I finally have a ****in reason to go now
As a long-time Reign fan it pains me to say this, but if some things don't change in the next few months, this team will once again be a "one and done" come playoff time. Our goal tending hasn't been worth a damn since Hutchinson was called up to St. John's (there's a reason Olkinuora was demoted from the AHL, and from my perspective, he hasn't done much at the AA level to help his cause. Is it the terms of our affiliation with Winnipeg that keeps Redmann riding the pine, or is it simply Christie's decision?), and the stupid penalty routine (long a Reign weakness--especially the retaliation kind) continues to plague us.
In the first period of last night's game, for example, we were already on the PP when the referee raised his arm for another Bako penalty after Leach began hacking away at (cross checking) one of the Reign. It would have given us a two-man advantage, and a great chance to go up 2-0 in the game. Instead, along comes Cameron (I've got a burr up my backside?) Burt to negate the Bako misdeed by engaging in some cross-checking/hacking of his own. And we see this kind of mindless behavior displayed by one player or another almost every game! Granted, hockey's a rough sport, but it also requires some discipline & restraint. It's a TEAM game! Burt, IMO, has played with reckless abandon since his return from Manchester. I'm sorry things didn't work out for you in Manch', Cameron, but last I checked, your teammates are trying to win a AA championship here in Ontario, and your antics out on the ice aren't helping any.
Is the defense porous at times? Yes. Do we play better on the road than at home? Our H & R record says that we do, and given our current seeding, that doesn't bode well. Yet fan support remains strong (the Reign again lead the league in average attendance; it's actually up over last year's figure), and management appears to be willing to make the transactions necessary to try and get the team to the next level (i.e. the conference finals). Now it's up to the players (and coaches) to make it happen. We lost 4-2 last night, in part, because Bakersfield's defense played well, as did Brossoit between the pipes. But as the score sheet shows (and those in attendance saw for themselves), the main reason was poor/undisciplined play (2 PP goals and a SH for the Condors). In short, we weren't all on the same page.
Let's go, Reign!
Last edited by Crossbar; February 8th, 2014 at 12:41 PM.
We lost last night due to two weak goals that Jussi let in. It's a tale of two goaltenders one who single handidly willed us to first place in the conference through stellar play and one that is going to drag us out of the playoffs early again this year. I was hoping the Bulls had a SJ prospect netminder that we would be able to snag, just doesn't look like we are going to get that kind of help this year.
Another loss to Bakersfield, 6-4. I didn't watch the game, so I'm not sure whether it was Olkinuora, the defense, or a combo thereof that let us down. If the stats on echl.com are up to date, then J.O now has a GAA of 3.48 and a SV% of just 0.870 in 12 games with the Reign. Based on what I have seen of him, I think it's time to pull the ripcord and let Redmann start tomorrow's game against Utah. Otherwise, methinks the boo-birds are going to start coming out of the woodwork at CBBA.
With Alaska coming to town next weekend, and us playing three more in their barn during the week, things could get real interesting in the Reign locker room. A season that started out so promisingly has suddenly turned into one where the wheels appear to be coming off the bus.
Buckle up Reign fans; it looks as though we're in for a very bumpy ride.
Right the ship, Reign!
...and our rec league goalie Redmann steps in and gets a big win last night!
Now that was a piss poor effort.
Amen! Truly a case of contenders vs. pretenders. We may have the best record in the league, but if last night's contest was any indication, we're certainly not the best team. How embarrassing. [As the sheriff's (?) helicopter was circling the arena with its Nightsun on after the game, I overheard one lady remark. "They must be looking for the Reign." Ouch!] At least Burt's playing like his old self. That's one bright spot. On the flip side, one wonders how much longer fans will brook the sieve that is Olkinuora. Hey, I feel for the guy. Our defense hasn't exactly been very supportive (way too porous, as evidenced in the numerous outnumbered attacks by the Aces last night); but with 15 games in the books and stats that aren't anything to write home about, it's becoming increasingly clear that he's simply not a pro-caliber goalie (too many soft goals). IMO, he's had his chance, and the verdict has to be a resounding "no." And as for Brett Lyon, would someone please explain to me why we let Riley Emmerson go. Lyon may have done well in Gwinnett, but thus far, I've not been impressed with his performance here in Ontario.
Better get it in gear, Reign!
Reign win 4-2. A huge turnaround from Saturday's debacle. Olkinuora proved me wrong, at least for one afternoon, by looking solid between the pipes, and the defense did a good job of keeping Alaska's forwards in check. Let's hope this type of play continues during the long (three week) road trip against the Aces, Grizzlies and Eagles. Ontario's road and Alaska's home winning percentages are almost identical, so the three games at Sullivan Arena should be interesting.
Nice job, Reign!