Sunday, February 14, 2010

Broncos Defeat Tigers 4-1

I didn't watch the game, but it was an even 1-1 game until, the broncos broke out of their scoring slump and potted 3 goals in the third period.

That makes just 1 Tiger win in their last 6 games, and it wont get any easier for them Sunday when the Wheat Kings pay a visit. Brandon has been on a hot streak lately earning at least 1 point in each of their last 10 games.

Brandon has a fast aggressive team that keeps coming at you. When they smell blood they will sometimes doubleshift their top 2 lines for extreme pressure. The tigers will get their chances only if they use their quick neutral ice transition game. The Tigers will have to try and limit the panic in their own zone by making sure the puck gets chipped out passed their blueline, and making sure 2 forwards are always helping out backchecking. Adding a few PP goals wouldn't hurt either.

Scoreboard Watching
The Home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs seems to be slipping away pretty fast. Kootenay has 3 points and 3 games in hand on that last spot. (The Tigers still get to play the Ice 3 times)

Furthermore adding Fuel to the Fire, the Red Deer Rebels have gained a ton of ground on the Tigers. The rebels are 4 points back with 3 games in hand.

As of right now it is impossible to predict who they will play in the first round of the playoffs. If the Tigers play well down the stretch it will probably be kootenay. However if the Tigers play mediocre or poor, it could easily be Brandon, saskatoon or calgary.


Frost said...

I almost never blog, but here it goes. I did go to the game last night, here were my thoughts as we made the dark trek home.
What’s happened to the team unity we saw earlier in the season? I saw a series of one and two man shows that formed the majority of the offence attacks. This seems to be a pattern that’s been becoming the rule of late. Team chemistry on the ice is absent, and I wonder if off ice factors is an issue. Swift’s defense was down to three healthy regulars, one injured playing back early, and forwards pulled to defense, it’s sad we weren’t able to penetrate it to our advantage.
The vet’s just didn’t step up, Tiger offence hardly made a hit, and couldn’t seem to make and catch two passes in a row. Turn over’s were awful. While I saw lots of effort, team unity and intensity was absent, no fights. I wonder why coaching staff doesn’t bench veterans that play lazy (Ish) or selfish (King/Vey) to send a message. Might as well play the rookies when this happens, effort scores higher in my books even if the team still loses, we were going to anyway and should give the ice to those deserving of it. Who knows, a few rests on the pine might bring fresh enthusiasm to guys that have never missed a shift.
I guess by now you can tell I’m frustrated!

CatFan said...

You hit the nail on the head there! The team game seems to have disappeared and it is probably going to point to another early exit in the playoffs. I thought we had such good leadership but I just can't figure out what has happened?? Right now I would bench King, McKay and Gal for starters. They are doing nothing productive right now (King likes to show off his puck handling skill but produces nothing for it). After that I guess it's next year country again, and the play of some 19 year olds right now should make the decision of who to keep as 20's next year easier.