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DrDemento
09-17-2010, 01:03 PM
The biggest question mark I see this year (aside from the unknown freshmen) is Tyler Helfrich. What sort of shape will he be in this year? Will he finish out his tenure strong? Is it just a downhill ride from the freshman year high?

Very important point. A lot of offensive problems can disappear if he can put it all together this year.

jmhusker
09-17-2010, 01:27 PM
I'll take functionality over fashion seven days a week and twice on Sundays.
Me too. That doesn't make me want to buy a half painted car though.

Let's assume that you are right and there is a functional reason though. Why were we the only team with this design? Clearly this issue is crying out for a WAP expose. :p

IMO
09-17-2010, 02:28 PM
Very important point. A lot of offensive problems can disappear if he can put it all together this year.

Doc you have been right on with all your assessments today:) . I don't have a crystal ball but I do have a strong feeling Tyler comes to play-stays health and helps this team in a huge way offensively. I agree Kerrins is a huge loss. PC and AAG will have to step it up! Drop the puck :D !

DrDemento
09-17-2010, 02:47 PM
I can see it now: RPI dominates non-conference play, ECAC skaters remain at least 3 feet away from LeBoeuf, and special guest [insert clothing designer here] to discuss the look of RPI's uniforms. :rolleyes:

I, in turn, don't care how the team looks at first glance, heck I wouldn't care if they wore camisoles and thongs (OK by that point I'd probably stick to exclusively radio broadcasts), if they can check the other team hard and put the puck in the net, at the end of the day, I'm satisfied.

You should have seen the uniforms from back in the early sixties-they looked like red pajamas. :eek:

DrDemento
09-17-2010, 02:47 PM
Doc you have been right on with all your assessments today:) . I don't have a crystal ball but I do have a strong feeling Tyler comes to play-stays health and helps this team in a huge way offensively. I agree Kerrins is a huge loss. PC and AAG will have to step it up! Drop the puck :D !

Thank you-I do have my lucid intervals. ;)

Ralph Baer
09-17-2010, 02:48 PM
You should have seen the uniforms from back in the early sixties-they looked like red pajamas. :eek:

I always described them as Santa Claus suits. :)

DrDemento
09-17-2010, 02:49 PM
I always described them as Santa Claus suits. :)

That is also a good description-I don't have a picture to post but they were very different than what teams wear today.

Red Cloud
09-17-2010, 03:42 PM
I, in turn, don't care how the team looks at first glance, heck I wouldn't care if they wore camisoles and thongs (OK by that point I'd probably stick to exclusively radio broadcasts),

You're banned for the next week.

AspyDad
09-17-2010, 03:44 PM
We'll be fine. If they try to mug CP, which they will, this will create room for Cullen, Ty, Johnny Rocket and others. College Hockey News has us as a team to watch (even after departures) and I think they are right. Everyone is in the same boat w departures, graduations. The senior class is much more talented than last year's and as SA always states, "you win with upperclassmen". We have to peak at the right time. I think we peaked too early last year.

AspyDad
09-17-2010, 03:46 PM
You're banned for the next week.

Was FD08 banned after the Cornell girl thing rolleyes: ?

FlagDUDE08
09-17-2010, 04:31 PM
While I work on the other foot, a new Puckman commercial is out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wpYyUxyPkE

Havasu M
09-17-2010, 04:34 PM
Finally, tickets for AC have arrived. Section 121. Could be a great road trip with home ice ( maybe a 3 seed?) the week before and then a trip to South Jersey. Tomorrow Colorado tickets.

Havasu M
09-17-2010, 04:39 PM
What do you want to know?

Sheer Idiocy, the Rensselyrics, and the Pep Band all performed (very well, too). The freshmen men also sang the fight song (not as well).

There was an LED countdown clock (which was a nice new addition from two years ago).

Red Army bought over 60 tickets, completely selling out Section 33.

All of the coaches and players were in attendance (as far as I could tell), and I had good conversations with Coach Burke, Coach Appert, and JFK.

Hockey Line for student season tickets?

jstadts
09-17-2010, 08:21 PM
I just took a look at last years stats and came to the conclusion that scoring is going to be hard to come by this year.I am however not going to wet the bed over it:D

Here goes. With Pirri, D`amigo and keirns on the team and playing regularly RPI was 5 wins 5 ties and 15 losses in games where RPI scored three or fewer goals. Of the combined 20 ties and losses RPI blew a lead at some point in the game 10 times. It is hard to believe that RPI will be better offensively without those three so that is going to put a ton of pressure on the Defense and goaltending. The bright side of all these seemingly negative stats is that despite a poor record in low scoring games RPI was a mere 2 points away from a first round bye that I felt strongly at the time and still feel would have made a huge difference in the post season last year. Modest improvement from all departments would probably get us the bye and a much better chance at making it to Atlantic City.Significant regression in any area will likely get us last years playoff results.

NYhockeyguy
09-17-2010, 08:29 PM
I just took a look at last years stats and came to the conclusion that scoring is going to be hard to come by this year.I am however not going to wet the bed over it:D

Here goes. With Pirri, D`amigo and keirns on the team and playing regularly RPI was 5 wins 5 ties and 15 losses in games where RPI scored three or fewer goals. Of the combined 20 ties and losses RPI blew a lead at some point in the game 10 times. It is hard to believe that RPI will be better offensively without those three so that is going to put a ton of pressure on the Defense and goaltending. The bright side of all these seemingly negative stats is that despite a poor record in low scoring games RPI was a mere 2 points away from a first round bye that I felt strongly at the time and still feel would have made a huge difference in the post season last year. Modest improvement from all departments would probably get us the bye and a much better chance at making it to Atlantic City.Significant regression in any area will likely get us last years playoff results.

Good Job Jstadts :)

Havasu M
09-17-2010, 10:04 PM
Offense will be fine. defense will be better. No dis to Brutlag but the offense will be better with him all year and the defense will be better without him. As everyone has mentioned AAG Cullen Helfich & co will have to pick it up. I think we will be pleasantly surprised with Freshmen scoring not to the extent of Piiri & D'Amigo but there are a lot of them and some one or two will shine. D will be much more mobile and a bigger help on the PP. The most significant factor not mentioned is that the league seems to be weak esp in scoring. Harvard w/o Louie L Cornell w/o Nash and grads will be scrambling for any goals. SLU lost a lot. Brown for all its late season playoff success has to replace Volpatti and a third of their weak offense. Yale will score but needs a Goalie & d and after them nobody really stands out. If RPI improves 2 pts we are looking at home ice . IMO

Ralph Baer
09-17-2010, 10:46 PM
Offense will be fine. defense will be better. No dis to Brutlag but the offense will be better with him all year and the defense will be better without him. As everyone has mentioned AAG Cullen Helfich & co will have to pick it up. I think we will be pleasantly surprised with Freshmen scoring not to the extent of Piiri & D'Amigo but there are a lot of them and some one or two will shine. D will be much more mobile and a bigger help on the PP. The most significant factor not mentioned is that the league seems to be weak esp in scoring. Harvard w/o Louie L Cornell w/o Nash and grads will be scrambling for any goals. SLU lost a lot. Brown for all its late season playoff success has to replace Volpatti and a third of their weak offense. Yale will score but needs a Goalie & d and after them nobody really stands out. If RPI improves 2 pts we are looking at home ice . IMO

Good point about the league overall being weak in scoring.

Ralph Baer
09-17-2010, 11:01 PM
In honor of Justin Smith and Clare Padmore, today is 18 September 2010. There are 17 days until RPI's next game.


This is based upon 5 October for the start of next season.

FlagDUDE08
09-17-2010, 11:19 PM
Just had a chance to listen to the 2nd half of the podcast (first half I heard live), and once again, a terrific job. Gary seemed a little soft compared to Tom in volume, but as always, the content I found to be very informative. Nona's name certainly will be a mouthful. ;)

DrDemento
09-18-2010, 06:31 AM
For those interested-RPI football on the road today at 1PM. Real test for the young defense coming up as Utica has scored 78 and 59 in their first 2 games. WRPI will be broadcasting the game as usual. RPI is currently 1-0 after defeating Endicott 6-3 last week.