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MarkEagleUSA
03-05-2011, 10:09 PM
A tough way to end your season but I think you've served notice that you'll be a team to be reckoned with in the future. Whittett has done a great job considering what he started with.

All things considered I thought it was a good series. The Bears never quit though they were outplayed for long stretches in both games. Things got a bit physical both ways tonight but nothing overly goonish. Unfortunately you just didnt get the bounces and both of our goalies stood tall.

Best of luck next season!

Onion Man
03-05-2011, 10:11 PM
Cant believe they lost to Quinnipiac. Whatever. I cant wait to see how this team does next year. I hope Quinnipiac does the honorable thing now and beats Yale*

Euler18
03-06-2011, 11:10 AM
Cant believe they lost to Quinnipiac. Whatever. I cant wait to see how this team does next year. I hope Quinnipiac does the honorable thing now and beats Yale*

Quinnipiac deserved to win the series. The Bobcats beat Brown in every key aspect of the game. I was impressed with their speed, tenacity and creativity.

Trying to put the season in perspective, I think Brown made good progress this year. They had some impressive victories in the ECAC, including against Yale and Cornell (twice). The Bears' record against Hockey East teams (1-0-3) was much better than in recent memory. On the nights when they were on their game, the Bears played a very interesting brand of hockey, which the fans have begun to take notice.

Nevertheless, there's still work to do if Brown is to move into the top echelon of the ECAC. The Bears need more consistent goaltending. The defense needs to be more physical. Assuming that Jack Maclellan will return, we'll need two additional natural centers who can create offensive opportunities without forgetting about backchecking, which is key in the Brown center-lock system.

Hopefully most of these issues are being addressed through smart recruiting and will continue to be addressed through effective coaching. I'm confident that the 2011-2012 season will be a turning point for Brown hockey.

Realistically, the 2010-2011 Bears went as far as they could. As Coach Whittet says, it's a process...

Onion Man
03-06-2011, 12:26 PM
Quinnipiac deserved to win the series. The Bobcats beat Brown in every key aspect of the game. I was impressed with their speed, tenacity and creativity.

Trying to put the season in perspective, I think Brown made good progress this year. They had some impressive victories in the ECAC, including against Yale and Cornell (twice). The Bears' record against Hockey East teams (1-0-3) was much better than in recent memory. On the nights when they were on their game, the Bears played a very interesting brand of hockey, which the fans have begun to take notice.

Nevertheless, there's still work to do if Brown is to move into the top echelon of the ECAC. The Bears need more consistent goaltending. The defense needs to be more physical. Assuming that Jack Maclellan will return, we'll need two additional natural centers who can create offensive opportunities without forgetting about backchecking, which is key in the Brown center-lock system.

Hopefully most of these issues are being addressed through smart recruiting and will continue to be addressed through effective coaching. I'm confident that the 2011-2012 season will be a turning point for Brown hockey.

Realistically, the 2010-2011 Bears went as far as they could. As Coach Whittet says, it's a process...

I thought theyd beat Q, but everyone knew this was step 1 in a building process that will hopefully end up with Brown being expected to make it to at least the semis each year with a run at the NCAAs. I love the recruits coming in and think they can build and sustain some success in the near future. The fans will never come, but that's fine. Harvard draws flies, too, but Brown is a very easy school to recruit to and it seems they are on the right track.

kdiff77
03-06-2011, 05:45 PM
One statistic that sticks out to me is penalty minutes: 34 over the two games of this series. You can't win spending a quarter of the series in the box. You just can't. Even if the other team doesn't score on the PP, your best PKers (for us, our best PKers are our best players overall, too) get worn down and simply can't skate with the opponent. Discipline is always a problem with a team that plays our style, but this team can really get out of control at the worst times. This, I think is an area Whittet needs to stress more than any other going forward.

As for the season, I think we met expectations and have a lot of hope going forward. This was a very young team, and the freshmen didn't begin to make significant contributions until late in the season. Brendan is right- this is going to be a long rebuilding (or, I suppose we should just call it "building," because we never had anything in the first place) process that requires patience and optimism. We weren't built to win this year, and we probably won't win a whole lot more next year with the loss of a very solid senior class and the indispensable Harry Zolnierczyk. However, I have faith in Whittet's overall plan, and think that within 5 years, we will be equivalent to Union (rising from the bottom to the top).

And who knows? Maybe another fantastic playoff run like last year's is in the cards.

froze
03-06-2011, 09:50 PM
As for the season, I think we met expectations and have a lot of hope going forward. This was a very young team, and the freshmen didn't begin to make significant contributions until late in the season.

I think that the Freshman class has certainly contributed and become some of the top players.

On D, Robertson was a star early, but I think he took a while to find his "total" game, which he has found and deserves the kudos he has earned. Wahl came on strong in the second half offensively but sometimes that has come with a defensive lapse - still, he is one of the top D-men. Carriere still is trying to adapt to the game, I hope that he can get the balance and confirm his potential.

On F, Hourihan and Hathaway have been really good. I think that Hathaway might be the star of the class at Forward. Juola and Goldberg played some significant shifts and contributed on Offense, I think that they will both develop very well. Siers did not play much, but he is a role-player ("energy guy") moving forward. I really don't have a read on Borge, just hoping he does well.

De Fillippo - again, not much playing time and just hoping he is good. Luckily, Clemente is back next year, but he has been so inconsistent that maybe it would be time to put Borelli or De Fillippo to the test.

With Maclellan (hopefully he does not bolt to pro a year early), plus Buvinow and Clemente as seniors, Zaires as a Junior, and Wahl, Robertson, Hathaway and Hourihan as Sophomores, there is a pretty solid core. Some of the Freshmen will step-up next year and hopefully some others of this year's Freshman and Sophomore class will find their groove.

Brunofan
03-06-2011, 09:59 PM
It was tough checking the scores each night and seeing back to back 4-0 losses! I thought Q was a decent draw for us and the games would be more competitive.....so to that end it was a very disappointing finish to the season.

Season was solid though. A litle inconsistent at times, but a very tough schedule and overall the compete level was there. I think one of the most impressive things has been the development of players like Harry Z and Jack M in Brendan's system. If you had told me 2 seasons ago that we had a Hobey Baker candidate as well as an Ivy League player of the year I wouldn't have believed it.

Ghost of North Main St.
03-07-2011, 06:45 PM
Projo reports that Harry Z. is going to the Flyers.

http://sportsblog.projo.com/2011/03/browns-zolnierc-1.html

Euler18
03-07-2011, 09:12 PM
Projo reports that Harry Z. is going to the Flyers.

http://sportsblog.projo.com/2011/03/browns-zolnierc-1.html

So this means that as a Bruins fan, I now must start hating him :D

Mike Hutter
03-07-2011, 10:53 PM
Projo reports that Harry Z. is going to the Flyers.

http://sportsblog.projo.com/2011/03/browns-zolnierc-1.html

Phantoms have several games remaining against Albany Devils. Looking forward to seeing Harry play, especially with Jeff Prough playing well for Albany.

LTsatch
03-07-2011, 11:03 PM
Cant believe they lost to Quinnipiac. Whatever. I cant wait to see how this team does next year. I hope Quinnipiac does the honorable thing now and beats Yale*

All of your predictions have fallen flat this year Onion Man, might be time to start the off season thread. Have a nice summer, and see you next year!:D

Mike Hutter
03-07-2011, 11:11 PM
As for the season, I think we met expectations and have a lot of hope going forward. This was a very young team, and the freshmen didn't begin to make significant contributions until late in the season. Brendan is right- this is going to be a long rebuilding (or, I suppose we should just call it "building," because we never had anything in the first place) process that requires patience and optimism. We weren't built to win this year, and we probably won't win a whole lot more next year with the loss of a very solid senior class and the indispensable Harry Zolnierczyk. However, I have faith in Whittet's overall plan, and think that within 5 years, we will be equivalent to Union (rising from the bottom to the top).

And who knows? Maybe another fantastic playoff run like last year's is in the cards.

Totally agree. Last year's unexpected success certainly created unrealistic expectations. This year's team, hurt by injuries and lack of depth, played well in stretches but could not keep it up. But the building blocks are there - McClellan, Farnham and Zaires up front; and Buvinow, Carrier and Robertson at D - and with further development of Hourihan and Hathaway, and another strong class recruited by the coaching staff, as I have heard, further progress can be expected. The model is Nate Leaman's work at Union and Brendan is following it. At the very least the excitement is back at Meehan and that is a MAJOR step.

irishfan85
03-07-2011, 11:21 PM
Saw Mark Hourihan play quite a bit at Nobles. How did he look this year?

kdiff77
03-08-2011, 12:03 AM
So this means that as a Bruins fan, I now must start hating him :D

Ditto as a Rangers fan! ;)

It's only a one-year contract; maybe he'll be in a better place next year. Or at least a team I can pull for.

kdiff77
03-08-2011, 12:04 AM
Saw Mark Hourihan play quite a bit at Nobles. How did he look this year?

Started reaaaalllyy slow, but came on very strong towards the end of the year. He looks like a solid, steady, dependable option going forward, and hopefully he finds twine more in the future than this year.

DarthBruno
03-08-2011, 11:27 AM
From today's Brown Daily Herald:

http://www.browndailyherald.com/zolnierczyk-11-signs-nhl-deal-with-flyers-1.2507721

Congrats, Harry!

Euler18
03-09-2011, 09:42 AM
Saw Mark Hourihan play quite a bit at Nobles. How did he look this year?

Mark has good skills and a solid understanding of the game. The jump from prep school directly to Division I hockey is always a big one, but Mark has adjusted well to the college game. He's actually a bit ahead of schedule in his development as a Division I player, which bodes well for his sophomore year and beyond.

vicb
03-10-2011, 05:22 AM
The following have until Friday at 7PM to get their 2nd Round picks into the ECAC Pick The Playoffs

95virago
alslammerz
BigRedBrouhaha
Brett Gobe
Brian Sullivan
burgie12
cnor79
Go Puckman
hawthr
hockeyplayer1015
jmhusker
johnk
Maine-iac
Mike Hutter
Onion Man
Palaeopitus
PutItBackOn
REDaero91
redrocker
Rhamilton
Rjm7272
rockandrock44
slu fan
sshablak
StayPuftMMcu
TchrBill
TheValleyRaider
unionbob
UnionPuckLove
UnionTDX04
vicb
Wholin1

vicb
03-11-2011, 06:14 AM
Less than 13 hours to go to get your picks in. You have until 7PM toknight

Contestant
95virago
Brian Sullivan
burgie12
cnor79
hockeyplayer1015
jmhusker
johnk
Maine-iac
Onion Man
PutItBackOn
redrocker
Rhamilton
rockandrock44
slu fan
StayPuftMMcu
unionbob
UnionPuckLove
UnionTDX04

Euler18
03-11-2011, 11:12 AM
With Tim Army having resigned from Providence College, one would have to assume that Brown excellent first assistant and PC graduate, Jerry Keefe, would be a strong candidate.