For a game that was absolutely meaningless in our season, there was lots going on tonight on the ice – and in the stands.
First of all, in the stands. I have to give it up to the big brothers, and a little brother, who were in the crowd tonight. When North Toronto fans were making disparaging remarks about one of our players – a blatant example of poor sportsmanship and what fans are not supposed to be doing – William and Thomas and Viktor made a point of making sure it didn’t continue. And, if I may add, in a respectful and smart way.
On the ice, there was a tough hit. The referee said without a significant injury, despite being a clear hit from behind that he was calling, there was only going to be a 2 minute penalty. That is not the rule.
Here’s the rule. We’ll be discussing this with the league. The safety of our players is paramount.
Finally, as for our play tonight, it continues to be a work in progress. While the first goal looked offside to all of us on the bench, we did get caught standing still.
There was a giveaway as we tried to rush the puck out of our end that cost us a goal and a tip by a defenceman that cost us another.
But, that said, that was another game that could have gone either way. We felt we had the bulk of the puck possession and played strong.
We are still going to work on sharing the puck, and continue to refine our breakouts.
But overall, it was a fine effort. Maybe the best game of the year by Andrew C.
Max scored the lone goal, jumping on a rebound after strong puck work by William P.
We generated some good chances, and when we used our speed and our pressure, it all went in the right direction. A post, a good glove save and it’s neck and neck.
Finally, Nicholas played well, owning the crease for the whole game.
North Toronto White has come a long way since we demolished them repeatedly at the start of the season and destroyed them in their own tournament. We hope to get another run at them, but lots of work to be done before we get there.
So, now we wait for our schedule. We hope it will be up tomorrow. We’ll try to squeeze in a practice or two before our next skate.