When is a Broken Stick a Sign?
Well, the Chicago Wolves dropped a heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night.
The key goal was a shot that Pavelec saved but then gave up a rebound to the slot which a wide open Kelsey Wilson ripped into an empty net. Pavelec then responded, furiously breaking his stick over the cross bar. He then went to the bench, got a stick and broke that one. Grabbed a third and kept it for the game.
In defense of Pavelec, the shot was low and hard to control.
Yes, he should have controlled the rebound better. But, a goalies responsibility is the first shot. Rebounds are the responsibility of defensemen. Wilson was WIDE open and not a Wolves player was even close to him when he scored.
Pavelec may have broken the stick because he got down on himself for giving up a rebound on a shot that even the best goalies have a tough time controlling (and he’s one of the best in the AHL!). I think there was also latent frustration in missed defensive assignments that led to the stick breaking as well.
He got a two minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Not a good thing when you have to come from behind late in the third period.
The game before Brett Sterling got a penalty for mouthing off as well.
Players are starting to take selfish penalties and that’s not a good sign. There’s a frustration among the players that’s starting to show and when teammates get frustrated with the team-that’s not good.
I think Coach Granato is back on YELLOW ALERT.