Getting Better . . .But No Goals Yet
By: Jeff Little • March 22nd, 2009
A more Hitch-like period, and we started to get some momentum and possession time toward the end of the period, until the penalty. Good kill going, but great save by Mason on Weiss.
Much improved in the faceoff circle, and tighter defense. We are slow on the battles to loose pucks, and are weak on the puck along the boards in our own zone. Commodore not strong with the puck at all so far. Boll has shown a lot of energy.
Shots favor CBJ 20-17, Hits also in our favor 20 – 18. Faceoffs now favor the CBJ 18 – 14 so they had a huge period in the circle. More of same needed.
You get the feeling that one goal for us will open the floodgates. Need all out effort in the 3rd. We slowed them down that period, and hopefully will do it again here. Go Jackets!
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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