Game Notebook – U13AAA Male / TriCom @ Knights / Nov 9 2022

Posted on November 10, 2022

Blogging about last nights match between the TriCom Thunder and Eastern Knights

2 Knights (Collingwood and Sharpe). Photo credit NL Division X

Final Score: TriCom 6 – Knights 3

Game Notes

*** This did not have the ‘vibe’ of a 6-3 hockey game (was a 6-2 game until 4 seconds left in the 3rd, too). The Knights took an early 2-goal lead and had plenty of opportunities in this game. The Knights had some good looks from the blue line (when they took wrist/snap shots NOT clappers.. I think every clapper the Knights took went wide) but couldn’t find the handle on the rebounds.

*** Luke Mcguire had a big night for TriCom, potting a hatty but his nicest play of the night was a beautiful head-up dish to linemate Lucas Ford for a back door tap-in. Mcguire is not the biggest guy on the ice, but his lateral edgework is Matty Butler-esque; so shifty especially in tight spaces.

*** Parker Jones was solid in goal for the Thunder. I’m sure father Tim was up in the stands hitting ‘refresh’ on his Twitter account to see if Ryan Reynolds bought his beloved Ottawa Senators. Dudes a die-hard Sens fan (the only one east of Kanata).

*** At times, players tried to do a little too much in 1v1 attack situations vs dishing it out and driving to the net/opening up space for a team mate. A nice dangle looks deadly on the ‘Gram, but is not the proper way to play the high level game in most cases. Gotta move the puck @ the right time baby.

*** These teams do not have to wait long to face one another again. The two teams lock horns tomorrow (Remembrance Day) @ 1130 am at the Stephenville Dome. Full weekend schedule here

*** The Thunder have given the Knights fits so far this season – the Thunder hold a 2 game edge in the head-to-head series, outscoring the Knights 10-6 in those two matches. That said, I do not think there is that much difference between the two clubs. The Thunder managed to keep some of the Knights big guns relatively in check on Wednesday night, which is unlikely to happen all year.

*** Penalties disrupted the flow of the game at times (mainly the second period). You can’t fault the officials though – U7/9/11/13, in my opinion, are the hardest to officiate because there is often a huge imbalance in player size and/or balance. Read my article about officials and why you shouldn’t be upset with them here.