And, referring to Ryan Cordeiro from the previous thread as an early departure, he played 39 games as a freshman on the third line in 1998-1999 (4+10=14 pts), but only 12 games (3+1=4) before leaving Dodge the next season.
I am trying to piece together Matt Carney's career at UNH before his two years in the CHL, one with the Odessa Jacklopes (now there was a great trivia question). It appears that he was backup to Matille in 1997-1998, who was 25-12-1, so did Carney get any minutes in net that year? Apparently he was not on the roster in 1998-1999, then was 4-1-1 in 1999-2000, 4-0-1 in 2000-2001, and 16-3-2 (2.49 GAA, 0.905 SV%) in 2001-2002, when he rotated in net most of the season with Mike Ayers until St Paul.
That said, the 97/98 team was so deep offensively and so fun to watch move the puck and create offense. It is definitely one of my favorite UNH teams of all time and the regional wins over Wisconsin and BU were amazing.
The two Bekar what-ifs are wild to think about - but often forgotten in those discussions is the major what-if for 97/98. Erik Niklaus was eligible to return as a senior, following a 29 goal campaign in 96/97 (and 55 goals total over the past two seasons), but left for professional hockey after his junior season. Imagine adding Nicklaus to that group of forwards...
Bekar - Nolan - Krog
Nicklaus - Mowers - Dellazy
Shipulski - Sadowski - Souza
Gagnon - Onufrechuk - Swain
Those two early departures may have cost them back-to-back Nattys...
Last edited by Dan; 02-01-2018 at 02:15 PM.
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Bekar's grandparents and the Titanic, plenty of good angles on that one. Just like the Red Sox and the Titanic.
Totally forgot about Nicklaus leaving a year early. He probably saw how ill prepared TGTN (The Great Turtle Neck) had the team come the end of the season, and decided that another year of post season misery wasnt for him. How did they lose to ColCollege so listlessly? The Centrum sucks for hockey, but we sucked worse. Remember Denver 9-2 in 95.
The recap of some of UNH's failures in the late '90's in recent posts only brings on further hindsight and reflection on what could/should have been. Coach kept pushing past the failures, and in the early '00's with two HE Tourney titles back to back, and two more trips back to the FF, for a while it seemed like he was figuring it out. Then he lost his recruiting binky (McCloskey), and it's been all downhill since ...
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Montreal Expos Forever ...
If the quest stalls at 599 does Souza let Umile coach one game next year to get the win?
Recollections from nearly 20 years ago. In the 1997-1998 season Brian LaRochelle started the first 12 (ithink that was the number) because Matile was not eligible due to his daliance with MJA in BC. LaRochelle was an outstanding high school catcher and was at UNH on a baseball scholarship. But he was also a decent high school goalie and UNH needed someone. With some intense tutoring by Lassonde, including multiple sessions with a puck machine, he became more than serviceable on what was a great team. But it was a given that Matile was going to be the goalie once he was eligible. Always recall his first game, at UVM, with St. Louis and Perrin. Pretty sure he had 19 saves in the first period alone. The next year he and Ty alternated games all the way to the HE semis. After that it was Ty all the way.
Always thought if UNH had Bekar in ‘99 they would have won more than the regular season title. Who’s to say about the final what with the knob of the stick and all that Chuck is right though. It all ended once McCloskey left. Every year after 2003, the teams were progressively just not as good. Instead of being on the short list for the championship, it was instead, “we made the tournament again.” As I wrote last week, they had more than remote shots to make the FF in 2008, 2009, and 2010. After that? Zippo. For UNH to get back to the glory days, they are going to need someone as ruthless and committed as McCloskey was. Not holding my breath though.
He can coach against the pre-season Canadian thugs next year to get the "W". Then his 600 wins can have an ** asterisk next to it as being unofficial. Somehow a fitting conclusion.
Could any players on this years team crack the line up for either the 97-98 or 98-99 teams?
Pesce and JvR light the lamp tonight...
Let's Go SouzaCats!
But, going back the past decade, I think that we have had several players each year that could have made the third or fourth lines and second or third D pairs on those two teams. But, this season and apparently the next few are sadly the new normal.
Pick chins up. From mainuh. Go and win. Souza is great, saw him on ice. Power forward, goes to the net, wins... extention means great things. My $0.02
I love the thread from 97 98. Great team. But truth be told from mainuh heart... I wished we could have traded you for Ty Conklin. That guy was outstanding. And in Maine we love goalies. Maine could have won another one with him. He was the best goalie I ever saw you had. But I also like boganeki. Sorry for bad spelling. Bekar was outstanding but he had to go early in NHL. But if we could go back and trade, I'd spot you a Niko Dimitrakos for Ty Conklin.
HR's weekend predicts:
Friday: NU 4 UNH 1 (would love to be proved 100% wrong on this one...) Never seen them win at Matthews so tonight would be a great night to do it!
Saturday: UNH 3 UMass 1
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