Short Recap... Long Weekend....
Very entertaining hockey game. I thought both teams have very similar styles and both teams looked fairly even. Tri-City has better overall depth from thier forwards(not often we see that,) Tigers have a better goaltender, and top line. Tri-City also made use of their special teams going 2 for 3 on the PP.
The Americans have a very strong forecheck and their Defenseman step up and pinch quite frequently.
I thought the Tigers 4th line played amazing tonight. They saw hardly any ice in the 3rd but played a very strong hockey game. I like how the Tigers are rotating Patrik Parkkonen into the 2nd or 1st line Dman shifts every once in a while. I think this keeps fresher legs and Parkkonen is a good enough player to do this.
Curtis Valk stepped up tonight with 2 goals.
Gotta be lucky to be good...
I thought all 3 Tri-City's goal were results of favorable bounces. A puck bouncing off the boards behind the Tiger net, right through everyone in the crease and right onto an American Stick, with a half open empty net.
Also after Bunz made a couple nice saves an American Shot was deflected 100 miles an hour top corner from the high slot.
Tri-City also had a shot from the point that floated along the ice that Bunz just didn't see.
I think Tri-City's Team is a hair better than the Tigers at this point in the season.
Tigers still have guys like Grbavac,Valk,..who haven't shown us thier true potential.
Tigers could have been a little more physical but the way the refs were calling penalties that might have been dangerous. I still believe the Tigers are 1 scoring forward away from solidifying thier forward depth.....I think a game like this showed why...even though the game was very close and ended in a shootout.
Saskatoon Tomorow..Should be another gooder.