Friday, February 27, 2009

Aeros v. Rockford IcePigs - Game 59

Well, kids, the streak is over with that 1-6 beat down, so the leash of superstition is off (which also means I no longer have to keep wearing purple shirts to the games) and I've got lots to say. But first, lemme get a beer.


Let's start with the good stuff! (This should go quickly.)

The Aeros scored a goal! And it was a really pretty one by a pair of defensemen who don't see the scoresheet all that often. Paul Albers finally finished what he's teased us with a couple of times over the last couple of games, with a beautiful streak down the ice, dekeing the IceHogs defense right out of their breezers, and firing one past Crawford.

It was a joy to watch and John Scott got the lone assist, so that was icing on the cake. Bravo boys.

The other highlight was just how damn tough Mitch Love is. At one point, he got in a tangle by the IceHogs bench and honest to God, it looked like he was fighting about 4 guys at once, a couple of them ON the bench. And yet somehow he got the double minor. Bullshit, I say. Those asshats shouldn't have been throwing punches at him from the bench without getting penalized for it, and I KNOW they were.

But then he got in a real fight midway through the third against Bertram and just beat the snot out of the guy. It was a nice one. Quick and decisive.

The beer is kicking in now. I feel warm and happy inside. Good beer. Beer doing its job.

Now for the bad stuff.

3rd RFD 0:07 P. Pelletier (25) P. Kontiola, T. Brent
3rd RFD 7:08 E. Brophey (13) N. Hjalmarsson, T. Hambly
3rd RFD 13:12 P. Pelletier (26) T. Brent, P. Kontiola
3rd RFD 17:27 T. Brent (19) P. Pelletier, A. Hobson
3rd RFD 18:09 P. Kontiola (14) P. Pelletier, D. Groulx

After the Brophey goal, Brusty replaced Schaefer but fell awkwardly making a save just a little over 4 minutes into his time, and Schaefer had to come back out, letting in 3 more and looking like a statue.

My crew said they thought he was injured, but I don't believe that's the case. Then again, I hope he wasn't playing like that healthy. And apparently Constantine felt the entire team folded like a cheap tent, according to Andrew's Chron article. Couldn't agree more. Shots were 29-14. Fourteen!

The usual guys who always work their asses off worked their asses off, but turnovers were plenty in the neutral zone and the team was miserable at getting the puck deep. The playmakers and scorers were sloppy and heartless.

Kolanos in particular has not carried on his level of play from prior to his last call-up to Minnesota. Very disappointing. Locke was nearly invisible tonight. Schultz looked timid after being the target of a number of IceHog cheap shots.

Rosa looked good, Earl had his best game since getting here. Falk was impressive tonight as well. Best I've seen him look so far this season.

Sometimes I watch the boys handle the puck and want to send them to breadmaking classes. The lesson is that the more you dick around with the dough, the tougher your bread will be. The chemistry is different, of course, but the more you dick around with the puck, the more opportunity the other team has to relieve you of it. Simple hockey, boys. Simple hockey.

Speaking of which, Madsen is back from his ankle injury, but Pouliot is out with a lower body injury. Mr. Crowley was a healthy scratch and Irmen's still out with his bunged up ankle. ETA: Oh yeah, and I guess Kilpatrick was a healthy scratch, too, though I'm starting to doubt his existance. Forgot to also mention that Mojzis is still out with an injury.

Kudos to Mr. Prediction for literally counting down from 5 to the first IceHogs goal (I keep wanting to say Chops... I'd forgotten what it's like to play anybody but them). It was uncanny and impressive. Though I have to wonder if he wishes he could take this back...

Here's Royal's blog on the game. As I thought, Schaefer didn't stink it up due to injury. But Brusty IS injured and it sounds like Khudobin will need to pack his dimples and get to Moline, IL tomorrow. I'm sad. I miss watching Brusty.

That's all. It's been a bad hockey night for Ms. Conduct, but as Mr. Conduct says, "The sun don't shine on the same dog's ass every day." Indeed, my dog's ass is very much in the shade tonight.



"Dave Schultz"  February 28, 2009 at 12:27 AM  

Benny's "lower body injury" totally my fault. I wish.

Ms. Conduct  February 28, 2009 at 12:28 AM  

Well it IS a groin... I'm starting to think he inherited Gaborik's glass groin. Lovely. Heartless AND fragile.

walkinvisible  February 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

cal is a wuss. and boogaard was simply not very nice to a guy who just came back from a broken jaw....

houston v. qc tonight !!!! YAY CHUCKO !

just kidding.
i hope my boy armstrong gets a double hattrick, though.

Ms. Conduct  February 28, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

Alright, Cherry, kick me while I'm down! :P

But I agree on Boogie. That was a cheap shot. Someone on your team should be man enough to fight him about that next time.

walkinvisible  February 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

Someone on your team should be man enough to fight him about that next time.

vandy wanted a piece of'im... roy got his noggin rattled pretty good so i doubt he'll be back this year. no idea who the next in line to take on a guy of boogey's size/pedigree would be... nystrom ?

and i can't believe the refs busted up the glenX/veilleux tilt right when glenX had him all jerseyed n' stuff...

Ms. Conduct  February 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

I'd have loved to see Boogie and Vandy go. I will say, I haven't watched the game yet and don't really want to. Tough to sit through a game I know we stunk up.

I keep thinking Cal is banged up a bit somehow. Though really, there's no way he's gonna tangle with Sloppy Seconds there. And I totally agree he dived (obviously) and don't like it one bit. In fact, in an email to Fred I even described it as "like he'd been shot."

Oh well. It's easy to love the squeaky clean guys. I think Cal's just trying to create some opportunities for the team because they're not creating their own. I'd rather see the team fail and him maintain his integrity than do this desperation shit. I dunno.

Fred  February 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM  

Cal did get hurt a game or two back, it looked like a shoulder at the time.

I may not watch that stiker either. Bad enough we watched the one at the TC.

Ms. Conduct  February 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

And either Russo or Stanzel talked about him taking his option the other day and getting "treatment" which is why I'm thinking he's playing through something unpleasant. Bad time for him to be dinged up with Boogie and Weller (presumably) and Olden out. We're not exactly physically intimidating with those 4 out or wounded.

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