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MCHOCKEY
02-27-2010, 08:48 AM
Wow...as a Merrimack grad and a fan of a team that I've followed for nearly 20 years, I must admit that I haven't been this excited about this team in a VERY long time, if ever. As of this morning, Merrimack sits only 1 point out of a home playoff position, have a 5-1-1 record over their last 7 (when it means most) and have arguably the best freshman, not only in Hockey East, but in the country. Da Costa has sparked this team more than any player in memory. The way he can move from end to end so effortlessly, leaving defenders and goalies in his wake, is amazing...I know he is at the top of the list for a lot of the scouts at the games, but I hope he stays for at least 1 or 2 more years and shows what MC can do. Coach D has been amazing in his recruiting efforts, and this one is the TOP of the list. Cream of the crop in the country, and he ended up at Mack.

3 games to go...at home against Maine and Providence and on the road against Providence..if they can squeeze 4 more points out this season, they have a shot at having a home playoff game, where they currently have one of the best home records in the country!!! CRAZY TIMES AT THE 'MACK!!!

GO WARRIORS!!!

WildShawn
02-27-2010, 09:05 AM
its about time someone started a(nother) Merrimack thread!

http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?t=86185
http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?t=89081

WarriorDJ
02-27-2010, 09:29 AM
The most important factor to having a chance at home ice will be taking care of business against cellar-dweller Providence. If we don't sweep that series, I don't think we will have home ice.

With that said, one game at a time--Maine will be hungry on Saturday night, and judging from the chippy play that ended last night's game--there could be a lot of players in the box tonight.

LET'S GO MACK!

WildShawn
02-27-2010, 09:48 AM
judging from the chippy play that ended last night's game--there could be a lot of players in the box tonight.

LET'S GO MACK!

Especially with hacks like Bigos out there, and MC running goaltenders at every opportunity. Of course if Maine had any stones, they wouldn't stand for it, but the BlueBear fans have established that they don't...

Hokydad
02-27-2010, 10:00 AM
nice win
That is 11 out of last 14 Hockey East points. 5-1-1. Best 7 game stretch in the history of MC in Hockey East games.

Had 9 power plays, 40 shots and MC still won...

Tonight should be fun to watch.

NMU8405
02-27-2010, 11:19 AM
nice win
That is 11 out of last 14 Hockey East points. 5-1-1. Best 7 game stretch in the history of MC in Hockey East games.

Had 9 power plays, 40 shots and MC still won...

Tonight should be fun to watch.

Still lost 10 out of 11 earlier in the season. Its a nice run, but I dont see this going too far.

Hokydad
02-27-2010, 11:31 AM
its not earlier in the season, in hockey momentum is everything.

NUMcNeely
02-27-2010, 11:51 AM
I love seeing the mack succeeding, given the struggles of the program, it's a really cool story. after the huskies the mack is easily my 2nd favorite team, best of luck the rest of the season, god i hope you guys get to go to the garden.:)

WildShawn
02-27-2010, 12:08 PM
Still lost 10 out of 11 earlier in the season. Its a nice run, but I dont see this going too far.

That has absolutly nothing to do with the run that they're on right now.

WarriorHockey11
02-27-2010, 01:25 PM
i dont know whats the maine fans deal with this running goalies bs, first people who have claimed that all season, maybe its cuz their defensmen ran our player into their tender... anyways, you have to love the way the team is playing right now, and the way Da Costa simply takes over the game at the end seemingly every game now its truly incredible, hes made huge playes in the final minutes of every game he has played over the last 3 weeks and the goal last night as well as his final assist were flat out amazing. Home ice is in our sights and if we get that i would bet we are the last team other than BC that anyone wants to play in the hockey east playoffs.

John_Fuller
02-27-2010, 01:34 PM
For both Merrimack Valley teams, home ice can't be put into discussion until they both play and win their respective games tonight. Also, a large factor that can't be controlled is the result of the BU/UVM game tomororw that will determine both team's chancees. Wins by both Lowell and Merrimack and a UVM win tomorrow afternoon dramatically improve the oods for both teams to not only get home ice, but to play each other, (I'd have to check but this may be the first time that Lowell/Merrimack would play in the playoffs as DI teams)

The Maine/Merrimack game will actually dictate if third place is in danger as seven teams can still finish either third or ninth. Given the way Merrimack has played at home and Maine dismal road record this year I would have to say Merrimack has an excellent chance of sweeping tonight and more importantly taking the season series, if they can cut down on penalities. Going to the box eight times at home is not a way to live aganist the Black Bears who have made a living scoring power play goals.

Trust me, if Lowell wasn't playing tonight, like four other teams, I would have most likely found my way at the Mack tonight. Going to be one hell of a game.

Onion Man
02-27-2010, 02:06 PM
its not earlier in the season, in hockey momentum is everything.

Momentum? Didn't MC just get demolished 7-0 by Boston College two games ago? Anyhow, it's great to see the Warriors doing so well. Who would have thought the toughest road points in Hockey East this year would be at the Volpe?

WildShawn
02-27-2010, 02:27 PM
Momentum? Didn't MC just get demolished 7-0 by Boston College two games ago? Anyhow, it's great to see the Warriors doing so well. Who would have thought the toughest road points in Hockey East this year would be at the Volpe?

Well, in theory, UNH hasn't lost at home in Hockey East (yet), so....
But MC is 5-1-1 in their last 7 league games, I'd say thats momentum, despite losing one game without their best player and one of the best in the league....

ScottK
02-27-2010, 02:36 PM
Wins by both Lowell and Merrimack and a UVM win tomorrow afternoon dramatically improve the oods for both teams to not only get home ice, but to play each other, (I'd have to check but this may be the first time that Lowell/Merrimack would play in the playoffs as DI teams)

Lowell beat Merrimack in the quarterfinals 2 games to none in 1994.

Ryecheers
02-27-2010, 02:53 PM
Coach D has been amazing in his recruiting efforts, and this one is the TOP of the list. Cream of the crop in the country, and he ended up at Mack.

GO WARRIORS!!!

I believe that if you check, you'll find that Albie O'Connell had a lot to do with finding and recruiting DaCosta, Bigos as well as Mike Collins, who will be coming next year. Albie, of course, is trying to do the same thing at Northeastern. Merrimack has some very good recruits coming next year, especially on defense where they will really be useful.

Patronick
02-27-2010, 03:06 PM
Anyone else wish to acknowledge the elephant in the room?

2-14-1 in games away from Lawler Arena.

MCHOCKEY
02-27-2010, 03:10 PM
I believe that if you check, you'll find that Albie O'Connell had a lot to do with finding and recruiting DaCosta, Bigos as well as Mike Collins, who will be coming next year. Albie, of course, is trying to do the same thing at Northeastern. Merrimack has some very good recruits coming next year, especially on defense where they will really be useful.


Sorry Ryecheers...I should have said Coach D's staff. My bad.

MCHOCKEY
02-27-2010, 03:11 PM
Anyone else wish to acknowledge the elephant in the room?

2-14-1 in games away from Lawler Arena.

Which is why home ice is so important.

MCHOCKEY
02-27-2010, 03:13 PM
Lowell beat Merrimack in the quarterfinals 2 games to none in 1994.

Thanks for the memories Scott.

Eaglefan06
02-27-2010, 04:13 PM
I would love to see the Mack make the playoffs with home ice advantage. It would be great for the program.

I would love for Providence to be able to have a resurgance like Merrimack is doing this year, next year. It would do wonders for the league and College hockey in the Northeast.