Courtesy of Gwinnett Gladiators
Did Schrock use a figure four on that guy????
I can't say I was very impressed with the way Gwinnett kept tackling Reiter. I have a feeling that there will be a brawl every series we play against this team.
I don't know if I have ever seen a team get dominated like we did last night. The score does not reflect the game. I think watching some of the top teams in the league, like Gwinnett, shows that this league is absolutely a step above the CHL. Like Komet's management, I believe that it is time for a change but I don't think that there is any question that the change needs to start from behind the bench.
1. Even strength we are a mess. The first time that we play a team we usually do well, like early in the season when we went on a good winning streak. After that, other coaches seem to easily figure out our "systems" and shut us down. That has been so evident lately and it results in playing most of the game in our end.
2. Our special teams have been a wreck. Same reason as above. Teams pressure our PP and we have no answer. That is the coaches job to adjust. We have not and continue to be horrible game after game after game. I think Gwinnett ended up with more shots that we did during our PP's. They played just as aggressive and physical when they were short handed than they did regular strength. Our PK remains the same as well. While other teams attack us, we just sit back and let them pass and shoot. We are near the bottom of the league in both PP and PK. Didn't Gary Graham run the special teams last year?
3. We don't use our size to our advantage. This one is so obvious. In the NHL and AHL, guys finish their checks....period! Why can't our forwards hit their defensemen and wear them down? EVERY other team does that to us. I have asked time and time again this year for us to at least be physical with our opponents top scorers and we refuse to take the body. I think that Marino spent half of his playing time on the ice last night because Gwinnett was physically taking him out of the play. Kudos to the Gwinnett coach! Thats how you play the game.
4. Somestimes you have to support your team and take issue with the officials. Sims is the only coach that I have ever seen that does not get into the officials ear once in a while. Every other coach in sports gets on the officials during a game. Whether it is Tom Crean, Brian Kelley, or your neighborhood little league coach. There has not been a game this year that I haven't seen our opponents coach call the ref over to the bench and give him an earful. This is how coaches try to persuade them to call things in their favor during the remainder of the game. It works! We prefer to call out our own players in the paper for taking penalties and say that the refs are doing a great job. Are you kidding me? Take care of berating your players internally, like a professional.
5. Fort Wayne is the only place that he has had success. His record is well below .500 outside of Fort Wayne. He was fired from Flint; and that should tell you something. Yes, we have won a bunch of titles over the past few years but I would challenge anyone to find a team in the IHL, UHL, or CHL that had more depth or talent than we did. I would also give some credit to Grahm and Chaulk who both had a lot to do with our success. Remember how bad we were 2 years ago until Chaulk came back to town to take control of the team? Now we are on equal footing with other teams and superior talent can no longer mask our lack of good coaching. A lot of people say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We are over 1/4 of the way through the season and we continue to do the same things on the ice and make it easy for other coaches to shut us down. If management continues to accept this, then shame on them. If you look at our roster, the talent, size, speed, and skill are there.......we just need someone to lead them.
Agreed, I think the system that they are using has been worn out and this league is too fast for a trap and defense first approach. If you spend more time in the offensive zone, then no goals can be scored on the other end.