Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ice Get most unusual split headed home

First off, my apologies for the lack of posts. Between Bantam AA Playoffs in Alberta, BC Provincials in Kelowna and now this week KIBIHT in Kamloops (Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament; some 45 years running) to finish off my youngest son's hockey season, it's been tough to get anything down on-screen.

At any rate, there wasn't many who thought coming back from Edmonton with a split after a 9-0 shellacking in game one was anywhere near a remote possibility. Instead of resting on the laurels of clawing their way out of the WHL's basement in December to make the playoffs, a timely OT goal by Luke Philp drew the series with the defending champs even.

Who knows? With this bunch, surely anything is possible as the season has proven.

With little reports coming out of the injury department, especially during the post-season, it's doubtful that D Tanner Muth and F Levi Cable will be available to play, and perhaps not for the entire series.

With Ice head coach Ryan McGill being the Eastern Conference nominee for Coach of the Year, the ones calling for his head for his 'old school' style of coaching are sure quiet. Hey, just saying.

Really, my expectations as a fan aren't high being the 8th seed facing the number one seed and the defending champs. If they can make go six games I'll be impressed. Someone once said to me that in this league, playoff experience is the biggest tangible a young team can have as it grows into a contender. Losing only two players next season (Montgomery and Leach, both who will graduate this year), this club should be set up for a championship run next year. Sure a tweek here and there perhaps some scoring depth and maybe another blueliner but they should be on the top of the playoff push next year, not the bottom.

At 0-9 through the first two games the power play will have to get moving or it'll be that much harder to move on.

Here's hoping for a good crowd tonight, I'll be listening in from Kamloops.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The coach being nominated for any recognition is not indicative of people (a lot of them) being wrong... just saying.

The team's success in the 2nd half of the season is more in spite of the coach than the coach being responsible for it in any positive manner.

ELL said...

Well anonymous, does that make you more of a Rich Preston kind of guy? You can have him. Coach McGill is a big reason for the turn around this season. To install the belief in a young team that you can claw out of the basement is something. To continue to work on skills that finally came together is a great committment to the system. Here's hoping for another bounce back game on Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Jeff I thought you would be smart enough not to give any credit to the head coach for this teams success. You and your pen pal Ell have no problem slamming players when they struggle but never ever point fingers at coaching staff or management. How come you failed to mention that the league stepped in at the break to deal with his old school tactics? So lets say its what he didn't do that helped. Just leave it alone Jeff. McGill won't fill seats in Cranbrook. Far as a run next season, they are situated nicely up front but will have the worst returning def in the league next yr. They will have to pick up 2 or 3 20 yr olds next yr to fill in on the blue line I believe. There will be lots of quality dmen available next yr. Look for them to trade Sam at the close of next seasons run!

Anonymous said...

Not sure their is any team in the league who would not switch with our level of success in Cranbrook. As it stretches over 15 years a lot of the credit goes to management and coaches.

Anonymous said...

ELL,

Not sure what Rich Preston has to do with anything? Coach McGill is not responsible for the turn-around. You are assuming 'he installed the belief in a young team'.... I think that belief came from other sources.

And yes what the team did is incredible - just... not due to the coaching. I believe with a different coach the team would have had much more success this season - on and off the ice.

Anonymous said...

Finally agree with you Ell. Really wish Jeff could have worked things out with Kris last yr. Young coach growing with young players was a nice mix. Don't believe he would have been able to get the Ice past Edm. either but with him coaching a top four position was possible. We will never know.

Anonymous said...

Either way, some are going to like the coach and some will not. I really liked Kris too but did question some of his ideas and strategies Ex Elgin Pearce doing so well now, I don't think he was given a chance with Kootenay to show what he had as he sat often. Each coach has a different look.

Anonymous said...

It's not going to matter who was or wasn't responsible for the unbelievable turn around cause no one is showing up to see it. Best run franchise for a decade and a half and worst crowd support in the league. This team is as good as gone, lease or not. Chilliwack gone over night, Tacoma gone despite repeated denials and a team in PG that was that was supposedly never going to leave the island. We are going to be without a team to open the upcoming season or next and that is sad. We will most likely never see the fruition of a great up & coming team unless we tune in on Shaw. I'm not trying to be a debbie downer & I will still purchase my next season ticket but I am quite pessimistic about this city & its citizens attitude towards the only thing we have going.

ELL said...

Debbie Downer, I know where you are coming from. I had that uneasiness sitting at the game wondering if they will be gone next season or the one after. As far as being an asset to trade you would have to say Kootenay is a valuable commodity at present. A young team on the rise with a history of never missing the playoffs in this town. On the flip side of the coin would be the Portland and Saskatoon teams who look like they have a lot of years of pain ahead of them. My fingers are crossed that rather than the above we take the positives and the franchise makes a big push for an increase in season tickets sales next year. Go Ice, make a last stand tonight.

DeeJay said...

There's a great line from the song "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones which states "He can't be a man because he doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me". I guess the anonymous poster above who states "Jeff I thought you would be smart enough not to give any credit to the head coach for this teams success." subscribes to this belief.
Congrats to the ICE on a truly fabulous season - congrats to Ryan McGill for orchestrating the turn around and being named WHL Eastern Conference Coac of the Year - Congrats and thanks to all the fans who supported the team all year long...hopefully there will be more of us next year!

Anonymous said...

What? You didn't like my reply? In all seriousness I'm glad it got that other post deleted ad well. I get tired of that crap. Sorry about that Jeff.

Anonymous said...

hey just curious, I have been hearing rumours that Tanner Muth isn't coming back next year due to injuries. Is that true or false?

Cup Half Full said...

Not sure if its true or not. I have heard that he has had concussion problems and might not be back, but again, I don't tend to put much credence in rumors or gossip. I guess we shall have to wait and see.

Anonymous said...

Now that it seems MH Tigers are getting a new arena complete with a video scoreboard, does anybody know what will happen at WFP as the only bldg in the league without a video scoreboard? Will it be mandatory? Who pays for one? Does the city or team have a plan should the league make good on their rule for a video board in every rink?

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