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Loss Friday, Loss Saturday, Game Tonight

Unfortunately, I have a real job and that job has been killing me the past few days. I'm sorry for that and as a result this is going to be pretty short and sweet as well.

  • Anyone who thought Seattle had become an elite team after wins (home) over Tri-City, Portland and Regina got a reality sized smack in the face on Friday and Saturday night. So what does all of this mean? Are the Tbirds bad? Are they good? Answer: Neither. What it means is that this team isn't terrible but it also isn't elite and you're going to get some really good games and some really ugly games.
  • Let's take a look at Friday first. Prince George really isn't a very good team but Seattle didn't show the necessary amount of urgency and it eventually caught up to them.  Sure, the tying goal scored by the Cougars was extremely lucky but if Seattle had scored 3 or 4 goals it never would have been an issue.  Unfortunately, they showed a complete lack of urgency and allowed the Cougars to hang around in the game long enough to eventually get the game into overtime. Bad teams get rolled by bad teams at home. Good teams hammer bad teams at home and mediocre teams play just well enough to allow a fluky goal and a shootout to lose a point to bad teams.
  • Saturday's game was just a complete bloodbath.  This was one of the worst performances of the season from the Tbirds.  The only consolation I can take away from this game is that Seattle drove through the night to get to Kamloops at 5:30am and the Blazers are a solid team.  The ingredients came together for a recipe of disaster.  Seattle spent nearly the entire game in their own end and Daniel Cotton could hardly be blamed for any of the 8 goals.  Shots were 50-19 in favor of the Blazers.  
  • Injury added to insult, Troock was hit with an accidental high stick from Brenden Ranford that resulted in a trip to the hospital and a fractured "first rib" that will sideline him for about 4 weeks. 
  • If THAT wasn't enough, Cason Machacek took a checking to the head major penalty and his suspension is still TBD as of 2:30 this afternoon.  Considering his previous discipline, I would not be surprised to see a 5 game suspension. That means that the experiment of having Kyle Verdino playing up front with the forwards will have to take a hiatus.
  • One of the biggest things I kept noticing from Friday and Saturday was Marcel Noebels trying to do too much.  He must let the game come to him and quit trying to over play every situation. If you don't think there is a correlation between how he is playing and the -15 rating. That wouldn't be a big deal if the rest of the team were -15 or worse but his rating ranks last on the team with the closest being Luke Lockhart and Jared Hauf at -11.
  • Speaking of plus/minus ratings. Seattle now has no player in positive territory and Brendan Rouse's 0 leads regulars.
  • On a brighter note.  I like the way Tyler Alos has been playing lately and it seems like it has been a long time since I was able to single him out in a good way.
Everyone needs to take a deep breath (myself included) and realize that every season is going to have their ups and downs. Even the 19-6 Tri-City Americans got hammered by Spokane 7-2 and lost to the lowly Everett Silvertips 6-3 earlier in the season.  It is important to keep from focusing on one game or a just a handful of games and look at the bigger/overall picture.

Let's see how they bounce back against a very beatable Swift Current team tonight.


Thunnex said...

Yes, I believe I have already established this. Did you have a point otherwise?

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with the comments on Noebels. I want to be a fan of the guy but sometimes it is tough to do so when he appears to be the only guy out there who is trying to force the big play to happen on his own stick. That said, teams need to utilize their talented go-to players and Marcel is one of those. A fine line between selfish player and a leader.

Kevin said...

Thanks anonymous for providing some great insight to the Tbirds. Oh wait, you didn't.

Tyler is one of the few places that we can get any information on the birds. We should appreciate, even if you agree or disagree with him, the work that he puts into this blog. If you disagree with him, don't be derogatory and explain why. Otherwise, you are being immature and thus, the idiot.

Anonymous said...

Tyler provides great insight, somewhat biased on goaltending, but great insight non-the-less. Thanks Tyler for filling us in for those of us that can't be at the games. Keep the reviews coming regardless whether I agree with them or not. Again...Pickard is over rated! lol

Anonymous said...

I too appreciate tylers insights and OPINIONS which he lays out there as such. What I appreciate most is the way in which he does this. It does not feel like the witch hunt some undertake. I always look forward to reading what he posts, unfortunately I think he left a little early last night.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is that Tyler does this for free and he is pasionate about hockey, he does a great job and I appreciate this site and his insights!

Anonymous said...


Sorry you had to deal with another idiot.

Add me to the long list of folks that visit here that appreciate what you do and say.

Keep up the good work and we'll all ignore the trolls together.

Anonymous said...

Waiting for Tylers review of the past two games. WOW...just wow. Tyler would be a better man than me if he wants to tackle those two games.

Was the team even awake during the game against Portland?

Thunnex said...

I'll get to it tomorrow, I promise. Tonight was rough but Friday wasn't that bad.

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