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moko
10-06-2009, 06:30 PM
Here is the new thread. I hope we can at least split our opening weekend.

hockeyplayer1015
10-06-2009, 07:09 PM
Here is the new thread. I hope we can at least split our opening weekend.

UML will be a tough one, for sure. I'm guessing UNO will beat USMA, but I would think Saturday will be a touch easier than the UML game. It'll be interesting to see how the boys fare this weekend.

Side note: It appears I'll be headed home next weekend to catch the RIT/Niagara games since I'm up that way.

bcarlisle
10-06-2009, 08:43 PM
Will Bill Cowan and I be the only SLU fans in Omaha Friday?

Plenty of tickets. Evidently SLU v UML is not yet a big draw in Nebraska.

Got 6, Want More
10-06-2009, 08:47 PM
Will Bill Cowan and I be the only SLU fans in Omaha Friday?

Plenty of tickets. Evidently SLU v UML is not yet a big draw in Nebraska.

I'll be there. At least the officiating should be better and neutral compared to the ECAC!;)

Go Saints!

hockeyguy
10-07-2009, 05:49 AM
I'll be there. At least the officiating should be better and neutral compared to the ECAC!;)

Go Saints!

Sometimes knowing what you have is better than than what you are getting. I have seen some of the CCHA guys not the best refs in the world. It is just as scary out there as it is here. But please let us know how they are. INTERESTED?

critsports
10-07-2009, 09:15 AM
Sometimes knowing what you have is better than than what you are getting. I have seen some of the CCHA guys not the best refs in the world. It is just as scary out there as it is here. But please let us know how they are. INTERESTED?

Asking GOT6 his opinion on referee's is the equivalent of.......well let's just not go there. :D
The only worse thing you could do would be to say ''hey, I hear Obama will be in attendance at the game and rooting for UML!!!!"

Got 6, Want More
10-07-2009, 01:36 PM
Asking GOT6 his opinion on referee's is the equivalent of.......well let's just not go there. :D
The only worse thing you could do would be to say ''hey, I hear Obama will be in attendance at the game and rooting for UML!!!!"

Hogwash. Now if Pelosi was going to be there....:p

No, actually, if we end up playing UNO I fully expect ref screwage (aka Michigan 10/2008!!!!). However, two non-league teams....well, the officiating might be bad but at least it won't be a conspiracy!!!

Muskieman
10-07-2009, 01:53 PM
I remarked in the old thread about the siren being absent during Sunday's game. Here's the answer, from "Casstle of the Saints" Blog in the WDT.
The Blog is a must-read for any Saints' fan. It's at: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/section/saintstothemax

The Silent Siren Speaks
By Daniel J. Cassavaugh
First published: October 06, 2009 at 8:57 pm
Last modified: October 06, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Those attending St. Lawrence's exhibition game with Toronto on Sunday noticed an oddly quiet sound when the Saints skated onto the ice and after each of their two goals.

That air-raid horn that blares at least three times every game, hopefully more, was idle. Not a peep was heard from the thing unless you happened to be inside the building about 90 minutes before game time. It was being tested then, and testing did not go well.

But this was after it was left on for 10 minutes last week during practice.

The thing works by syncing with the goal-light and the scoreboard. When everything reads zeros it goes off. Apparently during a practice (I'm unclear if it was a men's or women's practice) last week, the switch to tell the horn it's game time was left on. When the scoreboard went on for practice, it was at 0:00 and the horn screamed. It also blew the transformer.

So the horn continued to scream.

And scream.

And scream.

Those unfamiliar with old WWII sirens will note that they only get louder and louder. This design was used to warn the community of an impending attack.

Let's pause for a minute and imagine this horn increasing in volume inside an arena. It got so loud that it began to shake the glass. The team which was practicing didn't know how to turn it off, so there was a mad panic to turn the thing off.

And someone finally did, but not before damage was done to it. It had never ran for 10 straight minutes in its entire existence – nearly 60 years.

Today it underwent life-threatening maintenance…. And the surgery took four hours.

They switched it on, and alas, the sweet, sweet siren song. It's ready to go for the next game and the season.

bcarlisle
10-07-2009, 09:27 PM
Agreed. As far as I'm concerned the reffing at Michigan 10/08 cost us an NCAA bid in the first game of the season ( which I believe I posted was a distinct possibity at the to time) We get those 5 unanswered 3rd period penalties back (or whatever it was ) from the CCHA in Ann Arbor and we might have gone into the regionals as a 3 seed.

I'll look for you in Omaha.

hockeyguy
10-08-2009, 05:43 AM
Agreed. As far as I'm concerned the reffing at Michigan 10/08 cost us an NCAA bid in the first game of the season ( which I believe I posted was a distinct possibity at the to time) We get those 5 unanswered 3rd period penalties back (or whatever it was ) from the CCHA in Ann Arbor and we might have gone into the regionals as a 3 seed.

I'll look for you in Omaha.

So as I said the ECAC refs might not be as bad as what you are going to gey out in this showdown

critsports
10-09-2009, 09:35 AM
Wishing Coach Marsh, the coaching staff and all the players "good luck" as they embark on the new season. It is certainly a changed landscape this year and I believe the teams success lies in playing the system and game Coach Marsh has laid out for them.

Best of luck in Omaha and for the rest of the season. Go Saints!!!

bcarlisle
10-09-2009, 07:00 PM
From Qwest Center a few thoughts:

Live Report from. Omaha

Not seeing any of our defensive regulars( miskovic, fensel, generous) out there from last year is a scary thing but other than 2 giveaways - one on a pk, the defense outperformed my expectations.

Shots were even for the game but we really did not have many genuine scoring opportunities (one crossbar and one post though). We were outplayed in the 3rd and I thought that we lacked intensity for much of the game.

I thought Drewiskie had a very good game Kyle Flanagan played well. And give Lowell credit. Their goalie shut us down. Disapointibg score but glad to see the Saints in action.

Petizian had a good game -- he just didn't get the offensive help he needed.

There are 5 players here who didn't dress tonight. I'll bet they'll be out there tomorrow.

Beautiful facility by the way.

I'll be rooting for Army in half an hour.

At least 5 players

bcarlisle
10-09-2009, 09:27 PM
SLU will have to step it up tomorrow. No matter who they play. Army and UNO both looking great in a barnburner. UNO just goes ahead 5-4 with 9 to go. This game is being played at way faster pace than UML game. Crowd making a big difference. I think Id rather we play UNO so we can draw some energy from the crowd.

critsports
10-09-2009, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the update Bruce. I listened to most of the game on the radio and it sounded as if the offensive chances were pretty limited.

Considering all the scoring we graduated, scoring could be an issue this year. Not that I would expect anything different but Joe seemed pleased by what he said in the post game comments. UML is loaded this year and even though it's early........if we could skate with them and stay with them, then that is a positive sign. I saw an interview where Jack Parker from BU said UML was the favorite in Hockey East.

Wish I was there and please give us another update after tomorrow's game.

FireKnight
10-10-2009, 01:38 AM
Besides a Clarkson alum, I'm also an Army season ticket holder. Don't look past Army guys. Their top line of Cefchilk, Omilusk, and Meyer could play on any team in the ECAC. They will be disciplined throughout and their fourth line will grind at SLU's best players if they can get the line changes to work out. Clark and Spracklen are very good between the pipes too (I'd imagine you'll see Spracklen Saturday).

The Army team lacks depth and defense. If SLU can pressure their 2nd and 3rd lines, they should do well.

TimU
10-10-2009, 09:10 AM
I was hoping the Saints could be competitive with Lowell, and it sound like they were. No reason to sweat non-conference losses too much this season - I take this game as a positive. With all the changes and youth, SLU will almost certainly get better as the season goes on. If they can hang with a team as experienced and talented as Lowell in their first game, I think it bodes well for the rest of the year. It would have been nice to avoid the shutout, but it sounds like Lowell's goalie just played great at the beginning, and SLU strayed from the game plan just a little as the game went on, which is probably to be expected in this type of matchup at this time of year.

Go get 'em tonight.

Got 6, Want More
10-10-2009, 12:27 PM
First period was good for SLU. Second period pretty good and third period was not sharp at all and I think showed signs of frustration.ey

Bottom line is that if you can't score you are not going to win. Petizian was pretty good. He was caught by surprise on the first goal because I think he though Caister was going to clear and almost did and it was in the back of the net 3 seconds later. Second one even Patrick Roy wouldn't have stopped as Torney got caught up ice and it turned into a 2 on 1 on Hughes where the guy just drilled the puck. Defensively, I was pretty happy. I thought both Hughes and Child played pretty well. Raley took a couple of dumb penalties (don't recall if he got caught for both of them). Offensively, the score tells the story. We got lots of zone time. Forecheck looked pretty good. Guys worked hard but there was zero finish. Give credit to Lowell there...they are a pretty good team and packed it in pretty well. Their goalie was huge size wise which also helped him play huge. The bright spots up front for me were Drewiske...really that whole line but him in particular. He was flying. Pitsikoulis looked as good as I have ever seen him play but did have one bad turnover. Flanagan is a heck of a player. He can make plays and passes. He will be a good one!! Our PP....I don't get it...we have skill, we have some scorers, but it just is not clicking still.

I am sure everyone else that made the trip will play tonight. Carden might have played yesterday but I think was sore. Not exactly sure what changes will be made.

I didn't see the Army - UNO game as I went to Lincoln with Hurley and one of the Lowell coaches (Shawn McEarchren) to see a USHL game. That place was NUTS....my word...what an atmosphere.

Did get some good news on some additional commitments on the drive...Chris Martin who played in Kanata and is now with Indiana in the USHL and D-man Riley Austen for 2011 from N. Ontario Lindsay Muskies. That is shaping up to be a good class with Wick, Logue, Stevenson, Baker, Martin, Essery, Vangog and now Austen for 2011.

Finally, because I am me, must comment about the officiating. It was good. Total non-factor. Thought the call on Flanny was weak as the guy was going down anyway, but it was a pretty well called game. The linesman sucked though and missed a couple of big calls on the blueline.

We will have our hands full with Army from what I heard. Heard they were sharp and played well and just fell apart at the end. Need to come out of here with a split and need to put the puck in the net. Would be a mistake to look past Army for sure and until we start scoring some goals we can't look past anyone, anyway!! It is too early for me to say this but I am wondering already about the d-men for the PP. That is where we really missed those four last night IMHO!

Muskieman
10-10-2009, 02:14 PM
Did get some good news on some additional commitments on the drive...Chris Martin who played in Kanata and is now with Indiana in the USHL and D-man Riley Austen for 2011 from N. Ontario Lindsay Muskies. That is shaping up to be a good class with Wick, Logue, Stevenson, Baker, Martin, Essery, Vangog and now Austen for 2011.

In addition for those who may not yet know, Sean Flanagan is taking a medical redshirt this season and is expected to return next season for his final year.

bcarlisle
10-10-2009, 07:51 PM
Saints played a very strong game against a very good Army team. Tisi was very solid in net. I thought Derek Keller rocked on defense. Child looked good. The defense looked far better organized tonight and our forwards were finishing. We could hace easily scored 2-3 more goals. Curran had a great chance that skittered wide. The second Army goal happened on a 5 on 3 with two saints ayi g without sticks. In other words 5 sticks against 1. The PK looked good. I see a lot of hope for a decent season. But it sure is hard getting used to a whole new set of jersey numbers. I'd gotten to the point where I figured miskovic and 77 and 3 would be backstopping us forever.

Side notes:

1 I think UNO may be a power to contend with nationally in coming years. The facility is as nice and new aNd friendly as any I've seen. With Dean Blais, I think they'll soon be a perennial contender.

2 Lowell doesn't look to me like a #11 team to me ( despite being ahead 2-1 as I write this. )

Saints17
10-11-2009, 06:32 PM
I had a chance last evening to watch Colgate vs RIT on TV. I hope the Saints will be ready for RIT, they look big and very physical.
I am looking forward to catching my first games of the season next weekend.