Cougar Guy (no login) Posted Feb 22, 2006 10:59 PM
okay, perhaps it is just me, but I thought tonight was a classic example of a coach (Vandekamp) being proactive in trying to take the heat off his team and deflecting criticism that could've been much worse. He basically shut down any questions about effort and got the radio team to move on to a different subject and good on him for doing that . . . but I'm not going to let that get in the way of my thoughts
To be perfectly honest, I thought that the vast majority of tonight's game was a TERRIBLE effort on the part of the Cougars. The first period was arguably the worst hockey I can recall seeing at the barn in years. No effort whatsoever, no forechecking, lazy skating, no intensity and absolutely no indication that this team wanted to come out and take back 4th place. The second was decent but still not the effort needed from a club fighting for their playoff lives. The effort in the last 5-10 minutes of the third was good and IMHO, that was the only time in the entire game that I thought the guys showed character for a prolonged period. Too bad we were already down 3-1.
I just can't figure this team out. How it is hard to get motivated for a game like this is beyond me. Vandekamp can say it wasn't a must win all he wants, but let's be honest. Looking at the schedule, this was a must win and we blew it again . . . mainly because of subpar effort and to me that is very alarming. Sorry Mike, I don't think the effort was there tonight. Except for a few spurts, the guys looked very disinterested.
I don't know what the heck is going on, but that type of play will not get it done. In fact, if we play like that this weekend, not only are we going to get steamrolled by Vancouver, but we could very well be 5 points back of Kamloops.