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24th-Mar-2007 06:28 pm - Random Hockey East / NCAA Thoughts
Calvin - Denial
First of all - BC fans should be ashamed of themselves. Your team dominated UNH at Durham to end the regular season, but when the Hockey East championship game is played in your own back yard - nobody shows up. The arena for that game was like one played in Durham or Manchester - a UNH home game.

I suppose the BC (which now stands for Brats of Chesnut) students/fans would rather stand in line to get drunk (couldn't even get into the bars in Boston by the time the gates opened at 6pm) than they would want to watch their team win the Hockey East Championship. It's really too bad - it was one hell of a game.

That being said - 2 of the 3 games during the Hockey East Championship were great games. The UMass / UNH game was fantastic (really - one for the books). The championship game was enjoyable as well (unless you're a New Hampshire fan).


So far - in the NCAA tournament we've seen each of the Hockey East teams play.

--Maine played the best they have in 2 months, beating St. Cloud State by a score of 4-1, and really controlling most of the play during the game. They go on to face...
--...UMass, who beat Clarkson in a classic, 1-0 OT game. UMass really clamped down on defense, and gutted out a great win in a game that, I'm told, wasn't very entertaining to watch.
--BU, and Hobey Baker finalist John Curry, were routed by Michigan State. The final was 5-1. I don't have much to say here, as I didn't watch the game.
--Miami-OH skated into Manchester, NH to take on the UNH Wildcats in their own backyard. Unfortunately for the Tamecats of UNH - their season ended like it usually does: Without a national championship. Ohio outplayed UNH for most of the game, although the 'Cats got back into it in the 3rd and made it interesting late in the final period.
--BC is currently beating St. Lawurence 3-1 in a game that has been a lot closer than the score seems to imply. SLU's goalie appears to be out of the game, and Boyle (BC) is still adapting to playing defense. Him playing on defense (a natural forward) probably gives BC one of the most dangerous lines in all of college hockey - and just at the right time.

Maine and UMass are tied at the end of the first period. Maine has had some good pressure, but still taking too many penalties. Unfortunately (for us Maine fans) - the #1 power play unit in the country couldn't take advantage of a brief 5 on 3 power play.

More updates to come as we see how the Frozen Four plays out. Good luck to all the teams still playing (unless you're playing the Black Bears).

I've posted the haikus that amused me the most.  The rest can be seen at the link.

Seventeen 2007 NCAA Tournament-Inspired Haikus

Air Force
The wild blue yonder?
No sweat for these guys; Gophers
another matter.

Boston University
Curry gets P.O.'ed
about no goal support; scores
on end-to-end rush.

Bears have history.
UMass team across the hall
has four recent wins.

Led by Quick and Quirk,
we wanted to see UMass
play Quinnipiac.

If Woverines lose
in Denver, Hensick can sign
with Avs, like, pronto.

Michigan State
BU-State first-round
matchup not very sexy;
elicits a yawn.

Over/under on
times Gophers are asked about
Holy Cross: One mil

New Hampshire
‘Cats are forgotten.
Sign of spring in Granite State.
Well, that and the mud.

North Dakota
We joke about chips
on NoDak's shoulders, but a
three seed? Complete bull!

Notre Dame
Jesus and Regis,
ND's two biggest fans roll
with God and Ripa

St. Cloud State
Zero victories
describes Husky history.
Or was it just Dahl?

27th-Jan-2007 06:23 pm - Please explain something to me...
Calvin - Denial
Here is an excerpt from an article in today's Portland Press Herald:
"Where our team was at, we were out of sync," Whitehead said.  "We've been out of sync the last couple of weeks and unfortunately, I have to be honest, I saw this coming."
Here's my question for everyone - if you are a head coach of a struggling hockey team, and you supposedly see something like this coming, WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO FIX IT AHEAD OF TIME?!?!  To hear this type of comment come the day after we get handily beaten at home by a sub-500 hockey team is absolutely unacceptable.  How do you make this kind of comment to the press after what has happened recently?
I'm worried that this team is falling apart, and apparently the coach isn't in any position to stop it, he just watches it happen and shrugs afterwards.  Obviously this team lacks a few key traits right now - including leadership, desire and motivation.  The question is, can they right the ship before we are no longer around for the HE or NCAA playoffs?
Also - a comment / idea from the USCHO.com discussion forum:  "Instead of the introduction at the Alfond that tells us all about Maine's history (NC, FF apearances, All-Americans, etc.) which has nothing to do with this year's team, maybe they should just introduce them as losers of 4 out of 5 and 1/2 of their home games.  I think team might wake up if they wree booed to start the game."
It's unfortunate we are to the point where this is what we are getting from our supporting fans across the country.
Class of '03

x-posted in bcoolie, blackbearhockey
27th-Jan-2007 01:45 am - Vote!
Vote however many times you want, as often as you want :)

12th-Jan-2007 08:35 am - 2 players leave Maine
Sill and Czuba, have been suspended from the team and withdrawn from school. Opens things up a bit for the incoming recruits I guess. Sorry to see them go, not sure exactly what they did but the article is here.
2nd-Dec-2006 09:00 am - BC-BU postponement
Has anyone seen pictures of the fog in the arena? I'm wondering what it looked like.

Idaho Zamboni drivers fired for midnight trip to drive-thru

By John Miller

The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — Two employees of the city's ice skating rink have been fired for making a midnight fast-food run in a pair of Zambonis.

An anonymous tipster reported seeing the two big ice-resurfacing machines chug through a Burger King drive-through and return to the rink around 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. The squat, rubber-tired vehicles, which have a top speed of about 5 mph, drove 1 ½ miles in all.

The Zamboni operators, both temporary city employees whose names and ages were not released, had to negotiate at least one intersection with a traffic light on their late-night creep from Idaho Ice World.

"They were fired immediately," said Parks Department Director Jim Hall. "We're pretty sure it was just the one time. When we interviewed them, they didn't seem to be too concerned about it. I don't think they understood the seriousness of it."

Hall said neither the $75,000 Zambonis nor their $10,000 blades appeared damaged, but prosecutors could charge the employees with operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a public street.

7th-Nov-2006 10:06 pm - I had to share:


A few key items:

New Hampshire
Don’t know how ’Cats win
But they’ll lose if seven guys
Violate team rules

Maine’s Harvard game plan:
Don’t get down three to nothing.
But if so, okay.

5th-Nov-2006 07:07 pm - go cats go!
Hi, I just joined the community ^_^ I'm a life time UVM fan & alumni (season ticket holder FTW!) and have literally been going to UVM games since I was born (23 years and counting). So I'm still adjusting to being in the Hockey East instead of the ECAC...when I first heard of the change I was unsure, I just hate changes to my hockey traditions.

Just got back from the UVM - Ottawa game, which the cats won 5-2. Good game, a wonderful releif from the pentalty strewn games I've seen lately (the michigan games and Dartmouth game as well..didn't see or listen to the BC game dunno how that was). Honestly sometimes you need to just put away the whistle and let them play. It was also great to see that cat's break out of their scoring rut, they have had good chances, but just couldn't get the puck in the net, hopefully that curse is now broken *grin* I'm pretty optimistic about this season, got some great talent, freshman Stalberg is going to definately be someone to watch in the future - got the size, the speed, the skills, and good hockey sense.

If you're ever in the area definately stop buy and see a game at the Gut (if you can get tickets), cause it's a great place to watch a game.
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