Archive for December, 2006

Fantastic game tonight

December 2, 2006

It’s 0-0 after two periods, but man, has there been plenty of action. Both goaltenders have been amazing.

Rockford’s Jesse Bennefield received a slashing major and a game misconduct, and the Komets’ Mario Larocque recieved an instigation penalty for retaliating. UHL President Richard Brosal is in attendance tonight and the league is going to review whether the instigation penalty was the proper call since Larocque could argue that he was simply defending himself from the slash. I’ll let you know what I hear.

Another highlight was a beautiful hip check by Mike Dombkiewicz. Haven’t seen one of those lately and it was perfectly executed.

Great game to watch so far.

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The French judge gives it a 9.3

December 2, 2006

Doesn’t it seem like there’s been even more diving penalties this year? I would have thought with Galbraith gone we would have seen less this year. The crazy thing is I think the refs could have called even more in the games I’ve seen. I like the fact that they are calling them, I just can’t figure out why it’s taking the players so long to adjust. It’s an obvious point of emphasis so far this season. My only beef is I wish they’d call it more as an individual penalty and not go for the twofer so much. Maybe that would discourage and embarrass the players even more so they’d stop it.

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Here’s what I wrote for today

December 2, 2006

You can read it here

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What coach had to say

December 1, 2006

We were bad. It’s right between the ears. Did we look like our team tonight?

We had a great week of practice working on our systems and then come gametime you barely see them.

I don’t know how anybody can have an effective game when it’s one penalty after the next. Three power plays in a row for them, and then three power plays in a row for us. It’s like your tongue is still dragging on the ice from the penalty kills to get on the power play. How are you supposed to make anything of your power play when you’ve been on the ice for six minutes straight?

It would be nice if we didn’t put ourselves in that position. At the start of the game we’re not ready so we’re not skating so we have to hook people and hold people and trip people. I just thought we were bad.

ON FRENCHY: It certainly wasn’t his fault tonight. That’s why I get irritated when it’s this team and it’s a gimme. We’re not a set of superstars that can just go out there and win on our talent. We win with focus and discipline and execution. That’s not to say there’s not some skill out there because there is, but if you don’t do the things to put yourself in position to showcase your skills for your skill to come out, we’re not a team that can go out there and create. That’s what happened tonight. We scored a goal early in the game…

It’s just disappointing. I just hope that we bounce back tomorrow with a better effort. We killed penalties great. We took penalties all night long and we killed them off. There’s a highlight, a positive. Some guys just were awful and didn’t help the cause. That’s what hockey is. One guy’s out there not helping the cause, the whole thing breaks down.

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Lineup changes

December 1, 2006

Pascal Morency is in and Bogdan Rudenko is on the seven-day IR. No word yet on what the lines will be, though Kevin Hanson is now paired with Jani Honkanen, leaving Guy with Mario and Domber with Arthur.

Everybody was loose as a goose this morning and before the game.

Referee is one who I think is one of the better ones usually, Shaun Davis.

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