Saturday, February 25, 2012

Goosin' the 'Tips

Solid shutout win for the T-birds Saturday night as they blank the Everett Silvertips 3-0 behind Calvin Pickard's 29 save performance. This just may have been the team's best effort of the season considering the stakes.

Brad Deagle returned to the line up after missing a couple of games and was the best player on the ice amid a number of very good performances. Deagle had two assists and it seems at least a dozen blocked shots. I think he really helped set a tone for the game with his play in the defensive zone. He's making a strong case to be back next season as a 20 year old.

Seattle used all three of their rookie defensemen versus the Silvertips and all three played strong games. Shea Theodore was at his most poised and confident in that game. Evan Wardley really stood out with a solid physical game plus an assist. I liked that pairing and it may have been the first time they've been paired in a game this season. Meanwhile, Jared Hauf probably saw the fewest minutes but he came up with a good effort.

Now the question becomes how many times over the last dozen games will the T-birds bring that same type of effort to the ice. Hopefully the answer is 12.

Meanwhile, here's a quick Pace to the Playoffs update:

7. Victoria on pace for 53.41 pts.
8. Seattle on pace for 52.8 pts
9. Everett on pace for 48.39 pts.
10. Prince George on pace for 47.21 pts.

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