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First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:57 pm

Seeing Niagara Falls off to a 2-0 start isn't a huge surprise. They have a deep offence, solid defence, and a great goalie. Seeing them put up 12 goals in 2 games against the St.Catharines Falcons has been a big surprise.

Some say the Falcons are in a bit of a re-build this year. But that isn't something the Falcons ownership has done in a very longtime, so I'm still a bit unsure what to expect from them this season. Maybe fans can answer that. Is Niagara Falls built that much better than the Falcons this year, or were the Falcons just off their game at the start of the season?

Pelham starting 2-0 might surprise some. But I'm expecting a top 3 finish from the Panthers this season. They've managed to hang onto some players from the last few years, and they look like a pretty solid team this year. They probably have the best goalie in the league. Still waiting to see how they stack up against the Falls, and Falcons this year though.

Thorold's off to a nice 2-0 start to their season. They might have a 5th place team this year. They should be better than Fort Erie, Welland, and Lockport.

Despite starting the season 1-1, Hamilton will probably have a pretty decent team. They should be able to finish 4th, maybe even take a run at a top 3 finish.

Welland looks worse than last year, IMO.

With Fort Erie, it's hard to tell. The talent never seems to be there, for them to be contenders. But they have a really good coach now, so it should be interesting.

Looks like its going to be a long season for Lockport. Yes, they look better than previous years. But other than the fact they shouldn't give up 20+ goals, regularly this season... There doesn't look to be many positives from them.


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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by jfvoll » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:05 am

Port hockey1 wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:57 pm
Pelham starting 2-0 might surprise some. But I'm expecting a top 3 finish from the Panthers this season. They've managed to hang onto some players from the last few years, and they look like a pretty solid team this year. They probably have the best goalie in the league. Still waiting to see how they stack up against the Falls, and Falcons this year though.
I would love to see Pelham in the top 3, it would definitely be a huge improvement compared to the 15/16 season.


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Welland looks worse than last year, IMO.
That explains the $5 admission in September and $100 season ticket prices haha

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLHockeyFan3 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:30 pm

I disagree with you there. I thought Welland hasn't looked too bad considering they've had three ice times with the full team. Sloppy and things need to get better, but defense looks Ok and goaltending looks real solid for them. The games I've seen from Hamilton, they haven't impressed me. I think you'll Fort Erie and Lockport at the bottom. I like Thorold as my sleeper team, they've looked good. I still think NF is the team to beat.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLfan1 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:25 pm

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I disagree with you there. I thought Welland hasn't looked too bad considering they've had three ice times with the full team. Sloppy and things need to get better, but defense looks Ok and goaltending looks real solid for them. The games I've seen from Hamilton, they haven't impressed me. I think you'll Fort Erie and Lockport at the bottom. I like Thorold as my sleeper team, they've looked good. I still think NF is the team to beat.
I agree I am not sure what team Port Hockey has been watching because its hard for Welland to get worse than last season. They looked pretty good for 2 periods last night. They were sloppy in the 3rd but still could have easily won that game. I think they will struggle to score but wont give up as many goals as last season in my opinion. Hamilton didn't impress me at all. They could not complete a pass or stay out of the penalty box for most of the game.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Love our game » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:33 pm

Wellands goal tending has to be better than last year for sure! Hopefully they got rid of Mr B the scout? New HD scout is a class act all the way!
Not sure who had that American kid come in last mid season but he was a cancer for the team and couldn't skate, why bring those players in?

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:57 pm

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I disagree with you there. I thought Welland hasn't looked too bad considering they've had three ice times with the full team. Sloppy and things need to get better, but defense looks Ok and goaltending looks real solid for them. The games I've seen from Hamilton, they haven't impressed me. I think you'll Fort Erie and Lockport at the bottom. I like Thorold as my sleeper team, they've looked good. I still think NF is the team to beat.
I really hope you're right about Welland. I was going by the big turnover of players. But they have looked pretty decent early this season. I was told they would be better this year, but I had my doubts.
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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Love our game » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:44 pm

Ozzy is a great developement coach! If the kids can come in, listen and learn, work hard as a team.
Good things can come out of WJC this year! The only thing that concerns me in all that is the "Owner"
he is a mess, there is no doubt in our minds or even the City of Welland's minds about that! Its unfortunate!

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:23 pm

Pelham's on fire, 5-0 start to their season.
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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLfan1 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:34 pm

Port hockey1 wrote:
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Pelham's on fire, 5-0 start to their season.
Yep they have been quite good. Lets wait till they play Niagara Falls and St. Catharines though.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:42 pm

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Port hockey1 wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:23 pm
Pelham's on fire, 5-0 start to their season.
Yep they have been quite good. Lets wait till they play Niagara Falls and St. Catharines though.
I can't wait to see how they stack up against them. A longtime family friend's grandson is a top player on Pelham, so I have a bit of a soft spot for that group of kids these days.
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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Love our game » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:02 am

I know this is a new season but if my memory serves me correctly Pelham beat St Kitts 3 times last year!
Can't say that St Kitts is better this year, they lost a pretty darn good tendy in Savory, I do feel that Pelham is even better this season...! Should be interesting.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:26 pm

Hamilton improves to 6-1. Not bad for a team that doesn't impress anyone. lol
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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Love our game » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:09 pm

Hamilton is a very well coached team! Those that may underestimate them will continue to be surprised as the season goes on, mark my word!

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLfan1 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:06 pm

Any team can beat any team on any night in the Shoe this season if they take there foot off the gas. Key example Sunday in Welland. Falls almost blew a 7-0 lead. Probably would have if Welland did not take a stupid penalty with 4 minutes to go.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLfan1 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:02 pm

Look at that last night Lockport beats Welland and now tonight Thorold beats Pelham.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Love our game » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:46 pm

Welland has been on a slow and consistent decline and will continue until the root cause is replaced!
Players feel that more than people think. Hopefully the kids don't get discouraged and grow to hate the game because of it!

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by GOJHLfan1 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:40 pm

Yep I agree. Something needs to change in Welland.

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Re: First week surprises, and thoughts

Post by Port hockey1 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:13 pm

Welland looks awful.
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