Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Game Seven not heaven for Ice;

It was a 3rd period effort they needed in other periods, like the 1st and 2nd, but it wasn't meant to be; at least in Game 6; as the Tigers edged the Ice 2-1 last night to push the series to a seventh and deciding game in the Hat Wednesday night. Highlights are here.

Goals - The Tigers struck first with a quasi-power play goal in the first when Miles Koules buried a snapshot off a behind-the-net-feed just as Descheneau exited the penalty box on a marginal interference call. 1-0 Tigers.... That score held up until just over four minutes left in the 3rd period when a nice rush by McPhee into the Tiger zone along the boards saw his backhand to the net hit the side post and spring out to a charging Jon Martin who shoveled it past Langhamer. 1-1.... A timeout by the Tigers invigorated the club as they pressed hard from then on. In the last minute a hard forecheck by Levi Cable saw him fall heavily into the boards. Martin then pressured but  the Tigers got the puck up the ice for another odd-man rush. Valk finished it off with 35 seconds left with a great shot under the bar for a 2-1 win.

Goalies - Both played extremely well. Langhamer held the Tigers in it in the 3rd and Skapski was spectacular in the 2nd.

Shots - 30-27 for the Tigers. Kootenay finally started firing the puck at Langhamer in the 3rd. Too many passing attempts for me. I'm a keep-it-simple guy when things aren't going your way. Get the pucks to the net and generate chances. Kootenay's only goal was in that vein.

Injuries - D Landon Cross didn't dress for the second straight game. I'd be surprised if he's ready for game seven... D Tyler King played his second straight game and played more minutes but looks like he's playing with a brace as his mobility isn't what it was prior to the knee injury.... F Ast didn't dress for the Tigers.... and looks like the Tigers lost 20-year-old F Jake Doty in the third when he went down hard behind the Ice net. He didn't return.

Game Seven should be a barn-burner, as long as the Ice have anything left in the tank. I thought once in this series that the psychological barrier to bounce back from a six-goal third period to lose the game was hard to overcome. We'll also get to see if if blowing a 3-1 series lead is in the same category.

On the NHL Draft front Sam Reinhart is on top of the International Scouting Services - I.S.S. Top 30 for June's NHL Draft. That's here.  What a difference between Calgary and Medicine Hat on how the Tigers have contained Reinhart. I thought they weren't doing much more than pressuring him more and more to make the pass faster and hoping he'll make a mistake but sometimes I wonder how healthy he is and if he's more banged up than it shows.


Anonymous said...

im convinced that on the interference penalty it should have been labelle penalty he cut in front of descheneau running a pic play to me it looked like descheneau was heading towards to play and labelle interfered with him like to hear what anyone that can watch a replay thinks

DeeJay said...

I'm also wondering about the overall health of Reinhart. Have the amazingly large minutes he is playing each game finally caught up....he sure looked tired in the first and second period. If the boys play the next game like they played the last period on Monday they will have a good chance of coming out on top. Kudos to the Tigers though...they have dug in their heels and are playing some excellent hockey. Their top line of Valk, Cox and Sanford (the Smurf line) are dangerous each time out. Of course the winner of this series gets the dubious honour of playing a well rested Oil Kings squad....gotta love the playoffs!

Go ICE GO!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am under the impression that a lot of our guys are very tired…..playing so many minutes and short at least 4 players for a LONG time ….considering all I think the ICE have given us some fantastic entertainment this year. Good luck to the ICE tonight in Medicine Hat…..GO ICE GO….

Anonymous said...

She's over tonite. For who though?? It will take an unbelievable performance by the Ice goaltender tonite for them to have any chance. Good luck guys.