Things have been rolling along down here in the swamp. After their rough start at the beginning of the season, the Blades have been consistently winning games. Unfortunately, their 6-3-1-0 record over the last ten games isn’t good enough in the ultra competitive South Division. On their week long road trip last week the Blades were able to come away with five of six possible points. Things are looking good right now.
Part of that success has been the play of forward Mike McKenzie. After struggling early on, he’s been on a tear lately. He’s had four goal (two on the power play) and ten assists in his last 18 games. His goal last night against the Gwinnett Gladiators was a thing of beauty.
Matt Beca continues to struggle though. He’s only had one goal and seven assists in his last seventeen games. I have to believe he’ll find his old scoring touch soon. He put up some nice numbers last season.
Ryan Donald is quickly becoming a fan favorite down here with his physical playing style. He has one of the better +/- stats amongst defencemen with a +3 and has contributed a goal and seven assists sine being sent down.
Kyle Lawson had also been playing pretty well since coming back from injury. Unfortunately, he was on the receiving end of a nasty elbow in last nights game and spent quite a bit of time down on the ice. He was able to get up under his own power and skated to the bench. It remains to be seen how he’s been affected and what fine, if any, will be handed down as a result of that hit.
John Muse hasn’t been getting too many minutes lately due to Lightning prospect Pat Nagle’s winning streak. He had to be pulled in his start against the Greenville Road Warriors on the 18th after giving up four goals in a little over 27 minutes. Before that he had backstopped the Blades to two wins over the Wheeling Nailers, dropping only one game in that series when he gave up three goals in the third. I would imagine that this Friday or Saturday he’ll get a start as Nagle has been in net for two losses now.
That’s it for now. The Blades finish off their home series with the Gladiators this week and host the Elmira Jackals next week. We’ll be having our annual Teddy Bear Toss, and an auction of bears the players made afterward. You read that right. The team sent the players to Build-A-Bear and they made and dressed stuffed animals. If you can handle the cuteness of hockey players making stuffed animals I suggest heading over to the Blades Facebook photo album of the event. It’s the best thing ever.