Sunday, January 02, 2011

Live blog: Jan. 2/11 Pats v Hitmen: 2nd period

Scrambly play to start the second for the Pats and the Hitmen nearly take advantage. The Pats are getting sloppy and it's starting to show.

The Hitmen have taken the momentum and taken over the play somewhat.

The Pats deployed their grind line of Neigum-Jung-Rieder and they are too much for the Hitmen to handle and keep the play in Calgary's zone for a good while.

The Pats feel as though they have scored to tie it as the puck went in high off of Mitchell and ref Williams waved it off. Upstairs we go 5:30 into the period.

NO GOAL. Mitchell is adamant that it went in off of his chest. He argues to no avail.

The Pats get a little bit grouchy and take the next shift over. Martell ties it on a rebound low short side getting his second goal of the season at 5:48. Reddin and Weal pick up the assists. 1-1.

Pats go on the powerplay as the Hitmen are called for too many men on the ice at 8:52.

The Pats Reddin gets called for a unfortunate cross check at 9:39 ending the Pats pp early. I would call it questionable... but I'm a bit biased.

Hitmen take back the lead on a bad play by Pats 4 man unit. Berg steps out of the penalty box and receives a pass from Kirsch and goes in 2-on-1. Berg appears to be trying to pass it over but Bell makes a play for the puck and it defelcts off of Bell's stick glove side past Ketlo. 2-1.

As I was typing that last bit Calgary wins an offensive zone faceoff and the puck goes into the slot and Sylvester beats Ketlo with a wrister glove side. Kirsch picks up anothe assist. who was partially screened. 3-1.

The Pats are either having trouble winning faceoffs or Calgary is extremelt good at winning them.

Reddin has taken Mitchell's spot with Weal and Martell on the top line.
Mitchell is with Olstad and Scheidl.

The Hitmen's Schmidt takes an interference penalty with 29.9 seconds left. They can't get organized and get no shots. 1:31 PP left to start the third.

24-22 shots for the Pats.