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04-22-2013, 11:14 PM
Rally Donkey
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Originally Posted by WhalerBlue View Post
My observations from today were-

1. Way over officiated.
2. Both goalies stood on their heads
3. Both teams missed some prime opportunities.
4 (a). Both teams benefited from missed calls.
4 (b). Both teams had bad calls against them.
5. Both teams solid on defense.
6. Both teams could have ended it in either overtime period.
7. Both teams were/are tired.

Best of 5 starts on Tuesday night.
Totallyagree Except the 2nd "too many men" call on Plymouth was crap - thank God it didnt' decide the game. Here's why officiating has to be so sharp - these teams are very evenly matched (on paper). I think Plymouth is stronger defensively (positional play - working as a team/unit), London is strong offensively (same reason, but Plymouth has more depth and talent on the attack), and London has a teeny-tiny edge in goal only because Ned is so young. Defensively, London relies more heavily on a couple of stars, but the Whalers play team defense a little better imho. Ned's not playing like a rookie, and both teams's defense are stifling. I think London's biggest advantage is the defensive play of their forwards. Breakdowns in Plymouth's defense more often come on lapses by fowards wheras London's breakdowns seem more often on the rear-guard side. Maybe not always, but just seems that way as I watch things unfold.

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