Tonight, Robin and I attended a Sabres scrimmage in which Team Blue clobbered team Team Yellow, 10-4. It was really pretty embarrassing for Team Yellow. Even worse than suffering the humiliating loss, Team Yellow was frustrated to the point of picking fights with Andrew Peters. For a second there in the third period it looked like Peters and Mair were going to fight. Dude. That’s just silly, no? Then, in apparent punishment for being so thoroughly dominated, Team Yellow had to skate horrible looking short-length laps at the end of the scrimmage. For some mysterious reason, Tim Connolly didn’t skate the punishment laps with the rest of Team Yellow.
Highlights from the scrimmage include:
-Yellow 19 (aka Mark Mancari/Blue 38) scoring TWO goals. I am hesitant to attempt to analyze hockey, but I honestly think Yellow 19 looked really good out there. He’s big and fast, and he was getting to play on pretty good lines. I have no idea how normal this is for training camp, but the younger guys seem way more intense than the older guys. I know that there is some competition for the remaining roster spots, so I guess it would make sense that the kids are playing for reals.
-Sabretooth showed up!
-After much debate and negotiation, we ordered a pretzel and nachos. Hell yeah, we did.
-Mair smiled at me! (Okay fine, he might of been smiling at the tiny redheaded kid in front of me holding a sign that said, “Readheads have more fun” with a picture of a can of Campbell’s soup.)
-Jaro scored a goal on a penalty shot. He seemed very happy and his good mood sort of soften me to him. I like Jaroslav Spacek.
-Hunter scored two goals in rapid succession with assists from MacArther both times.
-Andrew Peters got a huge roar of encouragement when he attempted (and missed) his shoot-out goal. I kind of dig the funny training camp support for Peters.
-Yellow 19 totally scoured the crowd with his eyes looking for us after Robin and I repeatedly switched sections. Clearly he was trying to keep track of where we were. Can you blame him?