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04-11-2007, 02:09 PM
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I'm also interested. Thanks for posting this!

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04-11-2007, 08:37 PM
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Game is underway, about 10 minutes left in the first

Dubnyk in net and Idaho struck on the man-advantage just 4 minutes in.

1-0 Steelheads.

Dubnyk just made a big glove save on a wrap-around attempt, and a scrum erupted at the top of the crease. Pretty chippy so far.

Kelly Buchberger is there, and will be interviewed during the first intermission.


*edit: still in the first, 1-0...and Sestito is hurt. A severe high-stick behind the play and the Thunder trainer is on the ice a applying a towel to his face. Apparently there's a lot of blood. ****

*edit II: Sestito is back out on the ice and the Idaho player was given a game misconduct.

*edit III: Idaho goalie Steve Silverthorn pitches a shutout and the Thunder fall 3-0.
  • Dubnyk with 24/27 and a roughing penalty
  • Reddox was a -2, 3sog (stoned on 2 point blank chances)
  • Sestito was a -2, 2sog and 4pim
  • Bodie with 2sog and 2pim
  • Goulet with 2sog and 2pim

Now they're headed back home for game 3 in Stockton.


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04-12-2007, 04:49 PM
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Idaho Steelhead Lance Galbraith was suspended for 1 game and fined for his actions in Game 2 - an intential high stick to Tito's face.

After both players involved were escorted off the ice, the puck dropped for what should have been a lengthy Thunder powerplay. However a Steelhead took a dive right off the face-off, and the ref (one of the more notoriously bad ECHL zebras) took the bait and sent Bodie to the box. The entire Stockton bench was livid and Bodie was furious.

All in all, they had plenty of scoring chances, but the Idaho goalie was making one incredible save after another.

Again, you can watch Dubnyk and the other Oiler prospects in action here, once the highlights video is posted (Wed.4/11): www.IdahoSteelheads.com

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04-12-2007, 04:52 PM
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Tough one, hopefully Dubnyk can step it up over the next couple games.

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Wow, impressive thread Thresh.

Here's hoping the boys can win this series

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Tough one, hopefully Dubnyk can step it up over the next couple games.

Dubnyk showed his frustration with the roughing penalty. I'm sure he was bothered by his team's inability to crack Silverthorn on top of his own performance, which was decent - but not No.1 draft pick caliber.

Silverthorn is a good goalie, signed by the I.Stars in '05 after a notable 4-year run at Colgate U. But if the Thunder plan on escaping the first round, they need their 2004 14th overall pick between the pipes to outplay the undrafted 'AA' goalie across the pond.

It'll also help having all-star Beau Geisler back on the blue line.


And a photo from last night's game:




(5-hole Reddox! 5-hole! haha aw)


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Hopefully when all is said and done in the playoffs Dubnyk will have proved his worth.

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Doobie seems like a character kid I am sure he will come back strong.

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Awesome, thanks for the updates That arena looks awesome, also from the youtube clips it looks like its got a great atmosphere, thats awesome. Keep up the updates!

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All a learning experience, just what we want for Dubnyk.

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04-13-2007, 05:14 PM
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I'll be leaving in a tick to catch the game

They're expecting 5-6000, which is apparently damn good for a first round ECHL playoff series, since there's not a lot of time for marketing. The Steelheads averaged about 2000 for their two in Idaho.

I'll try and keep an eye on the Oil kids for ya. I'm already nervous, knowing both of my teams are heading into battle once again tonight. I just don't want to see anyone get hurt. (prayin' to the hockey gods)

If 'Tito had been "attacked" here in Stockton, there'd be a near riot in the stands.

And the fans are going to be incredibly excited when Bodie's name is announced. That might induce a 'Beatlemania'-type riot in itself haha...He and Doob are big time faves. Everyone loves a fighter and a top 'tender.


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04-13-2007, 06:27 PM
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Thanks Thresher.

Wow that building is nuts, I just checked out some video. I went to see the Reading Royals of ECHL during the lock out and their crowd was no where near as big and it was not very loud either and Reading won the games pretty handily.

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I just returned home from the double OT loss in Stockton, I'm exhausted and drained and disappointed, but I wanted to scratch down some thoughts before nodding off

A. The ref waved off a clear as day Stockton goal in the second - the lil' ECHL #@^%@# failed to look down at his feet where the puck was nestled IN the net, and was instead glaring at the scrum out front before tap dancing the 'no goal' signal while tootin' his whistle. He lost sight of the puck because IT WAS IN THE NET. There is no 'AA' office in Toronto to call for a review (justice), so the SNAFU stood.

B. They were letting stuff go all night, yet LATE in the third, they send one Thunder player (Martz) to the box for interference and then 30 seconds later, tag another guy (Pepperall) for roughing - both relatively weak calls. AAAAND of course, with ONE second left on the initial penalty, they score....

C. It's 1-1 now, sudden death OT, the Thunder are awarded a string of powerplays (make-up calls?) including a double-minor, which they failed to capitilize on - the PP is atrocious, all perimeter passing with no one crashing the net...so, in the 2 OT, the Steelheads are finally provided another man-advantage opportunity after one of the Thunder D-men commits a boneheaded boarding play behind Dubnyk.

Unlike the Thunder, Idaho actually made it count...and they hooped & hollared on the Thunder's home ice as about 4000 remaining fans, a lot of them new to the game, stood there stunned...as though they were witnessing something that wasn't in the script.

A few quick thoughts on the prospects - Dubnyk started off figgity but calmed down by the end of the first. Very poised and saw the puck well, 50-some sog (mostly low percentage shots). I love how he's unfazed by screens - he really is a giraffe. He stood strong and it's a shame he gets tagged with the 'L' after allowing an 11th hour 5-on-3 goal and a 2OT PP tally.

Idaho was really good at blocking shots and clogging the crease - and it seemed as though all the bounces near the net just did NOT go the Thunder's way.

If Bodie and Reddox were combined to make Boddox, he'd be unstoppable. Bodie is strong and steady, but slow - while Reddox is quick with soft hands, yet too small to maintain possession for very long. Big kudos to Sestito as he finishes all his checks, though some may land him in the sin bin - and he's always giving 110%, though could be trying to do too much. Goulet is kind of scattered. Things appeared to be working well for him when he was banging bodies, but it looked like he may have regressed. Brock is scheduled to be back on Sunday.

I think I may have lost my voice chanting "Refs! - YOU SUCK" with the rest of the crowd...and then some. I had my fill of the zebras tonight.

Then again, the Thunder failed to cash in on 11 powerplays. Had they potted just one of those, I wouldn't feel so compelled to grumble about the ref's huge mistake on the no-goal call and then awarding the only 2-man to Idaho late in the third.


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Bleh, that's too bad. What is the series at now?

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Bleh, that's too bad. What is the series at now?

best-of-seven
2-3-2 format
they split on the road
lost this one at home
down 2-1 in the series
they now have to try and win the next two
and again steal a game in Idaho to clinch
or win a least 1-of-3 at home
and take game 6 and 7 in Idaho

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Ouch on the no goal call man. We know how that feels

What a way to lose though, glad to hear Dubnyk rebounded quickly. Good sign.

My expectations of Goulet are dropping pretty quickly. Though I always suspected if he ever did make the big show it would be a few years from now and in some kind of Pisani type capacity. Oh well David Rolhfs is my next dark horse Fernando pick.

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Ouch on the no goal call man. We know how that feels

What a way to lose though, glad to hear Dubnyk rebounded quickly. Good sign.

My first thought on the no-goal was- wow we've just been McGeough'd

Here's a recent Youtube vid of Doob's warm-up: April 7th

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My first thought on the no-goal was- wow we've just been McGeough'd

Here's a recent Youtube vid of Doob's warm-up: April 7th

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Sounds like you did get McGeough'd.

I love that little skip / hop thing It almost looked like he was pointing to the camera to stop watching him and watch the face off action. Great stuff, cheers.

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I love that little skip / hop thing It almost looked like he was pointing to the camera to stop watching him and watch the face off action. Great stuff, cheers.
ha yeah, it almost looked scripted



Just got back from a thrilling game 4. The Thunder won 3-2 to even the series at 2 apiece.

Right now all I've got to say is holy **** Sestito wow!

I'll edit to add more in a tick.

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ha yeah, it almost looked scripted



Just got back from a thrilling game 4. The Thunder won 3-2 to even the series at 2 apiece.

Right now all I've got to say is holy **** Sestito wow!

I'll edit to add more in a tick.
It sounds like Dubnyk played well, he has a great save percentage so far in the playoffs and it's nice to see him step up his game when it matters.

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ha yeah, it almost looked scripted



Just got back from a thrilling game 4. The Thunder won 3-2 to even the series at 2 apiece.

Right now all I've got to say is holy **** Sestito wow!

I'll edit to add more in a tick.
It sounds like the Edmonton Prospects are really keeping it interesting. It's very good to see our guys step up under the scrutiny of the playoffs, particularly Dubnyk.

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Concerning Sestito's amazing game, I'll just go ahead and post the article recap on his play:




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The Stockton Thunder wing, of course, didn't watch the magnificent third-period gem. In fact, he joked with his teammates that, "I kind of blacked out and let it take over."

"It" was kind of an out-of-body experience. Certainly an out-of-the-ordinary moment for a Thunder team that has been pushed away at nearly every offensive turn by Idaho's stifling team defense and the wizardry of goalie Steve Silverthorn.

That changed in the third period, though, replaced by Sestito racing down the ice, controlling the puck, juking the stationary defenseman in front of him, and putting one last fake on Silverthorn to blast home the game-winner in Stockton's 3-2 victory over Idaho in Game 4 of their ECHL first-round playoff series.

If ESPN paid attention to minor league hockey, it could lead SportsCenter.

"It's one of those that brings you out of your seat," coach Chris Cichocki said.




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Thunder goaltender Devan Dubnyk's pass to Ryan Geris helped set up Sesitito's goal early in the third, and the Thunder beat the Idaho Steelheads 3-2 on Sunday in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,689 at Stockton Arena. The best-of-seven series is tied at 2-2 and resumes at 7 p.m. today.

"It's a very intense atmosphere, and these have been excellent games," Dubnyk said. "Everyone is going to do everything they can to help."

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Great to read some more positive reports about our prospects. It sounds like Sestito has played more than well enough to earn a spot in Springfield next year, it will be interesting to see if they play him there or sign an AHL veteran or two.

I would personally prefer to see them follow in Calgary's footsteps and load their AHL club up with young prospects, Omaha is playing awesome this season and they're stocked with primarily young prospects.

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Great to read some more positive reports about our prospects. It sounds like Sestito has played more than well enough to earn a spot in Springfield next year, it will be interesting to see if they play him there or sign an AHL veteran or two.

I would personally prefer to see them follow in Calgary's footsteps and load their AHL club up with young prospects, Omaha is playing awesome this season and they're stocked with primarily young prospects.
I'd prefer a younger, prospect dominated team as well, but...from what I understand, a part of the problem in Springfield has been bad teams, so I think it's important the Oilers do all they can to field a competitive team, even if it means signing some AHL vets to help the W/L column.

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I'd prefer a younger, prospect dominated team as well, but...from what I understand, a part of the problem in Springfield has been bad teams, so I think it's important the Oilers do all they can to field a competitive team, even if it means signing some AHL vets to help the W/L column.
It all depends on who the Oilers send down there. However, keep in mind we will likely have some AHL "veterans" down there in Syvret, Roy (if he's still around that is) and possibly even Brodziak and we'll have some high quality prospects as well given that some combination of Schremp, Jacques, Gilbert, Stortini (who is an effective AHL player) and Young will likely be down there.

Calgary's farm team in Omaha has been youngster-dominated all season and they're amongst the top in the league. Given the sheer number of prospects we're going to need to find homes for, I'm hoping we only sign one or two veterans (possibly a defenceman if Chorney stays at North Dakota?).

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