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Recruit Update

A late weekly recruit update what with the Tuesday game and all.

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2012
10 GP / 1 G / 3 A / 4 Pts / 23 PIM / +2
Gillespie had an assist in three games for the lancers this past week.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
11 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 Pts / 9 PIM
Smith was kept off the board in a couple games for the Pics this week.

Shane Walsh – LW – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) – 2012
15 GP / 5 G / 6 A / 11 Pts / 0 PIM / -4
Walsh continues to put up points for the Saints, scoring a goal and adding an assist in three games this week.

Here is Dick Baker’s recap of last night’s game.  Obviously one of the major storylines is the fact that Mike Pereira and Adam Phillips were healthy scratches for the game.  Phillips has flat out looked gassed in the last few games, so I’m honestly not sure if it was more to make a point or to just give the kid a night off.  With Pereira, the quotes from Toot Cahoon suggests that he benched him because he’s not doing enough in the “other facets” of the game besides offense.  Honestly, he has a point.  For all of Pereira’s offensive prowess, he too often is unseen on the defensive end.  I don’t want to pile on Pereira, because he’s a great player who I watch playing. But it says something that he’s 1st on the team in goals with 8 but tied at 6th with a plus/minus rating of +1.  Meanwhile, T.J. Syner, Conor Sheary, and Steven Guzzo are all +4 or better.  He absolutely has to get better defensively.  But, from my limited exposure to him, Pereira seems like a smart and very level-headed person.  He genuinely seems like the type of player who will absorb the moment, learn from it, and move on from it for the better.  For those who may criticize Cahoon for benching his leading goalscorer for this game, I disagree.  Too often in the past few years when the team was in one of it’s annual swoons the rumors has been of a “inmates running the asylum” mentality surrounding the team.  Too often you’ve heard that the coaching staff has coddled the team.  Obviously that didn’t work.  Well, that’s not happening now, is it?  I’m sure with Pereira in the stands the message has been gotten across.  As for the charges that he benched his star player for these “key” Hockey East points, come on.  The team was playing Vermont.  If they couldn’t win without Pereira against Vermont it just showed there are much bigger problems with this team.  Which exactly seems to be the case.  Listen, I’m not happy with the performance of the team recently and the coaching staff shoulders a lot of that responsibility, but I won’t criticize Cahoon for not waiting for a more convenient time to send a message to the players.  Don’t give it your best offensively and defensively and you’ll be in the stands in a shirt and tie.

Seriously I don’t want to pile on Pereira, because he’s a great player who I watch playing.  But it says something that he’s 1st on the team in goals with 8 but tied at 6th with a plus/minus rating of +1.  Meanwhile, T.J. Syner, Conor Sheary, and Steven Guzzo are all +4 or better.

Here’s how yesterday looked from the Catamount viewpoint.

Lastly on the Catamounts, they’ve unveiled the retro jerseys they’ll be wearing for the game against UMass at Fenway.  It’s still unknown if UMass will be wearing special jerseys for the occasion, though Toot did openly ponder the idea at this summer’s press conference announcing the event.  Hmm, if only there was some kind of old school, unique to UMass, jersey design that they could wear for the game and that would be instantly recognizable to the hardcore fanbase that go to a certain blog, named after just such a jersey design, for their UMass hockey information.  Oh well.  I’m sure they’ll come up with something.

UMass drops to 9th in the College Hockey News Hockey East power rankings.

With tomorrow’s holiday, let me wish all you FTT readers a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you’re able to spend it with the family and friends who make your lives more enjoyable as I will be.

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6 Comments

  1. Justin

     /  November 23, 2011

    My only thought is to see what sort of reaction the team had to the benching of Pereira. Sure didn’t seem like a positive one. Gotta wonder what the team’s reaction was to the coach throwing them under the bus after the NU game as well. The Herb Brooks routine gets old fast, especially in 2011…maybe it’s working for the coaching staff, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.

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    • I would say more often than not the coaching staff has be too easy on the players when they’ve played poorly and have sheltered them from criticism. Remember when Toot kicked them out of their new locker room only to let them back in after a couple good practices?

      If anything I think the coaches need to be more Herb Brooks, less Pat Burns. Not that Pat Burns wasnt an amazing coach of course.

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      • Justin

         /  November 23, 2011

        You’ve obviously got a much better finger on the pulse of the team- if you say they coaching staff is being more lenient than tough on the team, I’ll take your word for it. It just doesn’t appear (to me) that the team has reacted positively to Coach Cahoon’s methods over the last few seasons.

        Not to sidetrack, but take a look at the successful coaches in the pros and the college ranks these days. The old school yelling, bag skate, my way or the highway, doesn’t really work as well with this generation of players. The game and society have become far more complex (I suppose one could argue whether that is a good thing or not), and a more nuanced and even approach to things is generally more successful. I suppose this is a discuss that requires a couple of craft beers in front of us though…

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  2. paulie

     /  November 23, 2011

    I think the coaching staff dont get it .Bad line match ups all the time even with home ice .Why not scratch some of the guys with no goals who are minus to try and make your team better.Ever since the lines were broken up this team a struggled .Our second line center doesnt have a goal why not scratch him .I dont understand these stupid line up changes over and over year after year and they dont work we keep losen

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    • Will

       /  November 24, 2011

      I think that our centers in general are the weak link of this team.

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  3. Anon

     /  November 23, 2011

    good points rocks. the fact that Pereira might be a defensive liability could be true, but the fact he had just started to heat up (despite the lowell game which was a terror show for everyone) just disappoints me he had been sat. since the UNH game, he has been a plus for every game. lets also take a look at his linemates. Danny Hobbs: -1 , Eric Filiou: E , Brandon Gracel: -1 . The fact that he plays with them and is a +1, maybe it’s not all his fault. Has there been a goal this year where you sat and watched saying damn that was periera’s fault? other than maybe the BU game at boston, no i have not. remember there are 5 guys on the ice, the kid was just starting to get into his rhythm. why take him out against the worst defensive team in Hockey East? He’s arguably one of the best players on the team (though i think syner is better) but he comes right behind him. just think about it.

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