Looks like an off night for the Snakes, which was a fitting way to end this day for me. Despite the dreary weather, my day was going along swimmingly (no pun intended) until around noon. That's when I was attacked on my own blog...a first for me in a season and a half of writing it.
We have lots of differences of opinions on here. That's what this blog is for!! To share thoughts and ideas, to banter back and forth and to discuss the Cottonmouths. I appreciate the fact that, regardless of how our viewpoints differ, none of my regular readers and I have ever dropped the gloves. Indeed it was, apparently, a new reader who selectively chose words and phrases from my most recent entry and ignored others, completely missed the whole tone of the blog, and, finally, brought his or her own agenda on here.
I love when new readers join us. We have a significant number of followers, though only a handful post. I enjoy reading your thoughts and comments. I especially like connecting the players and their families. Many of the families have a very long trip to see their sons play and can only come to Columbus once or twice a season. They stay in touch through this blog and my game stories and features, a responsibility I take very seriously.
I suspect that the negative posters are not only new, but they're here to promote their own agenda and that's youth hockey. Promote all you want, guys. Accuse me of whatever you want. Paint me as the big, bad, insensitive, child-hating witch. It stung at first, but my faithful readers know the truth about me and that's what counts. My work ethic, devotion to this beat and personal integrity are beyond reproach, despite your claims to the contrary. We will continue to enjoy discussing the Snakes on this blog. You're welcome to join us anytime.
While we're on a negative subject, how about the game tonight? I love to interview Will after games like this. He is so brutally honest. We were awful...I'm paraphrasing here. It's going to happen every now and then during a long season. True again, Will.
You must admit, it's been a while since the Snakes played such a dreadful game. A 10-4 record is pretty impressive. The end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 have been lots of fun to watch. Tonight...not so much.
One of the defining moments of this game was the big gift given to the Snakes in the form of a full two minutes of five-on-three that they didn't convert. It was early in the third period and the Cottonmouths trailed 2-1. The RiverHawks were whistled for not one, but two minors at the same time. Not only did the Snakes not convert, they managed only two shots on goal with a two-man advantage.
Did you notice the puck bouncing all over the place? I asked Jerome about it after the game. He said the ice was a little slushy but that wasn't an excuse. Passes that didn't find their marks were the fault of the passes, not the ice surface.
The first Snakes goal was a result of Jesse's hard work. He took the first shot, got his own rebound and shot again. The rebound bounced right to Brett and he buried it. A hard-working goal.
Unfortunately, the euphoria didn't last long as Ian let in a very un-Ian-like goal. A long shot went five-hole and he never moved, never reacted. Jerome called it a soft goal and I'm sure Ian would like to have that one back.
Pete has certainly become a force on the team. If he's not hitting, he's passing and scoring. He's also not opposed to making a statement by dropping the gloves. Pete's PPG gave the Snakes hope with about 8 minutes to play.
I didn't think the ref called a very good game. It wasn't so much all the calls he made, but the ones he missed. Three goalie interference calls in one game is a lot. The one against Levi in OT ended up being a deal-breaker...ugh.
Found out before the game that the referee's father is Augusta's equipment manager. This is the sixth Augusta game Steve Patafie has worked. The Hawks are 2-4 when he calls their games. Is this a good idea? Probably not, but I don't think Steve P was dishonest. I think he had an off-night. Just like the Snakes.
Huge road trip coming up. The Snakes are back at .500 (17-17), 10-8 at home and 7-9 on the road. When I saw that the upcoming trip is to Huntsville, I thought almost the same thing Jerome said to me after the game: This is not the same team that faced the Havoc five weeks ago. This is not the same road team from five weeks ago. Unfortunately, this is not the offense that had Daryl and Sammy five weeks ago. Can't wait to see how many Ws they bring home!