Just a few things to go over:
-Weekend off from Job 2. Yesssss. Sorry had to let that out.
-Now for a quick recap of last night’s events:
In the 5th game of the Time Warner Cable Cup series, Adirondack overcame two 1 goal deficits to beat the Devils 3-2 in a shootout. Jon Kalinski netted the clincher in the 7th round, and ex-Rat Michael Ryan scored twice in regulation. Stephen Gionta also scored twice, while both Michael Swift and Chad Wiseman continued point scoring streaks. No Michael Leighton as I expected, he’ll be seeing game action over the weekend.
-New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello was in attendance last night, even holding a press conference downstairs as pregame warmup was ending. Didn’t stick around to hear what was discussed.
-The following number pretty much sums up the state of pro hockey in New York’s Capital Region: 2086. That was last night’s attendance. For what was once a Northway rivalry that would draw 5 digit crowds in Albany and sell out the Glens Falls Civic Center, it’s sad how over the last 15 years things have changed. Other than the obvious reason, you can factor in Glens Falls not having the AHL for about 10 years other than the handful of games the River Rats played there over a 3 season span, or the fact it was a cold Wednesday night in January. Even on New Year’s Day, a Saturday night game between the two teams only drew about 3200 to the Civic Center. The way things are going I don’t expect this number to change anytime in the future.
-Speaking of River Rats…tomorrow the old Rats, aka the Charlotte Checkers, come to town. Here comes the conflict for me: my old team vs. my current team. I’ve been friends with some of these players for up to 3 years now, meanwhile I’m still getting to know the Devils (there’s really only 2-3 guys I talk to regularly). We’ll see how the game goes.
-More snow coming? Great…getting around tomorrow is going to be fun.
That’s it for today. Hopefully I can get some pregame notes for tomorrow out there during the day on Friday…
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