The Seawolves tonight came out with the fire and emotion that is necessary to win a game against their biggest rival. For the first 20 minutes of this game they were super sharp. They executed pinpoint passing and scored three beautiful goals to leave no doubt as to which team would come out with the W.
Brett Cameron got the Seawolves on the board first 6:05 into the first period with a wicked wrist shot from a sharp angle. It was a goal scorers goal. I met Brett's dad last weekend (real nice guy btw) and I hope he was able to see that goal. It was sweet. Scott Warner added a power play goal just a minute and eleven seconds later to boost the lead to 2. Jade Portwood got a well deserved goal at 13:42 to make it 3-0. Jade had a great weekend. He performs at such a consistently high level that it was great to see him get rewarded.
The Seawolves were just on fire in the first period. They were not to be denied. No doubt they had a bit of a bad taste in their mouth from the Friday night loss. They probably had some extra motivation when the bumpkins that came to the Sullivan from Fairbanks disrupted the Senior Night introductions with their queer glass banging and uncreative "What's a Seawolf?" chanting.
They got their answer. A Seawolf is what put a fucking hurting on your team's ass tonight. While Friday's game was mostly evenly played through two + periods, the Seawolves bombed the road team and showed them exactly what a Seawolf was. I hope they enjoyed their taco's at the $20 dollar a plate Patty Center gathering.
Tommy Grant fired a blistering snap shot at 6:12 of the 2nd period on the power play to build the Seawolves lead to 4-0. I'll readily admit that the 3rd period belonged to UAF. The Seawolves didn't look as intense and focused as they had during the first two periods. But frankly they didn't have to expend the same effort. All they had to do was keep UAF from scoring.
Chris Kamal was sharp as a tack throughout the game and denied anything that got through the increasingly excellent UAA defense. The 'nookies had one major chance late in the thrid to get back into the game when Cody Kunyk broke in clean from the blueline alone, Chris gave nothing away on the break forcing Kunyk to try to beat him top shelf but Chris' glove hand was too quick as he parried the shot away.
I'm not happy with the emotional letdown that the team showed in the 3rd period. A simple answer would be that they were satisfied with the lead they had and just sat back and protected it. And I suppose I'd use that answer if they'd still looked focused and the execution had been there. But WAY TOO many simple passes ended up in teammates skates to write it off as just protecting the lead. The team really seemed to me to have a letdown in intensity. That cannot happen next weekend or in the playoffs if this team has any designs on making it to the final five. WCHA teams will make them pay for such a drop in intensity.
It was good to see Mickey Spencer get the call for both games this weekend. He's been a bit of the odd man out during the season. I know he's got the talent to be a contributor and I thought he had a good game tonight after finding his wheels and place somewhat on Friday night. Justin Kirchhevel and and Drew Darwitz also got the call tonight and both had quality moments. I noticed Drew shaved his head and of course I dug that. He was physically active and did engage a couple of 'nookies who thought they'd challenge him. Same for Kirchhevel, I like what he brings in terms of attitude and I'm sure down the line he'll contribute something important. He's got good anticipation and the sort of grittiness to make something out of nothing. Alex Gellert also had a good game tonight. He was very active in all areas of the ice.
The refereeing tonight was atrocious. Tommy Grant got two completely undeserved penalties. The first was when he blasted some 'nookie cleanly in the corner at 13:50 of the 2nd period and got called for tripping. Tripping? When he cleanly checked the dude? That's what the refs make up when a check is simply harder than the WCHA will allow these days? The 2nd was on a rush toward GreenEGGSANDham, Grant pulled up at the top of the crease and was bowled over from behind by a 'nookie driving him into Dr. SeussINtheCrease. They called that one interference.
Brad Gorham was whistled for 3 penalties tonight. None of them were deserved. The two least experienced WCHA referees got the draw for this series and true to form they looked at the leading penalty minutes for the Seawolves before the games and made their calls based on those numbers. Gorham was whistled for these penalties for no other reason than reputation. We saw the same SHIT with regard to Kevin Clark over the last couple of years. Klosowski and Sterns were a joke. It's pathetic when I'm wishing for Don Adam.
Doyle Woody is a jerk. The headline from the Friday night game which he didn't watch was "Nanooks Thump The Seawolves"; then the headline from Saturday is "Shootout Gives Governor's Cup to Nanooks". What the fuck? I've defended this prick for way too fucking long to my readers. I've talked about how he's a "journalist" and used that as an excuse. But you know what? The bastard is just a negative prick.
The last line in his Friday night coverage (I say again for emphasis ... of a game HE DIDN'T WITNESS) was ...
"Those circumstances means UAA is almost certain to hit the road for the playoffs, as it has in each of its previous 17 seasons in the WCHA."
Why was that tidbit necessary? Doyle thinks he's Edward R. Murrow or some shit when in reality he's not fit to eat Grantland Rice's shit.
Hey Doyle, when are you moving to your new wife's homestate of North Dakota? Soon I hope. Just get the fuck out of here. There isn't a more negative asshole writing for a professional publication in the WCHA. EVERY single one of the "beat writers" in this league writes from a positive perspective regarding the team they cover. Except you. Sure, I know you're an "unbiased journalist"; but that shit just doesn't fly anymore. You take little snide potshots at the Seawolves every chance you get.
The past two years I've had a media pass to the Seawolves and have chosen not to sit in the press area because I want to cheer for the team I love. But I'm seriously considering sitting in that area next year just so I can TROLL you buddy. That's right; you've engendered enough dislike through this season for me to want to sit near you and make snide fucking comments just to piss you off. And believe me chump. I'm not half bad at doing exactly that. I'll piss you off so much that you'll want to physically assault me. With any luck, that's exactly what will happen. See you then "Hipster Wannabe".
The last thing is the status of the "Cup". I know it's meaningful to the Athletic Department and to the team to win the thing. But honestly, I couldn't give a shit about it. Never have. And how weak is it that UAF has won 4 of their 10 "Cups" via the shootout? It's that very fact that makes it irrelevant in my mind. I suggest that Steve Cobb and Forrest Karr come up with some better way to determine the winner of the thing.
In the Denver/CC series the team that possesses their "Gold Pan" keeps it unless the other team wrests it away by taking the series that decides it. Maybe that would be better. Shootouts to determine the thing are just stupid. And also, let's quit fucking calling it the "Governor's Cup". When the fuck did any Governor give enough of a shit about it to show up to present it? Call it the "University Chancellor's Cup" or something. At least then you can coerce one of those political hacks to show up eh?