Nice to have a "full" line up again...gotta like having Owlsley back especially (That being said we are still missing our most consistently solid dman in "The Gibber" IMO). Not that Fordyce played poorly last weekend but Owsley always has the potential to keep us in the game. The young guys shone again in this game contributing in virtually every critical part of the game. Witala might have had his best game as a Cougar last night...good PG boy can fly out there and plays physical for his size too. When he has a good summer off-season, he will become even more of a force out there. Forsberg (both of them
) look to become truly dominant forces out there when healthy. When Jesse gets into his "Seek and Destroy Mode" he is very effective and really throws off other teams because they KNOW they are going to get hit, and hit hard. I think it has been a long time since we had that kind of presence on the back end...maybe Cepek...definitely Hammy.
A very pleasant result against a fine Edmonton team (#1 in the Eastern Division by the way
). I was really impressed with how our team could keep pace with the Kings as they are a very fast, quick team to try to match up with. At times guys like Witala, Bourque, Fontaine, and Forsberg(s) could be seen "pulling away" from would be pursuers.
Also gotta go on record as saying I think we "fleeced" Red Deer on the Inglis/Siwak trade. This guy brings speed, positive leadership, clean physicality, offensive skills, and a discipline that Charles never was able to show...well done on that one management.
I also prefer Blidstrand as he is way more physical, punishing, and consistent on the ice. Obviously doesn't possess the offensive skill we gave up but, if he continues to play like this, he could possibly be back as a two spotter next year(...but probably not).
In any event...that was a very enjoyable affair to watch and we are looking forward to the re-match tonight for sure...Edmonton will NOT be happy with a split but they will be even less happy with a sweep
... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGS!!!