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KnightsOfTheRound
01-22-2012, 01:57 PM
I'm ready for the backlash but the last time I saw as much confidence in passing and as much awareness of where each other was on the ice was the 2009 season. Not saying they are that good nor will have same results but even from earlier this year I see far more anticipation, more players moving aggressively off the puck and quicker transition than I've witnessed over the last 2 years plus.

It can come and go, current results give optimism for coming months but are no guarantee of future results.

Still, I'll take it.

I was not around for the 2009 season, but even just following this team this year I see a marked improvement in passing, communication, and movement away from the puck, even just since the break. It really seems like a switch has been flipped and they're playing better as a team, with big contributions coming in surprising places on every line. Do you think there anything to the notion of addition by subtraction since the departures? I know we'll miss some of that scoring, but the way guys have been stepping up has been huge.

Lots of hockey left to play so I don't want to get ahead of myself, but the play so far has been really encouraging.

Bomber
01-22-2012, 07:20 PM
I'll say it again: Ewing Theory anyone?

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
01-23-2012, 11:42 AM
I was not around for the 2009 season, but even just following this team this year I see a marked improvement in passing, communication, and movement away from the puck, even just since the break. It really seems like a switch has been flipped and they're playing better as a team, with big contributions coming in surprising places on every line. Do you think there anything to the notion of addition by subtraction since the departures? I know we'll miss some of that scoring, but the way guys have been stepping up has been huge.

Lots of hockey left to play so I don't want to get ahead of myself, but the play so far has been really encouraging.

Agreed that lots of hockey still left against some very tough opponents. But I like how this team is trending. The comeback wins @ NU and @ Harvard were games that, IMO, they probably wouldn't have won earlier this season (and BU teams of recent past probably would've have won).

The dominance they showed this past weekend was even more impressive given that it wouldn't have been shocking to see a letdown against PC (esp. on Saturday). Instead, they further raised their level of play, where Saturday's game was about as thorough a game I've seen them play in awhile.

Even when the outcome was long decided on Saturday, their defensive commitment towards preserving a shutout for Kieran was impressive. Blocking shots, minimizing grade-A chances when they could've easily let up - that's the type of attitude that I think this team must carry forward and hopefully more good things will happen.

Bumbles
01-23-2012, 12:08 PM
So....., any word on how #26 is doing? Didn't mention him at all in the two recap articles so hopefully that means it wasn't anything serious.

KnightsOfTheRound
01-23-2012, 12:45 PM
We got five first place votes in the most recent USCHO.com poll, and significantly closed the gap in points between us and the number one spot.

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Nick Papagiorgio
01-23-2012, 12:56 PM
Nice job this weekend guys.

I'm calling a BU national title in Tampa right now. And no I'm not sandbagging (suck it mookie).

It's like someone kidnapped BC and put BU jerseys on. Talk about a role reversal!

mookie1995
01-23-2012, 03:01 PM
Gooooooouuuuuuuulllllll-lee nick! You have me confused with scarlet! :D. No reverse jinx or sandbagging from me. Just typing what I believe. Until I see the corpse, bc will always be the favorite to win it all. Too solid, too good, too consistent, for too long. Sorry. :)

And as I told Scarlett Friday (and rover and gentry overheard me).. Nothing we do or say has any pact on what the boys do on the ice. Wish I had that power, but none of us do.

BUPhD
01-23-2012, 03:12 PM
I'm just remembering about a month ago when everyone was writing this season off already.

I'm sort of fearful what we might be saying at the end of February....let alone the end of March.

It's a crazy year.

chickod
01-23-2012, 03:23 PM
It's like someone kidnapped BC and put BU jerseys on. Talk about a role reversal!

Speaking of jerseys...I caught the BC/Maine game Saturday on NESN. Did BC just get those "BU jerseys" (the ones with the two shoulder stripes), or is it their new "third" jersey. I don't recall ever seeing them wear those before...

Bumbles
01-23-2012, 03:48 PM
I'm just remembering about a month ago when everyone was writing this season off already.

I'm sort of fearful what we might be saying at the end of February....let alone the end of March.

It's a crazy year.

Stating the obvious but the next 3 games will be huge. Red-hot Maine who is looking to continue moving up the rankings and PWR and @ Merrimack which has been a difficult place to get 2 pts these last few years. Exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. Hopefully the boys show that their play hasn't been a fluke.

KnightsOfTheRound
01-23-2012, 04:04 PM
Stating the obvious but the next 3 games will be huge. Red-hot Maine who is looking to continue moving up the rankings and PWR and @ Merrimack which has been a difficult place to get 2 pts these last few years. Exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. Hopefully the boys show that their play hasn't been a fluke.

And not to be defeatist, but I'm expecting three very close and competitive games, and assuming we don't take 6 points from them, I hope the team can continue their strong play, improve where necessary, and not get rattled. (I hope this sense of focus and inner calm extends to all of us on the message board as well :))

Nick Papagiorgio
01-23-2012, 04:20 PM
Just typing what I believe. Until I see the corpse, bc will always be the favorite to win it all. Too solid, too good, too consistent, for too long. Sorry. :)

That's what you said in 2009.

Just sayin.... :D

Either way, I'm happy for you guys. What a crazy turn of events...

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
01-23-2012, 04:27 PM
Speaking of jerseys...I caught the BC/Maine game Saturday on NESN. Did BC just get those "BU jerseys" (the ones with the two shoulder stripes), or is it their new "third" jersey. I don't recall ever seeing them wear those before...

BC athletics has an apparel deal with Under Armour; those are their new regular sweaters as of this season.

sterlippo1
01-23-2012, 04:58 PM
Until I see the corpse, BU will always be one the favorites to win it all. Too solid, too good, too consistent, for too long. Sorry. :)

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FYP............. to fit how I feel about "Y'all"

Bumbles
01-23-2012, 05:18 PM
FYP............. to fit how I feel about "Y'all"

Except we've been the corpse two years and running now.

mookie1995
01-23-2012, 05:33 PM
That's what you said in 2009.

Just sayin.... :D

Either way, I'm happy for you guys. What a crazy turn of events...

Actually, I was referring to the boys as "the team of density" :D. Slowly peeps came around to accept my confidence ( expect scarlet, she still thinks they'll lose the final :p)

defkit
01-23-2012, 06:06 PM
Bomber - please remind me what the Ewing theory is. Something to do with Boomer Ewing, I assume/recall, but I don't remember any details. Or perhaps I am way off and it has to do with JR Ewing.

mookie1995
01-23-2012, 06:30 PM
Bomber - please remind me what the Ewing theory is. Something to do with Boomer Ewing, I assume/recall, but I don't remember any details. Or perhaps I am way off and it has to do with JR Ewing.

:D :p

(i thought (HOPED) uscho was a simmons free zone! guess i was mistaken....)

Scarlet
01-23-2012, 08:16 PM
Bomber - please remind me what the Ewing theory is. Something to do with Boomer Ewing, I assume/recall, but I don't remember any details. Or perhaps I am way off and it has to do with JR Ewing.

I can't tell if you're serious or not.

Ewing Theory (http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=1193711)

buoldtimer
01-23-2012, 09:13 PM
I can't tell if you're serious or not.

Ewing Theory (http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=1193711)

Perhaps, the gang at ESPN could've found a more flattering picture of Tiffani A-T. In that shot, it appears that she just caught a whif of something most foul.