but i haven't thought much of tvrdon at all this year, but one guy that really did look out of place in bracknel was Krulis, all his fault for one of the goals, dunno if he head was still hurting after taking a puck in the face during warm(not really hard mind)but i doubt that was the reason, maybe they were all just knackered from all the traverling they have been doing recently, but also that shouldn't be a problem as they should be use to traverling, being hockey players.
I'm beginning to understand this game.....I must be as I agree with all (well, most !) of the comments.
A very accurate report from Steve.....overall Bees played well and we didn't.
I think we did miss JC, if only for the disruption it caused to the lines. I think Calle should have been MoM (not for the first time), and he is the best defenceman we've currently got (and I thought we were going to build a sound defence this season and I thought Calle might be our 4th man.....either he's improved, the standards lower, or the other 3 aren't quite as good as expected !). I think Krulis is O.K., but yes he has made the odd 'bog up'.
To be fair, Bees were good, at least they worked hard and played well for each other.....good passing etc.. we worked hard and, well, that's it, really. Ivan is, in my opinion, the best we have. I thought Caddy was slowly improving, but he was quiet, to say the least, in both weekend games. Seems to lack confidence (always looking to pass instead of having a go (shooting !) himself).
Still, had a good journey home, although it rained all the way. Daughter fell asleep, wife kept talking to keep me awake and got home before 11pm !
I can't be bothered to type a whole load out again, so I'll just cut-and-paste what I said on THF:-
Well..... so far this season, I've seen Bracknell, Coventry, Guildford, Hull, London, Peterborough and Sheffield as opposition teams....... and by far and away the best team in that lot are Bracknell. Their teamwork was flawless, their skating fast, their overall play clean (very little nastiness.... a few Academy Award dives, but that's about it) and a 'hot' netminder.
Basically? - they out-played us.
First period, I thought it was very close.... the second a little less so. The third? - they just managed to keep on top, regardless of how hard we tried. The stick call was a good try, but... hey, with the way everything else had gone, I knew it would fail - and it did.
All credit to the Bracknell Bees - that was probably the best performance I ever remember seeing from a Bees team, and it was certainly the loudest that I have EVER heard Bees fans at the Hive! In one sense, I'm not as disappointed as I might otherwise be, having seen Bracknell fans suffer so much in the past. Now they have a damned good team, and long may they enjoy the success that this will bring them!
As for the Panthers...... You know how you have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? You put the effort in, you try your best, you manage to do some things spot on - but it doesn't make any difference because it simply goes wrong at the exact points where you need it to go right? That's what it looked like to me last night.
Intercepted passes (Bracknell were excellent at doing this), over-skating the puck, bad bounces, pucks hitting skates not sticks, mis-communications.... the list goes on and on. Some of it bad judgement, some of it bad communication - some of it sheer bad luck. Thompson didn't help, I thought..... he fell for the dives hook, line, sinker and copy of Angling Times... plus a couple of overly-harsh calls on us, I thought. That might have made a difference of one goal..... I'm not convinced that it made a 2-goal difference at all. The refereeing didn't decide the match, only shaded it.... the teams decided it.
If the Panthers weren't trying, I'd have been outraged. If they were getting NOTHING right, I'd have been annoyed. But to say either of those things would have been unfair and untrue IMHO - way too harsh. Against some of the other teams already mentioned? - we'd probably have scraped a win.... or a point at the very least. Not against Bracknell.
I've not seen Newcastle (the off-season 'favourites' for the BNL title) play yet - but after what I saw last night, I can't imagine any other team but the Bracknell Bees being BNL Champions 2004-05. Fair play to them..... the better team on the night.
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