Critics, Olympics and Time Off…

Judging by the comment section lately, there’s nothing like a two game skid to bring out the armchair GM’s…

Yep…losing the past two games stink and come at a bad time as the Portland Winterhawks battle for playoff positioning in the tough Western Conference.  The game on Monday especially hurt after leading by two early in the third.  Last night, it was winnable as well, but in the end, you look forward not back and you prepare for your next game.

This is a young team that is still learning how to win on a consistent basis, but the facts remain that the team is 15 games over .500 and are 9-3-1-0 since January 23rd.

The goaltending hasn’t been great the last two starts, but it comes on the heels of giving up only 27 goals in 11 games (an average of 2.45/game).   Players at this level are streaky and I’m sure both Ian Curtis and Mac Carruth will work their hardest to get back to the level they were performing at before this week.

What a game tonight between Switzerland and Canada in Vancouver in the Olympics.  The Swiss hung tough and forced it to an extra round in the shootout before falling to Sidney Crosby and the Canadians.

It was great to see Luca Sbisa get a ton of playing time, including penalty kill, and get some recognition for some tremendous defensive plays.  I just wish that the NBC crew would mention that he isn’t currently playing for Anaheim and that he is still a junior player.

It’s been a great stretch of hockey for Switzerland since the World Jr.’s and it’s great that the Winterhawks have two of the prominent players on their roster.

Can’t wait for Russia/Slovakia later tonight…

And…with that…I’m officially taking the weekend off.  I will be heading down to Springfield/Eugene to cheer on my daughter Aiden as she competes in the Oregon State 10 and Under Swimming Championships.

I will leave the broadcast of Saturday night’s game in the trusty hands of the Vroo”men” (as they have been dubbed by KCMD board operator Mike Schacker), Todd and Dean Vrooman, to deliver the game to our great listeners.   I know that they are both looking forward to working together.

I will talk to y’all again next week…

Have a great weekend…

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