I don’t know about you guys, but I feel incredibly proud of Rob Madore while watching these highlights. Some of those saves he made were simply spectacular.
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The Everblades have been on quite a roll lately and last night was no exception.
I’m not going to pretend that my ongoing dislike of the Gladiators isn’t part of why I enjoyed the three game sweep of our least favorite divisional rival. Of course, most of my enjoyment comes from the Blades within striking distance of the divisional lead.
Overall, I’d call last night’s affair a pretty great game. Aside from some terrible officiating (which I’m beginning to accept is part and parcel with watching an ECHL game) and some terrible sportsmanship (something I’ve come to accept about the Gladiators), it was a pretty spectacular effort from the boys.
My favorite part of last night was Blades captain Mathieu Roy moving into second place in league wide scoring with his second hat trick in a week. Do you think you can find a more well rounded captain in the ECHL? Because I don’t really think that’s possible.
Of course, I could have lived without that extended 5 on 3 penalty kill in the first. I’m pretty sure it took at least a year off my life. Of course, my regular consumption of Germain arena concessions over the last couple of season could be more to blame.
Astoundingly, this is the first time I can’t say I’m not happy with every players effort. Honestly, I can’t recall the last time I made it through a game without thinking somebody was half-assing it. All the players are doing little thing that make a big difference too. Like shot blocking (did you see Merrifield drop Roy style in front of that shot last night? Pretty sure I stopped breathing for a minute) and back checking. It’s amazing to see such a huge change.
And since all that effort should be rewarded I’m unveiling my new favorite idea… The Swamp Hockey Three Stars of the Game!
This will be rewarded to the guys who played an amazing game, but didn’t score enough to get the medias attention. This is completely subjective and I’m not going to pretend that I won’t play favorites (I guess everyone should be glad Bobby Raymond was signed by the Checkers, huh?).
So anyway, here we go:
3. Mike Merrifield: I agree with a lot of other fans that he’s made a total 360 and become a hell of a forward.
2. Dan Milan: The new gritty, no-nonsense defenceman thing? Me gusta.
1. Rob Madore: Still not sure how the performance he put in yesterday (or the entire series) wasn’t recognized. Some of those saves last night were insane and facing 123 shots (a little less than double what the Gladiators goalie faced) throughout a three game series is even more insane.
I’m also going to award Mike Ratchuk an honary star for continuing to make opposing team defences look like they’re mini mites who haven’t really figured out the whole skating thing (also, it’s his birthday, and people are supposed to give you nice things on your birthday).
Last, but not least, a little roster news. The Blades acquired a defenceman from the Komets today. I think his stats speak for themselves.
So I’m pretty much the worst blogger ever. It was a terrible result of my tendency towards laziness combining with my normal January Everblades funk and the NHL starting up (all the players I like leaving the team for the AHL has not helped either).
The good news is that I feel quite re-energized about the whole blogging thing. Now, I’m not saying this new energy is because of something silly, but it might be because I remembered the Everblades would be wearing their navy jerseys at home (and oh god do I love our navy jerseys). Either way. I’m back on the wagon for real now. I’ll be updating the roster (which is just a little behind) and doing some general tweaking and maintenance to get everything back in order.
I’m incredibly disappointed that I had to miss the Teddybear Toss this year. It’s always been my favorite activity. Luckily, several people were kind enough to post videos of the downpour of fluff for everyone:
On a different note: sorry for the unplanned blogging hiatus. It was a frankenstorm created by laziness colliding with holiday stuff, family obligations, and friends getting me hooked on the crack that is Pinterest. I have managed to get the roster and the blog’s photo store whipped into shape though, so maybe that will make it up to you?
What better way is there to spend YouTube Tuesday than remembering Friday night’s amazing game and Alex Hutchings’ hat-trick?
I vote that we laugh at other teams misfortunes rather than concentrate on the Blades terribly unsuccessful road-trip this past weekend.Really, who doesn’t love a little schadenfreude when they’re feeling a bit blue?
The fact that the Solar Bears (our hated cross-state rivals, I guess) are on the receiving end of this misfortune makes it good. The fact that it involves Gladiators fans getting what they deserve makes it even better. Grab some popcorn kiddies, this is hilarious.
The league couldn’t ignore the video proof I guess, and fined Curry for that little outburst.
In roster news: The Blades signed a new defenceman with quite a bit of AHL experience.
In other news: I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally made it possible to purchase photos. I feel horrible that it took me this long to get this up and running, but anyone who has been reading this blog knows I’m the worst procrastinator of all time.
All you need to do is click here. The photos are organized to make locating what you want as painless as possible.
We’re days away from opening night. Not months or weeks, days!
If you missed it, the Blades received five players from Charlotte yesterday. There should also be a few more players from Syracuse and Brayden Irwin is expected to return from St. John. Friday can’t come soon enough.
Time to warm-up your lungs guys.
He also appears to be a pretty tough dude if you ask me.
By the way, I adore this new contest the Blades are having on the teams Facebook page, but for the love of all that is holy, why aren’t they better prepare and slightly punctual? At this point, I’m going to start adding 15 minutes to any time they announce.