Well, we have to try again to establish a lasting thread, and maybe this latest digital phone booth for the legion of Crimson fans out there won’t vanish into a forum cloud that only an archivist could love. I’ll endorse Veritas’s most recent thread’s onward and upward theme, but also want to distill the best of the original 2018 thread, where BCAlum said keep your eyes on Petrie and Reed. (How these eagles can see talent west of the Housatonic is beyond me, but I’m grateful.) This freshman class did indeed have something to say in the win over Dartmouth (Petrie scored, Reed saved) and I dare say Stone did too, with so much freshmen ice time. What was missing? How about play-by-play? I don’t know what other screen viewers experience, but Harvard hockey coverage is maddening. Everything is “color”: whose father played intramural golf? whose uncle played seventy-two games for the Madawaska Blue Bonnets? God forbid you should follow the line combos, the D-pairings , PP/PK skaters, who did or didn’t make that pass, to say nothing of see and call the penalties These are reasonable observations to expect in any game, especially the first one of the season, when that’s all the fan wants to know. Fleeting glimpses of new jersey numbers don’t tell the story playing out in front of your eyes; doubly so when your ears are full of blather. Callers are supposed to be calling the game for those WHO ARE NOT THERE! Enough. I should know better by now; it’s a given. I have to write a memo to self to watch more out-of-conference games to see if there is real play-by-play somewhere. (Brown’s Mike someone is the only standout I know in the ECAC. Brown, for Pete’s sake!) My take-aways from the first game, at an unnecessarily great digital distance, were (1) thank God for the freshmen, who will bring out the latent talent in some of their elders, and (2) where was Gilmore? Bottom line: we’re due, and we're coming along . . . and it’s great to watch women’s hockey again.