Graham praises Makarov after win.
WOW...Jekyll or Hyde.....who will show up....great come back...congratulation K's
One thing...with a winning percentage at home of 35%, why not think of all your home games as road games.
If you could go back in time and capture half of those s/o- ot losses back as wins, the Komets would be in 3rd place ( 4-5 extra points) in their conference. These road wins are huge. At home, the komets have to stop blowing late leads and giving points away.
They have the horses in place to start doing some damage. Noticed that in both Elmira losses, the same line for Elmira was getting the points against the same line for the Komets. Last night that line turned things around. Sydlowzki(sp?) gets second star.
Per previous posts, home victories will indeed be the key. They have to pin them down on the mat and not let up.
The Komets will finish 7th in the conference and make the playoffs.
I could explain it better, but I'd need charts, and graphs, and an easel.
Leon, you forgot the slide rule and protractor
Totally different team that came out in the 2nd period. I know that I criticized the other day for not making the adjustments between periods. Tonight was an exception. Really used our speed and cycling the puck deep in the zone. Hope they can keep it up. In my opinion, they still need to add some size up front and a few guys with some nastiness in them.
Sounds as if Embach really "Vaskivuo'd" his old team last night.
Home team, up 2-0, and lose? Why does the seem vaguely familiar?
Maybe it's de ja (Vaski)vu (o)!!
On a more serious note; I would like to ask Gary Graham this question.
If you realize the team has started to "cut corners", why in the world don't you call time out and ream the squad before it gets too late?? If after the time out, nothing changes , then it is time to bench people for a few shifts. The message has to be made clear and I contend that a time out is a small price to pay if it stifles the wrongdoing. I know you only have one time out per game, but if it changes the game style, it can be useful.
These guys should know better. But if you don't show them the authority to break them of this habit, eventually they will despise you for it (no jokes here) and tune you out (no jokes here either). These guys want and need leadership, not friends.
Leading by three goals and losing four games? C'mon now.
Other than that, the win at Cincinnati was just terrific, especially starting down 2-0. If Makarov is getting hot, then this team may just have a strong duo, along with Meisner. We'll see.
We have been teased before, haven't we? How about a strong home win soon?
Looking at Vaskuvou stats since he left, he could be the hottest scorer in the ECHL. Almost averaging 2 pts per game since becoming a Jackel.
The best thing about it was the attitude that no lead was big enough. Even after they were up by 2 scores, they kept pouring it on to seal it. In Football that's called "stepping on their neck". If the other team can't stop what you're doing, don't help them out by letting them up.
Thank you for that comment Alan, I wanted to say the same thing but wasn't sure how to express it. Great post!
I think the "Tv timeouts" have really changed how coaches use their one timeout a game.
Since the timing of those breaks is vague at best, I think coaches get gun shy about wasting their one...only to have a mandated break come a few shifts later. I think more guys now try to weather the storm and save the timeout for a potential goalie change.
Maybe so, Caprad. Maybe so.
Still, I contend if a coach has noticed his team failing to stay on the gameplan, and senses the other team taking advantage of the situation, there is no excuse nor is it a "bad" timeout.
When the freight train is starting to "jump" the track, slow everything down in order to get in control.
I am not conveying the idea that every time you get a little nervous you call time out, but I am saying that the game may have switched the momentum enough that a timeout would've been well invested. Heck, even Jason Dale recognized that things had changed.
I'm inclined to put this one on the coach.
Thanks for your comment and input, Caprad.
Thanks for your comment too, AJ.