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.
Rather than even acknowledge last night’s game, let’s talk about something way more fun.
Way more fun right? One of my favorite Everblades fans on Twitter brought this to my attention. He was hoping we could find a way to get the word out about this awesome event.
For those of you who own a company, maybe you would consider sponsoring a lane? All you have to so is fill out the form I’ve attached here: Everblades Sponsorship Form.
I’ve been struggling with how to recap games since the season started. The reason why I’ve been struggling with how to write them is actually a very simple one.
I just really hate writing a traditional game recap.
Once I was able to accept that things became so much easier. So, my lovely… swamp people (we really need to have a meeting and decide on what we want to call ourselves), I present to you something a little bit different from a traditional recap.
Now, on with the show:
I don’t think any of us expected the Solar Bears to do as well as they did after their recent race to the bottom of the division. I guess we should have expected them to decide to play decent hockey at the least convenient time possible. That is pretty much the way this season’s going.
Worst moment: I’m going to go with the Sisca breakaway goal. You could feel everything deflate right after that. Oh no, wait… it was when the Bears started playing the trap. Yup, that was the worst moment ever.
Time for a fun exercise: 5 Things more exciting than trap hockey
- Watching paint dry or grass grow
- A four hour C-Span marathon
- Kristen Stewart ‘acting’
- doing anything that involves the DMV/Post Office/IRS
Best moment: Hands down, Mark Stuart pissing Nick Petersen off. The look on his face when Petersen dropped his gloves was priceless. O’Byrne dumping a Bear forward (I forget who) in the second was pretty hilarious too.
Worst stupid zebra moment: Hard to pick. Go ahead and go with any of the twenty missed calls on the Bears, Petersen not getting penalized for his attempt at fighting Stuart, the ridiculous bench minor for abusive language (You are quite clearly a blind idiot Ryan Murphy, telling the truth isn’t abuse), or the unsportsmanlike call on Bobby Raymond.
My feelings about the game in Lol Cat form: