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Sunday, October 17, 2010

10/17/10 -- Aeros v. Barons -- The Who Really Gives A Damn Edition

I want to apologize. I know you come over here expecting to read lengthy analysis of each game with the hope that we can provide some answers. But I just don't feel like doing it tonight. Much the same, I guess, as the Aeros not feeling like playing hockey tonight.

That third period against the Barons was some of the worst hockey I've ever seen. And having Shaun Davis as the referee didn't make it any more bearable because that ass just refused to let the game end. I can't help thinking that this game wouldn't have turned into a game of chippy hits and fights if he would have made a point at sometime in the game, to assert some control over the game -- and no, calling five interference penalties on each team a period is not asserting control of the game. How this guy is still a referee amazes me, and frankly, expect for Jeff Smith who never calls penalties, I never notice the individual refs.

It's easy to forget, but at one point early in the third period the score was only 3-2 Oklahoma City, though I don't think anybody felt the Aeros were going to find a way to win. And it seems like, thinking back on it, that it was just mere minutes later that the score was 8-2 Barons.

So just a few thoughts in bullet fashion...

1. Where in the hell were the Ice Girls? Not that they have anything to do, but damn, don't tease us like that and have them one night and not the next.

2. Why is it that when Max Noreau fires a shot so hard that if flies through the net that the refs miss it, but when an opposing player does it like with tonight, the goal is counted? Yes, it was a goal -- Mike Yeo said afterwards there was no question it was a goal and Matt Hackett sure acted like it -- but damn it, Noreau's goals were no-doubt about it goals, too.

3. Yeo refused to put the blame for the loss on Matt Hackett, saying he was left out to dry way too much. And seeing how crappy the team played around him, that's probably correct.

4. Yeo did consider going with Anton Khudobin, but he said it seemed as if the Aeros were always shorthanded in the third, always killing a penalty, and that it just wouldn't be fair to Khudobin to throw him out in an unwinnable situation like that.

5. Seriously, is Shaun Davis the worst ref in the AHL or what?

6. Drew Bagnall got into a fight in the third period right after the Barons put up their seventh goal. From up top, it looked as if Linus Omark was taunting the Aeros bench after his goal and that things went from there. But Bagnall said he has no idea what Omark was doing. He just spotted something happening at the bench area and went after the biggest guy he could find. And it had nothing to do with the bench action. He was angry with himself and blaming himself for the seventh goal. What happened shouldn't have happened, he said: "I’m kind of embarrassed about it," he said.

7. We didn't talk to any other players, but I have the feeling they were just as embarrassed as Bagnall by that game.

8. What in the hell was that music thing during the first intermission? I'm as sick as the kid choirs as anybody, but really, if you get a band, make sure the lead singer can sing.

9. Where were the Ice Girls?

10. It was good to see Palmer Hestley at the game. Palmer was one of our media minders last year, and he put up with a lot from us, and from former members of the business office. Thanks again for the good work last year.

11. Of the Aeros six scratches, four were healthy scratches -- Jamie Fraser, Jarod Palmer, Kris Fredheim, and Brandon Buck. Make of that what you will.

12. After a good crowd on Saturday night, the crowd tonight looked like it was a Tuesday night game in December. Where was everybody, celebrating the Texans game, or something?

13. And for my closing music tonight, here's a classic from the original lineup of The Pretenders. And with the song, I'm throwing out a pop quiz. There's no prize for the correct answer except bragging rights. So here we go. What is the connection between The Pretenders and The Kinks, the stars of last night's video? (And no, The Pretenders covering The Kinks doesn't count).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

5. Seriously, is Shaun Davis the worst ref in the AHL or what?


I realize he isn't the reason we lost the game, but yes, he is the worst I've ever had the misfortune to see. I don't think the Aeros' coaching staff was too pleased either. Coach Sydor (using sign language) asked him about the OKC guy hitting Kalus on the head with a stick. Shrug....he didn't see it. Amazing! Surely we'll get better; surely!! And surely the decision makers in the front office will do right by the fans as far as all the entertainment, etc. goes. It's been pretty shabby so far and I hope not an indication of things to come.

Forecheck said...

John -


1. Where in the hell were the Ice Girls?
I guess they would have to have been paid.

2. Why is it that when Max Noreau fires a shot so hard that if flies through the net that the refs miss it, but when an opposing player does it like with tonight, the goal is counted?

Definitely a goal - the net moved on the penalty box side, and the only thing that could have caused the motion was the puck hitting the inside of the net. I'm surprised the goal judge didn't see it.

5. Seriously, is Shaun Davis the worst ref in the AHL or what?

He has tons of competition, maybe 40-50% of the refs in the AHL - Jeff Smith, the Koharskis, Francois St. Laurent, Chris Ciamaga ,Nygel Pelletier, David Banfield, Frederic L'Ecuyer .....

The worst thing is some of these guys are allowed to do NHL games.

8. What in the hell was that music thing during the first intermission?

The reason the Aeros got that band was undoubtedly because they were willing to work for next to nothing. The reason why they were willing to work for next nothing is that nobody in their right mind would pay decent money for that little talent.

12. After a good crowd on Saturday night, the crowd tonight looked like it was a Tuesday night game in December.

People tend not to watch reruns. And this season on this particular weekend seemed to be a re-run of 2009-2010.


Now some other comments:

From the Game Three post on TCI :

“take a heart from a statement of Robbie Earl's: ‘It’s game three. We’ve still got a long way to go. But we’re jelling faster than most teams I’ve been a part of. It’s fun to see. It’s still early.’”

You have permission to retract that, Robbie, free of charge.

If this team is gelling, it reminds me of the semi-liquid Jell-O we would often got in the school cafeteria.

No offense, no goaltending, no defense, and when things went bad no discipline. Just a bunch of stupid nonsense. Oh, yes – no evidence of much talent.

But at least there was at least one HPD officer to direct the 1500 or show who showed up out of the morgue - -er, uh, garage after the game. Make that the 300 or so who stayed until the end of the game.

So, the luster is off all the hype and optimism about the start of "The Mike Yeo Era" which is not looking much different than the end of the Constantine Era or the End of the Daum Era.

It's not the coach.... it's the parent club.

John Royal said...

FC, I have no doubt it was a goal. I know it was a goal. The whole arena knows it was a goal -- well maybe not the goal judge, but everybody else. But I remember that Noreau "goal" in Peoria that was obvious, too, so I thought I would point it out.

artandhockey said...

Jello is meant to jiggle...so we should expect some jiggling/ juggling over the coming months.
That's life!
@FC the word today: hottorat...which you may find appropriate :-D?

Anonymous said...

Pretenders/Kinks connection: Hynde and Davies teamed up for a baby girl.

John Royal said...

And we have a winner. Ray Davies and Chrissie Hynde were a couple and had a child.