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  1. 7 points
    Two things you can do about that: (1) Contribute only to positive content on this Board; (2) find your muse elsewhere.
  2. 5 points
    Notice the only people to put a heart on this post are the same people always posting negative stuff? Birds of a feather...
  3. 5 points
    UPDATED through games of 3/11/2018 in post 3 posts below. I thought the fans of the playoff contenders might find this interesting. Games remaining as of 03/08/2018 Bold = Home games Peoria 65 points (11 games remaining) 5 home 6 away MRK, MRK, PEN, PEN, MAC, MAC, EVN, ROA, ROA, ROA, ROA Pensacola 60 pts (13) 6 home 7 away BHM, BHM, PEO, PEO, BHM, EVN, EVN, MRK, BHM, BHM, MAC, KNX, KNX Hunstville 57 pts (11) 4 home 7 away KNX, MAC, KNX, MRK, KNX, ROA, BHM, MRK, MRK, MRK, BHM Macon 55 pts (12) 5 home 7 away ROA, HSV, ROA, ROA, FAY, PEO, PEO, FAY, FAY, PEN, BHM, EVN Knoxville 52 pts (11) 7 home 4 away HSV, ROA, HSV, FAY, HSV, BHM, ROA, EVN, EVN, PEN, PEN Evansville 47 pts (11) 6 home 5 away FAY, FAY, BHM, MRK, PEN, PEN, PEO, KNX, KNX, FAY, MAC Mississippi 46 pts (11) 6 home 5 away PEO, PEO, HSV, EVN, FAY, FAY, PEN, HSV, HSV, HSV, FAY Roanoke 44 pts (12) 5 home 7 away MAC, KNX, MAC, MAC, BHM, HSV, KNX, FAY, PEO, PEO, PEO, PEO Birmingham 41 pts (11) 5 home 6 away PEN, PEN, EVN, ROA, PEN, KNX, HSV, PEN, PEN, MAC, HSV _________________ Based on the currents records of all remaining opponents the teams listed in order from hardest schedule remaining to easiest; Birmingham (combined winning percentage of remaining opponents is .634). Roanoke .611, Peoria .562, Mississippi .560, Knoxville .556, Pensacola .543, Evansville .529, Huntsville .528, Macon .509
  4. 5 points
    Sean will spend a lot of time in the ECHL. He will be in E camp next season and probably will make a roster. Might be a good move for the coach. The goal is to find skaters who are boarder line E talent. The last 2 coaches were recruiting boarder line SPHL skaters from the FHL. Good move coach!
  5. 5 points
    Wow... Let's give the guy a chance. As already stated I don't think things here could get much worse. I am sure the senior players had a lot to do with the move to replace the coach but even more so was Esposito's stats. Granted he was in a bad situation as well but I also feel he didn't improve it much if any at all. I'm just saying be somewhat positive be it good better or worse he is gonna be with us through the remainder of the season lets not beat him down before we give him an opportunity to see what he has got. I have lived in Fayetteville my whole life and I know we are a town of hard asses and we want what we want. Well come to the games and beat on the glass and hoot and holler till the whole town hears what you got to say and fire this damn team up....!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. 4 points
    And build a wall around it! And make the other leagues pay for the wall!
  7. 4 points
    Yep, I do love the team (Fayetteville hockey) as a whole. Not just a certain group of players. Yes, I can be critical too, but I have found that focusing on the negatives or things I wish were different in ANY aspect of life only tends to magnify them. However, I understand that venting can be good for the soul too. I just choose not to do it publicly. And on that note.....GO MARKSMEN! Still proud to be a fan.
  8. 3 points
    Hell, i think about half of the people on this forum could do the job cause they seem to know everything to make this team perfect.
  9. 3 points
    IMHO, Artist is one of the most positive posters on the board. You can tell she loves the team. An before someone makes it an issue, yes you can love the team and still be critical.
  10. 3 points
    They also need a fanbase that will whine because they are dropping to the SPHL.....
  11. 3 points
    Once more, with feeling: Please refer to the Replies above from your Senior Moderators.
  12. 3 points
    I agree, but also could disagree. But would need to see a few things to make my decision. I can see having fun and building team chemistry, especially in a time when Dave Eminian was announcing how dysfunctional the Marksmen were before they fired Esposito. Even had comments from Peoria fans saying the samething on facebook. That the players were fighting with the coach and had players fighting with each other. I would like to see a serious team working hard in practice with no fun stuff. If they are working hard and the coach is satisfied. I would see no problem with it. The problem I see with the team is they are on the third coach of the year and so far not much improvement. Which leads me to its either a player issue or owners are incompetent to hire a halfway decent coach. I would say its probably a player situation, but the owners firing the first coach after the first few games, seems to show they didn't do too much research or have much confidence in him in the first place. Either that or it was a mutual decision to go separate ways to be an alcohol distributer. But didn't want to make the first coach look bad that he was quitting on his team. Now to the 2nd coach, he already had character issues from articles i've read from his time in the FHL. Three biggest things that I can remember is him getting charged with 3 misdemeanors. Two for 2nd degree harrassment charges and one for endangering the welfare of a kid. For supposedly pushing and cussing at a 35 year old mother multiple times. With the second time pushing her into her 7 year old daughter knocking her to the ground. Not sure how the charges turned out but the article said their was quite a few witnesses telling a similar story. You might be able to get away and keep your job in the FHL after that. But I would expect nothing less from the FHL. Second incident, I read where he would constantly unwrap pieces of gum and chew them, then throw them over on top of visiting fans. Last incident, was an article where he made his team skate laps over and over while putting a trash can on the ice for them to vomit in. Not totally sure that would be a great way to build team chemistry. So my opinion is you already canned one coach and go hire another one with all these character issues, you can just find easily on a search on the internet. Makes me kind of think it was a bad decision off the rip of the hiring. Third coach or interim coach hasn't had many games under his belt, but isn't faring so well so far. But to me and i'll say it again, just my perspective from the outside looking in. What i've seen a lot of the blame can be spread all around. I'm just hoping it's growing pains for a new management group. That you guys can find out the problem and turn things around for next year. I might not root for you guys when we play against you and are currently biggest rivals. But I root for everybody to be competitive and put a good product on the ice for their fans. Owners did well getting more fans in the seats this year, now they just need to get some entertainment on your ice. I do think you guys definately have a lot of players that can turn it around after all the trades. Just the 3 players you recently got that has played for us this year. I would take Mueller, Bauer, and Russell back in a flash. I just wouldn't know who to give up in return. We just released Darius Cole to, would be a solid pick up for you guys. He is fast, physical, and has great hands who can steal a puck in no time and be on a breakaway.
  13. 3 points
    I talked with the Havoc coaches last night and tonight about the differences between these 2 "tryouts". ATOs are for college/university guys who have completed their careers at their respective schools and now turn pro. The league grants 5 ATOs per team. They are for 3 games, and the guys get paid a per-game salary for 3 games, whether they play or not (they can get paid, since they are no longer under NCAA restrictions regarding earning money to play). Once a team has played 3 consecutive games, the ATO is done, and the kid has to be signed to a regular contract or let go. These are a good way to evaluate new guys to stay on the team for the playoffs or get invited to training camp the next season. PTOs are also 3-gamers, but for players who are already pros. The league cut down the number of 3-gamers from 10 to 4 per team. Since teams now have 19-man rosters, the thought was that teams would not need as many 3-game tryouts. These guys also get paid the same amount as an ATO player for those 3 games, whether they play or not, and when the team has played 3 consecutive games these players too have to be signed to a regular contract or let go. The ATO and PTO salaries do not count against the team's salary cap. Teams are still allowed to dress only 16 skaters and 2 goalies per game. Doc
  14. 3 points
    Lol. The guy has had less than 2 practices with the team and got tossed into a 3 in 3 with arguably the best team in the league. Do you really expect a brand new coach to take a dead last place team and beat the best team in the league... with 2 days notice?
  15. 3 points
    This is almost exactly right... except that Phil had opportunities to bring in people when he got here. Unfortunately, his reputation is so bad, that no legitimate players, coaches, agents or anyone else with credibility in Hockey, would come here or send anyone here. If phil had improved the team just a little bit, he’d still have a job. But they got worse, then they got disfunctional and embarrassing, forcing ownership to make the necessary change. Very simple.
  16. 3 points
    Bierchen's more qualified than you'll give him credit for. He has a better resume than Craigen did when he became a head coach.
  17. 3 points
    I think you guys will be happy with Porter. He works his butt off from puck drop to whistle every game. He is not explosive or flashy on offense but he is a good passer. He will hit somebody in a second. If he needs to he will mix it up or protect a teammate. He can play D in a pinch. To me it seems he is the type of player Bremner is building his team around.
  18. 3 points
    I absolutely agree. My initial thought was, you have got to be kidding me, but after having some time to digest the moves and really think about it I believe this will end up paying off for us in the long run. As far as those losing it on Facebook one of them is Mueller's sister so I would take her opinion with a grain of salt, and most of the other complaints are more emotional than anything else. I find myself constantly having to remind my wife to not get to attached to any individual players because turnover is a huge part of minor league hockey, that's a lesson I think a lot of our fans still need to learn.
  19. 3 points
    Unqualified for a struggling team in the SPHL? 2017 Asst Coach ECHL Indy Fuel 2016-17 Head Coach Alabama 2013-16 Asst Coach SPHL Columbus Cottonmouths 2012-13 Asst Coach SUNY Canton I'm not sure I see the huge separation between him and an FHL retread. The season is almost over, so you aren't going to be bringing any HOFers out to finish the year. Why not try out a young guy to see if he could be your coach for the future?
  20. 3 points
    For what it's worth, I did a quick pull of the data from SPHL transactions, and filtered out all the returned. I noticed one error in their data and removed it, but there's always the chance for more. Shamelessly stealing RH's original table with updated #s: TEAM Current Callups Who Haven't Returned (2/20) Pensacola 11 Macon 9 Mississippi 8 Peoria 7 Evansville 7 Fayetteville 7 Roanoke 6 Knoxville 6 Birmingham 5 Huntsville 4 Obviously, just the current number of callups doesn't tell the whole story, but it's interesting nonetheless. ECHL apparently likes a lot of what they're seeing from the SPHL guys this year. Update: I couldn't help myself, and I totaled up the number of days a player has been with an ECHL team totaled for each SPHL. I used SinBin callup page to derive the results. Know that I didn't correct for trades, I think there were only a couple effected players anyway. Pensacola - 692 Evansville - 526 Fayetteville - 482 Peoria - 462 Macon - 459 Mississippi - 386 Roanoke - 323 Birmingham - 278 Knoxville - 274 Huntsville - 165 Digging just a bit further, I broke out each person who was gone for 60+ days (sorry I haven't combined multiple trips - ostensibly I have a job to do). Connor Reilly (RW) Birmingham 89 John Rey (D) Birmingham 73 Jeremy Brodeur (G) Evansville 119 Jackson Leef (C) Evansville 66 Blake Thompson (D) Evansville 100 Justin MacDonald (LW) Evansville 73 Tyler Deresky (RW) Evansville 65 Sean Robertson (D) – 2 Fayetteville 110 Max Cook (RW) Fayetteville 86 Travis Jeke (D) Fayetteville 70 Kent Patterson (G) Fayetteville 63 Evan Neugold (D) Knoxville 75 Chris Joseph (D) Macon 86 Don Olivieri (D) Mississippi 73 Vytal Cote (D) – 2 Mississippi 85 Daniel Tedesco (LW) Mississippi 79 Derek Sutliffe (RW) Mississippi 79 Sean Bonar (G) – 2 Pensacola 100 Phil Bushbacher (LW) Pensacola 89 Alex Pompeo (D) Pensacola 88 Brian Morgan (C) Pensacola 70 Mark Bennett (RW) Pensacola 70 Mark Esshaki (D) Pensacola 68 Eli Lichtenwald (C) Pensacola 64 Geoff Fortman (D) Peoria 119 Nick Neville (D) Peoria 93 Joe Widmar (C) Peoria 61 Christian Horn (C) Peoria 61 Travis Armstrong (D) Roanoke 71 Mitch Vandergunst (RW) Roanoke 64
  21. 3 points
    Wow. Tough situation whenever you have to make in-season changes - especially two of them. I hope it works out for the Marksmen - lots of good people there and give the owners credit for trying to right the ship. Hope it works out.
  22. 3 points
    On a positive note Max Cook was activated from injured reserve by Norfolk if no one noticed.
  23. 2 points
    Absolutely, ! That's what this forum is for .... everyone has a different opinion , we are not all the same and do not feel the same way ... doesn't make one right and the other wrong .....
  24. 2 points
    LMAO. I am old man. I've done my time. How can saying the job requirements exhaust me turn into me not thinking the job will be filled? SMH. And you being a so-called senior moderator.Jeez.
  25. 2 points
    The League doesn't have this forum. It is privately owned & operated by a fellow hockey fan.
  26. 2 points
    Don't bother trying to explain or figure it out Maniac. MacNaught and other owners were here for 15 years - those here complained and bitched about getting rid of them constantly. No matter the players, the coach, the record, the attendance....yada...yada....they still complained, moaned, and groaned. New owners come in, save hockey in Fayetteville, having to spend a TON to rebrand - because of the "swamp" the previous group had created in town - and they STILL complain, moan, and groan. There is nothing that will satisfy this forum crowd. I am convinced that not even a 56-0-0 record, sold out home games, season title, and a President's Cup would satisfy them! It won't ever change.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    It's actually 9 games left. Having watched all of the their games this calendar year either in person or the road games on SPHL live, being totally honest I do not see anyway FAY can win a game. If Patterson would come back and play in goal the odds go up a little. If a player or two comes back from the ECHL the odds go up a little. Towards the end of the season IF the last 3 games against MAC, EVN and MRK are meaningless to them in the standings FAY might catch them on an off night and have a chance. But a 22 game losing streak and a 23 game winless streak are real possibilities.
  29. 2 points
    Thanks to all you Dawgs fans that came to Knoxville.
  30. 2 points
    Where is all the talk from coach hangers around here? Called for the last coaches head when he at least won a game here and there? What a joke this is turning into.
  31. 2 points
    At least you get the first pick in the draft.
  32. 2 points
    The folks I talked to said they had a good time - in spite of the outcome.
  33. 2 points
    Maybe they just wanted to look pretty? Nope, Friday is Nickelodeon Night @ Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Jersey auction after the single game.
  34. 2 points
    I respectfully disagree with everything you've said here. You seem to be positing that the players and coach should all sit around morose because of how the season has gone, but what exactly is that going to do for you? The idea that you can't have fun and work hard is blatantly false. I'm sure the idea with the road trip is to try and create a positive atmosphere in a difficult situation. If everyone participates and has a good time that goes toward creating some team chemistry too. Further, you're inferring that because they dressed up one day they didn't put in the effort, but we both know that's a red herring. Taking the time to dress up in some funny outfits and take a photo did not in any way impact the amount of practice/prep time. I sympathize with the frustration of a season that appears to be going nowhere, but the anger here is misplaced. If nothing else, look at it from the practical sense. Nothing else has worked this season. Why not try mixing it up?
  35. 2 points
    Very interesting video. I think it is quite fitting that the Lancerlot will be getting ice back roughly on the 30th anniversary of the ECHL which basically started in the building. I think it would be cool to have an exhibition game as part of the ribbon cutting. Perhaps between either Utah and Wheeling or Greenville the only original franchises still in the league (Utah was the Virginia Lancers, Greenville was the Johnstown Chiefs and Wheeling was the Carolina Thunderbirds) or Roanoke and Knoxville since they were both original ECHL cities. I tried to find info on who played in the first official ECHL game but I couldn't find it.
  36. 2 points
    Prophetic (or maybe pathetic). As Huntsville scored 7 times last night, that marks (pardon the pun) the 200th goal scored against Fayetteville in 45 games this season. Close to the team record, but there are still 11 games to go. The franchise record: 2011-12 season: 240 goals allowed. No where near, however, the all-time SPHL record of 315 goals allowed by the Jacksonville Barracudas during the 2005-06 season.
  37. 2 points
    For those of you Marksmen fans smart enough not to waste almost 3 hours watching the game rest assured the game was not as close as the 7-2 score. The Marksmen were so outclassed, out played and out everything so bad it could've been 17-2 and no one that saw the game would be surprised. It took only 4 games for the new coach to lose control of his team. If you saw the game you know what I mean.
  38. 2 points
    This forum is a haven for SPHL fans, and general hockey fans alike. With that said, I have been noticing a few topics that have been taking some downward spirals. I'm not calling any one person out, but the ones I am referring to know exactly who they are. We have specific guidelines that govern this site to keep conversations civil and on the topic at hand, which can be found here. We are not always going to agree on everything posted; however, that DOES NOT give anyone, staff members included, the right to turn a conversation into a forum for name calling, profanity or anything else. The vast majority of us are grown adults, and as such, should conduct ourselves accordingly. These posts are a members individual opinion, and if you do not agree, then you do not have to post anything. It’s like my mother always said, “if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This concludes my PSA, now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
  39. 2 points
    You seriously have zero clue what you’re talking about. Bremner was an ACHA Asst when he got the job in Roanoke and he’s doing quite well. Bierchen was an Asst in SPHL for 3 seasons, a Head Coach at ACHA Alabama (Not Asst) and then an Asst at ECHL Indy. That’s actually VERY qualified to be SPHL Head Coach. Smh
  40. 2 points
    I won't mention my source but the players had a lot of input to his dismissal. It will happen in Pcola also unless he has changed his coaching style. Do you remember Matt Robertson of the antz? He refused to return after Bes was hired and played in the FHL. How many of our players from last season fled to Europe? If they knew Bes was leaving, they would have stayed. By the time they found out, they were already under contract.
  41. 2 points
    The important take away from the SPHL's suspensions is that Peoria was completely innocent.
  42. 2 points
    This guy isn't at all qualified. What a joke. The SPHL gong show continues.
  43. 2 points
    I would believe the jumbotron is used for more in the Crown than just hockey season........would be a good reason why the article said, "county commissioners' committee", instead of "marksmen ownership". Come'on people.
  44. 2 points
    It's probably because there hasn't been anything good to comment on this season......
  45. 2 points
    Everyone has a different definition of "fan" apparently. Just voicing my opinion. Anyone is welcome to agree or disagree with it.
  46. 2 points
    Evidently you do since you continue to jump on this site when the team isn't winning.....its probably best if you stay off all SPHL and Marksmen social media. Wouldn't want you to have a heart attack. Be careful out there.
  47. 2 points
    He might if he doesn't have a job lined up elsewhere- gotta pay the bills!
  48. 2 points
    Actually, late November would be a really difficult time to find any openings in hockey ops no matter what continent your search includes. But I reckon Mazzolini made the best choice for his own situation, and I wish him well. Not sure what the beer market is like around Anchorage, but a distributorship in the U.S. Midwest can be mighty lucrative if you're willing & able to put in the hours.
  49. 2 points
    Current 2017/18 totals as of the Chen transaction- 116 total call-ups (91 different players- some called up more than once) with 64 currently on loan. The SP has achieved its goal of becoming a developmental league. PEN is currently hit the hardest with 11 on loan while ROA is the lowest with 3 currently on loan.
  50. 2 points
    Good for him. There is a lot of money to made in his new line of work unlike the lowly job of coaching A level Pro hockey. The man was not given a legitimate chance as a hockey coach but it looks as if he has moved on.
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