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hockeyplayer1015
02-26-2012, 11:49 AM
Well, we got home ice for atleast 2 more games against Dartmouth. Hopefully we can be rid of them in 2, then on to likely Union or Cornell, since I honestly don't see too much for upsets below us. Who knows though.

Hoping that I'll be home for atleast 1 of the games this weekend, but no idea when I'll be home. Haven't been to Appleton this year for a game.

number 16
02-26-2012, 12:52 PM
Great win last night. We came out on fire in the 1st and then the game settled into pretty much a defensive battle - possibly because only 1 penalty was called in 60 min of hockey. I can't say enough about these freshmen. They entered without much fanfare but have been great in the 5games I've seen ( all on the road). Last night Pat Doherty, Chris Martin and Tommy Thompson were all over the ice. Martin's hussle setting up the empty netter was MUCH appreciated - we have lost too many this year in the last seconds. Best fo luck in the playoffs. GO SAINTS!

Got 6, Want More
02-26-2012, 01:07 PM
A few comments:

Mike pretty much told the story at Harvard. We certainly had our chances and the Harvard goalie stood on his head at times and was just lucky the others. He did give up some juicy rebounds and then made the stops on the second, third and fourth shots. I have to say, although he was clearly the #1 star of the game, with rebounds like that and some more puck luck I could see him getting shelled some nights. Obviously, Friday night that did not happen. It was just one of those games really. We did not have the jump I expected we would and it was not our best effort, but we still had more than enough good chances to put the game away early. Harvard's goals - 1) weak shot from the point that changed directions about 3-4 times, 2) a bit lucky in that shot was deflected and ended up by the side of the net where a Harvard player was standing all alone he picked it up and stuffed it home, 3) beautiful wrister on a bad SLU turnover and then an empty netter. Harvard is decent but beatable. I am stunned that H and Q-Pac got byes. I have a feeling this will be the year where the bye doesn't guarantee anything.

The Dartmouth game was pretty even. SLU's first goal was a beauty, good head man pass from Martin to Carey, who hit the line at high speed, Carey sent the puck all the way across the ice to Flanagan who one-timed it five hole. Second one was a drop pass from Essery to George Hughes who put it in off the post. Third was as pretty of an empty netter as you will ever see - we iced the puck and Chris Martin took off like a rocket (he was probably 10 feet behind the guy at the blue line and beat him to the puck to negate icing and he tapped it in the corner over to Gunnar Hughes who brought it out front and slammed it in. Extremely even game. SLU had the edge in play in the first. Dartmouth had the edge in play for the first half of the second and then it was even the rest of the time. Only one minor penalty called in the game. It was a week tripping call on Carey who actually made a nice check, and there were two pretty blatant interference penalties on Dartmouth where Essery got pulled down at center ice and where Carey got picked hard on the forecheck late in the 2nd, but by ECAC standards that was about the best officiating I have seen in the ECAC in a while. At Harvard it was so bad it was comical - both ways. At least they made the right call on the major to Harvard to start the game as the guy went for Gunnar H's head plain and simple. So some ECAC refs know that rule, just not the refs we had the weekend before.

Some standouts from the Dartmouth game - Wenny made some great saves, Mobley had the jets on, Gunnar Hughes was outstanding, Martin continues to impress me, Doherty had a great game but I thought was forcing it a bit at times in front of his hometown crowd, Essery is so steady and makes such key plays at both ends of the ice and Flanny is just Flanny who can dangle with the best of them and on D I thought Baker, Austin and Hughes had good nights. Austin absolutely demolished a kid with a hip check in the first. Very clean game, very little BS, Kudos to Dartmouth for playing hard and with class and going an entire game without a penalty called.

Some comments on how the league ended up:

For us, 8th is disappointing but we were so close to 3rd, given some of our struggles at times in the season, that is a good finish. If that Cornell game had gone the way that it should have (I now know the disallowed goal was pure horse****), we would have been playing for a bye on Saturday.
For Union, congratulations!
For Cornell, Saturday night proves karma is a *****.
For Q-Pac, I will wonder for a while how that team got the bye. They are not as talented as some teams below them but luck was on their side (and RPI).
For Harvard, ditto from Q-Pac but they did outplay us on Friday and they beat Clarkson when they had to.
Colgate has not picked a good time to hit a wall. Falling from controlling their own destiny to get third to fifth and losing four in a row is not the way any team wants to go into the playoffs.
Clarkson - who knows what happened there. Did not expect them to get swept this weekend after three points the weekend before. Now they face a desperate RPI that has gone on a tear. That could be interesting.
Yale - These guys are playing better lately. But I hope Princeton finds a way to win.
Dartmouth - I think these guys are better than 9th and they play us very tough. They prove parity is alive and well.
RPI - may be the hottest team in the league at the moment and are playing with desperation. Good luck to them.
Princeton - I hope they win, but need to pick it up a notch.
Brown - I am glad we will not be playing them any time soon...they gave Colgate all they could handle at Starr, wouldn't be surprised to see them do it again.

Parity is alive and well. There is very little separating any team from another on any given night. The playoffs makes me miss the old days were you could take certain nights off and still expect to win. Now it just comes down to who wants it more, who wins the little battles, who has more jump and sometimes gets a lucky break.

The only good news is we got home ice and we earned it with a good, tight win at Dartmouth. Need two more games in a row just like last night.

FlagDUDE08
02-26-2012, 01:12 PM
A few comments:

Mike pretty much told the story at Harvard. We certainly had our chances and the Harvard goalie stood on his head at times and was just lucky the others. He did give up some juicy rebounds and then made the stops on the second, third and fourth shots. I have to say, although he was clearly the #1 star of the game, with rebounds like that and some more puck luck I could see him getting shelled some nights. Obviously, Friday night that did not happen. It was just one of those games really. We did not have the jump I expected we would and it was not our best effort, but we still had more than enough good chances to put the game away early. Harvard's goals - 1) weak shot from the point that changed directions about 3-4 times, 2) a bit lucky in that shot was deflected and ended up by the side of the net where a Harvard player was standing all alone he picked it up and stuffed it home, 3) beautiful wrister on a bad SLU turnover and then an empty netter. Harvard is decent but beatable. I am stunned that H and Q-Pac got byes. I have a feeling this will be the year where the bye doesn't guarantee anything.

The Dartmouth game was pretty even. SLU's first goal was a beauty, good head man pass from Martin to Carey, who hit the line at high speed, Carey sent the puck all the way across the ice to Flanagan who one-timed it five hole. Second one was a drop pass from Essery to George Hughes who put it in off the post. Third was as pretty of an empty netter as you will ever see - we iced the puck and Chris Martin took off like a rocket (he was probably 10 feet behind the guy at the blue line and beat him to the puck to negate icing and he tapped it in the corner over to Gunnar Hughes who brought it out front and slammed it in. Extremely even game. SLU had the edge in play in the first. Dartmouth had the edge in play for the first half of the second and then it was even the rest of the time. Only one minor penalty called in the game. It was a week tripping call on Carey who actually made a nice check, and there were two pretty blatant interference penalties on Dartmouth where Essery got pulled down at center ice and where Carey got picked hard on the forecheck late in the 2nd, but by ECAC standards that was about the best officiating I have seen in the ECAC in a while. At Harvard it was so bad it was comical - both ways. At least they made the right call on the major to Harvard to start the game as the guy went for Gunnar H's head plain and simple. So some ECAC refs know that rule, just not the refs we had the weekend before.

Some standouts from the Dartmouth game - Wenny made some great saves, Mobley had the jets on, Gunnar Hughes was outstanding, Martin continues to impress me, Doherty had a great game but I thought was forcing it a bit at times in front of his hometown crowd, Essery is so steady and makes such key plays at both ends of the ice and Flanny is just Flanny who can dangle with the best of them and on D I thought Baker, Austin and Hughes had good nights. Austin absolutely demolished a kid with a hip check in the first. Very clean game, very little BS, Kudos to Dartmouth for playing hard and with class and going an entire game without a penalty called.

Some comments on how the league ended up:

For us, 8th is disappointing but we were so close to 3rd, given some of our struggles at times in the season, that is a good finish. If that Cornell game had gone the way that it should have (I now know the disallowed goal was pure horse****), we would have been playing for a bye on Saturday.
For Union, congratulations!
For Cornell, Saturday night proves karma is a *****.
For Q-Pac, I will wonder for a while how that team got the bye. They are not as talented as some teams below them but luck was on their side (and RPI).
For Harvard, ditto from Q-Pac but they did outplay us on Friday and they beat Clarkson when they had to.
Colgate has not picked a good time to hit a wall. Falling from controlling their own destiny to get third to fifth and losing four in a row is not the way any team wants to go into the playoffs.
Clarkson - who knows what happened there. Did not expect them to get swept this weekend after three points the weekend before. Now they face a desperate RPI that has gone on a tear. That could be interesting.
Yale - These guys are playing better lately. But I hope Princeton finds a way to win.
Dartmouth - I think these guys are better than 9th and they play us very tough. They prove parity is alive and well.
RPI - may be the hottest team in the league at the moment and are playing with desperation. Good luck to them.
Princeton - I hope they win, but need to pick it up a notch.
Brown - I am glad we will not be playing them any time soon...they gave Colgate all they could handle at Starr, wouldn't be surprised to see them do it again.

Parity is alive and well. There is very little separating any team from another on any given night. The playoffs makes me miss the old days were you could take certain nights off and still expect to win. Now it just comes down to who wants it more, who wins the little battles, who has more jump and sometimes gets a lucky break.

The only good news is we got home ice and we earned it with a good, tight win at Dartmouth. Need two more games in a row just like last night.

Based upon your comments, be thankful Q-Pac didn't win. ;)

Best of luck vs. Dartmouth. :)

Got 6, Want More
02-26-2012, 01:13 PM
Well, we got home ice for atleast 2 more games against Dartmouth. Hopefully we can be rid of them in 2, then on to likely Union or Cornell, since I honestly don't see too much for upsets below us. Who knows though.

Hoping that I'll be home for atleast 1 of the games this weekend, but no idea when I'll be home. Haven't been to Appleton this year for a game.

I don't know. Clarkson lost two in a row and RPI is on fire. Brown gave Colgate everything they could handle last game at Starr and can bore teams to sleep and have some capable forwards, I'll never count out a team coached by Bob Prier and Princeton does have some talented guys and Yale is capable of self-destructing with penalties and defense and goaltending lapses. Don't know how many upsets there will be but I'll be suprised if many of these series in the next two weeks don't go three games.

NYhockeyguy
02-26-2012, 01:21 PM
I don't know. Clarkson lost two in a row and RPI is on fire. Brown gave Colgate everything they could handle last game at Starr and can bore teams to sleep and have some capable forwards, I'll never count out a team coached by Bob Prier and Princeton does have some talented guys and Yale is capable of self-destructing with penalties and defense and goaltending lapses. Don't know how many upsets there will be but I'll be suprised if many of these series in the next two weeks don't go three games.
The ecac standings had QU in 4th last night,but Colgate did indeed earn the 1st round bye,Brown will head to the Q, not sure if you noticed

nhmonarch
02-26-2012, 05:50 PM
Great win last night. We came out on fire in the 1st and then the game settled into pretty much a defensive battle - possibly because only 1 penalty was called in 60 min of hockey. I can't say enough about these freshmen. They entered without much fanfare but have been great in the 5games I've seen ( all on the road). Last night Pat Doherty, Chris Martin and Tommy Thompson were all over the ice. Martin's hussle setting up the empty netter was MUCH appreciated - we have lost too many this year in the last seconds. Best fo luck in the playoffs. GO SAINTS!Agreed! Nice to see a well officiated ECAC hockey game. Go Saints!

Got 6, Want More
02-26-2012, 08:48 PM
The ecac standings had QU in 4th last night,but Colgate did indeed earn the 1st round bye,Brown will head to the Q, not sure if you noticed

That stinking ECAC Hockey website was not working at all last night, so that was the source of my misinformation. That is good. I didn't think Q-Pac deserved that over Colgate. Colgate was pretty consistent and although they split, the Colgate sweep of Cornell was pretty awesome. Yeah, I don't see Brown as having a great chance against Q-Pac but you never know. Obviously, I have to hope for two upsets and a SLU victory so we can get SLU back to Harvard for 2-3 games!

Muskieman
02-26-2012, 10:33 PM
Listened to both games this weekend. Harvard: After we killed off a couple of penalties to start the 2nd, it seemed like the rest of that period was entirely in Harvard's end. In the 3rd, it sounded like our energy was expended and we ran out of gas. Bottom line - Harvard goalie stole one. Dartmouth: I'm not saying that the game was played like this (those who were there can comment on this if they want), but the game sounded like it was very, very boring with little flow and many stoppages. Bottom line - SLU played the PERFECT road game and deserved the win that earned home-ice for this coming weekend.

After an 0-5 start, the Saints have come a long way and congrats. go out to the players and coaches. The thing I really like about this year's team is that it never threw in the towel after that very slow start.

Well, thank goodness, we managed to avoid playing at Cheel even if we and CCT both make it to Round #2. Cheel has not been kind to us over the years, that's for sure, and avoiding that place was "very good planning" IMO. LOL.

I hope to see many of you in Canton this weekend. I'll be there unless the weather gets real nasty.

Got 6, Want More
02-27-2012, 09:19 AM
Listened to both games this weekend. Harvard: After we killed off a couple of penalties to start the 2nd, it seemed like the rest of that period was entirely in Harvard's end. In the 3rd, it sounded like our energy was expended and we ran out of gas. Bottom line - Harvard goalie stole one. Dartmouth: I'm not saying that the game was played like this (those who were there can comment on this if they want), but the game sounded like it was very, very boring with little flow and many stoppages. Bottom line - SLU played the PERFECT road game and deserved the win that earned home-ice for this coming weekend.

After an 0-5 start, the Saints have come a long way and congrats. go out to the players and coaches. The thing I really like about this year's team is that it never threw in the towel after that very slow start.

Well, thank goodness, we managed to avoid playing at Cheel even if we and CCT both make it to Round #2. Cheel has not been kind to us over the years, that's for sure, and avoiding that place was "very good planning" IMO. LOL.

I hope to see many of you in Canton this weekend. I'll be there unless the weather gets real nasty.

Dartmouth was not boring at all. In fact, it was more like a 30 minute heart attack. With only one penalty, there were stoppages for icings, offsides and puck leaving the playing area, but it was a pretty quick game and a lot of up and down with chances at both ends. Good chances, but usually only one chance at a time. I thought it had good flow and was a much quicker game than Harvard.

Harvard was boring and frustrating. All Harvard did all night was ice the puck and shoot it up over our d-men to clear and then we'd fight for possession get another rush and their goalie would stop it. There was no room at all in the Harvard game. One alum said it best when he said it was like watching chicken scratch. Of the two, Havard was much tougher to watch and was a lot more boring.

The team I'd least want to face at the moment is visiting Cheel. RPI is on a tear at the moment. That should be interesting.

Muskieman
02-27-2012, 09:44 AM
Dartmouth was not boring at all. In fact, it was more like a 30 minute heart attack. With only one penalty, there were stoppages for icings, offsides and puck leaving the playing area, but it was a pretty quick game and a lot of up and down with chances at both ends. Good chances, but usually only one chance at a time. I thought it had good flow and was a much quicker game than Harvard.

Harvard was boring and frustrating. All Harvard did all night was ice the puck and shoot it up over our d-men to clear and then we'd fight for possession get another rush and their goalie would stop it. There was no room at all in the Harvard game. One alum said it best when he said it was like watching chicken scratch. Of the two, Havard was much tougher to watch and was a lot more boring.

The team I'd least want to face at the moment is visiting Cheel. RPI is on a tear at the moment. That should be interesting.

I'm glad that the game in Hanover wasn't boring. Perhaps my nerves got in the way while listening and forced my brain to believe that the game sounded boring as I begged the clock to move along faster than it did.

Agree 100% about Cheel. I'd like our chances better in any other rink in the country, and Cheel is the only rink that I won't go to as my stupid passion will get me in big trouble there.:D

Friday can't come soon enough.

hockeyplayer1015
02-27-2012, 05:42 PM
Officially will not be in attendance for this weekend, and doubtful for any potential 2nd round matchup should we advance. I'm stuck in Houston working for the next couple weeks atleast. Sucks, but "welcome to the real world" for me.

Muskieman
02-28-2012, 08:53 PM
Thanks, Dan, for providing the link in your WDT Blog for Brandon Bollig's call up by the Blackhawks. Here's the article:

Chicago Blackhawks: Call Up of Brandon Bollig Should Add Punch Back at ForwardBy Jon Fromi(Featured Columnist) on February 28, 2012 644:

Look for Brandon Bollig to announce his presence with authority following his recall from Rockford. The Chicago Blackhawks sent their enforcer John Scott to the Big Apple Monday afternoon. Those of you wondering where the protection is coming from were given the team's answer to that question Tuesday morning. After recalling Andrew Shaw Monday night, the Rockford Ice Hogs announced on their website that the 'Hawks are also recalling forward Brandon Bollig. If you're already missing the Murdersaurus, Bollig offers a different type of physical presence. A physical presence that can actually skate.

Bollig, 25, is a St. Charles, Missouri native who played college hockey at St. Lawrence University and was signed as a free agent by Chicago in 2010. He's 6"3" and 225 pounds and uses that size on the ice. He's a big hitter and currently is seventh in the AHL with 163 penalty minutes.

Let's make no mistake about this, folks. Bollig is up here for the purpose of replacing the departed Scott in the area of enforcement. Unlike Scott, Bollig is more than capable of skating fourth-line minutes for the Blackhawks.

Bollig can get to the net and clean up loose pucks. Think of him as a bigger, meaner (though he's a heck of a nice guy), more intimidating version of Shaw. He did have three goals and six assists in Rockford this season in 53 games, including a big goal Saturday night that led to a shootout victory over Milwaukee. Bollig has the mobility to reach opponents on the ice and lay the wood in a way Scott was largely unable to do. I wouldn't look for him to provide much in the area of scoring, but it is likely fans will notice his presence on the ice.

Is this a reward for a hardworking player or an audition for a longer gig with the 'Hawks? That remains to be seen. I would think Bollig's recall is the team's way of becoming more physical as the going gets tougher in these last few weeks of the season.

Chicago is a team that has guys like Jamal Mayers and Shaw, who regularly throw down the gloves, but lacked that heavyweight punch after the trade of Scott. Bollig, who will don the No. 52 Indian head sweater, is the first in line to fill that role for the remainder of the season.

vicb
03-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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Got 6, Want More
03-02-2012, 09:22 PM
Wow! Talk about terrible defensive coverage. Take nothing away from Dartmouth, they were better than us tonight and scored on their chances, but boy did we give them some chances. When we broke down, we broke down completely and Dartmouth scored on 6 of about 8-9. FUGLY!

We have to play a lot better....everyone or our seasons ends tomorrow. This was not the night to lay an egg but I don't think we have played that poorly in a while. Defensively, that was awful. Wenny had no chance except on the one off the faceoff goal #5 against?). Offensively, we have got to stop forcing shots. I don't know anyone who has a good enough shot to shoot it through someone.

Go Lady Saints!

Edit: Congrats to Wellsy and the Lady Saints! It is about time we stuck it to Harvard.

TimU
03-02-2012, 09:27 PM
I actually thought that SLU was getting better chances for the majority of the game - Dartmouth just cashed in on theirs. But my goodness was the defense awful in the third period.

And as many good looks as SLU got on the PP, they need to put it in the net.

Got 6, Want More
03-02-2012, 09:46 PM
I actually thought that SLU was getting better chances for the majority of the game - Dartmouth just cashed in on theirs. But my goodness was the defense awful in the third period.

And as many good looks as SLU got on the PP, they need to put it in the net.

We had some good looks, especially on the PP's we had in the second, but we are forcing shots and our passes were just a bit off all night. We had a big lead in shot attempts I am guessing, but probably a much smaller margin if any on SOG. It did not look like we had the fire we had last Saturday and we better find it FAST. I was afraid of this happening. I felt confident coming into the night but not I don't. We have two problems to solve - defense and offense (primarily on special teams for the latter but Dartmouth has been scoring on their PP's against us). I did think Thompson and Doherty played well but as a team, we did not. We better find a way to win this or it will be a disappointing end. If we can, and Brown and RPI can win one of their next two, we will get what I was hoping for which is another series against Harvard. But even doing our part of that is a BIG if now.

Muskieman
03-02-2012, 09:51 PM
Wow! Talk about terrible defensive coverage. Take nothing away from Dartmouth, they were better than us tonight and scored on their chances, but boy did we give them some chances. When we broke down, we broke down completely and Dartmouth scored on 6 of about 8-9. FUGLY!

We have to play a lot better....everyone or our seasons ends tomorrow. This was not the night to lay an egg but I don't think we have played that poorly in a while. Defensively, that was awful. Wenny had no chance except on the one off the faceoff goal #5 against?). Offensively, we have got to stop forcing shots. I don't know anyone who has a good enough shot to shoot it through someone.

Go Lady Saints!

Edit: Congrats to Wellsy and the Lady Saints! It is about time we stuck it to Harvard.

For as bad as the men's game was, it was SWEET that the Women's Team finally, and I think for the first time, beat Harvard in a playoff game. I listened to the OT via Harvard's feed and went nuts when we scored.:D Well, men need to win two in a row and women, as I see it, need to beat Cornell tomorrow to keep their respective seasons alive

critsports
03-02-2012, 11:20 PM
Not pleased with the result. Didn't get to watch or listen but Tim kept me in the loop with texts.

Going in I felt this series was between two pretty evenly matched teams so no result would surprise me. Sure sounds like we had a major league meltdown in the third.

Congrats to Wellsy for not only the win tonight but for his Coach of the Year award.

Muskieman
03-03-2012, 06:23 PM
Not pleased with the result. Didn't get to watch or listen but Tim kept me in the loop with texts.

Going in I felt this series was between two pretty evenly matched teams so no result would surprise me. Sure sounds like we had a major league meltdown in the third.

Congrats to Wellsy for not only the win tonight but for his Coach of the Year award.

Congrats as well to Wellsy for not only his wins last night AND today, but for his Coach of the Year award. In front of over 2,000 and on the road, his Team just defeated now 29-4-0 Cornell at Lynah by a score of 3 to 1 to win SLU's FIRST EVER Women's ECAC Championship. The Team really earned it and, next, it's on to the NCAA's at a school TBD. So, the Women made certain that their season was extended and I hope the Men can do the same the next 2 games.