Friday, March 4, 2011

Bruins play road game to perfection

  • Lucas Gore is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team make it into the playoffs. The Chilliwack Bruins 20 year-old goaltender was the main reason behind his teams 1-0 win Friday night over the Kelowna Rockets. Gore made several solid saves as the Bruins moved to within a point of Kamloops for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Bruins have three games in hand. The loss keeps the Rockets four points up on the idle Vancouver Giants for first place in the BC Division.
  • Gore was especially good when it came to shutting down Rockets forward Evan Bloodoff. Bloodoff had two breakaway chance and several quality scoring opportunities that Gore turned aside. Bloodoff was by far the best forward on the ice, creating good things with his speed. It was one of those night's where the Rockets struggled finding the back of the net and Gore was razor sharp.
  • The Rockets power play went 0 for 5 and struggled throughout the night. Often times the Bruins had better scoring chances than the Rockets did down a man. The main reason why the Rockets struggled and the Bruins prospered was the visitors ability to out-work the five man unit.
  • Chilliwack had a chance to put the game away in the third period, when up by a goal, forward Jessey Astles was hit with a five minute major and game misconduct after hitting Bruins agitator Curt Gogol from the blindside. Gogol received a cut on the nose and a bump above his eye but stayed in the game. The Rockets were able to kill off the five minute penalty but couldn't gain much momentum.
  • Speaking of Gogol...I thought he played a rough and tumble game and made the Rockets defenceman pay every time they had the puck. Specifically, Gogol gave overage d-man Zak Stebner a rough time all night long with several good hits. The 19 year-old also fought Astles in the opening period.
  • The best scoring chance came late in the game when Rockets forward Colton Sissons had what appeared to be a wide open net with Gore down and missed the goal. It was a sure sign that the long evening in the offensive zone would result in a shutout loss.
  • The shutout loss at home marked the first time the Rockets were held off the score-sheet since a 2-0 setback to Tri City last season in game three of their second round playoff series.
  • A nice touch had Bruins head coach Marc Habscheid taking his father on the road with the team for the game in Kelowna. Eight six year-old Nicholas Habscheid must have been one of few fans in the building that were actually pleased with the outcome.

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