April 27 2014 09:33AM
Hockey clubs will always have a few bad games over the course of a season. Good teams both limit these bad games in number, and in timing, so that they don't happen at key times.
The Abbotsford Heat had a bad game on Saturday night.
They lost 7-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins to go down 2-0 in their best-of-five Calder Cup opening round contest. Game 3 goes Wednesday in Grand Rapids. (Games 4 and 5 would also be in Grand Rapids, so they have quite the hill to climb.)
April 26 2014 09:51AM
The Flames missed the playoffs. It sucks. But the Abbotsford Heat made the playoffs. That's pretty cool. The downside is that a lot fewer people will see the games as would've seen Calgary in the playoffs. Heck, perhaps because of the scrambly nature of the AHL game, fans would've been more entertained by the Heat playoff games than they would by the hypothetical Flames games.
We'll never know.
But Game 1 of the Abbotsford/Grand Rapids series was one of the best back-and-forth games of ice hockey I've seen in quite some time. With 33 seconds left in the second overtime period, Ryan Sproul's point shot eluded Joni Ortio and sent the Griffins back to the hotel with a 2-1 win and a 1-0 series lead.
Game 2 goes Saturday night at 8pm MT on TeamRadio.ca and AHL Live.
April 26 2014 01:52AM
Every year the Oilers fail to make the post season and every
year we are sent out screaming into the world on a backpacking trip, prevented
from scratching out our eyes, being caught bawling in front of a closed Rexall
Place or worse.
This year we are in Australia, the land of Bundy Rums, babes that disappointingly don’t go crazy with desire at the sound of a Canadian accent and the AFL.
April 25 2014 08:30AM
The playoffs begin tonight for a few Flames players, as the AHL's Abbotsford Heat - Calgary's top farm team - faces the Grand Rapids Griffins in round one of the Calder Cup playoffs! Game one goes at 8pm MT on TeamRadio.ca (radio) and AHL Live (paid webcast).
April 24 2014 09:39AM
1. Should they stay or should they go?
The Flames are in a position that I'm pretty sure few NHL teams have encountered in recent years: The number of meaningful contributors that need to be signed this summer is extremely small. In all, among guys who played for the big club this season, only about a dozen are free agents with expiring contracts, and the vast majority of those guys are going to shuttle back and forth between the AHL and NHL next season.