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When I turned on NESN yesterday at 1:10, they were indeed showing NE Hockey Journal. So I switched to the Red Zone, then switched back 10-15 minutes later and the game was on, maybe 10 minutes in. My overall impression, not only of this game but the others I have watched, is that UNH is strong defensively from the goalie out. Robinson was the difference in the BC game and he was again today, particularly in the third. Wyse, Gildon and Maas are excellent defending around the net and also getting the puck going out of the zone. Not seeing much of the back and forth passing behind the net this year. I noticed that in the third period UMass changed to a high low forecheck which UNH was adept at handling. Offensively, they have to pick it up some, but yesterday they took care of at least a couple of their opportunities and, with the goaltending and a good defensive system, they were able to win. It was a well coached game. Let’s see if they can keep it up.
Greg, I had to laugh at your recollection of Cedorchuk's handling of his love life. The guy was a piece of work … IIRC, he was a Townie (not sure how Parker didn't snag him for BU), and that might explain his "fast and loose" approach to things on and off the ice? I've been sitting on a great Cedorchuk story (not exactly in high demand these days) for about 20 years, but I can't disclose it here without breaching a sworn confidence. I hate being that "I know something, but can't say" guy, but my word is my word.
Following on Ref's thoughts about the Alfond experience … that really used to mean something back when Walshy was running a perennial national contending program, with Standbrook finding those obscure gems everywhere, and their program played with an edge (doubled/tripled at home). It was still tough after Walshy as long as Standbrook was there to prop up Whitehead, but I can't say that I've ever thought "uh-oh, we gotta go to Orono" since those guys left. Granted, we've suffered through a drought over the last few years of the Umile Era where UNH struggled to match up to UMaine. But all in all, UMaine has arguably been in the crapper just as long as UNH, if not slightly longer, and I've never thought Red Gendron was going to be their savoir, and if it turns out that MS7 can turn the UNH program around, we'll be a step up on them at least until they find their next guy in charge.
((( … cue for UMaine sweeping UNH next weekend by lopsided scores … )))
Truth be told, the world of UNH Hockey will be in a better place when UMaine turns things around too.
Finally … it may be premature to say this, but Bazin's UML program is starting to remind me a little of the final Umile Era trend, sliding away gradually from the top tier, still competitive, but not like they were just a few short seasons ago. Not like Normie is going anywhere soon, but it's something I've been noticing and filing down for further comment at a later date. I guess like today, now that it's out there. Thoughts?
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Beyond that, two in 1977, Dave Lumley’s OT strike vs Brown that sent UNH to the Garden after four hair pulling years of frustration. Then three days later, Bob Gould’s goal against Cornell to give them a 10-9 win in double OT. You got 1979 right, Gould, #17 in your program, at 17:17 of the third period to win their sole ECAC title. After that you have to fast forward to 1992, when Savo Mitrovic scored short handed against Providence in HE semis to more or less guarantee UNH’s first trip to the NCAAs in nine years. Mowers in ‘98, Haydar in ‘99 (loudest UNH game I have ever been to), Teplitsky in ‘03, the two goals against NoDak in ‘09. But that’s about it,,isn’t it? Ten years is a big gap. Time to get going again, no?
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This Don Cherry thing.... ughhhh.
Troubling freshmen stats:
- Combined points so far = 1
- Combined +/- so far = -12 (no one positive)
- Combined games played so far = 29
I hope these begin to improve. If they do and the remaining team continues to perform accordingly, baring injuries, this team should remain competitive
As for the Haydars, no one like them before or since. The most sociable hockey parents I have ever met. Yes, they were completely invested in what Darren was doing, especially since they made the 18 hour round trip from Milton, Ontario every weekend for four years. But they made a point to establish friendships along the way. We met them the first weekend of Darren’s freshman year, in Burlington. Start of a great four year ride. We were fortunate to meet up with them, along Darren and his family, in Milton this past April just prior to the FF in Buffalo. Great to reminisce.
Last edited by Greg Ambrose; 11-12-2019 at 05:26 PM.
2nd Miami game - Grasso scored game-tying goal w/5:46 left in regulation.
Merrimack - Kelleher scored the game-winner 27 seconds into the overtime period.
Boston College - Crookshank scored game-winner 2:15 into overtime.
Dartmouth - Kelleher scored game-winning goal with just 9 seconds left in overtime.
UMass - Gildon scored game-winning goal with 11:31 left in the second period.
In addition, Wyse scored another type of clutch goal - scoring an empty net goal with 28 seconds left in regulation against UMass to insure the victory.
Another thing to look at I would think is goals scored by teams we've played against us. For example, coming into the UMass game the Minutemen were averaging what, 4 plus goals/game? Nice job by the D to limit them. As Greg pointed out UNH was able to stymie/handle what was thrown at them, and, with the stellar play by Mike Robinson and the D...we won that game fair and square even with having only 3 shots in the 3rd. BU we could not buy a goal (well, we DID have one but you know the story there ) and there are going to be games like that.
I took the time to look at stats from 2013, 2014 and 2015 the other day, just being curious about how many goals we put up during that time. Had to keep in mind we went deeper into the post season but in a couple of those seasons I believe we scored 20, 25 more goals than say last season. (90) Of course, we had a ton of OT's and many 1 goal games. Scoring isn't easy in this sport today like it might have been in the Snively arena days from what I gather.
Not trying to demean the abilities of our team in this area but offensive production is key to going deep. What you describe is also a key component to winning games, esp the closely contested ones!! I loved what I saw with keeping possession in the offensive zone, a stronger fore check which can only enable us to put points up with our current skill set.
What can we expect from our Maine series? Big time goal tending; am not up on their offensive stats. What do the 'Cats have to do to get a couple of W's this weekend? Discuss! GO 'CATS!!
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