Born 13 days apart in March of 1993 in Surrey, Wotherspoon and Brossoit first got acquainted as second-year atom teammates in the Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association. Turned out, their houses were just five minutes apart, and they quickly became good friends.
Junior hockey pried them apart for a couple years, but they ended up facing each other in the Western Hockey League finals twice – Brossoit's Edmonton Oil Kings winning in 2012, and Wotherspoon's Portland Winterhawks gaining a measure of revenge in 2013.
In the meantime, they were both drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2011 – defenceman Wotherspoon in the second round, goalie Brossoit in the sixth – and they were nearly teammates on Canada's World Junior squad last season (Wotherspoon made it, while Brossoit was a late cut).
"It's rare," Wotherspoon said, reflecting on the hockey-based kinship between the two.
"It's special for us to go through this awesome career together. It's sometimes hard for guys when you don't know anyone, and you're kind of feeling your way around.
"But when you go into these situations with a guy you grew up with and one of your best friends, it makes everything a lot more comfortable, and it's made this process a lot more fun for both of us. We've loved every part of it."
"We're fortunate to have that," echoed Brossoit, who posted absurdly stingy numbers with the Oil Kings last season – a 2.25 goals against average and .917 save percentage, to go with a 33-8-6 record.
"It's been cool, and we've been enjoying it. And we're going to keep enjoying it."
Last edited by Method Man: 09-27-2013 at 01:01 PM.
The lines more or less remained static for the entire game, even in the dying minutes. As each and every line made a positive impact on the ice.
The Jooris line was very physical and excellent defensively. They drew penalties and were excellent in all 3 zones. They compliment each other very well.
Knight played the point on the top PP unit as a RH shot with a bit of a bomb, interesting enough he also took the faceoffs for the Heat when he was on the ice for the PP. Reinhart would line up on the point and then he and Knight would swap positions.
Bancks had a fight, his line were the ideal pests all night.
Ferland got laid out my Siemens in the 2nd when he took a suicide pass from Reinhart, his helmet popped off with the hit. Ferland jumped up and fought Siemens himself, fight was a draw but Ferland landed an uppercut bomb.
Berra very very good in his North American debut. Nothing much in terms of highlight reel saves, but just very solid all the time. He was especially good in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period. When all was said and done he stopped 31 of 33 shots
Sgarbossa for the Monster's laid out Sieloff with a bit of a dirty hit, was close to being called a boarding major, but Sieloff never left the game and made an amazing diving block in the 3rd period
Ward used the Heat timeout immediately after the second goal by the Monsters, trying to regroup them before the Monsters could get the momentum to tie the game.
When MacKenzie scored the PA announcer called him Drew MacIntyre like I did not too long ago, this gave me a chuckle.
Wotherspoon and Billins were the top pairing, they always seemed to be in the ice. Without looking at any TOI numbers I bet Billins played close to 30 minutes with Wotherspoon a couple minutes behind that.
Seiloff/MacKenzie seemed to be on the ice more than Ramage/Cundari, I chalk it up to Cundari being the least impressive player on the Heat tonight. Not to be too hard on Cundari, he wasn't "bad" as everyone just played a very good game and he was average with a couple unnecessary penalties. And after I typed that Cundari steps up and has an amazing final 10-15 minutes for the game.
If Sieloff wasn't wearing a bubble he likely would have fought Desbiens a couple times, they always seemed to be shoving and jawing back and forth.
Drew MacKenzie played a very good game, if this continues he will earn an NHL contract and will deserve it.
With 4:35 Byron laid out a Monsters player from behind on a very dirty hit. This is not the first time I have seen this from him, he might be small but he has a physucal/dirty side to him. He may get suspended for this as he is a repeat offender on this type of play, how he only got 2 for boarding amazes me. Fortunately the Monsters player was able to skate off on his own and did not have to leave the game.
These Cleveland fans are fantastic, if the NHL expands I think Cleveland should definitely be considered. They are just fantastic fans and drew over 12,000 for tonights game. They might even be a better option than Columbus for an NHL team.
Special teams were bad. PP was 0 for 7 and only went 5/7 on the PK.
The only stand out was Brett Lyon and not for anything good. Too many PIM from the guy in his 1st game with the Heat, he had 11 minutes in the box and caused us to be shorthanded twice.
Other than Lyon no one stood out as playing poorly, obviously mistakes were made but everyone seemed to play well, but not a single player in my mind had a great game either and you need a couple guys to do that to win at this level.
Speaking of Lyon, he drew in for Ferland. I am not 100% sure but I think Ferland may be hurt after that Siemens hit, the more I think about it, the more I think he never returned after the fight.
Berra was strong again. He is looking like a pretty good pick up so far.
Ramage fought in the 3rd and you could tell he came from NCAA which doesn't allow fighting, he got destroyed and bloodied up pretty good. But being the game he is he came back from repaired with a ear to ear grin.
Stats and Roster have been updated, it appears the Heat have tough guy defenseman Zach McKelvie listed as a forward this year. McKelvie did play in the Flames pre-season as a forward in the role of a tough guy. So it looks like he is being converted to that role like the Sharks have done with Matt Pelech
Chris Breen has been assigned to the Heat on a conditioning stint and Blair Jones has been recalled with the injury to David Jones.
What this means for the Heat:
Breen will likely replace MacKenzie in the lineup, there is a chance Cundari is sat out instead as he has been the worst Heat defender so far.
The recall of Jones will split up the Hanowski/Knight/Jones line, which has been the best line so far for the Heat, Ferland is expected back and could slide into the spot Jones held. There is also a chance Nemisz moves up to that line.
What it means for the Flames:
Breen WILL NOT have to clear waivers, this is a conditioning stint so once he is in game shape he must be returned to the Flames. Since this is a conditioning stint it is reasonable to assume that barring any further injuries that another defenseman will be demoted once Breen is healthy, likely Smith since he has already cleared waivers and will not need to again until the end of October.
Jones will either fill Jackman's hole in the pressbox or play on the 4th line. Either Bouma or Colborne will move up to the 3rd line.