Looking at Game 9

— What is about these two teams that always leads to good, competitive games?  That was another one of those games that had a little bit of everything.  Thought Trenton came out pretty flat in the first period, but really stepped up the pressure in the second period.

— Will there ever be a game in this league where you walk away talking about how good the officiating was?  My goodness, that was an interesting crew.  Seemed they called everything sometimes, and looked the other way on other stuff.

— Dave Caruso made one spectacular save in the second period, but wasn’t outstanding tonight.  But still, he got the win.  Was pretty disappointed with how Chris Holt played, I was expecting much more out of him.

— John Wessbecker was actually pretty solid, I thought.  Thought his positioning was pretty good tonight.

— I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I will take Chaz Johnson on my team any time.  Yes, the theatrics are a bit much sometimes, but he really is a talented player.  It’s a shame that some of his antics seem to overshadow his skills.  Thought he was Elmira’s best player tonight.  If you listen to Myles Stoesz’s audio — when I post it a bit later — you’ll see that he hoped he could play like Johnson one day, and respects him for the way he plays.

— Nice to see Jeff Prough get back in the goal column.  If he can really get in a groove like he was last year, there’s no telling what kind of numbers he can put up.

— My vote for the three stars was what ended up being selected.  The theme for my story in the Trentonian was Myles Stoesz’s “Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” so I thought he deserved getting the first star selection based on how much he contributed.

— Stay tuned for photos, videos, audio and so on.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Looking at Game 9”

  1. Off-Ice21 Says:

    Mike, you are 125% correct about Chaz. I’ve often said on numerous occasions that if I were coaching a team, he would be my FIRST choice. He is a pure example of a well rounded player. He skates hard, makes things happen down low, and has a good release. Not to mention he hits, and fights. He is a bit of a hot head at times, but I think it’s a case of maturity and learning how to use it. To hear that audio of Myles saying he wishes he was like Chaz surprised the hell out of me. I thought they were enemies until the day they die. But it just goes to show that Myles has RESPECT for Chaz. He may not like what he does all the time (Chaz is so saint) but he appreciates his accomplishments as a well rounded player, a dying brred in hockey today. Think of Chaz as a Claude Lemieux. The guy was pest throughout his career, but scored as well. He even won the Conn Smythe Trophy for crying out loud. Chaz deserves more credit then he gets from fans around the league. Should be good one today eh? Third game in three nights against the Jackals.. should be interesting.. enjoy!

  2. Bob Smyth Says:

    In general, I agree with Off-Ice 21 (above) about Johnson, but think of how good he could be if he kept his mouth shut and just played. He’d be up in the AHL and would stay there – he’s got size, speed, strength, and intelligence about the game. But, undisciplined players make coaches nervous, as they don’t know when such players might snap and cost their team a game – I’ve seen Johnson do this. Sometimes his penalties/behavior are selfish, and his team is hurt by his actions.

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