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Poor Fan Support, Great Game

by admin on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Last night the Abbotsford Heat hosted the Toronto Marlies for game 4 of the second round. As the Canucks were already eliminated, I expected to see a fairly decent crowd of home supporters. Boy was I wrong. There was just over 1700 people in the building, many of them Toronto fans. I could only imagine how the Heat players felt when they came out to start the game to a nearly empty arena.

The Heat came out flying to start the game, outhitting and out shooting the Marlies. It was obvious they were looking to make a statement. After much determination and hard work, the Heat were able to get a puck past goaltender Ben Scrivens. Unfortuantely for the Heat it would be the only goal for them in that game. The second period was much the same with the Heat overpowering the Marlies in every area of the ice. Danny Taylor, in net for the Heat did not have much to do but was solid when he needed to be. The second period ended as did the first – Heat 1, Marlies no score.

The third period saw the Heat making some errors in their own end with Clay Wilson (acting Heat Captain) being the goat on many plays. As with game 3, Wilson caused many turnovers with poor decisions and failure to clear the puck from his end. On each instance, the Marlies seemed able to take advantage and score. As with Alex Edler of the Canucks, the playoffs can be quite daunting to some players. Unfortunately in this case, Wilson’s mistakes cost the Heat the wins in both game 3 and 4 on home ice. So instead of being up 3 games to 1 going into game 5 at home, they are down by the same.

Final score in game 4, 3-1 Marlies.

First star of the game had to be Ben Scrivens. He stopped 35 of 36 shots and was the only reason the score wasn’t 4-0 Heat after the first period.

There were some positives for the Heat. They were able to put a lot of pucks on the net and, for the first 2 periods, smothered the Marlies defensively and did not allow much in their own end at all. Danny Taylor was fine in net for the Heat but did allow a soft first goal.

Now, back to the fans (or lack thereof). I could rant all day about the poor support for our local professional hockey team. It is not the teams fault that the City of Abbotsford voted to have a new arena built. The population of Abbotsford, or at least those that voted, voted to have the arena built. If the Heat were not brought in here, who would be the major tenant? Who would help pay for the fine venue that this city sorely needed? Without the Abbotsford Heat the AESC would be losing money regularly. So yes, were are paying for the hockey team’s shortfalls, but without the team we would still have taxes and a new arena. Either way, we pay.

My suggestion is to stop bitching about what you cannot change and do something to support the best entertainment value this city has to offer. Get out and support our local hockey team the Abbotsford Heat. Thats right, the Abbotsford Heat – not the Calgary Flames! If we all supported the team a little better our city would not have to pay the shortfalls at season end.

Game 5 is tonight at the AESC at 7:00. Get out and support the Abbotsford Heat.

Go Heat Go !

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