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UNH Recap

It would be easy to look at last night’s loss to #4 UNH and give the team a pat on the back for improving their play from the night before.  It’d be easy to say just hanging with the Wildcats for a couple periods is an accomplishment.  I’m not going to do that.  The fact is UMass really needed two points out of this weekend.  They got none.  The fact is UMass played UNH, a team they almost beat on the road earlier, evenly for over two plus periods before fading at the end.

I am glad that the team improved their effort and hopefully they can do even better next weekend, but unfortunately this weekend will go down as a lost opportunity.  Some bright spots from last include an improved defensive intensity.  Included with that was a kill of all three UNH power plays.  With Mike Marcou out injured Anthony Raiola got some time at defense and Toot complimented his play afterward.

It’s worth noting that neither Darren Rowe or Marc Concannon played in the game.  Rowe’s turnover and poor defense directly led to one of the Northeastern goals in the night before while Concannon took a bad penalty that led to Northeastern’s 5 on 3.  I think this is good.  It makes the players accountable for their mistakes and hopefully will lead to a change in their play.  You take undisciplined penalties, you’re going to sit.  You don’t work hard enough on defense, you’re going to sit.  UMass has enough players on the roster who are wanting to play, like Raiola and Pat Kiley did last night.

We’ll see where UMass goes from here.  The lack of any points this weekend means taking four points from Lowell next weekend is key.  Certainly possible since the River Hawks are struggling so much, but sweeping anyone in Hockey East is never an easy task.

Fear The Triangle Player of the Game – Adam Phillips
I try not to give the POTG to whoever scores goals or gets the most points.  In this case Phillips did score the lone goal and also had the second most shots for the Minutemen.  But I also thought he played pretty good defense on the night too and had a couple key poke checks when they mattered.  Phillips is still learning how to play as a defenseman and last night showed good progress in doing so.

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Dick Baker has his recap of the game.  He also mentions the team needs a left hand shooter.

Here’s how it looked from the UNH point of view.

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11 Comments

  1. Daniel

     /  January 9, 2011

    It seemed like Colin Shea had a good night defensively with two big plays that kept the game tied in the third period.

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  2. Anonymous

     /  January 10, 2011

    i thought shea had a solid game, he made a tremendous play on that breakaway in the 2nd period.

    interesting raiola got the nod over donnelan, any word on the healthy of gracel and keane?

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    • I’ve liked Shea so far. He’s come in and played solid D. I expect him to get a lot better.

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  3. Puck Pagan

     /  January 10, 2011

    Gracel and Marcou are out with concussion’s received during Sunday’s team building event. Keane is out with a concussion received against Wisconsin.

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  4. Anonymous

     /  January 10, 2011

    ahh, i knew marcou was still banged up, didnt know thats why gracel and keane were also out.

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  5. kalepads

     /  January 11, 2011

    so no one is going to mention that toot cahoon made a derogatory comment about women’s hockey? –

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    • It was mentioned and clarified in the Northeastern recap as well as Matt Vautour’s blog which was linked to as well.

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  6. Anonymous

     /  January 11, 2011

    long ways out, but pumped for this weeks beer the triangle.

    lowell beer works is where its at, place rocks.

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    • Uh oh. You may not enjoy the monkey wrench I’m planning for my Beer The Triangle then. Maybe I’ll try to cover LBW as well.

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  7. Anonymous

     /  January 11, 2011

    bring it on, i am up for a change.

    last year alot of umass people were there though and i left full and had a nice buzz for the game.

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