Tonight was one of those nights when you find out who your friends are. For me, Robyn is at the top of the list for letting me borrow her laptop to do as much work as possible before the end of the game.
You see, I had to give up the laptop I have used for years here at Hockey Central to Jack, who is covering 2A state basketball in Yakima. Craig, who is covering 3A/4A in Tacoma, also has an office laptop. There are quite a few laptops in the newsroom, but apparently Sports has a limit of two. I generally have all my stats typed in and half my story done by the end of the game. It was suggested I just come back to the office and write it there. Yeah, right. I am a creature of habit, and with our new deadlines, I like to make sure I’m not the reason for being late. I survived this ordeal but I will still bitch about it for days to come.
It was one of those nights where a game day blog would have come in handy. You could buy biblical bobbleheads tonight, including Samson, Esther and Moses among the eight available. Moses comes complete with two tablets.
There is a group here at hockey land, which pledges to donate $2 per goal scored this year. To add to the pot, a kind person donated a wine bar made from an old piano. Before the game, I was told they had sold more than $1,800 in tickets. The money raised from all of this will go to the Wishing Star Foundation.
To top it all off, Drew Owsley was back in goal tonight and I could have had that streaming to you before the game. He got the biggest ovation when the starting lineups were announced. Yes, we have all missed the man behind the mask. Big Mess and Max Moline were back in action, and Drydn Dow was moved to forward to fill out a fourth line. It was a good night as the Ams came way with a 3-2 OT win on a goal by Carter Ashton.
Portland beat Seattle 9-1 tonight. I’m sure that made for good viewing on FSN as the Winterhawks outshot the T-birds 58-20. I feel for Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard, who faced 42 shots (with 37 saves) before handing the net over to Michael Salmon (16-12). The kid is good and he is toiling away on a less-than-average team. Kind of like Kurtis Mucha did for Portland for years. I have to say, they are both loyal to their teams.
Chase Martin, who came in and backed up Chris Driedger on Tuesday against Portland, is off to lend a hand to Medicine Hat. The Tigers lost goalie Deven Dubyk to a shoulder injury. Martin is expected to be on the bench this weekend for a pair of games.
Around the WHL, Prince George D-man Sena Acolatse signed a free-agent contract with the San Jose Sharks. He has 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists) this season and ranks fourth among WHL D-men.