|Flipping the bird at the refs are for sissys. How about I flip you the goal?|
What crossing state lines can do for a team. Last week, many fans expressed their discontent with the way the Solar Bears were playing during their last roadie. However, there was still enough faith for fans to go out and welcome them home after being away for two weeks, and the Solar Bears did not disappoint.
The Solar Bears began the series against the Wheeling Nailers with a 7-2 Solar Bear scoring buffet where even Mike Liambas got a piece of that pie. But the funny highlight of that day was when Nailers goaltender, Scott Darling, who came in relief after starter Peter Delmas had enough of a beating, made the boneheaded decision to even come out of the net and pass the puck right into Scott Tanski. That led to Tanski skating right past Darling and score easily, despite Darling throwing his stick towards Tanski in an attempt to poke check (which would have been an automatic goal if the ref was paying attention).
The second game of the series on Saturday was much more thrilling. For once, the Solar Bears allowed it to be a defensive struggle for the Nailers. It was short jokes-target Peter Lenes who kept the Nailers with the lead for most of the game. It wasn't until Ryan Cruthers wristed it into Darling and C.J. Severyn appearing to poke the puck in the goal, although it was awarded to Cruthers, getting his 100th ECHL goal in the meantime. Darling, pissed that he didn't get the whistle he thought was coming showed his inner Hulk and flipped over the net and hit the ref. Being the Darling that he is, he was slapped with only a unsportsmanlike minor. But I guess his apology will keep him out of the suspension line, NOT!
Threw a tantrum #whoopsies #sorryref
— Scott Darling (@SDarling_33) January 20, 2013
The third game was much the second, a defensive struggle. Trailing 1-0 with just over five minutes in regulation, Ryan Cruthers comes through in the clutch inside to tie the game at 1-1, ultimately leading to a shootout. After the first three rouonds came up empty for both teams, Micheal Neal lasers one past Delmas and goalie John Curry finish the rest, stopping the last two shots for the Nailers.
- Swept a weekend series
- Got out of the ECHL basement for now
- Defensive improvements
- Rob Mignardi and Josh Caron are back for now
- Don't shift defensive woes into offensive woes
- Hannu Toivonen had already played his last game for the Solar Bears
- Keep Curry healthy, cause if not, someone who allowed 4.88 GAA in the FHL will have to be trusted in net-minding.
- Mike Brodeur is still not ready