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northeastern
03-18-2011, 11:39 PM
If it weren't for our slow start early season.. to think we'd have 4 Hockey East clubs in the NCAAs this yr. Well, behind us now...

even with that start, 2nd trip to the Garden in 3 yrs.. not all bad. In the end, good teams make it here.

Far as tonight, when you let the opponent score 3 PP goals in a gm (hint: discipline).. gotta start there first.. that is a glaring weakness that needs correction for nxt season. Coach got that part right even before the gm tonight.

However questionable the penalties in our semi-final gm at the Garden.. BC (i am sure), had their own set of bad calls as well. Even on our 5x3 opportunity in the 3rd.. we took a penalty right off the faceoff instead of just letting the Eagles clear it & having us go at it with min+ remaining on the 2 man advantage (not to mention wasting the team timeout).

Too many other examples throughout the season, from many. On a positive, someone like Cody Ferreiro really turned his discipline (and game) around. Some like Silva, Hewkin did not do as good a job. Yet they all skated with a ton of fight & heart. Some guys were disciplined from the beginning & hopefully that gets contagious and continues.

Anyway.. bottom line.. this offseason & into pre-season training and beyond, i am hoping (wishing) really..the coaching staff stress discipline & good decision making in the early games.. which will put our mindset (& standing), on solid ground for the latter part of the season.

Much as i'd like to blame it all on Rawlings tonight.. (and he certainly has his share), he never gets credit for the big saves he did make. BC scored 3 PP goals (2 on his watch).. but its the guys in front that need some self control & belief.. a refresher course really in sound 5x5 hockey. Sincerely wish the coaches stress that from the get go, going into nxt season. I think tonight the guys handled the discipline part 'in spurts'... (with no help from the zebras)..but the earlier gms in the season where discipline broke down..cost us a shot at some much needed 'W's & now we know.. the NCAAs.

With discipline (the missing magic ingredient really), this young team gelling on the powerplay, PP kill units & a starting rotation of Rawlings/ Witt (if the big man stays.. he will benefit from it)... this team will go far.

Perhaps Coach Cronin is used to the pro style too much but in the college gm, they do call it tight. The team will go to another level with the guys we have; the sooner a 'disciplined' style of skating is addressed.

All for now. Thanks Huskies for great fight & determinaion until the end (reg season, Beanpot, & post season). Sign of good things to come :)

G'luck to all (especially the Seniors).

Motorboaters
03-19-2011, 12:42 PM
Besides goaltending, which is a serious question mark considering Rawlings' play in the "big" games this year, I think we are also lacking the scoring ability of other teams in HE going into next year. While our second line of Ferriero, Daniels, and Qualier was physical and had scoring opportunities down the stretch, they were not able to bury the puck that often. With the entire first line leaving this year, I am finding it hard to see where our scoring will come from unless Daniels and Quailer return to their Freshman form of a couple of years ago and this year's Freshmen class don't regress like others in the past. Great teams like BC and UNH dont have just one good scoring line, they have at least two or three. I don't know who Cronin has coming in next year, but this team needs playmakers and snipers, as well as a center who can consistently win those important faceoffs on the powerplay and in the offensive zone.

northeastern
03-19-2011, 02:30 PM
Rob Dongara should be a pleasant surprise nxt season. He can skate.. & he will score. I also think Mike McLauglin will have a great season & will be one of the leaders on the team. Do not forget Alex Tuckerman.. we should have him back as well.

Our goaltending (as i've mentioned).. should be okay long as we use a tandem & folks are on board with that. Rawlings just does not respond well in back-to-back-to-back gms. I think even though he (in many ways), was a key in our BU series win.. there was a tiredness to him that was so very apparent last night. Witt (having played seldom this season), looked sharp. I think we have 2 solid tenders.. let's use 'em to help the team.

theprofromdover
03-19-2011, 05:02 PM
I saw the thread title and thought it was about the coaching staff!:D

Thiessen'sBetter
03-19-2011, 05:03 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Rawlings leaves...there have been rumors that he needs the money.

I'm pretty excited already for next season. Yes, we'll be losing our first line but I think this the most talented group of freshmen we've had in some time. Reid, Ferriero, Dongara, Pimm, Bitteto, Eibler and Oleksiak should all be productive players next year. Looking forward to seeing Adam Reid next year as well. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another year to see Jon Gadreau but I guess that is good so it will give him time to get stronger (he's 5' 6'' 145).

steve66
03-19-2011, 05:48 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Rawlings leaves...there have been rumors that he needs the money.

I'm pretty excited already for next season. Yes, we'll be losing our first line but I think this the most talented group of freshmen we've had in some time. Reid, Ferriero, Dongara, Pimm, Bitteto, Eibler and Oleksiak should all be productive players next year. Looking forward to seeing Adam Reid next year as well. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another year to see Jon Gadreau but I guess that is good so it will give him time to get stronger (he's 5' 6'' 145).

I have heard the same thing regarding Rawlings, I do not think it is a good decision unless he really needs the money. I think they have good players coming in on paper, but the lose of McNeely and McCloud will be very difficult to replace no matter who the have coming in.

northeastern
03-20-2011, 10:11 PM
Not that it has anything to do with it (it's offseason right?..), but to see VCU knock off another top seed today & make it to the sweet 16 in the Big Dance.. nice.

With George Mason losing today.. great to see someone from the Colonial conference still hanging in there.

Last time i saw VCU was last month when NU beat 'em 91-80 at Matthews.
Never say never (even for bouncyball).. :)

kcnuloyal
03-21-2011, 09:09 AM
I'm pretty excited already for next season. Yes, we'll be losing our first line but I think this the most talented group of freshmen we've had in some time. Reid, Ferriero, Dongara, Pimm, Bitteto, Eibler and Oleksiak should all be productive players next year. Looking forward to seeing Adam Reid next year as well. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another year to see Jon Gadreau but I guess that is good so it will give him time to get stronger (he's 5' 6'' 145).

Agreed, I'm looking for Brodie Reid to become a big-time goal-scorer. The kid showed a natural ability to find the back of the net and once he got hot in the second half of the year it was like clockwork.

Of course, now I've officially jinxed him and he's predestined to injure himself in a preseason game against a Canadian school.

As far as the goaltending situation, I'm with the majority here that it has to be an open competition next year. Rawlings just didn't do enough down the stretch to cement his position. I certainly don't panic when he starts in goal for us and he was great at times for us this year, but it always seemd like if he let that first soft goal in, it was going to be a long night. That would seem to say something about his mental toughness. Maybe a roation with Witt to start the season would light a fire under his a** and we'd get to see Rawlings the competitor. Worst case scenario is that Witt outperforms him and earns more starts.

I'm pleased with the way the team turned it around this year and earned a reputation as being very difficult to play against.

steve66
03-21-2011, 03:00 PM
Remimber when Matt Marshall backed out of NU and when to Vermont and everyone went nuts. In 84 career games spanning three years he has 5 goals and 14 points. Thank god he left.

theprofromdover
03-21-2011, 04:47 PM
Remimber when Matt Marshall backed out of NU and when to Vermont and everyone went nuts. In 84 career games spanning three years he has 5 goals and 14 points. Thank god he left.

We feel the same way about Cody Ferreiro!

Carmine Scarpaglia
03-21-2011, 08:22 PM
We feel the same way about Cody Ferreiro!

Winning.

steve66
03-22-2011, 02:17 PM
Any word on next season's non league games? I hope there are some that will be worth going to.

Chickens@NU
03-22-2011, 02:22 PM
Winning.

Fail.

Overused. When Bieber uses that phrase, it should be killed. Epic Fail my friend.

kcnuloyal
03-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Fail.

Overused. When Bieber uses that phrase, it should be killed. Epic Fail my friend.

Hmm, it would seem that Chickens is not a Belieber. :D

DividedSky05
03-22-2011, 05:18 PM
Just in case people didn't see it. In a press release after the end of the regular season, Commissioner Joe Bertagna revealed next year's end of the season matchups.

http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/pres1011/201103/mar7wr.php

We play @ bu / vs. bu to end the 2011-2012 season again on March 2nd and 3rd. All the other matchups change, ours doesn't, and next year is supposedly the start of a "new" 2 year cycle of scheduling.

Huskies01
03-22-2011, 09:04 PM
Just in case people didn't see it. In a press release after the end of the regular season, Commissioner Joe Bertagna revealed next year's end of the season matchups.

http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/pres1011/201103/mar7wr.php

We play @ bu / vs. bu to end the 2011-2012 season again on March 2nd and 3rd. All the other matchups change, ours doesn't, and next year is supposedly the start of a "new" 2 year cycle of scheduling.

NU just won 3 out of 4 at the HAA. Not going to be an issue any more. Much rather have that then away for 2 at UVM or Maine.

DividedSky05
03-23-2011, 08:25 AM
I'm not worried about winning at the library anymore, but it's a shame when most of our tough games are at the end of the year while students are on break. Wouldn't mind ending the year with a non-rivalry series. I realize they don't take individual school schedules into account when making season schedules but it'll be a little frustrating if those last 3 weekends are bc/UNH/bu again.

steve66
03-23-2011, 03:39 PM
I'm not worried about winning at the library anymore, but it's a shame when most of our tough games are at the end of the year while students are on break. Wouldn't mind ending the year with a non-rivalry series. I realize they don't take individual school schedules into account when making season schedules but it'll be a little frustrating if those last 3 weekends are bc/UNH/bu again.


I am sure the school is hoping the same thing, weak crowds.

Thiessen'sBetter
03-24-2011, 03:41 AM
Good to see Macleod score his first goal in his period of AHL action last night. I have my doubts that he skates well enough to be an effective AHL player but I would love to be proven wrong.

Huskies01
03-24-2011, 01:13 PM
Good to see Macleod score his first goal in his period of AHL action last night. I have my doubts that he skates well enough to be an effective AHL player but I would love to be proven wrong.

His skating will not be an issue. The fact for the first time since he came to NU, he has a shot at playing with an actual center that can pass the puck. That is going to blow his stats up even more, because for what he accomplished at NU, he never did it was pass first center that could actually pass. And I am not talking puck hogs, i am talking about putting the puck where he can actually get it and do something with it. Because the few times it happened, it ended up in the back of the net