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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
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    Attendance Friday was 4787 and Saturday was 5012. The university Facebook page put out a thank you to the "10,000 fans" who attended this weekend, but quick math tells me that number is inaccurate. Or they were counting police, ushers, the guy selling baked potatoes...
    Are there tickets in the boxes? Because it looked packed but a couple boxes looked relatively empty. But for the ones packed great on you. It used to be they didnít count boxes for attendance. I believe.

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    OK so letís talk about the next time Thiessen gets a shot in goal. Swayman is the backbone of this team but heíll be a better backbone if he gets a break once every dozen games or so. The next reasonable choice I see is 12/29 vs AIC. Or possibly one of the games vs St. Lawrence? Iím not sure. The kid needs to get a game in some time. But Sway gives them a better chance of winning every game he plays. The other choice of course is if Maine is up by several goals and he comes in for the 3rd or something.
    Look, I know he was awful the one game he got a shot. I would not have chosen that game to put my #2 goalie in to get some work. But it begs the question if now what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleA View Post
    OK so letís talk about the next time Thiessen gets a shot in goal. Swayman is the backbone of this team but heíll be a better backbone if he gets a break once every dozen games or so. The next reasonable choice I see is 12/29 vs AIC. Or possibly one of the games vs St. Lawrence? Iím not sure. The kid needs to get a game in some time. But Sway gives them a better chance of winning every game he plays. The other choice of course is if Maine is up by several goals and he comes in for the 3rd or something.
    Look, I know he was awful the one game he got a shot. I would not have chosen that game to put my #2 goalie in to get some work. But it begs the question if now what?
    My thoughts... there is a reason a young talent comes to college hockey vs. major junior. Major junior goes 82 games like the pros. Swayman isnít being overworked. But at the same time the young and up and coming Thiessen needs work. I donít have a problem with Thiessen getting work. But I question why Red and Alfie decided early against a ranked opponent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    My thoughts... there is a reason a young talent comes to college hockey vs. major junior. Major junior goes 82 games like the pros. Swayman isnít being overworked. But at the same time the young and up and coming Thiessen needs work. I donít have a problem with Thiessen getting work. But I question why Red and Alfie decided early against a ranked opponent.
    Also, while I am on my soapbox. That northeastern has been a hell of a thorn in our side. They never bring a crowd. They have an even smaller rink for our new built defense. With clogging and discipline we can get two wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    Also, while I am on my soapbox. That northeastern has been a hell of a thorn in our side. They never bring a crowd. They have an even smaller rink for our new built defense. With clogging and discipline we can get two wins.
    In case people didnít see we trapped bottom two lines against UHN, tssk tssk, because we clogged their counters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    Also, while I am on my soapbox. That northeastern has been a hell of a thorn in our side. They never bring a crowd. They have an even smaller rink for our new built defense. With clogging and discipline we can get two wins.
    I keep asking myself what is the difference this year, why.
    New volunteer coach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    What is full attendance now. I think before redo of sky box area it was 5612. But I donít know what it is now. Tippy can probably tell us. I thought crowd was great. The band adds so much energy. Also, love the sign at beginning that said we got two how about you. Now if the students could have put UHN in there... and if they had a water bottle goddess... it would have been just like old times.
    I say full, it wasn't full but close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthMike View Post
    I keep asking myself what is the difference this year, why.
    New volunteer coach?
    There is a new volunteer assistant this year, Scott Hillman. Longtime ECHL head coach. I have also wondered at times if he is to do with the sudden breakout the team seems to be experiencing.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    [QUOTE=DoubleA;6867339] Swayman is the backbone of this team

    Swayman IS this team, in terms of the W/L record.

    The forwards are composed of the typical Red ham-handed recruits.

    It'll be interesting to see how it works out in the end, but I expect the same-old, come Spring.
    Last edited by Fishman'81; 11-18-2019 at 11:43 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Fishman'81;6867400]
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleA View Post
    Swayman is the backbone of this team

    Swayman IS this team, in terms of the W/L record.
    Say again

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    [QUOTE=Fishman'81;6867400]
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleA View Post
    Swayman is the backbone of this team

    Swayman IS this team, in terms of the W/L record.
    You make a living denigrating us.

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    [QUOTE=BlackI;6867414]
    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post

    You make a living denigrating us.
    Not double a. But fishman.

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    [QUOTE=BlackI;6867416]
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post

    Not double a. But fishman.
    He will fight to tell how terrible Maine is. He loves negativity. So then f u. When we do well. What is your problem?

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    if NU doesn't make too much noise in HE this season (odds are against us this time), I will be cheering you guys all the way. Great fans & resilient team after slow start.
    I doubt you're going to see the 5K per night type crowds @ Matthews this wknd, (we sometimes get close to 4200-4300 but is rare depending the wknd/ opponent)... regardless; hopefully we'll see 2 good games.

    On the fans/ home crowds, well done! With declining coll hockey attendance many places, great to hear the "Old Girl" averaged 4.5 - 5K fans per night each night this past wknd.
    Well done!
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    We don't always win Hockey East or the Beanpot.. but when we do.. we are the Champions

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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    There is a new volunteer assistant this year, Scott Hillman. Longtime ECHL head coach. I have also wondered at times if he is to do with the sudden breakout the team seems to be experiencing.
    I'm wondering too, I thought I read once he was going to work with D or special teams. Maybe I dreamt it.
    I also think once in a while, we all sling mud at Red, but never the assistants. This is aweful to say but just thinking what if changes were made there. Not saying I'm a Red fan but....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthMike View Post
    I'm wondering too, I thought I read once he was going to work with D or special teams. Maybe I dreamt it.
    I also think once in a while, we all sling mud at Red, but never the assistants. This is aweful to say but just thinking what if changes were made there. Not saying I'm a Red fan but....
    You arenít wrong. For anything you say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthMike View Post
    I'm wondering too, I thought I read once he was going to work with D or special teams. Maybe I dreamt it.
    I also think once in a while, we all sling mud at Red, but never the assistants. This is aweful to say but just thinking what if changes were made there. Not saying I'm a Red fan but....
    It is a step up big time on defense. The weak link is VMT. He threw two passes in front of his own net. So he canít play next weekend. Look at the tape.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    Also, while I am on my soapbox. That northeastern has been a hell of a thorn in our side. They never bring a crowd. They have an even smaller rink for our new built defense. With clogging and discipline we can get two wins.
    BlackI
    What smaller rink are you talking about?? The Matthews Arena ice surface is 90íx200í. Thatís 5í WIDER than your rink. The extra width is there to force your ďnew built defense ď to skate a bit further when they feel that they want to hit someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    It is a step up big time on defense. The weak link is VMT. He threw two passes in front of his own net. So he canít play next weekend. Look at the tape.
    VMT is awful, but Maine only has 8 defensemen on their entire team (9 if you count Bruneski as a defenseman), and 7 play every game. If Perry Winfree is worse than VMT I'm nervous to see him play, but Red is prone to choosing favorites so maybe VMT has found himself in Red's good graces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryecheers View Post
    BlackI
    What smaller rink are you talking about?? The Matthews Arena ice surface is 90íx200í. Thatís 5í WIDER than your rink. The extra width is there to force your ďnew built defense ď to skate a bit further when they feel that they want to hit someone.
    She fifteen feet shorter. Do your homework.

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