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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post
    I'm not on the Kool-Aid yet, either, and I've seen them twice.

    This team has an average Red offense, which ain't good.

    Call me "negative", but I'm seeing a typical Red team that Swayman has carried on his back.

    (So far.)
    Swayman is the key, now and as the season goes on if Maine looks to have a winning season...another key is Maine playing a deep fore-check and clogging center ice to make it harder to get into the offensive end...cutting down shots on Swayman. I think he will still see 30 to 35 each night...but some goaltenders are better when in the action. Either way the team is playing with more of a hungry attitude, which is a good thing...tough upcoming series at Lowell.

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    Isnt the goalie always the key?

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Isnt the goalie always the key?

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    YES...my meaning is he makes the team better if they have the confidence...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    The last time Maine was ranked in the USCHO poll was the week of 11 January, 2018. The team celebrated the occasion by tying Brown that night and getting swept by Northeastern the next weekend. Will this be the day they return to the poll?

    Maine is 10th in the USCHO pairwise and 12th at CHN. Maine would play either Pedo State in Allentown (CHN) or RIT in Albany (USCHO). Albany sounds good...Maine has good history there...
    My prediction is they aren't ranked yet this week, but get a substantial number of votes and land near the top of the "Others Recieving Votes" category. Another strong showing against Mass-Lowell on the road next week gets them ranked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post
    I'm not on the Kool-Aid yet, either, and I've seen them twice.

    This team has an average Red offense, which ain't good.

    Call me "negative", but I'm seeing a typical Red team that Swayman has carried on his back.

    (So far.)
    How many years has Maine operated at 20% on the power play in recent times? Have you forgotten all the times Maine was shut out at home last year? Itís a combination of things and that is taking nothing away from Swayman.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Maine earned 43 points in this week's poll, placing them effectively "23rd" in the nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    The last time Maine was ranked in the USCHO poll was the week of 11 January, 2018. The team celebrated the occasion by tying Brown that night and getting swept by Northeastern the next weekend. Will this be the day they return to the poll?

    Maine is 10th in the USCHO pairwise and 12th at CHN. Maine would play either Pedo State in Allentown (CHN) or RIT in Albany (USCHO). Albany sounds good...Maine has good history there...
    Iím a little behind the times here so forgive the dumb question but why are the PWRs different at the two sites? I thought it was a known formula that should be the same everywhere?

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Also, Ben Poisson was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSox3066 View Post
    Iím a little behind the times here so forgive the dumb question but why are the PWRs different at the two sites? I thought it was a known formula that should be the same everywhere?
    It should be universal. Probably one or both sites is making a miscalculation or has a bad integer somewhere in the formula. Enough mathematicians are involved that it will all be sorted by the time Pairwise matters.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    USCHO's is correct. CHN's is off because they implement KRACH for a majority of the year, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew S. View Post
    Why are they having tv timeouts when the game isn’t on tv? Just one more thing to discourage people from going.
    Teams have always been allowed to take those time outs, most now take them because of the CBS deal that was put in place. It also gives them a chance to do a quick scrape of the ice. I don't mind it at Lowell because it's a quick bathroom break or drink run time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    Also, Ben Poisson was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Week.
    He and JSS seemed to have clicked
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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    The last time Maine was ranked in the USCHO poll was the week of 11 January, 2018. The team celebrated the occasion by tying Brown that night and getting swept by Northeastern the next weekend. Will this be the day they return to the poll?

    Maine is 10th in the USCHO pairwise and 12th at CHN. Maine would play either Pedo State in Allentown (CHN) or RIT in Albany (USCHO). Albany sounds good...Maine has good history there...
    I never look at the coaches' poll, and it's far too early to put any stock in any PWR or KRACH calculation... Having said that, we're pretty excited to get to SLU.

    Still not a buyer, but this year wouldn't be the first one in which a team has piggy-backed a great goalie to the NCAA's.

    (And, yeah, Albany would be perfect. Maine has never lost a Regional game there.)

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Once again, both USCHO Hockey East writers predict Maine to get swept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    Once again, both USCHO Hockey East writers predict Maine to get swept.
    You'd think eventually they'd give us some credit for the good hockey we're playing. My money is on split, Maine probably wins tomorrow and Lowell on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    You'd think eventually they'd give us some credit for the good hockey we're playing. My money is on split, Maine probably wins tomorrow and Lowell on Saturday.
    Really a split at Lowell? Im not convinced Maine is that good but maybe I'm undervaluing Sway. Be great to get some points at Lowell. Its alway good when HE writers don't pick Maine

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    Really a split at Lowell? Im not convinced Maine is that good but maybe I'm undervaluing Sway. Be great to get some points at Lowell. Its alway good when HE writers don't pick Maine

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    Should be a close, tight checking series...Swayman will need to be the best player on the ice each night...UML has been playing well and there goaltender Wall is like Swayman in that he's has to be there best player...and any time you play a Bazin led team you need to be ready as they show up with no quit in there play....Figure 3-2, 3-1 games...hoping for at least one win...and the HE writers love to pick against Maine...knowing full well we are backing our team no matter what...good/bad. GO Maine..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Really a split at Lowell? Im not convinced Maine is that good but maybe I'm undervaluing Sway. Be great to get some points at Lowell. Its alway good when HE writers don't pick Maine

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    Lowell is not what they once were earlier in the decade, I think they are comparable to Maine these days. Should be a close and entertaining weekend.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Lowell is probably better overall, but Swayman should be the best player on the ice.

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    0-0 after one. Shots 10-7 for Maine. Black Bears will begin the second period down 5-on-3 for 0:50.

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