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MagicCat
12-09-2009, 10:37 AM
McCarey hasn't done much with the time he has been given this year, I'd rather see the lines that are out there stay together. We finally got balanced scoring out of all four lines last weekend and you think now is a time to change.

McCarey needs to sit and earn his playing time back in practice.

RockTheWhit
12-09-2009, 11:00 AM
McCarey hasn't done much with the time he has been given this year, I'd rather see the lines that are out there stay together. We finally got balanced scoring out of all four lines last weekend and you think now is a time to change.

McCarey needs to sit and earn his playing time back in practice.

I agree with Magic here. I don't see any reason to change the top two lines. I would put Henrion on the third with Speelman and Borisenok who can both get him the puck. Then Burke goes to the 4th with Manz and Block. McCarey, at this point, looks lost out there and is not a top 12 forward. I would mix Pavelski in with a game here and there at the Whitt where he can really showcase his skating ability.
The real question here is who sits when Krates gets back? All six d-men are playing well right now, and that stared with Kostolansky getting regular playing time. However, Krates is a senior and was a top 3 d-man when he left the lineup.

Nick Papagiorgio
12-09-2009, 11:08 AM
So guys, how's it going? Nice to see the Cats are doing well again.

It just really isn't the same if we don't have UNH kicking butt before Christmas like they always do (they do well in January and February too, it's just those pesky March and April months that get in the way of a great season!).

Everyone have a great Holiday season if I don't get around here again until after the Holidays.

PSW
12-09-2009, 02:59 PM
Henrion, looks and plays a lot like Thompson, but a bit more physical as a Frosh. Kid is a natural shooter/scorer, whereas, Thompson gets a lot of pucks down low. Can't recall the last offensive forward that laid out so many hits. Henrion was a regular on the USNPDT last yr and as someone noted earlier, the more playing time he gets with solid guys the better. I think he's a bit lost right now, irregular PT.. and for a top end kid.. I just don't think that's what you want.


I don't see Henrion as a natural scorer. His stats out of USNDT are similar to McCarey's (forget EJ the stats).

McCarey - 64g -20g-11a- 31pts
Henrion 58 -19g-12a -31pts
Both can be solid players moving froward but they need to improve. Henrion has not shown much. He has a tough time on the boards breaking the puck out,doesn't make any plays in the neutral zone and offensive zone, not the best skater. Hitting?......he took at bad penlty in UVM game by slashing someone away from the play.
High end player ....not right now...

IrishWildcat
12-09-2009, 03:30 PM
I agree with Magic here. I don't see any reason to change the top two lines. I would put Henrion on the third with Speelman and Borisenok who can both get him the puck. Then Burke goes to the 4th with Manz and Block. McCarey, at this point, looks lost out there and is not a top 12 forward. I would mix Pavelski in with a game here and there at the Whitt where he can really showcase his skating ability.
The real question here is who sits when Krates gets back? All six d-men are playing well right now, and that stared with Kostolansky getting regular playing time. However, Krates is a senior and was a top 3 d-man when he left the lineup.

If held at gunpoint, my answer to that would be Connor Hardowa. Of all the defensive improvement we've seen in the past month, I haven't really noticed him that much from what I've seen. Granted, I didn't make road trips outside of Lowell and Merrimack, so if he showed something in Amherst or at BU that I didn't see, then chalk it up to my lack of seeing anything. But from what I've been able to see...UVM game included (thanks ESPNU :rolleyes: ) Hardowa really hasn't stood out.

RockTheWhit
12-09-2009, 04:38 PM
I don't see Henrion as a natural scorer. His stats out of USNDT are similar to McCarey's (forget EJ the stats).


Good idea to ignore Henrion's Junior Bruins season(as a 16 year old) with 34-19-53 in 45 games:rolleyes: . From watching him in practices and warmups, the kid has one of the best shots on the team. Given the opportunity to play with a passer (like Moses in the Jr. Bruins season I mentioned), he will put up goals. In comparing the play of McCarey and Henrion this year(I'm no scout, but I have been to every UNH game), Henrion brings to the table a great shot along with hustle and grit. McCarey avoids contact, makes panic decisions with the puck that lead to turnovers, and never seems to be in the right position. To me, it seems like he lacks any real hockey sense and I would play Henrion over him every game until their play dictates otherwise.

C-H-C
12-09-2009, 05:03 PM
My vote:
Thompson-DeSimone-Butler
Burke-LeBlanc-Sislo
Speelman-Borisenok-Moses = Ridiculous Speed
Manz-Block-McCarey



How could I have forgotten Henrion!:eek: Sometimes I can be a bit of a dope. As some of my previous posts have said, I think Henrion has a great future. My revised fourth line would be:
Henrion-Block-McCarey/Manz

i'zonprize
12-09-2009, 07:55 PM
I would not sit Hardowa at all.. Big strong kid, keeps his composure and after Kessel, has the second highest plus minus on team. The fact that he hasn't stood out, is probably a good thing! My guess is that Umile would choose mobility.

On Henrion. RTW! He is a top tallent. I hope that he gets more regular PT on the 3rd line most likely, for now.

RockTheWhit
12-09-2009, 08:08 PM
I would not sit Hardowa at all.. Big strong kid, keeps his composure and after Kessel, has the second highest plus minus on team. The fact that he hasn't stood out, is probably a good thing! My guess is that Umile would choose mobility.


That's why it's such a tough call. Obviously Kessel will play. Campanale, Kipp, Kosto, Hardowa and Beck all bring something to the table and are each playing very well at the moment. Earlier in the year I would have guessed Beck to be the odd man out, but he has really picked up his play in the defensive zone the last few weeks.

JB
12-09-2009, 08:19 PM
I would not sit Hardowa at all.. Big strong kid, keeps his composure and after Kessel, has the second highest plus minus on team. The fact that he hasn't stood out, is probably a good thing! My guess is that Umile would choose mobility.

On Henrion. RTW! He is a top tallent. I hope that he gets more regular PT on the 3rd line most likely, for now.

Of the group I think Hardowa is the least moble. His biggest weakness looks to be his skating. There is a reason beyond his size why he gets to keep the front of the net clean and his partner does most of the chasing down low.

From my seat Kessel, Kostolansky, Campanale are in. Beck, Kipp and Hardowa are playing to see who sits when Krates comes back. Tough call and my guess is they will wait for Krates to be "100%" before he comes back. Even after that there will be some rotation to keep guys playing.

UNHhockey29
12-09-2009, 08:23 PM
Of the group I think Hardowa is the least moble. His biggest weakness looks to be his skating. There is a reason beyond his size why he gets to keep the front of the net clean and his partner does most of the chasing down low.

From my seat Kessel, Kostolansky, Campanale are in. Beck, Kipp and Hardowa are playing to see who sits when Krates comes back. Tough call and my guess is they will wait for Krates to be "100%" before he comes back. Even after that there will be some rotation to keep guys playing.

I really can't see Kipp sitting. He's not one of my favorite players but he has been playing pretty well recently and I just can't see coach sitting him.

MagicCat
12-09-2009, 08:51 PM
I agree with RTW, Henrion has one of the best shots ive seen, doesn't need a ton of room to get it off either. Give him someone who can draw a bit of attention and he will put up good numbers. Im not putting stock into McCaret and Henrions stats coming in, just what they have shown at games and practices. McCarey turns the puck over alot, Henrion forechecks extremely hard and lays out good hits in his own zone. I would play him over McCarey until McCarey shows something different.

I also think BECK might be the odd man out. Kostolansky has played well in the time he has been given, Kipp has an outstanding shot, Kessel enough said, Hardowa has been played in every situation doubt coach will sit him. Let Krates get to 100%, and play him taking out whoever is weak and practice following the break.

JB
12-09-2009, 09:10 PM
I really can't see Kipp sitting. He's not one of my favorite players but he has been playing pretty well recently and I just can't see coach sitting him.

I don't disagree that Kipp has been playing well but neither Beck nor Hardowa are playing poorly. With as well as this group has played of late this is a good problem to have. Somebody will probably get dung up making this decision easier, always seems to happen. I do think you could see Kipp, Hardowa and Beck split time.

UNHhockey29
12-10-2009, 06:20 AM
I don't disagree that Kipp has been playing well but neither Beck nor Hardowa are playing poorly. With as well as this group has played of late this is a good problem to have. Somebody will probably get dung up making this decision easier, always seems to happen. I do think you could see Kipp, Hardowa and Beck split time.

It is definately a good problem to have. My only reasoning is I just can't see coach sitting Kipp. I couldn't really tell you why I just don't see him doing it. I wouldn't mind the 3 of them splitting time, healthy competition is always a good thing.

Darius
12-11-2009, 07:21 AM
"...sophomore Matt DiGirolamo in goal tonight..."

http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Allen+Lessels%27+College+Hoc key%3a+UNH%27s+backup+gets+start+tonight&articleId=fbdd3497-3d27-4ecf-8f95-70c6441696bc

Jon
12-11-2009, 12:34 PM
Sooooo, no one is interested in the game tonight? Awesome! Follow the trail of apathy to the Coffin tonight...

Snively65
12-11-2009, 09:12 PM
"...sophomore Matt DiGirolamo in goal tonight..."

http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Allen+Lessels%27+College+Hoc key%3a+UNH%27s+backup+gets+start+tonight&articleId=fbdd3497-3d27-4ecf-8f95-70c6441696bc

Good to see Matt step up tonight for his first win; I only caught the last period on the radio after getting out of class, but sounded like a really good game. Cats have clawed their way to 15th in the PWR, facing three teams ahead of them to begin the new year. Go Cats!

Greg Ambrose
12-11-2009, 09:16 PM
Good to see Matt step up tonight for his first win; I only caught the last period on the radio after getting out of class, but sounded like a really good game. Cats have clawed their way to 15th in the PWR, facing three teams ahead of them to begin the new year. Go Cats!

UNH got outshot tonight, and badly in the third period. Sounds as though opportunistic goals by DeSimone (from Moses) on the shorthand, Butler with 59 seconds left in the second, and Butler with a dagger goal late in the third, PLUS some big time saves from DiGirolamo, saved the day. Great way to go into the break. Just hope they don't lose their edge before the Cornell game.

The Zlax45
12-11-2009, 09:38 PM
UNH got outshot tonight, and badly in the third period. Sounds as though opportunistic goals by DeSimone (from Moses) on the shorthand, Butler with 59 seconds left in the second, and Butler with a dagger goal late in the third, PLUS some big time saves from DiGirolamo, saved the day. Great way to go into the break. Just hope they don't lose their edge before the Cornell game.

PC was the much better team tonight in the first and third periods. UNH got some interesting goals in the second period and some breaks with goals by PC waved off by the officials.

The gap between PC and UNH is not that far at all.

i'zonprize
12-11-2009, 09:50 PM
Actually, looks like the gap is about 13 points, at the break.;)

Interestingly enough, Cornell is ranked in the Top 10 in the USA Today poll, but PWR, which has been the most accurate predictor of the field the last 4-5yrs at least, has Cornell at 18. Both the Coaches poll and the USA Today poll have them at 5. Quite the contrast.