Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Game 6 impressions 

Weathering the storm and kicking ass. That about sums up the 67s in game 6 of their first round series with the Barrie Colts. During the few moments when they weren't killing one of their 15 penalties (including five 5-3s, most for over a minute), the 67s were filling the net behind Francois Thuot.

You've read the summary by now, so just a few notes:

- the gamesheet doesn't include this level of detail, but I'd love to know how many shots Barrie had at regular strength. I'd be willing to bet that it's less than 10. The 67s dominated during the few even-strength moments during the game.

- the 67s cannot afford to take as many blatantly dumb penalties as they did last night. While probably 3-4 of the calls were borderline (most notably Kaspar's "holding call"), most calls were legit. After the initial spate of calls, the 67s should know that the game was being called tightly.

- 6200+ was a good crowd on short notice

- forgot my camera, which was a shame since I was in a better-lit area (20 rows up at centre ice) without netting and the red inflatable blow-in-the-wind thing to block my shots.

- The OSB (Sponsor this space) Turning Point: Mark Mancari throws a bad-angle shot at the net which sneaks through Thuot, giving the 67s a 2-1 lead. Seconds later, Battochio extends the pad and glove to stone Hisey from in close. Barely a minute later, the 67s extend the lead to 3-1 and the rout was on.