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Pirates vs. Americans 11/12/09 Postmortem November 12, 2009

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Since I don’t know the team as well this is going to be an abbreviated post. Plus, I think I’m getting sick, so I’m going to bed soon. A decent amount/quality of sleep is nearly impossible when you have an 11-month-old child, so I need all the help I can get. Moving on…

This was a huge win for the Pirates – the Amerks are a much better team with a much better record. Too bad more fans weren’t on hand to see it. Announced attendance was 4,600. Didn’t look like that many to me, but what do I know?

Liked:

  • The top line of Mancari, Ennis, and Gogulla – created chances all night.
  • Tyler Ennis – he’s little, but he’s feisty. He’s kind of like what Gerbe has looked like when I’ve watched him at the AHL level, not so much the NHL level where he seemed to disappear.
  • TJ Brennan – played a simple game, but was pretty effective.
  • Paul Byron – scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal.
  • Kyle Vanwig – the Amerks repeatedly tried to get him to fight. He didn’t take the bait. To make things even worse, he scored the last goal (into an empty net, but still).
  • Drew Schiestel – another d-man who played within himself.

Didn’t like:

  • Nathan Gerbe didn’t play. I don’t know why, but I’d guess he was injured. Thank you, Captain Obvious.
  • The Pirates’ energy level in the first period. They got better in the second and played the third about even with the Amerks. Where have we heard that before?
  • Mike Weber – he didn’t do anything specific to deserve this, but he also doesn’t look like a player who should be making the jump to the NHL.
  • The goal horn. Did it have to be that loud? Were they compensating for the lack of fans in the building?

Sabres play Calgary tomorrow night. I hope they all live through it – Dion Phaneuf is a badass.

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