I'm going tonight- Benn Ferriero, Shawn Thornton, and Joe Colborne all in the same place for one night. Gotta love Thornton, he shows up everywhere- I've gone to Lowell Spinners games and he's there, dog parks- there, checking out the Big, Bang, Clock in Prague and look to my left and who's standing off to the side- Thornton. I'm just pissed he was not in The Town. Wonder what his price is because my dog has her 18 month old birthday coming up in Mahch.
I like the Sharks giving up a half but Rob Murray is making a late run for COY and with Gimpy Whitfield back leading the way 'anything is possible'.
oh, and to add, I'll watch Zach Hamill's body language in warm up and report later tonight if he is back a legit prospect.
went to the game....pretty even overall and could have gone either way. Providence had a couple of early A+ chances they could not get the handle on down low, and Hamill had an outstanding chance on a two-on-one that the goalie stopped as Zach went high glove side. Sauve had a two-on-one with McGratton of all people and for the life of me don't know why he passed (other than maybe thinking McGratton would be pissed)- it was more a conscious play than reactionary at least to me and hit McGratton in the back skate- and bounced into the slot but a Providence player missed that and it ended up going the other way. I'd put the fault at Sauve here from my perch- should have shot. Sauve seemed to know it based on his reaction....I'm a big Sauve fan but he did not have one of his better games.
Trent Whitfield, man I don't know how he does it. He looks like the slowest guy on the ice, and I expect him to start losing limbs as he moves around- but when he gets the puck, he's actually faster and always does something good with it. As long as this guy can get from point A to point B in decent time he's a great, great player to have on an AHL team.
Hamill skated well again, and had a couple of pretty good scoring chances- I keyed on him pretty much, and he was often noticeable (not like the Manchester game I went to on Dec 30th but enough). I've seen him better as well, but he was good. Joe Colborne also once again had a good game. He really does have a high end stick and I actually thought he was more involved- good involvement not fake running at guys but just going in the corner for puck possession.
I was saying to my kid, and she was agreeing that Arniel just does not look right. This is not the same guy from October and November, but then right after that he made a great pass and set up a goal, and later had a nice hit and steal. Still, he stood out those early half dozen games I went to, but now looks like JAG.
Caron was Caron. Skated up and down his wing, went in the corners, looked decent, twice bearing down fired low hard shots thru the D's legs before they could make a play on him that the goalie stopped. Nothing earth shattering but you can tell he's a pretty strong player around the net and good skater.
The defense overall was solid- Alexandrov made a couple of nice takeaways, and Bartkowski picked up third star, but he had one early that he missed that could have changed the game. I thought they were solid overall. Cohen let go a bomb late in the game that could have tied it up that was stopped.
The Sharks sent down McGinn and Ferreiro for probably the All-Star break and these two picked up the first two stars. Ferreiro was the best player on the ice and started the game off by walking around, thru, between the Providence defense (can't recall who but it was not good) like a Division 1 college kid in a Pee Wee game.).
McDermid had a fight with Moore and easily one although he did not get the take down.
The goaltenders on both sides were pretty good- both goals by Providence were well earned, and Schaeffer lost the first one but made some good stops and I'd give him a deserved B.
Shawn Thornton was signing autographs downstairs before the game and thru the first period intermission. I didn't realize he was a lefty- he looks like he enjoys it and based on the reaction and looks there are a lot of people who are huge fans of this guy. Would love to see him get at least 10 goals.