Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tuesday Bluesday

Every Tuesday the main radio station worth actually listening to in Oregon plays a diverse selection of blues music. We bring this up because when many people hear the words "blues music" that they automatically assume it means sad music.

Those who listen to blues music will tell you that the real meaning of the style is about a person's spirit and it does not always mean they are sad.

The reason behind this is that just like people can get the wrong idea about music so can one look at a scoresheet of a game and think that just because a player did not score that they did not play well. This of course brings us to Greg Beller and his Vernon Vipers as they tried to get back into their BCHL Interior Conference semi-finals series.

The Vipers entering game 3 of their best of 7 series against the Pentiction Vees were trailing 2 games to none. Game 3 was played on the Viper's home ice, the Vipers jumped out to a 2-0 lead but gave it up with the game winding up in sudden death overtime.

Beller may have been scoreless but his Vipers despite giving away the 2-0 lead was able to scored in the first overtime period to earn a 3-2 win to get themselves back into the series with a chance to tie the series in game 4 on Wednesday evening

Beller played a solid game killing penalties, drawing power plays and showing the skating ability that led the Rangers to use their 2005 5th round pick on him. If you do not know much about Beller is a 6'3 205 forward who's career has had more bumps and stops than it deserved.

Indiana 7 Ohio 3

Danny Hobbs and his Ohio Junior Bluejackets had a golden opportunity to cut the Chicago Steel's lead for the 4th and final playoff spot in the USHL's East Division to 7 points by using 1 of their games in hand. However it was not meant to be as the Indiana Ice used 4 third period goals to blow open a tie game to defeat the Junior Bluejackets 7-3.

Hobbs struggled in this game going scoreless and being on the ice for 2 goals and only was able to take 1 shot.

Acadie-Bathurst 4, Prince Edward Island 3

Antoine Lafleur was the back up for the 2nd straight game as his Rocket dropped a home game to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Lafleur though we believe will get the start Wednesday evening against Ryan Hillier and his Halifax Mooseheads.

Diving OHL Style

Recently after Sean Avery was called for diving we mentioned that the OHL had their own rule for dealing with those who were called for diving. It is a rule we believe if the NHL ever adopted would go a long way to deter diving.

In the OHL if you are called for diving then in addition to the 2 minute minor you are also hit with a 10 minute misconduct at the same time. We like this rule and while we would like to see the NHL adopt it, we still would like to see the NHL make the diving a double minor since currently all a dive does is wipe out the original penalty.

We believe that if a team who's player dives (which is a form of cheating in our eyes) winds up having to kill a power play instead of receiving said power play then coaches and players alike will clean up those who do dive.

Of course I already know that most Ranger fans would do anything to see an improvement first on the quality those who call themselves NHL referees.

(Beller picture courtesy of Yale)

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