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Comments for: Diamond helps Maine tie Vermont, but Bears still winless at Alfond (0-6-2)

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  • Anonymous

    Tim Whitehead……..setting new records for futility! GOoooooo Blue!

    • Anonymous

      Let’s go Abbott give the Maine fans a nice Christmas gift by firing Timmay

  • Anonymous

    As on Friday night, so tonight, the refs. cost UMaine the game. Why do they favor the other teams? Outrageous. UMaine deserved to win but were cheated out of a victory, once again. Tim Whitehead still coached brilliantly.

    • Anonymous

      Not the refs fault this team is pathetic. Whitehead agreed with the calls he nodded his head several times after each one.

      • Anonymous

        The team needs fans when they are losing more than when they are winning. You suggest people stop attending, why don’t you stop watching these games and follow your own advise. Some people just like college hockey, period.

        • Anonymous

          Excellent point. I agree. Eventually attendance dips or not, someone around the U will get sick enough of losing.

        • Anonymous

          I love hockey
          And I love umaine hockey, but the garbage that whitehead requires out of his players is not hockey
          If we want hockey back at the Alfond, we have to do what it takes to get whitehead out of the equation.
          Boycott is a good start

          As for ” why is an angry coach a good coach”
          Hockey is a competitive contact sport. The players need to be emotionally excited and they need to NEED to win. Whitehead does not allow captains or assistants to ” rally the troops”. Sometimes yelling gets hits to move and compete, sometimes dropping a subtle hint does the trick. Whatever whitehead does, he does not get the players ready to play competitive hockey.

          That’s why

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, but Tim was just being his usual calm and professional self. I suspect that he was seething beneath the surface. In any case, he remains one UMaine’s three greatest men’s hockey coaches of all time and deserves only praise, not criticism.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t get how people associate a pissed off coach with a good coach. The bottom line is getting through to your team no matter if you are a hot head or calm coach. If your players don’t respond to you that is the problem. Have you ever seen Jerry York come unglued on a ref or yell or scream at his players? Do you really think he goes into the locker room after a bad period and throws stuff, yells and screams. I highly doubt it. I have played from some real fiery coaches, Nate Lehman being one of them, tho that can be motivational at some times, every coach has a different style and I don’t believe the reason Whitehead needs to go has anything to do weather or not he gets mad and screams at refs or players when they are not performing. It is much deeper than that and comes down to x’s and o’s and the ability to get your team ready to play night in and night out.

          • Anonymous

            So, is TIMMAY getting through to this bunch or not? They certainly aren’t playing any better as a result of his tutelage.

          • Anonymous

            Clearly he isn’t and that is the point. I am simply saying he isn’t a bad coach because he doesn’t yell and scream and boil over. He may not be a bad coach period but he is stubborn and I think that you have to be flexible and willing to change your systems based on the talent and abilities of your players at some point and he simply does not do that. At some point you “overstay your welcome” and it is just time for a change, something fresh. That time has come. TIMMAY will get another job somewhere, he coached at Maine and had success in the early part of his tenor weather it was Walshy and Grants players or not, will look good on a resume. But it is time to get him out of here for sure.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, he’s shown himself to be a bad coach. teams with good coaches don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over, game after game.

            Sure he may coach elsewhere. But I doubt if there’s any D-1 team that’s willing to think he’s an improvement over what they already have.

      • Anonymous

        There are very few times a ref literally cost a team a game! You are in the situations you put yourself in at the point of a game where a ref can make or break a game! As for the call last night with the no goal……By rule it was the right call, where fans and coach should be pissed, the fact the goalie for the whole last minute or so was absolutely mauling Diamond and got away with it. They call a penalty it may not change the outcome of the game but it was surely penalty and would of given Maine a better shot with a 6 on 4.

  • The Great White Hope

    No wins at home until at least 2013 this is pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Abbott and Whitehead need to go. We are riding a dead horse with no chance for recovery….
    In other news, congratulations to Jerry York of BC for tieing the D1 all time win record held by Ron Mason (Shawn Walsh’s mentor).

  • Anonymous

    I realized that Maine was doomed under Whitehead when he lost the late game lead and the National Championship to Minnesota early on during his Reign of Terror……….in hindsight, that was definitely a sign of things to come.

    Then again a few years later……he pulled the same coaching choke job vs. Denver in Boston despite having one of the best collegiate goal tenders ever in Jimmy Howard as Maine lost 1-0.

    From that point on, it has felt like we are driving down the Mount Washington Auto Road with no brakes.

  • Anonymous

    BOYCOTT all UMAINE Sporting Events(if that is what they are really calling them) until Abbot gets a clue that the taxpayers are not going to continue to pay for mediocrity….JUST DON”T GO!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I can see your point and that would be heard loud and clear by the University. However, with the NHL on strike and being as far north as we are with no hockey close to us, people are hockey fans and want to watch hockey. I have had season tickets for years now and certainly want what everyone else wants but still love hockey and go to the games. Tho it is not good hockey, its still hockey.

      • Anonymous

        If you truly love hockey that i suggest that you go to the pee-wee games and high school games and give them your support. They dont use taxpayer money for the most part and show true enthusiasm in victory and defeat. If the fans of UMaine sports dont send a clear and resounding message to Abbot and the University, you will never see the needed changes to make these programs competitive again.

  • Anonymous

    After every UMaine hockey loss/tie, we are all calling for Tim’s head on a platter, but to no avail. As I’ve said before, his firing is not going to happen during the season – Steve Abbott just doesn’t operate like that. Hopefully, a “mutual” agreement between Timmy and UMaine will send Tim packing next spring. All we can hope is that Abbott is listening and paying attention to our cries of anguish. For some of us, UMaine hockey is more than a sport around here. It is a crutch that allows us to forget the cold winter nights, and the high oil bills, if only for a couple of hours. Folks will not totally boycott games, because win or lose, its a couple of hours away from “life”. However – there were a lot of empty seats last night at Alfond !

    • Anonymous

      Is it crazy to think that the article written last week with Montgomery is a good sign? To me it sounds like Monty just said all the right things and perhaps this has been discussed for real recently. He did send Morris here, maybe he told him to come here because him and Grant would be here soon! Just a thought….albeit an optimistic thought.

    • Anonymous

      I remember the years when there was a four year waiting list to get season tickets…and getting regular admission tickets was nearly impossible. How the mighty have fallen…Again, you have to blame the right people and the lack of effort starts at the very top.

  • TheBam

    Why not include who committed the penalty at the end of regulation , that resulted in Maine having to be on the penalty kill for the 2 of the last 6 minutes of the game? hard to generate scoring chances when you are short handed. Why doesn’t this publicaiton include the box scores of the games?

    • Anonymous

      for years a few vocal, knowledgable Maine fans were saying that Tim was not the man for the job for a number of REASONS.
      For most of that time, a bunch of nice people who did not know the game came on here and defended Tim asking “what about all those frozen fours?”
      We said that there would be no more frozen fours, and we were called crazy.
      Well people UMaine hockey is ranked 54th in the nation.
      Please people, stop supporting this and call the university and tell them WHY you are not supporting it.
      Whitehead is paid $190K per year and the associates are paid over $100k each.
      This state does not have that kind of money when others can barely scrape by.
      Almost $4 of every ticket bought goes directly into Whitehead’s paycheck.

      • The Great White Hope

        Yet the school turned down private money to get rid of him a few years back.

        • Anonymous

          If you have the RIGHT people backing you it doesn’t matter. Clearly does not matter what Wins or Losses he has, he has a buddy in the system who likes him and is the one that makes that call unfortunately.

      • Anonymous

        That $4 to Whitehead stat really brings the point home…..turns my stomach, actually.

      • Anonymous

        Excellent points, John — those early naysayers were called “Internet crazies” by this esteemed coach. Not so crazy, methinks!

  • Anonymous

    Can you imagine what the crowds will look like next season with Whitehead behind the bench? I can’t imagine how you are going to spin that one, Mahoney! ;)

  • HalseyTaylor

    If anyone’s interested, Jim Montgomery’s team is 17-3-1 right now.

  • Anonymous

    I have seen many comments about Jim Montgomery coaching at Maine, and I am wondering if he has expressed interest in coaching at Maine, or are people just wishing he would coach here? I say if he is interested, lets get him here ASAP. We can’t let things to go downhill any longer.

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