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I think it's a matter of learning to play with new teammates and gaining confidence. They sure as heck looked a lot better last night than I've

seen them this year. They were a tired bunch last night after late travel, tonight they'll be rested. Can't wait. 

Maybe Mazzolini was not the problem ............

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The decision is left up to the coach on how to play but losing isn't. After this weekend some conversations need to be had about our plans to get out of this mess. No issues with losing games and I have no problems with coach sticking with a philosophy  (not sure I see it exactly anyway) but at this point you just need to win. We don't get points for losing playing fast flowing hockey, but you do for winning ugly (I'll take that please). Fans won't really care if they see the players giving everything they have and losing but nobody can tolerate giving up so many shots per game and not fighting back that's disrespectful. Nothing about this can't be fixed and I have no doubt it will get resolved but it needs to be sooner rather than later.
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Great story. 

I'd like to see Fayetteville do something like this.  I did send an e-mail to the Dir of Comm. Garrod to see if they could include player bio's on the web site. We'll see.

Have they finished everything with the arena?  Maybe that.  Dont think they usually announce for fans to watch about some bad news like firing a coach.  Maybe they signed a player everyone will be excited over.  Im just throwing things out there have no clue.  Only thing i know for certain is it was scheduled before the booster party this weekend and Art Clarkson told everyone about it.  Got that from facebook comments.  

I'm very disappointed with our attendance so far in Fayetteville.  I thought with the new front office and increased marketing that we'd be a lot higher at this point.  I know we traditionally draw much better after the holiday season but maybe it has a little to do with having a miserable team so far.  We're ahead of where we were last year so I guess improvement is still improvement so something is better than nothing.  Hopefully we get the numbers back up both in the W column and seats filled.
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Nice summary of the situation by McFarling.  

Of particular interest is this section:

The Thanksgiving loss was particularly grating because it occurred on home ice.

“Thursday was a horrible effort,” Ftorek said. “I don’t know if the guys’ heads weren’t in it because it was Thanksgiving, I don’t know if they were watching football, I’m not sure, but we came out flat. It was miserable.

“It was one of those ones where you can’t play like that. As a professional, you get paid to perform. If you don’t do your job, there’s not 4,000 people watching you do it miserably. As a professional athlete, that’s what we’re up against, and we’ve [got] to realize that. We’ve got to take pride in the fact that people come out to watch us perform at our best.

“No one was happy with the effort. Players, ownership, management, myself — it just wasn’t what we expect from what we’ve decided we need to do. We addressed it. We showed video from it, showing what not to do.”

It will be interesting to see what happens tonight in Mississippi

I wish 

Are there other NHL owners or former NHL players as owners in the league?


Coach Phil Esposito (not related to the Hall of Famers Phil and Tony Esposito) behind the Whalers' bench.














Hudson Valley Bears









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Lost in Finals


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Won Championship


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Lost in Finals


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Lost in round 1


Danbury Titans









Lost in Finals


Watertown Wolves









Lost in round 1

‡ Midseason replacement



Odd time of year for a revamped web page to be launched, but the new one is much more attractive than the previous layout. 

The post above hits the nail on the head. Methinks Jamey may be in a little over his head too. Art may have hired the wrong former Bull when there was one available with a much more substantial coaching resume. 

Fair punishment. The play was right in front of me, and it was a clearly a cheap shot. Sadly, I've seen this before from Lubin. Last year, after he was traded from EVV, he came back in town and injured somebody on a similar move.

He's a pretty good player, but he needs to clean his game up.


I hope Greenberg has a speedy recovery.
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And who says those Russians don't know how to celly?

First win of the season and I missed it! Waaaaaa!  I was working Friday night and on call tonight. Hopefully I won't have to miss too many. Go Bulls.

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I like that Points per Game average.

Patterson displayed flashes of very solid netminding when I followed him during his CHL & ECHL years, but he has bounced around so much among some not-so-good teams that he just never found consistency.  Still, his skill set is sound & he could be a good fit in Pensacola if coupled with a younger goaltending partner.  Good luck to him on this latest chapter in his hockey life.

It's great for Peoria that they had someone so dedicated to hockey in their town.


In similar news, Evansville is going to be hosting a ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of Ron Geary before Friday's home game. Laubscher Meadows Landfill will dedicate "Ron Geary's Corner" for the dumping of toxic waste.
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Hate to say it but the only time we have been in all the games was when it started 0-0.  We have got scored on first every game.  Then he talks like we have got multiple points from overtimes, when we have one.  That one we had to come back multiple times in the game.  I can see he wants to be a nice guy, but being nice isnt going to win you games.  Plus he said you cant win it in October or November, but he sure is showing how you can lose it and put yourself in a huge hole in the beginning of the season.  I really hope they turn it around.  So far they have showed they can play one period a game.  Until they play a complete game, im still skeptical about them.  If something doesnt change soon he needs to take his rosey glasses off and change something before our season falls apart.

Greg, I hope you're right, but I'm concerned.

When the Dawgs beat Macon on the road to go 1-1, I felt really, really good about this team.

We had 7 home game in front of us, the first two against an Evansville team that had given up 11 goals in two previous games. I was hoping we would get on a roll, but then boom - two home losses.

Then we have Mississippi coming to town who just gave up 7 goals in their last game. Boom - two more home losses.

We have stretches where we play really well.  Then we have other stretches..........

It's a bit disheartening, but there is a lot of hockey to play.

Fingers crossed, hoping for the best.

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You must not pay attention to most the offseason trades in the SPHL. It happens every year. A guy's rights get traded, then he never plays for the new team. A prime example is a guy who is now back in Fayetteville: Kalisz. 
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I hope that whatever event took the night of March 9th is a blockbuster and sellout because Sunday hockey games are traditionally really poorly attended.  Fridays are a very good draw, especially the latter couple months of the season.

Yeah, pretty quiet in here, they're so really, really hard-core fans at the games, not sure if they know about the forums, though (runs to go tell 'em).

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