My biggest concern at present is depth in goal. Both Virtanen and Baggetta were sidelined with groin pulls, which can take forever to heal. Dickson looked fine, but UC apparently had to add a walk-on to back him up.
M'ville tonight in a rare mid-week game. Let's see how Utica bounces back from a disappointing weekend.
Thanks fish !
It all starts with the goaltending.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-03-2018 at 11:36 PM.
I heard last night that G Patrik Virtanen has left school and signed a pro contract in Europe. He was missing from last night's game program and is gone from UC's online roster. Barring any mid-season transfer-ins, we'll be riding with Baggetta and Dickson between the pipes this year.
On a side-note, Freshmen have scored 9 of UC's 16 goals this season. Encouraging.
Another roller coaster season I guess, disappointed.
It all starts with the goaltending.
There are legitimately 40 good teams now which means there are very few nights off where you can coast and still get the W.
Every league is competitive with 4 or more different teams that have a shot to win the league championship.
Itís awesome as a lifelong fan of D3 to see this kind of parity.
Having said that- and having watched last night's game as best I could what with the constantly buffered feed- I think UC will win a lot of games this year, and be right in the mix for the UCHC AQ.
Naz's goalie pitched a .931 save % last night... You're going to lose a few games like that. (Too bad the weekend annihilation of Endicott doesn't count, but I don't see any team in the UCHC garnering an AL bid, anyway.)
Utica has a good crop of 21YO "Freshmen". They ought to be alright going forward.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-12-2018 at 10:41 PM.
Nice showing by UC and Baggs tonight, and the feed from The Domes was great. (Love that place; such a unique venue.)
We'll see if Utica can gain a road-sweep tomorrow. I like this team, but it's still a work in progress.
Not sure how you can have a 43-18 SOG advantage, and lose 6-1... But it happened today.
Utica hasn't figured it out yet. Might take another year... Or two.
The Fr. class looks good, but the bulk of the team are grinders. Good wheels and average hands among the latter.
A year late for the AQ. Last season's team had the talent to play with anybody, but D-3's process didn't reward merit as much as it did conference-affiliation, a system I despised.
Oh well.... The season is still young, and there's always skiing.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-18-2018 at 10:13 PM.
Five goals in the 3rd vs. a quality team, to win going away...
I hope UC gets Point tomorrow, just to see how things stack-up.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-23-2018 at 11:36 PM.
I'm guessing that Utica is about as good as this conference gets this season, but the UCHC gets a berth anyway via the AQ, however arbitrary that is.
(Why that fact makes any sense in an objective manner to anyone escapes me, but it'll satisfy the traditionalists.)
Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-26-2018 at 12:03 AM.
Solid weekend for UC. The Stevenson game should have been closer, but Utica shot the puck with surgical precision and potted 7 tallies on fewer SOG. Chatham was better than they looked on paper, but faded down the stretch. Importantly, UC's goaltending was excellent all weekend long.
I was hoping for a better ledger than 6-5 at this juncture, but I'm not surprised, considering the losses due to graduation. What does confuse me is all the flux in the lines, and the absence of notable players on given nights.
This team clearly isn't as talented as last season's, granted, and Heenan doesn't seem to worry about winning on a particular night as much as he does fitting the pieces together for the longer term. I suppose having the AQ shot in a weak conference could justify that approach.
Anyway, lots of winnable games ahead, and this team is looking better. I even think they have a shot at Oswego.
Last edited by Fishman'81; 12-03-2018 at 10:49 PM.
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