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  1. 5 points
    There's a ton of former Fayetteville coaches to choose from now.
  2. 5 points
    Not bad considering most of our team consists of FHL players. After how we started out, I am proud of the huge turnaround. Proud of our players for doing a complete 360 after Coach Bremner came along. It was a major change where Bremner expected a lot more out of his players. So i'm sure it wasn't an easy adjustment but they all bought in and gave Roanoke fans a nice run. I can honestly say now win or lose, our team became exciting to watch. Unlike at the beginning of the year, I felt at times our guys weren't giving a 100%. I have no problem taking losses as long as we are playing hard and doing the right things we need to win. I am already excited about next year to see what guys Bremner can bring into his system. Our guys finally got some playoff experience under their belt. I expect us to come back and improve more next year. But for this year, i'm proud of our coach and team. Come on next season!
  3. 5 points
    I agree to an extent. But with only 3 minutes left in the game and Knoxville going to get a penalty, you just take the penalty and try to close the game out. Don't do anything to get a penalty also and make it 4 on 4. Giving them a chance to tie the game. Plus, Schneider is an agitator. That's exactly what he wanted Scott to do. You see him taunting him afterwards, telling him to go into the penalty box? He got the exact rise out of Scott that he was trying to get. Now if the game was out of hand and something like that happened, than of course i'd say take up for your teammate.
  4. 4 points
    It has been a great year for Rail Yard Dawgs hockey. We have had a lot of highs and lows for this season. Started out very low for us heading into the middle of December. Sitting outside playoff contention without even having a regulation win under our belts. Then it went from real low to the middle. We knew right off the bat we were going to love our new coach's playing style of hockey. But not sure anyone expected our team to turn things around like they did. Its been a pleasure to see this team transform before our very eyes from a team that everybody considered to be a pushover, to a team nobody would want to play. It also has been very nice seeing Coach Bremner develop over the course of the year. It's not hard to notice he is a great coach. He put together the right mix of guys to transform our team into winners. I know he doesn't like taking credit for his team's success, but it's very hard not see his huge effect on the team with his knowledge of the game. As an example, he has switched up his game plan against teams quickly to make an impact. Big one I noticed this weekend was our powerplay. The first night our powerplay didn't look good at all. We just kept dumping the puck into our offensive zone and just about everytime time Peoria would beat us to it and shoot it back down the ice preventing any good scoring chances. Next night he was crowding the blue line with four players skating to get the puck into the offensive zone. Which looked like it was causing confusion with Peoria. We ended up going 2 for 3 on the PP. Just little things like that can make a huge difference. Now to our players, we have an awesome group of guys who have bought into what Bremner is preaching to them. Without each player's dedication and heart to trusting our coach's system, none of this would have been possible. Its just been great to see our team go from rags to riches and everyone has been a big part of the turnaround. I just can't express enough how proud I am of our Dawgs. They have come a long way since the beginning of the season. Now to our fans. In our final average attendance we again were in the top half of the league with a total of 3,360 fans which was an increase from our first year. It seems everything is going in the right direction for our Dawgs. One last shout out and thank you is to every member of our Dawgs forum. You guys and gals are awesome and basically make it easy going moderating this forum. We might not agree to everything discussed in here, but we all respect each other's opinion and keep things civil and drama free. Only thing wrong in here is I make everyone in here read my long,drawn out , and drama filled rants from time to time. But just wanted everyone to know I appreciate and have fun discussing everything about our Dawgs with all of you and hope to continue to way into the future. I believe our first round playoff game has been decided to take place in Lynchburg at the LaHaye Ice Center. That's if my sources are reliable and everyone not just playing cruel mean jokes on facebook. When I get any information i'll definately post it right here. LET'S GO DAWGS!!! WIN THAT CUP!!!
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    Last night literally looked like the Mighty Ducks. Big bad Iceland coached by "The Dentist" vs The Mighty Dawgs, a rough-around-the-edges team with mismatched Goodwill uniforms. There for a while I actually thought we were going to pull it off. They played about the best they've played all year long, considering Peoria might as well be an ECHL team. Against anybody else, that performance would have been a win. I saw hard shifts from everyone on the ice, nobody took one off, and they just made a few mistakes defensively that cost them the game. Peoria of course is a much better team, and they certainly played like it. I'll congratulate their fans on a win, but the team themselves are a bunch of classless thugs. Win this series or not, these a**holes just got themselves a rivalry that I guarantee we will be on the winning end of next season. All hard feelings aside though, I'm actually really proud of how much they've improved this year. We went from being a point out of last place with the worst record in the league, not even being able to beat Fayetteville, to being in my opinion one of the better teams in the second half, certainly the hardest working team out there, no doubt. What's this I hear about Steve Mele not wanting to come back?
  7. 3 points
    Just found out that the entire Ice Bears team donated some or all of their game checks from Saturday (or more) to the bus crash victims. Way to go, Ice Bears!
  8. 3 points
    We wont have the worst record in league history.....that still falls on Huntsville.
  9. 3 points
    Greg, I couldn't agree more with everyone you just said. This is a very special team and I am still amazed at the turnaround with the coaching change. A week or so after the coaching change, I asked one of the players if they had ever played against Coach Bremner and his response was "yep, and I hated him. But as a coach, I love the guy." I think that sums it up. They really do like and respect him and seem to be willing to run through a wall for him. What a transformation. Now it's a brand new season and it's 0-0. Although we may not have home ice advantage for the playoffs, we are 12-11-3 on the road this year so we have shown can win anywhere. I think we'll be a tough out for whoever picks us. The selection party next Sunday night should be fun! Let's Go Dawgs!!!
  10. 3 points
    I got caught up again wasting time on LinkedIn, and found this: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-drobot-b23b5947/ Our favorite Goon, Brad Drobot, was an Engineering major at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Discuss. . . Oh, and I found this, for the ladies: http://theweal.com/2014/04/10/hockey-player-retires-after-four-year-career-as-trojan/ He's a bit of a Mama's boy, and OH MY GOD, THAT HAIR! Brad, BRING BACK THAT HAIR!
  11. 3 points
    Ftorek 5-11-2 this season Bremner 20–12-2 Bremner has coached the team in double the number of games than Ftorek did. The team has won three times as many games during that time.
  12. 3 points
    Actually the game itself was very enjoyable. Too bad we lost but for $5 a ticket the game and the other entertainment made for a good night. By the way Marky played goalie in the broom hockey game against the other mascots (he only allowed 3 goals so maybe instead of making him GM we can make him goalie) and he won against the other mascots in a game of musical chairs that he wasn't even a part of and Marky dropped the ceremonial first puck. The little ones had a blast and my young grandson loves his Marky bobble head. Plus our attendance was second highest out of 5 homes games with close to 3,700 (sorry, Peoria no you had 9" of snow sob stories - we had rain and cold, well relatively cold). A Lt. Col. from the military retiring after 22 years of service had a retirement party at the game and pretty sure they had cake. Our owner was on hand to present a check from the Marksmen to the Salvation Army in the amount of $3,000, just one of many checks he has handed out in the community this year.
  13. 2 points
    And...... SHOCKER.... The ice flyers OUT in the 1st round. How is this possible? They went out and got the bes T coach around. LOL #Karma
  14. 2 points
    I completed it. One of my suggestions was after they win that they interview the #1 star on the ice like they use to here in Roanoke. I also see other teams in the league currently do this. Some even do it in between periods. It's a nice way for casual fans to get to know the players a little better who never get to talk or interact with them.
  15. 2 points
    I completed it. One big thing I recommended is that season tickets holders get free parking and making it even more enticing for fans that attend every game to purchase season tickets.
  16. 2 points
    It is my understanding that if ownership in Fayetteville would not have changed hands the franchise was going to fold. I think every franchise in the SP should be wary of the future. All you can do is take it one year at a time and hope for the best.
  17. 2 points
    Last in league in power play. 0-9 in last game. Recruiting helps......coaching matters
  18. 2 points
    Think this is better.....
  19. 2 points
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/11C4OVZww0VauJP-nEmbRRr0pTA9lD1zq/view SPHL and it's teams "stand with" Humboldt
  20. 2 points
    Wanted to congratulate the Rivermen on the series win. Best team I seen in the league this year from top to bottom. Go get the Cup!! Proud of my Dawgs they really turned the corner once Bremner became the coach, definitely headed in the right direction. Congrats again!!
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    Those sneaky RYD fans are holding their own secret talks on this topic ...
  23. 2 points
    If we can cut down on the few mistakes we make we can beat them. Just seems like if you make a mistake against them most the time your paying for them unless Barone makes a unbelievable save like he did the 1 out of 3 times we had breakdowns. I agree its a tall task at hand but in no way am I giving up on our guys. They played their hearts out and competitively the entire game. One or two bounces go our way we win that game. That Mele goal was incredible. He had a few inches to get it in and he lifted the puck up and put it in perfectly. I really hope he changes his mind and we see him back next year. Hopefully we can pull out two games, but if not, we start off fresh next year and expecting great things. My hockey outlook has totally changed with the new coach. Bremner has them playing hard every game and very exciting team to watch win or lose. Go Dawgs!!!
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    You shoulda picked Fayetteville to face Birmingham, Shaun. Nobody'd be there to prove you wrong.
  26. 2 points
    Then, that can be found here.
  27. 2 points
    Well, that made-for-the-interwebs event was more interesting than I would've ever predicted. Just enough small talk to get the Huntsville faithful spooled up, but not so drawn out as to make you wish they'd . Well done, SPHL!
  28. 2 points
    Live streamed broadcast: Go to SPHL website for FULLSCREEN to work and to watch it again (if/when they make that available).
  29. 2 points
    Yes, Sharkies. If the Rivermen do not choose Evansville I will be totally surprised. Who knows though there could be some insider info. I jest, this league has gotten as tight as the NCAA. They just have to make up time to get as corrupt. When the Rivermen joined the ECHL in whatever year that was 1994. I was away at college. I thought hockey in Peoria was doomed. Lol. People are having this conversation 20 years and three leagues later. Peoria, is a Hockey town, not of NHL caliber or of some Canadian communities caliber but it is a real Hockey town. Fans want the product. Also, no good place or way to say this my heart is broken for our JR Hockey brethren to the North. Know that we are all one united family. Yes our family is broken. We grieve here in Peoria with you. Sons and Fathers and Brothers are cherished. Too much was lost to make any sense of. Grief management, minute by minute.
  30. 2 points
    There are only a handful of players who will return for next season. Why buy a jersey? Although I do support the team, I'd rather spend that kind of $$$ on an NHL jersey.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    I think they should give John a chance for a full season To coach before they find a other coach
  33. 2 points
    Bottom line - who knows what will happen? Sure is cool to talk about the "what ifs." With all this discussion and anticipation, I am now absolutely sold on the new "Challenge Round" format. If it were 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7 , etc., there would be very little discussion (I think). I'm also looking forward to Sunday night's Selection show - should be fun!
  34. 2 points
    Roanoke's highest PIM is Chris Kravchuk who played 23 games with us and had 62 PIM before we waived him and ended up in Fayetteville. Just shows you can hit and check hard without getting tons of PIMS.
  35. 2 points
    Yea, Matt Beer just playing hockey and checks him. Cody Dion tackles him, rips his helmet off, and beats him in the back of the head laying face first on the ice. Only reason they suspended him that long was they had to. Need to suspend the bias ref or fire him. He was the worst. If he would do his job and call penalties like he's suppose to. None of it would have happened probably.
  36. 2 points
    Back around 1993-ish I sent an email to the ECHL email mailing list about the ECHL, WCHL, CHL, UHL, AHL, and IHL all restructuring and reorganizing to more geographic-appropriate leagues, I had "quotes" and examples and all sorts of good things. Then, 10 minutes later, I posted " April Fool's". The names I got called by those folks... Then, a few years ago I posted a link to Wikipedia April Fool's page with a story that the Ice Bears we're protesting a then-controversial decision the league had made against them by moving to the ECHL. Within 30 minutes I got a call from the GM, who'd been getting calls from local news outlets, STHers, and I think league officials who wanted to know what in the blue hell was going on...NONE of them clicked on the link. I had to apologise for my distraction during playoffs when the GM didn't need that s**t going on... Good times. Ever since that I've decided my April Fool's jokes are too sophisticated for educated and civilized people to handle.
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    Yup, Dave conveniently made sure he cut that out. Wouldn't want people thinking any worse of the Rivermen then they already do.
  39. 2 points
    Funny how the article fails to mention that Porter "pulled" Fortman because he had hog collared Murray from behind while he was on a break away. I guess thats the kind of moves "skilled defensemen" pull when they get beat. ETA: Just watched the video and it was Vernace not Murray.
  40. 2 points
    Awww, man! I sooo wanted to become part of the SPECIAL League!!!
  41. 2 points
    Final from Pensacola, Ice Flyers 3, the Bulls 0. The Birmingham Bulls are officially eliminated from the playoffs and Mississippi and Roanoke clinch the final two spots.
  42. 2 points
    If you have interest in being a moderator for next season please send me a message or post here of your interest. The pay is awful but it carries a ton of worthless prestige! I will get back to interested people as soon as I can. Macguy and JMC STL are my official recruiters so if you have any questions feel free to blow up their inbox! Thank you
  43. 2 points
    They did. Fayetteville fans love their players win or lose (of course, some fans are exceptions). When trailing 4-0 last night Fayetteville scored their lone goal and the fans erupted as if it was an overtime winner. It's hard to imagine a complete turn around in performance in one year but I think the owners will continue to learn and improve.
  44. 2 points
    Pretty sure that's a typo! Redemption? It's Peoria, they are legendary for....
  45. 2 points
    The simplest explanation is this: Think of baseball and it's magic number, which determines how many games a team will take to be eliminated. It is Games Played + 1 - Team A Wins - Team B Losses = Magic Number In hockey, it is much different, but the same result. As Greg already stated, the maximum points possible for Birmingham to get is 8 points (4 games remaining * 2 points per win = 8 points), which would make their maximum points possible 57 points. Roanoke needs 2 wins of their last 4 remaining to beat out the Bulls. Should the Dawgs finish 1-2-1 in their last 4 games, and Birmingham goes 4-0-0, then Birmingham would knock Roanoke from the playoffs. The formula used to determine the actual magic number is this: (Max Pts from Team B - Current Pts from Team A + 1) / 2 Now, with most of the calculations, results might say 3.5 which is saying 3.5 games remaining, but it is officially rounded to 4. I will show an example. Okay, Evansville has 58 points and Roanoke is still in position to beat out Evansville for seeding. So, you calculate the 8 points (2 points for each win in last 4 games) and add that to Roanoke's current points, 54 + 8 = 62. The end result is 62 maximum points. The formula from above is used and you input the appropriate values, just like back in algebra class. To explain the + 1 is to account for the tiebreaker scenario. X = Roanoke's points possible Y = Evansville's current points (x - y + 1) / 2 (62 - 58 + 1) / 2 (4 + 1) / 2 5 / 2 = 2.5 So this calculation shows that Roanoke will take 2.5, or 3 games to be eliminated from 6th place. To check this result, Roanoke would need to gain 5 points in the last 4 games to beat out Evansville, and considering the maximum points you can earn in 2 games is 4 points, so therefore that half of a game that would be rounded to 3 would show that in 1 of those 3 games, the Dawgs could earn 1 point. I guess in hindsight of this explanation, it doesn't seem so simple after all. The basic understanding of the formula used and understanding that all half game results must be rounded up to achieve the correct value is very important to understanding this and being able to track it yourself.
  46. 2 points
    The most points the Bulls can get is 8 points. We are up by 5 so we need to get 4 points to clinch. If we got only one win and an overtime loss and the Bulls win all 4 we would tie. It would go to the tiebreaker which is total wins. We would be tied in them, so Birmingham would make the playoffs because they beat us in head to head series, which is the 2nd tiebreaker. So we need to win 2 games or any combination of gaining 4 points or Birmingham losing 4 points and we are in.
  47. 2 points
    We aren't throwing out ideas for the Berglund Center. If they aren't having the game at The Berglund Center then they would have nothing to do with this anyways. It would be up to the owners and the team if and where the teams played. This thread has been going on for over 2 months when the rumors first started. It just recently picked back up when the media WFIR, who interviews our coach alot finally reported that The Berglund Center was unavailable for the first round of playoffs. They also mentioned playing at Lahaye Ice Center. So its not like its an idea that only we are thinking about as an option. Even if it is repetitive, who cares? As long as people are chatting in the forum and not being disruptive it shouldn't matter. Anyone who has a problem with repetitiveness or tired of seeing or talking about the subject can easily skip over it and not read it. About the Salem Civic Center. I have no clue if that's a viable option or not. Even if the dates would be open. But the team already has a working relationship with Liberty, so I figure that option would be the easiest route to take. Plus they always have ice and wouldn't need to do all the work to put all this together. It also holds 3,000 fans so every season ticket holder would be able to get a ticket and probably any other person who wanted to attend. Also, I didn't mean to sound like I thought you were attacking me. What I write might sound a little defensive but that's not how i'm trying to sound. It's just another discussion.
  48. 2 points
    I think some snapping turtles were present and did the serving to the Marksmen.
  49. 2 points
    You need be beside him.
  50. 2 points
    Scott was totally baited into that penalty by Schneider, and ultimately that could have cost them the game. You don't fight in a 1 goal game with 3 minutes left. That's just not smart hockey. They played much better this weekend than they did last weekend. Such a great game.
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