The story lines coming in were three . . . Bruce Boudreau faces old club, Dean Arsene makes his return, and
The Peerless noted in the mail bag preceding this post that Jason LaBarbera had two rather dismal first periods in his two games against Hershey in the regular season – a 4.23 GAA and .769 save percentage -- and that scoring early might be a factor here. He did not improve upon that much last night, and it was a factor.
Manchester got one back late in the first, but the period had to qualify as just what Hershey was looking for – a fast start that got their fans (including The Peerless – the “1” in the 9,001 official attendance) into it.
Speaking of fans getting into it, The Peerless had a fine seat in section 121, right next to the tunnel to the
The product of this abuse was Hershey adding a goal in the second (offset by a
Observations . . .
-- One gets the feeling Louis Robitaille emerged from his mother’s womb jawing at the doctor.
-- Tomas Fleischmann has really done all he can do at this level. Three more assists – that’s eight points in his last two playoff games, kids.
-- David Steckel really had a fine game, and that was without the weird shorthanded goal where he pushed LaBarbera and the puck into the net.
-- Frederic Cassivi played what looked like a very “calm” game – no wasted movement. He seemed to be in position where he needed to be just about all night.
-- If there was one concern tonight, it was that after the third goal in the first, Hershey looked as if they took their foot off the gas. They were about to run
-- We’ll say it again…Hershey is a fine place to watch a game. Even better when they win.
-- LaBarbera was of a mind that the goals were fluky . . . “They were BS bounces," he commented after the game . . . o-o-o-o-o-o-kay.
-- Monarch’s coach Mark Morris was more succinct . . . "We were totally outclassed." The Peerless thinks that a fair assessment.
-- And is it me, or does Jason LaBarbera look like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Vlade Divac?
Or maybe just Elmer…