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Dan
10-26-2019, 09:13 PM
Cats getting any other good SOG from their four PP's?

Just two UNH PP's tonight. UNH carrying play in the third, shots are 14-3, with a number of near misses in the offensive zone. Net empty with 2 mins to play...

Edit: quick ENG. Ballgame.

Snively65
10-26-2019, 09:19 PM
Just two UNH PP's tonight. UNH carrying play in the third, shots are 14-3, with a number of near misses in the offensive zone. Net empty with 2 mins to play...

Edit: quick ENG. Ballgame.

Oh, right I was misreading the Terriors' first two goals as penalties; looks like one BU penalty was partially offset by UNH penalty, with only three called the entire game.

HockeyRef
10-26-2019, 09:41 PM
Welp that's off to Tucker and the BU D. Had some decent chances. Didnt think we played badly. Onto BC for the home opener. Just bummed HR is 1-5-1 at the Agganis. No longer my fave home away from home I'm afraid...

Chuck Murray
10-26-2019, 10:03 PM
...and what's worse, is he hasn't said where the field hockey team is gonna play...:mad::D GO 'CATS!!

We don't need no stinkin' field hockey!!! :mad: :D ;)

Actually, pick a long rectangular section of the "A" Lot, roll out some of that fantastic pale green Astroturf surface (vintage "Houston" model, circa 1967) on close-out discount from any nearby Home Depot, and voila - there's your new "state of the art" home for UNH Field Hockey.

((( Ö aren't you glad you insisted that I give you an answer, HR? :) )))

Chuck Murray
10-26-2019, 10:07 PM
Cats getting any other good SOG from their four PP's?

Hey Snives, why don't you let the good folks on this thread know who won the SOG battle tonight? :D

wildcatdc
10-26-2019, 10:47 PM
We don't need no stinkin' field hockey!!! :mad: :D ;)

Actually, pick a long rectangular section of the "A" Lot, roll out some of that fantastic pale green Astroturf surface (vintage "Houston" model, circa 1967) on close-out discount from any nearby Home Depot, and voila - there's your new "state of the art" home for UNH Field Hockey.

((( Ö aren't you glad you insisted that I give you an answer, HR? :) )))

Andujar/Richard/Niekro-style

Not disappointed in Game 4, BTW.

wildcatdc
10-26-2019, 10:49 PM
Welp that's off to Tucker and the BU D. Had some decent chances. Didnt think we played badly. Onto BC for the home opener.

Tucker was very good. The fact that we lose a goal on a refís quick whistle hurt us, but probably didnít change the outcome. Thought we actually played okay.

chickod
10-26-2019, 11:17 PM
We don't need no stinkin' field hockey!!! :mad: :D ;)

Actually, pick a long rectangular section of the "A" Lot, <b>roll out some of that fantastic pale green Astroturf surface (vintage "Houston" model, circa 1967)</b> on close-out discount from any nearby Home Depot, and voila - there's your new "state of the art" home for UNH Field Hockey.

((( Ö aren't you glad you insisted that I give you an answer, HR? :) )))

Ugh. I played intramural football on that stuff at BU. Nickerson Field had just put that in a couple of years before I arrived. It's like berber carpet on a concrete base with basically no padding. If you like falling on cement, have at it. And at night (especially in the late fall/early spring) when it gets damp, you get this icy glaze which turns the field into a ...well... skating rink. Try planting your foot on that and changing direction. A good recipe for breaking your leg!!! :eek:

HockeyRef
10-26-2019, 11:44 PM
Hey Snives, why don't you let the good folks on this thread know who won the SOG battle tonight? :D

On a roll tonight arent cha?!?! We won both stats the SOG and (drum roll please) faceoffs!!!! Sigh but we could not solve Tucker. Just listened to Coach Souza's comments in a brief presser; he felt the 'Cats gave BU too much deference early on..made some turn overs that were costly...kudos to Tucker and that the 3rd period was the best they've (UNH) played this season.

Snively65
10-27-2019, 01:02 AM
On a roll tonight arent cha?!?! We won both stats the SOG and (drum roll please) faceoffs!!!! Sigh but we could not solve Tucker. Just listened to Coach Souza's comments in a brief presser; he felt the 'Cats gave BU too much deference early on..made some turn overs that were costly...kudos to Tucker and that the 3rd period was the best they've (UNH) played this season.

Yup, that's right; all of the cool kids have moved on to FO's now. SOG are so old school.

bakchk20
10-27-2019, 10:44 AM
* Weíd all love for UNH to have everything but that never has been and never will be reality. Itís why itís taken 25 years for any substantial renovation to the Whitt to occur at all. Every decision and dollar spent is going to result in sacrificing the ability to spend a dollar somewhere else...

* I appreciate bckchk, Ref and DC passing along more concrete information into what the plans actually are and it certainly seems like theyíre going to push through these renovations pre-capital project. I like them just doing it and figuring out payment later. Though I agree with deltabravo, among others, in hoping that this wonít hinder their ability to do things the right way or put them in a tough position when future spending decisions come along (which is definitely a threat)...

* Looking at the plans linked - I canít help but notice that it mentions nothing about renovating space for locker rooms, a lounge or other amenities. It does mention moving all visitor space into previously wasted space - which would certainly create available room for these upgrades but in what state? Will these be makeshift improvement such as moving a couple Olympic platforms or couches/desks into existing rooms? Full renovations even to existing spaces wouldnít be cheap - DUís upgrading of a locker room to a locker room was well over a million dollars last season...

* This plan spells out that simply adjusting the seating bowl will cost 3 million dollars. There are still other costs associated with shrinking the rink too. Will this plan hinder the programís ability to go all out on In arena amenities? Or is there more money unaccounted for in this plan? Posters have mentioned 13 million and this plan only accounts for 9 million...

* Spending 3 million plus on shrinking the rink is no insignificant cost - even if it is more affordable now than later. Whether this hinders In arena amenities or not it will force UNH to make sacrifices in other areas, like it or not...

* Three million dollars would likely allow UNH to maximize its recruiting budget and offer full cost of living stipends to men and womenís hockey players for 20 plus years. Will UNH coaches feel able to request extra recruiting trips or trips to Europe (or get the answers they want) after getting millions poured into the program for the sake of ice size?

* Whatever you think attracts recruits to a school or program the number one answer is always money. If youíre stacking up rink size versus the ability to provide a family an extra 5,000 in a cost of living stipend, the cash is always going to be more impactful. And it isnít even close. UNH hasnít been offering that and now itís very unlikely they will. More and more teams will start to offer this and UNH will he paying off a 3 million dollar debt. This doesnít even take into account legislation in other states to promote payments to student athletes. What happens if other avenues of financial incentives for student-athletes come along and UNH isnít even meeting the existing standard...

* Rink size never had anything to do with UNHís success or failures. It has even less to do with recruiting. Schools like UMass, Minn and SCSU have flourished recruiting to larger rinks. In just the pst few seasons Commesso, Gildon, Farabee, Stutzle and Crookshank have committed to UNH. A few ended up elsewhere for various reasons but none would have considered UNH if this was remotely a concern for them. Kids want scholarship money, an education, the college system and to win and develop (UNH has simply failed to prove itself in the last two areas in recent years)...

* And donít forget - UNH is not even downsizing to an NHL rink but to a hybrid size. So presenting recruits with a differing ice size relative to their ultimate goal is still an existing reality. Additionally, UNH will still have to adjust its game due to ice size when traveling to BC/BU or any post season building. So itís 3 million and theyíre not even eliminating their primary concerns...

* Perhaps the biggest benefit to shrinking the rink would be a change in mindset that removes from the back of stakeholders minds the misguided idea that UNH is at a disadvantage and their beliefs will stop holding them back, but at 3+ million dollars itís an expensive benefit when attitude is entirely controllable to begin with...

;)

HockeyRef
10-27-2019, 11:12 AM
Yup, that's right; all of the cool kids have moved onto FO's. SOG are so old school.

Sorry that question was posted to you...signed One of the Cool Kidz 😎

Chuck Murray
10-27-2019, 12:44 PM
Ugh. I played intramural football on that stuff at BU. Nickerson Field had just put that in a couple of years before I arrived. It's like berber carpet on a concrete base with basically no padding. If you like falling on cement, have at it. And at night (especially in the late fall/early spring) when it gets damp, you get this icy glaze which turns the field into a ...well... skating rink. Try planting your foot on that and changing direction. A good recipe for breaking your leg!!! :eek:

Serious question to HR Ö why is it that the old vintage Astroturf carpets continue to be held in favor in field hockey? I know the true roll of the ball on that surface is perceived to be a big thing, and maybe there is more padding used under it these days Ö but that kind of surface was/is brutal in terms of wear-and-tear impact on joints long-term (not to mention the turf burn can really ruin your day as well)? Thoughts??

HockeyRef
10-27-2019, 12:58 PM
Serious question to HR Ö why is it that the old vintage Astroturf carpets continue to be held in favor in field hockey? I know the true roll of the ball on that surface is perceived to be a big thing, and maybe there is more padding used under it these days Ö but that kind of surface was/is brutal in terms of wear-and-tear impact on joints long-term (not to mention the turf burn can really ruin your day as well)? Thoughts??

Actually I'm not sure...most of the college fields go with that but most high schools go with the rubber pellets. (Which I assume is cheaper..? UNH's Bremner field across the street uses that). They have to wet down the striking circle prior to the start to help slow down the ball for penalty corners.

I guess it beats the cow pastures of old (fun fact I played on the old UNH field in 77; think it was in the same spot pre 'Whitt days!!) I've also fallen a few times on turf officiating and it's not fun!!

HockeyRef
10-27-2019, 02:22 PM
Ok so now that we have played one of the supposed "big boys" where we at UNH hockey enthusiasts?

Darius
10-27-2019, 02:35 PM
ok so now that we have played one of the supposed "big boys" where we at unh hockey enthusiasts?500.:)

e.cat
10-27-2019, 03:33 PM
Ok so now that we have played one of the supposed "big boys" where we at UNH hockey enthusiasts?

After starting off with five games on the road, maybe 500 isn't that bad!

HockeyRef
10-27-2019, 05:04 PM
After starting off with five games on the road, maybe 500 isn't that bad!

We are ahead of the game from last season...Team adjusting to new players etc. Looking forward already to the next challenge this weekend. Offense number one thing. We have the horses!!

Ps Coach Souza to be featured on NESN during first intermission of the Bruins game tonight...

Pss...Jerry Remy was eating dinner a few tables from us at the Waltham Bertucci's Sat nite...

Snively65
10-27-2019, 08:06 PM
vR update:

JvR, 9 gm, 3+2=5 pts, +1

684 gm, 231+215=446 pts, -43

TvR, 3 gm, 0+0=0 pts, -1

318 gm, 14+47=61 pts, +16

C-H-C
10-27-2019, 09:28 PM
vR update:

JvR, 9 gm, 3+2=5 pts, +1

684 gm, 231+215=446 pts, -43

TvR, 3 gm, 0+0=0 pts, -1

318 gm, 14+47=61 pts, +16

JvR, 743 gm, 249 goals, 226 assists, 475 points.
Regular season + playoff games