- I don't want to spend very much time talking officials because it is a waste of my energy but I'll summarize by saying that the officials in Sunday's game against Tri-City were really bad. It was a poorly called game and I'm surprised that Coach K didn't choose to bust out a little bit of cash and use the opportunity to get thrown out of a game. Having said that, I heard a fan say that Coach K "Has got to get kicked out of this game." Really? Let's think about this. Coach K sees another call he disagrees with and pitches a fit and let's say... throws a couple of water bottles on the ice and gets tossed from the game. The fans all feel better and the players might feel a little bit better but at the end of the day it doesn't actually have any effect on the game and you're lighter in the wallet. I just don't feel that it works the same way as it does in a sport like Basketball and by 3 minutes into the 3rd period the team was already losing 5-0. Getting tossed sounds like fun but I don't think it actually serves any real purpose.
- Daniel Cotton got the call in the last two games and despite looking slightly uncomfortable, I think he has played pretty well and I would still feel pretty comfortable with him as the goaltender next season. He hasn't had a lot of game experience (16 games now and only 9 starts) and I think some of the discomfort will go away as he sees more playing time. His breakaway stop on Shinnimin last night was a thing of beauty. The league's leading scoring and hottest goal scorer in the league is bearing down on you on the Penalty Kill and you solidly stuff the guy at the right post. What a big stop.
- Connor Sanvido was back on the ice last night and whipped in a goal with under 2 minutes to play in the game. Sanvido also had a fight earlier in the game against Topping that didn't go quite so well. Props to any guy willing to drop the gloves and Seattle had plenty of fight last night against a team that has owned them lately.
- Something I had never seen before happened last night: Lukas Walter took his gloves off and got ready to start a fight with Evan Wardley when suddenly Wardley didn't drop his gloves and Jacob Doty decided he would just step in a take the fight. I'm sure Walter was a little surprised at the change of opponent from Wardley to Doty.
- With just 10 games to play Seattle's leading scorer is Burke Gallimore with 37 points. In the 2005-06 season Aaron Gagnon led the team in points with just 45 points in 62 games. I researched back to the 1996-97 season and I think that given the offensive nature of the league before that time, I can safely say that at the current pace, this team would break the team record for lowest scoring leader in franchise history. Unless, of course, Gallimore can catch fire a little bit and tally 9 more points before the season is over.
I have said this before, writing about this team is pretty difficult right now. You do have some good moments like the 3-0 win over the Silvertips on Saturday night at Showare Center, but then you fall right back to reality with the 5-1 and 3-1 losses to the Americans in the past 3 days. I tweeted last night and will reiterate what I said: I think this team is going to have a very hard time making the playoffs. Calvin Pickard clearly has some kind of injury, and one of your most solid defenders, Cason Machacek, has been suspended for 8 (not 7) games. Machacek should return for the final 3 games of the season and you have to hope that Seattle will still be alive for those games. As for Pickard, I had to assume that when Daniel Cotton started on Sunday that coach Konowalchuk was using the game as an opportunity to give Pickard a rare rest before the final games of the season. With Cotton starting last night in Tri-City, you have to assume that something is wrong. He might play again on Friday and he might not... your guess is as good as mine but clearly something is wrong. Combine that with the fact that Seattle has only 4 home games left and 6 games on the road and the formula just doesn't look very good for earning that 8th seed. I realize that they still hold a 1 point lead over Everett and they do host Everett 2 more times before the end of the season but I'm just not feeling very optimistic at this moment. Seattle travels to Everett on Friday, then to Portland on Saturday. You have to expect that Seattle would be lucky to get any points in Portland and the EEC will likely be rocking on Friday night. Seattle then hits the road for Prince George for two absolutely critical games against the Cougars
Lastly, I just want to thank everyone for helping me make the Hockey Challenge 2012 such a big success. I did a radio interview with Bruce during the Sunday game and hopefully a few of you heard me give all the Tbirds fans a shout for their contributions. The Celebrity game was a lot of fun and you can even see me make an appearance a few times in the video that Ryan Gibbons put together as he was wearing the GoPro helmet cam. You can find the video here. My team raised over $30,000 dollars and at last count we were the highest fundraising team in the Challenge for the 2nd year in a row. My donations approached $1,500 and hopefully next season I can get things closer to $2,000 and wind up in the Celebrity game again. Thanks again to everyone.
Posted by Thunnex at 11:14 AM