This time last year, the Vancouver Canucks made a blockbuster trade, 1-for-1, Erik Gudbranson for Tanner Pearson.
This trade-deadline, the Canucks dealt Zane McIntyre for Louis Domingue, while calling up Jake Kielly from the Kalamazoo Wings.
McIntyre had a great start to the season as a backup, winning 6 of his first ten starts. Unfortunately, the Comets' aggressive offensive-game and lack of detail-oriented defensive play coincided with McIntyre's plateauing gameplay.
Honestly, full-credit to Jim Benning for getting Domingue for McIntyre straight-up, especially considering the goaltending fiasco last season when Demko was injured. In that ordeal, they spent a pick and blew a contract slot on Marek Mazanec and Michael Leighton. Here they acquired a player with objectively, better stats, playing on worse teams than McIntyre.
Domingue might not see AHL action for quite some time, so for now, Jake Kielly will slide into the backup role down the stretch while the Comets push to retain their Calder playoff spot.
I can't speak to how the Kalamazoo Wings play hockey, but Kielly's numbers are quite unimpressive. The Wings themselves are dead-last in the western conference with 48 points in 54 games played. Kielly holds the third-highest goals-against-average in the ECHL and the eleventh lowest save-percentage. So I think it's safe to say that the Comets will be leaning heavily on Di Pietro heading into a very tough March schedule for the Comets.
The Comets, fortunately, are coming off an impressive 6-3 win against the Belleville Senators. Tonight, they take on the surging Rochester Americans; an opponent the Comets just took on last Wednesday, where the lazy effort of the Comets resulted in a 3-2 loss.
The Amerks and Comets at one point in the season were neck-and-neck, competing for the second and first spot in the division. The Comets weak 2020 performances have seen the Belleville Senators vault into the uncontested first-place position, with the Amerks leapfrogging the Comets into second-place with a five-point lead.
According to the Utica-OD's Ben Birnell, the Comets had nearly a full roster of formerly IR-players present at Monday's practice, except for Vinny Arseneau. A plethora of healthy bodies and the momentum of an impressive win over Belleville could be all that it takes to push this Comets team to make a significant run.
The giant asterisk, however, is that this is the same team that currently holds a 48.4% Corsi-For at 5-on-5 while being outshot in 33 of their 54 games.
Di Pietro is still young and learning, and depending on how the Comets play over this upcoming stretch, that workload could become overwhelming. The team has to play like they did against Belleville, a game in which they did get outshot, but, a game where they collectively did much better at limiting the number of high-danger shot-attempts and scoring chances faced by their goalie.
Fingers crossed the team can ride that wave of momentum and make it two in a row tonight here in Rochester!
THE STARTING LINEUP
Michael Di Pietro
David Pope (undisclosed)
Vincent Arseneau (season done)
Jonah Gadjovich (ill)
Francis Perron (head)
Wacey Hamilton (foot)
Tyler Graovac (foot)
Quite a few bodies technically listed as healthy-scratches, but team says (according to Ben Birnell of the Utica Observer-Dispatch) they want to get the guys returning from lengthy layoffs some ample practice time before getting into games.
Comets in White
One minute deep and Andrew Hammond flips the puck over the glass on a clearing attempt, giving the Comets a very early powerplay
1st peeper forced out several times, chewing away 40 seconds of time off the man-advantage
GOAL - UTICA - 1-0 Comets: Brogan Rafferty (#25) puts the Comets on the board with a long blast from the point that gets past a heavily screened Andrew Hammond. Rafferty's seventh goal of the year breaks a ten-game goalless drought! Not a bad streamable to start things off for the Comets!
Comets hemmed in their zone off the ensuing faceoff draw, but keep the Amerks to a single shot-against
Comets fourth-line with Chatfield and Blujus caught out on an extended shift after failing to move the puck safely out of the zone. Di Pietro eventually gets a glove stop on a weak shot that fortunately, allows them to change
GOAL - ROCHESTER - 1-1 Tie: Rochester's relentless forward pressure finally pays off, as C.J. Smith gets a cross-ice feed over to Casey Mittelstadt who goes high blocker side on Di Pietro to even things at one apiece. A Comets scoring chance preceded the game-tying goal, but the Comets first-line of Boucher, Baertschi, and Camper were nowhere to be found on the backcheck after their scoring try.
Periods final minute closes with a couple long shot-attempts from Rochester, but Comets content to chew time on the clock
Rochester was picking the Comets apart with their puck control and speed through the majority of that period. Despite their early lead and early aggression on the puck, the relentless pressure of the Amerks offence seemed to cause them to wilt a bit under pressure. The powerplay try off the Chatfield minor-penalty gave the Amerks serious momentum through the back-half of the period. The Comets can't ever be in a place where they are getting out-shot 14-to-2.
The Amerks are playing exactly as they did in the first period through the opening minute. Not a good sign for the Comets
Another brutally long shift for the Comets fourth-line as they get pinned into their end
Two huge shot-blocks from Sautner and Stevenson to relieve pressure on Di Pietro
Dyson Stevenson rips a puck rink wide onto the pads of Hammond to record the teams third shot on goal
GOAL - UTICA - 2-1 Comets: Lmao, Sven Baertschi (#47) gets in a floater past Hammond on the Comets fourth shot of the game, maintaining the teams 50% shooting percentage! Dylan Blujus (#8) starts it with a pretty standard clear through neutral that goes off the boards and right onto the tape of Baertschi's stick. You
In true Copmets fashion, they've broken the Amerks spirits with their 50% shooting percentage on four shots, and are reeling back heavily off their offensive pressure
The score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-1 Comets
Comets are barely hanging onto a lead here after 40 minutes of play. The Comets did better at generating scoring chances and legitimate shots on goal, but they're also allowing a disgusting amount of high-danger shot attempts from high-percentage scoring areas. Look at the shot-map and how many shots Di Pietro has had to turn away from inside the slot. Lind left the ice under his own strength but had a bloodied up mouth, not sure if he returns to the game. Hopefully, he does, though, as the Comets could use someone with his tenacity on the puck in the final frame.
Kole Lind is on the bench to start the third, so that's a positive!
Didn't Ehlers get a hat trick off of something like this happening, once?
GOAL - ROCHESTER - 2-2 Tie: 28 seconds left in the game, and Scott Wilson capitalizes on a blocked shot to tie the game at two. I bet you anything Trent Cull is fucking livid at that non-call on the Baertschi trip earlier. If that automatic empty-netter gets tallied, this game doesn't go to overtime. Brutal chain of events for the Comets
The score at the end of the 3rd period: 2-2 Tie
Frustrating way to close this one out, but the Comets will get another five minutes to win this one against a tough opponent.
Comets controlling well in the opening two minutes of overtime
Fans are pissed thinking that Baertschi skated backwards on the shootout attempt -- Comets leave the ice and so do the refs, haha. The Amerks sit on the bench mystified
Final Score: 3-2 Utica Comets Shootout Win
It wasn't easy, but the Comets came away with two big points against a tough division rival, even if it should've ended at the 20-minute marker of the third period.
Mikey with 34 saves on 36 shots-on-goal, a tremendous showing from him in the back-half of the third period and in the shootout to secure the win for his team.
I don't remember if I've said it, but the Jasek, Bancks, and Goldobin combination is just awful. The three just have zero chemistry. Jasek and Goldobin might have something, but as a trio, they just have no sense of identity or purpose. Are they a scoring line? Are they a matchup line? A checking line? The trio just kind of skate around while relentlessly fanning on drop passes ad nauseam, or until they get hemmed into the defensive zone before Di Pietro gets scored on, or makes a save to allow them to change.
The Blujus/Chatfield pairing was atrocious through the majority of action Wednesday night. Between the high number of failed break-out passes onto the tape of Amerk players, the failed coverage in the slot and down-low, and the general unreliability at 5-on-5 to transition the puck; they were the teams worst pairing nearly every shift. On most nights, Blujus and Chatfield are a reliable penalty-killing duo and are the Comets' more reliable physical defensive pairing. Tonight, however, both were poor in their areas of strength, and even worse in their areas of weakness. Usually, this kind of game would lead to players like Teves/Eliot/LeBlanc earning ice-time. However, it's quite clear that Cull has no use for Teves, nor the trust (yet) in Eliot to play over either of #5 or #8.
CTRL C+V my musings on Stefan LeBlanc and Seamus Malone from last week's game
Despite remaining off the scoresheet, it was a strong return game for Olli Juolevi tonight. I might be replaying that backcheck streamable in my head over and over, but he was making solid defensive plays on top of his usual crisp cross-ice passes all night.
Rafferty and Brisebois, too, had solid games overall! Rafferty hopefully regains some confidence in his offence with tonight's opening goal
Comets did okay holding their lead in the third, but their defensive "strategy" still escapes me. Simply way too much standing around while allowing opponents to cycle and fire shots off at will.
Considering their coach is a former AHL defenceman, I just figured, by now, there'd be better defensive structure from the team that doesn't solely depend on the goaltender bailing them out. The team's up-tempo aggressive, offensive instincts usually means a lot of offensive rushes and scoring chances, but also a lot of giveaways and not a lot of time spent actually holding onto the puck. Too often, the Comets throw the puck up ice with a pass, regardless of how likely it is that the pass will be successful. Whoever it is on the coaching staff has to figure out by now that it's okay for the team to slow things down.
Comets Three Stars
Michael Di Pietro
The Comets Trajectory?
The Comets turnaround is much better this week, as they return this weekend to the Adirondack Bank Center for a homestand double-header that starts with the Toronto Marlies on Friday, followed by Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the Laval Rocket on Saturday.
Also, leap year this year, so Saturday is February 29th! How neat is that?!
As always, if you want to read up on this Comets Harvest or the 2018-19 Farmies editions, you can find them all at my Comets Harvest Blog here
Link to How Did _ Play thread LEI Vardy - Archetypal Vardy performance. Made countless runs off the shoulder of David Luiz and moved him around but wasn't found with too much fortune in the first hour. Took his goal extremely well after being found by Tielemans, sweeping the ball into the bottom corner after a great passing move. Provided a sweet assist too, cutting inside and passing the ball right onto Maddison's right foot for him to shot in from outside the box. Broke the curse of FIFA card and Reddit captain poll. Saviour. Maddison - Good and more advanced than usual. Though to be fair, he might drop deeper versus a real team. (sorry gunners) disputed comment Soyuncu - Solid on defense. Also, when Maddison scored Soyboy straight up hoisted him into the air. Man's got arms 💪😫💦 Tielemans - Very nice assist for the opener. In general, got on the ball in good areas but final pass was slightly off in the first half. Looks good from the eye test. Pereira - Put a good ball into the box to start the first goal and assisted the assister on the second. Advanced well and was pretty involved in the attack. Also defended well and had a crucial tackle on Auba in the box. Chilwell - Thought he had a good overall game defensively making multiple interceptions. Had a decent attacking threat mostly in the 1st half and takes a couple of the set pieces when Maddison doesn’t take them. TOT Son - He was good. He was involved in almost all of Spurs attacks. Had a good work rate throughout the game. Wasn't on his best shooting game as his shots were a bit off but still got a goal because of his work rate. Good dribbling and off the ball runs as well. Probably the best Spurs player in the game. Alli - I thought he was excellent and created so many chances throughout the match. He was also making those Dele runs to the back post and getting in the box a lot. If Aurier had any awareness at all, he would have found Alli in a lot of space time and time again. It was noticeable that when he came off Spurs struggled to create anything, and ceded what little control they had. LIV Mane - Looked dangerous going forwards, was driving at Walker all game long. Didn't have many sniffs at goal, but took his header well. Definitely the form liverpool attacker Robertson - Outstanding cross to Salah for his goal. Looked defensively solid and good going forwards. Liverpool are struggling with clean sheets, but most chances are coming from the fullbacks. Definitely one to get in with their fixtures coming. Salah - Looked very lively before he took a knock. Ran riot against Angelño by positioning put wide. Took his header well. VVD - Looked solid, good defensive headers and passing as normal. Liverpool looked shaky from wide free kicks, probably should have conceded 2 more. BOU Rico - I actually thought Rico looked decent, at least compared to some of his past performances. He was just outpaced constantly by Almiron and Yedlin on offense, so he wasn't able to get to the end line for any crosses. Newcastle's 5-4-1 made it really difficult, and Rico was more of a distraction for Fraser down the left. His one good offensive involvement included hitting a shot from almost 0º and rattling the crossbar off of Dubravka. He really didn't seem like he had any other chances to get an attacking return, despite how close that one was. I'd say it was ok defensively. Yedlin snuck past him for the goal, but it was more on Steve Cook for holding him onside. He's improved in my eyes, and is probably a starter going forward, unless Howe moves to a 3-4-3 which he did at the end of the game. Howe seems to prefer a 4-4-2, but the 3-4-3 had its moments last year, and now with Solanke fighting for a spot, could be an option, but it means playing Fraser, Danjuma or Wilson as wingbacks along with probably Adam Smith, so I'd say we'll only see it a few times, possibly in the tough upcoming matches. Something to look out for. Ramsdale - Quality keeper. Might be one of the best shot stoppers in the league. He positions himself well before the shot is taken to close the angle and read the opponents body shape. Made a great 1v1 stop on ASM and ended up bailed out by Almiron drilling ASM just seconds later. Certainly is useful as Bournemouth are often caught out. As an FPL assset, he'll rack up save points, but I wouldn't bet on Bournemouth keeping too many CS. They've certainly improved with Billing in the midfield to do a lot of dirty running, and alongside Lerma (suspended in this one), the midfield lacks creativity but covers the defense a lot. Maybe I'm coming off split on this, they've improved defensively, but still have issues. If you have Ramsdale, stick, because he's good for his price, but with the fixtures upcoming, I'd hold off on buying him. CHE Mount - Looked fucking hungry, took a terrible free kick close to the penalty area should’ve done better with it. He was confident and a bit selfish with some shots which is good. I would definitely keep he just wasn’t lucky to score pts today. Pulisic - He was pretty good this game. Had a lot of shots and was running all the time and very forward thinking all game. He was rather selfish though this game. I pretty much never saw him pass in the final third, except for his last play before he was taken off. He passed it brilliantly to Michy and he dinked it into Cahill, who scuffed the ball away which Pulisic headed goalwards. He was lucky to score, but was still very much alert to score that brilliant goal, and he was by the way the one who started the play. Tomori - Perfection, Chelsea’s defense looked really good today. Maybe Palace were shit going forward. Take the 3bps and clean sheet, we’ve been waiting a long time for em. Reece James - My personal man of the match, really kept Zaha in his pocket all game and remained calm and composed while Zaha didn’t and kicked out at him a couple of times. Was also a good attacking threat putting a couple of great crosses in (one of which I have no idea how Tammy didnt tuck away) and a couple of nice dribbles too. Definitely a worthy successor of Azpi, but the spot definitely isn’t his yet. Emerson - Another solid performance from him coming back from injury. I think he’s definitely nailed (alonso wasn’t even on the bench today) a few dangerous crosses and a robust defensive showing. A decent choice but Tomori is better value, for me. I wouldn’t be surprised if nicks and assist soon though. Willian - Played well. His assist was a clever flick-on that sent Abraham through on goal on 1-0. Was captain today, which might indicate his spot in the team is pretty secure Abraham - Pretty quiet as the Crystal Palace CB’s played deep and didn’t allow him to get in behind or play off the shoulder. Took his opportunity calmly and with precision. He’ll keep ticking along for these favourable fixtures. NEW Willems - Got forward when he could and had two or three attempts on target. Also crossed the ball in for the Newcastle’s winner from a well worked corner. He’s impressed since coming in... will be interesting to see if he keeps his place when Ritchie is fit. Saint-Maximin - Could have scored two. Especially the one in the first half from 7 yards out when he smashed the bar (in his defence it bobbled up a little as he went to hit it). His pace and skill was a constant threat especially on the break when Bournemouth were chasing an equaliser. He’s benefitting from Shelvey playing. Would still avoid until he breaks his duck. Yedlin - Could be one to consider. Scored a great goal and always one of the first players up the pitch when countering. His crossing let’s him down a bit though. Fernandez - Got an assist from a corner, but also played a few lovely through balls. Always a danger in the air from set pieces. Depending on the severity of lascelles injury, he could be due a run in the first team. Be aware though, Bruce didn't favour him at the start of the season and he might lose his place when Schar and or Lascelles returns. MNU Martial - Other than his assist, thought he had a quiet first half. Significantly livelier in the second half, linking up well with Rashford and creating space for James to run into. Had numerous shots in the second half and while I thought Rashford had the better chances on the day, Martial is growing into the #9 and will continue to produce. Rashford - Great game on the left wing. Going up 2-0 early boosted Man U's confidence going forward and Rashford looked comfortable and positive from start to end. Missed a sitter, but on another day could've ended with a hat trick. Williams - Played well. Held Trossard in check and brings energy to the left side which compliments Rashford quite well. Made solid forward runs and almost grabbed a goal in the second half. Not sure if he holds the spot once Shaw comes back but definitely one to watch. SOU Ings - Soton as a whole didn't create a lot of chances as Everton controlled most of the game. Was a bit lucky to score, the one chance he got came from a deflected pass which he just tapped in from close range. What was encouraging was that he got into good positions and seemed to be the target every time they tried to attack. So whenever they score, he's very likely to be involved. And with the good fixtures coming up, he's bound to score a goal every two games, at the least. SHU Lundstram - He was outstanding the first half , he could have scored twice, he hit the post on one chance. He’s always getting in attacking positions. He didn’t get any attacking returns but he has to be on your team every week because he’s bound to hall more attacking returns. Mousset - Very lively and hard working. Worked for every ball and probably should have scored after a good run. He's not the best or most explosive striker in the world, but if he nails down his spot he's a no brainer for his price point Henderson - Fantastic keeper. Couldn't do much about the goal. Already better than Pickford imo and should be England keeper before long Stevens - Made the mistake for Son's goal but almost redeemed himself immediately with a great cross which was very unlucky to be disallowed by var. A constant threat. More dangerous than Baldock today, even if the other ended up on the score sheet Baldock - Fantastic, he’s having a cracking season. BUR McNeil - Fantastic. Man of the match, put the corner in for the opener, had an incredible assist wiped out for a marginal offside call from VAR, then followed it up with another assist. Could've also had a goal himself. He also leads the entire league in winning possession in the final third. We were playing a dreadful West Ham, but I'd imagine he'll end the season with most assists for the club and several man of the match performances. Wood - Should have had another goal, had he not been offside 😜 However feeling quite dangerous up front and have got a good connection with McNeil, who is one of the most interesting players in Burnley in my opinion. I reckon that Wood is going to score more frequently than Barnes for the sole reason being McNeil-connection. I dont know if he is good enough, but i can see him scoring 10-15 goals throughout the season. Someone gotta score them WOL Jiminez - Had so many shots and good chances inside the box, seemed like it wouldn't be his day up until his goal. Shame his finishing wasn't so great, on another day he could've got more. His passing was pretty good, moves didn't really break down with him making the wrong choice or oveunder-hitting a pass it was moreso only when he had a shot wide/over that it did. His movement, especially for his goal, was fantastic it's no wonder he got so many chances. Got subbed off late on after picking up a knock, not sure if it was anything serious they'd won the game by then and he's got 2 weeks to recover. Very good performance he looks like a great option. Traore - Wolves dominated down the right and Traore was a big part of that. His final ball wasn't always great but when you get so many chances to run down the right with poor resistance you're bound to get it completely right once and that's what he did to get his assist with a good run towards the box and a good pass to Jimenez. As long as he's playing that far forward he'll be a great option for his price. MCI KDB - While City were outplayed by Liverpool, I thought he was City's best player. Could have easily had a couple of assists with Aguero in particular missing a good chance. He put a number of great balls into the box, makes intelligent passes, and makes good runs into the box. Good set piece delivery today, although he did take quite a few short corners. While he has blanked for a few games now, I am definitely keeping. Sterling - Him and Angelino were the main threats this match and were up to standard imo. The rest of our team looks rusty. Bernardo got the goal of course but he can be much better than he was today. Angelino got a mean cross on him and great technique. But back to Sterling, he was definitely the main threat along with Angelino's crosses. Made TAA look silly a couple times, but he lacked the end product today. I'm unsure if it's time to ship him for Salah or Mané, our upcoming fixtures are not looking great for returns other than Newcastle Bernado - Up against a tough opponent in Robertson. Took his goal very well, ran at the Liverpool defence when he got the ball. A good option with Sane out. WAT Janmaat - We had a de facto back four with Janmaat bombing forward and refusing to track back. He's unlikely to be the reason for our clean sheets, but he'll be getting points when they come (and we look better and grinding those out now with three CBs) and the odd assist could come to. I chose not to play him today but I'm satisfied with him as an asset. Deulofeu - Great but bear in mind that he was like that last season - plays great against teams that are complete shit, otherwise, no returns. CRY Kelly - If Ward is out for some time, could be an interesting budget pick after they have faced Liverpool in GW13. EVE Digne - Contributed to some dangerous combinations and he looked like himself down the left. We were unlucky to score more today, and Digne could certainly have put a higher number of fpl points on the board. That said, he's unlikely to hoover up points like he did when Coleman was on the right as Sidibe provides more threat going forward and will take some of Digne's shine. Richarlison - Really dangerous throughout playing in his natural position on the left. Had numerous chances where he cut back rather than taking it on his left foot but still very promising. His goal was put on a plate for him but well taken nonetheless, I will personally be captaining him at home to Norwich. Consecutive appearances 3
Vardy Pulisic Lundstram Mane Robertson
Rico Mousset Stevens Soyuncu Tielemans Maddison Mount Willems Digne Abraham
Sourced from https://vtesinformationhighway.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/antediluvian-poker-night/ - don't know the true author, and this is all copied near-verbatim. Either way, I think we've just seen the true Jyhad. Antediluvian Poker Saturday Night: About 3.42am: The Lair of the Gangrel Antediluvian The Scene: A large Egyptian Pyramid; we are inside. It is a massive area, covered in dust; ancient tombs surround the walls; the whole place stinks of decay and death. In the centre of the room sit a group of Kindred, playing cards. (A single light hanging from the ceiling illuminates the whole scene). Gangrel: I see your Chicago and I raise you the Black Forest. (Long silence) Tremere: Match you the Black Forest and I raise you the Mona Lisa. Toreador: You can’t do that. (Short silence) Tremere: Pardon? Toreador: You can’t do that? Tremere: Why not? Toreador: I own the Mona Lisa. Tremere: No you don’t. Toreador: Yes I do. It’s in Paris, the greatest of Toreador cities, I own it, I control it, and it’s mine. Tremere: No it’s not. I’ve got it here. (Sound of scuffling and a large piece of cloth being unrolled). (Long Silence) Toreador: You bastard!!! How did you get that? Tremere: Variation on Intent of White Missive, took a while to get the Ritual of Holding done correctly, but nobody’s noticed the fake yet. Toreador: You complete and utter bastard! How could you? You swine, you fiend, you beast. One of the greatest works of art ever created, one of the finest pieces…(ad infinitum) Nosferatu: (Whispered) She does go on at times, doesn’t she? Assam: Well, no discipline, those Toreador. Malkav: Actually they have several. Assam: Oh piss off you loon! Malkav: THAT’S not very nice! Just because you got more Physical traits than me! (SULK!) Nosferatu: Assam, couldn’t you Quietus her up a bit? Just so we could get a word in edgeways. Assam: Can’t do it pretty boy. It would cover the entire room at my level – problems with Superior Disciplines. Anyway, she’s got ‘majesty’ on and you know how complicated it gets negating all those Social traits… Nosferatu: Arse! Hey, Tremere, sort it! Toreador:… how long he spent labouring over that painting; the trials and tribulations we went through to protect it from the Brujah; the intricate beauty of the cross strokes; it’s priceless, something to be shared, something the world needs to live by, something… Tremere: SHUT UP YOU AIRHEAD BINT!!! (Silence) Nosferatu (aside): I bet that cost him a willpower not to frenzy. Assam: (aside) Damn right. Tremere: Look, Toreador. I’m sorry. Can we stop for a second. Why don’t you just stop shouting and stare at the pretty picture? Toreador: No, I shall not… Look Tremere, if you think that you can just go through eternity and lie and cheat…and be nasty to those of…us…who…have…OH! WHAT A PRETTY PICTURE! (Long Silence) Nosferatu: Thank God for that! I swear these Poker nights are becoming a bore. Gangrel: Not like the old days. Nosferatu: Damn right. Not like the old days at all. Them were the days, we would stride the Earth like giants; all was in our sway; nothing opposed us, nothing controlled us… Malkav: Except for Caine. Nosferatu: OK, there was Caine. Right, but aside from him, nobody controlled us, nobody stood in our way… Malkav: Well there was Enoch. (Silence; hard stare) Nosferatu: Yes, well there WAS Enoch, I’ll give you that, but… Gangrel: And there was the other two. Tremere: What WERE they called? Malkav: I don’t know; it all depends on which version of the book of Nod you read, one version says they were called… Nosferatu: OK, OK, so there was Caine and the Second Generation, but I mean, ASIDE from them, who was around to get in the way, who… Malkav: Lilith. Tremere: Yeah, Lilith. Haven’t seen her in a while. Gangrel: You never met Lilith. Tremere: Yes, I have. Gangrel: You lie. Nobodies seen Lilith in years. You’re telling a BIG FIB! Nosferatu: LOOK! AS I WAS SAYING! ASIDE FROM LILITH AND CAINE AND THE SECOND GENERATION, WHO THE FUCK WAS AROUND TO GET IN OUR WAY BACK IN THE OLD DAYS. (Prolonged silence) Assam: I didn’t know Nosferatu had presence. Tremere: Neither did I. He was very good, don’t you think? Gangrel: I think they way he leapt up on the table was terribly impressive. Assam: I think we should show our appreciation. (Sounds of polite, crisp, clapping) Nosferatu: er…thank you? Tremere: Don’t mention it old chap, very good. Malkav: Of course you missed out some people. Nosferatu: What? Malkav: You missed out some people. The people who kept opposing us; the people who kept stopping us. Nosferatu: Oh did I? Well, come on then, ‘moon-unit’, do tell. Who did I miss, eh? Who have I missed off from your precious list? Malkav: Us, of course. (Long profound silence as assembled company realises that Malkav has actually spoken the truth) Assam: I hate it when he does that. (Silence) Nosferatu: Anyway, beside the point. The old days were better. We were all together; all 13 of us. One big gang. Things were great then. Tremere: What was it like? Gangrel: Oh, fantastic. You had Brujah trying desperately to teach the Kine how to read (he had to try several thousand times, but he had Temporis back then so it only took him an afternoon)… Assam: I never liked Brujah. Malkav: Why not? Assam: He’d always freeze time just to make sure I’d be caught offside. Malkav: Yeah, but you’d always Quietus the ref’s whistle so nobody knew when you’d fouled. Gangrel: As I was saying!!! Then there was Ventrue… Malkav: YEAH!!! Ventrue! What a great guy. Tremere: You LIKED Ventrue. Malkav: Yeah, sure, he was madder than I am. Tremere: Ventrue! Mad! Assam: Damn right. He used to walk around with a clip-board trying to organise everyone in meetings and stuff like that ALL the time; kept wanting to play with shiny metal; odd bloke. Gangrel: But that ‘money’ thing he invented, that took off quite well. Nosferatu: Yeah, but it will never last. Tremere: Ventrue, MAD! Well I never… Nosferatu: Oh yeah. Fruity as a nutcake was ‘ole Ventrue. Gangrel: But then again, Lasombra always found things for him to do. Malkav: Lasombra, now that was an interesting bloke. Tremere: Never really knew him too well. Gangrel: Oh he was alright. Kept to himself usually. Spent a lot of time, alone, in his room. Pity they killed him before the advent of CD player. He would have LOVED the Smiths. Malkav: Not as much as Cappadocian. Assam: Now there WAS a loony. Thought he could diablerize God he did. Liked dead things… Tremere: Don’t we all? Assam: Not the way he did. I mean, it started off harmless enough. Gangrel killed his pet cat… Gangrel: It was an accident. Assam: Well then, you should have used KY! I mean, you ‘could’ have turned into cat form instead of Bengal Tiger… Gangrel: She liked it that way. Malkav: Dr. Doolittle and his merry band of perverts strike again! Assam: Anyway, he got into playing with dead things in a big way since then. He was without a doubt the oddest of the lot of us. Malkav: Nah, Set was odder. Tremere: Where is Set? Set: Over here. (Embarrassed Silence) Malkav: Don’t ask. It’s a long story. Assam: Anyway, Cappadocious (we called him Eric for short), he finally goes haywire. Tries to replace God. We had to find a replacement for him fast. Tremere: So you chose Giovanni? Gangrel: Yeah, met him back in the 1250’s. He ran this wicked pizza place in Venice- still does I think. Nosferatu: No that’s his cousin. Gangrel: Which one? Nosferatu: You know the tall one, with the funny social habits. (Silence) Gangrel: Which one? Nosferatu: You KNOW! The old one with the silly beard? The one that was married to the one that was shagging the sister of the cousin of the girl who married the brother of the dad of the one who was caught in bed with the wife of the uncle of the sister of the Elder who slept with the brother of his niece who said that he had a small donga. (Silence) Gangrel: Which one? Assam: Anyway, Cappadocian’s dead now. Giovanni killed him. And you killed Saulot and Brujah killed Ventrue and Troile killed Brujah, and the Anarchs killed Lasombra and nearly killed Tzi…oops! Tremere: What was that? Assam: Oh nothing, nothing at all. Tremere: What were you going to say? Assam: Nothing mate honestly. (Malkav sniggers) Tremere: What’s going on. Are you trying to keep something from me? Gangrel: No, not at all. Assam just got confused, DIDN’T YOU ASSAM? (Sound of a Celeritied kick, backed up with high Potence, hitting someone with gross Fortitude under the table). Assam: Er,… Yeah. that was it. I got confused. Comes from my weird background. Honest. (Long suspicious silence) Malkav: Yeah it got a bit crazy back then. Everyone was killing everyone. Which is why back in the middle ages we came up with the best solution to ending the problems. Tremere: The Camarilla? Malkav: No, Poker night. Keeps us going for years. ‘Endless Jyhad’ and all that. Tremere: Oh right! Got you now. And that mean’s Gehenna is… Malkav: What we do when we get bored. Right. Now you’re getting it. (Silence) Nosferatu: Actually, while we are on the subject of poker; Tremere about your last hand. Four aces. What was all that chanting you did earlier? Tremere: Oh, nothing. Nosferatu: You weren’t doing all that ‘Intent of White Missive’ stuff you mentioned earlier, were you? Tremere: No heaven forbid. Nosferatu: You were, weren’t you? Tremere: No, not at all. Malkav: He’s lying. He’s got it written all over his aura. Tremere: Look, OK, so I did. But Nosferatu cheats as well. Nosferatu: No I don’t. (He does. He obfuscates, sneaks round and peers over Malkav’s shoulder.) Malkav: Oh, you big cheat! Assam: How long have you been doing that you git? Nosferatu: I don’t cheat! C’mon guys. You know me. Assam: Exactly. Wait a minute. Back in 1475- that flush I had. You did it then, didn’t you? I lost Arabia that night, you cheating git… (sounds of petty bickering and the occasional sigh from Toreador). (Scene: just outside. Two figures illuminated by the pale moonlight). Caine: You see, THAT’s why I don’t go back! Lilith: OK, OK, you made your point.
Well, the Comets are off to quite the insane start! Last night the Comets defeated the Binghamton Devils, 5-1, to win their sixth straight game. After Friday's victory, the Comets now lead the AHL in goals-for.
Last night was a quiet one for the team's star players. Gaudette had some flashes of speed and a couple shots on net, but otherwise remained pretty invisible. Fairly reasonable, for him to be a little rusty, given how much time he's spent sitting on the bench in Vancouver. Jasek had himself a really good defensive game, but offensively his line was denied repeatedly by Evan Cormier's impressive goaltending.
As I wrote last night, the Comets really succeeded off the work their fourth line was putting in with their aggressive forechecking. The Devils did not have an answer for that line, and it paid dividends for the Comets scoresheet. Hershey is the 2nd best team in the AHL's Atlantic division, so this could be the first real litmus test for the Comets. That being said, I thought the Syracuse and Charlotte games were going to be the real litmus tests, and those two games were complete blowouts in favor of the Comets, so who knows! Over the past several games, the Comets have had lapses in defensive coverage only to be bailed out by stellar goaltending, The Comets will eventually have to shore up on that area of their game. It works now, but consistency with goaltending isn't something a farm team should ever rely on. Look at what happened with the team just last season when their tandem for the better part of the season was a near-retiree and a steady rotation of ECHL PTO's.
Until that "come-down to earth" moment happens, I'm going to keep appreciating this iteration of the Comet's ability to score at an outrageous clip to win games in dominating, exciting fashion. Speaking of winning games! Let's get into tonight's matchup and see if the boys on the farm can make it seven straight to start the season!
After last night, I didn't expect too much line-shuffling. The coaches, however, want to get Gaudette going, and what better way than by reuniting Gaudette with Sven Baertschi, and Kole Lind. If you remember, Lind and Gaudette had some incredible chemistry to start last season, before Gaudette was called up. Jasek now returns to a line with the speed-demons in Bailey and MacEwen. Jasek, as always, was great defensively in last night's game against Binghamton but struggled to contribute offensively from center-ice. Last season, Jasek was at his best playing along the wings, due to his fantastic puck-control along the boards. As a center, there isn't a way for him to utilize that highly underrated aspect of his game. He's still got a great two-way game, and he needs to find some consistent offense as a playmaker from the center.
RE: INJURY REPORT
Tyler Graovac (knee)
Carter Bancks (upper body)
Comets in Blue
After there dominant game last night, Perron, Arseneau, and Bancks get the opening draw of the game
Game off to 4-on-4 after Kessy and Juolevi pick up roughing minors
First 4v4 group: Baertschi, Gaudette, Rafferty, Brisebois
GOAL – UTICA – 1-0 Comets: Wow, Gaudette, and Baertschi criss-cross through center-ice where Baertschi lands a beautiful saucer pass on the tape of Gaudette's stick. Gaudette skates down the left-wing and rifles a shot over the left shoulder of Vanecek to give the Comets a 1-nothing lead.
Second 4v4 group: Bailey, Sautner, Chatfield, Jasek
Second group with stable pressure on their shift; cycling well in the Bears end, crisp passing from Sautner and Bailey almost leads to a scoring chance for Jasek
Time winds down on the powerplay and the period ends
Score at the end of the First Period: 1-0 Comets
Comets lead, but the problems that were beginning to show in the game against Binghamton were made more apparent against this aggressive Hershey team. Too often, the team has been caught playing way too far up neutral-ice. The blue-liners have missed multiple cross-ice passes, resulting in poor defensive coverage in their end. The numerous drives from Bears players' has resulted in many Comets' looking lost while chasing the play in their end. Fortunately, Di Pietro has been solid tonight as he stopped seven of seven dangerous shots. The Comets are likely exhausted from their midnight bus-ride to Hershey. So, I don't know if (moving into the second period) the team will be able to sustain the same kind of offensive prowess that they've had in previous efforts. One thing is for sure, they will need to shore up on these defensive lapses if they intend to remain undefeated.
30 seconds into the period, and in a battle at the front of the Bears' net, Carter Bancks takes a high-sticking minor penalty
1st PK Group: Chatfield, Juolevi, Jasek, Boucher
Phillippe Maillet rips a shot off the bar of MDP's net – Brisebois changes on for Juolevi after they clear
Long shifts for the Comets players as they continue to get hemmed into their zone. Even after getting the puck up ice to allow for a change, just seconds later they are back where they began, stuck in their zone
7 minutes remaining and the Comets appear to be settling things down
I lied, 6:15 in the period and MDP comes up huge with a blocker save on a one-timer
Comets spend the remaining minute of the period hemmed into their end
The Score at the end of the 2nd Period: 1-0 Comets
Pretty awful period for the Comets forwards group. Michael Di Pietro bailed them out repeatedly in this period. Comets outshot 14-to-4 after twenty minutes. Not much to say about this period…it was not good. Shades of last season with the abysmal defensive coverage displayed. Not sure if they'll be able to find that extra gear in the third, but here's hoping, because MDP deserves a win with this performance.
Fourth line out to close the final 15 seconds says it all. This team just absolutely barraged over 40 minutes of play. Nothing much to say. No clue how they do in Overtime as the team looks completely gassed.
Sautner and Boucher caught out for a minute of play on the penalty kill
MDP dangerously gloves the puck down in front of a Bears player. The risky play allows Goldobin to send a rink-wide pass to Boucher for a breakaway chance. Once again, however, the cameraman is nowhere near the play
MDP with a glove stop as the buzzer sounds to end Overtime
One shot on goal in overtime. MDP with six saves. It's genuinely incredible the Comets are getting any points out of this game — brutal effort from the Comets over 45 minutes. Comets outshot 39-to-20 over the full 65.
It took the ringer, Reid Boucher, to win it in the shootout. Comets swarm MDP after this one because they know he's the reason they earned any points tonight. Trent Cull should consider himself lucky the Bears didn't put out Pilon or Maillet in the shootout as they were dynamite in tonight's action for the Bears. The Comets will take the freebie, though.
Final Score: 2-1 Utica Comets
Not much to write about in this one. The concerns I had about the team's defensive coverage were brought to light in a significant way in tonight's game. After the first period, the team's forward groups displayed atrocious back-checking through the remaining 45 minutes of play. Defensive pairings did no better as they were just horrific at controlling the puck and clearing the zone with safe passes. Looked like everyone tonight was trying to be the hero instead of playing as a team. I get that the Comets are hyped to be off to such a stellar start, but the goalscoring has come from effective playmaking as a group, not playing selfishly.
Michael Di Pietro had a remarkable game playing behind an atrocious Comets group. The AHL doesn't track it, but I'm willing to bet that at least 55-75% of the Comets shots-against were considered "high-danger" chances. This was the kind of performance that leads to goalie controversy, and I loved every minute of it. The game itself was an absolute slog to watch, don't get me wrong, but MDP's performance; save, after save, after save was a treat to watch. I was impressed with his finesse in tracking the puck tonight. He still tends to overplay on his saves, but he's a showman, and the acrobatics made his performance tonight the most compelling thing about the game. He was certainly robbed of a shutout performance. The Comets should count themselves lucky to have come out of tonight's game with any points at all.
I don't even know if it's worth getting into who did good and who did bad, because, on the whole, the team, collectively did pretty terrible. Wasn't much to like from anyone, although I would argue that Zack MacEwen and Reid Boucher had the best performances from the forward groups, but it wasn't pretty.
Despite the team's lethargic play tonight, I still think this team is really good. Like I said, the team had a midnight bus-ride from Utica to Hershey in preparation for the game, so I have to think their efforts from last night, combined with a brutal sleep schedule played a major factor in tonight's result. and hey, they still won! so I mean, quit complaining THRILLHOIAF right?
Comets Three Stars
Michael Di Pietro
HM: Zack MacEwen or Reid Boucher, I guess?
The Comets Trajectory?
The Comets return home next Wednesday for the third of eight matches against the Binghamton Devils. The Devils play the other undefeated AHL team, the Toronto Marlies tonight at home.
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A look at the integrity issues in the Serbian League after this week’s games
Serbian football is not always on the level. Any football where the majority of players could get several times their weekly wage by not fully adhering to sporting integrity is always going to be at risk, but Serbia has it occur on all too regular an occasion. But rarely does it blow up as obviously and in as dramatic a fashion as it has this week. After Crvena Zvezda’s unexpected loss last weekend, the Superliga prepared for a midweek round which would conclude with the Veciti derbi but would begin with an equally important game at Cair between Radnicki Nis and Cukaricki. A win for the home side would have brought them to within a point of Zvezda before the derby - keeping the title race tight between the Nisave and Zvezda. What transpired in Nis was beyond what anyone could have expected. Luka Stojanovic put Cukaricki in the lead early, heading in a corner. Radnicki Nis would then take control of the game, having a goal wiped off for offside before Lazar Randelovic was able to follow up his own header to equalise and forced multiple saves before half time. Cukaricki may not have been uncompetitive, but Nis’ quality was showing. During half time, the betting lines showed the draw at 1.66 - short odds but not wildly suspicious at that point. Mozzart, Serbia’s biggest bookmaker were not offering any odds on the game at all - bookmakers turning down money isn’t exactly a common phenomenon. As the second half began, Cukaricki would come into the game a little more before Nermin Haksic would put Radnicki Nis in front with half an hour to go. Nis would, once more, take a bit of control over the game and I’m sure most people who understand football and betting would at that point make Radnicki Nis heavy favourites. After all, they’re at home, they’ve lost only twice this season, their defensive record is admirable - there was nothing to suggest that Cukaricki would get back into the game, more that it would fizzle out into a relatively routine win for the home side. Except the betting didn’t reflect that. With 15 minutes to go, the odds were 4.30 for a draw. With 8 minutes to go, they were 1.70. It doesn’t really take a genius to notice that that’s a bit of an odd betting pattern. That’s when referee Petar Piper starting acting oddly. In the last 15 minutes, he issued four yellow card to Nis players in what was a pretty clean game. But it was in second half injury time that things went from odd to downright bizarre. Cukaricki swung in a kick from the left wing. It was collected with ease by Borivoje Ristic who then chose to take issue with some of the close attention he had been given by Cukaricki’s front line. He would then be blocked off when trying to distribute the ball, complaining to the referee that he was unable to get rid of the ball. As he threw it out, the referee called a foul. That foul was given against the keeper, employing the extremely rarely used rule of penalising a keeper for holding onto the ball too long. The general application of the rule is that as long as the keeper is attempting to get rid of the ball and is not just wasting time, that the actual time limit in the book of six seconds is ignored. The foul was called after thirteen seconds of which the first seven of those saw the keeper surrounded by both defenders and attackers. In the remainder of that time, the keeper was being marked by Cukaricki players. Unsurprisingly, the referee would be surrounded and issues would occur on the sidelines (that would continue down the tunnel and require police to separate the two coaching staffs) but not as great as the issue that would occur on the pitch - the ball would be laid off to Luka Stojanovic who would drive it home via the post to equalise. Zvezda would go on to defeat Partizan and establish a six-point lead at the top with four games to go, killing off Radnicki Nis’ chances of upsetting the Belgrade giants and winning the Superliga. By the strictest letter of the law, Piper could be argued to have acted correctly - the total time was over six seconds, even if for a good portion of that time the penalty box was so congested as to make distribution impossible. When one applies the context of the game - that this is a goal which has arguably decided the destination of the title once and for all - it’s a quite incredible time for which a referee to decide to apply one of the most rarely used rules in football. A rule that even football’s most committed observers would only be able to say they have seen applied a minute number of times. With the context that the betting appears to show some rather dramatic and odd changes in the market, it looks rather a bit like the game itself was not entirely on the level. And if the game that arguably decides the title is not on the level, then is the title itself on the level. Let’s be clear, there is absolutely no suggestion of any wrongdoing by anyone associated with Crvena Zvezda (in spite of Cukaricki’s manager saying after the game that Zvezdan Terzic, Crvena Zvezda’s GM, is his friend and that makes him a rich man - that was just some masterful post-match trolling). But when you compile the rather spurious justification for the free kick that led to the equaliser, the betting patterns and the general reputation of the honesty of Serbian football being what it is, it would appear likely that there was at least some level of dishonesty around the game and enough reason for UEFA to want to take a look at it very closely. There has, as yet, been no indication that it wishes to do so but one can only hope. The Superliga has had more than its fair share of match-fixing issues this season - this would be by far the most high-profile and potentially the one with the most long-lasting impact on the league. When fixing impacts nothing games, it’s easy to perhaps turn a blind eye. When it potentially decides the destination of the entire Championship, something has to get done. And only by exposing and investigating the potential issues in this sort of game can things ever start to change.
Recently during these Euro’s games I noticed a bet-when the first substitution in the game would happen?-1st half, HT, 2nd half. And surprisingly the odds for the 1st sub in 2nd half was 1.7. I made a lot from it but after those games I can’t find this bet in any game. Also can’t find a bet for the first event to happen(throw in, foul, corner, offside or goal). Does anyone know where can I find any of those bets? Thanks in advance.
City are a bit shite aren't they? Down to third now, Chelsea breathing down their necks, closer to Arsenal as to us... bet Pep is shaking a bit. Spurs are now our closest competition, but they're still a full 6 points behind us, and with a +12 goal difference that might as well be 7. Win against Arsenal and City in the next two games and... who knows? On to the comparisons. The chart below displays the cumulative points totals over the games so far: https://i.imgur.com/24D27FX.png And we just keep going. It's mad looking at that straight line from us and City, it's just been a constant drive onward. The next graph is for goals scored: https://i.imgur.com/a3qguS5.png Now we're getting back to business. If we keep scoring goals at this rate we'll be very pretty indeed. The final graph is goals conceded: https://i.imgur.com/t9sLUGp.png And of course the defence is still absolutely mint. Best in Europe now yaknow? Mad that. The spreadsheet I'm working from is below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D7aM5g9Pqhnt2y58BdFUc4xTp3epreMhKMlpEVgQOdY/edit?usp=sharing
This is an odd set piece from us. Usually we'll stick the CBs in the penalty spot area and try to whip the ball in there. With this one though we go short to Robertson who then whips it in. This gives time for the big lads to get a run on the ball.
But we do get lucky. This is an appalling header. The absolute last thing he can do is head it back into the danger area where there are - count them - five unmarked Liverpool players. Yet, he does, and Lovren is there to absolutely smash it home. What a guy.
Not much to say at penalties but let's look at the decision. To start with, Dummett puts two hands on Salah's left arm. That tells Salah that he's got a defender who's worried about fouling him nearby.
Dummett then continues his run behind Salah but crucially leaves his left hand grasping Salah's arm. I don't think that this is a pull or a grab, I think he's actually just left his hand there, but potentially it puts Salah off balance.
But this is what buys the penalty. Salah starts to fall backwards, it doesn't look great, but crucially Dummett's hand is still on Salah's arm. All the ref can see in real time is a hand on the arm and Salah going down as if he's been pulled. It is a foul - Dummett makes no attempt to get the ball - but Salah has been smart to play it like he has.
This goal has some lovely play but I want to concentrate on Shaqiri's relentless effort. First the ball goes out wide to Trent. Shaqiri has already pointed where he wants that ball whipped in (Sturridge has decided to stand 5 yards offside for some reason).
And now Shaqiri gets his reward. He's the closest man to the ball when Trent plays it through that lovely Corridor of Uncertainty we (and I) love so much. This goal came because he always stayed alive, always looking for a chance to get a goal.
Newcastle's defending is appalling though. You have a man on the post that lets Fabinho get a yard free. Lovren's marker lets him run free. A free man who doesn't really even try to get a head on the ball. Just bad all round.
I was surprised at how strong Klopp set us up with two massive games on the horizon, but the result really paid it off. He restored Shaqiri to the front three in a bit of a free role, and partnered Henderson with Wijnaldum in midfield. In defence, a welcome return of Trent after a bit of an injury crisis.
I was expecting more rotation for Newcastle, which makes me wonder what Klopp will do with this one. That being said we're essentially in a CL run playing Wednesday/Saturday/Thursday and Wolves on Monday gives us a break and an opportunity to rotate. So I'm expecting Klopp to go strong again and really keep this form going. Alisson; Trent, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané I've put this down as a 4-3-3 but it as likely to be the 4-2-3-1/4-2-2-2 we've seen in the bigger games recently. I've put in Wijnaldum instead of Henderson simply because Wijnaldum was substituted but Henderson wasn't. Then, we have Keita in the "free" role in midfield, in a game I really think he could (and should) play well in.
Our next fixture is against Arsenal in the Premier League. The match kicks off on the 29th of December at 17:30PM(GMT)/12:30PM(ET).
From a betting stand point, what do you think of hte VAR system?
As a soccer fan, I understand that making the right calls with the VAR system is the best solution for the integrity of the game but as a betting fan, I'm kinda sad that this system has been implemented because of all the lost money and potential it brings. What are your thoughts on the new system?
FC Juventus: Pirlo (injured), Caceres (injured), Romulo (injured), Asamoah (injured)
Outlook The stats couldn't possibly closer for this old international rivalry that decided 2 international competitions so far. The squads have a total market value of €322m. vs. €318m., average player market values of €11.9m. vs. €10.6m, both have 19 players in national teams, the total amount of club members are just as equal at 111'000 vs. 115'000. The (literally) most valuable players are both estimated at ~€50m be it Pogba or Reus, and neither looks to leave their club any time soon. The 2 teams met each other a total of 8 times, including the UEFA-Cup final of 1993 and the Champions League final of 1997. In general, Turin won 5 times, Dortmund twice, once they drew. In the CL alone however, both won twice against the other so far. The total goal difference is 17:11 in favour of Juvents, in the CL however it's drawn at 7:7 goals. With the 2:1 from the 1st leg, any goal can decide the game today. Dortmund needs a win or they're out, but the Juventus most likely can't sit back either - if Dortmund scores a single goal, Juve would be out on away goals. So whilst they have the advantage going into the game, Juve might want to get that important away goal themselves.
Match Updates 0' Kick-off 3' - 0-1 Juventus! Tevez open to shoot from 20m, the ball right into the upper left corner of the goal. That's the away goal for Juventus, now Dortmund need 2. I have to say, that shot was rather stoppable as it was the keeper's corner, regardless of how clean Tevez hit it. 11' Dortmund pressing high, applying pressure towards the Juve box, but not finding a real way in so far. 15' Lichststeiner taking the chance and shoots from a bit out, but Weidenfeller can clear the attempt. 24' The game starts getting really dirty, lots of fouls. Vidal got not carded for some elbow action, and both teams use the lack of cards so far to tune the physicality up a notch. 27' - (1/3) - Pogba, Barzaglo. Pogba forced to leave the field after he got injured after a foul by Sokratis. 31' Hummels with a header after a good set piece from Schmelzer, but the defenders can block it. One of the first balls into the box for Dortmund that actually finds a target. 34' A bit of excitement after a long ball onto Reus, but Buffon comes in and catches it, only to drop it immediately since he's at the edge of the box and leaving it, in order not to have a handball called. Not really dangerous, more a scene for the funny highlight reels later. 45' 1st half is over, Tevez with the goal of the evening so far. HT - (1/3) - Schmelzer, Kirch 46' 2nd half is on. 50' Morata through and open in front of Weidenfeller, but a great reflex keeps Dortmund in the game. Kinda lucky for the ref as Morata was 2 feet offside on that one. 51' Dortmund with their first dangerous counter of the game after a Juve corner, but Mkhitaryan can't really make much from it. 56' Morata again open in front of Weifenfeller, who yet again saves it. The blame some might put onto him for the 1st goal should be equalled out with those 2 actions. 63' Kampl with Dortmund's best chance of the 2nd half so far, a shot straight at Buffon who has no issue saving it. 64' - (2/3) - Bender, Ramos 64' - (3/3) - Mkhitaryan, Blaszczykowski 70' - 0-2 Juventus! Tevez is through after a deep pass, crosses it to Morata who taps it in. That means OT is no longer possible, and Dortmund now needs 4 goals in 20min. Judging from the game so far, it appears that this is could be the golden ticket. 73' - Reus for complaining. The first yellow of the game, after elbows and stud first tackles. 77' - (2/3) - Morata, Matri 79' - 0-3 Juventus. Tevez with a brace, the final nail in the coffin for Dortmund, and the MOTM for Juventus to get into the RO8. Now Dortmund needs 5 goals in 10min, it's not too far off to assume that this won't happen. 81' - (3/3) - Tevez, Pepe 90' It's over, Juventus wins the 2nd game 3-0 away, and 5-1 on aggregate. A very strong showing from the Italians puts them into the RO8. Highlights - the place for gifs
Outlook The 2 teams met each other a total of 7 times, including the UEFA-Cup final of 1993 and the Champions League final of 1997. In general, Turin won 4 times, Dortmund twice, once they drew. In the CL alone however, Dortmund won twice and Juventus only once. The total goal difference is 15:10 in favour of Juvents, in the CL however Dortmund claims again the lead with 6:5 goals. The stats couldn't possibly closer for this old international rivalry that decided 2 international competitions so far. The squads have a total market value of €322m. vs. €318m., average player market values of €11.9m. vs. €10.6m, both have 19 players in national teams, the total amount of club members are just as equal at 111'000 vs. 115'000. The (literally) most valuable players are both estimated at ~€50m be it Pogba or Reus, and neither looks to leave their club any time soon. Juventus is unbeaten at home for 46 matches running now, the last time someone took a win off away from them in their stadium was a German team - Bayern Munich, in the 2nd leg of the CL RO8 of 2012/13.
Juventus FC key players: Buffon, Pirlo, Pogba, Tevez
Match Updates 0' Kick-off 1' Immobile with the first shot of the game, goes 1m over the bar of his fellow Italians. 3' Dortmund with two smaller fouls, but neither called. Ref seems to not want to interrupt the game too much today. 4' Buffon not as good with his feet as with his hands, causing a throw in. The following throw in ends up being a mare because the ref somehow isn't statisfied, ends up with a throw in for Juventus in the end. 6' Juve with decent passing around the box, getting 2 subsequent corners, but not much more. 13'1-0 Tevez! Who else could possibly bring Juve the lead? A quick counter attack over Morata, followed by a terrible mistake from Weidenfeller. The goalkeeper let a rather weak shot deflect directly to Tevez who just had to tap it in. Which he did, in best striker fashion. 18'1-1 Reus, following the 2nd blatant individual mistake of the game. Chiellini slipping and losing the ball (not sure if you can really blame him for slipping here) in the build up and Reus leavues Buffon absolutely no chance in the 1on1 against Buffon. With this, Dortmund has the very least an important away goal. 21' Morata completely free on the penalty spot, but his header is neither placed nor strong, it goes wide. The chance was much better than what he made from it. 26' Marchioso with a header after a free kick, Weidenfeller completely underruning the ball. Dortmund is lucky that Juves headers are ill placed so far, and Weidenfeller should look to get some security back into his game. 28' Pogba with a very rough tackle on Piszczek, but no card. Seems like Juve is picking up Dortmunds higher physicality, the ref might want to keep this in check or it could end poorly. The mood is heating up quite a bit. 32' Dortmund (1/3) - Piszczek, Ginter, Klopp forced to rearrange his defence after Pogba basically got rid of Piszczek. 36' Juventus (1/3) - Pirlo, Pereyra, I'm not sure what happened to Pirlo but I wouldn't be exactly surprised if it was because of a rough tackle as well. 40' Vidal with a studs up tackle on Immobile, again no yellow, and honestly that would be a very orange-y yellow card. This is starting to be a completely pathetic ref performance. 42'2-1 Morata, out of nowhere! Dortmund took the game over for the last 15min, but a single combination from Vidal to Pogba to Morata leaves the Dortmund defense completely disoriented. No one marking Morata who just has to tap it in. 45' Halftime. Weird game so far, Dortmund started rough but then turned it around to play well. In total two goals from individual mistakes, and Juve scoring twice just as Dortmund is looking stronger. The referee too afraid to show a card in a game where frankly, Vidal is lucky to still be on the field after his challenge on Immobile amongst other stuff, not even starting to talk on all the other unnecessary fouls from either side. Here's to hope the 2nd half is less phsyique and more play. 45' Dortmund (2/3) - Sokratis, Kirch 46' 2nd half is on, my friends! 48' Vidal, and I dare to say: finally. This challenge was just as reckless as the one on Immobile, if he continues this he won't finish the game. 53' Juve with their 5th corner of the game, and that's a dangerous one. Weidenfeller with a minor insecurity letting the ball drop in his knee but he saves it directly after. 56' Dortmund with a combination through the center, ends up with Immobile open on half-right position. His shot is a rather easy one for Buffon. Replay shows that a handball call might've been possible here, I'm not sure so let's wait for a gfy on that.I think most agree there was nothing close to a penalty happening here, if you look at him even moving his arm away. 58' Hummels losing the ball in build up, luckily for Dortmund Juve doesn't push their advantage properly. 60' Pogba with his hand in Kirchs face, ref doesn't bother calling it. Sorry folks but I can't not make it sound like a complete joke what this alleged referee is doing. It was nothing vicious at all, but hand in face is one of the clearest calls out there. 62' Tevez with a great chance from a great position roughly 8m in front of the goal, but he can't quite control it, so his attempt goes very wide. 67' I have to say, Dortmund is rather clueless in the 2nd half so far. Even after a gifted corner, Dortmund doesn't even come close to create a proper chance. 70' Tevez free to shoot from the edge of the box after Dortmund is a bit disordered in their defence, it goes wide by just a few inches. Wiedenfeller doesn't seem to have gotten it. 72' A long ball and a lack of communication between Ginter and Weidenfeller forces Weidenfeller to first smash it away, then tackle down Ginter as I think Tevez was approaching. 74' A shot from Immobile goes roughly 1m over the bar, Buffon recognizing this and not even trying to save it. 75' Dortmund (3/3) - Immobile, Blaszczykowski - Aubameyang going as striker now, Kuba on the right wing, same as last weekend against Stuttgart. The Italian fans whistling Immobile off the field, which is no surprise as they were whistling him throughout the entire game. 77' Ginter slipping basically on the same spot as Chiellini leading up to the temporary equalizer, Tevez taking the attempt but Weidenfeller saves it. The following corner is as dangerous as most Juve corners so far, but it goes over the bar. 78' An incomplete pass allows Juve to play out a 3v3, but offside players force an unideal pass which gets intercepted on a great sliding tackle. 79' Pereyra for a professional foul from behind on Mkhitaryan. 85' Dortmunds central defense disordered yet again, Pereyra gets through open in front of the goal, but his shot misses to post just narrowly. 85' Juventus (2/3) - Vidal, Padoin, even though Vidal cooled a bit down it's a smart decision from Allegri before he somehow gets himself send off. 88' Juventus (3/3) - Tevez, Coman. He who opened the scoring tonight gets to take a shower earlier, Juve looking to defend their lead over the time now. 89' Dortmund with a good chance on a counter, but they completely mess it up and it leads to nothing. 90' It's over, Juventus wins the first leg at home 2-1 against Dortmund. Highlights - the place for gifs
Recently more and more people keep harping on Brind'Amour like he was handed a team that could actually compete for the Stanley Cup. He's made some odd choices (and quite a few that I disagree with, specifically on the PP) but I doubt a lot of coaches would be doing much better with this lineup. Let's take a look at what we've got going on here (brace for wall of text):
We have a few decent enough forwards who are top 6 worthy in Aho, Teravainen, Ferland, and Svechnikov. It's pretty clear that Ferland needs to have scoring generating players like Aho-TT or Monahan-Gaudreau to be effective though and Svechnikov is a rookie and shouldn't be considered a sure thing every game. Let's look at the rest:
Bishop: Rookie who has played well in his role as 4C. Don't kid yourself, 4C is his ceiling
Di Giuseppe he is a player who shouldn't be playing above the 4th line, he's just an energy guy who's had a few sporadic scoring streaks. Basically Di Gi is a less productive and wrose defensively than McGinn
Foegele another rookie with promise, but his ceiling is likely bottom 6, either way he isn't going to produce the type of offense we need. He's a good PK player though and can add some energy
Martinook another depth guy who should be on the 4th line and fill in on the 3rd when needed. He's scored at a nice rate this season, but that's not who he is as a player and shouldn't be relied on to continue. He's another great PK player and adds energy and physicality
McGinn is basically Di Giuseppe with a little more scoring upside and a strong 2-way game. He isn't producing this season, but he should be a 3rd line winger at most, likely a 4th line guy for most teams
Rask simply put he sucks right now. He had a lot of potential/promise when we signed his extension but then fell off a cliff. His skating is bad, always has been. What he had going for him was his shot, and thanks to a slippery sweet potato that seems to be gone now too. At this point he really shouldn't be in the line up
Staal is a great defensive forward, but his production just isn't what you need in a 1C or 2C. Realistically he is a 3C that plays against top competition. We have been overplaying him due to having nothing better
Wallmark has shown in his rookie year that he deserves to play here, but he isn't a top 6 scoring threat and likely will never be one. He should develop into a nice 3C though
Williams has lost a few steps and frequently it seems like he can't keep up with the pace of faster teams. Also, it feels like his decision making entering the zone is fucking terrible this year (he gets close to the blue line and waits too long and his linemates are over the line). If someone can find a stat on the % of offsides calls against the Hurricanes that had Williams on the ice I'd be very interested to see it. Anyway, Williams at this point is a 3rd line winger.
This is an area where we should have been really strong, the off-season looked like we only improved it but then over stocked at RHD and didn't make a trade like we should have. We all know what Slavin brings but then we have basically 2 categories that our guys fall in: Defensive Defenseman:
De Haan is a solid DD on the left side who seems to have gotten Faulk back on track a bit. Took him a little time to settle in returning from last years injury but he's looking pretty solid now
Pesce great DD on the right, doesn't bring a lot of offense but he does his job
Fleury he's looked better than last year but had injury issues and some defensive lapses. Still good enough for a 3rd pair LHD
Van Riemsdyk basically a less effective PEsce (but he can play on the left too)
Faulk has looked way better than the last 2 seasons defensively and actually seems to give a shit again, but his production is way down. Seems like he has no faith in his shot anymore and misses a lot. Still capable player though.
Hamilton seems like a bit of a headcase and is having a lot of the defensive issues that we were warned about, the big issue here is he isn't scoring. He's definitely shooting though, his number would probably go up if we could maintain a net front presence and played him on PP1
Goalies (to start the season):
Darling coming off a season which was one of the worst by a goalie in the last 30 years, hope was low for him to be any good and he wasn't
Mrazek was a gamble on a guy who had good numbers once but hasn't been good for a little while and was hoping for a shot at redemption. He isn't a franchise goalie, but he has played well for us.
McElhinney a career backup who had a career year at 34 last season. He has played amazing for us so far, but assuming he can be a starter is probably a poor bet.
Lets look at what we’ve got:
Forwards: Svechnikov – Aho – Teravainen Ferland - _______ - ________ _______- Staal/Wallmark – Williams Foegele/McGinn – Bishop – Martinook Defense: Slavin – Pesce De Haan – Faulk Fleury/TVR – Hamilton Goalies Mrazek/McElhinney Scratches: Di Giuseppe and Rask TL/DR: We don't have a lineup that would be better than .500. It hurts to hear it, but it's pretty true.
[THE FARMIES] Recapping Tonight's Utica Comets (31-31-6-2) vs. Toronto Marlies (37-23-4-3)
Whats up Canucks, the Farmies is back after a week long layoff! I unfortunately missed last Saturdays game due to personal issues (if you’ve been keeping up with the Farmies, you’ll know I’m in the process of trying to lock down a new place to live before May 31st, so finding time available to recap and review the Farm lately has been tough!).
Given that the Comets are FIGHTING for a playoff spot, it felt like a good place to restart the timely recapping…as the Comets wrap up their season with two triple header weekends, with the first match being tonight against the Toronto Marlies.
I believe mathematically, all it will take for the Comets to be eliminated is the Cleveland Monsters earning a win in regulation tonight. Essentially, the Comets do need to win all 6 of their upcoming games to have a shot at getting 4th in the division…to be completely honest even if they do get there I don’t know if the current lineup is even capable of making any kind of splash. But regardless it should be a VERY exciting weekend for the Farm as they battle their hearts out to keep their season alive.
Looks like Jonah Gadjovich returns from a lengthy IR stint as well as centermen and PK specialist Wacey Hamilton…slotting out of the lineup are a long list of injuries (some which were picked up in the uncovered Saturday game, that will be done LATE tonight!)
Also making their debuts tonight are Mitch Vanderlaan, a 5’7” NCAA ATO from Cornell University (ever heard of it?); plus Aaron Thow, another NCAA graduate from Clarkson University on an ATO. So unlike MANY games in the past few months, a lot of prospects in tonights matchup worth watching!
RE: INJURY REPORT
Out for the Season
Out for the season
Out for the season
upper body injury
lower body injury
lower body injury
Joining the season ending injuries list is Seamus Malone who picked up an arm injury in Saturdays game against Syracuse. Also injured in that game was Tanner Kero who slides out into Concussion Protocol. Jett Woo was set to make his debut but had a lingering injury from the WHL playoffs that he’s nursing.
Eliot (will not play this season due to expansion draft reasons)
Took off the number of days scratched in a row as I missed Saturdays, and retroactive math is hard as fuck…my recap I’m doing tonight for Saturdays game will have a more accurate number though!
Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice
Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.
Comets in blue
Perennial meathead, Tom “Top Sixtito” Sestito in the lineup for the Marlies tonight
Starting line is Woods/Gadjovich and Gardiner – they win the draw and enter the zone
Sestito looks comically massive relative to the majority of the Comets on the ice…that there is a big boy
Comets kill the penalty, and then Eemeli Rasanen takes a boarding penalty on Cam Darcy to put the Comets on their second powerplay of the game
1st Unit loses control on the ozone draw, then cycles a bit on their second try only to again lose possession and have to change off…this unit needs much more skating to be successful – I would argue that putting Boucher on the 2nd unit with Graham, Jasek, Gadj and Thow would be much more dynamic.
Petgrave misses a saucer pass on the blue line and the Comets lose the zone and the Marlies are able to kill off tonnes of powerplay time…brutal gaffe from the blueliner
Score at the end of the first period: 0-0 Tie
Not a bad penalty at all from the Comets! Great periods of play from Woods, Gadjovich, Boucher and LeBlanc! Shots even at 8 a piece; but it really felt like the Comets held control of that entire period from beginning to end
Comets start the 2nd with a brief powerplay; 1st unit: Thow, Boucher, Gadjovich, Gaunce, Graham
Comets at the conclusion of the Gaunce penalty, Jaime Sifers takes a high-sticking penalty of his own to extend the Comets time on the PK with a cold goalie…yikes
GOAL – TORONTO – 1-0 Marlies: facing his second shot from the Marlies, Mazanec doesn’t have good control of the rebound and it gets easily tapped in by Mason Marchment to open the scoring for the Marlies
hard to really fault Mazanec here since he’s coming into the game quite unexpectedly while the Comets are in the midst of 4 minutes of penalty kill time
PP unit getting switched up as Blujus becomes the D point man.
Brendan Gaunce SOMEHOW takes a slashing penalty 30 seconds into the Comets powerplay….onto 4 on 4 we go
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 1-0 Marlies
Wellp, Comets really need to shore up their discipline and get back in this one…they’re picking up loose pucks and doing well to enter the Marlies zone, but their shots on goal are just so predictable…just constantly into the breadbasket or gloveside…switch it up guys! YOUR SEASON IS ON THE LINE HERE!!!! Leighton being out for the rest of this triple header weekend is pretty terrifying for the playoff dream…Mazanec has lost every start, and been pulled twice while with Utica. *something something JB 7th round pick*
Mazanec still in net to start the third…if Comets can’t come back and close this one out for two points then the season is doomed. I genuinely have more faith in Kulbakov in net over Mazanec at this point.
Comets hemmed into their end for the first minute; then, Brendan Woods leads a drive down the wing into the Marlies zone only to end up passing back to Matt Petgrave on the blue line who misses the pass and forces the offside
Wacey Hamilton and Reid Gardiner attempt to combine for a give and go, and Gardiner is BLANTANTLY hooked to the ice but no call is made…refs completely losing this game
GOAL – UTICA – 1-1 Tie: great hustle from Gadjovich(#22) to keep the puck in the Marlies zone, as he bats the puck to new guy Aaron Thow(#40) who flips one cross ice to Woods(#21) who drops the puck at his feet and wrists one past Kaskisuo to tie the game at 1! Great shot!
Both Sestito and MacEwen receive 10 minute game misconducts due to fighting before the puck drop…could be a serious problem for the Comets, without one of their best players
Figures, after a couple blatant trips in the Marlies end, the Comets face a 2-on-1 rush and Wacey Hamilton gets called for hooking as he gets tied up with Mason Marchment…Comets to the PK
bahaha…on the ensuing faceoff draw, Mason Marchment takes a faceoff violation/delay of game minor, so we instead go to 4 on 4...mayhaps the refs recognize how badly their calls have been this game, and decide to just keep things even
Comets holding in the Marlies zone and Subban blatantly goes skate to skate on Boucher to trip him, but no call made
Petgrave just before that streamable facing pressure backhanded a pass into a crowd of 2 Marlies players, so while I cannot stand his defensive gaffes, he does pull off SOME good stuff at times…but boy is it sketchy whenever he’s controlling the puck
No clue wtf the team strategy is, but the Comets 1st unit powerplay’s goal every powerplay is to drive down the wing and then play pass until Boucher can get a one timer…if he isn’t open…then lose possession and retry…its soooooo predictable…they just DO NOT do any controlled entries into setting up on the blue line…its always a dump or drive to the end corner boards and then blindly pass to center.
GOAL – TORONTO – 2-1 Marlies: The Comets give up their 19th shorthanded goal of the season….Mazanec buddy…I know you came into the game late…but this goal is softer than baby shit….horrible…
Time winds down and Cull rolls out Jasek, Woods, Boucher, Gaunce, Graham and Thow…
Final Score: 2-1 Toronto Marlies
The Cleveland Monsters won in regulation tonight, so with their victory and the Comets loss, they have been mathematically eliminated from Calder Playoffs
What a heartbreaker to end the Comets season…they absolutely dominated the Marlies, but couldn’t bury their chances when they had them, and the refs certainly didn’t help them either… losing MacEwen with ten remaining….the horrific non calls around the Marlies net that seemingly happened over and over ad-nauseum…just a brutal way to see them lose.
Like Aaron Thow’s game, looked very competent defensively and offensively, looked to be a better powerplay runner than Graham/Petgrave or any other Comets defenseman the past 2 months. Decent speed as well, I think given more games he could develop some solid chemistry with the guys and produce more
Brendan Woods had himself a fucking game man, I genuinely feel bad for him, he was playing out of his mind; chances nearly every single period, skating fast, hard, 3 shots on the night, crashing the net constantly…its really too bad every single player on this team has forgotten how to score goals, because on any other normal night, his goal tonight would just be a footnote…but guy was playing great…
its been an absolutely horrific couple months for the Comets…injuries galore…losing streaks galore…call-ups galore…this is barely a team… I know we praise JB for his ability to draft NHL ready players…but his cupboard building has been godawul… look up the number of draft picks on Tampa Bays farm team and ECHL squad, its actually crazy that we consider Judd Bracket and the JB/JW squad as “draft gods” but really, after 5 years…we finally get 7 draft picks into our farm lineup, 1 is a bonafide NHL centerman stuck behind “heart and soul grinders” that the Canucks MUST have at all times, 1 who the coach doesn’t like and thus leaves for Liiga, 1 blows out his knee early, so we have 4 left and at the end of a season of constant disappointment, we’re left wondering…is this really it? Don’t get me wrong I have faith that one of if not, two of Gadjovich/Lind or Jasek CAN crack an NHL roster…but again after that…there’s just soooooo little. Tampa Bay called up 1 or draft picks this year due to injury so you know what they did, they called up 3 guys they drafted in 2014 and 2015 to fill the void. That’s how much faith they put into their drafting…they plug them into the lineup and build around them…here we just threw them in with our hodge-podge of AHL players and said, “I dunno, the leagues tough…try scoring!” It aint working chief! This aint it!
I genuinely hope that draft guru JB and co put more concerted effort in creating a farm team that can actually help our draft propsects grow…I don’t want to see Lukas Jasek stuck on the third or 4th lines playing with the Carter Bancks and Reid Gardiners of the AHL/ECHL… surely for a team in a rebuild, they can do better… surely we can do better than trading our U23 players for stop-gaps due to injuries, year-in, year-out…. Carcone, MacMaster, Dahlen net out for a net in of Stefan LeBlanc, Josh Leivo and Linus Karlsson…one guy who’s been OK in the NHL playing with the teams best players, a guy who’ll probably be a depth call up maximum, and a guy projected to most likely be a bust OR A FRINGE NHL player. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER FOR OUR PROSPECTS
Dude I’m sorry, but please stop playing Matt Petgrave…I bet he’s a great locker room guy and all that … but jesus the guy is a turnover machine, CONSTANTLY…he can’t hold a blue line to save his life either…its like his depth perception changes when he’s in the offensive zone. A majority of those 1st unit powerplays were lost because off poor puck control by Petgrave on the blue line… I keep saying it over and over agin…Cull clearly sees something more in Petgrave than I do…but please for the love of god play Colton Saucerman over Petgrave…I get that he’s smaller stature but he can actually shoot from the blue line, skates hard, fights if he has to, battles along the boards, but more importantly he can actually defend!
Respect to the Utica faithful for cheering their boys on even as they head down the tunnel…it has been a fucking brutal stretch for this AHL team and I have nothing but respect for the Utica crowd for showing up every night despite the misery… Think they had a better attendance record this past month than friggin Florida for god sakes
Comets Three Stars
HM: Jonah Gadjovich and Lukas Jasek
The Comets season now over, they head into tomorrow evenings game on the road against the Hartford Wolf Pack with basically zero expectations…I’m kind of hoping we get Petgrave out of the lineup and we see Saucerman out there..I think he’s earned the right to compete for a 3rd pai7th D spot for next season. We know what we got in Graham and as fast as he is, if he can’t score or defend with his speed then there isn’t much point to seeing him out there…I’d like to see Sauce/Woo/Thow out there with Blujus/Sifers/LeBlanc in any kind of combination…I’m done with Pet/Graham this season I think. Give Aaron Thow more ice time…I think he’s worth a hard look.
Despite the way the Comets season ended, It’s been a god damn pleasure doing the Farmies this season for you guys, I hope to continue this into next year as well, Thanks for baring with me as I try to manage recapping games with buying a house, it hasn’t been easy but know I appreciate you guys’ readership and comments! I’ll see you all tomorrow night! (and possibly LATE tonight as I review last Saturdays game)
As always, if you want to read up on this Farmies or past Farmies editions you can find them all at my Farmies Blog here
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