- I don't have the patience to write about the officiating last night... it was bad again. Let's talk about the one call they probably got right and that was the Penalty Shot awarded in the final minute of the game because Brad Deagle knocked the net "intentionally" off the pegs. Here is the rule: If by reason of insufficient time in the regular playing time or by reason of penalties already imposed, the minor penalty assessed to a player for deliberately displacing his own goal post cannot be served in its entirety within the regular playing time of the game or at any time in overtime, a penalty shot shall be awarded against the offending team. I think the intent of the rule is to say that if a player intentionally pushes the net off and its under 2 minutes left in regulation it has to be a penalty shot, and the same would apply if it was under 2 minutes in overtime. The rule is poorly written because I think you could reasonably interpret it to mean that if the penalty might overlap regulation and overtime it should not be a penalty shot. The rule does need clarification but I actually think the officials applied it correctly as it is intended. I have a gigantic problem with the way the rest of the game was called but I don't have the energy for it.
- The first 5 minutes of the game were awful and Kelowna jumped all over the Tbirds and got a quick goal to start the game. Everything after that was a complete 180. Seattle dominated the final 15 minutes of the period and deserved to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Kelowna then pushed back pretty hard in the 2nd and 3rd to get themselves back into the game. I'd maddening how inconsistent this team can be. It probably isn't realistic to assume that you can get that effort every single minute of every single game but if they can get that kind of effort more often they are definitely going to get better and make the playoffs.
- If you didn't see Burke Gallimore's goal I'm sure it will be in the plays of the week. He reached out of the air to snatch a clearing attempt from Kelowna and that sprang him in the offensive zone where he beat Cooke over the glove shoulder off the bar and down into the net.
- Mitch Elliot is looking pretty comfortable as a defender and I think this might revive his career. His rush up the ice ultimately resulted in the goal by Justin Hickman on a nice pass across by Jacob Doty.
- Calvin Pickard was excellent as usual and was especially good in the 3rd period when Kelowna was coming on strong. He was also particularly disturbed by the officials, and I can't really say I blame him for his feelings.
Much Needed Two Points
Connor Honey stated in the post-game interview that it was his first ever shootout attempt, although it sure didn't look it. He raced in towards the goal, faked a shot and flipped in a backhand top shelf game-winner over the outstretched pad of Jordon Cooke. This win gives Seattle a 2 point "cushion" on Victoria and a 3 point "cushion" over Everett.
Big Big Big points for the Tbirds and they will get ready to face Tri-City at home in a televised game on Friday night.