ROCKIES OUTCLASS HAWKS, MUNI PULLS GROIN
It was a rough start to the most recent Rockies game. Likely the worst start to a game Colorado will have all season. The Hawks came out swinging for the fences and scores three goals in a span of 3:14 to take a commanding 3-0 lead midway through the first period. The Rockies tallied their own first period goal a few minutes later but the Hawks would answer back keeping their three goal lead into the intermission.
Murray Bannerman looked extremely shaky in net allowing those four goals on only 7 shots. He said, “I need to be better. I’m in these games to give Kelly a rest and I need to perform when called upon”.
The veteran Rockies club picked it up for their aging backup. They turned the intensity up a notch by firing 12 shots on Hawks tendy Rick Tabaracci. Chicago’s goalie looked like he switched places with Bannerman, allowing 5 goals in the period. The game completely changed over the course of 40 minutes.
Colorado would total 7 unanswered goals before they each traded markers late in the third. A 9-5 final in favour of the heavily favoured Rockies. Bannerman concluded, “I’m embarrassed I let it get that far. Having to be pulled is something a goalie with any pride just doesn’t take well. We’ve got a back to back here and I’ll be speaking to Coach Andre about getting right back out there in Calgary”.
The win came with a grain of salt. Steadfast defender Craig Muni is out for approximately 3 weeks with a pulled groin. Muni said, “I think it happened on the corner dump. I went in to move the puck around and took a bump from the forecheck. A nothing play but I didn’t feel right for a few shifts afterwards. Given the score the trainers thought I should sit the rest out. Docs say she’s pulled. I’ll rest up and get back out there in no time. The Boys can take it from here”.
Drawing into the Top 6 will be gritty Gord Kluzak. The 30-year has skates in all 14 of the Rockies games this year but averages slightly over 5 minutes per game. You can bet Kluzak will be ready to prove his worth in Cow Town.