You can't win a game by playing well for just a period, and you certainly can't win a game when the period you play your best in happens to be the FIRST period as it was last night in Victoria. Although it was a 3-1 Dogs lead after one the score was somewhat flattering in my opinion, as the Dogs were opportunistic while the Grizzlies had the better of the chances - and more of them - but Max Fenkell was sharp and kept the Dogs in the game.
In the end the team that battled harder and played better overall won. The thing the Dogs need to take offense to is the "battled harder" part. Down two of their top three scorers along with their Captain and D-man Daniel Delbianco, they absolutely need to "step up" as individuals and as a collective whole, or it is going to be very tough to win hockey games. And they quite simply can't afford to lose games if they hope to make the playoffs.
The Dogs certainly didn't "lay and egg" or a "stinker" so to speak - what maybe makes it that frustrating is that they played well and the game was there for the taking, but they just didn't push hard enough to take it.
Here's the Victoria Times Colonist's view of last nights game - click HERE to read it
Catch the pregame show tonight at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00 on 93.3 The Peak FM
And last but certainly not least - DON'T FORGET TO GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY!