Thoughts on the Split
Facing one of the early surprises this season and getting two points out of the possible four is somewhat satisfying. I did like what Ed Harding said after the game. “We aren’t going have a huge celebration. We are going to face that team on Sunday,” said Harding. At the same time it was rough to see the team have their early struggles on Sunday. The team did fight back to get within one. You have to give them credit to get back into the contest.
Friday night we saw some real nice goals. The set up between Alex Beaton and Maxime Gratchev for Eric Gelinas’ goal was one of the nicest set-ups I’ve seen. Credit has to go to Gelinas also for the shot that was also a beauty. How about Max Gratchev’s shorthanded tally? When that one found the back of the net, I couldn’t believe it. That was a seeing eye shot. The offense was clicking.
Last year I question why Lucas LaBelle was always in the shootout but the kid has some moves. “People were shocked last year when I picked him but it’s watching them doing their shootouts after practice. Lucas is pretty crafty, that’s why we send him first,” said Harding. Lucas LaBelle knew Antoine Tardif from their days in Acadie-Bathurst. “After every practice we do the same thing in the shootouts. It’s one of those moves that I always did on the pond back at home,” said Lucas LaBelle.
LaBelle was all over the ice against his former team. “Both teams were hitting hard, the crowd got into it, we like to feed off the crowd’s momentum,” said LaBelle
Everyone was getting on Peter Delmas for his play after returning from Denver. Some of the criticism was deserved. Friday night he was rock solid. He stopped breakaways at key points of the game. As the game went on, he was like Boston Red Sox’s pitcher Jon Lester, he just kept getting as the game went on. The Voltigeurs scored twice on the powerplay but you can’t blame him for those goals. Harding knew Garrett Clarke’s holding penalty was a penalty. “Garrett Clarke was holding the kid’s stick. We know it, we saw it. What I am going to say about it?” I had a perfect view of the play and I said to myself: “What’s the referee waiting for?” Clarke’s penalty caused them to go down five on three and Dany Masse scored moments after.
Sunday the only bright other bright spot was some of the young guys stepping up to get the team back into it. Ed Harding had some interesting points in today’s Sun Journal.
“Steeven Jacques, Dom Savoie and Pier-Oliver Morin really got us going,” Harding said. “They had a few good shifts, and I just kept putting them back out there. The other guys don’t want to play? We’ll play these younger guys.”
It will be interesting to see how much more ice time these guys get the next few games. Could these kids get more confidence playing in front of the home crowd?
After going to see the Portland Pirates game on Saturday night and seeing physical hockey again. I was brought back down to earth Sunday when the referees stepped in before Dominic Savoie and Mike Hoffman could dance. It was disappointing to see the referees step in. I read our friend Gilles Courteau was in attendance yesterday.
It’s That Time of the Month
It seems we get one juicy rumor a month. This summer was Garrett Clarke and the start of the season was it Brett Gallant. Hockey message boards are great to gathering information. Sometimes someone wants to stir the pot. This rumor wasn’t necessarily started on a message board but John Moore who does the play by play for the Mooseheads said the Maineiacs were going to be sold on Friday night. He didn’t say who he heard it from. Since then Mark Just has comeout and said the team isn’t for sale. Why would Moore say that a week before the Mooseheads come to town? Remember last year, the Fog Devils owner said the team wasn’t for sale, within two weeks the team was sold.
That’s My Take