Maine up to #8 in the PW.
Go Red! :p
Fair warning, you are about to read the most optimistic post I have had in years:
Maine came out of October with 4 wins. That's 2 wins ahead of where I thought they would be.
Maine plays 10 games in November (BU, BU, @UML, @UML, UNH, UNH, @NU, @NU, @SLU, @SLU). 4/6 home/road split. But.... 5 wins seems realistic? SLU is very beatable. UNH at home is winnable. You can't expect sweeps, but with 4 very winnable games, and six underdog games, 5 wins isn't crazy.
Of the four December games (@UMA, @UMA, @Yale, AIC), it would be nice to get one. But, that could be 10 wins before the break, heading into a back half of the schedule with home two game sets against Omaha, Connecticut, Merrimack, and Vermont.
Here's my bonkers prediction: Maine finishes above .500 for the season.
It all comes down to goaltending. If Swayman plays like a top three goalie in Hockey East, he has the potential to carry this team to a solid season.
I would love to see them steal at least one game from BU, UML and NU. That's a tall task especially playing on the road for two of those series, but if they manage to do that they're really going to put themselves in a position where they could carry some momentum into December.
The key is going to be this: they have to take care of UConn, Merrimack and Vermont. A team like this absolutely has to beat the teams they should beat if they want to enjoy an extended season.
Not ready to crown them yet but they look decent. These next couple weekends are huge, need at least 3 wins over the next 6 games. BU's had quite a few injuries to impact players so might be an opportunity to steal some points this weekend.
The next two weekends are the most important of the season in my opinion. When I look at Hockey East, I see a clear top 4 (BC, PC, NU, MA), a middle three (ME, ML, BU), and a bottom 4 (NH, VT, MC, CT). 2 wins out of the next 4 should be the ground floor IMO. Both BU and UML are beatable, and getting some W's in the books against other teams in the middle of the conference should be huge.
Maine has averaged 3 GPG, exactly, and has allowed 2.67 GPG.
That's a very fine line, obviously, and Swayman has to continue to be All-World going forward if Maine is going to have any kind of a shot at the NCAA's.
As good as he's been, I doubt that he can carry this team on his back for this entire season.
That means Jeremy Swayman can do commercials for the local construction firm ("Like a brick wall!")Quote:
The NCAA is finally embracing “change” and starting the process of allowing student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Board of Governors chairman and president of Ohio State University Michael V. Drake said in a statement. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”
I could see this helping Maine ..... a fanbase that actually buys merch could pay guys more than a team that doesnt?
If the big money Big Ten type schools that pour money from their profits into hockey now have to give that money to their QBs instead of their assistant hockey trainers, maybe that helps level the playing field too?
We sure as shootin aren’t gonna be able to pay players so lets hope so
As of today, the NCAA is "considering" this concept "within the framework of existing collegiate athletics".
I paraphrase, but it's clear that this is yet another stall-tactic... More of the same lip service while the NCAA brass and the TV outlets continue to line their pockets.
This addition is chilling
If scholarships are taxable income that's the end of athletics.Quote:
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said scholarship money received by college athletes who take endorsement money should be treated — and taxed — like income.
“If college athletes are going to make money off of their likeness while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income,” Burr said over Twitter. He said plans to introduce legislation that taxes scholarships for college athletes who choose to “cash in.”
This is just a do nothing committee formed by the NCAA to win the news cycle. They are still fighting the California law (which goes further, btw) tooth and nail.
BU @ Maine this weekend! Who is feeling the excitement? Remember when this was a battle of top 5 titans and a fight for Hockey East supremacy?
big weekend for everybody-- Jeremy is playing all-world right now, and there has been a diminishing of the stupid penalties. I see a W this weekend as being utterly critical, and I feel the same next week. 2-1-1 would be wonderful, but I will take a split. The football team's defense is in utter disarray, the loss of our best player has hurt worse than I would have imagined 6 weeks ago. Stevens was apparently the heart and soul of the team, and our defense reeks without him. Still, Albany is not that great, Elon has kind of fallen apart, New Hampshire is in the still receiving votes category, but beatable and RI ain't all that. However 3/4 on the road. I could see 4-8, I could see 6-5. Happy with the young QB, though. Feel bad for Ferguson, just bit by the injury bug the last couple of seasons.
The hockey team is better than I would have thought. 12-0 in an opening weekend? Now to winning road games? So, we cannot be terrible, and hopefully, Red will have learned from his Thiessen mistake. I get the general idea, but wow, it backfired. Probably hurt the young netminder, and didn't do Jeremy any good since he had to play most of the game, anyway. All right, I will let it go.
Happily surprised so far.
They got outshot like 78-10 against Providence so they can definitely still be terrible.
I’m pleasantly surprised by the games since but that showing left a mark.
Sorry if this has been posted, interview with Swayman.
Both USCHO writers predict a BU sweep this weekend.
Lots of power outages in area including some of the U. They closed it today. Anyone heard if alfond is good to go for Tonite?
Truly, I could actually see anything happening this weekend, based on the empirical evidence that's currently available.
If Swayman continues to play as well as he has of late, Maine could garner 3-4 points... But, I'll play it safe and predict 2. (Or maybe 1.)
2-0 Maine after the first. Shots tied 12-12. Poisson gets his first on the PP, slamming home a rebound into a wide open net, followed up by Rennaker scoring on a rush down the wing on a shot Tucker probably should have had. Play has been consistent, but marked by one team dominating in the offensive zone for minutes at a time. Both Maine and BU have had their moments of sustained pressure. A scrum and mini-brawl broke out in front of BU's net near the end of the first, with a penalty going to each team on the play, then Sirota went off for an iffy slashing call with 0:13 to go. The second will start with a 4-on-3 power play for 0:49, then a normal 5-on-4 power play for 0:58 for BU. Maine is 1/1 on the PK pending the completion of Sirota's minor, and is 1/2 on the PP.
A brawl in a game between Maine and BU? My heavens, I've never heard of such a thing.
GO BLUE, Red or not.
BU got their legs a bit in that period, and cut the lead in half. Score 2-1 after the second. The goal was on a 2-on-1 odd man rush with Spicer caught back. Shots 26-24 for Maine.