Friday, January 28, 2011

Not The Best Outing Ever


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.

14 comments:

Suze said...

Hopefully Shyiak will dress Leinweber and Pustin tomorrow night, we need their energy! The guys were all flat tonight.

Come on guys, I KNOW you are better than what we saw tonight. Show us what you are made of!!

John Hill said...

Maybe they had a little to much fun in Dinkytown this past week.

Anonymous said...

Oooh oooh, Jonnie, you mean like all the Gopher players who were getting in free and getting all those Long Island Teas free at Blarneys?

Donald Dunlop said...

If they spent too much time out on the town then next time we stay over somewhere for the week it needs to be in some boring little shithole like bemidji or mankato.

Anonymous said...

I hate to see the boys lose a game like this, WOW 5 to 1, Ouch!!! Hope Saturday will be a better game. Nooks win over time thriller 1- zip :)

Anonymous said...

We certainly need to be more fired up tonight. Maybe Cobb can give Shyiak a louisville slugger instead of a easton to get the guys fired up tonight

Anonymous said...

No, not the best outing ever. But let’s put things into perspective Seawolves fans. By all accounts, the team had superlative efforts the previous four games. As I indicated on this blog the other day, I thought Gundy should have been given the night off after last Saturday’s identical 5-1 loss—it’s a bit much to expect a freshman to come off a game like that and perform in the John of all places. Sometimes a goalie needs to have a look from the bench. But that’s history. Difficult is being on the road for two weeks after coming out of Denver with no points after you did everything right but grab a point or two. Look for Kamal tonight I guess. And look for a better team effort to make the long flight home a little more bearable. -30-

Anonymous said...

Whoa....a little shaky play.... Lets get this back on the tracks boys... Good effort tonight eh?
Mike

Anonymous said...

So bummed about your wireless router Donald. :(

I hauled ass home sliding through intersections and pulling "California rolls" at about 15 stop signs so I wouldn't be late for the live chat. How pathetic is that?! Good news is that I drove from Mooses Tooth to hillside so fast that the pizza is still piping hot.

On a brighter note: Pretty good game so far!

GooooooooOo Seawolves! :)

Anonymous said...

WTG Bailey! :0)

Anonymous said...

~~~~~~ CONGRATULATIONS SEAWOLVES ~~~~~~ :0)

~~~~~~ CONGRATULATIONS KAMAL !!!! ~~~~~~ :0)

Suze said...

Grreat TEAM effort, nice to see Chris get the shut out, and good to see the team play solid in front of him.

Now lets get the sweep this weekend boys!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Guys, now you will have a happy long ride home. Wow, Kamal Nice. I was so angry at FSN Kevin Goog for calling you Chris Camel, the guy has no class and no respect. What a Dog Salmon No, he's a rotten Dog Salmon. I was so nervous I couldn't watch the last few minutes. Thank you Kurt Haider for always making Seawolf Hockey so exciting to listen to. Let's Go Seawolves, Baby Kyle and I are looking forward to your return next weekend. I can't say it enough, we're soooooo proud of all your efforts. I knew you would pull it off.
A safe trip home eh?
Baby Kyle and Gma J...

Anonymous said...

Oh By the Way, for those of you that don't know. When I call you a Dog Salmon it means you ARE MEAN, UGLY, AND YOU STINK...
Let's Go Seawolves!!!
Grma J

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