By Mike Flach
"Consistency," explained Dinos forward Scott Kelly.
That was the Dinos’ weakness this weekend, splitting two games against the Brandon Bobcats. The first was won 5-4 in overtime. Forward Judd Casper stood out with two goals. Game two was an entirely different story, however. After the first two periods, the Dinos were down 6-0.
"We came out in the first two periods and didn’t play our game at all," remarked Kelly. "And in the third period we came out and made a better effort. Consistency, definitely."
Head Coach Tim Bothwell explained that a lack of defensive play led to the loss.
"We just made some very serious defensive breakdowns, which can’t happen." The defensive breakdowns almost always led to goals.
"The chances we gave them were just too high-quality," continued Bothwell. "We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but we made too many of them and they capitalised."
The first two periods were definitely not to form.
"After the first, being down 4-0 is disappointing. We had some chances, and had a few breakdowns,"said Shane Zulyniak. "We got down on ourselves, we didn’t get the breaks and kept digging ourselves a hole."
The third period was far better than the first two. Zulyniak scored Calgary’s first goal at the start of the period with a shot from the point on a powerplay.
Trevor Segstro, Matt Holmes and Mike Laplante each scored within one minute of each other to make the score respectable. Unfortunately, the unlikely comeback fell short and the Dinos ended up losing 7-4.
"All in all, it wasn’t a good effort," explained Zulyniak. "We had some major mistakes out there and it cost us, big time."
Bothwell commented that, although they lost the game, they did not give up in the third.
"It’s pretty important to not quit in that kind of situation," he said. "I give them some credit for that."
The coach does see a light at the end of the tunnel.
"We have a young, inexperienced team, and it takes a while to get all these things agreeing," said Bothwell, "We’re seeing some really good things and we’re making some progress, but it’s a little bit slow."
The game on Saturday was played in front of a dismal crowd of 60. Up the road at the University of Alberta, the Golden Bears played a game of their own and drew 631 fans to the rink. Sure it was Hallowe’en, but
U of A had 10 times our attendance. We should be so lucky.