Even though UConn came up short against New Hampshire on Friday, there are plenty of positives that can be taken away from this performance. One of the biggest takeaways of this game was the performance given by junior Natalie Snodgrass.
Then the playoffs started, and they were promptly swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Got outscored 19-8 over the course of four games to a feisty Blue Jackets crew. Such is hockey. There is tremendous variance in playoff hockey. It is unpredictable and so-called inferior teams win all the time. Fine with me.
“The tank,” these days, is a fan’s favorite word. It provides solace for their teams’ losses, and hope for a better tomorrow. When a season takes a wrong turn, with the playoffs becoming a pipe dream, the modern belief is that a team is better off losing to improve their odds at a higher draft pick. While mathematically speaking, this is logical, the philosophy has gotten to the point where fans actually prefer that their team lose every game.
In July, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed superstar center, John Tavares, stealing him away from the New York Islanders, the team that drafted him first overall in 2009. Tavares flourished with the Islanders, establishing himself as one of the premier forwards in the league. With the move, he abandoned his NHL beginnings, looking towards his childhood home team.
Roesler has been the complete package for the Whale. Not only is she the first ever player/coach in the NWHL, but she is one of the team’s top defenders. Being a coach in addition to a player was something that she didn’t think was possible until head coach Ryan Equale (former UConn hockey All-American) asked her about it.
There is nothing that the University of Connecticut loves and values more than its athletic program. We love our sports, and we especially love to invest heaping amounts of money into our various athletic programs. Sure, this makes sense for the most part, as athletics is one of the things that makes our school so well-known and helps us gain lots of money to put back into the university. However, UConn does not always spend all of this money wisely and has historically been criticized time and time again for poor decisions regarding how it allocates its funds.