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  • Anonymous

    Has Leidermark ever not been hurt? Swedish kids don’t get enough calcium I guess.

    • Anonymous

      Leidermark when in the lineup isn’t noticeable so who knows? He is good for taking a weak wrist shot from just inside the blue line that a little leaguer could save. No offensive instinct in that kid at all, real strong effort tho always and plays more a defensive game like most of the swedes with exception of Goose.

  • ROOK

    Diamond out and they start winning.

    • Anonymous

      Haha…I would credit it more to Pryor not turning the puck over in the defensive zone three times a game.

  • Anonymous

    Are they really just figuring this out that if they play physical and dictate the play they can win? The Boston College was clear evidence of that wasn’t it! They were flying all over the ice against BC and at long stretches of that game outplayed them! When the D are finishing checks and taking a guy completely out of the play they are successful. Just running into him and letting skate past you and get back in the play is when you run into trouble! And is it just me but they are 0-6-2 home, does anyone notice how far back the D get before they decided to make a move on the puck carrier? I watch other teams, especially the strong ones, and the D are stepping up at or just inside the blue line eliminating any gimmie shots and forcing turnovers. Maine backs up to top of circle and sometimes further, and giving up the middle of the ice for lots of easy shots for opponents. STEP UP….but then again if you dont have the talent to put the body on someone and get smoked, well that dont help either! I didn’t get to watch the games this weekend but it has to be optimistic doesn’t it. They have lost to worse teams! Since the UNH thrashing, Maine has been in every game and something like 6 one goal games. Mercyhurst is 8-6-1 and play in Atlantic Hockey, not exactly a powerhouse so get a couple wins and all of a sudden 4 game win streak going back into conference play!

    • Anonymous

      Really. It takes two seniors 15 games into their senior season to figure out that physical play helps win games? Or has TIMMAY finally decided to let them hit people, since his job’s on the line?

      Once he gets that new contract extension, it’ll be right back to whiffing and poking at the puck as the opponent skates by.

      • Anonymous

        Right! How many times have we seen Maine come out hitting in a first period just to find that when they come out for the second after Timmay’s “pep talk” they stop hitting all together! Especially when you play BC’s, BU’s , UNH’s when clearly more talented and speedier, you have to play physical. Put a body on someone and make em feel it to slow em down. Make these razzle dazzyle getting cute with the puck type guys pay and think twice before trying cinderella crap again. Even last year when Abbott or Flynn were off, or year before when Goose was off, it was because guys were pounding them and getting them off their game and frustrating them! Im not a D-1 coach nor are the rest of us but we can see the most basic hockey fundamentals that for whatever reason just don’t seem to be present more times than not!

  • nostrajimus

    This could be the start of the biggest turnaround in hockey history, culminating in a National Championship. Whitehead has a slight lead in “the who is going to get fired” sweepstakes over Mr. March Ted Woodward. Go Timmay!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Haha, BC isnt walking through the door, putting Maine jerseys on and running the table for two months to a national championship.

      • Anonymous

        23-11-2 ! That is the record Maine would have if they won out! 19-0. That would make them 18-7-2 in conference and still would more than likely not even get them top spot since BC and UNH only need 9 and 10 wins respectively to get to that mark. That puts the season in prospective!

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