be a third goalie and has his limitations. He can be had, if you can get through DUs tough-minded and hard-working defense, which I think is the strength of their team...

cavbim
11-23-2018, 05:01 PM
As a DU season ticket holder - I'm not sure we know much of anything about DU just yet. They raced out to a 5-0-1 start, but against the likes of Air Force, Alaska, Huntsville and a solid-Western Michigan team...

Since then they're 1-3-0 against the iron of college hockey, St Cloud and Minn-Duluth, getting outplayed for long stretches and also looking like they completely belonged for periods of time. If anything, all this may indicate they're simply a good but not great team. And that's not unexpected with all they've lost or how young they are at key positions and with critical contributors...

They've been relentless on pucks since I've been out here and they play strong team defense, transition pucks and work hard in the O zone. Essentially what I think of when I think of PC as a UNH fan. So it should be quite a weekend and a good test for both teams.

Will be interesting to see how DU bounces back after carrying play for 40 minutes against UMD, en route to a 3-0 lead after two (and having shutout UMD for the first five periods of the weekend), before allowing three third period goals and losing in the first minute of OT, last time out...

Cooley, the goalie has played very well - He stole last Friday's game against the Bulldogs - but he was recruited to be a third goalie and has his limitations. He can be had, if you can get through DUs tough-minded and hard-working defense, which I think is the strength of their team...

Good preview. Thanks

73PCFriar
11-23-2018, 09:35 PM
Well so far Cooley has been stone walling the Friars especially in the second with Denver taking a lot of penalties.

Surprise of the night so far was seeing O'Brien on the ice for the Friars....

And just like that Denver scores on the PP late in the second...

Dan
11-23-2018, 10:12 PM
Printz cruises down the slot and deflects the tying goal between the legs of Cooley. Cooley is playing well - but PC has also missed the net quite a bit. Conway in particular had a gaping cage near the end of the second period...

Heikennen quickly puts DU back in front in a delayed penalty.

cetihcra
11-24-2018, 01:32 AM
Printz cruises down the slot and deflects the tying goal between the legs of Cooley. Cooley is playing well - but PC has also missed the net quite a bit. Conway in particular had a gaping cage near the end of the second period...

Heikennen quickly puts DU back in front in a delayed penalty.

You chaps have a good team, big team, should win HEA, and probably should have won tonight with DU marching to the box. Cooley is the $hi-t, tomorrow should be fun.

r

73PCFriar
11-24-2018, 07:18 AM
Apparently for those on twitter, Divver indicated O'Brien would be back in the lineup....cav please don't beat me up for originally saying it was a surprise :rolleyes:

Oh, sounded like he played well but still trying to find the back of the net in the limited games he has played.

Also sounded like Friars missed quite a few open chances besides Conway (still waiting for his scoring touch to show up)

palmettofriar
11-24-2018, 07:23 AM
You chaps have a good team, big team, should win HEA, and probably should have won tonight with DU marching to the box. Cooley is the $hi-t, tomorrow should be fun.

r
Friars played well, but the Denver Goalie was zoned in, I thought the friar defense hung Hwkey out to dry on all 3 goals.

Dan
11-24-2018, 10:49 AM
You chaps have a good team, big team, should win HEA, and probably should have won tonight with DU marching to the box. Cooley is the $hi-t, tomorrow should be fun.

r

I'm not actually a PC fan - I'm from HE country, but I live out here in Denver now. Attending DU games, I keep waiting for Cooley to turn into a pumpkin, but maybe I should give him more credit that I have been. He's certainly playing with a lot of confidence and he's been terrific the last three games against elite competition (118 saves, 5 goals against - four coming in essentially one of the nine periods)...

Still, I give a lot of the credit to DU's defense - which I think is as gifted and mobile as any unit in the country. When Comrie plays, as he did last night, they ice six guys who can skate and move pucks at a very high level and any remotely loose puck turns into a DU break out. The team is so responsible and plays great team D - they really kept PC out of the slot/net front and limited second chances. They've been doing it all year...

Cooley played parts of two seasons in three different junior leagues - mostly as a back-up. In 19 USHL games he posted an .873 SPCT. In 14 turns in the BCHL he stopped pucks at an .887 rate. His best junior stretch came in the NAHL when he posted a .909 SPCT backing up UNH starter Mike Robinson. As you know, Cooley walked on expecting to back up Dayton Rasmussen (arguably the top 2017 goalie recruit) and Filip Larson (the 2018 USHL goalie of the year) - but Rasmussen left school and Larson was injured (though he dressed last night for what I believe is the first time all season?) and the rest is history. Amazing history, in a number of ways. Big time props to Cooley for running with it they way he has (.933 / 2.09)...

I thought PC played a really nice game - and as a follower of HE they certainly appear to be the clear class of the league to me. They controlled play for long stretches and had some real good looks. It seemed it wasn't their night with missed nets, pucks rolling off sticks and some other misfortune around the offensive goal.

They need to do a better job finishing - but also getting pucks to the net front and following rebounds for dirty second chances. But Denver has always done a great job preventing those chances - so easier said than done.

The two teams are very similar - the first half of the game seemed to be a competition in who could out responsible the other (which was interesting, but not all that exciting). The second half opened up a bit. I think the only difference between the two teams is DU has a few more slippery forwards, while PCs best (at least tonight) are more pro-style. O'Brien was great fun to watch - and the most slippery Friarlast night - he's awesome. Dugan wasn't very noticeable last night, which probably changes tonight. As a UNH fan, interesting to see O'Neill in person - I like his game, but he's certainly not what UNH is missing in terms of legitimate big time offense...

DU PK also locked down the PC PP - which will have to be better tonight. Just one goal very late in a PP for the Friars. I hate NCHC officiating, they call EVERYTHING and inject themselves into the games constantly. So many DU games turn into special teams contests - so many ticky-tack calls, especially the call on Pettersen last night. It's gotta be hard for non-conference teams to adjust. Seems frustrating enough for the home team...

Average penalty minutes in a DU game this season - 26. A Providence game - 12. For example...

palmettofriar
11-25-2018, 01:58 PM
Friars played well, but the Denver Goalie was zoned in, I thought the friar defense hung Hwkey out to dry on all 3 goals.
Should have won again Saturday, but the friars put on a clinic on how not to play after scoring an important goal, and also how not to play with a lead.

The Zlax45
11-25-2018, 11:40 PM
Should have won again Saturday, but the friars put on a clinic on how not to play after scoring an important goal, and also how not to play with a lead.

You would think a VETERAN laden team would know how to play with a lead. Listening to the two games on the radio made it sound like Spencer Young is the Torey Krug of PC....All offense and can't play a lick of defense.

This team has been a disappointment as this squad should be easily winning Hockey East this year but have had quit a few hiccups early in the year. The PWR isn't looking good either with six hockey east schools at 43 or worse.

RENCEB
11-26-2018, 01:42 PM
I thought PC played a really nice game - and as a follower of HE they certainly appear to be the clear class of the league to me.....Hmmmmm, clear class of the league, despite having lost twice to UMass, who is now 11-1-0 and #3 in the country? PC is excellent, but UMass right now is the "clear class of the league" (their student section notwithstanding...)

Dan
11-26-2018, 10:01 PM
Hmmmmm, clear class of the league, despite having lost twice to UMass, who is now 11-1-0 and #3 in the country? PC is excellent, but UMass right now is the "clear class of the league" (their student section notwithstanding...)

You are right - I said the two were the class of the league in another post and should have said so here. They are the two best teams without question. UMass is not quite front of the mind after years of irrelevance, but it was an oversight for sure...

cavbim
11-28-2018, 03:22 PM
yesterday Northeastern picked up former BC committ T JWalsh. Divver just reported Friars picked up NTDP Forward Patrick Moynihan who Jeff Cox reported Decommitting other day from BC