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  1. 5 points
    I can tell ya that i have seen some of the worst and the best in Phil as a Coach here last year with the Wolves. I can tell the nay sayers to give him time and he WILL build a winning team. I know its only the FHL but this guy is known for getting his team into the big show He will make them hit and he will make them skate till they puke
  2. 5 points
    SPHL Forums would like to welcome Greg81102 as Moderator for the Roanoke forum. He will be overseeing any issues with the forum and helping with posting of Game Day Threads. Congratulations!
  3. 5 points
    So I just wanted to take a minute and give my two cents on all the changes that have taken place. I have met the new owners, and I really am excited about the way the talk and the way they carry themselves when it comes to hockey in Fayetteville. I admit, the whole name change thing kinda hit me hard ... I wasn't expecting it ... but I am not gonna bash the idea! They really put a lot of thought into it all and it fits their marketing scheme well ... Anthony (the ant) is a good friend of mine and I was absolutely floored to think he wouldn't be around anymore ... but, I have looked at the "Marky" situation and I again am seeing where their marketing scheme fits with the Fox ... so I won't bash him either ... in fact, I was at the unveiling and I like the guy, but he has to grow on ya a bit!! My biggest, and best praise ... has to go to the front office of the Marksmen ... these guys and gals are putting their feet on the ground and running ... they have created some fabulous package deals with sponsors ... they are concentrating on raising attendance back and even beyond the glory days of the FireAntz ... the season ticket program the have now is amazing and I even bought and extra seat this year because of it ... As a fan and a loyal follower, myself and Piehole and Iceman and many others have been saying for the last couple of years that we needed to mix things up and take some drastic measures to get butts back in the seats, and these guys are doing that!! I can hardly wait til our 1st military night this year, cause I think we will see record numbers like we used to have!!! Many people have got mad and even vowed to boycott the team ... WHY?? Because they kept hockey alive in Fayetteville!? I think some people are still clouded in their vision to not see that the Antz were about to be another casualty ... The attendance for the last two years has been PATHETIC!! As a Florence native, and a former Pee Dee Cyclones fan ... let me tell you, it sucks to lose hockey!! To have nothing ... that's how I became an Antz fan ... that's why I drive 88 miles to see them play ... I bet if you ask the die hard Columbus fans they would tell you, that if someone came in and kept hockey there but changed the name and mascot, they probably wouldn't be mad but for a minute!! I say to all of the people who are skeptical ... or doubtful ... give these guys a chance!! I have seen SO MUCH being done this offseason from the front office ... I am truly excited about it!! Let's go Marksmen!!
  4. 4 points
    Ok, I have been very busy today and have glanced at some threads. After having a few mins to relax and gather my thoughts, this is what I have to say..... Yes I haven't been as sturn as other mods and have let a lot go. This team thread has the most negative comments in the whole forum, rather it be on topics, such as, a single player\fans\coaches. That will change. Every thread about those have mostly been negative, negative comments turn into personal attacks. I understand this is where we voice our opinions, good or bad, but y'all take it to a whole different level. Fans for other teams who come in this forum and starts it with our fans (reffering to the Drobot\McDonald's comment) will be warned as well and comment deleted. There is NO need for any comments that can be taken as personal attacks. If anyone has something to say and you think it can be taken as a personal attack I recommend you keep it to yourself. The minute any thread starts to turn negative enough for personal attacks to start then it will be shutdown and user will be warned. Have a good day and enjoy your week.
  5. 4 points
    Thank you for your opinion. I'll whine if I want to. As a fan winning is all that matters. If all you want is a good experience go to Chucky Cheese with the kids.
  6. 4 points
    I bought a ticket and attended the Rangers versus Golden Knights in Vegas last Sunday. I expected to see combat between the elite rapid deployment force of the US Army and the Army's elite parachute demonstration team. Sadly it was just an NHL game. The parachute team won 2-1.
  7. 4 points
    Not only are you guys very fortunate to have Bremner as coach but you're lucky to get decent media coverage. The Roanoke Times does an awesome job covering the Rail Yard Dawgs.
  8. 4 points
    I would advise not to get too get far ahead on critiquing the team with player specifics just yet under Bremner. But I will add that personally I wished they had not waived a talented Ryan de Melo or traded Paul Russell who could absolutely fly. I would have liked those two here for Bremner to work with but its too late for that now. And we have to consider too that Armstrong, Mueller, and Murray were called up recently to the ECHL and so three of the top players of what we had were not available this weekend. The Vandergunst call up puzzles me bigtime, and I must believe that some deal must have been in the works when he was signed to where maybe the Ftoreks worked at least a short call up assignment in a signing agreement. Vandergunst appeared in only 21 SPHL games last year, then 6 with Pensacola and 3 with Roanoke this year. So it was a very strange sequence of events indeed. Gandara can fly, he can shoot and he will hit. Schneider is a very good offensive and defensive defenseman. His mistakes come from having to do too much at times, which can kill the positioning for any player. Its going to be a matter of getting the players working much better together. Hockey is a real team sport where everyone must be in their right role and then go at that job 100%. So what I have seen so far is too much indecisive fumbling around in their own end. And there is certainly a lack of crispness on transition and breakouts. And too there is not enough attacking the opponent net and that makes the opponent goalie's job way to easy with those long wrist shoots. And then there is the consistent missing the net with umpteen shots. If Roanoke shoots 30 shots that requires their goalie to save, they must miss the net with 20 more. Shots must be directed within the area of the net opening, not 2 feet above the crossbar nor 3 feet wide which then often lead to those weird oddman breakouts the other way. All this can be fixed and will be fixed. But one New Year Resolution I hope the team takes, is no more lollygag slow lack of hustle changing on the fly that I have seen more often than not that leads to huge position advantages for the opposition. And to add to that, players must skate back hard. No loping or standing around at the opponent blue line. The wingers and center should skate back hard and back check much better than we are seeing which will then allow the defensemen to play a blue line defense rather than that stuff of letting the opposition skate all the way in to the goal line and circle the net and create an instant cycle. I don't think we have bad players. We are just playing bad. And I am confident it will be changed with Bremner
  9. 4 points
    Wow,,,,one win and the critics are silent !
  10. 4 points
    Went to practice this morning. He had them skating hard, preaches hustle and communication, being loud. Had them working on offense the whole practice, did a good drill of 1 on 1 in the corner battling for the puck making them work. High energy i really liked what i saw. Went to practices with Ftorek before and never saw any of the drills i saw today.
  11. 4 points
    There are tons of passionate fans in Roanoke. I think that’s why a lot are very critical. The ones criticizing the team really care about the team and want them to do well. People wouldn’t call them out if they didn’t care. The idea that being critical of the team equates to not being a real fan is silly.
  12. 4 points
    Maybe wins was not the problem? I have had employees that were great workers but could not be placed around customers.. I don't know what the problem is/was but I was not nor were any of you all privy to happenings away from the actual games. Unless you are on the inside anything else is speculation. We all know what happens when you ASSUME something. I have better things to do than try to tell or figure out management, we need to trust them to do their job. I am.sure this was NOT an easy decision but the owners have the investment and need to do as.they see best. Our best bet is to be happy hockey was saved in Fayetteville and go with the flow. They have the money invested and they make the decisions, they have to live with that and.i am.fine with that. So, sit back and enjoy the games and see where this road leads.... Rant over, time for work.... See you on the ice
  13. 4 points
    Shaun's post got me to thinking. The fans in Roanoke have constantly heard that Roanoke had the most players called up to the ECHL last year, but is that an actual fact? So I pulled the SPHL Transaction Log from last season and dumped the data into Excel so I could slice and dice it. Now IF there are moves that weren't captured in the Transaction Log, then obviously I didn't capture those. But based on the moves that were captured in the Transaction Log, Roanoke did indeed have the most players called up. They also tied Evansville for the most players that were called up and didn't return. Here's the data: # Of Call-Ups by Team Total Callups # of Different Players # of Players who Didn't Return Players Who Didn't Return Roanoke 13 8 4 Anderson, Boyle, Jeke, Armstrong Macon 12 8 1 Bartus Peoria 12 9 3 Weidauer, Riley, Wallin Evansville 11 8 4 Cuzner, Misuraca, MacDonald, McKay Mississippi 10 8 3 Leone, Bradshaw, Turner Pensacola 9 7 3 Fielding, St-Cyr, Megannety Fayetteville 5 5 2 Brooks, Horn Knoxville 5 5 2 Manno, Sandler Huntsville 4 3 2 Daniels, Nowakowski Columbus 3 2 2 Pompeo, Hafner
  14. 4 points
    The Dawgs fans feel your pain. We got embarrassed by our sophomore counterparts. Looks like they figured out how to win. We are struggling badly. No defense and no offense. Atleast you didnt get outshot 59-28 in your own barn. Plus you got a new coach and basically a new team. We have same coach and basically the same team. You guys have a lot more room for improving. Look on the bright side, we have 12 more games together somebody has to win.
  15. 4 points
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214680273149787&id=1512218968 Mic malfunction leads to Marksmen fans singing national anthem. P.S. might be hard to hear, as fans one by one started to sing.
  16. 4 points
    Man ... I haven't been this excited about an opening weekend in a long time!! The new name, the new owners, the new vibe, the new coach, a completely new team (for the most part) ... i have been pumped by the energy and the marketing of this new front office ... I can't wait to see the crowds this weekend ... I think this year our Military night will be reminiscent of those in the past ... 9,000+ ... many people were disturbed by all the changes, but I think this is just what the Dr ordered ... they went out and got a road win for their 1st game of the season, and I hope they bring that back to the barn with them for this coming weekend!! Go Marksmen!!
  17. 4 points
    I'll be there on Friday but, have a Halloween party on Saturday. Giving my tickets to hockey newbies hoping they will get hooked.
  18. 4 points
    Just came from the rink and talked to the Havoc staff. Teams are allowed 19 players on contract (in addition to any on IR), but only 18 are allowed to dress and be on the bench. Doc
  19. 4 points
    I agree with everything you ar saying WLGT. I've also have met the owners over a couple beers at a swamp dog's game. They will improve the attendance. They've already added cameras and show replays on the marquee. With Jeff Longo and his experience in the hockey world, I see good things in the furture for our Marksmen. I'm looking forward to hockey.
  20. 3 points
    What did Jeremy Bernes do? 3 points 16 games. Last season, Drobot had 12 points. This season only 2. If he had more time on ice he could improve. When we had a good team on ice that we had last season, Drobot played more shifts. We don't have that this season hence the lack of play with Drobot. He is a fan favorite and a leader in the locker room.
  21. 3 points
    I am also a true fan. And yes, I do criticize my team no matter what the sport is. If you are a true fan that understands how the sport is played, you have the right to criticize the decision making of a coach or player. I spent some time yesterday critizing my football team for trying a 4th and one (twice) verses kicking a field goal. There are fans true or not that may or may not understand how the sport is played that never criticizes the team that just goes with the flow which is ok also. The forum is a way to vent your opinions after a loss or even a win. We fans are helping to pay the salaries of each player or coach and have the right to complain if you feel your not receiving a good product on the ice.
  22. 3 points
    While I'm all about discipline and holding players acccountable, you've got to adapt your coaching style to today's athletes. For as much as I like John Tortorella and Mike Keenan for their coaching styles, there's a reason they never last more than a couple of seasons in each city. Players nowadays tune out coaches like that. You need someone who can relate to the players, know what makes them tick and hold them accountable all at the same time. Sure, a coach like Esposito can skate them till they puke but at some point, they will tune him out, shut down and just quit giving a damn. If Esposito is such a great coach, why didn't he come to the SPHL sooner than this season or move up to the ECHL?
  23. 3 points
    But you guys are currently in desperate need of being average. I think you may want to consider baby steps.
  24. 3 points
    Signed and skated with the team this evening during practice.
  25. 3 points
    Both teams had a 9-10 hr bus trip after playing Friday night in Huntsville and Birmingham respectively. I didn't make it to last night's game but attended today's game. It was painfully obvious that our Marksmen looked tired, out of sync, sloppy and didn't look they wanted to be there and there was no intensity whatsoever. Maybe Mazzolini should have been ejected in the 1st period so he could sit in the stands with Ryan Cruthers (Director of Hockey Ops) to witness from afar and see the multitude of changes that need to be made, starting in goal and defense.
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