Thursday, December 17, 2009

Roady comes to an end

  • The Rockets ended a six game in 9 day road trip with a 4-1 loss in Saskatoon Wednesday night. The Blades scored three times in the second period in the win. Mitchell Callahan had the lone goal for the Rockets, who end the trip with a 3 and 3 record.
  • The game against the Blades started with a bang with two fights less than 2 minutes into the period. Curt Gogol squares off and trades punches before Tyler Matheson shows courage by taking on Blades enforcer Randy McNaught. Matheson holds his own against McNaught, who from my count now has 16 fighting majors this season. Matheson has two – both against McNaught.
  • The Rockets didn’t need to play error free hockey against the Blades, but they needed some steady performances. I thought while Mark Guggenberger wasn’t bad, he admittedly wasn’t at his best either. The 20 year-old has the ability to be a difference maker, yet didn’t play a large enough role against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
  • The line of Geordie Wudrick, Shane McColgan and Cody Chikie had an extremely quiet night. Against one of the better teams in the division, those three need to be better.
  • Rookie Colton Jobke gets involved in a third period scrap that seems to spark the Rockets. After the lopsided tilt, Mitchell Callahan scores moments later to make it a two goal game.
  • Overall the 3 and 3 record on the road is viewed as a success, but when you win three of your first four games you come away wanting more. Losing two of the last three games after starting the trip 2-0-0-0 is disappointing.
  • The best team I saw on the trip was Brandon followed by Swift Current. That said, one game against each team may not be an accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of that particular team.

1 comment:

J.S. said...

I said it at the beginning of the year and I think it still applies. This is a .500 hockey club, with the player turnover and the serious nature of the injuries to the Bloodoffs and to St.Denis. Add to that some iffy play by the rookie d- men and the inconsistent forwards production and you have a rebuilding year that has nothing to trade up for. Capable but not overpowering like last year. That is why you enjoy the championship as much as you can, cause it ain't easy......