THE HOLLYWOOD REPORT .....
TORONTO MARLIES 2
MANITOBA MOOSE 4
(North Division semi-final tied 1-1)
- [TEAM SUMMARY -with video highlights]
[AHL SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [HIGHLIGHTS]
[CANOE/SUN - Friesen] ~ [SUN - Wiebe]
[FREE PRESS - Turner] ~ [FREE PRESS - Lawless]
[TORONTO STAR] ~ [CBC]
Now that the Bison season is over I can resume making post-game reports. so here are the official Hollywood observations from Friday night's game:
1. Hollywood and Son watched from the front row. What fun! Three solid bodychecks into the boards were right on our laps.
2. The Moose won with a spurt between mid-1st period and mid-2nd period. The good news about that is the Moose don't need a solid 60 minutes to beat the Marlies. The bad news is that they will need a solid 60 minutes in any future rounds.
3. The Moose aligned like this:
Schneider (Sanford backup)
McIver - Baumgartner
FitzGerald - Heshka
Fistric - Fortunas
Sawada - Cullen - Jaffray
Grabner - Krog - Desbiens
Labrie - Bliznak - Collins
Rallo - Bolduc - Keane (on ice for both Marlies' goals)
Pogge (Munro backup)
Perry - Oreskovic
Engel - Stralman
Martiens & Ryan - mixed in with other pairings
Hamilton - Foster - Deveaux
Battaglia - Stapleton - Tlusty
Ondrus - Boyce - Williams
Rosehill - Hollweg - Rogers
6. The Moose lost loads of battles for the puck.
7. I don't like it when Grabner is on the point during a power play.
8. Krog is a fabulous player. If only he skated a bit faster when carrying the puck. His passes are always right on and he always finds loads of space.
9. What was up with the ice before the 3rd period? There were two huge areas which needed major patch-ups.
10. Playoff crowds are different from regular season ones. More intense fans, fewer groups which include non-fans along for the ride, and way fewer puck bunnies.