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Leftovers: A Weekend Without Results

I didn’t feel like writing this last night, because I didn’t have much to say.

I still don’t, but I have to write something.

So here we go.

1. Remember last weekend after a pair of wins against West K and Surrey? Everything was rainbows and unicorns. Now they’re back in that weird limbo stage just seven days later. Prince George played well enough to win the game Saturday, as their goaltender was stellar – Kirk Thompson has proven in his last two trips here that he can be tough to beat. Execution is the thing, however.

Luke Esposito’s individual rush for the 2-2 goal in the second period was amazing. Made a tremendous pair of moves to get to the net, and beat Thompson to the five hole with a backhander. Great sequence. Highlight reel stuff.

Not to take anything away from that, or Espo, but can you consistently win games with spectacular individual rushes?

Thinking….

Adjusts collar….

Starts sweating…

No. Can’t bank on that stuff. There’s a reason they show Evgeni Malkin’s highlight reel goal against Tampa Bay a million times – because it just doesn’t happen every night.

NOW – Can you win games on a well executed 2 on 1, like the Spruce Kings did when Shay Laurent got caught at centre throwing a check, turning it into a 50/50 play against Eric Roberts? Bryant Christian made a good shot to beat Gillam.

Execution.

You can win that way. Consistently.

Just sayin’.

2. I liked Chilliwack’s compete level last night. They certainly put enough pucks on net, and were step for step physically with the Spruce Kings. The 2 on 1 goal hurt, and they pressed for the tie in the third – couldn’t get it. That’s the way the game goes, sure. But now is not the time for moral victories. They need results, and it’s frustrating to come up empty.

3. Trevor Hills’ drop pass to a wide open Austin Plevy for the Chiefs first goal? Sweet. Took the defender with him before dropping it between the legs. Kiefer McNaughton keeping the puck in for Ryan Donohoe, leading to the Chiefs 3rd goal late in the second period? I liked that. Mathieu Tibbet was very active on the forecheck, and strong down low along the boards. I liked that. David Thompson played like a #1 defenseman/Captain. No question about that. I liked that.

There were little things to like, sure. Effort was there.

Those little things and moral victories are always good.

But they have to lead to wins this time of year. Simple and plain.

Games left to ‘figure it out’: 4

See ya Friday.

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