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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:30 pm  Reply with quote
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I would expect to see a lot of changes in the Maine games. These are OOC games so it's a good chance to put Racine in and see what he can do. Also juggling the lines would be a good idea. Maybe the time off would give Finn a chance to rethink how he's approaching the game.
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go'gate wrote:
Changing strategies, players or positions is smart, not desperate.


Well I am quoting myself here, but it got the job done!  Hamilton from Hamilton lol...congrats on getting a much needed victory.  Vaughan's decision should be no disrespect to Finn.  We also fare much better when a Spink or two tallies a point!  I don't think Maine is the best measure for success being closer to the bottom of the PWR than we are, but any change in strategy that combines with a win could inspire and motivate everyone.  This coming from someone who wrote off the season months ago Wink

We're the lowest ECAC team in the PWR...don't recall the last time we were 46/60.  Nowhere to go but up.

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1 down, 1 to go!  Didn't watch since it was a ppv, but nice to see the squad rebound from a deficit... and for Finn to have a good game (from the stats).  Time for a sweep!
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After the split at hapless Maine last weekend and a game against an uptick Union squad, I was doubtful.  Glad we got, at the least, a split on the road, which is a common goal for any team.

From the TimesUnion:
Raiders goaltender Charlie Finn finished with 30 saves but battled the puck for most of the game's first 40 minutes.  Finn had trouble controlling rebounds and keeping a glove on the puck but Union could not capitalize on loose pucks near the goal crease.

Everyone is quick to say our defense leaves Finn out to dry; there are definitely other factors such as those listed in the article that I agree with on any given night.

RPI & Kasdorf stole one from #7 Cornell...

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Three pt weekend after the tie with RPI Last night. All in all a positive weekend with Hamilton playing great in goal and Hunter Racine showing a scoring touch. Next comes Harvard-Dartmouth, always a huge weekend series, and more so this year with Harvard ranked way up there. If Finn/Hamilton can get hot we have a good chance against both teams. We'll go as far as our defense lets us.
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Fantastic weekend and a small tide has changed.  Only surrendering 4 goals in 2 games; kudos to Hamilton & Co.

Next weekend will be, in a word, tough!  Great to see Harrison, Racine and Dauda put on a show!  Are the Spinks on the same line?  Sometimes it's do or die with them.

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go'gate wrote:
Fantastic weekend and a small tide has changed.  Only surrendering 4 goals in 2 games; kudos to Hamilton & Co.

Next weekend will be, in a word, tough!  Great to see Harrison, Racine and Dauda put on a show!  Are the Spinks on the same line?  Sometimes it's do or die with them.


Yes, I believe the Spinks are on the same line. Putting the two together generates great offense, and is better than splitting them up.

Harvard will be tough with Jimmy Vesey, one of the top players in the country. Last I looked they were ranked #7 nationally. Hope Cornell takes the punch out of Dartmouth so at least we can get 2 pts on the weekend.
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I have absolutely no confidence that we can stop Vesey; we couldn't stop him in Lake Placid last year where he scored 2 goals in the title game.  We also couldn't stop Lappin from Brown, and we had 3 cracks at him.  He scored a goal in game 1, 3 assists in game 2, and a hat trick and 2 assists in game 3.  Give me a break.

Very happy with the tie at RPI, but they were without their leading scorer (Bourbonnais or Prapavessis, not sure which).  Can only imagine what it could have been, but lots of credit to the Raiders, which are no pushover.

Harvard with a good pp; our discipline has been terrific and need to stay out of the box or it's lights out.  Personally, would like to roll the dice and see Hamilton start in net.

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We played a good game last night, but Vesey scored for Harvard and that's never good for the Raiders. While the score was 4-2 it really was 3-2 (ENG) and we didn't look bad. Had an almost breakaway and hit a post, we seemed to have some good opportunities, just couldn't make it happen. One penalty and they score. That's why they are ranked in the top 10. We have to play perfectly to win this season.
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Agree, we looked pretty good against one of the fastest, ranked teams in the nation.  Some of my points held true.  We are always good at giving up early and late goals, and playing from behind is never a strength.  Hope we can get the split at home against Dartmouth.  Feels like we're on life support in 8th place.

Can't we just concede the Whitelaw to Qpac?  And give the #2 and #3 seeds to Harvard or RPI while the rest of us fight it out  Wink

This season has lost its luster.  So many sweet tournament appearances for the Raiders and some thrilling victories over the last 5 years, but...


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