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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:42 am  Reply with quote
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First time seeing the team in person last night since the end of football season (and was admittedly not paying much attention to hockey last fall).  Was good to see Zappa in the stands!  I'd agree that as losses go this wasn't bad... Crimson spanked us worse last year, and clearly had the better athletes last night.  

It's an interesting contrast to football, where even when we were losing early in the year you could see the potential... here, not so much.  Seniors seem to have plateaued & the bench is short.  Hoping for a better result tonight...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:03 pm Reply with quote
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Swept over the weekend. D'mouth had speed and finese; clearly a very talented team that should go far. We need to break out of our zone faster and get that pass to the Spinks of whoever is at mid-ice. We accomplished that several times last night and it put pressure on the Green, but just could not get the clear breakaways to score. Got some nifty dirty goals in the first; devastating to give up that 2-0 lead. Frosh showing some promise; need them to mature in a hurry if we are to go anywhere in the playoffs.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:47 pm Reply with quote
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Not holding out much hope this weekend in the North Country, though we have had success at Cheel.  Raiders haven't strung together much consistency but hoping for a split.

Pics have probably been viewed by now, but here's a link to the updated arena:

http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/g...a=1.52390638.614444451.1453646548

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:14 pm Reply with quote
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We're snakebit. Can't catch a break. A 3-2 loss (plus ENG). Aside from sleepwalking through the first period we brought a lot of energy to the game. We owned the second period, and it was back and forth in the 3rd. Outshot the Larries - in fact doubled their shot total. Finn played well in net, and we had several good opportunities but just couldn't get the puck to cooperate.

Rolling 3 lines is hurting us majorly; we just run out of gas against these teams in the 3rd period. There is only so much you can ask these players to do. They are trying hard and giving it their best, but things don't look good for the rest of the schedule with Q-Pac and Dartmouth coming up. Our fortunes in the post-season, if we are in the 9-12 group, will be an uphill fight.

Hopefully we can get a break and win a few road games the rest of February. Our home/road schedule has been frightful this season.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:54 pm Reply with quote
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It's more than rolling 3 lines that's the problem...it's Finn's Five Hole.  Hamilton gives up 2 and gets pulled; Finn gives up 2 and he's a God.  I don't get it and can't wait for him to graduate.

Coach Vaughan's comments:
"We had a slow start. They came at us really hard in the first after the initial power play where we had some good looks. You have to give them credit. They were feeding off the emotion in the building."

The emotion in the building was not a well-kept secret.  This was a nationally-televised game.  They had planned a "white-out" event.  This is SLUs premier sport.  Kind of a lame excuse IMO.  We didn't show up to play, dug ourselves a hole, and neither Spink lit the lamp.  Do the math.

Congrats to McGuire; 44 SOG with 3 lines is terrific, but wonder why that pressure hasn't happened much before.  No consistency.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:43 pm Reply with quote
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I was at the game, the Hamilton goals were bad... as in really bad.  Not his night, move on to the next one.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:24 pm Reply with quote
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His goals didn't look great on tv, either, just want to give the kid a chance.  We have nothing to lose...like we have been doing.

What can be learned:

SLU
We give up a goal 3:30 into the first period; another 3 min later.  Not a strong start.
We give up a ppg with 1:30 remaining in the second.  Not a strong end.

Clarkson
We give up a ppg to Clarkson 3 min into the first period.  Not a strong start.
We give up a ppg to Clarkson with :16 remaining in the second.  Not a strong end.

I'd say playing with a short bench makes it more critical to stay out of the box; 8 penalties = 16 minutes of man down and many tired legs.  Within 24 hours, we cut our offense in half from 44 shots to 22.  Amarosa also had the GWG in OT against Cornell...'nuf said.

Four of our last 7 are against ranked teams.  We're currently tied for 11th with the Tigers, but Princeton has a game in hand.  We're looking at a tiebreaker with last place Brown...and we all know where the chips fall on that one!

Can't believe the season has unfolded the way it has.  Can anyone give specifics as to who is sidelined, and why?  Not feeling much of a positive impact from Pagliero yet.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:19 pm Reply with quote
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Ornarily I'd say this is at least a 2-point weekend. But with us tied with Princeton, and playing at Hobey Baker, it gives me pause. Not entirely sure we can beat the Tigers. If anything we are about equal, as we are in the standings. It will be tough going up against the Colgate 2.0 coaching staff.

As for facing Q-Pac on Saturday: what are our chances against the #1 team in the country? I'd say nil. All we can do is try to frustrate them, and if the team plays their best game - which they have shown flashes of this season, although not consistently - maybe we can keep it a low scoring affair, (if Finn is on his game).

Hope the guys hang in there and keep us from finishing in the cellar. It would be nice to make our last two games at Starr wins over RPI and Union.
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I gave up on M hockey around Dec. 1st when they didn't play at home for about 2 months.  I've just about forgot they have a team.
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Small inset article about last game at Starr in NYHJ Online.  Didn't realize our record was that good since 'we opened there in 59!

http://digital.nyhockeyjournal.com/nxtbooks/seamans/nyhj_201602/#/32


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