Frustrating Loss. The Tigers blew 3 two goal leads.
I thought in the first half of the second period the Tigers were playing pretty good defense. Brandon had a slight territorial edge during this time but the Tigers never really gave up any good scoring chances, and it led to Curtis Valk putting the Tigers up 4-2 at that point. If they are looking for video of what they did right, that is the part of the game they did well on.
I thought the best players on the ice for the Tigers was the 4th line, Elgin Pearce, and Tyler Lewington. Ryckman played good as well. The Tigers coaches were throwing the 4th line out almost double shifting them in the third period, because they seemed to be the only line that was playing in Brandon's end consistently.
I was impressed with Cole Sanford I thought it has been a couple games in a row where he has played really well.
The powerplay was 2/3 with both goals coming off shots from the half-wall.
Now for the Negatives
I thought the Tigers defenseman got caught too many times trying to skate the puck out of their own end and turning the puck over when their were passing options open, (more-so directed towards Busenius, and Becker)
Dylan Busenius has a tendency to hesitate with the puck instead of head-manning the puck, and whenever he does this I cringe a little because his % of making a decent play drops like a batter on an 0-2 count. I counted 3 plays tonight where he didn't headman the puck and put himself in a low percentage spot which resulted in Brandon turning the puck over and scoring.
Its hard to fault a goalie when a team gives up 42 shots on net, but I thought MacAuley didn't look very good in the net against Brandon. He wasn't very good fighting or controlling his rebounds and his reaction time was slow.
A little concerned as Jayden Hart wasn't dressed tonight. I Hope he didn't get sick again?
This may sound funny to you but despite the Loss I thought the bottom 3 forward lines took a baby step forward in their defensive play. The top line however a combined -11 is unacceptable. (-16 if you count Bus)
What do you guys think of breaking up Shinkaruk and Koules? Perhaps testing out Pearce on 1st line right wing, and dropping Koules to the 2nd? I think it may be an idea worth exploring if Pearce can play right wing.
This team is 4-7-1-0 but I think with some better play in their own zone the record could have been reversed. Now that Bunz isn't here mistakes in the D Zone will be magnified.