Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Burnaby Up; Winnipeg Way Down

The Winnipeg South Blues are a single loss away from ending their season. As I posted previously the South Blues lost a tight double-OT game 1. Game 2 was also a victory for Yorkton as they took advantage of odd-man situations scoring 2 power play goals and 2 shorthanded goals in the 4-1 victory. Kevin Clark was sent to the locker room with around 10 minutes left in the game because of his third "stick related" minor penalty (High Sticking, Cross Checking and Slashing) of the game; but he hit the trifecta with 2 mid-second period roughing calls in a row (and nobody from the other team went either time?). Not exactly what I'd call a scintillating performance destined to go down in the annals of great junior hockey. More like an undisciplined nightmarish stereotype of what junior hockey once was. I was able to listen to some of the Yorkton internet broadcast and the hayseeds they had doing the game made for hilarious listening while it lasted. I turned it off when Clark got booted. Here's the boxscore.

Game 3 looks like it was all Yorkton as well as the Blues could get on the scoreboard until 5:49 of the third on the power play and that only narrowed the scored to 4-1. They tallied another at 16:53 and gave up an empty netter to lose 5-2. Here's the boxscore.

The KCPR (Kevin Clark Penalty Report) follows:
1st Period: (Roughing After Whistle) 14:59
2nd Period: (High Sticking)(Cross Checking) 10:59
3rd Period: No Penalties = No trifecta

On the more positive end of the spectrum we have Paul Crowder who has accounted for two of the three game winning goals as Burnaby took a 2-1 lead in their series with Ft. McMurray. Burnaby took the first game 6-3 (Crowder scored the 4th goal) but Ft. McMurray came back for a 2-1 victory in the second game. In Tuesday nights game 3, Paul netted the winner at 6:05 of OT for a 4-3 win. Paul's performance so far in the playoffs (8g-12a in 16 games) has got to fill the UAA coaching staff with some anticipation. Paul missed all but the first 13 games of the season but returned in time for the playoffs and has shown excellent form. Oh yeah ... he's averaging about 1.2 penalty minutes per game. Game 2 boxscore. Game 3 boxscore.

Both series resume with game 4 Wednesday night.

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