Oil Kings Spill Giants
Vancouver 2 Edmonton 6
There were no positives in tonight’s game, save for Brendan Semchuk scoring his first goal as a Giant. On one of their theme nights the Gs had maybe, maybe 2000 people in the arena. The team came out flat and stayed that way. Their work in their own end of the ice was awful and only marginally worse than their effort in the offensive zone. Their PP was abysmal, coughing up the puck and being sent back to their own end of the ice with great regularity. There was no energy, no forecheck, no hunger and no checking. In a word, it sucked and was obscenely boring. Kind of ironic that my Giants seasons ticket rep chose that game to talk to me about the team. All I had to do was point around the arena and point to the effort on the ice to make my point. This team is broken. We have had a culture of losing for several years now and it has infected the new guys. It was disheartening at the least to see this invisible team ghost their way around the rink. Why was I even here?
Why did we start Wapple? Why? Kubic proved his worth with his relief effort on Saturday and earned the next start. A start against a team on our level, with only one dangerous line, that we should have not only have been able to compete against, but also beaten handily with proper effort. I also thought it was a classless move of Edmonton not putting Payton Lee between the pipes versus his former team. Shameful hockey. Edmonton scored two in the first. Alec Baer got one back early in the second off the rush assisted by Chase Lang and Dakota Odgers. Edmonton got their two-goal lead back a few minutes later. The Oil Kings scored again 30 seconds into the third and then on their first PP, mere seconds into the man-advantage. Another game where the Gs give up two goals in less than two minutes. Wapple was given one more goal than he was on Saturday before being pulled, despite looking awful on most of the goals. Brendan Semchuk scored his first of the season about five minutes later, pounding home a loose puck off of a big rebound, into an open net. Tyler Benson and Brennan Menell got the helpers. Ryan Kubic allowed one goal later in relief, turning aside 10 of 11. The Gs put in lack luster effort for the rest of the game. $1.49 Day – Tuesday, $1.49 Day – Useless.
Team Notes: The players we dealt and let go have flourished away from this team. Jakob Stukel, who I never thought we should have dealt, had a hat-trick the other night with Red Deer. Vlad Bobylev has been lighting it up playing with Victoria, who we see on Friday. Houck is doing well and since his departure our PP has been sinking steadily. Wapple has been very average, pretty much duplicating the kind of game Lee played here. What a waste. Not sure about Porter. I believe Kirichenko is contributing as well. Chase Lang and Ben Thomas gave us a lift when they came over, but we lost younger players with little real result. They have since caught the losing flu from this discombobulated backroom of disruptive and ineffectual managers. We lost picks and young players who needed playing time and now have one win in our last twelve games and tonight was minimal effort from a team that doesn’t care if they lose. This team would be laughable, if the whole situation wasn’t so sad and stupid. And blind, don’t forget the deliberate blinders being donned on a daily basis. We should be getting younger not older. We should be rebuilding and playing our young goalie for 20-25 games.
We also recalled ridiculously average and soft forward David Brumm from his Junior A team. Great move Bonner, that’ll turn things around. Also – Carter Popoff’s 190 continuous game played streak was broken on Saturday so they could play talentless and mostly useless Elliot Peterson, the also-ran overage player we picked up for nothing to fill a hole. Can we make anymore insulting and idiotic decisions to alienate the players even more? Not to mention the fans who, if I am any indication, are fucking FED UP!
The Giants were out-shot 42-28. They were a woeful 0 for 5 on the PP, while Edmonton was 50% at 1 for 2. For some reason the refs are still giving the Giants the benefit of the doubt this season, but I guess if you don’t put in any effort you aren’t caught from behind actually trying to stop other teams from getting a good scoring chance. There is no excuse for what I saw tonight. None. Nada. Zero.
The Giants have a few days off before they take on a tough Victoria Royals squad at the Coliseum. They need to be hungry. They need to show up ready to play a full sixty plus with real effort. I don’t really expect it and sadly I expect Wapple to once again get the start, because this team never seems to learn and seem unwilling to actually try to develop their young up and comers.
- Lane Bauer
- Brett Pollock
- Brendan Semchuk