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  • I tend to agree with Josey Wales. For years, I was the only or one of the only ones speaking out against CJ’s coaching style and style of play. He is here to stay because he has a following of folks in P-dam that love him. I’d rather see Coach Schultz from Geneseo, who has turned a disaster into a powerhouse, but I’m one vote in the masses.

    Three statistics that you will not see published clearly indicate how the team, and coaching, are faring, and those are: power play +/- (the number of power plays for vs. those of the opposing team), shooting percentage differential, and the percentage of team goals by the defenseman.

    _________PP +/-___ Sht%_____Diff %G_DEF
    2022-23____ - 8____ -1.2________ 30%
    CJ Avg_____ -97_____ 0.7________ 19%
    GR Avg____ -190____ 0.4_________ 14%
    MM Avg____ 69 *___ -0.4 *_______ 16%

    In the case of Mark Morris’ numbers, those with asterisk only take into account his last three seasons, of which two were pretty mediocre in wins-losses. Anyone who saw those Morris years knows that his teams attacked into the zone most of the time rather than dumping and chasing, and his teams nearly always had more power-play opportunities because opponents systems broke down rather than “Tech’s”. In 22-23, the team's numbers are struggling well below CJ's norm. Anyone coming into Walker or then Cheel when Morris was coach was in for a brutal struggle.

    A team that plays dump and chase hockey, which is generally used by a weaker team against a stronger opponent hoping that they can force a few turnovers and get those lucky chances and shots to hit the back of the net to secure a win, also tends to draw more penalties, takes lower percentage shots and, because the two and sometimes three forwards are digging the pucks in the corners, has to relay on defenseman shooting for scoring. This is the Casey mantra and sadly, for the most part of his tenure, his teams have a very difficult time changing from that style when facing weaker opponents. It is also why I believe we all do not see the development of many forwards to the levels that they should see in his system.

    A team that comes out and over-skates and dominates an opponent will almost always draw more penalties from the opposition, will create havoc & breakdown in the offensive zone, which leads to better quality of shots, and less scoring from defenseman. I did see some of that swarm hockey in the first ten minutes of the RPI game, and it is what we sorely need. I can only hope, especially for the freshman, that the conversion can continue.
    Last edited by Remember Walker; 11-10-2022, 06:03 AM.

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    • Originally posted by Josey Wales View Post
      Casey Jones will not be fired. Coaching changes are typically initiated by the Athletic Director. Division 3 Athletic Directors aren’t going to fire Division 1 hockey coaches unless the directive comes from the President. Alumni pressure and $$ which typically is the impetus for both the AD and President to do something isn’t there at a school like Clarkson. Casey will be the head coach until he retires or gets hired at another school. Getting hired at another school would have happened by now if it was going to happen. Casey is 54. We are looking at another 10+- years like it or not. What we have seen since Casey took over will be what we see from here on out. Some good years and some bad like this year.
      I don't get the vibe that the new president is horribly interested in how the athletic department is doing. I can only see it becoming an issue if $$$ starts to drop. I agree that Casey may not be fired but it's entirely possible that he won't be renewed at the end of a contract. Even during Clarkson's good years under Casey, he didn't put the fannies in the seats that Morris' teams did. I can rarely remember a game under 3,000 when I was at Clarkson as an undergrad; now it's the norm.

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      • Originally posted by dano View Post

        I don't get the vibe that the new president is horribly interested in how the athletic department is doing. I can only see it becoming an issue if $$$ starts to drop. I agree that Casey may not be fired but it's entirely possible that he won't be renewed at the end of a contract. Even during Clarkson's good years under Casey, he didn't put the fannies in the seats that Morris' teams did. I can rarely remember a game under 3,000 when I was at Clarkson as an undergrad; now it's the norm.
        I think a good portion of the attendance issues are probably not coaching-related. It could be ticket prices, declining North Country population, easier access to other forms of entertainment, etc. Clarkson did fire George Roll for a few consecutive bad years (M^2 was also fired, but that was different and a controversy I will not broach here). I could see Casey being fired if this happens for a couple of years, but one disaster of a year is not getting a D-I coach at a D-III school fired.

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        • Originally posted by dano View Post

          I don't get the vibe that the new president is horribly interested in how the athletic department is doing. I can only see it becoming an issue if $$$ starts to drop. I agree that Casey may not be fired but it's entirely possible that he won't be renewed at the end of a contract. Even during Clarkson's good years under Casey, he didn't put the fannies in the seats that Morris' teams did. I can rarely remember a game under 3,000 when I was at Clarkson as an undergrad; now it's the norm.
          This is also an industry issue. People just don't go to games like they used to because it's too easy to just watch from home on TV. ESPN+ is amazing for many but an easy way out from having to go to the game when you could watch from your couch.

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          • Originally posted by Hydra88 View Post

            I think a good portion of the attendance issues are probably not coaching-related. It could be ticket prices, declining North Country population, easier access to other forms of entertainment, etc. Clarkson did fire George Roll for a few consecutive bad years (M^2 was also fired, but that was different and a controversy I will not broach here). I could see Casey being fired if this happens for a couple of years, but one disaster of a year is not getting a D-I coach at a D-III school fired.
            Relax everyone, 3-6 and many coaching changes is hardly a disastrous year. Economic conditions have not helped the attendance, however, I think it should be blacked out in the North Country by ESPN+.
            2013 Pick to Click Champion

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            • It would be interesting to see how many folks actually watch the games on ESPN+, and if you can tie those viewers to location (North Country or not). A single game ticket for the men is $15, for the women $5.
              We jumped from 51 to 48 in the pairwise with the split of Union/RPI games. Next up is 50 Colgate (3-6-1) and 53 Cornell (1-3), but even at home I wouldn't say that Clarkson is favored in either of those games. One problem is that our 3 wins are against not-so-great teams, 40 RPI, 56 Mercyhurst, and 57 Lake State. Only real quality opponent so far has been Providence, currently at 4 with a 6-2-1 record.
              The blown leads and 3rd period melt downs are what stand out to me in the first 9 games. Maybe RPI was a turning point.​

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              • Change to the postseason format. https://ecachockey.com/news/2022/11/...structure.aspx

                First round is now a single game, as 5-8 host 9-12. This applies to the men's tournament this March, applies to the women in March 2024.

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                • Scoreless game through 1. Not much to say, but Clarkson leads shots 11-3.

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                  • Clarkson leads 1-0 after 2. Campbell with the goal, Lewandowski with his first point at a Knight.

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                    • Missing Campbell and Romano those games hurt......hattrick for Campbell.....LETS GO TECH !!
                      2013 Pick to Click Champion

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                      • Final: Clarkson 4 Colgate 0
                        Another well-played game. Campbell with a hattrick, & Callin added one. Defense allows just 12 shots, Haider with his 2nd straight shutout. Lewandowski a big standout with his first college point, and he also had the start with Beck on D. Biggest game of the season and first real challenge with Cornell at Cheel tomorrow night.

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                        • End of 1st: Clarkson 2 Cornell 0
                          Knights come out on fire from goals by Martino & Power. Haider has made some great saves.

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                          • Originally posted by LetsGoTech16 View Post
                            End of 1st: Clarkson 2 Cornell 0
                            Knights come out on fire from goals by Martino & Power. Haider has made some great saves.
                            Look good so far, but you know how we play with a lead
                            2013 Pick to Click Champion

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                            • End of 2nd: Clarkson 3 Cornell 0
                              Another good period, as Callin adds a goal. Pasanen takes a 5 minute major late in the period.

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                              • Final: Clarkson 4 Cornell 1
                                Great effort tonight. Martino added an empty net goal for his 2nd of the night. Other goals were Power & Callin. Haider came up big tonight, and only let one in. Looks like we are finally starting to look like the team we are. Next weekend Arizona State makes the trip to Potsdam for a 2 game tilt.

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