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Red Cloud
10-04-2009, 08:02 PM
Quinnipiac beat UPEI 4-3. Looks like were not to far behind!

Yeah, I wouldn't get too excited about that if I were you.

Wicked Slappaahs
10-04-2009, 08:50 PM
A few things that stood out to me last night, aside from the play of our freshmen was that it seemed like we were more physical. CJ Lee laid someone out in the corner in the 3rd, Foss made a nice play standing up someone right at the blue line in the 3rd as well.

However, on UPEI's 3rd goal, their winger was allowed to skate right in from the blue line unmolested and put it past Merriam. Not sure what happened on that one.

It seemed like there was more team speed as well, and as someone else mentioned there was plenty left in the tank in the 3rd to fuel a comeback.

Looking forward to the drive out to Amherst Thursday.

I witnessed both Lee's and Foss' play and they were good ones. I thought Malchuk used his toughness well -- in the limited shifts he saw. As has been said here, I think Rabbani would have introduced himself to a few of those kids who went unmolested in front of our net. :p

I think on the whole the defense did not do a very good job at slowing the attack as they entered the zone. PEI gained the blue line with ease for most of the night...save for the 2nd half of the 3rd.

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 06:07 AM
Quinnipiac beat UPEI 4-3. Looks like were not to far behind!

QU did outshoot UPEI more than we did. Also, UPEI played a different goalie, and I do not know which is the better one. However, in any case, the scores were similar, so we are on roughly the same level as QU based on this one, admittedly not too significant, indication.

blocker
10-05-2009, 08:13 AM
Ralph:I believe that Savage was the starter last year. The goaltender that played against Quinn is a recruit..UPEI is projected to be a bottom third team in the AUS this year.(which is where they finished last year 6/8). Cis hockey is non scholarship based and not as populated with the type of talent you would find in the chl (imo) . I thought PI skated well and i thought Savage played very well given the number of quality shots on him. Last year he finished in about the same position, goaltending wise, as his team did in the standings, but like RED last year his defense also had major holes in it, as they appear to have again this year. IMHO the most significant lesson to be learned here is that the frosh, if unmolested, can put quality shots on net. A quantum leap forward imo..It is nice to see there is a new D assistant coach.

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 08:37 AM
Ralph:I believe that Savage was the starter last year. The goaltender that played against Quinn is a recruit..UPEI is projected to be a bottom third team in the AUS this year.(which is where they finished last year 6/8). IMHO PI skated well and i thought Savage played very well. Last year he was finished about the same as his team, but like RED last year his defense also had major holes, as they appear to have again this year. IMHO the most significant lesson to be learned here is that the frosh, if unmolested, can put quality shots on net. A quantum leap forward imo..It is nice to see there is a new D assistant coach.

Thanks for the additional information about UPEI. Is there an official announcement about the new AC for the defense, or are you are just indicating that you are happy that we are getting a new one?

Red Cloud
10-05-2009, 08:39 AM
Can we move past PEI? Game's over, result didn't matter, the only thing that mattered was how our players looked and not what we did against them or anyone else. PEI was also playing games over multiple nights while their opponents were not. Comparing ourselves to other teams based on how we played a team that doesn't matter is counter-productive. Come on, people.

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 08:47 AM
Can we move past PEI? Game's over, result didn't matter, the only thing that mattered was how our players looked and not what we did against them or anyone else. PEI was also playing games over multiple nights while their opponents were not. Comparing ourselves to other teams based on how we played a team that doesn't matter is counter-productive. Come on, people.

I don't think that it is counterproductive, although it isn't real productive either. :) I thought the players, overall, played well.

I am looking forward to the next few games and hope to see a continued improvement. (I will take 3 PPGs in every game. No need for a continued improvement there. :D )

rvd5star69
10-05-2009, 09:40 AM
we out shot
we skated hard
there goalie had 10 big saves
we got 3 pp goals
we didnt give up a pp goal
our freshman are very skilled
our d was a little shaky but will straighten it out
at mass thurs vs unh sat hope our legs are fresh and we compete

york is ready :)

engineerhockeyfan
10-05-2009, 11:29 AM
Can we move past PEI? Game's over, result didn't matter, the only thing that mattered was how our players looked and not what we did against them or anyone else. PEI was also playing games over multiple nights while their opponents were not. Comparing ourselves to other teams based on how we played a team that doesn't matter is counter-productive. Come on, people.

I have to agree. We did some good things and some bad, now it is time to look forward.
There is a lot to do and learn before our first ECAC game, and that is what the coaching staff and the fans should be looking at.
Bring on UMass

blocker
10-05-2009, 02:39 PM
Could it be possible that some of us are more observant than others!

blocker
10-05-2009, 02:41 PM
we out shot
we skated hard
there goalie had 10 big saves
we got 3 pp goals
we didnt give up a pp goal
our freshman are very skilled
our d was a little shaky but will straighten it out
at mass thurs vs unh sat hope our legs are fresh and we compete

york is ready :)

i can agree with five out of your eight statments.

Red Cloud
10-05-2009, 03:07 PM
Could it be possible that some of us are more observant than others!

Possible.

Anyway, since I am observant, here are my observations.

1) I haven't been around in a couple of years, but wow, was it awesome to see the Engineers trying to gain the zone by skating it in. I had grown used to watching them play dump and chase for so many years. I dump and chase when I play, but then again, I'm not a Division I hockey player. Big ups for this alone, especially D'Amigo.

2) I saw someone say something about the swagger they saw from freshmen. I agree, and I like it. Watching Pirri salute Section 17 after scoring his first goal and then do the hockey equivalent of the jersey pop after scoring in the shootout underscores one thing - he is PUMPED to be here. D'Amigo also seemed very much into it, and remember, this was an exhibition. The first thing I thought of was how silly it was for Ralph and DrD to fret over whether they would show up on campus. They're loving this. You can tell these guys can't wait for the games that count.

3) The freshman class as a whole is as advertised. C.J. Lee looked like he was about to score the winning goal a couple of times late in the third, and that would have been so perfect. These four guys are awesome, and big props to Chase Polacek and Tyler Helfrich too. Both of those guys had great games. We could have three dangerous scoring lines and a grind line before all is said and done.

4) Adding on to #3, Merriam looks like he'll be a great compliment to York, and York looks like he's ready to go. This makes me happy.

5) Brutlag needs to relax. A lot. He tries to do too much and gets caught out of position because of it. I'm not suggesting that he suddenly become a stay-at-home d-man or anything, but he can't be a one-man wrecking crew.

6) Pirri tries to do everything too but he had a lot more success at it. Maybe he IS a one-man wrecking crew.

7) John Kennedy is the friggin man. He works hard on every single shift and just does his job exceptionally well. Certainly a leader worth emulating.

8) The power play is going to be much, much better this year I think. Bergin has all the makings of the perfect QB on the blue line, and the PP gives Pirri, D'Amigo, and Helfrich a chance to really annihilate together. This might be the most exciting possibility of all.

9) PEI reminded me of Cornell on steroids. Bigger guys playing about as much clutch and grab. But as a fellow poster said to me, "speed kills." And we've got speed.

10) It does look like the vision that Seth Appert laid out when he took over is coming to fruition. This is now a team that can score on practically any shift. If we can get the defense into lockdown, we're in business.

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 03:32 PM
RC good comments.

I had the same thought about UPEI compared to Cornell. Then I noticed that their coach didn't have Kindergarten tantrums. ;)


Any comments by anyone as to how Pirri looked in the defensive zone?

Red Cloud
10-05-2009, 03:42 PM
One thing I forgot to add about the swagger. I do like it, and I do understand that the freshmen were probably uber-excited to finally be playing in front of the home crowd after months and months of anticipation, but if it continues, especially Pirri, I can see opposing fans getting beotchy about it, similar to the kvetching that goes on in baseball whenever Joba Chamberlain does his fist pump.

That said, they can pretty much suck it if they complain. Again as a fellow poster said to me: "don't like it? Stop him."

And since I love schadenfreude, I'd love to see it continue - as long as there's good cause for it, like scoring goals. These guys are good, and they know they're good. That's a great way to deal with the pressure that everyone's putting on them to carry the team.

GreatLakerMohawk
10-05-2009, 04:03 PM
I had the same thought about UPEI compared to Cornell. Then I noticed that their coach didn't have Kindergarten tantrums. ;)

Not true. Their coach was practically out on the ice when he earned the bench minor. He was arguing for a trip to be called on RPI during the power play and was making quite the scene after O'Grady's goal.

He very much played the part of Mike Schafer to a "T."

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 04:07 PM
Not true. Their coach was practically out on the ice when he earned the bench minor. He was arguing for a trip to be called on RPI during the power play and was making quite the scene after O'Grady's goal.

He very much played the part of Mike Schafer to a "T."

I suspect that the TV cameras used on B2 didn't focus on him. I do recall a bench minor.

engineerhockeyfan
10-05-2009, 04:08 PM
One thing I forgot to add about the swagger. I do like it, and I do understand that the freshmen were probably uber-excited to finally be playing in front of the home crowd after months and months of anticipation, but if it continues, especially Pirri, I can see opposing fans getting beotchy about it, similar to the kvetching that goes on in baseball whenever Joba Chamberlain does his fist pump.

That said, they can pretty much suck it if they complain. Again as a fellow poster said to me: "don't like it? Stop him."

And since I love schadenfreude, I'd love to see it continue - as long as there's good cause for it, like scoring goals. These guys are good, and they know they're good. That's a great way to deal with the pressure that everyone's putting on them to carry the team.

I don't usually care for over celebration, but as long as they keep it between the team and the student section, I am all for it.
And if it gets to the opposition, try to stop them.:p

Ralph Baer
10-05-2009, 04:11 PM
I don't usually care for over celebration, but as long as they keep it between the team and the student section, I am all for it.
And if it gets to the opposition, try to stop them.:p

I recall Pirri being exuberant after several goals in the videos posted last season.

GRussinko
10-05-2009, 04:12 PM
I had the same thought about UPEI compared to Cornell. Then I noticed that their coach didn't have Kindergarten tantrums. ;)

Missed the bench minor the PEI coach picked up for cursing out the refs? :p

Edit: Looks like I'm late to the game on this response.

blocker
10-05-2009, 04:37 PM
Everybody is entitled to their own opinion on swagger. Some people like it while others do not. From my perspective there are a number of reasons you do not see a lot of it in d-1 hockey . 1) Most coaches view it as counter productive to their generally staid concept of team, 2) It has the potential to alienate other team members 3) It can motivate the opposition and 4) It can make you a target on the ice.

It will be very interesting to see how COACH deals with it if it continues to manifest itself. Personally i like score the goal, celebrate a bit with your line , sit down, shut up, get ready to skate your next shift an score again. But i am old school, actually older than dirt school.


(you really cannot compare PEI to Cornell / that is a hole different level of clutch and grab )