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aweise
01-31-2010, 03:11 PM
I'm tempted to say the the post-Thansgiving dive was postponed to MLK weekend. However, I still have faith in this squad, and I expect to see them get back on track. We need to rally behind these guys.

I have faith, too. I said after last weekend that there was plenty of time left in the season and given that it's the ECAC, anything can happen. There's still plenty of time left (though 8 games seems like a lot less than 10) and given how the standings are vacuum-packed, there's still plenty of time to not only finish in the top 4, but maybe even sneak back into first. :eek:

That said, the way they played the past 4 games is disturbing. They should have easily beaten 3 of the 4 teams (I knew we were in trouble once Union was *expected* to win). I get the feeling that success gets to their heads very easily - with a chance to widen their first place lead, they lay two eggs at home and with a 2-0 lead on a "lower-echelon" team, they forget how they played to get that lead and allow Brown to get back into the game...lest we forget lose a point from that.

If I was any player on that team, I'd be prepared for a difficult week of practice.

Dutchfan
01-31-2010, 09:09 PM
Friday and Saturday are going to be big. Clarkson's a mess right now so hopefully the boys can get back on track with that one. The St. Lawrence game is going to be huge standings wise.

ADK11
02-01-2010, 12:01 PM
I have faith, too. I said after last weekend that there was plenty of time left in the season and given that it's the ECAC, anything can happen. There's still plenty of time left (though 8 games seems like a lot less than 10) and given how the standings are vacuum-packed, there's still plenty of time to not only finish in the top 4, but maybe even sneak back into first. :eek:

That said, the way they played the past 4 games is disturbing. They should have easily beaten 3 of the 4 teams (I knew we were in trouble once Union was *expected* to win). I get the feeling that success gets to their heads very easily - with a chance to widen their first place lead, they lay two eggs at home and with a 2-0 lead on a "lower-echelon" team, they forget how they played to get that lead and allow Brown to get back into the game...lest we forget lose a point from that.

If I was any player on that team, I'd be prepared for a difficult week of practice...while I may be prone quickly to jump on the pessimistic "Dr. Doom" bandwagon, I too have faith & hope that things can turn around. The good work over the past couple months has U still in 2nd place and only 2 points out of first. A good weekend would turn things around quick. In the end, the onus is on the offense to get things going again. If U had scored their typical 4-5 goals against Harvard, Dartmouth & Brown (like they should have), the team would be sitting pretty. The talent is there to do this and that's why my expectations are so high. Also agree that Saturday's game is HUGE regardless of what happens on Friday, and have confidence that U's passive play over the weekend will be addressed by the coaches this week in practice. Will be interesting to see if there are any lineup changes made..

GRussinko
02-01-2010, 07:11 PM
Mario Valery-Trabucco and Jason Walters were nominated for the Frozen Four Skills Competition in April. There's an online voting component that factors into who gets selected: http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/

On the women's side, Union's Jackie Koetteritz and RPI's Allison Wright were both nominated.

Here's to a (hopefully) large CD representation in Detroit come April!

OsecnUC
02-01-2010, 07:59 PM
..while I may be prone quickly to jump on the pessimistic "Dr. Doom" bandwagon, I too have faith & hope that things can turn around. The good work over the past couple months has U still in 2nd place and only 2 points out of first. A good weekend would turn things around quick. In the end, the onus is on the offense to get things going again. If U had scored their typical 4-5 goals against Harvard, Dartmouth & Brown (like they should have), the team would be sitting pretty. The talent is there to do this and that's why my expectations are so high. Also agree that Saturday's game is HUGE regardless of what happens on Friday, and have confidence that U's passive play over the weekend will be addressed by the coaches this week in practice. Will be interesting to see if there are any lineup changes made..

There's plenty of room on the bandwagon, ADK...a seat just opened up next to me :rolleyes: . Seriously, though, I have not commented much this year as I was just enjoying sitting back for the ride. Now it's back to nervous energy for almost every game. The ride on the roller coaster continues.

Must agree that the lack of goal scoring is the problem. The quick answer has always been to rip apart the goal tending and D, but if the boys up front are not delivering, the defense and keeping will eventually break down...no matter who the team is. Goal scorers always run hot and cold, and the hope is that cold streaks don't overlap. Right now ours are and there is a bit of a drought. I'm looking for the flood gates to open up again...hopefulyy this weekend.

As far as lineup changes, I don't see Sillery getting the nod this weekend :o . We know who there "players" are. They need to be out there, mixing it up and makking things happen.

GooooooU

Wholin1
02-02-2010, 06:50 PM
I didn't see either game this weekend but at least based on the boxscores and to paraphrase what the coach has said on many occasions, you have to look to your top players to be the best players on the ice in terms of performance. It seems that for whatever reason, that hasn't been the case the past two weekends. Hockey can be as streaky as any game and I have to believe that the top players can and will heat up again, hopefully sooner rather than later.

It's probably coincidence but Union has gone 0-3-1 with Yanovich out of the lineup. :confused:

I think the ship can be righted with a 3 point weekend. I'm worried about both games of course but I think that is attainable.

As an aside, when I get down or upset by the results I read something like this linked story and I realize this is a pretty good bunch of kids who deserve our support.

http://www.unionathletics.com/news/2010/2/2/MICE_0202105013.aspx

SlyFoxMan7
02-04-2010, 12:15 PM
Looking at the goals from last weekend, both of Brown's goals were scrums in front and 3 of 4 of Yale's goals were either short rebounds or a scrum as well.

It looks as though Union's defense needs to get tougher in front of the goal and not let their opponents get position on them. This is something Harvard's defense did really well when they played Union.

The goals can be seen here: http://unionhockey.tumblr.com/

SlyFoxMan7
02-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Throwing down an 11. Nice!

OsecnUC
02-05-2010, 10:13 PM
As far as lineup changes, I don't see Sillery getting the nod this weekend :o .

GooooooU
Boy, I pegged that one! :o

aweise
02-06-2010, 07:16 AM
Throwing down an 11. Nice!

There's breaking out of a scoring slump and there's playing a team that has an injury-plagued roster with 4 healthy defensemen. You saw the latter last night. This is not the same Clarkson team I've been used to for 20 years. It was pretty painful to watch, actually.

That said, it's nice to see some offense and maybe this will be a bit of a turning point. I hope the boys realize it's not going to be like that tonight. SLU looked to be softened up a bit by RPI, but this is a HUGE game for about 12 reasons.

Also, congrats to MVT for a 100-point career! Seemed easy to reach it last night, but it's a testament to his ability to be able to rack up the points in this league.

Goaliefan
02-06-2010, 07:20 AM
There's breaking out of a scoring slump and there's playing a team that has an injury-plagued roster with 4 healthy defensemen. You saw the latter last night. This is not the same Clarkson team I've been used to for 20 years. It was pretty painful to watch, actually.

That said, it's nice to see some offense and maybe this will be a bit of a turning point. I hope the boys realize it's not going to be like that tonight. SLU looked to be softened up a bit by RPI, but this is a HUGE game for about 12 reasons.

Also, congrats to MVT for a 100-point career! Seemed easy to reach it last night, but it's a testament to his ability to be able to rack up the points in this league.
My sentiments exactly. You're much better at articulating it than I. :)

Chefvad
02-06-2010, 02:33 PM
Well, didn't expect to see that last night, didjya?

UnionHockeyManiac
02-06-2010, 03:16 PM
Well that was fun. :)

DavidSec17
02-06-2010, 03:19 PM
Yeah thanks....Interested to see what type of Clarkson team shows up tonight against us after that game last night.:rolleyes:

UnionHockeyManiac
02-06-2010, 03:22 PM
Yeah thanks....Interested to see what type of Clarkson team shows up tonight against us after that game last night.:rolleyes:

D'Amigo, Pirri, and Polacek will all have hat tricks.

GreatLakerMohawk
02-06-2010, 03:24 PM
D'Amigo, Pirri, and Polacek will all have hat tricks.

I hope you're right. If CCT gets thrashed on again tonight, they are dunzo the rest of the year.

OsecnUC
02-06-2010, 09:11 PM
what a nice weekend.:)
I was impressed on the way the boys came out in the 3rd. Leaman must have had some inspiring words between the 2nd qand 3rd. Giving up a go ahead goal just seconds before the intermission would have meant an automatic L in years past. To come back and tie was strong...to win was very impressive especially against a strong team such as SLU. It looks as if the rythm is back and the team leaders have found the net again. Good work this week. time to work just as hard next weekend.

GoooooU!

UnionHockeyManiac
02-06-2010, 09:19 PM
GREAT weekend. Union proved to the rest of the league that they were not ready to roll over and die. We needed to make a statement against Clarkson on Friday and we certainly did that. We needed a win against St. Lawrence due to the fact that we are so close to them in the standings and because they have been on fire recently.

I agree with you, OsecnUC...It was awesome to see Union come from behind and our third period play was very impressive. Let's hope we can keep it up over the final 6 games of the regular season.

FlagDUDE08
02-07-2010, 12:08 AM
Dear Union,

Thank you for beating SLU. You have moved us that much closer to the first round bye. Don't tick off Dartmouth TOO much, as we would like to get a CD sweep out of next weekend.

Yours truly,
RPI's Flag Dude

TimU
02-07-2010, 07:37 AM
I think those Union fans who were hoping RPI would tire out SLU on Friday got their wish. And even though it wasn't pretty for two periods for the home crowd, when SLU started to wear down, your guys pounced.

Good game by Union, and in a lot of ways an equally good, if not better, game by SLU. I thought our guys deserved better, but Union hung in there for forty minutes and played a good third period to take the game away. I thought Vermuelen's goal might be a backbreaker, but Union responded well.