Saturday, April 02, 2005

Quick 67s Round1, Game 4 notes and summary 

Although I wasn't able to attend Wednesday's game 3 at the Civic Centre, I was there tonight, trusty crappy camera in hand for game 4 against the Colts.

It's an ongoing Hitchcock movie waiting to see which 67s team will show up, or even if they will show up. In the early going, it loooked like they might not. Barrie outshot the 67s badly early and jumped out to a early 1-0 ead. Although the 67s replied nearly instantly, tying it up at 1-1, they continued to cough up more than Longshanks late in Braveheart.

Fortunately they settled down and escaped the 1st period down only 3-2.

The 67s came to play in the second. They took the play to the Colts, aided somewhat by a series of mostly unsuccessful powerplays. After tying the score midway through the period, they finally clicked on a PP when Bryan Bickell's goal gave the 67s their first lead of the game.

After taking a 4-3 lead into the intermission, the 67s came into the 3rd sitting back on their lead. While they started out with a little bit of a forecheck, it got weaker and weaker as the minutes ticked away and they retreated into a full lead-protecting shell. As such a strategy often does, it came back to bite them. Travis Fuller snuck a rebound just underneath Danny Battochio that barely dribbled over the goal line with less than 3 minutes to play . Back to square one.

Luckily, not being much for originality, the 67s recycled the ending from Wednesday's game 3 script, changing only the timing somewhat. With 1:14 to play Julian Talbot poked home his own rebound coming down on a 2 on 1 with Chris Hulit. By scoring nearly a minute early, the 67s prolonged the closing drama. Why kill a mere 19 seconds when you can make things interestnig with a wild 74 seconds.

With G Dan Lacoste pulled, the Colts swarmed the Ottawa net but Bottachio somehow managed to keep it out among the flying bodies in the fray. Will Colbert was drew a penalty, presumably for being the launchng mechanism for one of the aforementioned flying bodies. Of course a penalty with the goalie pulled is a good news/bad news situation. Good news: you can ice the puck. Bad news: you have to get he puck first. Good news: the 67s scrambled a draw, won the puck along the boards and Chris Hulit lofted it into the Colts' end, bouncing it into the net to salt it away. So that was that.

A game to note: Midway through the third, Lucas Kaspar ("You may remember me from such times as... the regular season") lowered the boom on Bryan Little, catching him with his head down, and knocking him out cold. Earlier he had notched an assist on Bickell's PP goal and had a generally strong night. Welcome to the series Mr. Kaspar.

The somewhat forgotten man: If not for Danny Battochio, this series is probably 3-1 Barrie rather than vice versa. He's been getting some credit, but deserves even more.