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    Re: Norwich Hockey 2019-2020 ... The Road to Buffalo

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyfan77 View Post
    This is much easier to do when you are winning...
    Just read the box score about the total shots on goal by Norwich at U Mass Boston game. 14 shots and 5 goals. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfe123 View Post
    Just read the box score about the total shots on goal by Norwich at U Mass Boston game. 14 shots and 5 goals. Is that correct?
    Yes. Norwich was outplayed for nearly the entire game. Timely scoring and capitalizing on some PP opportunities was difference.

    It wasn't a pretty win...and Norwich paid a price with some serious bumps and bruises from a physical and relentless UMass Boston squad...but it's a win, an all important two points in NEHC play and a 7-0-0 start.
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    Re: Norwich Hockey 2019-2020 ... The Road to Buffalo

    Quote Originally Posted by PrezdeJohnson09 View Post
    Yes. Norwich was outplayed for nearly the entire game. Timely scoring and capitalizing on some PP opportunities was difference.

    It wasn't a pretty win...and Norwich paid a price with some serious bumps and bruises from a physical and relentless UMass Boston squad...but it's a win, an all important two points in NEHC play and a 7-0-0 start.
    From my living room it look like a lot of UMB's play was over the line - this is the scenario I expect to see a lot. Teams are going to test the Cadets' resolve with some very physical play.

    What was going on at the end with Norwich getting a 5 on 3? I saw the skirmish, but I had the sound off because I was involved with something else and didn't know what the penalties were, and the box score on colleghockeystats.net didn't show how a 5 x 3 would result.
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    Happy Turkey Day to all Norwich Fans! Hope the team beats the stuffing out of the opponents this weekend and wins the Prime Link Tourney. Looking forward to watching the games!
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    Thanks for Your Input
    I want to thank all you guys for your input. It keeps me better informed as I have no one to talk Norwich hockey with down here in Florida. Makes it more interesting for this old phart.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NUProf View Post
    What was going on at the end with Norwich getting a 5 on 3? I saw the skirmish, but I had the sound off because I was involved with something else and didn't know what the penalties were, and the box score on colleghockeystats.net didn't show how a 5 x 3 would result.
    Maybe it was updated after you looked, but it was pretty straightforward. UMB has a 5 minute major, NU a minor. Then UMB with another minor, with little time left on the NU minor. When it expired, voila., a 6 on 4, resulting in a 5-3 score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynu26 View Post
    Maybe it was updated after you looked, but it was pretty straightforward. UMB has a 5 minute major, NU a minor. Then UMB with another minor, with little time left on the NU minor. When it expired, voila., a 6 on 4, resulting in a 5-3 score.
    When I looked, the major wasn't there, but the misconduct was. Now it makes sense,
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUProf View Post
    When I looked, the major wasn't there, but the misconduct was. Now it makes sense,
    We had an issue inputting the kicking penalty initially because honestly Iíve never seen it before. Presto didnít like it and wasnít allowing us to
    Put it in correctly at first.

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    Re: Norwich Hockey 2019-2020 ... The Road to Buffalo

    Middlebury.

    ****!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    Middlebury.

    ****!
    Looked like the Cadets were just hanging on and hoping for OT.
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    Tough loss to Middlebury Friday night. In all honesty, I wasn't sure what to post after that game, because I did not see much that was positive to talk about and felt Norwich didn't deserve to win. However, Middlebury played well against Eau Claire also and almost tied them in the 3rd period. The Eau Claire team is in the top of their division too, so maybe Middlebury is better than we all thought? They certainly looked better than I have seen them play in the last couple of years. I also felt Norwich was slow on the ice Saturday against Plattsburgh. I am not sure what coach said during the second intermission, but the Cadets came into the 3rd with a bit of fire and energy. I know the guys were a little beat up and sore from the UMB game, and they have a few out with injuries, but I just didn't see the energy I saw with UNE and NEC.

    Norwich's defense is rated #1 in the country. A total of 7 goals against and 5 out of 9 games being shut outs is the proof of how good it really is. Our offense on the other hand, even in the games won, is almost as bad as the defense is good. In 9 games, the Cadets have scored over 2 goals in only 4 games. Lack of a coordinated offense could be due to many factors such as line changes, injuries, a good freshman class who are learning the system, and the fact that it is only the first half of the season (albeit 3 games shy of the end of the first half). What I can't make sense of is why in the early games of the season, the offense looked like they had be playing together all summer, even the new recruits! Yet a game later (and in subsequent games), they look like it was the first time they have ever played. Our offense has great talent on it, both in the veterans and the recruits, but they are having frequent trouble with passing and getting out of the defensive zone. Is it possible that they expend so much energy on defense that the offense is taking the back seat? Or, is it that college hockey is not the same as it use to be, all teams are getting better and the games are that much more competitive? I can point out what I think is going wrong, but I am no coach, and I can't come up with a way to fix it. I am very confident that these issues will be addressed and corrected by Coach Ellsworth. Just like last season, he has been looking at different combos on the lines, until he feels confident in the groupings and guys recover from injuries. Just like last year, we have a very talented and deep bench, with all players giving 100% and deserving to start a game. Finally, it really is true that it's not how you start the season, it is how you end it. They have had a very decent start and I am sure they will kick the offense into sync soon.

    As I said, I am not a coach or a former player. I only played with my family and friends on the ice of Lake Champlain. At the young age of 6, I spent Saturday nights watching the Canadians play on TV with my Dad, and he installed in me the love of the game. Once hockey became an interscholastic sport in my Junior year, I went to all my high school games. After college, I moved back to Plattsburgh and became a Cardinal fan, one that went on frequent road trips to Oswego and to a National Championship in Massachusetts. I finally moved to Barre, Vt in the late 80's and went to a Norwich vs Plattsburgh game in Northfield in the winter of `93. I went there thinking that Plattsburgh was still my #1 team. It took only 1 period for me to realize that Norwich was the better team and worthy of my of my devotion. Actually, they "had me" at the National Anthem by standing proud and tall, absolutely still while the Cardinals shuffled their feet. Again, I followed this team on the road, Dartmouth, Castleton, Middlebury, Plattsburgh and a few National Championship games in Lake Placid! I was hooked and it has been a wonderful 30+ years of hockey. I may find fault with the team's play, but I couldn't be prouder of the team. I will always cheer them on and wish that I could be in the seats of Kreitzberg yelling my lungs out. Stay positive Cadets, it will come.

    I would be interested in hearing other fan's thoughts about the play of the team and specifically the PrimeLink tournament. I would love this site to be more active and I will never be too old to learn something new about the game or the team.
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    To your last point, 17, maybe this thread is the better place for the rivalry discussion I tried to get going with Georgia Peach in the Primelink thread after the Middlebury loss.

    As for the team, UWSP accomplished something that no one else had last year, and that's an undefeated season capped by a National Championship. For this team I think we all believe that they can finish what they came so close to achieving last year. The talent is most certainly there, and now the experience is to. But, they were always probably going to lose a couple this year, it just sucks that the first one happens to be against Middlebury. I guess it's good for a stagnant rivalry, but I've been enjoying watching Norwich close the gap in the overall series year after year.

    Didn't watch the Primelink, but I listened to George on the radio while I grilled out in my backyard here in the West Texan desert. Sounds like the team was slower and a bit sloppy this past weekend. While that is a bit concerning, Coach Ellsworth has my complete confidence after last year that he will get it turned around. His mantra of playing your best hockey in March, not November, is great for us to keep in mind. As good and as talented as this team is, I don't think I mind them having a few things that need sharpening early on. It'll prepare them for March.
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    I agree with you Pastime, it did stink to loss against Middlebury and closing the "gap" with them, would have been nice. However, it is nice that the "elephant is now out of the room", or the "bulls eye is off of the Cadet's backs". Hope the team has healed up from a couple of weekends worth of hard play, and are relaxed enough to hit the ice and have some fun against Castleton tonight. Go Norwich!
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    The only thing worse than losing to Middlebury is losing to Castleton.(insert excessively loud swear word here)!

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    Am I being a Homer, or did the ref not call numerous holds on the Castleton team? Yes I am disappointed but I really think it was not a well called game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrbFlint View Post
    The only thing worse than losing to Middlebury is losing to Castleton.(insert excessively loud swear word here)!
    8-2.

    Losses to Middlebury and Castleton.

    That is a painful sentence to type.

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    Hockey sure can be a weird game.
    Castleton goalie and shot blockers stand on their heads in a 2-1 win over the Cadets one night ...
    The next afternoon...same guy between the pipes (at least to start) ... St. Mike's blows out the Spartans 7-0
    What to what is with that ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by NU Pastime View Post
    8-2.

    Losses to Middlebury and Castleton.

    That is a painful sentence to type.
    Also painful to read
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