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Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 05:53 AM
Fresh off a shootout win against the US Junior team, RPI will ring in the New Year in Alabama. This is RPI's second trip to Huntsville. Previously, RPI swept UAH in the 1991-92 season.

rvd5star69
12-20-2010, 08:52 AM
Fresh off a shootout win against the US Junior team, RPI will ring in the New Year in Alabama. This is RPI's second trip to Huntsville. Previously, RPI swept UAH in the 1991-92 season.

We must win both these games if we want any shot at an at large bid.

turk181
12-20-2010, 09:13 AM
We must win both these games if we want any shot at an at large bid....agreed, we can't afford to loose to UA-H (see Unions fall in KRACH) but at what cost. Does Allen start both games? That was another scarey moment at the end of the US game when he laid on the ice after doing the splits on a great save. This seems to be the last chance to get Bryce into a game not only for his confidence but also for the team's confidence in him. Last year when Allen got hurt in the 4-3 loss to Dart. we subsequentley went 2-5-1 the rest of the way (including the Dart. loss).

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 09:15 AM
I am still quite surprised that Merriam didn't play half of the game yesterday, and I agree that it makes sense for him to play one of the games at UAH.

FlagDUDE08
12-20-2010, 10:02 AM
I am still quite surprised that Merriam didn't play half of the game yesterday, and I agree that it makes sense for him to play one of the games at UAH.

After the UCONN game, I wouldn't be surprised if York plays both.

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 10:06 AM
After the UCONN game, I wouldn't be surprised if York plays both.

Merriam did not have a great game against UConn, but he won't be able to regain confidence by not playing.

Wholin1
12-20-2010, 10:18 AM
I am still quite surprised that Merriam didn't play half of the game yesterday, and I agree that it makes sense for him to play one of the games at UAH.
Beg to differ, Ralph. As long as York is physically OK, I would keep him going and reserve Merriam perhaps for some mopup duty. York is a big strong kid who can handle the work so I'd stick with him and keep him sharp as the ECAC push approaches. Of course, if anyone knows how to handle goalies I would imagine it's Appert. JMO.

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 10:22 AM
Beg to differ, Ralph. As long as York is physically OK, I would keep him going and reserve Merriam perhaps for some mopup duty. York is a big strong kid who can handle the work so I'd stick with him and keep him sharp as the ECAC push approaches. Of course, if anyone knows how to handle goalies I would imagine it's Appert. JMO.

Mop up duty seems to be pretty rare these days, as there are very few routs. I am not concerned about York being able to handle the load; I am just concerned about what would happen if Merriam had to step in cold, like many of us thought was going to happen yesterday.

I wonder if SA feels that he was treated correctly when he was playing.

FlagDUDE08
12-20-2010, 10:26 AM
Mop up duty seems to be pretty rare these days, as there are very few routs. I am not concerned about York being able to handle the load; I am just concerned about what would happen if Merriam had to step in cold, like many of us thought was going to happen yesterday.

I wonder if SA feels that he was treated correctly when he was playing.

Maybe there's also a feeling that, because he tried this (splitting shifts) the past few years and it hasn't really worked out for us, that it's best to keep the dice with your go-to guy. Remember, Coach rotated goalies in his first 3 years, and they (aside from the playoff run when he pretty much said "Allen, we're going with you") were abysmal years in that area.

DrDemento
12-20-2010, 11:07 AM
Mop up duty seems to be pretty rare these days, as there are very few routs. I am not concerned about York being able to handle the load; I am just concerned about what would happen if Merriam had to step in cold, like many of us thought was going to happen yesterday.

I wonder if SA feels that he was treated correctly when he was playing.

Could not agree more-we have 2 games left that do not count in the ECAC standings. I was amazed that coach SA risked York for the full game yesterday. He certainly can handle the work load-but an injury in a non counted game is just senseless. Glad we won of course-but if we had lost York for the season how would everyone have felt then? I suggest York play game 1 if healthy at UAH and be relieved only if we can put it out of reach. Perhaps start game 2 with the same intent. I would only allow him to play both entire games if they are close into the third periods only. Bryce needs some time in net-but only if we can get and hold a decent lead. Once the ECAC schedule starts-you ride the horse you rode in on. We have a chance at being an NCAA tournament team this year with an at large bid-something we could not have said in a long time.

Wholin1
12-20-2010, 01:22 PM
Bryce needs some time in net-but only if we can get and hold a decent lead.
That's the definition of mop up duty in my book. ;)

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 02:03 PM
That's the definition of mop up duty in my book. ;)

Isn't mop up duty when the other team has the decent lead? :p

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 02:04 PM
Any UAH posters out there?

Wholin1
12-20-2010, 02:07 PM
Isn't mop up duty when the other team has the decent lead? :p
No worries, ain't gonna happen. ;)

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 02:09 PM
No worries, ain't gonna happen. ;)

If past history is any indication, it will happen just when I think that it won't. :D

DrDemento
12-20-2010, 04:05 PM
If past history is any indication, it will happen just when I think that it won't. :D

As you well know-from all the years you have followed this team-RPI plays to the level of the competition. We can go out and play tough against the best there is, and then go out and play a nail biter against the lowest ranked team. We haven't had the blowout kind of team in a long time. This team is truly the cardiac kids. Every game is getting decided late. But they are gaining confidence and experience each time. This has already been an exciting time for those of us who have been following for a long time. They are showing more and more maturity all the time. I haven't felt this kind of excitement since the very early 80's. Back then you just knew that this team was improving all the time and would become a national force. I am starting to get that same feeling-and you know what? It feels really very good!!

Ralph Baer
12-20-2010, 05:14 PM
As you well know-from all the years you have followed this team-RPI plays to the level of the competition. We can go out and play tough against the best there is, and then go out and play a nail biter against the lowest ranked team. We haven't had the blowout kind of team in a long time. This team is truly the cardiac kids. Every game is getting decided late. But they are gaining confidence and experience each time. This has already been an exciting time for those of us who have been following for a long time. They are showing more and more maturity all the time. I haven't felt this kind of excitement since the very early 80's. Back then you just knew that this team was improving all the time and would become a national force. I am starting to get that same feeling-and you know what? It feels really very good!!

Do you mean, to misapply a statement MTU fans use, "the second best feeling in the world"? :D

DrDemento
12-20-2010, 05:48 PM
Do you mean, to misapply a statement MTU fans use, "the second best feeling in the world"? :D

Not at all-at my age when RPI wins it IS the best feeling in the world. There are a lot of other things vying for second best.:D

wsp67326
12-20-2010, 06:29 PM
Any UAH posters out there?

We're out here, just a bit down with the season and how things have gone. RPI has a mighty good team and we are all very appreciative that your team has agreed to come down to the "warm" South for these next games (and, of course, to invite the Chargers to the tournament earlier this year). UAH, for those not in the know, has had quite an upheaval on campus as well as with regards to the hockey team the last year or so. Two weeks ago, the long-time AD unexpectedly passed away (he was instrumental in getting the team to Division I status and in getting them to host the 2012 Frozen Four). That itself was quite a difficult issue to face, and, by far, is more tragic than the other things the team has faced this season (losing the top 4 or 5 scorers from last season, as well as all playing goaltenders, and, as if folks don't know, getting shut out of conference consideration and having to exist as an independent). All in all, we're very happy that Charger hockey still exists at the DI level; we just need more "giving" teams like RPI to make the trip to Huntsville in the future to get us through our "independence" (I think, "secretly," we all hope that the Penn State addition will fuel realignment soon and the team can find a real home). Hope a number of RPI fans can make the trip down here to ring in the New Year. Happy Holidays to everyone up there!!!

engineerhockeyfan
12-20-2010, 06:49 PM
As you well know-from all the years you have followed this team-RPI plays to the level of the competition. We can go out and play tough against the best there is, and then go out and play a nail biter against the lowest ranked team. We haven't had the blowout kind of team in a long time. This team is truly the cardiac kids. Every game is getting decided late. But they are gaining confidence and experience each time. This has already been an exciting time for those of us who have been following for a long time. They are showing more and more maturity all the time. I haven't felt this kind of excitement since the very early 80's. Back then you just knew that this team was improving all the time and would become a national force. I am starting to get that same feeling-and you know what? It feels really very good!!

Anyone of us who have been around for even a little while know about playing down to the opposition. However, this year, we have not been that team. We beat every team we should have beaten. Only the Harvard game was lost to an inferior team. But we totally out played Harvard and had a least three goal posts. Just couldn't finish that night. Not a matter of playing down.
This team is very impressive. Take the UConn game. Bryce had a terrible game, but we found a way to win. I think we can give him another chance in Alabama. It might be motivation to not take UAH for granted.