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sterlippo1
08-23-2010, 12:08 PM
It looks great so far! One thing I noticed last year from attending all the home games was the change in the student section, they were much louder and there were a lot more of them at HE games. Now that they have their own section directly behind the goal, I can forsee it being tougher mentally for opposing goalies to ignore them haha.

it's funny what a pretty good team will do for you, huh?;) i've followed since i moved up here 10 years or so ago. good things happening now:)

C-H-C
08-24-2010, 09:44 PM
One of your recruits, Matt Cronin, was traded to the Westside Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League:
http://www.westsidewarriors.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=1414&leagueID=3597&page=46206
He will be playing with UNH recruit Grayson Downing.

WarriorDJ
08-24-2010, 10:38 PM
One of your recruits, Matt Cronin, was traded to the Westside Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League:
http://www.westsidewarriors.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=1414&leagueID=3597&page=46206
He will be playing with UNH recruit Grayson Downing.
Thanks for the heads up! This is interesting from Merrimack's perspective given that the team coach is former assistant MC coach Darren Yopyk and the new assistant coach in Westside is a member of Merrimack's All-Decade Team: Brent Gough.

This will allow for another interesting pairing: Cronin and fellow Merrimack recruit defenseman Izaak Berglund who played his first year in the BCHL last season.

C-H-C
08-25-2010, 07:47 AM
Thanks for the heads up! This is interesting from Merrimack's perspective given that the team coach is former assistant MC coach Darren Yopyk and the new assistant coach in Westside is a member of Merrimack's All-Decade Team: Brent Gough.

This will allow for another interesting pairing: Cronin and fellow Merrimack recruit defenseman Izaak Berglund who played his first year in the BCHL last season.
Hopefully, Coach Yopyk and his assistants will guide the development of these recruits while keeping them relatively content. With these kids playing on the other side of the continent from Hockey East, there is always a concern that they will renege on their commitment. For example, there is the lure of the Kelowna Rockets, the major junior team just across the lake from the Westside Warriors.

Salvo1017
08-25-2010, 08:39 AM
Is this cool/fall weather making anyone else itch for hockey? Makes me want to come out of hibernation early :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33wPudAT4x8&feature=related

WarriorDJ
08-25-2010, 10:16 AM
Hopefully, Coach Yopyk and his assistants will guide the development of these recruits while keeping them relatively content. With these kids playing on the other side of the continent from Hockey East, there is always a concern that they will renege on their commitment. For example, there is the lure of the Kelowna Rockets, the major junior team just across the lake from the Westside Warriors.
There is always a risk that recruits will jump ship for the WHL, CHL QMJHL etc, but I know recently, Merrimack has built their team on these far away recruits in the BCHL and AJHL. To name a few Kyle Bigos, Chris Barton, Jordan Heywood, Karl Stollery, Mike Collins, Jesse Todd and Brendan Ellis.

Plus it is an advantage for two advocates of college hockey in Yopyk and Gough to have a hand in their development.

Salvo1017
08-26-2010, 09:11 PM
Rene Rancourt will be singing the National Anthem at Lawler on October 16th

http://merrimackathletics.com/sports/mice/2010-11/releases/Promo_Schedule_201011

sterlippo1
08-27-2010, 06:12 AM
you probably don't need any sort of promotion to fill the place on October 30th, Halloween or no Halloween:)

WarriorDJ
08-28-2010, 10:06 AM
I am intrigued for February 12 and the Merrimack Hall of Fame Weekend.
http://merrimackathletics.com/sports/mice/2010-11/releases/Promo_Schedule_201011

Here is the question: which Merrimack hockey players (D1 or D2) should be in the Hall of Fame?

Salvo1017
09-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Merrimack football kicks off today in Stony Brook PA! Not that slightly half of hockey east knows anything about college football.

ChiefWahoo
09-05-2010, 06:38 PM
Merrimack football kicks off today in Stony Brook PA! Not that slightly half of hockey east knows anything about college football.

Especially D2 College Football. :D

sterlippo1
09-05-2010, 06:45 PM
Merrimack football kicks off today in Stony Brook PA! Not that slightly half of hockey east knows anything about college football.

this half does and i do watch what MC football is doing.........

WarriorDJ
09-05-2010, 07:54 PM
this half does and i do watch what MC football is doing.........
I'm more of a hockey fan than a football fan (wouldn't be in the fan forum otherwise, right? :D ) but it was really impressive to see QB James Suozzo run for 4 TDs. He is a great athlete...

On the hockey side of things, let's talk lines: who do you pair Da Costa with this season to start things off?

Federal League
09-05-2010, 08:31 PM
On the hockey side of things, let's talk lines: who do you pair Da Costa with this season to start things off?

Barton's an obvious choice since they were together almost all of last season. Putting Brodhag on RW would make a pretty nasty line, but I think Brodhag played with Cucci most of last season, so Dennehy might wanna keep him on the 2nd line. If I'm not mistaken, Velleca played on the top line quite a bit, so I guess that could work again.

WarriorDJ
09-05-2010, 09:29 PM
Barton's an obvious choice since they were together almost all of last season. Putting Brodhag on RW would make a pretty nasty line, but I think Brodhag played with Cucci most of last season, so Dennehy might wanna keep him on the 2nd line. If I'm not mistaken, Velleca played on the top line quite a bit, so I guess that could work again.
Three ten goal scorers on one line sounds like a win-win :D . Velleca (8 goals) will definitely be in the mix too, he offers a ton of speed on the wing to take lead passes from Barton or Da Costa.

The second line is a tough one to discern, you have to think Cucci sticks as the center there with Brodhag/Velleca filling out one wing and then possibly Jesse Todd or Mike Collins rounding it out. Collins is a finisher, no doubt but Todd has a big frame and has two years under his belt with Dennehy.

Salvo1017
09-07-2010, 12:22 PM
Three ten goal scorers on one line sounds like a win-win :D . Velleca (8 goals) will definitely be in the mix too, he offers a ton of speed on the wing to take lead passes from Barton or Da Costa.

The second line is a tough one to discern, you have to think Cucci sticks as the center there with Brodhag/Velleca filling out one wing and then possibly Jesse Todd or Mike Collins rounding it out. Collins is a finisher, no doubt but Todd has a big frame and has two years under his belt with Dennehy.

Have to agree, have to think that Cucci would stay there and they'll be some battles for the other spots. We've seen in the past that Dennehy isn't afraid to mix things up.

boblav1
09-09-2010, 12:02 PM
FYI -The Heisenberg site is showing another recruit for 2011 or 2012.
Dan Kolomatis-RD Tri-City (USHL) 6' 170 5-11-91

Hokydad
09-09-2010, 12:05 PM
FYI -The Heisenberg site is showing another recruit for 2011 or 2012.
Dan Kolomatis-RD Tri-City (USHL) 6' 170 5-11-91

Very nice kid and a very good player. Will add some offensive punch on the power play. Would have been top 2 in Chicago this year but when Kevin Lind left early and went to Notre Dame, Tri City exercised their trade agreement and pulled him over.

WarriorDJ
09-09-2010, 12:18 PM
Very nice kid and a very good player. Will add some offensive punch on the power play. Would have been top 2 in Chicago this year but when Kevin Lind left early and went to Notre Dame, Tri City exercised their trade agreement and pulled him over.
Interesting, good to see Dennehy go after another strong offensive defenseman! Given that he is a '91 do you see him adding more height/muscle to that frame before he arrives on campus?

Hokydad
09-09-2010, 12:37 PM
Interesting, good to see Dennehy go after another strong offensive defenseman! Given that he is a '91 do you see him adding more height/muscle to that frame before he arrives on campus?

I would guess he would play at his current weight, maybe add 7-10 tops. His game is speed and quickness. Different than a lot of the d Dennehy has been bringing in size wise.

This is him with Steel last year scoring on power play. Last game of year, out of playoffs,a little sloppy. He is number 22

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOlYhSrdRWE

His older brother David went the major junior route, late draft pick and played with Manchester Monarchs last season in AHL. Dman with good success last year.