They Kelly Cup Playoffs are in full swing and we, here at CycWords, have been nowhere to be found. Sorry about that. To make up for it, here are some random notes and grumblings from the past few days.
- The playoff rosters were released Tuesday afternoon. The only real surprise to me was including both of the new guys over Chris Morehouse which could indicate that Chris is not 100%. If I hear anything more, I’ll let you know. Scott Reynolds, Dwayne Zinger and Jamie Coghlan are all injured. Cycwords wishes you all speedy recoveries.
- While he may not be on the Playoff Roster, Chris Morehouse is still making his presence felt with the Squad from behind the bench. Chris is a vocal player and according to Weber’s pregame interview from a few games back, he’s a good motivator for the Boys. Going a step further, he not only keeps the ‘Clones fired up, but he can also be seen running his mouth at the opposition and that should make things interesting should the Guys run into Elmira in the Conference Finals.
- FNG Will Ortiz has impressed me so far. He’s got good wheels and seems to have a solid hockey mind about him. Regardless of how this season ends, I hope he manages at least a try out for next years Squad.
-Games 1 and 2 are in the books with Series knotted at 1 a piece. Game 1 was a tight checking affair until the Cyclones offense exploded in the 2nd, ultimately resulting in a 6-1 victory. Game 2 was a different story. With the series being a condensed best of 5 the Stingrays couldn’t afford to go down 2 games to none and they came out of the gate flying. The Cyclones, on the other hand, looked sluggish and a bit befuddled by the jump in the South Carolina game. Jeremy Smith gave up 2 quick goals in the 1st, but hung in, surrendering only one more goal the rest of the way to give the Boys a chance. In the end the Stingrays took the victory to even the series. If any positive can be taken from the game 2 performance, I would say that the Cyclones looked much worse in a 3-1 defeat than the Stingrays did in game 1 when they played a decent game but gave up 6 goals.
- If Jean Hebert never officiates another Cyclones game again it will be too soon. The Cyclones had the edge in Power Play opportunities at 7 to 4 but the level of inconsistency in the game Hebert called was astounding. It’s not uncommon for referees to “let teams play” in the playoffs but at least be consistent; if it’s a slash for one team it should be for the other as well. Also, is it too much to ask for the referee to occassionally glance behind himself or away from the puck? I think that if the game had occured during the regular season the Power Play chances would have been closer to 12 to 6 in favor of the Cyclones.
- There was a good article on NHL.com about Jeremy Smith. Check it out if you haven’t already.