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|February 17 2013, 11:07 AM |
... by the many young players who are part of Kitimat's rebuilding process after a lengthy run of success. When we come to Smithers we know what to expect -- a hard-fought, tough but not vicious game. I have to say also last night's game, as someone else commented, was the most complete and pretty dominating 60-minute games I've seen in Smithers' years in the league.
Hockey is always funny that way -- three weeks ago the Ice Demons ran up six goals in the first round game opening period when just nothing seemed to go wrong - passing was on, tips were working, shot blocks were working and bounces were our way, not Terrace's..
Last night that was the way Smithers played - stick to stick passing, a very hard fore check, earning the bounces -- and for home town fans that's manna from heaven. Demons did not play a "bad" game -- they just never had the room or opportunity to get into second gear while Smithers came out in overdrive.
I've seen it go against Smithers in the past, and the fans have to suck it up. It's our turn and we acknowledge an exciting game for the fans, tough to take for some of the more vet Kitimat players. But they'll all be back and do it again next season. Good luck to the Steelies in the final. That won't be a slam dunk either. Got to also acknowledge a great job by Kitimat rookie 'keeper Tyson Craven, whose acrobatic goal tending kept the score respectable, and got the Demons out of the opening period with a lead.