I think it's still a worthy topic. This team showed what they are capable of, but some selfish play and guys not working hard, just cost this team one of the best streaks in college sports. It's sad a few screwed over what could've been a very memorable season.
3/25 9:37 AM | IP: Logged
Ok, the topic of team unity is important, that I am all over.
But I'm not as interested in the who's of this team vs. the how's of the next. How do we move forward?
IIRC Porter took the team on a weekend retreat someplace, and that did wonders right out of the gate. Lets take that, make proper improvements to make it a tradition, and go foreward.
3/25 10:34 AM | IP: Logged
I'm not as concerned about which player. But to make the next step next year the problems from this year definitely need to be addressed. It seemed to be late in the year and it's sad it wasn't addressed earlier as they showed what they can do when united.
The need to look at this season and make sure it doesn't repeat itself.
3/25 12:11 PM | IP: Logged
Nah, I'm of the opinion that had Racine (or any other goaltender) stepped up earlier in the year, the "divide" would have been a footnote, had it even been news. There are surly personalities on every team, they only become an issue when the team loses. Goaltending wasn't the only reason this team lost early, but it was a huge reason. Things are looking up with the way Racine played down the stretch.
3/25 10:19 AM | IP: Logged
It's not the goalie. he's just the one who clearly shows mental issues faster than the rest of the team.
Most people here think Billy Sauer was not a good goalie, but forget the two records he set his senior season- goals against average and Save Percentage (which was eclipsed by Hunwick twice).
He was a very good goalie, but laden with a divided team. And for an early arriver (he was 17 when he got on campus)- he needed someone to help him out.
Once you take the goalies head out of the game for non hockey issues, it's over.
How any of the goalies would have "stepped up" with team issues, I don't see. We've seen this movie before, we know how it ends.
And we see what happens when team unity is good- thanks to Porter, Sauer set some nice records. So he had a bad game in Denver- he was good.
3/25 10:43 AM | IP: Logged
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. Had Racine played the entire season like he played the last few weeks, we would be in the tournament, we'd all assume the team had solid leadership, and there would be no talk about divisions within the team. That's how the movie ended the last 25 years. Believe me, the team had some rotten apples back in the 90s, but they were rarely the subject of discussion because the team was winning. I guess you could say those teams won due to solid leadership, sure, but they also had above average goaltending, which we lacked for the better part of a season. In other words, did the team start winning the last few weeks because leadership emerged, or because goaltending improved dramatically? I'd say it was more of the latter, but understand you would say it's the former.
3/25 10:54 AM | IP: Logged
It's the old saying adversity doesn't build character, it shows it. We obviously had some divide on this team and it hurt it. I tend to agree that it's tough for the goalie to play well when the team in front of him is divided and causing a distraction and probably not helping out like they need to, especially a young goalie.