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northeastern
03-26-2011, 01:48 PM
NCAA bound/not bound.. does not matter.. did your team (fan's opinions).. improve this season compared to last?

Not necessarily just looking at Ws/Ls. We all know hockey is a game of bounces. Good clubs lose 1 goal gms time to time; vice versa.. bad clubs eek out ugly wins occasionally.

Still, overall the fans know when they have a good group/ product on ice..

so - yay or nay ..


Guess i'll go first..

Northeastern Huskies.. 2nd trip to the Hockey East Semis in 3 yrs.. decent tandem of goalies, & overall a fiesty, talented bunch of freshman & sophomores. We were however.. couple wins shy of the NCAA bid. Have good help coming down the road. But talking about this season..

.. team improved? : Yes :)

Your turn..

CornwallAce
03-26-2011, 05:28 PM
AIC YellowJackets - Improved from the previous year. They were competitive in nearly every regular season game. (2nd Air Force and the Union game were duds)
They even won some games where they didn't play too inspired. If RIT had an average goaltender, they could have stolen a game in the playoffs.
What scares me is that they do not have a single player recruited for next year's team. If players think they are really good, then why not come to AIC and help the team turn around, and show just got really good they are. They also need to schedule more OOC games.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
03-26-2011, 05:31 PM
Wisconsin: Did not improve. Went down a peg or two. But, I'd say that was expected.

Ralph Baer
03-26-2011, 06:07 PM
RPI

Yes

rufus
03-26-2011, 06:09 PM
ummmmmmmmmmmmm.................................... ....................................no.

UML
03-26-2011, 06:55 PM
Nope

huskyfan
03-26-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm a Michigan Tech fan. we don't do this.

FadeToBlack&Gold
03-26-2011, 07:29 PM
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=646101085162&id=75e056c60b5eedf34b677050d71caab8

No, seriously...

keater
03-26-2011, 07:31 PM
NC last year, bounced in the first round in a convincing way this year, so no. Although they did have more r/s wins this season.

French Rage
03-26-2011, 08:08 PM
Results-wise, no, but expected that coming in.

bronconick
03-26-2011, 09:16 PM
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=646101085162&id=75e056c60b5eedf34b677050d71caab8

No, seriously...

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs48/i/2009/214/0/9/Smiley_Crashing_Into_Earth_by_garon444.jpg

WMU- Uh, yeah. Just a bit.

dmjossel
04-04-2011, 07:17 AM
Absolutely!

Merrimack was picked 10th in the 2009 HE coaches' poll, and ended up finishing 7th, up from 9th the season before, and improved from 5-19-3 (9-21-4) to 12-13-2 (16-19-2).

This season that trend continued. Picked to finish 7th in the coaches' poll, Merrimack ended up finishing 4th, earning their first true home ice berth, and appearing in their first Hockey East final before falling to BC. They made their first NCAA appearance since 1988, although disappointingly they lost to eventual NE Regional winner Notre Dame in overtime. They finished the year 16-8-3 in the league and 25-10-4 overall, which is pretty respectable. Only injury to star center Stephane Da Costa late in the season prevented them from finishing higher, as they finished only 1 point behind BU and three behind UNH, and lost three games down the stretch without him in the lineup. With him in Ottawa now, Merrimack has to put a team on the ice that can win without him; but there are some good-looking players coming in.

The losses to BC and ND still sting, and there are still steps left to be taken: still no hardware earned, and still no advance past the NCAA high water mark in '88, when they won two games and one round (to say nothing of Division II league championships and one DII national championship in '78).

Still, it's hard not to be thrilled with the progress from 9 wins to 25 wins over three seasons. The challenge now is how to maintain that level of competitiveness. Hopefully more mentions of Merrimack (no matter how they pronounce it) during NHL broadcasts may help. Heck, Hockey Night in Canada even upgraded us to a University!

(Aside: Hockey East coaches seem to have very little imagination where Merrimack is concerned. They finished 10th in 2007, and the following season the coaches' poll picked them to finish 10th. They finished ninth that season, and the next year's poll picked them 10th. They finished 7th, so the next year's poll picked them... 7th. )

jyoung
04-04-2011, 07:37 AM
In a word? No. (UAH)

Arpod
04-04-2011, 08:13 AM
On the ice: Effort yes, execution, meh, not so much. Underacheived relative to the talent potential.
Off the ice: Unequivocally yes absolutely without at doubt. All Hail Oz.

dave29
04-04-2011, 09:12 AM
CC - yes. 16 freshmen and sophs on the roster and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. Fun season, especially at the end. Can't wait for next year.

mookie1995
04-04-2011, 09:34 AM
No

Burnt Orange Husky
04-04-2011, 10:03 AM
Yes...coach Russell at MTU resigned...

Ma#1ne Hky
04-04-2011, 10:33 AM
Maine: No...and should have been better...injuries/part of the game...goaltending was bad/the one part that could have de-railed the season was a big part of the reason it did...Coaching/has and will be the reason that Maine Hockey will not return to a Elite program on the ice...until Tim Whitehead is removed then this once proud program will continue to slide down the college hockey totem pole. Changes needed with the first being a NEW Head Coach...which won't happen this upcoming season. Expectations: High...; End of Season Return: a Grade F for failure. SAVE Maine Hockey/DUMP Whitehead

Jim
04-04-2011, 11:31 AM
UCONN absolutley did. They brought in a couple of guys who could put the pcuck in th net, and those guys put the puck in the net. Last year I think they won 7 games. This year 15. Last year they were near the bottom of all hockey in scoring. This year in the middle. Now if they could bring in a couple of big defensemen so Bartus doesn't have to stop 50 shots a night, it would be helpful. Might also be nice if they brought in a goltender that could give Bartus the occassional scheduled night off.

kdiff77
04-04-2011, 03:41 PM
Brown- regular season, absolutely yes. Postseason, we were outscored 8-0 in two games. So...no.