Game vs Blues (L 1-2) MVP(S): The Team
There are three things you can count on in life:
3) Reds playing a low scoring game
I'm a year older, and the heart is weaker. I had high hopes that this new version of the Reds would produce goals like Providence produces mayors with felonies. Guess not !!
Well, the Reds lost the opener 2-1 to a good Blues squad. Although we have a lot of work to do, we did have stretches of the game where we completely dominated the play. The boys seriously tried to work on some of the stuff we talked about in our practices. You could tell that we were a bit rusty as the passes were just off the mark.
Overall, I thought it was a good effort. We simply ran into a very good goalie who seemed to stop everything. Another good sign is that even down by two, the boys did not give up. We scored my favorite type of goal....a dirty, go to the net rebound. Conor Dionne started his first Bantam game off with a goal, assisted by Jake Albanesa and Teagan Stringfellow. All of our first year bantams played great and none seemed intimidated at all. We had a couple of opportunities with the goalie pulled, but just couldn't get the equalizer.
Another solid week of practice ahead and a date with the Bruins next !!
BACKCHECK Boys !!
Game vs Bruins (L 2-1) MVP(S): The Team
Ground Hog Day - Deja Vu, whatever you want to call it, same ending two weeks in a row.
The Reds came out flying and physical(surprising because I don't think we even had one clean check in the first game). Similar to game one, the ice was tilted and we had a bunch of opportunities. We took a 1-0 lead on a very nice Jake Albanesa play around the defenseman with a nice shot(assisted by Nathan Nye. As physical as we were, we stayed out of the box the first period and had the Bruins frustrated.
After specifically telling the boys not to respond to anything, the Reds spent the next period in the penalty box. We did a great job killing penalties, but when opportunities arose, once again we could not put it in the back of the net. We will concentrate on attacking the net this week and getting into the dirty areas.
We didn't allow many shots on net, but Kane came up big when we did. Two mistakes cost us two goals and the last with 13 seconds left !! Credit goes to a solid Bruins team who didn't give up and an excellent game by their goalie.
This is the second game in a row where we had a significant advantage in offensive zone time, moved the puck well, and attacked. I told the boys, goal scoring is an attitude and not all goals need to be pretty. We need to start screening and attacking the net and the rest will fall into place.
0-2 is not the start we all "dreamed" of....but I really like the effort so far.
Another hard week of practice and we take on the undefeated Flyers next !!
Game vs Flyers (W 3-0) MVP(S): The Team
REDS Win !! THAAAAAAAAAAA REDS Win !!
The Flyers came in undefeated on the young season and it was apparent why. They play a nice well coached style of hockey. It looked like another repeat of games one and two with no scoring in the first. I mentioned we needed to "learn" to score by getting into the dirty areas and attacking the rebounds. That's exactly how we scored the first goal. Cam Damaso took a shot from the high slot and Ethan Lundsten crashed in for the rebound goal.
The second goal came from a nice pass from Cam Damaso to John Mello on the point. John took a hard shot with a screen in front for the 2 goal lead. Lastly, Nathan Nye had a nice hustle play in the neutral zone to intercept the pass and took the puck wide on the defenseman and finished the play off with a nice shot for a 3-0 lead.
Kane Gautieri finally got rewarded for a great game in net with a win and a shut out. The Reds had to play short-handed with 10 players, but never stopped hustling. Special shout out to Conor Dionne who stepped up for the team and played a great game at defense.
We won this game, but again left a lot of opportunities on the table. Hard work at practice this week and hopefully we can keep the momentum going against the Sharks next week !!
Game vs Sharks (W 4-0) MVP(S): The Team
Kane was extremely "able" in Game 4 !! He had his second shutout in a row and needed a great glove save at the end to secure it.
The Reds team is starting to pick up on the things we work on every practice and it's showing on the scoreboard. Once again, we dominated stretches of the game, but did not have that killer instinct around the opponents net. The first period ended at 0-0 which is par for the course.
The lone goal in the second period came from Kaya Suner(first of the season) on a very nice cross ice wide pass from Matt McClure. We just worked on this Saturday !!
For the second game in a row, the Reds kept skating in the third period and extending the lead to 4-0. Ethan Lundsten scored for the second game I a row on a nice play from a hustling Kaya Suner. Next up was Jake Albanesa who received the puck from Teagan Stringfellow and sniped a shot top corner. Finally, Jake Albanesa won the faceoff, Hunter Gauteiri got the puck back to John Mello, who shot and scored for the second game in a row from the point.
Nice effort from the Reds. We need to work on passing accuracy, screening, and attacking the net this week in practice.
Next up : The Red Wings !!
Go REDS !!
Game vs Blues (W 6-2) MVP(S): The Team
What a difference a week makes. After laying an egg last with a short handed team, the REDS came to play this week. We were playing a tough Blues team that had already beaten us in the past.
We talked about getting the dirty goals again and 3 of our 6 goals came off rebounds from crashing the net. Nathan Nye had 2 goals and we also had goals from Dylan Webber, Matt McClure, Kaya Suner, and Ethan Lundsten. The assists on these goals included Kaya Suner(2), John Mello(2), Nathan Nye, Jake Albanesa, and Dylan Webber. Another solid game from Kane in net.
We did talk about sportsmanship at the end of the game because we got a few unnecessary penalties in the third period.
Overall, a very good effort. Our fore checking has been great and we will work even harder on this in practice. Defensively, we've been solid in our own zone, but need to make sure we are looking at all options on the breakout. We still focus on the strong side breakout too much. A nice 6-2 win.
We need better attendance at practices and more effort to keep improving !!
Go REDS !!
Game vs Bruins (T 1-1) MVP(S): The Team
Hard fought game played by two tough teams. The Bruins beat us last time with a late 3rd period goal and even though we only had 10 skaters this week, we wanted to even the score. That's exactly what we got, an EVEN score. It ended in a 1-1 tie. For most of this year, the Reds have won the time of possession battle, but the Bruins with solid physical play controlled the play for decent stretches of the game.
Once again, we were solid defensively. We haven't given up more than 2 goals yet in a game. Unfortunately, we regressed back to the team that doesn't attack the net and could only score one goal. The goal was a nice from Nathan Nye, assisted by Dylan Webber and Jake Albanesa.
We will concentrate on attacking the net again this week and clean up some of the sloppy play in our own zone. I look forward to another great week of practice.
Go Reds !!