Split series all around, and Boston’s canceled games are forfeit.
Okay, I’m saying it here and now– I’m not promising coverage over a holiday weekend again. Sorry, y’all, for my utter failure in having coverage for this past weekend. I went to see my parents for the holiday, and well. Things got away from me.
So, what did happen this past weekend? Well, Boston played Brampton twice, and split the series with them, taking their first loss of the season. You should check out Zoë at the Stanley Cup of Chowder’s recap of the games, it’s pretty good. Jordan Smelker had a sweet hat-trick in Boston’s 6-0 rout of Brampton on Sunday. Also, I’m really starting to think that a lot of Erica Howe’s issues in net for the Thunder are stemming from the defense in front of her– possibly that it’s a real style mismatch, although I think that they’re starting to gel better. It’s a rough process to watch, though, when I’m used to watching Erica Howe in net for Canada or the NCAA Championship winning Clarkson.
As Zoë also pointed out, the CWHL’s website is now listing the canceled Montreal @ Boston games as forfeits for Boston. This means Montreal has pulled ahead of Boston in the standings, leaving Boston in third place. Although Boston has games in hand, and I think they could make this deficit up, it sets a concerning precedent for labor relations between the CWHL and their players.
On the one hand, striking is never without its costs– also, the CWHL probably had to pay out for the wasted ice time (which is $$$, in case you don’t know), and scheduling new ice time seems quite tricky for the league due to the various constraints on them. (Team availability, ice availability, etc) On the other hand, it’s my understanding that the league lacks any sort of formal player input into league policy, such as the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with their players. Particularly for the CWHL’s only American team, having a strike result in a forfeit would be something I would think would have a particularly chilling impact on player/league relations.
Toronto and Montreal also split their two game series this weekend, with Toronto winning 4-3 in a shoot out on Saturday, while Montreal won 4-0 on Sunday. I didn’t get a chance to watch this game, so I don’t have a ton to add on this one, sadly.
All-Star Game Voting is OPEN!
In other news, voting for the captains at the All Star Game is OPEN! Here are the rules:
- Voting period: Voting opens November 29, 2014 at 9:00 am ET and closes December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET. Votes outside this time will be considered ineligible.
- You can vote for up to 3 players once 24-hour period during the voting period.
- Votes made by use of automated systems will disqualify the votes.
So, head on over to the voting page and get those votes in! I’m personally pulling for the all goaltender team captains. 😉