Saturday, January 30, 2010
A Day At The Crushed Can
Its not the prettiest building. Many will be glad when they don't have to go there for hockey anymore, and many will be sad because the old girl does have some character. With the Moose Jaw Civic Centre's days with the Warriors starting to dwindle as the new multiplex gets built, it played host to its last ever Trans-Canada Clash Saturday afternoon and once again it was a success, unless of course you are the Warriors alumni.
After a quick start in which the home side(wearing great new sweaters) jumped out into a 2-0 lead, the Pats alumni stormed back to win the 3rd edition of the game by a score of 7-4. It means the Pats have now won the three TC Clashes that have been played. Some of the Warriors who have played in this game all three years were said to be a little upset when all was said and done knowing they had been bettered by the Pats alumni for the third straight time. Tell me again how this game doesn't mean anything for those involved.
Nevin Markwart was the star of the game as he registered two goals including a beauty on a great pass from Kyle Deck as Pats of two different generations combined on the marker.
Those that were on hand didn't see a classic, but they did see a good hockey game and they gave the proper salute to the players of old when all was said and done. There is no doubt there should be a TC 4. You can bet the Warriors will be looking for guys that can help get them into the win column. Troy Edwards telling CTV's Lee Jones after the game "Its a best of 7!"
As for the game between the two teams of today, the Warriors rebounded from Friday's tough loss at the Brandt Centre as they beat the Pats 4-1. Combine that with a Prince Albert win over Lethbridge and Regina is seven back of the Raiders and the last playoff spot in the East. Regina didn't have the jump they had Friday night and whenever they had a chance, Jeff Bosch was there to shut the door. Kootenay visits the Dome on Monday.
In between games, I was sitting in the Warriors media room with Rod Pedersen and Curtis Hunt. I excused myself to head to the can and when I came back, the guy that runs the Warrior room asked if I was supposed to be in there. I said, "Yeah, I'm with Rod" to which the guy responds "Are you the bus driver?!" Thanks! Uh No! Huntsy got a kick out of it. Just before the game started, I saw him in the hallway and said "Good Luck". His response "Thanks bussy!!!" followed by a grin. I'm thinking Curtis may be ditching calling me "Scruffy" for "Bussy" in the near future.
Amber Holland lost her first game at the Scotties dropping a 10-3 decision to Prince Edward Island, but the Saskatchewan skip is already a winner. Amber won the Ford Hot Shots competition. She gets a two year lease on a 2010 Taurus. One tip for Amber---don't let Murray McCormick ride in it with you!
How was Hockey Day in Canada? Did CBC live up to its standards. I saw Ron McLean and Don Cherry at center ice of the Stratford arena. Ron must have been heading to an "ugly sweater" gathering after. What was that!
Are the Oilers ever going to win again?
As you start your Sunday, remember this....
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you.