Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tigers Defeat Oil Kings 6-4

Just a couple thoughts on Todays game.

The line of Tyler Pitlick, Linden Vey, and Ryan Harrison was a force every time they were on the ice. These three have looked good together.

The Tigers need that same kind of pressure from the Emerson Etem, Wacey Hamilton, Kessey line when they are out.

Wacey Hamilton scored a beauty of a goal going on a coast to coast rush splitting the D and depositing the puck upstairs on Cam Lanigan.

I'm really liking what Hunter Shinkaruk is bringing to the ice. He scored his first whl goal tonight ( A rebound on the powerplay) and I liked his hustle and determination. He has an impressive 5 points in 6 games. I think he should be able to push the vets for more icetime as the season progresses, perhaps even supplant someone on the 2nd line?

Cole Grbavac is "one of the" unsung heroes for the Tigers so far. Often he takes shifts with a pair of rookies on his line, and he has still put up good numbers with 5 points in 7 games

Tyler Bunz was hot one minute and shaky the next. He made a nice breakaway stop, an incredible 2 on 1 pad save, and stopped a handful of Oil King close calls, but he also let in a couple goals he would have liked to have back, and his rebound control wasn't very good tonight.

Edit: Slight re-wording
I didn't like Jace Coyle's Defensive game tonight during the first two periods. He had a couple defensive breakdowns and I noticed a few times where he was afraid to get hit in the corner and let the opponent outwork him. He's hesitating and holding on to the puck too long before making a first pass.

Scott McKay took 3 minor penalties :(

Sebastien Owuya was scratched and is day-to-day with a muscle pull.

I thought the defensive play of both teams was un-coordinated at times. Miss-communication leaving a man open was common.

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