Panthers all-out for third win on the bounce to, hopefully, secure the "Tea Tray" for a second time. Hope we mangle their Machanka ( pork stew ) and destroy their Draniki ( potato pancakes ). Think would defence is the key decider I this one and looking for massive games from Carr and Matheson. The Grapes Count = a narrow 2-1 Panthers victory.
That first game will haunt us now the home side beat the Belarus side. But does winning a game and The Danish side not, go in our favour in any way?
No. The only way we are out of it completly is a regulation win for the Danes. That will put them on 7 points. A regulation win would put us on 7 points. The tie breaker is head to head which they won.
Krakow already did us a big favour going for the 3 points. If they'd taken it to OT, managed to win it, then they'd still be in with a reasonable shout. Combined with tonight's result, a reg win for them and us tomorrow would've left us both tied at the top on 5 and they'd have won on head-to-head.
Hindsight I guess, but I bet they're ruing it a bit tonight. And we can't really complain about favours from them.
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Krakow are at least putting some effort it. They certainly arn't just laying down for them. Had 1 or 2 good chances to get 1 back in the last few minutes. Cant see it though. Almost certainly a dead rubber this evening but whilst Krakow keep having a go there is still the smallest of chances.
Can't expect to win a 3 game tournament when you're showing up a day and a half late.
Conserve energy today, start whistle, give Wallace, Tetlow, Kelsall and Rheault some big minutes to save the likes of Sam Herr. Still got a hectic schedule for the rest of the month including a tough set of cup semi-finals.
The biggest downside to hockey at this level especially combined with a tournament like this is the lack of a squad. Could really do with non of the senior players playing at all. Would be great to send a load of kids out and gives the guys are game off. Still, if theyd have got the job done Friday they wouldn't be in this situation.