All the players who were missing from the basketball photo were missing tonight, and Coach Smith himself confirmed that there have been "personnel changes" already. There were actually a few more players missing too - Linden Marshall, TJ Samec, Jacob Hayhurst and Patrick Polino - but I asked the guys about a couple of them (Jacob and Patrick) and were told they had late classes so I assume the same was true for Linden and TJ. I'm pretty confident that Linden, at least, has not been cut!
Nothing was said about the renovation plans and, although both Smith and McElroy took questions, nobody asked. I didn't see WS's post before I went and I didn't think of it myself - sorry.
Coach Smith made some brief comments about the past season - saying that the results weren't what they wanted or expected, but that the adjustments and improvements were. He pointed to the loss to Brown after leading 4-1 in the 3rd period as one of the big failures and to the win over Cornell (no surprise), holding on to a slim 2-1 lead, as an example of what he wants to see instead.
And - a highlight of the evening! - Nolan Graham's wife Crystal stopped by with their daughter Ellie. She said Nolan wanted her to come to thank everyone and tell them how much all the wonderful support meant to him. Nolan is home and doing outpatient therapy, improving every day, but with a long road ahead of him yet.
So its Confirmed 11 kids departing. 3 seniors and 8 others are gone. Wow. thats gonna take a few chews to swallow. As I've said before, Smitty deserves the benefit of time to do things his way ...but he's out on the plank now sending that many kids packing. Here's hoping the arrow starts pointing up for our squad.
I agree that so many cuts after his first year kind of puts Coach Smith on the hot seat for getting something accomplished. And, as I've mentioned before, I worry about team morale when it's clear that anyone, even juniors, can be cut at any time. I'm not sure that's the way to get the best out of players, but obviously Dave Smith thinks it is and I'm not a coach. I'm just a listener.
Last edited by cmmarkham; 03-26-2018 at 10:00 PM.
Today is 27 March 2018. There are 193 days until RPI's next game.
This is based upon 6 October 2018 for the start of next season.
We are going to see what kind of coach we have, and what kind of system we play. But if we don't get someone who can put the puck in the net, it will just be more of the same.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
I agree with Wicked that we need to keep the puck out of the net and this starts with better play by our DMen and our Goalkeepers. Another year of big changes. Maybe and just maybe the coach has kept those players that he feels will buy into what he is attempting to bring to this program. If next year is the same and there is no improvement and by improvement I mean a 15 win season then I don't think you'll see things get better for a very long time.
It's about changing the mindset of the team and giving your goalie a mental period/game off. You give the kid a mental night off to work the gate and watch the game ...for his mental health. A huge component of goaltending is mental and allowing ~23 goals in that 4 game stretch didn't accomplish much for Marshall. One man's opinion .
Last edited by Wicked Slappaahs; 03-27-2018 at 11:38 AM.
Again, I'm not at all blaming Marshall. A goaltender is only as good as the defense playing in front of him, and ours was really bad. Point being, barring a nagging injury we didn't know about, it's hard to figure how Perry didn't see any ice time.
Ok, so now that the "fire sale" has begun can the RPI program be placed at face value as a Princeton and UMASS respectively. I say this because UMASS has a new coach, sweeps clean with his new broom and sees marked improvement. Princeton has couple years under new coach, buys into "the system" and advances to the NCAA's. Curious as to what the masses may think. The pieces appear to be there, and I would agree the the 6 man unit in front of the goalie needs to be better. So I guess my optimism is high for the upcoming season because I see what these other two programs have achieved.
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