Friday, March 13, 2009

Huskies force game 7

Well this is why the Huskies wanted to finish the regular season in second overall in the league. This is why they played sooooo well down the stretch winning all the games they had to win to ensure that if they went to a game 7 it would be on home ice. This is the one game in a series that you want to play at home. This is where home ice advantage makes a difference. That's why the NPA HAS to be packed tonight. The puck drops at 8pm tonight.

It was last night that the Huskies showed just what they are made of. Every time they have a game where they need to step up and show what they are capable of, and where their backs are against the wall they seem to find another gear. What a complete hockey game they played last night. They scored first and by the end of the first period it was three zip for the Huskies. An early Gerry Young inspired Navs goal just 7 seconds into the 2nd made you start to wonder what would happen the Huskies confidence but they stepped up and restored their 3 goal lead thanks to midget call up Robbie Sidhu. This is a kid who has the skill to play major junior and although he looked a little jaded as the game moved on you gotta love a player who doesn't have a great game but scores a goal anyway.

The third period rolled around with the Huskies up 4 to 2 and when Cody Kalb scored just 2 minutes into the third you felt the Huskies would go on and win the game. From that goal on they played a nearly perfect road period and despite killing almost 6 straight minutes of penalties they never really allowed a clear cut scoring chance.

Zack Blain. The kid was distraught after letting in what was a bit of a weak goal in OT the night before. What a bounce back performance as Blain was excellent. But the turning point may have come early in the 2nd after the Navs had already made it 3-1 when Blain made a spectacular pad save and then found the rebound first and covered the puck for the whistle. If the Navs had made it 3-2 that early in the period who knows what would have happened?

The other player who deserves a mention is Jordan Walters. This kid has all the tools. Along with Sidhu, Walters is a midget call up that was filling in as the Huskies were a little short staffed last night. Walters started the game alongside Payden Wongstedt and there may not be a D pair in the league with that much raw talent in the entire league. Walters even broke up a 2 on 1 on his first shift and looked great after that. He was on the ice for a goal against but also had an assist so that evens out. And he was a key part of the penalty kill as well. If this kid doesn't play major junior at some point I will eat my hat. The only way I could see Walters not playing at that level is if he plays Junior A next year and then goes off to play in the NCAA.

Game 7 is tonight. NPA. 8pm.

DO NOT MISS IT!!!!!!!!!!

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