Yes, I will actually be free to write about the game as it happens, as I’m not back on Trentonian duty until Friday. I am genuinely excited about the Florida series. They’re like an ECHL super team…three NHL goalies, some scattered recognizable names, etc.
Since 12/5, Johnstown is 1-9-1-2. Any guesses on who that win is against? Sigh. Since looking like world beaters in their 2-1 over the T-Devils on December 30th, Johnstown has gone 0-3-1-0 and has been outscored 16-6.
Also, the Tribune-Democrat has the Neil Smith story covered here and here. Lots of good stuff. Depending on how the game goes, my angle may be to try to talk to Smith after the game…it’s a relatively big story in the league, and has made tiny waves across the hockey world as well. Might as well jump on it.
UPDATE: It’s about 4:00 PM…I’ll be recording a podcast with Florida Everblades beat writer Woody Wommack at around 4:45, so I’ll be incommunicado for a bit. Now, I don’t know what was at the Sun National Bank Center over the past few days…but have you ever seen what a white floor would look like after a dog dragged his rear end across it? It looks like about 500 dogs did that to the ice. The crew here is working feverishly to clean the ice of what I hope is dirt…but it looks pretty nasty out there right now.
4:20 PM — Apparently, there was a monster truck show here. I’m actually a bit concerned, to be honest…all joking aside. They’ve made very little progress here, and while I’m not an ice expert and can’t tell you if the surface is playable…I don’t know if it’s presentable.
5:10 PM — Just recorded that podcast with the Naples Daily News…I hear it should be posted tomorrow. As for the ice…they made a lot of progress, but there’s still some work to be done. Gates open in 50 minutes, and it may be as good as they’re going to get it.
5:25 PM — I’m not that concerned that the game being played is in danger now…but I think you’re still going to see spots on the ice where it just looks awful. I assume they can play…but there’s really no one for me to ask right now.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com