True confession, Snakes fans...I had absolutely no idea what to expect from the guys tonight!!
I knew they had a pretty dreadful day and I forgot to tell you one key, off-the-ice component. They also suffered through bus problems...going and coming home! When we were headed up there, Lin was snoozing and we passed a bus on the side of the road and it had a white trailer behind it. No markings of any kind on either the bus or the trailer, but I thought...hmmmmm. Could that be the Snakes' bus?
Come to find out, there was a problem with a hose that caused the air conditioning not to work!!! Ugh. You know how warm it was yesterday. Well, they made the trip with no AC. After the game, they were delayed 45 minutes leaving Augusta (like they really wanted to stay at the scene of Friday's debacle...yikes) while they waited for another hose. Jerome told me tonight that the air worked for about two hours...ugh.
Between the special teams disaster, the bus problems, being shut out in a game they badly wanted to win, I thought one of two things would happen. Either they would come out with guns blazing OR they'd come out with their tails tucked between their legs and get thumped again. I didn't expect them to hit any middle ground.
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There was so much to tell you last night that I forgot to mention all the chirping between Kyle and Kevin Fukala. It started in warmups and Kyle missed few chances to yap, as only Kyle can do...haha, at Fukala. He chirped at others, but in warmups, Fukala was his target.
Tonight, to use an old saying, the Snakes took the Hawks to the woodshed. It was complete domination in all phases of the game. Do you remember when I wrote that an unlikely hero would emerge? Well, tonight the story was Kyle, Kyle, Kyle and Kyle. That's three goals...and the chilling ending to the game.
Now ya'all know I pretty much take the blood, missing teeth, stitches etc in stride. None of this bothers me. That said, I don't like to see players injured...either my players (ok, technically Jerome and Wanda's players...haha) or any players. I got weak in the knees when Steve Weidlich went down last year at the Snake Pit. Awful memory.
Well, the Hawks were as humiliated as the Snakes were the previous game, maybe more so. They changed goalies and had basically the same result with Skoggard than they did with Olthuis. They were pretty much clobbered. The pushing and shoving incidents became more frequent as the game went on, but nothing serious.
I was at the glass when the final horn sounded, as I always am, so I got an up-close-and-personal look. No joke...Fukala delivered a two-handed slash to the side of Kyle's face. It made my blood run cold. Immediately Mitch and somebody else, Jeff maybe? jumped in and tangled with Fukala and Wynn, who also did his share of shoving., But Fukala's attack wasn't actually the first on Lundale that night. Late in the first period, after Lundale had already scored two goals, Fukala delivered a series of punches to Lundale's face. No call was made.
I expect tomorrow's game to be much closer than today's. I think it'll work to the Snakes' advantage to be playing another contest on the small sheet of ice so soon. The conditions were so atrocious on Friday because the air conditioner wasn't on early enough and the rink was so hot and humid. Hopefully the ice will be smooth and the Snakes' offense will be able to complete at least one passing sequence...which they didn't do on Friday.
The offense may be without Jesse on Sunday. He was injured early in the second period and unable to return. Not looking good right now for 26 to be in the lineup. :(
Special teams improved on Saturday night. The Snakes killed 4 of 5 PP opportunites that the Hawks had, while hitting 2 of 9 themselves. This will be a crucial element of the game tomorrow.
We're on the road again tomorrow!! Looking forward to the trip with Lindsey and Whitney. NOT looking forward to Monday morning when I have to be at work at CSU at 8. (that's 8 AM...yikes!). But I'll worry about that later