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Ralph Baer
01-10-2012, 09:06 PM
Discuss! :)

DrDemento
01-10-2012, 09:42 PM
We will have to play a much better game saturday to compete. With our offensively challenged team, we can not afford to let up defensively for even a shift. We have to keep this one as a defensive tight checking game and most of all not allow it to turn into a game of special teams.

rdf8585
01-11-2012, 11:36 AM
If you click around the Union ticket website (http://unionathleticstickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp), there doesn't appear to be that many seats left. Likely another standing room crowd. The game will not be aired (https://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/schott/2012/jan/05/no-tv-for-union-harvard-rpi-union-games/) on TWC3 as originally scheduled.

As a Union follower, hopefully they win. But hopefully the entertainment value of the game is closer to the types of games these two had last year than the two so far this year.

Red Cloud
01-11-2012, 11:40 AM
This is the year I finally stop putting my health and safety on the line by attending this game in that dump of a building. I don't need to put up with being harassed by a donut-munching hero-in-his-own mind fatass rent-a-cop for the third year in a row, either.

AspyDad
01-11-2012, 11:42 AM
I am sure that my good friend Paul Stewart will assign Bryan Hicks to the game.

Red Cloud
01-11-2012, 11:46 AM
I am sure that my good friend Paul Stewart will assign Bryan Hicks to the game.

Was there any doubt? Wouldn't be RPI @ Union without Bryan Ficks.

FlagDUDE08
01-11-2012, 11:49 AM
This is the year I finally stop putting my health and safety on the line by attending this game in that dump of a building. I don't need to put up with being harassed by a donut-munching hero-in-his-own mind fatass rent-a-cop for the third year in a row, either.

After last year's debacle, I have added Messa to my list of rinks I will not attend without bail money.

NYhockeyguy
01-11-2012, 04:10 PM
After last year's debacle, I have added Messa to my list of rinks I will not attend without bail money.
I will not be attending after last years festivities in the RPI section either

Ralph Baer
01-11-2012, 04:20 PM
After last year's debacle, I have added Messa to my list of rinks I will not attend without bail money.

What other rinks are on that list?

FlagDUDE08
01-11-2012, 04:31 PM
What other rinks are on that list?

Cheel. And thus far, that's pretty much it.

Red Cloud
01-11-2012, 04:32 PM
What other rinks are on that list?

I wouldn't roll through Ithaca, let alone Lynah without a peacemaker.

Wholin1
01-11-2012, 09:45 PM
I wonder what effect if any Union's playing Friday at Fenway then traveling back home late that night will have on their energy level on Saturday? I tend to think little if any but who knows?

DrDemento
01-11-2012, 10:00 PM
I wonder what effect if any Union's playing Friday at Fenway then traveling back home late that night will have on their energy level on Saturday? I tend to think little if any but who knows?

There are a lot of healthy young boys on that team-Friday at Harvard should just be a warm up for them. I would expect them to not lose any steam and be fully charged for saturday.

DavidSec17
01-11-2012, 10:01 PM
This is the year I finally stop putting my health and safety on the line by attending this game in that dump of a building. I don't need to put up with being harassed by a donut-munching hero-in-his-own mind fatass rent-a-cop for the third year in a row, either.

I stopped a couple of years ago myself. Just not a good place to watch a game, for many reasons.

rdf8585
01-11-2012, 10:07 PM
I stopped a couple of years ago myself. Just not a good place to watch a game, for many reasons.

The sight lines are pretty hard to beat. There's not many bad seats in the place (but sometimes not enough seats). The drawbacks are bleachers and a bizarre seating layout pattern that always leads to some people being confused about where their seats are. No idea why they have assigned seats in the bleachers. The audio system isn't great and there's no video boards. The walkways can get clogged with even a decent crowd (people standing around chatting, etc). I hear the bathroom situation isn't great, but I can't speak about that. It certainly isn't a D-1 caliber rink, but it's not totally bad.

Wholin1
01-11-2012, 10:08 PM
I stopped a couple of years ago myself. Just not a good place to watch a game, for many reasons.I think it's pretty well settled that Messa really doesn't need the "a" but it's all we've got. I go to every game and don't enjoy much about the place except the hockey. At some point they will have to do something, just don't ask me what or when.

rdf8585
01-11-2012, 10:13 PM
I think it's pretty well settled that Messa really doesn't need the "a" but it's all we've got. I go to every game and don't enjoy much about the place except the hockey. At some point they will have to do something, just don't ask me what or when.

About a year ago, Ken Schott suggested putting a 3500-4000 seat rink on Garis Field as that isn't used like it used to be. It certainly makes one wonder.

In a report from Jason Klump (http://unionhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/jason-klump-reports-from-leaman-press.html)posted on the unofficial Union Hockey Blog, it was written that: "Many have been calling for Union to upgrade from tiny, outdated Messa Rink since Leaman started to lead them to success, but there has never been any interest shown by the school in doing so."

Wholin1
01-11-2012, 10:16 PM
There are a lot of healthy young boys on that team-Friday at Harvard should just be a warm up for them. I would expect them to not lose any steam and be fully charged for saturday.I guess I should be more concerned by what shape I will be in after the trip back. :)

Ralph Baer
01-12-2012, 03:35 AM
I wonder what effect if any Union's playing Friday at Fenway then traveling back home late that night will have on their energy level on Saturday? I tend to think little if any but who knows?

IMO probably little unless the ice is bad and causes injuries.

Red Cloud
01-12-2012, 08:14 AM
The sight lines are pretty hard to beat. There's not many bad seats in the place (but sometimes not enough seats). The drawbacks are bleachers and a bizarre seating layout pattern that always leads to some people being confused about where their seats are. No idea why they have assigned seats in the bleachers. The audio system isn't great and there's no video boards. The walkways can get clogged with even a decent crowd (people standing around chatting, etc). I hear the bathroom situation isn't great, but I can't speak about that. It certainly isn't a D-1 caliber rink, but it's not totally bad.

Worst in the league. I haven't been to all the Hockey East rinks yet but given the caliber of schools that I haven't seen - BC and Maine - I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say it's the worst in the East outside of the dredges of Atlantic Hockey.

The sight lines from the upper levels are pathetic, and the ice is always visibly awful. I'd wager $20 that Union plays on better ice tomorrow than they will on Saturday.