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    Orange Cat Review RIT Vs. Holy Cross – Game 1

    Puck Drop: After let's say an unique way to sweep a team on the road. RIT finally opened up play at the GPC against an interesting Holy Cross team who also played good out of conference opponents, but seem to fair better against the stronger opponents and not so good against the weaker opponents. Old grumpy men, like myself, have been complaining about RIT getting outshot and we almost got a taste of our own medicine as RIT out shoot the Crusaders by a wide margin, but Logan Drackett had almost 30% of the 11 shots he face in the first two periods hit the back of the net. Not really all his fault, just a tough night. This became a game that I actually wanted to see, cause this was the game that I felt if this team was going to be dangerous, it needed to win this kind of game. RIT used a 5 goal third period to grab a 7-4 win.

    Blame Game: : Off kind of broken play near the blue line Alden Dupuis batted a puck to a tip toeing the line Jake Hamacher who used his sweet hands to tie the game at one on a partial breakaway. God does Hamacher have sweet hands, his talent and hockey IQ is so much fun to watch. Why I have this under blame game was I just was a little surprise Holy Cross did not challenge the off sides. I'm not saying it was, but it was close I thought it be worth a shot.

    Hockey Hero: Logan Drackett, sorry just became a habit. Andrew Rinaldi, when a freshman has a hat trick you have to give it to him. I really like the kid, just seems his motor never stop going and he got skills.

    Turing Point: Down 3-1 with time running out in the third Adam Brubacher collected a bounce puck after a nice intial chance by Nick Bruce. Brubacher could have tried to force the pass throw the two guys in front of him, but he cooly slide a pass over the Will Calverley who buried a big goal to cut the margin to 1 going into the third. That made a big difference, to out shoot the Crusaders and have some bad bounces it would have really felt different going to the room after 40 down 2 instead of the down 1 they ended up with...

    Hey, You Did Good: Give some more freshman love to Caleb Moretz. 2 assist, including a sweet pass to Andrew Rinaldi to give the Tigers their first lead of the night

    Look, You Need to Do Better: I'm going to nitpick a common concern I have on this team, and how I would attack it if I was the bad guys. Get RIT defense to have to get mobile with the puck in their own zone. This just happen to be the best example, but that weird bounce that lead to the second goal, really happen because Ryan Nicholson felt the pressure and even thought it was freaky bounce he did not make the best decision as he tried to escape the Purple that was closing in on him

    Good Move Wayne: Nick Bruce saw no action last week at Air Force and was inserted into the second line with Will Calverley and Kobe Walker. Seemed to help Calverley get going as he had two goals, and Bruce assisted on both of them, included the primary on the game winner.

    WILSON!!!!!!!!! (Second Guessing Wayne): When you navigate your through rough waters like that I don't think you can complain much, maybe work on the pregame speeches, I was really hoping to see the Tigers come out flying tonight and early on the on form of that was a boarding penalty taken by Shawn Cameron that lead to the fist of two Jake Pappalardo goals.

    Breathless: In 7 games the Freshman class has now scored 7 Goals and chipped in 8 Assists for 15 points. That pretty much a goal and helper a game. Not bad for a senior class...

    Next Shift Up: Short turn around for a 5:05 game, I am really curious on what Holy Cross will come back with. Don't forget the Women take on Syracuse at Noon. Nothing would make Chris Lerch more happy than RIT Beating Syracuse...
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    Re: >>> RIT Tigers 2019-2020: "We're on the clock" <<<

    Regarding your point about making the RIT defense be mobile, I had a very similar thought while watching the game. It seems like they get a little flat-footed with the puck in their own zone at times. When teams take away their first option to move the puck, they get caught standing still, and it becomes a lot easier to hunt a puck carrier who is standing still.

    Obviously a minor nit-pick after an impressive showing - winning when Drackett is mortal is going to be important, he can't stand on his head every night. This team has some offensive talent throughout the lineup if they can consistently clear their own zone with momentum.

    Heck, add being able to win while being -2 on special teams to the good.

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    Re: >>> RIT Tigers 2019-2020: "We're on the clock" <<<

    It's way, way, way too early for this to be significant, but it's really nice to see nevertheless.


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    Hopefully, this is the kind of win that can get people coming back to the games. It's fun scoring a lot of goals AND winning. It's more entertaining that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    Hopefully, this is the kind of win that can get people coming back to the games. It's fun scoring a lot of goals AND winning. It's more entertaining that way.
    The atmosphere had a Ritter-like quality.
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    See, this is why ties are not bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPowers View Post
    See, this is why ties are not bad.


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    Good news! It counts as a tie for RPI/pairwise considerations

    Anyway, they really got beat on the walls tonight, and as the game went on it really seemed to frustrate them and they started drifting more and more towards puck battles and leaving zones open where they were supposed to be. The third goal was a great example of that. There were four Tigers between the faceoff dot and the boards that you could have lassoed together when the puck popped into the middle, essentially creating a 2 on 0, because the only other Tiger played was the winger who was high in the d-zone defending the point.

    My other takeaway is that the power play is just trying to be way too cute right now. Get guys in front, then get the shots through. Easier said than done, I know, but far too often even when they manufactured a wide open point man, their passing kept everyone on the perimeter, and the keeper or defender tight to the net had no problems dealing with it. They basically lost this game on special teams, ultimately, and largely didn't create much of danger even when they strung together some passes.

    EDIT: Never mind, no weird stat. Got Sacred Heart confused with Holy Cross in terms of last year's series that RIT blew two 3rd period leads in :laugh:
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    Not to mention, RIT does get a point in the conference standings to take the lead in the conference standings. Holy Cross just gets the bonus point for winning the shootout.
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    Yeah but now, even though we earned a tie, it feels like we lost.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPowers View Post
    Yeah but now, even though we earned a tie, it feels like we lost.


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    It does feel like a loss because we thought these guys are invincible but they arenít and there are going to be these ties and even losses but you have to give them a ton of credit for coming back and tying the game.

    6-1-1 is a hell of a record!

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    Looks like the loss was not a killer in the Pairwise, as RIT is now #7.

    Yes, it's still early, but it's a lot harder for an Atlantic Hockey team to move up than it is to go down. Fortunately, Holy Cross has had some OOC success as well to minimize those damages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    Looks like the loss was not a killer in the Pairwise, as RIT is now #7.
    It's not a loss. It's a tie in the PWR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Jaslow View Post
    It's not a loss. It's a tie in the PWR.
    True. I should have put the word loss in quotes since it is a tie there. The important thing is that not much damage was done to RIT in the PWR after the non-win.
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    Well, despite struggling against Holy Cross, RIT is getting even more votes in the poll and is now the first team among "others receiving votes".


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPowers View Post
    Well, despite struggling against Holy Cross, RIT is getting even more votes in the poll and is now the first team among "others receiving votes".


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    A win and a shootout loss is struggling against a team that has played well in OOC as well. I'll take it. The more important number is the 7 in the PWR.
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    You could make a very strong argument that RIT should be ranked, frankly.

    Only loss to the #9 team in the country (Ohio State), and their tie was to a team that beat the #11 ranked team as well as tied the #13th ranked team in the country in single games, and RIT went 1-0-1 against them.

    They also defeated the #17 team in the country in Bowling Green.

    In the long run it's nice that perception doesn't matter in college hockey, obviously, but it would be nice to get the recognition for an outstanding start. Tough weekend series coming up against Niagara. Hopefully they can exact some revenge for the playoff loss last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazer777 View Post
    It does feel like a loss because we thought these guys are invincible but they arenít and there are going to be these ties and even losses but you have to give them a ton of credit for coming back and tying the game.

    6-1-1 is a hell of a record!
    Invincible? Who thought that? Going into this weekend I would imagine many of us were wondering when the other shoe would drop. Getting out-shot 80-22 for a series is hardly the makings of "invincible". Your goalie can't do that every week, certainly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    A win and a shootout loss is struggling against a team that has played well in OOC as well. I'll take it. The more important number is the 7 in the PWR.
    The win was nice, but we struggled until that flurry of goals in the third. And we gave up an early two-goal lead in the second game. And all this to a team that isn't getting any votes at all.

    I would also argue that the PWR is shiny but completely meaningless at this point in the season.


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    ...an athletic, balanced, shifty, puck moving DMan. Shakes the forecheck & starts plays up ice.
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