The title of this post says a lot. The Seawolves tonight came out a bit flat and after going down 2-0 early never really looked particularly threatening in terms of getting back into the game. Mitch Bruijsten did cut the lead to 2-1 on a heads up play pulling a loose puck away from the crease, going behind the net with it and wrapping it around late in the 1st period for the only goal.
It was a bit of an undisciplined effort at times with Chris Crowell failing to read the numbers on a Gopher players back before nailing him at 17:34 of the 2nd. The score by that time was already 4-1 and the team did a good job killing off the 5 minute major but it was a play indicative of how the night went overall. Tonight looked nothing like the last two games in Denver. Nothing. Like. It.
When a pass was tape to tape it seemed that the receiving player more often than not fumbled the puck. When a transition got going more often than not the rushing player would mishandle the puck at a crucial time. The execution all night was half a bubble off or more.
The Seawolves gave up 48 shots on goal. Let me say that again ... FORTY-EIGHT. Many times this season that number would be the shot total for a weekend. At best tonight's game was the result of the team being out of sync or unfocused; at worst the game was a result of being overmatched.
We'll see tomorrow night which was the case I guess. If the Seawolves can pull out a win tomorrow night then we'll know tonight was because of focus/sync. If they get beaten anything like they did tonight ... then efforts for the rest of the season will have to be directed to trying to find a way to build something positive in the post season.
Hopefully the coaching staff will spend some time tonight reviewing the game and are able to come up with some adjustment to counter the Gopher's near free reign in the neutral and UAA zone. There were some signs in the 3rd period of intensity in the Seawolves overall effort as I noticed several shifts where players were digging deep down to give it that little bit extra. That sort of effort will be needed on EVERY shift tomorrow night from the start of the game if they want to leave Minneapolis with a couple of points.