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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Al Else Fails

I don't know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand
Robert Gherson (Courant photo)

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games.

The Hartford Wolf Pack scored twice in the first 0:46 of their Game Five playoff match against the Manchester Monarchs earlier tonight, building a 4-0 lead by the time the first period was barely 2/3rds over. But then, with the score 4-1 and with just a small amount of time left in the first period, Wolf Pack goalie Al Montoya left the game with an apparent shoulder separation. Without Al-a-Mo in net, the Wolf Pack frittered away their lead, as Robert Gherson surrendered 7 goals on only 23 shots, allowing the Monarchs to walk away with an unlikely 8-6 victory. The Monarchs now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, with Game Six to be held in Manchester on Thursday.

Three goals by Manchester in the span of about 7 minutes of the second period tied the game at 4-4. The Wolf Pack took the lead back again before the second period had ended, 6-4, on goals from Brandon Dubinsky (his second of the game and fourth in two games) and Alexandre Giroux. That was Hartford's last gasp, though, as the Monarchs put the puck past Gherson four times in the third period.

Besides Gherson's horrible performance in net, the Wolf Pack let the Monarchs back into the game with a string of ill-timed and horrible penalties. Apparently, the referees were following stringent new penalty guidlines that state, if you're a Wolf Pack player and you have arms, that's a penalty. One trick the Monarchs' players used all night to draw penalties was to lift one skate as they were being checked along the boards, to make the hit look much worse and draw a boarding penalty. All told, Hartford was called for 35 minutes in penalties (on 12 infractions), versus 19 minutes (8 infractions) for Manchester.

And I'm Ron Burgundy. Go fuck yourselves, San Diego
Photographic evidence giving truth to the rumor that the Monarchs took a synchronized diving lesson from the Hanson brothers before boarding the team bus on Monday

The stupidest penalty of all was the instigating minor that Dale Purinton took with 2:43 left in the game, on top of a boarding minor that he had already received. The resulting 4-minute power play for Manchester left the Wolf Pack on their heels for the rest of the game, dulling whatever chance they might have had of getting the two scores they needed to tie the score.

Besides Dubinsky's second straight two-goal game, Craig Weller had a 4-point night with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Martin Sonnenberg and Alexandre Giroux had a goal and an assist each. There were at least a dozen Manchester fans in attendance, and when the "crowing rooster" sound effect was played over the PA after Alex "Rooster" Giroux scored his goal, I saw some of the Manchester fans leave their seats to go feed the chickens and milk the cows. Once they realized that it was too far to walk to the barnyard, though, they came back in to watch the rest of the game.


Anonymous Joe Rullier said...

Boy i'll bet you feel like an ass talking shit to the ten Manchester fans only to watch Hartford lose.
Mabye that will teach you to shut the f before the game is over

brushback is english for Loser

4/26/06, 5:58 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Gee, I can't quite figure out who this is.

4/26/06, 8:04 PM

Anonymous prickly pear said...

Well, you can't really be sure this time because "Maybe" is spelled "Mabye" instead of "Mabey". Tough nut to crack!

4/27/06, 11:31 AM

Anonymous Joe Strummer said...

I dont really care if i know how to spell at least i know not to talk shit before the game is over.
Its bad karma

4/27/06, 6:31 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Its bad karma

I was talking shit an hour before the game on Sunday, and Hartford won, 7-0; so what's your point?

I'm not hung up on myself enough to believe that what comes out of my mouth has a physical effect on what happens on the ice.

Crowing before the game is over might be foolish, but I don't agree that it makes your team lose.

4/27/06, 9:16 PM

Anonymous Joe Rullier said...

Yes but you didn't go to Manchester for the game to talk feces you never go any father from home then Bridgeport so talking shit at home dosn't count the karma is what goes around comes around you talk shit you may have to eat some.

4/27/06, 9:26 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

How far I'm willing to drive to go to a game is meaningless, and whatever priorities I have at home aren't part of the discussion on this blog site.

Besides, I wouldn't go to Manchester to mouth off in their building, just like when I visit someone's house, I try not to leave any muddy footprints on their floor.

4/27/06, 10:46 PM

Anonymous Joe Rullier said...

Hey i'm just breaking your balls a little.
i don't care what your wife says your ok in my book

4/28/06, 5:41 AM

Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

His wife says he's her one true love. So I guess he's OK in her book, too.

I apologize for any nausea you may have experienced in reading this comment.

4/28/06, 2:21 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Hey, you're supposed to be sick in bed!!

4/28/06, 2:30 PM


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