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Magoo
03-14-2011, 07:31 AM
How good was that last night Shabby? Nothing like overtime hockey in a deciding game.

Did you need a plane to fly home last night ?

Rainman
03-14-2011, 09:02 AM
Video highlights from last night:
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/20262/2294846?title=local_sports_videos&wpid=9616

Poplawski was literally jumping up and down right after the OT goal as if the best thing ever happened to him. Words cannot express this jubilation.

FlagDUDE08
03-14-2011, 09:06 AM
Although I am not surprised you guys made it to Atlantic City (and wouldn't have been surprised back in December), congratulations. Good luck there.

doghok
03-14-2011, 09:55 AM
Well, this doesn't surprise me at all. I felt this team had the talent, coaching, and now found a trusted Tender, whom has provided a sense of confidence throughout the ranks.

This School, Coaching and Players did not deserve the unjust comments in the earlier thread, and are proving to provide accomplishments that speak to the nay-sayers.

I actually watched the game on the computer, and this team has a ton of Depth & Desire.

Well Done, and Good Luck in Atlantic City !

sshablak
03-14-2011, 09:58 AM
I am in shock !!!!! I'm really having a hard time writing this. Where do I start ? A microcosm of the RPI series !! Dominated in period one game one, play better next two periods but lose, go down 1-0 in games. Game two, evenly played game, we win. I wasn't even going to game three but got up yest and said, How can I "not" go to game three.

Try to call and get tickets...just recordings...Union thread says tickets sold out , maybe SRO available, all I needed to hear.

Get there and tickets available, no problem ! Sit in where Gate band was Friday night, all kinds of seating available and sat with all Colgate fans(students were there).

Saw a pattern developing, predicted an OT win !!! (Just like game #3 RPI series). Thought Union would come out and try to put us away in the first, not to be, we we're outplaying them, but they scored first...bummer ! We tie it, go behind 2-1 and we tie it again. 2-2 going into third, they score and we're down again 3-2. BTW, told Doug that Smitty would tie it up when it was 2-1 and" he did".

With about four mins left I said Brisebois will tie it, omg he did with two minutes left !! We were in shock !

Then we were all over them in the OT period, they did have a couple of good chances though. When Pops scored it was surreal, almost didn't know what to do !! LOL

One of the best games I've seen in quite awhile, playoff hockey, they were working soo hard, forechecking, fighting for every inch. "Everyone" played sooo well, such composure, It was like they knew they were going to win. What a weekend of hockey. We go on and so does Union(NCAA's) a fitting end to a very even series !!

The media coverage is "phenominal" so many interviews etc this am ! Haven't been to the U thread yet but I'm guessing they're complaining about the officiating. No triskadekaphobiacs here, didn't even realise it was the "thirteenth". Shocked still !!

Avalanche33
03-14-2011, 10:07 AM
Best Quote read on Sunday by Pete Iorizzo Times Union

"Colgate is playing Cockroach. Darn near impossible to kill"

Gotter
03-14-2011, 11:38 AM
This is what I get for a weekend away to attend some friend's silly wedding ;) -- come back and find that Colgate is shocking the college-hockey world. Oh well...I'll take it! All I can say is WOWOWOWOW!!!! Never woulda' thunk it from how we started out this year. I'm truly impressed by the resiliency of this team.

Rooting for you in Atlantic City!!!!

ColSkate65
03-14-2011, 12:48 PM
Thanks for the review Shabby. Really proud of this team after knocking off two ranked teams with our backs to the wall. Nothing but pride for this team. Makes you wonder if DV didn't have this stealth plan in mind all season (LOL).When was the last time a #12 knocked off a #1??

Let's hope for the best in AC - these guys have worked so hard to get the monkey off their back - they deserve the accolades!

Got 6, Want More
03-14-2011, 01:03 PM
Congrats to Colgate. What an accomplishment!!

Hope you guys beat Yale and get to see a final with Dartmouth.

A lot of us lost any respect we had for Yale through our series. They were very chippy and very chirpy and the refs let it get out of hand on both Saturday and Sunday night. I suspect after two long road trips to Princeton and Yale that our tanks were empty by Sunday night coupled with the guys we lost to injury.

Don't let it end for you all on Friday. I'd love to see you guys get the auto-bid.

Gotter
03-14-2011, 01:31 PM
When was the last time a #12 knocked off a #1??Not sure, but we're the first to advance to the final four --> "The Raiders (11-25-3) became the first-ever 12th seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs to reach the final four with an upset series win over Union." (http://www.ecachockey.com/men/2010-11/Game_Stories/20111303_Colgate_Union)

4pm game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports. Hope the Boston Alumni Club organizes something -- may have to play hooky from work. :)

Fighting Sioux 23
03-14-2011, 01:34 PM
Never! Well, at least to advance to the final four --> "The Raiders (11-25-3) became the first-ever 12th seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs to reach the final four with an upset series win over Union." (http://www.ecachockey.com/men/2010-11/Game_Stories/20111303_Colgate_Union)

4pm game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports. Hope the Boston Alumni Club organizes something -- may have to play hooky from work. :)

I just wanted to pop in here and wish the Raiders the best of luck against Yale on Friday. You'll have Sioux Nation, and I'm sure a bunch of BC fans behind you! :)

hockeyenthusiast
03-14-2011, 02:07 PM
I just wanted to pop in here and wish the Raiders the best of luck against Yale on Friday. You'll have Sioux Nation, and I'm sure a bunch of BC fans behind you! :)

Thanks. I'm sure the boys will do their best. If we do pull off yet another string of upsets, I hope we get to play you guys in the dance. We already saw BC this year and I think Colgate and North Dakota haven't played in like 30 years. Came close last year though.

Osorojo
03-14-2011, 02:20 PM
Way to go, Gate! Turns out parity and power play efficiency are key factors in DI, despite earlier howls to the contrary.

sshablak
03-14-2011, 02:57 PM
Pretty sure the last time we played North Dakota was at the old SIT's in Syracuse and we won(80's)

40-Year Big Red Fan
03-14-2011, 05:00 PM
WOW! Congrats to the Raiders for never giving up.

Gaterrooter
03-14-2011, 05:11 PM
Just wanted to say PINCH ME. That was just about the best series of hockey as a fan that I can remember, well, since last week in Troy.

8-4-1 since this team turned it around. But how good have they been?

Their 4 losses are one, to #7 Union at Messa, after a big OT win at #8 RPI in the regular season. Then a clunker at Brown after a high energy 1-1 tie on the road at #2 Yale. The other 2 losses, Game 1 at #10 RPI and Game 1 at #4 Union.

Never thought a team that had been kicked so long could ever resurrect itself. I don't think you can over state that.

I also like the edge that the team is playing with while still staying out of the box. Union tried to play the tough guy all series, they had the crowd behind them and Gate stayed right in their face but kept their cool. Our boys took some big hits, Day specifically got crushed, but he bounced right back up and didn't retaliate until he had a clean shot at someone.

I also can't help but thinking that with 15 minutes left in game 2 and a 2-0 lead, the Union bench was thinking about the Atlantic City trip and not the game they were in.

One other note, I just watched the videos from the weekends games on ecac hockey and the thing that jumped out me is from Saturday night. Watch how calm Colgate's bench is when they scored the 2nd goal to tie it up 2-2. Watch the guys on the ice go by the bench and tap gloves. They looked like a team that was confident and new what was happening, not overly exuberant at all. Looked lie they new then how that game was going to end. So unlike the demeanor mid season. What an amazing transformation.

You should all be applauded..Coaches, Staff, Captains, Players.

ColSkate65
03-14-2011, 05:27 PM
We played one of our best games this season vs. Yale at Starr. Tough games seem to bring out the best in us. Rest up guys, take a mental break, and reload Friday. There's no reason to think we can't do this while hitting our peak play of the year!

Gaterrooter
03-14-2011, 06:02 PM
Rainman,

TV info below off of ECAC Website.

March

18 ECAC Hockey Championship Semifinals (CBS College Sports Network) - 4:30/7:30 p.m.

19 ECAC Hockey Championship (CBS College Sports Network) 7:30 p.m.

LTsatch
03-14-2011, 09:58 PM
I just wanted to pop in here and wish the Raiders the best of luck against Yale on Friday. You'll have Sioux Nation, and I'm sure a bunch of BC fans behind you! :)

NoDak's got Colgate doing their dirty work:D

Nice little run Colgate, sorry I can't say keep it up.

sshablak
03-15-2011, 10:00 AM
Gaterrooter...GREAT post #36...Man did "you hit the nail on the head". In warmups I stood at the glass by our team. They were so loose, actually saw some joking going on, but very briefly. I sat behind the Gate bench for games one and three, four rows." Never" saw anything but "calmness" from Don or any of the players. They just came over to the bench, listened to a "so calm" coach and rested. This was alot in game #1 because of all the tv timeouts. (not as often in game three...no tv).

Still in shock, I don't think I've seen (might have said before) such intense, DISCIPLINED hockey by Gate since 2000, the Michigan game in the NCAA's. There were three battles and we "Won the War".

Union did try to "muscle us" and I saw several times where they were mouthing off but we skated away. We skated away and played hockey.

I also noticed the Union guys looked like men and alot of our forwards looked so young and small. Didn't realise until looking at their roster, they have like "Seven guys that are twenty four years old and I think one twenty five !!! Like the WCHA, men against boys. We also have a player playing with a "broken hand for the last month". Can't say for obvious reasons.