Being outscored four to nothing doesn't necessarily mean you were outplayed by that much. I thought tonight's game was closer than the score would indicate. The difference to me was that once the Badgers got up by 2 goals they really played well in the neutral zone and in their own end. The Seawolves were hard pressed to manufacture scoring chances.
I'm not saying they had a lot of scoring chances prior to being down 2-0 but they were certainly in the game. Chris Kamal was solid in the net and otherwise gave the team in front of him a chance to win had they been able to finish the limited chances that they did have.
It was a fairly cleanly played game but I didn't the our boys got any breaks at all from the referees. I counted two blatant penalties on Bucky that went uncalled and the call against Scott Allen was total bullshit. That said, those non-calls were not the difference in the game. The difference as I noted above was the Badgers defensive game.
There were lots of note-worthy performances for the green and gold. Andrew Pettitt was quite noticeable for his play. It was energetic and effective moving forward. I was pleased to see how responsible Sam Mellor was with his backchecking; he made many nice passes and showed growth from the 1st half of the season. Mitch Bruijsten was effective and looked good. Eric Scheid carried the puck well on a number of occasions and made chances with his solid puck handling and excellent skating. Lots of guys played pretty well really.
The Seawolves played mostly well in their own end with just a couple of miscues and opposition forwards left uncovered. At this level though those instances can be pretty costly. I haven't looked at the stats but think I can say pretty safely that losing as many faceoffs as they did isn't a good thing. This was one of those games/situations that we've seen often over the years. Good play but just not good enough at critical times to make the difference.
No reason for the boys to hang there heads necessarily and I'd expect a closer game tomorrow night. Here is tonight's boxscore.