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    UNH Wildcats 2019/2020 Ready to Rock and Roll!!

    Well ok here's the new thread and I hope the title reflects what we are hoping for (and expecting) this season. Time to make a run and turn some heads right out of the gate! Let's go 'Cats!

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    "UNH Freshman Robby Griffin: A Strong Skating, Playmaker"
    Includes a recent interview, video highlights, scouting report & stats for last 4 years.

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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019/2020 Ready to Rock and Roll!!

    Quote Originally Posted by C-H-C View Post
    "UNH Freshman Robby Griffin: A Strong Skating, Playmaker"
    Includes a recent interview, video highlights, scouting report & stats for last 4 years.
    Well shucks anyone who models their game after Patrice Bergeron and wears #17 is totally ok in HR's book! Welcome to the 'Cats Robby!!
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    It appears that the upcoming men's and women's home games, not televised, are using CBS College Sports Live for the video feed. Does anyone know anything about this? Is YouTube or ESPN3/+ no longer being used?

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    ATW...did you receive your season tixs for the exhibition game today? I heard from a friend that they got theirs...
    Let's Go SouzaCats!

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    "UNH Freshman Chase Stevenson: A Speedy, One-on-One Battler"
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Well ok here's the new thread and I hope the title reflects what we are hoping for (and expecting) this season. Time to make a run and turn some heads right out of the gate! Let's go 'Cats!
    New thread off to a roaring start; good work, HR.

    Here is my second to the last post on the old off-season thread, upon which I add some commentary here.

    "I second the motion for HR to launch the 2019-2020 season thread, and I will close out this off-season thread by posing the following question: Which cupcake team will suffer the worst defeat to our up and coming Cats team this season (say, by total goals differential)? :-) "

    Let us take the "way back machine" to 26 November 2011, almost eight years ago. Alabama-Huntsville visited Lake Whitt bringing their 0-13-1 record with them, only to be humiliated by our Cats in a 9-1 rout, raising our record to 0.500 at 6-6-2 (our season ended with a 15-19-3 record). Stevie Moses potted four goals, Nick Sorkin five assists, Kevin Goumas four assists, and TvR (of Stanley Cup fame) 3 assists that night. Huntsville's only goal, a shortie late in the first to make the score 2-1, was scored by Sebastian Geoffrion, grandson of NHL luminary Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, whose No. 5 jersey resides in the rafters of Montreal's Bell Centre. Our co-captains that season were Damon Kipp and Mike Borisenok, the latter whose family led the charge to bring a Jumbotron to Lake Whitt.

    If any team has ever met the definition of "cupcake," it was the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in 2011-2012, with their 2-28-1 record. My question is, do our Cats have any cupcakes as worthy as that Chargers team on our schedule this season?

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    ATW...did you receive your season tixs for the exhibition game today? I heard from a friend that they got theirs...
    HR, yes I did get my exhibition tickets this afternoon and can't wait. Should be a fun year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    New thread off to a roaring start; good work, HR.

    Here is my second to the last post on the old off-season thread, upon which I add some commentary here.

    "I second the motion for HR to launch the 2019-2020 season thread, and I will close out this off-season thread by posing the following question: Which cupcake team will suffer the worst defeat to our up and coming Cats team this season (say, by total goals differential)? :-) "

    Let us take the "way back machine" to 26 November 2011, almost eight years ago. Alabama-Huntsville visited Lake Whitt bringing their 0-13-1 record with them, only to be humiliated by our Cats in a 9-1 rout, raising our record to 0.500 at 6-6-2 (our season ended with a 15-19-3 record). Stevie Moses potted four goals, Nick Sorkin five assists, Kevin Goumas four assists, and TvR (of Stanley Cup fame) 3 assists that night. Huntsville's only goal, a shortie late in the first to make the score 2-1, was scored by Sebastian Geoffrion, grandson of NHL luminary Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, whose No. 5 jersey resides in the rafters of Montreal's Bell Centre. Our co-captains that season were Damon Kipp and Mike Borisenok, the latter whose family led the charge to bring a Jumbotron to Lake Whitt.

    If any team has ever met the definition of "cupcake," it was the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in 2011-2012, with their 2-28-1 record. My question is, do our Cats have any cupcakes as worthy as that Chargers team on our schedule this season?
    Wow, this is a really fun question, and I am torn...

    I first went with Army, but then remembered that we are playing AT West Point. I feel like our future heroes will defend their territory as you would expect, so no big blowout there.

    Then I wanted to go with the Mack on 12/6, but betting on an HEA blowout is a dicey proposition.

    Sooooo, Iíll take Colgate in Belfast, who will lose to Princeton after we lose to NU. Then we will rip them by 5-6 goals.

    Awesome question, Snives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcatdc View Post
    Wow, this is a really fun question, and I am torn...

    I first went with Army, but then remembered that we are playing AT West Point. I feel like our future heroes will defend their territory as you would expect, so no big blowout there.

    Then I wanted to go with the Mack on 12/6, but betting on an HEA blowout is a dicey proposition.

    Sooooo, Iíll take Colgate in Belfast, who will lose to Princeton after we lose to NU. Then we will rip them by 5-6 goals.

    Awesome question, Snives.
    Would agree with this assessment (and, I can't WAIT for Ireland!!!!). Tonight I saw some stuff on the Michigan goal tending corp and I can tell you, they are def NOT cupcakes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    New thread off to a roaring start; good work, HR.

    Here is my second to the last post on the old off-season thread, upon which I add some commentary here.

    "I second the motion for HR to launch the 2019-2020 season thread, and I will close out this off-season thread by posing the following question: Which cupcake team will suffer the worst defeat to our up and coming Cats team this season (say, by total goals differential)? :-) "

    Let us take the "way back machine" to 26 November 2011, almost eight years ago. Alabama-Huntsville visited Lake Whitt bringing their 0-13-1 record with them, only to be humiliated by our Cats in a 9-1 rout, raising our record to 0.500 at 6-6-2 (our season ended with a 15-19-3 record). Stevie Moses potted four goals, Nick Sorkin five assists, Kevin Goumas four assists, and TvR (of Stanley Cup fame) 3 assists that night. Huntsville's only goal, a shortie late in the first to make the score 2-1, was scored by Sebastian Geoffrion, grandson of NHL luminary Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, whose No. 5 jersey resides in the rafters of Montreal's Bell Centre. Our co-captains that season were Damon Kipp and Mike Borisenok, the latter whose family led the charge to bring a Jumbotron to Lake Whitt.

    If any team has ever met the definition of "cupcake," it was the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in 2011-2012, with their 2-28-1 record. My question is, do our Cats have any cupcakes as worthy as that Chargers team on our schedule this season?
    It has to be Bentley, no...?

    In all seriousness - UNH plays seven games against the bottom 20 of last season's Pairwise Rankings (which does not include the aforementioned Falcons who finished outside of the bottom-20, but comfortably amongst the bottom-21).

    The worst rated team from 2018-19 on UNH's schedule this season IS, in fact, Merrimack (55th in 2018-19 PWR) - but the Warriors are hard to predict. One could make the argument they're the biggest cupcake, based on last season's performance and the inexperience they will feature this year with a MONSTER freshmen class. Or that infusion of newcomers could make them a much better group than last season. It remains to be seen and the fact that they are a conference opponent who UNH will face three times limits that likelihood. UNH could certainly get them once, perhaps in their early season meeting when MC is most inexperienced, but if the other two are much closer or UNH drops points in those meetings than does a single blow out even qualify?

    At 46th in last year's Pairwise you have the UConn Huskies - who UNH will face just twice this season. UConn has a strong FR class incoming and UNH has struggled against the Huskies in recent seasons, so I wouldn't expect a blowout here.

    That leaves a contest with Army (52nd) and a potential match-up with Colgate (50th) or Princeton (44th). However, the relative strengths of Colgate and Army is their ability to keep games lower scoring with their pace of play, defense and goaltending (both certainly lack offense). Combine that fact with UNH's still unanswered question marks on offense - as well as the expectation UNH will also win the games they do primarily from the net out - and I'm not sure there is a predictable Blow Out on the schedule. If UNH blows someone out this year its just as likely to be random as predictable and every bit as likely to be a Michigan as a Merrimack or Army. Michigan will never be a Cupcake, but they were not very good last season - and the recruiting reputations of their goalies aside neither turned in a SPCT over .895 as the Wolverines allowed over 3 GPG. That said, I'll stick with the lower end of the Pairwise and zig where DC zagged...

    Ill take Colgate to BEAT Princeton in Ireland and for Princeton to be UNH's blowout victim. The Tiger's were a huge disappointment last season and lost their four best players (three who were All-American caliber) in the off-season. Its a new season, so Princeton could be anything - but there is certainly a real chance they could be notably worse than the 44th-rated team they were last year without Teves, Kuffner, Veronneau and Riche. That foursome combined for 49 of the Tigers' 83 total goals and 127 of 229 total points - I think Princeton will still struggle defensively and with so much of their offense gone (only one returning Tiger topped 10 points!) they're my best bet for UNH to run up a score...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Would agree with this assessment (and, I can't WAIT for Ireland!!!!). Tonight I saw some stuff on the Michigan goal tending corp and I can tell you, they are def NOT cupcakes
    Loved my first trip to Ireland and Wales this past summer; but, even with three weeks to run around in the mountains and listen to music in the pubs, I never made it north to Belfast, where I also missed the opportunity to see one of the world's great geological features, the Giants' Causeway. I am really tempted to return late next month, but even if I do not make it, I hope that all of you enjoy Ireland as much as I did.

    And, great analyses, DC and Dan; very insightful.

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    Who is headed to Miami next weekend? I just got a hall pass for Friday night so I am thinking of shooting up there for the night and returning Saturday morning...

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    Who is headed to Miami next weekend? I just got a hall pass for Friday night so I am thinking of shooting up there for the night and returning Saturday morning...
    I wanted to go but my field hockey schedule got in the way...it's quite the hike for me but was thinking of going Saturday. Anyhoo have a great time. Will be camping actually. I'll have to watch online I think they have a free feed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    I wanted to go but my field hockey schedule got in the way...it's quite the hike for me but was thinking of going Saturday. Anyhoo have a great time. Will be camping actually. I'll have to watch online I think they have a free feed?
    PS Dan, how good is Miami going to be this season...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    PS Dan, how good is Miami going to be this season...
    Honestly, there is a real chance that Miami is in for a dismal season. They graduated their top-scoring forward (Josh Melnick) and their one true puck-moving, impact defenseman (Grant Hutton). Their top recruit (a PSU transfer) decided to turn professional and the class theyíre bringing in is so-so to solid at best...

    The season will really hinge a lot on whether Miami gets a jolt under a new coaching staff or takes a while to adjust to that staffís new system. Miami opens the season this weekend with a single home game against Bergeronís old team, Bowling Green. So we should learn a lot from how that game goes...

    Goaltending should be a strength. Ryan Larkin returns as a SR and is more than capable of stealing games, while racking up huge save numbers. He can also get caught kicking too many juicy rebounds into the slot on occasion. Freshman Kraws is a future starter and a week two debut against UNH doesnít seem unlikely on one of those two nights in order to at least get his feet wet...

    The defense returns everyone but Hutton and adds twointriguing FR, particularly Alec Chapstick. The group regularly skated three FR and two SO, last season, (I do really like returnees, Dashke, Crowder and Rourke) so if there is a group on this team that could take a real step forward itís this one, but we will see...

    Offense will be a challenge. Geordie Green is the teamís best forward and he is otherwise surrounded by a group that seems to have the potential to produce (Gilling, Bachman, Knies, Lown) but has, at least of yet not shown an ability to do so on a consistent basis. A flash here, a flash there and long disappearing acts in between...

    The top incoming option is Holy Cross transfer Matt Berry - but he wonít be eligible until second semester. After that Ryan Savage (son of long-time NHLer and Miami legend, Brian Savage) seems to be the most likely to jump into the top-six. In another defection, promising SO to be Johnny Gruden bolted for MJ over the summer. Scoring could be a problem...

    UNH should head out there expecting to win games. A split may seem like a safe bet, but UNH took 3 of 4 points from what I expect was a better team (at least early on) last fall. A failure to at least split would be a bad sign...

    Miamiís non-conference schedule is manageable - so depending on how they handle that they could help UNH in the PWR (assuming a Wildcat win or two) just by being in the NCHC. However, the NCHC schedule could be a real grind for Miami and a last-place finish is not out of the question (with sixth seemingly the ceiling)...
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    Welp 'Cats get
    Up early but and Eric Mac out for the game hitting from behind...MS7 uses two fresh on firsts PP and PK

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    Nice to.see Filip out there

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    1-0 after 1, shots 9-8 Guelph...

    * UNH PP Goal: Crookshank (Kelleher, Eriksson)
    * Grasso & Pierson also get a plus on that 4F, PP unit
    * Robinson with 9 stops
    * 8 defensemen dressed, but no Gildon
    * UNH 1/1 on the PP, 2/2 on the PK
    * As noted, MacAdams tossed for HFB

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    Other scores of note...

    * New Brunswick 4, Maine 0 (after Maine was shutout 7-0 by PC to open their season yesterday)
    * Miami (next week's opponent) scoreless after 1 vs. #17 Bowling Green
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