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LtPowers
03-19-2011, 01:03 PM
Nolan seems to get beaten a lot that way

Descoteaux has will have a lot of tape to study in the off-season. But he's only a Freshman. Still, even when he does make mistakes, he recovers more often than not. And the coaches must like his play better than Raibl's.


Powers &8^]

Rochester
03-19-2011, 01:57 PM
How much are tickets for tonights game at the BCA?

mdumont
03-19-2011, 02:12 PM
How much are tickets for tonights game at the BCA?

Just bought mine at the student price for $12 at the Gordon Field House. Not sure if there is a separate student price vs public price since it's a tournament game.

cplinford
03-19-2011, 02:21 PM
Just bought mine at the student price for $12 at the Gordon Field House. Not sure if there is a separate student price vs public price since it's a tournament game.

student = 12, public = 18. We bought ours at the BCA right after yesterdays game. "I said 2 tickets please", they replied, "student?", "sure" and never had to a show an ID :)

Bing
03-19-2011, 08:40 PM
Is it October yet?

Great season for RIT and a really hard-fought game this evening. RIT really gave their all and deserved to win tonight but Torf and AFA were up to the challenge. Looking forward to next season and to see where Brenner ends up.

Tom Naeger
03-19-2011, 08:51 PM
First major congrats to Air Force. They win the big games when they get there. Hope they knock a few teams off in the NCAAs

Doesn’t take much of a long look at the box scores to figure this weekend out. No power play goals and no goals from Burt, Brenner, or Favot. In big games your best players need to be heroes and tonight it was Jacques Lamoureux. Torf was great, but RIT let him off the hook by not finishing which makes it all the more frustrating.

I think this year’s team while great just didn’t have enough pieces to make a run. I said at the time the news broke that Tanev’s departure was a league changer and I think it showed this weekend. RIT had many guns on the power play but missed a quarterback on the power play all season. Really have to wonder how great this team would have been with Tanev was there to QB the power play.

It’s fitting this game came down to special teams and RIT defense getting beat in a one on one situation. RIT special teams just did not get it done consistently enough and was a bit of a liability this year. 5 on 3 results were very disappointing. I felt the defense got beat on a one on one rush to many times against UCONN and Kirby beat Saracino to set up Lemoureux’s goal tonight. RIT defense line has to be stronger next year, and I know it will. Remember this year in two years when we are talking about an extremely strong RIT defensive core.

While disappointing ending you have to be happy with the year RIT put together. The bar was set so high from last year and the pressure was so high. Especially with the league getting better with Niagara and Robert Morris, it says a lot to win a 4th Regular Season title. And there is certainly no shame in losing to a very good Air Force team by a goal in a one game playoff.

Now looking at the women score….Ultimate disappointment weekend…

The future is still bright, but good reminder that there is a lot of work to be done. Next year going to be big question marks on who going to put the puck in the net, really going to be looking at Burt and hope no freshman slump for Mitchell and Lynch…

Enjoy the tournament, here to baseball season and see you next year!

RIT Winters
03-19-2011, 08:52 PM
Is it October yet?

Great season for RIT and a really hard-fought game this evening. RIT really gave their all and deserved to win tonight but Torf and AFA were up to the challenge. Looking forward to next season and to see where Brenner ends up.

It was a great season, but the end was very disappointing. I thought that only Madolora and McReynolds gave it their all tonight. Can't ask for a better game from Madolora, and McReynolds fought hard for the puck every shift and almost got the shorthanded equalizer near the end. It really sucks that Favot is done just 1 point shy of tying the record too.

Definitely not a good night for RIT Hockey fans, both men's and women's.

Bring on October!

bjdrit
03-19-2011, 09:23 PM
I didn't have a problem with RIT's play tonight -- I actually thought they looked far better tonight than they did yesterday. They played hard in the first and showed lots of intensity, and they played well in the third. The second was weaker, but not terrible. Air Force always brings it when it matters, and it was no different tonight. RIT held a lot of the play, but Air Force buried a PP chance, and that was the difference. Kind of ironic that Kirby takes those penalties that RIT can't capitalize on, and then he burns a player or two and sets up the goal on their PP goal. Obviously, Torf was solid too, although they had a couple opportunities to beat him if they could put it on net. Still, scary to think Torf is a freshman.

slewwwwwfoot!
03-19-2011, 10:49 PM
I didn't have a problem with RIT's play tonight -- I actually thought they looked far better tonight than they did yesterday. They played hard in the first and showed lots of intensity, and they played well in the third. The second was weaker, but not terrible. Air Force always brings it when it matters, and it was no different tonight. RIT held a lot of the play, but Air Force buried a PP chance, and that was the difference. Kind of ironic that Kirby takes those penalties that RIT can't capitalize on, and then he burns a player or two and sets up the goal on their PP goal. Obviously, Torf was solid too, although they had a couple opportunities to beat him if they could put it on net. Still, scary to think Torf is a freshman.

Totally agreed. I didn't think we played poorly at all - well, I've been frustrated with the D throughout the season, but nothing egregious tonight - just couldn't get one to go in. Putting 40 shots up (think i heard the number right on the radio, haven't seen a box score yet) on an always solid Air Force team is not what I'd call poor play.

I feel bad for Madalora, he's carried us all season, to have an odd one like that sneak by him.

TigerFan86-87
03-19-2011, 11:02 PM
Everyone keeps referring to this season as "great". I slightly disagree. IMO, last season was "great". Even disregarding the dream NCAA run they had, that team DOMINATED the AHA after the initial 2 game sweep against the Falcons. Aside from the Pink the Rink game, they not only didn't lose, but didn't tie either for over two months. They won the AHA regular season by 10 points and completely dominated their last three post-season games. Then, of course there was the gravy of going to the FF. I would term this as a very good season. Despite the addition of NU and RMU and the new pod scheduling making the western teams' lives that much more difficult, the Tigers still managed to come out on top and win the regular season title... again... which is awesome. Despite this, IMHO, there were still signs throughout this season that this team just didn't quite have the same mojo that last year's did. They definitely found their solution in net (hopefully for the next two seasons as well), but a periodic lack of clutch scoring, untimely defensive lapses (especially in the third period), and an on again off again power play all lead to blown leads, ties, etc. Ultimately, RIT actually only won half of their games (19 out of 38). Like I said, very good, but not great. What I am encouraged by is that I really believe this team is only going to improve even more from here. How can we ask for any more promising of a future in goal? Madolora (assuming he isn't lured to the pros early) should be a great rock for the Tigers to build upon. And I am really impressed by the play of some of the freshmen. Dexcoteaux's recent struggles aside, the guys that got significant ice time at various times this season impressed me with their play. Now they'll just have to step up and take prominent roles. They still need to replace some of what Ringwald and Tanev brought to the team last year. Although the defense and PK improved throughout the season, they didn't have that dominant # 1 pairing and seem to miss that edge they used to have. They'll also, of course, need to replace Brenner's scoring, but most teams lose a top scorer to graduation every year. That is nothing new. Someone will step up. Although I'm disappointed that AFA is going on to the NCAA's for the fourth time in five years (and they deserve it - kudos) instead of the Tigers defending their first AHA title, I'm looking forward to the next few seasons for sure. Not that the conference is going to get any easier, certainly. But the improvements in the competition level have made the regular season games, especially down the stretch all that much more exciting.
Congrats to the Tigers on a very good 2010-11 season!
Thank You and Good Luck to the 2011 Senior Class! They've left quite the impression on this program and left us with fabulous memories.
Here's to a great 2011 NCAA Tournament and let's hope AFA represents the AHA as well as RIT did last season.
See everybody at the BCA for Brick City Weekend against St. Lawrence!

TigerFan86-87
03-19-2011, 11:10 PM
I also agree about tonight. They played well enough to give themselves a chance to win. The maligned D kept AFA at bay most of the night, but in the second kind of fell asleep a little bit and it cost them dearly. The goal was clearly the D's responsibility. Power play or not, they can't let Kirby cruise right in front of the goal like that. Then on top of that, somehow Lameroux of all people was all by himself with a shot off the rebound. Madalora was not to blame on that one. The offense just had a finishing problem tonight. As someone else said, they let Torf off the hook way too many times. Oh well. That happens sometimes. It just sucks that it was tonight.

komey1
03-19-2011, 11:32 PM
I would consider this a very good season. After all, it was set up to be very difficult to win the regular season title, with how loaded the Western pod was. Certainly, the defense needs some tightening up - and find some scoring touch from them. Madolora cetainly established himself to be a top-notch goalie.

Kudos to Air Force - they are a heck of a team. They will be a tough out in the NCAAs

RIT Winters
03-20-2011, 12:00 AM
Looking forward, there certainly is a lot to be positive about. Losing Brenner and Favot is difficult, if not impossible to replace, but we have an extremely young talented defense that improved steadily throughout the year. I'm sure if they had been as good as they were at the end from the beginning we would have had an even better record, so we're in a good position defensively.

Also next year we won't have a question mark between the pipes. I'm sure Madolora will be the day 1 starter just as DeMike was during his reign. That should help us with consistency, which we did not have through December of this year.

The tightening of the D along with having Madolora should hopefully shore up some of the likely diminished offense. Lynch will likely need to play a big role next year and hopefully guys like Potts can step it up season-long.

blazer777
03-20-2011, 12:51 AM
Here's to the team and the coaching staff for their work, WITR for their broadcast, I enjoyed the season very much.

Thanks to USCHO and to the posters on this thread too, some good insight and funny stuff throughout the season.

Congrats to AFA, good luck in the tourney!

Anybody got a composite schedule for next year yet?

WestsideTigersFan
03-20-2011, 08:53 AM
Well, another season has come to an end. Whether or not you consider it a success or a failure, you can't deny its been "interesting".

Another regular season title and another, in my opinion, hollow banner to hang up in the Ritter. Only 1 of 3 season goals accomplished. Winning regular season titles is nice, its not great, and as we have displayed on numerous occasions, really not particularly important when it comes to the AHA playoffs or beyond. When you line up and they drop the puck, your regular season championship banner means nothing. And when you have enough of them, without the corresponding banner that says tournament champions or NCAA on on them, it begins to say, "well we don't win when it really matters the most".

The most disappointing part of this season isn't just the loss to AFA in the finals, its the fact that this team just basically disappeared after clinching the regular season title at Canisius. They had a great home and home the second week of Feb., sweeping both games and then just basically mailed it in the rest of the way. A road loss at Robert Morris, who was in a full tail spin, a home loss, badly, against Niagara, a sloppy tie at Niagara the next night, 2 playoff wins against a significantly less talented AIC squad (that gave the Tigers far more trouble than they should have), a performance against UConn at the BCA where they got outplayed in virtually every facet of the game and were lucky to get a W out of, and a game where they left a ton on the table against a good, but not great, AFA squad. This team was a shadow of the team that played that second week of Feb. Call it a leadership vacuum, call it youth and inexperience, call it whatever you want, but the situation is both disappointing and disturbing.

There are some positives to take away, the emergance of Madolora as an elite goaltender, the continued growth of Saracino, who built on a very nice NCAA tournament as a freshman last season and who is quickly becoming one of the better defenesmen in the AHA, the re-discovery of Brian Potts after a season and a half of being more or less a spare part, and the promise shown by Ben Lynch in his rookie season.

And there are some negatives, the losses of some significant talent and leadership in guys like Brenner, Favot, Janda and Murphy. Steps backward in terms of the development of players like Hartley and Knowles, who instead of fulfilling the promise they showed the season before, slipped down the depth chart this past season. The seeming lack of a #2 goaltender that Coach Wilson can depend on for an occasional quality spot start to give his #1 a break from time to time, something that has been a theme for several seasons now. An alarming lack of progression from the younger D-men on the squad (aside from some growth shown by Noyes during the season from where he was when the season opened), with Descoteaux being regularly exposed down the stretch and Raibl being a healthy scratch most of the time the later part of the season. Cameron Burt seeming to wallow through what was for him an extremely disappointing and unproductive season. You could see the frustration in his game through most of the season.

How you rate this season really depends on how high you are willing to set the bar. If you are willing to set the bar high, and say getting to the NCAA's and winning at that level of competition is the goal, then this season is a failure. If you are content to set the bar lower and say a regular season championship means the season was a success, then it was, by your definition, a success.

For me, this season was a dismal failure, a failure to build upon the success of last season, to continue to grow the program at the national level, outside of the AHA, and to make a statement to those who doubt the legitimacy of the program that the intention of the program is to be a player on the national level in years to come. Mission not accomplished.

Tom Naeger
03-20-2011, 09:36 AM
It was a great season, but the end was very disappointing. I thought that only Madolora and McReynolds gave it their all tonight. Can't ask for a better game from Madolora, and McReynolds fought hard for the puck every shift and almost got the shorthanded equalizer near the end. It really sucks that Favot is done just 1 point shy of tying the record too.

Why feel sorry for Favot when you basically said he just did not give his all for the most important game of the season? Please go back and listen to some more Mike Robitaille BS... I will not stand for anyone saying this team team did not give its all this year. This team had the very difficult task of following in last years foot steps with bigger pieces missing. There is no shame in their performance, no shame in losing to a good Air Force team the way they did, its frustrating, but no one is getting away with sport talk radio BS dumping on these players while I am in town....

RITProf
03-20-2011, 11:58 AM
Wow, I guess expectations have risen dramatically. I can't see being a couple of bounces going the right way away from a return trip to the NCAAs as a "dismal failure".

It was a good season, perhaps not a great season, but certainly not a "failure". I'll admit that my expectations were also too high and I saw last night's game as a "disappointment". However, by any objective metric I should have known that the RIT-AFA was essentially a tossup and could go either way (as it did). Last year at this time, I was reminding myself to savor the AHA championship since it would be hard to repeat and not something that happens everyday. Unfortunately I forgot that and came away from yesterday disappointed instead of pleased at how close the Tigers came ... again.

Here's to next year and another couple of post-season runs for both the Men's and Women's teams.

(Oh, and that regular season title is valuable ... look at the nice playoff path it setup for RIT.)

cplinford
03-20-2011, 04:30 PM
I think it was a good season. The team rarely lost at home and I always had a great time going to a game. I purposely refrained from posting anything until some of the disappointment wore off. We all have varying opinions about different player performances but I don't see anything changing in RIT's position at the top of this conference. I thought RIT played a great game for the most part, on Saturday and they just ran into a hot goal tender. I don't know, throw out a random hockey cliche and its probably appropriate.

Lamoureux is quoted in the paper as saying AFA feels the AH title belongs to them. I hope the coach sticks it up on the wall and we'll see what happens next year

Bing
03-20-2011, 05:25 PM
Another thing, the Ritter sold out regularly this season (and we sold out the BCA for Brick City). That's an excellent sign. Combine that with few losses at home this season, and we can expect the local RIT fanbase to continue growing. I remember when only the corner crew wore orange (and were usually the only ones in the crowd w/ an RIT jersey) and the rest of the fans came dressed in whatever they had on as they moseyed to the rink and bought their tickets 5 minutes before puck-drop. Now look at the crowd at the Ritter. It's a sea of orange, we have a great pep band that all wear hockey jerseys (something most pep bands don't do), and have developed interest and excitement (not to mention a huge surge in school spirit) for students, faculty, staff, and the Rochester community. Therefore, this season was a success in the fan experience sense.

TigerFan86-87
03-20-2011, 09:32 PM
Lamoureux is quoted in the paper as saying AFA feels the AH title belongs to them. I hope the coach sticks it up on the wall and we'll see what happens next year

Although it may or may not make good bulletin board material, there is certainly justification for them to say and believe just that. They've been in the league for five years and won the title four times. They're 8-1 at the AHA Final Four in the BCA.
They can't really take offense by it as much as use it to motivate themselves to change that reality by winning the whole thing a couple times (not that that's going to be any easier in the years to come).